Pojo's Magic The Gathering
Card of the Day
(7th Edition &
Older Base Set)
5B, Creature — Nightmare
*/*, 7th Edition Rare
Nightmare’s power and
toughness are each equal to the number of swamps
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2001
based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ...
5 is the highest rating.
This is another great card from Magic history.
Of course I am talking about the version
with the Melissa Benson art, not the new one :)
This card has always been neat. If you
are playing a lot of swamps in your deck, it's not
a bad finisher creature for the late game. It
also has flying, which can make this guy really
scary. Also, being black makes it immune to
many of black's creature kill spells. Many
players may laugh at this card, but they will try
to deal with it as fast as they can in fear of the
I would also take this card in limited. If
you are playing black, it's a can't go wrong
spell. When you cast it, it should be out of
range of the average burn spell and hopefully,
they have burned up most of their creature kill
spells on your early creatures. Again, it's
ability to fly is a major factor here. I
think this card is actually better in limited
though than it is in constructed.
is never a card I found to be very good.
It can be a beast I'm sure, but its high
casting cost and lack of power in a
multiple color deck limits its usability.
I'm sure its very good in Limited but I've
never drafted 7th and opened one.
Nightmare is one of those
cards that when you're new to Magic you
immediately get four of 'cause they're so cool! Embarrassing
your opponent with a big FAT flier is just too
But soon the thrill will
pass and those Nightmares will sit in your trade
binder for years. Six mana is expensive. Playing
mono-black is risky. Creature Removal has always
been plentiful. All this adds up to Nightmare
being another card that isn't cut out for serious
He's a classic
fiery horse and he's a favorite of the Pojosama.
Is he any good? Sorry Bill - no. At a 6 casting
cost, he's too expensive for a creature. To even
slightly abuse him, you need to be running
mono-black. Yeah right in today's environment.
Bird of Paradise ain't a $12 card for no reason.
One may maybe the environment will get more conducive
to him, as he has had his day, but it's certainly
In limited, though, he's
kind of a beat stick. Then again, anything that
flies and is black in limited is good irregardless
of everything else, regardless of cost.
New Constructed: 1.5
Old Constructed: 1.5
Constructed Potential: 3.0
Overall Constructed: 2.0
Limited: **^ (2
Constructed: *^ (1 1/2 Stars)
Nightmare is one of those
creatures that was a great idea for the casual
players but never made it in the serious world. In
Limited, I prefer to take "fatties" that
have a guaranteed power/toughness. This guy
obviously doesn't do that and, since draft decks
are usually multi-color, he's probably not worth
it. In Constructed, I would rather play someone
like Delraich or a Vampire of some sort. Delraich
comes out faster and the Vampires have guaranteed
stats. They also aren't hurt by using Dark Ritual,
like the Nightmare is.
I really like
this card, even though it's really not played in
standard or extended. Despite that, he's not
really worth playing because he's only a 6/6 when
you play him if not less, and in standard, there's
too much counter and burn for him to survive for
more than a turn. He get's toasted, and thus turns
into little more than a memory, unfortunately for
you. So, I give this guy a 3, which includes 2
brownie points for my like of this card.
In limited, if opened in any
pack, he's an automatic first pick, no questions
asked. Why, in 7th draft, there is no black mana
acceleration, so, when he comes out, he is at the
least a 6/6 flier, and a 6cc is considerably
different in draft than than it is in constructed.
He is god in draft, and gets a 5 in limited, a 6
if I could give it to him. He's worth your first
pick 90% of the time (depends if there is a Blaze
in the pack).
Nightmare was in
the first deck I ever played against regularly. My
friend Ryan (one of the ones who initiated me into
magic) played a deck with Breeding Pits, his one
copy of Lord of The Pit, a couple of Thrull
Champions, and one very scary Nightmare. I was
playing Counterburn, but I didn't believe in Disk
(it blew up my stuff too!) and Nightmare - if it
hit the board - was pretty much unstoppable.
Nowadays, we're in a completely different world,
and things are different, and Nightmare sucks. Too
slow to play in Constructed, awesome in limited
assuming swamps is your dominant color - well,
it's a fun card, and we need those too. Plus, it's
got some awesome art.
Artwork Rating: 5
Constructed Rating: 1
Limited Rating: 3
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