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(7th Edition & Older Base Set)


5B, Creature — Nightmare */*, 7th Edition Rare

Nightmare’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of swamps you control.

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 2.40
Limited: 3.44
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2001

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating.



Constructed: 3.8
Limited: 4.1

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 guy.

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.


Nightmare 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.

Constructed 2.5
Limited 3


constructed **
limited **

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 tempting.

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 play.


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 not now.

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: 4.5


Limited: **^ (2 1/2 Stars)
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

John B

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