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Nether Spirit

Pojo's Average Rating -
Constructed: 4.00 (9 Reviews)
Limited: 2.10 (9 Reviews)
Reviewed March 19, 2002

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


When a single creature can create an entire deck around itself, you know its good. This guy was pretty terrible in limited, but in U/B control he was fairly amazing. In constructed, a 4.5, in limited, only a 2.


I don't like cards with mechanics that are unfair. Something for "free" means that it's unfair. Constantly getting your creature back for free is a pain in the ass for your opponent, and it just seems like a poor card design.
Limited Rating: 2
Constructed Rating: 5

Andrew Chapman

This was one of my favorites from the Mercadian Masque block. Gee, anybody could play with rebels, but it took sound strategy and good over-all playing to use this guy right. He made several decks of the era worth while to play.

In Limited he's a vanilla grey ogre with a special ability that will rarely occur.

Constructed: 4
Limited: 3


Nether Spirit
The late, great Skye Thomsen designed a deck called Condamination around this card and Contamination. The deck was so much fun to play and was hard to beat as well. The "bounce in" effect is really good and the casting cost is reasonable. It is a tribute to this card that it still shows up periodically in constructed decks.
In Limited it is substantially weaker. Limited decks require so many creatures that you almost never get to use his graveyard effect. So he becomes basically a Grey Ogre thus subject to the Grey Ogre rule of 2.0 rating on the scale.
Constructed-4.5 and higher if in a Skye Thomsen deck
Limited-2 Grey Ogre rule


It wasn't that long ago that this guy was a pin in a lot of people's butts.  It was cheaply costed and there were a ton of tricks to get him into a useable situation.  For decks that were built around Nether Spirit, it could very well be put to good use.

On the flip side, I would probably take this guy with one of my bottom four picks of the pack.  It's not likely that he is going to the graveyard without any other creatures there.  However, if I had a Nether Spirit in the current block of limited, there might be ways that I could make it useful.

Public Service Announcement : Nether Spirit and Ichorid ... not a good combo.

Constructed: 3.0
Limited: 1.8
Doc Mackerel Tuesday - Nether Spirit

This creature was at the heart of the AK-Go deck, which did well at the Worlds 2000 contest in Toronto. Nether Spirit will keep coming back from the grave despite getting killed every other turn by your opponent. Like Grindstone, it's a reliable but slow win condition. Nether Spirit is a valuable component of a good control deck. It's no Morphling, but it will make things hard for your oppponent. In limited you'd be very lucky to get a deck that can use its ability, and Nether Spirit will just be a 2/2 for 1BB.

Constructed - 3.5
Limited - 2

Limited: 2 Stars
Constructed: 3 Stars

I don't really like this guy too much in Limited since you're usually going to want to win through a creature victory, and some of those creatures are most likely going to die. I'm not too thrilled with him in constructed anymore, either. He was great with Nether-Haups around, but he doesn't have too many uses now aside from Contamination locks.

John Hornberg Nether Spirit is one my favorites. He fit into many decks back in his day, and Nether-Go deck never really went out of style in type II last year, even after Apocalypse destroyed whatever hold Masques block had on the Type II format before that. Still, he is a small creature, only a 2/2, and it didn't help him much that almost anything in Invasion could stop him hands down. He was very much a creature built for counters, and that is why he gets a 4.

In limited, unless he is one of your first creatures to hit the graveyard, you will NEVER have no creatures in the graveyard. That makes him literally a 2/2 for 3, making him probably a middle pick, possibly even late. I give him a 2 in limited.

John B
When you see a 2/2 for 3 mana, you expect a usable ability, but this is ridiculous. This ability can creat tons of card advantage, not to mention that it makes this guy, who was often a win condition for control decks, nearly impossible for most decks to get rid of. 4





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