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Ninth Edition

Reviewed July 04, 2005

Constructed: 2.85
Casual: 3.16
Limited: 3.65

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1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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Jeff Zandi

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Nekrataal is the original "187" creature, destroying any creature that Terror would be able to destroy when it comes into play. A lot of creatures with decent coming-into-play abilities don't leave much of a creature behind after the smoke clears from the coming-into-play ability. Nekrataal is a notable exception to this rule, giving you a creature with first strike. It is interesting to note that Nekrataal is is being reprinted for Ninth Edition with a new creature type: Human Assassin. This new tribal affiliation does nothing to enhance its playability in constructed, but is a bit of a clean up from the old days when many creatures (like Nekrataal,
originally) were printed with creature types of which THEY were the one and only member.


* Game Store Owner


This card was once one of the best cards in its color. I remember when this guy was in every black creature deck. Unfortunately, over the years, as players, we've gotten better and learned new tricks, so he doesn't always find his way in. He does first strike. He does kill a creature when he comes into play. You would think this guy is one you want in every deck. It just doesn't work out that way though. In limited play though, this guy is great!

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4

Paul Hagan

Nekrataal --

I really can't complain too much about this card. It is appropriately costed, it has a good ability, and that ability is attached to a decent body. Nekrataal is one of those cards that might not see play all of the time thanks to the other spells available in the format, but every once in a while it can show up in a deck and make an impact.

In limited, the same rule applies to Nekrataal as it does to any other removal card -- any removal is good removal.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 3.0



Such a good card for a base set! Nekrataal, for only 4 mana, kills a non-Black creature AND happens to have first strike, meaning it is a threat to most 2 toughness creatures. In limited, you absolutely take it, going Black or not...if you're not, you certainly don't want it in anyone else's hand.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 5
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