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Soul Spike
Cold Snap

Reviewed July 10, 2006

Constructed: 3.37
Casual: 2.25
Limited: 3.5

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Free spells are always good. Free spells with great abilities are even better. You can definitely expect to see creature heavy black decks running this card. In some ways it's going to be tough playing against them because they now have the possibility of burning you out. It's an instant too...so keep an eye out.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 3.5


Soul Spike

What does a 4-point life drain typically cost? Well, Ribbons of Night did it for 4B, at Sorcery speed I believe. With a Consume Spirit, you could have it for 1BBBBB. SO getting it as an instant for 5BB seems fair. What really draws attention to this card is the option of playing it for free by giving up two other black cards. But is that worth it? Having the Soul Spike and two other black cards in hand at the crucial moment is a tall order, but not incredibly so. A deck with Phyrexian Arena or Seizan, Perveter of Truth could manage it easily, in which case this is indeed a very good card because you'll need the life gain to offset the life loss from the Arena or the Perverter. All told, I don't think this card quite lives up to the hype around it, but it's still a good card.

Constructed- 4
Casual- 3
Limited- 3.5


Soul Spike

Obviously, for constructed, you would probably rarely hard cast this for 7 mana. Its advantage is that you can cast it without having mana open, which tells your opponent that they are never truly safe from a surprise in this enviroment. But losing 2 cards isn't a great thing either. I'm not sure if it will actually see play. In limited, it's okay, but you may have a hard time finding 2 black cards sittig idly in your hand in an enviroment of mixed color decks. Still, removal is a premium in limited, and I would play it.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2
Limited - 3

The Antman

Soul Spike- Rare- Coldsnap

Wow, who cares about 2 cards, this thing is AMAZING, 8 point life swings, or getting rid of your opponets target loxodon hierarch for free is pretty good, add in phyrexian arena and you are all set to go.

Expect to see this in plenty of fast black based decks soon.

constructed - 4/5 sure 2 cards suck, but the ability makes up for it.
limited- 4/5 any removal is good removal, plus 7 mana isnt that hard to get in limited
casual- 2/5 meh, nothing too special for casual, i guess it could be used with a lot of card draw

Jordan Kronick

Soulspike - When I first read this card I was extremely confused by its rarity. Yes, it has the potential to be played for "free", but three cards for 4 damage seems like a horrible price to pay. My opinion was changed when I realized that this card is a strange black analogue to Fireblast - with one important difference. If you can get lucky (or set your deck up correctly), a Necropotence-style effect added to this card can end games very fast. Suddenly I understood the power here. However, I think that Soulspike is evidence that not all cards in Coldsnap can really live in the era they were printed. Although once upon a time this may have been huge, nowadays it's just a bit too expensive no matter how you play it.

Constructed Rating - 2.8
Casual Rating - 2.5
Limited Rating - 3.0
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