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Spectral Force
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Reviewed December 21, 2007

Constructed: 3.50
Casual: 3.90
Limited: 4.20

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Spectral Force

It's not hard to find the good in an 8/8 trampler for 5 mana, especially when its only drawback is having difficulty untapping. Scryb Ranger has proved that little liability to be naught but meaningless, and anyone playing black will find themselves suffering a great deal. Even if you can't get it to untap every turn, it's a fearsome play.

Constructed- 3.5
Casual- 4
Limited- 4.5

David Fanany

Player since 1995

Spectral Force

The fact that this card specifically mentions black might make it tempting to put it in your sideboard and wait for a Rock or Doran deck to show up. Why, though, would you need an excuse to play an 8/8 trample for five mana with a nominal drawback? If you have the (admittedly more fragile due to its one toughness) Scryb Ranger, that drawback becomes almost nonexistent. Spectral Force is a card that deserves to be played in Standard more than it is.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go write a letter to Mark Rosewater and ask him to consider this card for the Eleventh Edition. Yes, I really do like it that much.

Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5

#1 Magic Noob in Canada since 2002
Spectral Force

I always loved this guy, just because he was so big for so little cost. He costs a bit much against control right now, but can certainly wreak havoc on any aggro deck that fails to inflict the necessary damage by turn 4.

In limited, this thing is huge, and hopefully your opponent is playing black.

Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3.5/5
Limited: 4/5

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