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Haunter of Nightveil
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Haunter of Nightveil
- Dragon's Maze

Reviewed June 5, 2013

Constructed: 2.17
Casual: 2.87
Limited: 3.33
Multiplayer: 2.87

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Haunter of Nightveil
I'm guessing this card's art was originally intended for Innistrad - not just because the ghost looks oddly Victorian for Ravnica, but because it has about half the color of the average Ravnica card. Haunter of Nightveil probably looks like it has the bad half of Curse of Death's Hold - wouldn't you rather kill creatures than just slow them down? Personally, though, I don't think it's quite so cut and dried. After all, you also get a 3/4 flying creature in the bargain, and there are decks that have a surprising amount of trouble against a 3/4 flying creature.
Constructed: 2/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 3/5
Multiplayer: 3/5


Welcome back readers todays card of the day is an interesting creature that suspiciously looks like it has flying but alas does not. In standard this card costs a lot for a minimal effect, a ¾ body is solid and provides a nice defense coupled with the -1/0 he grants the opponents creatures is not enough of a reason outside maybe suspicious tech against tokens this creature may see some sideboard play but unfortunately this creatures simply doesn’t do enough to justify its inclusion in the current powerful standard. In modern legacy and vintage the same concept applies this cards effect is minimal compared to the powerful cards available in the formats and its five mana cost just doesn’t justify its inclusions in most decks. In casual and multiplayer it could draw fire from opponents who don’t like having their creatures power reduced making you a more likely target, the upside to this however is that you are in a better position to defend and punish opponents for attacking you due to their creatures lower power, making this a double edged sword. It is a spirit which has some tribal applications this card is best suited to a specific deck that wants to avoid being attacked or discourage attacks in general. In limited it’s a pretty solid body for its mana cost and the effect is highly relevant one versus one, its splashable and just a solid card.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.0
Multiplayer: 2.5

Michael "Maikeruu" Pierno

Today's card of the day is Haunter of Nightveil which is a five mana 3/4 with the effect of -1/-0 to creatures your opponents control. This isn't a bad card, just not very impressive as a five mana with average strength and no evasive aspect.  The -1/-0 is not enough to get it put into decks outside of very gimmicky power reduction themes.  Overall there are better ways to deal with a token swarm and the five mana slots in a deck can hold bigger threats, which leaves this unlikely to see much play in Constructed.
For Limited the mana cost is not a major concern and the low specific color requirements allow it to reliably work in a variety of builds that include Dimir's colors.  Weakening the power of an opponent's creatures will generally have a noticeable impact on the game and makes dealing with Nightveil itself more difficult.  A strong second pick in Booster and easy inclusion in Sealed as it has no real drawbacks while offering an ongoing benefit.
Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 4.0
Multiplayer: 3.0

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