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Subtle Strike
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 Subtle Strike
- Kaladesh

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2016

Constructed: 2.38
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 3,88
Multiplayer: 2.25
Commander [EDH]: 2.25

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Subtle Strike
Since the eras of Zendikar's vampires and Theros' heroic mechanic, we've gotten used to black cards that interact positively with +1/+1 counters, which were somewhat less common in Magic's early and middle years. And that's probably a good thing - the mechanic is very popular and more options are always welcome. This is a particularly versatile one, letting you use either mode by itself it you don't need the other, and while it's not a huge impact even when you do have both, it's the sort of little thing that adds up to a much bigger sum over time.
Constructed: 3/5
Casual: 3/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 3/5
EDH/Commander: 3/5
James H. Subtle Strike (10/25)
Subtle Strike is a nice bit of “role compression”; it's not a great removal spell or a great pump spell, but it does both rather nicely (and can, if needed, just be used for one). It’s a nice combat trick, and any card that does multiple decent things is worth a look in Limited.
Outside of Limited, the removal is a lot better, and the pump is even better still, so I’d steer clear of this.
Constructed: 1.75
Casual: 2
Limited: 3.75
Multiplayer: 1.5
Commander: 1.75

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