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Vampire Nighthawk
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Vampire Nighthawk
- Zendikar

Reviewed August , 2017

Constructed: 3.75
Casual: 4.25
Limited: 4.50
Multiplayer: 3.50
Commander [EDH]: 3.75

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David Fanany

Player since 1995

Vampire Nighthawk
 
It's interesting that black has a miniature version of the "keyword soup" that Akroma and Baneslayer Angel made famous. I'm tempted to recall my favorite flavor text from Alara, which was Double Negative's "they feared each other for their differences but were absolutely terrified by their similarities". Of course, the lower toughness and lack of explicit protection abilities make the Nighthawk quite a bit easier to answer, but conversely, his lower mana cost mean that he can easily take over a game early if those answers are not forthcoming. He'd already be one of the most dangerous black creatures ever even if there weren't such a thing as vampire tribal abilities - as it is, he's one of the most dangerous creatures ever, of any color.
 
Constructed: 4/5
Casual: 4/5
Limited: 4/5
Multiplayer: 4/5
EDH/Commander: 4/5

James H.

Vampire Nighthawk

 

Back when initially printed in Zendikar, Vampire Nighthawk was notorious for being a very efficiently-costed creature. For three mana, you get a 2/3 with deathtouch, flying, and lifelink. It’s a superlative blocker, it does a lot of damage on offense (being hard to block), and it’s pretty legit otherwise. Three mana is in that Dark Ritual sweet spot, and it is fringe-playable in Legacy for its raw efficiency; the format tends to be light on creatures, and it’s not too unreasonable for the Nighthawk to swoop to victory.

 

That said, it’s not a perfect creature, thanks to the three toughness leaving it vulnerable to Lightning Bolt and Lightning Strike. But without those answers, the Nighthawk is pretty effective at making your opponents have a rough go of it, and it can swoop its way to victory against the unsuspecting.

 

Constructed: 3.5

Casual: 4.5

Limited: 5

Multiplayer: 3

Commander: 3.5


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