Wednesday, December 21, 2011

RCotD #40

Random Card of the Day #40:

Nirkana Revenant - 4BB
Creature - Vampire Shade
Whenever you tap a Swamp for mana, add {B} to your mana pool.
{B}: Nirkana Revenant gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Initial thoughts:

It's about time I got a good card! Actually good doesn't really sum this card up. It's absolutely fantastic. She works well in Vampire tribal, and is basically a Caged Sun on legs. Well, not really, but at least it "doubles" your mana pool.

Not only is she a vampire but for some reason she's not legendary. Having four of these out would just be absurd. (would probably never happen though.) This is definitely a card to run with Consume Spirit. But really any black card works. If your group allows joke cards maybe you can even play a turn 7 BFM.

She's paints a big target on herself but at least she's out of bolt range. But if she goes uncontested on the battlefield, on turn 5 you could swing with her for 18 points of damage, maybe lethal if you Vampiric Touch them (or other similar effects). But it is important to note that she doesn't affect things like Woodland Cemetery or spells like Corrupt/Tendrils of Corruption. But most of that could be solved with things like Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth. Just pray that your opponent isn't playing Karma.

An absolutely amazing card. Kind like a "destroy this or lose the game." You really can't get much better than that--almost everything in the game can be dealt with, even on turn 0 with some crazy stuff. The closest answer you have to an end-all-be-all is Time Stop, which can still be countered. And even Last Word can be exiled with Mindbreak Trap which can even exile uncounterable things like Thrun, the Last Troll.

Just a brilliant card. She's not exactly going to be burned away with red spells or Dismember'd as long as they have mana open. Good design and it's power level seems about right for Mythic Rare. 4/5

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