Random Card of the Day #96:
Viashino Spearhunter - 2R
Creature - Viashino Warrior
Meh. It would have been fair-costed at 2-mana, but it's still no Boros Recruit. That said, it's hard to look at first strike and call it a bad card. The same goes for cycling or any other cantrip. Those two abilities can make a card go from awful to decent. For example, let's look at some of the worst cards in Magic:
Scorching Spear, sorcery speed 1 damage for a card. Make it a cantrip. Needle Drop.
Take Righteous Avengers. Arguably the worst creature card ever printed. Stick first strike on it. Now it's decent.
What about Viashino Skeleton? Give it cycling and first strike. Now it's a pretty good.
The point is, it's hard to rate a card because it has some of the abilities that make it a good card, and it's just the keywords. I mean sure you can play Porcelain Legionnaire for one cheaper and has one more power, but that card is flat out amazing. Just because a card is strictly better than one card doesn't make the weaker card bad, it's just not the best.