card review Spellskite: Oh, so easy to abuse!
Oh, so easy to abuse!
written by sindbad7cs
And speaking of life, run some life gain as a mana engine to support lots of spell kiting!
Ways to counteract it:
Prevent it, perhaps, with Nevermore. Counter it. Destroy it. Exile it. Take it. Wipe the board. It's NOT invulnerable, but it is powerful.
Its casting cost is budget-friendly, even if its current market cost isn't! Just look - for two colorless mana, you get the ability to lay down a 0/4 creature that can do some blocking duty of pesky littler creatures or equip it, with say a Kitesail (how fitting!) and do some attacking. Better still is the activated ability that can be fired by a single blue mana or 2 life. Options, baby! And that ability is the wonder of pulling targeted spells TO it. Unlike the distant cousin, Shimmering Glasskite, this kite l-o-v-e-s spells and abilities that target others. It's greedy, yet magnanimous. It sees an opponent casting a Spidery Grasp on some wee green elf to block your Glint Hawk, but no! You pull the Spidery Grasp onto your Spellskite, saving your bird and more importantly - frustrating your opponent! Little do you realize you are setting him or her up for the scoop on game three when they've seen enough. Hehe! Someone trying to Lightning Bolt your BoP? Nah. Pull it to the Spellskite. See? Annoying as heck. Someone trying to tap down your big bruiser and escape damage? NO! You take the targeted tap on Spellskite, because this card can use this ability as soon as it hits the mat and can use it while tapped as well.
First and foremost, you'd better be able to manage your life if you don't have blue mana sources laying around. While the alternative cost of 2 life to use the activated ability is attractive, you can quickly put yourself in a no-win (pun intended) situation by spending too much life. And this Horror is a creature, an artifact creature, so creature AND artifact removal are just around the corner, maybe even in the sideboard, when your opponent gets a look at this rare. It might be a pricey rare if you don't pull one from the pack - I got three of them for $6.50 each on Feb. 27, 2012...
Available in New Phyrexia only, as either a non-foil or foil, I would think. Languages available are all the languages of Magic.
Artwork and aesthetics:
Meh, it's an Alien-esque kite possessive of an orb of spell energy, perhaps? I'm not overly in love with the art, but I'd say the power of the card for play more than makes up for its looks.
Let us review! A relatively cheap creature to cast and use its powerful ability instantly with alternative costs AND easy to run in mono or multi-colour decks make this a versatile, powerful card across formats. I give it a 9 with no hesitation.
Modified on April 6, 2012 04:04 pm
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