[GTC-ICD] Nightveil Specter

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Nightveil Specter (Rare) - :ubm::ubm::ubm:
Creature - Specter
Flying
When Nightveil Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player exiles the top card of his or her library.
You may play cards exiled with Nightveil Specter.
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Source: DailyMTG Arcana.
This is the Buy-A-Box promo foil copy. Haven't got the art for the pack copy yet.
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This has some interesting potential...
Next thing you will tell me Browbeat is bad.
Seems really aweome. This in a deck with chromatic lanterns? I can cast anything kthxbai? 
So, I basially love this guy already. 3 mana guys who fly with 2 power is pretty amazing. I think the ability is extremely relevant because it dodges hand destruction and such. I could see a very limited use targeting an opponent with this as well. 
you can cast the exiled spells, but if you don't have the proper mana you can't cast it; still looks interesting I guess
you can cast the exiled spells, but if you don't have the proper mana you can't cast it; still looks interesting I guess



It doesn't say "cast spells", it says "play cards".  My read on this is that this enables you to play your opponent's lands.
Next thing you will tell me Browbeat is bad.
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you can cast the exiled spells, but if you don't have the proper mana you can't cast it; still looks interesting I guess



It doesn't say "cast spells", it says "play cards".  My read on this is that this enables you to play your opponent's lands.



That's what I got too.  Chromatic Lantern was already listed as a way to help you cast them.  This guy's awesome.
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I totally want to play other people's lands with this.
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I'm not sure it does this.  Nightveil Specter only says you can play cards exiled by it, but not "as though they were in your hand," which I'm pretty sure is templating that isn't used anymore anyways.

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Since it says "play the cards" and not "Cast the cards" doesn't it mean you can just... you know... not pay any costs and put the card directly onto the stack?
Goes hand-in-hand with Fiend of the Shadows and I like that. Pretty neat.
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Since it says "play the cards" and not "Cast the cards" doesn't it mean you can just... you know... not pay any costs and put the card directly onto the stack?


No, you play with them asif they were in your hand. You either need to be in their colors or get lands with the mill.
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I was predicting this as a tap effect for the guild ability, so it's nice to see it's in here in another form.
Since it says "play the cards" and not "Cast the cards" doesn't it mean you can just... you know... not pay any costs and put the card directly onto the stack?


No, you play with them asif they were in your hand. You either need to be in their colors or get lands with the mill.



Weird. Given that Encode / Cipher says "you may cast that spell without paying its mana cost" I'm surprised that they would have a card that says "You may play that spell" instead of "you may cast that spell."
Fiend of the Shadows is jealous.


Exiling from the top of the library is hardly the same as exiling from a player's hand.

Anyway, more Blue-Black EDH goodies.
Fiend of the Shadows is jealous.


Exiling from the top of the library is hardly the same as exiling from a player's hand.

Anyway, more Blue-Black EDH goodies.



And costing 5 is a lot different than costing 3.
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Also, Fiend's ability allows you to still cast the cards after Fiend has been killed.  This new guy doesn't.
Seems like a fun card.
Weird. Given that Encode / Cipher says "you may cast that spell without paying its mana cost" I'm surprised that they would have a card that says "You may play that spell" instead of "you may cast that spell."


It does not say "you may play that spell", it says you may play that card. Cipher only works on spells, but this works on both lands and spells.
this is beautiful. come to my blue-black deck you lovely bat. You, cosuming abberation, evil twin, havengul lich and Lazav will be the prize of my creature stealing deck. And yes, you may play that card as long as it is exiled. It's basically an extended hand. This goes SO well with whispering madness
Second 3cc flyers that looks cool. Power level feels just right.
A creature for my Praetor's Grasp deck, if ever I saw one.

Nice, understated design. 
lovely card. 2 power fliers for 3 are good enough, this one is colour intensive but quite the sexy beast regardless.
Oh wait, so there's a rare hybrid cycle too?

This is great hybrid design, and the card's very sleek. Very playable, like a Vampire Nighthawk as mentioned before, although it doesn't fulfill the exact same role. 

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Also, Fiend's ability allows you to still cast the cards after Fiend has been killed.  This new guy doesn't.



hmmm it says you may cast card exiled by new guy, doesn't say you may only cast it when it's on the battlefield.
Hm, very neat.
Also, Fiend's ability allows you to still cast the cards after Fiend has been killed.  This new guy doesn't.



hmmm it says you may cast card exiled by new guy, doesn't say you may only cast it when it's on the battlefield.


Exactly. The card is jst stating that you cant play cards exiled by any other means if not this specter.
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Also, Fiend's ability allows you to still cast the cards after Fiend has been killed.  This new guy doesn't.



hmmm it says you may cast card exiled by new guy, doesn't say you may only cast it when it's on the battlefield.




The ability is a static ability.  Most static abilities (including this one) only work while the creature is on the battlefield.

Also, say you used him to exile 2 cards but didn't cast any of them and then he got Cloudshifted.  You would no longer be able to cast those 2 cards that are exiled.
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This thing looks great, and cute and cuddly too.

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Significant because this is the first specter since their mechanical identity was cemented to work the library instead of the hand.
Significant because this is the first specter since their mechanical identity was cemented to work the library instead of the hand.




The next one will... 'work the body'.
abilities are worse than thieving magpie, but maybe coming out a turn earlier makes it playable?  shadowmage infiltratorish?   meh.
abilities are worse than thieving magpie, but maybe coming out a turn earlier makes it playable?  shadowmage infiltratorish?   meh.



Not sure if you should be looking at it in terms of those cards?  Though it is card advantage.

I think its the buy a box promo, which those usually turn out to be pretty good so it should do well.
I got excited with a blue Specter because I thought it would make opponents discard. I love how Serum Raker and Frightful Delusion hint that they are thinking about it, and I thought this was the next step.

Oh, well, it's still a very cool card. 
I really like the potential of using this guy with Chromatic Lantern, or even stealing their lands this way to play and use for their own spells.  Just need to give him Hexproof.
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