Spike, Tournament Grinder

Spike, Tournament Grinder

Legendary Creature — Human Gamer

( can be paid with either or 2 life.)

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Set Rarity
Unstable (UN3) Rare
Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare

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Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Magic Duels Legal

Spike, Tournament Grinder Discussion

enpc on Some Questions for the Undying ...

5 months ago
  1. Generally signets are better than talismans as they can be used the turn they come in. And while you have to pay life for coloured mana, the decks that want the speed don't mind.

  2. From what can be figured, the meter uses decks listed as competitive and then compares cards being run across all lists. It's still highly subjective (especially since competitive is highly subjective).

  3. Please don't use this thread to jump to other threads.

  4. Spike is gender neutral (see Spike, Tournament Grinder artwork). And I'm pretty sure Vorthos can be whatever.

Do not just keep adding more questions to your threads. Seriously, just stop doing it.

koylucumert on Fuck Me Daddy

7 months ago

ElTacoDude i mean you can cut Spike, Tournament Grinder , he/she looks quite out of context to me. Also Basilisk Collar i think still should make the cut. dog play is a thing and the collar is like the most fetish-clothing-like equipment i have seen. with the back straps and everything

TehCAnnable on Urza's Closet

11 months ago

For the sideboard, you should put a bunch of cards from Urza's block to fetch up off of Spike, Tournament Grinder , like Memory Jar , Time Spiral , Lotus Petal , Windfall , Gaea's Cradle , Serra's Sanctum , etc. Busted and on-flavor!!

legendofa on Dominaria release notes posted

2 years ago

Phyrexian mana is also the mana used on Spike, Tournament Grinder.

landofMordor on Pattern Recognition #55 - Artifact ...

2 years ago

I am glad I'm not the only one with a hatred for New Phyrexia. That being said...

Ironically, Spike, Tournament Grinder seems to have a fairly healthy grasp on Phyrexian mana balance. The 4-Pmana cost in her activated ability is powerful and on-color, but this isn't Griselbrand where you can activate it more than once a game.

Seems to me like P-mana in activated abilities, when paired with tapping as a cost, (or "until EoT" text, or maybe self-sacrifice) could be a way healthier system than P-mana in the casting cost. It also helps you tie the Phyrexians more firmly to the color pie. Imagine, for example, if Vault Skirge were with lifelink and ": Vault Skirge gains flying until end of turn". Now, that's a color pie bend, probably, but with a bit of tweaking it work better mechanically.

DemonDragonJ on Cards and Ideas From the ...

2 years ago

The Un-sets are intended to be humorous and not taken seriously, but it would not surprise me if WotC uses them to test ideas that might work in "normal" sets; for example, Barren Glory is a functional reprint of The Cheese Stands Alone, an excellent idea, in my mind. Therefore, with Unstable being recently released, I am starting this thread to discuss cards or ideas from the Un-sets that would work in legitimate sets.

Organ Harvest, from Unglued, would work perfectly as normal card, as it is neither overpowered nor silly, so I am very surprised that it has not yet been reprinted.

Mise, from Unhinged, is also an excellent card, but it may be too powerful, so would need a higher mana cost to balance its effect.

Crow Storm, from Unstable, is also an awesome card, so I feel that it is worthy of being printed in a normal set (obviously not one that is standard legal, more likely a Commander set).

Timmy, Power Gamer, Johnny, Combo Player, and Spike, Tournament Grinder are all excellent cards that could be reprinted, with different names and, in Spike's case, a slight adjustment to their ability.

Host creatures and contraptions were interesting ideas, but likely to be too complicated for "normal" sets. Mox Lotus should have been a legitimate card, so I am very displeased that WotC wasted that name on a joke card. I also hope that there (finally) being a card of Urza in Unstable will lead to there being a card of Urza in a legitimate set.

What does everyone else say about this? What are some cards or ideas from the Un-sets that would work in normal sets?

Pieguy396 on Official missing/incorrect card/token thread

2 years ago

Spike, Tournament Grinder shows up in the Iconic Masters file.


2 years ago

Weapon tech upgraded thanks to the appearance of one Spike, Tournament Grinder gracing my draft pool.

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