Genju of the Realm
– Betrayers of Kamigawa
Date Reviewed: August 12, 2021
Commander [EDH]: 3.25
Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale. 1 is bad. 3 is average. 5 is great.
Limited: 2/5 (if you have a bunch of Sakura-Tribe Elders and Kodama’s Reaches, I guess)
Genju of the Realm was notable as the first multi-colored card to be printed with the post-Eighth Edition card frame, though I suppose the card itself is okay enough. It does make one of your lands into an Absolute Unit that can smash through opposition largely unfettered, and while the land is vulnerable to all of the anti-creature things, it dodges a lot of sorcery-speed creature removal and also recurs Genju of the Realm if the land gets destroyed. It’s definitely a card that can put in work, but a demanding mana cost is hardly ideal, particularly in a block notorious for some of the worst color-fixing of all time.
Constructed: 1.5 (too slow for Modern, though I believe it wasn’t useless back in Kamigawa-era Standard)
Limited: 3 (the card is powerful, but it has very demanding demands)
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