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Leonin Shikari 

Reviewed February 5, 2004

Constructed: 3.1
Casual: 3.0
Limited: 2.9

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* game store owner in CA,

Sorry I've been away.  Scott and I went to Vegas for 5 days and had a great time.  We actually won some money.  I played table poker for the first time since really learning the ins and outs of it, and came away up. Hooray! 

Leonin Sh*tkicker - At least, that's what Scott relishes calling it. Hmm... seems it's a she.  Well, while she is decent, without her ability, as a bear (a "bear" is a 2/2 creature for 2 mana, nicknamed such after the card Grizzly Bears), her ability is what makes Leonin a true shiznit-kicker.  Moving equipment at instant speed opens a huge door of possibilities. The most obvious combo is with Lightning Greaves. Now "Lightning" takes on new meaning since you eliminate any targeting of your creatures since you can move Greaves for 0 mana. You can also move Greaves off of your own creature anytime so you CAN target it if need be. Nice, nice, nice. Then add the possibilities of all the other equipment out there, and you can see why this ability is so game changing.

In constructed, the jury is still out whether this card will make White Weenie viable again. I'm hoping it will, as I would love to see it come of age again. If it does happen, Shikari will probably have a big hand in it.  As far as type 1.tabletop, Leonin Shikari is what Casual play is all about. Some highly abusable ability taken to the limits of abusiveness. This card makes equipment fun, and casual players will undoubtedly find a niche for it. In limited, you have to have the equipment available to abuse, but if you do and you're going white, be sure Shiz-kicka makes the cut.

Constructed: 3 (jury's out)
Casual: 4
Limited: 3.5
Current Price: $10

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Thursday - Leonin Shikari
The biggest boon to a possible White Weenie deck in a while. This will help move your power and toughness boosting equipment where it needs to be. You will see some attempted use of this and Lightning Greaves, but the Greaves isn't a card that should be in a White Weenie deck, as it is non-synergistic (that is, they cards don't fit). Good to have, but not as great as has been said.
In casual, the aforementioned combo with Lightning Greaves will see A LOT of play. And for good reason, as 99% of the removal in casual is targeted.
In limited, the ability to move equipment around at instant speed is nice, but this isn't something I would force into my deck. If it fit, though, I would play it.
Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 4
Limited: 3


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 Thursday - Leonin Shikari

This is another card from Darksteel that is hugely popular right out of the gates. Right now, I've viewing this guy as just another bear (2/2 man for two mana). I think it does have some uses, but where does it fit in. It almost has to be in a weenie deck that can abuse all of the equipment. However, I feel that if you are eating up those slots with a couple more equipment cards and obviously adding four more creatures (Shikari), then you might be taking away any good removal or utility spells from the deck.

This guy is a casual deck all-star though I would imagine. There are a ton of neat things you can do. It would be fun to build some casual decks with this card to see the possibilities. Whether I play this guy in limited or not will be solely dependent on how my draft turned out in regard to my equipment situation.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.7
Limited: 2.5

Jeff Zand

5 Time Pro Tour

Level 2 Judge

 Leonin Shikari

Another great 2/2 for two mana addition to current white weenie strategies, Leonin Shikari does something else important for constructed play; he makes equipment more realistically playable. With Leo in play, you can equip Lightning Greaves (for zero mana cost) at instant speed to any of your creatures, effectively countering the creature elimination card your opponent just tried to target your creature with. What if your opponent responds with an instant like Shrapnel Blast to destroy your Leonin Shikari?
You simply respond by equipping the Shikari with the Greaves, countering the Blast. Equipping at instant speed changes everything where equipment is concerned. Instant speed makes equipment GOOD ENOUGH for constructed (some equipment was already good enough for constructed). As a a rare, Leonin Shikari doesnít figure to make much of a difference in limited, and white players in those formats are already drafting all the equipment they can.

 Van Zandt

 Leonin Shikari
Best dude for white weenie here... jump that splitter, mask of memory, empyrial plate, or clamp around as blockers best suit. lets equip work on your first striker and a normal damager. Very scary in limited for both these reasons, all in a reasonable grizzly bear.
constructed 3.1
casual 2.9
limited 3.2

Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
 Leonin Shikari

This card won my ďcool factorĒ award when I first saw it for the set. The amazing things you can do in limited with this guy are stunning. This guy with the BolaÖ. Good times. This guy with the LongBowÖ. Good times.. This guy with just about any equipmentÖ Good Times. Itís even playable in constructed white weenie being a 2/2 for 1W, although there are certainly better choices out there. In casual, it should be good for some equipment fun for those of you capitalizing on this blocks new card type.

Casual: 3
Constructed: 2
Limited: 5

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 Thursday-Leonin Shikari

Well I donít know about everyone else in the magic world but I was not a fan of equipment because of the fact that you couldnít move it at instant speed and with this guy you can. I think that when you add this guy and Lightning Greeves together you get a nasty combination. In just about every form of magic you can have a lot of fun with this guy as long as you back him up with the proper equipment. He is an all around good creature. In a game where you usually donít get a secondary ability for a 2/2 that cost 2 it makes the guy a bargain.

Constructed 3
Casual 3
Limited 3


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 Leonin Shikari

The Grizzly Bear just donít cut it any more, heh. This guy, along with Skullclamp and the Swords, does some really interesting things to possibly make White Weenie into a really aggressive deck again. Lightning Greaves helps to make this guy even more silly if you look at the Goblins matchup. However, there really just isnít enough of a space in constructed right now for this deckÖthough Iím really hoping Iím wrong.

The goodness of this guy in limited directly corresponds to the number and quality of equipment in your deck. If youíre the guy with Greaves/Skullclamp/etc. etc. then this guy should probably be a fairly high pick. Otherwise, heís just okay.

I really donít know if equipment is seeing that much play in multiplayer and whatnot. I would suspect not.

Constructed: 3.25
Limited: 2.5 up to 3.75
Casual: 1.5
Chase  Leonin Shikari

Could this card make WW come on top of Type 2? I doubt it but it will come close. 2/2 for 2 is good all by itself, but the fact that you can equip a Lightning Greaves or whatever at Instant speed makes any deck running burn get worried. This card says ďkill me NOWĒ in WW. Equip Loxodon Warhammer right before damage is on the stack and you gain at least 3 life while dealing trample damage. I think Lightning Greaves is the most powerful trick with this, as most every deck is running some kind of creature destruction, but even a Bonespliter can easily catch them off guard. WW may still be weak for whatever reason, but my Gobos and I will be watching out for this card.

In Casual, itís decent, but equipment is still fairly new and there arenít too many of them around. This easily shortens your deck to a pretty close version of Type 2 WW. For now, it isnít that good, but after more equipment is released in Earth and various other sets, this will be better.

In Limited, itís a 2/2 for 2 and allows you to play your random equipments faster. But itís bad because you canít focus a limited deck on abusing equipment. No thanks.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 2
Limited: 1.5

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