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Sensei's Divining Top 
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed October 29, 2004

Constructed: 2.33
Casual: 2.42
Limited: 2.58

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1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

I have to say, I've seen this card in action, and it's a lot more interesting than it first appears. It's actually pretty powerful.  And I have seen a high demand for the card already.

In limited, this thing is great in helping you get to what you need to draw.

In casual, people usually aren't big on card draw.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 3.5

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Sensei's Divining Top - Champions of Kamigawa - $2.94

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Friday -
A lot of people are pretty psyched about this card. However, unless you have a way to shuffle your deck (*cough* Journeyer's Kite *cough*), it's just an Orcish Spy. So this turns out to be a highly specialized card, but one that will see some play, I'm sure.
In casual, people will probably like this. It lets you set up your draws, and in a pinch, it gets you one card deeper.
In limited, it's ok. Not bad, but nothing to write home about, either.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 2.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Sensei's Divining Top

This card is better than I thought it was when I first saw it. In limited, the Divining Top is probably good enough to play most of the time. The reason I thought it was bad was because I was thinking about this card as a poor card-drawing device. I SHOULD have been thinking of the Top as a library manipulation device. I don't know how this got past me, because I was an ARDENT ADMIRER of this card's "grandfather", Sylvan Library. My fifth round opponent schooled me with this card at Grand Prix Austin a few weeks ago, knocking me right out of the tournament! It remains to be seen if this card is good enough for constructed play, I think it's a little too clunky and slow and probably just not enough of a difference maker for constructed, but we'll all just have to keep an eye on this card and maybe give it a shot in a few decks.

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

Senseiís Divining Top


Thereís been a lot of talk about this card being constructed worthy, and it even showed up in some of the States decks this past weekend, but I have to say Iím a naysayer on this one.  While it is some form of deck manipulation, itís not really card draw except purely as a cantrip of sorts, and it seems to suck up mana in a format that, while slower, is still rather tempo driven. Sorry, I vote thumbs down on the top. If I want deck manipulation, Iíll play blue.


Constructed:                 1                     

Casual:                         2

Limited:                        2


* game store owner

Sensei's Divining Top - Friday
I honestly don't know if this card is any good for constructed or not. It doesn't really seem like it. However, with some of the new guys that let you get special effects for knowing what your top card is, this might be key. Casual players tend to enjoy cards like this, so this is most likely tailored to their crowd. In limited play, this is definitely OK.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5
Sensei's Divining Top --

I really like the Top. It's dirt cheap, it lets you stack your deck, and if you are on the hunt for a card, you can get it -- at the cost of the next card you draw. Overall, I don't think the Top belongs in every deck, but it can definitely find room in anything remotely slow and controllish.

I may or may not play this card in limited. It won't be the first card to make the cut into my deck; in fact, it might be one of the last two or three. However, I can see it being very useful, so I won't give it a horrible rating.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 2.0

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