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Orim's Chant 
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed November 12, 2004

Constructed: 3.6
Casual: 3.6
Limited: 2.6

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Orim's Chant


* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

When Chant first came out, it seemed just a quirky spell that didn't really seem to have a niche.  But time has changed all that, and Orim's Chant has taken its place in control as a power card.  A low with kicker casting cost of only WW makes it extremely playable.  Throw this under a Isochron Scepter, and it becomes even more crazy.

In limited, it loses some vigor as this card really needs a deck to be built around it.  In casual, though, it's extremely fun control when you play it with the Isochron Scepter combo, and will most likely have your opponent's chanting back at you (with foul language) as you frustrate the hell out of them.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 4
Limited: 1.5

   Current Price:
Orim's Chant - Planeshift - $11.36

   Combos Well With:
Isochron Scepter - Mirrodin - $4.13

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Finally, to one of the two key cards in the other semifinalist (Nicholas West's deck) [along with Isochron Scepter, which we reviewed over a year ago]. This is taken right from (what seems like) a popular casual deck, in which putting this on the Scepter leads to your opponent never being able to cast any non-instant spell, as well as being not able to attack if you pay the extra white mana. West tuned this deck to perfection, and rode it all the way to the semifinals, losing to a red deck.
Being able to lock your opponent out of the game for one turn can be good. Being able to lock your opponent out of the rest of his turns can be huge.
As I said above, his deck was originally a casual deck, before he found the right listing and the right luck. Looks like a lot of fun to play, too.
In limited, this isn't too good. It doesn't affect the board at all, and is a minor nuisance. But just a minor nuisance.
Constructed: 4
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 1.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Orim's Chant
Orim's Chant never measured up to the greatness of its predecessor,
Abeyance. During the summer following Abeyance's debut, Abeyance was legally
used for effects from countering a spell to giving its controller a free
turn. In the end, Abeyance was neither Counterspell nor Time Walk. Once the
rules were all straightened out, Abeyance turned out to be...well, Orim's
Chant. In limited, Orim's Chant was fun because you could alpha strike on
your turn (kind of means ATTACK WITH EVERYTHING) and then cast Orim's Chant
during your opponent's turn to keep them from attacking on their turn or
even from adding to their creature forces. Orim's Chant played a certain
role in constructed control decks during its time in Standard format play,
but was never a really outstanding card.
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          3.5

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

Orimís Chant


I am a big fan of Abeyance, and this card is as good even if it doesnít draw me a card. Recently the extended Pro Tour showed how great it was to put this on an Isochron Scepter, and itís hard to deny the capability of the card to act as a psuedo-Time Walk in almost every case. This card has benefits in limited as well, with it ďfogĒ like ability, and in Casual, its bound to cause a stir or two, while it may make you quite the target afterwards. In short, itís just a great solid card.


Constructed:                 4

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        3


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

This card is...well...good.  In almost every way, this thing is brilliant.  It's cheap to cast.  It can really upset an opponent's plan.  It's like a psuedo Time walk in many cases.  It even trades well.

I would be surprised to see anyone on our panel give this card a low rating.  The card is scary enough that you have to actually plan on your opponent having it sometimes just to keep yourself from getting caught with your pants down.  

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
Orim's Chant --

Writing this review, I have a suspicion I might be the low man on the totem pole when it comes to rating this card, because I'm not a huge fan of it.  Yes, someone will mention Isochron Scepter, but even then, I honestly don't hold it in *that* high of regard.  Orim's Chant seems like its OK, but it never seemed to do quite enough for me.  Whenever I see Orim's Chant in a deck, there is usually a card that would fit a little bit better.  I'm giving it a mediocre rating, because I think the Chant is a sideboard card at best.

I might play Chant in limited, if only to delay my opponent from beating my face in.  It might be a good combination with a ton of creatures, as you get to Alpha Strike two turns in a row.

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

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