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Oni Possession 
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed November 4, 2004

Constructed: 1.6
Casual: 2.6
Limited: 2.2

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

An interesting and perhaps dangerous card.  While I don't see it happening in constructed (though if it cost a lot less, it could be an interesting Suicide Black card), it has potential in limited, usually on the back of a flyer or venomed Snake. There are also benefits to playing a few ogres too, like Villainous Ogre. But put Possession on a flyer, and you could really get a fast kill if your opponent can't deal with it.  And remember, if for some reason the creature you enchanted loses it's ability to get the job done (Cage of Hands, for example), you can always sacrifice IT during your upkeep.

The decision on whether to play this card from your hand in draft or sealed depends on your board state.  If you have a bunch of creatures on the board that are too small to be of much use, AND you have a creature that can either evade (through flying or fear or hugeness), and you think you can kill your opponent before running out of creatures to sac without being killed yourself, then it's a good bargain.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 3.5

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Oni Possession

Benefits: You get an extra 3 power and toughness, and trample. (You also get an additional couple of creature types, which usually only matter tangentally.)

Drawback: You have to sacrifice a creature each upkeep.

Analysis: It would take a very dedicated deck to have the drawback not overcome the benefits. (Think of a deck that makes a lot of tokens.) Thus, probably not good for any competitive play (constructed or limited), and OK for a casual deck that can afford it (in terms of sacrificing creatures). Still, in a casual deck, I would much rather play Rancor instead.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 2
Limited: 1

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Oni Possession
If you think about this card the right way, it can be a very important card
for your limited decks. As a creature enchantment played in the middle of a
competitive game, you may find yourself losing too many creatures,
sacrificing one each turn to your own creature enchantment. However, if you
think of this card as a finishing blow that you play on your biggest
creature and then attack for the win, Oni Possession becomes a much more
interesting...possession in your deck. Somewhere out there, someone is
developing a constructed deck with four Oni Possession, a lot of weenie
black creatures and creatures that give you a benefit when you sacrifice
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          3.0

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

Oni Possession


I keep trying to make this work in limited, and it does win me games, but all too often I find myself looking at in my hand and thinking that I will easily lose if I cast it. Itís quite a flavorful card, though, so I give it thumbs up for flavorful casual decks. Build that evil demon deck, and they will come.


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        2

Oni Possession --

Ew. I wasn't too excited when I heard that creature enchantments were coming back, because unlike Equipment, WotC R&D has to work really hard to make a good, tournament-worthy creature enchantment. Quick, name ten that saw a lot of play! Exactly.

This card only furthers my feelings on the subject. When was the last time you saw a card that made you sacrifice a creature at the beginning of your upkeep that was good? The last one I can think of was Braids, Cabal Minion, and that was more because Braids made your *opponent* sacrifice something, too!

The +3/+3 that Oni Possession grants is a bonus, but it isn't worth the cost.

Constructed Rating: 1.0
Casual Rating: 1.5
Limited Rating: 1.5

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