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Humble Budoka 
Champions of Kamigawa Common

Reviewed October 19, 2004

Constructed: 2.1
Casual: 2
Limited: 2.7

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Untargettable bear.  This is a far way from Wild Mongrel.  Green often survives by using Giant Growth type cards to get bigger, and you can't do that with him.  Honesty, I'm not impressed - sorry.

In limited, it's a green card if you need something early in the curve.

Constructed: 2
Limited: 2.5


* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

 He's a bear (a Bear in M:TG usually refers to a 2/2 creature for 2 mana, like Grizzly Bears), but this Bear has something interesting about him.  He can't be targeted by your opponent, so he can't be burned out or enchanted by him.  But he also can't be targeted by you.  So no equipment, no enchantments, no pumping him up, etc.  It's a double-edged sword, really.  Let's be honest...a 2/2 is only great for a short while in your match.  If you can't do anything to pump him up for the later game, he's kinda small.

In limited, he's a solid filler for a green deck.

In casual, just a tad too boring to make most cuts.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 2.5

   Current Price:
Humble Budoka - Champions of Kamigawa - $0.

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

A 2/2 untargetable for 2. A nice little thing to have, as you're basically getting untargetability for free (compared to Grizzly Bears). Unfortunately, this guy is much too small to matter much after the first couple turns, as the untargetability really bites you in the rear after that, as you're usually the one who wants to target him then to pump him up.
In limited, he fits right in the curve, and would be a good playable. Outside of limited, while he is priced right, every creature that is currently played is on sale compared to him. I wouldn't play him.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Humble Budoka
Usually, if a creature has the ability that it cannot be targeted by spells
and abilities, this is a big advantage to you, the controller of this
untargetable creature. In the case of an early game creature like Humble
Budoka, an able-bodied 2/2 for 1G, the inability to be targeted is just as
often a drawback for the controller of the creature. In green, one of your
primary ways to cause your David creature to beat your opponent's Goliath
creature in combat is to block the bigger attacker with your smaller blocker
and then pump up your small blocker with some sort of Giant Growth effect.
Humble Budoka doesn't let you do that. When I'm attacked by Humble Budoka
and some other 2/2 creature and my only blocker is also a 2/2, I will always
block the Humble Budoka, because I know that my opponent will not be able to
save the Humble Budoka by targeting it with any spells or abilities. After
saying all that, Humble Budoka remains a healthy 2/2 for two mana that you
will gladly include in your limited decks in the fairly speedy environment
that Champions of Kamigawa limited is turning out to be. In constructed, I
can't imagine ever wanted to play Humble Budoka.
CASUAL:           2.0
LIMITED:          3.0

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

Humble Budoka


Well, he’s a 2/2 for two mana, so by default he can’t be too bad. His ability to not be the target of spells or effects is largely beneficial, sucking only when you want to target him with a pump spell. He’s just a solid creature all around, not one I would say take out if he was in your deck, or put in if he wasn’t. Let’s just call him ‘average’ and move along.


Constructed:                 2

Casual:                         2

Limited:                        3



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

I don't get it. It's a grizzly bear that can't be targeted. I guess against black or red it might be good to sideboard in, but I bet there ar ebetter options. Regardless, it's just a glorified grizzly bear.

constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 2
Humble Budoka --

This guy is a real bear. 1G for a 2/2. However, unlike many cards with a similar cost, he comes equipped with a stellar ability. I won't put Humble Budoka in the category with Wild Mongrel, River Boa, or Albino Troll, but he does get to hang out in the great sideboard ranks with Blurred Mongoose. I can't see using Budoka in anything but your sideboard for tournament play, but he should be pretty stellar against anything without too many creatures.

For casual play, I'm not sure what Budoka has to offer that other cards don't do for better. Why play Budoka when you can have Blurred Mongoose, Wild Mongoose, or Troll Ascetic?

In limited play, I'll usually let this guy sneak into my deck if I don't have too many early drops, but he is one of the later cards to make the cut. At the very worst, he can hang back as a chump blocker late in the game.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 1.5
Limited Rating: 2.5

 Van Zandt

Humble Budoka
Yay for green can't-be-targetteds!  Too bad the mirrodin version (where you
can target but they can't) didn't carry over.  Very dependable guy to trade
for their grizzly bears,  just watch for indomitable will.  Not blurred
mongoose, but certainly a step up from vintara snapper.
constructed 2.5
casual 2
limited 3

Secret Squirrel on the

Humble Budoka

Now we have a different kind of “Grizzly Bear,” except wizards kinda screwed up on this.  If it said “Humble Budoka cannot be the target of spells or abilities your opponent’s control” it would be much better.  Sadly the “can’t be a target by spells or abilities” will probably backfire on you more.  You cannot give this any power boosts, and the part about your opponent not being able to target it doesn’t help either because why would they want to kill a 2/2 unless they were desperate? 

All in all, it’s not a very good card.  There are very few circumstances where the untargettable part would be useful.


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