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Takeno, Samurai General
Champions of Kamigawa Rare
Reviewed October 21, 2004
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game store owner in CA,
Looks like Takeno
wants to run a Samurai army. While it's not
for tournament constructed, I am quite sure we'll
see some casual Samurai decks hitting the table.
The question is, is this 3/3 for SIX mana worth
In limited, you'd have
to have quite a large Samurai army to make it
worth playing. If you do...woohoo! He's
nice. If not, skip him.
Champions of Kamigawa -
*game store employee
At six mana, you
have to ask yourself just one question in
relation to constructed: does it win the game or
at least put you in a near unassailable
position? The clear answer here is no, so this
should never see play.
In casual, fine for
a samurai deck.
In limited, if
you're white, there's a strong chance you're
playing a lot of samurai. So this guy would be
great, assuming you're already playing white.
Time Pro Tour
While two expensive and clumsy to play in
constructed, this legendary Human
Samurai is a very powerful card in limited. A 5/5
whenever he blocks or is
blocked, it's pretty hard to take down Takeno in
combat. More importantly,
this Samurai General makes all of your other
Samurai much more powerful.
* Level 3 DCI Judge
Let the Samurai Deck
commence! Although, quite costly, as a casual card
this guy is fun as heck, and a great one of for a
Samurai Deck. In limited, he’s playable, but there
are better things at that cost unless you have
drafted/opened a lot of samurai. In competitive
constructed, he’s just too much for too little.
Nonetheless, he gets props for flavor and fun.
* game store owner (The
Game Closet - Waco,TX)
I have visions of
there being a good samurai deck. For all I know,
it could be the next wave of white weenie that
hits the scene. But for now that's all
speculation. Even at the high cost, Takeno, could
be good for a samurai deck. Unfortunately, his
cost also keeps you from wanting more than one
(and at best two copies) in the deck. In limited
play, I'd only take him if I had already drafted a
LOT of samurai creatures.
For the most part, I don't like any card that
costs six or more than isn't winning me the game,
or immediately preventing my opponent from winning
the game. Takeno can get me halfway there, but as
he doesn't do the deed on his own, I can't give
him a great rating.
Takeno does fit well (obviously) into Samurai
decks, and I won't bash either of his abilities --
making all Samurai huge is good, but the fact that
a majority of Samurai have Bushido makes this card
all that much better.
If I've pulled up a fair number of Samurai and my
white looks decent (as it tends to in Champions),
Takeno will generally make the cut. I'm not
entirely sure that he's a first pick, but he
should go within the first four in a draft.
Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 3.5
Limited Rating: 3.5