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Hearth Kami 
Champions of Kamigawa Common

Reviewed October 26, 2004

Constructed: 2.83
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 3.17

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Well, it's targeted artifact destruction with legs. And it's a common, so it's cheap.  But does it really beat out Shatter and the like?  If artifacts become less in the forefront, then it's being a creature gives you some versatility, I suppose.  But I don't see this guy making tournament grade.

In limited, he'd be amazing if this were Mirrodin block.  But it's not.  He's worth filler space if you're going Red, though, as he he has 2 power for 2 mana, and an ability that just might be useful.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2.5

   Current Price:
Hearth Kami - Champions of Kamigawa - $0.46

Judge Bill

*Level 2
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*game store employee

Tuesday -
(Please note my reviews for this week were written before Champs, which was this past weekend. So if some new deck has come out exploiting cards featured this week, or if a description of the metagame is way off, I apologize for missing it.)
A great little card against affinity, with which you will often get 2 for 1's.
However, against any other deck, you're grossly overpaying for a 2/1 vanilla creature. So keep this in the sideboard in constructed, as while affinity will be in the metagame, I don't think it will distort the metagame so much as to require you to play this main deck.
In casual, I guess this is OK if affinity has swept your playgroup.
In limited, you do get 2 power for 2 mana. And the artifacts in the block generally require you to have an answer like this, although there aren't as many as there were in the last block. If I was playing red, I would definitely play this.
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 3

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Hearth Kami

This little 2/1 for two mana is a good addition to Champions of Kamigawa limited decks because he's small, he's easy to cast and he gives your deck a way to deal with artifacts without including a more narrow card, like one that only destroys an artifact, in your deck. In constructed, Hearth Kami has immediately found favor with red players that want more ways to deal with Affinity decks. Against Affinity, you can play Hearth Kami on turn two (or turn one with a Chrome Mox in play...) and immediately sacrifice the Hearth Kami to destroy an artifact with a casting cost of one of those artifact lands your Affinity opponent just played!


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

Hearth Kami


As far as limited goes, this card is great, filling in the two-drop slot with a two power creature, as well as having a potentially useful ability. While the good artifacts are admittedly few and far between in Champions limited, heís still worth playing. Is he constructed worthy? Itís a close call. I think he has some potential against affinity, being able to block a creature and destroy a Cranial Plating definitely would make me smile. We shall see.


Constructed:                 3

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        4


* game store owner (The Game Closet)

Hearth Kami - Tuesday
This guy I like. He's efficiently costed. He only requires one primary in the casting cost. He kill artifacts. This card leaves little to be upset about. Casual players can easily find better cards to use, but for standard constructed play, I'd expect to see a lot of these guys running around. In limited play, I would take some in the middle of a draft mostly for filler.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 3
Hearth Kami --

I was amused with this card when I first saw it. You get a decent creature for your two mana -- nothing special, but acceptable -- and it comes equipped with a cool ability. At its very worst, you can at least turn it sideways. At best, against Affinity, you have a walking Shatter. Don't want to see that Ravager start to go nuts? Pay two mana. Playing land destruction? Pay nothing to blow up an artifact land.

If your buddies are running anything artifact heavy, I might sneak this guy in for a test drive. He can become a big threat early in the game. If you are playing against him, you actually have to get rid of it before you play a big artifact threat.

In limited, I'll let the Kami into my deck. It isn't too small for its cost and it comes with a decent ability. It's not a first pick, but I won't let it pass by too long.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 3.0 [I know, I know -- but it really is 3.0 all over]

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