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Champions of Kamigawa Common
Reviewed October 26, 2004
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game store owner in CA,
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.
Hearth Kami -
Champions of Kamigawa -
*game store employee
(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.
Time Pro Tour
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 zero...like one of those
artifact lands your Affinity opponent just
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
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.
* game store owner (The
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
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]