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Champions of Kamigawa Common
Reviewed October 27, 2004
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game store owner in CA,
Ah yes...it's either
amazing, or crap. It's one or the other, and
nothing in between, as far as tournament
viability goes. If it finds an arcane deck
to hang in, Ray will be crazy good. If not,
it's just... poop.
In limited, it's
direct damage, and you play it if you're going
red. Period. It's not mind-boggling good,
but it's extremely solid.
In casual, the same
that I said for tournament applies, but a little
more loosely. If you can have fun with this
and build a cool Arcane deck, this is a definite
4 or 1
Glacial Ray -
Champions of Kamigawa -
Well With: -
*game store employee
I really don't think there are enough
arcane cards yet to warrant playing this
over something like Magma Jet. (Again,
note my parenthetical remark from
yesterday.) When we have the full block,
I'm pretty sure that this will be a key
card in a splice deck. However, the
cards just aren't here yet.
In casual, I'm sure someone will be
playing a splice deck, even this early.
That would be the only deck this would
be played in, as there are so many more
effecient cards than this to work with.
In limited, it's removal. I'd play it if
I were red, and I would strongly
consider a red splash for this card.
Time Pro Tour
Glacial Ray is the hands down best common red
card in Champions of Kamigawa for limited play,
and one of the best cards in the set altogether.
The key to this card's greatness is its low
Splice onto Arcane cost of 1R, the same as its
normal casting cost. This factor allows Glacial
Ray to be easily spliced onto all kinds of
Arcane spells, allowing you to essentially
turning your Glaicial Ray into a reusable damage
machine for destroying creatures or finishing
off your opponent. This card has not made the
jump to contructed yet, because the jury is
still out on whether or not there are enough
good Arcane spells for use in constructed.
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
Claimed by many to be the best common in
Champions Limited, this card lives up to the
hype. Itís amazing on its own, and its ability
to be used multiple times with splicing can
completely dominate a game. Still, unless you
have a constructed deck built around Arcane
spells, itís unlikely itíll see much constructed
play. Perhaps in block or casual formats.
Glacial Ray - Wednesday
This card is perfectly costed. This card is
highly useful. The only thing that keeps me from
giving it a high rating is my uncertainty in the
usefulness of Splice onto Arcane.
Glacial Ray --
I can see playing this card in any deck with a)
red cards *and* b) arcane spells. Otherwise,
stick with Magma Jet. However, the ability to
repetitively shock something for two mana is a
bit too tempting to pass up if you are even
running a single set of an arcane spell.
Incidentally, why is this card "glacial" ray?
That seems so weird, seeing an ice term on a red
card. But then I might be acting too picky.
In limited, I'll scoop this card pretty early.
First, its removal, which is never a bad thing
to see in limited. Second, there are enough
Arcane spells floating around in limited that
you can get multiple uses out of the Ray.
Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 3.5