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Card : Akki Lavarunner  
Cost : 3R  
Type : Creature - Goblin Warrior  
Power : 1/1  
Text : Haste When Akki Lavarunner deals damage to an opponent, flip it. /flip/ Tok-Tok, Volcano Born Legendary Creature - Goblin Shaman Protection from red If a red source would deal damage to a player, it deals that much damage plus 1 to that player instead. 2/2


Akki Lavarunner 
Champions of Kamigawa Rare

Reviewed September 13, 2004

Constructed: 1.2
Casual: 2.2
Limited: 1.8

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

A 1/1 for four?  Ew, not so hot.  And somehow, he has to do damage to an opponent before he dies so he can flip to his more useful side.  In constructed, this isn't going to happen, no way, no how. 

In limited, yuck.  Just find something else.

In casual, you might be able to take advantage of its non combat specific damage requirement by using an enchantment on it to do it's dirty work. How about...Fire Whip Viridian Longbow, Quicksilver Dagger, etc..or some other equipment or enchantment that will give this guy an ability to ping a player. Then, after it flips, you'll be able to do an extra damage with any red creatures or burn spells. Could be an interesting theme.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 3
Limited: 1.5

   Current Price:
Akki Lavarunner - Champions of Kamigawa - $TBA

   Combos Well With:
Firewhip - Weatherlight - $0.19
Quicksilver Dagger - Apocalypse - $0.19
Viridian Longbow - Mirrodin - $0.12

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Akki Lavarunner
One of the new cards from CoK, the first side is awful. A 1/1 red haste creature costs 1, not 4. The extra 3 mana is supposed to be the bonus for when you flip it. Lemme tell ya right now, folks ... Tok-Tok is not a bonus worth the extra mana. Sulfuric Vortex, the card on which this ability is based, costs 2 mana itself. The protection from red won't matter outside of limited - if your opponent is playing red, it'll never flip. It'll get shocked.
And in limited, the chances of a 1/1 getting through on the 4th turn or later are slim and none, and slim just left the building.
Constructed - 1
Casual - 1
Limited - 1


Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Akki Lavarunner
The new flippy-card-thing in Champions of Kamigawa feels like WAY TOO MUCH
OF A GIMMICK, an idea that doesn't belong in Magic. This is probably the
kind of "evolution" that we can expect from Magic since Wizards insists on
creating 500 new cards every year. All that having been said, Akki
Lavarunner is kind of an interesting card. A 1/1 with an ability that only
works when he has damaged an opponent really does need haste, and this card
delivers. Once Akki flips into Tok-Tok, he is a very good card indeed. No
matter what you think about this new flipping card mechanic, I think you
have to agree that the Lavarunner is strictly for fun decks and for limited
decks. Casting cost and the need for this card to deal damage to an opponent
before it becomes good are two reasons Akki Lavarunner will not be a big hit
in constructed decks.
CASUAL:           3.0
LIMITED:           3.0

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

Akki Lavarunner


Look, no matter how you slice it, four mana for a 1/1 haste guy is not that amazing. Heck four mana for a 2/2 Protection from Red guy that adds one damage on to all red spells is barely worth the cost, especially since it only affects red spells dealt to a player, and can hurt you as well as harm you.


I donít know what it is about this card, but I despise it. Iím not saying itís a horrible card. Itís slightly over costed in my opinion, but not unplayably so. The problem is that this card completely lacks flavor to me. Itís less than a Furnace of Rath, its too expensive for a generic Pro Red Creature, and it just seems a bit lacking in overall ďcoolness.Ē


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        2



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

This cards seems pretty silly. It's overcosted. It's ability is pretty average. I don't see where he would fit into many decks. This card seems pretty destined to be a casual player card for life. I will say that this cards used with Furnace of Rath is going to cause all kinds of rules problems to be answered :(

Overall, it seems weak.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 1.5
Akki Lavarunner --

I'm not terribly excited about this card in any way, shape, or form. I don't think there has ever been a 1/1 Haste dude for four mana that has been worth much. By the time he hits play, your opponent should have *something* out to deal with him. Even control has Solemn Simulacrum. Then, if you somehow manage to punch through damage, you get a 2/2 creature with another mediocre ability...that you can only have one of in play at a time.

Casual players may give this card slightly more attention to this card, if only because it is a legend. However, there are tons of better red cards out there, so pass this one up.

In limited, I'm not sure if I would bother including this guy in my deck. In draft, I think I'd manage to have a lot of better creatures, and if not, I'm probably not doing to hot, anyways. In sealed I might give the Lavarunner a second glance, but I might be better off just dipping into a third color.

In short: too expensive for too little.

Constructed Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 2.0

 Van Zandt

Akki Lavarunner
Hi, you're too expensive, your condition is too hard to meet, and even if it
is met, the reward isn't great enough.  kthxbye.
constructed 0.5
casual 1
limited 0.5

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