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Godo, Bandit Warlord 
Champions of Kamigawa Rare

Reviewed September 17, 2004

Constructed: 2.1
Casual: 3.4
Limited: 2.8

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Um...good ability, high casting cost.  A second attack each turn can be really killer.  Getting an equipment into play isn't bad either. It's probably costed too high for tournament play, but it could make an interesting casual deck. Put a bunch of Viridian Longbows on your Samurais, then you get to double ping something.

In limited, this could be interesting, depending on how many Samurais you can get your hands on.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Godo, Bandit Warlord
The equipment ability is for limited in my opinion. Currently, there are no equipment cards in constructed that make me value this ability at all. (I write each week's reviews on Sunday, so I haven't seen any of this week's cards yet, or cards from the FAQ.)
6 mana for a 3/3 and a Relentless Assault is OK. It only untaps Samurai, but there's no rule saying you can't hold back some creatures for a second attack that aren't Samurai. You can also pretend your Samurai have a sort of "vigilance," if you will, because you don't have to attack with them in the second combat phase.
Still, 6 mana? The benefits this card provides in constructed, to me, aren't worth the extra 2 mana above a vanilla red 3/3.
In limited, this has marginal value, allowing you to split attacks, or attack and block with Samurai, as discussed above.
Constructed - 2
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 2.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Godo, Bandit Warlord
This six casting cost Legend instantly gives you card economy by finding a
piece of equipment in your deck AND putting it directly into play. Once the
Bandit Warlord no longer has summoning sickness, he becomes QUITE SICK for
your opponent, essentially giving you a second attack step in any turn where
he is used as an attacker. This card feels kind of slow for constructed, but
should be an important card for turning the tide in a limited game whenever
he hits the table.
CASUAL:           3.0
LIMITED:          3.5

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

Godo, Bandit Warlord


When I read this guy’s second ability, I honestly thought to myself “This card has to be fake. There’s no way Wizards would word a card like this. ‘Whenever Godo attacks for the first time each turn?’ What kind of card template is that?”


But suspending my disbelief for a moment, let’s assume that’s really the wording.


He fetches ANY equipment and puts it into PLAY when he comes into play. That’s admittedly pretty good. Especially in limited if you have equipment cards that rhyme with Box O’ Fun Bore Slammer or Lull Damp, but there’s no evidence that Champions of Kamigawa has any equipment worth searching for, so its limited functionality is yet to be determined. In constructed, six mana for a 3/3 is never the best of plays, even for his “double attack” ability.


No, this guy lays firmly in the slot of “cute casual card,” and hopefully he will get some play in that arena, because I’m not sure I see him getting play elsewhere.


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        2



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

Godo, Bandit Warlord - Friday

I like everything about Godo but his casting cost. If Godo were a little cheaper to cast, I'd love him. Even if he cost one less generic mana, I'd be happy. As it is though, he might be a glorified barbarian that won't see much play. I'm also unsure of how many samurai creatures there are in this set. If there are some decent ones to build a deck around I might change my tune. As is though, I'm not impressed.

Casual guys will love a guy that gives them extra attack steps for free, so I'd expect them to be into this guy. Traditionally, guys like this are bad in limited because of their high cost to low power ratio.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2
Godo, Bandit Warlord --

Yuck. You are paying six mana for a 3/3 and a piece of equipment that will usually be something simple, like a Bonesplitter or a Sword of Fire and Ice. Next, he pretty much relies on you having a horde of Samurai to be really effective. I would be more sympathetic if Godo had haste, but he even lets your opponent have a turn to prep for the onslaught.

I guess how good Godo is depends on how good many of the Samurai in the set are, especially since I can't think of any others roaming around right now (maybe in Portal: Three Kingdoms?). There need to be 4-5 *really good* Samurai in CoK for Godo to be worth consideration in most decks.

In limited, unless you can draft up a horde of Samurai, I'd say just pass this guy up. Again, this really relies on what your card pool is, and since I haven't experienced a draft or sealed environment with Champions yet, I'm not sure I can rate this guy fairly.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 2.0

 Van Zandt

Godo, Bandit Warlord
Hm, not only is he a reusable relentless assault, he can also just be an
"all my creatures attack without tapping", which makes him that much
stronger in limited.  And since he gets you some equipment, you can find
something that makes it so he doesn't die the first time he attacks,
hopefully.  Not broken,  but a potential game-winner nonetheless.
constructed 2
casual 3.5
limited 4

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