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Nagao, Bound by Honor 
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed September 21, 2004

Constructed: 2.3
Casual: 3.4
Limited: 3.3

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Scott Gerhardt

What we have here is an amazingly good card.  It attacks and blocks, both at 4/4 for 4.  If blocked while attacking, it gets 5/5.  That's REAL good for a 4 drop, especially only W3.  I think a decent Samurai deck is gonna pop-up in type 2, and this guy is definitely going to be in it.  Firther play it with Hall of the Bandit lord, and the Haste makes him and everything else get big right away. 

In limited, it's power is obvious.  Even without other Samurai, it's gonna be solid on it's own.  It's no breaker or a card, but it should see a lot of play.

Constructed:  4
Limited: 4


* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

A very solid limited card, Nagao should see a lot of play along with the many Samurais available in the new set.  3/3's for four mana are a solid deal, and add to that the fact that Nagao becomes at least a 4/4 when attacking or blocking, plus gives bonuses to your Samurai army... nice!

In constructed, it's fate is unknown at this point, though doubted.  In casual though, I have already seen people even at the pre-release trying to put together Samurai decks.  Nagao is uncommon, and so a good lead for an inexpensive yet powerful casual deck.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 4

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   Combos Well With:
Any Samurai - Champions of Kamigawa

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

This card has a combination of two of the themes of Champions - Bushido and samurai. A 3/3 with Bushido 1 for 4 mana is a good creature to have. There are also a lot of samurai in Champions, so if you're playing this guy, you're likely playing quite a few samurai also. remember he is a samurai too, so he gives himself the bonus, making him that much better.
In constructed, this is probably too slow, as a 4 mana creature needs to bee good to be played.
There's probablyt a casual samurai deck out there, but this wouldn't be the centerpiece of it. A very bland ability for a theme deck.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 3

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Nagao, Bound by Honor
This legendary Samurai may look average at first glance, but he is actually
one of the best creatures from Champions for limited play. His casting cost
may be too high for constructed, but in limited, you will take a 3/3 for
four mana all day. Add to this Bushido 1 and the ability to help other
Samurai attacking with him. As an uncommon, Nagao is one legend that you
will see fairly often in limited environments. In a set where so many of the
good cards are high-costed, Nagao is simply marvelous.
CASUAL:              3.0
LIMITED:              3.5

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

Nagao, Bound by Honor


This guy defines the set as much as any card out there. Hes a Samurai, hes only a 3/3 four mana, which is smaller than we have come to expect, since in Mirrodin we got our 4/4 creatures for free on turn 3. But hes got Bushido, and he teams up with his other Samurai pals very well.


While not constructed worthy, this guy is a walking house of beatings in Limited. Hes incredibly hard to deal with, and he boosts his friends too on the swing. Definitely a high pick in limited, and a great card for that Samurai deck you know you are going to build for casual play.


Constructed:             2         

Casual:             5         

Limited:            4



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

This guy seems OK. The fact that he is a legend is a little bothersome. His casting cost seems appropriate. Also, his ability to give all Samurai +1/+1 when he attacks, is great. It applies to himself as well. So, technically he's a 4/4 part time :)

I'm sure this card will go over decently with most casual players. In limited, I'd assume I would take this card, but there would have to be no better options. So maybe this card is a third or fourth pick.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2.5
Nagao, Bound by Honor --

I can't really complain about this guy, but for some reason, I don't like him a lot.  He gets to be a 4/4 for 4 while blocking, and when he swings, if blocked, you get a 5/5 for four -- no complaints on either side.  But for some unknown reason, I look at this guy and think that he just needs something more.  I might be completely off, but he just isn't impressive for constructed play for me.

Casual players should enjoy this guy, as he will help out with any Samurai theme decks that are roaming around out there right now.  No complaints here.

In limited, I'll definitely play this guy.  He's a monster for cheap, and those cards are often hard to come by in limited play.  If you are getting into white, this card should be one of the first few cards you scoop.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 3.0

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