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Blessed Breath
Champions of Kamigawa Common

Reviewed September 23, 2004

Constructed: 1.8
Casual: 1.8
Limited: 3.3

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More so than anything, this card is a review over the new Arcane-type mechanic.  This card is obviously not good enough to play on it's own.  The answer is if it's good enough to play multiple times.  The answer:  not really.  Protection is decent in constructed, but not amazing.  The only way I see this being good is to go to the ultimate in efficiency by slapping it or something else eligible under an Isochron Scepter and utilizing several spells over and over.  Even then, it begs the question if it's even required.  The fact is you need to be playing a slow, defensive deck that utilizes few creatures and simply needs to keep them alive once on the board.  This card can do that, but the problem is then seeing it.  You'll generally splice it, so 4 isn't needed, but you need to see one. 

The card itself is a deckbuilding quandry, so I think you'll find a great number of players passing on it to go with a multitude of other better spells.  Don't ignore it, but don't figure it'll be great, especially in an environment with a LOT of Artifacts and hence, no color.

Limited is a different story.  Fizzling that key removal spell, or being able to time Protection in combat at the right time can be ultra key to victory.  Being able to do it on a splice can be a game cinch.  I can in no way think that I would not play this in a limited environment if going white - bascially a no-brainer.

Constructed: 2
Limited: 4.5


* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Pro-whatever isn't exactly the stuff decks are made of, at least in tournament constructed.  So, while Breath is well costed, and its arcane ability gives it a bit of a boost, it's still not worthy, I'm afraid.

Above, Scott mentions that it's best chance at being useful would be under an Isochron Scepter.  Then, it would be a consideration, but only in casual or limited.

In limited, it's a much better bet.  The cost is right, and if you only have a couple bombs in your deck, you'll want to protect them at all costs.  In this case, Blessed Breath works well if you're going white already.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5

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Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

We get one of these in most sets. A card that gives protection until end of turn. Mirrodin gave us Razor Barrier, with the ability to protect from artifacts, that block's theme. Here we get splice added on.
I've found it takes a really dedicated deck for splice to have any value. You won't have enough in sealed, and this is too weak of an effect for constructed. Not a bad card as like a 22nd card if you need it, but not something I would brag about
Constructed: 1
Casual: 1
Limited: 2

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Blessed Breath
This card is a lot like Razor Barrier from Mirrodin, only cheaper and with
the ability to be used more than once, thanks to its Splice onto Arcane
ability. Like Razor Barrier, this unglamorous card can be a solid game
winner or, at the very least, a counter spell from a creature destruction
spell. Like Razor Barrier, Blessed Breath belongs in most limited decks but
in hardly any constructed decks.
CASUAL:              2.5
LIMITED:              3.0

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

Blessed Breath


Now, I just ran a prerelease, and I can tell you for a fact that not one Magic player there had anything remotely resembling Blessed Breath. Many had Cursed Breath, and used it almost continuously, and a few had Odorless Breath, but not one I could find had Blessed Breath, unless you count my Judge Staff, which had an ample supply of Orbitz Gum and IceBreakers.


Oh, oh, the card. Uh, the card is boring, and kind of playable in limited… and that’s it.


Constructed:                 1

Casual:                         1

Limited:                        2




Honestly, I truly have very little to say about this card. It's pretty mediocre, but with a little bit of help from other arcane spells, it might be useful. Casual players will probably ignore this card, and this card will be just a little above average in limited play.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 2.5
Blessed Breath --

Ho-Hum.  I'm not sure I really liked this card in its fifteen other incarnations, and being able to sneak it onto another spell with its Splice into Arcane cost isn't really doing too much for me either.  I can't see myself using this card over the *huge* selection of good cards in Type II after the rotation -- there just isn't enough room in any of my decks.

Casual players should avoid this card -- y'all have a lot better options available, especially with cheap white instants.  No need to mess with a mediocre card that has a limited effect.  It doesn't even give pro-artifacts!

Limited is the only format in which I would play this card.  It isn't a first pick by any stretch of the imagination, but it should be making the cut into your deck somewhere around the middle of construction just because of combat tricks.

Constructed Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 1.0
Limited Rating: 2.5

 Van Zandt

Blessed Breath
This card has two things going for it- it's a cheap arcane spell to splice
onto, and it splices cheaply onto arcane.  Most of the time, one of those
things needs to have reasonable odds of happening for this card to be in
your deck.  I don't see any particular niche that it would have to fill in
constructed under those conditions, but you never know...  maybe there'll be
a deck that just wants as many things that it can tack glacial ray onto as
constructed 1.5
casual 2
limited 3

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