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Isumara, Hound of Konda 
Champions of Kamigawa Rare

Reviewed September 24, 2004

Constructed: 2.8
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.9

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Okay.  What's the big deal between a 2/1 and a 2/2.  All the natural comparisons come to Savannah Lions.  The fact remains, though - they're both 2 power for 1 mana and both get killed by most anything played on turn 2 or 3.  I don't see the +1 defense being all THAT huge.  I do see it as more of a chance to get down 2 power on turn 1 by effectively allowing you 5-8 "Savannah Lions".  Unfortunately, you play 1 of this guy, then 4 Lions, then additional copies of this guy.  That silly legend rule does make him a little harder to work with.  If he were a 3/1, I'd find him amazing.  At a 2/2, he's just good.

In limited, speed is not THAT important usually, so I don't think you'll find this guy to be that awesome there.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 2


* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

This card is amazing!...except for one's a FRIGGEN Legend!  =(

So now you can only have one in play, which means if you draw another, it's basically useless in your hand. So, while the card is excellent in theory, it makes very little impact in reality since you can't play enough to make a difference in tournament constructed.

In casual, same story.  Plus, this is a solid card...not a showy card, so it's less likely to attract casual deck builders' attention.

In limited, it's a'ight if you're going white.  You just play it as a solid card, and pray you'll see it in your opening hand.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 3.5

   Current Price:
Isamaru, Hound of Konda - Champions of Kamigawa - $

   Combos Well With:
White Weenie

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Heralded as the latest card that will make white weenie viable, it really won't. The only deck against which the extra point of toughness would matter is against goblins, andthat deck is going to fade away into the background. The fact that this card is legendary is even worse, as you will want multiples of creatures like this out in the early turns, and you'll have dead cards if you draw multiples of this, which a deck like white weenie can't afford.
Even in limited, a 2/2 won't have much of an effect after the first few turns.
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 1.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Isamaru, Hound of Konda
This Legendary Hound is a 2/2 for just one white mana. As a rare, this card
will be most interesting, if it's interesting at all, in constructed decks
that can manage to put four of these cards together. While Isamaru has no
special abilities, its Legendary status might make it interesting to use in
a deck with cards that enhance legends. While this card has a simple
elegance that I really respect, I'd have to say that this card is solid but
kind of average.
CASUAL:              3.0
LIMITED:              3.0

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

Isamaru, Hound of Konda


Iím writing about a 2/2 for one white mana, whatís there to say?  Play him if you are going to play white weenie. Play him in your fun samurai deck. Play him in draft. Pet him occasionally or he gets cranky.


Constructed:                 4

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        4



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

This card would be super exceptional if it weren't a legend. As it is, I guess I would still want to play it, but I wouldn't want more than two maybe. It's a very odd card in a lot of ways. Strange, honestly. I think I might just pass on this card in limited play. And I'm not even sure the casual player cares about a card like this. I can't even say I truly understand the logistics behind a character like this.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1.5
Isamaru, Hound of Konda --

If Savannah Lions were (and still are) good, isn't this guy better?  I suppose the fact that he is Legendary can hurt quite a bit, especially if you face the mirror match, but I would say that the Hound is the best 2/X for 1 in a long, long time.  I'm not sure what else I can say other than white weenie should be playing at least two of these.

I'm not sure you casual guys will dig this guy as much as tournament players, if only because he doesn't do much other than turn sideways and look neat.  No cool effects, not much of a theme, not much interest.

In limited play, I'll scoop Isamaru within the first few picks, depending on what else was in the pack.  2/2s for cheap are a bit rare, and having one on first turn is a great bargain.

Constructed Rating: 3.5 [mumblestupidlegendmumble]
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 3.0

 Van Zandt

Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Savannah Lions is good, this guy is too.  Hard to say much bad about him-
his legendary-ness can be a boon in the right block deck, and a mild
negative in non-block play.  Aside from that, he's very close to being plain
vanilla-  well costed, but vanilla
constructed 3
casual 3
limited 3

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