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Jugan, the Rising Star 
Champions of Kamigawa Rare
Legendary Dragon

Reviewed September 28, 2004

Constructed: 2.3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.9

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Speaking of colors that never get a good flier, we have green.  Green gets a 5/5 for 6 as well.  This guy, though, isn't quite as nice as his red cousin.  First of all, he's triple green.  That means you need a devotion to green to play him.  His ability is decent - better if you have a way to off him at instant speed.  Those counters could be well timed.  Otherwise, if you NEED a flier in green, it's nice.  Overall, nice, but nothing ridiculous.

Limited is simple:  If you go primary green, you play him every time.  If you don't, you don't.  That's easy.

Constructed: 3.5
Limited: 4.5


* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

While yesterday's Champions Dragon was most likely on of the best of the lot, Jugan here is among the lesser end.  Don't get me wrong...any 5/5 flyer for 6 is damn decent on the non-tourney scene.  But Jugan has the drawback of being completely unsplashable due to his triple Green casting cost.  Add to that his only okay ability at death, the distribution of 5 counters.  It's a good ability, but just not as good as say, Ryusei, who takes others with him when he goes down.  Though Jugan is by far and away the best flyer that Green has.

In casual, dang... you can't squeeze him in a dragon deck.  He's too heavy in the green department.  I suppose you could play him with Canopy Dragon, but eh...Jugan is much better than Canopy, and Red is a much more conducive color to Dragon Decks.  Time of Need can help a bit, as it can with any Legend dependent deck. Also, Heartbeat of Spring may be a help with this guy.

In limited, he's a reason to go green if you get him early.  5/5 flyers are never anything to sneeze at, and he has a nice death ability for limited.  In late draft, if you're not going Green, you may seriously want to consider D-Drafting (Defensive Drafting) him, just because he can be quite lethal in someone else's hand.  Unless there was something else just absolutely amazing in the pack, I would.  If you are going green, grab him!

Constructed: 2
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4

   Current Price:
Jugan, the Rising Star - Champions of Kamigawa - $6.99

   Combos Well With:
Time of Need - Champions of Kamigawa - $2.13
Canopy Dragon - Mirage - $3.80
Heartbeat of Spring
- Champions of Kamigawa - $4.99

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Easily the weakest of the dragons. You do get a flier in green, which is rare. However, the leaves play ability leaves a lot to be desired. Most of the time, when this is killed in constructed, there will be no other creatures left.
OK in casual ... still the weakest dragon though.
It's a 5/5 flier in limited. Ignore the ability ... it won't come into play most of the time.
Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Jugan, the Rising Star
You can tell it just KILLS Wizards of the Coast to make a powerful flying
creature for green. They have HARDLY EVER done it in the past. Anybody
remember the last one? Canopy Dragon? Jugan is just great, a 5/5 flyer for
six mana. Because the powers that be feel so strongly that green should not
have flyers, it was interesting that they thought making the casting cost
for Jugan 3GGG would effectively offset his usefulness. I don't believe it
does. Green is the one color in Champions that has enough mana accelerators
to make Jugan easily castable even in multi-color green decks.
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          3.5

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

Jugan, the Rising Star


I had this guy just a couple of days ago in a Sealed Deck, and while I think he is the weakest of the dragons, heís still a big 5/5 for six mana, and thatís nothing to scoff at. His ability to create counters when he dies makes him the most situational of the dragons, and likely not the best card for other formats, but for limited, heís worth the mana.


Constructed:                 2

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        4



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

This is amazing. No, it's not the best costed card. Honestly, of all the dragons, it's probably the hardest to cast. No, it's not the best ability in the said. It's good, but not great. Why is it so good?


It's a green dragon.

Green NEVER gets dragon.

Well, obviously not never. But you get the idea.

OK, so maybe it's a little above average.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4
Jugan, The Rising Star --

I think this might be the weakest of the new dragons introduced in Champions.

First, it has three green in its casting cost, which means it automatically has trouble finding its way into anything besides a mono-green deck. How many mono-green decks have you seen running around recently?

Next, it has a so-so ability when it kicks off. I'm not such the fan of distributing +1/+1 counters, really, especially when it calls for my 5/5 flier to go.

However, I will give Jugan credit -- he is a flying creature for green, which is a rarity.

Casual players will enjoy having access to a large, flying creature (especially a dragon) in green. It's one of the things I hear a *lot* of people asking for, and I really can't recommend that many green fliers.

In limited, I suppose I would take Jugan, just because he is large, he does fly, and he does make my dudes big when he goes. However, I have to make sure that I go a bit heavy on green from then on out to ensure I can play him.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 3.5
Limited Rating: 3.0

 Van Zandt

Jugan, the Rising Star
Green flyer.  5/5 for 6 mana.  Certainly not splashable, and the weakest of
this set's dragons, but still great in his color, since flying is a rarity
there.   Outside of limited though, he probably won't see much use.
constructed 2
casual 3.5
limited 3.5

Secret Squirrel on the

Jugan, the Rising Star
Triple green does not help this, and is probably the main reason why he canít be played in Constructed.  Giving +5/+5 among creatures is a pretty weak ability when there are cards that can distribute counters around all of your creatures.  (Thrive) That ability has never been too good in constructed.  It is a flier though, which is hard to find for green, but at triple green and an effect that wonít change the tables, itís not worth playing.
In limited, itís another story.  Cards that pump up your creatures are good.  Three green is not ideal, but itís a flier and beefs up your guys.  If Wurmskin Forger is picked in limited, I would think this guy would be too.  First pick. 
Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 5

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