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Kokusho, the Evening Star 
Champions of Kamigawa Rare
Legendary Dragon

Reviewed September 30, 2004

Constructed: 3.1
Casual: 3.8
Limited: 4.2

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Hard to not like this guy.  Not as splashable, but his effect is a combo burn/life gain.  He's yet another 5/5 for 6.  In constructed, he might make a splash.  Control black could easily use this guy as a "Drain Life" type guy that helps win the late game.  This guy I most easily see fitting into the current metagame without a problem.

Limited:  You need a mild committment to black, but that's all you need.  A no brainer if you're running black.

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 5


* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Okay, I will admit here that I collect foil Dragons.  Though I haven't seen one yet, I am quite certain that Kodusho is going to be freakin' GORGEOUS in foil!  I seriously can't wait to see one!

As far as the card goes, Kokusho's ability is interesting.  If you gets a couple hits in with it, your opponent probably won't be able to off him for fear of it being a suicide mission.  It won't make the tourney scene, but he's a killer in casual if you can find a suitable Black deck for him.  Other Black Dragon options include Catacomb Dragon and Ebon Dragon, plus a few other gold Dragons, like Crosis the Purger, Darigaaz the Igniter, and Dromar the Banisher. You would definitely consider Time of Need when you play multiple Legendary creatures in your deck, though you'll have to watch your color mix.

In limited, Kokusho is a due to it's double Black casting cost. If you're going any amount of Black, or you have something to smooth your mana, you definitely play him.  As with all the Champions Dragons, he's a game breaker in limited.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 5

   Current Price:
Kokusho, the Evening Star - Champions of Kamigawa - $8.96

   Combos Well With:
Catacomb Dragon - Mirage - $9.61
Ebon Dragon - Portal 2nd Age - $18.50
Crosis the Purger - Invasion - $5.81
Darizaaz the Igniter
- Invasion - $5.53
Dromar the Banisher - Invasion - $3.68
Time of Need - Champions of Kamigawa - $2.13

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Drain Life on a dragon. The second best dragon for recursion, and the best for multiplayer, as it hits all players. Also harder to kill than the rest of the dragons, as being black makes a difference with most removal.
In limited, it's a 5/5 flier. Shall I just put a repeating track on for this?
Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 4

Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Kokusho, the Evening Star
The black Legendary Dragon Spirit from Champions comes in third in my book,
with the white one being the best and the blue one being second best. Still,
Kokusho is ALL-GOOD, a 5/5 flying monster for 4BB that MIGHT win the game
for you when he goes to the graveyard.
CASUAL:           3.0
LIMITED:          3.0

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

Kukusho, the Evening Star


This is one of the few Dragons where you may want to actively kill him yourself. Include some recursion element and you have a potential Drain Life for five a turn, ignoring his normal dragon ability of being a “big fat flier that kills things.” Playing a second when you already have one in play is a 10 life hit to your opponent, and that’s nothing to scoff at. This creature has a chance to make it into all formats, but is less likely to be casually played, as most people consider direct damage like this unfun.


Constructed:                 3

Casual:                         2

Limited:                        4



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

We already know that casual players love dragons. So this bad boy is going to have people chasing him down anyway right? But if you play in group games, this card is simply crazy. In a four player game, you can gain 15 life and have each of the other three players lose five life each when this dragon dies. Most casual players will have trouble pronouncing the name, but they will love playing the card.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 5
Limited: 4
Kokusho, The Evening Star --

I'm really diggin' Kokusho. The price is right for a 5/5 flier in black, and he comes equipped with an ability that says, "Well, it's like I got at least one more attack through, and I gain some life off of it." If I were to play a large black creature right now, I think Kokusho is it.

Casual environments will see this card a lot. It's large, it's a dragon, it's a legend, and it says "each opponent", meaning Kokusho gets silly in large group games.

In limited, I'll definitely take Kokusho, if only for being a well-priced monster. You'll own the air, and when he goes, you take a quarter of your opponent's life.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 4.0
Limited Rating: 3.5

 Van Zandt

Kokusho, the Evening Star
I'd put this guy as generally better than soul feast,  for obvious reasons. 
Not to mention his use in group games-  he's the best syphon soul ever, 
no-one will want to be the one to set that off.   Yet again, I feel I must
mention, a 5/5 flyer in limited wins games... and this guy basically gets
off one more free swing when they finally deal with him.
constructed 2.5
casual 3.5
limited 4

Secret Squirrel on the

Kokusho, the Evening Star
Here we go again with the black dragon.  This one is also pretty good in constructed.  He has basically two evasions, being black and having flying.  Although he does require double black mana, just being a 5/5 flier for 6 is a good deal.  Add on to that that when he’s destroyed, you gain at least 5 life, (and your opponent loses 5) he’s pretty scary.  I see MBC making a comeback with cards such as Akuba, Distress, Cranial Extraction and Kokusho.  With this guy as a finisher, MBC should be viable archetype in Type 2. 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 5  

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