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Champions of Kamigawa Rare
Reviewed September 7, 2004
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game store owner in CA,
I like this guy.
I know his downfall is great, but I think Horobi
has abuse written all over it.
Goblin Sharpshooter would work well with it. It's
falling out of Type 2, but it would make a nice
Casual combo. Each time you target a
creature with Sharpshooter, that creature goes to the grave, untapping Sharpshooter and letting it hit another
target. You could wipe out your opponent's
board in a single turn, barring indestructibility.
Could be fun!
I noticed another
combo suggestion by Bill Guerin:
Steely Resolve and
Death's Wail -
Champions of Kamigawa - $TBA
Onslaught - $9.51
Onslaught - $2.11
Urza's Saga - $9.64
*game store employee
I remember Skulking Ghost fondly. He
was a nice little beater back in the
day, and the drawback usually didn't
matter much ... 90% of the stuff they
would target this with would kill it
Now, make it a global effect. I'm sure
some of you will go tribal with the
Steely Resolve suggestion. If you want
to negate the drawback completely,
play Lifeline. A 4/4 flier for 4 is
quite undercosted, and, if you can
take advantage of the "drawback," it
becomes quite good.
For that reason, I expect this to be
good in sealed. If they choose to
waste a piece of removal on this, so
be it. The only drawback would be a
targeted repeatable ability, and then
I would just side this guy out.
I'm sure someone will make a good
deck for competitive constructed with
this card in it too. Not a stellar
card there, but a passable one.
Time Pro Tour
Horobi, Death's Wail
This creature, a rather inexpensive 4/4 flyer at a
cost of 2BB, causes any
creature targeted by a spell or effect to be
destroyed. This is an
interesting ability, of course, moreso in a
constructed deck filled with
creatures that have abilities that can target
other creatures. Attempts to
get a lot of use from this creature in limited,
while enticing, will
probably not work out very well, since every spell
or effect on your
opponent's side can destroy Horobi in short order.
This card would have been
a lot stronger if Horobi himself was not affected
by his own ability.
However, a 4/4 flyer for four mana will probably
be too good to resist at
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
Horobi, Deathís Wail
Itís really hard to do Card of the Day reviews on
these previews cards, as someone has already
dedicated an entire article to them, and who wants
to just repeat whatís already been said?
All I can say is that I think this card has some
great flavor. A 4/4 flier for four mana or less
has been done a few times before, with different
drawbacks. Weíve had one that died after it
attacked (Fog Elemental), one with Cumulative
Upkeep (Illusionary Forces), and one that made you
sacrifice an island a turn (Waterspout Djinn), but
none seem as potentially easy to deal with as the
Deathís Wail. Still, in a good discard deck,
thereís a definite potential to use this as a kill
mechanism. In limited, its too hard to tell right
now, as it will be mostly dependant on how good
the effects that target creatures will be in the
* game store owner (The
Game Closet - Waco,TX)
First off, Horobi
looks awesome! OK, with that aside, this guy is
just crazy. If any creature is targeted, it simply
dies. I was about to dismiss this as another 4/4
black creature for four mana that wasn't going to
be that great. However, against decks like
blue/white control, it's possible that this guys
can be alright. It could even make it easier for
you to kill some tough creatures that your small
guys can't deal with.
Horobi, Death's Wail --
Cards like Horobi have typically been pretty
bad, and I doubt Horobi is any exception. A 4/4
flier for 4 mana is nothing to turn your nose up
at, but when all your opponent has to do is
target him to destroy him, that creature's stock
drops significantly. As far as Standard goes,
Horobi is probably a sideboard option at best.
Creatures like Horobi can send a big group game
into chaos, which means many Casual players
should enjoy at least one copy in their decks.
However, again, all an opponent must do is
target Horobi for him to go, then he isn't worth
I think I would play Horobi in limited, but only
as long as I thought I had a lot of removal.
Depending on how bold you are, Horobi might be a
first pick, but he can just as easily become one
of the last few cards chosen.
Constructed Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 2.5
Horobi, Death's Wail
Maybe there'll be something to make legends or
otherwise, since he makes himself so fragile, he
can't be used well to
clear off your opponent's creatures... unless they
have an empty hand and no
effects on the board that target stuff. So he's
very situational at best.
Horobi, Deathís Wail
Heís a black 4/4
flier for 4 mana which is a rarity (of course
heís a legend to make up for that but meh.)
Then he has a Death Pits of Rath effect.
Whenever something is targeted, itís destroyed.
Obviously any pumping spell works well with
this. Astral Steel allows for mass targeting.
Leonin Battlemage takes an opponentís creature
off the board each turn by tapping it. Death
Pits of Rath/Sharpshooter was always too slow.
This isnít too bad though because it has 4
toughness and comes down on turn 4. 5 turn
clock with this if youíre attacking is simply
amazing. I imagine someone will try some wacky
combo deck in constructed, and that itíll be
In limited, no. Way