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Horobi, Death's Wail 
Champions of Kamigawa Rare

Reviewed September 7, 2004

Constructed: 2.3
Casual: 3
Limited: 2.6

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* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

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 Lifeline.  Nice!

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 3

   Current Price:
Horobi, Death's Wail - Champions of Kamigawa - $TBA

   Combos Well With:
Goblin Sharpshooter - Onslaught - $9.51
Steely Resolve - Onslaught - $2.11
Lifeline - Urza's Saga - $9.64

Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*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 anyway.
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.
Constucted: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4

Jeff Zandi

5 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
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          3.0

Ray "Monk"
* 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 block.


Constructed:                 3

Casual:                         3

Limited:                        ?



* 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.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 2.5
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 too much.

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

 Van Zandt

Horobi, Death's Wail
Maybe there'll be something to make legends or spirits untargetable...
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.
constructed 2
casual 1
limited 1.5


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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 semi playable.
In limited, no.  Way too situational. 
Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 2  

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