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Hikari, Twilight Guardian
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed April 21, 2005

Constructed: 2.37
Casual: 3.17
Limited: 4.17

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 Hikari - Thursday

In constructed play, I have no idea where it fits in. Even in Kamigawa Block thus far there doesn't seem to be a lot of room for him. And for being a legend he's not all that impressive. However, in limited a 4/4 flier is a monster. So maybe he's not meant to have an impact on constructed play.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 4

Paul Hagan

 Hikari, Twilight Guardian --

I can't help but think that this card will see a lot of play in the future, but because of the lackluster nature of many Arcane spells, Hikari might fade into memory without making an impact on any of the constructed scenes. It seems like a good enough ability to swing, get blocked, put damage on the stack, and then remove Hikari from play. Same sweetness applies to saving Hikari from a removal spell, targeted or mass. However, I'm just not sure how well it could hold up to the likes of Tooth and Nail, Mono Blue Control, or even White Weenie. Don't worry, I won't rate Hikari too low -- how can I completely dog a relatively cheap 4/4 flying creature with a decent ability?

In casual play, when the environment is more focused on creating interesting or combo-oriented decks, I can definitely see Hikari making a bit more of a splash. I'll rate it slightly higher here.

In limited, Hikari gets to climb the scale a little bit more. I will rarely turn down a large creature with an evasion ability, such as fear or flying, especially if it is cheap. At five mana, Hikari is enough to be a game-turner.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 3.5


 Hikari, Twilight Guardian

4/4 flyers for 5 mana are a nice deal, especially in limited, so that in itself makes Hikari a nice limited bargain. Add its evasion ability, and you really have a solid card. It's a Spirit itself, so that makes it great for Spirit/Arcane decks. In casual, Hikari is a nice, solid add.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 5
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