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Genju of the Spires
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed April 7, 2005

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 3.50
Limited: 3.00

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Jeff Zandi

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Genju of the Spires

Good enough for limited but BETTER for constructed, Genju of the Spires offers a lot of meat and the ability to basically trade one of your mountains for one of your opponent's creatures.



* Game Store Owner

Genju of the Spires - Thursday

It's hard to not like this card. Unfortunately, as much as I like this card (and the other Genjus) they just aren't that great. In reality, you need to have at least three mana before this card is even useable. And even then, it's only useable if you aren't casting anything that turn. So, as neat as they seem, they haven't turned out to be that great. However, they are still playable. They just don't just "automatically" go into any deck.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 3

Paul Hagan

Genju of the Spires --

I absolutely love this card. If you are playing a fast red deck that focuses on dealing as much damage as it can in a short amount of time, Genju of the Spires should at least be considered for getting on the list. Without help, it can't start swinging until Turn 3, but after that, you can have a 6/1 monster swinging at your opponent every turn.

In limited, Genju of the Spires takes a slight hit, as you'll likely not have access to a mono-color deck, meaning that preserving certain land types can be important. However, don't count this card out completely. If you feel that you have enough mountains to handle losing a couple over the course of a game, then by all means, include Genju of the Spires in your deck.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 2.5


Genju of the Spires

Create your own Kamikazi! Another great Genju that makes your land into something large, with the ability to return to your hand and avoid the 2 for 1 issue that most enchantments must fear. If you're playing Red, an absolute positive include in any limited deck. The Genju's are also great fun in casual decks, and will be sure to annoy your opponents at every turn. Be looking for this guy to be turning up at playgroups and playgrounds near you.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 4
Limited - 5


Genju of the Sprites

Yay, more crap red! >_> This card is just …. bad. It’s hardly a replacement for firecat because it has no evasion (in this case, it doesn’t have trample.) You’re spending four total lands, killing one of them, for a card that can kill one of their random creatures. Definitely not worth it. Obviously there are those rare circumstances when they have nothing on the field, but if they have nothing you should’ve already won the game.

I would especially not want to play this in limited because you lose a land when it dies. Constructed it’s too slow for the time being.

Constructed: 1
Casual: 2.5 (being VERY generous)
Limited: 1
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