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Thief of Hope
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed August 16, 2005

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Thief of Hope

This card is primarily valuable in limited play, but offers some usefulness in constructed (although he was not visible in this year's Kamigawa Block Constructed season...). In limited, Thief goes well in a primarily black deck with LOTS of Spirit and Arcane cards. The two life point swing that his

special ability represents is quite valuable in limited. Of course, he's also a 2/2 Spirit for just three mana, as well, so he's perfectly acceptable

in limited simply as a creature. This card's ability, however, is NOT so powerful as some think. Sometimes, an opponent will go way out of his way to

destroy Thief of Hope when I have more important creatures in play. Worrying

too much about the Thief's special ability is a mistake, but not one you have to worry about when he's on your side. This card SHOULD be interesting enough in constructed Spirit/Arcane decks, but the fact that Thief of Hope saw very little action in the current block constructed season probably indicates that he's not that good in constructed.

Phoenix Tamer

Thief of Hope

Thief of Hope is a good, solid, kamigawa card. It's great to put in a spirit deck
for just the right push to win the you gaining one life and the opponet losing one in return.
What's so good about it is that spirit tokens count as well, so if you can get alot of spirit
tokens out, so if you can get them out, then you can gain and deal massive amounts of damage. I likethe fact it's an uncommon, it makes it pretty easy to get a hold of, and the effect is not all that big,but combined with cards like Devouring Greed, it's a great finisher card. Ratings are all fours becauseit's great in limited for kamigawa block, an d it's great in casual play, not the best card in the world,but none the less, we should notice it

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