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Horobi's Whisper 
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed February  7, 2005

Constructed: 3.00
Casual: 2.87
Limited: 4.00

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Jeff Zandi

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Horobi's Whisper

Each of the cards featured in Card of the Day this week was also reviewed in my column last Friday in which I detailed the TOP TWENTY COMMONS in Betrayers of Kamigawa. Horobi's Whisper is one of the very best of all. Obviously, the best thing about this card is the alternate Splice onto Arcane cost of removing four cards from your graveyard. Splice onto Arcane = reusable removal. However, there are several things about this card that make it tricky to use. The good news is that you can destroy a Spirit OR a non-Spirit, as long as the target is not black, making this card better in some ways than Rend Flesh or Rend Spirit. You have to control a Swamp for this card to destroy a creature. It's funny, the way this card has been worded, it's possible for you to play this card without controlling a Swamp, legally targeting a non-black creature, just to have Horobi's Whisper be countered at resolution time if you don't control a Swamp. In Champions block limited, this won't be a problem, if you have two black mana available, one of them is very likely to be a Swamp. The requirement of controlling a Swamp to RESOLVE this spell, not to simply legally PLAY this spell, is something you should be sure not to forget. The two black casting cost threatens to make this card unsplashable. On the other hand, with the possibility to make this card reusable, especially in the late game when you have more cards in your graveyard and are more likely to have two black sources in play even when splashing, this card may be TOO GOOD to leave out of a deck, even if splashing as few as four Swamps or even two or three Swamps in a green deck with some land search.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
 Horobi's Whisper

Well, its not quite the same as Dark Banishing, requiring you to actually have a Swamp in play, but still, its not bad. The card is Arcane, making it fantastic in block decks, and in general any sort of removal like this is going to be wonderful in limited, where removal is often the game winner.
While the Splice cost seems to be where the card would really shine, I never seemed to get to splice it. In block, however, it should be easy to get multiple uses out of it.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 5


* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

Horobi's Whisper - Monday
This is a very interesting removal card.  In the block constructed format, something like this could be really powerful.  It is even scarier when you consider the number of arcane spells that are in the format.  With all of the recent creature removal spells it will be interesting to see where this one takes it place on the ladder.
Constructed: 3
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 3.5
 Horobi's Whisper --

I can't really say this card is all that bad, but I just wouldn't play it. There aren't a ton of Arcane spells that I want to play, especially in black, so the Splice onto Arcane benefit is minimal. It has an additional black mana in the cost, meaning it is slightly harder to play in a multicolor deck than Dark Banishing. Finally, why would you play this card when Rend Flesh is available? Overall, Horobi's Whisper isn't bad -- there are just better cards available.

In limited, the old rule of "any removal is good removal" still applies, and there is a slightly better chance of you playing a few arcane spells. Depending on what colors you are in and how you are doing on removal, this could be of first-pick quality.

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