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Pojo's Magic The Gathering Card of the Day

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Takenuma Bleeder 
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed February  8, 2005

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 2.50
Limited: 3.50

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

 Takenuma Bleeder

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. Getting a creature with a power of three for a cost of 2B has not been easy. In Champions of Kamigawa, you can have a non-blocking 3/2 or a brittle 3/1, both uncommon Ogres. The Takenuma Bleeder is 3/3 for 2B, it's an Ogre and most importantly of all, it's a common. This is one of the best common cards in the set. A common, extremely playable Ogre makes it a much better play to pick up either or both of the meaty uncommon Demon Spirits in the first two packs of a booster draft.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
 Takenuma Bleeder

Do you get the feeling that Wizard's is making the Ogre/Demon deck the next "newbie deck," virtually giving the new player every card they need to build the deck and making it almost competitive. Well, I do, and this card is pretty high on the list. 3/3's for three mana is good times, although in this block it can often mean that they just trade with a Bushido 2/2 for two mana, but you're playing black! Just kill that guy with any of a million removal spells and keep firing away.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 3
Limited: 4


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

 Takenuma Bleeder - Tuesday

If weenie style black decks start making a run at the tournament scene, this guy might be playable. And it's even possible that you won't be losing life. However, he is a pretty vanilla 3/3 for three. So i wouldn't put too much stock in him. However, in limited play, this guy might be worth scooping up.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 3
 Takenuma Bleeder --

Meh. That sums up what I think of this card. Not a "UGH!" or a "Ho-Hum", or even a "Ew, how gawdawful!". This card is just "meh". You are getting a 3/3 body, but you are also slowly dying from it if you don't have a Demon -- a majority of which aren't that good. If Takenuma Bleeder was a 4/4, I might consider it for constructed or casual purposes, but as is, there are just better cards floating around.

In limited, a body is a body, and a large body that comes out early in the game might be worthwhile. If you are looking at using green or white, you probably won't need this card, but if you are in red or blue, it looks slightly more attractive because of the lack of good, large, cheap dudes.

Constructed Rating: 2.0 (meh)
Casual Rating: 2.0 (meh+)
Limited Rating: 3.0
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