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Waxmane Baku 
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed February  9, 2005

Constructed: 2.20
Casual: 2.00
Limited: 3.50

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

 Waxmane Baku

Each of the cards featured in Card of the Day was also reviewed in my column last Friday in which I detailed the TOP TWENTY COMMONS in Betrayers of Kamigawa. I believe Waxwane Baku is not only the best of the five common Baku creatures, but the best white common in Betrayers. Waxwane Baku is simply a great all-around creature. It's a Spirit. It's fairly costed at 2W for a 2/2. Best of all, it's activated ability is so flexible to use. When you activate the ability for one colorless mana, you can remove any number of ki counters, and one activation can tap more than one creature. I think you can easily play three Waxwane Baku in your Champs limited decks if you are lucky enough to draft three of them.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
Waxmane Baku

There's simply no disputing that this guy can be a game winner in limited.
He can swing for two when he needs to, but most importantly, he can tap your opponent's entire army when the time is right to break through for the win.
That being said, he is pretty fragile, and is lucky to live in a limited format. In constructed, he is both too slow, and completely unlikely to live, especially in block, where Glacial Ray seems to fire right at that guy's face.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 1
Limited: 4


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

 Waxmane Baku - Wednesday

This is another card that probably won't have a huge impact on the standard or extended tournament scene, but has potential to be really strong in block constructed. It is a small, fragile creature so that could be a minor concern. Other than that, it doesn't offer a lot of specialty. The ability here is useful, but I think it will be hard to keep it alive and get to use it.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4
 Waxmane Baku --

I'm honestly not too sure how good or bad Waxmane Baku is. At first glance, it seems like a decent enough ability. Tapping down your opponent's creatures is never a bad thing, right? Especially if you don't have to tap one of your creatures to do so. However, you do have to play a fair number of Spirit or Arcane spells to make this guy worth playing. This in turn means that you will have to play a lot of other cards that work off of Spirit or Arcane, since you don't want that focus of your deck to go to waste. This in turn means that you can only really play this card effectively in a couple of decks, which makes it not as attractive.

In limited, Waxmane Baku will almost always make the cut into my white decks, assuming I have a fair number (4+) of Spirit or Arcane spells. Tapping down creatures is never a bad thing, especially in environments like limited, where you know everyone is playing a lot of dudes.

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


* game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)

Waxmane Baku
This is an interesting addition to a Spirit/Arcane build. But it seems too slow to really make a dent in competitive fields, and its ability probably isn't groundbreaking enough.  Waxmane may find a little space in Casual Spirit/Arcane decks, but again, its ability just isn't that exciting, so it may be relegated to an "if I can't find anything else" space.
In limited, it's a bit more healty as you could get a final blow through by using its ability.
Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 3
Limited - 3.5
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