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Betrayers of Kamigawa
Reviewed January 26, 2005
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* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
I saw Adrian Sullivan's article about this card
being as close as Wizards is likely to every
reprint to Yawgmoth's Will. My obvious response
to this is that if this is true, why even
bother? How situational is this guy? There's
virtually no way to turn this into a combo
situation, as its unlikely your opponent will
have enough creatures to make this worthwhile,
and if he does, they most likely are running
over your face. it's also a creature. Creatures
die. Its a problem. I think its dietary. They
don't eat right or something, and lightning
strikes them with alarming regularity. Sometimes
they step in the way of oncoming traffic in a
vain attempt to protect you. Noble, but still
dead. I'm sure you can create several fun decks
out there that can make this guy entertaining to
play, but will he be good? Unlikely.
* game store owner (The
Game Closet - Waco,TX)
Umezawa - Wednesday
You need to fill your graveyard up with instants
to make this guy useful. However, spells such
as Terror and the like are just fine to have in
the graveyard. You are limited as to which
spells you can play again, but that is a great
ability. It's also good that this guy is cheap.
I'd expect him to appear in some Black/Blue
Of all of the cards we are reviewing this week,
I think Toshiro Umezawa has the best chance of
making a splash in constructed. Don’t be
mistaken; this card is not a Yawgmoth’s Will. It
is, however, a useful tool in any deck that is
built to abuse it.
Much like Fumiko yesterday, any card that is
inexpensive with Bushido is acceptable in a
limited deck, and Toshiro is one of those cards.
If the rest of my black looks decent, Toshiro
will make the cut.
Constructed Rating: 2.5 (possibly more later)
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 3.0
game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)
Recycling instants from your graveyard. If this
card finds some deck to nest in, it could be
powerful. If not, then it's eh. In limited, if
you have quite a storehouse full of good
instants, his ability could be amazing for you.
Not a typical casual card, but he's still not so
bad if you like his ability.