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Toshiro Umezawa 
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed January 26, 2005

Constructed: 2.88
Casual: 2.67
Limited: 3.13

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Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
 Toshiro Umezawa

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.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2
Limited: 2


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

 Toshiro 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 control decks.  

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 3.5
 Toshiro Umezawa –

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)

 Toshiro Umezawa

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.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4

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