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Samurai of the Pale Curtain 
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed January 7, 2004

Constructed: 3.20
Casual: 3.30
Limited: 3.10

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

 Samurai of the Pale Curtain

If you want some early beats in any Champions of Kamigawa format, limited or constructed, look no further than Samurai of the Pale Curtain. This 2/2 for two has Bushido 1, which allows you to attack in the early game with less fear of losing your creature in a one-for-one trade. His ability to cause cards headed for the graveyard to be removed from the game is a two edged sword that can hurt you and your opponent equally, an issue that ends up mattering in games more often that I thought it would. I doubt this card has a huge constructed career ahead, outside of Champions block constructed, but in limited, I rate this card pretty high and I think if you are drafting white you should make it an early pick.


Ray "Monk"
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
 Samurai of the Pale Curtain

More 2/2 creatures for two mana this week. This guy not only has Bushido, but an ability that single-handedly destroys Soul shift, which is very important in the limited format. He's also great in constructed White weenie decks, and in the block Samurai Decks. In short, this guy is not amazing, but simply solid in any and all formats.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 4


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

 Samurai of the Pail Curtain - Friday

This is my new favorite "bear" (2/2 for two mana). This card does a lot to stop crazy tricks with Soulless Revival and things like Eternal Witness. It even goes a step further by causing some serious problems for Affinity. And for some reason is has Bushido as well, so it is hard to block. This is a solid creature in so many ways. This is a must have in any weenie rush deck with white.

Constructed: 4
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 2.5
 Samurai of the Pale Curtain --

Earlier in the week, I said that Leonin Skyhunter always made the cut into any Type II White Weenie decklist that I was making nowadays. Samurai of the Pale Curtain is the same way. With Eternal Witness in every green deck and Affinity still posting up good numbers, being able to mess with your opponent's graveyard seems pretty key.

In a casual environment, Samurai of the Pale Curtain takes a little bit of a hit since it is more a meta-game call than a solid creature. However, being a 2/2 for WW and having Bushido 1 should help this card make the cut often.

In limited, I'll take this card if I am into white, as it can't ever hurt having a small, solid creature earlier in the game. It isn't a first pick, but you scoop it early.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 2.5

 Van Zandt

 Samurai of the Pale Curtain

White's withered wretch, it's a little less utilitous and a little better at the fisticuffs. Unfortunately it stops your own soulshifting as well, but that doesn't stop it from being automatic in limited, and a good sideboard card in a variety of decks in constructed.

constructed 3
casual 3
limited 3

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