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Akuta, Born of Ash
Saviors of Kamigawa

Reviewed June 02, 2005

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.3
Limited: 3.3

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Jeff Zandi

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Akuta, Born of Ash

This card is the real deal. In limited, where Akuta really shines, you could have a three power haste creature that is very difficult to get rid of. In constructed, a reusable threat like this one allows you to dedicate fewer slots in your deck to win conditions. Akuta could be an important win condition for a mono black control deck. A mono black deck, with all of the discard capabilities inherent to black, would have no problem keeping more cards in its hand than his opponent. Unfortunately for constructed strategies, Akuta is a legend. As a legend, Akuta is somewhat less useful in constructed decks. In the best scenarios, you would like to have more than one of these creatures in play in the late game. This creature's legendary status won't let that happen.


Paul Hagan

Akuta, Born of Ash --

This is one of the first cards from Saviors that I've seen that will likely make an impact on Constructed. It is a decently sized creature at 3/2, if a bit overcosted, but it comes equipped with haste and a recursion ability? Sounds good to me! The only real drawback of Akuta is that it is legendary, meaning you can't make a mini-horde of them to really put the fear into your opponent.

Also, unlike cards like Nether Spirit or (to some degree) Ichorid, this latest incarnation of the Recurring Black Creature is actually pretty good in limited. I wouldn't complain about opening / drafting up this card, and it would likely make the cut into my deck.

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


Akuta, Born of Ash- Rare- SoK
Akuta is a nice card, but it suffers from a small thing called the wisdom weakness.  your wisdom is your cards in hand (or spells that you know) and the more wisdom you have the more spells you know.  but with knowledge comes a price.  They say "With time comes Knowledge" and to get more "spells" for you to know you need to wait a long time (turns). and as we all know, it is a bad thing to wait too long (even MUC can run out of gas).
now that we have that covered lets look at the other parts of akuta, which are all good.  Akuta is a 3/2 hasted reusable creature.  that will take your opponet a long time to get rid of.  his ability to come back for the price of one swamp (and of course more "wisdom" than your opponet) you get a free 3/2 creature out.  very nice, and very well costed.  Could he be used?  he might see a little play in some Black aggro decks that want to get out fast and furious, and still have some steam during the late game (if they can keep cards in hand).  he also might be seen with black control with things like short fang that want to regulate your opponets hand size to make it easier to get back.
constructed - 3.4/5 i would rate him higher, but he is too new to tell if he really is any good
casual- 2.3/5 nothing big about him and nothing special about him that says "make a cool deck around me!"
limited- 4/5 amazing card that keeps comming back even after a frostling hits him,  just watch out for yamabushi's flame
Final Thought- A card with great potential, but it probably wont go anywhere because there is nothing that is great about him
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