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Saviors of Kamigawa

Reviewed June 6, 2005

Constructed: 2.60
Casual: 2.70
Limited: 3.00

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Jeff Zandi

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There may not be as much equipment in the Kamigawa block as there was in the Mirrodin block, but Manriki-Gusari's ability to destroy other equipment is pure genius. I think this should be an entire series of cards. I know there have already been creatures (obviously) that can tap to destroy another creature, but I would love a specific series of permanents in some new set someday that each are capable of destroying another permanent of their same type. Anyway, the ability to destroy another piece of equipment is an amazing ability of Manriki-Gusari, but it isn't the most important reason to play it. The most important reason is that you can give Holy Strength (+1/+2) to any creature you want. This card is cheap to cast (2) and cheap to equip (1). This card is extremely strong for limited play and could even be a decent addition to constructed decks filled with small creatures.



* Game Store Owner


I'm not sure this card is all that great. But the funny thing is that it can be important if people you play against use a lot of equipment. White weenie is a good example of a deck this card could be used against. It's likely that I wouldn't recommend this as a main deck card for anyone, but it is definitely a sideboard consideration.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 2

Paul Hagan

Manriki-Gusari --

I wouldn't recommend playing this card in too many decks, but with white weenie decks running around Type II, as well as a powerhouse card like Umezawa's Jitte, Manriki-Gusari might warrant a sideboard slot or two. The casting cost and the equip cost are both acceptable, and it does give a small bonus other than being able to ace equipment. However, due to the limited uses of this card, I can't rate it too high.

In limited, I'd be less than excited to see Manriki-Gusari, but the ability to pump my creatures up a little bit might be enough to persuade me to sneak it into my deck. However, it is far from a first pick, so don't overestimate it.

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


I like this guy.  I've been playing a lot of CBS drafts, and he works fairly well.  I've never had to use its "destroy equipment" ability, but I'm sure it would really come in handy against things like...JITTE. And, btw...what the hell were they thinking when they made Jitte?? Someone was on crack, along with a couple other halucinogenics, I'm quite positive. So, in limited, Gusari gives your creatures that boost that can take them over the top, especially the horde of little flyers (the 1/1, 1/2, and 2/1s that abound).  On a larger flyer, he turns it into a clock. Gusari is just good all-around.
In constructed, it's too vanilla, most likely, to make play, unless you find players really getting desperate against Jitte, in which case maybe this will make the cut?  Dunno....seems extreme, but the need to off Jitte is pretty extreme too.
In casual, Gusari gets the vanilla bean brand again, unless your friends like playing equipment decks. In that case, this is your man.
Constructed - 2
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 3


Manriki-gusari- uncommon- SoK
Hello my loyal pojo fans.  today we have a interesting card, manriki-gusari, or as i like to call it "the jitte killer".
manriki is interesting because it is a equipment, that destroys other equipment, while giving a bonus on the way.  but the thing that i really like about this card is the fact that it doesn't unattach to destroy the equipment, as most cards (such as leonin bola) do.  but is this card good?  over all i say no.  in constructed there are far better ways to destroy equipment (such as oxidize and wear away), and in limited there isnt enough artifacts for it to be more than a continuous pump.
not much more to say on the card, so ill just get to the ratings
constructed- 2/5 i could maybe see it being played in black, and maybe white decks where they have no defense against equipment
limited- 3.4/5 a nice pump and a decent effect if you opponent happens to play a equipment (even if it is unlikely).
casual- 2/5 not a very fun card over all...
final thought- good in limited, bad every where else
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