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Kiku's Shadow
Saviors of Kamigawa.

Reviewed June 08, 2005

Constructed: 2.1
Casual: 2.3
Limited: 3.7

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Jeff Zandi

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Kiku's Shadow
How good is this card in limited play, like booster draft and sealed deck play? Is creature removal important? Have you noticed how bad your black removal spells are against other black decks (Befoul and Horobi's Whisper cannot target black creatures)? Kiku's Shadow destroys almost every creature in the block. Kiku's Shadow is CERTAINLY the best single target removal card in Saviors of Kamigawa. Moreover, Kiku's Shadow might be the best single target removal card in the entire block. The biggest downside for Kiku's Shadow, where constructed play is concerned, is that this card is a Sorcery.

If Kiku's Shadow were an instant, I think it would see constructed play right away, as it is, it's a situational card for constructed.


* Game Store Owner

Kiku's Shadow

At first, this card looks to be excellent. But it is very good at being deceiving. At two mana, black has other great spells to play like Terror and Echoing decay (among others) that are just superior in every way. Also, the others being instants is a big deal. Kiku's Shadow may find it's way into a couple of block constructed decks, but I wouldn't expect to see more than a copy or two in any normal constructed decks.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 3

Paul Hagan

Kiku's Shadow

Blah. Over the last few sets, black has developed a massive number of quality removal spells, and this isn't one of them. If I don't have a definite way to destroy a creature with a removal spell, it usually won't make its way into my deck. Kiku's Shadow fits that bill, therefore, it stays in my box of Saviors stuff while a better card makes the cut.

In limited, where my card pool is...um...limited, Kiku's Shadow suddenly becomes a lot more attractive. Any removal is good removal, and the low casting cost on Kiku's Shadow is more than enough to make up for the fact that it isn't a definite kill.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 3.0


Kiku's Shadow

An EXCELLENT destruction spell, even if only a sorcery. Grab it every time in limited if you are going Black. The cards it can't destroy are few and far between, and you will always find something to unleash it on.

In constructed, it limitations take it out of contention. In casual, it's worth considering as cheap destruction if you are going that route.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 4.5

The Antman

Kiku's Shadow- Uncommon- SoK
well peoples today we have a effective kill card (for BB at that) today, kiku's shadow
now against most of today's T2 decks this card is useless (IE titan, meloku, colossus, ect.), but this card can kill probably at least 9/10 of all the creatures in the game.  The one thing that hinders this card though is the fact that it is a sorcery, making it less likely that you will take it over something like rend flesh or the black shoal.
in limited however any removal is good removal and this set is full of removal.  heck this whole block is full of removal, and removal is very good in limited.  if you see it, take it.
constructed- 2/5 not much good use here, stick to the instants
limited- 4/5 amazing, I give it a 5/5 for sealed.
casual- 1/5 too... blah
final thought- leave out of constructed, use in limited.  nothing else to say.
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