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Hand of Honor
Saviors of Kamigawa

Reviewed June 09, 2005

Constructed: 3.0
Casual: 3.15
Limited: 2.8

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Jeff Zandi

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Hand of Honor
It's very exciting that such a quality card as Hand of Honor has been created. This card, along with its twin brother in black, is more than just a good creature, it's an entirely elegant design on the whole. This card is White Knight with the added flavor of Bushido 1 taking the place of first strike. Fair enough! Given the popularity of the colors black and white (not necessarily in the same deck) in the current limited environments, Hand of Honor is a great pick for most white limited decks. This card may not always be a first pick, but it will always be a quality addition to any white deck.

If this card is good enough to compare to White Knight, which I believe it is, then it SHOULD be good enough to discuss in white weenie constructed strategies. This card is ALL THAT. Bag of chips sold separately.


* Game Store Owner

Hand of Honor

Honestly, I can't give a good read on this card yet. It's definitely no White Knight, but it might just be better. It's hard to tell. First strike (White Knight) is a great ability, but having Bushido (Hand of Honor) is great too. I think the bigger question is simply, "Does White Weenie have room for this card right now?" They will come this fall with the rotation, but right now, they might not.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 2

Paul Hagan

Hand of Honor

Is anyone getting the impression that Wizards wants us to play white weenie decks? Once again, another solid, smaller white creature has found its way into the daylight. Protection from Black isn't as relevant as it used to be, but the size of the body (for the cost) and Bushido on Hand of Honor is more than enough reason to help it sneak its way into any number of white weenie decks.

For limited, Hand of Honor is just as good, if not better, than constructed. At least you are pretty likely to find quite a few black creatures roaming around.

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


Hand of Honor
Meh, it's decent, though not exciting. It could make the constructed rounds in White Weenie builds or Samurai builds.  It's basically a bear with a kick (bushido 1).  In limited, it's pro-Black has been fairly inconsequential in my observations, but it is a nice filler for white builds.  White tends to be fairly weak in limited, though, and this goes along with that.  In casual, again, WW and Samurais may be adding Hand to their builds.
Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 2.5

The Antman

Hand of Honor- Uncommon- SoK
well today we have the new version of white knight, Hand of Honor.
Now, im sure most of you out there know that a 2/2 bushido 1 for WW is pretty good.  when u add on protection from black then you have a card that is effective and useful.  Hand of Honor might see some play in constructed in some versions of ww that have a heavy black metagame, but it will probably mostly be a sideboard card.  I personally prefer Samurai of the pale curtain over Hand of Honor, simply because black is not big enough to warren't a pro black creature, plus Samurai of the Pale Curtain has (IMO) a supirior abiliity.  In limited this guy is not quite a first pick, but i would take him before someone else does.
constructed- 3/5 if you have a strong black local meta, i would give him a 4/5
limited- 4/5 efficient, useful, and strong.   thats a A+ in my book
casual- 2/5 yet another blah casual card
final thought- all that i really have to say is, if you have a heavy black meta use him (as i have said before) and ALMOST always pick him in Limited
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