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Orochi Leafcaller
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed June 22, 2005

Constructed: 1.35
Casual: 1.65
Limited: 1.85

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Orochi Leafcaller
I try desperately NOT to play this card in limited, which is bad news for the Leafcaller because I LOVE green in limited this year. The problem is that Leafcaller is simply a mana color fixer and doesn't produce mana itself. In most limited decks, you can find enough BETTER mana fixers that you don't want to waste any slots on Orochi Leafcaller. Cards like Kodama's Reach, Sakura-Tribe Elder and the green Baku from Betrayers are all better ways to help your mana base than Leafcaller. All that having been said, you CAN play Orochi Leafcaller as a last resort to help you reach your colored mana requirements. In a limited deck, even in limited strategies based on snakes, Orochi Leafcaller will be just about the weakest card in your deck.
In constructed, this card actually gets worse. In any constructed format, there are simply better ways to get the job done than to include this weak card.

Paul Hagan

Orochi Leafcaller --

Ugh. In any format, if Birds of Paradise are an option, please play them over Orochi Leafcaller. He isn't even good in a Snake Deck, since you should only be in one or two colors! With a lackluster ability and an average size for his cost, Orochi Leafcaller does nothing to draw attention to itself, and should likely stay in your stack of extras, be it in constructed or casual.

In limited, I might consider Orochi Leafcaller if I had a horrific-looking sealed deck or a horrible draft and I needed to fix my mana, but otherwise, he gets to hang out in sideboard.

Constructed Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 1.5
Limited Rating: 2.0


Orochi Leafcaller

A nice idea, but generally not useful. In constructed, you just aren't going to see this guy. There are much better ways to smooth your mana, and Leafcaller gains you no mana advantage with its smoothing in the amount of mana. I never see it being played in draft, either. It's just not good enough.

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 1.5
Limited - 1.5
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