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Kiku's Shadow
Saviors of Kamigawa

Reviewed June 30, 2005

Constructed: 3.2
Casual: 3.35
Limited: 3.85

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Kiku's Shadow
I think I've reviewed this card a few times already, but I still LOVE IT for limited play and was almost surprised it wasn't interesting to anybody for Regionals Type II. Most of the creatures you need to kill have powers equal to or greater than their toughness. Creatures that have toughnesses greater than their power may very well be destroyed by Kiku's Shadow after they have blocked one of your attacking creatures. This card would be better, admittedly, if it were an instant, and this card would be more valuable in the Kamigawa block if it were Arcane. Still, Kiku's Shadow is, in my opinion, the best single-target removal spell in the Kamigawa block. For constructed, you really do need instant creature removal, Terror and Rend Flesh both seem better than Kiku's Shadow, but for a spell cheaper than Rend Flesh that can destroy targets Terror cannot (black and artifact creatures) Kiku's Shadow could be the cheap constructed answer for you.

Paul Hagan

Kiku's Shadow --

I'm far from impressed with this card, and why shouldn't I be? We are now in an environment where there are a massive number of high-quality black removal spells in all constructed formats, so why would you play a card that may or may not be able to remove a creature? The only place I would imagine Kiku's Shadow making an impact is in Kamigawa Block Constructed, where your selection of black removal cards is slightly more limited.

For limited play, Kiku's Shadow should probably make the cut every time, if only because it is cheap removal, and as we all know, cheap removal can easily swing the game in your favor.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 3.0


Kiku's Shadow

Really good destruction for the cost. There are a few cards that it has a problem with, but they are few and far between...not many people are playing defensive creatures. So Shadow usually gets the job done. In limited, you absolutely play it if you are going Black. Believe me, you'll find some use for it. In casual, something to consider if your Black deck needs more destruction spells.

Constructed - 3.5
Casual - 4
Limited - 4.5
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