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Genju of the Realm
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed March 7, 2005

Constructed: 2.00
Casual: 3.13
Limited: 2.13

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Genju of the Realm

I first encountered this card while booster drafting, and quickly moved past it thinking, "five colors of mana...yeah, that'll happen!" But after another weekend of wild Extended format PTQ action, I think this card could easily be useful in Extended. Useful but silly. The problem is, this card makes you go to a lot more trouble to put a TEMPORARY creature into play, albeit a BIG SCARY temporary creature. By the time you get Genju of the Realm onto a land, much less before you activate it on the next turn, your opponent may have won the game. This is a FUN card, but not worth the trouble in competitve constructed and definately not worth the HUGE effort necessary in limited formats.



* game store owner

Genju of the Realm - Monday

I don't like this card. A big reason is the near impossibility to cast it against a worthy player. Granted, there are situations that may arise where you can, but not often. The effect is great, but you've likely dedicated multiple cards, or played some sub-par cards to get this Genju into play. And on top of that, if it goes to the graveyard, you have to cast it again.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 1.5

Paul Hagan

Genju of the Realm --

The only time I can really see this card making its way into a deck is if the entire deck was designed on abusing things that require four or five colors of mana. Think of the Bringers, Sunburst, etc. Don't get me wrong; if this card hits play, it is a monster. The only other way I can really see this card being all that useful is if you had a way to trick enchantments into play from hand or graveyard.

In limited, this card is pretty worthless. You usually will have only two colors in your deck in draft, three if in sealed. If you have been forced into five colors in Kamigawa Block limited, then you have bigger issues than deciding whether or not to play Genju of the Realm.

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


* game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)

Genju of the Realm

Yowsa...an 8/12 Trampler? And if your land gets knocked off for some reason, this thing comes back to you. Nice. While it's casting cost makes it pretty difficult to play in serious games, this guy could be a ton of fun in casual. Thanks to Fifth Dawn, there are a lot of ways to make 5 colors happen. If you get Genju on the board, he will be extremely difficult to deal with, as he is colorless (Circle of Protections will not stop it, nor Story Circle, etc.). In limited, 5 colors of mana are difficult to produce, so it takes this guy down a notch. If you did manage to play him, you win.

Constructed - 2/5
Casual - 5
Limited - 3.5
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