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Isao, Enlightened Bushi
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed May 16, 2005

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 2.88

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Jeff Zandi

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Isao, Enlightened Bushi

Ah, yes, the green Samurai! This card is fantastic in limited, and would be okay in constructed if Isao weren't the only green Samurai that will probably ever be printed. It's hard not to like a 2/1 creature with Bushido
2 that your opponent cannot counter the casting of. Oh, and you can regenerate this guy (or use him to regenerate any other Samurai in play) for the amazingly friendly cost of just two COLORLESS mana. I don't know...maybe the mono white Kamigawa block Samurai deck oughtta think about splashing green for this guy! (probably not) Still, Isao is a bargain any way you look at him. By the way, one would think that if you could have a GREEN Samurai, then you could print some Ninjas in Saviors of Kamigawa that weren't blue or black. Alas, this appears not to be the case...



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Isao, Enlightened Bushi - Monday

This card has some decent abilities, but it just doesn't come up a winner. The fact that is costs two to regenerate also makes it a bit subpar. This is only compounded by the fact that we have Troll Ascetic right now that regenerates for one mana. The other problem is that he's the only samurai in Green. All the others are red or white.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.5

Paul Hagan

Isao, Enlightened Bushi --

I think that Isao is a decent enough card, but his time has not yet come. Aside from mono-blue control, which doesn't seem like it does all that much countering, there aren't a ton of counterspells floating around Type II right now. Bushido is a nice addition to Isao, making him somewhat more difficult to take out, though the 1 toughness means it doesn't take a lot. His third ability, as relates to Samurai, seems pretty mediocre to me.

All in all, I think no matter what the format, Isao is likely a sideboard card at best.

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


Isao, Enlightened Bushi

A card that works well against control decks. He isn't super-powerful, but he does come down as a threat if you can't counter him, and has the ability to regenerate to keep him alive. And to boot, he has Bushido 2. Not a bad card, and with Blue control making a strong come back, you may just see Isao in more and more sideboards or decks. In casual, he is a Samurai, though a green one, so out of the traditional White...still, he may see some casual Samurai play.

In limited, you really don't give a crap about countering, but you do want his regenerating ability. He's a nice blocker, and you can use any color mana to regen as a bonus.

Constructed - 3
Casual - 3
Limited - 3
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