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Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant
Saviors of Kamigawa

Reviewed May 24, 2005

Constructed: 1.75
Casual: 2.37
Limited: 2.25

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Jeff Zandi

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Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant
In constructed, this card seems so narrow and so focused that he is destined only for non-competitive combo decks. In limited, I think you play this guy mainly just to have a 2/3 body in your deck. In limited play, the LAST thing you would want is seven land in your hand. Where I play Magic, we call seven land in your hand A MULLIGAN. From now on, whenever I draw a seven land hand, I'm going to announce "SASAYA!". Maybe not. Anyway, this card really isn't too good, for any format, constructed or limited. The ability to get lots of mana is interesting, but it's hard to imagine that it will be worth the time and effort needed to flip Sasaya into the legendary enchantment. I don't like this card.


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Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant - Tuesday

I hate it. I'm sure someone somewhere will find aw ay to use it, but geesh. Getting 7 land in hand while still being in a good position is such a pain. I don't see how it can be done reliably and still get Sasaya's effect. I'd steer away from this card right now.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 2
Limited: 1

Paul Hagan

Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant --

Lame. Utterly lame. In order for Sasaya to be even remotely useful, you have to be in a bad position with *seven land* in your hand. Of course, I'm sure there are plenty of ways to find land in your deck and put it into your hand, thus allowing you to flip Sasaya. Hooray! But wait, what are you going to do with all of that mana? I realize that it *could* be utilized, but I'm pretty sure there are easier ways to get mass amounts of mana.

For limited, this card is slightly more useful. Not because of its ability or anything. More because it is a 2/3 for 3 mana, which can't be too bad. Still pretty horrible, though.

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


Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant
Sasaya's ability at first would seem ridiculous, but when you consider the "Sweep" mechanic (bring lands back to your hand), it makes a bit more sense.  While Sasaya just won't see tournament play (much too slow), it could be something for casual.  But even then, it's still a little slow.  You could get other cards on the board with similar effects as its essence, for less mana, like Mirari's Wake.  But still an interesting fit into a snake deck, if you're going that route.  In limited, it's not bad, only because it's a 2/3 for 3 mana, which very decent.
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Constructed - 2
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 3.5

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