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Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant
Saviors of Kamigawa
Reviewed May 24, 2005
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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
* Game Store Owner
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.
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
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