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Promise of Bunrei
Saviors of Kamigawa

Reviewed May 26, 2005

Constructed: 3.125
Casual: 3.125
Limited: 4

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Jeff Zandi

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Promise of Bunrei

I think we all remember that summer in our youth, when an older, more experienced woman entered our life briefly, whispering promises of bunrei in our ears. Huh, what? Oh, sorry, I was just watching this old Dustin Hoffman movie. Promise of Bunrei may not be delicious enough to fit into too many serious constructed decks, but the ability to get four 1/1 creatures in play from one card costing only three mana sounds good to me. This card will be a no-brainer addition to any white deck, though not necessarily a really early pick in drafts.



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Promise of Bunrei

This has got to be one of my most favorite cards out of this set. It is great for weenie decks. It's even useful for slower control decks in some ways. I'd expect this card to be popular among the casual crowds. And you most definitely want this in your deck is you are drafting white cards. It's strong all around. I love it.

Constructed: 4.5
Casual: 4
Limited: 5

Paul Hagan

Promise of Bunrei

I have no clue what to think of this card. It very well could be good, especially since it is supplying your side of the board with four 1/1 tokens. It comes at a relatively low cost, and the condition for activation is easily met. My only issue is where to put it. The only deck that immediately jumps forth is White Weenie, since you know that a few of your creatures will die over the course of the game, but even there, what do you take out to make room for it? And aren't you eating up an important turn by playing this card over Glorious Anthem? Maybe I am overanalyzing it.

You know what the best part about this card is? The fact that it isn't Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant or Enduring Ideal, which gave me lackluster feelings about this set. Expect to see Promise of Bunrei in at least one or two decks over the course of the next few months.

As for limited play, I absolutely love Promise of Bunrei. It isn't often that someone can make a limited deck that isn't based around "my creatures are better than your creatures", so almost every game you find Promise of Bunrei, it will serve some purpose.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 3.0
Limited Rating: 3.0


Promise of Bunrei

Hmm... Promise definitely will make your opponent think twice about messing with your creatures, or even about attacking, for that matter, which would give you the opportunity to chump block and use Promise. While Promise is more of a stall tactic than a win condition, there is also the win possibility under certain conditions. But stall is more its style as it basically gives you some chumps or attackers while you set up something bigger or more expensive.

As for constructed, time will tell if this will find a deck. I'm going to guess no, but who knows at this point. In casual, not quite exciting enough. In limited, you DEFINITELY play Promise if you are going white at all.

Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 4


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