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Cloudhoof Kirin
Saviors of Kamigawa

Reviewed May 27, 2005

Constructed: 2.65
Casual: 2.85
Limited: 3.85

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour

Cloudhoof Kirin

This is my favorite Kirin BY FAR. It's amazing to me that you get a 4/4 FLYING creature for 3UU that ALSO provides your deck with a different win condition. The size of this creature, and its evasion ability, is a lot more important than its ability to mill opponent's out of the game. But that doesn't mean that I don't love the deck destruction of this card, because I do. The black and the red Kirin cards have exciting abilities, but are more situational. Cloudhoof Kirin's special ability is much more straight forward. If you manage to trigger the blue Kirin with as few as three Arcane spells or Spirit creatures, you will have cut a big hole in your opponent's deck. There may not be a better creature in the entire set.



* Game Store Owner

Cloudhoof Kirin

This is a prime example of why I don't really like reviewing new cards. This card is likely going to see SOME play. And I suppose any type of Millstone deck would love a creature like this. But beyond that, I'm not sure where it fits in. It's an OK sized flier, but most cards at that cost with those stats don't see a lot of tournament play. We will see where this one lands in the near future.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3
Limited: 4

Paul Hagan

Cloudhoof Kirin

Meh. I'm not that impressed with this card, as is the case with many of the "mill" cards, thus named because of the similarity of effects with Millstone. However, I guess I shouldn't complain too much about a 4/4 flying creature for five mana -- that seems pretty good from a cost perspective. The ability is somewhat disappointing, especially since there doesn't seem to be an abundance of Spirit and Arcane spells that I am aching to play.

In limited, you should absolutely play Cloudhoof Kirin if you have enough blue to support it. Any creature with evasion is worth playing, and the fact that Cloudhoof Kirin is pretty massive helps out a lot.

Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 2.5
Limited Rating: 3.0


So Milling gets another shot in the arm!  Honestly, mill decks (the term is taken from Millstone) are one of the most popular casual themed cards we sell. Cloudhoof takes the theme and combines it with another popular casual themed deck, the Spirit/Arcane deck.  The Spirit/Arcane cards have good built in synergy, and so if you like both themes, you can really get your kicks.  Even on its own, Cloudhoof is a good bargain at 5 mama for a 4/4, so you'll see him in Blue limited builds also.  In that case, its Mill ability is just a bonus.
And now we have PICTURES!  If you'd like to see pics of all the Saviors of Kamigawa rares, check them out here:  Saviors of Kamigawa!  Very cool!!  And as a bonus ONLY for Pojo.com readers... if you win any Saviors auctions from me, email me and let me know you are a Pojo.com fan and I will throw in a free Bonus Rare with your winnings!  Good luck!
Constructed - 2.5
Casual - 4.5
Limited - 4

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