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Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
Saviors of Kamigawa

Reviewed May 31, 2005

Constructed: 2.75
Casual: 2.75
Limited: 3.00

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Jeff Zandi

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Erayo, Soratami Ascendant

This card is very interesting for both constructed and limited play, but be careful, object in mirror MAY actually be smaller than they appear. What I'm trying to say is, Erayo is a powerful card, but don't make the mistake of thinking that it's more powerful than it really is. In limited, you need to play a 1/1 flyer for two mana a lot of the time anyway, and there will be plenty of limited games where this card will be just that and nothing more, only an early game 1/1 flyer. Limited games, however, present the greatest possibility of having four spells played on the same turn, flipping Erayo into the legendary enchantment. In constructed, the 1/1 flyer matters a lot less, but the ability of the legendary enchantment matters a lot more.
However, even if you do manage to get this card flipped into its legendary enchantment form, you may not have accomplished as much as you might think.

Your opponent will certainly not enjoy having the first spell they cast countered each turn. This is a serious drawback for your opponent, certainly, more so in limited than in constructed. In limited, your opponent has fewer and less focused threats in his deck than in constructed. In limited, your opponent can less afford to throw away a spell just in order to cast a second spell that turn. In constructed, your opponent will figure out that he just has to save his important spells and cast them after playing a spell they care a lot less about. In the end, Erayo is a card that makes you go to a lot of trouble to make your opponent work a LITTLE harder.


Paul Hagan

Erayo, Soratami Ascendant --

I have a bit of trouble rating this card. It has potential to be really good, but against a smart opponent, it may be a little difficult to flip. If I were playing against Erayo, it would (A) be my primary goal to kill Erayo and (B) if I couldn't, try to only play one spell or so a turn. This means that the Erayo user needs to make up the remaining three spells, which shouldn't be too easy if they are playing worthwhile cards. I would call Erayo great, but he is decent enough to see some play.

As for limited, Erayo is a little bit more difficult to flip, but he is an evasion creature with a low casting-cost, so that alone might make him worth sneaking into your deck. Plus, if his flip condition happens to come up, then good news, right?

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


Erayo, Soratami Ascendant

Mono Blue is making a big comeback, and you KNOW the Blue Mages are foaming at the mouth about this one. Blue has very little problem making four spells happen in a turn (Opponent plays a spell, Blue counters, Opponent plays another spell, Blue responds again). Flip Erayo. Now "Opponent" is basically up crap creek. Seeing Erayo hit the board should sink many an opponent's heart, and will most likely scare them into not playing more than 1 spell per turn. But that's what Blue wants, isn't it...to get you to play a game the way you don't want to play it. So either way, they really do paint you into their corner.

In limited, Erayo doesn't nearly pack the same punch. You really need a deck built around control and responses to make it work, and Kamigawa block has little to offer along those lines...card draw is about as close as you'll get.

In casual, Erayo could be fun if you want to run the control theme, though you may have a few friends jump across the table at you to choke you.

Constructed - 5
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 2




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