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Kuro, Pitlord
Champions of Kamigawa

Reviewed November 10, 2005

Constructed: 2.16
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 2.62

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* Game Store Owner

Kuro, Pitlord

This card is a bit pricey to cast. Once he hits the table though, things can get interesting and swing to your favor pretty quickly. Also, if you've got the life, you can annihilate little critters with ease. He's a decent all around creature. He's a bit cost prohibitive unfortunately though. He's decent enough that he can find his way into a couple of decks, but he likely won't dominate any scenes of any kind.

Constructed: 2.5
Limited: 2.5

Paul Hagan

Kuru, Pitlord

Much like Laccolith Titan yesterday, Kuru is just too expensive and his ability is too focused on creature removal to be truly worthwhile in a deck. Unless you are really concerned about a lot of 1/1 creatures and you have a way to gain a ton of life, your mana is better spent on two or three cards instead of this one. Unlike yesterday's Laccolith Titan, I wouldn't be very gung-ho about playing Kuru in my limited deck. Only if I expected to (a) run a lot of land and (b) have extremely long games would Kuru make the cut.

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


RAR! Extremely difficult to get and keep in play (and especially to do it while you still have enough life left to really take advantage of his ability). But if you can, this guy is just devastating. You can eliminate your opponent's threats if you have the life to spare. Much more a casual card than anything else, but tons of fun to play. I've played it in limited formats also, but you really need to build your deck to suit it (very defensive, accelleration, and maybe a bit of life gain.

Constructed - 1.5
Casual - 3.5
Limited - 3.5

Phoenix Tamer

Kuro, Pitlord

If you wanna ask me... i never really cared for the Kamigawa block for...reasons. The concept good yet, the cards are "meh" in my opinion. Overall you would think a 9/9 for 9 mana hey that's pretty good! Yet it does have an upkeep of 4 which is shying me away from it, it's other ability is alright, i mean hey it's control, yet it's not that good. In the end it looks cool and in limited by the time you pull this out you better be winning, I mean hey it's a demon sounds cool eh? The upkeep of 4 seems a problem to me, but hey that never stopped Dragon Tyrant did it? Even though this card is no way compared to the dragon's greatness.



Jordan Kronick

Kuro, Pitlord - I have to admit to loving this card. He's huge and he kills lots of creatures and he's got lots of black mana symbols. So he's off to a good start in my book. What else does he have going for him? Well, there's not a lot. He's huge and kills things and that's about it. I think that's enough, though. I've seen him used to great effect in the reanimation decks of Kamigawa block, and I fully expect any Standard-era reanmiation deck will use at least one these days. Even if you're only keeping him around for one turn, his ability to kill creatures can sweep the board and save the day. In a limited environment, I've used Kuro many times. The chances of actually getting him in play are somewhat lower, but once you do it's ordinarily game over. As long as you have a decent amount of life remaining to use his ability, you should be winning in short order. Still, he's not fast. And he doesn't have an evasion ability (unless you consider killing other creatures to be evasion). So where does that leave us?

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