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Champions of Kamigawa Common
Reviewed October 19, 2004
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This is a far way from Wild Mongrel. Green
often survives by using Giant Growth type cards to
get bigger, and you can't do that with him.
Honesty, I'm not impressed - sorry.
In limited, it's a green
card if you need something early in the curve.
game store owner in CA,
He's a bear (a
Bear in M:TG usually refers to a 2/2 creature for
2 mana, like Grizzly Bears), but this Bear has
something interesting about him. He can't be
targeted by your opponent, so he can't be burned
out or enchanted by him. But he also can't
be targeted by you. So no equipment, no
enchantments, no pumping him up, etc. It's a
double-edged sword, really. Let's be
honest...a 2/2 is only great for a short while in
your match. If you can't do anything to pump
him up for the later game, he's kinda small.
In limited, he's a
solid filler for a green deck.
In casual, just a tad
too boring to make most cuts.
Champions of Kamigawa - $0.30
*game store employee
A 2/2 untargetable for 2. A nice little thing to
have, as you're basically getting
untargetability for free (compared to Grizzly
Bears). Unfortunately, this guy is much too
small to matter much after the first couple
turns, as the untargetability really bites you
in the rear after that, as you're usually the
one who wants to target him then to pump him up.
In limited, he fits right in the curve, and
would be a good playable. Outside of limited,
while he is priced right, every creature that is
currently played is on sale compared to him. I
wouldn't play him.
Time Pro Tour
Usually, if a creature has the ability that it
cannot be targeted by spells
and abilities, this is a big advantage to you, the
controller of this
untargetable creature. In the case of an early
game creature like Humble
Budoka, an able-bodied 2/2 for 1G, the inability
to be targeted is just as
often a drawback for the controller of the
creature. In green, one of your
primary ways to cause your David creature to beat
your opponent's Goliath
creature in combat is to block the bigger attacker
with your smaller blocker
and then pump up your small blocker with some sort
of Giant Growth effect.
Humble Budoka doesn't let you do that. When I'm
attacked by Humble Budoka
and some other 2/2 creature and my only blocker is
also a 2/2, I will always
block the Humble Budoka, because I know that my
opponent will not be able to
save the Humble Budoka by targeting it with any
spells or abilities. After
saying all that, Humble Budoka remains a healthy
2/2 for two mana that you
will gladly include in your limited decks in the
fairly speedy environment
that Champions of Kamigawa limited is turning out
to be. In constructed, I
can't imagine ever wanted to play Humble Budoka.
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
Well, he’s a 2/2 for two mana, so by default he
can’t be too bad. His ability to not be the target
of spells or effects is largely beneficial,
sucking only when you want to target him with a
pump spell. He’s just a solid creature all around,
not one I would say take out if he was in your
deck, or put in if he wasn’t. Let’s just call him
‘average’ and move along.
* game store owner (The
Game Closet - Waco,TX)
I don't get it. It's a grizzly bear that can't be
targeted. I guess against black or red it might be
good to sideboard in, but I bet there ar ebetter
options. Regardless, it's just a glorified grizzly
Humble Budoka --
This guy is a real bear. 1G for a 2/2. However,
unlike many cards with a similar cost, he comes
equipped with a stellar ability. I won't put
Humble Budoka in the category with Wild Mongrel,
River Boa, or Albino Troll, but he does get to
hang out in the great sideboard ranks with Blurred
Mongoose. I can't see using Budoka in anything but
your sideboard for tournament play, but he should
be pretty stellar against anything without too
For casual play, I'm not sure what Budoka has to
offer that other cards don't do for better. Why
play Budoka when you can have Blurred Mongoose,
Wild Mongoose, or Troll Ascetic?
In limited play, I'll usually let this guy sneak
into my deck if I don't have too many early drops,
but he is one of the later cards to make the cut.
At the very worst, he can hang back as a chump
blocker late in the game.
Constructed Rating: 2.5
Casual Rating: 1.5
Limited Rating: 2.5
Yay for green can't-be-targetteds! Too bad the
mirrodin version (where you
can target but they can't) didn't carry over.
Very dependable guy to trade
for their grizzly bears, just watch for
indomitable will. Not blurred
mongoose, but certainly a step up from vintara
Now we have a different kind of
“Grizzly Bear,” except wizards kinda screwed up on
this. If it said “Humble Budoka cannot be the
target of spells or abilities your opponent’s
control” it would be much better. Sadly the
“can’t be a target by spells or abilities” will
probably backfire on you more. You cannot give
this any power boosts, and the part about your
opponent not being able to target it doesn’t help
either because why would they want to kill a 2/2
unless they were desperate?
All in all, it’s not a very good card. There
are very few circumstances where the untargettable
part would be useful.