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Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker 
Champions of Kamigawa Rare


Reviewed October 20, 2004

Constructed: 2.7
Casual: 4.2
Limited: 3.9

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst.  3 ... average.  
5 is the highest rating

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Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

I've seen Kiki-Jiki in play in limited, and this guy is seriously amazing.  Pair him up with a good utility creature, and he is downright scary!   Just to take a few commons as examples from the set, how about Sakura-Tribe Elder - Go grab a land each turn and thin your deck. Or try Frostwielder and now you can do 2 damage to a creature or player each turn. If you can, you can use Kiki to create the token Frostwielder at the end step of your opponent's turn, after the sacrifice stage.  Then you can tap the token to do 1 to your opponent, then untap it for your turn and do it again!  If you'd rather, you could just copy a simple fattie over and over...to attack or block, like Moss Kami.  And those are just a few commons.  Below, Jeff Zandi mentions how good Kiki is with the Zuburas from Kamigawa.  Great idea!

Now take it a step further, and imagine making copies of something on the powerful end of the spectrum.  In limited, it's power is obvious. 

I can see it being a really fun card in Casual also.  Copying large creatures can be really fun... So good...

I can see him possibly finding a niche in constructed, possibly getting muscled out on the board to do his dirty work. He's a bit high costed, but his ability is so interesting, he might just see the light of constructed play in some creative deckbuilder's deck.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4.5
Limited: 5

   Current Price:
Kiki Jiki, Mirror Breaker - Champions of Kamigawa - $
7.63

   Combos Well With:
Sakura-Tribe Elder - Champions of Kamigawa - $0.42
Frostwielder - Champions of Kamigawa - $0.30
Moss Kami - Champions of Kamigawa - $0.30
 


Judge Bill

*Level 2
MTG Judge

*game store employee

Wow. A goblin that can actually do more than smash. :)
 
You've probably already seen the combo with this and Intruder Alarm (and a non-legendary creature). That'd probably be lots of fun in casual, but I think it'll be too slow in limited. Also, by the time you get to turn 5, the only thing that hasn't killed you yet that you would want to copy might be Darksteel Colossus.
 
Way too slow for the aggro matchups, so it probably wouldn't be a good choice for most decks.
 
Great in limited though ... select their largest creature (assuming it is non-legendary), and either attack or block with it. This would make me highly consider red as a main color.
 
Constructed: 2
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
 


Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
This is one of the biggest game-changing rare creatures in Champions of
Kamigawa limited formats. While the mana commitment is intense at 2RRR,
there can be no doubt to Kiki-Jiki's usefulness. Best of all, Kiki-Jiki
himself has haste, so the fun starts the moment he hits the board. Here's
one of my favorite scenarios with the Mirror Breaker so far...tap Kiki-Jiki
to copy your favorite Zubera, I've chosen the red one. BUT...use Kiki-Jiki's
ability during your opponent's end-of-turn step, after the end-of-turn
trigger has passed. Your Zubera copy will now remain in play until the next
end-of-turn trigger occurs. During your own turn, tap Kiki-Jiki to make
another Zubera copy. At the end of turn, when you sacrifice both Zubera
copies, you have TWO Zubera going-to-the-graveyard triggers, causing, with
the red Zubera, you to have TWO Zubera graveyard effects to process, each of
which is going to deal TWO DAMAGE (2 damage for each Zubera going to the
graveyard this turn) to either a creature or player. Or draw four cards with
the blue Zubera, or completely empty your opponent's hand with the black
Zubera, or put FOUR 1/1 Spirit tokens into play with the green Zubera. Even
when you use Kiki-Jiki to simply copy a big giant (non legendary) creature
for a bigger attack, it's hard to go wrong with Kiki-Jiki.  In constructed
play, Kiki-Jiki is highly sought after currently for all sorts of creature
combo decks where you gain some cool advantage by sacrificing the copy at
the end of the turn.
CONSTRUCTED: 3.5
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          4.0
 

Ray "Monk"
Powers
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

 

There have already been some amazing articles about this guy, so itís hard to add more on about him. His ability with Intruder Alarm is completely broken, and, although he is fragile on his own, his ability to make re-usable not fragile creatures makes him great in constructed and limited games. In limited his RRR casting cost definitely limits him some though.

 

Constructed:                 3

Casual:                         4

Limited:                        2

 


DeQuan
Watson

* game store owner (The Game Closet - Waco,TX)

Kiki-Jiki has the coolest name in the set. Beyond that...well it's beyond me. I think casual players will LOVE this card ten times more than constructed players. In constructed there may be one or two neat combo-esque tricks you can pull off, but that's all I'd give ol' Kiki-Jiki credit for. In limited play, I would absolutely play this guy. He's not real big, but getting free copies of creatures every turns ure doesn't hurt.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 4
Limited: 4.5
Paul
Hagan
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker --

I'm not sure I would play this guy in any tournament deck, but I won't call him a bad card. For what he does, Kiki-Jiki has to be priced at 2RRR, or else he would be seeing *way* too much play. A scary ability on the turn he comes into play, Kiki-Jiki can allow you to start making copies of any creature imaginable -- whatever is in your deck!

The real home for Kiki-Jiki is casual decks, where they can really abuse his ability with cheap, undercosted creatures. Think of him copying Rathi Dragon, Ravenous Baloth, Spiritmonger, etc. He can just be silly.

In limited, if I'm in red, this card definitely makes the cut. I won't turn down an extra attacker each turn.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 3.5
Limited Rating: 3.5
 

 

 

 

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