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Champions of Kamigawa Uncommon
Reviewed October 25, 2004
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game store owner in CA,
I immediately pegged this card as crap. But
guess what? I have customers clamoring over this
thing. So maybe I missed the boat on it.
Apparently some of my customers have big plans for
big mana. ;) It will have to find a deck to
call home, but if it does...
In casual, big mana
can be quite important. So here's one ticket
that can take you places using Red.
In limited, you'll
have to have a good reason to take up deck space
for this. Maybe a critical Myojin or a
Mana Seism -
Champions of Kamigawa - $4.49
*game store employee
Um, OK, who
picked this pile of crap? It doesn't even
give you red mana - it gives you colorless.
And you have to lose lands to get the
additional mana. I just don't get it, I'm
I apologize for
the card selection for whoever picked this
for today, as it is total crap, and
worthless in all formats.
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
In limited this card
is almost entirely useless. Perhaps if Fireball
was in the draft format, but alas, it is not. In
constructed, it’s a severely weakened Squandered
Resources, adding only colorless mana. While it
may be useful in some form of combo deck that
requires a mana boost like this, in most of
those decks we’re talking about a format where
you can (and want to) use Squandered Resources
* game store owner (The
Mana Seism - Monday
This card has combo written all over it. If it
were an instant, it'd be even crazier. I will
say though that this card will most likely only
get played by super competitive tournament decks
that find a way to utilize it. Casual players
will just turn their nose at this card. And
honestly, I think it would be a very late pickup
in any draft.
Mana Seism --
I'm amused with this card, but I'm not entirely
sure that it's "good". Early in the game, it's
obviously a poor card to draw up. Later, you are
only going to need a single copy. I can see it
possibly finding a home in some form of combo
deck, but right now, isn't Krark-Clan Ironworks
better? I'm going to give Mana Seism a mediocre
rating, but I wouldn't be horribly surprised if
I turn out being wrong.
In limited, I'm pretty sure that I won't ever
mess with this card. It will be one of the first
cards to find its way into my sideboard, never
to come out again.
Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 1.0
Two words: combo deck. That's about the only way
to come up with a decent use for this card. You
can't play a card like this in limited, it would
simply not be worth having this card in your
limited deck to...I don't know, maybe play a
giant creature that you don't really have enough
mana to cast.
In a combo deck, you could possibly use this
card to cast Obliterate a turn or two sooner
than you would otherwise be able to play it.
This kind of play could be worth the risk of
sacrificing all your lands, since Obliterate
can't be countered and since Obliterate destroys
all your land anyway.