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Champions of Kamigawa
Reviewed October 8, 2004
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It's kinda not fair for
me to review this card. I think I like it too
much. I'm a multicolor player, and things that
allow me to tap for any color, not take pain, not
stagnate my mana supply, and not require me to play
some kinda permanent makes me happy. So what -
they get a 1/1. Big freakin' deal. There
are plenty of ways to even abuse this fact. I
like this card, and I like it a lot. I can see
very little reason why this would not see a TON of
play in constructed, and I think in many ways, it
becomes the premiere way to generate any color of
mana in type 2.
In limited, it's "amen"
good. Tapping for any color is so important in
an environment where color is so important to have.
I'm gonna be thrilled every time I open this in
limited. It's a 4-6th pick in draft usually,
but it's a must play in virtually any deck. If
they get a couple 1/1s, oh well. You have the
ultimate smoother, and you're not REQUIRED to use
this card to play EVERY single spell.
game store owner in CA,
So, the new
City of Brass. But this one deals
a different kind of pain to you. It sets little
1/1's on your opponent's side to nip at your
heals, or chump block your attackers. But
just how significant is it? I suppose it
would totally depend on your deck's ability to
deal with a possible 1/1 swarm. In some
cases, you'll actually want your opponent to have
Oath of Druids). This could be pretty
damn fun in Casual, too.
In limited, not so
good, boss. The last thing you want to do in
limited is give your opponent creatures for free.
You might consider it if you just absolutely need
the color smoothing, or to help splash something
Champions of Kamigawa -
Exodus - $6.97
8th Edition - $5.38
*game store employee
Let's see. Gives your opponent a 1/1.
In standard or extended, I'd rather take the 1
damage now than let it build up over time.
But drawbacks can be benefits sometimes.
Try Oath of Druids.
In block, I think the drawback is too great to
use this as mana fixing.
In limited, again, the drawback is too great.
I'd rather just have a basic land instead.
Constructed: 3.5 (Type 1/1.5), 1.5 (everywhere
Time Pro Tour
This card is the forbidden fruit of mana
production! Tap for any color mana,
no City of Brass-like damage, just put a 1/1 in
play on your opponent's side
of the table. At first glance, this drawback seems
too high to overcome,
especially in limited. In constructed decks,
especially combo decks, the
ability to easily create any color mana may be too
good to ignore. Good or
not, this card should be highly collectible.
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
Itís the new City of Brass! Well, sort of, it does
product any color of mana, and it is les fragile
than Thran Quarry or Glimmervoid, not requiring
anything else to be in play for it to stay there.
And, where thereís a disadvantage, thereís a way
to negate it. The card is already seeing some play
for type I, where no one cares if you get a 1/1
creature, and for Oath of Druids decks, which are
all too happy to give you a creature.
This is a completely fair and balanced card. It's
a risk to use at any time, but if you have a way
to deal with those small creatures, it might be
useful. Looking at the card though, I wouldn't
expect a lot out of it. Except for block formats,
I'd prefer to just use City of Brass.
Forbidden Orchard --
This card amuses me. For either Constructed or
Casual, it really makes you consider how badly you
want to have good mana for a price. Do you have a
way to get rid of the 1/1 tokens? How much damage
can they do to you? How important is that mana? It
seems like this card is a very roundabout City of
Brass -- you'll wind up taking that 1 damage
sooner or later. With this in mind, I think I
would rather of the City; at least it doesn't
provide blockers for my opponent.
In limited, I really don't think I'm brave enough
to play this card without a way to rid my opponent
of 1/1s, like a pinger or just a bunch of big
dudes. It will more often than not wind up hanging
out in my sideboard, away from the real cards.
Constructed Rating: 2.5 [good only if a select few
Casual Rating: 2.5 [see above]
Limited Rating: 1.5Just
Sometimes better and sometimes worse than a city
of brass, but certainly on
par in a lot of situations, and importantly
better in others. I don't
expect to see it to facilitate the splash color in
a goblin deck (especially
with sharpshooter out of type 2), but there are
some decks that can
completely ignore the drawback.
This is our City of Brass
land. It doesnít work perfectly in the early
game, as giving them a creature is never too good
an idea. Itís not that bad late game, but thatís
not when you need this. However, Kai Budde
mentioned this card in combination with Oath of
Druids and in Alluren. I donít think we need this
right now in Constructed, however itís definitely
a good card that will see play in those decks.
In limited, no, just no.