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Champions of Kamigawa Common
Reviewed September 22, 2004
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This guy is
ridiculous. Amazing. Awesome.
Remember kiddies, hius ability does not say, "Play
this only once each turn". Smack your
opponent, then unload with any extra mana you have
lying around. On top of that, it's a solid
2/2 for 2 bear. You'd expect this ability on
a 1/1 for 2, not a 2/2 for 2. Man, if weenie
black makes ANY form of an appearance in Kamigawa,
this guy will be leading the parade with arms
waving. Oh yeah - he's a spirit too.
Guess they like strong commons.
Oh yeah - while you're
at it, just play him in limited too. If
you're going heavy black, play him. He can
swing a game in your favor fast.
game store owner in CA,
Dude...this guy is
wicked cool! An amazing bear 2/2 that can
really do some evil damage if you play it right.
Give him some boosts with an enchantment or an
equipment, or make it unblockable, and this thing
can turn into quite a horrible situation for your
opponent. In casual, throw a
Whispersilk Cloak on it, and Akuba is
unblockable and untargetable...your opponent will
need artifact removal AND burn to get rid of him. Or,
just skip combat (note that it's ability does not
require the damage be combat damage, so any damage
done with it to your opponent will do) and make it
a pinging machine with
Viridian Longbow, or something, then do even
more damage with it's B ability.
In limited, not to
shabby either. If you're playing heavy
black, and you have a way to give him some
evasion, this could really hurt your opponent.
Even without his ability, he's a seriously solid 2
drop for heavy black builds.
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*game store employee
A very dangerous
creature. A 2/2 for 2 mana is a bargain in and
of itself. but turn this into a Drain Life (the
damage part) should this hit, and it becomes
necessary to prevent this from hitting at almost
any cost. Give this guy evasion, and your
opponent's got problems.
Might actually fit
in a MBC deck, should one be viable when this is
In casual, there's a
lot splashier creatures to play. Note, however,
that it doesn't need to be combat damage for the
ability. This means you can put something like
Psionic Gift on this, and go to town.
Time Pro Tour
This 2/2 for two black mana creature will make a
splash in both constructed
and limited decks, but may actually be a little
better in constructed. If
Wicked Akuba damages your opponent, you can spend
one black mana to cause
that same opponent to lose one life. You can use
this ability as many times
as you have black mana to spend. This common black
Spirit card's ability is
actually a downgrade from a pump-up ability, since
a two power blocker can
kill it. Wicked Akuba's ability is more likely to
matter in constructed
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
It might be too early
to say, but this guy may be the next Nantuku
Shade. A 2/2 for BB, heís slightly better in that
category, and after the first damage, everything
he does that turn is loss of life, making it a
nice way to get around any damage reversal spells
or prevention spell (provided they donít prevent
the initial damage). The downside of course being
that he will always be a 2/2, making him pretty
horrible as a big blocker, and kind of easy to
kill. Nonetheless, this guy is a strong limited
pick, and may see some constructed play.
* game store owner (The
Game Closet - Waco,TX)
This guy is simply
scary. If you let him through, you have to start
counting up your opponent's available black mana.
It's cheap to cast too. Black has needed a few
more quality small creatures, so maybe this was
the last guy to start the revolution.
I'm not sure casual players would care much for a
card like this. It's not big enough to scare your
opponent or survive most kill spells. However,
with it being a common, this is going to be an
extremely hot card in limited formats of all
Wicked Akuba --
I'm really liking this card. For two black mana,
you get a 2/2 with no drawback, which is a bit of
a rarity recently. His ability is really only OK,
but every little bit of life loss helps. It's
*almost* like getting a 3/3 for 2, but not
really. For constructed purposes, the Akuba is
stronger than your average bear.
For casual players, I think the wider selection of
cards really leaves this guy at the side of the
road. Black Knight or any of the Dauthi 2-Drops
In limited, I'd definitely play this card just for
an early threat. He can't be too bad, right?
Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 2.5
Nice balance, with the pseudo-firebreathing that
only works on players
tacked onto a grizzly bear. Plus, as a cheap
spirit, he's something to get
with soulshift. Still good lategame, as he
becomes a "must block" guy very