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Ryusei, the Falling Star 
Champions of Kamigawa Rare
Legendary Dragon


Reviewed September 27, 2004

Constructed: 2.6
Casual: 3.9
Limited: 4.3

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

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Scott
Gerhardt

Holy crap!  A 5/5 flier for 6....IN RED!  Guys, red very selcom gets a good flier.  It very rarely happens.  A good red flier with only 1 red in the casting cost is unheard of...seriously...name a good red flier with only 1 red in it's casting cost - I can't. =/  This is a moment to be noted.  While we're noting it, it's not only a good flier for red, it's a ridiculous.  On top of that, if they do manage to kill it, it should take a number of guys with it.  I'm a little worried about the speed of the current type 2 environment, but I think if there is a decent Ponza build out there, this guy will be in that deck without a doubt.  If there is a way to slow down the environment, I think this guy will be game breaking.  I can't give it a 5 only because of the current environment, but that doesn't mean it won't become a 5 later.

In limited, you play this.  If you see it in draft, you take it.  If it's in your sealed deck, you play it.  I don't care one lick if you're going red.  If you're not going red, you SPLASH it...in ANY LIMITED ENVIRONMENT.  There is absolutely no reason whatsoever not to have this guy in your main deck.  If you show him to me in your sideboard of any limited deck, I will tell you he should be in it.  No exceptions, no matter what.

Constructed: 4.5
Limited: 5 (can I give it higher?  It deserves it)


Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner in CA, ShuffleAndCut

Ryusei, while probably not being tournament worthy, is certainly worth a look in any other situation.  In casual, he's a big, bad dragon with a "Don't You Dare" clause attached.  If you're opponent doesn't have anything big on the board, if he dares to off Ryusei somehow, he risks losing his entire creature board.  But he has to have some way to deal with a 5/5 flyer in the first place; not an easy task.  He's great in a Dragon Themed deck, probably more so than any of the other Champions Dragons, because he's red, as the vast majority of Dragons are.  Another boost for the Legendary Dragons comes in Kamigawa, Time of Need.  This card has been flying off our shelves for its highly useful ability in ChK to fetch a Legendary something for you.  Combine it's ability with a strong Dragon deck, and it's good times.

In limited, you absolutely play him. In draft, first pick, straight from the pack, don't even consider anything else.  Even if you're going another color, splash for Ryusei, since he's only a single Red. Very strong all in all, most likely a game breaker.

Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 5
Limited: 5

   Current Price:
Ryusei, the Falling Star - Champions of Kamigawa - $8.31

   Combos Well With:
Time of Need - Champions of Kamigawa - $2.13
 


Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Ryusei, the Falling Star
I love all five of the Legendary Dragon Spirits from Champions of Kamigawa.
This one is simple and straightforward as they come. For Champions, six is
really not that high of a casting cost. Ryusei is a bargain, and totally
splashable with his cost of 5R. In limited, he will be totally awesome on
the very rare (because HE'S a rare...) times that you see this guy. In
constructed, his six casting cost puts him on the edge of playability, but I
think his earthquake effect and his flying may make him valuable enough to
include two of him in a mono red deck filled with generally cheap casting
cost creatures and spells.
CONSTRUCTED: 3.0
CASUAL:           3.5
LIMITED:          3.5

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

Ryusei, the Falling Star

 

Heís a big red Dragon that blows up the world when he dies. Well, not the entire world, but enough of it for him to be deadly. I think this guy has a place in most worlds. Heís unbelievable in Limited, and in Casual play, heís part of a paradise of Dragons for those building a Dragon themed deck, or even for Multiplayer, where heís a huge threat to everyoneís forces. In serious constructed, he may not make the cut, but only time will tell. He may just be good enough for block.

 

Constructed:                 3

Casual:                         5

Limited:                        5

 


DeQuan
Watson

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

Ryusei, the Falling Star
Ok, as with all of the dragons, this guy can find his place into any limited
deck and a variety of constructed decks just as a 5/5 flyer.  Ryusei also
happens to be splashable, and a potential form of mass removal in block, so
he may find his way into decks there.  However, Havoc Demon was hardly
played, and while he was more expensive, he also wiped the board better.  So
I don't expect a lot of Falling Star action in extended or type 2.
constructed 2.5
casual 3.5
limited 4
Paul
Hagan
Ryusei, The Fallen Star --

I'm not liking this card as much as his white counterpart, but he is acceptable. A 5/5 Flier for 6 mana is nothing to scoff at, and he does have a board-sweeping effect when he leaves play. Unfortunately, this does mean he gets to hit your creatures to, so you can just hope he doesn't go at an inopportune time. I think Ryusei's stock falls even further given the fact that Rathi Dragon is finding his way back into circulation in Standard.

Casual players will dig this card just on the grounds that it is a decent Legendary Dragon. Who needs the old Elder Dragon Legends when you can squeeze one in to a *straight Red* deck and he comes with a better effect than the oldies.

I'll take this card in limited almost every time, just because he is a large, cheap flier. Just make sure you are in good position when you drop him, or else Ryusei might come back to bite you.

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


Andy
 Van Zandt

Ryusei, the Falling Star
Ok, as with all of the dragons, this guy can find his place into any limited
deck and a variety of constructed decks just as a 5/5 flyer.  Ryusei also
happens to be splashable, and a potential form of mass removal in block, so
he may find his way into decks there.  However, Havoc Demon was hardly
played, and while he was more expensive, he also wiped the board better.  So
I don't expect a lot of Falling Star action in extended or type 2.
constructed 2.5
casual 3.5
limited 4
Chase

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Ryusei, the Falling Star
 
Well I took a small vacation from writing due to school and stuff, but now Iím back.  Sorry if you people missed me. =/
 
This week, weíre doing four of the five dragons from ChK that cost 6 mana, are 5/5 fliers and have triggered abilities when they are put into the graveyard from play.  Today we have the red one.  Five damage to everything (without flying).  The most obvious problem is that it can backfire on you, but even if it does, it clears a lot of the board for no additional costs.  Itís ok in constructed.  At 6 mana for a red 5 power no haste, it seems expensive.  Although, Rorix did made it into red decks, so who knows.  It has a good effect, and itís not too high of a cost considering itís a dragon.  Iím not sure if thisíll see play in block.  
 
My ratings for limited this week are all basically going to be the same, so I probably wonít include limited comments.  Incase you havenít figured it out (=/) itís a no brainer in limited.  Take it, immediately, splash for it if you have to. 
 
Constructed: 2.5
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 5
 
 

 

 

 

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