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Horobi's Whisper
Betrayers of Kamigawa


Reviewed April 12, 2005

Constructed: 2.50
Casual: 3.00
Limited: 3.75

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Horobi's Whisper

Horobi's Whisper is the best Terror printed in YEARS. Outside of the limited and constructed formats of the Kamigawa block, there won't be much use for Horobi's Whisper, but in any deck with Arcane spells and Spirit creatures, this card is a little like cheating, providing SERIOUS card advantage anytime you are able to use it even twice. To be a little more realistic, I would have to say that this card doesn't really seem to take advantage of Splice onto Arcane the way that, say, Glacial Ray does, due both to the Splice onto Arcane cost of removing four cards from your own graveyard as well as the double-black cast of the spell itself (making Horobi's Whisper a poor choice for a third color splash). Nevertheless, Horobi's Whisper is an excellent card in Kamigawa limited formats and a decent card for constructed formats using Kamigawa block cards.
CONSTRUCTED: 3.0
CASUAL: 3.5
LIMITED: 4.0


DeQuan
Watson

* Game Store Owner

 Horobi's Whisper - Tuesday

This card is slowly starting to see more play. This is most likely due in part to Kamigawa Block Constructed being played more lately. The splice is also nice, because it's a non-mana effect. It, like many black spells, is limited to killing non-black creatures, but it is still highly useful.

Constructed: 3
Casual: 2
Limited: 3.5

Paul Hagan

 Horobi's Whisper --

I cannot explain what exactly it is about this card that I'm not impressed with. It's a decent enough removal spell in its own right, similar to a slightly more limiting Dark Banishing. I can see the Splice Onto Arcane ability coming in handy on occassion, but more out of convenience than design. Overall, in every constructed environment (excluding possibly Block), Horobi's Whisper is just overshadowed by marginally better removal spells.

In limited play, Horobi's Whisper goes under my principal of "any removal is good removal". It doesn't hurt that, assuming you are only playing two colors, Horobi's Whisper should be fairly easy to cast and it gets rid of a number of creatures. The ability to use it even just twice in a single game makes it an eye-catcher in your limited pool.

Constructed Rating: 2.0
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 3.0

Secret
Squirrel

Horobi's Whisper

First, sorry about last Monday’s COTD: I don’t know what I was thinking when I said you could bring back a 5 cc card with a 4 soulshift.

Anyways, today’s card is a solid pick in limited. Killing almost any creature works very well in limited, especially because you can splice this for no mana. It’s also solid in block because it is removal. It’s only downside would be that it costs two black mana, but I’d rather pay two blacks than have no removal at all. It’s also hard to splash for, because again, it’s two black mana. Regardless, it’s still great for an common and it should show up in limited and block. It’s not that great in Type 2 because there’s better, cheaper removal (Dark Banishing, Terror.)

Constructed: 2.5 (higher in block: probably a 3.5)
Casual: 3.5
Limited: 4
Christine
Gerhardt
Horobi's Whisper
 
Destruction spells...always a good idea in limited.  Whisper gives the extra push to make sure you don't try to randomly splash it, though.  If you're going Black, include it.  In constructed, probably a little slow compared to other fare offered.  In casual, sure, if you don't have better spells.
 
Constructed - 2
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 4
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