Each of the cards featured in Card of the Day
this week was also reviewed in my column last
Friday in which I detailed the
TOP TWENTY COMMONS in Betrayers of Kamigawa.
Getting a creature with a power of three for a
cost of 2B has not been easy. In Champions of
Kamigawa, you can have a non-blocking 3/2 or a
brittle 3/1, both uncommon Ogres. The Takenuma
Bleeder is 3/3 for 2B, it's an Ogre and most
importantly of all, it's a common. This is one
of the best common cards in the set. A common,
extremely playable Ogre makes it a much better
play to pick up either or both of the meaty
uncommon Demon Spirits in the first two packs of
a booster draft.
Do you get the feeling that Wizard's is making
the Ogre/Demon deck the next "newbie deck,"
virtually giving the new player every card they
need to build the deck and making it almost
competitive. Well, I do, and this card is pretty
high on the list. 3/3's for three mana is good
times, although in this block it can often mean
that they just trade with a Bushido 2/2 for two
mana, but you're playing black! Just kill that
guy with any of a million removal spells and
keep firing away.
If weenie style black decks start making a run
at the tournament scene, this guy might be
playable. And it's even possible that you won't
be losing life. However, he is a pretty vanilla
3/3 for three. So i wouldn't put too much stock
in him. However, in limited play, this guy might
be worth scooping up.
Meh. That sums up what I think of this card. Not
a "UGH!" or a "Ho-Hum", or even a "Ew, how
gawdawful!". This card is just "meh". You are
getting a 3/3 body, but you are also slowly
dying from it if you don't have a Demon -- a
majority of which aren't that good. If Takenuma
Bleeder was a 4/4, I might consider it for
constructed or casual purposes, but as is, there
are just better cards floating around.
In limited, a body is a body, and a large body
that comes out early in the game might be
worthwhile. If you are looking at using green or
white, you probably won't need this card, but if
you are in red or blue, it looks slightly more
attractive because of the lack of good, large,