Each of the cards featured in Card of the Day
was also reviewed in my column last Friday in
which I detailed the
TOP TWENTY COMMONS in Betrayers of Kamigawa.
I believe Waxwane Baku is not only the best of
the five common Baku creatures, but the best
white common in Betrayers. Waxwane Baku is
simply a great all-around creature. It's a
Spirit. It's fairly costed at 2W for a 2/2. Best
of all, it's activated ability is so flexible to
use. When you activate the ability for one
colorless mana, you can remove any number of ki
counters, and one activation can tap more than
one creature. I think you can easily play three
Waxwane Baku in your Champs limited decks if you
are lucky enough to draft three of them.
There's simply no disputing that this guy can be
a game winner in limited.
He can swing for two when he needs to, but most
importantly, he can tap your opponent's entire
army when the time is right to break through for
That being said, he is pretty fragile, and is
lucky to live in a limited format. In
constructed, he is both too slow, and completely
unlikely to live, especially in block, where
Glacial Ray seems to fire right at that guy's
This is another card that probably won't have a
huge impact on the standard or extended
tournament scene, but has potential to be really
strong in block constructed. It is a small,
fragile creature so that could be a minor
concern. Other than that, it doesn't offer a lot
of specialty. The ability here is useful, but I
think it will be hard to keep it alive and get
to use it.
I'm honestly not too sure how good or bad
Waxmane Baku is. At first glance, it seems like
a decent enough ability. Tapping down your
opponent's creatures is never a bad thing,
right? Especially if you don't have to tap one
of your creatures to do so. However, you do have
to play a fair number of Spirit or Arcane spells
to make this guy worth playing. This in turn
means that you will have to play a lot of other
cards that work off of Spirit or Arcane, since
you don't want that focus of your deck to go to
waste. This in turn means that you can only
really play this card effectively in a couple of
decks, which makes it not as attractive.
In limited, Waxmane Baku will almost always make
the cut into my white decks, assuming I have a
fair number (4+) of Spirit or Arcane spells.
Tapping down creatures is never a bad thing,
especially in environments like limited, where
you know everyone is playing a lot of dudes.
an interesting addition to a Spirit/Arcane
build. But it seems too slow to really make
a dent in competitive fields, and its
ability probably isn't groundbreaking
enough. Waxmane may find a little space in
Casual Spirit/Arcane decks, but again, its
ability just isn't that exciting, so it may
be relegated to an "if I can't find anything
limited, it's a bit more healty as you could
get a final blow through by using its
Constructed - 2.5
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