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Betrayers of Kamigawa
Reviewed January 27, 2005
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* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
Is this really the second set? Now that I've
seen more of the cards in this set, I keep
thinking this is the third set. You know, the
third set filled with wacky stuff that may
somehow become slightly interesting to build
decks around, but just aren't that powerful.
That's what this feels like. This card triggers
off of spirits and arcane spells, making it a
best fit for Champions Block decks. Okay, now
let's take a look at the stupendous enchant
creature spells that Champions block has
provided for us....
Right, next card.
* game store owner (The
Game Closet - Waco,TX)
This card feels too...well..."gimmicky" is the
only word I have for it. I'd steer away form
this card. Creature enchantments should only be
played if they are above and beyond the call of
duty on their own. Having to play a sub par
creature to hunt them down isn't so hot.
However, in block constructed play, in a deck
loaded with spirits and arcane spells, this
should be useful.
If this card was green and Rancor was still
legal, then it might be decent. As is, Tallowisp
probably needs to hang out in your pile labeled
“Stuff I’ll Never Play”. The problem with
creature enchantments is that if the creature
dies (for example, to a Rend Flesh or Magma
Jet), then you have lost two cards to their one.
Occasionally, there is a card that is an
exception to the rule, such as Rancor, Elephant
Guide, or Armadillo Cloak, but for the most
part, they just aren’t worth the risk.
In limited, Tallowisp really goes under the same
Constructed Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 1.5
game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)
If you're into
enchantment decks, this could be a nice
addition for you. But for it to work,
you'll need to play Spirit and/or Arcane
spells. This could be a dilution, for good
or for bad...you decide if it works for
you. In limited, if you have a few good
enchant creature spells, and are going
white, it works. Otherwise, it's nothing
more than a 1/3, unless you have some need
to shuffle you deck often.