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Secretkeeper
Saviors of Kamigawa


Reviewed June 10, 2005

Constructed: 1.75
Casual: 2.15
Limited: 2.45

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Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Secretkeeper

Saviors, with its new mechanics and its focus on hand size, is a more challenging set to play with, and these challenges show more with blue than with any other color. That having been said, Secretkeeper is a clear cut winner among the blue fog of creatures and abilities. Blue offers the best and most reliable means of keeping your hand size at least one card larger than your opponents. Having more cards in your hand is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for using Secretkeeper. With more cards in your hand than your opponent, Secretkeeper is a flying 4/4 that only cost you four mana. If you can't keep hand size superiority over your opponent, Secretkeeper shrinks considerably to a 2/2 non-flyer. Unfortunately, the same mechanics and skill-testers that can make blue cards like Secretkeeper very valuable in limited play will also keep these cards from being reliable parts of decks in constructed play. It's possible that control decks on a serious budget might consider Secretkeeper as a fairly powerful win condition.

CONSTRUCTED: 2.0
CASUAL: 3.0
LIMITED: 3.5
 


DeQuan
Watson

* Game Store Owner

Secretkeeper

This is just not a card worth playing. You can't guarantee that he's going to have 2/2 and flying. And if he doesn't have that, he's just an overcosted, worthless creature. I'd stay away from this guy.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1
Limited: 1.5

Paul Hagan

Secretkeeper --

I'm pretty sure this card should be kept in limited and never see the light of constructed day. It costs too much for a card that *might* be a 4/4 with flight, but could also be a 2/2 with no special ability whatsoever. Don't forget that a few black discard spells are making their way to the forefront, which will definitely draw some attractiveness away from this card.

For limited play though, a 4/4 flier is a 4/4 flier, even if it isn't one all of the time. I would definitely consider putting Secretkeeper into any limited deck with blue, as it can easily turn the tide of a game in your favor.

Constructed Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 3.0
 


Christine
Gerhardt

Secretkeeper

It SEEMS like a good idea... but in limited play, it often doesn't pan out well. Getting cards into your hand is a tricky, and often mana intensive proposition. Blue can do it, often with it's little flyer tricks, but it eats up a lot of mana. Second colors Red and White do it better, and Black can do it as a Sorcery in this block. But if you can make it happen, a 4/4 flyer in this environment is definitely a win condition.

Not something for constructed, as it's slow to come down, though it's in the right color for the job. In casual, if someone has an inclination to build a Sweep deck, this could work out, though I don't think Blue works well in that build.

Constructed - 2
Casual - 2.5
Limited - 3
 
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