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Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
Betrayers of Kamigawa

Reviewed March 9, 2005

Constructed: 2.60
Casual: 2.88
Limited: 4.25

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Ray "Monk"
Powers
* Level 3 DCI Judge
*DCI Tournament Organizer
Kira, Great Glass Spinner

In limited, this guy is so far up the scale of picks, let's just say it's "better than a first pick." Even without the ability he grants, a 2/2 flier for three mana is well worth the cost. When you add in the ability that makes all of your creatures virtually untargetable, he rises so high up the scale that there's no reason on to always pick him. In casual, he's perfect in being supremely annoying to your opponent while not really being a hate card that makes people not want to play against you any more. In constructed, well, its too close to call. He may make it in some form of control deck, or maybe even in fish, but its borderline, and I think right now he just missed the cut.

Constructed: 2
Casual: 4
Limited: 5


DeQuan
Watson

* game store owner

Kira, Great Glass Spinner - Wednesday

This card is pretty special. When you are talking about forcing your opponent to have to kill all of your creatures twice, things get a little tricky. Some decks may add blue just for this card. It's great for weenie strategies. Also, it's great against monoblack control.

Casual players may not be so big on this card, but it is definitely good in tournament play. This is also a great card to have during a limited situation as well.

Constructed: 3.5
Casual: 2.5
Limited: 4.5

Paul Hagan

Kira, Great Glass Spinner --

A 2/2 flying creature for three mana isn't a horrible buy in the first place, but when it comes with an ability that essentially reads "your opponent must waste two cards to kill this creature", that creature is quite a bit better. Keep in mind that Kira's ability isn't limited to your opponent's spells or abilities; those that you use are countered as well. I'm going to rate this card slightly higher in casual play, just on the grounds that there are a lot more decent removal spells to be stopped.

In limited, I definitely won't pass this card up. If I'm in blue, Kira will be scooped almost immediately. As I stated above, 2/2 fliers for 3 mana are a decent buy -- this is even truer in limited. Evasion abilities are always good to have, and an early flier that is difficult to remove could be a game-swinging creature.

Constructed Rating: 3.0
Casual Rating: 3.5
Limited Rating: 3.5


Chris
Gerhardt

* game store owner
(Shuffle and Cut)

Kira, Great Glass-Spinner

An interesting concept, but many times Blue doesn't give a rip about creatures. So Kira's ability will be largely ignored, imho. In limited, Kira is more useful. A 2/2 for 3, it's a good drop with a nice ability, and since spells your opponent would use to destroy creatures can be few and far between in limited, the ability becomes much more useful. In casual, it's not exciting enough to get attention.

Constructed - 2
Limited - 4
Casual - 1.5
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