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Ornate Kanzashi
Betrayers of Kamigawa


Reviewed May 18, 2005

Constructed: 1.87
Casual: 2.20
Limited: 2.20

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Christine
Gerhardt

Ornate Kanzashi
 
While you won't see this making the Pro-Tour rounds, Kansazhi is an interesting card.  I would play it in limited, though I would be hoping to get it out more quickly than turn 5. Even if all you turn up is a land, cool stuff.  In casual, I suppose you could incorporate it in a mill theme to deck your opponent.  Again, at 5 mana, a bit expensive, but still worth investigating.
 
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Constructed - 2
Casual - 3
Limited - 3

Christine
 
 


Jeff Zandi

5 Time Pro Tour
Veteran

Ornate Kanzashi

In limited play, where this card is most realistically useful, be careful not to draft it too high. At five mana to cast, this card can help you a lot, but not early in the game. The benefits of this card are two-fold.
First, you might actually be able to use the card that you cause to be removed from the game. Second, you most certainly remove resources from the opponent's deck that he would like to use. In some games, Ornate Kanzashi will remove enough cards to run a player out of cards, providing your deck another win condition. Basically, once this card is in play, you will probably always love it. Staring at Ornate Kanzashi in your opening hand, however, is quite suboptimal. While this is a very interesting and often useful card, it does not have a very high power level, because it will not directly cause you to win a game very often. It's hard to imagine this card being used in any constructed decks other than the more casual kind.

CONSTRUCTED: 2.0
CASUAL: 3.0
LIMITED: 3.5


DeQuan
Watson

* Game Store Owner

Ornate Kanzashi - Wednesday

I've never liked "gimmicky" cards like this. First off you need to be able to pay for the spell you get to see. Then you have to have the proper mana. And on top of that, it has to even be a spell in their deck that has a use to you. It's also five mana to cast. The only way I can see this card getting played is if it's part of a Millstone deck that's already removing cards.

Constructed: 1.5
Casual: 1.5
Limited: 1

Paul Hagan

Ornate Kanzashi --

Usually, when I play something that costs five mana, I want it to be directly helping me to win the game -- think Meloku the Clouded Mirror or Mirari's Wake. This card isn't doing that. Instead, it is just doing neat tricks. I appreciate the spirit of the card and all, but unless you know that you can completely cripple an opponent by playing his cards, I would suggest leaving Kanzashi at home, no matter what the format.

Don't take this as the end-all statement, though. I wouldn't be completely shocked to see this turn up in sideboards at some point, if only for mirror matches in some combo deck.

Constructed Rating: 1.5
Casual Rating: 2.0
Limited Rating: 2.0
Christine
Gerhardt
Ornate Kanzashi
 
While you won't see this making the Pro-Tour rounds, Kansazhi is an interesting card.  I would play it in limited, though I would be hoping to get it out more quickly than turn 5. Even if all you turn up is a land, cool stuff.  In casual, I suppose you could incorporate it in a mill theme to deck your opponent.  Again, at 5 mana, a bit expensive, but still worth investigating.
 
Constructed - 2
Casual - 3
Limited - 3
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