This is my favorite Kirin BY FAR. It's amazing
to me that you get a 4/4 FLYING creature for 3UU
that ALSO provides your deck with a different
win condition. The size of this creature, and
its evasion ability, is a lot more important
than its ability to mill opponent's out of the
game. But that doesn't mean that I don't love
the deck destruction of this card, because I do.
The black and the red Kirin cards have exciting
abilities, but are more situational. Cloudhoof
Kirin's special ability is much more straight
forward. If you manage to trigger the blue Kirin
with as few as three Arcane spells or Spirit
creatures, you will have cut a big hole in your
opponent's deck. There may not be a better
creature in the entire set.
This is a prime example of why I don't really
like reviewing new cards. This card is likely
going to see SOME play. And I suppose any type
of Millstone deck would love a creature like
this. But beyond that, I'm not sure where it
fits in. It's an OK sized flier, but most cards
at that cost with those stats don't see a lot of
tournament play. We will see where this one
lands in the near future.
Meh. I'm not that impressed with this card, as
is the case with many of the "mill" cards, thus
named because of the similarity of effects with
Millstone. However, I guess I shouldn't complain
too much about a 4/4 flying creature for five
mana -- that seems pretty good from a cost
perspective. The ability is somewhat
disappointing, especially since there doesn't
seem to be an abundance of Spirit and Arcane
spells that I am aching to play.
In limited, you should absolutely play Cloudhoof
Kirin if you have enough blue to support it. Any
creature with evasion is worth playing, and the
fact that Cloudhoof Kirin is pretty massive
helps out a lot.
So Milling gets
another shot in the arm! Honestly, mill decks
(the term is taken from
Millstone) are one of the most popular
casual themed cards we sell.
Cloudhoof takes the
theme and combines it with another popular
casual themed deck, the Spirit/Arcane deck. The
Spirit/Arcane cards have good built in synergy,
and so if you like both themes, you can really
get your kicks. Even on its own, Cloudhoof is a
good bargain at 5 mama for a 4/4, so you'll see
him in Blue limited builds also. In that case,
its Mill ability is just a bonus.
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