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CardShark Content - Asa Olson (1/24/2005)

As Betrayers is released Champions of Kamigawa's reign comes to a close. The set's story was intriguing and left you begging for more, but now that more is coming, and I feel that this last set shall be reviewed for all the great cards is has shown us.

We'll begin reviewing by the 5 most underrated cards in the Champion's set.
- Ghostly Prison
Ghostly Prison
Ghostly PrisonSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
10
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays 2 for each creature attacking you. (This cost is paid as attackers are declared.)
In my opinion, maybe the coolest uncommon in this set. Combos with this card are limitless. Oh, did you just play a third turn Goblin Chariot
Goblin Chariot
Goblin ChariotSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack the turn it comes into play.)
, too bad 'cause you can't attack with it, unless you manage to get 2 more mana out.
- Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro
Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro
Sachi, Daughter of SeshiroSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
238
Artist:
Nottsuo
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Other Snakes you control get +0/+1. Shamans you control have “T: Add GG to your mana pool.”
She pumps up defense and can let your shamans tap for two green, how cool is that. But just wait a minute with Orochi Leafcaller
Orochi Leafcaller
Orochi LeafcallerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
234
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
out that’s 2 mana of any color, by fourth or fifth turn you could be playing most anything in your hand.
- Struggle for Sanity
Struggle for Sanity
Struggle for SanitySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. That player sets aside a card from it, then you set aside a card from it. Repeat this process until all cards in that hand have been set aside. That player returns the cards he or she set aside to his or her hand and puts the rest into his or her graveyard.
I think this could be the best discard card in the set. I mean what other sorcery will let you look at your hand and choose which cards to discard. Even though they get to choose a few to save themselves, it’s a pretty cool card.
- Student of Elements
Student of Elements
Student of ElementsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
93
Artist:
Ittoku
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Student of Elements has flying, flip it. ----- Tobita, Master of Winds Legendary Creature - Human Wizard 3/3 Creatures you control have flying.
I've heard this card criticized many times, but I think it’s a pretty good card. I mean, it’s pretty easy to give him flying with a Guardian of Solitude
Guardian of Solitude
Guardian of SolitudeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, target creature gains flying until end of turn.
in a spirit or arcane deck.
- Wandering Ones
Wandering Ones
Wandering OnesSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Last but not least, Wandering Ones
Wandering Ones
Wandering OnesSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
. Yes it may be a weak 1/1 spirit, but think of the advantages it has, especially with the new ninjitsu ability. Maybe it’s just more underestimated then underrated, and hey, it only costs 1.
Most Underrated Creature Type: Akkis/goblins

Now that you have seen my 5 most underrated cards, you can see the 10 overrated cards. They may have cool abilities but there is a little too much fuss about some of them.
- Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Boseiju, Who Shelters AllSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
273
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Boseiju, Who Shelters All comes into play tapped. T, Pay 2 life: Add 1 to your mana pool. If that mana is spent on an instant or sorcery spell, that spell can't be countered by spells or abilities.
Yeah like I said cool ability, but 2 life isn't always worth saving a spell.
- Hikari, Twilight Guardian
Hikari, Twilight Guardian
Hikari, Twilight GuardianSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may remove Hikari, Twilight Guardian from the game. If you do, return it to play under its owner's control at end of turn.
What's all the fuss about him, his ability comes in handy every once in a while, but unless I had a real good combo that worked with that the only reason I would play him would be because he's a 4/4 flyer for 5.
- Hisoka, Minamo Sensei
Hisoka, Minamo Sensei
Hisoka, Minamo SenseiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
2U, Discard a card: Counter target spell if it has the same converted mana cost as the discarded card.
No one really appreciates this card much and I don't think it should be appreciated that much at all. No offense but that Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
card that lets you sac a wizard and pay 2 mana to counter a spell would be a lot cooler.
- Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North TreeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Kodama of the North Tree can't be the target of spells or abilities.
cool 'cause it’s kind of cheap for its abilities, but I believe it’s nothing in comparison to its cousin The South Tree.
- Konda, Lord of Eiganjo
Konda, Lord of Eiganjo
Konda, Lord of EiganjoSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
R
Number:
30
Artist:
John Bolton
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.) Bushido 5 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +5/+5 until end of turn.) Konda, Lord of Eiganjo is indestructible.
Cool Bushido 5, but it costs 7and it’s a 3/3. Plus it's an indestructible, a white indestructible, that’s kind of cheap.
- Myojin of Night's Reach
Myojin of Night's Reach
Myojin of Night's ReachSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
5
Toughness:
2
Text:
Myojin of Night's Reach comes into play with a divinity counter on it if you played it from your hand. Myojin of Night's Reach is indestructible as long as it has a divinity counter on it. Remove a divinity counter from Myojin of Night's Reach: Each opponent discards his or her hand.
Well is making an opponent discard their hand really worth taking away his divinity counter? Especially in the late game, I mean how many cards will they have on their eighth turn?
- Myojin of Seeing Winds
Myojin of Seeing Winds
Myojin of Seeing WindsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
75
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Myojin of Seeing Winds comes into play with a divinity counter on it if you played it from your hand. Myojin of Seeing Winds is indestructible as long as it has a divinity counter on it. Remove a divinity counter from Myojin of Seeing Winds: Draw a card for each permanent you control.
doesn't work very well in many decks and by the time you get it out you'll most likely have some of the cards you’re looking for.
- Seshiro the Anointed
Seshiro the Anointed
Seshiro the AnointedSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Monk
Rarity:
R
Number:
241
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Other Snakes you control get +2/+2. Whenever a Snake you control deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
Sorry
Sorry
SorrySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Before playing any spell, if a copy of that spell card is in any graveyard, the spell's caster may say Sorry. If he or she does not, any other player may counter the spell by saying Sorry as it is cast.If any player says Sorry at any other time, Sorry deals 2 damage to that player.
but your daughter and son have better abilities than you, except for the pumping up of snakes.
- Thief of Hope
Thief of Hope
Thief of HopeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
147
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, target opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life. Soulshift 2 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 2 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)
It wasn't quite as effective as I had hoped, all the cool spirits cost too much and those are the ones you want to play. I dunno.
- Night of Soul's Betrayal
Betrayal
BetrayalSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Play only on a creature an opponent controls.If enchanted creature becomes tapped, draw a card.
Goodbye 1/1's, hello weaker creatures. Kind of cool, but people give it way too much credit.

Now for the final part of this article - my top 3 favorite Champion cards.
#3. Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of KondaSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
- Cheap and fast.
#2. Kiki Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kiki Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kiki Jiki, Mirror BreakerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
175
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste T: Put a creature token into play that's a copy of target nonlegendary creature you control. That creature token has haste. Sacrifice it at end of turn.
Copy creatures quick and many combos.
AND my #1 coolest card...
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Kokusho, the Evening Star is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
- five damage and five life, can it get much crazier?

Thanks again for reading my article and have a good one in Betrayers.


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