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It’s not easy being green, they say. Or is it? Only way to tell; reviewing the green cards in Betrayers. Let’s see how Green did.

Body of Jukai
Body of Jukai
Body of JukaiSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
9
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
8
Toughness:
5
Text:
Trample Soulshift 8 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 8 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)
– Grade D+
OK, granted, Crash of Rhinos
Crash of Rhinos
Crash of RhinosSet: Mirage
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rhinos
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
8
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample
helped me win a Pre-release once. But 9cc is just too much to pay for any card that does not say “You win NOW!”

Budoka Pupil
Budoka Pupil
Budoka PupilSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Monk
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may put a ki counter on Budoka Pupil. At end of turn, if there are two or more ki counters on Budoka Pupil, you may flip it. ---- Ichiga, Who Topples Oaks Legendary Creature — Spirit 4/3 Trample Remove a ki counter from Ichiga, Who Topples Oaks Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
– Grade C-
Marginally useful in Limited, but Green and spirits and arcane are not a potent mixture. Maybe come SOK we will reevaluate, but not now.

Child of Thorns
Child of Thorns
Child of ThornsSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Child of Thorns Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
– Grade C
I knew Spike Drone
Spike Drone
Spike DroneSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spike
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Charles Gillespie
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Spike Drone comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it.2, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Drone: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
. Spike Drone
Spike Drone
Spike DroneSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spike
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Charles Gillespie
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Spike Drone comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it.2, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Drone: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
was occasionally a friend of mine. This is no Spike Drone
Spike Drone
Spike DroneSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spike
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Charles Gillespie
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Spike Drone comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it.2, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Drone: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
. That said, if you must play with the Pupil, you might as well play this too.

Enshrined Memories
Enshrined Memories
Enshrined MemoriesSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
Reveal the top X cards of your library. Put all creature cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
– Grade C+
Lots of fun combined with Eureka
Eureka
EurekaSet: Legends
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Both players may take any permanent in their hand and put it directly into play. Players take turns playing one card from their hand until neither wants to play more permanents. No other spells or effects of any kind may be used while Eureka is in effect. If a spell has an X in its casting cost, X is 0.
. This card has potential, but I don’t think it has the support cards for it yet.

Fork
Fork
ForkSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Any one sorcery or instant spell just cast is duplicated. Treat Fork as an exact copy of target spell except that Fork remains red. Caster of Fork chooses the copy's target.
ed-Branch Garami – Grade B-
A 4/4 for 5cc is average in Limited, but this has some possibly useful abilities with other Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
s in this block. A consideration.

Genju of the Cedars
Genju of the Cedars
Genju of the CedarsSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Forest
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
2: Enchanted Forest becomes a 4/4 green Spirit creature until end of turn. It's still a land. When enchanted Forest is put into a graveyard, you may return Genju of the Cedars from your graveyard to your hand.
– Grade C
Why couldn’t this have had trample? With no evasion, it is of limited use, although it makes a decent beatstick in Limited.

Gnarled Mass
Gnarled Mass
Gnarled MassSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
127
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
– Grade B-
It forces you into green in Limited, but 3/3 for 3 with no drawback is nice in Limited. Trained Armodon
Trained Armodon
Trained ArmodonSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Number:
257
Artist:
Gary Leach
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
saw use, and with a useful creature type like Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
, this could easily see play.

Harbinger of Spring
Harbinger of Spring
Harbinger of SpringSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Cara Mitten
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from non-Spirit creatures Soulshift 4 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 4 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)
– D+
Yep, someone in R&D really thought there needed to be a green Chimney Imp
Chimney Imp
Chimney ImpSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Chimney Imp is put into a graveyard from play, target opponent puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.
. Bleh.

Isao, Enlightened Bushi
Isao, Enlightened Bushi
Isao, Enlightened BushiSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Isao, Enlightened Bushi can't be countered. Bushido 2 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.) 2: Regenerate target Samurai.
– Grade C
I guess it’s the right cost, but I’m not sure I’d play it even if it wasn’t legendary. Green doesn’t rely on Samurais; perhaps if it was white it would be better.

Iwamori of the Open Fist
Iwamori of the Open Fist
Iwamori of the Open FistSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Monk
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Trample When Iwamori of the Open Fist comes into play, each opponent may put a legendary creature card from his or her hand into play.
– Grade B+
Nice price, and I doubt few will play Legends outside on Block Constructed. A worthwhile creature, whose only real weakness its Legendary status.

Kodama of the Center Tree
Kodama of the Center Tree
Kodama of the Center TreeSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Kodama of the Center Tree's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Spirits you control. Kodama of the Center Tree has soulshift X, where X is the number of Spirits you control.
– Grade C-
Maybe in a tribal deck, but you have to have at least 5 spirits out for it to be worth it. I’d take a pass on it if I was you.

Lifegift
Lifegift
LifegiftSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
132
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Whenever a land comes into play, you may gain 1 life.
– Grade C-
Well, it combos well with Plow Under
Plow Under
Plow UnderSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Put two target lands on top of their owner's library.
and similar cards, but I prefer Ankh of Mishra
Ankh of Mishra
Ankh of MishraSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Ankh does 2 damage to anyone who puts a new land into play.
.

Lifespinner
Lifespinner
LifespinnerSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Cara Mitten
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Spirits Search your library for a legendary Spirit card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
– Grade C+
A 3/3 for 4cc is average, and depending on what you drafted, it may be a good card in a Limited deck. But the cost may be a pit too steep in constructed, but I’ve seen less likely cards for Constructed actually, get played, so who knows?

Loam Dweller
Loam Dweller
Loam DwellerSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may put a land card from your hand into play tapped.
– Grade C+
A 2/2 for 2 is never bad, and it has a somewhat useful ability in the first couple of turns. Nothing special, but not bad.

Mark of Sakiko
Mark of Sakiko
Mark of SakikoSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
135
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Enchanted creature has "Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, add that much G to your mana pool. This mana doesn't cause mana burn. Until end of turn, this mana doesn't empty from your mana pool as phases end."
– Grade C-
If Green had better evasion creatures, this card might have some use. As it is, we must still wait for when Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
come back in 9th.

Matsu-Tribe Sniper – Grade C
A fine sideboard option in Limited, but otherwise has limited use.

Nourishing Shoal
Nourishing Shoal
Nourishing ShoalSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
137
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
You may remove a green card with converted mana cost X in your hand from the game rather than pay Nourishing Shoal's mana cost. You gain X life.
– Grade D
Easily the worse of the Shoals. If it was any player, then it would have gone nicely in the False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
deck I have been working on. Oh well. Life gain doesn’t win you games, especially not in green decks. Blech!

Patron of the Orochi
Patron of the Orochi
Patron of the OrochiSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
138
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Snake offering (You may play this card any time you could play an instant by sacrificing a Snake and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Snake. Mana cost includes color.) T: Untap all Forests and all green creatures. Play this ability only once each turn.
– Grade C-
What a pain in the asp. They had to be adder their minds to think this card would be any good.

Petalmane Baku
Petalmane Baku
Petalmane BakuSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may put a ki counter on Petalmane Baku. 1, Remove X ki counters from Petalmane Baku Add X mana of any one color to your mana pool.
– Grade C-
Decent Limited filler, nothing special. Way too slow for Constructed.

Roar of Jukai
Roar of Jukai
Roar of JukaiSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
If you control a Forest, each blocked creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane—An opponent gains 5 life. (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
– Grade C
A neat little combat trick for Limited, and a nice addition to my False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
deck, although it means I have to add Arcane spells to it. Otherwise, I will still be longing for Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
.

Sakiko, Mother of Summer
Sakiko, Mother of Summer
Sakiko, Mother of SummerSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, add that much G to your mana pool. This mana doesn't cause mana burn. Until end of turn, this mana doesn't empty from your mana pool as phases end.
– Grade C-
Too slow to matter, and too small for a 6cc critter. Better luck next time.

Sakura-Tribe Springcaller – Grade C+
A decent blocker for Limited, with an useful ability that just might matter in getting that 5cc or 6cc critter out earlier than expected. Not for Constructed, however.

Scaled Hulk
Scaled Hulk
Scaled HulkSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
143
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, Scaled Hulk gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
– Grade C-
More limited filler/ a 4/4 for 6cc doesn’t impress me, and without Trample neither does it ability.

Shizuko, Caller of Autumn
Shizuko, Caller of Autumn
Shizuko, Caller of AutumnSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player adds GGG to his or her mana pool. This mana doesn't cause mana burn. Until end of turn, this mana doesn't empty from that player's mana pool as phases end.
– Grade D-
That’s right, you can give your opponent 6 mana to use on his third turn, or possibly 7 mana on their 4th turn, as he gets to use it before you. Eladamri's Vineyard
Eladamri's Vineyard
Eladamri's VineyardSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Ron Chironna
Text:
At the beginning of each player's main phase, add GG to that player's mana pool.
was good because it gave mana burn; this doesn’t, and the card suffers for it. Still, a 2/3 for 3cc isn’t bad, which is why I did not give it an F.

Sosuke's Summons
Sosuke's Summons
Sosuke's SummonsSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Put two 1/1 green Snake creature tokens into play. Whenever a nontoken Snake comes into play under your control, you may return Sosuke's Summons from your graveyard to your hand.
– Grade C-
If snakes were a good creature type to have, then maybe. But snakes are not, which hurt this card.

Splinter
Splinter
SplinterSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Remove target artifact from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
– Grade B
Too bad it’s not in jail; that way, we’d have a “Splinter
Splinter
SplinterSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Remove target artifact from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
Cell”. :-) On a more serious note, while it may have proven to be more useful had Affinity not gotten nuked, it is still a nice addition in dealing with the ramifications of Mirrodin

Traproot Kami
Traproot Kami
Traproot KamiSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
*
Text:
Defender (This creature can't attack.) Traproot Kami's toughness is equal to the number of Forests in play. Traproot Kami may block as though it had flying.
– Grade C-
Wall of Awesome, err…, Blossoms won’t be sweating this card.

Unchecked Growth
Unchecked Growth
Unchecked GrowthSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
148
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn. If it's a Spirit, it gains trample until end of turn.
– Grade C-
I like Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
. I love Predator’s Strike. I even kinda like Might of Oaks
Might of Oaks
Might of OaksSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target creature gets +7/+7 until end of turn.
. This is too limited to be in the aforementioned honored group.

Uproot
Uproot
UprootSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Put target land on top of its owner's library.
– Grade D+
I knew Plow Under
Plow Under
Plow UnderSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Put two target lands on top of their owner's library.
. Plow Under
Plow Under
Plow UnderSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Put two target lands on top of their owner's library.
was a friend to some. This is no Plow Under
Plow Under
Plow UnderSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Put two target lands on top of their owner's library.
. And yes I am using the same gag twice. Sue me.

Vital Surge
Vital Surge
Vital SurgeSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
150
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
You gain 3 life. Splice onto Arcane 1G (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
– Grade D+
OK, if Healing Salve
Healing Salve
Healing SalveSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Gain 3 life, or prevent up to 3 damage from being dealt to a single target.
was an Arcane spell, would you play it? Would you pay twice as much for it in another color that only did half what it did? That’s what I thought.

Doesn’t look like Kermit will be changing his lyrics, does it? Green provides some decent backup in Limited, but offers very little for Constructed. Oh well, maybe Saviors will be kinder to the Irish color.


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