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CardShark Content - Beatdown Bedford Crenshaw (6/2/2005)

Well, here we go again, reviewing cards from a new set. I gave this notice on my last article, but in case it was missed, here it is again:
1) I don’t believe reviews should have to follow the color wheel. I do red first as it’s my favorite Magic color, and then I’ll do the colors based on how popular the corresponding BoK reviews were.
2) Instead of concentrating so heavily on Sligh, I’m looking for red decks in general and how they can use these cards.
3) You’ll notice that each card now has 3 grades rather than 1. This is done to better reflect a cards value, so that a card which is a Limited bomb but is Constructed trash won’t be unfairly graded. The Overall grade is not just a composite of Limited and Constructed grades; if a card will be treasured by Johnnies or fills a niche in Magic that no previous card has, or is a bad repeat of a previous card, it will be reflected in the Overall grade.


Adamaro, First to Desire
Adamaro, First to Desire
Adamaro, First to DesireSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Adamaro, First to Desire's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in the hand of the opponent with the most cards in hand.
Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: B-
I like this in multiplayer, but I don’t think this will work any place else except in Saviors-only drafts

Akki Drillmaster
Akki Drillmaster
Akki DrillmasterSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Target creature gains haste until end of turn.
Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
A decent creature for limited, especially if you have fatties which would be great hasted. I have doubts this would be constructed worthy.

Akki Underling
Akki Underling
Akki UnderlingSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
As long as you have seven or more cards in hand, Akki Underling gets +2/+1 and has first strike.
Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: C+
Creature - Goblin Warrior Common
A 2/1 for 2cc is average, so it is OK for Limited but not good enough for constructed. Remember “Red Hands”, and it’s doubtful you’ll get the pump.

QmFycmVsIERvd24gSokenzan
Sokenzan
SokenzanSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Kamigawa
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
All creatures get +1/+1 and have haste. Whenever you roll {C}, untap all creatures that attacked this turn. After this main phase, there is an additional combat phase followed by an additional main phase.
Limited: C+ Constructed: B+ Overall: B+
Some might say I’m overrating this card, but I’m not. First, red has always had trouble eliminating creatures with more than 3 toughness; this should eliminate 6 toughness creatures with ease. Plus, it combos nicely with all the Wisdom effects SoK has. Plus, this card combos well with Seismic Assault
Seismic Assault
Seismic AssaultSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Choose and discard a land card: Seismic Assault deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
and Mogg Maniac
Mogg Maniac
Mogg ManiacSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Mogg Maniac is dealt damage, it deals an equal amount of damage to target opponent.
, separately that is. The reliance on Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s hurts its Limited value, but late game it’s a solid card.

Burning-Eye Zubera Limited: B Constructed: B- Overall: C+
A Hill Giant
Hill Giant
Hill GiantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
with a conditional Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
attached. As long as Tooth & Nail is around, this card will fit niches. In Limited it’s a great chumpblocker and a decent source of offense.

Captive Flame
Captive Flame
Captive FlameSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Text:
R: Target creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Limited: B+ Constructed: C Overall: C-
This is a repeat of Ghitu War Cry
Ghitu War Cry
Ghitu War CrySet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
R: Target creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
. Makes weenies swarms in Limited more effective, but should be too slow to see Constructed play.

Feral Lightning
Feral Lightning
Feral LightningSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Text:
Put three 3/1 red Elemental creature tokens with haste into play. Remove them from the game at end of turn.
Limited: C- Constructed: D Overall: D+
Hmm, 3 Spark Elemental
Spark Elemental
Spark ElementalSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample. At the end of turn, sacrifice Spark Elemental.
s for twice the cost without Trample. This card is also expensive, and the Elementals are easily blocked and individually are weak. Forget
Forget
ForgetSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target player chooses and discards two cards, then draws as many cards as he or she discarded in this way.
this. A Trash rare.

Gaze of Adamaro
Gaze of Adamaro
Gaze of AdamaroSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Text:
Gaze of Adamaro deals damage equal to the number of cards in target player's hand to that player.
Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: C
An arcane Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact
Sudden ImpactSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Sudden Impact deals 1 damage to target player for each card in his or her hand.
. This should be nice in Saviors only drafts, and maybe Kamigawa drafts as well. I have doubts that this card will be any better than Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact
Sudden ImpactSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Sudden Impact deals 1 damage to target player for each card in his or her hand.
in Constructed.

Ghost-lit Raider Limited: B- Constructed: C- Overall: C
Pingers are always nice in Limited, and this will be no exception. For constructed it’s too narrow and too mana intensive.

Glitterfang
Glitterfang
GlitterfangSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste At end of turn, return Glitterfang to its owner's hand.
Limited: B Constructed: B Overall: B
In any other block this would be a bad Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
. However, its ability to keep triggering Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
craft abilities for so cheaply makes it a great combo enabler for both Kamigawa Limited and Constructed.

Godo's Irregulars
Godo's Irregulars
Godo's IrregularsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
U
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R: Godo's Irregulars deals 1 damage to target creature blocking it.
Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
Don’t compare this to firebreathing. It will often have a de facto fear effect, as it can destroy blockers without being destroyed himself. Nifty this is.

Hidetsugu's Second Rite
Hidetsugu's Second Rite
Hidetsugu's Second RiteSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Text:
If target player has exactly 10 life, Hidetsugu's Second Rite deals 10 damage to that player.
Limited: C- Constructed: B- Overall: B+
I love this card. In Limited it will have little effect, as the card requires precision and is rare. But in constructed it will be easier to carefully needle him for the win. Johnnies will have fun playing this card in casual.

Homura, Human Ascendant
Homura, Human Ascendant
Homura, Human AscendantSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Monk
Rarity:
R
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Homura, Human Ascendant can't block. When Homura is put into a graveyard from play, return it to play flipped. ----- Homura's Essence Legendary Enchantment Creatures you control get +2/+2 and have flying and "R: This creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn."
Limited: B+ Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
This should be a Limited bomb, as in death it makes all your creatures Dragons. In Constructed that 6cc cost will make it prohibitive to use. This is a fun card; a worthy replacement to Form of the Dragon
Form of the Dragon
Form of the DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, Form of the Dragon deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
At the end of each turn, your life total becomes 5.
Creatures without flying can't attack you.
.

Iizuka the Ruthless
Iizuka the Ruthless
Iizuka the RuthlessSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Bushido 2 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.) 2R, Sacrifice a Samurai: Samurai creatures you control gain double strike until end of turn.
Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: B-
I haven’t been that impressed with red’s samurais, but should do OK when teamed with white samurais in Limited. I like the possibilities of this in a Seshiro/Samurai Vanguard deck.

Inner Fire
Inner Fire
Inner FireSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Text:
Add R to your mana pool for each card in your hand.
Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: C-
Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.
is just so much better.

Into the Fray
Into the Fray
Into the FraySet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Target creature attacks this turn if able. Splice onto Arcane R (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.)
Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: B-
This can help break creature stalemates in Limited, but I don’t see this being effective in Constructed. Fills a nice niche.

Jiwari, the Earth Aflame
Jiwari, the Earth Aflame
Jiwari, the Earth AflameSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
XR, T Jiwari, the Earth Aflame deals X damage to target creature without flying. Channel - XRRR, Discard Jiwari: Jiwari deals X damage to each creature without flying.
Limited: B Constructed: C Overall: C
Makes great spot removal in Limited, but its Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
cost is too high and is too slow of a creature for Constructed.

Oni of Wild Places
Oni of Wild Places
Oni of Wild PlacesSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon Spirit
Rarity:
U
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Haste At the beginning of your upkeep, return a red creature you control to its owner's hand.
Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: B
6/5 with haste for 6 is good in Limited. If Red’s CIP effects were better, it would help this card’s Constructed value, which is already hurt with its 6cc. Casual players will like combining this card with all the Red CIP effects in Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
Block, like Avalanche
Avalanche
AvalancheSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy X target snow-covered lands.
IFJpZGVycw== and Ghitu Slinger
Ghitu Slinger
Ghitu SlingerSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Ghitu Slinger comes into play, it deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
. Finally, a decent red demon for me to base a deck around my old high school, Jeff High Red Devils.

Path of Anger's Flame
Path of Anger's Flame
Path of Anger's FlameSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Creatures you control get +2/+0 until end of turn.
Limited: B+ Constructed: B Overall: B
This is Red’s version of 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.
. It’s an instant, and goes well will creature swarms. Plan on seeing this card a lot in both Constructed and Limited, especially since it is common.

Rally the Horde
Rally the Horde
Rally the HordeSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Text:
Remove the top three cards of your library from the game. If the last card removed isn't a land, repeat this process until the last card removed is a land. Put a 1/1 red Warrior creature token into play for each nonland card removed from the game this way.
Limited: C- Constructed: C Overall: C+
Well, this card combos with the previous card, but is too risky and too slow. Johnnies will like it through.

Ronin Cavekeeper
Ronin Cavekeeper
Ronin CavekeeperSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
C
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Bushido 2 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.)
Limited: C Constructed: D+ Overall: D+
Expensive, and does nothing special. It’s a 23rd card for a Limited deck, and that’s the best it can hope for.

Shinen of Fury's Fire
Shinen of Fury's Fire
Shinen of Fury's FireSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Channel - R, Discard Shinen of Fury's Fire: Target creature gains haste until end of turn.
Limited: C+ Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
It has a nice channel cost, but otherwise nothing special.

Skyfire Kirin
Skyfire Kirin
Skyfire KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may gain control of target creature with that spell's converted mana cost until end of turn.
Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: C+
A 3/3 flyer for 4cc in red is great. But the special ability is too hard to work with, especially since any stolen creature won’t have haste. I will still be counting the days until Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
comes back in Ninth.

Sokenzan Renegade
Sokenzan Renegade
Sokenzan RenegadeSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Samurai Mercenary
Rarity:
U
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) At the beginning of your upkeep, if a player has more cards in hand than any other, the player with the most cards in hand gains control of Sokenzan Renegade.
Limited: C- Constructed: C- Overall: C
If you are playing red you probably have the least amount of cards in hand, meaning you are giving your opponent a creature.

Sokenzan Spellblade
Sokenzan Spellblade
Sokenzan SpellbladeSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Samurai Shaman
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) 1R: Sokenzan Spellblade gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your hand.
Limited: C Constructed: C Overall: C
It needs evasion to be more effective. Unless you have a way of giving it evasion, it’s just an overpriced chumpblocker.

Spiraling Embers
Spiraling Embers
Spiraling EmbersSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Spiraling Embers deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of cards in your hand.
Limited: C Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
We’ve seen Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact
Sudden ImpactSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Sudden Impact deals 1 damage to target player for each card in his or her hand.
’s twin, now we’re seeing their cousin. A little too expensive to combo with “Barrel”.

Sunder
Sunder
SunderSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
Return all lands to owners' hands.
IGZyb20gV2l0aGlu Limited: C Constructed: C Overall: C-
An overpriced Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
; being arcane isn’t worth the extra R mana.

Thoughts of Ruin
Thoughts of Ruin
Thoughts of RuinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Text:
Each player sacrifices a land for each card in your hand.
Limited: C Constructed: B Overall: B
A Red Armageddon
Armageddon
ArmageddonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All lands in play are destroyed.
is worth considering, especially when Molten Rain
Molten Rain
Molten RainSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.
leaves so that Ponza stays around. It needs back in the form of Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
that Armageddon
Armageddon
ArmageddonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All lands in play are destroyed.
didn’t need.

Undying Flames
Undying Flames
Undying FlamesSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Text:
Remove cards from the top of your library from the game until you remove a nonland card. Undying Flames deals damage to target creature or player equal to that card's converted mana cost. Epic (For the rest of the game, you can't play spells. At the beginning of each of your upkeeps, copy this spell except for its epic ability. You may choose a new target for the copy.)
Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: B+
I like this in a casual Dragon deck, or maybe as a sideboard card in Limited if you got creature stalemated in early games. Otherwise, I think it’s too limited.

Yuki-Onna Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: B-
Combos nicely with the Red Oni in this set.

Well, that’s completes Red in this block. Looks like an average block for Red; maybe Ravnica will be better. After I get done with the set reviews, I’ll see if I can make a decent block red deck.

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