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Continuing on with my ratings for Saviors cards, here are the green cards. Overall, I liked the green cards better than the red ones in Saviors. Enjoy

Arashi, the Sky Asunder
Arashi, the Sky Asunder
Arashi, the Sky AsunderSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
XG, T Arashi, the Sky Asunder deals X damage to target creature with flying. Channel - XGG, Discard Arashi: Arashi deals X damage to each creature with flying.

Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
Its base ability is worse than its red cousin Jiwari, 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.
ability is better, and it’s a decent beat stick. Sounds like a wash to me.

Ayumi, the Last Visitor
Ayumi, the Last Visitor
Ayumi, the Last VisitorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
7
Toughness:
3
Text:
Legendary landwalk

Limited: C Constructed: B- Overall: B
I love the idea of a legendary landwalker. It’s a bit fragile, but that 7 power could be a difference maker. I’ll give it a provisional grade in Constructed

Bounteous Kirin
Bounteous Kirin
Bounteous KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may gain life equal to that spell's converted mana cost.

Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: B
For green it’s a reasonable flyer. In Limited it serves as a potential beatstick plus gives you a little life to boot. Too bad it’s too slow for Constructed.

Briarknit Kami
Briarknit Kami
Briarknit KamiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: C+
In Limited it’s going to add lots of useful +1/+1 counters, especially if you also have 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.
. Not Constructed worthy, but fun.


Dense Canopy
Dense Canopy
Dense CanopySet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Text:
Creatures with flying have "This creature can't block creatures without flying."

Limited: C Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
Talk about a sideboard only card. Marginal use, but unless we see a screwy metagame, leave it in the binder.

Descendant of Masumaro
Descendant of Masumaro
Descendant of MasumaroSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Monk
Rarity:
U
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on Descendant of Masumaro for each card in your hand, then remove a +1/+1 counter from Descendant of Masumaro for each card in target opponent's hand.

Limited: C- Constructed: C- Overall: C-
If it just had you add counters equal to the number of cards you had more than your opponent, it would be good. As it is, especially in this set, it’s garbage.

Dosan's Oldest Chant
Dosan's Oldest Chant
Dosan's Oldest ChantSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Text:
You gain 6 life. Draw a card.

Limited: C- Constructed: C- Overall: C-
Say with me now: “Life gain doesn’t win games”. Being a cantrip saves it from a D.

Elder Pine of Jukai
Elder Pine of Jukai
Elder Pine of JukaiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, reveal the top three cards of your library. Put all land cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order. Soulshift 2

Limited: B- Constructed: B Overall: C+
Should have interesting interactions with the Top. It will also help build up one’s hand, which is vital in this set.

Endless Swarm
Endless Swarm
Endless SwarmSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Text:
Put a 1/1 green Snake creature token into play for each card in your hand. 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.)

Limited: D Constructed: D Overall: C-
YUCK! The worst of the Epic spells. If they were 3/3s, or even maybe 2/2s, but 1/1s are too vulnerable.

Fiddlehead Kami
Fiddlehead Kami
Fiddlehead KamiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, regenerate Fiddlehead Kami.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: C-
Is it really worth regenerating? I think not.

Ghost-lit Nourish
Nourish
NourishSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
You gain 6 life.
er
Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: C
It has its uses, but only for Limited.

Haru-Onna
Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: C
Too expensive for regular recursion, but should see use in Limited.

Inner Calm, Outer Strength
Inner Calm, Outer Strength
Inner Calm, Outer StrengthSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your hand.

Limited: B Constructed: C Overall: C
I’ll stick to 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.
, thanks.

Kami of the Tended Garden
Kami of the Tended Garden
Kami of the Tended GardenSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Kami of the Tended Garden unless you pay G. Soulshift 3 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)

Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
Decent beats, and does have a Soulshift trigger. It could see some Constructed play.

Kashi-Tribe Elite
Limited: B- Constructed: B Overall: B+
There are lots of useful Legendary snakes, and this card is useful by itself. Too bad it’s not a common.

Masumaro, First to Live
Masumaro, First to Live
Masumaro, First to LiveSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Masumaro, First to Live's power and toughness are each equal to twice the number of cards in your hand.

Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: B
Super-Maro
Maro
MaroSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
241
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Maro's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand.
, du dun du dunn. Timmy will love this.

Matsu-Tribe Birdstalker
Limited: C Constructed: C- Overall: C-
Overpriced, and not that special even with all the words.

Molting Skin
Molting Skin
Molting SkinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Text:
Return Molting Skin to its owner's hand: Regenerate target creature.

Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: C+
A Broken Fall
Broken Fall
Broken FallSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Text:
Return Broken Fall to owner's hand: Regenerate target creature.
reprint, which did see some play back in the day. Could find itself being used.

Nightsoil Kami
Nightsoil Kami
Nightsoil KamiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Soulshift 5 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 5 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C+
A Craw Wurm
Craw Wurm
Craw WurmSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
, Kamigawa style. Decent Limited filler; not much else.

Okina Nightwatch
Okina Nightwatch
Okina NightwatchSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Monk
Rarity:
C
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
As long as you have more cards in hand than each opponent, Okina Nightwatch gets +3/+3.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C
Nice idea, but it doesn’t trample, which will hurt its effectiveness.

Promised Kannushi
Promised Kannushi
Promised KannushiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soulshift 7 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 7 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)

Limited: B- Constructed: B+ Overall:B
A Regrowth
Regrowth
RegrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
Bring any card from your graveyard to your hand.
just for Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
s, just for a single green mana. Could prove quite useful.

Reki, the History of Kamigawa
Reki, the History of Kamigawa
Reki, the History of KamigawaSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
R
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a legendary spell, draw a card.

Limited: C- Constructed: C Overall: B-
A cute card; not particularly useful, but cute.

Rending Vines
Rending Vines
Rending VinesSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment if its converted mana cost is less than or equal to the number of cards in your hand. Draw a card.

Limited: C Constructed: B Overall: B
A cantrip Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
for Online Extended, due to Affinity. Fills a strong niche, and I like cantrips which aren’t crappy.

Sakura-Tribe Scout
Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C+
An improved Skyshroud Ranger
Skyshroud Ranger
Skyshroud RangerSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve Luke
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Choose a land card in your hand and put it into play. Play this ability as a sorcery.
, but not enough to see much play. Still, it has a nice niche.

Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant
Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant
Sasaya, Orochi AscendantSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Monk
Rarity:
R
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Reveal your hand: If you have seven or more land cards in your hand, flip Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant. ----- Sasaya's Essence Legendary Enchantment Whenever a land you control is tapped for mana, for each other land you control with the same name, add one mana to your mana pool of any type that land produced.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: C-
If you have 7 lands in your hand, then you probably don’t need the mana anyways. At least a 2/3 Snake for 3 is decent beats for Limited.

Seed the Land
Seed the Land
Seed the LandSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Text:
Whenever a land comes into play, its controller puts a 1/1 green Snake creature token into play.

Limited: D+ Constructed: C Overall: C
Even if it wasn’t symmetrical, it would be only marginally useful.

Seek the Horizon
Seek the Horizon
Seek the HorizonSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Text:
Search your library for up to three basic land cards, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
Definitely doesn’t fill a notch, but does help the Wisdom effects.

Sekki, Seasons' Guide
Sekki, Seasons' Guide
Sekki, Seasons' GuideSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sekki, Seasons' Guide comes into play with eight +1/+1 counters on it. If damage would be dealt to Sekki, prevent that damage, remove that many +1/+1 counters from Sekki, and put that many 1/1 colorless Spirit creature tokens into play. Sacrifice eight Spirits: Return Sekki from your graveyard to play.

Limited: C+ Constructed: B- Overall: B
There must be a way to break this card. It makes Forbid
Forbid
ForbidSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Buyback Choose and discard two cards. (You may choose and discard two cards in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Forbid into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Counter target spell.
ZGVuIE9yY2hhcmQ= look a lot less attractive for your opponent to use.

Shinen of Life's Roar
Shinen of Life's Roar
Shinen of Life's RoarSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
All creatures able to block Shinen of Life's Roar do so. Channel - 2GG, Discard Shinen of Life's Roar: All creatures able to block target creature this turn do so.

Limited: A- Constructed: B+ Overall: A-
A game ender, to be sure, with 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.
ability. And it’s common to boot. This should prove disgusting, especially in Limited.

Stampeding Serow
Stampeding Serow
Stampeding SerowSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Antelope Beast
Rarity:
U
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample At the beginning of your upkeep, return a green creature you control to its owner's hand.

Limited: C+ Constructed: B+ Overall: B+
Back in the day, I loved Stampeding Wildebeest. While you can, play this in an Extended deck with Wall of Blossoms
Wall of Blossoms
Wall of BlossomsSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls cannot attack.) When Wall of Blossoms comes into play, draw a card.
and enjoy. Good stuff.

By and large, with the additional of 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.
in 9th, Green looks to have a pretty decent future for the next two years. We can hope, right?


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