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We are in the homestretch of our Saviors reviews. Here is blue. Now remember, I am noted for HATING blue. Note that I like flyers and like to draw cards, but counters just ruin the game. Real men don’t play with counters, unless they are in Limited formats where the limited power of counters make them far fairer and more acceptable for a Southern gentleman such as myself to play. Here’s the ratings:


Cloudhoof Kirin
Cloudhoof Kirin
Cloudhoof KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
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 put the top X cards of target player's library into his or her graveyard, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.

Limited: A- Constructed: B- Overall: B+
My favorite of the Kirins. In Limited it’s not only a solid beatstick, but stands a good chance of milling an opponent’s deck away. A fun Johnny deck will include this card and 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.
. Might even see play in a weird Seshiro Vanguard deck.

Cut the Earthly Bond
Cut the Earthly Bond
Cut the Earthly BondSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Return target enchanted permanent to its owner's hand.

Limited: C- Constructed: C- Overall: C
It’s a rather situational cheap splice target. That Is its only virtue, and its only hope is that Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
does indeed come back in 9th, which is highly doubtful.

Descendant of Soramaro
Descendant of Soramaro
Descendant of SoramaroSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
1U: Look at the top X cards of your library, where X is the number of cards in your hand, then put them back in any order.

Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
For a blue creature, not bad, although it won’t be replacing the Top anytime soon.

Dreamcatcher
Dreamcatcher
DreamcatcherSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may sacrifice Dreamcatcher. If you do, draw a card.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C+
A few uses with spiritcraft, but will mostly be used to fill out Limited decks as its ability is marginal. In any color, it would probably be a C- card, but with blue, it’s C+

Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
Erayo, Soratami Ascendant
Erayo, Soratami AscendantSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Moonfolk Monk
Rarity:
R
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever the fourth spell of a turn is played, flip Erayo, Soratami Ascendant. ----- Erayo's Essence Legendary Enchantment Whenever an opponent plays a spell for the first time in a turn, counter that spell.

Limited: C+ Constructed: B+ Overall: D+
Way too cheesy a card. Blue has no problems getting four spells a turn, and this card is too easily abusable in lockdown decks, which are about as fun as a 500-level statistics course. Expect to see this played a lot by wuss-boy blue players.

Eternal Dominion
Eternal Dominion
Eternal DominionSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Text:
Search target opponent's library for an artifact, creature, enchantment, or land card. Put that card into play under your control. Then that player shuffles his or her library. 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: C- Constructed: C- Overall: C+
Too expensive to ever see play, which is good as if this was playable, it would be too cheesy.

Evermind
Evermind
EvermindSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
22
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Text:
(Nonexistent mana costs can't be paid.) Draw a card. Evermind is blue. Splice onto Arcane 1U (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: C Constructed: C+ Overall: B+
Amusing, a card which is unable to be cast. Did R&D become Unhinge
Unhinge
UnhingeSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Text:
Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Draw a card.
d or what? I think Blue will prefer other cards for its drawing.

Freed From the Real
Limited: C+ Constructed: C+ Overall: B
Lots of fun cheesy combos with this card. I have a friend who once did well with a poison deck with blue in it; this card would have helped. A U/R deck with lots of pingers should love this card.

Ghost-Lit Warder
Limited: C Constructed: C Overall: C
Too expensive to be practical as a creature, and as a 4cc counterspell that’s not that hard of a counter, it will be passed over.

Ideas Unbound
Ideas Unbound
Ideas UnboundSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Draw three cards. Discard three cards at end of turn.

Limited: B- Constructed: A+ Overall: A-
A fixed Ancestral Recall
Ancestral Recall
Ancestral RecallSet: Alpha
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Draw 3 cards or force opponent to draw 3 cards.
? In a deck with Madness or Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, it’s even worse than good ole AR. R&D’s blue love has begun anew in this set.

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Minamo
MinamoSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Kamigawa
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Whenever a player casts a spell, that player may draw a card. Whenever you roll {C}, each player may return a blue card from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.
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Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
Interesting ability, but a 2/2 is rather vulnerable. In Limited it makes for a great tutor, but diverts your attention too much in Constructed.

Kami of the Crescent Moon
Kami of the Crescent Moon
Kami of the Crescent MoonSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player draws an additional card.

Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: B
A cheaper Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.
with legs. Also a decent early blocker. It should see some play, but you must be careful that it doesn’t help your opponent more.

Kiri-Onna
Limited: C+ Constructed: C+ Overall: B
Would be lots of fun with Cloudhoof. Otherwise, it is just too expensive to be of much use.

Meishin, the Mind Cage
Meishin, the Mind Cage
Meishin, the Mind CageSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Text:
All creatures get -X/-0, where X is the number of cards in your hand.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
Boy, this card would have been annoying with Replenish
Replenish
ReplenishSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
15
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Return all enchantment cards from your graveyard to play. (Local enchantments with no permanent to enchant remain in your graveyard.)
. That 7cc will keep it from being totally useful, which is a good thing, as it has a cheesy ability.

Minamo
Minamo
MinamoSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Kamigawa
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Whenever a player casts a spell, that player may draw a card. Whenever you roll {C}, each player may return a blue card from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.
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Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: C
WAY too cheap of a blocker, especially for blue. Add in the fact that it aids the set’s main mechanic, and it is just too cheesy.

Moonbow Illusionist
Moonbow Illusionist
Moonbow IllusionistSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Moonfolk Wizard
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 2, Return a land you control to its owner's hand: Target land becomes the basic land type of your choice until end of turn.

Limited: C- Constructed: C Overall: C+
If there is ever a nasty landwalker, then this card might be decent. Otherwise, it’s fairly bad.

Murmurs from Beyond
Murmurs from Beyond
Murmurs from BeyondSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Reveal the top three cards of your library. An opponent chooses one. Put that card into your graveyard and the rest into your hand.

Limited: C Constructed: C- Overall: D-
I doubt this card would have been used even if Ideas wasn’t in the same set. A decent addition in a mediocre draft deck; nothing more.

Oboro Breezecaller
Oboro Breezecaller
Oboro BreezecallerSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Moonfolk Wizard
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 2, Return a land you control to its owner's hand: Untap target land.

Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
A cheap flyer that can do some mana fixing will always be eternally good in Limited, but probably will be just a bit too weak in Constructed. This is no exception.

Oboro Envoy
Oboro Envoy
Oboro EnvoySet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Moonfolk Wizard
Rarity:
U
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2, Return a land you control to its owner's hand: Target creature gets -X/-0 until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your hand.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C
Flying is never totally bad in Limited, but elsewise you would be better served with more permanent solutions.

Oppressive Will
Oppressive Will
Oppressive WillSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your hand.

Limited: B- Constructed: B+ Overall: B
A solid, splashable counter which goes well in the set’s mechanic that is tailor made for blue. However, blue players will still be whining for Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
’s return.

Overwhelm
Overwhelm
OverwhelmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
175
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Creatures you control get +3/+3 until end of turn.
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Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: C+
A 6cc counterspell had better be darn good to be used. Time Stop
Time Stop
Time StopSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
End the turn. (Remove all spells and abilities on the stack from the game, including this card. The player whose turn it is discards down to his or her maximum hand size. Damage wears off, and “this turn” and “until end of turn” effects end.)
is. This one isn’t, except in Limited, where it will aid the set’s mechanic.

Rushing-Tide Zubera
Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: B+
A blue 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 very useful chump blocking effect. Competitive constructed players won’t like it, but everyone else will like it, especially for its Casual value.

Sakashima the Impostor
Sakashima the Impostor
Sakashima the ImpostorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
As Sakashima the Impostor comes into play, you may choose a creature in play. If you do, Sakashima comes into play as a copy of that creature, except its name is still Sakashima the Impostor, it's still legendary, and it gains "2UU: Return Sakashima the Impostor to its owner's hand at end of turn."

Limited: B Constructed: B- Overall: B+
So, does your opponent have a cheesy creature? Now you can have one too. And if he puts out a cheesier one, you can go back and copy that one instead. Very useful in Limited, and should see some play in Constructed.

Secretkeeper
Secretkeeper
SecretkeeperSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As long as you have more cards in hand than each opponent, Secretkeeper gets +2/+2 and has flying.

Limited: B Constructed: B Overall: B-
If you are playing blue, you should probably have the most cards in hand, so it should almost always be a 4/4 flyer for 4cc, which is never, ever bad. If Skies comes back, this is there to back them up.

Shape Stealer
Shape Stealer
Shape StealerSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter Spirit
Rarity:
U
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Shape Stealer blocks or becomes blocked by a creature, change Shape Stealer's power and toughness to that creature's power and toughness until end of turn.

Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: B+
Blue creature elimination? A nifty little card.

Shifting Borders
Shifting Borders
Shifting BordersSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Text:
Exchange control of two target lands. Splice onto Arcane 3U (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: C- Constructed: C+ Overall: B+
Combos well with Sorrow’s Path. Johnnies will love this with their landwalker decks, and might make Green’s Ayumi good. Definitely a card to build around.

Shinen of Flight's Wings
Shinen of Flight's Wings
Shinen of Flight's WingsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Channel - U, Discard Shinen of Flight's Wings: Target creature gains flying until end of turn.

Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: C
Good enough for Limited, but Jump
Jump
JumpSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature is a flying creature until end of turn.
was never a force in Constructed. And uncounterable won’t be either.

Soramaro, First to Dream
Soramaro, First to Dream
Soramaro, First to DreamSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Soramaro, First to Dream's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand. 4, Return a land you control to its owner's hand: Draw a card.

Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: C
Once again, it goes with the set mechanic but its Moonfolk ability is expensive and there are better alternatives.

Trusted Advisor
Trusted Advisor
Trusted AdvisorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Advisor
Rarity:
U
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Your maximum hand size is increased by two. At the beginning of your upkeep, return a blue creature you control to its owner's hand.

Limited: C+ Constructed: B Overall: B
A cheesy cheap blocker which aids the set mechanic as well as spiritcraft. The Stampeding cycle of cards are awesome.

Twincast
Twincast
TwincastSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
R

Limited: B- Constructed: A Overall: B+
A Blue reprint of 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.
? Some are asking for it to be banned. It won’t be; it’s not that good. But it is definitely worth its $15 price tag.


Looks like I might try to build a blue beatdown deck. It won’t have counterspells; I am too manly and honorable for them. But with the addition of these Saviors cards, blue is back.


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