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CardShark Content - Beatdown Bedford Crenshaw (6/30/2005)

Ahh, the end of an era. This is the last rating of cards for Kamigawa. The last of the incredibly east to figure out which article to write next period for me. :D Enjoy!

AEther Shockwave
AEther Shockwave
AEther ShockwaveSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Text:
Choose one - Tap all Spirits; or tap all non-Spirit creatures.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C-
A little costly and too situational; white has much better options for creature control.

Araba Mothrider
Araba Mothrider
Araba MothriderSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C-
R&D has given us enough small white flyers already; these are practically useless outside of Limited.

Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.

Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
A 3/3 flyer for 4cc is always nice in Limited. Packed with enough spirits and arcanes, and this Kirin can inflict lots of damage on your opponent. Problem is, you have to build around it and it might not be worth building around.

Charge Across the Araba
Charge Across the Araba
Charge Across the ArabaSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Text:
Sweep - Return any number of Plains you control to their owner's hand. Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn for each Plains returned this way.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C
A little too costly to be effective; Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
’s absence will always be felt.

Cowed by Wisdom
Cowed by Wisdom
Cowed by WisdomSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature can't attack or block unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your hand.

Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: C+
A cheaper Pacifism
Pacifism
PacifismSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.
may be a great boon for white weenie, but it’s not enough to make the deck viable. Better luck next time, Wizards.

Curtain of Light
Curtain of Light
Curtain of LightSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Text:
Target attacking unblocked creature becomes blocked. Draw a card.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C+
Almost always better than drawing another chump card, especially for the cantrip. But it would be better if it stopped a creature permanently.

Descendant of Kiyomaro
Descendant of Kiyomaro
Descendant of KiyomaroSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
As long as you have more cards in hand than each opponent, Descendant of Kiyomaro gets +1/+2 and has "Whenever this creature deals combat damage, you gain 3 life."

Limited: B Constructed: B- Overall: B
Can you imagine how good this card would be if Land Tax
Land Tax
Land TaxSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
During your upkeep, if an opponent controls more land than you, you may search your library and remove up to three basic land cards and put them into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
was still around? Keeping the guy big by having more cards in hand than your opponent won’t be too hard, especially in Vanguard. Not a key card, but a solid 3-drop in White Weenie.

Eiganjo Free-Riders
Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: C+
White’s CIP abilities are not that great, and blue has other 3 power flyers to go to, so expect this in the bulk rare binders and sold for 25 cents in the Cardshark inventories.

Enduring Ideal
Enduring Ideal
Enduring IdealSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Text:
Search your library for an enchantment card and put it into play. Then shuffle your 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.)

Limited: D Constructed: C Overall: C-
Perhaps the weakest of the Epic spells, especially now when all the powerful enchantments are now either banned or about to rotate out of Extended. Another 25 cent rare.

Ghost-lit Redeem
Redeem
RedeemSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Prevent all damage to one or two creatures. (Treat further damage normally.)
er
Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C
Life gain needs to be great to be used, and this is merely decent. Still, decent filler for drafts and for enabling Rune-Tail.

Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U

Limited: B Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
White’s take on Rolling Thunder
Rolling Thunder
Rolling ThunderSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Rolling Thunder deals X damage divided any way you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players.
. Already rumored to be in Ninth Edition, expect this card to be seen a lot in drafts and possibly in Constructed as well.

Hand of Honor
Hand of Honor
Hand of HonorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

Limited: B- Constructed: B Overall: B-
I’d still rather have White Knight
White Knight
White KnightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black, first strike
or Soltari Monk
Soltari Monk
Soltari MonkSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)
. Yeah, it’s a great card, but for White Weenie to come back it needs good support cards; not more weenies.

Inner-Chamber Guard
Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: C-
This card might as well have had Defender on it. Good only for defensive Limited decks.

Kataki, War's Wage
Kataki, War's Wage
Kataki, War's WageSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
All artifacts have "At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice this artifact unless you pay 1."

Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: A-
Go read Mark Gottlieb’s 6/14/05 article entitled “Let Your Freak Flag Fly” and scroll down to the One Act Play to see this cards problem. Too bad; he’d been awesome in CHK, maybe even getting A’s. I gave the A- as a pity award.

Kitsune Bonesetter
Kitsune Bonesetter
Kitsune BonesetterSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Cleric
Rarity:
C
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
T Prevent the next 3 damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn. Play this ability only if you have more cards in hand than each opponent.

Limited: C- Constructed: D- Overall: D
Mediocre ability on an overcosted creature. Trash.

Kitsune Dawnblade
Kitsune Dawnblade
Kitsune DawnbladeSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Samurai
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) When Kitsune Dawnblade comes into play, you may tap target creature.

Limited: C+ Constructed: D+ Overall: C-
If it was cheaper, it would combo decently with the Free-Riders. However, at 5cc it’s decidedly bad.

Kitsune Loreweaver
Kitsune Loreweaver
Kitsune LoreweaverSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Cleric
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1W: Kitsune Loreweaver gets +0/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your hand.

Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: C
In Limited, it provides a decent creature, especially for defense and the occasional offense. But too mana intensive for Constructed.

Kiyomaro, First to Stand
Kiyomaro, First to Stand
Kiyomaro, First to StandSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Kiyomaro, First to Stand's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand. As long as you have four or more cards in hand, Kiyomaro has vigilance. Whenever Kiyomaro deals damage, if you have seven or more cards in hand, you gain 7 life.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C
In Limited it needs to be built around, and is a little too odd for Constructed. For some reason, I keep pulling this silly rare.

Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker
Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker
Michiko Konda, Truth SeekerSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Advisor
Rarity:
R
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a source an opponent controls deals damage to you, that player sacrifices a permanent.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
They should have made her based on her final appearance in the novel. As is, she’s way too vulnerable to be effective.

Moonwing Moth
Moonwing Moth
Moonwing MothSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying W: Moonwing Moth gets +0/+1 until end of turn.

Limited: B- Constructed: C Overall: C
Decent for Limited, otherwise forget it.

Nikko-Onna
Limited: C+ Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
Combos with Free-Riders, but Enchantments are not that scary anymore.

Plow through Reito
Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
Decent finisher, but not great. It’s better for refilling your hand for your Wisdom effects, but white cards that work on Wisdom are not that great.

Presence of the Wise
Presence of the Wise
Presence of the WiseSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Text:
You gain 2 life for each card in your hand.

Limited: B- Constructed: B Overall: B-
Gerrard
Gerrard
GerrardSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
2
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
-4
Toughness:
+0
Text:
During your draw phase, draw an additional card.
’s Wisdom, Kamigawa style. Time tested time proved in Constructed.

Promise of Bunrei
Promise of Bunrei
Promise of BunreiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Text:
Whenever a creature you control is put into a graveyard from play, sacrifice Promise of Bunrei. If you do, put four 1/1 colorless Spirit creature tokens into play.

Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
Works well for spiritcraft, but I’m dubious on its long-term value. It is certainly a well for chumpblockers in Limited.

Pure Intentions
Pure Intentions
Pure IntentionsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Text:
Whenever a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard cards this turn, return those cards from your graveyard to your hand. Whenever a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Pure Intentions, return Pure Intentions from your graveyard to your hand at end of turn.

Limited: C- Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
Not bad for what it is, which is protection for your Wisdom abilities, but with discard as weak as it is now, it is sideboard filler at best.

Reverence
Reverence
ReverenceSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Text:
Creatures with power 2 or less can't attack you.

Limited: B- Constructed: B Overall: C+
Boy, is this card cheesy. In Limited it protects you well against swarms, and in Constructed it is often preferable to Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
, as it so hoses weenie decks. Looks like the red ascendant might see play just because of this card.

Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant
Limited: D+ Constructed: C+ Overall: B-
Boy, this card can be cheesy in Vanguard, with the high starting life totals for some avatars. Rarely will you ever have enough life gain to make this guy anything more than a Legendary Grey Ogre in Limited, and the flipped version is not that great in Constructed, as you’d have to have so many cards devoted to life gain, and not victory.

Shinen of Stars' Light
Shinen of Stars' Light
Shinen of Stars' LightSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike Channel - 1W, Discard Shinen of Stars' Light: Target creature gains first strike until end of turn.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: C
Not too bad in Limited, especially 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. But as a creature it’s too costly and too marginal a 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 to be used in Constructed.

Spiritual Visit
Spiritual Visit
Spiritual VisitSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Put a 1/1 colorless Spirit creature token into play. Splice onto Arcane W (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: C
It’s cheap, and spliceable. Not bad in Limited, but a little too unspectacular for Constructed.

Torii Watchward
Torii Watchward
Torii WatchwardSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.) 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.)

Limited: C Constructed: C- Overall: D+
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 either of these abilities for 4cc would be fair in Limited, but that extra 1cc keeps it from being anything more than Limited filler, let alone be considered for Constructed.

In summary, Saviors is not a bad set, but is hampered by having to make up for the lack of pizzazz in the previous two sets of the block. The Wisdom mechanic should have been in CHK so that the whole block could have been built around it; a small set was not enough. Also, there should have been more ninjas, and not just in black and blue. I had been waiting a decade for an Asian set and WotC dropped the ball. Just goes to prove that if you want something done right, you’ve got to get a penguin to do it.


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