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CardShark Content - Lorien Elleman (11/4/2004)

To continue where I last left off, I’m working my way through cards from the Champions of Kamigawa set I think will have a significant impact or at least a show in Type II tournaments. I realize I’m going to miss some cards, and predict others that will never see any play, which is made apparent by my very first pick in this article. My purpose, however, is to show highlights to players who are not yet familiar with the set, and to describe to inexperienced players what makes these cards worth playing. My previous article covered A-H, this one covers I-Q, and my final article will cover R-Z. Now, let’s get to the cards.


Hearth Kami
Hearth Kami
Hearth KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
171
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, Sacrifice Hearth Kami: Destroy target artifact with converted mana cost X.
[C]
1R
Creature — Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

X, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
Hearth Kami
Hearth Kami
Hearth KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
171
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, Sacrifice Hearth Kami: Destroy target artifact with converted mana cost X.
: Destroy target artifact with converted mana cost X.
2/1

I know I said I was starting with the letter i, but I somehow managed to skip over this card last time and I’d like to mention it. This card is extremely good for a number of reasons. If main-decked in Ponza or Big Red, at the worst it will be a 2/1 beater or chump-blocker. Against any deck with artifacts, however, Hearth Kami
Hearth Kami
Hearth KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
171
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, Sacrifice Hearth Kami: Destroy target artifact with converted mana cost X.
is solid card advantage, pure and simple. You can chump block and blow up one of your opponent’s precious artifacts, nullifying two of their cards for only one of yours. Against Affinity this card gets even better. If you’re playing Land Destruction, and you absolutely cannot wait, you can cast it second turn (or first turn w/ a Mox) and sac it for free to blow up one of his artifact lands. If you can wait a bit, however, you can probably also intercept that plated frogmite and kill a land for free as well. There are tons of different strategies you can use with this card, but what really makes it shine is the simple fact that you can main-deck it without having a dead card in your hand if your opponent isn’t playing artifacts. You can’t exactly say the same thing about Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
.

Imi Statue
Imi Statue
Imi StatueSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
255
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Players can't untap more than one artifact during their untap steps.
[R]
3
Artifact
Players can’t untap more than one artifact during their untap steps.

This card has crazy hype around it as being able to take down Affinity, but I don’t really buy it. It’ll see plenty of play, but it’s fairly easy to metagame against with stuff like Somber Hoverguard
Somber Hoverguard
Somber HoverguardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying
and Atog
Atog
AtogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
0: +2/+2. Each time you use this ability, you must sacrifice one of your artifacts in play.
. I’m sure it slows down Affinity some, but if you get two out, the abilities don’t add together in the same way two Relic Barrier
Relic Barrier
Relic BarrierSet: Legends
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
T: Target artifact becomes tapped.
s do. Also, it’s an obvious sideboard choice, but only against Affinity. Against almost any other deck, this card is pretty useless. The same isn’t true for Relic Barrier
Relic Barrier
Relic BarrierSet: Legends
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
T: Target artifact becomes tapped.
or Oxidize
Oxidize
OxidizeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target artifact. It can't be regenerated.
, which can both take out specific threats because they’ve got targeting.

Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of KondaSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
[R]
W
Legendary Creature — Hound
2/2

White weenie is always on the verge of making a comeback, and if it does, Isamaru will be leading the way. Even though it’s legendary and a player can’t have more than one out at a time, one white mana for a 2/2 is an incredible deal, pure and simple.

Jushi Apprentice
Jushi Apprentice
Jushi ApprenticeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
2U, T: Draw a card. If you have nine or more cards in hand, flip Jushi Apprentice. ----- Tomoya the Revealer Legendary Creature - Human Wizard 2/3 3UU, T: Target player draws X cards, where X is the number of cards in your hand.
[R]
1U
Creature — Human Wizard
2U, Tap: Draw a card. If you have nine or more cards in hand, flip Jushi Apprentice
Jushi Apprentice
Jushi ApprenticeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
2U, T: Draw a card. If you have nine or more cards in hand, flip Jushi Apprentice. ----- Tomoya the Revealer Legendary Creature - Human Wizard 2/3 3UU, T: Target player draws X cards, where X is the number of cards in your hand.
.
1/2
-----
Tomoya the Revealer
Legendary Creature — Human Wizard
3UU, Tap: Target player draws X cards, where X is the number of cards in your hand.
2/3

This seems more like a sideboard choice because it’s too easily destroyed by red and black creature removal. Against control decks, however, Jushi Apprentice
Jushi Apprentice
Jushi ApprenticeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
2U, T: Draw a card. If you have nine or more cards in hand, flip Jushi Apprentice. ----- Tomoya the Revealer Legendary Creature - Human Wizard 2/3 3UU, T: Target player draws X cards, where X is the number of cards in your hand.
provides continuous card advantage, which is one of the main determining factors in a control war.


Kami of Ancient Law
Kami of Ancient Law
Kami of Ancient LawSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice Kami of Ancient Law: Destroy target enchantment.
[C]
1W
Creature — Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
Kami of Ancient Law
Kami of Ancient Law
Kami of Ancient LawSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice Kami of Ancient Law: Destroy target enchantment.
: Destroy target enchantment.
2/2

This is another solid sideboard choice. Much like Hearth Kami
Hearth Kami
Hearth KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
171
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, Sacrifice Hearth Kami: Destroy target artifact with converted mana cost X.
, this can provide removal without sacrificing your need to beat up your opponent. It may be needed some time in the near future against well-known decks like U/R Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
, and it is always useful for the up-and-coming Tier 2 and 3 decks that use lesser-well-known enchantments like Grave Pact
Grave Pact
Grave PactSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Whenever any creature you control is put into any graveyard, each other player sacrifices a creature.
or Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
.

Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Ittoku
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Keiga, the Tide Star is put into a graveyard from play, gain control of target creature.
[R]
5U
Legendary Creature — Dragon Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

Flying
When Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Ittoku
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Keiga, the Tide Star is put into a graveyard from play, gain control of target creature.
is put into a graveyard from play, gain control of target creature.
5/5
This is one of the few good blue control creatures around at the moment. If your opponent manages to get rid of this beefy evader, he’s got another problem on his hands if he has creatures out at all. This is another good example of card advantage.



Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror BreakerSet: From the Vault Legends
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
M
Number:
4
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste {T}: Put a token that's a copy of target nonlegendary creature you control onto the battlefield. That token has haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.
[R]
2RRR
Legendary Creature — Goblin Shaman
Haste
Tap: Put a creature token into play that’s a copy of target nonlegendary creature you control. That creature token has haste. Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
it at end of turn.
2/2

This is by far one of the most talked-about creatures in Kamigawa, and almost all of it has to do with horrible, horrible (and by horrible I mean brutal) combos. First is the Kiki-Jiki + Intruder Alarm
Intruder Alarm
Intruder AlarmSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Creatures do not untap during their controllers' untap phases.Whenever any creature comes into play, untap all creatures.
combo which provides infinite creatures (if you have something on the board to copy) with which you can attack the turn Kiki-Jiki comes into play. A bit more complicated combo is Kiki-Jiki + 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= + Intruder Alarm
Intruder Alarm
Intruder AlarmSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Creatures do not untap during their controllers' untap phases.Whenever any creature comes into play, untap all creatures.
. If you Lifespark Spellbomb
Lifespark Spellbomb
Lifespark SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
197
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
G, Sacrifice Lifespark Spellbomb: Until end of turn, target land becomes a 3/3 creature that's still a land. 1, Sacrifice Lifespark Spellbomb: Draw a card.
the Orchard, you can generate infinite mana, although you’d better find a Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
or something to do with it, because if the mana burn doesn’t kill you, the hoards of tokens you just gave your opponent will. The best use of Kiki-Jiki I’ve seen is in Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
, where you can do nasty stuff like Tooth for a Colossus and Kiki-Jiki, attack with the Colossus token and block with the original. What’s even more powerful than that is Toothing for a Sundering Titan
Sundering Titan
Sundering TitanSet: Darksteel
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
7
Toughness:
10
Text:
When Sundering Titan comes into play, choose a land of each basic land type, then destroy those lands. When Sundering Titan leaves play, choose a land of each basic land type, then destroy those lands.
and Kiki-Jiki… in two or three turns your opponent won’t have any land left.

Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North TreeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Kodama of the North Tree can't be the target of spells or abilities.
[R]
2GGG
Legendary Creature — Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

Trample
Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North TreeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Kodama of the North Tree can't be the target of spells or abilities.
can’t be the target of spells or abilities.
6/4

Not exactly a Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.
, but it’s pretty efficient for five mana. Once it gets on the board, it’s going to be hard to remove, and will plough through chump blockers like the beast (spirit) that it is.

Kodama’s Reach[C]
2G
Sorcery — Arcane
Search your library for two basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put one into play tapped and the other into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
I’ve been testing a lot against new decks with my Ponza, and I cringe every time this card is played on the other side of the table. It’s such solid land advantage, especially combined with Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe ElderSet: Commander
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
(which I’ll discuss next time). I’m sure it’ll see play in a variety of decks, but currently this card makes B/G Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
much more scary than it should be.

Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Kokusho, the Evening Star is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
[R]
4BB
Legendary Creature — Dragon Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

Flying
When Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Kokusho, the Evening Star is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
5/5

This is my personal favorite of all of the dragons. It’s absolutely horrifying to play against because it’s pretty difficult to get rid of without getting hit by it again on its way out. If you’ve got one in play and one in your hand, attack, dealing 5, and then play the second one so your opponent will lose 10 life… that’s an easy 15 in a turn. Kokusho also works great in conjunction with Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
… They’re going to suffer a major loss in board position and life.

Kumano, Master Yamabushi
Kumano, Master Yamabushi
Kumano, Master YamabushiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
1R: Kumano, Master Yamabushi deals 1 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage by Kumano this turn would be put into a graveyard, remove it from the game instead.
[R]
3RR
Legendary Creature — Human Shaman
1R: Kumano, Master Yamabushi
Kumano, Master Yamabushi
Kumano, Master YamabushiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
1R: Kumano, Master Yamabushi deals 1 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage by Kumano this turn would be put into a graveyard, remove it from the game instead.
deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
If a creature dealt damage by Kumano this turn would be put into a graveyard, remove it from the game instead.
4/4

For some reason I didn’t think this card was particularly hot when I first saw it. “5 for a 4/4,” I said, “2 mana for 1 damage? This is no Mr. Big Slogs.” What I failed to see was that Kumano is an outright machine when it comes to the Type II environment. It’ll take care of pesky Eternal Witness
Eternal Witness
Eternal WitnessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Eternal Witness comes into play, return target card from your graveayrd to your hand.
es and other green weenies that usually keep recurring thanks to the Witness. Kumano wrecks Affinity’s modular creatures, and he generally dominates the board as soon as you untap. Even though his ability is a tiny bit expensive, if you’re playing other burn, you can always zap creatures with the other burn and sprinkle a little Kumano on top if you need them to be removed from the game. This guy’s being called “the New Masticore
Masticore
MasticoreSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may choose and discard a card from your hand. If you don't, sacrifice Masticore.2: Masticore deals 1 damage to target creature.2: Regenerate Masticore.
,” and although he’s not quite as good as the original, he’s pretty close. In Red decks he deserves the spot Rorix (God rest his soul) used to have.

Lava Spike
Lava Spike
Lava SpikeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player.
[C]
R
Sorcery — Arcane
Lava Spike
Lava Spike
Lava SpikeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player.
deals 3 damage to target player.

I can only see this being effective in burn decks, and it’s pretty useful in that regard. A Lava Spike
Lava Spike
Lava SpikeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player.
+ a spliced Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (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.)
is 5 damage, plus the 2 from playing the Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (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.)
= a total of 7 damage, which is an average of 3.5 damage a card, well above the “Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
” curve set in the Philosophy of Fire. If you didn’t catch all that, it’s good because it’s 3 damage for one mana and can be used to splice other cards.

Marrow-Gnawer[R]
3BB
Legendary Creature — Rat Rogue
All Rats have fear.
Tap, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
a Rat: Put X 1/1 black Rat creature tokens into play, where X is the number of Rats you control.
2/3

This is the other creature in Kamigawa that works well with Intruder Alarm
Intruder Alarm
Intruder AlarmSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Creatures do not untap during their controllers' untap phases.Whenever any creature comes into play, untap all creatures.
. So long as you have two other rats (and Intruder Alarm
Intruder Alarm
Intruder AlarmSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Creatures do not untap during their controllers' untap phases.Whenever any creature comes into play, untap all creatures.
) in play, this guy will give you infinite rats, which really appeals to some people. Personally I’d want more out of a 2/3 that costs five (like “Tap: destroy target something”), but if you’re into rats, you’ll probably be into this guy, who can be nasty if you’re already covered in rodents.

Meloku the Clouded Mirror
Meloku the Clouded Mirror
Meloku the Clouded MirrorSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Moonfolk Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying 1, Return a land you control to its owner's hand: Put a 1/1 blue Illusion creature token with flying into play.
[R]
4U
Legendary Creature — Moonfolk Wizard
Flying
1, Return a land you control to its owner’s hand: Put a 1/1 blue Illusion creature token with flying into play.
2/4

This is supposed to be a good choice for B/G Rude Awakening
Rude Awakening
Rude AwakeningSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
92
Artist:
Ittoku
Text:
Choose one - Untap all lands you control; or until end of turn, lands you control become 2/2 creatures that are still lands. Entwine 2G
, which makes sense. She’s a solid chump blocker, she’s got evasion, and she can create a small army of evaders pretty quick. I haven’t really seen her decide the course of a game yet, but generally speaking, the possibility of 10 attacking 1/1s out of nowhere is pretty fierce.

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.
, School at Water’s Edge[R]
Legendary Land
Tap: Add U to your mana pool.
U, Tap: Untap target legendary permanent.

This isn’t particularly amazing, but one copy of this in any blue deck with any other legendary permanent isn’t going to hurt anything either, and might occasionally even prove to be useful.


Nezumi Graverobber
Nezumi Graverobber
Nezumi GraverobberSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B: Remove target card in an opponent's graveyard from the game. If no cards are in that graveyard, flip Nezumi Graverobber. ----- Nighteyes the Desecrator Legendary Creature - Rat Wizard 4/2 4B: Put target creature card in a graveyard into play under your control.
[U]
Creature — Rat Rogue
1B: Remove
Remove
RemoveSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Play Remove only after you're attacked, before you declare blockers.Return any one attacking creature to its owner's hand.
target card in an opponent’s graveyard from the game. If no cards are in that graveyard, flip Nezumi Graverobber
Nezumi Graverobber
Nezumi GraverobberSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B: Remove target card in an opponent's graveyard from the game. If no cards are in that graveyard, flip Nezumi Graverobber. ----- Nighteyes the Desecrator Legendary Creature - Rat Wizard 4/2 4B: Put target creature card in a graveyard into play under your control.
.
2/1
-----
Nighteyes the Desecrator
Legendary Creature — Rat Wizard
4B: Put target creature card in a graveyard into play under your control.
4/2

The Graverobber isn’t great late game, but he’s not bad if you can throw him down the first few turns and flip him over. Constant recursion means your opponent will be struggling for answers, especially if you combine Nighteyes with some other mean creatures, like Horobi, Death’s Wail or Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Kokusho, the Evening Star is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
.

Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi ShortfangSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B, T: Target opponent discards a card. Then if that player has no cards in hand, flip Nezumi Shortfang. ----- Stabwhisker the Odious Legendary Creature - Rat Shaman 3/3 At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player loses 1 life for each card fewer than three in his or her hand.
[R]
1B
Creature — Rat Rogue
1B, Tap : Target opponent discards a card. Then if that player has no cards in hand, flip Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi ShortfangSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B, T: Target opponent discards a card. Then if that player has no cards in hand, flip Nezumi Shortfang. ----- Stabwhisker the Odious Legendary Creature - Rat Shaman 3/3 At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player loses 1 life for each card fewer than three in his or her hand.
.
1/1
-----
Stabwhisker the Odious
Legendary Creature — Rat Shaman
At the beginning of each opponent’s upkeep, that player loses 1 life for each card fewer than three in his or her hand.
3/3

Effective hand disruption seems to be a theme in Kamigawa, and Shortfang fits the mold. If you’re playing a significant amount of black hand disruption, he’s a good choice, especially when he flips and your opponent gets put on a clock to the beat of six damage a turn.

Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers
Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers
Okina, Temple to the GrandfathersSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. G, T: Target legendary creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
[R]
Legendary Land
Tap: Add to your mana pool.
G, Tap : Target legendary creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Basically, you’d want one copy of this card in your green deck for the same reason you’d want one copy of 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.
in your blue deck: With no drawback (like comes into play tapped), there’s no reason why you wouldn’t use this card. Every once in a while (even if it’s once in thirty games) the card will be useful, and it doesn’t have any more drawbacks than a forest (except in the case of it being destroyed w/ 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.
).

Unforunately, I didn’t see anything strong in “p” or “q,” so that’s it for this time. Thanks for taking the time to read this article, and I hope it’s been helpful.


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