Saviors of Kamigawa

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For the accompanying novel to Saviors of Kamigawa, see Guardian: Saviors of Kamigawa.
Saviors of Kamigawa
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Set symbol
Symbol description
Lantern
Design team
Brian Tinsman (lead) [1]
Brian Schneider
Brandon Bozzi
Devin Low
Development team
Randy Buehler (lead) [2]
Brian Schneider
Worth Wollpert
Mons Johnson
Justin Webb
Art Director
Jeremy Cranford
Release date
June 3, 2005
Themes and mechanics
Flip cards, Wisdom (handsize matters)
Keywords and/or ability words
Channel, Epic, Sweep
Set size
165 (55 Common 55 Uncommon 55 Rare)
Expansion code
SOK[3]
Development codename
Fire
Kamigawa block sets
Champions of Kamigawa Betrayers of Kamigawa Saviors of Kamigawa
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Betrayers of Kamigawa Saviors of Kamigawa 9th Edition

Saviors of Kamigawa is the thirty-fifth Magic expansion and was released in June, 2005 as the third set in the Kamigawa block. The prerelease was May 21, 2005. [4]

Set details[edit | edit source]

Saviors of Kamigawa contains 165 black-bordered cards (55 rare, 55 uncommon, and 55 commons). Its expansion symbol is a "toro". [5] A toro is a lamp of stone, bronze, iron, wood, or another heavy material. These illuminate the grounds of Japanese temples, shrines, gardens, and other places that include tradition in their decor. It's also a symbol of hope. [6] Saviors of Kamigawa expands on the Kamigawa block themes, featuring cards with spiritcraft, Soulshift, Spirits, Arcane instants and sorceries, cards with Splice onto Arcane, and a high number of legendary creatures. It introduced flip cards that change their permanent type when flipped. With Evermind, it featured the first spell in Magic without a casting cost (its effect can only be achieved through the use of the Splice mechanic).

Marketing[edit | edit source]

Saviors of Kamigawa was sold in 15-card boosters, four preconstructed theme decks and a fat pack. [7] The booster packs featured artwork from Infernal Kirin, Maga, Traitor to Mortals and Adamaro, First to Desire. The prerelease card was a foil alternate art Kiyomaro, First to Stand. The release card was Ghost-Lit Raider. The set was accompanied by a novel by Scott McGough.

Storyline[edit | edit source]

The ronin Toshi has sought to avoid the great conflict between the spirit and human realms. But despite his best efforts, he's not only involved in it, he's at the center of it. Together with Princess Michiko, daughter of Daimyo Konda, he must find a way to stave off the impending victory of the kami, while preserving his own life into the bargain. [8] [9]

Tournament impact[edit | edit source]

Following the steps of the rest of the block, Saviors of Kamigawa contributed to the tournament scene with strong finishers and "fatties" like Kagemaro, First to Suffer, Maga, Traitor to Mortals and Arashi, the Sky Asunder, as well as strong sideboard cards, like Pithing Needle, Manriki-Gusari and Kataki, War's Wage. It also featured a good amount of quality weenies like Hand of Honor, Hand of Cruelty that helped aggro decks battle the mostly control environment of Kamigawa Block Constructed.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Saviors of Kamigawa introduced the ability words Sweep and Channel, the keyword Epic. It also introduced the wisdom mechanic, cards that get better depending on your and sometimes your opponents' hand size. Several cards altered your or your opponent's maximum hand size.

  • Sweeps -- some powerful spells can uproot the land itself. When you play a spell with the sweep ability, you can return to your hand any number of your lands of the right type. The more lands you return, the more devastating the spell is (e.g. Sink into Takenuma).
  • Channel -- near the final days of the war, the veil between worlds became increasingly volatile. Kami with the channel ability could focus their life essence into a one-shot blast of energy instead of solidifying into a creature (e.g. Ghost-Lit Redeemer). Since this is an ability instead of a spell, regular countering spells can’t stop it. [10]
  • Epic -- Spells with the epic ability are so extraordinary that once you play one, you can’t play any more spells for the rest of the game. However, each time your upkeep starts, you get another free copy of the epic spell (e.g. Enduring Ideal). [11]
  • Wisdom -- the set is filled with creatures and spells that get better the more cards you have in your hand (e.g. Akki Underling, Kitsune Bonesetter).

Creature types[edit | edit source]

The following creature types are introduced in this expansion: Kirin.

The following creature types are used in this expansion but also appear in previous sets: Advisor, Archer, Beast, Cleric, Demon, Druid, Fox, Goblin, Insect, Mercenary, Monk, Moonfolk, Ogre, Rat, Rogue, Scout, Shaman, Shapeshifter, Snake, Soldier, Spirit, Warrior, Zubera.

Cycles[edit | edit source]

Saviors of Kamigawa has nine cycles and a vertical cycle.

Vertical cycle[edit | edit source]

Mirrored pairs[edit | edit source]

Saviors of Kamigawa has four mirrored pairs.

Functional reprints[edit | edit source]

Saviors of Kamigawa has five functional reprints:

Notable cards[edit | edit source]

Theme decks[edit | edit source]

The preconstructed theme decks are:

Theme deck name Colors included
{W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Critical Mass B R
Soratami's Wisdom W U
Spirit Flames R G
Truth Seekers W G

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Brian Tinsman. (May 30, 2005.) “Suppressing Fire: How We Designed Saviors with an Axe”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Aaron Forsythe. (May 06, 2005.) “Future, Present, Past”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Wizards of the Coast. (August 02, 2004.) “Ask Wizards - August, 2004”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Brian David-Marshall. (May 16, 2005.) “Saviors of Kamigawa Prerelease Primer”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Magic Arcana. (March 02, 2005.) “Saviors Logo Concepts”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Brady Dommermuth. (October 31, 2006.) “Ask Wizards”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Magic Arcana. (April 20, 2005.) “Saviors of Kamigawa Product Shots”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Rei Nakazawa. (May 09, 2005.) “Saving Grace - Taking a Last Look at Kamigawa?”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar. (June 13, 2005.) “Tales From Beyond the Veil”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Mark Rosewater. (May 23, 2005.) “Choosing a Channel”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Mark Rosewater. (May 09, 2005.) “Epic Struggles”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Magic Arcana. (June 02, 2005.) “Ascendants in Ascendance”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Magic Arcana. (June 20, 2005.) “Ghost-Lit Kami”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Mark Rosewater. (May 16, 2005.) “The Sun'll Come Out To Maro”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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