Saturday Special Volume Three: Kamigawa Neon Dynasty

Hello and welcome this Saturday Special!

To kind of stray off manga and otaku culture for a bit, today I will be delving a bit into a hobby that I recently gotten into.

About seven months ago, I got into Magic: The Gathering, which for those of you who don’t know is a trading card game.

Now I have been into trading card games for years, starting with the Pokemon card game, then moving to the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, and recently with Magic.

Being someone who tends to get a bit obsessive with their hobbies, I have gone quite far into the rabbit hole of Magic: The Gathering (MTG as I’ll refer to it from now on).

Now recently the newest set for MTG is a set called Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, which takes a world that MTG had made a few years ago to homage Japanese culture, and bringing it to the modern day, mixing traditional Japanese culture and modern Japanese culture in a cyberpunk style.

I cannot go into depth in how popular this set has been, but I will say that my local game store sold out their inventory of this set very quickly.

Now, as a card game enthusiast, I enjoy many aspects of this set, but I am aware that not everyone may not be into MTG.

I cannot convince anyone to enjoy this game, but I can express what I do like about this game, more specifically the five cards that I enjoy most in this set.

The criteria for this list is based purely on opinion, partially with how good the cards are in the game along with the flavor of the set.

Let’s get started!

5. The Wandering Emperor

Kicking off the list, we are looking at the planeswalker The Wandering Emperor. Now you don’t need to know what a planeswalker is, but what you do need to know is that this card is fun and flavorful.

The Wandering Emperor has the ability to be cast at almost any point, which is on point for the character from a flavor sense.

A lot of people don’t know that MTG has a story, but it does and the story of The Wandering Emperor includes her being unable to stay in one plane of existence for long and she sporadically teleports to different worlds at random.

However she is a powerful warrior that when she does teleport into battle, she is a force to be reckoned with.

I like this card for the melding of flavor and function.

4. Akki Ronin

Now why do I have a low powered creature on this list?

A couple reasons. Speaking of it as a card, it is a low cost creature that when a Samurai or Warrior attacks alone, it allows you to discard a card and then draw a card.

This can be useful early and mid game to get rid of cards that you can’t use or don’t need in your hand and potentially get you another good card.

This card can get especially good if you have multiple copies, which trigger this ability multiple times, which can help you clean up any bad hands.

Now this card also has a special place in my heart because it was a workhorse when I participated in my first ever in person draft at my local game store.

This card helped me win a couple of games, so I have an affinity for this card in that aspect.

3. Boseiju, Who Endures

Now we get onto a card that I like more as a powerful card to play.

This card acts as a Forest, producing green mana which helps you summon green creatures, but also has an ability that allows you to pay one generic mana and one green mana to discard this card from your hand, get rid of a card your opponent controls, and allows you to play a land from your deck.

This card can get busted, and it can be done at a very cheap cost.

Green in MTG is a card type that can get plenty of mana to use for their stronger cards, so this facilitates that playstyle while also getting rid of your opponents resources.

I like this because I like green in MTG and I like how cheap and effective this card is (I also pulled three of them, with one of them being foil)

This is a solid card.

2. Mechtitan Core

This makes a megazord.

That is literally the only reason that this card is so up high on the list.

You exile this card and four other artifact creatures or Vehicles and you make a megazord.

I don’t care how easy the megazord is to remove, you still make a megazord.

Did I also mention that I am a Power Rangers/Super Sentai fan?

1. Hinata, Dawn-Crowned

Now this card is a mix of a lot of things that I like.

As a card, this card makes using your cards even easier to use and makes your opponents use more of their resources to use their cards.

This is useful in the MTG format called Commander, which I may talk about another day, but it makes using certain cards you can use busted while making a strong opponent have to reconsider what cards they need to use.

Flavorwise, I love this card for the fact that it also just so happens to tie into another one of my many hobbies, and that is Dungeons and Dragons.

The set that got me into MTG was the set called Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, which tied Dungeons and Dragons stuff into MTG.

Now I am currently playing a monk goblin character that just so happens to have a master that is a kirin, which is what Hinata is.

This has inspired me to make a deck that uses Hinata as the focal point and have the deck filled with goblins and monks.

Will it be effective in any way?

Probably not, but it will be a fun flavor filled deck for me, which is all I can ask for.

Those were the five cards of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty that are my favorites.

If you are curious, take a look at the cards and see what you think.

Also, did you enjoy me talking a bit about Magic: The Gathering? Should I do it more or should this stay as a one time thing?

I really need to get better about asking you guys to comment, because I do like interacting with the people who do read my ramblings.

On Wednesday, I will be taking a look at a recent manga. We will be going to the movies as we take a look at Pompo: The Cinephile!

So until then,

Heiwa to sayonara!

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