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For the novel, see Heretic: Betrayers of Kamigawa.
Betrayers of Kamigawa
BOK logo.jpg
Set symbol
BOK symbol.png
Symbol description
A throwing star
Design team
Mike Elliott (lead)
Randy Buehler
Development team
Henry Stern,
Devin Low,
Randy Buehler,
Paul Sottosanti,
Matt Place
Art Director
Jeremy Cranford
Release date
February 4, 2005
Themes and mechanics
Ninja, Ki counters
Keywords and/or ability words
Ninjutsu, Offering
Set size
165 (55 Common 55 Uncommon 55 Rare)
Expansion code
BOK
Development codename
Wind
Kamigawa block sets
Champions of Kamigawa Betrayers of Kamigawa Saviors of Kamigawa
Magic: The Gathering chronology
Unhinged Betrayers of Kamigawa Saviors of Kamigawa

Betrayers of Kamigawa is the thirty-fourth Magic expansion, released in February 2005 as the second set and first small expansion in the Kamigawa block. The prerelease was on january 22, 2005. [1]

Set details[edit]

Betrayers of Kamigawa contains 165 black-bordered cards (55 rare, 55 uncommon, and 55 commons). Its expansion symbol is a "shuriken" or "shaken" to evoke the set's ninja theme. [2] A shuriken is a traditional Japanese concealed weapon that was generally used for throwing, and sometimes stabbing or slashing. Shuriken is the name given to any small-bladed object, while shaken is traditionally used to indicate the "throwing star". The set introduced the Ninjutsu and Offering keywords.

Marketing[edit]

Betrayers of Kamigawa was sold in 15-card boosters, four preconstructed theme decks and a fat pack. [3] The booster packs featured artwork from Opal-Eye, Konda's Yojimbo, Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni and Isao, Enlightened Bushi. The prerelease card was a foil alternate art Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni. The release card was Budoka Pupil. The set was accompanied by a novel by Scott McGough.

Storyline[edit]

Now in the employ of Princess Michiko and beholden to the Myojin of Night's Reach, Toshi Umezawa tries to honor his commitments while pursuing his own ends. But as the Kami War threatens to engulf Kamigawa, an unimaginably powerful spirit beast threatens the world. And at the heart of the battle moves the figure of the Daimyo, whose impassive features conceal a sinister crime that gnaws at the world's heart. [4] [5]

Token[edit]

A special 3/3 Spirit token with flying for Oyobi, Who Split the Heavens appeared in Magic Online. [6]

Mechanics[edit]

  • Ninjutsu allows a player to put a Ninja creature card from his or her hand into play tapped and attacking by paying a cost and returning an attacking, unblocked creature he or she controls to its owner's hand. [7] [8] [9]
  • Offering allows the player to partially pay for a spell by sacrificing a creature of a certain creature type, and lets the spell be played as an instant. This ability is used on five Spirit creatures, the patron spirits of five non-human species in Kamigawa.

Cycles[edit]

Betrayers of Kamigawa has eight cycles and a vertical cycle.

Vertical cycle[edit]

  • Glasskite: Blue flying creatures that has "Whenever this creature becomes the target of a spell or ability for the first time in a turn, counter that spell or ability". The rare, while technically not having this line of text, has an ability that grants it to all creatures under your control: Shimmering Glasskite, Jetting Glasskite, Kira, Great Glass-Spinner.

Notable cards[edit]

Umezawa's Jitte is arguably the most powerful card that has ever been included in a preconstructed deck (Rats' Nest theme deck). Other cards that saw some degree of constructed play include Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni, Tendo Ice Bridge [15], Shining Shoal, Blazing Shoal, Threads of Disloyalty, Ninja of the Deep Hours and Flames of the Blood Hand.

Theme decks[edit]

The preconstructed theme decks are:

Theme deck name
Colors included
White Blue Black Red Green
Dark Devotion
Ninjutsu
Rats' Nest
Spiritcraft

Reprinted cards[edit]

The following cards have been reprinted from previous sets and included in Betrayers of Kamigawa.

Functional reprints[edit]

Betrayers of Kamigawa has 2 functional reprints:

references[edit]

  1. Brian David-Marshall. (January 07, 2002.) "Betraying the Secrets of the Prerelease", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Brady Dommermuth. (October 31, 2006.) "Ask Wizards", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana. (December 09, 2004.) "Betrayers of Kamigawa Graphical Goodies", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Rei Nakazawa. (January 10, 2005.) "The Sting of Betrayal", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar. (January 14, 2002.) "A Flavorful View of Betrayers", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Arcana. (July 30, 2002.) "Unseen tokens", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater. (January 10, 2005.) "When Ninjas Attack", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  8. Mark Rosewater. (January 32, 2005.) "Ninjas & Pirates & Myrs… Oh My!", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  9. Aaron Forsythe. (February 04, 2005.) "You Should Have Blocked", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  10. Magic Arcana. (January 17, 2005.) "Faces in the Patron", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  11. Mark Rosewater. (January 17, 2005.) "Flip Service", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  12. Paul Sottosanti. (January 14, 2005.) "When Trees Attack", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Magic Arcana. (March 28, 2005.) "Betrayers' Lobotomies", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Aaron Forsythe. (January 21, 2005.) "Beware the Shining", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  15. Magic Arcana. (March 31, 2005.) "Tendo Ice Bridge", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

External links[edit]

Betrayers of Kamigawa product information pageWizards of the Coast

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