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I think we're all forgetting that this is a man that can punch through 2 grizzly bears and keep going.
Posted By: PhyrexianFryCook (2/28/2012 9:55:03 PM)


Am i the only hunter/stalker/lurker here? use this guy to flush out your prey, then kill it. they think they got a big mambojambo in play for free? Think again. If they don't have a legend, you get a 5/5 trampler, if they do, just kill it or return it to their hand, or whatever, its magic, there is always an answer.
Posted By: NinjaShadow (2/16/2012 3:00:26 PM)


For everyone who's dissing his secondary effect, think of it like this.
They always ask Bruce Wayne, whether its the criminals who bring out the Batman, or the Batman who attracts the criminals.

In the same sense, Iwamori is such a strong fighter, he attracts foes to himself! I think Wizards did a great job translating this flavor to card form.

For more on Iwamori's personal battle, check out http://www.wizards.com/Magic/TCG/Article.aspx?x=magic/bok/iwamori
Posted By: Ninjitsu (6/30/2012 7:48:27 AM)


Hehehe I got to cast Jerrard of the Closed Fist for free when my opponent casted him. It took my opponent a while to get why I had a smile on my face.
Posted By: IamjustnotCreative (1/20/2013 9:32:36 PM)


Iwamori is one card that would've had fantastic flavor text.
I'm sad that monks didn't get their own keyword. Samurais have Bushido, Ninjas have Ninjutsu, but Monks were a lonely class tribe. A cool one would be sort of like equipment with Living Weapon only instead of a 0/0 Germ you get a 3/3 Monk, already holding the weapon. Or Monks that can use weapons in different ways. This was kind of their only opportunity to capitalize on the effectiveness of martial arts.
Great flavor on Iwamori, he is stronger than a Stampeding Rhino.
Goes in Captain Sisay EDH to fill that role.
Posted By: Elegy (7/25/2012 2:28:32 AM)


Martial arts deck?
Posted By: Drewsel (7/12/2011 9:27:45 PM)


i feel like his downside isn't as bad as it seems. in today's Modern scene, you can easily take a peek at your opponent's hand with reveal/ Gitaxian Probe / discard stuff; then play him safely. assuming you play him early, this could be a real smack to the face for someone who isn't prepared.
Posted By: JoshMagic (7/18/2012 5:19:39 AM)


My buddy has a monk deck that uses a few of these as we play casual multiplayer and the drawback almost never pops up.

One game though he pulled some insane green mana BS and got this guy out turn two. There were 6 of us playing and 5 legends on the board turn two. Someone everyone had the one random legend in their deck all at once.

Slightly lopsided though. I got a Norin, my other buddy got Emrakul.
Posted By: SuicidalTendancies (12/8/2012 11:24:02 AM)


Legendary creatures aren't all that popular these days, and planeswalkers aren't creatures. This is very much a 5/5 trampler for 4, it's a good deal.

If opponent uses legends, obviously there's always the option of sideboarding Iwamori out.

Posted By: Cyberium (7/22/2010 5:08:08 AM)


The only other format this might see play is EDH, and someone (usually me) in multiplayer has atleast one legendary card in hand. Only slightly better than hunted wumpus.
Posted By: KarmasPayment (12/1/2009 9:45:00 PM)