Card Me: Kiora, the Crashing Wave


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Card Me: A favorite hobby of mine is playing card games. There is just something really remarkable about how laying cardboard onto a table can bring people together for lots of fun/frustration. As a naturally shy person in real life, I enjoy how card games can bring me out of my shell for quite the social activity.
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In Magic: The Gathering, my absolute favorite Planeswalker is Kiora, the Crashing Wave. The moment I came across this card spoiled all the way back when the Born of the Gods set was revealed, I just knew deep down I wanted a Kiora card badly.

It took earning second place at a win-a-box tournament at a local card store, splitting the booster box prize in half and then, with sheer luck, I fortunately came across a copy of this card in one of my pulls. Just plain awesome.

Kiora, by the way, is an excellent card in her own right as well. All three of her abilities are respectively powerful and useful in various in-game situations. Let’s just say I have won multiple games when I can unleash the kraken(s) with her extremely overwhelming ultimate ability.


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Card Name: Kiora, the Crashing Wave
Mana Cost: 2GreenBlue
Converted Mana Cost: 4
Types: Planeswalker — Kiora
Card Text: +1: Until your next turn, prevent all damage that would be dealt to and dealt by target permanent an opponent controls.
−1: Draw a card. You may play an additional land this turn.
−5: You get an emblem with “At the beginning of your end step, put a 9/9 blue Kraken creature token onto the battlefield.”
Loyalty: 2
Expansion: Born of the Gods (Mythic Rare) Born of the Gods
Rarity: Mythic Rare
Card Number: 149
Artist: Scott M. Fischer
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Don’t get me wrong now. I don’t particularly like aquatic-themed elements in stories or anything (heck, I can’t even swim in real life.) But I just love this Kiora card regardless. There is a type of allure with this card that is really interesting to me for reasons I can’t properly explain.

I just really like Kiora as a card, so she is going to be the No. 1 Planeswalker in my book forever.
 
Of course, the one particular Kiora card sitting in my deck at the moment will always be special to me. Something you earned through a lot of willpower and determination (yeah, it’s cheesy for a card game, but it’s true) automatically elevates the value of the card beyond dollar signs.

The card now has significant sentimental value. Try beating that.

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Kiora. ♥

“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction


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