Now, there are a lot of really great cards in Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty, so it may seem odd to nitpick about one of them, but here we are, about to do it anyway. Who can say why, maybe it’s because our toddlers came in and gifted us with an illness, who can say?
Anyway, this particular creature has a thing for bikes, is black and white, is a rat, and happens to be an interesting contender for a vehicle deck. However, the drawbacks peppered through the card’s ability just seem a bit over the top to us, and we’re not sure why they were all needed.
Poor GreasefangGreasefang, Okiba Boss is a three-mana white and black 4/3 rat pilot that reads, “At the beginning of combat on your turn, return target Vehicle card from your graveyard to the battlefield. It gains haste. Return it to its owner’s hand at the beginning of your next end step.” There are two drawbacks, at least as far as we see it, with this poor maligned pilot.
Firstly, there’s the whole returning a vehicle from your graveyard to the battlefield. While this is a nice ability, and it even grants the vehicle haste, it doesn’t actually turn it into a creature. That means you still have to pilot it, and that feels almost as though it defeats the object. It’s still good, but you’re going to need things to pilot whatever you bring back, and it lowers the power level substantially.
Then you’ve got the fact that whatever you bring back also goes back to your hand at the end of the turn. This completely removes the ability to use it to do silly things like playing overly-priced, which is good if they were to come in crewed, but they don’t. It almost feels like this card should only have one of these drawbacks, and we can’t help but wonder if it was just obscenely broken without them.