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CardShark Content - Abram Fox (10/25/2005)

Hooray for Ravnica. This set has certainly been the most hyped Magic set to be released since I started paying attention to such things when Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
came out. Some have said the anticipation has been higher than that for Invasion. A local player declared at FNM that the Ravnica Prerelease would be one of the biggest moments in Magic history. While I’m not to sure about that particular proclamation I’d have to agree that expectations were sky-high.

I knew the Ravnica prerelease was going to be crazy when the local Tournament Organizer rented out the Grand Ballroom at the University of Maryland, a hall big enough to hold acts like Kanye West. When the doors opened at 11 am the line stretched halfway through the student area and almost out the doors. Twenty-five minutes later I was able to get into the actual hall and register for a 32-man flight, the seventh already that morning. To kill time I chatted with some friends who’d already gotten cards and built decks. No one could tell if their cards were good or not. The card pools mostly necessitated a minimum of three colors with four colors not unheard of, something that was a mark of death in Kamigawa block.

After roughly a half hour of failing to extract any useful information from my compadres I sat down and finally busted open my first Ravnica packs. This is what I saw:

Black (11)
1:Brainspoil
Brainspoil
BrainspoilSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Text:
Destroy target creature that isn’t enchanted. It can’t be regenerated. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

1:Clinging Darkness
Clinging Darkness
Clinging DarknessSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets -4/-1.

1:Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

1:Disembowel
Disembowel
DisembowelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Chengo McFlingers
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost X.

1:Mortipede
Mortipede
MortipedeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
2G: All creatures able to block Mortipede this turn do so.

2:TmVjcm9tYW50aWMgThirst
Thirst
ThirstSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
When Thirst comes into play, tap enchanted creature.During your upkeep, pay U or bury Thirst.Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.

1:Netherborn Phalanx
Netherborn Phalanx
Netherborn PhalanxSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
99
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Netherborn Phalanx comes into play, each opponent loses 1 life for each creature he or she controls. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

1:Roofstalker Wight
Roofstalker Wight
Roofstalker WightSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Puddnhead
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1U: Roofstalker Wight gains flying until end of turn.

1:Shred Memory
Shred Memory
Shred MemorySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Remove up to four target cards in a single graveyard from the game. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

1:Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed ImpSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. Dredge 5 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly five cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)


Blue (12)
1:Copy Enchantment
Copy Enchantment
Copy EnchantmentSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Text:
As Copy Enchantment comes into play, you may choose an enchantment in play. If you do, Copy Enchantment comes into play as a copy of that enchantment.

2:Grayscaled Gharial
Grayscaled Gharial
Grayscaled GharialSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crocodile
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Chris Dien
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk

2:Induce Paranoia
Induce Paranoia
Induce ParanoiaSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Counter target spell. If B was spent to play Induce Paranoia, that spell’s controller puts the top X cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard, where X is the spell’s converted mana cost.

1:Muddle the Mixture
Muddle the Mixture
Muddle the MixtureSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

1:Snapping Drake
Snapping Drake
Snapping DrakeSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

2:Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
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1:Surveiling Sprite
1:Wizened Snitches
Wizened Snitches
Wizened SnitchesSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Players play with the top card of their libraries revealed.

1:Zephyr Spirit
Zephyr Spirit
Zephyr SpiritSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
When Zephyr Spirit blocks, return it to its owner’s hand.


Green (9)
1:Bramble Elemental
Bramble Elemental
Bramble ElementalSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever an Aura becomes attached to Bramble Elemental, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

1:Carven Caryatid
Carven Caryatid
Carven CaryatidSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) When Carven Caryatid comes into play, draw a card.

3:Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

1:Ivy Dancer
Ivy Dancer
Ivy DancerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target creature gains forestwalk until end of turn.

1:Overwhelm
Overwhelm
OverwhelmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
175
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Creatures you control get +3/+3 until end of turn.

1:Perilous Forays
Perilous Forays
Perilous ForaysSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
176
Artist:
Chris Dien
Text:
1, Sacrifice a creature: Search your library for a land card with a basic land type and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

1:Vinelasher Kudzu
Vinelasher Kudzu
Vinelasher KudzuSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant
Rarity:
R
Number:
189
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a land comes into play under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Vinelasher Kudzu.


Red (10)
1:Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.

1:Goblin Fire Fiend
Goblin Fire Fiend
Goblin Fire FiendSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Berserker
Rarity:
C
Number:
127
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Goblin Fire Fiend must be blocked if able. R: Goblin Fire Fiend gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

1:Ordruun Commando
Ordruun Commando
Ordruun CommandoSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
137
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
W: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to Ordruun Commando this turn.

1:Rain of Embers
Rain of Embers
Rain of EmbersSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Rain of Embers deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

1:Surge of Zeal
Surge of Zeal
Surge of ZealSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
146
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Radiance — Target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it gain haste until end of turn.

2:Torpid Moloch
Torpid Moloch
Torpid MolochSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) Sacrifice three lands: Torpid Moloch loses defender until end of turn.

2:Viashino Slasher
Viashino Slasher
Viashino SlasherSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Artist:
Glenn Fabry
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
R: Viashino Slasher gets +1/-1 until end of turn.

1:Wojek Embermage
Wojek Embermage
Wojek EmbermageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
152
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Radiance — T: Wojek Embermage deals 1 damage to target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it.


White (10)
1:Auratouched Mage
Auratouched Mage
Auratouched MageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Auratouched Mage comes into play, search your library for an Aura card that could enchant it. If Auratouched Mage is still in play, attach that Aura to it. Otherwise, reveal the Aura card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

1:Bathe in Light
Bathe in Light
Bathe in LightSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
2
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Radiance — Choose a color. Target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it gain protection from the chosen color until end of turn.

1:Conclave’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1

2:Courier Hawk
Courier Hawk
Courier HawkSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, vigilance

1:Flickerform
Flickerform
FlickerformSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Enchant creature 2WW: Remove enchanted creature and all Auras attached to it from the game. At end of turn, return that card to play under its owner’s control. If you do, return those Auras to play under their owners’ control attached to that creature.

1:Gate Hound
Gate Hound
Gate HoundSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
19
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Creatures you control have vigilance as long as Gate Hound is enchanted.

1:Nightguard Patrol
Nightguard Patrol
Nightguard PatrolSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike, vigilance

1:Veteran Armorer
Veteran Armorer
Veteran ArmorerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Other creatures you control get +0/+1.

1:Wojek Apothecary
Wojek Apothecary
Wojek ApothecarySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
36
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Radiance — T: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it this turn.


Multicolor (14)
1:Boros Swiftblade
Boros Swiftblade
Boros SwiftbladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
193
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike

1:Chorus of the Conclave
Chorus of the Conclave
Chorus of the ConclaveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
8
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
195
Artist:
Brian Despain
Power:
3
Toughness:
8
Text:
Forestwalk As an additional cost to play creature spells, you may pay any amount of mana. If you do, that creature comes into play with that many additional +1/+1 counters on it.

3:Guardian of Vitu-Ghazi
1:Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir InfiltratorSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
203
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Dimir Infiltrator is unblockable. Transmute 1UB (1UB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

1:Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.

2:Perplex
Perplex
PerplexSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
217
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller discards his or her hand. Transmute 1UB (1UB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

1:Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.

1:Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya EvangelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T, Tap an untapped creature you control: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.

1:Twisted Justice
Twisted Justice
Twisted JusticeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
237
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. You draw cards equal to that creature’s power.

1:Watchwolf
Watchwolf
WatchwolfSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3

1:Woodwraith Strangler
Woodwraith Strangler
Woodwraith StranglerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Pat Lee
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Remove a creature card in your graveyard from the game: Regenerate Woodwraith Strangler.


Hybrid (1)
1:Lurking Informant
Lurking Informant
Lurking InformantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
249
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 2, T: Look at the top card of target player’s library. You may put that card into that player’s graveyard.


Artifact (5)
1:Boros Signet
Boros Signet
Boros SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add RW to your mana pool.

2:Dimir Signet
Dimir Signet
Dimir SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
260
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add UB to your mana pool.

1:Golgari Signet
Golgari Signet
Golgari SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
262
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add BG to your mana pool.

1:Selesnya Signet
Selesnya Signet
Selesnya SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
270
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add GW to your mana pool.


Land (3)
2:Boros Garrison
Boros Garrison
Boros GarrisonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Boros Garrison comes into play tapped. When Boros Garrison comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add RW to your mana pool.

1:Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Duskmantle, House of ShadowSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
277
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. UB, T: Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.


Well then. No money rares, though Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.
may prove to be worth something. No Limited bomb rares either (What’s the difference? See Tatsumasa, Dragon’s Fang for reference). Several highly-touted uncommons in the forms of Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.
, Boros Swiftblade
Boros Swiftblade
Boros SwiftbladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
193
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike
, Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.
, Carven Caryatid
Carven Caryatid
Carven CaryatidSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) When Carven Caryatid comes into play, draw a card.
, and Watchwolf
Watchwolf
WatchwolfSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
were present but spanned several different color combinations. The focus on guilds would seem to suggest that a solid deck would consist of two overlapping combinations, like R/W/g or G/B/u. Green will probably be the most prevalent color with white and black cards second in importance.

Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.
and Boros Swiftblade
Boros Swiftblade
Boros SwiftbladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
193
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike
sorely tempted me to try R/W/g but the lure of removal was simply too strong. I sucked it up, stuck all my white and red cards back in the tournament box, and pieced together this stack of 40 cards:

Black (7)
1:Brainspoil
Brainspoil
BrainspoilSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Text:
Destroy target creature that isn’t enchanted. It can’t be regenerated. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

1:Clinging Darkness
Clinging Darkness
Clinging DarknessSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets -4/-1.

1:Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

1:Disembowel
Disembowel
DisembowelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Chengo McFlingers
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost X.

1:Mortipede
Mortipede
MortipedeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
2G: All creatures able to block Mortipede this turn do so.

1:Roofstalker Wight
Roofstalker Wight
Roofstalker WightSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Puddnhead
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1U: Roofstalker Wight gains flying until end of turn.

1:Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed ImpSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. Dredge 5 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly five cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)


Blue (4)
2:Grayscaled Gharial
Grayscaled Gharial
Grayscaled GharialSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crocodile
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Chris Dien
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk

1:Snapping Drake
Snapping Drake
Snapping DrakeSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

1:Surveiling Sprite

Green (6)
1:Bramble Elemental
Bramble Elemental
Bramble ElementalSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever an Aura becomes attached to Bramble Elemental, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

1:Carven Caryatid
Carven Caryatid
Carven CaryatidSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) When Carven Caryatid comes into play, draw a card.

2:Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

1:Ivy Dancer
Ivy Dancer
Ivy DancerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target creature gains forestwalk until end of turn.

1:Vinelasher Kudzu
Vinelasher Kudzu
Vinelasher KudzuSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant
Rarity:
R
Number:
189
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a land comes into play under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Vinelasher Kudzu.


Multicolor (4)
1:Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir InfiltratorSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
203
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Dimir Infiltrator is unblockable. Transmute 1UB (1UB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

1:Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.

1:Twisted Justice
Twisted Justice
Twisted JusticeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
237
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. You draw cards equal to that creature’s power.

1:Woodwraith Strangler
Woodwraith Strangler
Woodwraith StranglerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Pat Lee
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Remove a creature card in your graveyard from the game: Regenerate Woodwraith Strangler.


Guild (1)
1:Lurking Informant
Lurking Informant
Lurking InformantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
249
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 2, T: Look at the top card of target player’s library. You may put that card into that player’s graveyard.


Artifact (2)
1:Dimir Signet
Dimir Signet
Dimir SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
260
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add UB to your mana pool.

1:Golgari Signet
Golgari Signet
Golgari SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
262
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add BG to your mana pool.


Land (16)
1:Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Duskmantle, House of ShadowSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
277
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. UB, T: Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

6:Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

4:Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

5:Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


I was sorely tempted to splash white for Watchwolf
Watchwolf
WatchwolfSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
and Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya EvangelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1, T, Tap an untapped creature you control: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
, seeing as how I had multiple Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
s and the Selesnya Signet
Selesnya Signet
Selesnya SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
270
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add GW to your mana pool.
in my pool, but I followed my rule of splashing mentioned in my previous Limited argument and didn’t do so since I was looking to splash for early game creatures. One thing to note is that while inefficient compared to the removal in previous blocks, spells like Disembowel
Disembowel
DisembowelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Chengo McFlingers
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost X.
, Brainspoil
Brainspoil
BrainspoilSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Text:
Destroy target creature that isn’t enchanted. It can’t be regenerated. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
, and Clinging Darkness
Clinging Darkness
Clinging DarknessSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets -4/-1.
are some of the best Ravnica has to offer—Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.
and Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.
are the best, no doubt about it.

For the most part the deck I built was solid. Frequently I’d take out either Woodwraith Strangler
Woodwraith Strangler
Woodwraith StranglerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Pat Lee
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Remove a creature card in your graveyard from the game: Regenerate Woodwraith Strangler.
or one Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
, depending on my opponent’s deck, for Muddle the Mixture
Muddle the Mixture
Muddle the MixtureSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
. The Transmute ability on Muddle was another form of mana-fixing, allowing me to tutor up the Signet I needed to support the cards in my hand at that moment. I never got a chance to use the Strangler but I surmise it would have been better to leave it in and keep taking out the Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
.

Round 1: Victor

I stood behind Victor in the line to get in to the tournament and watched him fill out a DCI card so I was hoping he was a new player. It turned out he knew what he was doing and we had a good round.

Victor’s deck was very similar to mine but with better flyers and combat tricks. In games one and two he met my turn two Surveiling Sprites with a turn three Spawnbroker
Spawnbroker
SpawnbrokerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
65
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Spawnbroker comes into play, you may exchange control of target creature you control and target creature with power less than or equal to that creature’s power an opponent controls.
. Sadly, in the first game he followed that up the next turn with a Moroii
Moroii
MoroiiSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Number:
216
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life.
and beat me down. To make matters worse he had the Vedalken that milled for two and dumped all my removal spells in the graveyard, adding insult to injury. I neglected to Dredge
Dredge
DredgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Sacrifice a creature or land.Draw a card.
back my Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed ImpSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. Dredge 5 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly five cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
several times so it could step in front of Moroii
Moroii
MoroiiSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Number:
216
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life.
and that proved deadly though I’d imagine I would have died anyway as he could have milled my deck away.

Game two went much better for me. I was able to draw my removal spells and Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Duskmantle, House of ShadowSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
277
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. UB, T: Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
performed the milling role against Victor, dropping several of his big creatures in the graveyard. After trading removal spells I managed to get a Snapping Drake
Snapping Drake
Snapping DrakeSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
to stick and it went the distance.

Though neither of us noticed the first two games took the better part of 40 minutes to play. The judge made the ten-minute announcement as we were shuffling up for the third game. I got some early damage in with a Snapping Drake
Snapping Drake
Snapping DrakeSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
and a Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.
given Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
walk courtesy of my Ivy Dancer
Ivy Dancer
Ivy DancerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target creature gains forestwalk until end of turn.
. Victor stemmed the beating with a Moroii
Moroii
MoroiiSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Number:
216
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life.
but my Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed ImpSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. Dredge 5 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly five cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
held the fort for me. Lurking Informant
Lurking Informant
Lurking InformantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
249
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 2, T: Look at the top card of target player’s library. You may put that card into that player’s graveyard.
allowed me to ensure I flipped only lands with the Confidant, preserving my life total. When time was called Victor was at 4 but I couldn’t break through without subjecting myself to a fatal counterattack. Victor didn’t draw the one creature he needed so he could kill me with Golgari Rotwurm
Golgari Rotwurm
Golgari RotwurmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Wurm
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
B, Sacrifice a creature: Target player loses 1 life.
and we drew.

0-0-1 (1-1-1)

Round 2: Michael

The second round found me firmly entrenched in the draw bracket facing off against Michael, participant of the other game that drew in the first round. His deck was almost an exact mirror of mine, U/B/G and built around library manipulation as well. Game one sees me going on the offensive with Grayscaled Gharial
Grayscaled Gharial
Grayscaled GharialSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crocodile
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Chris Dien
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk
s and then Surveiling Sprites getting in a surprising amount of damage. Duskmantle did a yeoman’s job dumping some of Michael’s amazing creatures, like Circu, Dimir Lobotomist
Circu, Dimir Lobotomist
Circu, Dimir LobotomistSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
196
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever you play a blue spell, remove the top card of target library from the game. Whenever you play a black spell, remove the top card of target library from the game. Your opponents can’t play nonland cards with the same name as a card removed from the game with Circu.
and Moroii
Moroii
MoroiiSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Number:
216
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life.
, into his graveyard before Bramble Elemental
Bramble Elemental
Bramble ElementalSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever an Aura becomes attached to Bramble Elemental, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.
finished him off.

Game two was certainly different, to say the least. My deck decided to not give me any creatures for the first several turns of the game but that was okay as I did draw multiple removal spells. Upon stabilizing the board I drew Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Duskmantle, House of Shadow
Duskmantle, House of ShadowSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
277
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. UB, T: Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
and then Lurking Informant
Lurking Informant
Lurking InformantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
249
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 2, T: Look at the top card of target player’s library. You may put that card into that player’s graveyard.
. Despite my working over Michael’s library he did manage to find his own Duskmantle, beginning a fairly amusing milling war. He never found another threat and so found himself decked when I had six cards left in my library. My hand at the end of the game consisted of Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.
, Disembowel
Disembowel
DisembowelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Chengo McFlingers
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost X.
, and Twisted Justice
Twisted Justice
Twisted JusticeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
237
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. You draw cards equal to that creature’s power.
, however, so I wasn’t too worried about him finding a win condition.

1-0-1 (3-1-1)

Round 3: Nathaniel

My third round opponent Nathaniel had drawn in the previous round so I wasn’t out of the draw bracket yet. He was a very quiet and deliberate player who always seemed to make the correct play. From what I saw either his cardpool was poor or he was not as good of a deckbuilder as a player, for his deck did not have much “oomph” to it.

Carven Caryatid
Carven Caryatid
Carven CaryatidSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) When Carven Caryatid comes into play, draw a card.
showed how good it is against weenie decks when it came down turn three and completely halted Nathaniel’s offense. Boros Swiftblade
Boros Swiftblade
Boros SwiftbladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
193
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike
and Ordruun Commando
Ordruun Commando
Ordruun CommandoSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
137
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
W: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to Ordruun Commando this turn.
sat helpless on his side of the board while the Caryatid gave my Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.
time to draw me into several additional cards. I began attacking with some of my larger creatures, like Bramble Elemental
Bramble Elemental
Bramble ElementalSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever an Aura becomes attached to Bramble Elemental, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.
and a 5/5 Vinelasher Kudzu
Vinelasher Kudzu
Vinelasher KudzuSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant
Rarity:
R
Number:
189
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a land comes into play under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Vinelasher Kudzu.
, and Nathaniel was willing to spend game-breaking spells like Rally the Righteous
Rally the Righteous
Rally the RighteousSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
222
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Radiance — Untap target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it. Those creatures get +2/+0 until end of turn.
just to trade with my beaters. I knew he wasn’t drawing anything important since he accidentally flashed every card he drew at me. Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed ImpSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. Dredge 5 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly five cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
got in the last few points for the win.

Nathaniel boarded in a pair of cards for the second game, though I can’t imagine what he would have brought in or taken out that wasn’t in the maindeck. I left my deck the same for it clearly worked well the first time. A second turn Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.
provided surprising beats. The whole day my opponents were content to let the little guy swing for six to eight damage, reluctant to kill it in hopes that it would deal me significant damage. By the time I let the Confidant trade with his Ordruun Commando
Ordruun Commando
Ordruun CommandoSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
137
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
W: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to Ordruun Commando this turn.
Nathaniel was at 12 life. A Snapping Drake
Snapping Drake
Snapping DrakeSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
landed on my side of the board and Twisted Justice
Twisted Justice
Twisted JusticeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
237
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. You draw cards equal to that creature’s power.
took out his one flying creature to let me get in for the win.

2-0-1 (5-1-1)

Round 4: James

After two rounds in the draw bracket I find myself paired up against a 3-0 player. The other two guys at 3-0 drew for packs but both James and I played it out. I can’t blame him as the difference between 4-0 and 3-0-1 was six packs or so. His deck was R/W with a splash of green, though the only green cards I saw were a Golgari Grave-Troll and a Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
. Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.
, previously my friend in the tournament, turned on me, flipping over Twisted Justice
Twisted Justice
Twisted JusticeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
237
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. You draw cards equal to that creature’s power.
and then Mortipede
Mortipede
MortipedeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
2G: All creatures able to block Mortipede this turn do so.
to take out half my life total in two turns. A Skyknight Legionnaire
Skyknight Legionnaire
Skyknight LegionnaireSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, haste
made short work of the rest of my life total when I couldn’t find a removal spell for the life of me.

Under the gun in game two I made a poor choice to keep a five-land, two-spell hand. One of the spells was a Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
and the other a Surveiling Sprite so I knew some extra cards were in my future. Unfortunately I didn’t expect James to curve out with turn two, three, and four weenies that far outpaced my Sprites and the additional lands I drew in terms of card quality. Eventually Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir InfiltratorSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
203
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Dimir Infiltrator is unblockable. Transmute 1UB (1UB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
made an appearance to serve as a quasi-wall and I Transmuted Muddle the Mixture
Muddle the Mixture
Muddle the MixtureSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
into a Vinelasher Kudzu
Vinelasher Kudzu
Vinelasher KudzuSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant
Rarity:
R
Number:
189
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a land comes into play under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Vinelasher Kudzu.
in an attempt to stave off the beats. Roofstalker Wight
Roofstalker Wight
Roofstalker WightSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Puddnhead
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1U: Roofstalker Wight gains flying until end of turn.
would have been a better choice but didn’t really matter since one of James’ creatures was a Boros Guildmage
Boros Guildmage
Boros GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
242
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) 1R: Target creature gains haste until end of turn. 1W: Target creature gains first strike until end of turn.
. Blockbuster
Blockbuster
BlockbusterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
1R, Sacrifice Blockbuster: Blockbuster deals 3 damage to each tapped creature and each player.
dealt the killing blow to end my first Ravnica Sealed experience.

2-1-1 (5-3-1)

All in all, the Ravnica prerelease tournament went well for me. I went 2-1-1 and won packs, though I could have easily gone 3-1 and won a few more, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself and the new cards. The guild system doesn’t limit deck construction; rather, it encourages deckbuilders to be creative with the color combinations. Throughout the day I heard tales of R/W control, G/B weenie agro, and even R/U enchantment-based decks outperforming guild-based competitors. As with any new set, drafting Ravnica is immense fun, but I have a feeling that, unlike the soon-stale sets of Kamigawa block, Ravnica Limited and Constructed formats will be exciting for a long time to come.


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