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CardShark Content - Adam Fischer (12/2/2001)

I went down to the local Neutral Ground in Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
View, CA, for my last chance to qualify for PT San Diego. Well, even though I didn’t qualify, I came closer than I ever did before, making it all the way to the finals. Therefore I’m quite happy with how I did and I try to look at the bright side in that I can still qualify for those amateur prizes for a while longer at least. :)

As before, I will spend a lot of space discussing how I constructed my sealed deck, followed briefly by how the matches went, followed by a discussion of the Top 8 draft and how it worked out. If any of you have
requests for things you would like to see, please just let me know.

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SEALED DECK CONSTRUCTION:
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Here is the card pool I was given for the sealed deck portion of the PTQ:

NON-BASIC LAND (3):
Bog Wreckage
Bog Wreckage
Bog WreckageSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
314
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Bog Wreckage comes into play tapped. Tap: Add B to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Bog Wreckage: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Ravaged Highlands
Ravaged Highlands
Ravaged HighlandsSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
324
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Ravaged Highlands comes into play tapped. Tap: Add R to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Ravaged Highlands: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Seafloor Debris
Seafloor Debris
Seafloor DebrisSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
325
Artist:
Larry Elmore
Text:
Seafloor Debris comes into play tapped. Tap: Add U to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Seafloor Debris: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.


ARTIFACT (3):
Darkwater Egg
Darkwater Egg
Darkwater EggSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
2, Tap, Sacrifice Darkwater Egg: Add UB to your mana pool. Draw a card.
(x2)
Millikin
Millikin
MillikinSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
: Tap, Put the top card of your library into your graveyard: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.


GOLD (2):
Thaumatog
Thaumatog
ThaumatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
295
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Thaumatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Sacrifice an enchantment: Thaumatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
(x2)

BLACK (12):
Afflict
Afflict
AfflictSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Draw a card.

Cabal Inquisitor
Cabal Inquisitor
Cabal InquisitorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Alex Horley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Threshold - 1B, Tap, Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Crypt Keeper
Decompose
Decompose
DecomposeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
128
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove up to three target cards in a single graveyard from the game.

Dusk Imp
Dusk Imp
Dusk ImpSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying.

Famished Ghoul
Famished Ghoul
Famished GhoulSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
135
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
1B, Sacrifice Famished Ghoul: Remove up to two target cards in a single graveyard from the game.

Filthy Cur
Filthy Cur
Filthy CurSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
136
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Filthy Cur is dealt damage, you lose that much life.

Fledgling Imp
Fledgling Imp
Fledgling ImpSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
137
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Discard a card from your hand: Fledgling Imp gains flying until end of turn.

Last Rites
Last Rites
Last RitesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Discard any number of cards from your hand. Target player reveals his or her hand, then you choose a nonland card from it for each card discarded this way. That player discards those cards.

Morbid Hunger
Morbid Hunger
Morbid HungerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
150
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Morbid Hunger deals 3 damage to target creature or player. You gain 3 life. Flashback 7BB (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Tombfire
Tombfire
TombfireSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
165
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Target player removes all cards with flashback in his or her graveyard from the game.

Zombie Cannibal
Zombie Cannibal
Zombie CannibalSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Zombie Cannibal deals combat damage to a player, you may remove target card in that player's graveyard from the game.


BLUE (16):
Aboshan’s Desire
Aven Fisher
Aven Fisher
Aven FisherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Fisher is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.

Aven Windreader
Aven Windreader
Aven WindreaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 1U: Target player reveals the top card of his or her library.

Careful Study
Careful Study
Careful StudySet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard two cards from your hand.
(x2)
Cephalid Broker
Cephalid Broker
Cephalid BrokerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap: Target player draws two cards, then discards two cards from his or her hand.
(x2)
Cephalid Looter
Cephalid Looter
Cephalid LooterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap: Target player draws a card, then discards a card from his or her hand.

Dematerialize
Dematerialize
DematerializeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Flashback 5UU (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Repel
Repel
RepelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Text:
Put target creature on top of its owner's library.

Rites of Refusal
Rites of Refusal
Rites of RefusalSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Discard any number of cards from your hand. Counter target spell unless its controller pays 3 for each card discarded this way.

Scrivener
Scrivener
ScrivenerSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
46
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Scrivener comes into play, you may return target instant or interrupt card from your graveyard to your hand.
(x2)
Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

Syncopate
Syncopate
SyncopateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays X. If that spell is countered this way, remove it from the game instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Invisibility
InvisibilitySet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature can be blocked only by walls.


GREEN (14):
Diligent Farmhand
Diligent Farmhand
Diligent FarmhandSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
237
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Diligent Farmhand: Search your library for a basic land card, and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library. If Diligent Farmhand is in a graveyard, Muscle Burst's effect counts it as a Muscle Burst.

Krosan Archer
Krosan Archer
Krosan ArcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Krosan Archer may block as though it has flying. G, Discard a card from your hand: Krosan Archer gets +0/+2 until end of turn.

Metamorphic Wurm
Metamorphic Wurm
Metamorphic WurmSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Wurm
Rarity:
U
Number:
250
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Threshold - Metamorphic Wurm gets +4/+4. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Muscle Burst
Muscle Burst
Muscle BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
252
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is 3 plus the number of Muscle Burst cards in all graveyards.

Nantuko Disciple
Nantuko Disciple
Nantuko DiscipleSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
253
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
: G, Tap: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.

Rabid Elephant
Rabid Elephant
Rabid ElephantSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Number:
263
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Rabid Elephant becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn for each creature blocking it.

Refresh
Refresh
RefreshSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Text:
Regenerate target creature. Draw a card.

Rites of Spring
Rites of Spring
Rites of SpringSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
265
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Discard any number of cards from your hand. Search your library for that many basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Seton’s Desire
Skyshooter
Skyshooter
SkyshooterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
U
Number:
270
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Skyshooter may block as though it has flying. Tap, Sacrifice Skyshooter: Destroy target attacking or blocking creature with flying.

Springing Tiger
Springing Tiger
Springing TigerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
272
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Threshold - Springing Tiger gets +2/+2. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

Woodland Druid
Woodland Druid
Woodland DruidSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
284
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Power:
1
Toughness:
2


RED (13):
Acceptable Losses
Acceptable Losses
Acceptable LossesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
As an additional cost to play Acceptable Losses, discard a card at random from your hand. Acceptable Losses deals 5 damage to target creature.

Ashen Firebeast
Ashen Firebeast
Ashen FirebeastSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
174
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
1R: Ashen Firebeast deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.

Blazing Salvo
Blazing Salvo
Blazing SalvoSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
rk post
Text:
Blazing Salvo deals 3 damage to target creature unless that creature's controller has Blazing Salvo deal 5 damage to him or her.

Chainflinger
Chainflinger
ChainflingerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1R, Tap: Chainflinger deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Threshold - 2R, Tap: Chainflinger deals 2 damage to target creature or player. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Earth Rift
Earth Rift
Earth RiftSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Destroy target land. Flashback 5RR (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

RW1iZXIgBeast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4

Kamahl’s Desire
Pardic Firecat
Pardic Firecat
Pardic FirecatSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
211
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste If Pardic Firecat is in a graveyard, Flame Burst's effect counts it as a Flame Burst.

Priced of Glory
Glory
GlorySet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2W: Creatures you control gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only if Glory is in your graveyard.

Reckless Charge
Reckless Charge
Reckless ChargeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
215
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Target creature gets +3/+0 and gains haste until end of turn. Flashback 2R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Scorching Missile
Scorching Missile
Scorching MissileSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
219
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Scorching Missile deals 4 damage to target player. Flashback 9R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Tremble
Tremble
TrembleSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
225
Artist:
Ciruelo
Text:
Each player sacrifices a land.

Volcanic Spray
Volcanic Spray
Volcanic SpraySet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
226
Artist:
Matt Cavatto
Text:
Volcanic Spray deals 1 damage to each creature without flying and each player. Flashback 1R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)


WHITE (12):
Auramancer
Auramancer
AuramancerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Auramancer comes into play, you may return target enchantment card from your graveyard to your hand.

Cantivore
Cantivore
CantivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
13
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Cantivore to tap. Cantivore's power and toughness are equal to the number of enchantment cards in all graveyards.
(x2)
Cease Fire
Cease Fire
Cease FireSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
14
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Target player can't play creature spells this turn. Draw a card.

Embolden
Embolden
EmboldenSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Prevent the next 4 damage that would be dealt this turn to any number of target creatures and/or players divided as you choose. Flashback 1W (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Karmic Justice
Karmic Justice
Karmic JusticeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
Whenever a spell or ability an opponent controls destroys a noncreature permanent you control, you may destroy target permanent that opponent controls.

Patrol Hound
Patrol Hound
Patrol HoundSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Patrol Hound gains first strike until end of turn.

Pilgrim of Justice
Pilgrim of Justice
Pilgrim of JusticeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Protection from red W, Sacrifice Pilgrim of Justice: The next time a red source of your choice would deal damage this turn, prevent that damage.
(x2)
Second Thoughts
Second Thoughts
Second ThoughtsSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
Remove target attacking creature from the game. Draw a card.

Shelter
Shelter
ShelterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Draw a card.

Sphere of Law
Sphere of Law
Sphere of LawSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
If a red source would deal damage to you, prevent 2 of that damage.


Now, everyone has his or her own process for building a sealed deck. What I will do now is describe my particular process, using this card pool and eventual deck as an illustrative example. I STRONGLY encourage you to take
the time to figure out how you would build the deck presented above before you read further - that way, you will have something to compare. I do this A LOT and find that it helps me out a lot. I don’t claim that the result I ended up with is the only way or even the absolute best way to build it, but it did serve me pretty well. Also, please do feel free to email me at adam_mba@yahoo.com with any questions or comments on my build - I always appreciate the feedback and am willing to answer specific questions. After all, I consider myself to still be learning and improving.

The steps I use in constructing a sealed deck are as follows:

1) Sort the cards by color.

2) Separate out the cards into 2 sets - playable and non-playable (with some non-playable cards being revisited if more cards are really needed or to choose good near-sideboard options).

3) For the playable cards, separate them by creatures vs. non-creatures.

4) Choose 2 main colors and possible splash cards in the other colors.

5) Come to a final decision on the deck composition by laying out the cards by mana cost, with creatures on the bottom and non-creatures on the top and the cutting/adding cards as needed to come up with 22-23 cards. Ensure that there are enough good early plays (e.g. cards costing less than 4 mana) that I can either apply early pressure to my opponent or at least just stay alive. Add mana and choose near-sideboard cards (e.g. cards most likely to be sided in).


STEP 1:
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see above

STEPS 2 & 3:
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I considered the playable creature and non-creature cards to be as follows:

NON-BASIC LAND (0 creatures, 3 non-creature):
Bog Wreckage
Bog Wreckage
Bog WreckageSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
314
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Bog Wreckage comes into play tapped. Tap: Add B to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Bog Wreckage: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Ravaged Highlands
Ravaged Highlands
Ravaged HighlandsSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
324
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Ravaged Highlands comes into play tapped. Tap: Add R to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Ravaged Highlands: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Seafloor Debris
Seafloor Debris
Seafloor DebrisSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
325
Artist:
Larry Elmore
Text:
Seafloor Debris comes into play tapped. Tap: Add U to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Seafloor Debris: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.


ARTIFACT (1 creature, 2 non-creatures):
Millikin
Millikin
MillikinSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
: Tap, Put the top card of your library into your graveyard: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.

Darkwater Egg
Darkwater Egg
Darkwater EggSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
2, Tap, Sacrifice Darkwater Egg: Add UB to your mana pool. Draw a card.
(x2)

GOLD (2 creatures, 0 non-creatures):
Thaumatog
Thaumatog
ThaumatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
295
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Thaumatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Sacrifice an enchantment: Thaumatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
(x2)

BLACK (5 creatures, 2 non-creature):
Crypt Keeper
Filthy Cur
Filthy Cur
Filthy CurSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
136
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Filthy Cur is dealt damage, you lose that much life.

Fledgling Imp
Fledgling Imp
Fledgling ImpSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
137
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Discard a card from your hand: Fledgling Imp gains flying until end of turn.

Dusk Imp
Dusk Imp
Dusk ImpSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying.

Famished Ghoul
Famished Ghoul
Famished GhoulSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
135
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
1B, Sacrifice Famished Ghoul: Remove up to two target cards in a single graveyard from the game.


Afflict
Afflict
AfflictSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Draw a card.

Morbid Hunger
Morbid Hunger
Morbid HungerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
150
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Morbid Hunger deals 3 damage to target creature or player. You gain 3 life. Flashback 7BB (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)


BLUE (7 creatures, 4 non-creatures):
Cephalid Looter
Cephalid Looter
Cephalid LooterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap: Target player draws a card, then discards a card from his or her hand.

Cephalid Broker
Cephalid Broker
Cephalid BrokerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap: Target player draws two cards, then discards two cards from his or her hand.
(x2)
Aven Fisher
Aven Fisher
Aven FisherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Fisher is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.

Scrivener
Scrivener
ScrivenerSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
46
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Scrivener comes into play, you may return target instant or interrupt card from your graveyard to your hand.
(x2)
Aven Windreader
Aven Windreader
Aven WindreaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 1U: Target player reveals the top card of his or her library.


Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

Repel
Repel
RepelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Text:
Put target creature on top of its owner's library.

Dematerialize
Dematerialize
DematerializeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Flashback 5UU (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Syncopate
Syncopate
SyncopateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays X. If that spell is countered this way, remove it from the game instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.


GREEN (8 creatures, 4 non-creatures):
Diligent Farmhand
Diligent Farmhand
Diligent FarmhandSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
237
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Diligent Farmhand: Search your library for a basic land card, and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library. If Diligent Farmhand is in a graveyard, Muscle Burst's effect counts it as a Muscle Burst.

Skyshooter
Skyshooter
SkyshooterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
U
Number:
270
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Skyshooter may block as though it has flying. Tap, Sacrifice Skyshooter: Destroy target attacking or blocking creature with flying.

Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

Springing Tiger
Springing Tiger
Springing TigerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
272
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Threshold - Springing Tiger gets +2/+2. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Krosan Archer
Krosan Archer
Krosan ArcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Krosan Archer may block as though it has flying. G, Discard a card from your hand: Krosan Archer gets +0/+2 until end of turn.

Nantuko Disciple
Nantuko Disciple
Nantuko DiscipleSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
253
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
: G, Tap: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

Metamorphic Wurm
Metamorphic Wurm
Metamorphic WurmSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Wurm
Rarity:
U
Number:
250
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Threshold - Metamorphic Wurm gets +4/+4. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Rabid Elephant
Rabid Elephant
Rabid ElephantSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Number:
263
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Rabid Elephant becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn for each creature blocking it.


Muscle Burst
Muscle Burst
Muscle BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
252
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is 3 plus the number of Muscle Burst cards in all graveyards.

Refresh
Refresh
RefreshSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Text:
Regenerate target creature. Draw a card.

Seton’s Desire
Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.


RED (4 creatures, 4 non-creatures):
RW1iZXIgBeast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4

Pardic Firecat
Pardic Firecat
Pardic FirecatSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
211
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste If Pardic Firecat is in a graveyard, Flame Burst's effect counts it as a Flame Burst.

Chainflinger
Chainflinger
ChainflingerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1R, Tap: Chainflinger deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Threshold - 2R, Tap: Chainflinger deals 2 damage to target creature or player. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Ashen Firebeast
Ashen Firebeast
Ashen FirebeastSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
174
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
1R: Ashen Firebeast deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.


Reckless Charge
Reckless Charge
Reckless ChargeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
215
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Target creature gets +3/+0 and gains haste until end of turn. Flashback 2R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Blazing Salvo
Blazing Salvo
Blazing SalvoSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
rk post
Text:
Blazing Salvo deals 3 damage to target creature unless that creature's controller has Blazing Salvo deal 5 damage to him or her.

Volcanic Spray
Volcanic Spray
Volcanic SpraySet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
226
Artist:
Matt Cavatto
Text:
Volcanic Spray deals 1 damage to each creature without flying and each player. Flashback 1R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Acceptable Losses
Acceptable Losses
Acceptable LossesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
As an additional cost to play Acceptable Losses, discard a card at random from your hand. Acceptable Losses deals 5 damage to target creature.


WHITE (4 creatures, 3 non-creatures):
Patrol Hound
Patrol Hound
Patrol HoundSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Patrol Hound gains first strike until end of turn.

Auramancer
Auramancer
AuramancerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Auramancer comes into play, you may return target enchantment card from your graveyard to your hand.

Pilgrim of Justice
Pilgrim of Justice
Pilgrim of JusticeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Protection from red W, Sacrifice Pilgrim of Justice: The next time a red source of your choice would deal damage this turn, prevent that damage.
(x2)

Shelter
Shelter
ShelterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Draw a card.

Embolden
Embolden
EmboldenSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Prevent the next 4 damage that would be dealt this turn to any number of target creatures and/or players divided as you choose. Flashback 1W (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Second Thoughts
Second Thoughts
Second ThoughtsSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
Remove target attacking creature from the game. Draw a card.



STEP 4:
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For this particular deck, Green and Blue was a pretty easy choice. Although the Ashen Firebeast
Ashen Firebeast
Ashen FirebeastSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
174
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
1R: Ashen Firebeast deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.
and Chainflinger
Chainflinger
ChainflingerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1R, Tap: Chainflinger deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Threshold - 2R, Tap: Chainflinger deals 2 damage to target creature or player. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
in red were somewhat tempting, I felt that the rest of the Red cards, while decent, just didn’t justify playing the color, at least as a main color, and the Ashen Firebeast
Ashen Firebeast
Ashen FirebeastSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
174
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
1R: Ashen Firebeast deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.
does cost 8 mana.

That left the choice for a splash color. The 3-5 or so best cards in each potential splash color were:
BLACK: Dusk Imp
Dusk Imp
Dusk ImpSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying.
, Afflict
Afflict
AfflictSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Draw a card.
, Morbid Hunger
Morbid Hunger
Morbid HungerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
150
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Morbid Hunger deals 3 damage to target creature or player. You gain 3 life. Flashback 7BB (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

RED: Chainflinger
Chainflinger
ChainflingerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1R, Tap: Chainflinger deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Threshold - 2R, Tap: Chainflinger deals 2 damage to target creature or player. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
, Ashen Firebeast
Ashen Firebeast
Ashen FirebeastSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
174
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
1R: Ashen Firebeast deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.
, Acceptable Losses
Acceptable Losses
Acceptable LossesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
As an additional cost to play Acceptable Losses, discard a card at random from your hand. Acceptable Losses deals 5 damage to target creature.

WHITE: Patrol Hound
Patrol Hound
Patrol HoundSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Patrol Hound gains first strike until end of turn.
, Thaumatog
Thaumatog
ThaumatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
295
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Thaumatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Sacrifice an enchantment: Thaumatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, Shelter
Shelter
ShelterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Draw a card.
, Embolden
Embolden
EmboldenSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Prevent the next 4 damage that would be dealt this turn to any number of target creatures and/or players divided as you choose. Flashback 1W (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
, Second Thoughts
Second Thoughts
Second ThoughtsSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
Remove target attacking creature from the game. Draw a card.


From this I though it was clear that White was the best choice as a splash color, with the Thaumatog
Thaumatog
ThaumatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
295
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Thaumatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Sacrifice an enchantment: Thaumatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
and instants much more splashable both in terms of mana costs as well as game-stage. Also, the instants worked well with
Scrivener
Scrivener
ScrivenerSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
46
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Scrivener comes into play, you may return target instant or interrupt card from your graveyard to your hand.
.

STEP 5:
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The final deck I came up with involved so many ways to get threshold that I might as well have started each game with it! :) Plus, the 2 Brokers and 1 Looter gave me amazing card selection so I could very quickly get to whatever I needed.

ARTIFACTS:
Millikin
Millikin
MillikinSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
: Tap, Put the top card of your library into your graveyard: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.


GOLD:
Thaumatog
Thaumatog
ThaumatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
295
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Thaumatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Sacrifice an enchantment: Thaumatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
(one was plenty, but it was a great threat)

GREEN:
Diligent Farmhand
Diligent Farmhand
Diligent FarmhandSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
237
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Diligent Farmhand: Search your library for a basic land card, and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library. If Diligent Farmhand is in a graveyard, Muscle Burst's effect counts it as a Muscle Burst.

Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

Springing Tiger
Springing Tiger
Springing TigerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
272
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Threshold - Springing Tiger gets +2/+2. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Krosan Archer
Krosan Archer
Krosan ArcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Krosan Archer may block as though it has flying. G, Discard a card from your hand: Krosan Archer gets +0/+2 until end of turn.

Nantuko Disciple
Nantuko Disciple
Nantuko DiscipleSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
253
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
: G, Tap: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

Metamorphic Wurm
Metamorphic Wurm
Metamorphic WurmSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Wurm
Rarity:
U
Number:
250
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Threshold - Metamorphic Wurm gets +4/+4. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Rabid Elephant
Rabid Elephant
Rabid ElephantSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Number:
263
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Rabid Elephant becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn for each creature blocking it.

Muscle Burst
Muscle Burst
Muscle BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
252
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is 3 plus the number of Muscle Burst cards in all graveyards.

Seton’s Desire (given the ease with which I could obtain threshold, this card was the BOMB)
Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
(!!!)

BLUE:
Cephalid Looter
Cephalid Looter
Cephalid LooterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap: Target player draws a card, then discards a card from his or her hand.

Cephalid Broker
Cephalid Broker
Cephalid BrokerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap: Target player draws two cards, then discards two cards from his or her hand.
(x2!!!)
Aven Fisher
Aven Fisher
Aven FisherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Fisher is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.

Scrivener
Scrivener
ScrivenerSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
46
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Scrivener comes into play, you may return target instant or interrupt card from your graveyard to your hand.
(one was plenty, even with the 6 instants I had)
Aven Windreader
Aven Windreader
Aven WindreaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 1U: Target player reveals the top card of his or her library.

Repel
Repel
RepelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Text:
Put target creature on top of its owner's library.

Syncopate
Syncopate
SyncopateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays X. If that spell is countered this way, remove it from the game instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.


WHITE:
Shelter
Shelter
ShelterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Draw a card.

Embolden
Embolden
EmboldenSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Prevent the next 4 damage that would be dealt this turn to any number of target creatures and/or players divided as you choose. Flashback 1W (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Second Thoughts
Second Thoughts
Second ThoughtsSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
Remove target attacking creature from the game. Draw a card.


LAND:
8 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s
6 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s
1 Seafloor Debris
Seafloor Debris
Seafloor DebrisSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
325
Artist:
Larry Elmore
Text:
Seafloor Debris comes into play tapped. Tap: Add U to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Seafloor Debris: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

3 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


I was very happy with this deck. The mana curve was nice, and I had a good range of cards to work with. I did go with 18 lands out of 41 cards, mainly because I felt I needed 9 Green sources (counting the Seafloor Debris
Seafloor Debris
Seafloor DebrisSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
325
Artist:
Larry Elmore
Text:
Seafloor Debris comes into play tapped. Tap: Add U to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Seafloor Debris: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
) and 8
Blue sources (counting the Farmhand) yet I still wanted at least 3 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
(making a total of 5 white sources) for the 4 White cards. Plus, I figured I could always discard extra land to one of my three Looter/Brokers.


WHAT WOULD I HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?:
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Based on how the deck played, there’s really nothing I would have done differently in building the deck. Of course this doesn’t necessarily mean it was the exact right build, but it did seem to work very well for me.

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MATCHES:
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As for the matches, I won’t spend much time on them as this tournament report is already pretty long and I want to get to the Top 8, but I will point out a few interesting highlights.

There were 67 players, which meant BARELY 7 rounds of swiss.

Round 1: WON. Game 3 my Wurm with Seton’s Desire with me at threshold did the trick, especially after I Repel
Repel
RepelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Text:
Put target creature on top of its owner's library.
led my opponent’s Seton’s Desired Rabid Elephant
Rabid Elephant
Rabid ElephantSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Number:
263
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Rabid Elephant becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn for each creature blocking it.
.

Round 2: LOST. Game 1 he cast 2 Werebear
Werebear
WerebearSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid Bear
Rarity:
C
Number:
282
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
: Tap: Add G to your mana pool. Threshold - Werebear gets +3/+3. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
s to get out a turn 5 Roar of the Wurm
Roar of the Wurm
Roar of the WurmSet: Odyssey
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
266
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Put a 6/6 green Wurm creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
, followed by the second Wurm token turn 6. I managed to take out the first Wurm token with a Muscle Burst
Muscle Burst
Muscle BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
252
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is 3 plus the number of Muscle Burst cards in all graveyards.
ed Tiger. I took out the second one
with a play that worked out really well. I had a Tiger and a newly-cast Disciple on the board, with 6 cards in my graveyard. I had a sac-land and one other land untapped and a Shelter
Shelter
ShelterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Draw a card.
in hand. So when he attacked, I double blocked and sacrificed the land (thus reaching threshold), floating a White mana, before assigning damage. Then AFTER my opponent assigned damage, I Shelter
Shelter
ShelterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Draw a card.
ed the creature that would have otherwise died. Anyway, I lost this game anyway when he later cast Kirtar’s Wrath and then Anarchist
Anarchist
AnarchistSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Brom
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Anarchist comes into play, you may return target sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.
ed it back up again. :( Game 2 I lost due to his quick hand of Devoted Caretaker
Devoted Caretaker
Devoted CaretakerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Clyde Caldwell
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, Tap: Target permanent you control gains protection from instant spells and from sorcery spells until end of turn.
, Leaf Dancer
Leaf Dancer
Leaf DancerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
249
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Forestwalk
, Elephant Ambush
Elephant Ambush
Elephant AmbushSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
240
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 6GG (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
, and some more beatdown that hit me before I could get going.

Round 3: WON. Don’t remember too much about this one.

Round 4: WON. Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
did it for me game . Game 2 I was up against his TWO Mystic Enforcer
Mystic Enforcer
Mystic EnforcerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Mystic
Rarity:
R
Number:
290
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Protection from black Threshold - Mystic Enforcer gets +3/+3 and has flying. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
s and was behind and forced to try to Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
my Looter, Scrivener
Scrivener
ScrivenerSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
46
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Scrivener comes into play, you may return target instant or interrupt card from your graveyard to your hand.
, and Aven Fisher
Aven Fisher
Aven FisherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Fisher is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.
for the win, but in response he Skeletal Scried
for 0 to put a card in his graveyard and Ghastly Demise
Ghastly Demise
Ghastly DemiseSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature if its toughness is less than or equal to the number of cards in your graveyard.
d my Looter. Game 3 I won with a quick Tiger and Elephant
Elephant
ElephantSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
thanks to Millikin
Millikin
MillikinSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
: Tap, Put the top card of your library into your graveyard: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.
.

Round 5: WON. Game 1 he had me down to 6 with his Dusk Imp
Dusk Imp
Dusk ImpSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying.
, but I Repel
Repel
RepelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Text:
Put target creature on top of its owner's library.
led it with a Seton’s Desired Thaumatog
Thaumatog
ThaumatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
295
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Thaumatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Sacrifice an enchantment: Thaumatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
on the table and me at threshold and that put an end to that - the threshold/Seton’s Desire/Repel
Repel
RepelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Text:
Put target creature on top of its owner's library.
trick worked for me a lot that day.

Round 6: WON. Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
came through again when I would have lost the next turn.

Round 7: WON. The way the standings worked, all the 7 people at 5-1 (of which I was one) could draw into the top 8, and 1 person at 5-2 would also make it in. Unfortunately, I got paired down with someone at 4-1-1 and so had to play it out. Game 1 he had me on the defensive with a Devoted Caretaker
Devoted Caretaker
Devoted CaretakerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Clyde Caldwell
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, Tap: Target permanent you control gains protection from instant spells and from sorcery spells until end of turn.
out and a Gorilla Titan
Gorilla Titan
Gorilla TitanSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
4/4 Card Text: Trample Gorilla Titan gets +4/+4 as long as there are no cards in your graveyard.
out with no cards in his graveyard. I had one turn left to try to go for the win with Overrun
Overrun
OverrunSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
. I had a Tiger, Aven Windreader
Aven Windreader
Aven WindreaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 1U: Target player reveals the top card of his or her library.
, and Aven Fisher
Aven Fisher
Aven FisherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Fisher is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.
available for the attack. I was debating on whether or not to hold anything back. I thought about it and realized that if I attacked with everything, he could stay alive with any of Moment’s Peace, Embolden
Embolden
EmboldenSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Prevent the next 4 damage that would be dealt this turn to any number of target creatures and/or players divided as you choose. Flashback 1W (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
, or Muscle Burst
Muscle Burst
Muscle BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
252
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is 3 plus the number of Muscle Burst cards in all graveyards.
and then could kill me the next turn. However, if I held back the Tiger, then I wouldn’t kill him that turn and I could stay alive another turn as long as he didn’t have Muscle Burst
Muscle Burst
Muscle BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
252
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is 3 plus the number of Muscle Burst cards in all graveyards.
and I could finish him off with another attack from the air. So if he had Muscle Burst
Muscle Burst
Muscle BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
252
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is 3 plus the number of Muscle Burst cards in all graveyards.
I was dead no matter what so I had to assume he didn’t have it. Well, he had it so even though I held back the Tiger I died the next turn. Luckily I won the next 2 games.

So I was in the Top 8 and not only that but since I was 6-1 I was the #1 seed and got to pick my seat for the Rochester!

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TOP 8 DRAFT:
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I felt much more prepared for this top 8 draft than I had for my last one in Montreal. I had watched a lot of drafts at GP Atlanta and had practiced some more online.

As the #1 seed, I chose for my quarterfinals opponent to open the first pack, putting me in the #5 position, which I was happy with.

In the first pack, player #1 went Red, #2 went Green, #3 went Blue, and #4 went Green, so going Black by picking the Caustic Tar
Caustic Tar
Caustic TarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Enchanted land has ``Tap: Target player loses 3 life.``
(which is a rather underrated card IMHO) seemed perfect. Over the next couple of packs I
solidified my position in Black by picking a Zombify
Zombify
ZombifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.
, Ghastly Demise
Ghastly Demise
Ghastly DemiseSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature if its toughness is less than or equal to the number of cards in your graveyard.
, and Painbringer
Painbringer
PainbringerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap, Remove any number of cards in your graveyard from the game: Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards removed this way.
. My second color proved to be a bit trickier. Player #4, who was feeding me for the 1st and 3rd packs, was going Green-Red, so I wanted
to stay away from those colors for sure if I could at all help it. Player #3 was going Blue-Black and Player #6 (who would be feeding me in the 2nd pack) was going Blue-Green, so although I dabbled in Blue a bit since I like
the Black-Blue combination, I eventually ended up going into White since nobody was drafting White 2 people to the right and 1 person to the left of me.

Unfortunately, although BW was underdrafted around me, it ended up being heavily drafted at the table as a whole. The colors people ended up drafting were as follows:
#1: BR
#2: GW
#3: BU
#4: RG
#5 (me): BW
#6: UG
#7: RUW
#8: WBU

So there ended up being 4 Black and 4 White drafters and only 3 Green drafters! Because of this, I wasn’t terribly happy with my deck, although did manage to get a lot of Black and Red hate (even though I didn’t go after it too much) which would come in handy against my quarterfinals opponent. I thought the Green decks were rather strong, especially Player #2’s deck, as he had no competition for Green from the 3 players to his right.

My draft deck ended up being as follows:

BLACK:
Dusk Imp
Dusk Imp
Dusk ImpSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying.

Dirty Wererat
Dirty Wererat
Dirty WereratSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
130
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
B, Discard a card from your hand: Regenerate Dirty Wererat. Threshold - Dirty Wererat gets +2/+2 and can't block. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Painbringer
Painbringer
PainbringerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap, Remove any number of cards in your graveyard from the game: Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards removed this way.

Whispering Shade
Whispering Shade
Whispering ShadeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shade
Rarity:
C
Number:
167
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Swampwalk B: Whispering Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn


Ghastly Demise
Ghastly Demise
Ghastly DemiseSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature if its toughness is less than or equal to the number of cards in your graveyard.

Zombify
Zombify
ZombifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.
(x2)
Screams of the Damned
Screams of the Damned
Screams of the DamnedSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
160
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
1B, Remove a card in your graveyard from the game: Screams of the Damned deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

Morbid Hunger
Morbid Hunger
Morbid HungerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
150
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Morbid Hunger deals 3 damage to target creature or player. You gain 3 life. Flashback 7BB (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
(x2)
Caustic Tar
Caustic Tar
Caustic TarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Enchanted land has ``Tap: Target player loses 3 life.``


WHITE:
Angelic Wall
Angelic Wall
Angelic WallSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Walls can't attack.

Mystic Visionary
Mystic Visionary
Mystic VisionarySet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Mystic
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Matt Cavatto
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Threshold - Mystic Visionary has flying. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
(x2)
Pilgrim of Justice
Pilgrim of Justice
Pilgrim of JusticeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Protection from red W, Sacrifice Pilgrim of Justice: The next time a red source of your choice would deal damage this turn, prevent that damage.

Pilgrim of Virtue
Pilgrim of Virtue
Pilgrim of VirtueSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Protection from black W, Sacrifice Pilgrim of Virtue: The next time a black source of your choice would deal damage this turn, prevent that damage.

Mystic Crusader
Mystic Crusader
Mystic CrusaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Mystic
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black and from red Threshold - Mystic Crusader gets +1/+1 and has flying. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Lieutenant Kirtar
Lieutenant Kirtar
Lieutenant KirtarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
29
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1W, Sacrifice Lieutenant Kirtar: Remove target attacking creature from the game.

Luminous Guardian
Luminous Guardian
Luminous GuardianSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Guardian
Rarity:
U
Number:
31
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
W: Luminous Guardian gets +0/+1 until end of turn. 2: Luminous Guardian may block an additional creature this turn.

Aven Flock
Aven Flock
Aven FlockSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying W: Aven Flock gets +0/+1 until end of turn.


Embolden
Embolden
EmboldenSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Prevent the next 4 damage that would be dealt this turn to any number of target creatures and/or players divided as you choose. Flashback 1W (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Second Thoughts
Second Thoughts
Second ThoughtsSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
Remove target attacking creature from the game. Draw a card.
(x2)

LAND:
7 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s
2 Bog Wreckage
Bog Wreckage
Bog WreckageSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
314
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Bog Wreckage comes into play tapped. Tap: Add B to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Bog Wreckage: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

9 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


I figured my strategy would be some quick early beatdown, followed by protection and removal, and then flying over or Caustic Tar
Caustic Tar
Caustic TarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Enchanted land has ``Tap: Target player loses 3 life.``
ring for the win.

Notable sideboard cards included a second Pilgrim of Virtue
Pilgrim of Virtue
Pilgrim of VirtueSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Protection from black W, Sacrifice Pilgrim of Virtue: The next time a black source of your choice would deal damage this turn, prevent that damage.
, a second Screams of the Damned
Screams of the Damned
Screams of the DamnedSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
160
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
1B, Remove a card in your graveyard from the game: Screams of the Damned deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.
, Sphere of Grace
Sphere of Grace
Sphere of GraceSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
If a black source would deal damage to you, prevent 2 of that damage.
, Sphere of Reason
Sphere of Reason
Sphere of ReasonSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
If a blue source would deal damage to you, prevent 2 of that damage.
, and Ray of Distortion
Ray of Distortion
Ray of DistortionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Flashback 4WW (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
.


Quarterfinals vs. Nathan playing BR:

Game 1: WON. Mystic Crusader
Mystic Crusader
Mystic CrusaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Mystic
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black and from red Threshold - Mystic Crusader gets +1/+1 and has flying. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
came in really handy and helped a lot as he only answered with Innocent Blood
Innocent Blood
Innocent BloodSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player sacrifices a creature.
when he was very low on life. He did have Volcanic Dragon
Volcanic Dragon
Volcanic DragonSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
214
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
, but I cast Second Thoughts
Second Thoughts
Second ThoughtsSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
Remove target attacking creature from the game. Draw a card.
on it.

Game 2: WON.

Semifinals vs. Yuben playing UB:

Game 1: WON. He got out Amugaba
Amugaba
AmugabaSet: Odyssey
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
R
Number:
61
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying 2U, Discard a card from your hand: Return Amugaba to its owner's hand.
, but I kept either casting Second Thoughts
Second Thoughts
Second ThoughtsSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
Remove target attacking creature from the game. Draw a card.
, forcing him to return it to his hand and then recasting it the next turn, or putting out chump-blockers, all the while whittling his life away with Caustic Tar
Caustic Tar
Caustic TarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Enchanted land has ``Tap: Target player loses 3 life.``
.

Game 2: WON.

Finals vs. Tristan playing GW:

I was worried about this match for 2 reasons. First, my hate was useless against him, and second, I knew he had gotten a lot of good stuff, including a Resiliant Wanderer that proved to be my undoing. Anyway, we both wanted the invite, but agreed that the loser should get most of the rest of the prizes as consolation. So, we agreed that the winner would get the slot and $125 and the loser would get $125 and 2 boxes.

Game 1: LOST. He got the early beatdown going faster than me, and his Patrol Hound
Patrol Hound
Patrol HoundSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Patrol Hound gains first strike until end of turn.
s outmatched my Mystic Visionaries. I eventually stabilized with Screams of the Damned
Screams of the Damned
Screams of the DamnedSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
160
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
1B, Remove a card in your graveyard from the game: Screams of the Damned deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.
and Dirty Wererat
Dirty Wererat
Dirty WereratSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
130
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
B, Discard a card from your hand: Regenerate Dirty Wererat. Threshold - Dirty Wererat gets +2/+2 and can't block. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
, but I had no way to prevent
his Resiliant Wanderer from finishing me off.

Game 2: LOST. Again, the Resiliant Wanderer proved to be the main cause of my undoing, though had I been able to get Caustic Tar
Caustic Tar
Caustic TarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Enchanted land has ``Tap: Target player loses 3 life.``
out one turn earlier I would have won.

So although I didn’t qualify, I figured $125 cash and 2 boxes were a pretty good deal for a day playing Magic. Plus, afterwards the judges told me that they thought my quarterfinals and semifinals opponents had the best decks of the draft and they were surprised I managed to beat them. Plus, they said that in several of my earlier games they thought I was done for when I managed to pull it out. So either I made some good plays or got lucky – or maybe both. :) Either way, this is my 4th PTQ Top 8 in as many months in 2 different formats, so I have hopes of qualifying eventually.


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