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CardShark Content - Adam Fischer (2/4/2002)

TITLE: PTQ Nice 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 - 12th Place (February 2, Odyssey/Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.

Limited)

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 the first
qualifier of the season for PT Nice. Although I didn't make top 8, I was
knocked out of contention by my good friend Jason Huang, and he ended up
winning the whole thing, so it wasn't a bad way at all to be knocked out. :)
Besides, I ended up getting an amateur price of a half-box of Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
.

As in all my Limited format reports, I will spend a lot of space discussing
how I constructed my sealed deck, followed briefly by how the matches went,
followed by some closing remarks. If any of you have requests for more
things you'd like to see or things you think I spend too much space on,
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 (5):
Cabal Pit
Cabal Pit
Cabal PitSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
315
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Add B to your mana pool. Cabal Pit deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - B, Tap, Sacrifice Cabal Pit: Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Centaur Garden
Centaur Garden
Centaur GardenSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
316
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Tap: Add G to your mana pool. Centaur Garden deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - G, Tap, Sacrifice Centaur Garden: Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Crystal Quarry
Crystal Quarry
Crystal QuarrySet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
318
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Tap: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. 5, Tap: Add WUBRG to your mana pool.

Tainted Isle
Tainted Isle
Tainted IsleSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.

Timberland Ruins
Timberland Ruins
Timberland RuinsSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
330
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
: Timberland Ruins comes into play tapped. Tap: Add G to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Timberland Ruins: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.


ARTIFACT (2):
Junk Golem
Junk Golem
Junk GolemSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
300
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Junk Golem comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Junk Golem unless you remove a +1/+1 counter from it. 1, Discard a card from your hand: Put a +1/+1 counter on Junk Golem.

Sungrass Egg
Sungrass Egg
Sungrass EggSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
311
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
: 2, Tap, Sacrifice Sungrass Egg: Add GW to your mana pool. Draw a card.


BLACK (15):
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 Surgeon
Cabal Surgeon
Cabal SurgeonSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
2BB, T, Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

Carrion Rats
Carrion Rats
Carrion RatsSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Carrion Rats attacks or blocks, any player may remove a card in his or her graveyard from the game. If a player does, Carrion Rats deals no combat damage this turn.

Crippling Fatigue
Crippling Fatigue
Crippling FatigueSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Text:
Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. Flashback - 1B, Pay 3 life.

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.

Face of Fear
Face of Fear
Face of FearSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
2B, Discard a card from your hand: Face of Fear can't be blocked this turn except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.

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.

Gravegouger
Gravegouger
GravegougerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravegouger comes into play, remove up to two target cards in a single graveyard from the game. When Gravegouger leaves play, return the removed cards to their owner's graveyard.

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.)

Organ Grinder
Organ Grinder
Organ GrinderSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Remove three cards in your graveyard from the game: Target player loses 3 life.

Overeager Apprentice
Overeager Apprentice
Overeager ApprenticeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand, Sacrifice Overeager Apprentice: Add BBB to your mana pool.

Rancid Earth
Rancid Earth
Rancid EarthSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Text:
Destroy target land. Threshold - Instead destroy that land and Rancid Earth deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

Soul Scourge
Soul Scourge
Soul ScourgeSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Soul Scourge comes into play, target player loses 3 life. When Soul Scourge leaves play, that player gains 3 life.

Strength of Lunacy
Strength of Lunacy
Strength of LunacySet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+1 and has protection from white. Madness B

Unhinge
Unhinge
UnhingeSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Text:
Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Draw a card.


BLUE (16):
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.

Balshan Collaborator
Balshan Collaborator
Balshan CollaboratorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Text:
Flying. B: Balshan Collaborator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Balshan Griffin
Balshan Griffin
Balshan GriffinSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
U
Number:
67
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1U, Discard a card from your hand: Return Balshan Griffin to its owner's hand.

Cephalid Snitch
Cephalid Snitch
Cephalid SnitchSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Cephalid Snitch: Target creature loses protection from black until end of turn.
(x2)
Cephalid Vandal
Cephalid Vandal
Cephalid VandalSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a shred counter on Cephalid Vandal. Then put the top card of your library into your graveyard for each shred counter on Cephalid Vandal.

Churning Eddy
Churning Eddy
Churning EddySet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Text:
Return target creature and target land to their owners' hands.

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.)

Divert
Divert
DivertSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target unless that spell's controller pays 2.

Hydromorph Gull
Hydromorph Gull
Hydromorph GullSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Guardian
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Text:
Flying. U, Sacrifice Hydromorph Gull: Counter target spell that targets one or more creatures you control.

Immobilizing Ink
Immobilizing Ink
Immobilizing InkSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step. Enchanted creature has ``1, Discard a card from your hand: Untap this creature.``

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.

Skywing Aven
Skywing Aven
Skywing AvenSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
47
Text:
Flying. Discard a card from your hand: Return Skywing Aven to its owner's hand.

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.

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.


GREEN (13):
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.

Far Wanderings
Far Wanderings
Far WanderingsSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library. Threshold - Instead search your library for three basic land cards and put them into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

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.

Krosan Avenger
Krosan Avenger
Krosan AvengerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
247
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Threshold - 1G: Regenerate Krosan Avenger. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Moment's Peace
Moment's Peace
Moment's PeaceSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Flashback 2G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Nantuko Calmer
Nantuko Calmer
Nantuko CalmerSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
G, T, Sacrifice Nantuko Calmer: Destroy target enchantment. Threshold - Nantuko Calmer gets +1/+1.

Rapid 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

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 Scout
Seton's Scout
Seton's ScoutSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur Druid
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Seton's Scout may block as though it had flying. Threshold - Seton's Scout gets +2/+2.

Simplify
Simplify
SimplifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
269
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Each player sacrifices an enchantment.

Still Life
Still Life
Still LifeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
275
Artist:
Matt Cavatto
Text:
: GG: Still Life becomes a 4/3 Centaur creature until end of turn. It's still an enchantment.

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 (12):
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.

Barbarian Outcast
Barbarian Outcast
Barbarian OutcastSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When you control no swamps, sacrifice Barbarian Outcast.

Barbarian Lunatic
Barbarian Lunatic
Barbarian LunaticSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
C
Number:
175
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
2R, Sacrifice Barbarian Lunatic: Barbarian Lunatic deals 2 damage to target creature.

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.)

Crackling Club
Crackling Club
Crackling ClubSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+0. Sacrifice Crackling Club: Crackling Club deals 1 damage to target creature.

Dwarven Grunt
Dwarven Grunt
Dwarven GruntSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
C
Number:
185
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Mountainwalk

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Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.

Flash of Defiance
Flash of Defiance
Flash of DefianceSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Text:
Players can't block with green and/or white creatures this turn. Flashback - 1R, Pay 3 life.

Hell-Bent Raider
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.

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.)

Spark Mage
Spark Mage
Spark MageSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
222
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Spark Mage deals combat damage to a player, you may have Spark Mage deal 1 damage to target creature that player controls.


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.

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.)

Frantic Purification
Frantic Purification
Frantic PurificationSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Destroy target enchantment. Madness W

Militant Monk
Militant Monk
Militant MonkSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Militant Monk to tap. T: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.

Mystic Familiar
Mystic Familiar
Mystic FamiliarSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. Threshold - Mystic Familiar gets +1/+1 and has protection from black.

Nomad Decoy
Nomad Decoy
Nomad DecoySet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, Tap: Tap target creature. Threshold - WW, Tap: Tap two target creatures. (Play this ability only as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

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.

Pay No Heed
Pay No Heed
Pay No HeedSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Prevent all damage a source of your choice would deal this 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.

Sacred Rites
Sacred Rites
Sacred RitesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Discard any number of cards from your hand. Creatures you control get +0/+1 until end of turn for each card discarded this way.

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.

Stern Judge
Stern Judge
Stern JudgeSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Artist:
Mike Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Each player loses 1 life for each swamp he or she controls.



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.

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 or
marginally playable (with some marginally 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:
-------
see above


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

NON-BASIC LAND (4 non-creatures):
Centaur Garden
Centaur Garden
Centaur GardenSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
316
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Tap: Add G to your mana pool. Centaur Garden deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - G, Tap, Sacrifice Centaur Garden: Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Timberland Ruins
Timberland Ruins
Timberland RuinsSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
330
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
: Timberland Ruins comes into play tapped. Tap: Add G to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Timberland Ruins: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Cabal Pit
Cabal Pit
Cabal PitSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
315
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Add B to your mana pool. Cabal Pit deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - B, Tap, Sacrifice Cabal Pit: Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Tainted Isle
Tainted Isle
Tainted IsleSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.


ARTIFACT (1 non-creature):
Sungrass Egg
Sungrass Egg
Sungrass EggSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
311
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
: 2, Tap, Sacrifice Sungrass Egg: Add GW to your mana pool. Draw a card.


BLACK (6 creatures, 3 non-creatures):
Carrion Rats
Carrion Rats
Carrion RatsSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Carrion Rats attacks or blocks, any player may remove a card in his or her graveyard from the game. If a player does, Carrion Rats deals no combat damage this 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.

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.

Gravegouger
Gravegouger
GravegougerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravegouger comes into play, remove up to two target cards in a single graveyard from the game. When Gravegouger leaves play, return the removed cards to their owner's graveyard.

Organ Grinder
Organ Grinder
Organ GrinderSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Remove three cards in your graveyard from the game: Target player loses 3 life.

Soul Scourge
Soul Scourge
Soul ScourgeSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Soul Scourge comes into play, target player loses 3 life. When Soul Scourge leaves play, that player gains 3 life.


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.

Crippling Fatigue
Crippling Fatigue
Crippling FatigueSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Text:
Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. Flashback - 1B, Pay 3 life.

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 (6 creatures, 3 non-creatures):
Skywing Aven
Skywing Aven
Skywing AvenSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
47
Text:
Flying. Discard a card from your hand: Return Skywing Aven to its owner's hand.

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.

Balshan Collaborator
Balshan Collaborator
Balshan CollaboratorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Text:
Flying. B: Balshan Collaborator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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.

Hydromorph Gull
Hydromorph Gull
Hydromorph GullSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Guardian
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Text:
Flying. U, Sacrifice Hydromorph Gull: Counter target spell that targets one or more creatures you control.

Balshan Griffin
Balshan Griffin
Balshan GriffinSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
U
Number:
67
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1U, Discard a card from your hand: Return Balshan Griffin to its owner's hand.


Divert
Divert
DivertSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target unless that spell's controller pays 2.

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.


GREEN (6 creatures, 3 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.

Seton's Scout
Seton's Scout
Seton's ScoutSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur Druid
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Seton's Scout may block as though it had flying. Threshold - Seton's Scout gets +2/+2.

Krosan Avenger
Krosan Avenger
Krosan AvengerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
247
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Threshold - 1G: Regenerate Krosan Avenger. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Nantuko Calmer
Nantuko Calmer
Nantuko CalmerSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
G, T, Sacrifice Nantuko Calmer: Destroy target enchantment. Threshold - Nantuko Calmer gets +1/+1.

Rapid 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

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.


Moment's Peace
Moment's Peace
Moment's PeaceSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Flashback 2G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

Far Wanderings
Far Wanderings
Far WanderingsSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library. Threshold - Instead search your library for three basic land cards and put them into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

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


RED (5 creatures, 3 non-creatures):
Barbarian Outcast
Barbarian Outcast
Barbarian OutcastSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When you control no swamps, sacrifice Barbarian Outcast.

Barbarian Lunatic
Barbarian Lunatic
Barbarian LunaticSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
C
Number:
175
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
2R, Sacrifice Barbarian Lunatic: Barbarian Lunatic deals 2 damage to target creature.

Hell-Bent Raider
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.)

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.


RmllcnkgTemper
Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.

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.)

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 (6 creatures, 2 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.

Mystic Familiar
Mystic Familiar
Mystic FamiliarSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. Threshold - Mystic Familiar gets +1/+1 and has protection from black.

Nomad Decoy
Nomad Decoy
Nomad DecoySet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, Tap: Tap target creature. Threshold - WW, Tap: Tap two target creatures. (Play this ability only as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Stern Judge
Stern Judge
Stern JudgeSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Artist:
Mike Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Each player loses 1 life for each swamp he or she controls.

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.

Militant Monk
Militant Monk
Militant MonkSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Militant Monk to tap. T: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this 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.



STEP 4:
-------
Unfortunately, the playable cards were spread fairly evenly across the
colors, which made choosing main colors particularly difficult. However, I
felt that Black and Green's cards were just a bit more solid on the whole,
plus they each had a good threshold land.

That left the choice for a splash color. Normally, I like to keep splashed
to 3-5 cards, but in this case, I looked at 4-7 cards since a) Green had two
mana fixers and b) there were only 18 playable cards in the two main colors,
and there were one or two cards that were weaker than the others. The 4-7
or so best cards in each potential splash color were:
BLUE: Skywing Aven
Skywing Aven
Skywing AvenSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
47
Text:
Flying. Discard a card from your hand: Return Skywing Aven to its owner's hand.
, 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.
, Balshan Collaborator
Balshan Collaborator
Balshan CollaboratorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Text:
Flying. B: Balshan Collaborator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
,
Hydromorph Gull
Hydromorph Gull
Hydromorph GullSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Guardian
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Text:
Flying. U, Sacrifice Hydromorph Gull: Counter target spell that targets one or more creatures you control.
, Divert
Divert
DivertSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target unless that spell's controller pays 2.
, 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.

RED: Barbarian Lunatic
Barbarian Lunatic
Barbarian LunaticSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
C
Number:
175
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
2R, Sacrifice Barbarian Lunatic: Barbarian Lunatic deals 2 damage to target creature.
, 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.)
, 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.
,
RmllcnkgTemper
Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.
, 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.)
, 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: Mystic Familiar
Mystic Familiar
Mystic FamiliarSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. Threshold - Mystic Familiar gets +1/+1 and has protection from black.
, Nomad Decoy
Nomad Decoy
Nomad DecoySet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, Tap: Tap target creature. Threshold - WW, Tap: Tap two target creatures. (Play this ability only as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
, 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.


The Blue had lots of potentially good cards to splash, even if the Gull had
double-blue in its casting cost. Red had the really good 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.)
and
RmllcnkgTemper
Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.
and the decent Lunatic, but the other cards were mediocre.
White had some really good choices, but only the Decoy, 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.)
, and Second
Thoughts were truly amazing. From this I thought it was clear that Blue was
the best choice as a splash color, with the Collaborator, Skywing Aven
Skywing Aven
Skywing AvenSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
47
Text:
Flying. Discard a card from your hand: Return Skywing Aven to its owner's hand.
, and
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.
being amazing, 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.
often being insane, and the other choices
decent. Plus, I had the Tainted Isle
Tainted Isle
Tainted IsleSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.
to help out with the Blue mana.


STEP 5:
-------
The final deck I came up with had a lot of ways to get damage through and a
nice mana curve and mana fixers:

BLACK:
Carrion Rats
Carrion Rats
Carrion RatsSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Carrion Rats attacks or blocks, any player may remove a card in his or her graveyard from the game. If a player does, Carrion Rats deals no combat damage this turn.
(I am still not entirely sure what I think of these guys, but
the did end up working pretty well)
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.

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.

Gravegouger
Gravegouger
GravegougerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravegouger comes into play, remove up to two target cards in a single graveyard from the game. When Gravegouger leaves play, return the removed cards to their owner's graveyard.

Organ Grinder
Organ Grinder
Organ GrinderSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Remove three cards in your graveyard from the game: Target player loses 3 life.

Soul Scourge
Soul Scourge
Soul ScourgeSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Soul Scourge comes into play, target player loses 3 life. When Soul Scourge leaves play, that player gains 3 life.

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.

Crippling Fatigue
Crippling Fatigue
Crippling FatigueSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Text:
Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. Flashback - 1B, Pay 3 life.

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.)


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.

Seton's Scout
Seton's Scout
Seton's ScoutSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur Druid
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Seton's Scout may block as though it had flying. Threshold - Seton's Scout gets +2/+2.

Krosan Avenger
Krosan Avenger
Krosan AvengerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
247
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Threshold - 1G: Regenerate Krosan Avenger. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

Nantuko Calmer
Nantuko Calmer
Nantuko CalmerSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
G, T, Sacrifice Nantuko Calmer: Destroy target enchantment. Threshold - Nantuko Calmer gets +1/+1.

Rapid 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

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.

Far Wanderings
Far Wanderings
Far WanderingsSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library. Threshold - Instead search your library for three basic land cards and put them into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

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


BLUE:
Skywing Aven
Skywing Aven
Skywing AvenSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
47
Text:
Flying. Discard a card from your hand: Return Skywing Aven to its owner's hand.
(this guy is easily one of the best common creatures in
Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
)
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.

Balshan Collaborator
Balshan Collaborator
Balshan CollaboratorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Text:
Flying. B: Balshan Collaborator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Hydromorph Gull
Hydromorph Gull
Hydromorph GullSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Guardian
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Text:
Flying. U, Sacrifice Hydromorph Gull: Counter target spell that targets one or more creatures you control.

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.
(went well with my 2 one-drops, and was only useless less than
20% of the time)
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.


LAND:
6 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s
1 Centaur Garden
Centaur Garden
Centaur GardenSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
316
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Tap: Add G to your mana pool. Centaur Garden deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - G, Tap, Sacrifice Centaur Garden: Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

1 Timberland Ruins
Timberland Ruins
Timberland RuinsSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
330
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
: Timberland Ruins comes into play tapped. Tap: Add G to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Timberland Ruins: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

5 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s
1 Cabal Pit
Cabal Pit
Cabal PitSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
315
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Add B to your mana pool. Cabal Pit deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - B, Tap, Sacrifice Cabal Pit: Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

1 Tainted Isle
Tainted Isle
Tainted IsleSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.

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

I was only somewhat happy with this deck. It did have a nice mana curve
with two good mana-fixers, but the Blue splash was heavier than I'd like and
there was a lack of any true bombs or many REALLY strong cards. As I often
find myself doing in sealed deck, I went with 18 lands out of 41 cards, and
while it may seem like I could have made do with 17 lands in this deck, I
didn't want to take too much pain from the Garden and Pit and wanted to be
able to easily sacrifice them when needed. Plus, I could use extra land for
returning the Skywing Aven
Skywing Aven
Skywing AvenSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
47
Text:
Flying. Discard a card from your hand: Return Skywing Aven to its owner's hand.
, pumping the Collaborator, etc. I ran heavier on
the Green mana sources since I had two Green mana fixers. Also, even though
I had only 3 islands, I had as many as 7 Blue mana sources counting the
special lands and mana fixers, so I felt that was sufficient for the 6 Blue
cards (including one double-Blue card) I had.


WHAT WOULD I HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?:
------------------------------------
Based on how the deck played, the only things I might have done differently
are:

1) Include Divert
Divert
DivertSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target unless that spell's controller pays 2.
over 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.
:
The 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.
is solid, but it is not a power card. Divert
Divert
DivertSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target unless that spell's controller pays 2.
can either be
amazing or dead. It tends not to be that good against Green (all those
creatures) or White (instants either can't be Divert
Divert
DivertSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target unless that spell's controller pays 2.
ed or can't be Divert
Divert
DivertSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target unless that spell's controller pays 2.
ed
that effectively). However, Divert
Divert
DivertSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target unless that spell's controller pays 2.
is often quite good against Black, Blue,
and Red. All that said, Divert
Divert
DivertSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target unless that spell's controller pays 2.
is probably quite useful more often than not
and I did end up sideboarding it in about 70% of the time.

2) Include Moment's Peace
Moment's Peace
Moment's PeaceSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Flashback 2G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
over Refresh
Refresh
RefreshSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Text:
Regenerate target creature. Draw a card.
:
I'm not a huge fan of either of these cards, but my initial inclination was
to include Refresh
Refresh
RefreshSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Text:
Regenerate target creature. Draw a card.
since it can be cycled and is often card advantage.
However, with the increase in Black removal, Refresh
Refresh
RefreshSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Text:
Regenerate target creature. Draw a card.
isn't quite as good
anymore. Also, I had 9 creatures with some type of ´´evasion´´ so often I
could get damage through but defense was the problem. That said, Refresh
Refresh
RefreshSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Text:
Regenerate target creature. Draw a card.

did come in quite useful many times, so I'm still not entirely sure as to
the right call.



--------
MATCHES:
--------
As for the matches, here are some of the interesting highlights:

There were 61 players, which meant 6 rounds of swiss.

Round 1: WON. Game 1 I didn't draw any early plays, although I did drop an
8/8 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.
on turn 5. Unfortunately it got 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.
ed and I died
shortly thereafter to his early pressure. Games 2 I won pretty easily.
Game 3 I was a bit worried as he had an active 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.
on the table with
5 cards in his graveyard even though I had a Rapid 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
out. Well, I
drew my Gravegouger
Gravegouger
GravegougerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravegouger comes into play, remove up to two target cards in a single graveyard from the game. When Gravegouger leaves play, return the removed cards to their owner's graveyard.
and cast it, targeting the 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.)
and Morbid
Hunger in his graveyard. I thought he would either remove 2 other cards to
kill my Gravegouger
Gravegouger
GravegougerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravegouger comes into play, remove up to two target cards in a single graveyard from the game. When Gravegouger leaves play, return the removed cards to their owner's graveyard.
and wait on my 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
, or that he would remove one of
those cards and the other three to kill my 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
and wait on the
Gravegouger
Gravegouger
GravegougerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravegouger comes into play, remove up to two target cards in a single graveyard from the game. When Gravegouger leaves play, return the removed cards to their owner's graveyard.
, but I had to try something. Well, what he did was to remove
those 2 flashback cards and 2 others to kill my 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
! It turned out to
be a damage race, so getting rid of the Missile and Hunger was key.
1-0

Round 2: LOST. I don't remember too much of these games except that my
opponent just got me down too low too quickly so by the time I stabilized he
was able to either burn me out or push through and finish me off. I
probably would have won if I had had 5 more life in either game, but oh
well.
1-1

Round 3: WON. I won game 1 pretty easily. Game 2, I got out a few early
creatures and then 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.
with no cards in my graveyard! Well, he
held it off with a Tireless Tribe
Tireless Tribe
Tireless TribeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Tireless Tribe gets +0/+4 until end of turn.
and eventually Chainer's Edict
Chainer's Edict
Chainer's EdictSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. Flashback 5BB
ed a
creature of mine to make the Gorilla smaller. Well, later on I drew my
Gravegouger
Gravegouger
GravegougerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravegouger comes into play, remove up to two target cards in a single graveyard from the game. When Gravegouger leaves play, return the removed cards to their owner's graveyard.
and targeted my own graveyard to empty it and make the Gorilla
large again! Well, that pretty much finished him off.
2-1

Round 4: WON. There was a point in game 2 where we were in a damage race
and I was winning but then he cast Vengeful Dreams
Vengeful Dreams
Vengeful DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Text:
As an additional cost to play Vengeful Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Remove X target attacking creatures from the game.
and just WRECKED me!
That card is truly amazing in Limited! Anyway, I won game 3 rather easily.
3-1

Round 5: LOST. This round I was matched up against my good friend Jason
Huang, who I play with all the time! :( Also, he's quite a good player and
had an amazing deck (we had already showed each other our decks at lunch).
I didn't feel too good about my chances in this match, but at least if I
lost it would be to Jason and he should then be able to make Top 8. Well, I
tried my best anyway but he totally smashed me. In fact, we played more
games for fun and I failed to win a single one out of the six games we
played. Jason had some real bombs in his deck, including Gurzigost
Gurzigost
GurzigostSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Power:
6
Toughness:
8
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Gurzigost unless you put two cards from your graveyard on the bottom of your library. GG, Discard a card from your hand: You may have Gurzigost deal its combat damage to defending player this turn as though it weren't blocked.
, Gorilla
Titan (combo!), Looter, Broker, lots of red removal including Volcanic
Eruption, and other good stuff. Oh well, I was out of contention for the
Top 8, but I kept playing to help Jason's tiebreakers and to go for an
amateur prize.
3-2

Round 6: WON. I don't remember too much about this one other than I won
relatively easily.
4-2

As expected, 4-2 wasn't good enough to get me in the Top 8, but I did end up
coming in 12th and getting an amateur prize of half a box of Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
.

I did stick around for the draft, though, to see how Jason would do.
Unfortunately they didn't let anyone watch the actual draft, but I did watch
the actual matches. Jason ended up drafting a deck that he didn't think was
all that great but others and I thought it was pretty good. It was GUb,
with the option of a good White splash in place of the Black. It had
several good threshold creatures, Think Tank
Think Tank
Think TankSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, look at the top card of your library. You may put that card into your graveyard.
, and other ways to get
threshold, and some bombs including Upheaval
Upheaval
UpheavalSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return all permanents to their owners' hands.
and Nostalgic Dreams
Nostalgic Dreams
Nostalgic DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Text:
As an additional cost to play Nostalgic Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Return X target cards from your graveyard to your hand. Remove Nostalgic Dreams from the game.
. Plus it
had Llawan, Cephalid Empress
Llawan, Cephalid Empress
Llawan, Cephalid EmpressSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
When Llawan, Cephalid Empress comes into play, return all blue creatures your opponents control to their owners' hands. Your opponents can't play blue creature spells.
that just WRECKS any Blue-White deck.

Well, Jason ended up winning his quarter-finals and semi-finals matches and
the prize-splitting in the finals for the qualification to Nice. Now I'm
going to go continue to work on doing the same . . .


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