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CardShark Content - Adam Fischer (10/30/2002)

I came out to Philadelphia for the Grand Prix. Unfortunately I didn’t make Day 2, but did come close with a record of 5-1-2 – if either of those draws had been a win I would have made the second day. But at least there was the PTQ the next day. As for going 4-1 and then dropping from the PTQ, why did I do that? Well, I’ll be explaining that . . .

As in all my Limited format reports, I will spend a lot of space discussing how I constructed my deck, followed briefly by how the matches went plus some closing remarks.


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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 (ordered alphabetically):

NON-BASIC LAND (4):
Secluded Steppe
Secluded Steppe
Secluded SteppeSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
324
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Secluded Steppe comes into play tapped. T: Add W to your mana pool. Cycling W (W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
(x2)
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit SanctumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
325
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: You gain life equal to that Cleric's toughness. B, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses life equal to that Cleric's power.

Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil ThicketSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
326
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tranquil Thicket comes into play tapped. T: Add G to your mana pool. Cycling G (G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)


BLACK (18):
Accursed Centaur
Accursed Centaur
Accursed CentaurSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Centaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Accursed Centaur comes into play, sacrifice a creature.
(x3)
Aphetto Dredging
Aphetto Dredging
Aphetto DredgingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
Return up to three target creature cards of the creature type of your choice from your graveyard to your hand.

Boneknitter
Boneknitter
BoneknitterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
128
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B: Regenerate target Zombie. Morph 2B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Crown of Suspicion
Crown of Suspicion
Crown of SuspicionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/-1. Sacrifice Crown of Suspicion: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it get +2/-1 until end of turn.

Entrails Feaster
Entrails Feaster
Entrails FeasterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cat
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may remove a creature card in a graveyard from the game. If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on Entrails Feaster. If you don't, tap Entrails Feaster.

Fallen Cleric
Fallen Cleric
Fallen ClericSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from Clerics. Morph 4B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Haunted Cadaver
Haunted Cadaver
Haunted CadaverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Haunted Cadaver deals combat damage to a player, you may sacrifice it. If you do, that player discards three cards from his or her hand.. Morph 1B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung ReanimatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Rotlung Reanimator or another Cleric is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.

Screeching Buzzard
Screeching Buzzard
Screeching BuzzardSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Screeching Buzzard is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent discards a card from his or her hand.
(x3)
Shepherd of Rot
Shepherd of Rot
Shepherd of RotSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Each player loses 1 life for each Zombie in play.

Soulless One
Soulless One
Soulless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Soulless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Zombies in play plus the number of Zombie cards in all graveyards.

Spined Basher
Spined Basher
Spined BasherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph 2B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Syphon Mind
Syphon Mind
Syphon MindSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
175
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
Each other player discards a card from his or her hand. You draw a card for each card discarded this way.

Walking Desecration
Walking Desecration
Walking DesecrationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
180
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, T: Creatures of the type of your choice attack this turn if able.


BLUE (12):
Aphetto Grifter
Aphetto Grifter
Aphetto GrifterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Wizards you control: Tap target permanent.. Aphetto con artists started working in pairs to make it less likely they'd be the victims of con artists.

Choking Tethers
Choking Tethers
Choking TethersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
74
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Tap up to four target creatures. Cycling 1U (1U, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

Craft Pathmage
Disruptive Pitmage
Disruptive Pitmage
Disruptive PitmageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Fleeting Aven
Fleeting Aven
Fleeting AvenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
Iain McCaig
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. Whenever a player cycles a card, return Fleeting Aven to its owner's hand.

Imagecrafter
Imagecrafter
ImagecrafterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Choose a creature type other than Legend or Wall. Target creature's type becomes that type until end of turn.

Meddle
Meddle
MeddleSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Target spell, which targets a single creature, targets another creature of your choice instead. The new target must be legal.

Riptide Biologist
Riptide Biologist
Riptide BiologistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from Beasts. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
(x2)
Screaming Seahawk
Screaming Seahawk
Screaming SeahawkSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
112
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Screaming Seahawk comes into play, you may search your library for a card named Screaming Seahawk, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.

Spy Network
Spy Network
Spy NetworkSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Look at target player's hand, the top card of that player's library, and any face-down creatures he or she controls. Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

Words of Wind
Words of Wind
Words of WindSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
1: The next time you would draw a card this turn, each player returns a permanent he or she controls to its owner's hand instead.


GREEN (12):
Centaur Glade
Centaur Glade
Centaur GladeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
2GG: Put a 3/3 green Centaur creature token into play.

Elvish Guidance
Elvish Guidance
Elvish GuidanceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Whenever enchanted land is tapped for mana, its controller adds G to his or her mana pool for each Elf in play.

Kamahl’s Summons
Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

Spitting Gourna
Spitting Gourna
Spitting GournaSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
284
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Spitting Gourna may block as though it had flying.. Morph 4G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic BeastSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
287
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Symbiotic Beast is put into a graveyard from play, put four 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

Taunting Elf
Taunting Elf
Taunting ElfSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
All creatures able to block Taunting Elf do so.

Vitality Charm
Vitality Charm
Vitality CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
296
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Put a 1/1 green Insect creature token into play; or target creature gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn; or regenerate target Beast.

Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.

Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Wirewood Pride
Wirewood Pride
Wirewood PrideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
303
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of Elves in play.

Wirewood Savage
Wirewood Savage
Wirewood SavageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
304
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play, you may draw a card.


RED (15):
Avarax
Avarax
AvaraxSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
187
Artist:
Beast
Power:
Beast
Text:
Haste. When Avarax comes into play, you may search your library for a card named. Avarax, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your. library.

Charging Slateback
Charging Slateback
Charging SlatebackSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Charging Slateback can't block.. Morph 4R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)

Dwarven Blastminer
Dwarven Blastminer
Dwarven BlastminerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
2R,T: Destroy target nonbasic land.. Morph R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)

Erratic Explosion
Erratic Explosion
Erratic ExplosionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Choose target creature or player. Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card. Erratic Explosion deals damage equal to that card's converted mana cost to that creature or player. Put the revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.

Flamestick Courier
Flamestick Courier
Flamestick CourierSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
203
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
You may choose not to untap Flamestick Courier during your untap step.. 2R, T: As long as Flamestick Courier remains tapped, target Goblin gets. +2/+2 and has haste.

Goblin Taskmaster
Goblin Taskmaster
Goblin TaskmasterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1R: Target Goblin gets +1/+0 until end of turn.. Morph R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)

Lavamancer’s Skill
Lightning Rift
Lightning Rift
Lightning RiftSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
217
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may pay 1. If you do, Lightning Rift deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint AvalancheSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Pinpoint Avalanche deals 4 damage to target creature. The damage can't be prevented.

Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.

Spurred Wolverine
Spurred Wolverine
Spurred WolverineSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
c
Number:
237
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Tap two untapped Beasts you control: Target creature gains first strike. until end of turn.

Tephraderm
Tephraderm
TephradermSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever a creature deals damage to Tephraderm, Tephraderm deals that much. damage to that creature.Whenever a spell deals damage to Tephraderm,. Tephraderm deals that much damage to that spell's controller.

Wave of Indifference
Wave of Indifference
Wave of IndifferenceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
X target creatures can't block this turn.
(x2)

WHITE (14):
Akroma’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1

Astral Slide
Astral Slide
Astral SlideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may remove target creature from the game. If you do, return that creature to play under its owner's control at end of turn.

Battlefield Medic
Battlefield Medic
Battlefield MedicSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent the next X damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn, where X is the number of Clerics in play.

Daru Cavalier
Daru Cavalier
Daru CavalierSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike. When Daru Cavalier comes into play, you may search your library for a card named Daru Cavalier, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.

Demystify
Demystify
DemystifySet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Destroy target enchantment.

Disciple of Grace
Disciple of Grace
Disciple of GraceSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Robh Ruppel
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blackCycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
(x2)
Dive Bomber
Dive Bomber
Dive BomberSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. T, Sacrifice Dive Bomber: Dive Bomber deals 2 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.

Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Foothill Guide
Foothill Guide
Foothill GuideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from Goblins. Morph W (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
(x2)
Grassland Crusader
Grassland Crusader
Grassland CrusaderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Target Elf or Soldier gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

Renewed Faith
Renewed Faith
Renewed FaithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
You gain 6 life. Cycling 1W (1W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Renewed Faith, you may gain 2 life.

Unified Strike
Unified Strike
Unified StrikeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Remove target attacking creature from the game if its power is less than or equal to the number of Soldiers in play.


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’ve done this before, but since it’s been a while since I last wrote an individual limited-format tournament report I’ll go over it again here, including specific steps for Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
. 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 immensely. 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.

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). To determine playable cards, make sure to check tribe counts for the cards that depend on them – some cards are playable in some pools and unplayable in others. What I usually do is to put these cards in the playable set to start with and take them out if the tribe count is too low.

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. Also do a check on tribes and which tribes have particular strengths and how that affects the color selection.

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 then 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. Also consider adding cards that may not be strong individually if they are good enough and are in the right tribe. 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 (ordered by casting cost, modified by morphing):

NON-BASIC LAND (3 non-creatures):
Secluded Steppe
Secluded Steppe
Secluded SteppeSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
324
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Secluded Steppe comes into play tapped. T: Add W to your mana pool. Cycling W (W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
(x2)
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit SanctumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
325
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: You gain life equal to that Cleric's toughness. B, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses life equal to that Cleric's power.

Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil ThicketSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
326
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tranquil Thicket comes into play tapped. T: Add G to your mana pool. Cycling G (G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)


BLACK: (10 creatures, 2 non-creatures):
Boneknitter
Boneknitter
BoneknitterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
128
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B: Regenerate target Zombie. Morph 2B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Shepherd of Rot
Shepherd of Rot
Shepherd of RotSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Each player loses 1 life for each Zombie in play.

Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung ReanimatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Rotlung Reanimator or another Cleric is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.

Spined Basher
Spined Basher
Spined BasherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph 2B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Fallen Cleric
Fallen Cleric
Fallen ClericSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from Clerics. Morph 4B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Haunted Cadaver
Haunted Cadaver
Haunted CadaverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Haunted Cadaver deals combat damage to a player, you may sacrifice it. If you do, that player discards three cards from his or her hand.. Morph 1B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Soulless One
Soulless One
Soulless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Soulless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Zombies in play plus the number of Zombie cards in all graveyards.

Screeching Buzzard
Screeching Buzzard
Screeching BuzzardSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Screeching Buzzard is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent discards a card from his or her hand.
(x3!)

Aphetto Dredging
Aphetto Dredging
Aphetto DredgingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
Return up to three target creature cards of the creature type of your choice from your graveyard to your hand.

Crown of Suspicion
Crown of Suspicion
Crown of SuspicionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/-1. Sacrifice Crown of Suspicion: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it get +2/-1 until end of turn.


BLUE (5 creatures, 2 non-creatures):
Imagecrafter
Imagecrafter
ImagecrafterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Choose a creature type other than Legend or Wall. Target creature's type becomes that type until end of turn.

Riptide Biologist
Riptide Biologist
Riptide BiologistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from Beasts. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
(x2)
Disruptive Pitmage
Disruptive Pitmage
Disruptive PitmageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Fleeting Aven
Fleeting Aven
Fleeting AvenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
Iain McCaig
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. Whenever a player cycles a card, return Fleeting Aven to its owner's hand.


Meddle
Meddle
MeddleSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Target spell, which targets a single creature, targets another creature of your choice instead. The new target must be legal.

Choking Tethers
Choking Tethers
Choking TethersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
74
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Tap up to four target creatures. Cycling 1U (1U, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)


GREEN (7 creatures, 2 non-creatures):
Taunting Elf
Taunting Elf
Taunting ElfSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
All creatures able to block Taunting Elf do so.

Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.

Wirewood Savage
Wirewood Savage
Wirewood SavageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
304
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play, you may draw a card.

Spitting Gourna
Spitting Gourna
Spitting GournaSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
284
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Spitting Gourna may block as though it had flying.. Morph 4G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Centaur Glade
Centaur Glade
Centaur GladeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
2GG: Put a 3/3 green Centaur creature token into play.

Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic BeastSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
287
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Symbiotic Beast is put into a graveyard from play, put four 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.


Vitality Charm
Vitality Charm
Vitality CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
296
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Put a 1/1 green Insect creature token into play; or target creature gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn; or regenerate target Beast.

Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.


RED (5 creatures, 6 non-creatures):
Goblin Taskmaster
Goblin Taskmaster
Goblin TaskmasterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1R: Target Goblin gets +1/+0 until end of turn.. Morph R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)

Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.

Charging Slateback
Charging Slateback
Charging SlatebackSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Charging Slateback can't block.. Morph 4R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)

Avarax
Avarax
AvaraxSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
187
Artist:
Beast
Power:
Beast
Text:
Haste. When Avarax comes into play, you may search your library for a card named. Avarax, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your. library.

Tephraderm
Tephraderm
TephradermSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever a creature deals damage to Tephraderm, Tephraderm deals that much. damage to that creature.Whenever a spell deals damage to Tephraderm,. Tephraderm deals that much damage to that spell's controller.


Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Lightning Rift
Lightning Rift
Lightning RiftSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
217
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may pay 1. If you do, Lightning Rift deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Lavamancer’s Skill
Erratic Explosion
Erratic Explosion
Erratic ExplosionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Choose target creature or player. Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card. Erratic Explosion deals damage equal to that card's converted mana cost to that creature or player. Put the revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.

Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint AvalancheSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Pinpoint Avalanche deals 4 damage to target creature. The damage can't be prevented.

Wave of Indifference
Wave of Indifference
Wave of IndifferenceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
X target creatures can't block this turn.
(just one of them)

WHITE (6 creatures, 3 non-creatures):
Battlefield Medic
Battlefield Medic
Battlefield MedicSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent the next X damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn, where X is the number of Clerics in play.

Disciple of Grace
Disciple of Grace
Disciple of GraceSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Robh Ruppel
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blackCycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
(x2)
Daru Cavalier
Daru Cavalier
Daru CavalierSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike. When Daru Cavalier comes into play, you may search your library for a card named Daru Cavalier, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.

Dive Bomber
Dive Bomber
Dive BomberSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. T, Sacrifice Dive Bomber: Dive Bomber deals 2 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.

Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)


Renewed Faith
Renewed Faith
Renewed FaithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
You gain 6 life. Cycling 1W (1W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Renewed Faith, you may gain 2 life.

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

Astral Slide
Astral Slide
Astral SlideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may remove target creature from the game. If you do, return that creature to play under its owner's control at end of turn.



STEP 4:
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First of all, to comment on some cards that I considered unplayable or just marginally playable that there may be questions about:
- Entrails Feaster
Entrails Feaster
Entrails FeasterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cat
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may remove a creature card in a graveyard from the game. If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on Entrails Feaster. If you don't, tap Entrails Feaster.
: I didn’t think it was going to be useful enough of the time to make it worthwhile
- Walking Desecration
Walking Desecration
Walking DesecrationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
180
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, T: Creatures of the type of your choice attack this turn if able.
: I didn’t think it would kill often enough since many of the intended targets would just tap in response
- Aphetto Grifter
Aphetto Grifter
Aphetto GrifterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Wizards you control: Tap target permanent.. Aphetto con artists started working in pairs to make it less likely they'd be the victims of con artists.
: Not nearly enough Wizards
- Wirewood Pride
Wirewood Pride
Wirewood PrideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
303
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of Elves in play.
: Not enough Elves
- Flamestick Courier
Flamestick Courier
Flamestick CourierSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
203
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
You may choose not to untap Flamestick Courier during your untap step.. 2R, T: As long as Flamestick Courier remains tapped, target Goblin gets. +2/+2 and has haste.
: Not that great to begin with and not nearly enough Goblins
- Unified Strike
Unified Strike
Unified StrikeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Remove target attacking creature from the game if its power is less than or equal to the number of Soldiers in play.
: Not enough Soldiers
- Grassland Crusader
Grassland Crusader
Grassland CrusaderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Target Elf or Soldier gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
: Not enough Soldiers or Elves

The Blue was easy to eliminate – the Biologists and the Imagecrafter
Imagecrafter
ImagecrafterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Choose a creature type other than Legend or Wall. Target creature's type becomes that type until end of turn.
were good, but they just weren’t enough. The Biologists could be a sideboard option to bring in as a splash against the right deck, but even that was doubtful.

White was VERY tempting due to the Angel, but unfortunately it got shallow pretty quickly after that. The Dive Bomber
Dive Bomber
Dive BomberSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. T, Sacrifice Dive Bomber: Dive Bomber deals 2 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.
and Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
are strong, but the Medic is not quite as good as it looks, and even then it is only playable with a fairly large number of Clerics. The Astral Slide
Astral Slide
Astral SlideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may remove target creature from the game. If you do, return that creature to play under its owner's control at end of turn.
was worth consideration, as it can be a strong card if enough cyclers are available. Not counting the Blue, the only cyclers were in White, and there were 6 of them, which I felt was a decent number that made the Astral Slide
Astral Slide
Astral SlideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may remove target creature from the game. If you do, return that creature to play under its owner's control at end of turn.
attractive. It could be used in combat to save my creature, could temporarily remove opposing creatures, could destroy opposing Skills or Pacifism
Pacifism
PacifismSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.
s, etc. White also had a lot of Clerics and I kept it in mind, but was still disappointed at the lack of depth beyond the 4 good cards.

Red seemed deep at first, but it had a severe lack of creatures and the Rift would only be good with White, and I didn’t like the look of the Red/White build. Red’s biggest potential seemed to be as a splash color, so I kept it in mind as that.

Green’s Centaur Glade
Centaur Glade
Centaur GladeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
2GG: Put a 3/3 green Centaur creature token into play.
immediately jumped out at me as its biggest strength. Unfortunately, it got just so-so after that. The Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
was nice, but 4 elves were kind of low. The Savage was quite nice, but there weren’t as many beasts as I would have liked. However, the beasts were attractive and so between everything I leaned towards Green as a main color.

Black was of course an attractive choice for the other main color. It was definitely the deepest of the colors, even if it lacked any true “bombs”. However, the Buzzards are quite strong, and there were a decent number of Zombies to go with the Boneknitter
Boneknitter
BoneknitterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
128
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B: Regenerate target Zombie. Morph 2B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
and Soulless One
Soulless One
Soulless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Soulless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Zombies in play plus the number of Zombie cards in all graveyards.
. Plus, the Reanimator is quite good and the Crown provided some much-needed removal.

So, very quickly I realized my best choice was between BW and BG, probably splashing R in both cases. A BW deck focusing on Clerics was quite tempting as I could run 7 Clerics and also the Sanctum. However, many of those Clerics would just be so-so, and 2 of them would be used largely for their cycling ability. Finally, 7 aren’t all that many, though it is decent. In the end I concluded the BW deck was a bit too fragile even if it could run the Angel, as there just weren’t enough support cards.

So BG it was. I wasn’t that happy with the Green, but I really liked the Glade and felt the Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
could help keep me alive. Plus, the Green provided the fat creatures that the Black lacked.


STEP 5:
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Here is the final deck I came up with:

BLACK:
Boneknitter
Boneknitter
BoneknitterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
128
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B: Regenerate target Zombie. Morph 2B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Shepherd of Rot
Shepherd of Rot
Shepherd of RotSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Each player loses 1 life for each Zombie in play.

Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung ReanimatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Rotlung Reanimator or another Cleric is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.

Spined Basher
Spined Basher
Spined BasherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph 2B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Haunted Cadaver
Haunted Cadaver
Haunted CadaverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Haunted Cadaver deals combat damage to a player, you may sacrifice it. If you do, that player discards three cards from his or her hand.. Morph 1B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Soulless One
Soulless One
Soulless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Soulless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Zombies in play plus the number of Zombie cards in all graveyards.

Screeching Buzzard
Screeching Buzzard
Screeching BuzzardSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Screeching Buzzard is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent discards a card from his or her hand.
(x3!)
Crown of Suspicion
Crown of Suspicion
Crown of SuspicionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/-1. Sacrifice Crown of Suspicion: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it get +2/-1 until end of turn.


GREEN:
Taunting Elf
Taunting Elf
Taunting ElfSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
All creatures able to block Taunting Elf do so.

Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.

Wirewood Savage
Wirewood Savage
Wirewood SavageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
304
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play, you may draw a card.

Centaur Glade
Centaur Glade
Centaur GladeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
2GG: Put a 3/3 green Centaur creature token into play.

Spitting Gourna
Spitting Gourna
Spitting GournaSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
284
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Spitting Gourna may block as though it had flying.. Morph 4G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic BeastSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
287
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Symbiotic Beast is put into a graveyard from play, put four 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

Vitality Charm
Vitality Charm
Vitality CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
296
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Put a 1/1 green Insect creature token into play; or target creature gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn; or regenerate target Beast.


RED:
Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.

Tephraderm
Tephraderm
TephradermSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever a creature deals damage to Tephraderm, Tephraderm deals that much. damage to that creature.Whenever a spell deals damage to Tephraderm,. Tephraderm deals that much damage to that spell's controller.

Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Erratic Explosion
Erratic Explosion
Erratic ExplosionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Choose target creature or player. Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card. Erratic Explosion deals damage equal to that card's converted mana cost to that creature or player. Put the revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.


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
7 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s
1 Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil ThicketSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
326
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tranquil Thicket comes into play tapped. T: Add G to your mana pool. Cycling G (G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

3 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s

The Soulless One
Soulless One
Soulless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Soulless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Zombies in play plus the number of Zombie cards in all graveyards.
only had 5 other Zombies to go with it, but I felt it was worth it since additional Zombies could come into play thanks to the Reanimator. Plus, it could be regenerated with the Boneknitter
Boneknitter
BoneknitterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
128
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B: Regenerate target Zombie. Morph 2B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
. The Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
only had 3 other Elves to go with it, but I felt I had to include a substantial number of Green cards since the best ones required double-Green mana and so I would need to include a decent number of Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s. The Red Splash gave me much-needed removal and a good beast. I went with more Green mana sources than Black mana sources even though I had more Black cards since the Thicket cycled and the Green cards were much more color-intensive than the Black cards.


WHAT WOULD I HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?:
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Based on how the deck played, the main thing I think I would have done differently would have been to include the Lavamancer’s Skill somehow. It really is key against so many cards, combines nicely with Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
, and is needed when there isn’t much other removal. However, what I’m less sure of is what I should have taken out for it. One option would have been to take out the Tephraderm
Tephraderm
TephradermSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever a creature deals damage to Tephraderm, Tephraderm deals that much. damage to that creature.Whenever a spell deals damage to Tephraderm,. Tephraderm deals that much damage to that spell's controller.
so I could have stayed at 3 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s. Another option would have been to take out the Vitality Charm
Vitality Charm
Vitality CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
296
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Put a 1/1 green Insect creature token into play; or target creature gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn; or regenerate target Beast.
. However, in that case my mana would be worse, whether I stayed with 3 mountains and 5 Red cards or added a mountain in place of a Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
. So in the end I think I might have wanted to replace the Tephraderm
Tephraderm
TephradermSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever a creature deals damage to Tephraderm, Tephraderm deals that much. damage to that creature.Whenever a spell deals damage to Tephraderm,. Tephraderm deals that much damage to that spell's controller.
with the Skill, even if it did leave me a bit short on Beast
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
s.


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

There were 178 players, which meant 8 rounds of swiss.

Round 1: LOST, vs. Melissa DeTora playing RG.

In game 1 she got mana-flooded and I won pretty easily. In game 2 I got crushed by not only her Rorix but also by Contested Cliffs
Contested Cliffs
Contested CliffsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
314
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. RG, T: Choose target Beast you control and target creature an opponent controls. Each creature deals damage equal to its power to the other.
with a bunch of large beasts to use with it. I sided in my Dwarven Blastminer
Dwarven Blastminer
Dwarven BlastminerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
2R,T: Destroy target nonbasic land.. Morph R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
for game 3. :) We raced for a while in Game 3 until I finally took control when I was at 5 life. However, she had a LOT of land out and I was worried about dying to Rorix. So I did some calculations and figured that I could likely kill her in the same number of turns by leaving one of my two Screeching Buzzard
Screeching Buzzard
Screeching BuzzardSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Screeching Buzzard is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent discards a card from his or her hand.
s back to block Rorix. Unfortunately, the turn before I was going to kill her, she cast Rorix and then cast Wave of Indifference
Wave of Indifference
Wave of IndifferenceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
X target creatures can't block this turn.
on my Buzzard to attack for the win!

0-1

Round 2: WON, vs. Eric-Martin Gauthier playing BR.

In game 1 I got crushed so badly it wasn’t even funny. I got a rather slow draw, but he went turn 2 Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
, turn 3 Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin SharpshooterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
207
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Goblin Sharpshooter doesn't untap during your untap step. Whenever a. creature is put into a graveyard from play, untap Goblin Sharpshooter.. T: Goblin Sharpshooter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, turn 4 Cabal Slaver
Cabal Slaver
Cabal SlaverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a Goblin deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.
! He then followed up with a Nosy Goblin
Nosy Goblin
Nosy GoblinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
220
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice Nosy Goblin: Destroy target face-down creature.
, removed my creatures, and attacked through to strip my entire hand! I won game 2 with a lot of help from the Reanimator giving me extra creatures. In game 3 we raced and I won.

1-1

Round 3: WON, vs. Mauro Bongiovanni playing BR.

Mauro was playing a deck that he himself later admitted would either win early or not at all. In game 1 he drew way too much land and never got applied enough pressure. Also, I was able to get in an early Cadaver that gave me a big jump in card advantage. I then got crushed in game 2. In game 3 I got in an early Cadaver but then we both drew a ton of land. My Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
helped keep me at a safe life total until I could draw enough business spells.

2-1

Round 4: WON, vs. Matt Cooper playing BG.

In game 1 I had an early lead but he played a Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
that I couldn’t get rid of and which allowed him to last long enough to take control despite the large amount of damage I did to him. Game 2 was truly amazing, as he got Visara out. However, I had the Glade out and enough mana to create two Centaurs a turn and so I was able to out-race him, though it was close! I also won game 3 thanks in part to my being able to get rid of his Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
.

3-1

Round 5: WON, vs. Anthony Impellizerini playing BG.

I won game 1 with the help of Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
to last long enough to get the Glad going. I draw all my good cards game 2 and win quickly.

4-1

And then . . . I dropped. Why did I drop? Well, there were several reasons:

1) One reason was that my flight back to San Francisco was leaving at 8:00pm. Since it was 6:00pm at the time, I would have had to leave in a few minutes to catch my flight. I could have always missed it and left the next morning, but then I would have had to pay to share a hotel room, arrange for alternate transportation, etc. Basically, it would have been an extra $75 or $100 even if the airline didn’t charge me to take the next flight.

2) Another reason, also important, was that I had doubts that my deck was good enough to enable me to win the two more rounds I needed to win in order to make top 8. My deck had some good cards, especially the Glade, but it also had a lot of filler cards and other people’s decks had some very impressive cards.

3) Finally, I figured that my rating at this point was probably around 1985 or so. While that’s probably not high enough to qualify me for PT Chicago on rating, it is quite close. In fact, one win at the Master’s Gateway tournament might be all it takes to push my rating to the low-2000’s, which should be the cutoff for PT Chicago.

So, it was a good run, but I ended up dropping to catch my flight and preserve my rating. Not very exciting, but I do think it was the right call. At least I had a good time 2-on-2 drafting on the flight back with the other guys from San Francisco. :)


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