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CardShark Content - Adam Fischer (11/15/2002)

So the night before, I had done some research online briefly to gather information as to what people were playing. The Sideboard coverage gave me some info on specific decklists (e.g. I was able to see what was in the Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.
deck, which was an archetype we didn’t test) as well as on what different groups of players were playing (e.g. the Germans were playing Reanimator). I also looked at the results from PT New Orleans the previous year to figure out what record was needed for various results. From what I could tell, it was likely that 5-2 (9-4-1 total) was needed for Top 32, which was the result I would be quite happy with. Of course Top 8 would be better, but I was trying to not be greedy. :) Also, 8-5-1 was needed to finish in the money.


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MATCHES
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Round 8 vs. Eugene Harvey
Eugene Harvey
Eugene HarveySet: Promotional Other
Rarity:
P
Text:
Magic Pro Tour Player Card
playing The Rock.

Oh no! I didn’t want to start off the day playing a close teammate! Oh well, a draw didn’t really help either of us, so we would just have to play it out. Game 1 developed the way most Rock mirror matches tend to develop – into a long, drawn-out creature standoff. Eugene had major Treetop advantage since he drew 4 of his (though I ended up killing 1) and he Dustbowled both of mine that I drew. Anyway, there was still a standoff but eventually Eugene Tutored for a Deed, blew it at the end of my turn to kill/tap all my guys, and then attacked for the win. In Game 2 I started with a hand of 2 Villages, 3 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s, Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.
, and Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
. I debated for a while before deciding to keep it. My reasoning was that although the hand was land-heavy, the Villages, Baloth, and Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
are probably the most key cards in the matchup. I later asked several other of my teammates whether they would have kept the hand in the mirror and they were split on it, so I guess it was a close call. Anyway, unfortunately Eugene Therapied my Monger and then I drew too much land and lost. Oh well, at least I lost to a teammate who ended up finishing in the money, so it wasn’t all bad.

LOST, 4-3-1

Round 9 vs. Mattias Waglin playing WUB Beatdown.

Mattias was playing an interesting deck with the Sergeant/Whipcorder
Whipcorder
WhipcorderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier Rebel
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.. 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.)
engine, U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
, Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
, Infiltrator, disruption, search, and utility. In Game 1 he played an early Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
naming Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
(which was of course the card he most feared). Anyway, he had the ground pretty well locked up with Lynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
es – neither of us could effectively attack. Luckily, I had a Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
out that I had put Spike counters on and it was serving some major beats! :) Eventually he got out a Whipcorder
Whipcorder
WhipcorderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier Rebel
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.. 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.)
to take care of it the turn before he would have died to the 4/5 flier, but I continued to build up pressure and eventually forced him to chump block with his Mages at which point I was able to Deed for the win. In Game 2 I Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
ed a Vindicate
Vindicate
VindicateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy target permanent.
out of his hand and also saw THREE Lynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
es there. Luckily I had a Therapy in hand so even though he got 1 Lynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
out I Therapied the other two the next turn – I was really getting to like the Therapy more and more! Anyway, I later drew an Engineered Plague
Engineered Plague
Engineered PlagueSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
When Engineered Plague comes into play, choose a creature type.All creatures of the chosen type get -1/-1.
that took care of his Lynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
. This gave me the upper hand and I kept coming close to winning. Unfortunately he stalled me out with Parallax Wave
Parallax Wave
Parallax WaveSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Fading 5 Remove a fade counter from Parallax Wave: Remove target creature from the game. When Parallax Wave leaves play, each player returns to play all cards he or she owns removed from the game with Parallax Wave.
s and eventually Wrathed. We ended up with a relatively clear board but he was at low life and my Filth
Filth
FilthSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Swampwalk. As long as Filth is in your graveyard and you control a Swamp, creatures you control have Swampwalk.
finished him off.

WON, 5-3-1

Round 10 vs. Tom Martell playing The Rock.

Oh no, not again! ANOTHER mirror match against a close teammate! Oh well, again drawing wasn’t a viable option so we played. Game 1 developed into the usual stalemate until I drew Living Death
Living Death
Living DeathSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Charles Gillespie
Text:
Set aside all creature cards in all graveyards. Then, put each creature that is in play into its owner's graveyard. Then, put each creature card set aside in this way into play under its owner's control.
for the win (I had a Baloth and he did not). Tom won Game 2 relatively quickly as I had a bunch of double-Green spells and only 1 Green mana. Game 3 was quite nuts. I started off with a Therapy naming Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
. Well, he had TWO Mongers in his hand so he was forced to discard them both. Later on, he Living Death
Living Death
Living DeathSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Charles Gillespie
Text:
Set aside all creature cards in all graveyards. Then, put each creature that is in play into its owner's graveyard. Then, put each creature card set aside in this way into play under its owner's control.
ed to gain a huge advantage, but luckily I had a Tutor and was able to Death myself the following turn to set myself up to win. I was glad that I won but sad that Tom lost.

WON, 6-3-1

Round 11 vs. Roc Herms playing Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.
/Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
.

Well I had heard about the Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.
/Sutured Ghoul
Sutured Ghoul
Sutured GhoulSet: Judgment
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Artist:
Carl Critchlow

Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample. As Sutured Ghoul comes into play, remove any number of creature cards in your graveyard from the game. Sutured Ghoul's power is equal to the total power of the removed cards and its toughness is equal to their total toughness.
deck, but here was one with a similar concept but that used Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
for the kill. In Game 1 he got off the combo by turn 3 and I couldn’t stop it: he won the die roll and played a turn 1 Mox Diamond
Mox Diamond
Mox DiamondSet: Stronghold
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
132
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
When Mox Diamond comes into play, choose and discard a land card or sacrifice Mox Diamond.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
and land, playing a Mesmeric Fiend
Mesmeric Fiend
Mesmeric FiendSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Mesmeric Fiend comes into play, target opponent reveals his or her hand and you choose a nonland card from it. Remove that card from the game. When Mesmeric Fiend leaves play, return the removed card to its owner's hand.
which took away my Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.
. Turn 2 he fetched his only Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
with a Wooded Foothills
Wooded Foothills
Wooded FoothillsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
330
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a mountain or forest card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
and cast Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.
. On his upkeep turn 3, he activated the Druid to put his whole library into his graveyard (he had no basic land left). He then flashbacked Krosan Reclamation
Krosan Reclamation
Krosan ReclamationSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Gary Ruddell

Text:
Target player shuffles up to two target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library. Flashback 1G.
, putting 2 Unearth
Unearth
UnearthSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Choose target creature card in your graveyard with total casting cost 3 or less and put that creature into play.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
s into his library. He then drew one of the Unearth
Unearth
UnearthSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Choose target creature card in your graveyard with total casting cost 3 or less and put that creature into play.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
s and cast it, putting a Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
into play. Since he had a Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
out and Anger
Anger
AngerSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
John Avon

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste. As long as Anger is in your graveyard and you control a mountain, creatures you control have haste.
and 21 lands in his graveyard, he attacked that turn with his 21/21 trampling Vore, killing me. For Game 2 I sided out all my expensive spells and sided in as much disruption as I had. He got out the Druid turn 1 this time, but when he activated it turn 2, in response I Coffin Purge
Coffin Purge
Coffin PurgeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Flashback B (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
d the cards he targeted with Reclamation
Reclamation
ReclamationSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
No black creature can attack unless its controller sacrifices a land whenever that creature attacks.
. Since he then had no cards left to draw, he lost. In Game 3 I started off with what I thought was a good hand – I had Edict, Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.
, a Bird, land, and some other spells. The hand would have been fine if I had gone first. Unfortunately he went first and played a turn 1 Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.
again. Thus, my Edict could not be cast until it was too late and my Therapy never got the chance to get his Druid. I quickly lost that one. Afterwards I asked him about his deck and he said he got it from a non-Qualified friend from Barcelona (where he was from). He said he and one other of his Spanish colleagues were the only 2 people playing it and it was working quite well. I had to agree – even if it didn’t perform as consistently all the time, it still seemed pretty powerful and consistent (it had 8 Tutors to get the Druid and a lot of disruption for protection). Well, I could still make Top 32 if I won out the next 3 rounds.

LOST, 6-4-1

Round 12 vs. Omar Sagol playing Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.
/Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
.

This was pretty funny – now I got to play the OTHER guy playing this deck. :) Well I had little hope before sideboarding and I in fact lost Game 1. In Game 2 I had a pretty good hand with Coffin Purge
Coffin Purge
Coffin PurgeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Flashback B (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
, Engineered Plague
Engineered Plague
Engineered PlagueSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
When Engineered Plague comes into play, choose a creature type.All creatures of the chosen type get -1/-1.
, and Deed. Unfortunately he had the Mox Diamond
Mox Diamond
Mox DiamondSet: Stronghold
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
132
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
When Mox Diamond comes into play, choose and discard a land card or sacrifice Mox Diamond.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
again and double-Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
ed me on his first turn, taking the Plague and Deed! Well, on his second turn he played the Druid but waited to activate it until the end of his third turn due to my Coffin Purge
Coffin Purge
Coffin PurgeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Flashback B (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
he knew I had. When he did activate it, he attempted to Reclaim
Reclaim
ReclaimSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Put target card from your graveyard on top of your library.
2 Vores at the end of my turn. Since he had 3 Vores and 3 Reclaim
Reclaim
ReclaimSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Put target card from your graveyard on top of your library.
s, there wasn’t anything I could do since even if I Purge
Purge
PurgeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact creature or black creature. It can't be regenerated.
d what he tried to Reclaim
Reclaim
ReclaimSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Put target card from your graveyard on top of your library.
, he could just do it again during his upkeep. Oh well, at least I could still finish in the money by winning the next two rounds.

LOST, 6-5-1

Round 13 vs. Marco Blume playing BU Reanimator.

He got out a Verdant Force
Verdant Force
Verdant ForceSet: Tempest
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During each player's upkeep, put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
Game 1 but I managed to stall with Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
until I had enough mana to Deed away his board and win. In Game 2 I tried boarding in a Engineered Plague
Engineered Plague
Engineered PlagueSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
When Engineered Plague comes into play, choose a creature type.All creatures of the chosen type get -1/-1.
to take care of the Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s so I could Edict Verdant Force
Verdant Force
Verdant ForceSet: Tempest
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During each player's upkeep, put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
even without Deed and without having a Diabolic Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic EdictSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature.
right away. I took out another Monger since I had Heard the Germans were running multiple Gilded Drake
Gilded Drake
Gilded DrakeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
R
Number:
76
Artist:
Bob Eggleton
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Gilded Drake comes into play, exchange control of Gilded Drake for target creature one of your opponents controls or sacrifice Gilded Drake.
s. Well, unfortunately he Fiended my Plague Game 2 and I died to the Force and its friends. In Game 3 I disrupted his hand a lot but I didn’t have much else and he ended up Reanimating my Elder and beating me down with it a lot before getting card advantage with it. He then had all kinds of stuff to beat me with and knock me out of contention for the money.

LOST, 6-6-1

Round 14 vs. Matthias Braun playing The Rock.

I decided to play out the last round to try to end with a winning record – I was playing for pride. :) In Game 1 he beat me by Living Wish
Living Wish
Living WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Eric Peterson

Text:
Choose a creature or land card you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Living Wish from the game.
ing for a Lumbering Satyr
Lumbering Satyr
Lumbering SatyrSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
257
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
All creatures gain forestwalk. (They're unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)
and Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
-walking through my defenses – and the kicker is that he was operating off of just Wastes and didn’t have any Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s! Game 2 went on forever – in fact, we even went into extra turn near the end of it! We each had over 15 land in play, and I was building up an army. Then, he Wished for Masticore
Masticore
MasticoreSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may choose and discard a card from your hand. If you don't, sacrifice Masticore.2: Masticore deals 1 damage to target creature.2: Regenerate Masticore.
and with all that land he could start killing most of my board. Luckily I had just enough damage on the board to push through on my turn for the kill anyway, drawing the game.

DREW, 6-6-2


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RECAP
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Well, I didn’t finish with a winning record, but I didn’t finish with a losing record either. :) It also turned out that my rating even went up a few points. Also, on the whole we all did very well – Tom, Mike, Eugene, Ken all made Day 2 and we were all playing virtually the same deck list, so that indicated we made some good choices. Ed also made Day 2 playing Blue Control. Now it’s back to focusing on limited to hopefully qualify for PT Chicago.


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BONUS TRAVEL TIPS
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OK, this may seem kind of random, but since some of you might travel to tournaments a lot and want to know how to get some good deals, I thought I’d share a method that’s worked quite well for me. When I buy plane tickets, I tend to do so a long time in advance of the tournament – usually a couple of months or so. This way I can get the best chance at my choice of times at the lowest prices. Of course, sometimes prices will go down later on so I keep looking until I find something that looks like a good deal – typically under $300 for anything more than a few hours away by air. Sites such as hotwire.com or priceline.com often have good deals, but I’ve found that if you plan long enough in advance, you can often get deals that are almost as good as if not better, plus you get to pick the flight times and airline.

That leads me to the clincher in all of this: when flying back, go for the very last flight on Sunday night. This is good in many ways. In terms of participating in the event, if you aren’t in the Top 8 you can leave Sunday night without missing anything and avoid the extra expense of a hotel room Sunday night. And what if you make Top 8 and can’t make your flight? Well, just miss the flight and catch the first one out in the morning. The airlines will tell you that they may charge you $100 if you do this, but I’ve done it and known other people who have done it several times and if you’re just nice to the airline agent they will usually wave the fee.

Now, if you do take the late Sunday night flight, the best part is that is one of the busiest times and the odds are quite good the flight will be overbooked. So if you’re flexible about flying back, just get there relatively early and IMMEDIATELY volunteer to give up your seat if it’s needed. That way you’ll be at or near the top of the list if they do need to bump people and if you’re selected you’ll get a nice little voucher. I’ve had the following results with this strategy on my last 5 trips:

- Gen Con (Milwaukee):
They were oversold and wanted to bus me from Milwaukee to Chicago, and then have me catch the same flight from Chicago to San Francisco that I was originally scheduled on. Got a free domestic round-trip voucher.
- GP Cleveland:
Seat not needed.
- PT Boston:
They were oversold and I got a free domestic round-trip voucher. I was scheduled to fly to Oakland with one stop, arriving at 10:00pm. Instead I was able to fly NON-STOP to San Francisco, arriving an hour earlier! And San Francisco was only 30 minutes further away.
- GP Philadelphia:
Seat not needed.
- PT Houston:
They were oversold and I got a voucher good for one ticket anywhere up to $500. I couldn’t get back to Oakland (where I was originally scheduled) or San Francisco that night, so I could either stay in Houston and the airline would pay for the hotel and meals, or fly somewhere else and connect through the next day. I thought about going to Vegas for the night to see a friend I have there, but unfortunately she wasn’t around so I just stayed in Houston. The next morning they came close to needed by seat AGAIN but unfortunately they did not so I just ended up with the one voucher and got back to Oakland at 11:30am.

So basically, I’ve gotten a free voucher on 3 out of the last 5 trips – not a bad record. :)

Hope that helps some of you out,
Adam


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