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CardShark Content - Arthur Childers (10/7/2005)

I attended my first ever pre-release tournament ever last weekend and I learned a few things, such as DO NOT get up at 4 AM to drive 3 hours and expect to play well. Now having said that, let's just say I took my beatings in stride at the pre-release. However, this last Friday my local store surprised me by pulling out a box of Ravnica for us to booster draft during Friday Night Magic.

My first pack opened found a Chord of Calling
Chord of Calling
Chord of CallingSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost X or less and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
as the rare and I immediately thought “YES! Here comes a 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
army from Selesnya.” I pulled a Stone-Seeder Hierophant out of the next pack then noticed an alarming trend. The two players to my right also seem to be drafting green and white cards so with one of the uncommons in this pack being a Dimir Guildmage
Dimir Guildmage
Dimir GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
245
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 3U: Target player draws a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. 3B: Target player discards a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
I decide it is time to switch gears and start drafting differently. This turns out to be a good decision as the cards I am being passed have a really good blue/black flavor coming off of them. When I opened my second pack I so wanted to shout again as the rare was Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the UnthinkableSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
208
Artist:
Brandon Kitkouski
Text:
Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
. In a booster draft format, getting rid of a fourth of your opponent's library on the second turn was just too good to pass up. I made sure I also drafted a couple of Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir InfiltratorSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
203
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Dimir Infiltrator is unblockable. Transmute 1UB (1UB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
s to transmute in order to go find this card when needed. My blue/black theme was rewarded in my third pack when a Copy Enchantment
Copy Enchantment
Copy EnchantmentSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Text:
As Copy Enchantment comes into play, you may choose an enchantment in play. If you do, Copy Enchantment comes into play as a copy of that enchantment.
appeared. By the time it was over I put together a deck consisting of the following:

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

BLACK
Strands Of Undeath
Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.

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

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

Sadistic Augermage
Sadistic Augermage
Sadistic AugermageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Nick Percival
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Sadistic Augermage is put into a graveyard from play, each player puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.


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

Mark of Eviction
Mark of Eviction
Mark of EvictionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, return enchanted creature and all Auras attached to that creature to their owners’ hands.
(foily bonus)
Drift of Phantasms
Drift of Phantasms
Drift of PhantasmsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Michael Phillippi
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) Flying Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
(3)
Convolute
Convolute
ConvoluteSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 4.

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

Drake Familiar
Drake Familiar
Drake FamiliarSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Drake Familiar comes into play, sacrifice it unless you return an enchantment in play to its owner’s hand.

Compulsive Research
Compulsive Research
Compulsive ResearchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player draws three cards. Then that player discards two cards unless he or she discards a land card.

Surveilling Sprite
Surveilling Sprite
Surveilling SpriteSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Surveilling Sprite is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.

Tattered Drake
Tattered Drake
Tattered DrakeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Glenn Fabry
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying B: Regenerate Tattered Drake.

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


HYBRID
Dimir Guildmage
Dimir Guildmage
Dimir GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
245
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 3U: Target player draws a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. 3B: Target player discards a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.


GOLD
Moroii
Moroii
MoroiiSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Number:
216
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life.

Perplex
Perplex
PerplexSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
217
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller discards his or her hand. Transmute 1UB (1UB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
(2)
Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir InfiltratorSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
203
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Dimir Infiltrator is unblockable. Transmute 1UB (1UB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
(2)
Clutch Of The Undercity
Consult the Necrosages
Consult the Necrosages
Consult the NecrosagesSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
199
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Choose one — Target player draws two cards; or target player discards two cards.

Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the UnthinkableSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
208
Artist:
Brandon Kitkouski
Text:
Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.


LANDS
Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s (7)
Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s (7)

This deck had a little of everything: creature removal or reduction of strength, counterspells, card drawing and a few nice blocking and attacking creatures. My only disappointment was that I didn't get any of the dual lands to help my mana fixing, but the signets helped out there. Since there were only 8 of us there were only going to be 4 rounds as a tree was made for us to use. There was a card/fantasy event less than a hundred miles from us so we had a lower than usual turnout.

In my first game I played another opponent who had also drafted blue/black and I was extremely jealous as he not only drafted a Cicu, Dimir Lobotomist but also drafted a Dimir Doppelganger
Dimir Doppelganger
Dimir DoppelgangerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
R
Number:
202
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
1UB: Remove target creature card in a graveyard from the game. Dimir Doppelganger becomes a copy of that card and gains this ability.
. We hit away on each other, him using a Grayscaled Gharial
Grayscaled Gharial
Grayscaled GharialSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crocodile
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Chris Dien
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk
with islandwalk and me using one of the unblockable Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir Infiltrator
Dimir InfiltratorSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
203
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Dimir Infiltrator is unblockable. Transmute 1UB (1UB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
s I had. He finally pulled his Cicu only to have it run into my Convolute
Convolute
ConvoluteSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 4.
with him having only one open mana. His next turn saw the Doppelganger come from his hand targeting Cicu, only to see me pull Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.
on my turn and remove it. Moroii
Moroii
MoroiiSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Number:
216
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life.
made the board and I considered this 4/4 well worth taking one point of life of life per turn for the ability to hit him in the air as he had no flyers. This led to my winning the first game against him. The second game we played saw my Glimpse of the Unthinkable take Cicu and the Doppelganger both out of his library on turn two. When two of the Drifts of Phantasms came out I used them to block as I chipped away at his life total. Sweep 1 was the most difficult match and the most fun, as it was the first time I got to see 2 House Dimir decks take each other on.

The second game I was up against someone who drafted Boros guild and he had an Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran
Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran
Agrus Kos, Wojek VeteranSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran attacks, attacking red creatures get +2/+0 and attacking white creatures get +0/+2 until end of turn.
come out early. Luckily he didn't pull any creatures to get supported by it before I used Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.
on it to remove it. One of the Drifts of Phantasms helped block attackers until I could chip down his life total. The second game saw him mana shorted and I beat him easily. When he pulled Agrus again I hit it with Induce Paranoia
Induce Paranoia
Induce ParanoiaSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Counter target spell. If B was spent to play Induce Paranoia, that spell’s controller puts the top X cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard, where X is the spell’s converted mana cost.
to keep it off the board. At this point he just gave up, giving me a second sweep.

The third game I won’t even bother to go into as this player obviously lucked his way to the third round as he knew little about the cards and drafted blue/green which had NO guild support (yet). He relied heavily on the number of counterspells he had drafted and ran into a few of mine that allowed me to get Moroii
Moroii
MoroiiSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Number:
216
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life.
back into play and use it to take him down. The second game I had the Dimir Guildmage
Dimir Guildmage
Dimir GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
245
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 3U: Target player draws a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. 3B: Target player discards a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
to not only help me draw but keep his hand down also. I swept him both games easily

The final game that night saw me facing off against The Boros guild once again and a bunch of smaller ground creatures hitting the board early. Luckily I was able to Perplex
Perplex
PerplexSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
217
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller discards his or her hand. Transmute 1UB (1UB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
an early Bathe In Light and get out one of the Drifts of Phantasms to hold him off until I got a couple of flyers to take him out. The second game he got out a Courier Hawk
Courier Hawk
Courier HawkSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, vigilance
early and then equipped it with Conclave's Blessing
Conclave's Blessing
Conclave's BlessingSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +0/+2 for each other creature you control.
to give him an attacker/big blocker with his smaller ground creatures. I pulled my Drake Familiar
Drake Familiar
Drake FamiliarSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Drake Familiar comes into play, sacrifice it unless you return an enchantment in play to its owner’s hand.
, which bounced his enchantment back to his hand and when it came out again I was able to get Mark Of Eviction played on it before it could start hitting on me. When he tried to bring it out again I was able to Muddle the Mixture
Muddle the Mixture
Muddle the MixtureSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
to prevent it from seeing play. I played a Compulsive Research
Compulsive Research
Compulsive ResearchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player draws three cards. Then that player discards two cards unless he or she discards a land card.
and pulled two of the Drift of Phantasms
Drift of Phantasms
Drift of PhantasmsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Michael Phillippi
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) Flying Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
which allowed me to hold him off until I got my Moroii
Moroii
MoroiiSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Number:
216
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life.
back out to knock down his life total. This final game was the longest I played and still ended up in a sweep for me I proudly took my foil Kird Ape
Kird Ape
Kird ApeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
While controller has forests in play, Kird Ape gains +1/+2.
and am planning on keeping this deck as a backbone to build around.

I really enjoyed this booster draft as I was better rested and a little more familiar with the cards. Some of the others there attended the pre-release events also and were also familiar with the cards so I don't feel I had any type of advantage. As weeks go by I look forward to booster drafting and hopefully trying my hand at making other guild decks also.


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