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Worldwake Prerelease - Arthur Childers (3/7/2010)

[Editor's note: For some reason I found this article in my Spam folder - that's why it is insanely late.]

This weekend was a blur of activity for me, I went to Schaumburg, Illinois Friday night (one of the few times I’ve skipped FNM). I took a friend for a belated birthday present to go see Medieval Times. I sat in the section where I got to cheer for the Green Knight (sometimes it is more fun to cheer for the bad guy). Saturday I was looking forward to the prerelease events with Worldwake as it had been a long cold bleak January here in central Illinois and at least this was something to look forward to.

I received my packs (3 Zendikar and 3 Worldwake) and began to sort them out. In the first pack saw one of my favorite uncommons, Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire NighthawkSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
116
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
. You can imagine my surprise when I popped pack 2 and found a second one. Then I thought I would need CPR when my third pack found a THIRD Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire NighthawkSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
116
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
(what are the odds?). I knew I was going to be playing black for sure with Hideous End
Hideous End
Hideous EndSet: Planechase
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature. Its controller loses 2 life.
, Disfigure
Disfigure
DisfigureSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
, and Mire Blight
Mire Blight
Mire BlightSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
Enchant creature When enchanted creature is dealt damage, destroy it.
to help with removal. At this point I was seriously considering Blue as a second color as a Foil
Foil
FoilSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
You may discard an island and another card from your hand instead of paying Foil's mana cost. Counter target spell.
Archive trap was in one of my packs and any card that can take 13 of 40 cards out of a deck is a good thing in limited events. However this was not to be the case since my red had Seismic Shudder
Seismic Shudder
Seismic ShudderSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Seismic Shudder deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.
, Mark Of Mutiny, Inferno Trap
Inferno Trap
Inferno TrapSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Trap
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Philip Straub
Text:
If you've been dealt damage by two or more creatures this turn, you may pay {R} rather than pay Inferno Trap's mana cost. Inferno Trap deals 4 damage to target creature.
, Punishing Fire
Punishing Fire
Punishing FireSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Punishing Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Whenever an opponent gains life, you may pay {R}. If you do, return Punishing Fire from your graveyard to your hand.
, and Hellkite Charger
Hellkite Charger
Hellkite ChargerSet: Zendikar
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, haste Whenever Hellkite Charger attacks, you may pay {5}{R}{R}. If you do, untap all attacking creatures and after this phase, there is an additional combat phase.
. Team these with Mordant Dragon
Mordant Dragon
Mordant DragonSet: Worldwake
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Scott Chou
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying {1}{R}: Mordant Dragon gets +1/+0 until end of turn. Whenever Mordant Dragon deals combat damage to a player, you may have it deal that much damage to target creature that player controls.
, Tomb Hex
Tomb Hex
Tomb HexSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn. Landfall — If you had a land enter the battlefield under your control this turn, that creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn instead.
, and 2 Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning
Dead ReckoningSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
You may put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library. If you do, Dead Reckoning deals damage equal to that card's power to target creature.
from Worldwake and I had some pretty good power, reomoval, and return abilities going. I added a few midrange creatures, artifacts and other spells to have the following deck

Artifacts
1 Spidersilk net
1 Trailblazer
Trailblazer
TrailblazerSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked this turn.
Boots

Red
1 Sesmic Shudder
1 Punishing Fire
Punishing Fire
Punishing FireSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Punishing Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Whenever an opponent gains life, you may pay {R}. If you do, return Punishing Fire from your graveyard to your hand.

1 Goblin War Paint
Goblin War Paint
Goblin War PaintSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
129
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has haste.

1 Hellfire Mongrel
Hellfire Mongrel
Hellfire MongrelSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Hound
Rarity:
U
Number:
130
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, if that player has two or fewer cards in hand, Hellfire Mongrel deals 2 damage to him or her.

1 Mark Of Mutiny
2 Goblin Roughrider
Goblin Roughrider
Goblin RoughriderSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Jesper Ejsing
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
(a 3/2 for 3 isn’t bad at all)
1 Slaughter
Slaughter
SlaughterSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
74
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Buyback Pay 4 life. (You may pay 4 life in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Destroy target nonblack creature. That creature cannot be regenerated this turn.
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1 Cosi’s Ravager
1 Inferno Trap
Inferno Trap
Inferno TrapSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Trap
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Philip Straub
Text:
If you've been dealt damage by two or more creatures this turn, you may pay {R} rather than pay Inferno Trap's mana cost. Inferno Trap deals 4 damage to target creature.

1 Mordant Dragon
Mordant Dragon
Mordant DragonSet: Worldwake
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Scott Chou
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying {1}{R}: Mordant Dragon gets +1/+0 until end of turn. Whenever Mordant Dragon deals combat damage to a player, you may have it deal that much damage to target creature that player controls.

1 Hellkite Charger
Hellkite Charger
Hellkite ChargerSet: Zendikar
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, haste Whenever Hellkite Charger attacks, you may pay {5}{R}{R}. If you do, untap all attacking creatures and after this phase, there is an additional combat phase.


Black
1 Pulse Tracker
Pulse Tracker
Pulse TrackerSet: Worldwake
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Pulse Tracker attacks, each opponent loses 1 life.

1 Disfigure
Disfigure
DisfigureSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.

1 Mire Blight
Mire Blight
Mire BlightSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
Enchant creature When enchanted creature is dealt damage, destroy it.

1 Ruthless Cullblade
Ruthless Cullblade
Ruthless CullbladeSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Ruthless Cullblade gets +2/+1 as long as an opponent has 10 or less life.

1 Scrib Nibblers
Scrib Nibblers
Scrib NibblersSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Exile the top card of target player's library. If it's a land card, you gain 1 life. Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you may untap Scrib Nibblers.

3 Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire NighthawkSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
116
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

1 Hideous End
Hideous End
Hideous EndSet: Planechase
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature. Its controller loses 2 life.

2 Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning
Dead ReckoningSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
You may put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library. If you do, Dead Reckoning deals damage equal to that card's power to target creature.

1 Tomb Helix

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

A few thoughts on some of the cards for Worldwake, Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning
Dead ReckoningSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
You may put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library. If you do, Dead Reckoning deals damage equal to that card's power to target creature.
is a great card if you're far enough ahead to skip a draw. They may have used a card to remove your Dragon from the field but with Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning
Dead ReckoningSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
You may put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library. If you do, Dead Reckoning deals damage equal to that card's power to target creature.
you can have it back next turn and still have it deal its damage to another creature. I once used Punishing Fire
Punishing Fire
Punishing FireSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Punishing Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Whenever an opponent gains life, you may pay {R}. If you do, return Punishing Fire from your graveyard to your hand.
on one of my own creatures (Goblin Roughrider
Goblin Roughrider
Goblin RoughriderSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Jesper Ejsing
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
) to put it in the graveyard only to return it to the top of my deck to kill a creature with pro red. One of the cards I really hated playing against (and I only had to play against it in game 1, which I lost) was Strength of the Tajuru
Strength of the Tajuru
Strength of the TajuruSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Multikicker {1} (You may pay an additional {1} any number of times as you cast this spell.) Choose target creature, then choose another target creature for each time Strength of the Tajuru was kicked. Put X +1/+1 counters on each of them.
, I’m just glad I had removal in my deck. I ended up placing second in the main event and in the packs I received I did pull the new Jace, which was a happy bonus.


We were able to play a booster draft in the next game and I drafted a few cards I had not played with or against in the main event and I’d like to talk about a few of them here:

Worldwake Commons
Explore
Explore
ExploreSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You may play an additional land this turn. Draw a card.
: excellent in the early game if you have an extra land in your hand but even in the late game if you don’t have an extra land the card draw is a bonus in green where it has usually been a province of blue to draw extra cards

The Zendikons: 1 for each color that makes your land not only a creature but if the creature goes to your graveyard you can at least get the land back, hopefully taking out one of their creatures on the way

Graypelt Hunter
Graypelt Hunter
Graypelt HunterSet: Worldwake
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior Ally
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample Whenever Graypelt Hunter or another Ally enters the battlefield under your control, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Graypelt Hunter.
: as a common with a 4 casting cost its trample is nice especially if you can back it up with Join the Ranks
Join the Ranks
Join the RanksSet: Worldwake
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Kekai Kotaki
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Soldier Ally creature tokens onto the battlefield.
, which puts two 1/1 Soldier Ally creature tokens on the battlefield which effectively binds the Soldiers and the Allies together in this set.

Ruin Ghost
Ruin Ghost
Ruin GhostSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Jason A. Engle
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{W}, {T}: Exile target land you control, then return it to the battlefield under your control.
: This is THE card to have with landfall, there is already a combo out there which will give you infinite landfall with a Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
(Lotus Cobra
Lotus Cobra
Lotus CobraSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
M
Number:
168
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you may add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, Tideforce Elemental
Tideforce Elemental
Tideforce ElementalSet: Worldwake
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
41
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{U}, {T}: You may tap or untap another target creature. Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you may untap Tideforce Elemental.
, and Ruin Ghost
Ruin Ghost
Ruin GhostSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Jason A. Engle
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{W}, {T}: Exile target land you control, then return it to the battlefield under your control.
) this card is going to be a favored uncommon for sure.

Bestial Menace
Bestial Menace
Bestial MenaceSet: Worldwake
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Put a 1/1 green Snake creature token, a 2/2 green Wolf creature token, and a 3/3 green Elephant creature token onto the battlefield.
: I really like this card as you get 3 creatures for a 5 casting cost, the biggest thing that this card needs to move it from a good uncommon to a GREAT uncommon would be it to be an instant.

The last card I want to comment on that I played with in the draft which I thought was an awesome card is Dragonmaster Outcast
Dragonmaster Outcast
Dragonmaster OutcastSet: Worldwake
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
M
Number:
81
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control six or more lands, put a 5/5 red Dragon creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
, a 1/1/ for 1 is nothing new but his ability to bring in a 5/5 dragon each turn is going to turn him into the biggest lightning rod in the set


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