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An Apology to Soraya - Beatdown Bedford Crenshaw (4/26/2007)

Last week, I had some fun at Homelands expense. Granted, I’m not the first. It has long been decided that Homelands was the worst expansion ever in Magic history. It was created by the marketing team of Wizards, thinking that flavor was all that mattered, and the end result was craptacular. Before prereleases were widespread and forced Wizards to release sets promptly, one had to search shop to shop to shop every day, and wait with bated breath for a card shipment. Before Visions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.
, Magic sets were almost impossible to get the day of release. The one exception was Homelands, in which I was able to get all the packs I wanted from the then-existing Comics America (RIP, as the only other decent place to get Magic in Louisville has been Hockeyman’s). Walking away from there, opening packs as I went for lunch to Subway, I wondered why these were so easy to attain. Boy, do I know now. I have even been able to attain packs of Homelands, both English, French, Spanish, and German, for 39-49 cents. Repeat, PACKS.

Anyways, I listed some cards as actually being pretty decent. I thought I should explain why.

Anaba Ancestor
Anaba Ancestor
Anaba AncestorSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ghost
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target Minotaur gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, Anaba Bodyguard
Anaba Bodyguard
Anaba BodyguardSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
First strike
, Anaba Shaman
Anaba Shaman
Anaba ShamanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Anaba Shaman deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, Anaba Spirit Crafter
Anaba Spirit Crafter
Anaba Spirit CrafterSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
All Minotaurs get +1/+0.
:
These are nice cards for Minotaur decks, with the weakest of them being the Bodyguard. You’ll note that on the Homelands cards its creature type is Bodyguard. This was initially explained that the Bodyguards had done a grievous sin towards the Minotaur way by becoming mercenaries, and thus are no longer considered Minotaurs by the others, which is why Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
Crafters and Didgeridoo
Didgeridoo
DidgeridooSet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Text:
3: Take a Minotaur from your hand and put it directly into play as though it were just summoned.
could not affect them. Fortunately, 6th Edition was printed and this ridiculous story was removed, and the Bodyguards once again became Minotaurs.

An-Havva Inn:
Yep, this would be the name of an artifact or land now, not a Sorcery. I mentioned St. Patrick’s Tourneys, as it was an article I wanted to write but due to personal reasons I couldn’t get it done in time. I’ll eventually give tips for what to do if a green deck faces a green decks, a red deck faces a red deck, and so on. If facing an elf deck, squirrel deck, or simply someone’s tourney MGA that they decided to be a << censored >> and play in casual, this is a great ace in the hole to use against them.

An-Zerrin Ruins:
Can you imagine this against tribal decks? It was once a frequent card in sideboards, now it’s only a quarter.

Autumn Willow
Autumn Willow
Autumn WillowSet: Homelands
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Cannot be the target of spells or effects.G: Target player may target Autumn Willow with spells or effects until end of turn.

Except for protection, almost every creature was ripe for destruction. Let’s face it, compared to modern Magic, pre-Tempest times were marked with inferior critters and superior creature destruction (Bolt, STP, Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
). Also, I can’t think of any previous creature that was straight-out untargetable. A difficult to remove fattie, and then backed up with an Armageddon
Armageddon
ArmageddonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All lands in play are destroyed.
, made for an awesome deck. It once went for $4-$6, now it's only a quarter.

Baron Sengir
Baron Sengir
Baron SengirSet: Homelands
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature is put into the graveyard the same turn Baron Sengir damaged it, put a +2/+2 counter on Baron Sengir.T: Regenerate target Vampire.
:
I’ve never been someone who was into Vampires. Maybe I saw too many Vampire LARPers that were just a little too out there for my tastes. If it supported any other creature type except Vampires, it would probably be viewed as junk. But being a Vampire lord, it is one of the few Homelands cards to still be worth a few bucks.

Cemetery Gate
Cemetery Gate
Cemetery GateSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Protection from black
:
It’s good with Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
, and blocking annoying black critters.

Death Speakers
Death Speakers
Death SpeakersSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Speakers
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black
:
It costs a single mana, and it has protection from black. Against some black aggro builds with Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
s, this may just save your butt long enough to find your COP: Black and White Knight
White Knight
White KnightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black, first strike
s.

Didgeridoo
Didgeridoo
DidgeridooSet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Text:
3: Take a Minotaur from your hand and put it directly into play as though it were just summoned.
:
To help out the Minotaur decks, this essentially gives all your Minotaurs Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
, as many of them cost 3 mana anyways, and none cost more than 5 anyways.

Ebony Rhino
Ebony Rhino
Ebony RhinoSet: Homelands
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Trample
:
OK, a poll: how much would an artifact creature with trample that’s 4/5 cost in Ravnica or Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
Block. A green 4/5 Trample might get costs for 3GG, a non-green one might skate with 6 total mana, meaning that at 7 mana, this was one of the few Homelands critters costed right.

Faerie Noble
Faerie Noble
Faerie NobleSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Noble
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying All Faeries you control get +0/+1.T: All Faeries you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.
:
A Faerie pumper for faerie decks. Hopefully, it’ll eventually be erratad to include itself as a Faerie.

Ihsan's Shade
Ihsan's Shade
Ihsan's ShadeSet: Homelands
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Protection from white

Timmies liked it’s size, and Spikes liked it for it’s immunity to STP, Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
, and a lone Bolt. If printed today, it would probably cost 6 still.

Joven
Joven
JovenSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
RRR, T: Destroy target non-creature artifact.
:
Endless Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
s, anyone? True, you have to commit to red, but still.

Joven's Ferrets
Joven's Ferrets
Joven's FerretsSet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ferrets
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If declared as an attacker, Joven's Ferrets gets +0/+2 until end of turn. At end of combat, tap any creatures that blocked Joven's Ferrets. Those creatures do not untap during their controller's next untap phase.
:
Would you expect to see a 1/3 for a single green mana? Plus an additional advantage against an opponent? That is what this card is. One of the best single-green mana critters ever.

Leaping Lizard
Leaping Lizard
Leaping LizardSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
1G: Flying and -0/-1 until end of turn
:
Everyone knows how hard it is to get a decent green flier from R&D, this isn’t that bad. Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.
first, and then activate the card for some damage.

Merchant Scroll
Merchant Scroll
Merchant ScrollSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Search your library for a blue instant or interrupt. Reveal that card to all players and put it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
:
A Homelands card that sees Vintage play? Yep. Thank goodness it’s not an instant.

Primal Order
Primal Order
Primal OrderSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
During each player's upkeep, Primal Order deals to that player an amount of damage equal to the number of nonbasic lands he or she controls.
:
Envious of that guy in your playgroup with a full set of duals from Ravnica? For a buck you can get four of these, and make his day miserable. I’d love to see it in 10th, as it would encourage the return of mono-colored decks.

Sea Sprite
Sea Sprite
Sea SpriteSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from red
:
It’s great against goblins, dragons, what have you.

Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
:
If only these were errataed to charge counters. Sigh.

Soraya the Falconer
Soraya the Falconer
Soraya the FalconerSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Falcons get +1/+1.1W: Target Falcon gains banding until end of turn.
:
See further in the article

Spectral Bears
Spectral Bears
Spectral BearsSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bears
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If Spectral Bears is declared as an attacker and defending player controls no black cards, it does not untap during your next untap phase.
:
Great against black decks, and back in the day, with all the Necro around, it was a top card.

Willow Faerie
Willow Faerie
Willow FaerieSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
and Willow Priestess
Willow Priestess
Willow PriestessSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Take a Faerie from your hand and put it directly into play as though it were just summoned.2G: Target green creature gains protection from black until end of turn.
:
The first is a Storm Crow
Storm Crow
Storm CrowSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
for green, and the Priestess has too beautiful a piece of artwork to ignore. However, the only faerie ever printed that costs more than the Priestess itself is Coldsnap’s Diamond Faerie
Diamond Faerie
Diamond FaerieSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Faerie
Rarity:
R
Number:
128
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 1oSi: Snow creatures you control get +1 +1 until end of turn. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
, and that’s a faerie that doesn’t belong in faerie decks.

Winter Sky
Winter Sky
Winter SkySet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Flip a coin; target opponent calls heads or tails while coin is in the air. If the flip ends up in your favor, Winter Sky deals 1 damage to each creature and player. Otherwise, each player draws a card.
:
For a coin-flip card, it’s pretty decent.


Now it’s time for Soraya. One of my best decks ever was called Falcon Airlines. It relied on putting down Freewind, Duskrider, and Mesa Falcon
Mesa Falcon
Mesa FalconSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Falcon
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 1W: +0/+1 until end of turn
s, and putting Empyrial Armor
Empyrial Armor
Empyrial ArmorSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +X/+X, where X is equal to the number of cards in your hand.
on one for the kill. I put Soraya in the deck as an additional Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
for the deck. The deck would be mutated and improved with Soltari Monk
Soltari Monk
Soltari MonkSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)
s and Priests, and Cataclysm
Cataclysm
CataclysmSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Each player chooses from the permanents he or she controls an artifact, a creature, an enchantment, and a land and sacrifices the rest.
, causing the Falcons to go bye-bye. I wanted to make a decent deck highlighting Homelands, and was clueless how to do it. Then, I came across the rules for a format called ELDER DRAGON HIGHLANDER. I don’t have room for all the rules here (don’t worry, you can Google it.) The gist is you build around a Legendary creature, which you can play at any time, and rescue if need be to play again. Of course, being Highlander it means only one of any card that isn’t a basic land. It also requires a minimum 100 cards (some rules for demand exactly 100 cards.) Plus, cards can’t have colors which aren’t a color of your general. In tribute to Soraya (which now affects ALL birds, and not just falcons), here’s the deck list

First, the General:

1: SORAYA THE FALCONER

Next, we need some birds to go along with it. Going through all the available birds, and cards that distinctly empower birds, and dispatching those that just aren’t good enough, we have:

1: Ageless Sentinels
Ageless Sentinels
Ageless SentinelsSet: Scourge
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying.

When Ageless Sentinels blocks, it becomes creature type Giant Bird (this effect doesn’t end at end of turn).

1: Aven Riftwatcher
Aven Riftwatcher
Aven RiftwatcherSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Rebel Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Vanishing 3 (This permanent comes into play with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter from it. When the last is removed, sacrifice it.) When Aven Riftwatcher comes into play or leaves play, you gain 2 life.

1: Beacon Hawk
Beacon Hawk
Beacon HawkSet: Dissension
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
William Simpson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever Beacon Hawk deals combat damage to a player, you may untap target creature. W: Beacon Hawk gets +0/+1 until end of turn.

1: Cloudchaser Kestrel
Cloudchaser Kestrel
Cloudchaser KestrelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Cloudchaser Kestrel comes into play, destroy target enchantment. W: Target permanent becomes white until end of turn.

1: Cloudreach Cavalry
Cloudreach Cavalry
Cloudreach CavalrySet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cloudreach Cavalry gets +2/+2 and has flying as long as you control a Bird.

1: Commander Eesha
Commander Eesha
Commander EeshaSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying, Protection from Creatures

1: 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

1: Defiant Falcon
Defiant Falcon
Defiant FalconSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.

1: Duskrider Falcon
Duskrider Falcon
Duskrider FalconSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Falcon
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Cecil Fernando
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from black

1: Duskrider Peregrine
Duskrider Peregrine
Duskrider PeregrineSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, protection from black Suspend 3-1W (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 1W and remove it from the game with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost. It has haste.)
(not that great a card, but I love the artwork)
1: Freewind Falcon
Freewind Falcon
Freewind FalconSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Falcon
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from red

1: Jotun Owl Keeper
Jotun Owl Keeper
Jotun Owl KeeperSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
U
Number:
9
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Cumulative upkeep W or U (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.) When Jotun Owl Keeper is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1 1 white Bird creature token with flying into play for each age counter on it.

1: Mesa Falcon
Mesa Falcon
Mesa FalconSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Falcon
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 1W: +0/+1 until end of turn

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

1: Skyshroud Falcon
Skyshroud Falcon
Skyshroud FalconSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Skyshroud Falcon to tap.

1: Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.

1: Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
's Aerie
1: Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

1: Wingbeat Warrior
Wingbeat Warrior
Wingbeat WarriorSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
Morph 2W (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Wingbeat Warrior is turned face up, target creature gains first strike
until end of turn.


Since we are doing a tribute to Homelands, we need to include whichever Homelands cards which will work in the deck:

1: Abbey Gargoyles
Abbey Gargoyles
Abbey GargoylesSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gargoyles
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying, protection from red

1: Clockwork Steed
Clockwork Steed
Clockwork SteedSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Clockwork Steed cannot be blocked by artifact creatures.When Clockwork Steed comes into play, put four +1/+0 counters on it. At the end of any combat in which Clockwork Steed attacked or blocked, remove one of these counters.X, T: Put X +1/+0 counters on Clockwork Steed. You may have no more than four of these counters on Clockwork Steed. Use this ability only during your upkeep.

1: Clockwork Swarm
Clockwork Swarm
Clockwork SwarmSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Cannot be blocked by walls.When Clockwork Swarm comes into play, put four +1/+0 counters on it. At the end of any combat in which Clockwork Swarm attacked or blocked, remove one of these counters.X, T: Put X +1/+0 counters on Clockwork Swarm. You may have no more than four of these counters on Clockwork Swarm. Use this ability only during your upkeep.

1: Death Speakers
Death Speakers
Death SpeakersSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Speakers
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black

1: Rashka the Slayer
Rashka the Slayer
Rashka the SlayerSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Can block creatures with flying.If assigned to block any black creatures, Rashka the Slayer gets +1/+2 until end of turn.

1: Serra Aviary
Serra Aviary
Serra AviarySet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
All creatures with flying get +1/+1.

1: Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.


The story of Homelands dealt with Serra
Serra
SerraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+1
Text:
All creatures you control get +0/+2.
, her falling in love, becoming a widow, and then dying. Hence, cards relating to Serra
Serra
SerraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+1
Text:
All creatures you control get +0/+2.
work quite well thematically

1: Herald of Serra
Herald of Serra
Herald of SerraSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) Attacking does not cause Herald of Serra to tap.

1: UmFkaWFudCwgArchangel
Archangel
ArchangelSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
2
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
FlyingAttacking doesn't cause Archangel to tap.

1: Serra Advocate
Serra Advocate
Serra AdvocateSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott Hampton
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying T: Target attacking or blocking creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

1: Serra Angel
Serra Angel
Serra AngelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Serra Angel to tap.

1: Serra Avenger
Serra Avenger
Serra AvengerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
You can't play Serra Avenger during your first, second, or third turns of the game. Flying, vigilance

1: Serra's Blessing
Serra's Blessing
Serra's BlessingSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause creatures you control to tap.

1: Serra's Boon
Serra's Boon
Serra's BoonSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
17
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+2 as long as it's white. Otherwise, it gets -2/-1.

1: Serra's Embrace
Serra's Embrace
Serra's EmbraceSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and gains flying. Attacking does not cause enchanted creature to tap.

1: Serra Zealot
Serra Zealot
Serra ZealotSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike


Of course, with a large deck with only one copy of each card, card quality and getting the cards you need is vital for victory. Therefore, I added cycling cards to improve the deck:

1: QWtyb21hJ3MgBlessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1

1: QWtyb21hJ3MgVengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.

1: Aura Extraction
Aura Extraction
Aura ExtractionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Put target enchantment on top of its owner's library. Cycling 2 (2, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1: Blasted Landscape
Blasted Landscape
Blasted LandscapeSet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
319
Artist:
Ciruelo
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

1: Clear
Clear
ClearSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target enchantment.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

1: 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.)

1: Disciple of Law
Disciple of Law
Disciple of LawSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from redCycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

1: Drifting Meadow
Drifting Meadow
Drifting MeadowSet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
320
Artist:
Bob Eggleton
Text:
Drifting Meadow comes into play tapped.T: Add W to your mana pool.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

1: Eternal Dragon
Eternal Dragon
Eternal DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying.
3WW: Return Eternal Dragon from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
Plainscycling 2

1: Fend Off
Fend Off
Fend OffSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Cycling 2Target creature deals no combat damage this turn.

1: Gempalm Avenger
Gempalm Avenger
Gempalm AvengerSet: Legions
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
14
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Cycling 2W (2W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Gempalm Avenger, all Soldiers get +1/+1 and gain first strike until end of turn.

1: Gilded Light
Gilded Light
Gilded LightSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Text:
You can’t be the target of spells or abilities until end of turn.
Cycling 2

1: Iron Will
Iron Will
Iron WillSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Target creature gets +0/+4 until end of turn.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

1: Noble Templar
Noble Templar
Noble TemplarSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
19
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
3
Toughness:
6
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Noble Templar to tap.
Plainscycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card to search your library for a Plains card, put it into your hand, and shuffle your library.)

1: Radiant's Judgment
Radiant's Judgment
Radiant's JudgmentSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target creature with power 4 or greater.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

1: 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.

1: Rune of Protection: Artifacts
1: Rune of Protection: Black
1: Rune of Protection: Blue
1: Rune of Protection: Green
1: Rune of Protection: Red
1: Rune of Protection: White
1: 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.)

1: Shimmering Barrier
Shimmering Barrier
Shimmering BarrierSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
(Walls cannot attack.) First strikeCycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

1: Stoic Champion
Stoic Champion
Stoic ChampionSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, Stoic Champion gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

1: Sunfire Balm
Sunfire Balm
Sunfire BalmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
56
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
Prevent the next 4 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn. Cycling 1W (1W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Sunfire Balm, you may prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.

1: Wipe Clean
Wipe Clean
Wipe CleanSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game.
Cycling 3


As we still have a few non-land slots left, we’ll fill them with good all around white cards:

1: Balance
Balance
BalanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whichever player has more lands in play must discard enough lands of his or her choice to equalize the number of lands both players have in play. Next, equalize the cards in hand and then creatures in play the same way. Creatures lost in this manner are considered buried.

1: Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.

1: Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.

1: Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

1: Glorious Anthem
Glorious Anthem
Glorious AnthemSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
15
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
All creatures you control get +1/+1.

1: Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.

1: Sunlance
Sunlance
SunlanceSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
c
Number:
31
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Text:
Sunlance deals 3 damage to target nonwhite creature.

1: Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.


Finally, here comes the lands, finding all the white producing lands that would do well in a deck, and then finish the deck off with Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


1: Flagstones of Trokair
Flagstones of Trokair
Flagstones of TrokairSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
272
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool. When Flagstones of Trokair is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for a Plains card and put it into play tapped. If you do, shuffle your library.

1: Flood Plain
Flood Plain
Flood PlainSet: Mirage
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Flood Plain comes into play tapped.tap, Sacrifice Flood Plain: Search your library for a plains or island card. Put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.

1: Flooded Strand
Flooded Strand
Flooded StrandSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
316
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a plains or island card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

1: Forbid
Forbid
ForbidSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Buyback Choose and discard two cards. (You may choose and discard two cards in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Forbid into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Counter target spell.
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1: Grasslands
Grasslands
GrasslandsSet: Mirage
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Grasslands comes into play tapped.tap, Sacrifice Grasslands: Search your library for a forest or plains card. Put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.

1: Karakas
Karakas
KarakasSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
T: Add W to your mana poolT: Return target legend to owner's hand; enchantments on target legend are destroyed.

1: Kjeldoran Outpost
Kjeldoran Outpost
Kjeldoran OutpostSet: Alliances
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
When Kjeldoran Outpost comes into play, sacrifice a plains or bury Kjeldoran Outpost.T: Add W to your mana pool.1W, T: Put a Soldier token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 white creature.

1: Kor Haven
Kor Haven
Kor HavenSet: Nemesis
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. 1W, T: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt by target attacking creature this turn.

1: Windswept Heath
Windswept Heath
Windswept HeathSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
328
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a forest or plains card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

22: Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


TOTAL: 100 Cards

A variant of this deck would have Radiant as a general, with the focus more on the best fliers instead of just birds. Still, Homelands needs someone defending its honor, and this is the deck to do it.

In conclusion, there is some good cards in Homelands, and they are al cheap. Besides, there is nothing better than seeing the crushed ego of someone who was just beaten by a Homelands card. *wink* *wink*


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