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I love reading set reviews, especially for red. Sligh decks have always brought me my greatest successes in tourneys. I have always found that grading cards as if they were homework to be the best way to grade them. My scale:

A: Anything with a Grade of A goes automatically into Sligh decks. Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
is a good example.
B: B-grades cards for Sligh are nice, but may not fit every Sligh build. Oxidda Golem
Oxidda Golem
Oxidda GolemSet: Darksteel
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste, Affinity for Mountains.
is an example for a B card.
C: C-graded cards for Sligh could be seen in Sligh, but usually are only useful if the environment is estranged from the norm. Giant Strength
Giant Strength
Giant StrengthSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+2.
is a perfect example.
D: This cards are just not suited for Sligh at all. They may be too expensive, or are antithetical to the principles of Sligh. Wall of Stone
Wall of Stone
Wall of StoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
0
Toughness:
8
exemplifies this.
F: Total absolute trash; these are the cards which should be thrown at Maro
Maro
MaroSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
241
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Maro's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand.
at point-blank range. Crazed Goblin
Crazed Goblin
Crazed GoblinSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Crazed Goblin attacks each turn if able.
is the pinnacle of F-grade excrement.

Once again, these cards are graded for their use in SLIGH decks only, although I may comment on other uses for cards mentioned. Also, to save space, I have just named the cards; if you do not know the cards, look for a spoiler and come back here to read this. Here we go.


Akki Avalanchers
Akki Avalanchers
Akki AvalanchersSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
151
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Akki Avalanchers gets +2/+0 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn.
~ Grade B-
Very useful for a 1/1. Most 1/1s lose their worth as the game continues; not this one. A potential 3/1 can do lots of damage to your opponent.

Akki Coalflinger
Akki Coalflinger
Akki CoalflingerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
152
Artist:
Nottsuo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike R, T: Attacking creatures gain first strike until end of turn.
~ Grade B-
More useful in Limited formats, but being able to make horde have first strike helps a great deal against WW decks.

Akki Lavarunner
Akki Lavarunner
Akki LavarunnerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Whenever Akki Lavarunner deals damage to an opponent, flip it. ----- Tok-Tok, Volcano Born Legendary Creature - Goblin Shaman 2/2 Protection from red If a red source would deal damage to a player, it deals that much damage plus 1 to that player instead.
~ Grade C-
An easily removed 1/1 or an easily removed Flames of Rath on a stick? For 4cc? No thanks.

Akki Rockspeaker
Akki Rockspeaker
Akki RockspeakerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
David Martin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Akki Rockspeaker comes into play, add R to your mana pool.
~ Grade C+
It combos well with Goblin Warchief
Goblin Warchief
Goblin WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin spells you play cost 1 less to play.
Goblins you control have haste.
. It allows you to play another R creature on the second turn. However, Sligh likes its creatures to be independently useful, and this is not.

Akki Underminer
Akki Underminer
Akki UnderminerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Rogue Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Akki Underminer deals combat damage to a player, that player sacrifices a permanent.
~ Grade C-
If this thing actually hits an opponent, an opponent is already doomed. Forget
Forget
ForgetSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target player chooses and discards two cards, then draws as many cards as he or she discarded in this way.
it.

Battle-Mad Ronin ~ Grade C
An improved Mad Dog
Mad Dog
Mad DogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hounds
Rarity:
C
Number:
202
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the end of your turn, if Mad Dog didn't attack or come under your control this turn, sacrifice it.
, which is not saying much. Bushido will keep an opponent from blocking it, but that’s too slow.

Ben-Ben, Akki Hermit ~ Grade C-
When you play Sligh, you should be on the offensive. This is a defensive card, and is more white. Leave this to multi-player Sligh build.

Blind With Anger
Blind With Anger
Blind With AngerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Untap target nonlegendary creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
~ Grade C+
I guess until Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
comes back in 9th Edition, this will have to do. At 4cc its rather expensive for Sligh, but if a Splice Sligh build comes about, this may see play, but that would demand an awful lot of mana for Sligh, so I don’t see it as tourney-valid.

Blood Rites
Blood Rites
Blood RitesSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
159
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
1R, Sacrifice a creature: Blood Rites deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
~ Grade B-
Slow, but will make a nice finisher once Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin SharpshooterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
207
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Goblin Sharpshooter doesn't untap during your untap step. Whenever a. creature is put into a graveyard from play, untap Goblin Sharpshooter.. T: Goblin Sharpshooter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
goes away.

Brothers Yamazaki
Brothers Yamazaki
Brothers YamazakiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Number:
160
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) If there are exactly two permanents named Brothers Yamazaki in play, the “legend rule” doesn't apply to them. Each other creature named Brothers Yamazaki gets +2/+2 and has haste.
~ Grade C-
Sligh cards should be independently useful. These ain’t.

Brutal Deceiver
Brutal Deceiver
Brutal DeceiverSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
161
Artist:
Jon Foster
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1: Look at the top card of your library. 2: Reveal the top card of your library. If it's a land, Brutal Deceiver gets +1/+0 and gains first strike until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn.
~ Grade C
Too mana intensive to see use

Crushing Pain
Crushing Pain
Crushing PainSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
162
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Crushing Pain deals 6 damage to target creature that was dealt damage this turn.
~ Grade C+
This is a late game card. Sligh does not rely on the late game.

Desperate Ritual
Desperate Ritual
Desperate RitualSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Add RRR to your mana pool. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
~ Grade B+
Not as good as 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.
, but does help to speed up the deck. Plus, its arcane, making it a good card to work with Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
.

Devouring Rage
Devouring Rage
Devouring RageSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
As an additional cost to play Devouring Rage, you may sacrifice any number of Spirits. Target creature gets +3/+0 until end of turn. For each Spirit sacrificed this way, that creature gets an additional +3/+0 until end of turn.
~ Grade C+
Maybe if there’s a Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
Sligh deck, but that won’t come about until at least Betrayers. For now, leave this card alone.

Earthshaker
Earthshaker
EarthshakerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, Earthshaker deals 2 damage to each creature without flying.
~ Grade C-
Too expensive

Ember-Fist Zubera ~ Grade C+
It may receive a higher grade if more red Zuberas come around. But I don’t see that happening; Zuberas look like they are exclusive to CoK.

Frostwielder
Frostwielder
FrostwielderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
167
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Frostwielder deals 1 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage by Frostwielder this turn would be put into a graveyard, remove it from the game instead.
~ Grade C
Too expensive for any Sligh build other than multi-player.

Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
~ Grade B-
Usually, I will prefer Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
. But this card does Splice, and thus reusable, so it will see use in Kamigawa Sligh builds.

Godo, Bandit Warlord
Godo, Bandit Warlord
Godo, Bandit WarlordSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Barbarian
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Godo, Bandit Warlord comes into play, you may search your library for an Equipment card and put it into play. If you do, shuffle your library. Whenever Godo attacks for the first time each turn, untap it and all Samurai you control. After this phase, you get an additional combat phase.
~ Grade C
Once again, too expensive, and most of the other Samurai are useless for Sligh.

Hanabi Blast
Hanabi Blast
Hanabi BlastSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Hanabi Blast deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Return Hanabi Blast to its owner's hand, then discard a card at random.
~ Grade D+
Random = crap, usually. This is a usual. It’s only good if your hand is full of land, which should only happen in Limited.

Hearth Kami
Hearth Kami
Hearth KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
171
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, Sacrifice Hearth Kami: Destroy target artifact with converted mana cost X.
~ Grade B+
Ahhh, yes. Finally, a very good creature for Sligh. A 2/1 for 1R is respectable for red, and the ability to sacrifice it to destroy artifact lands at any time makes it wonderful against Affinity.

Honden of Infinite Rage
Honden of Infinite Rage
Honden of Infinite RageSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Enchantment - Shrine
Rarity:
U
Number:
172
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, Honden of Infinite Rage deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of Shrines you control.
~ Grade C-
A little slow for Sligh. Maybe if more red shrines come our way in BOK and SOK, but I doubt that will happen.

Initiate of Blood
Initiate of Blood
Initiate of BloodSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
173
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Initiate of Blood deals 1 damage to target creature that was dealt damage this turn. When that creature is put into a graveyard this turn, flip Initiate of Blood. ----- Goka the Unjust Legendary Creature - Ogre Shaman 4/4 T: Goka the Unjust deals 4 damage to target creature that was dealt damage this turn.
~ Grade B-
This will be good in Kamigawa Sligh. As for regular Sligh, who knows. If you can haste it the turn it comes into play, you should have an easy 4/4 for 4cc to attack with the turn after you lay it; very good for Sligh. Keep an eye on this one.

Kami of Fire's Roar
Kami of Fire's Roar
Kami of Fire's RoarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
174
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, target creature can't block this turn.
~ Grade C-
Cards that prevent blocking don’t get played, and this is no exception.

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror BreakerSet: From the Vault Legends
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
M
Number:
4
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste {T}: Put a token that's a copy of target nonlegendary creature you control onto the battlefield. That token has haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.
~ Grade C-
This is a great card for a Dragon deck. However, I focus on Sligh. For Sligh, it is too expensive.

Kumano's Pupils
Kumano's Pupils
Kumano's PupilsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
177
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a creature dealt damage by Kumano's Pupils this turn would be put into a graveyard, remove it from the game instead.
~ Grade C-
Nice trick, but not for Sligh. A 3/3 for 5cc is to be ignored.

Kumano, Master Yamabushi
Kumano, Master Yamabushi
Kumano, Master YamabushiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
1R: Kumano, Master Yamabushi deals 1 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage by Kumano this turn would be put into a graveyard, remove it from the game instead.
~ Grade B-
Nice for Kamigawa Sligh. Not a typical Sligh card, but is a 4/4 for 5cc with a very nice ability. Could be seen in Type II Sligh builds.

Lava Spike
Lava Spike
Lava SpikeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player.
~ Grade B+
Sligh prefers burn that can target both creatures and players. Still, it makes for a nice Splice target, and is far better than Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Lava AxeSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.
. Consider this card.

Mana Seism
Mana Seism
Mana SeismSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
179
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Sacrifice any number of lands. Add 1 to your mana pool for each land sacrificed this way.
~ Grade B-
It will help fuel a finishing Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
. A little risky, and only useful for final blows, which is why it only gets a B-

Mindblaze
Mindblaze
MindblazeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
180
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Name a nonland card and choose a number greater than 0. Target player reveals his or her library. If that library contains exactly the chosen number of the named card, Mindblaze deals 8 damage to that player. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
~ Grade C+
I want to like this card. It’s nice to use against netdecks. However, for 6cc I prefer more of a sure thing. Leave this card to the Timmys and Johnnies; Spikes will look elsewhere.

Myojin of Infinite Rage
Myojin of Infinite Rage
Myojin of Infinite RageSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
10
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
181
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
7
Toughness:
4
Text:
Myojin of Infinite Rage comes into play with a divinity counter on it if you played it from your hand. Myojin of Infinite Rage is indestructible as long as it has a divinity counter on it. Remove a divinity counter from Myojin of Infinite Rage: Destroy all lands.
~ Grade D-
WAY TOO EXPENSIVE

Ore Gorger
Ore Gorger
Ore GorgerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
182
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may destroy target nonbasic land.
~ Grade D+
Too fragile and too late to be useful. Stick to Molten Rain
Molten Rain
Molten RainSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.
s

Pain Kami
Pain Kami
Pain KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
183
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
XR, Sacrifice Pain Kami: Pain Kami deals X damage to target creature.
~ Grace C
Kamigawa Sligh, perhaps. But this is too expensive to be used to kill off creatures for normal Sligh.

Ronin Houndmaster
Ronin Houndmaster
Ronin HoundmasterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
C
Number:
184
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
~ Grade C+
I guess we have now met the master of Jackal Pup
Jackal Pup
Jackal PupSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
For each 1 damage dealt to Jackal Pup, it deals 1 damage to you.
s and Mad Dog
Mad Dog
Mad DogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hounds
Rarity:
C
Number:
202
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the end of your turn, if Mad Dog didn't attack or come under your control this turn, sacrifice it.
s. I think I prefer Oxidda Golem
Oxidda Golem
Oxidda GolemSet: Darksteel
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste, Affinity for Mountains.
s in its place, but once again, it will do for Kamigawa Sligh.

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Falling Star
Falling StarSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Flip Star onto the playing area from a height of at least one foot. Star must turn at least 360 degrees or it has no effect. When Falling Star lands, Falling Star does 3 damage to each creature that it touches. Any creatures damaged by Falling Star that are not destroyed become tapped.
~ Grade C-
This is a Shivan Dragon
Shivan Dragon
Shivan DragonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, R: +1/+0
wannabe. It does not have firebreathing, you can’t have more than 1 in play at a time, and its likely to kill off all the rest of your creatures if it dies. And since Shiv
Shiv
ShivSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
rk post
Text:
All creatures have "{R}: This creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn." Whenever you roll {C}, put a 5/5 red Dragon creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
an doesn’t see play, neither should this, even in a Dragon deck.

Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked
Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked
Shimatsu the BloodcloakedSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Demon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
As Shimatsu the Bloodcloaked comes into play, sacrifice any number of permanents. Shimatsu comes into play with that many +1/+1 counters on it.
~ Grade C+
I like this card, as it could be a mascot for my old high school (“Jeff Red Devils GO BIG RED!!!”) It is potential beef for Sligh, but will probably be restricted to Johnny decks, not Spike decks.

Sideswipe
Sideswipe
SideswipeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
187
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
You may change any targets of target Arcane spell.
~ Grade B
I don’t understand why Shunt
Shunt
ShuntSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
68
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target.
isn’t used. This will be an underrated card. Be sure to check articles written for States, and see if their decklists include Arcane spells. If so, include this card.

Sokenzan Bruiser
Sokenzan Bruiser
Sokenzan BruiserSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
188
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Mountainwalk
~ Grade C-
Too expensive for a 3/3 with a marginally useful ability.

Soul of Magma
Soul of Magma
Soul of MagmaSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, Soul of Magma deals 1 damage to target creature.
~ Grade C-
If it could target players as well, it might have been somewhat useful. But it’s a 2/2 for 5cc with a marginal abilty. Forget
Forget
ForgetSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target player chooses and discards two cards, then draws as many cards as he or she discarded in this way.
it.

Soulblast
Soulblast
SoulblastSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
As an additional cost to play Soulblast, sacrifice all creatures you control. Soulblast deals damage to target creature or player equal to the total power of the sacrificed creatures.
~ Grade C+
Powerful finisher, but risky and expensive.

Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
~ Grade B-
A red staple. Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
is not usually used in Sligh; just Land Destruction decks. However, it does serve as Molten Rain
Molten Rain
Molten RainSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.
s 5-8 against a Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
deck, plus punish an opponent who gets a slow start. Hence, a useful card.

Strange Inversion
Strange Inversion
Strange InversionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
192
Artist:
Khang Le
Text:
Switch target creature's power and toughness until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
~ Grade C
Useful when killing walls, but otherwise it’s not worth the bother.

Through the Breach
Through the Breach
Through the BreachSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. That creature has haste. Sacrifice that creature at end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 2RR (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
~ Grade C-
Useful in Dragon decks, but not in Sligh, as for it to be useful, it must be used in conjunction to an otherwise useless card for Sligh. As Sligh decks look for independently useful cards, this card is just an enabler.

Tide of War
Tide of War
Tide of WarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Whenever one or more creatures blocks, flip a coin. If you win the flip, the defending player sacrifices all blocking creatures. Otherwise, the attacking player sacrifices the blocked creatures.
~ Grade C-
If you need to use this card, you have already lost. Forget
Forget
ForgetSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target player chooses and discards two cards, then draws as many cards as he or she discarded in this way.
it.

VW5jb250cm9sbGFibGUgAnger
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.
~ Grade D-
Yuck! A Giant Strength
Giant Strength
Giant StrengthSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+2.
with a drawback for an additional 2. Yes, Sligh intends to attack each turn, but still its expensive, and we should always have the choice.

Unearthly Blizzard
Unearthly Blizzard
Unearthly BlizzardSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
196
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Text:
Up to three target creatures can't block this turn.
~ Grade C
Once again, spells that cause creatures to be unable to block do not see play.

Unnatural Speed
Unnatural Speed
Unnatural SpeedSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
197
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Target creature gains haste until end of turn.
~ Grade B-
A nice Splice target, and allows us to get quick use out of any relatively-big creatures we might use. Not too shabby.

Yamabushi's Flame
Yamabushi's Flame
Yamabushi's FlameSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
198
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Yamabushi's Flame deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage this way would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
~ Grade C+
I knew Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.
. Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.
was a good friend of mine. This is no Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.
. Heck, it isn’t even Carbonize
Carbonize
CarbonizeSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Text:
Carbonize deals 3 damage to target creature or player. That creature can't be regenerated this turn. If that creature would be put into the graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
, as at least Carbonize
Carbonize
CarbonizeSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Text:
Carbonize deals 3 damage to target creature or player. That creature can't be regenerated this turn. If that creature would be put into the graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
can prevent regeneration. I guess we are stuck with Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.
. (Insert expletives here.)

Yamabushi's Storm
Yamabushi's Storm
Yamabushi's StormSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
199
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Yamabushi's Storm deals 1 damage to each creature. If a creature dealt damage this way would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
~ Grade C-
What is with all these “remove from game” effects? Does Maro
Maro
MaroSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
241
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Maro's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand.
miss Alliances? Anyways, Tremor
Tremor
TremorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
211
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Tremor deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.
and Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
are far more useful.

Zo-Zu the Punisher ~ Grade B-
Heh. A Ankh of Mishra
Ankh of Mishra
Ankh of MishraSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Ankh does 2 damage to anyone who puts a new land into play.
on a stick. Even in Sligh, it could deal some nice damage. I can see a possible Sligh/LD deck coming into fruition. A rough sketch:

4: Hearth Kami
Hearth Kami
Hearth KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
171
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, Sacrifice Hearth Kami: Destroy target artifact with converted mana cost X.

4: Oxidda Golem
Oxidda Golem
Oxidda GolemSet: Darksteel
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste, Affinity for Mountains.

4: Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)

4: Slith Firewalker
Slith Firewalker
Slith FirewalkerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slith
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Whenever Slith Firewalker deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.

4: Zo-Zu the Punisher

4: Molten Rain
Molten Rain
Molten RainSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.

4: Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
R, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Pyrite Spellbomb deals 2 damage to target creature or player. 1, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Draw a card.

4: Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.

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

4: Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.


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


In short, most of Champions is overcost for Sligh. But there is some very nifty cards that should please a Johnny that wants to makeover Sligh. Otherwise, it looks like we will be missing Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
.


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