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As I said in the previous article of the series, there are many Magic cards that never saw the play they should have. Maybe they came at the wrong time. Maybe the deck they would have been played in did not have viability when they were in Standard. Maybe they were simply overlooked. Here are 10 more cards, either red or white, that should have seen more play than they did.

1) Immolation
Immolation
ImmolationSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Target creature gets +2/-2.

Red has problems with creatures with regeneration. At the time of Immolation
Immolation
ImmolationSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Target creature gets +2/-2.
, River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
s and other regenerators were heavily played. Giving a creature +2/-2 is an effect that normally goes to black. The thing was, it was a sideboard card and red decks have sideboards usually dedicated to preventing blue and white from screwing the red deck.

2) Obstinate Familiar
Obstinate Familiar
Obstinate FamiliarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
210
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If you would draw a card, you may skip that draw instead.

Obstinate Familiar
Obstinate Familiar
Obstinate FamiliarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
210
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If you would draw a card, you may skip that draw instead.
would have worked wonders against Academy decks. How could you be decked if you could choose for yourself
Guerrilla Tactics
Guerrilla Tactics
Guerrilla TacticsSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Text:
Guerrilla Tactics deals 2 damage to target creature or player.If a spell or effect controlled by an opponent causes you to discard Guerrilla Tactics from your hand, reveal Guerrilla Tactics to all players, and it deals 4 damage to target creature or player.
. Unfortunately for the Familiar, it came out in Odyssey, 3 years after the Academy decks ruled. Now it is a sideboard card waiting for the environment where it would actually be seen in a sideboard.

3) Meltdown
Meltdown
MeltdownSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
203
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Destroy each artifact with total casting cost X or less.

A nice anti-artifact card for red. It should have seen lots of use against Academy decks, and all their artifacts. What was the problem? Well, Sligh decks liked having Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll
Cursed ScrollSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
3, T:Name a card. Target opponent chooses a card at random from your hand. If he or she chooses the named card, Cursed Scoll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
s and a few other artifacts, so Meltdown
Meltdown
MeltdownSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
203
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Destroy each artifact with total casting cost X or less.
was ignored. However, in the upcoming Extended PTQ season, Affinity decks might see play, and the red mage would be well served in keeping this card in the sideboard.

4) Spined Sliver
Spined Sliver
Spined SliverSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If any Sliver is blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each creature blocking it.

OK, so its actually a red/ green card, but if Meddling mage can be in blue, this can be in for red. Unlike all the other Rath Cycle Slivers, except Muscle Sliver
Muscle Sliver
Muscle SliverSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers get +1/+1.
, it was the only one that supplied a cumulative effect if two or more were in play simultaneously. It gave Slivers Bushido, as it were. However, people did not see the viability of a R/G Sliver deck, so it was ignored. Too bad. I did pretty good with such a deck. Making the deck 1.5 Casual for today:

4:Barbed Sliver
Barbed Sliver
Barbed SliverSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Each Sliver gains 2: This creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

4:Magma Sliver
Magma Sliver
Magma SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
All Slivers have “T: Target Sliver gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is
the number of Slivers in play.”

4:Metallic Sliver
Metallic Sliver
Metallic SliverSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Metallic Sliver counts as a Sliver.

4:Muscle Sliver
Muscle Sliver
Muscle SliverSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers get +1/+1.

4:Spined Sliver
Spined Sliver
Spined SliverSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If any Sliver is blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each creature blocking it.


4: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.

4: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.

4 Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4:Predator’s Strike
4:Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.


4:Wooded Foothills
Wooded Foothills
Wooded FoothillsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
330
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a mountain or forest card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

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

8:Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.



5) Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt
ThunderboltSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dylan Martens
Text:
Thunderbolt deals 3 damage to target player or 4 damage to target creature with flying.

I have always felt sorry for this card. It was designed to combat 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.
, Sengir Vampire
Sengir Vampire
Sengir VampireSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
FlyingVampire gets a +1/+1 counter each time a creature dies during a turn in which Vampire damaged it.
, and Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic SpecterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying An opponent damaged by Specter must discard a card at random from his or her hand. Ignore this effect if opponent has no cards left in hand.
s. However, Fifth Edition was released in April 1997, and with it no more 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.
s, Sengirs, and Hyppies. In June 1997 Weatherlight was released, and with it came Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt
ThunderboltSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dylan Martens
Text:
Thunderbolt deals 3 damage to target player or 4 damage to target creature with flying.
. Throughout the reign of 5th Edition there were very few flyers, and none were so powerful that they needed a sideboard card needed to deal with it.

6) 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.

This is a very versatile spell. You can counter a counterspell. You can gain 2-1 card advantage by having an opponent kill one of his own creatures. Many uses for this spell, and it is simply not being used like it should.

7) 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.

Very nice in a bird deck. (Yes, it was errated to say “Birds” instead of “Falcons”.) An additional +1/+1 for the birdies, and they gain banding. All of this for 3cc. In my FalconArmor deck, it ruled.

8) Tethered Griffin
Tethered Griffin
Tethered GriffinSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When you control no enchantments, sacrifice Tethered Griffin.

A 3/3 for a single white. This is not a bad thing. The problem is, there are no 0cc enchantments, and people are too used to playing a 1cc card first turn. But in a deck with Pacifism
Pacifism
PacifismSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.
s and Shared Triumph
Shared Triumph
Shared TriumphSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
53
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
As Shared Triumph comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type get +1/+1.
s, its pretty good, especially since few people play enchantment destruction.

9) Righteousness
Righteousness
RighteousnessSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target defending creature gains +7/+7 until end of turn.

A +7/+7 for W is pretty good. Unfortunately, you have to be on the defensive in order to use it. But against an opponent’s 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.
, or in conjunction with Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
, its very nice. Thanks to righteousness, I was once able to deal 18 points of damage to my opponent on his turn. (I blocked his Assmebly Worker with a Mogg Maniac
Mogg Maniac
Mogg ManiacSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Mogg Maniac is dealt damage, it deals an equal amount of damage to target opponent.
, and then Righteousness
Righteousness
RighteousnessSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target defending creature gains +7/+7 until end of turn.
it. In response he sacked his Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
towards the Maniac. I responded by playing another Righteousness
Righteousness
RighteousnessSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target defending creature gains +7/+7 until end of turn.
on the Maniac, and after damage was dealt, I Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
ed the now 15/15 Manic at him, killing him.) Here was the deck

4:Mogg Maniac
Mogg Maniac
Mogg ManiacSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Mogg Maniac is dealt damage, it deals an equal amount of damage to target opponent.

4:Righteousness
Righteousness
RighteousnessSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target defending creature gains +7/+7 until end of turn.

4:Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.

4:Warrior en-Kor
4:Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

4:Paladin en-Vec
4: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

4: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.

4: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.

4:Price of Progress
Price of Progress
Price of ProgressSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
95
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Price of Progress deals 2 damage to each player for each nonbasic land he or she controls.

4:Plateau
Plateau
PlateauSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
T: Add either R or W to your mana pool.Counts as both mountains and plains and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

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

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




10) Conversion
Conversion
ConversionSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All mountains are considered basic plains while Conversion is in play. Pay WW during upkeep or Conversion is discarded.

People like COP: Red but trust me, this works. Play it and the Sligh player is going to be impotent as almost anything he can cast he can’t because he needs red mana, and this denies it to him. Just mop up any remaining creatures he has, keep the WW to keep the enchantment, and you are in business.

And that ends part #2 of the series. Catch part #3 when it comes out in a few weeks. Oh yes, one more slight detail:

Rest in Peace Rodney; thanks for the memories. You are respected.


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