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Another set; another chance for Sligh to get some cards. Did Sligh get them? Read the review of every red card in the set. First, let me reprint my disclaimer from the original Samurai Sligh article:

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: These 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 Blizzard
Blizzard
BlizzardSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: 2You cannot cast Blizzard if you control no snow-covered lands. Creatures with flying do not untap during their controller's untap phase.
-Herder ~ Grade C-
If it was optional, or if it only hit your opponent, or you could choose to sacrifice it whenever, it would be a C+ or B- card.

Akki Raider
Akki Raider
Akki RaiderSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a land is put into a graveyard from play, Akki Raider gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
~ Grade B-
A 2/1 for 2cc is typical for Sligh. But to get full use of it, you must be playing LD. For casual Sligh decks, splash W for Armageddon
Armageddon
ArmageddonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All lands in play are destroyed.
and have fun. It does work quite with 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.
.

Ashen Monstrosity
Ashen Monstrosity
Ashen MonstrositySet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
93
Artist:
Chris Appelhans
Power:
7
Toughness:
4
Text:
Haste Ashen Monstrosity attacks each turn if able.
~ Grade C-
A high casting cost and doesn’t trample. I may begin praying again if I thought it would help bring back Trample.

Aura Barbs
Aura Barbs
Aura BarbsSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Each enchantment deals 2 damage to its controller, then each enchantment enchanting a creature deals 2 damage to the creature it's enchanting.
~ Grade D+
Why couldn’t this have been for artifacts?

Blademane Baku
Blademane Baku
Blademane BakuSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may put a ki counter on Blademane Baku. 1, Remove X ki counters from Blademane Baku For each counter removed, Blademane Baku gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
~ Grade C
Red’s Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
s and Arcanes have not impressed me enough to use this card, especially since it is so fragile.

Blazing Shoal
Blazing Shoal
Blazing ShoalSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
96
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may remove a red card with converted mana cost X in your hand from the game rather than pay Blazing Shoal's mana cost. Target creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn.
~ Grade A-
I am not totally sold on this card, but I like its potential. Put this in your Sligh deck for quick finishes. This and Rorix might make for a decent Extended Sligh deck.

Clash of Realities
Clash of Realities
Clash of RealitiesSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
All Spirits have "When this creature comes into play, you may have it deal 3 damage to target non-Spirit creature." All non-Spirit creatures have "When this creature comes into play, you may have it deal 3 damage to target Spirit."
~ Grade C-
Amusing. Not particularly useful, but amusing.

Crack the Earth
Crack the Earth
Crack the EarthSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Each player sacrifices a permanent.
~ Grade D
Misguided Rage
Misguided Rage
Misguided RageSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Text:
Target player sacrifices a permanent.
did not work. Even if it was a M.R. for R, it would not work.

Cunning Bandit
Cunning Bandit
Cunning BanditSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
99
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may put a ki counter on Cunning Bandit. At end of turn, if there are two or more ki counters on Cunning Bandit, you may flip it. ---- Azamuki, Treachery Incarnate Legendary Creature — Spirit 5/2 Remove a ki counter from Azamuki, Treachery Incarnate Gain control of target creature until end of turn.
~ Grade B-
I like Red’s controlling of creatures. Unfortunately, you have to build around it. It will suffice 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.

First Volley
First Volley
First VolleySet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
First Volley deals 1 damage to target creature and 1 damage to that creature's controller.
~ Grade C+
Nice in the mirror, but not that useful unless you are lacking in Bolt options.

Flames of the Blood Hand
Flames of the Blood Hand
Flames of the Blood HandSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
101
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Flames of the Blood Hand deals 4 damage to target player. The damage can't be prevented. If that player would gain life this turn, that player gains no life instead.
~ Grade B
I like unpreventable damage. Keep it in the sideboard for when you are up against COP: Reds.

Frost Ogre
Frost Ogre
Frost OgreSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
~ Grade D
Boring, expensive vanilla creature. We’ll skip this.

Frostling
Frostling
FrostlingSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Frostling Frostling deals 1 damage to target creature.
~ Grade B-
I knew 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.
. 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.
s will always be friends of mine. This is no 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.
. Still, it has its uses. It gives Sligh a useful Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
, and with cards in this block caring about Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
s, it will find its niche. A strong candidate for Kamigawa Sligh decks.

Fumiko the Lowblood
Fumiko the Lowblood
Fumiko the LowbloodSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Fumiko the Lowblood has bushido X, where X is the number of attacking creatures. (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +X/+X until end of turn.) Creatures your opponents control attack each turn if able.
~ Grade C+
It helps to clear blockers away from your attackers next round. It makes for a good blocker, which Sligh doesn’t usually need. More than likely it will be a creature that will be blocked the next turn. It might show up in Block Constructed. Too bad it doesn’t trample.

Genju of the Spires
Genju of the Spires
Genju of the SpiresSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Mountain
Rarity:
U
Number:
105
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Text:
2: Enchanted Mountain becomes a 6/1 red Spirit creature until end of turn. It's still a land. When enchanted Mountain is put into a graveyard, you may return Genju of the Spires from your graveyard to your hand.
~ Grade C+
Nice for the late game. But it doesn’t make it trample and with a 1 toughness, it will make sure your mountain dies. I’m not sold on this.

Goblin Cohort
Goblin Cohort
Goblin CohortSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin Cohort can't attack unless you've played a creature spell this turn.
~ Grade B-
A Mogg Concripts reprint, which saw some play back in the glory days of Sligh called Rath Cycle. My initial Sligh builds will include this card.

Heartless Hidetsugu
Heartless Hidetsugu
Heartless HidetsuguSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Heartless Hidetsugu deals to each player damage equal to half that player's life total, rounded down.
~ Grade C-
It won’t kill your opponent, and will do minimal damage unless you had a hard time damaging your opponent all game, which means that you will probably lose the game anyways. If you need a closer, use Flames of the Blood Hand
Flames of the Blood Hand
Flames of the Blood HandSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
101
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Flames of the Blood Hand deals 4 damage to target player. The damage can't be prevented. If that player would gain life this turn, that player gains no life instead.


In the Web of War
In the Web of War
In the Web of WarSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play under your control, it gets +2/+0 and gains haste until end of turn.
~ Grade D-
If it cost RR, it would be awesome. At that price, it can only set up a Dragon attack next turn. Phbbbbt!

Ire of Kaminari
Ire of Kaminari
Ire of KaminariSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Ire of Kaminari deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of Arcane cards in your graveyard.
~ Grade D+
Use Flames of the Blood Hand
Flames of the Blood Hand
Flames of the Blood HandSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
101
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Flames of the Blood Hand deals 4 damage to target player. The damage can't be prevented. If that player would gain life this turn, that player gains no life instead.
instead.

Ishi-Ishi, Akki Crackshot ~ Grade B
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I love the potential of this card, which depends on what Block Constructed or what post 10/20/05 Standard looks like. Keep an eye on this one.

S3VtYW5vJ3MgBlessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
~ Grade C
What is it with Red and RFG effects this block. Why couldn’t we have had them back when Rec/Survival and Living Death
Living Death
Living DeathSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Charles Gillespie
Text:
Set aside all creature cards in all graveyards. Then, put each creature that is in play into its owner's graveyard. Then, put each creature card set aside in this way into play under its owner's control.
decks were popular???

Mannichi, the Fevered Dream
Mannichi, the Fevered Dream
Mannichi, the Fevered DreamSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1R: Switch each creature's power and toughness until end of turn.
~ Grade D+
Sorry
Sorry
SorrySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Before playing any spell, if a copy of that spell card is in any graveyard, the spell's caster may say Sorry. If he or she does not, any other player may counter the spell by saying Sorry as it is cast.If any player says Sorry at any other time, Sorry deals 2 damage to that player.
, I am not worried about walls anymore.

Ogre Recluse
Ogre Recluse
Ogre RecluseSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
113
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever a player plays a spell, tap Ogre Recluse.
~ Grade D+
It is too easy to be stymied by your opponent, and is otherwise a vanilla creature. Sligh players can do better.

Overblaze
Overblaze
OverblazeSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
114
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Each time target permanent would deal damage to a creature or player this turn, it deals double that damage to that creature or player instead. 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-
It is too expensive, but might be cute in a Dragon deck.

Patron of the Akki
Patron of the Akki
Patron of the AkkiSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Goblin offering (You may play this card any time you could play an instant by sacrificing a Goblin and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Goblin. Mana cost includes color.) Whenever Patron of the Akki attacks, creatures you control get +2/+0 until end of turn.
~ Grade C+
Might make for a decent finisher. Still, I prefer Flames of the Blood Hand
Flames of the Blood Hand
Flames of the Blood HandSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
101
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Flames of the Blood Hand deals 4 damage to target player. The damage can't be prevented. If that player would gain life this turn, that player gains no life instead.
. The fact that you can use it as an instant makes it possibly viable. A darkhorse for constructed play.

Ronin Cliffrider
Ronin Cliffrider
Ronin CliffriderSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Number:
116
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) Whenever Ronin Cliffrider attacks, you may have it deal 1 damage to each creature defending player controls.
~ Grade D+
By the time it comes into play, I am not worried about defending 1-toughness creatures unless I am facing squirrels, If that’s the case, I rather just use Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.


Shinka Gatekeeper
Shinka Gatekeeper
Shinka GatekeeperSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Shinka Gatekeeper is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to you.
~ Grade D+
I knew 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.
…you know the rest. 3/2 for 1RR with no drawback would be marginally playable for Sligh. One with a drawback like this is awful.

Sowing Salt
Sowing Salt
Sowing SaltSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Remove target nonbasic land from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
~ Grade B-
Yep, another LD spell I managed to miss when I did my LD articles. It will probably see more play these days then it used to.

Torrent of Stone
Torrent of Stone
Torrent of StoneSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Torrent of Stone deals 4 damage to target creature. Splice onto Arcane—Sacrifice two mountains. (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 D+
We have better ways to damage opponents’ creatures.

Twist Allegiance
Twist Allegiance
Twist AllegianceSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
You and target opponent each gain control of all creatures the other controls until end of turn. Untap those creatures. Those creatures gain haste until end of turn.
~ Grade D
Reins of Power
Reins of Power
Reins of PowerSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
41
Artist:
Colin MacNeil
Text:
You and target opponent each untap and gain control of all creatures the other controls until end of turn. Those creatures are unaffected by summoning sickness this turn.
moved due the color wheel. At 2UU it didn’t see play. Had T.A. been 2RR, it would probably see play. At 6R it is worthless. Just go ahead and play Insurrection
Insurrection
InsurrectionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
213
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Untap all creatures and gain control of them until end of turn. They gain haste until end of turn.
if you want instead.

On a whole, I like this set better than I thought I would. Is it good enough to make Sligh awesome again? Not quite, but it shows promise. I just wish there were red ninjas.


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