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The previous weekend, MTGO debuted the long promised Vanguard format for MTGO. The idea is that you can alter your persona by use of a Vanguard, giving you a special ability while changing your opening hand and life totals. This is an overall view of what happened, and conclusions. I’ll post more in-depth looks in a later article, as I did not play most of the decks seen; just the one I made.

First, the various avatars deemed from worst to best. To see what each does, go to http://wizards.com/default.asp?x=magic/magiconline/vanguard:

24) 8.5 Tails – Yes you start with 2 extra cards, but randomness is bad and Elvish Champion
Elvish Champion
Elvish ChampionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Elves get +1/+1 and have forestwalk. (They're unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)
provides a de facto ninth card
23) Ink-Eyes – never saw it played; the life loss was too much
22) Phage – some tried, but they quickly went down in flames
21) Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
– too random, and the life loss makes you vulnerable to burn
20) Platinum Angel
Platinum Angel
Platinum AngelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Brom
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.
– too hard to get going, and there is plenty of removal around to stop the Angel’s ability
19) Bosh – it required playtesting, and most players went with established decks instead
18) Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel
Fallen AngelSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Sacrifice a creature: +2/+1 until end of turn
– this was overlooked
17) Grinning Demon
Grinning Demon
Grinning DemonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
At he beginning of your upkeep, you lose 2 life. Morph 2BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
– I tried to make this work, but Vanguard is too quick to make this work. Maybe if Ravager was still in Standard…
16) Viridian Zealot
Viridian Zealot
Viridian ZealotSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Kev Walter
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Tel-Jilad Zealot: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
– it had some early success, but in the end everyone went
15) Royal Assassin
Royal Assassin
Royal AssassinSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Assassin
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Destroy any tapped creature.
– this should have seen more play, but everyone liked the early rush from the Elvish Champion
Elvish Champion
Elvish ChampionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Elves get +1/+1 and have forestwalk. (They're unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)
(see a trend?)
14) Karona – some got this to work, but it wasn’t consistent
13) Erhnam Djinn
Erhnam Djinn
Erhnam DjinnSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
During your upkeep, you must choose one of opponent's non-wall creatures in play. Until your next upkeep, that creature gains the forestwalk ability. If opponent has no creatures, ignore this effect.
– I faced a nasty one, but I never saw it in the tourneys
12) Two-Headed Giant – early rush decks tried this, but rush quickly got dismissed
11) 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.
– looked strong, but it was one-dimensional

******************* TOP TEN AVATARS *******************

10) SERRA ANGEL: Life gain is a weak ability if Necro isn’t around, but one guy putting Orim
Orim
OrimSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+12
Text:
Your creatures can block as though they had flying.
’s Chant on The Stick had lots of luck.
9) BIRDS OF PARADISE: This deck featured bringing the Bringers from Fifth Dawn into play. With this deck, you are basically playing one color that has all the advantages of every color and few to none of the drawbacks of individual colors. The fact that Darksteel Citadel
Darksteel Citadel
Darksteel CitadelSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Indestructible. (This is not a spell.) T: Add 1 to your mana pool.
is not Standard legal seriously hurts the deck.

8) HIGURE: I saw this in one Top 8. It was a White Weenie deck. I think the deck suffered from the same problems that other WW decks have; the player did not take advantage of Higure that he should have. I designed a Higure deck that worked well against Champion Ponza (see below), but I did not play it as I really didn’t want to face 10 rounds of Ponza. Here’s my deck

Hasty Higure Heat (Or, HHH for short”)

1 Higure Avatar

4 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.

2 Lava Hounds
Lava Hounds
Lava HoundsSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hounds
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Lava Hounds is unaffected by summoning sickness.When Lava Hounds comes into play, it deals 4 damage to you.

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 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.)

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 Spark Elemental
Spark Elemental
Spark ElementalSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample. At the end of turn, sacrifice Spark Elemental.


4 Electrostatic Bolt
Electrostatic Bolt
Electrostatic BoltSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Electrostatic Bolt deals 2 damage to target creature. If it's an artifact creature, Electrostatic Bolt deals 4 damage to it instead.

3 Magma Jet
Magma Jet
Magma JetSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Text:
Magma Jet deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Scry 2

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.

2 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.


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


Sideboard
3 Echoing Ruin
Echoing Ruin
Echoing RuinSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target artifact and all other artifacts with the same name as that artifact.

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

4 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.


The idea of the deck is to play lots of Haste creatures, which quickly replace themselves. Spark Elemental
Spark Elemental
Spark ElementalSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample. At the end of turn, sacrifice Spark Elemental.
becomes quite good when it becomes an auto creature tutor. As this deck needs little land, it stands up well to Ponza. Strangely, the times I was mana flooded was when I faced Ponza. The Frostlins, 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.
s, and 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.
is to get rid of Elf Tokens quickly. If in your first turn your choice is to destroy the Elf token or cast a creature, destroy the Elf. Ponza often has 3 mana available first turn; you don’t want them to have a lot of mana. I’m not convinced with the sideboard; feel free to alter it and report back to me your results.

7) Arcbound Overseer
Arcbound Overseer
Arcbound OverseerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
99
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature with modular you control. Modular 6
– should have been used with affinity, but Extended Affinity would rather use the Champion. One actually took 2nd place in a KBC event. The player 11seven in tourney #532136 piloted a WW deck where he would continually build up a Lantern Kami
Lantern Kami
Lantern KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
with +1/+1 counters, thus having a totally superior Slith Ascendant
Slith Ascendant
Slith AscendantSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slith
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever Slith Ascendant deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
. He lost the final game due to not getting the Lantern Kami
Lantern Kami
Lantern KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
and having his opponent’s Jitte killing his few creatures too effectively to win. It probably didn’t see wider play as the Overseer is a rarer avatar, and people were seduced to the Champion like Anakin got seduced to the Dark Side.

6) ETCHED ORACLE: Decks built around the Oracle
Oracle
OracleSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+9
Text:
You may untap any attacking creatures you control and remove them from combat.
usually were Standard decks which used the Myojins to destroy the enemies hand, creatures, or land. Very powerful, but were easily disrupted by…Ponza.

5) RAKSHA: I had tested this avatar when I was facing other mono-red decks. It was great against mono-red beatdown even without equipment, as as worst you trade and if you’re attacking, their likely to lose their creature but you won’t lose yours. But once bpeople discovered the power of Champion, so went all the mono-red beats. This left Raksha as WW deck with equipment only, which made some Top 8s but usually lost in the first round of Top 8 to Champion.

4) AKROMA: Akroma decks were usually WW decks that hoped for random effects and an increased life total to help them out. The life total seemed to help their players more than the random abilities. But the randomness kept the decks from being better

3) SESHIRO: I saw a few of these. The first was NoobsLord in tourney #532112 who made all his creatures Cleric, and had Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung ReanimatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Rotlung Reanimator or another Cleric is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
/Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
recursion to kill the opponent. But it was too easily disrupted. The second, better one which actually won a tourney was Caliban17’s of tourney #532119, who made all his creatures Elf, which would start with a BoP tapping for a G to play Wirewood Symbiote
Wirewood Symbiote
Wirewood SymbioteSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Return an elf you control to its owner’s hand : Untap target creature. Play this ability only once per turn.
, returning the Symbiote to your hand to untap BoP to once again tap the BoP for a G to play Symbiote and so one until one decided to stop, which was when they played Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
to mill the opponent to death. Another Seshiro deck used Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
s. These need more detail, which I will give in my next article.

2) PRODIGAL SORCERER: There was no essential Sorcerer deck. Some were aggressive, more were control. The ability to choose your card worked wonders.

1) ELVISH CHAMPION: This was the overall winning avatar. 74% of all decks that made the Top 8 in all tourneys had the Champion as their avatar. At one point, 93% of all decks that made the Top 8 in Standard used the Champion. (All figures as of the morning of May 10, 2005; look for the final stats on the forum linked to at the end of this article). People would just play their normal decks, but add the Champion avatar. After all, what deck can’t make use of an extra starting card, a Llanowar
Llanowar
LlanowarSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
All creatures have "{T}: Add {G}{G} to your mana pool." Whenever you roll {C}, untap all creatures you control.
Elf without summoning sickness already in play on their first turn, and a little extra life? Aside from a few Sligh builds, every deck could. Just look at the final results:

Final Top 8 Appearance Count (thanks to WotC Forum member Twilight Aria for compiling)

Top 8 Apperances (Overall)
Elvish Champion
Elvish Champion
Elvish ChampionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Elves get +1/+1 and have forestwalk. (They're unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)
: 308
Akroma: 36
Prodigal Sorceror: 27
Etched Oracle
Etched Oracle
Etched OracleSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) 1, Remove four charge counters from Etched Oracle: Target player Draws three cards. 0/0
: 14
Seshiro: 13
Raksha: 6
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.
: 3
Arcbound Overseer
Arcbound Overseer
Arcbound OverseerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
99
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature with modular you control. Modular 6
: 2
Higure: 2
Karona: 1
Two-Headed Giant: 1
Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
: 1

Top 8 Appearances (Standard)
Elvish Champion
Elvish Champion
Elvish ChampionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Elves get +1/+1 and have forestwalk. (They're unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)
: 131
Prodigal Sorceror: 4
Etched Oracle
Etched Oracle
Etched OracleSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) 1, Remove four charge counters from Etched Oracle: Target player Draws three cards. 0/0
: 3
Raksha: 2
Akroma: 1
Karona: 1

Top 8 Appearances (Champions)
Elvish Champion
Elvish Champion
Elvish ChampionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Elves get +1/+1 and have forestwalk. (They're unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)
: 83
Akroma: 28
Etched Oracle
Etched Oracle
Etched OracleSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) 1, Remove four charge counters from Etched Oracle: Target player Draws three cards. 0/0
: 11
Prodigal Sorceror: 7
Higure: 2
Raksha: 3
Arcbound: 2

Top 8 Appearances (Extended)
Elvish Champion
Elvish Champion
Elvish ChampionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Elves get +1/+1 and have forestwalk. (They're unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)
: 94
Prodigal Sorceror: 16
Seshiro: 13
Akroma: 7
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.
: 3
Two-Headed Giant: 1
Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
: 1
Raksha: 1

As you see, 74% of all Top 8 decks used Elvish Champion
Elvish Champion
Elvish ChampionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Elves get +1/+1 and have forestwalk. (They're unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)
avatar. The next highest-used avatar had only 8.6% of the Top 8. A full 92% of Standard Top 8 players used the Champion. Obviously, the Champion must be nuked or Vanguard won't have much of a future/

In Standard the deck of choice was Ponza, followed by 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.)
, and then a few Rogue decks. Champions constructed saw the most diversity, with Snake decks being the most popular. In Extended, Affinity was highly popular due to it being cheaper than other Extended decks. Outside of those already common in Online Extended, the format’s main innovation was a 3-4 Land Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
belcher deck, which was a beauty to behold but was susceptible to disruption.

It looks like, if WotC is serious about the Vanguard format, they must do something to neuter the Champion. I got sick of seeing Champion vs. Champion Ponza decks, with the first turn of the player going first was, 75% of the time, laying a mountain and then Magma Jet
Magma Jet
Magma JetSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Text:
Magma Jet deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Scry 2
ting the opposing Elf token. A reduction in initial hand size by -1 instead of +1 and -3 life instead of +1 should help things tremendously. The Sorcerer should be altered to +0 hand size instead of +1 to keep it in check as well.

With the recommended changes, I can see a great deal to look forward to in Vanguard. If you see me online, feel free to PM me with questions. My handle is “Bedford” on MTGO.

Be sure to click below to see the final tally for the initial Vanguard tourneys.


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