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[Editor's note: Since Bedford is silly and caused most of his article to blink, I had to edit it. When I do that, the forum link disappears. So here it is again. http://ccncomics.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=1014]

Kudos to those who can figure out why I named this article Creamy, and my red one Crimson. We’ll finish off our reviews of 9th with White. Does this color now have the White stuff? *rimshot* Let’s fine out…


Angelic Blessing
Angelic Blessing
Angelic BlessingSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Target creature gets +3/+3 and gains flying until end of turn.

Constructed: C+ Limited: B- MTGO: B
This card was kind of fun back during the days of Exodus. It was never constructed worthy, but it’s nice to have around.

Ballista Squad
Ballista Squad
Ballista SquadSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
XW, T: Ballista Squad deals X damage to target attacking or blocking creature.

Constructed: C- Limited: C+ MTGO: C
It kills creatures, so it’s automatically good for Limited. It’s not constructed worthy; but then, few cards from Mercadian Masques are.

Blessed Orator
Blessed Orator
Blessed OratorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Other creatures you control get +0/+1

Constructed: C+ Limited: C+ MTGO: C (Odyssey)
Fair enough for Limited. It isn’t used in MTGO already, and being in 9th won’t change things.

QmxpbmtpbmcgSpirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

Constructed: B- Limited: B- MTGO: A
Back during the olden days of Magic, when HTML had the ´´blink´´ command, I would having the word Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
blinking on my webpage, as a joke. As a permanent chump blocker, and the fact that it’s been given errata to just be a Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
, it will help in Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
craft effects. I’m glad to see it back from its vacation since 5th Edition rotated out. I still prefer the Ice Age artwork best; but sadly, we get the 5th art as people kept thinking this flew in Ice Age. (I won games when this supposedly flew as well)

Foot Soldiers
Foot Soldiers
Foot SoldiersSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
4

Constructed: C Limited: C MTGO: D+
A poor man’s Giant Spider
Giant Spider
Giant SpiderSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Does not fly, but can block flying creatures.
. I thought white was supposed to have good creatures? This may have been OK in Portal, but not in core. You mean to tell me this isn’t an S-series card?

Gift of Estates
Gift of Estates
Gift of EstatesSet: Portal
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
If your opponent has more lands in play than you do, search your deck for up to three plains and put them into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterwards.

Constructed: B+ Limited: B+ MTGO: A
This is another Portal card that has never before been tourney-legal. Land Tax
Land Tax
Land TaxSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
During your upkeep, if an opponent controls more land than you, you may search your library and remove up to three basic land cards and put them into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
won’t ever come back, but this is a great addition to the card pool. This will be a boon in white Wisdom decks.

Infantry Veteran
Infantry Veteran
Infantry VeteranSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target attacking creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Constructed: C+ Limited: B- MTGO: B
This Visions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.
card will be a solid addition to Tribal decks. Decent Limited card and may occasionally show up in Constructed as it did when last seen in 6th Edition.

Inspirit
Inspirit
InspiritSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
41
Artist:
Keith Garlette
Text:
Untap target creature. It gets +2/+4 until end of turn.

Constructed: C Limited: B- MTGO: D (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.
)
Last seen in 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.
, the fact that it sells for less than the Cardshark minimum price for uncommons should say it all.

Kami of Old Stone
Kami of Old Stone
Kami of Old StoneSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
22
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
1
Toughness:
7

Constructed: C- Limited: C+ MTGO: D (COK)
I guess this is what we get in 9th instead of walls. Is “Defender” considered too complicated for noobs?

Leonin Skyhunter
Leonin Skyhunter
Leonin SkyhunterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

Constructed: B Limited: B- MTGO: C+ (Mirrodin)
This will be a very good creature to have around in case White Weenie ever comes back. Glad to see it; maybe it will finally get more respect.

Marble Titan
Marble Titan
Marble TitanSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Brom
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Creatures with power 3 or greater do not untap during their controllers' untap phases.

Constructed: B- Limited: B- MTGO: B+
It never saw play back during the height of WW’s power during Tempest, but then again there was a lot of better white cards then. It is very possible this card will finally have a chance to shine. Good for it.

Mending Hands
Mending Hands
Mending HandsSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Prevent the next 4 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.

Constructed: C- Limited: C MTGO: F (BOK)
Ack, we’ve been Betrayed. Anyways, it’s not played now, and will be quite redundant.

Paladin en-Vec
Constructed: A Limited: B+ MTGO: A+
One of the greatest white weenies is back, returning from its “Exodus”. Heck, I once repainted it to use for an avatar of mine (a Penguin En-Vec with a trident and patriotic colors, I wish I could post it on here to show it to you). The token Protection card for the base set, but what a great token. Sort of like having only one example of femininity in a picture dictionary, but that example is Trish Stratus. [Editor’s note: I’m not sure if that’s exactly a good thing or not, maybe the women in the audience can punch him for this one]

Peace of Mind
Peace of Mind
Peace of MindSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
13
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Text:
W, Choose and discard a card: Gain 3 life.

Constructed: C Limited: C MTGO: C+
Another Exodus card? No problem for me, as I have fond memories of Exodus (then again, I attended its prerelease at Disney World). Too bad this card wasn’t in Odyssey block; it might have a better reputation. A niche card that may help out Threshold-reliant decks on MTGO.

Pegasus Charger
Pegasus Charger
Pegasus ChargerSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pegasus
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, first strike

Constructed: C+ Limited: B MTGO: B+
Oh why must they insist that Thunder Spirit
Thunder Spirit
Thunder SpiritSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike, flying.
be on the Reserve List? Anyways, this Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Saga card didn’t see play back in the day, but then again how could it with the Soltaris around. It’s great for Limited, brand new for MTGO, and stands an outside chance for Constructed.

Reverse Damage
Reverse Damage
Reverse DamageSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All damage you have taken from any one source this turn is added to your life total instead of subtracted from it.

Constructed: C+ Limited: C+ MTGO: C- (7th)
Will cut down the price of 7th Edition ones for MTGO. Not much else will be affected.

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.

Constructed: C+ Limited: B MTGO: B+
I had great fun with this card, in a deck based around this card and 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.
(doing 18 points of damage to my opponent on his turn). A solid addition that was last seen in 5th Edition, being in every base set before then but not since then.

Sanctum Guardian
Sanctum Guardian
Sanctum GuardianSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice Sanctum Guardian: Prevent all damage to a creature or player from one source. (Treat further damage from that source normally.)

Constructed: C Limited: C+ MTGO: C+
Another Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Saga card, which will make a decent addition for white. Nothing really special; who says everything in Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
block was broken?

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

Constructed: B- Limited: C+ MTGO: B
Well, Vigilance
Vigilance
VigilanceSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchanted creature has vigilance. (Attacking doesn't cause it to tap.)
(the card) just got owned. A very nice Weatherlight addition to the mix that was last seen in 6th Edition.

Skyhunter Prowler
Skyhunter Prowler
Skyhunter ProwlerSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. Attacking does not cause Skyhunter Prowler to tap.

Constructed: C- Limited: C MTGO: C- (Fifth Dawn)
Doesn’t it seem strange for there to be flying cats in a base set? Seldom used now, and I don’t see this being used in the future either.

Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.

Constructed: B+ Limited: B MTGO: A
Someone at Wizards must really love Exodus. This is another awesome WW card from the past. I am so eager for 9th Edition. She’ll teach that Fifth Dawn hussy wannabe, Auriok Champion
Auriok Champion
Auriok ChampionSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black and from red. Whenever another creature comes into play, you gain 1 life.
.

Tempest of Light
Tempest of Light
Tempest of LightSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Destroy all enchantments.

Constructed: C+ Limited: C MTGO: C- (Mirrodin)
Anyone else want to bet that Tranquility
Tranquility
TranquilitySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
All enchantments in play must be discarded.
is gone for good?

Veteran Cavalier
Veteran Cavalier
Veteran CavalierSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Veteran Cavalier to tap.

Constructed: B- Limited: C+ MTGO: B-
Why couldn’t we have had 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
instead? We’ve seen 2/2 Vigilance
Vigilance
VigilanceSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchanted creature has vigilance. (Attacking doesn't cause it to tap.)
for 2cc before, and they weren’t played then. Neither will this Starter card.

Warrior’s Honor
Constructed: C- Limited: B- MTGO: C+
A nice combat trick from Visions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.
, but nothing special for Constructed. This was last seen in 6th Edition.

Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered WayfarerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, T: Search your library for a land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play this ability only if an opponent controls more lands than you.

Constructed: C+ Limited: B- MTGO: C- (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.
)
Some used it back during 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.
, but not that much. This will not be used that much due to Gift of Estates
Gift of Estates
Gift of EstatesSet: Portal
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
If your opponent has more lands in play than you do, search your deck for up to three plains and put them into your hand. Shuffle your deck afterwards.
.

Zealous Inquisitor
Zealous Inquisitor
Zealous InquisitorSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1W: The next time 1 damage would be dealt to Zealous Inquisitor this turn, that damage is dealt to target creature instead.

Constructed: C+ Limited: B MTGO: C+ (Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment 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.
ge)
Wow, this was annoying in OLS Limited decks. A solid addition to 9th.

There you have it, the new cards in 9th. With the removal of three COPs, White had lots of opportunities to improve, and it did. Future articles will look at what each color lost, but next week we’ll do something lighter.


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