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People have known for a long while that I like to write Magic articles, especially the esoteric. Most of you probably don’t know this but I am currently working on attaining my PhD in Geography, with my biggest specialty being in the Dixie region of the United States, and a lesser specialty is studying hurricanes and tornados. Like most of you, I have been at a loss of words for the loss, both human and economic, that Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.
Katrina has unleashed upon New Orleans, Biloxi, and Gulfport. The sole reason the USA acquired the Great Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
was just to get New Orleans, as its location at the mouth of the Mississippi at the Gulf of Mexico is perhaps the most strategic geographic area for US economics. For the past week I have been trying to convince WotC to release special promos to help raise funds, in particular make special promos of cards related to New Orleans. So when the “forces that be” at Cardshark requested that I build a special theme deck to commemorate the event, how could I refuse?

As I was specifically requested for a “Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.
deck”, obviously I had to include Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.
s in the deck. The next question is: what other cards can I use?

Bad River
Bad River
Bad RiverSet: Mirage
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Bad River comes into play tapped.tap, Sacrifice Bad River: Search your library for an island or swamp card. Put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
: The Mississippi is known for being fickle
Bayou
Bayou
BayouSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either B or G to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and forest 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.
: I hate to include an expensive card in a fun deck, but it is just so appropriate
Bog Raiders
Bog Raiders
Bog RaidersSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Swampwalk (This creature is unblockable as long as defending player has a swamp in play.)
: represents the looters
Bog Wreckage
Bog Wreckage
Bog WreckageSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
314
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Bog Wreckage comes into play tapped. Tap: Add B to your mana pool. Tap, Sacrifice Bog Wreckage: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
: a little tasteless
Drowned
Drowned
DrownedSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombies
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Regenerates
: might seem tasteless, but it does remind us of the victims of the tragedy
Emperor Crocodile
Emperor Crocodile
Emperor CrocodileSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crocodile
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
When you control no other creatures, sacrifice Emperor Crocodile.
: they say there are alligators in the city now
Festival
Festival
FestivalSet: The Dark
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Opponent may not declare an attack this turn. Play during opponent's upkeep phase.
: Definitely reminiscent of Mardi Gras and happier times, but it will be hard to include a white card in the deck.
Filth
Filth
FilthSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Swampwalk. As long as Filth is in your graveyard and you control a Swamp, creatures you control have Swampwalk.
: the only way to describe the general unhealthiness of the region now
Floodgate
Floodgate
FloodgateSet: Mirage
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
If Floodgate gains flying, bury it.If Floodgate leaves play, it deals to each nonblue creature without flying 1 damage for each two islands you control.
: represents the levees, but hard to work with
Gather Courage
Gather Courage
Gather CourageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
: this is a confirmed card for Ravnica, which is a Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
variant.
Hornet Cannon
Hornet Cannon
Hornet CannonSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
130
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
3, T: Put a Hornet token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 artifact creature with flying that is unaffected by summoning sickness. At end of turn, destroy the token.
: Their basketball team is the Hornet
Hornet
HornetSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, haste
s. Sadly, there are no Saints in Magic.
Jester’s Cap: Mardi Gras ish
Jester’s Mask: see above
Lake of the Dead
Lake of the Dead
Lake of the DeadSet: Alliances
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
When Lake of the Dead comes into play, sacrifice a swamp or bury Lake of the Dead.T: Add B to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice a swamp to add BBBB to your mana pool.
: extremely tasteless
Marsh Boa
Marsh Boa
Marsh BoaSet: Prophecy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Swampwalk (This creature is unblockable as long as defending player controls a swamp.)
: there are snakes there as well
Musician
Musician
MusicianSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mage
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: 1T: Put a music counter on target creature. During that creature's controller's upkeep, he or she pays 1 for each music counter on the creature, or destroy the creature.
: in tribute of their jazz tradition
Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown TombSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Swamp Forest
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add B or G to your mana pool.) As Overgrown Tomb comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Overgrown Tomb comes into play tapped instead.
: confirmed B/G dual land in Ravnica
Pine Barrens
Pine Barrens
Pine BarrensSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Pine Barrens comes into play tapped.T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add B or G to your mana pool. Pine Barrens deals 1 damage to you.
: represents typical land around the area
Polluted Delta
Polluted Delta
Polluted DeltaSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
321
Artist:
Land
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an island or swamp card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Rob Alexander
: add some power, but might be a bit tasteless
Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.
: this is a confirmed card for Ravnica that, for 1BG, buries an artifact or creature
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.
: I’ve heard there are snakes there now as well
River Delta
River Delta
River DeltaSet: Ice Age
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
If there are any depletion counters on River Delta, it does not untap during your untap phase. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a depletion counter from River Delta.T: Add U to your mana pool. Put a depletion counter on River Delta.T: Add B to your mana pool. Put a depletion counter on River Delta.
: fits quite well.
Rootwater Gator: they say there are alligators in the city now
Safe Haven
Safe Haven
Safe HavenSet: Chronicles
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
2, T: Remove target creature you control from the game. Play this ability as an interrupt.0: Sacrifice Safe Haven to return all creatures it has removed from the game directly into play under their owners' control as though they were just summoned. Use this ability during your upkeep.
: what Houston is now
Salt Marsh
Salt Marsh
Salt MarshSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
326
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Salt Marsh comes into play tapped.T: Add U or B to your mana pool.
:
Sandbar Crocodile
Sandbar Crocodile
Sandbar CrocodileSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crocodile
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Phasing
: they say there are alligators in the city now
Tangle
Tangle
TangleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.Attacking creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.
IEFzcA==: for the snakes
Underground River
Underground River
Underground RiverSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.
: in some parts of the city, the water table is only two feet below ground
Underground Sea
Underground Sea
Underground SeaSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either B or U to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and islands 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.
: see above
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 Bauble: represent the beads given at Mardi Gras.
Veiled Crocodile
Veiled Crocodile
Veiled CrocodileSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
When a player has no cards in hand, if Veiled Crocodile is an enchantment, Veiled Crocodile becomes a 4/4 creature that counts as a Crocodile.
: they say there are alligators in the city now
Watery Grave
Watery Grave
Watery GraveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Island Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add U or B to your mana pool.) As Watery Grave comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Watery Grave comes into play tapped instead.
: U/B dual land confirmed for Ravnica

Looking at the above, it’s obvious the deck needs to be B/G, as blue doesn’t supply much to the deck, despite how well the lands that produce blue fit in. Trying to include all the creatures that are still appropriate, we come with this creature build

3: Bog Raiders
Bog Raiders
Bog RaidersSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Swampwalk (This creature is unblockable as long as defending player has a swamp in play.)

3: Emperor Crocodile
Emperor Crocodile
Emperor CrocodileSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crocodile
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
When you control no other creatures, sacrifice Emperor Crocodile.

4: Marsh Boa
Marsh Boa
Marsh BoaSet: Prophecy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Swampwalk (This creature is unblockable as long as defending player controls a swamp.)

4: 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.

2: Rootwater Gator
4: Tangle
Tangle
TangleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.Attacking creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.
IEFzcA==

I wanted the deck to stand a chance, which is why I kept a lot of the small snakes around; green weenies give us an early game, while 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.
holds off opponents’ creatures until your big guns can arrive. Now for the support spells

4: Gather Courage
Gather Courage
Gather CourageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

4: Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.

4: Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.

4: 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 Bauble

All things considered, I hate to call Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.
your “kill card” but it will definitely knock out your opponent much of the time. The new Ravnica cards of Gather Courage
Gather Courage
Gather CourageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
and Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.
will help you control your opponents’ creature while protecting your own, and the Baubles will speed up your deck. Trust me; whenever legal I play with 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 Baubles as it speeds up your deck quite well. Now for the lands:

4: Bad River
Bad River
Bad RiverSet: Mirage
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Bad River comes into play tapped.tap, Sacrifice Bad River: Search your library for an island or swamp card. Put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4: Bayou
Bayou
BayouSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either B or G to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and forest 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.

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

4: Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown TombSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Swamp Forest
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add B or G to your mana pool.) As Overgrown Tomb comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Overgrown Tomb comes into play tapped instead.

4: Polluted Delta
Polluted Delta
Polluted DeltaSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
321
Artist:
Land
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an island or swamp card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Rob Alexander

2: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


Bad River
Bad River
Bad RiverSet: Mirage
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Bad River comes into play tapped.tap, Sacrifice Bad River: Search your library for an island or swamp card. Put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
and the Delta will find for you your dual lands. As more of your cards are green than black, you need more forests than swamps. Besides, your fetchers can only go after swamps, which means you need more forests to compensate.

Believe it or not, I was even able to include a sideboard:

Sideboard:
4: Filth
Filth
FilthSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Swampwalk. As long as Filth is in your graveyard and you control a Swamp, creatures you control have Swampwalk.

3: Hornet Cannon
Hornet Cannon
Hornet CannonSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
130
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
3, T: Put a Hornet token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 artifact creature with flying that is unaffected by summoning sickness. At end of turn, destroy the token.

4: Jester’s Cap
4: Jester’s Mask

Black decks are going to hate you for having them get rid of your Filth
Filth
FilthSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Swampwalk. As long as Filth is in your graveyard and you control a Swamp, creatures you control have Swampwalk.
s to the graveyard where they will do more good for you. Hornet Cannon
Hornet Cannon
Hornet CannonSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
130
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
3, T: Put a Hornet token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 artifact creature with flying that is unaffected by summoning sickness. At end of turn, destroy the token.
will sneak in damage that just might be the difference between victory and defeat. The Jester equipment will help you in the long game, allowing you to overcome the deck’s weaknesses.

I wish to encourage everyone to write to WotC and beg them to have special Magic promos and events to raise funds for the Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.
Katrina effort. They could at least sell Festival
Festival
FestivalSet: The Dark
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Opponent may not declare an attack this turn. Play during opponent's upkeep phase.
as a promo in MTGO, or create a Jester avatar that people could buy that WotC can give the proceeds to the Red Cross or whatever.

Jester Avatar
Hand Size +2
Life Total +3
At beginning of your upkeep, place the bottom card in a player’s library into his or her graveyard.

To my fellow Magic players from New Orleans, Gulfport, and Biloxi: you are in our thoughts, prayers, and best of wishes. Here’s hoping that by 2007 we can all get together to celebrate the revival of New Orleans Magic with a Pro Tour or Grand Prix there.

Peace all


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