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CardShark Content - Beatdown Bedford Crenshaw (10/1/2005)

Yep, it seems that most of what I do nowadays is review cards in a new set. Thus, welcome to the Planescape, err…, Ravnica reviews. Given the nature of Ravnica, I’ll be doing the reviews Red-White-Green-Black-Blue, as corresponds to the guilds represented in the first set: R/W, W/G, G/B, and B/U. You know how I grade by now, so let’s get this started.

Barbarian Riftcutter
Barbarian Riftcutter
Barbarian RiftcutterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Barbarian
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
R, Sacrifice Barbarian Riftcutter: Destroy target land.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C+
Occasionally, having a Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
effect can win you games, but not too often. That is why it’s nice to have a creature that can become a Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
if need be. But in Constructed, if you need Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
you’ll have it in the sideboard, and not rely on a creature to do it for you.

Blockbuster
Blockbuster
BlockbusterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
1R, Sacrifice Blockbuster: Blockbuster deals 3 damage to each tapped creature and each player.

Limited: C- Constructed: D+ Overall: C-
7 mana for this? Yuck!

Breath of Fury
Breath of Fury
Breath of FurySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchant creature you control When enchanted creature deals combat damage to a player, sacrifice it and attach Breath of Fury to a creature you control. If you do, untap all creatures you control and after this phase, there is an additional combat phase.

Limited: C+ Constructed: B- Overall: B+
A possibility for 3 or more attack phases during one’s turn is sweet. Of course, you need at least 2 evasive creatures to make it worth it over Relentless Assault
Relentless Assault
Relentless AssaultSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
202
Artist:
Geofrey Darrow
Text:
Untap all creatures that attacked this turn. You get an additional combat phase followed by an additional main phase this turn.
, and if it is truly effective it’s because they have no blockers, so you should probably be winning anyway. Still, I can’t help but like it.

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.

Limited: B+ Constructed: B- Overall: C-
Red should deal 4 damage for 3cc with NO drawback. This card should cost RR. Still, Red has historically needed help killing a 4-toughness creature, and burn is always good in Constructed, so this will see play. Note that this is a red version of the classic card Psionic Blast
Psionic Blast
Psionic BlastSet: Alpha
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Psionic Blast does 4 damage to any target, but it does 2 damage to you as well.
, and has a short “real word” name, which makes this an easy candidate for 10th Edition.

Cleansing Beam
Cleansing Beam
Cleansing BeamSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
118
Artist:
Pat Lee
Text:
Radiance — Cleansing Beam deals 2 damage to target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it.

Limited: C+ Constructed: D+ Overall: C-
A pinpoint Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
might be nice, but only at 3cc, not 5.

Coalhauler Swine
Coalhauler Swine
Coalhauler SwineSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Coalhauler Swine is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to each player.

Limited: C Constructed: C Overall: C+
Might be fun in a R/w deck with COP:Red, but it’s not really worth the effort.

Dogpile
Dogpile
DogpileSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Dogpile deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of attacking creatures you control.

Limited: B Constructed: C- Overall: C
Would be fun in a squirrel deck that splashed red, but this card just leaves you too vulnerable to Wrath. Given that in Limited you often do swarm attacks, its value there increases.

Excruciator
Excruciator
ExcruciatorSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Damage that would be dealt by Excruciator can’t be prevented.

Limited: C- Constructed: C- Overall: C
I want to like this card, but it’s just too expensive to use.

Fiery Conclusion
Fiery Conclusion
Fiery ConclusionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
As an additional cost to play Fiery Conclusion, sacrifice a creature. Fiery Conclusion deals 5 damage to target creature.

Limited: B Constructed: C- Overall: C-
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
, why hast thou forsaken us?

Flame Fusillade
Flame Fusillade
Flame FusilladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
123
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Until end of turn, permanents you control gain “T: This permanent deals 1 damage to target creature or player.”

Limited: A- Constructed: C+ Overall: B
Wow, everything on your side of the board is now a Tim. I can see this in a squirrel deck or an Ernham Vanguard deck. In Limited it will very often be an “I Win” card.

Flash Conscription
Flash Conscription
Flash ConscriptionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn. If W was spent to play Flash Conscription, the creature gains “Whenever this creature deals combat damage, you gain that much life” until end of turn.

Limited: C+ Constructed: D Overall: D+
Yuck, I’ll stick to 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.
, which costs half of it. Sure it’s nice that it’s an instant that can turn an opponent’s attacker into a blocker, but at 6cc, it is just too pricey for constructed, even if white mana is used to cast it.

Frenzied Goblin
Frenzied Goblin
Frenzied GoblinSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Berserker
Rarity:
U
Number:
125
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Frenzied Goblin attacks, you may pay R. If you do, target creature can’t block this turn.

Limited: C+ Constructed: B- Overall: B-
I’ll give R&D credit; this is so far the best red card that prevents a creature from blocking. With the lack of decent 1/1 1cc goblins after rotation, this might just see play.

Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.

Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: B
The fact of the matter is that this is the best mono-red burn this set has, which is pathetic. Still, I like it better than 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.
.

Goblin Fire Fiend
Goblin Fire Fiend
Goblin Fire FiendSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Berserker
Rarity:
C
Number:
127
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Goblin Fire Fiend must be blocked if able. R: Goblin Fire Fiend gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

Limited: C- Constructed: D+ Overall: D
Well, at least we got this block’s Chimney Imp
Chimney Imp
Chimney ImpSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Chimney Imp is put into a graveyard from play, target opponent puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.
out of the way now.

Goblin Spelunkers
Goblin Spelunkers
Goblin SpelunkersSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblins
Rarity:
C
Number:
195
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Mountainwalk (If defending player controls a mountain, this creature is unblockable.)

Limited: C Constructed: C Overall: C
It’s filler, neither bad nor good. Thus, straight C’s is all I can say.

Greater Forgeling
Greater Forgeling
Greater ForgelingSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Marcelo Vignali
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
1R: Greater Forgeling gets +3/-3 until end of turn.

Limited: C Constructed: C Overall: C-
This may not be so bad with 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.
, as for 2RRG you can make this a 12/1. Of course, your opponent will only allow that the first game, making this card good only for rogue deck, and would probably block it anyways, making the point mute. Any deck without 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.
should avoid this.

Hammerfist Giant
Hammerfist Giant
Hammerfist GiantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Hammerfist Giant deals 4 damage to each creature without flying and each player.

Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C
Not too bad in a R/W deck, with COP: Red and Equipment to protect it. Still, I don’t think it’s worth it.

Hunted Dragon
Hunted Dragon
Hunted DragonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, haste When Hunted Dragon comes into play, put three 2/2 white Knight creature tokens with first strike into play under target opponent’s control.

Limited: B- Constructed: B+ Overall: B
I liked Rorix, so I like this card too, as it makes a great finisher. But be extra careful about bounce, as you definitely don’t want to give your opponent three 2/2 first strikers.

Incite Hysteria
Incite Hysteria
Incite HysteriaSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Radiance — Until end of turn, target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it gain This creature can’t block.

Limited: C- Constructed: C- Overall: C-
Cards that prevent blocking haven’t been too good. This card in a multicolor block will continue the tradition by falling on its face.

Indentured Oaf
Indentured Oaf
Indentured OafSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Glenn Fabry
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Prevent all damage that Indentured Oaf would deal to red creatures.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C-
It wouldn’t be played in Constructed even without the drawback. In Limited it’s a decent mid-sized critter, especially since in the first Ravnica set there is only one guild that plays red.

Infuriate
Limited: C+ Constructed: B- Overall: B
Considering the recent Defender cards, I can easily see this filling a sideboard slot. The closest Red will ever come to Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
.

Mindmoil
Mindmoil
MindmoilSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Whenever you play a spell, put the cards in your hand on the bottom of your library in any order, then draw that many cards.

Limited: B- Constructed: C+ Overall: C-
A Teferi’s Puzzle Box for red??? At 2RR it would be playable, as it can turn unneeded mountains into additional beats. At 5cc it is simply too costly.

Molten Sentry
Molten Sentry
Molten SentrySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
As Molten Sentry comes into play, flip a coin. If the coin comes up heads, Molten Sentry comes into play as a 5/2 creature with haste. If it comes up tails, Molten Sentry comes into play as a 2/5 creature with defender.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C Overall: C+
Well, at least they are trying to make a somewhat playable coin-flip card. A 5/2 haste for 4cc isn’t bad, but a 2/5 Defender in the aggressive color sucks. Some will play this, but I wouldn’t.

Ordruun Commando
Ordruun Commando
Ordruun CommandoSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
137
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
W: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to Ordruun Commando this turn.

Limited: C- Constructed: D+ Overall: C-
Obviously only playable in R/W decks, and is too fragile to keep around.

Rain of Embers
Rain of Embers
Rain of EmbersSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Rain of Embers deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

Limited: C Constructed: C+ Overall: C
Decent against Squirrels, but so many of your own Goblins will die to this. If you are going to kill off your own critters, you might as well play Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
to make sure your opponents get rid of theirs. A nice play in Vanguard to kill off your opponent’s Elves and Birds.

Reroute
Reroute
RerouteSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Change the target of target activated ability with a single target. Draw a card.

Limited: C- Constructed: C Overall: B-
It’s a nice cheap cantrip for red, but outside of occasionally flustering a Jitte I don’t see much use for it. Too bad; I want to like it.

Sabertooth Alley Cat
Sabertooth Alley Cat
Sabertooth Alley CatSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sabertooth Alley Cat attacks each turn if able. 1R: Creatures without defender can’t block Sabertooth Alley Cat this turn.

Limited: C Constructed: C- Overall: C-
I don’t think this card would be used even without the drawback. In fact, it would be marginally playable if the activated ability was just a static ability.

Seismic Spike
Seismic Spike
Seismic SpikeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Destroy target land. Add RR to your mana pool.

Limited: C Constructed: B- Overall: B
A decent replacement for 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.
if not spectacular. The question for deck builders is what you will do with the bonus mana.

Sell-Sword Brute
Limited: D+ Constructed: C+ Overall: F
I might have advocated this card’s use in modern Sligh, but not with Boros Guildmage
Boros Guildmage
Boros GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
242
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) 1R: Target creature gains haste until end of turn. 1W: Target creature gains first strike until end of turn.
in the same environment.

Smash
Smash
SmashSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Draw a card.

Limited: C- Constructed: C+ Overall: C
Jitte makes it playable as a silver bullet against it; but otherwise, it was just printed too late, as with Mirrodin rotating out so does the need for more artifact destruction. Still, a cute reprint.

Sparkmage Apprentice
Sparkmage Apprentice
Sparkmage ApprenticeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
144
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Sparkmage Apprentice comes into play, it deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

Limited: C+ Constructed: B Overall: A
I have long believed that Red needed some good CIP effects. This works for me, especially in an Oni Vanguard deck.

Stoneshaker Shaman
Stoneshaker Shaman
Stoneshaker ShamanSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the end of each player’s turn, that player sacrifices an untapped land.

Limited: C- Constructed: B- Overall: B-
Forget
Forget
ForgetSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target player chooses and discards two cards, then draws as many cards as he or she discarded in this way.
Boiling Seas
Boiling Seas
Boiling SeasSet: Portal
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Destroy all islands. (This includes your islands.)
; this will be the choice against blue players for the next two years. Too bad Chimeric Idol
Chimeric Idol
Chimeric IdolSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
0: Tap all lands you control. Chimeric Idol becomes a 3/3 artifact creature until end of turn.
won’t be around.

Surge of Zeal
Surge of Zeal
Surge of ZealSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
146
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Radiance — Target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it gain haste until end of turn.

Limited: C- Constructed: C+ Overall: C
Decent in a combo deck that specializes in manufacturing a bunch of critters as once. Most mono-red decks only cast one creature a turn by the time this card is playable, so it’s not for Sligh.

Torpid Moloch
Torpid Moloch
Torpid MolochSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) Sacrifice three lands: Torpid Moloch loses defender until end of turn.

Limited: C Constructed: D- Overall: D+
Yuck! Unless there is ever another way to remove Defender cheaply, this card remains garbage.

Viashino Fangtail
Viashino Fangtail
Viashino FangtailSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Viashino Fangtail deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

Limited: B+ Constructed: B- Overall: B
A Hill Giant
Hill Giant
Hill GiantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
whose name is Tim. This is a solid card for Limited, and could easily see constructed play.

Viashino Slasher
Viashino Slasher
Viashino SlasherSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Artist:
Glenn Fabry
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
R: Viashino Slasher gets +1/-1 until end of turn.

Limited: C- Constructed: D Overall: F
Once again, Boros Guildmage
Boros Guildmage
Boros GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
242
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) 1R: Target creature gains haste until end of turn. 1W: Target creature gains first strike until end of turn.
totally owns another card in the set.

War-Torch Goblin
Limited: B- Constructed: B- Overall: B-
Well, Ravnica’s goblins are better than Kamigawa’s, I’ll give it that. Should see some Constructed play, as it can trade with a */3 creature. Still, I’d rather have a 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.
.

Warp World
Warp World
Warp WorldSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
150
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Each player shuffles all permanents he or she owns into his or her library, then reveals that many cards from the top of his or her library. Each player puts all artifact, creature, and land cards revealed this way into play, then puts all enchantment cards revealed this way into play, then puts all cards revealed this way that weren't put into play on the bottom of his or her library in any order.

Limited: D- Constructed: D+ Overall: C+
A cute card for Johnny, but everyone else will find it unplayable.

Wojek Embermage
Wojek Embermage
Wojek EmbermageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
152
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Radiance — T: Wojek Embermage deals 1 damage to target creature and each other creature that shares a color with it.

Limited: C+ Constructed: C- Overall: C-
Do yourself a favor; play Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
or Rain of Embers
Rain of Embers
Rain of EmbersSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Rain of Embers deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.
instead?


As the Hybrid cards in Ravnica can be played as mono-colored, I will review the corresponding Hybrid cards as such.

Boros Guildmage
Boros Guildmage
Boros GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
242
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) 1R: Target creature gains haste until end of turn. 1W: Target creature gains first strike until end of turn.

Limited: B+ Constructed: B Overall: B
WotC has been absolutely phobic about giving red a decent 2/2 for 2cc. In a mono-red deck this is a 2/2 for RR that cheaply gives other creatures haste. Very nice for red. Also, if Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
comes back, then your WW opponent just gave you a 3/3.

Boros Recruit
Boros Recruit
Boros RecruitSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) First strike

Limited: C+ Constructed: B+ Overall: A-
I have long held that Tundra
Tundra
TundraSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either U or W to your mana pool.Counts as both islands 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.
IFdvbHZlcw== were great for WW. For Red, it is especially nice, especially with the use of equipment or 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.
. My Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
comment above works here as well.

Master Warcraft
Master Warcraft
Master WarcraftSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
12
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) Play Master Warcraft only before attackers are declared. You choose which creatures attack this turn. You choose how each creature blocks this turn.

Limited: B+ Constructed: C+ Overall: C+
For red, this is useful for either giving your creatures Provoke
Provoke
ProvokeSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Untap target creature you do not control. That creature blocks this turn if able.Draw a card.
(keeping unprovoked blockers unable to block), or giving you the ability to stop a mirror match’s alpha strike in order to give you a Hunted Dragon
Hunted Dragon
Hunted DragonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, haste When Hunted Dragon comes into play, put three 2/2 white Knight creature tokens with first strike into play under target opponent’s control.
victory next turn. Nice, but I don’t think its work it.

So, as of right now a pure mono-R Sligh deck is not tourney worthy, but one that splashes White should be awesome, as we shall soon see. Join me next week for Wall Street White I.


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