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Homelands on MTGO - Beatdown Bedford Crenshaw (4/1/2007)

What great news we got today. Finally, the most powerful expansion ever, HOMELANDS, will be on MTGO. As a useful primer, I will let you all know what you need to know about this killer set. What things can you expect? How about black’s only critters with vigilance and forestwalk? And other TREMENDOUS options.


Abbey Gargoyles
Abbey Gargoyles
Abbey GargoylesSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gargoyles
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying, protection from red

Grade: A
Awesome card. No longer will White decks have to fear Bird Maiden
Bird Maiden
Bird MaidenSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Maiden
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
s or Goblin Balloon Brigade
Goblin Balloon Brigade
Goblin Balloon BrigadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblins
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Andi Rusu
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R: Gains flying ability until end of turn.
s

Abbey Matron
Abbey Matron
Abbey MatronSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
W, T: +0/+3 until end of turn

Grade: A
Don't you just hate it when you are attacked. Now, you have a cheap wall that can occasionally attack. And what hot babe artwork the two cards have. HUBBA HUBBA.

Æther Storm
Grade: A
Don't you just hate the fact there are creatures in Magic. This cards comes down quick to stop such shenanigans. If they dare pay to destroy it, you can always play Elven Cache
Elven Cache
Elven CacheSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
224
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.
to bring it back.

Aliban's Tower
Aliban's Tower
Aliban's TowerSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target blocking creature gets +3/+1 until end of turn.

Grade: A
Red is well known for being defensive. Why play with Brute Force
Brute Force
Brute ForceSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
c
Number:
116
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
when you can pay more for a situation card. SWEET!!!

Ambush
Ambush
AmbushSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
All blocking creatures gain first strike until end of turn.

Grade: A
Once again, a great boon for Red. After all, Defense is everything for Red. Red never wants to attack, after all.

Ambush Party
Ambush Party
Ambush PartySet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ambush Party
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Charles Gillespie
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike Ambush Party is unaffected by summoning sickness.

Grade: A
Who needs Battering Craghorn
Battering Craghorn
Battering CraghornSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
188
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike. Morph 1RR (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
or Shivan Raptor
Shivan Raptor
Shivan RaptorSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Bob Eggleton
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) Shivan Raptor is unaffected by summoning sickness.
? Who cares with only one toughness. You have first strike AND haste? AWESOME!!!

Anaba Ancestor
Anaba Ancestor
Anaba AncestorSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ghost
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target Minotaur gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Grade: C
Now a Minotaur Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
, it is what red needs...a narrow Wyluli Wolf
Wyluli Wolf
Wyluli WolfSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.


Anaba Bodyguard
Anaba Bodyguard
Anaba BodyguardSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
First strike

Grade: C
I have always wished Hurloon Minotaur
Hurloon Minotaur
Hurloon MinotaurSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
would have first strike. YAY!!!

Anaba Shaman
Anaba Shaman
Anaba ShamanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Anaba Shaman deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

Grade: N/A
Already in MTGO: 8th, 9th

Anaba Spirit Crafter
Anaba Spirit Crafter
Anaba Spirit CrafterSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
All Minotaurs get +1/+0.

Grade: C
For one mana more, this Hurloon can beef up all other minotaurish. I'm BULLish on this card. AWESOME RARE!!! Now a Minotaur Wizard.

An-Havva Constable
Grade: A
A great card. Now, you finally have a use for 10-20 Squirrel or Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
tokens. Beatdown your opponents hard with a 2/11+ montrosity.

An-Havva Inn
Grade: C
Have you ever played a St. Patrick's Day Tournament, when your non-lands have to all be Green? This card is BROKEN!!!

An-Havva Township, Aysen Abbey
Aysen Abbey
Aysen AbbeySet: Homelands
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.1, T: Add W to your mana pool.2, T: Add U to your mana pool.2, T: Add G to your mana pool.
, Castle
Castle
CastleSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
Your untapped creatures gain +0/+2. Attacking creatures do not get this bonus.
IFNlbmdpcg==, Koskun Keep
Koskun Keep
Koskun KeepSet: Homelands
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.1, T: Add R to your mana pool.2, T: Add B to your mana pool.2, T: Add G to your mana pool.
, Wizards' Keep
Grade: A
Sure, you could play City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, but that costs life and you don't need to use that many colors. And Ravnica duals don't give enough types of mana. A whole cycle of uber-broken lands? WOW!!!

An-Zerrin Ruins
Grade: F
Yuck! Why would I ever want to stop a sliver or goblin horde from attacking me constantly? Garbage.

Apocalypse Chime
Apocalypse Chime
Apocalypse ChimeSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
2, T: Sacrifice Apocalypse Chime to bury all cards from the Homelands expansion.

Grade: A
With all the broken cards in this set, I'm glad they gave us a safety measure. Kudos. After all, we have all seen how awesome City in a Bottle
City in a Bottle
City in a BottleSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
All cards from Arabian Nights must be discarded from play, except for City in a Bottle. While City in a Bottle is in play, no further cards from Arabian Nights can be played.
is.

Autumn Willow
Autumn Willow
Autumn WillowSet: Homelands
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Cannot be the target of spells or effects.G: Target player may target Autumn Willow with spells or effects until end of turn.

Grade: F
Yuck!!! Why would I ever want my opponent not to cast spells on one of my creatures? That activation is too expensive as well. Sad.

Aysen Bureaucrats
Aysen Bureaucrats
Aysen BureaucratsSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bureaucrats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Tap target creature with power 2 or less.

Grade: A
I have long wanted the ability to tap my opponent's Mana Birds and Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
on their upkeep so that they can't sue them to cast killer cards like Krosan Cloudscraper
Krosan Cloudscraper
Krosan CloudscraperSet: Legions
Cost:
10
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast Mutant
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Power:
13
Toughness:
13
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Krosan Cloudscraper unless you pay GG. Morph 7GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
.

Aysen Crusader
Aysen Crusader
Aysen CrusaderSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crusader
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Power:
2+*
Toughness:
2+*
Text:
Aysen Crusader has power and toughness each equal to 2 plus the number of Heroes you control.

Grade: A
AWESOME!!! We all know what an awesome deck that Benalish Hero
Benalish Hero
Benalish HeroSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hero
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Bands
, Kjeldoran Warrior
Kjeldoran Warrior
Kjeldoran WarriorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hero
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Banding
, and Fraction Jackson
Fraction Jackson
Fraction JacksonSet: Unhinged
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Hero
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1.5
Text:
G, T: Return target card with a 1/2 on it from your graveyard to your hand.
makes. Now with this, it could get so big it doesn't even need Trample.

Aysen Highway
Aysen Highway
Aysen HighwaySet: Homelands
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
All white creatures gain plainswalk.

Grade: A
I have always wondered why Zodiac Rooster
Zodiac Rooster
Zodiac RoosterSet: Portal Three Kingdoms
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rooster
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ai Desheng
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Plainswalk (If defending player has a plain in play, Zodiac Rooster can't be blocked.)
and Graceful Antelope
Graceful Antelope
Graceful AntelopeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Antelope
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Plainswalk Whenever Graceful Antelope deals combat damage to a player, you may have target land become a plains until Graceful Antelope leaves play.
should have all the fun. When doing some white on white violence, what better way to sneak in a win than to make them all unblockable for the low, low, LOW cost of 6 mana. THIS ROCKS!!!

Baki's Curse
Baki's Curse
Baki's CurseSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
Baki's Curse deals 2 damage to each creature for each creature enchantment on that creature.

Grade: A
Haven't you always wanted to do something to opponent's creatures that have been Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
IExpbms=ed 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.
ed? This card will keep us from the ravages that are auras. TAKE THAT RABID WOMBAT!!!

Baron Sengir
Baron Sengir
Baron SengirSet: Homelands
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature is put into the graveyard the same turn Baron Sengir damaged it, put a +2/+2 counter on Baron Sengir.T: Regenerate target Vampire.

Grade: F
Yuck! Who wants to play with Vampires. Everyone knows that Zombie: the Masquerade is the popular RPG. No one likes Vampires. Plus, thanks to it being able to fly, it is now vulnerable to Squall
Squall
SquallSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Squall deals 2 damage to each creature with flying.
bW9uZ2Vy. I guess every great set needs a few turds.

Beast Walkers
Beast Walkers
Beast WalkersSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Heroes
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
G: Banding until end of turn

Grade: A
Wow, and I thought Aysen Crusader
Aysen Crusader
Aysen CrusaderSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crusader
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Power:
2+*
Toughness:
2+*
Text:
Aysen Crusader has power and toughness each equal to 2 plus the number of Heroes you control.
was already broken. Plus, it gives me a mana dump when my Eladamri's Vineyard
Eladamri's Vineyard
Eladamri's VineyardSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Ron Chironna
Text:
At the beginning of each player's main phase, add GG to that player's mana pool.
gets out-of-control. SWEET!!!

Black Carriage
Black Carriage
Black CarriageSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Carriage
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Does not untap during your untap phase.0: Sacrifice a creature to untap Black Carriage. Use this ability only during your upkeep.

Grade: A
I have long wanted a way to save my Endrek Sahr from destruction. This gives me a way. I dunno why I'd want a 4/4 to have trample, but I'll take it. NEAT!!!

Broken Visage
Broken Visage
Broken VisageSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
Bury target nonartifact attacking creature and put a Shadow token into play. Treat this token as a black creature with the same power and toughness as that attacking creature. At end of turn, bury the token.

Grade: A
Why just use Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.
when, for two mana more, you can take out two attackers at once, by blocking the biggest one and then using it to block the second biggest. Who cares if it only works on attackers, and that you'll lose it at end of turn. It helps so much with Kamigawa Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
craft cards. Plus, it only costs five mana. WOW!!!

Carapace
Carapace
CarapaceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +0/+2.Sacrifice Carapace: Regenerate enchanted creature.

Grade: A
Who needs Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
? Why pay an extra mana for +2 power in 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.
, especially when you can gain a one-time regeneration effect. GREAT!!!

Cemetery Gate
Cemetery Gate
Cemetery GateSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Protection from black

Grade: C
Why would I ever want protection from Black? What, like I'd actually want to keep my Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
around? Still, not as awful as the Baron.

Q2hhaW4gStasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.

Grade: A
Sweet. I never saw a point to Chain Lightning
Chain Lightning
Chain LightningSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Chain Lightning does 3 damage to one target. Each time Chain Lightning does damage, the target or target's controller may then pay RR to have Chain Lightning do 3 damage to any target of that player's choice.
. But here is a great use for the mechanic. For just 7 mana I can keep my three best creatures from having to block a Thicket Basilisk
Thicket Basilisk
Thicket BasiliskSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Basilisk
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Any non-wall creature blocking Basilisk is destroyed, as is any creature blocked by Basilisk. Creatures destroyed this way deal their damage before dying.
with Lure
Lure
LureSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
All creatures able to block enchanted creature do so.
, which would kill them.

Chandler
Chandler
ChandlerSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
RRR, T: Destroy target artifact creature.

Grade: A
Have you ever gotten sick of being beaten down by Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
s or Venser's Sliver
Venser's Sliver
Venser's SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
267
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
s? This Human Rogue Wizard quickly takes care of that problem. Plus, it's a Legend. How cool is that. I guess that is what FRIENDS are for.

Clockwork Gnomes
Clockwork Gnomes
Clockwork GnomesSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
3, T: Regenerate target artifact creature.

Grade: A
So how do you combat Chandler
Chandler
ChandlerSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
RRR, T: Destroy target artifact creature.
? With these cute guys, who were already made into Gnomes before this new release. Plus, you can have 4 of them in a deck. After all, you have to keep those Phyrexian Hulk
Phyrexian Hulk
Phyrexian HulkSet: Tempest
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
s around somehow.

Clockwork Steed
Clockwork Steed
Clockwork SteedSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Clockwork Steed cannot be blocked by artifact creatures.When Clockwork Steed comes into play, put four +1/+0 counters on it. At the end of any combat in which Clockwork Steed attacked or blocked, remove one of these counters.X, T: Put X +1/+0 counters on Clockwork Steed. You may have no more than four of these counters on Clockwork Steed. Use this ability only during your upkeep.

Grade: A
Aren't you glad they weren't HORSING around with this set? It has long troubled me on how I was going to go around an opponent's Wall of Spears
Wall of Spears
Wall of SpearsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
First strike, counts as a wall
or Brass Man
Brass Man
Brass ManSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Brass Man does not untap as normal; you must pay 1 during your upkeep phase to untap it.
. Plus, it's a 4/3 to boot. What more could you ask for?

Clockwork Swarm
Clockwork Swarm
Clockwork SwarmSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Cannot be blocked by walls.When Clockwork Swarm comes into play, put four +1/+0 counters on it. At the end of any combat in which Clockwork Swarm attacked or blocked, remove one of these counters.X, T: Put X +1/+0 counters on Clockwork Swarm. You may have no more than four of these counters on Clockwork Swarm. Use this ability only during your upkeep.

Grade: A
Æther Membrane
Æther Membrane
Æther MembraneSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
93
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender AEther Membrane can block as though it had flying. Whenever AEther Membrane blocks a creature, return that creature to its owner's hand at end of combat.
and Wall of Shards
Wall of Shards
Wall of ShardsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
8
Text:
Defender, flying Cumulative upkeep-An opponent gains 1 life. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
have been problematic in MTGO, so here we have a savior. These artificial Insects will be a great boon.

Coral Reef
Coral Reef
Coral ReefSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
When Coral Reef comes into play, put four polyp counters on it.0: Sacrifice an island to put two polyp counters on Coral Reef.U: Tap target blue creature you control and remove a polyp counter from Coral Reef to put a +0/+1 counter on any target creature.

Grade: A
Tired of your Flying Men
Flying Men
Flying MenSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flying Men
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
being killed off by your opponent's Prodigal Pyromancer
Prodigal Pyromancer
Prodigal PyromancerSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
c
Number:
118
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T Prodigal Pyromancer deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
? Now you can pump up the toughness of your creatures so you no longer have to worry about that. COOL!!!!

Dark Maze
Dark Maze
Dark MazeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David Seeley
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
0: Dark Maze can attack this turn as though it were not a Wall. At end of turn, remove Dark Maze from the game.

Grade: A
Walls have been very strong. This might be the strongest yet. You actually get to attack with it once. Combine with Teferi's Realm
Teferi's Realm
Teferi's RealmSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player chooses artifacts, creatures, lands, or global enchantments. All cards of that type phase out.
when Weatherlight is released for MTGO for uber-broken attacking power.

Daughter of Autumn
Daughter of Autumn
Daughter of AutumnSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
W: Redirect to Daughter of Autumn 1 damage dealt to a white creature.

Grade: A
We may still have to wait for Shaman en-Kor, but we at least have this. Selesnya will be drooling to get this. Why not just limit it to white, it's not like we should be able to use green mana and save green critters as well.

Death Speakers
Death Speakers
Death SpeakersSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Speakers
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black

Grade: C
Well, you can attack with it at least, but Melesse Spirit
Melesse Spirit
Melesse SpiritSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Gerry Grace
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, protection from black
is far more cost efficient. At least the Speakers isn't bad like 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
or Soltari Monk
Soltari Monk
Soltari MonkSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)
, whose double-white cost is too terrible for them to see play.

Didgeridoo
Didgeridoo
DidgeridooSet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Text:
3: Take a Minotaur from your hand and put it directly into play as though it were just summoned.

Grade: C
´´Nothing comes between me and my Didgeridoo
Didgeridoo
DidgeridooSet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Text:
3: Take a Minotaur from your hand and put it directly into play as though it were just summoned.
s´´. Nothing indeed.

Drudge Spell
Drudge Spell
Drudge SpellSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
B: Remove from the game two target creatures in your graveyard to put a Skeleton token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 black creature with B: Regenerate. If Drudge Spell leaves play, bury all Skeleton tokens.

Grade: A
I'm glad Matt got a card at last. Who needs Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
back? An endless amount of Skeletons out of this card's closet (and your graveyard) will prove to your opponent that he's a BONEHEAD.

Dry Spell
Dry Spell
Dry SpellSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Dry Spell deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

Grade: C
A one-shot Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
? That has some uses.

Dwarven Pony
Dwarven Pony
Dwarven PonySet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pony
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1R, T: Target Dwarf gains mountainwalk until end of turn.

Grade: A
Have you ever wondered how in the heck you were going to get that Dwarven Strike Force
Dwarven Strike Force
Dwarven Strike ForceSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Discard a card at random from your hand: Dwarven Strike Force gains first strike and haste until end of turn.
in for those last points of damage in a mirror match? Here you go. You should definitely PONY up to get this card, straight from FILLY-delphia.

Dwarven Sea Clan
Dwarven Sea Clan
Dwarven Sea ClanSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarves
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: At end of combat, Dwarven Sea Clan deals 2 damage to target attacking or blocking creature. Use this ability only if that creature's controller controls any islands.

Grade: A
Goblin Flotilla
Goblin Flotilla
Goblin FlotillaSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblins
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Islandwalk At the beginning of the attack, pay R or any creatures blocking or blocked by Goblin Flotilla gain first strike until end of turn.
, eat your heart out. Just by sacrificing a point of power and toughness, you can make sure that an opponent's creature, if it still survives combat, gets knocked up for two damage. NICE!!!

Dwarven Trader
Dwarven Trader
Dwarven TraderSet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Power:
1
Toughness:
1

Grade: A
Why bother with Dwarven Scorcher
Dwarven Scorcher
Dwarven ScorcherSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Dwarven Scorcher: Dwarven Scorcher deals 1 damage to target creature unless that creature's controller has Dwarven Scorcher deal 2 damage to him or her.
, when you can't trust what it will end up doing. It is often best to stick to basics, which this card definitely does. Besides, one of them looks like Santa.

Ebony Rhino
Ebony Rhino
Ebony RhinoSet: Homelands
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Trample

Grade: C
I always thought it unfair that Green has gotten all the good Tramplers. Now, finally, the other colors can get some of the action. Who needs flying when you can have TRAMPLE!!!!

Eron the Relentless
Eron the Relentless
Eron the RelentlessSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
5
Toughness:
2
Text:
Eron the Relentless can attack the turn it comes into play on your side.RRR: Regenerate

Grade: N/A
Already in MTGO: TS

Evaporate
Evaporate
EvaporateSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Evaporate deals 1 damage to each blue creature and white creature.

Grade: A
Why use Flashfires
Flashfires
FlashfiresSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All plains in play are destroyed.
or 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.)
when you can deal damage to all those pesky Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Merfolk of the Pearl TridentSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
and Citizen tokens your opponent has. COOL!!!

Faerie Noble
Faerie Noble
Faerie NobleSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Noble
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying All Faeries you control get +0/+1.T: All Faeries you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.

Grade: C
Turn your Scyrb Sprites into Storm Crow
Storm Crow
Storm CrowSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
s, and sometimes even the powerhouse that is 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
. What more can you ask from a Faerie Lord.

Feast of the Unicorn
Feast of the Unicorn
Feast of the UnicornSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
130
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +4/+0.

Grade: A
Why waste a card slot on 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.
when, for two mana more, you can have all the bonus go to strength. We all know toughness doesn’t matter and how hard it is to get rid of Auras.

Feroz's Ban
Feroz's Ban
Feroz's BanSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Summon spells cost an additional 2 to play.

Grade: N/A
Already in MTGO: 7th

Folk of An-Havva
Grade: A
Far better than Deepwood Wolverine
Deepwood Wolverine
Deepwood WolverineSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolverine
Rarity:
C
Number:
242
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Deepwood Wolverine becomes blocked, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
, as it gets the bonus when BLOCKING. Definitely dance away with this awesome card.

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.

Grade: C
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.
was too weak. We all know you need to refill their hand so that they can once again be hit by Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
. SWEET!!!

Funeral March
Funeral March
Funeral MarchSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Coulthart
Text:
If enchanted creature leaves play, its controller sacrifices a creature.

Grade: A
Turn all your 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.
s into Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.
s as well, with this powerful combo of this card and 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.
. This card is DEADLY!!!

Ghost Hounds
Ghost Hounds
Ghost HoundsSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hounds
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Attacking does not cause Ghost Hounds to tap. If assigned to block any white creatures or any white creatures are assigned to block it, Ghost Hounds gains first strike until end of turn.

Grade: A
It’s unfair that Black has never had vigilance cards, so I’m glad R&D was HOUNDED into giving red one. Plus, it can destroy Eager Cadet
Eager Cadet
Eager CadetSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
S
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s safely.

Giant Albatross
Giant Albatross
Giant AlbatrossSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Albatross
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 1U: Bury all creatures that damaged Giant Albatross this turn. The controller of any of those creatures may pay 2 life to prevent that creature from being buried. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Use this ability only when Giant Albatross is put into the graveyard from play.

Grade: A
Why use 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.
, which can only eliminate one opposing creature, when you can play this and be able to potentially kill two or more opposing critters. RIGHTEOUS!!!

Giant Oyster
Giant Oyster
Giant OysterSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Oyster
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
You may choose not to untap Giant Oyster during your untap phase.T: Target tapped creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase as long as Giant Oyster remains tapped. During your upkeep, put a -1/-1 counter on that creature. If Giant Oyster becomes untapped or leaves play, remove all these counters from the creature.

Grade: N/A
Already in MTGO: TS

Grandmother Sengir
Grandmother Sengir
Grandmother SengirSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
1B, T: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

Grade: A
Here I thought 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.
was broken. Why have the option to ping anything or anyone when instead you can give -1/-1 to some critter. Well worth the extra mana and Legendary status. NEAT!!!

Greater Werewolf
Greater Werewolf
Greater WerewolfSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lycanthrope
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
At end of combat, put a -0/-2 counter on each creature blocking or blocked by Greater Werewolf.

Grade: A
Tbis + Lure
Lure
LureSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
All creatures able to block enchanted creature do so.
is UBER-BROKEN!!! After all, it’s effectively a 4/4 for 5, kind of.

Hazduhr the Abbot
Hazduhr the Abbot
Hazduhr the AbbotSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
X, T: Redirect to Hazduhr the Abbot X damage dealt to any white creature you control.

Grade: A
White has needed to protect its Iron-Tusk Elephant
Elephant
ElephantSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
s. Why use that mana on a Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
when you can use it to save your critters instead?

Headstone
Headstone
HeadstoneSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
Remove from the game target card in any graveyard.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

Grade: A
Why bother with an Ebony Charm
Ebony Charm
Ebony CharmSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Gerry Grace
Text:
Choose oneTarget opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life; or remove from the game up to three cards in any player's graveyard; or target creature cannot be blocked this turn except by artifact or black creatures.
s which has two extra abilities and costs only one mana when, for two mana you can get a cantrip. Why would anyone need to remove 3 cards when 1 works just as well?

Heart Wolf
Heart Wolf
Heart WolfSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike T: Target Dwarf gains first strike and gets +2/+0 until end of turn. If that Dwarf leaves play this turn, bury Heart Wolf. Use this ability only when attack or defense is announced.

Grade: A
How do you make Dwarven Patrol
Dwarven Patrol
Dwarven PatrolSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
U
Number:
61
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Dwarven Patrol doesn't untap during your untap step. Whenever you play a nonred spell, untap Dwarven Patrol.
even more broken? Give it first strike and make it a 6/2, making it even better than Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.
, which would go away at End of Turn anyhow?

Hungry Mist
Hungry Mist
Hungry MistSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mist
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
6
Toughness:
2
Text:
During your upkeep, pay GG or bury Hungry Mist.

Grade: C
A decent beater. What, like your opponent will actually have Knights to block this?

Ihsan's Shade
Ihsan's Shade
Ihsan's ShadeSet: Homelands
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Protection from white

Grade: F
What, like I actually need to protect a critter from STP or Pacifism
Pacifism
PacifismSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.
. Please!!! Sutured Ghoul
Sutured Ghoul
Sutured GhoulSet: Judgment
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Artist:
Carl Critchlow

Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample. As Sutured Ghoul comes into play, remove any number of creature cards in your graveyard from the game. Sutured Ghoul's power is equal to the total power of the removed cards and its toughness is equal to their total toughness.
is much better than this.

Irini Sengir
Irini Sengir
Irini SengirSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
White enchantments and green enchantments each cost an additional 2 to cast.

Grade: C
Planeswalker’s Mirth and Wurmweaver Coil
Wurmweaver Coil
Wurmweaver CoilSet: Guildpact
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
99
Text:
Enchant green creature Enchanted creature gets +6/+6. GGG, Sacrifice Wurmweaver Coil: Put a 6/6 green Wurm creature token into play.
s will no longer threaten you when this Vampire Dwarf ties up your opponent and allows you to cruise to victory.

Ironclaw Curse
Ironclaw Curse
Ironclaw CurseSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -0/-1 and cannot be assigned to block any creature with power greater than or equal to enchanted creature's toughness.

Grade: A
THIS IS AWESOME!!! Why would I ever want to 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.
or Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.
an opponent’s critter when instead I can give it -1 on toughness and make it more difficult for it to block my Bloodfire Colossus
Bloodfire Colossus
Bloodfire ColossusSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
55
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
[R], Sacrifice Bloodfire Colossus: Bloodfire Colossus deals 6 damage to each creature and each player.
.

Jinx
Jinx
JinxSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target land becomes a basic land type of your choice until end of turn. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

Grade: A
I always thought landwalkers were great, and this makes them broken. EEK!!!

Joven
Joven
JovenSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
RRR, T: Destroy target non-creature artifact.

Grade: C
Repeatable destruction of artifact lands? What a nifty niche card.

Joven's Ferrets
Joven's Ferrets
Joven's FerretsSet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ferrets
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If declared as an attacker, Joven's Ferrets gets +0/+2 until end of turn. At end of combat, tap any creatures that blocked Joven's Ferrets. Those creatures do not untap during their controller's next untap phase.

Grade: F
Why would I ever want to make it hard for my opponent to destroy and block any critter of mine? YUCK!!!

Joven's Tools
Joven's Tools
Joven's ToolsSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Text:
4, T: Target creature cannot be blocked this turn except by Walls.

Grade: A
No longer will Pitchstone Wall
Pitchstone Wall
Pitchstone WallSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever you discard a card from your hand, you may sacrifice Pitchstone Wall. If you do, return the discarded card from your graveyard to your hand.
s threaten you. For only 6 to cast and 4 to use, you can make it impossible for it to block your 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.
s. YEAH!!!

Koskun Falls
Koskun Falls
Koskun FallsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
During your upkeep, tap target untapped creature you control or bury Koskun Falls.No creature can attack you unless its controller pays an additional 2 whenever that creature attacks.

Grade: A
Why have a one-shot effect like Damnation
Damnation
DamnationSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
r
Number:
85
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
when you can permanently keep yourself safe from attack. COOL!!!

Labyrinth Minotaur
Labyrinth Minotaur
Labyrinth MinotaurSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Labyrinth Minotaur blocks any creature, that creature does not untap during its controller's next untap phase.

Grade: A
What better way to stop an opponent’s Grizzly bear from attacking next time? SWEET!!!

Leaping Lizard
Leaping Lizard
Leaping LizardSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
1G: Flying and -0/-1 until end of turn

Grade: C
OK, so they are responsible for the bad MTGO software. Let’s get over it. MTGO crashing 11 times a day during a set release is just something we need to accept. It’s not like we actually pay for the cards or event tickets, after all.

Leeches
Leeches
LeechesSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Target player loses all poison counters. Leeches deals 1 damage to that player for each poison counter removed in this way.

Grade: A
With all the poison decks now out there due to my articles on them, it is a good thing there is a safety measure that’s the quality of this.

Mammoth Harness
Mammoth Harness
Mammoth HarnessSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Text:
Target creature loses flying. If any creature is assigned to block the creature Mammoth Harness enchants or has the creature Mammoth Harness enchants assigned to block it, that creature gains first strike until end of turn.

Grade: A
Pacifism
Pacifism
PacifismSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.
is too weak. What has always been needed is an Aura that costs 2 mana more and, instead of removing its combat ability, it instead loses its ability to fly AND gives one of your creatures first strike every turn. NICE!!!

Marjhan
Marjhan
MarjhanSet: Homelands
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Serpent
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
8
Toughness:
8
Text:
Does not untap during your untap phase.Marjhan cannot attack if defending player controls no islands. If at any time you control no islands, bury Marjhan.UU: Sacrifice a creature to untap Marjhan. Use this ability only during your upkeep.UU: -1/-0 until end of turn. Marjhan deals 1 damage to target attacking creature without flying.

Grade: A
EEK!!! Blue gets an undercost 8/8 for 7 mana that can also ping? Plus, it has the bonus of Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
home and you can choose whether or not it untaps. What more could a blue mage want?

Memory Lapse
Memory Lapse
Memory LapseSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Counter target spell. Put that spell on top of owner's library.

Grade: N/A
Already in MTGO: 7th, Mirage

Merchant Scroll
Merchant Scroll
Merchant ScrollSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Search your library for a blue instant or interrupt. Reveal that card to all players and put it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.

Grade: N/A
Already in MTGO: 8th

Mesa Falcon
Mesa Falcon
Mesa FalconSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Falcon
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 1W: +0/+1 until end of turn

Grade: C
White needs a way to spend their mana on things other than Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
all the time. Besides, gotta love the birdies.

Mystic Decree
Mystic Decree
Mystic DecreeSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
All creatures lose flying and islandwalk.

Grade: A
OK, it’s vulnerable to an opponent’s Concordant Crossroads
Concordant Crossroads
Concordant CrossroadsSet: Chronicles
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Creatures can attack or use abilities that include tap in the activation cost as soon as they come into play on their controller's side.
, what isn’t? Besides, you need to stop those River Bear
River Bear
River BearSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bear
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Islandwalk (If defending player has any islands in play, River Bear can't be blocked.)
s somehow.

Narwhal
Narwhal
NarwhalSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Narwhal
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike, protection from red

Grade: A
Much better than Silver Knight
Silver Knight
Silver KnightSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike.
Protection from red.
, as Blue need it much more so than white. That extra two mana cost is insignificant.

Orcish Mine
Orcish Mine
Orcish MineSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
When Orcish Mine comes into play, put three ore counters on it. During your upkeep and whenever target land becomes tapped, remove an ore counter from Orcish Mine. When the last ore counter is removed from Orcish Mine, destroy the land Orcish Mine enchants; Orcish Mine deals 2 damage to that land's controller.

Grade: A
Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
doesn’t damage at all, and 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.
only does so if the land destroyed is nonbasic. Now, regardless of land, this deals the damage, well worth the slight lack of speed.

Primal Order
Primal Order
Primal OrderSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
During each player's upkeep, Primal Order deals to that player an amount of damage equal to the number of nonbasic lands he or she controls.

Grade: F
Yuck! We all know that no one ever plays nonbasic lands, so why would anyone want this card? Even if those powerful land cards in this set are around, it would just hurt you too as you’d use them as well.

Prophecy
Prophecy
ProphecySet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Reveal the top card of target opponent's library to all players. If it is a land, gain 1 life. That opponent then shuffles his or her library. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

Grade: A
Have you ever gotten sick of your opponent playing Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.
in order to put a Temple of the False God
Temple of the False God
Temple of the False GodSet: Scourge
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Text:
T : Add 2 to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control five or more lands.
. Spank him for doing that with this. SPLENDID!!!

Rashka the Slayer
Rashka the Slayer
Rashka the SlayerSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Can block creatures with flying.If assigned to block any black creatures, Rashka the Slayer gets +1/+2 until end of turn.

Grade: C
TAKE THAT SENGIR VAMPIRE!!!

Reef Pirates
Reef Pirates
Reef PiratesSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ships
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Reef Pirates damages any opponent, put the top card of that player's library into his or her graveyard.

Grade: A
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic SpecterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying An opponent damaged by Specter must discard a card at random from his or her hand. Ignore this effect if opponent has no cards left in hand.
was a weak card, but by this not being vulnerable to Earthbind
Earthbind
EarthbindSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
If cast on a flying creature, Earthbind removes flying ability and does 2 damage to target creature; this damage occurs only once, at the time Earthbind is cast. If another spell or effect later gives target creature flying ability, Earthbind does not affect this. Earthbind has no effect on non-flying creatures.
, this card is much better, and is simply BREATHTAKING!!!

Renewal
Renewal
RenewalSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Sacrifice a land to search your library for a basic land and put it directly into play. This does not count towards your one land per turn limit. Reshuffle your library afterwards. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

Grade: A
Who needs Rapid Growth? You can get any BASIC land, plus a cantrip. GROOVY!!!

Retribution
Retribution
RetributionSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Choose two target creatures controlled by an opponent. Bury one of those creatures, and put a -1/-1 counter on the other. That opponent chooses which creature is buried.

Grade: A
Wow, two for one card advantage. And for only four mana? That’s PEACHY-KEEN!!!

Reveka, Wizard Savant
Reveka, Wizard Savant
Reveka, Wizard SavantSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Reveka deals 2 damage to target creature or player and does not untap during your next untap phase.

Grade: A
I thought Zuran Spellcaster
Zuran Spellcaster
Zuran SpellcasterSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Zuran Spellcaster deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
was good, but TWO damage? Who cares if its legendary, and for the other drawback you can always imprint Twiddle
Twiddle
TwiddleSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Tap or untap target land, artifact, or creature.
on Isochron Sceptre. What a PARAGON!!!

Root Spider
Root Spider
Root SpiderSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If assigned as a blocker, Root Spider gains first strike and gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

Grade: A
Spiders was an awesome tribal deck before, and with this defensive monster, your opponent’s Hollow Dogs
Hollow Dogs
Hollow DogsSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Hollow Dogs attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
don’t stand a chance.

Roots
Roots
RootsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
Tap target creature without flying. That creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.

Grade: A
Frozen Solid
Frozen Solid
Frozen SolidSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Text:
Enchanted creature doesn’t untap during its controllers untap step.
When damage is dealt to enchanted creature, destroy it.
was great, and this is simply FABULOUS!!! The perfect compliment to Earthbind
Earthbind
EarthbindSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
If cast on a flying creature, Earthbind removes flying ability and does 2 damage to target creature; this damage occurs only once, at the time Earthbind is cast. If another spell or effect later gives target creature flying ability, Earthbind does not affect this. Earthbind has no effect on non-flying creatures.
.

Roterothopter
Roterothopter
RoterothopterSet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 2: +1/+0 until end of turn. You cannot spend more than 4 in this way each turn.

Grade: C
For one mana more than an Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
, you can give it Firebreathing
Firebreathing
FirebreathingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
R: +1/+0
. SUPERB!!!

Rysorian Badger
Rysorian Badger
Rysorian BadgerSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Badger
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Rysorian Badger attacks and is not blocked, you may choose to have it deal no damage to defending player this turn. If you do so, remove from the game up to two target creatures from that player's graveyard. Gain 1 life for each creature removed in this way.

Grade: A
BADGER? BADGER?? WE NEED THIS STINKIN’ BADGER!!!!

(OK, that reference is now even more obscure than that infamous Duran Duran one).

Samite Alchemist
Samite Alchemist
Samite AlchemistSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Alchemist
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
WW, T: Prevent up to 4 damage to a creature you control. Tap that creature. The creature does not untap during your next untap phase.

Grade: A
NEAT!!! Not only can I protect a critter (I don’t need to prevent damage to me anyways), but by having it stay tapped I don’t need to worry about a Cockatrice
Cockatrice
CockatriceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cockatrice
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Any non-wall creature blocking Cockatrice is destroyed, as is any creature blocked by Cockatrice. Creatures destroyed in this way deal their damage before dying.
with Lure
Lure
LureSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
All creatures able to block enchanted creature do so.
.

Sea Sprite
Sea Sprite
Sea SpriteSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from red

Grade: F
Yuck! Why have protection from red when you can get the extra point of toughness in Storm Crow
Storm Crow
Storm CrowSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
, which can ignore the most common tactic of green mages: 1-point 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.

Sea Troll
Sea Troll
Sea TrollSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
U: Regenerate. Use this ability only during a turn in which Sea Troll blocked a blue creature or a blue creature blocked Sea Troll.

Grade: A
We all know how common it is for blue decks to keep attacking each other with weenie hordes. Now, with the troll, you can win blue on blue violence.

Sengir Autocrat
Sengir Autocrat
Sengir AutocratSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Autocrat
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Sengir Autocrat comes into play, put three Serf tokens into play. Treat these tokens as 0/1 black creatures.If Sengir Autocrat leaves play, bury all Serf tokens.

Grade: N/A
Already in MTGO: TS

Sengir Bats
Sengir Bats
Sengir BatsSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature is put into the graveyard the same turn Sengir Bats damaged it, put a +1/+1 counter on Sengir Bats.

Grade: A
Wow, a much cheaper Sengir Vampire
Sengir Vampire
Sengir VampireSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
FlyingVampire gets a +1/+1 counter each time a creature dies during a turn in which Vampire damaged it.
. Well worth sacrificing +3/+2 for 2 mana less. When it was first released on paper, I so loved the acrd I cut out one of the bats and put it on my Wal-Mart badge. That, plus the fact that the day before I chased a bat all around Wal-Mart until I was finally able to squish it between two garbage cans.

Serra Aviary
Serra Aviary
Serra AviarySet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
All creatures with flying get +1/+1.

Grade: A
Make yourself friends in multiplayer with this card, protecting yours and everyone else’s fliers from Squall
Squall
SquallSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Squall deals 2 damage to each creature with flying.
bW9uZ2Vy. FANTASTIC!!!

Serra Bestiary
Serra Bestiary
Serra BestiarySet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Steve Luke
Text:
During your upkeep, pay WW or bury Serra Bestiary.Enchanted creature cannot attack, block, or play any ability that includes tap in its activation cost.

Grade: A
Why play Arrest
Arrest
ArrestSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block, and its activated abilities can't be played.
when this costs one mana less? MARVELOUS!!!

Serra Inquisitors
Serra Inquisitors
Serra InquisitorsSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Inquisitors
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If assigned to block any black creatures or any black creatures are assigned to block it, Serra Inquisitors gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

Grade: A
Karmic Guide
Karmic Guide
Karmic GuideSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, protection from black; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Karmic Guide comes into play, choose target creature card in your graveyard and put that creature into play.
was weak, but the ability to get extra +2 power against black creatures just plains ROCKS!!! Take that, Minion of Leshrac
Minion of Leshrac
Minion of LeshracSet: Ice Age
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Protection from blackDuring your upkeep, sacrifice a creature or Minion of Leshrac deals 5 damage to you. If Minion of Leshrac deals damage to you in this way, tap it. You cannot sacrifice Minion of Leshrac to itself.T: Destroy target creature or land.
.

Serra Paladin
Serra Paladin
Serra PaladinSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Paladin
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Prevent 1 damage to any creature or player.1WW, T: Attacking this turn does not cause target creature to tap.

Grade: A
Samite Healer
Samite Healer
Samite HealerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent 1 damage to any target.
and the ability to give vigilance is just cake. TREMENDOUS!!!

Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

Grade: N/A
Already in MTGO: TS

Shrink
Shrink
ShrinkSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Target creature gets -5/-0 until end of turn.

Grade: A
Wow, and I thought Dizzy Spell
Dizzy Spell
Dizzy SpellSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-0 until end of turn. Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
was good. No longer do you have to worry about an opponent’s Groundbreaker
Groundbreaker
GroundbreakerSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
r
Number:
148
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample, haste At end of turn, sacrifice Groundbreaker.
. BREATHTAKING!!!

Soraya the Falconer
Soraya the Falconer
Soraya the FalconerSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Falcons get +1/+1.1W: Target Falcon gains banding until end of turn.

Grade: C
I used this card in one of my best decks ever. Of course, it’s not as good now as it was then, as it affects all Birds and not just Falcons, but AHHHH, the memories.

Spectral Bears
Spectral Bears
Spectral BearsSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bears
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If Spectral Bears is declared as an attacker and defending player controls no black cards, it does not untap during your next untap phase.

Grade: F
Why would I ever want a 3/3 for 2 against black decks? Especially not if I can have Amphibious Kavu
Amphibious Kavu
Amphibious KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Amphibious Kavu blocks or becomes blocked by one or more blue and/or black creatures, Amphibious Kavu gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
instead.

Timmerian Fiends
Timmerian Fiends
Timmerian FiendsSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fiends
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Remove Timmerian Fiends from your deck before playing if not playing for ante.BBB: Sacrifice Timmerian Fiends to bury target artifact that any opponent owns in your graveyard. Put Timmerian Fiends into that opponent's graveyard. This change in ownership is permanent. The opponent may ante an additional card to counter the effect.

Grade: N/A
Not released on MTGO, as ante cards made system crashes go from 6 times a day to 13 times a day. *sigh*

Torture
Torture
TortureSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
1B: Put a -1/-1 counter on enchanted creature.

Grade: A
Sometimes, you just can’t pay the full cost of Dark Withering
Dark Withering
Dark WitheringSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature. Madness B (If you discard this card, you may play it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)
. View this as a great layaway plan. SPLENDID!!!.

Trade Caravan
Trade Caravan
Trade CaravanSet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Caravan
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
During your upkeep, put a currency counter on Trade Caravan.0: Remove two currency counters from Trade Caravan to untap target basic land. Use this ability only during any opponent's upkeep.

Grade: A
Who needs the four-star Ley Druid
Ley Druid
Ley DruidSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Untap a land of your choice. This ability is played as an interrupt.
when you can have this 5-star card. Costs only one to play, you can use it more than once a turn, and you’d only want to use it on an opponent’s upkeep anyways. GROOVY!!!

Truce
Truce
TruceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Each player may draw up to two cards. For each card less than two any player draws, that player gains 2 life.

Grade: A
What better way to repower your ability to use Necropotence
Necropotence
NecropotenceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Skip your draw phase.Whenever you discard a card, remove that card from the game.Pay 1 life: Set aside the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your discard phase.
than this. Who cares if your opponent can have two cards or four life for free, you’ll get four cards. WONDERFUL!!!

Veldrane of Sengir
Veldrane of Sengir
Veldrane of SengirSet: Homelands
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
1BB: Forestwalk and -3/-0 until end of turn

Grade: A
Wow, Black finally has a forestwalker. And very cheaply too, only costs 3 mana and 3 power to activate. Plus, because it costs 7, it can take advantage of those Dragon auras from 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. RIGHTEOUS!!!

Wall of Kelp
Wall of Kelp
Wall of KelpSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
UU, T: Put a Kelp token into play. Treat this token as a 0/1 blue wall.

Grade: A
Defenders are so broken, and this one creates an army of them. You’ll never take damage from an opponent’s creature ever again. SWEET!!!

Willow Faerie
Willow Faerie
Willow FaerieSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

Grade: C
I have always thought Green needed a Storm Crow
Storm Crow
Storm CrowSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
, I’m glad they finally got one.

Willow Priestess
Willow Priestess
Willow PriestessSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Take a Faerie from your hand and put it directly into play as though it were just summoned.2G: Target green creature gains protection from black until end of turn.

Grade: C
You know, sometimes 1 or 2 mana is just too much to pay for faeries. Plus, that activation is a great way to prevent destruction from Brainspoil
Brainspoil
BrainspoilSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Text:
Destroy target creature that isn’t enchanted. It can’t be regenerated. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
and the like.

Winter Sky
Winter Sky
Winter SkySet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Flip a coin; target opponent calls heads or tails while coin is in the air. If the flip ends up in your favor, Winter Sky deals 1 damage to each creature and player. Otherwise, each player draws a card.

Grade: C
Ooh, what a powerful coinflipper. We all know that your opponents need more cards in their hand.



OK, I know what you are thinking…has Bedford the Great lost his marbles? Those cards aren’t that great.

Just look at the date again…

…April 1st…

In other words, the cards I marked as a F are actually good and the A cards are bad. The C cards are either nice casual picks (minotaurs, fairies, etc.) or have a nice niche in Magic and didn’t deserve to get dissed like most of the rest.

Meanwhile, just let me recover. After all, I just paid more attention to every card in Homelands than anyone else has since 1995. I’m in great pain. It’s like a self-inflicted tonsillectomy.


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