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10th Edition League Analysis Week 2 - Billy Moreau (1/3/2008)

Going into week two of my 10th edition League on MOTL I was sitting at 9 points out of a possible 10 points by going 4-1 with a deck I thought would bomb. I discovered many problems this deck can face and haven't found too many answers for them yet. Going into game 6 out of my 20 necessary games I used this deck:

GW:

Green- 12 cards:
1 Aggressive Urge
Aggressive Urge
Aggressive UrgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.Draw a card.

1 Avatar of Might
Avatar of Might
Avatar of MightSet: Prophecy
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
rk post
Power:
8
Toughness:
8
Text:
Trample If an opponent controls at least four more creatures than you, Avatar of Might costs 6 less to play.

1 Canopy Spider
Canopy Spider
Canopy SpiderSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Canopy Spider can block creatures with flying.

2 Civic Wayfinder
Civic Wayfinder
Civic WayfinderSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Civic Wayfinder comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.

1 Kavu Climber
Kavu Climber
Kavu ClimberSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
192
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Kavu Climber comes into play, draw a card.

1 Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar SentinelSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Llanowar Sentinel comes into play, you may pay 1G to search your library for a Llanowar Sentinel card. Put that card into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.

1 Pincher Beetles
Pincher Beetles
Pincher BeetlesSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insects
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Pincher Beetles cannot be the target of spells or abilities.

1 Stalking Tiger
Stalking Tiger
Stalking TigerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Tiger
Rarity:
C
Number:
253
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Stalking Tiger can't be blocked by more than one creature each combat.

2 Tangle
Tangle
TangleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.Attacking creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.
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1 Treetop Bracers
Treetop Bracers
Treetop BracersSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and can be blocked only by creatures with flying.


White- 11 cards:
1 Angel of Mercy
Angel of Mercy
Angel of MercySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Angel of Mercy comes into play from your hand, you gain 3 life.

2 Angelic Wall
Angelic Wall
Angelic WallSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Walls can't attack.

1 Aven Cloudchaser
Aven Cloudchaser
Aven CloudchaserSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Cloudchaser comes into play, destroy target enchantment.

1 Benalish Knight
Benalish Knight
Benalish KnightSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike You may play Benalish Knight whenever you could play an instant.

1 Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U

1 Loxodon Mystic
Loxodon Mystic
Loxodon MysticSet: Darksteel
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Ed Beard
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.

1 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.

1 Skyhunter Patrol
Skyhunter Patrol
Skyhunter PatrolSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, first strike

1 Venerable Monk
Venerable Monk
Venerable MonkSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Venerable Monk comes into play, you gain 2 life.

1 Youthful Knight
Youthful Knight
Youthful KnightSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike


Land- 17 cards:
8 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

8 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

1 Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.


Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Match 6 vs. coldnick

Game 1:
He is playing Blue/Red/Green and has 1 point in 1 match.
This game I see many of his bombs and wonder how it is he lost. He casts a turn 5 Scoria Wurm
Scoria Wurm
Scoria WurmSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
212
Artist:
Steve Firchow
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During your upkeep, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, return Scoria Wurm to owner's hand.
and manages to win the coin flip quite a few turns in a row. I am forced to eventually block with a Benalish Knight
Benalish Knight
Benalish KnightSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike You may play Benalish Knight whenever you could play an instant.
and use my Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
on it. There was no other way to destroy it without losing a whole army. I wish I had waited. The Following turn he Persuasion
Persuasion
PersuasionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
92
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted creature.
's my Kavu Climber
Kavu Climber
Kavu ClimberSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
192
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Kavu Climber comes into play, draw a card.
, then Persuasion
Persuasion
PersuasionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
92
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted creature.
's my Angel of Grace, then to top it off he casts Verdant Force
Verdant Force
Verdant ForceSet: Tempest
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During each player's upkeep, put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
, while having a Phyrexian Vault
Phyrexian Vault
Phyrexian VaultSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
307
Artist:
Hannibal King
Text:
2, tap, Sacrifice a creature: Draw a card.
in play. While he builds up a rather large army and draws too many extra cards I sit watching the board wondering how to stop it. I don't have a 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.
or 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.
. And nothing in my green or white cards can stop it now that I have already used my Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
. I must make a move after this game. When I lose I lose badly and that's how it happened here.

Game 2:
I make a move. I side out all my white cards except Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
and 2 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
and I sideboard in:
1 Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.

1 Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.

2 Dehydration
Dehydration
DehydrationSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
73
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.

1 Discombobulate
Discombobulate
DiscombobulateSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Counter target spell. Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

6 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

1 Sage Owl
Sage Owl
Sage OwlSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Sage Owl comes into play, look at the top four cards of your library and put them back in any order you choose.

1 Scalpelexis
Scalpelexis
ScalpelexisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
50
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Scaplelexis deals combat damage to a player, that player removes the top four cards of his or her library from the game. If two or more of those cards have the same name, repeat the process.

1 Snapping Drake
Snapping Drake
Snapping DrakeSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

1 Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.

1 Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.


That gave me the opportunity to counter any threat with the 2 counterspells, or Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.
or Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
them. Adding the Blue also gave me some fliers to get through for some early damage. I had to keep the Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
in since it is so powerful and one of my only removal cards left. Playing it can be a huge game change. My strategy seems to work this game and is also helped out by his color screw. I only see a Feremef Archer and Phyrexian Vault
Phyrexian Vault
Phyrexian VaultSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
307
Artist:
Hannibal King
Text:
2, tap, Sacrifice a creature: Draw a card.
on his side of the board all game. I get a Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar SentinelSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Llanowar Sentinel comes into play, you may pay 1G to search your library for a Llanowar Sentinel card. Put that card into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
with Treetop Bracers
Treetop Bracers
Treetop BracersSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and can be blocked only by creatures with flying.
in play and a Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.
. Before attacking with the Magpie I unsummon his Archer and then Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.
it when he tries to play it again. No other creatures are needed as I fly by for the win.

Game 3:
He gets a turn 3 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.
in play and I get a turn three Pincher Beetle in play. I attack, he blocks, then Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
s the Pyromancer. I play Stalking Tiger
Stalking Tiger
Stalking TigerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Tiger
Rarity:
C
Number:
253
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Stalking Tiger can't be blocked by more than one creature each combat.
. He recasts the 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.
. I swing for 3. He is at 17. He plays Phyrexian Vault
Phyrexian Vault
Phyrexian VaultSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
307
Artist:
Hannibal King
Text:
2, tap, Sacrifice a creature: Draw a card.
on his turn. My turn I swing for 3 again, he is now at 14. He pings me for one, I am at 19. His turn he casts Spined Wurm
Spined Wurm
Spined WurmSet: Portal
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Colin MacNeil
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
. My turn I cast Treetop Bracers
Treetop Bracers
Treetop BracersSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and can be blocked only by creatures with flying.
and swing for 4. He is at 10. He pings me for 1. I am at 18. His turn he attacks me for 5 with the Spined Wurm
Spined Wurm
Spined WurmSet: Portal
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Colin MacNeil
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
and I Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
it. He recasts it. My turn I swing for 4 putting him at 6, then cast a Snapping Drake
Snapping Drake
Snapping DrakeSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
. He pings me down to 17. His turn he draws then concedes and reveals his hand to me. He is holding 2 Persuasion
Persuasion
PersuasionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
92
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted creature.
but never drew the second Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
the whole game.

5-1 after 6 games is by far the best start I have ever had in a league. I think in part analyzing the deck has helped. I saw the major flaw in coldnick's deck as well and am glad that I don't have that problem. He has many bombs but they are spread out among three colors. Persuasion
Persuasion
PersuasionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
92
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted creature.
has double blue in the casting cost, Verdant Force
Verdant Force
Verdant ForceSet: Tempest
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During each player's upkeep, put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
has triple green in the casting cost and red is the only color that is splashable since all the cards I saw have single red in the casting cost. Depending on what I open in my next pack next week I may start running into that problem because I have playable cards in Blue, Green, White, and Black and I hope that Red does not become an option. For game 7 I feel that I should stick with my original Green White build. It is more aggressive and so far has been very effective. At least I know if I face a deck that has a lot of bombs, I can surprise my opponent with a color switch. If I only had the same cards this league that I had last league in Blue- 2 Tidings
Tidings
TidingsSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Draw four cards.
, 2 Counsel of Soratami, 1 Sift
Sift
SiftSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Draw three cards, then choose and discard a card.
, 2 Peek
Peek
PeekSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Look at target player's hand. Draw a card.
. That draft I also had killer Black cards but played very poorly due to many time constraints. Thursday or Friday I will play some more games and see if my newfound strategy pays off.

Friday, December 21, 2007
Checking the Leader board we have a new leader die butsu with 19 points and 15 tie breaker points. I am sitting at a rather uncomfortable 85th place with 4 more games to be played this week.

Match 7 vs. Garfaldo

Game 1:
He is playing Green/White and has 14 points and 3 tiebreaker points in 30 matches.
Match 1 goes pretty badly for me. He plays a turn 2 Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.
netting him a few extra life. We both play some creatures and then he goes crazy and casts Regeneration
Regeneration
RegenerationSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
G: Target creature regenerates.
and 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.
on a Benalish Knight
Benalish Knight
Benalish KnightSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike You may play Benalish Knight whenever you could play an instant.
. He starts attacking with everything knowing that he can outrace me. I use Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
and get rid of the Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.
and Civic Wayfinder
Civic Wayfinder
Civic WayfinderSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Civic Wayfinder comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
. He plays a Starlight Invoker
Starlight Invoker
Starlight InvokerSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
7W: You gain 5 life.
allowing him to gain more life. Then he plays Heart of Light
Heart of Light
Heart of LightSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to and dealt by enchanted creature.
on it so I have no way to kill it. We continue to play creatures while he whittles away my life. To add insult to injury he plays Pariah
Pariah
PariahSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Jon J Muth
Text:
Redirect to enchanted creature all damage dealt to you.
and Heart of Light
Heart of Light
Heart of LightSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to and dealt by enchanted creature.
on his Elvish Berserker
Elvish Berserker
Elvish BerserkerSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
For each creature that blocks it, Elvish Berserker gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
. I never draw my Aven Cloudchaser
Aven Cloudchaser
Aven CloudchaserSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Cloudchaser comes into play, destroy target enchantment.
. I lose badly.

Game 2:
He must know what I am going to do. I side in Tempest of Light
Tempest of Light
Tempest of LightSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Destroy all enchantments.
, Demystify
Demystify
DemystifySet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Destroy target enchantment.
, Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
and Side out 2 Angelic Wall
Angelic Wall
Angelic WallSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Walls can't attack.
and Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar SentinelSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Llanowar Sentinel comes into play, you may pay 1G to search your library for a Llanowar Sentinel card. Put that card into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
. When the game starts I know something is wrong when he plays a turn 1 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
? Then a turn 2 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
? Is he playing 4 colors? I play a Civic Wayfinder
Civic Wayfinder
Civic WayfinderSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Civic Wayfinder comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
, He plays a Bloodrock Cyclops
Bloodrock Cyclops
Bloodrock CyclopsSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cyclops
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Bloodrock Cyclops attacks each turn if able.
. I play a Stalking Tiger
Stalking Tiger
Stalking TigerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Tiger
Rarity:
C
Number:
253
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Stalking Tiger can't be blocked by more than one creature each combat.
. He plays Fear
Fear
FearSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked by any creatures except black creatures and artifact creatures.
and Unholy Strength
Unholy Strength
Unholy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +2/+1.
on his Bloodrock Cyclops
Bloodrock Cyclops
Bloodrock CyclopsSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cyclops
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Bloodrock Cyclops attacks each turn if able.
and swings for 5, I am at 15. I play Loxodon Mystic
Loxodon Mystic
Loxodon MysticSet: Darksteel
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Ed Beard
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.
and swing for 5 with the Wayfinder and Stalking Tiger
Stalking Tiger
Stalking TigerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Tiger
Rarity:
C
Number:
253
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Stalking Tiger can't be blocked by more than one creature each combat.
, he is at 15. He then plays Fists of the Anvil
Fists of the Anvil
Fists of the AnvilSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Target creature gets +4/+0 until end of turn.
on the Cyclops and swings for 9, I am at 6. I attack for 5, he is down to 10. His turn he Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Lava AxeSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.
's me for 5 down to 1, I then tap his Cyclops. End of His turn I play Benalish Knight
Benalish Knight
Benalish KnightSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike You may play Benalish Knight whenever you could play an instant.
. I attack for 10 with the Civic Wayfinder
Civic Wayfinder
Civic WayfinderSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Civic Wayfinder comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
, Stalking Tiger
Stalking Tiger
Stalking TigerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Tiger
Rarity:
C
Number:
253
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Stalking Tiger can't be blocked by more than one creature each combat.
, Loxodon Mystic
Loxodon Mystic
Loxodon MysticSet: Darksteel
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Ed Beard
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.
, and Benalish Knight
Benalish Knight
Benalish KnightSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike You may play Benalish Knight whenever you could play an instant.
and he has no answers for any of it. I win that close game.

Game 3:
Where should I go with this one? I decide since he has sideboarded before I even get to the sideboard screen that he is sticking with the Black, Red idea. He misses a land drop on turn 3 and 4 while I get a Civic Wayfinder
Civic Wayfinder
Civic WayfinderSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Civic Wayfinder comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
out turn 3, Stalking Tiger
Stalking Tiger
Stalking TigerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Tiger
Rarity:
C
Number:
253
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Stalking Tiger can't be blocked by more than one creature each combat.
turn 4, Youthful Knight
Youthful Knight
Youthful KnightSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike
turn 5. All he can manage is a Ravenous Rat which dies blocking my Civic Wayfinder
Civic Wayfinder
Civic WayfinderSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Civic Wayfinder comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
which he Afflict
Afflict
AfflictSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Draw a card.
s as well. He gets out his infamous Bloodrock Cyclops
Bloodrock Cyclops
Bloodrock CyclopsSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cyclops
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Bloodrock Cyclops attacks each turn if able.
and I am able to surprise block him with a Tangle
Tangle
TangleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.Attacking creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.
IFNwaWRlcg==. He then uses 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.
and 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.
to clear everything on my side except the Youthful Knight
Youthful Knight
Youthful KnightSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike
. I play Avatar of Might
Avatar of Might
Avatar of MightSet: Prophecy
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
rk post
Power:
8
Toughness:
8
Text:
Trample If an opponent controls at least four more creatures than you, Avatar of Might costs 6 less to play.
on my turn. I am at 20 life he is at 10. His turn he 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.
s my Avatar and swings knocking me to 12. Then he can only play a Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
. I attack for the kill on my turn.

I now have 13 points out of a possible 14 with a very poor deck (in my opinion). Monday the next pack will be added to my pitiful deck. I can only hope something great in that pack, not a painland.

Match 8 vs. Begemot

Game 1:
He is playing Black/Red and has 18 points and 35 tiebreaker points in 42 matches and is currently in 7th place.
Turn 3 he plays a Royal Assassin
Royal Assassin
Royal AssassinSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Assassin
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Destroy any tapped creature.
. That is another bomb I have a very tough time dealing with. I play as many creatures as I can as fast as I can and he manages to kill all of them, but not before I get him to 2. I then plays a Lavaborn Muse
Lavaborn Muse
Lavaborn MuseSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of each opponent’s upkeep, if that player has two or fewer
cards in hand, Lavaborn Muse deals 3 damage to him or her.
and I have no cards in hand or creatures in play and I die 3 turns later.

Game 2:
This is where I decide to be slick and put Blue in. I side in:
1 Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.

1 Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.

2 Dehydration
Dehydration
DehydrationSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
73
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.

1 Discombobulate
Discombobulate
DiscombobulateSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Counter target spell. Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

6 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

1 Sage Owl
Sage Owl
Sage OwlSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Sage Owl comes into play, look at the top four cards of your library and put them back in any order you choose.

1 Scalpelexis
Scalpelexis
ScalpelexisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
50
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Scaplelexis deals combat damage to a player, that player removes the top four cards of his or her library from the game. If two or more of those cards have the same name, repeat the process.

1 Snapping Drake
Snapping Drake
Snapping DrakeSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

1 Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.

1 Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.


And I side out all the white cards except Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
and 2 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
. I always leave two plains in just in case they play Cryoclasm
Cryoclasm
CryoclasmSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Destroy target Plains or Island. Cryoclasm deals 3 damage to that land's controller.
I don't want to be left with a dead card in hand. My strategy seems to work. He 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.
s my Snapping Drake
Snapping Drake
Snapping DrakeSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
and then I follow that up with a Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.
with pump and counters to protect it. I draw and play too many creatures for him to deal with.

Game 3:
I side out Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar SentinelSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Llanowar Sentinel comes into play, you may pay 1G to search your library for a Llanowar Sentinel card. Put that card into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
and side in Wall of Air
Wall of Air
Wall of AirSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying
because I am tired of taking pesky Vampire Bats
Vampire Bats
Vampire BatsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying B: +1/+0 until end of turn. You cannot spend more than BB in this way each turn.
damage. I manage to get Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.
s into play again and then follow that up with a Scalpelexis
Scalpelexis
ScalpelexisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
50
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Scaplelexis deals combat damage to a player, that player removes the top four cards of his or her library from the game. If two or more of those cards have the same name, repeat the process.
. I never realized how good the Scalpelexis
Scalpelexis
ScalpelexisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
50
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Scaplelexis deals combat damage to a player, that player removes the top four cards of his or her library from the game. If two or more of those cards have the same name, repeat the process.
was until this match. When the Scalpelexis
Scalpelexis
ScalpelexisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
50
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Scaplelexis deals combat damage to a player, that player removes the top four cards of his or her library from the game. If two or more of those cards have the same name, repeat the process.
hits the first time it gets 8 cards from him. The following turn it gets 12 and he is left with 3 cards in deck to my 20. He concedes on his turn when I Discombobulate
Discombobulate
DiscombobulateSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Counter target spell. Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.
his 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.
.

So far sideboarding in Blue has been a great help.

Match 9 vs. jaquarrii

Game 1:
He is playing Blue/Black and has 16 points in 20 matches, this is a game for tiebreaker points for him.
Turn three he gets out 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.
but lucky for me I have a turn two Canopy Spider
Canopy Spider
Canopy SpiderSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Canopy Spider can block creatures with flying.
. He proceeds to play Snapping Drake
Snapping Drake
Snapping DrakeSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
and Aven Windreader
Aven Windreader
Aven WindreaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 1U: Target player reveals the top card of his or her library.
. I never see another creature on his side of the board. I beat him down with Youthful Knight
Youthful Knight
Youthful KnightSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike
, Benalish Knight
Benalish Knight
Benalish KnightSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike You may play Benalish Knight whenever you could play an instant.
, and Avatar of Might
Avatar of Might
Avatar of MightSet: Prophecy
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
rk post
Power:
8
Toughness:
8
Text:
Trample If an opponent controls at least four more creatures than you, Avatar of Might costs 6 less to play.
. He concedes when he realizes the Avatar has trample.

Game 2:
I don't sideboard anything in. This game is just sick on his part. He casts Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
killing on of my creatures (1). I manage to kill the Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
. He gets it back with Gravedigger
Gravedigger
GravediggerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravedigger comes into play, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
and he kills another creature (2). Then when I kill it for a second time he plays Doomed Necromancer
Doomed Necromancer
Doomed NecromancerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Mercenary
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, T, Sacrifice Doomed Necromancer: Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.
and gets it back a third time to kill another creature (3). Then he blocks and kills one of my creatures and Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
s his Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
and replays it killing another creature (4). He had another Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
in his deck but luckily it didn't appear. I still lost when I couldn't keep a creature on the board.

Game 3:
This game I get risky and I side out Venerable Monk
Venerable Monk
Venerable MonkSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Venerable Monk comes into play, you gain 2 life.
, 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.
, 2 Angelic Wall
Angelic Wall
Angelic WallSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Walls can't attack.
, 2 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
. I side in Afflict
Afflict
AfflictSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Draw a card.
, Recover
Recover
RecoverSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.Draw a card.
, Assassinate
Assassinate
AssassinateSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target tapped creature.
, Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian RagerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Phyrexian Rager comes into play, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
, and 2 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
. He plays a Phantom Warrior
Phantom Warrior
Phantom WarriorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
U
Number:
85
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Phantom Warrior is unblockable.
and gets Unholy Strength
Unholy Strength
Unholy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +2/+1.
on it but can't get good board control. I cast an Aven Cloudchaser
Aven Cloudchaser
Aven CloudchaserSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Cloudchaser comes into play, destroy target enchantment.
to destroy the Unholy Strength
Unholy Strength
Unholy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +2/+1.
. He gets stuck at 5 land while I start playing a creature every turn. All he can do is play a Snapping Drake
Snapping Drake
Snapping DrakeSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
and block then Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
it, then cast, block and Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
it again. I overrun him with too many creatures.

8-1 after 9 games and still going strong. I am to the point now where I am considering playing some tie breaker games if I get a chance.

Match 10 vs. Blake95

Game 1:
He is playing Black/Green/White and has 11 points in 7 matches.
Game 1 goes very slowly since he is playing 2 games at once. He gets Mirri, Cat Warrior
Mirri, Cat Warrior
Mirri, Cat WarriorSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Mirri, Cat Warrior counts as a Cat Warrior.First strike; forestwalk (If defending player controls any forests, this creature is unblockable.) Attacking does not cause Mirri to tap.
out on turn 3. I cannot handle a Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
walker. To make it worse he casts Serra's Embrace
Serra's Embrace
Serra's EmbraceSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and gains flying. Attacking does not cause enchanted creature to tap.
on Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
the following turn. I lose shortly after.

Game 2:
In comes Blue:
1 Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.

1 Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.

2 Dehydration
Dehydration
DehydrationSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
73
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.

1 Discombobulate
Discombobulate
DiscombobulateSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Counter target spell. Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

6 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

1 Sage Owl
Sage Owl
Sage OwlSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Sage Owl comes into play, look at the top four cards of your library and put them back in any order you choose.

1 Scalpelexis
Scalpelexis
ScalpelexisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
50
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Scaplelexis deals combat damage to a player, that player removes the top four cards of his or her library from the game. If two or more of those cards have the same name, repeat the process.

1 Snapping Drake
Snapping Drake
Snapping DrakeSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

1 Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.

1 Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.


Out goes all White cards except Loxodon Mystic
Loxodon Mystic
Loxodon MysticSet: Darksteel
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Ed Beard
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.
and Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
, and 3 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
, and 1 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
. He must be doing badly in his other game because after I get him down to 14 with a Stalking Tiger
Stalking Tiger
Stalking TigerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Tiger
Rarity:
C
Number:
253
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Stalking Tiger can't be blocked by more than one creature each combat.
and Civic Wayfinder
Civic Wayfinder
Civic WayfinderSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Civic Wayfinder comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
with Treetop Bracers
Treetop Bracers
Treetop BracersSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and can be blocked only by creatures with flying.
he concedes.

Game 3:
He concedes without even playing a card. I had kept a starting hand of five land and two creatures.

End of Week 2's regular games and I am 9-1 and have 19 points. There are currently 3 people ahead of me and they all have 19 points but have tie breaker points. I just completed my first perfect week in league play ever. So now I am going to try to squeeze in some tiebreaker games.

Tie Breakers (I'm not going to go into detail over these games):
Game 1 vs. ich_san who has 16 points and 21 tiebreaker points in 28 matches.
I am glad this is my first tie breaker game because I lost in 2.

Game 2 vs. StupidPenguin who has 15 points in 11 matches.
I won in 2 games. I am now sitting in 3rd place tie with 19 points and 2 tie breaker points.

Game 3 vs. mightystubacca who has 17 points in 10 matches.
I lose in 2 to drop down to 4th place on my own with 19 points and 1 tie breaker point.


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