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10th Edition League Analysis - Billy Moreau (12/27/2007)

Welcome to another week here at Cardshark. This week I would like to show you what goes on in my head when I enter a 10th Edition league on MTGO. I have drafted a lot of 10th on MTGO and have found that all the colors are balanced. When drafting I tend to try to pick up Spiders, Walls 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.
s and 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.
s before almost anything else. 10th Edition leagues changes that thinking.

Here is what my first 5 packs have given me to choose from:

Artifact:
1 Dragon's Claw
Dragon's Claw
Dragon's ClawSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Whenever a player plays a red spell, you may gain 1 life.

1 Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying


Black:
1 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.

1 Assassinate
Assassinate
AssassinateSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target tapped creature.

1 Contaminated Bond
Contaminated Bond
Contaminated BondSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature attacks or blocks, its controller loses 3 life.

1 Highway Robber
Highway Robber
Highway RobberSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mercenary
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Highway Robber comes into play, you gain 2 life and target opponent loses 2 life.

1 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.

1 Mind Rot
Mind Rot
Mind RotSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Your opponent chooses and discards two cards from his or her hand. (If your opponent has only one card, he or she discards it.)

1 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.

1 Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

1 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.

1 Scathe Zombie
1 Severed Legion
Severed Legion
Severed LegionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)

1 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.


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 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.

1 Fog Elemental
Fog Elemental
Fog ElementalSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Jon J Muth
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying When Fog Elemental attacks or blocks, sacrifice it at end of combat.

1 Horseshoe Crab
Horseshoe Crab
Horseshoe CrabSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crab
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
U: Untap Horseshoe Crab.

1 March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)

1 Merfolk Looter
Merfolk Looter
Merfolk LooterSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Draw a card, then choose and discard a card.

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 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.

1 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


Green:
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.

1 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 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.

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 Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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.

1 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.

1 Wall of Wood
Wall of Wood
Wall of WoodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
0
Toughness:
3


Land:
1 Faerie Conclave
Faerie Conclave
Faerie ConclaveSet: Urza's Legacy
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Faerie Conclave comes into play tapped.T: Add one blue mana to your mana pool.1U: Faerie Conclave becomes a 2/1 blue creature with flying until end of turn. This creature still counts as a land.

1 Spawning Pool
Spawning Pool
Spawning PoolSet: Urza's Legacy
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Spawning Pool comes into play tapped.T: Add one black mana to your mana pool.1B: Spawning Pool becomes a 1/1 black creature with B: Regenerate this creature until end of turn. This creature still counts as a land.

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.

1 Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya CoastSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add G or U to your mana pool. Yavimaya Coast deals 1 damage to you.


Red:
1 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.

1 Goblin Elite Infantry
Goblin Elite Infantry
Goblin Elite InfantrySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
183
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Goblin Elite Infantry blocks or is blocked, it gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

1 Goblin Piker
Goblin Piker
Goblin PikerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
1

1 Guerrilla Tactics
Guerrilla Tactics
Guerrilla TacticsSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Text:
Guerrilla Tactics deals 2 damage to target creature or player.If a spell or effect controlled by an opponent causes you to discard Guerrilla Tactics from your hand, reveal Guerrilla Tactics to all players, and it deals 4 damage to target creature or player.

1 Hill Giant
Hill Giant
Hill GiantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
3
Toughness:
3

1 Lightning Elemental
Lightning Elemental
Lightning ElementalSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Lightning Elemental is unaffected by summoning sickness.

1 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.

1 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.

1 Shunt
Shunt
ShuntSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
68
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target.

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

1 Viashino Runner
Viashino Runner
Viashino RunnerSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino
Rarity:
C
Number:
224
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Viashino Runner cannot be blocked by only one creature.


White:
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.

1 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 Demystify
Demystify
DemystifySet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Destroy target enchantment.

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

1 Holy Day
Holy Day
Holy DaySet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is assigned.

1 Holy Strength
Holy Strength
Holy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature gains +1/+2.

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 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.

1 Treasure Hunter
Treasure Hunter
Treasure HunterSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Treasure Hunter comes into play, you may return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

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



I tend to look at my rares first before I even decide on what colors to play. Doing this I see that my rares will not define my deck. Another little oddity that I notice is that out of five packs I did not get a single duplicate.

Analyzing my colors:
Artifact- Nothing to offer at all.

Blue- 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.
is the only form of card drawing in this color and with the double blue in the casting cost it is unsplashable. There are a few fliers but not enough to make me want this color.

Black- 2 removal cards and one reanimation card makes this color a little playable. All three of those cards also have 1 black in the casting cost so they may end up in the deck as my third color.

Green- 2 Spiders to help me with any flying threat and a few beefy creatures. I'm getting a little desperate at this point and will probable go green for one of my two main colors.

Land- Nothing other than the 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.
can help me if I go Gb and a third color. Spawning Pool
Spawning Pool
Spawning PoolSet: Urza's Legacy
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Spawning Pool comes into play tapped.T: Add one black mana to your mana pool.1B: Spawning Pool becomes a 1/1 black creature with B: Regenerate this creature until end of turn. This creature still counts as a land.
is not good enough to add in the extra swamps, yet.

Red- 3 Forms of removal but still very weak creatures in this color.

White- Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
is my standout in this color. Even if White was a third color I would splash it for this card. White also gives me some decent fliers.

Overall my packs are very weak to me. I do have creature removal, artifact removal, and enchantment removal spread out among the colors. Here is my first deck I came up with using the above information as a guide:

GWb:

Black- 4 cards:
1 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.

1 Assassinate
Assassinate
AssassinateSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target tapped creature.

1 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.

1 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.


Green- 10 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.

1 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.

1 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- 9 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.

1 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 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:
7 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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

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



Week 1 Friday December 14th, 2007:

Only 96 people so far have signed up for the league.

Match 1 vs. Metalwrath

Despite there being 96 people in the league no one seems to want to play and I sit staring at my screen for more than 15 minutes while the remaining 7 people in the league room slowly change colors from black to red and back again. At this moment Kadrick is in the lead with 10,12 points and has played 20 matches. I hope I can even complete 20 matches in the 4 weeks of the league.

Game 1:
He is playing Green/Blue/Red and has 3 points in 2 matches.
I get out an early 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.
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.
and get some early beating down. He stabilizes with a 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
. At this point we take turns drawing and playing creatures. He eventually plays Arcanis and after drawing 9 cards finally casts 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.
and sees that I have a Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
in hand. I play a 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.
on 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.
and start getting damage through. He makes a last ditch effort to deal some damage to me and I use the Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
to remove his three biggest threats. I swing in with the 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.
for the win.

Game 2:
Again I get early creatures out while he seems stuck on three land. He finally plays his fourth land after I have 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.
, 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.
, and 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.
in play. He can't deal with them after he casts 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.
and sees that I am holding 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.
, 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 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.
in hand. He then concedes and runs for the hills.

So after one round I have 2 league points and did better than I had expected. Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
really came through for me and 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.
was also very helpful. On to Game 2.

Match 2 vs. Veloxmors

Game 1:
He is playing Blue/Red/Black and has 8 points after 15 matches. He is playing me for tiebreaker points.
He doesn't play anything significant other than an annoying little Puppeteer
Puppeteer
PuppeteerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
U, Tap: Tap or untap target creature.
. I beat him down with my superior creatures.

Game 2:
I keep a hand with a swamp and a plains and don't draw a forest the whole game. I die holding a handful of green cards and nothing to do with them. I can't even twiddle my thumbs.

Game 3:
I keep a hand with 5 land including 2 forests. I keep drawing creatures this game while he keeps on drawing lands. I win when I play an 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.
and he can't handle it so he concedes.

4 points in league and I am undefeated. I have never gone 5-0 in the first week so here it goes.


A few days have passed since I have been able to play so here I am getting ready for my third game of the week in league when I take a look at the leaderboard and lo and behold look who is at the top again, Kadrick with 10 points and 50 tiebreaker points in 48 matches. He is going to have a hard time completing his league schedule because of how many opponents he has already faced.

Monday December 17th, 2007

Match 3 vs. ayesilka
He is playing a Black/Green deck and has 2 points after 1 match. His deck has no bombs that I see at all.

Game 1:
He manages to get out a turn 4 Juggernaut
Juggernaut
JuggernautSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Must attack each turn if possible. Can't be blocked by walls.
which can be trouble in league play if there is any way to make him pumped up or protect him. Fortunately for me my opponent didn't have any of those options. I traded his Juggernaut
Juggernaut
JuggernautSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Must attack each turn if possible. Can't be blocked by walls.
for 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.
and never saw a creature with power greater than 2 appear of his side the rest of the game. He tries to hold off a bit by playing Natural Spring
Natural Spring
Natural SpringSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
You gain 8 life.
but that only prolongs the inevitable. I win shortly after with a 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.
ed 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.
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.
.

Game 2:
This game makes me realize something, Why are there so many landwalkers in this set and yet none of them have plainswalk. Turn 2 he plays a Rushwood Dryad
Rushwood Dryad
Rushwood DryadSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad
Rarity:
C
Number:
263
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (This creature is unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)
so I am forced to wait to play my forest. I play an 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.
to stop the Dryad and he casts Contaminated Bond
Contaminated Bond
Contaminated BondSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature attacks or blocks, its controller loses 3 life.
on it making me not want to block so I play my forests and start hoping that I can draw an answer to it. Turn 4 I play a stall card, 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.
slowing down the pain. The following turn I play Contaminated Bond
Contaminated Bond
Contaminated BondSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature attacks or blocks, its controller loses 3 life.
on his Dryad. Why I didn't have this in to start with I don't know, but I will have to keep it in now. We trade for a bit. His three life for my 1, until I cast that pesky 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.
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 gets me down to 3 while I have him at 5. I draw and get my best card in my deck: Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
. I let him go. At this point I have the game won for two reasons, 1st- He has a Thrull
Thrull
ThrullSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Thrull
Rarity:
C
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Token
IFN1cmdlb24= on the board and can get my Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
out of my hand but will fall 1 point shy of killing me. 2nd- If he does attack with everything his creatures will die to the Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
. He makes an attempt and attacks me with everything. I Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
3 of his 5 creatures and then block the remaining 2. He has nothing to cast in his hand and next turn I swing for the win.

So far the only card in my deck to be of no use is the 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.
so that will come out and the Contaminated Bond
Contaminated Bond
Contaminated BondSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature attacks or blocks, its controller loses 3 life.
will go in. Let's see how that turns out. I am now in 90th place because we are up to 164 people.

Match 4 vs. waterplopper
He is playing White/Blue/Green and has 4 points after 3 matches.

Game 1:
Since he only has 4 points after 3 matches I kind of underestimate him. I figure I will blow by him. Was I wrong.
Here are the bombs I saw in his deck:
Serra Angel
Serra Angel
Serra AngelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Serra Angel to tap.

Persuasion
Persuasion
PersuasionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
92
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted creature.

Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.

Abundance
Abundance
AbundanceSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
229
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Instead of drawing a card, you may choose land or nonland and reveal cards from your library until you reveal a card of the chosen kind. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.

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.

Recollect
Recollect
RecollectSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
178
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

2 Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
s- 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.
and Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.


The game starts with us playing a few lands. He Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.
s my 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.
turn 5, then plays Serra Angel
Serra Angel
Serra AngelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Serra Angel to tap.
on his turn. I have no way to deal with Serra Angel
Serra Angel
Serra AngelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Serra Angel to tap.
unless I get my Spiders into play and then can pump them up. I cast my 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 turn 8 to try to beat him with the rush. 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 it. I 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.
the Persuasion
Persuasion
PersuasionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
92
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted creature.
. He casts Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
to stop the Avatar. I die horribly.

Game 2:
I sideboard in Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
and Mind Rot
Mind Rot
Mind RotSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Your opponent chooses and discards two cards from his or her hand. (If your opponent has only one card, he or she discards it.)
and take 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.
. I stay with 41 cards because I have no clue what I could take out. Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
is the only way I can deal with Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
and Mind Rot
Mind Rot
Mind RotSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Your opponent chooses and discards two cards from his or her hand. (If your opponent has only one card, he or she discards it.)
is an extra way to deal with the Serra Angel
Serra Angel
Serra AngelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Serra Angel to tap.
. This is the game I see Abundance
Abundance
AbundanceSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
229
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Instead of drawing a card, you may choose land or nonland and reveal cards from your library until you reveal a card of the chosen kind. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.
played along with 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.
. Abundance
Abundance
AbundanceSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
229
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Instead of drawing a card, you may choose land or nonland and reveal cards from your library until you reveal a card of the chosen kind. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.
doesn't draw him anything good. He gets out 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 Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
to hold me off. He keeps tapping down my 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== 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 doesn't have any creatures in play other than the 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.
with a toughness bigger than 3. I slowly build up an army. He plays 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 his 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.
which gets me down to 2 life. I declare my attack phase and he taps 2 of my creatures rather than 1 and block. I barely win.

Game 3:
I sideboard 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.
and Demystify
Demystify
DemystifySet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Destroy target enchantment.
and an extra Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
to go up to 44 cards because I still do not know what to take out. I get mana crewed this game and all he plays are flying creatures. I never draw a spider or anything to deal with the flyers and I die horribly.

So far I have no real way to deal with flying creatures. I hope my next pack of cards that I add will give me some answers for that.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Onto my last league game of week 1. I'll save all the tiebreaker games for week 4. That way I know if it is even worthwhile to attempt. When I went to check on my status I was given a nice surprise. It's now week two and I have a booster I can add to my deck so before I play game 5 I will open it and edit my deck. Here is what I got in the pack:

1 Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.

1 Consume Spirit
Consume Spirit
Consume SpiritSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Text:
Spend only black mana on X. Consume Spirit deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.

1 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==
1 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.

1 Spineless Thug
Spineless Thug
Spineless ThugSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mercenary
Rarity:
C
Number:
71
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Spineless Thug can't block.

1 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 Robe of Mirrors
Robe of Mirrors
Robe of MirrorsSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Enchanted creature cannot be the target of spells or abilities.

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

1 Bandage
Bandage
BandageSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Prevent 1 damage to any creature or player.Draw a card.

1 Severed Legion
Severed Legion
Severed LegionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)

1 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 Viashino Runner
Viashino Runner
Viashino RunnerSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino
Rarity:
C
Number:
224
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Viashino Runner cannot be blocked by only one creature.

1 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 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


The cards that stand out now are the 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==, Consume Spirit
Consume Spirit
Consume SpiritSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Text:
Spend only black mana on X. Consume Spirit deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.
, 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.
, 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
. I'm also at a point that I feel I will cut out Black and try to become more aggro. This will allow me to add in 3 of the above 4 cards. Here is my new revised 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.
IFNwaWRlcg==
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.


Improvisor is now in 1st with 19 point and 4 tiebreaker points in 15 games. Kadrick fell to second with 18 points and 50 tiebreaker points in 53 matches. I sit at 93rd with 179 people in the league.

Match 5 vs. Tre D
He is playing Blue/Black and has 16points with 7 tiebreaker points and currently sits in 7th place overall.

Game 1:
All he can play are swamps for the first few turns. I get out 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.
, Pincer Beetles, and 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.
out. He finally gets an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
on turn 7 and plays a Cloud Elemental
Cloud Elemental
Cloud ElementalSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Cloud Elemental can block only creatures with flying.
. I keep swinging and he concedes the next turn when he can't draw a second Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
.

Game 2:
We take turns playing creatures for the first dozen turns or so. I draw my Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
and start leaving Mana open to cast it when he attacks. He plays a very sick combo: Puppeteer
Puppeteer
PuppeteerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
U, Tap: Tap or untap target creature.
, Vedalken Mastermind
Vedalken Mastermind
Vedalken MastermindSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Veldalken Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
U, Tap: Return target permanent you control to its owner's hand.
, 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.
. So while he is able to draw extra cards every turn all I can do is sit and wait to take him out. Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
will not do much now when he can return two of his creatures back to his hand. I never have to worry about that though as he shortly thereafter Distress
Distress
DistressSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
es me and takes the Hail of Arrows
Hail of Arrows
Hail of ArrowsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
White
Rarity:
U
. I lose that turn.

Game 3:
Still nothing in my sideboard that I find useful so I don't sideboard anything in. He again gets out his Vedalken Mastermind
Vedalken Mastermind
Vedalken MastermindSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Veldalken Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
U, Tap: Return target permanent you control to its owner's hand.
but this time instead of waiting to be able to use it he chump blocks 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.
with that, a 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.
, and a Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
. I was very lucky he did that because otherwise I would have ended up losing my whole hand. He plays a Merfolk Looter
Merfolk Looter
Merfolk LooterSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Draw a card, then choose and discard a card.
the following turn and starts cycling through his deck fast. He can't attack though because I have too many Fliers and Spiders. He Casts a Rod of Ruin
Rod of Ruin
Rod of RuinSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
3, T: Rod of Ruin does 1 damage to any target.
and starts pinging me. At that point I am at 19 life and he only has 8 cards left in his deck so I am not worried. Then on three consecutive turns I cast: 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.
+2 life, 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.
+3 life, 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 has the Puppeteer
Puppeteer
PuppeteerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
U, Tap: Tap or untap target creature.
out and stops me from attacking with the 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.
but I just wait him out and he loses to decking.

So far after week one I have 9 points and sit in 67th place. I feel I have done a good job but not great job on this deck and will continue to analyze it after each league game. Let me know what you think of this article and any ideas you have about the deck. Look for another article soon detailing week 2 and, depending on how fast this is posted, week 3.


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