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Drafting M12 on MTGO - Billy Moreau (9/22/2011)

Recently I've run out of time for Magic. I have a baby on the way, lost my job, got a new job, moved, and just ran out of time. That meant no more Standard tournaments for me. I'm ok with that as I've been drafting more than playing Standard over the past three years or so at FNM's.

With the release of M12 a change of luck occurred for me. I started winning drafts. Before M12 I had only finished first in three 4-3-2-2 drafts. To date I have won five 4-3-2-2 M12 drafts. Did I get better all of a sudden or have I been getting lucky? A bit of both actually.

First off, do not rare draft if you want to win. For far too long I have done just that. It is very tempting to see a Sunpetal Grove
Sunpetal Grove
Sunpetal GroveSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
Sunpetal Grove enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or a Plains.{T}: Add {G} or {W} to your mana pool.
or Mesa Enchantress
Mesa Enchantress
Mesa EnchantressSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
r
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play an enchantment spell, you may draw a card.
and start Rare drafting just to get some money back. It's even more tempting when you open up off color third pack cards such as Inferno Titan
Inferno Titan
Inferno TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
146
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
{R}: Inferno Titan gets +1/+0 until end of turn. Whenever Inferno Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, it deals 3 damage divided as you choose among one, two, or three target creatures and/or players.
or Gideon (although I would still take them in the third pack).

Second, Blue is power in M12. Every draft I have won blue is one of my two colors. Here are the cards to look for.


Aether Adept
Aether Adept
Aether AdeptSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Æther Adept enters the battlefield, return target creature to its owner's hand.
- Disrupt
Disrupt
DisruptSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Counter target instant, interrupt, or sorcery spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.Draw a card.
ing your opponent’s tempo while beating them down is a good thing. In a draft I did this past week I went against my strategy and passed three straight Aether Adept
Aether Adept
Aether AdeptSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Æther Adept enters the battlefield, return target creature to its owner's hand.
s. I saw seven pass me in the draft. What was I thinking?

Ponder
Ponder
PonderSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. You may shuffle your library. Draw a card.
- Being able to manipulate what you are going to draw while digging deeper into your deck is a powerful thing. Many times you will see Ponder
Ponder
PonderSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. You may shuffle your library. Draw a card.
come back to you the second time around in a pack.

Divination
Divination
DivinationSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Draw two cards.
- More ways to dig deeper into your deck.

Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.
/Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
/Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.
/Flashfreeze
Flashfreeze
FlashfreezeSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Counter target red or green spell.
- Four counter spells are good. Two are situational and Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
gets worse as the game goes on. Try to get a Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.
or two when drafting Blue to stop their big threat bomb cards.

Azure Mage
Azure Mage
Azure MageSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{3}{U}: Draw a card.
- She is unbelievable. When she is online, you are able to keep mana open for a counterspell, and then draw a card when you don't have to counter something. First pick this when you can, otherwise the person you pass to will probably go Blue.

Frost Titan
Frost Titan
Frost TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
55
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Frost Titan becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, counter that spell or ability unless its controller pays {2}. Whenever Frost Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, tap target permanent. It doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.
/Jace, Memory Adept
Jace, Memory Adept
Jace, Memory AdeptSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Jace
Rarity:
M
Number:
58
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Draw a card. Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard. 0: Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. -7: Any number of target players each draw twenty cards.
- These are bombs that can win the game on their own and can make you switch to blue pack three if you are a risk taker!

Jace's Archivist
Jace's Archivist
Jace's ArchivistSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vedalken Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
59
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
{U}, {T}: Each player discards his or her hand, then draws cards equal to the greatest number of cards a player discarded this way.
/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.
- Powerhouses of Blue. The Looter will be picked early but surprisingly the Archivist
Archivist
ArchivistSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Draw a card.
can make it to you pick 5 or 6 sometimes. The Looter helps you toss useless lands to get something useful while digging deeper into your deck. It is usually killed immediately. Jace's Archivist
Jace's Archivist
Jace's ArchivistSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vedalken Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
59
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
{U}, {T}: Each player discards his or her hand, then draws cards equal to the greatest number of cards a player discarded this way.
is a monster. Worst case scenario you activate him after your opponent has drawn during their draw phase. It's like you are milling for one while you draw one! It also works great if you can 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.
one of his creatures first!

Mind Control
Mind Control
Mind ControlSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Enchant creatureYou control enchanted creature.
- They play a great creature it becomes yours. Awesome! Just watch out for Stave Off
Stave Off
Stave OffSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Target creature gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. (It can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything of that color.)
!

Turn to Frog
Turn to Frog
Turn to FrogSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Text:
Target creature loses all abilities and becomes a 1/1 blue Frog until end of turn.
- Oh the tricks you can play with this one! The most common (and arguably the best) is to turn their massive attacking creature into a frog and block. Sure, I’ll trade my 1/1 token of some sort for your Titan or 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.
or whatever it was a second ago.

Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of UthuunSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
R
Number:
76
Artist:
Kekai Kotaki
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying When Sphinx of Uthuun enters the battlefield, reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
- Great while not so great. High casting cost. Nice ability. Pair it with 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 you are looking at drawing a whole bunch of cards!

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.
- See above! Every Blue deck needs to play a few of these!

Visions of Beyond
Visions of Beyond
Visions of BeyondSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Draw a card. If a graveyard has twenty or more cards in it, draw three cards instead.
- In draft this card is usually nothing more than a card cycler, but I will draft it every time while playing Blue. I expect to draw the game out long enough with Blue that the second ability of drawing three cards occurs frequently!

Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of ImmortalitySet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
206
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
{2}, {T}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into your library.
- I have to draft this card EVERY draft I am in! Paired with Blue this card lets you shuffle all your dead creatures back in along with all your counter spells and bounce spells! Make sure you draft this if you can.


If you can get the cards above you need to play Blue! Below I will list cards to look out for when choosing your second color:

When drafting a complimentary color for Blue, you should remember Blue is about control and control wants to play things on their opponent’s turns. So you should be drafting control cards to go along with Blue. In order I would draft Black, Green, Red, then White. Here are the cards in those colors to look for to draft those colors:


Black:
Brink of Disaster
Brink of Disaster
Brink of DisasterSet: Worldwake
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Enchant creature or land When enchanted permanent becomes tapped, destroy it.
- Usually a very late pick, but it’s a decent removal spell, even though it sucks against Hex
Hex
HexSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Destroy six target creatures.
proof creatures and 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.
.

Call to the Grave
Call to the Grave
Call to the GraveSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Text:
At the beginning of each player’s upkeep, that player sacrifices a non-Zombie creature. At end of turn, if there are no creatures in play, sacrifice Call to the Grave.
- I love this card. But this card needs either a zombie subtheme, a token maker or Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling SkeletonSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
112
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{B}: Return Reassembling Skeleton from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.
to be very effective. When this is in play it will stop or really slow down your opponent. It is also a very effective way to get around hexproof. Draft this first pick if you can.

Cemetery Reaper
Cemetery Reaper
Cemetery ReaperSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
87
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Other Zombie creatures you control get +1/+1. {2}{B}, {T}: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token onto the battlefield.
- Goes along with Call to the Grave
Call to the Grave
Call to the GraveSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Text:
At the beginning of each player’s upkeep, that player sacrifices a non-Zombie creature. At end of turn, if there are no creatures in play, sacrifice Call to the Grave.
and also fits in with control theme being able to make tokens on your opponent’s turn allows you have plenty of time for tricks!

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.
- You do not have to be heavy Black to play this. Many times just being able to remove a 2/2 creature is worth it, but if you are half Blue half Black this can often times take out their best creature or be the finishing blow to your opponent.

Deathmark
Deathmark
DeathmarkSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Destroy target green or white creature.
- Situational cheap removal.

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.
- More ways to control your opponent.

Doom Blade
Doom Blade
Doom BladeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature.
- This doesn't need to be explained!

Grave Titan
Grave Titan
Grave TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
97
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Deathtouch Whenever Grave Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, put two 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens onto the battlefield.
(or any other Titan) - draft no matter what, even if it does not fit in with your theme. The same can be said about the planeswalkers; they are all too powerful to give to an opponent. Grave Titan
Grave Titan
Grave TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
97
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Deathtouch Whenever Grave Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, put two 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens onto the battlefield.
also can help giving you plenty of creatures to stall out long enough until you can gain control of the game.

Onyx Mage
Onyx Mage
Onyx MageSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{B}: Target creature you control gains deathtouch until end of turn. (Any amount of damage it deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
- Makes it possible to kill any creature in combat.

Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling SkeletonSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
112
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{B}: Return Reassembling Skeleton from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.
- Blocks everything on the ground and comes back for more!

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.
- Surprisingly you will see people pass on him early and you can usually get him 6/7 pick but if you see him earlier do not pass on him. If you can combine him with anything to tap your opponent’s creatures then you will win easily. Just watch out for hexproof.

Sorin Markov
Sorin Markov
Sorin MarkovSet: Zendikar
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Sorin
Rarity:
M
Number:
111
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Text:
+2: Sorin Markov deals 2 damage to target creature or player and you gain 2 life. -3: Target opponent's life total becomes 10. -7: You control target player's next turn.
- Do not worry about knocking your opponent down to 10 with his second ability. Use his first ability to kill off small creatures or hit your opponent, then when you can use his ultimate ability, be sure you make it worthwhile.

Sorin's Thirst
Sorin's Thirst
Sorin's ThirstSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Sorin's Thirst deals 2 damage to target creature and you gain 2 life.
– Instant removal gaining you life fits in with the theme.

Vengeful Pharaoh
Vengeful Pharaoh
Vengeful PharaohSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.) Whenever combat damage is dealt to you or a planeswalker you control, if Vengeful Pharaoh is in your graveyard, destroy target attacking creature, then put Vengeful Pharaoh on top of your library.
- Great with 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.
and will often win you games just getting in play. Nice thing is that you do not have to worry about him getting countered because he will keep coming back for more!

Wring Flesh
Wring Flesh
Wring FleshSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-1 until end of turn.
- A nice combat trick or just a way to get rid of most turn one or two plays.


Green:
Acidic Slime
Acidic Slime
Acidic SlimeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) When Acidic Slime enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.
- One of the few ways to deal with multiple cards. Use it to get rid of an artifact (creature or not), enchantment, or even a land when they are having mana problems. It’s very effective as a blocker, killing everything on the ground.

Arachnid Spinner/QXJhY2hudXMgWeb
Web
WebSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Target creature gains +0/+2 and can now block flying creatures, though it does not gain flying ability.
/Giant Spider
Giant Spider
Giant SpiderSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Does not fly, but can block flying creatures.
/Stingerfling Spider
Stingerfling Spider
Stingerfling SpiderSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
U
Number:
197
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.) When Stingerfling Spider enters the battlefield, you may destroy target creature with flying.
– These guys can sit there blocking flyers and non-flyers all day long. Add in the Stingerfling Spider
Stingerfling Spider
Stingerfling SpiderSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
U
Number:
197
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.) When Stingerfling Spider enters the battlefield, you may destroy target creature with flying.
's ability to destroy a flyer and the Arachnus Spinner
Arachnus Spinner
Arachnus SpinnerSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
R
Number:
162
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
5
Toughness:
7
Text:
Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.) Tap an untapped Spider you control: Search your graveyard and/or library for a card named Arachnus Web and put it onto the battlefield attached to target creature. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
's ability to search out the QXJhY2hudXMgWeb
Web
WebSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Target creature gains +0/+2 and can now block flying creatures, though it does not gain flying ability.
and these are the creatures you want protecting you from the opposing army.

Cudgel Troll
Cudgel Troll
Cudgel TrollSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll
Rarity:
U
Number:
174
Artist:
Jesper Ejsing
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
{G}: Regenerate Cudgel Troll. (The next time this creature would be destroyed this turn, it isn't. Instead tap it, remove all damage from it, and remove it from combat.)
- Only good as a blocker in control.

Jade Mage
Jade Mage
Jade MageSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
181
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{2}{G}: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token onto the battlefield.
- Another first pack first pick every time. The Jade Mage
Jade Mage
Jade MageSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
181
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{2}{G}: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token onto the battlefield.
is a force you do not want to go against if you do not have a way to deal with it but it will win games while on your side.

Plummet
Plummet
PlummetSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
190
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target creature with flying.
- Another card that usually will go around and around the table. Don't be surprised to see this card pick 14 but at the same time it can be so powerful!

Reclaim
Reclaim
ReclaimSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Put target card from your graveyard on top of your library.
- Another one of my favorite cards that I have to fit into a deck if I'm playing green. There are so many possibilities that this card opens up.

Even though I did not list a lot of Green cards I feel that it's the second best color to combine with Blue on the strength of the Jade Mage
Jade Mage
Jade MageSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
181
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{2}{G}: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token onto the battlefield.
and Spiders so if you are unable to get any of these then avoid Green.


Red:
Red is only good if you get the removal it offers.

Act of Treason
Act of Treason
Act of TreasonSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Text:
Gain control of target creature until end of turn. Untap that creature. It gains haste until end of turn. (It can attack and {T} this turn.)
- Combine it with Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
and it is good. Without Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
, it's not so hot but you can get it late and that can make it playable.

Chandra, the Firebrand
Chandra, the Firebrand
Chandra, the FirebrandSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Chandra
Rarity:
M
Number:
124
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Chandra, the Firebrand deals 1 damage to target creature or player. -2: When you cast your next instant or sorcery spell this turn, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy. -6: Chandra, the Firebrand deals 6 damage to each of up to six target creatures and/or players.
- Powerhouse! If you get more instants and sorceries to use such as Divination
Divination
DivinationSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Draw two cards.
or Ponder
Ponder
PonderSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. You may shuffle your library. Draw a card.
then it gets insane!

Chandra's Outrage
Chandra's Outrage
Chandra's OutrageSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Chandra's Outrage deals 4 damage to target creature and 2 damage to that creature's controller.
/Combust
Combust
CombustSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
130
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Text:
Combust can't be countered by spells or abilities. Combust deals 5 damage to target white or blue creature. The damage can't be prevented.
/Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
/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.
/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.
- These are the core cards you need to draft in a Blue/Red control deck. If you get an Elixer of Immortality then these can be your win condition as well.

Flameblast Dragon
Flameblast Dragon
Flameblast DragonSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying Whenever Flameblast Dragon attacks, you may pay XR. If you do, Flameblast Dragon deals X damage to target creature or player.
/Goblin Fireslinger
Goblin Fireslinger
Goblin FireslingerSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Goblin Fireslinger deals 1 damage to target player.
/Inferno Titan
Inferno Titan
Inferno TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
146
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
{R}: Inferno Titan gets +1/+0 until end of turn. Whenever Inferno Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, it deals 3 damage divided as you choose among one, two, or three target creatures and/or players.
- Possible win conditions in Blue/Red. And yes Goblin Fireslinger
Goblin Fireslinger
Goblin FireslingerSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Goblin Fireslinger deals 1 damage to target player.
is a win condition, albeit a slow one.


White:
It may surprise you that I list White as the least compatible with Blue but that’s because its best support cards are cards you have to play on your turn, leaving you to play catch up all game. Here are the White cards to look for:

Arbalest Elite
Arbalest Elite
Arbalest EliteSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Archer
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
{2}{W}, {T}: Arbalest Elite deals 3 damage to target attacking or blocking creature. Arbalest Elite doesn't untap during your next untap step.
- Only removes a creature every other turn and only if the creature attacks or blocks. It is slow but not to be taken lightly.

Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment
Day of JudgmentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Destroy all creatures.
- 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.
can't be passed up.

Gideon Jura
Gideon Jura
Gideon JuraSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Gideon
Rarity:
M
Number:
21
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
+2: During target opponent's next turn, creatures that player controls attack Gideon Jura if able. -2: Destroy target tapped creature. 0: Until end of turn, Gideon Jura becomes a 6/6 Human Soldier creature that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.
- Use his ability to prolong the game, making your opponent attack it instead of you. Or kill his tapped creatures. Or swing with a 6/6 who doesn’t take damage.

Gideon's Lawkeeper
Gideon's Lawkeeper
Gideon's LawkeeperSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{W}, {T}: Tap target creature.
- Tap their best creature then kill with Gideon!

Oblivion Ring
Oblivion Ring
Oblivion RingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
When Oblivion Ring comes into play, remove another target nonland permanent from the game. When Oblivion Ring leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.
- A first pack first pick into White!

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.
- More ways to deal with creatures and also a card that is picked highly.

Timely Reinforcements
Timely Reinforcements
Timely ReinforcementsSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, put three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.
- This is the card that you will want to go White for in a control deck as it will give you three creatures often and six life almost every time.


Artifacts are complementary cards in Blue-White but like I said before Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of ImmortalitySet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
206
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
{2}, {T}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into your library.
is a necessity! Here are other artifacts to look for:

Crown of Empires
Crown of Empires
Crown of EmpiresSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
203
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
{3}, {T}: Tap target creature. Gain control of that creature instead if you control artifacts named Scepter of Empires and Throne of Empires.
/Throne of Empires
Throne of Empires
Throne of EmpiresSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
221
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
{1}, {T}: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token onto the battlefield. Put five of those tokens onto the battlefield instead if you control artifacts named Crown of Empires and Scepter of Empires.
/Scepter of Empires
Scepter of Empires
Scepter of EmpiresSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
216
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
{T}: Scepter of Empires deals 1 damage to target player. It deals 3 damage to that player instead if you control artifacts named Crown of Empires and Throne of Empires.
– These are really good, especially if you can get all three. If not then avoid the Scepter unless that is your win condition. I get the Throne often but am always missing one of the other two pieces.

Druidic Satchel
Druidic Satchel
Druidic SatchelSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
207
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Text:
{2}, {T}: Reveal the top card of your library. If it's a creature card, put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token onto the battlefield. If it's a land card, put that card onto the battlefield under your control. If it's a noncreature, nonland card, you gain 2 life.
- What don't you like about this? An instant creature? A land in play untapped as an instant? Or gaining two life? I like unpredictable cards that have all good outcomes.


Overall Blue is the way to go. If you want to send a signal to the person you are passing to make sure you do not pass them any of the following cards:
Aether Adept
Aether Adept
Aether AdeptSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Æther Adept enters the battlefield, return target creature to its owner's hand.
, Azure Mage
Azure Mage
Azure MageSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{3}{U}: Draw a card.
, Djinn of Wishes
Djinn of Wishes
Djinn of WishesSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
R
Number:
50
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Djinn of Wishes enters the battlefield with three wish counters on it. {2}{U}{U}, Remove a wish counter from Djinn of Wishes: Reveal the top card of your library. You may play that card without paying its mana cost. If you don't, exile it.
, Frost Titan
Frost Titan
Frost TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
55
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Frost Titan becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, counter that spell or ability unless its controller pays {2}. Whenever Frost Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, tap target permanent. It doesn't untap during its controller's next untap step.
, Jace, Memory Adept
Jace, Memory Adept
Jace, Memory AdeptSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Jace
Rarity:
M
Number:
58
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Draw a card. Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard. 0: Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. -7: Any number of target players each draw twenty cards.
, 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.
, Mind Control
Mind Control
Mind ControlSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Enchant creatureYou control enchanted creature.
, or Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of UthuunSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
R
Number:
76
Artist:
Kekai Kotaki
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying When Sphinx of Uthuun enters the battlefield, reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
.

The rest of the Blue should come back around to you.

Best Blue Rare: Jace, Memory Adept
Jace, Memory Adept
Jace, Memory AdeptSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Jace
Rarity:
M
Number:
58
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Draw a card. Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard. 0: Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. -7: Any number of target players each draw twenty cards.

Best Blue Uncommon: Mind Control
Mind Control
Mind ControlSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Enchant creatureYou control enchanted creature.

Best Blue Common: Aether Adept
Aether Adept
Aether AdeptSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Æther Adept enters the battlefield, return target creature to its owner's hand.


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