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Cat Scratch Fever - Bradley Simpson (5/19/2007)

The air about the ivy-covered cottage is sweetly scented by the small garden full of catnip. A chorus of meows echoes outside the door, letting the occupant know that it is suppertime. The door opens and a handsome elf with blonde hair and blue eyes comes out with a large tray of delicately sliced meats. A swarm of domesticated and wild cats rub against his legs affectionately to get his attention. The elf comes to a tree stump and places the tray there.

While the cat horde is dining, the elf man steps away and walks over, 'Hello traveler. My name is Roland Windsong. Are you seeking to master the art of feline prowess? Bury your opponent in kitty litter? Then let us talk further…'

The forest is still as death as the feline legion readies itself to pounce on the Phyrexian invaders. Panther Warriors
Panther Warriors
Panther WarriorsSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
6
Toughness:
3
grin in anticipation as they imagine sinking their swords and claws into their oily blood. Catfolk stalk through treetops easily to complete the ambush. All is ready as the last mechanized terror rolls into the ravine.

A lone elf druid, Roland Windsong, strides out to the head of the Phyrexian column. He raises his arms and yells out clearly, 'Cats of War! Demolish
Demolish
DemolishSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
183
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land.
this foe of all that is green and lives!'

A wild assortment of cats and catfolk answer the feline druid's call. Jungle Lion
Jungle Lion
Jungle LionSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Jungle Lion can't intercept.
s, Mtenda Lion
Mtenda Lion
Mtenda LionSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lion
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Mtenda Lion attacks, defending player may pay U to have it deal no combat damage this turn.
s, and Lynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
es join the fray to drive the metal ones into shards and fragments. The Phyrexians fight back with unnatural strength, but they are no match for the cats' speed.

Roland stands bloodied but content as he bashes his last foe with his wooden staff. All of the cats and catfolk have dispersed save for one. A proud looking cheetah walks up to the druid and wriggles its tail intelligently.

'My thanks, King Cheetah
King Cheetah
King CheetahSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cheetah
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may choose to play King Cheetah whenever you could play an instant.
, to you and your kindred. I am once again in your debt. We will keep our forest safe. May the blessing of Tamalor be with you.'


1 Afiya Grove
Afiya Grove
Afiya GroveSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Text:
Afiya Grove comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it.During your upkeep, put one of these counters on target creature.If Afiya Grove has none of these counters on it, bury it.

1 Ancestral Mask
Ancestral Mask
Ancestral MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 for each other enchantment in play.

1 Bloodline Shaman
Bloodline Shaman
Bloodline ShamanSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Choose a creature type. Reveal the top card of your library. If that card is a creature card of the chosen type, put it into your hand. Otherwise, put it into your graveyard.

4 Cat Warriors
Cat Warriors
Cat WarriorsSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Warriors
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player controls any forests, this creature is unblockable.)

1 Cave Tiger
Cave Tiger
Cave TigerSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Hannibal King
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a creature blocks it, Cave Tiger gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

1 Citanul Druid
Citanul Druid
Citanul DruidSet: Antiquities
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Druid gains a +1/+1 counter each time opponent casts an artifact.

1 Defense of the Heart
Defense of the Heart
Defense of the HeartSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
During your upkeep, if one of your opponents controls three or more creatures, sacrifice Defense of the Heart, search your library for up to two creature cards, and put those creatures into play. Shuffle your library afterward.

3 Desert Twister
Desert Twister
Desert TwisterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Destroy any card in play.

1 Druid's Call
Druid's Call
Druid's CallSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature is dealt damage, its controller puts that many 1/1 green Squirrel creature tokens into play.

1 Elvish Farmer
Elvish Farmer
Elvish FarmerSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Elvish Farmer.0: Remove three spore counters from Elvish Farmer to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.0: Sacrifice a Saproling to gain 2 life.

1 Elvish Warrior
Elvish Warrior
Elvish WarriorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
260
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
3

1 Feldon's Cane
Feldon's Cane
Feldon's CaneSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
tap, Remove Feldon's Cane from the game: Shuffle your graveyard into your library.

1 Gaea's Touch
Gaea's Touch
Gaea's TouchSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
You may put one additional land in play during each of your turns, but that land must be a basic forest. You may sacrifice Gaea's Touch to add GG to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

2 Hidden Path
Hidden Path
Hidden PathSet: The Dark
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
All green creatures gain forestwalk.

1 Ivory Tower
Ivory Tower
Ivory TowerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep phase, gain 1 life for each card in your hand above four.

1 Jolrael, Empress of Beasts
Jolrael, Empress of Beasts
Jolrael, Empress of BeastsSet: Prophecy
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2G, T, Discard two cards from your hand: Until end of turn, all lands target player controls are 3/3 creatures that are still lands.

1 Jungle Lion
Jungle Lion
Jungle LionSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Jungle Lion can't intercept.

2 Lynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)

1 Mtenda Lion
Mtenda Lion
Mtenda LionSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lion
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Mtenda Lion attacks, defending player may pay U to have it deal no combat damage this turn.

1 Nature's Kiss
Nature's Kiss
Nature's KissSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
1, Remove the top card in your graveyard from the game: Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

4 Panther Warriors
Panther Warriors
Panther WarriorsSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
6
Toughness:
3

1 Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing JaguarSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
269
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.)

1 Rakalite
Rakalite
RakaliteSet: Antiquities
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Poly Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
2: Prevent 1 damage to any target. If Rakalite is used, it returns to its owner's hand at end of turn; all enchantments on Rakalite are then discarded.

1 Sacred Prey
Sacred Prey
Sacred PreySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
268
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Sacred Prey becomes blocked, you gain 1 life.

1 Shapeshifter
Shapeshifter
ShapeshifterSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
*
Toughness:
(7-*)
Text:
Shapeshifter has power and toughness that add up to seven, but neither may be more than seven. Set them when Shapeshifter comes into play; you may change them during your upkeep.

1 Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

1 Stream of Life
Stream of Life
Stream of LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target player gains X life.

1 Vex
Vex
VexSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's controller may draw a card.
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1 Waiting in the Weeds
Waiting in the Weeds
Waiting in the WeedsSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
266
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Each player counts the untapped forests he or she controls and puts that many 1/1 green Cat creature tokens into play.

1 Wallop
Wallop
WallopSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
223
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
Destroy target blue or black creature with flying.

1 Whirling Catapult
Whirling Catapult
Whirling CatapultSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
2: Remove the top two cards of your library from the game to have Whirling Catapult deal 1 damage to each creature with flying and each player.

1 Whirling Dervish
Whirling Dervish
Whirling DervishSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dervish
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from blackPut a +1/+1 counter on Whirling Dervish at the end of each turn in which it damages opponent.

1 Wild Growth
Wild Growth
Wild GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whenever the usual mana is drawn from target land, Wild Growth provides an extra G.


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

1 Desert
Desert
DesertSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or do 1 damage to an attacking creature after it deals its damage.



This deck employs some green staples like Stream of Life
Stream of Life
Stream of LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target player gains X life.
and Desert Twister
Desert Twister
Desert TwisterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Destroy any card in play.
, but it has a lot to offer to a forest duelist. Strong creatures on a good mana curve make this deck playable and fun. One of the most exciting combos I discovered in this deck is a somewhat newer card to grace my card collection. The elf wizard Bloodline Shaman
Bloodline Shaman
Bloodline ShamanSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Choose a creature type. Reveal the top card of your library. If that card is a creature card of the chosen type, put it into your hand. Otherwise, put it into your graveyard.
. Just search for Cat and crush your enemy with fang and claw.

In keeping with the cat theme, a lot of the artwork is also catfolk oriented as well. The best of them is probably Nature's Kiss
Nature's Kiss
Nature's KissSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
1, Remove the top card in your graveyard from the game: Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, with its blessing-like ability to pump up an enchanted creature. Cats are very playable and I look forward to swatting around my next opponent like a mouse.

Theme decks are challenging and fun. Whether you are playing an aggressive blue Merfolk deck with Sunken City
Sunken City
Sunken CitySet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All blue creatures get +1/+1. During your upkeep, pay UU or destroy Sunken City.
and Lord of Atlantis
Lord of Atlantis
Lord of AtlantisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Merfolk in play gain islandwalk and +1/+1 while this card is in play.
or smacking your opponent's monsters around with a double Instill Energy
Instill Energy
Instill EnergySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
You may untap target creature one additional time during your turn. Target creature may also attack the turn it comes into play.
Lady Caleria
Lady Caleria
Lady CaleriaSet: Legends
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Power:
3
Toughness:
6
Text:
T: Lady Caleria does 3 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.
, theme decks can bring out combos you never considered before. This cat warrior deck was inspired by a story I am co-writing with another author that should be loads of fun.


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