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The Battle of Dagger Falls - Bradley Simpson (1/6/2009)

Trevor looks up from his historical text with digust and slams it shut. He looks over at his grandfather quietly reading a tome nearby. The blonde-haired boy of fifteen years whines to his mentor, ‘I hate this! it is so droll. Why do I need to learn about ancient societies and religions anyways?’

Trevor’s grandfather merely pulls down his spectacles a fraction of an inch and gives the boy a cool stare, ‘When we are in my library I expect you to use a respectful tone of voice. This is not a barbarian drinking contest nor a written exam. You will learn what you are directed to learn. It may save your life one day.’

Trevor decides to sucker his grandfather into telling a story to get out of studying for a few minutes. ‘How could it save my life grandpa Gerrard
Gerrard
GerrardSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
2
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
-4
Toughness:
+0
Text:
During your draw phase, draw an additional card.
? I don’t understand.’

Gerrard
Gerrard
GerrardSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
2
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
-4
Toughness:
+0
Text:
During your draw phase, draw an additional card.
chuckles dryly considering his grandson is trying to outsmart him, ‘Okay then. I suppose a quick tale is not out of sorts.’

‘Ages ago, the wars of survival here on Darkeworld caused many folk to forge alliances they would ordinarily shrink from in fear. One such alliance occurred at the battle of Dagger Falls. One of the local petty demon lords decided to lay waste to the countryside with a flock of rabid griffins for some variety. The shattered forces of the nearby communities made a stand at the severe dropoff of the cascading waterfall to limit the approach of their aerial foes. Among the warriors were Jared the Black, a relentless murdering fiend, and Meela the Blessed, a pious holy priestess. The combination of their differing styles of magic was potent enough to win the day.’

‘Again Grandpa. How does that help me?’

Gerrard
Gerrard
GerrardSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
2
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
-4
Toughness:
+0
Text:
During your draw phase, draw an additional card.
smirks at his errant grandson, ‘You tell me. That is what you are suppose to be studying.’

Trevor frowns with careful concentration, ‘The Battle of Dagger Falls was won by Jared bringing the power of Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
to the battlefield and Meela’s capacity to keep it there. Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
dies away when there are no creatures around but a multitude of folk and walls with Protection from Black like Cemetery Gate
Cemetery Gate
Cemetery GateSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Protection from black
, Death Speakers
Death Speakers
Death SpeakersSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Speakers
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black
, Nightwind Glider
Nightwind Glider
Nightwind GliderSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from black
, Soltari Monk
Soltari Monk
Soltari MonkSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)
, and White Knight
White Knight
White KnightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black, first strike
allow the enchantment to stick around. A healthy amount of healing magic from Meela such as 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.
, Recumbent Bliss
Recumbent Bliss
Recumbent BlissSet: Eventide
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature can't attack or block. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may gain 1 life.
, Soul Link
Soul Link
Soul LinkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature deals or is dealt damage, you gain that much life.
, and Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.
aided their cause. The blending of the magics was aided by Doubling Cube
Doubling Cube
Doubling CubeSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
3, Tap: Double the amount of each type of mana in your mana pool.
, Initiates of the Ebon Hand
Initiates of the Ebon Hand
Initiates of the Ebon HandSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clerics
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: Add B to your mana pool. If 4 or more is spent in this way during one turn, bury Initiates of the Ebon Hand at end of turn. Play this ability as a mana source.
, Manaforge Cinder
Manaforge Cinder
Manaforge CinderSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: Add B or R to your mana pool. Play this ability no more than three times each turn.
, and Orzhov Signet
Orzhov Signet
Orzhov SignetSet: Guildpact
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
155
Text:
1, T: Add WB to your mana pool.
. The last combo that won the day was Wall of Glare
Wall of Glare
Wall of GlareSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Patrick Ho
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) Wall of Glare may block any number of creatures each combat.
and Glyph of Doom
Glyph of Doom
Glyph of DoomSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
All creatures blocked by target wall are destroyed at the end of combat.
. A blinding light followed by the deadly glyph crushed a deadly land assault. Wall of Glare
Wall of Glare
Wall of GlareSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Patrick Ho
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) Wall of Glare may block any number of creatures each combat.
of course is able to block any number of creatures and Glyph of Doom
Glyph of Doom
Glyph of DoomSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
All creatures blocked by target wall are destroyed at the end of combat.
destroys all creatures blocked by target wall. The alliance remained together for many years dealing defeat after defeat to the monster races in and around Dagger Falls. The lesson Grandfather is that opposing forces can on occasion be vital and potent when brought together.’


Battle of Dagger Falls deck

1 Absolute Grace
Absolute Grace
Absolute GraceSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All creatures gain protection from black.

1 Akuta, Born of Ash
Akuta, Born of Ash
Akuta, Born of AshSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have more cards in hand than each opponent, you may sacrifice a Swamp. If you do, return Akuta, Born of Ash from your graveyard to play.

1 Aura Fracture
Aura Fracture
Aura FractureSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Destroy target enchantment.

2 Auramancer
Auramancer
AuramancerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Auramancer comes into play, you may return target enchantment card from your graveyard to your hand.

2 Bottomless Vault
Bottomless Vault
Bottomless VaultSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David Seeley
Text:
Bottomless Vault comes into play tapped.You may choose not to untap Bottomless Vault during your untap phase and put a storage counter on it instead.tap, Remove X storage counters from Bottomless Vault: Add an amount of B equal to X to your mana pool.

1 Carom
Carom
CaromSet: Dissension
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
The next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn is dealt to another target creature instead. Draw a card.

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

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

3 Doubling Cube
Doubling Cube
Doubling CubeSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
3, Tap: Double the amount of each type of mana in your mana pool.

1 Feldon’s Cane
1 Gate to Phyrexia
Gate to Phyrexia
Gate to PhyrexiaSet: Antiquities
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures during your upkeep to destroy any one artifact. You may not sacrifice a creature that is already on its way to the graveyard.

3 Glyph of Doom
Glyph of Doom
Glyph of DoomSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
All creatures blocked by target wall are destroyed at the end of combat.

1 Greater Auramancy
Greater Auramancy
Greater AuramancySet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Artist:
Chuck Lukacs
Text:
Other enchantments you control have shroud. Enchanted creatures you control have shroud.

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 Initiates of the Ebon Hand
Initiates of the Ebon Hand
Initiates of the Ebon HandSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clerics
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: Add B to your mana pool. If 4 or more is spent in this way during one turn, bury Initiates of the Ebon Hand at end of turn. Play this ability as a mana source.

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 Manaforge Cinder
Manaforge Cinder
Manaforge CinderSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: Add B or R to your mana pool. Play this ability no more than three times each turn.

4 Nightwind Glider
Nightwind Glider
Nightwind GliderSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from black

2 Orzhov Signet
Orzhov Signet
Orzhov SignetSet: Guildpact
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
155
Text:
1, T: Add WB to your mana pool.

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

1 Phyrexian Debaser
Phyrexian Debaser
Phyrexian DebaserSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Carrier
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying tap, Sacrifice Phyrexian Debaser: Target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.

10 Plain
1 Recumbent Bliss
Recumbent Bliss
Recumbent BlissSet: Eventide
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature can't attack or block. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may gain 1 life.

1 Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
Rolling StonesSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
111
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Walls can attack as though they were not Walls.

1 Soltari Monk
Soltari Monk
Soltari MonkSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

3 Soul Link
Soul Link
Soul LinkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature deals or is dealt damage, you gain that much life.

1 Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.

1 Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
en-Kor
1 Strength of Isolation
Strength of Isolation
Strength of IsolationSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
17
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+2 and has protection from black. Madness W

12 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

1 Teysa, Orzhov Scion
Teysa, Orzhov Scion
Teysa, Orzhov ScionSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Advisor
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice three white creatures: Remove target creature from the game. Whenever another black creature you control is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying into play.

1 Valor
Valor
ValorSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
32
Artist:
Kev Walker

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First Strike As long as Valor is in your graveyard and you control a Plains, creatures you control have first strike.

1 Vault of Whispers
Vault of Whispers
Vault of WhispersSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Vault of Whispers isn't a spell.) T: Add B to your mana pool.

1 Vengence
3 Wall of Glare
Wall of Glare
Wall of GlareSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Patrick Ho
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) Wall of Glare may block any number of creatures each combat.

2 Wall of Swords
Wall of Swords
Wall of SwordsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying

1 White Knight
White Knight
White KnightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black, first strike


Putting together this white/black deck was pretty fun. I decided to play around with Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
and try to find combos within white that were compatible. Ages ago I remember facing my first Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
deck. He had the whole gambit of Nightmare
Nightmare
NightmareSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Nightmare's power and toughness both equal the number of swamps its controller has in play.
s, 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.
s, and Drain Life
Drain Life
Drain LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Drain Life does 1 damage to a single target for each B spent in addition to the casting cost. Caster gains 1 life for each damage inflicted. If you drain life from a creature, you cannot gain more life than the creature's current toughness.
s. Absolutely classic. My latest creation pulls together portions of that archetype deck and melds it with more modern cards. I hope my creation here inspires ideas for other players.


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