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CardShark Content - Brian Baker (10/3/2006)

I know that I promised another Preconstructed deck experiment at the end of my last article, but you can probably tell from the title that the topic here today is the Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
prerelease. While this can still be considered a tournament report for all intents and purposes, I’m going to attempt to do more than simply recount the events of my day. I know that most of you reading care much more about the new set and the dynamics it presents than just bare-bone play statistics.

Right off the bat, I can tell you that Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
was more highly anticipated than any set I have seen in the over five that I have played. My friends (including your lovable editor Chewie) and I arrived at the tournament site at approximately 8:02 AM, in the hopes of being in the first or second flight. By that early time, however, the line for registration was so long that we were the first players in flight 5.

That’s right, flight 5. I had never seen so many players at one tournament before, and I haven’t missed a Prerelease since attending Legions. To say that players were excited about Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
would be like saying that I like food (and trust me, I’m a huge fan of the stuff). [Editor’s note: And salt. He definitely loves salt. And I didn’t know I was lovable, I’ll try to work on that.]

It’s also worth noting that this prerelease represented another first for me: it was the first I had attended without poring over the spoilers in the preceding days. I had always tried to learn as much about the set as possible, in order to bolster my chances of doing well, but it also undermined the sense of discovery that comes with seeing the cards for the first time. I’ve been playing for quite some time now, and I’m relatively successful when I put my mind to it, so I decided to drop the metaphorical safety blanket and go in with knowledge of only the cards revealed on magicthegathering.com. I certainly acknowledge that different people attend these tournaments for different reasons, so do as you will, but I do believe that going in this way made my experience more enjoyable.

We registered and had just enough time to settle in before seating assignments for deck registration were posted. I end up sitting some distance from both Chewie and our friend Dirk, trying to listen patiently while the judge seems to go on forever about deck registration procedure. I mean no disrespect to the judges here, but when you know these rules inside and out it feels like torture. Then, just when it seemed like he was done, he mentions the Timeshifted cards and their rules. This definitely caught my attention, since I had only heard rumors about them before. Congratulations, Wizards, for the surprise factor in that one.

I opened and registered a card pool that seemed decent enough, but I didn’t stop to read the cards, so I can’t say that I remember exactly what was in that first section of cards. I have to throw this in here: if you attend a prerelease, PLEASE do NOT read the cards during registration. You really only slow things down, and you’ll have a chance to go over them if you register in a timely manner. Anyway, once everyone was finally done (someone had read every card, against all advice, and the rest of us sat waiting), the card pools were redistributed and I opened the following set of cards:


1:Amrou Scout
Amrou Scout
Amrou ScoutSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kithkin Rebel Scout
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

2:QW1yb3UgSeeker
Seeker
SeekerSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked except by white creatures and artifact creatures.
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1:Children of Korlis
Children of Korlis
Children of KorlisSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rebel Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Children of Korlis: You gain life equal to the life you've lost this turn. (Damage causes loss of life.)

1:D’Avenant Heal
Heal
HealSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Prevent 1 damage to any creature or player.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn.
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1:Detainment Spell
Detainment Spell
Detainment SpellSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature's activated abilities can't be played. 1W: Attach Detainment Spell to target creature.

1:Flickering Spirit
Flickering Spirit
Flickering SpiritSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
17
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 3W: Remove Flickering Spirit from the game, then return it to play under its owner's control.

1:Fortify
Fortify
FortifySet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
19
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Choose one - Creatures you control get +2/+0 until end of turn; or creatures you control get +0/+2 until end of turn.

1:Gaze of Justice
Gaze of Justice
Gaze of JusticeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
As an additional cost to play Gaze of Justice, tap three untapped white creatures you control. Remove target creature from the game. Flashback 5W (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost and any additional costs. Then remove it from the game.)

1:Jedit’s Dragoons
1:Cavalry Master
Cavalry Master
Cavalry MasterSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
6
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flanking (Whenever a creature without flanking blocks this creature, the blocking creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.) Other creatures you control with flanking have flanking. (Each instance of flanking triggers separately.)

1:Spirit Loop
Spirit Loop
Spirit LoopSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Enchant creature you control Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life. When Spirit Loop is put into a graveyard from play, return Spirit Loop to its owner's hand.

1:Bewilder
Bewilder
BewilderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-0 until end of turn. Draw a card.

1:Dream Stalker
Dream Stalker
Dream StalkerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Brian Despain
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
When Dream Stalker comes into play, return a permanent you control to its owner's hand.

1:Ophidian Eye
Ophidian Eye
Ophidian EyeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Enchant creature Whenever enchanted creature deals damage to an opponent, you may draw a card.

1:Screeching Sliver
Screeching Sliver
Screeching SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have "T: Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard."

1:Slipstream Serpent
Slipstream Serpent
Slipstream SerpentSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Serpent
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Slipstream Serpent can't attack unless defending player controls an Island. When you control no Islands, sacrifice Slipstream Serpent. Morph 5U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

2:Temporal Eddy
Temporal Eddy
Temporal EddySet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Put target creature or land on top of its owner's library.

1:Tolarian Sentinel
Tolarian Sentinel
Tolarian SentinelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Spellshaper
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying U, T, Discard a card: Return target permanent you control to its owner's hand.

1:Brine Elemental
Brine Elemental
Brine ElementalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Morph 5UU (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.) When Brine Elemental is turned face up, each opponent skips his or her next untap step.

1:Stormcloud Djinn
Stormcloud Djinn
Stormcloud DjinnSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Stormcloud Djinn can block only creatures with flying. RR: Stormcloud Djinn gets +2/+0 until end of turn and deals 1 damage to you.

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

1:Drudge Reavers
Drudge Reavers
Drudge ReaversSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) B: Regenerate Drudge Reavers.

1:Psychotic Episode
Psychotic Episode
Psychotic EpisodeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand and the top card of his or her library. You choose a card revealed this way. That player puts the chosen card on the bottom of his or her library. Madness 1B (If you discard this card, you may play it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)

1:Sangrophage
Sangrophage
SangrophageSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
127
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, tap Sangrophage unless you pay 2 life.

1:Strangling Soot
Strangling Soot
Strangling SootSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Destroy target creature with toughness 3 or less. Flashback 5R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

2:Trespasser il-Vec
1:Viscid Lemures
Viscid Lemures
Viscid LemuresSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
0: Viscid Lemures gets -1/-0 and gains swampwalk until end of turn.

1:RXZpbCBFeWUgb2YgUrborg
Urborg
UrborgSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add B to your mana poolT: Remove first strike ability or swampwalk ability from target creature until end of turn.

1:Haunting Hymn
Haunting Hymn
Haunting HymnSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
112
Artist:
rk post
Text:
Target player discards two cards. If you played this spell during your main phase, that player discards four cards instead.

1:Vampiric Sliver
Vampiric Sliver
Vampiric SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
All Slivers have "Whenever a creature dealt damage by this creature this turn is put into a graveyard, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature."

1:Ancient Grudge
Ancient Grudge
Ancient GrudgeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
143
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Flashback G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

1:Bogardan Rager
Bogardan Rager
Bogardan RagerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Clint Langley
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) When Bogardan Rager comes into play, target creature gets +4/+0 until end of turn.

1:Flowstone Channeler
Flowstone Channeler
Flowstone ChannelerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Spellshaper
Rarity:
C
Number:
155
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1R, T, Discard a card: Target creature gets +1/-1 and gains haste until end of turn.

1:Ghitu Firebreathing
Ghitu Firebreathing
Ghitu FirebreathingSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Enchant creature R: Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn. R: Return Ghitu Firebreathing to its owner's hand.

1:Grapeshot
Grapeshot
GrapeshotSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
160
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Grapeshot deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

1:Ground Rift
Ground Rift
Ground RiftSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
162
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature without flying can't block this turn. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

2:Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War MarshalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo 1R (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.) When Mogg War Marshal comes into play or is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token into play.
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1:Orcish Cannonade
Orcish Cannonade
Orcish CannonadeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Orcish Cannonade deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you. Draw a card.

1:Rift Bolt
Rift Bolt
Rift BoltSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
176
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Suspend 1-R (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay R and remove it from the game with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.)

1:Barbed Shocker
Barbed Shocker
Barbed ShockerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample, haste Whenever Barbed Shocker deals damage to a player, that player discards all the cards in his or her hand, then draws that many cards.

1:Firemane Kavu
1:Sudden Shock
Sudden Shock
Sudden ShockSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
179
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Sudden Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

1:Thick-Skinned Goblin
1:Vm9sY2FuaWMgAwakening
Awakening
AwakeningSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, untap all creatures and lands.

1:Aether Web
Aether Web
Aether WebSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1, can block as though it had flying, and can block creatures with shadow as though they didn't have shadow.

1:Chameleon Blur
Chameleon Blur
Chameleon BlurSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
192
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Prevent all damage that creatures would deal to players this turn.

1:Havenwood Wurm
Havenwood Wurm
Havenwood WurmSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Number:
199
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Trample

1:Molder
Molder
MolderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment with converted mana cost X. It can't be regenerated. You gain X life.

1:Savage Thallid
Savage Thallid
Savage ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
213
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
5
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Savage Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Savage Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Regenerate target Fungus.

1:Scarwood Treefolk
Scarwood Treefolk
Scarwood TreefolkSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
214
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Scarwood Treefolk comes into play tapped.

1:Spinneret Sliver
Spinneret Sliver
Spinneret SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
219
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Slivers have "This creature can block as though it had flying."

1:Wormwood Dryad
Wormwood Dryad
Wormwood DryadSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad
Rarity:
C
Number:
233
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
G: Wormwood Dryad gains forestwalk until end of turn and it deals 1 damage to you. B: Wormwood Dryad gains swampwalk until end of turn and it deals 1 damage to you.

1:Primal Forcemage
Primal Forcemage
Primal ForcemageSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
212
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play under your control, that creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.

1:Scryb Ranger
Scryb Ranger
Scryb RangerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying, protection from blue Return a Forest you control to its owner's hand: Untap target creature. Play this ability only once each turn.

1:Thelonite Hermit
Thelonite Hermit
Thelonite HermitSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Saprolings get +1/+1. Morph 3GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.) When Thelonite Hermit is turned face up, put four 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

1:Unyaro Bees
Unyaro Bees
Unyaro BeesSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Tom WSnerstrand
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying G: Unyaro Bees gets +1/+1 until end of turn. 3G, Sacrifice Unyaro Bees: Unyaro Bees deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

1:Verdant Embrace
Verdant Embrace
Verdant EmbraceSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
232
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +3/+3 and has "At the beginning of each upkeep, put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play under your control."

1:Scion of the Ur-Dragon
1:Chromatic Star
Chromatic Star
Chromatic StarSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Star: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. When Chromatic Star is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.

1:Chronatog Totem
Chronatog Totem
Chronatog TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool. 1U: Chronatog Totem becomes a 1/2 blue Atog artifact creature until end of turn. 0: Chronatog Totem gets +3/+3 until end of turn. You skip your next turn. Play this ability only once each turn and only if Chronatog Totem is a creature.

1:Foriysian Totem
Foriysian Totem
Foriysian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
254
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Add R to your mana pool. 4R: Foriysian Totem becomes a 4/4 red Giant artifact creature with trample until end of turn. As long as Foriysian Totem is a creature, it can block an additional creature.

1:Thunder Totem
Thunder Totem
Thunder TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
265
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool. 1WW: Thunder Totem becomes a 2/2 white Spirit artifact creature with flying and first strike until end of turn.

1:Candles of Leng
Candles of Leng
Candles of LengSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
4, T: Reveal the top card of your library. If it has the same name as a card in your graveyard, put it into your graveyard. Otherwise, draw a card.

2: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:Consecrate Land
Consecrate Land
Consecrate LandSet: Alpha
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
All enchantments on target land are destroyed. Land cannot be destroyed or further enchanted until Consecrate Land has been destroyed.

1:Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. White spells and black spells you play cost 1 less to play.

1:Shadow Guildmage
Shadow Guildmage
Shadow GuildmageSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, T: Put target creature you control on top of owner's library.R, T: Shadow Guildmage deals 1 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to you.

1:Desolation Giant
Desolation Giant
Desolation GiantSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
59
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) When Desolation Giant comes into play, destroy all other creatures you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all other creatures instead.

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.


Before we go any further, this is where I’m going to break away from conventional tournament reporting. I’ll go ahead and tell you that I fashioned a respectable deck out of this and took it to a 2-1-1 rating. Rather than go into the details of each match, I want to go further into the deck building process and the merits of the cards I used (and the ones that I didn’t). If you want to read about how badly I pounded on the poor sap who didn’t understand the power of his own Might Sliver
Might Sliver
Might SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
U
Number:
205
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Slivers get +2/+2.
, I’m sorry to disappoint. In the end, however, I think that this is more interesting and productive.

So, looking at this pile of cards, what can we say about it? Try and remember that this is for a limited deck, so each of these points is relevant from that perspective.

-Removal is key. Black and red are typically the colors for removal, although each other color has its way of participating in this category (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.
effects for white, bounce for blue, etc). In this respect, this is a great card pool. Gaze of Justice
Gaze of Justice
Gaze of JusticeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
As an additional cost to play Gaze of Justice, tap three untapped white creatures you control. Remove target creature from the game. Flashback 5W (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost and any additional costs. Then remove it from the game.)
, 2 copies of Temporal Eddy
Temporal Eddy
Temporal EddySet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Put target creature or land on top of its owner's library.
, Strangling Soot
Strangling Soot
Strangling SootSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Destroy target creature with toughness 3 or less. Flashback 5R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
(arguably the strongest removal card in the set thanks to Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
back), 2 copies of Assassinate
Assassinate
AssassinateSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target tapped creature.
, and enough burn to keep the bonfire going all night long makes for a very, very strong removal suite.

-This isn’t Ravnica. Prereleases can be disorienting; it seemed quite strange to play with so few artifacts at the Champions of Kamigawa prerelease after a year of Mirrodin. The same can be said here. I beat more than one opponent who didn’t get off to a good start because they couldn’t find their third (or even fourth) color land in time. While branching out into different colors for maximizing your choices is fine, you have to look carefully at your mana fixers. In this regard, the card pool once again scores high with an unusual 2 copies of 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.
. Chromatic Star
Chromatic Star
Chromatic StarSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Star: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. When Chromatic Star is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.
, Scryb Ranger
Scryb Ranger
Scryb RangerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying, protection from blue Return a Forest you control to its owner's hand: Untap target creature. Play this ability only once each turn.
, and 3 Totems round out an impressive collection of mana aides.

-Creatures with muscle and evasion are usually more dependable than creatures with nifty abilities. This is more about deciding which colors and cards to run than just evaluating cards point-blank. For three mana, would you rather run Unyaro Bees
Unyaro Bees
Unyaro BeesSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Tom WSnerstrand
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying G: Unyaro Bees gets +1/+1 until end of turn. 3G, Sacrifice Unyaro Bees: Unyaro Bees deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
or QW1yb3UgSeeker
Seeker
SeekerSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked except by white creatures and artifact creatures.
cw==? While the Bees can fly and even provide direct damage, they require three specific mana just to be played, along with a strong commitment to green mana to have any sizable power. The Seeker
Seeker
SeekerSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked except by white creatures and artifact creatures.
s only need to be played, and from then on they can attack or block reliably. While this is only one case, it is a good example of how creature selection should be made.

-Always be mindful of the consequences for playing a card. What I mean by this is simply be aware of the card’s immediate and long-term effects on the game. If you play a Firemane Kavu to an empty board, you waste six mana. Consequences should always be considered when deciding whether or not to include Slivers in your deck. If you face an opponent with more Slivers (or, God forbid, a Hivestone
Hivestone
HivestoneSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
256
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Creatures you control are Slivers in addition to their other creature types.
) than you, you risk empowering their forces more than your own. In the case of the above card pool, it is probably best to not include the three Slivers present, since the chances of using them well against a Sliver-heavy opponent are not at all good.

-Always look for strong relationships between the cards, but do not rely on 2-card combos. Verdant Embrace
Verdant Embrace
Verdant EmbraceSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
232
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +3/+3 and has "At the beginning of each upkeep, put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play under your control."
and Thelonite Hermit
Thelonite Hermit
Thelonite HermitSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Saprolings get +1/+1. Morph 3GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.) When Thelonite Hermit is turned face up, put four 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.
look like a match made in heaven, and both are strong cards on their own. The only problem comes with expecting them or depending on them to arrive in your hand in the same game. Simple synergy is best, such as being able to have Drudge Reavers
Drudge Reavers
Drudge ReaversSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) B: Regenerate Drudge Reavers.
take the hit from Firemane Kavu if no other options are available.

With all this in mind, I did my best to build a deck that would allow me to take home some prize packs. I focused on the removal in black and red, applied a mana curve, and came up with the following:


Brian’s Prerelease Deck (41 cards):

Black (10):
1:Drudge Reavers
Drudge Reavers
Drudge ReaversSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) B: Regenerate Drudge Reavers.

1:Sangrophage
Sangrophage
SangrophageSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
127
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, tap Sangrophage unless you pay 2 life.

2:Trespasser il-Vec
1:Viscid Lemures
Viscid Lemures
Viscid LemuresSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
0: Viscid Lemures gets -1/-0 and gains swampwalk until end of turn.

1:RXZpbCBFeWUgb2YgUrborg
Urborg
UrborgSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add B to your mana poolT: Remove first strike ability or swampwalk ability from target creature until end of turn.

1:Shadow Guildmage
Shadow Guildmage
Shadow GuildmageSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, T: Put target creature you control on top of owner's library.R, T: Shadow Guildmage deals 1 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to you.

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

1:Strangling Soot
Strangling Soot
Strangling SootSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Destroy target creature with toughness 3 or less. Flashback 5R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)


Red (11):
1:Bogardan Rager
Bogardan Rager
Bogardan RagerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Clint Langley
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) When Bogardan Rager comes into play, target creature gets +4/+0 until end of turn.

1:Flowstone Channeler
Flowstone Channeler
Flowstone ChannelerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Spellshaper
Rarity:
C
Number:
155
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1R, T, Discard a card: Target creature gets +1/-1 and gains haste until end of turn.

2:Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War MarshalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo 1R (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.) When Mogg War Marshal comes into play or is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token into play.
l
1:Barbed Shocker
Barbed Shocker
Barbed ShockerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample, haste Whenever Barbed Shocker deals damage to a player, that player discards all the cards in his or her hand, then draws that many cards.

1:Firemane Kavu
1:Thick-Skinned Goblin
1:Grapeshot
Grapeshot
GrapeshotSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
160
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Grapeshot deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

1:Orcish Cannonade
Orcish Cannonade
Orcish CannonadeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Orcish Cannonade deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you. Draw a card.

1:Rift Bolt
Rift Bolt
Rift BoltSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
176
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Suspend 1-R (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay R and remove it from the game with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.)

1:Sudden Shock
Sudden Shock
Sudden ShockSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
179
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Sudden Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


Artifact (3):
1:Chromatic Star
Chromatic Star
Chromatic StarSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Star: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. When Chromatic Star is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.

1:Foriysian Totem
Foriysian Totem
Foriysian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
254
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Add R to your mana pool. 4R: Foriysian Totem becomes a 4/4 red Giant artifact creature with trample until end of turn. As long as Foriysian Totem is a creature, it can block an additional creature.

1:Candles of Leng
Candles of Leng
Candles of LengSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
4, T: Reveal the top card of your library. If it has the same name as a card in your graveyard, put it into your graveyard. Otherwise, draw a card.


Land (17):
2: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.

11:Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

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


Admitting that I ran a deck with 41 cards is almost heresy, since I’m always telling newer players to stick to the 40 card limit, but every single card in that deck is a worthy inclusion. I made some difficult cuts to the preliminary considerations before arriving at that finished product, but I’m quite proud of it. Here is a quick card-by-card breakdown:

Drudge Reavers
Drudge Reavers
Drudge ReaversSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) B: Regenerate Drudge Reavers.
– Nice flash, but a bit pricey. Filler that occasionally came in handy.

Sangrophage
Sangrophage
SangrophageSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
127
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, tap Sangrophage unless you pay 2 life.
– Beater in the best sense. In one game, this was my only creature of note, coming down on turn 2 and beating while burn killed potential blockers.

Trespasser il-Vec – Unblockable 3-power creatures are nice, even if they require discard.

Viscid Lemures
Viscid Lemures
Viscid LemuresSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
0: Viscid Lemures gets -1/-0 and gains swampwalk until end of turn.
– Unblockable 3-power creatures are even better with a substantial toughness and no discarding.

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Urborg
UrborgSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add B to your mana poolT: Remove first strike ability or swampwalk ability from target creature until end of turn.
– This thing is great early, but can be detrimental later as you play more would-be attackers. I still like it.

Shadow Guildmage
Shadow Guildmage
Shadow GuildmageSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, T: Put target creature you control on top of owner's library.R, T: Shadow Guildmage deals 1 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to you.
– A bomb in a B/R build, this guy was my buddy.

Assassinate
Assassinate
AssassinateSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target tapped creature.
– Reliable creature kill that may require taking some damage to work.

Strangling Soot
Strangling Soot
Strangling SootSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Destroy target creature with toughness 3 or less. Flashback 5R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
– The best creature kill spell in the set. I promise you.

Bogardan Rager
Bogardan Rager
Bogardan RagerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Clint Langley
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) When Bogardan Rager comes into play, target creature gets +4/+0 until end of turn.
– A great combat trick that sticks around.

Flowstone Channeler
Flowstone Channeler
Flowstone ChannelerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Spellshaper
Rarity:
C
Number:
155
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1R, T, Discard a card: Target creature gets +1/-1 and gains haste until end of turn.
– Kills opponent’s creatures and pumps yours, provided that you work it correctly.

Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War MarshalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo 1R (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.) When Mogg War Marshal comes into play or is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token into play.
l – Quite a hard working card. All day I would play the Marshall, block an attacking 2/2 with it and the token, end up with one less creature on their side and still have another token, all without paying the echo.

Barbed Shocker
Barbed Shocker
Barbed ShockerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample, haste Whenever Barbed Shocker deals damage to a player, that player discards all the cards in his or her hand, then draws that many cards.
– This little guy scares the heck out of people, and when it works it just might make decking a viable strategy.

Firemane Kavu – This is no Flametongue, but it’s not bad, and can end up dealing more damage if used correctly.

Thick-Skinned Goblin - This little guy is amazing. He helps with echo and can withstand burn, all while blocking big red beasts.

Grapeshot
Grapeshot
GrapeshotSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
160
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Grapeshot deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
– If I was going to remove a card, this would be it. Burn is burn, but being a sorcery doesn’t help, and I never got more than 2 storm copies.

Orcish Cannonade
Orcish Cannonade
Orcish CannonadeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Orcish Cannonade deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you. Draw a card.
– If you can take the heat, this card can be a big helper. Red likes drawing cards, especially off of burn spells.

Rift Bolt
Rift Bolt
Rift BoltSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
176
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Suspend 1-R (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay R and remove it from the game with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.)
– A very solid removal spell. I think I only used its Suspend once, because I’d rather surprise them with it.

Sudden Shock
Sudden Shock
Sudden ShockSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
179
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Sudden Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
– Effective cost-to-damage burn spell that can’t be countered. Nice.

Chromatic Star
Chromatic Star
Chromatic StarSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Star: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. When Chromatic Star is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.
– Color-fixing and card draw.

Foriysian Totem
Foriysian Totem
Foriysian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
254
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Add R to your mana pool. 4R: Foriysian Totem becomes a 4/4 red Giant artifact creature with trample until end of turn. As long as Foriysian Totem is a creature, it can block an additional creature.
– Color-fixing and a big trampling creature that can’t be Assassinate
Assassinate
AssassinateSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target tapped creature.
d.

Candles of Leng
Candles of Leng
Candles of LengSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
4, T: Reveal the top card of your library. If it has the same name as a card in your graveyard, put it into your graveyard. Otherwise, draw a card.
– Reliable card draw, especially in Sealed. This was probably going to go in any deck I built from that pool, regardless of the colors.

So, as you can see, each choice is a fairly solid to excellent card for this format. The deck relied less on finding any one bomb card than just consistently beating and burning the opponent at every opportunity. The deck’s consistency was quite nice for a sealed event, and playing it was great fun.

All the same, though, I did find it a bit odd to leave green to the side when green had some sizable bomb cards. Havenwood Wurm
Havenwood Wurm
Havenwood WurmSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Number:
199
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Trample
and Savage Thallid
Savage Thallid
Savage ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
213
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
5
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Savage Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Savage Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Regenerate target Fungus.
are two seriously fierce beaters, while the power of Verdant Embrace
Verdant Embrace
Verdant EmbraceSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
232
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +3/+3 and has "At the beginning of each upkeep, put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play under your control."
and Thelonite Hermit
Thelonite Hermit
Thelonite HermitSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Saprolings get +1/+1. Morph 3GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.) When Thelonite Hermit is turned face up, put four 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.
is certainly recognized. The problem was that each of these has a higher mana cost, while green’s cards with lower costs were just not as good as red’s or black’s. While splashing was possible, I didn’t want to risk being stuck without the applicable color.

Still, I kept thinking about it, and after the tournament I looked over the card pool again and formed a red-green deck that would have probably been my second choice deck for the day.

Alternate R/G Build (40 cards):

Red (11):
1:Bogardan Rager
Bogardan Rager
Bogardan RagerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Clint Langley
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) When Bogardan Rager comes into play, target creature gets +4/+0 until end of turn.

1:Flowstone Channeler
Flowstone Channeler
Flowstone ChannelerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Spellshaper
Rarity:
C
Number:
155
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1R, T, Discard a card: Target creature gets +1/-1 and gains haste until end of turn.

2:Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War Marshal
Mogg War MarshalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo 1R (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.) When Mogg War Marshal comes into play or is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 red Goblin creature token into play.
l
1:Barbed Shocker
Barbed Shocker
Barbed ShockerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample, haste Whenever Barbed Shocker deals damage to a player, that player discards all the cards in his or her hand, then draws that many cards.

1:Firemane Kavu
1:Thick-Skinned Goblin
1:Grapeshot
Grapeshot
GrapeshotSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
160
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Grapeshot deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

1:Orcish Cannonade
Orcish Cannonade
Orcish CannonadeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Orcish Cannonade deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you. Draw a card.

1:Rift Bolt
Rift Bolt
Rift BoltSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
176
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Suspend 1-R (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay R and remove it from the game with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.)

1:Sudden Shock
Sudden Shock
Sudden ShockSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
179
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Sudden Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


Green (9):
1:Havenwood Wurm
Havenwood Wurm
Havenwood WurmSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Number:
199
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Trample

1:Savage Thallid
Savage Thallid
Savage ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
213
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
5
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Savage Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Savage Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Regenerate target Fungus.

1:Scarwood Treefolk
Scarwood Treefolk
Scarwood TreefolkSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
214
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Scarwood Treefolk comes into play tapped.

1:Wormwood Dryad
Wormwood Dryad
Wormwood DryadSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad
Rarity:
C
Number:
233
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
G: Wormwood Dryad gains forestwalk until end of turn and it deals 1 damage to you. B: Wormwood Dryad gains swampwalk until end of turn and it deals 1 damage to you.

1:Primal Forcemage
Primal Forcemage
Primal ForcemageSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
212
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play under your control, that creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.

1:Scryb Ranger
Scryb Ranger
Scryb RangerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying, protection from blue Return a Forest you control to its owner's hand: Untap target creature. Play this ability only once each turn.

1:Thelonite Hermit
Thelonite Hermit
Thelonite HermitSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Saprolings get +1/+1. Morph 3GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.) When Thelonite Hermit is turned face up, put four 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

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:Verdant Embrace
Verdant Embrace
Verdant EmbraceSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
232
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +3/+3 and has "At the beginning of each upkeep, put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play under your control."


Artifact (3):
1:Chromatic Star
Chromatic Star
Chromatic StarSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Star: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. When Chromatic Star is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.

1:Foriysian Totem
Foriysian Totem
Foriysian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
254
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Add R to your mana pool. 4R: Foriysian Totem becomes a 4/4 red Giant artifact creature with trample until end of turn. As long as Foriysian Totem is a creature, it can block an additional creature.

1:Candles of Leng
Candles of Leng
Candles of LengSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
4, T: Reveal the top card of your library. If it has the same name as a card in your graveyard, put it into your graveyard. Otherwise, draw a card.


Land (17):
2: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.

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

6:Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


While this deck has some muscle that the first did not, it loses quite a bit. 2 Assassinate
Assassinate
AssassinateSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target tapped creature.
s and a Strangling Soot
Strangling Soot
Strangling SootSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Destroy target creature with toughness 3 or less. Flashback 5R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
are hard to replace, and while RXZpbCBFeWUgb2YgUrborg
Urborg
UrborgSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add B to your mana poolT: Remove first strike ability or swampwalk ability from target creature until end of turn.
can be risky, it can devastate opponents under the right circumstances. Ultimately I feel that the original build of the deck was correct, but it was still interesting to see what other ways the card pool could go.

Overall, the tournament was interesting if a little disappointing (Chewie and I had to forgo our usual 2HG, since we missed the third and last flight while we were grabbing a late lunch), and the set stands to shake up Standard in a way that I’ve honestly never seen before. The return of 121 past cards, including the likes of Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
and Psionic Blast
Psionic Blast
Psionic BlastSet: Alpha
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Psionic Blast does 4 damage to any target, but it does 2 damage to you as well.
, in addition to the new cards of Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
and the established cards of Ravnica, Coldsnap, and 9th Edition, is going to create a format that will be both exciting and incredibly difficult to predict.

Thanks for reading, and next time we’ll be right back to Preconstructed goodies!


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