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CardShark Content - Brian Basham (12/10/2004)

So it's your first pack of Kamigawa in a 3xChK draft. You open:
He Who Hungers
He Who Hungers
He Who HungersSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1, Sacrifice a Spirit: Target opponent reveals his or her hand. Choose a card from it. That player discards that card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. Soulshift 4

Gutwrencher Oni
Gutwrencher Oni
Gutwrencher OniSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
113
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample At the beginning of your upkeep, discard a card if you don't control an Ogre.

Strength of Cedars
Strength of Cedars
Strength of CedarsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
245
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of lands you control.

Dampen Thought
Dampen Thought
Dampen ThoughtSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Target player puts the top four cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. Splice onto Arcane 1U (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

Kodama's Reach
Kodama's Reach
Kodama's ReachSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
225
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Search your library for two basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put one into play tapped and the other into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Hundred-Taloned Kami
Kami of Twisted Reflection
Kami of Twisted Reflection
Kami of Twisted ReflectionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
71
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice Kami of Twisted Reflection: Return target creature you control to its owner's hand.

Cruel Deceiver
Cruel Deceiver
Cruel DeceiverSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Nottsuo
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: Look at the top card of your library. 2: Reveal the top card of your library. If it's a land, Cruel Deceiver gains “Whenever Cruel Deceiver deals damage to a creature, destroy that creature” until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn.

Yamabushi's Flame
Yamabushi's Flame
Yamabushi's FlameSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
198
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Yamabushi's Flame deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage this way would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.

Moss Kami
Moss Kami
Moss KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Trample

Orochi Leafcaller
Orochi Leafcaller
Orochi LeafcallerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
234
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Battle-Mad Ronin
Kitsune Healer
Kitsune Healer
Kitsune HealerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn. T: Prevent all damage that would be dealt to target legendary creature this turn.

Reach Through the Mists
Burr Grafter
Burr Grafter
Burr GrafterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
203
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice Burr Grafter: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Soulshift 3 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)


What do you draft?
By color, the cards are:
Black:
He Who Hungers
He Who Hungers
He Who HungersSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1, Sacrifice a Spirit: Target opponent reveals his or her hand. Choose a card from it. That player discards that card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. Soulshift 4

Gutwrencher Oni
Gutwrencher Oni
Gutwrencher OniSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
113
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample At the beginning of your upkeep, discard a card if you don't control an Ogre.

Cruel Deceiver
Cruel Deceiver
Cruel DeceiverSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Nottsuo
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: Look at the top card of your library. 2: Reveal the top card of your library. If it's a land, Cruel Deceiver gains “Whenever Cruel Deceiver deals damage to a creature, destroy that creature” until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn.


White:
Hundred-Taloned Kami
Kitsune Healer
Kitsune Healer
Kitsune HealerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn. T: Prevent all damage that would be dealt to target legendary creature this turn.


Green:
Burr Grafter
Burr Grafter
Burr GrafterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
203
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice Burr Grafter: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Soulshift 3 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)

Strength of Cedars
Strength of Cedars
Strength of CedarsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
245
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of lands you control.

Moss Kami
Moss Kami
Moss KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Trample

Orochi Leafcaller
Orochi Leafcaller
Orochi LeafcallerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
234
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Kodama's Reach
Kodama's Reach
Kodama's ReachSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
225
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Search your library for two basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put one into play tapped and the other into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Red:
Yamabushi's Flame
Yamabushi's Flame
Yamabushi's FlameSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
198
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Yamabushi's Flame deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage this way would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.

Battle-Mad Ronin

Blue:
Dampen Thought
Dampen Thought
Dampen ThoughtSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Target player puts the top four cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. Splice onto Arcane 1U (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

Kami of Twisted Reflection
Kami of Twisted Reflection
Kami of Twisted ReflectionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
71
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice Kami of Twisted Reflection: Return target creature you control to its owner's hand.

Reach Through Mists
Reach Through Mists
Reach Through MistsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Draw a card.


First off, I would like to rule out green. If you pick a green card, there
are at least 3 other solid green cards in the pack. This would be a strong
signal you are NOT in green, and you will get cut off on pack two.
In Black, you have 3 fairly solid cards. I would go with either the deceiver
if you want a cheap B/R build, or the gutwrencher if you are going for BW or
BG. However, you aren’t going to be drafting green, so Cruel Deceiver
Cruel Deceiver
Cruel DeceiverSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Nottsuo
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: Look at the top card of your library. 2: Reveal the top card of your library. If it's a land, Cruel Deceiver gains “Whenever Cruel Deceiver deals damage to a creature, destroy that creature” until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn.
would
be the pick for BR out of black. However, you have a Yamabushi’s flame, so
it wouldn’t make sense to pick a black card.
In white, you have two solid cards. Either would be a solid pick.
In blue, there’s nothing really solid.
Most players would stop and take the Flame right here, and try to force red
and go into either white or black later on.

However, there’s a better choice.
Notice Dampen Thought
Dampen Thought
Dampen ThoughtSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Target player puts the top four cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. Splice onto Arcane 1U (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
. If you splice it 6 times and play it the 7th time,
you win the game after turn 5. Turn 9, just 5 splices. But how feasible is
getting that many arcane spells? And staying alive the entire time?
Also notice that Reach Through Mists
Reach Through Mists
Reach Through MistsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Draw a card.
is in the pack. This card won’t be
taken, it will table. That’s one. Reach is incredibly solid in this deck,
because for one mana it cycles and allows you to splice onto it.

So what is this archetype anyway?
It’s called UW/r Splice. It isn’t incredibly hard to draft, and it’s very
easy to win with. So without further ado, here’s the common/uncommon pick
order in each of the colors.

Blue:
Dampen Thought
Dampen Thought
Dampen ThoughtSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Target player puts the top four cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. Splice onto Arcane 1U (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

Sire of the Storm
Sire of the Storm
Sire of the StormSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
85
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may draw a card.

Teller of Tales
Teller of Tales
Teller of TalesSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, tap or untap target creature.

Honden of Seeing Winds
Honden of Seeing Winds
Honden of Seeing WindsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Enchantment - Shrine
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, draw a card for each Shrine you control.

Peer Through Depths
Peer Through Depths
Peer Through DepthsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

Reach Through Mists
Reach Through Mists
Reach Through MistsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Draw a card.

River Kaijin
River Kaijin
River KaijinSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
1
Toughness:
4

Mystic Restraints
Mystic Restraints
Mystic RestraintsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
You may play Mystic Restraints any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Restraints comes into play, tap enchanted creature. Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.

Soratami Seer
Soratami Seer
Soratami SeerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Moonfolk Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 4, Return two lands you control to their owner's hand: Discard your hand, then draw that many cards.

Sift Through Sands
Sift Through Sands
Sift Through SandsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard a card. If you played a spell named Peer Through Depths and a spell named Reach Through Mists this turn, you may search your library for a card named The Unspeakable, put it into play, then shuffle your library.

Eye of Nowhere
Eye of Nowhere
Eye of NowhereSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
/consuming Vortex

White:
Ethereal Haze
Ethereal Haze
Ethereal HazeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Chris Appelhans
Text:
Prevent all damage that would be dealt by creatures this turn.

Candles Glow
Cage of Hands
Cage of Hands
Cage of HandsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block. 1W: Return Cage of Hands to its owner's hand.

Honden of Cleansing Fire
Honden of Cleansing Fire
Honden of Cleansing FireSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Enchantment - Shrine
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain 2 life for each Shrine you control.

Ghostly Prison
Ghostly Prison
Ghostly PrisonSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
10
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays 2 for each creature attacking you. (This cost is paid as attackers are declared.)

Innocence Kami
Innocence Kami
Innocence KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature. Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, untap Innocence Kami.

Bushi Tenderfoot
Bushi Tenderfoot
Bushi TenderfootSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
2
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When a creature dealt damage by Bushi Tenderfoot this turn is put into a graveyard, flip Bushi Tenderfoot. ----- Kenzo the Hardhearted Legendary Creature - Human Samurai 3/4 Double strike; bushido 2 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.)

Kabuto Moth
Kabuto Moth
Kabuto MothSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying T: Target creature gets +1/+2 until end of turn.

Kami of Old Stone
Kami of Old Stone
Kami of Old StoneSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
22
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
1
Toughness:
7


Red:
Blind with Anger
Anger
AngerSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
John Avon

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste. As long as Anger is in your graveyard and you control a mountain, creatures you control have haste.

Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

Earthshaker
Earthshaker
EarthshakerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, Earthshaker deals 2 damage to each creature without flying.

Soul of Magma
Soul of Magma
Soul of MagmaSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, Soul of Magma deals 1 damage to target creature.


Explanations:
Dampen Thought
Dampen Thought
Dampen ThoughtSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Target player puts the top four cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. Splice onto Arcane 1U (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
- This card makes the deck tick. One of these and you’re
fine, you can draw into it, especially if you have multiple Peer Through
Depths. If you have two, that’s nutty. Three, auto win.
Sire of the Storm
Sire of the Storm
Sire of the StormSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
85
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may draw a card.
- You rarely get it, but if you do, it’s a card-drawing
machine.
Teller of Tales
Teller of Tales
Teller of TalesSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, tap or untap target creature.
- Pick these VERY high. These, among with a few other cards,
are how you crush beatdown.
Honden - Again, Card drawing machine.
Peer Through Depths
Peer Through Depths
Peer Through DepthsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
- You can splice onto it, you can find more arcane
spells, and you can search out a Dampen or something else you need.
Reach Through Mists
Reach Through Mists
Reach Through MistsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Draw a card.
- Splice onto it. It’s a free card, at one mana.
River Kaijin
River Kaijin
River KaijinSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
- Helps take care of early beaters.
Mystic Restraints
Mystic Restraints
Mystic RestraintsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
You may play Mystic Restraints any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Restraints comes into play, tap enchanted creature. Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.
- For all of your removal needs.
Soratami Seer
Soratami Seer
Soratami SeerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Moonfolk Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 4, Return two lands you control to their owner's hand: Discard your hand, then draw that many cards.
- Another Card drawing machine.
Sift Through Sands
Sift Through Sands
Sift Through SandsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard a card. If you played a spell named Peer Through Depths and a spell named Reach Through Mists this turn, you may search your library for a card named The Unspeakable, put it into play, then shuffle your library.
- Not as powerful and peer or reach, but still good.
Eye of Nowhere
Eye of Nowhere
Eye of NowhereSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
/Consuming Vortex
Consuming Vortex
Consuming VortexSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand. Splice onto Arcane 3U (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
- Bounce their men. It makes it REALLY
annoying. Also, don’t be afraid to bounce a land turn 2 with the eye.

White:
Ethereal Haze
Ethereal Haze
Ethereal HazeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Chris Appelhans
Text:
Prevent all damage that would be dealt by creatures this turn.
- It’s like a Time Walk
Time Walk
Time WalkSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Take an extra turn after this one.
, but better. You go another turn
without taking damage, which means you get to untap and draw another card.
Better yet, you can splice onto it. The more of these, the better your deck
will be.
Candles Glow - Wow, this is REALLY good. It pretty much says “Gain six life”
and you can splice it onto most of the deck. after you splice it a couple
times, beatdown starts having serious issues.
Cage of Hands
Cage of Hands
Cage of HandsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block. 1W: Return Cage of Hands to its owner's hand.
- More removal, for big beaters.
Honden of Cleansing Fire
Honden of Cleansing Fire
Honden of Cleansing FireSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Enchantment - Shrine
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain 2 life for each Shrine you control.
- This card can buy you a ton of turns. With the
Hazes and the Tellers, you can pretty much negate all of their attacks.
Ghostly Prison
Ghostly Prison
Ghostly PrisonSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
10
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays 2 for each creature attacking you. (This cost is paid as attackers are declared.)
- If they can’t attack, it hurts them a LOT. Slows down their
assault tenfold.
Innocence Kami
Innocence Kami
Innocence KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature. Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, untap Innocence Kami.
- Almost as good as Teller. This guy can tap down a ton of
their men without breaking a sweat.
Blessed Breath
Blessed Breath
Blessed BreathSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane W (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
- Another arcane spell, and it protects your men.
Bushi Tenderfoot
Bushi Tenderfoot
Bushi TenderfootSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
2
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When a creature dealt damage by Bushi Tenderfoot this turn is put into a graveyard, flip Bushi Tenderfoot. ----- Kenzo the Hardhearted Legendary Creature - Human Samurai 3/4 Double strike; bushido 2 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.)
- Only if you have multiple Candles Glow / Blessed breath.
If you do, this card is a HOUSE.
Kabuto Moth
Kabuto Moth
Kabuto MothSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying T: Target creature gets +1/+2 until end of turn.
- Great on Defense, and it flies.
Kami of Old Stone
Kami of Old Stone
Kami of Old StoneSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
22
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
1
Toughness:
7
- Great on Defense

Red -
Blind with Anger
Anger
AngerSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
John Avon

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste. As long as Anger is in your graveyard and you control a mountain, creatures you control have haste.
- This card wins games on its own. Never mind that it’s
arcane.
Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
- Next to Blind with Anger
Anger
AngerSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
John Avon

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste. As long as Anger is in your graveyard and you control a mountain, creatures you control have haste.
, the best red common/uncommon in the
set. In this deck, you can splice it onto anything. Their men, or their life
total, are gone fairly fast.
Earthshaker
Earthshaker
EarthshakerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, Earthshaker deals 2 damage to each creature without flying.
- Only if you get it late, it isn’t as amazing as it looks.
Soul of Magma
Soul of Magma
Soul of MagmaSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, Soul of Magma deals 1 damage to target creature.
- It is double red, so only if you have significant red
already. However, it works wonders.

You can expect to get at least 13 arcane spells, which includes card drawing
ones. That’s more than enough to finish the job. You have a ton of stalling
cards as well, so if you get a Dampen Thought
Dampen Thought
Dampen ThoughtSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Target player puts the top four cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. Splice onto Arcane 1U (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
you automatically go this
archetype. If you don’t get a dampen in your first 8 picks, I wouldn’t
recommend it, unless you have something like double glacial ray. If you
build the deck right, you just win. Thanks for reading my article, and I
hope you’ll like more in the future.

~Brian Basham



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