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CardShark Content - Cavern Harpy (6/28/2001)

[Disclaimer: while we are more than willing to present Ms. Harpy’s views on her constructed-worthiness, please keep in mind that she is a foul creature summoned into this world by a combination of blue and black mana, a color combination known for illusion, trickery, and deception. Remember, you can’t always believe everything you read.]

Hello, Magic players! It’s me – Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
. You know, that card that you love to open in your Invasion-block sealed decks but that you leave abandoned and lonely in your crap-commons shoebox when constructed season rolls around. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to set the record straight. I appreciate all the respect you’ve given me in the limited formats, but it’s time the Magic-playing community realized the complete truth: I, Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
, am a constructed-worthy card!

Like any young Magic card soon to be released, I was hopeful but nervous as the Planeshift Pre-Release approached. Would the players like me? Would they think my casting cost was fair? I hope my artwork’s not too flashy, or too plain. What would I do if nobody liked me? Would I be doomed to living out my days filling space in some test-deck with “Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Rage” written across my face in thick black marker? I didn’t think I could handle that. I HAD to make a good first impression – and that’s just what I did. When the Planeshift Pre-Release finally arrived, I was a big hit! Players were happily putting me on their decklists, and I was performing all my best tricks for them: bouncing critters with comes-into-play effects, blocking Legendary Dragons and returning to tell the tale. I was a superstar! My Magic future was so bright, I had to wear shades.

Then the official Planeshift release came, and for some reason, nobody put me into their constructed decks right away. Well, ok, I was the 127th card in little Billy’s “Every Blue and Black Flyer That I Ow
Ow
OwSet: Unglued
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Whenever any creature damages a player, for each Ow card in play, that player says Ow once or Ow deals 1 damage to him or her.
n” deck, but who’s really counting that? A couple of days passed, and still, nobody was putting me in their constructed decks. Days turned to weeks, weeks turned to months… Hello? Doesn’t anybody remember me, Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
? Don’t you people remember what I did for your sealed and draft decks?!?!

I tried to remain positive, but this kind of attention-deficit can really work on a gal’s feelings of self-worth. I mean, sure, I had thought I would be a great card for constructed, but if that were true, why wasn’t anybody playing with me? Surely, if I were a real constructed card, there would have already been a 12-part “My Harpies” article by Zvi Mowshowitz on the Sideboard – not to mention that Michelle Bush hadn’t even *tried* to use me to combo someone out by the 4th turn in extended. By the time Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
was released, I was absolutely begging to have some promising deckbuilder scrawl “Shivan Wurm
Shivan Wurm
Shivan WurmSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Trample. When Shivan Wurm comes into play, return a red or green creature you control to its owner's hand.
” across my face just so I could get a few shuffles in before I ended my pitiful existence in the bottom of some trash can.

Then, one day, something amazing happened. I lay skulking in the depths of the crap-common box, not having seen the light of the outside world for what seemed an eternity, when suddenly, I beheld a great, blinding light! Was this the end – had the Invasion block finally rotated out of constructed play? Had I died, and was now witnessing the glorious shining gates of Heaven? Certainly, a pathetic, non-constructed-worthy card such as myself would not be allowed to pass through those pearly gates. I imagined Ernham Djinns and Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
confronting me at the gates, telling me that I did not belong with the likes of them. Oh no! Was I to be banned to Hell, with evil Memory Jar
Memory Jar
Memory JarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Memory Jar: Each player sets aside his or her hand, face down, and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she set aside this way.
and evil Tolarian Academy
Tolarian Academy
Tolarian AcademySet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
330
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool for each artifact you control.
? I certainly didn’t feel I deserved such a fate, but then again, who would have ever thought simple Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
deserved such a fate, either?

But the light I witnessed was not the shining gates of Heaven. It was the simple, beautiful light of the world outside of my dusty little shoebox! As it turned out, a scrub deckbuilder from Kalamazoo, Michigan was looking for a good way to abuse Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
in Invasion Block Constructed. I was going to be a part of something! As I lay on the table, I looked all around me at the constructed-worthy cards being gathered up for this exciting new decklist. There were cards like Gaea’s Skyfolk, and Spite Malice
Spite Malice
Spite MaliceSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
293
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell. / Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.
, and Undermine
Undermine
UndermineSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
282
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Text:
Counter target spell. Its controller loses 3 life.
! I’ve heard great things about Undermine
Undermine
UndermineSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
282
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Text:
Counter target spell. Its controller loses 3 life.
, about how it counters spells and causes life-loss, all for an efficient three mana. I was definitely a big fan, and now I was going to be working along with him!

As that deckbuilder brought out his big black marker for proxy-making, I was giddy with excitement. What exciting card’s role would I get to play? Maybe he’d make me into a Jade Leech
Jade Leech
Jade LeechSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Leech
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Green spells you play cost G more to play.
, or maybe even the Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
himself. Maybe he would even make me into a Dragon Legend! Did I dare dream such lofty dreams? My heart raced as that deckbuilder carelessly scribbled the words “Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
” – certainly a very strong card! – but he had scribbled it on a Benalish Lancer
Benalish Lancer
Benalish LancerSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2W (You may pay an additional 2W as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Benalish Lancer comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has first strike.
, not on me! What was I to become? I couldn’t wait to find out the answer. As the mighty proxy-pen descended again, the awe-inspiring title of “Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
” was bestowed upon….a Barrin
Barrin
BarrinSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+6
Text:
You may sacrifice a permanent to return any creature to its owner's hand. Play this ability as an instant.
’s Unmaking. Again and again the proxy-pen came down, scrawling out powerful phrases like “Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya CoastSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add G or U to your mana pool. Yavimaya Coast deals 1 damage to you.
” and “Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
”, but never descending upon my face. Finally, the deckbuilder put his proxy-pen down, and began inserting his deck into dirty old worn-out deck sleeves. I thought, “Wait a minute, you haven’t written anything on me yet. What am I going to be? Aren’t you going to use me as a proxy in your amazing new deck?”

And then, I was sleeved.

No proxy title was written across my face. I, Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
, was put into an Invasion Block Constructed deck as….Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
.

I am a constructed-worthy card!!!!!!!

I am AMAZING! I swoop over would-be blockers, smiting opposing mana-slingers for two hard points to the face! I make my deck-brothers stronger – returning Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
to his master’s hand to foil the opponent’s next feeble attempt at a spell, or bouncing a Gaea’s Skyfolk back to the safety of the master’s hand where no Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
will ever bother him while I continue the beatdown without missing a step. Hell, I ain’t afraid of no Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
! And can you think of any other card that can let you rescue your entire army before sweeping the board with a Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
? Nobody does it like me, baby, cause Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
’s one bad mama-jama. I am AMAZING!

Look out, IBC world, ‘cause I’m tricky, I’m mean, and I can’t be stopped! Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
is coming to a tournament near you, and I’m ready to take this constructed world over!

Jungle Fever
By Dave Andrews

4:Urborg Elf
Urborg Elf
Urborg ElfSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Add G, U, or B to your mana pool.

4:Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
48
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blue spells and red spells you play cost 1 less to play. 1B: Regenerate Nightscape Familiar

4:Gaea’s Skyfolk
2:Ebony Treefolk
Ebony Treefolk
Ebony TreefolkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
BG: Ebony Treefolk gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

3:Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.

4:Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.

2:Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

3:Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.

4:Evasive Action
Evasive Action
Evasive ActionSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each basic land type among lands you control.

4:Undermine
Undermine
UndermineSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
282
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Text:
Counter target spell. Its controller loses 3 life.

2:Spite Malice
Spite Malice
Spite MaliceSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
293
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell. / Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.

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

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

6:Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

4:Salt Marsh
Salt Marsh
Salt MarshSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
326
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Salt Marsh comes into play tapped.T: Add U or B to your mana pool.

3:Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar WastesSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add B or G to your mana pool. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

3:Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya CoastSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add G or U to your mana pool. Yavimaya Coast deals 1 damage to you.


Sideboard:
4:Penumbra Bobcat
Penumbra Bobcat
Penumbra BobcatSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Penumbra Bobcat is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/1 black Cat creature token into play.

1:Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.

2:Lobotomy
Lobotomy
LobotomySet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Look at target player's hand and choose any of those cards other than a basic land. Search that player's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of the chosen card and remove them from the game. That player shuffles his or her library afterwards.

4:Jungle Barrier
Jungle Barrier
Jungle BarrierSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
6
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) When Jungle Barrier comes into play, draw a card.

4:Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.


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