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CardShark Content - Chewie! Slate (1/30/2006)

Hello my faithful Cardshark readers and buyers! I’m back with another lesson for multiplayer mayhem. I often write about casual chaos deckbuilding and some of the pitfalls that might appear in front of you, whether you know it or not. I’ve written about obstinate decisions that can be made that just turn out to be straight up wrong (The Evolution of Words). I’ve written about taking an old random boring pointless deck and giving it a focus (Pinpointing a Purpose). I’ve talked a couple times about taking a dueling deck and retooling it for multiplayer while keeping with the spirit of the original (Layin’ the Smack Down, Discard in Two Different Flavors). I’ve talked about building around a crappy symmetrical card by breaking the symmetry (Working It to Your Advantage). I’ve talked about the problem of dilution, which comes with building lots of decks (Civic Beautification Project). I’ve talked about realizing that those awesome secondary combos that are scattered throughout your decks are sometimes best left in the binder, now matter how much fun they might be (Pick Your Poison).

If you’ll notice, all of these articles involve some sort of conscious decisions made during the deckbuilding process. But nowhere does it cover the sudden realization that what you’ve been doing all this time is really stupid and kind of pointless. Well that’s going to change right here. Someone recently pointed out that one my new decks was doing this. I saw the new auras in Ravnica that had comes-into-play abilities, and I instantly fell in love. I’ve always loved creature enchantments. Who doesn’t love Unholy Strength
Unholy Strength
Unholy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +2/+1.
on a Black Knight
Black Knight
Black KnightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white, first strike
, really now? On the first turn with a 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.
! Good times, good times. But of course, there’s the inherent 2-for-1 problem with them. If someone hits your Unholy Strength
Unholy Strength
Unholy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +2/+1.
-ed Black Knight
Black Knight
Black KnightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white, first strike
with a Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
, you’re out two cards and they’re only out one. There’s some elementary card disadvantage for you. This is bad, just in case you missed it.

But the new Ravnica auras circumvent that little problem by having an ability that happens as soon as they hit play, and that is a truly beautiful thing. I might even pull a Mark Rosewater and call it an elegant solution. So if someone Bolts your Black Knight
Black Knight
Black KnightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white, first strike
with Flight
Flight
FlightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature is now a flying creature.
IG9mIEZhbmN5 on it, at least you got to draw two cards first, you know? Then I got my box of Ravnica and I saw two other cards: the Auratouched Mage
Auratouched Mage
Auratouched MageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Auratouched Mage comes into play, search your library for an Aura card that could enchant it. If Auratouched Mage is still in play, attach that Aura to it. Otherwise, reveal the Aura card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, who was just tailor-made to go with these insane auras, and Three Dreams
Three Dreams
Three DreamsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Search your library for up to three Aura cards with different names, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, which was definitely tailor-made to go with them. Then, sometime later, I saw Flickerform
Flickerform
FlickerformSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Enchant creature 2WW: Remove enchanted creature and all Auras attached to it from the game. At end of turn, return that card to play under its owner’s control. If you do, return those Auras to play under their owners’ control attached to that creature.
, and I knew the deck just had to be built. So I messed around some, and I decided that in order to be really useful, this deck would have to include white for the three cards I just mentioned, red for Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.
, and blue for Flight
Flight
FlightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature is now a flying creature.
IG9mIEZhbmN5, Mark of Eviction
Mark of Eviction
Mark of EvictionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, return enchanted creature and all Auras attached to that creature to their owners’ hands.
, and Drake Familiar
Drake Familiar
Drake FamiliarSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Drake Familiar comes into play, sacrifice it unless you return an enchantment in play to its owner’s hand.
. Throw in a few other high-powered auras and bits of creature control and whatnot, and I realized that I needed some serious help in the mana department. So I went with green for Civic Wayfinder
Civic Wayfinder
Civic WayfinderSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Civic Wayfinder comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
and Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
. I threw in a set of Carven Caryatid
Carven Caryatid
Carven CaryatidSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) When Carven Caryatid comes into play, draw a card.
s because it’s a completely awesome card, and because it will give me early defense and replace itself in my hand! I really wanted to add in a few copies of Cloudstone Curio
Cloudstone Curio
Cloudstone CurioSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
257
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever a nonartifact permanent comes into play under your control, you may return another permanent you control that shares a permanent type with it to its owner’s hand.
so I could bounce my Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.
s after playing another enchantment, but I only had two, and they were both in my red comes-into-play deck to get double duty out of those Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
. I figured out a mana base, and I built the following deck.

Touched by an Aura version 1.3
Creatures (20)
4: Auratouched Mage
Auratouched Mage
Auratouched MageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Auratouched Mage comes into play, search your library for an Aura card that could enchant it. If Auratouched Mage is still in play, attach that Aura to it. Otherwise, reveal the Aura card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4: Carven Caryatid
Carven Caryatid
Carven CaryatidSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) When Carven Caryatid comes into play, draw a card.

4: Civic Wayfinder
Civic Wayfinder
Civic WayfinderSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Warrior Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Civic Wayfinder comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.

4: Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4: Drake Familiar
Drake Familiar
Drake FamiliarSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Drake Familiar comes into play, sacrifice it unless you return an enchantment in play to its owner’s hand.


Auras (19)
4: Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.

2: Flight
Flight
FlightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature is now a flying creature.
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2: Flickerform
Flickerform
FlickerformSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Enchant creature 2WW: Remove enchanted creature and all Auras attached to it from the game. At end of turn, return that card to play under its owner’s control. If you do, return those Auras to play under their owners’ control attached to that creature.

3: Mark of Eviction
Mark of Eviction
Mark of EvictionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, return enchanted creature and all Auras attached to that creature to their owners’ hands.

2: Dream Leash
Dream Leash
Dream LeashSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
45
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Enchant permanent You may play Dream Leash only on a tapped permanent. You control enchanted permanent.

2: Followed Footsteps
Followed Footsteps
Followed FootstepsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, put a token into play that’s a copy of enchanted creature.

2: Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
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2: Faith’s Fetters

Other (2)
2: Three Dreams
Three Dreams
Three DreamsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Search your library for up to three Aura cards with different names, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Land (21)
7: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

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

3: Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

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

3: Boros Garrison
Boros Garrison
Boros GarrisonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Boros Garrison comes into play tapped. When Boros Garrison comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add RW to your mana pool.

1: Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya SanctuarySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
281
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play tapped. When Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add GW to your mana pool.



Let me just go on record right here as saying that I really love this deck. It was seriously fun to play. Somehow, I never got mana-screwed while playing it. Well, as far as color is concerned. There was one time where the land just all decided to clump somewhere other than where I was drawing. Other than that, it worked like a charm, even going so far as to win a great big game of Assassin that spanned two round tables pulled together to make room for everyone. The only real problem with the deck was that it didn’t have any form of recursion. And anyone that reads my articles should know that I really need some recursion in my life. Multiplayer is just too long and chaotic to lose something forever in the graveyard, because it’s so simple to get something into the graveyard in the first place.

There are just so many fun things to do with this deck. Putting Flickerform
Flickerform
FlickerformSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Enchant creature 2WW: Remove enchanted creature and all Auras attached to it from the game. At end of turn, return that card to play under its owner’s control. If you do, return those Auras to play under their owners’ control attached to that creature.
on a Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.
-enchanted Auratouched Mage
Auratouched Mage
Auratouched MageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Auratouched Mage comes into play, search your library for an Aura card that could enchant it. If Auratouched Mage is still in play, attach that Aura to it. Otherwise, reveal the Aura card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
meant that I could Flick it out and deal three damage with the Arc and get another Arc to do three more. I won the big Assassin game by Flicking out a Mage with three Arcs on it during every turn I could afford it. That’s nine damage every time, and I usually managed to do it twice before my turn came back around. If I found a better target for my Followed Footsteps
Followed Footsteps
Followed FootstepsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, put a token into play that’s a copy of enchanted creature.
, I could slap a Mark of Eviction
Mark of Eviction
Mark of EvictionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, return enchanted creature and all Auras attached to that creature to their owners’ hands.
on whatever creature was currently tying it up so I could recast it. The same was true of Faith’s Fetters and Dream Leash
Dream Leash
Dream LeashSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
45
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Enchant permanent You may play Dream Leash only on a tapped permanent. You control enchanted permanent.
. Early in the game I could put the Mark on my Wayfinder or Carven to get another land or another card.

But as I made a Magic Online sale here on Cardshark one night, my friend and Two-Headed Giant partner Brian popped up and suggested that I come watch his game. So I did, of course. If your other head asked you to come watch a game, you would too. When I got to his game, I saw a familiar site. There was an Auratouched Mage
Auratouched Mage
Auratouched MageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Auratouched Mage comes into play, search your library for an Aura card that could enchant it. If Auratouched Mage is still in play, attach that Aura to it. Otherwise, reveal the Aura card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
enchanted with Followed Footsteps
Followed Footsteps
Followed FootstepsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, put a token into play that’s a copy of enchanted creature.
, and a couple Footsteps clones enchanted with Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.
and the like. Then I noticed something different. There were no Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s in play, and there was a Junktroller
Junktroller
JunktrollerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
264
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) T: Put target card in a graveyard on the bottom of its owner’s library.
sitting on the field next to a Cloudstone Curio
Cloudstone Curio
Cloudstone CurioSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
257
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever a nonartifact permanent comes into play under your control, you may return another permanent you control that shares a permanent type with it to its owner’s hand.
. I was amazed. He said he liked my deck so much that he made his own version of it. I must admit I was flattered, and that pretty much overshadowed any sort of analysis I might have done.

The next time the dorks gathered, we discussed this MTGO deck of Brian’s. He reminded me that he had no green in his deck, and I was again amazed. I was amazed because I didn’t see how he could pull it off. Then, suddenly, everything clicked. Look again at the decklist above. What does green really do besides get me some extra mana? Nothing! Absolutely nothing! Well, that’s not true. It does completely screw the mana base. The deck is three colors with a fourth splash! Holy crap, was my brain not working when I built it? Those black permanent markers from work must have been seriously doing a number on me. I really think that I was just so happy to finally have a set of Birds that I really wanted to put them somewhere, whether it was necessary or not. I mean I’ve only wanted that particular set for about…6 years now. But I realized that removing the green would smooth the mana base considerably and give me 12 slots for improving on the theme of the deck. Somewhere along the line I also realized that I had made the deck Ravnica Block without any sort of reason.

So I decided to go with my original idea and put the Cloudstone Curio
Cloudstone Curio
Cloudstone CurioSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
257
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever a nonartifact permanent comes into play under your control, you may return another permanent you control that shares a permanent type with it to its owner’s hand.
s in. I also took Brian’s idea and added in some Junktroller
Junktroller
JunktrollerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
264
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) T: Put target card in a graveyard on the bottom of its owner’s library.
s for a touch of recursion. That way, if something happens to one of my Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.
s, it’s not gone forever. I can Flick out my Auratouched Mage
Auratouched Mage
Auratouched MageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Auratouched Mage comes into play, search your library for an Aura card that could enchant it. If Auratouched Mage is still in play, attach that Aura to it. Otherwise, reveal the Aura card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, use the Junktroller
Junktroller
JunktrollerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
264
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) T: Put target card in a graveyard on the bottom of its owner’s library.
to put the Arc back into my library, then get it back when the Mage Flicks back in. I also remembered the new Crown of Ages, also known as the Kitsune Mystic
Kitsune Mystic
Kitsune MysticSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
At end of turn, if Kitsune Mystic is enchanted by two or more enchantments, flip it. ----- Autumn-Tail, Kitsune Sage Legendary Creature - Fox Wizard 4/5 1: Move target enchantment enchanting a creature to another creature.
, who flips to become Autumn-Tail, Kitsune Sage. With a lousy ONE MANA I can completely change the course of the game. If someone declares an attack on me, I can toss this Faith’s Fetters onto their big scary thing. I can move a Flickerform
Flickerform
FlickerformSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Enchant creature 2WW: Remove enchanted creature and all Auras attached to it from the game. At end of turn, return that card to play under its owner’s control. If you do, return those Auras to play under their owners’ control attached to that creature.
onto my Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.
-target creature and Flick it out of harm’s way. I could even move Mark of Eviction
Mark of Eviction
Mark of EvictionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, return enchanted creature and all Auras attached to that creature to their owners’ hands.
at the last second to bounce something completely unexpected. This was exactly what the deck needed – another neat trick!

I found myself with a slight problem though. All twelve cards I took out were creatures, and I had just added in four walls and two utility creatures that were never meant to attack. The deck needed some offense. I decided that Dimir Guildmage
Dimir Guildmage
Dimir GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
245
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 3U: Target player draws a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. 3B: Target player discards a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
s were great. They’re cheap, they can help me dig through the deck, and they’re creatures that can be enchanted. Life is good. I added in some TW91cm5pbmcgThrull
Thrull
ThrullSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Thrull
Rarity:
C
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Token
s too, because I needed some early offense, and the lifegain is just a nice little added touch. Plus, they’re new cards, and you’ve just got to use the new cards!

After a bit of judicious fidgeting with card ratios and whatnot, I found that I still had two holes left. I decided to go with two of the new Magemarks. I really love the Magemarks. For those that don’t know, they don’t just give an ability to the creature that they’re attached to. They give some sort of ability to ALL of your enchanted creatures. If you have five creatures out, and each one of them has a different Magemark on it, all five of them get the abilities that each Magemark bestows. They’re like Slivers but nowhere near as broken! I can see them being a 5-color deck in the future if I ever get bored enough. There’s a way to use the Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
, right? But since I only had two slots open, I had to figure out which ones were the best. The white one is cute, but not all that useful. Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.
has the first strike covered, so the red one was pointless. The green one is more for an attacking deck, which this deck really isn’t, so that was out. The black one is really awesome, bestowing +1/+1 and a Raise Dead
Raise Dead
Raise DeadSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Bring one creature from your graveyard to your hand.
effect for any enchanted creature that dies, but it’s the wrong color. Wait, that doesn’t matter at all, I’ll be snatching auras out of the deck straight into play all the time. And the blue one effectively makes all my enchanted creatures unblockable (except by Walls, I mean Defenders) and gives them another +1/+1 bonus. So after much tweaking and messing around and brainstorming, here’s the latest decklist.

Touched by an Aura version 2.0
Creatures (17)
4: Auratouched Mage
Auratouched Mage
Auratouched MageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Auratouched Mage comes into play, search your library for an Aura card that could enchant it. If Auratouched Mage is still in play, attach that Aura to it. Otherwise, reveal the Aura card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

3: Drake Familiar
Drake Familiar
Drake FamiliarSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Drake Familiar comes into play, sacrifice it unless you return an enchantment in play to its owner’s hand.

3: Dimir Guildmage
Dimir Guildmage
Dimir GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
245
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(U/B can be paid with either U or B.) 3U: Target player draws a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery. 3B: Target player discards a card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.

4: Junktroller
Junktroller
JunktrollerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
264
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) T: Put target card in a graveyard on the bottom of its owner’s library.

2: Kitsune Mystic
Kitsune Mystic
Kitsune MysticSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
At end of turn, if Kitsune Mystic is enchanted by two or more enchantments, flip it. ----- Autumn-Tail, Kitsune Sage Legendary Creature - Fox Wizard 4/5 1: Move target enchantment enchanting a creature to another creature.
/ Autumn-Tail, Kitsune Sage
3: TW91cm5pbmcgThrull
Thrull
ThrullSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Thrull
Rarity:
C
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Token


Auras (20)
4: Galvanic Arc
Galvanic Arc
Galvanic ArcSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Enchant creature When Galvanic Arc comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Enchanted creature has first strike.

2: Flickerform
Flickerform
FlickerformSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Enchant creature 2WW: Remove enchanted creature and all Auras attached to it from the game. At end of turn, return that card to play under its owner’s control. If you do, return those Auras to play under their owners’ control attached to that creature.

2: Flight
Flight
FlightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature is now a flying creature.
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2: Dream Leash
Dream Leash
Dream LeashSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
45
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Enchant permanent You may play Dream Leash only on a tapped permanent. You control enchanted permanent.

2: Faith’s Fetters
2: Followed Footsteps
Followed Footsteps
Followed FootstepsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, put a token into play that’s a copy of enchanted creature.

2: Mark of Eviction
Mark of Eviction
Mark of EvictionSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchant creature At the beginning of your upkeep, return enchanted creature and all Auras attached to that creature to their owners’ hands.

1: Necromancer’s Magemark
Necromancer’s Magemark
Necromancer’s MagemarkSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Text:
Enchant creature Creatures you control that are enchanted get +1/+1. If a creature you control that’s enchanted would be put into a graveyard, return it to its owner’s hand instead.

1: Infiltrator’s Magemark
Infiltrator’s Magemark
Infiltrator’s MagemarkSet: Guildpact
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Text:
Enchant creature Creatures you control that are enchanted get +1/+1 and can’t be blocked except by creatures with defender.


Other (4)
2: Three Dreams
Three Dreams
Three DreamsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Search your library for up to three Aura cards with different names, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

2: Cloudstone Curio
Cloudstone Curio
Cloudstone CurioSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
257
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever a nonartifact permanent comes into play under your control, you may return another permanent you control that shares a permanent type with it to its owner’s hand.


Land (21)
9: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

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

6: Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

2: Izzet Boilerworks
Izzet Boilerworks
Izzet BoilerworksSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Text:
Izzet Boilerworks comes into play tapped. When Izzet Boilerworks comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add UR to your mana pool.

2: Boros Garrison
Boros Garrison
Boros GarrisonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Boros Garrison comes into play tapped. When Boros Garrison comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add RW to your mana pool.


I seriously hope that none of you have anything really silly going on behind your back in one of your decks. Silly things that you put in there on purpose are perfectly acceptable. I really feel that removing the extraneous color has done nothing but help an already excellent deck. So until next time, my name is Inigo Montoya; you tapped my mana, prepare to die. I mean, enjoy your multiplayer Magic and watch out for those bizarre ideas that you never even noticed.


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