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CardShark Content - Chris Morling (3/1/2001)

I arrived at Neutral Ground Detroit with plenty of time to spare, and quickly registered. Waiting for the tournament to start was grueling. I had come alone, and, while I recognized several people from previous tournaments, I didn’t feel comfortable approaching them. That gave me thirty minutes to kill.

After a wait, deck registration began. I opened what I felt was quite a nice set of cards, including the following:

Tahngarth, Talruum Hero
Tahngarth, Talruum Hero
Tahngarth, Talruum HeroSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Tahngarth, Talruum Hero to tap. 1R, T: Tahngarth deals damage equal to its power to target creature. That creature deals damage equal to its power to Tahngarth.

Annihilate
Annihilate
AnnihilateSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.Draw a card.

Plague Spores
Plague Spores
Plague SporesSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
260
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature and target land. They can't be regenerated.

Fires of Yavigmaya
Several Kavu, in both green and red.

It looked like a strong G/R/B deck, and I hoped to get it back, but didn’t. What I received also looked promising:

White:
Invasion:
Ardent Soldier
Ardent Soldier
Ardent SoldierSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Attacking doesn't cause Ardent Soldier to tap.If you paid the kicker cost, Ardent Soldier comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it.

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.

Capashen Unicorn
Capashen Unicorn
Capashen UnicornSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Unicorn
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1W, T, Sacrifice Capashen Unicorn: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

RGVhdGggb3IgGlory
Glory
GlorySet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2W: Creatures you control gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only if Glory is in your graveyard.

Glimmering Angel
Glimmering Angel
Glimmering AngelSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
C
Number:
17
Artist:
Ciruelo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying U: Glimmering Angel can't be the target of spells or abilities this turn.

Obsidian Acolyte
Obsidian Acolyte
Obsidian AcolyteSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from blackW: Target creature gains protection from black until end of turn.

Orim
Orim
OrimSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+12
Text:
Your creatures can block as though they had flying.
’s Touch
Strength of Unity
Strength of Unity
Strength of UnitySet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each basic land type among lands you control.

Teferi’s Care

Planeshift:
Disciple of Kangee
Disciple of Kangee
Disciple of KangeeSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
U, T: Target creature gains flying and becomes blue until end of turn.

2:Heroic Defiance
Heroic Defiance
Heroic DefianceSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +3/+3 unless it shares a color with the most common color among all permanents or a color tied for most common.

Hobble
Hobble
HobbleSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
When Hobble comes into play, draw a card. Enchanted creature can't attack. Enchanted creature can't block if it's black.

Liberate
Liberate
LiberateSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
21
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Remove target creature you control from the game. At end of turn, return that card to play under its owner's control.

Pollen Remedy
Pollen Remedy
Pollen RemedySet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Prevent the next 3 damage that would be dealt this turn to any number of target creatures and/or players, divided as you choose. If you paid the kicker cost, prevent the next 6 damage this way instead.

Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.


Blue:
Invasion:
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
Dream Thrush
Dream Thrush
Dream ThrushSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
D.J. Cleland-Hura
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
FlyingT: Target land becomes a land of the basic land type of your choice until end of turn.

Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.

Vodalian Hypnotist
Vodalian Hypnotist
Vodalian HypnotistSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
84
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
2B, T: Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.

Worldly Council

Planeshift:
Arctic Merfolk
Arctic Merfolk
Arctic MerfolkSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker-Return a creature you control to its owner's hand. (You may return a creature you control to its owner's hand in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) If you paid the kicker cost, Arctic Merfolk comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it.

Hunting Drake
Hunting Drake
Hunting DrakeSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Hunting Drake comes into play, put target red or green creature on top of its owner's library.

Sisay
Sisay
SisaySet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
6
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
-2
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Whenever you tap a land for mana, it produces one additional mana of the same type.
’s Ingenuity
Sleeping Potion
Sleeping Potion
Sleeping PotionSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Text:
When Sleeping Potion comes into play, tap enchanted creature. Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step. When enchanted creature becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice Sleeping Potion.

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.


Black:
Invasion:
Duskwalker
Duskwalker
DuskwalkerSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
David Martin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 3B (You may pay an additional 3B as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Duskwalker comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has Duskwalker can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.

Phyrexian Slayer
Phyrexian Slayer
Phyrexian SlayerSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Phyrexian Slayer becomes blocked by a white creature, destroy that creature. It can't be regenerated.

Reckless Spite
Reckless Spite
Reckless SpiteSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy two target nonblack creatures. Lose 5 life.

Scavenged Weaponry
Scavenged Weaponry
Scavenged WeaponrySet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
When Scavenged Weaponry comes into play, draw a card.Enchanted creature gets +1/+1.

Urborg Phantom
Urborg Phantom
Urborg PhantomSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Urborg Phantom can't block.U: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by Urborg Phantom this turn.

Urborg Shambler
Urborg Shambler
Urborg ShamblerSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
All other black creatures get -1/-1.

Urborg Skeleton
Urborg Skeleton
Urborg SkeletonSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 3 (You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell.)B: Regenerate Urborg Skeleton.If you paid the kicker cost, Urborg Skeleton comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it.


Planeshift:
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

Noxious Vapors
Noxious Vapors
Noxious VaporsSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player reveals his or her hand and chooses one card of each color from it, then discards all other nonland cards from it.


Red:
Invasion:
Ancient Kavu
Ancient Kavu
Ancient KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
136
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2: Ancient Kavu becomes colorless until end of turn.

Halam Djinn
Halam Djinn
Halam DjinnSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
U
Number:
146
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Halam Djinn gets -2/-2 as long as red is the most common color among all permanents or is tied for most common.

Maniacal Rage
Maniacal Rage
Maniacal RageSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and cannot block.

Rogue Kavu
Rogue Kavu
Rogue KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
160
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Rogue Kavu attacks alone, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

Scarred Puma
Scarred Puma
Scarred PumaSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Scarred Puma can't attack unless a black or green creature also attacks.

Scorching Lava
Scorching Lava
Scorching LavaSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Scorching Lava deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature can't be regenerated this turn and if it would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.

Stun
Stun
StunSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Target creature cannot block this turn.Draw a card.

Turf Wound
Turf Wound
Turf WoundSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
177
Artist:
Thomas Gianni
Text:
Target player can't play land cards this turn.Draw a card.


Planeshift:
Caldera Kavu
Caldera Kavu
Caldera KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1B: Caldera Kavu gets +1/+1 until end of turn. G: Caldera Kavu becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

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.

Magma Burst
Magma Burst
Magma BurstSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Magma Burst deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, Magma Burst deals 3 damage to another target creature or player.

Mire Kavu
Mire Kavu
Mire KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Mire Kavu gets +1/+1 as long as you control a swamp.


Green:
Invasion:
Aggressive Urge
Aggressive Urge
Aggressive UrgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.Draw a card.

Elfhame Sanctuary
Elfhame Sanctuary
Elfhame SanctuarySet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
185
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. If you do, skip your draw step this turn and shuffle your library.

Explosive Growth
Explosive Growth
Explosive GrowthSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
187
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Kicker o5 (You may pay an additional o5 as you play this spell.)Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature gets +5/+5 until end of turn instead.

Kavu Climber
Kavu Climber
Kavu ClimberSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
192
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Kavu Climber comes into play, draw a card.

Nomadic Elf
Nomadic Elf
Nomadic ElfSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
D.J. Cleland-Hura
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1G: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Utopia Tree
Utopia Tree
Utopia TreeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant
Rarity:
R
Number:
219
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Vigorous Charge
Vigorous Charge
Vigorous ChargeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
222
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Kicker W (You may pay an additional W as you play this spell.)Target creature gains trample until end of turn. Whenever that creature deals combat damage this turn, if you paid the kicker cost, you gain life equal to that damage.


Planeshift:
Falling Timber
Falling Timber
Falling TimberSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Prevent all combat damage target creature would deal this turn. If you paid the kicker cost, prevent all combat damage another target creature would deal this turn.

Nemata, Grove Guardian
Nemata, Grove Guardian
Nemata, Grove GuardianSet: Planeshift
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
2G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: All Saprolings get +1/+1 until end of turn.

Primal Growth
Primal Growth
Primal GrowthSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
rk post
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a creature. (You may sacrifice a creature in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Search your library for a basic land card, put that card into play, then shuffle your library. If you paid the kicker cost, instead search your library for two basic land cards, put them into play, then shuffle your library.

Pygmy Kavu
Pygmy Kavu
Pygmy KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
88
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Pygmy Kavu comes into play, draw a card for each black creature your opponents control.

Quirion Explorer
Quirion Explorer
Quirion ExplorerSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add to your mana pool one mana of any color that a land an opponent controls could produce.

Skyshroud Blessing
Skyshroud Blessing
Skyshroud BlessingSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Lands can't be the targets of spells or abilities this turn. Draw a card.

Stone Kavu
Stone Kavu
Stone KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
R: Stone Kavu gets +1/+0 until end of turn. W: Stone Kavu gets +0/+1 until end of turn.

Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker R and/or W. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the R kicker cost, Thornscape Battlemage deals 2 damage to target creature or player. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the W kicker cost, destroy target artifact.


Gold:
Invasion:
Angelic Shield
Angelic Shield
Angelic ShieldSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
228
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Creatures you control get +0/+1.Sacrifice Angelic Shield: Return target creature to its owner's hand.

Captain Sisay
Captain Sisay
Captain SisaySet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
237
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Search your library for a Legend or legendary card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Cinder Shade
Cinder Shade
Cinder ShadeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shade
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Cinder Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.R, Sacrifice Cinder Shade: Cinder Shade deals damage equal to its power to target creature.

Recoil
Recoil
RecoilSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Then that player discards a card from his or her hand.

Shivan Zombie
Shivan Zombie
Shivan ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
271
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white

Wings of Hope
Wings of Hope
Wings of HopeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
289
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+3 and has flying.

Yavimaya Barbarian
Yavimaya Barbarian
Yavimaya BarbarianSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
290
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blue


Planeshift:
Daring Leap
Daring Leap
Daring LeapSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+1 and gains flying and first strike until end of turn.

Horned Kavu
Horned Kavu
Horned KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Horned Kavu comes into play, return a red or green creature you control to its owner's hand.

Silver Drake
Silver Drake
Silver DrakeSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. When Silver Drake comes into play, return a white or blue creature you control to its owner's hand.

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 Guilt

Artifacts:
Invasion:
Darigaaz’s Attendant

Looking at the cards, there is a lot of good stuff here. The bomb count is pretty low: Reckless Spite
Reckless Spite
Reckless SpiteSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy two target nonblack creatures. Lose 5 life.
, Cinder Shade
Cinder Shade
Cinder ShadeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shade
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Cinder Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.R, Sacrifice Cinder Shade: Cinder Shade deals damage equal to its power to target creature.
, and maybe Nemata, Halam Djinn
Halam Djinn
Halam DjinnSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
U
Number:
146
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Halam Djinn gets -2/-2 as long as red is the most common color among all permanents or is tied for most common.
, 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.
, and Magma Burst
Magma Burst
Magma BurstSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Magma Burst deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, Magma Burst deals 3 damage to another target creature or player.
. Perhaps they aren’t must-plays, but they’re strong, and playing them would be preferable to not playing them. At the same time, there are a lot of really solid, playable cards.

These bombs lead me to play R/B/G, a color combination I feel is quite strong. I really feel like my style is W/U/B, and I think a playable deck can be made from this pool, but the only of the cards above I could play would be Reckless Spite
Reckless Spite
Reckless SpiteSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy two target nonblack creatures. Lose 5 life.
. U/B/R did not look promising, as it seemed like the majority of the strong blue supported playing white. From this pool, however, a really solid R/B/G deck can be built. I was playing so many creatures, and I had plenty of access to off color mana, so I splashed white for RGVhdGggb3IgGlory
Glory
GlorySet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2W: Creatures you control gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only if Glory is in your graveyard.
, which was probably a mistake:

Red:
Ancient Kavu
Ancient Kavu
Ancient KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
136
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2: Ancient Kavu becomes colorless until end of turn.

Halam Djinn
Halam Djinn
Halam DjinnSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
U
Number:
146
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Halam Djinn gets -2/-2 as long as red is the most common color among all permanents or is tied for most common.

Caldera Kavu
Caldera Kavu
Caldera KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1B: Caldera Kavu gets +1/+1 until end of turn. G: Caldera Kavu becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

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.

Magma Burst
Magma Burst
Magma BurstSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Magma Burst deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, Magma Burst deals 3 damage to another target creature or player.

Mire Kavu
Mire Kavu
Mire KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Mire Kavu gets +1/+1 as long as you control a swamp.

Scorching Lava
Scorching Lava
Scorching LavaSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Scorching Lava deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature can't be regenerated this turn and if it would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.


Black:
Phyrexian Slayer
Phyrexian Slayer
Phyrexian SlayerSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Phyrexian Slayer becomes blocked by a white creature, destroy that creature. It can't be regenerated.

Reckless Spite
Reckless Spite
Reckless SpiteSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy two target nonblack creatures. Lose 5 life.

Urborg Skeleton
Urborg Skeleton
Urborg SkeletonSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 3 (You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell.)B: Regenerate Urborg Skeleton.If you paid the kicker cost, Urborg Skeleton comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it.

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


Green:
Nomadic Elf
Nomadic Elf
Nomadic ElfSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
D.J. Cleland-Hura
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1G: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Utopia Tree
Utopia Tree
Utopia TreeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant
Rarity:
R
Number:
219
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Nemata, Grove Guardian
Nemata, Grove Guardian
Nemata, Grove GuardianSet: Planeshift
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
2G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: All Saprolings get +1/+1 until end of turn.

Quirion Explorer
Quirion Explorer
Quirion ExplorerSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add to your mana pool one mana of any color that a land an opponent controls could produce.

Stone Kavu
Stone Kavu
Stone KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
R: Stone Kavu gets +1/+0 until end of turn. W: Stone Kavu gets +0/+1 until end of turn.

Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker R and/or W. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the R kicker cost, Thornscape Battlemage deals 2 damage to target creature or player. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the W kicker cost, destroy target artifact.


Gold:
Cinder Shade
Cinder Shade
Cinder ShadeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shade
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Cinder Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.R, Sacrifice Cinder Shade: Cinder Shade deals damage equal to its power to target creature.

Shivan Zombie
Shivan Zombie
Shivan ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
271
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white

Yavimaya Barbarian
Yavimaya Barbarian
Yavimaya BarbarianSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
290
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blue

Horned Kavu
Horned Kavu
Horned KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Horned Kavu comes into play, return a red or green creature you control to its owner's hand.


White:
White:

RGVhdGggb3IgGlory
Glory
GlorySet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2W: Creatures you control gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only if Glory is in your graveyard.


Artifact:
Darigaaz’s Attendant

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

5: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.

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


There were a few cards that were almost included, but I felt I just had to cut, including Aggressive Urge
Aggressive Urge
Aggressive UrgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.Draw a card.
, Explosive Growth
Explosive Growth
Explosive GrowthSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
187
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Kicker o5 (You may pay an additional o5 as you play this spell.)Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature gets +5/+5 until end of turn instead.
, Duskwalker
Duskwalker
DuskwalkerSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
David Martin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 3B (You may pay an additional 3B as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Duskwalker comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has Duskwalker can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.
, and Kavu Climber
Kavu Climber
Kavu ClimberSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
192
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Kavu Climber comes into play, draw a card.
. You’ll note that this deck has 19 creatures, 3 removal, 1 trick (the RGVhdGggb3IgGlory
Glory
GlorySet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2W: Creatures you control gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only if Glory is in your graveyard.
), and 17 land. In draft, I have a tendency to take 20 removal, 2 tricks and a creature, so this was a little out of character for me. I should also point out that some of my creatures function as removal (the 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.
, Cinder Shade
Cinder Shade
Cinder ShadeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shade
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Cinder Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.R, Sacrifice Cinder Shade: Cinder Shade deals damage equal to its power to target creature.
, and Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker R and/or W. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the R kicker cost, Thornscape Battlemage deals 2 damage to target creature or player. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the W kicker cost, destroy target artifact.
) so my deck wasn’t as ´´pure-beatdown´´ as I’ve implied.

You might note that I’m playing a lot of 2-drops, and several 2/2’s for 2 mana. I was hoping to get going quickly and roll over my opponents. I felt pretty confident going into the matches, but looking back I see some serious weaknesses. This deck has a hard time with fliers, especially black fliers. There’s 7 ways to deal with fliers (including playing my own flier to block), and one of those doesn’t work on black fliers.

Match 1: Chad Stout (G/WU)

Chad was pretty young, I’d say an underclassman in high school. He seemed perhaps a little self-conscious about it, but responded by playing in an extremely tight and professional manner.

Chad won the flip and opted to play first. He and I both took a mulligan, and my second hand left me a tiny bit color screwed for a couple of turns, but Chad seemed to have nothing but mana. He played a couple of creatures, but I just kept playing my cheap creatures and shooting his with removal. It was over pretty quickly, and my deck worked exactly as I had hoped, just rolling over Chad.

Chad again opted to play, and again seemed to draw too much mana. I moved quickly and got into a good position: Chad had 5 lands, 6 life, and no creatures. I had Utopia Tree
Utopia Tree
Utopia TreeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant
Rarity:
R
Number:
219
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, Shivan Zombie
Shivan Zombie
Shivan ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
271
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white
and Ancient Kavu
Ancient Kavu
Ancient KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
136
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2: Ancient Kavu becomes colorless until end of turn.
in play, along with Phyrexian Slayer
Phyrexian Slayer
Phyrexian SlayerSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Phyrexian Slayer becomes blocked by a white creature, destroy that creature. It can't be regenerated.
and the legendary Nemata, Grove Guardian
Nemata, Grove Guardian
Nemata, Grove GuardianSet: Planeshift
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
2G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: All Saprolings get +1/+1 until end of turn.
in my hand, and plenty of mana. I consider playing a Nemata, but I’m worried about Chad playing 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.
or some other mass removal if I over commit, so I pass the turn.

Chad draws, plays a land, and then taps out to play Nemata, Grove Guardian
Nemata, Grove Guardian
Nemata, Grove GuardianSet: Planeshift
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
2G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: All Saprolings get +1/+1 until end of turn.
. That’s not so good. On my next few turns, I play and then attack with the Phyrexian Slayer
Phyrexian Slayer
Phyrexian SlayerSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Phyrexian Slayer becomes blocked by a white creature, destroy that creature. It can't be regenerated.
for the eventual win, but it was pretty tense.

I’m pretty sure holding back was appropriate, as I had a large advantage. My plan if he played any huge creature was to drop Nemata. Unfortunately, he played one first and I was unable to join.

It’s worth noting a play in game two. I attacked with Yavimaya Barbarian
Yavimaya Barbarian
Yavimaya BarbarianSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
290
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blue
while Chad had an Amphibious Kavu
Amphibious Kavu
Amphibious KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Amphibious Kavu blocks or becomes blocked by one or more blue and/or black creatures, Amphibious Kavu gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
and Disciple of Kangee
Disciple of Kangee
Disciple of KangeeSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
U, T: Target creature gains flying and becomes blue until end of turn.
in play, a combination I hadn’t noticed. Fortunately, the combination isn’t too effective, as the Kavu gets the bonus when blockers are declared. Chad blocked with the Kavu, then used Disciple of Kangee
Disciple of Kangee
Disciple of KangeeSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
U, T: Target creature gains flying and becomes blue until end of turn.
to make the Barbarian fly and become blue, but I recognized that the bonus doesn’t take place (please correct me if I’m wrong) and we traded creatures without a problem.

Chad was very pleasant in a match that he lost in large part to mana flooding.

Match 2: Gary Smolinski (5cG)

In the first game, I applied early pressure with quick green creatures. I brought Gary to 12 and then he played Dromar, the Banisher
Dromar, the Banisher
Dromar, the BanisherSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
244
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Whenever Dromar, the Banisher deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 2U. If you do, choose a color. Return all creatures of that color to their owners' hands.
. Things looked pretty bad. There’s one card in my deck that can single-handedly deal with Dromar, and then only with some difficulty: Cinder Shade
Cinder Shade
Cinder ShadeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shade
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Cinder Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.R, Sacrifice Cinder Shade: Cinder Shade deals damage equal to its power to target creature.
. Gary quickly defeated me.

I sided in Pygmy Hippo
Pygmy Hippo
Pygmy HippoSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hippopotamus
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Pygmy Hippo attacks and is not blocked, you may choose to have it deal no combat damage this turn. If you do, defending player draws all mana from his or her lands and then his or her mana pool is emptied. After combat, add an equal amount of colorless mana to your mana pool.
, Urborg Shambler
Urborg Shambler
Urborg ShamblerSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
All other black creatures get -1/-1.
, and, in a desperation move, Hobble
Hobble
HobbleSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
When Hobble comes into play, draw a card. Enchanted creature can't attack. Enchanted creature can't block if it's black.
. I again applied early pressure, and Gary had trouble getting white mana. Gary played, at 5 land, Dromar’s Attendant. The next turn, Gary played a land, sacrificed the Attendant, and played Dromar. I’m sitting looking at the Hobble
Hobble
HobbleSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
When Hobble comes into play, draw a card. Enchanted creature can't attack. Enchanted creature can't block if it's black.
in my hand, and think:

´´Ancestral Recall
Ancestral Recall
Ancestral RecallSet: Alpha
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Draw 3 cards or force opponent to draw 3 cards.
for 1W. Excellent.´´

On my turn, I untap, then tap two mana to play my startlingly useful sideboard card.

Greg Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
s. Bugger.
I lose promptly.

I was keeping track of my mistakes, and I made one in this match. Greg played Urborg
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.
IEVtaXNzYXJ5. The next turn, I play and attack with Halam Djinn
Halam Djinn
Halam DjinnSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
U
Number:
146
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Halam Djinn gets -2/-2 as long as red is the most common color among all permanents or is tied for most common.
, with red being the most popular color. I was thinking that his Emissary was a Phantom, which are also 3/1, but cannot block. It was a pretty silly mistake.

Match 3: Steve (Didn’t catch the last name. Sorry
Sorry
SorrySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Before playing any spell, if a copy of that spell card is in any graveyard, the spell's caster may say Sorry. If he or she does not, any other player may counter the spell by saying Sorry as it is cast.If any player says Sorry at any other time, Sorry deals 2 damage to that player.
) (G/R/B)

Steve and I quickly traded matches to mana screw, so it came to a third game. In the third game, we both drew well, but I seemed to have the better creatures, and more of them, allowing me to win. I made two mistakes in this match, or three if you look at them a little more closely. First, I was pretty dejected about losing the first game to mana screw after being soundly trounced in round 2, and I quickly shuffled up for game 2, as did Steve. We both forgot to sideboard. We did the same after the second game. That’s a pretty silly mistake. Second, at one point I play and attack with my Halam Djinn
Halam Djinn
Halam DjinnSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
U
Number:
146
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Halam Djinn gets -2/-2 as long as red is the most common color among all permanents or is tied for most common.
, with something like 2 red permanents, 2 green permanents, and 3 black permanents, one of which is a 3/3 creature Steve controlled. If Steve had used it to block the Djinn, it would have dealt 3 points of damage before dying, making red to most common color for permanents and making the Djinn 4/3, killing it. Fortunately, Steve missed this. He blocked it the next turn with his 3/3 and a 2/2, a trade I was quite happy about.

Finally, I made a serious mistake I didn’t notice until the next day. In the third game, I was dominant until Steve played a Keldon Mantle
Keldon Mantle
Keldon MantleSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
B: Regenerate enchanted creature. R: Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn. G: Enchanted creature gains trample until end of turn.
on his Amphibious Kavu
Amphibious Kavu
Amphibious KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Amphibious Kavu blocks or becomes blocked by one or more blue and/or black creatures, Amphibious Kavu gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
, pretty much locking up the ground. I drew Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker R and/or W. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the R kicker cost, Thornscape Battlemage deals 2 damage to target creature or player. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the W kicker cost, destroy target artifact.
, and tapped 2WGR to play it with both kickers, to deal 2 damage to his Kavu with the red kicker and to destroy his Keldon Mantle
Keldon Mantle
Keldon MantleSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
B: Regenerate enchanted creature. R: Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn. G: Enchanted creature gains trample until end of turn.
with the white. Steve made the correct play and put a regeneration shield on the Kavu before losing the Mantle, a play I was expecting. Tapping the Kavu allowed me to get an attack in, and having it no longer rule the ground made things easier for me. It wasn’t until much later that I noticed that Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker R and/or W. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the R kicker cost, Thornscape Battlemage deals 2 damage to target creature or player. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the W kicker cost, destroy target artifact.
doesn’t kill enchantments. It kills artifacts. Pbbt. I think I still would have won the match, but it’s certainly possible I stole this one from Steve.

Match 4: Troy Skinner (B/U/R)

We played a pretty even first game. I think I drew a little too mach mana, something like 60% of my 15 cards. I demonstrated how weak my deck is against fliers by taking something like 10 damage from a Phyrexian Battleflies
Phyrexian Battleflies
Phyrexian BattlefliesSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying B: Phyrexian Battleflies gets +1/+0 until end of turn. This ability may be played no more than twice each turn.
. I had Troy at 9 life when he defeated me.

The second game was a rout. I drew too little mana, and it was in the wrong colors. Troy went berserk and won on the forth turn.

No, not really, but it was still pretty quick.

At 2-2, I dropped since it was impossible to make top eight at that point.

There’s a few things I’d like to point out. First, in my deck that was almost half creatures, RGVhdGggb3IgGlory
Glory
GlorySet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2W: Creatures you control gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only if Glory is in your graveyard.
was totally, totally ass. I couldn’t have been much worse. Playing the Hobble
Hobble
HobbleSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
When Hobble comes into play, draw a card. Enchanted creature can't attack. Enchanted creature can't block if it's black.
in my main deck would have been a better idea. It seemed like it was always in my opening hand, and I cast it twice, one in a game I would have won anyway, and once in a game I lost anyway. It looked good, but it was useless.

Secondly, I think I should have been bolder in side-boarding in round 2. I think it would have been appropriate to switch into W/U/B after losing game 1 to Dromar. His deck was controlling enough that I couldn’t roll over him quickly, and I didn’t have to worry about him doing the same to me.

Third, I made too many mistakes. Far too many. I need to operate at 0 mistakes, and I made 4. Not so good. Those are just play mistakes. Looking at deck building mistakes could be far worse. I’m pretty sure I shouldn’t have played any white, and that change would have made a significant impact of the way my deck performed. On the other hand, none of my play mistakes cost me games, so that’s some relief.

Finally, 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.
is a serious contender for MVP, as is Magma Burst
Magma Burst
Magma BurstSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Magma Burst deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, Magma Burst deals 3 damage to another target creature or player.
. Your opponent will always be playing creatures, and with 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.
you can probably kill his biggest one then block his second biggest one, or burn his only creature then apply some serious pressure. Magma burst looks like a strong card, and it turns out that it is. I’d like to think the 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.
will appear in standard, as I think everyone is playing creatures. I’m not so convinced about Magma burst, as I think it’s a little over-costed for standard, or at least there’s no deck into which it fits comfortably.

I also played against a couple of decks with Terminal Moraine
Terminal Moraine
Terminal MoraineSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Scott Bailey
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. 2, T, Sacrifice Terminal Moraine: Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
, and it looked very effective. I think it is a Planeshift card that will seriously impact standard.

Good luck to everyone.


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