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CardShark Content - Dave Andrews (2/26/2001)

A major theme in my Invasion Block Constructed playtesting so far has been that Black-Red is everywhere. BR decks can be built as creature-control, discard-control, beatdown, or any combination of those three. Powerful, efficient removal such as Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
, 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 Pyre Zombie
Pyre Zombie
Pyre ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
261
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Pyre Zombie is in your graveyard, you may pay 1BB. If you do, return Pyre Zombie from your graveyard to your hand.1RR, Sacrifice Pyre Zombie: Pyre Zombie deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
give this color combination a definite advantage over other possible combinations. At some point, then, this leads to attempts to create decks containing specific problems for the BR decks.

One of those potential nuisances for BR is the powerful white flyer, 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.
. Since the BR critter-kill spells begin with Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
and then generally proceed into a variety of burn spells, a 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.
with pro-red can be a real problem. Generally, the BR deck will have some way to deal with it, either in the form of Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
or Tsabo's Decree
Tsabo's Decree
Tsabo's DecreeSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Choose a creature type. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards all creature cards of that type from it. Then destroy all creatures of that type that player controls. They can't be regenerated.
, but that doesn't mean that it isn't strong to force the BR player to have to have one of these 5-6CC answers to your flying threat.

So by beginning our deck with the 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.
, we are definitely based in white, since the Voice has a double-white casting cost. So, what other color(s) should go into the deck? If we go to blue, we will probably be looking at UW Control featuring 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.
, which is undoubtedly a solid choice. However, GW will allow us to assume a more aggressive posture, and gives us some great tools to use against the BR player, such as Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
, Wax/Wane, and Eladamri's Call
Eladamri's Call
Eladamri's CallSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
.

The choice to use Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
is once again based on the idea that we are trying to beat BR decks. In general, I strongly subscribe to the theory that critter-enhancing enchantments are not a good idea, as they can lead to card disadvantage. However, in this case, what we don't want to happen is to get our ace-in-the-hole, the 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.
, and have the opponent not care about it. No matter how difficult your 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.
may be to eliminate, it doesn't win you the game if your opponent has enough creatures just to race you. This is where Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
comes in - it doubles the rate at which your Voice kills your opponent as well as slowing down any progress your opponent is making against your life total by 4 points per turn. In testing, the Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
ed Voice has proven to be a game-winner versus a variety of decks, including BR, BU, GW, and GR - pretty much any deck that doesn't encourage you to make your Voices pro-white.

Our next GW gem is Wax/Wane, and this card definitely rates very highly on my scale for IBC, for several reasons. First, IBC contains very little in the way of artifacts, making the artifact half of Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
-type cards largely unimportant. Second, many decks in IBC are built enchantment-free, but the enchantments that are used in IBC decks are of a game-changing level, such as Teferi's Moat
Teferi's Moat
Teferi's MoatSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
rk post
Text:
As Teferi's Moat comes into play, choose a color.Creatures of the chosen color without flying can't attack you.
, Yawgmoth's Agenda
Yawgmoth's Agenda
Yawgmoth's AgendaSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Play no more than one spell each turn.You may play cards in your graveyard as though they were in your hand.If a card would be put into your graveyard from anywhere, remove it from the game instead.
, or Natural Emergence
Natural Emergence
Natural EmergenceSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When Natural Emergence comes into play, return a red or green enchantment you control to its owner's hand. Lands you control are 2/2 creatures with first strike. They're still lands.
. This can leave the deckbuilder stuck in a quandary when deciding how much main-deck enchantment removal to include. Finally, as I mentioned before, once you get past Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
, much of the removal in this format comes in the form of red burn spells such as Urza's Rage
Urza's Rage
Urza's RageSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Kicker 8R (You may pay an additional 8R as you play this spell.)Urza's Rage can't be countered by spells or abilities.Urza's Rage deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, instead Urza's Rage deals 10 damage to that creature or player and the damage can't be prevented.
or Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.
, making an instant +2/+2 a potential way to counter removal. Roll all of these together, and you see that Wax/Wane is a versatile, mana-efficient solution to several potential problems your deck may encounter.

Another nice card GW gives us access to is Eladamri's Call
Eladamri's Call
Eladamri's CallSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, the instant-speed critter tutor. The instant-speed of this card makes the 2-mana investment a little easier for us to accept, and the benefits this card can provide make it well worth it. If 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.
is the creature we need, the Call can fetch it for us, essentially giving us 8 copies of the important angel. However, when the situation calls for a different creature, the Call can fetch whatever we need. It even allows us to play with 1 copy of a few narrow-purpose creatures to tutor for. So far in testing, I have used 1 copy each of Crimson Acolyte
Crimson Acolyte
Crimson AcolyteSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from redW: Target creature gains protection from red until end of turn.
, Kavu Chameleon
Kavu Chameleon
Kavu ChameleonSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kavu Chameleon can't be countered.G: Kavu Chameleon becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
, and 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.
, and 2 copies of Fleetfoot Panther
Fleetfoot Panther
Fleetfoot PantherSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
You may play Fleetfoot Panther any time you could play an instant. When Fleetfoot Panther comes into play, return a green or white creature you control to its owner's hand.
. The Acolyte, while narrow in scope, warrants inclusion for his devastating effect on the BR decks. Having the Acolyte plus the pro-red Voice means just a single Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
or Decree won't buy the BR player out of trouble, and will probably mean victory for the GW player. Kavu Chameleon
Kavu Chameleon
Kavu ChameleonSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kavu Chameleon can't be countered.G: Kavu Chameleon becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
is included for UW-based control decks, as it is uncounterable and can't be stopped by Teferi's Moat
Teferi's Moat
Teferi's MoatSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
rk post
Text:
As Teferi's Moat comes into play, choose a color.Creatures of the chosen color without flying can't attack you.
. It can also be made immune to black removal in the UWB control-deck builds. 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.
is an army-in-a-box, and single-handedly wins games against a variety of decks if you have enough mana in play. The only real drawback is the heavy mana-cost, which makes the 1 Nemata, 4 Eladamri's Call
Eladamri's Call
Eladamri's CallSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
configuration perfect for showcasing the Grove Guardian's power. As for the Fleetfoot Panther
Fleetfoot Panther
Fleetfoot PantherSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
You may play Fleetfoot Panther any time you could play an instant. When Fleetfoot Panther comes into play, return a green or white creature you control to its owner's hand.
, it is well known that the Panther gives us some neat tricks usable to save our creatures from lethal damage or provide surprise blockers. However, I feel it is much better to include Eladamri's Call
Eladamri's Call
Eladamri's CallSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
and only a few Panthers rather than including 4 Panthers, due to the drawback of gating when you have no other critters to bounce.

So, we have our superstar creature in 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.
, and a variety of interesting creatures to tutor for, but we still need some straight-up attacking and blocking beasts. We'll start our curve off with Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Red spells and white spells you play cost 1 less to play.
, because it can provide mana-acceleration while attacking, as opposed to Quirion Elves
Quirion Elves
Quirion ElvesSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When you play Quirion Elves, choose a color.T: Add one mana of the chosen color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.T: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
which can provide acceleration or attacking, but not both at the same time. The Familiar is also stronger when we want to cast multiple spells, such as Fleetfoot Panther
Fleetfoot Panther
Fleetfoot PantherSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
You may play Fleetfoot Panther any time you could play an instant. When Fleetfoot Panther comes into play, return a green or white creature you control to its owner's hand.
and Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
, all in the same turn. In our 3CC slot, we'll include Noble Panther
Noble Panther
Noble PantherSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
R
Number:
257
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
1: Noble Panther gains first strike until end of turn.
, pretty much because that is as fat as it gets for 3 mana without gating. My next choice of creatures, however, has been quite controversial. I have chosen to play with Charging Troll
Charging Troll
Charging TrollSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Charging Troll to tap.G: Regenerate Charging Troll.
, but no Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.
s or 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.
es. I chose Charging Troll
Charging Troll
Charging TrollSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Charging Troll to tap.G: Regenerate Charging Troll.
because he can regenerate from a Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
or Tsabo's Decree
Tsabo's Decree
Tsabo's DecreeSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Choose a creature type. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards all creature cards of that type from it. Then destroy all creatures of that type that player controls. They can't be regenerated.
, as well as from burn-based removal. Additionally, he answers the question of ´´attack or hold back blockers?´´ when your opponent has Fires of Yavimaya
Fires of Yavimaya
Fires of YavimayaSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
246
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Creatures you control have haste. (They may attack and T the turn they come under your control.)Sacrifice Fires of Yavimaya: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
on the table, since he doesn't have to tap to attack. This also further justifies the inclusion of Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
in your deck, since having an Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
on a blocker means your blocker can absorb the damage of more than one attacker, as well as having an increased chance of killing any creature it blocks. Charging Troll
Charging Troll
Charging TrollSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Charging Troll to tap.G: Regenerate Charging Troll.
allows maximum usefulness from your Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
by applying it to both offense and defense.

Next, our GW deck could benefit from a bit of removal, as a little extra guarantee that we will be able to win the race. Unfortunately, our options here are fairly limited, with choices like 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.
and Shackles
Shackles
ShacklesSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.W: Return Shackles to owner's hand.
. If I'm going to play with a card that I'm not absolutely excited to be playing with, it had better at least be a cantrip, so I've gone with 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.
so far in testing. I honestly wasn't expecting to get much mileage from 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.
when I initially included it in my decklist, and figured that after some testing I'd be removing it and filling in the space with something I would decide I needed during testing, but I have been pleasantly surprised by 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.
's usefulness during testing. It may not be Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
, but in this deck, it fulfills its roll quite nicely.

Finally, no deck would be complete without land. I am a little embarrassed by the childish looking mana base of 10 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
, 10 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
, and 4 Elfhame Palace
Elfhame Palace
Elfhame PalaceSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
322
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Elfhame Palace comes into play tapped.T: Add G or W to your mana pool.
, but what can I say? I have to use what works.

So, without further ado, here is my decklist for Call of the Armadillo, my aggro-control GW deck for IBC. It may have started out just with the intention of being a nuisance to BR, but it has since proven to be a potential contender in the IBC environment:

4:Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Red spells and white spells you play cost 1 less to play.

4:Noble Panther
Noble Panther
Noble PantherSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
R
Number:
257
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
1: Noble Panther gains first strike until end of turn.

3:Charging Troll
Charging Troll
Charging TrollSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Charging Troll to tap.G: Regenerate Charging Troll.

4: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.

2:Fleetfoot Panther
Fleetfoot Panther
Fleetfoot PantherSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
You may play Fleetfoot Panther any time you could play an instant. When Fleetfoot Panther comes into play, return a green or white creature you control to its owner's hand.


1:Crimson Acolyte
Crimson Acolyte
Crimson AcolyteSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from redW: Target creature gains protection from red until end of turn.

1: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.

1:Kavu Chameleon
Kavu Chameleon
Kavu ChameleonSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kavu Chameleon can't be countered.G: Kavu Chameleon becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.


4:Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.

4: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.

4:Eladamri's Call
Eladamri's Call
Eladamri's CallSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4:Wax/Wane

4:Elfhame Palace
Elfhame Palace
Elfhame PalaceSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
322
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Elfhame Palace comes into play tapped.T: Add G or W to your mana pool.

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

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


As always, I welcome any questions or comments at crazy_monkey1@msn.com.


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