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CardShark Content - Dave Andrews (3/6/2001)

Some tournament reports begin with a wacky story about the bizarre and hilarious adventures that occurred on the way to the tournament. I, however, find bizarre and hilarious adventures to be a mental distraction to the game of Magic, and so this Saturday, I simply woke up and headed off to The Outpost in Grand Rapids, where head judge Glenn Cannon was kind enough to run a Grand Prix Trial for 31 players to compete for the coveted 3 byes for Grand Prix: Detroit.

There's one strange thing about sealed deck tournaments and me: I never really like the decks I get until after the tournament. Every deck I get comes out of the packs looking like a total loser to me. I complain and whine to everyone around me, and work and agonize over how I will make this pile win, until finally I whip it into the best shape I can get it, at which time when I am inevitably asked how my deck is, I usually respond, ´´It's playable.´´ So, if you read this, and you ever run into me at a sealed deck tournament, you might as well not even bother to ask, as every deck is ´´just OK,´´ at least until after the tournament, when I might acknowledge, that ´´Yes, that deck was pretty good.´´

That being said, the deck I got to register was absolutely nuts. You could have picked the 3 worst colors and made top 8 with the resulting deck. Maybe you wanted to go G/U/W, for the Treva, Questing Phaldagriff, 2 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, and 2 Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.
s. Or, maybe you wanted to apply those Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.
s to the more popular B/R/U build, to combine them with aggressive creatures, solid removal, and black flyers. While we were waiting around for deck registration to finish, I told anyone who cared to listen that the deck was absolutely monkey-proof. The deck could be given to the biggest monkey in the room, and he would make top 8 with it. I thought my theory would go unproven when the deck was given to Al McCandless, who can not be considered a monkey by any means, but he did his best to prove me right; he made top 8, despite misregistering his lands, receiving a game loss, and being forced to play his GUW deck with Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s instead of Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s in the last round of the Swiss.

The deck I received to build from was not so amazing as the deck I registered. Al happened to be sitting next to me for deck construction. He told me he got the deck I registered, and agreed that it was great, but when he asked me how my deck was, I replied, ´´The best thing I can say about this deck is that it was correctly registered.´´ Of course, I was just being my normal self, and not giving credit to the solid deck I received. Here are the cards I had to work with:

Blue: Vodalian Merchant
Vodalian Merchant
Vodalian MerchantSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Vodalian Merchant comes into play, draw a card, then discard a card from your hand.
, Traveler's Cloak
Traveler's Cloak
Traveler's CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
As Traveler's Cloak comes into play, choose a land type.Enchanted creature has landwalk of the chosen type. (It's unblockable as long as defending player controls a land of that type.)When Traveler's Cloak comes into play, draw a card.
, Temporal Distortion
Temporal Distortion
Temporal DistortionSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Artist:
Stephanie Law
Text:
Whenever a creature or land becomes tapped, put an hourglass counter on it.Permanents with an hourglass counter on them don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.At the beginning of each player's upkeep, remove all hourglass counters from permanents that player controls.
, Tolarian Emissary
Tolarian Emissary
Tolarian EmissarySet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1W (You may pay an additional 1W as you play this spell.)FlyingWhen Tolarian Emissary comes into play, if you paid the kicker cost, destroy target enchantment.
, Disrupt
Disrupt
DisruptSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Counter target instant, interrupt, or sorcery spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.Draw a card.
, Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.
, 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.
, 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.
, Tower Drake
Tower Drake
Tower DrakeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying W: Tower Drake gets +0/+1 until end of turn.
, 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.
, Faerie Squadron
Faerie Squadron
Faerie SquadronSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 3U (You may pay an additional 3U as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Faerie Squadron comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has flying.


White: Prison Barricade
Prison Barricade
Prison BarricadeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Thomas Gianni
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
(Walls can't attack.)Kicker 1W (You may pay an additional 1W as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Prison Barricade comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it and may attack as though it weren't a Wall.
, 2x 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.
, Holy Day
Holy Day
Holy DaySet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is assigned.
, Protective Sphere
Protective Sphere
Protective SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
1, Pay 1 life: Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you this turn by a source of your choice that shares a color with the mana spent on this activation cost. (Colorless mana prevents no damage.)
, Blinding Light
Blinding Light
Blinding LightSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Hannibal King
Text:
Tap all nonwhite creatures.
, Restrain
Restrain
RestrainSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt by target attacking creature this turn.Draw a card.
, 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.
, 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.
, Surprise Deployment
Surprise Deployment
Surprise DeploymentSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Play Surprise Deployment only during combat. Put a nonwhite creature card from your hand into play. At end of turn, return that creature to your hand. (Return it only if it's in play.)
, 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.


Green: Llanowar Elite
Llanowar Elite
Llanowar EliteSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
196
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 8 (You may pay an additional 8 as you play this spell.)TrampleIf you paid the kicker cost, Llanowar Elite comes into play with five +1/+1 counters on it.
, Quirion Dryad
Quirion Dryad
Quirion DryadSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you play a white, blue, black, or red spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Quirion Dryad.
, Pincer Spider
Pincer Spider
Pincer SpiderSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker 3 (You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell.)Pincer Spider may block as though it had flying.If you paid the kicker cost, Pincer Spider comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it.
, Root Greevil
Root Greevil
Root GreevilSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
2G, T, Sacrifice Root Greevil: Destroy all enchantments of the color of your choice.
, 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.
, Rooting Kavu
Rooting Kavu
Rooting KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
207
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Rooting Kavu is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Rooting Kavu from the game. If you do, shuffle all creature cards from your graveyard into your library.
, 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.
, Gaea's Might
Gaea's Might
Gaea's MightSet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each basic land type among lands you control.
, 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.
, 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.
, Wandering Stream
Wandering Stream
Wandering StreamSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
224
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
You gain 2 life for each basic land type among lands you control.


Red: 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.
, Goblin Spy
Goblin Spy
Goblin SpySet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed.
, 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.
, Tectonic Instability
Tectonic Instability
Tectonic InstabilitySet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
173
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Whenever a land comes into play, tap all lands its controller controls.
, Planeswalker's Fury
Planeswalker's Fury
Planeswalker's FurySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
3R: Target opponent reveals a card at random from his or her hand. Planeswalker's Fury deals damage equal to that card's converted mana cost to that player. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
, Singe
Singe
SingeSet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
71
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Singe deals 1 damage to target creature. That creature becomes black until end of turn.
, Kavu Aggressor
Kavu Aggressor
Kavu AggressorSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 4 (You may pay an additional 4 as you play this spell.)Kavu Aggressor can't block.If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Aggressor comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it.
, 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.
, Slimy Kavu
Slimy Kavu
Slimy KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target land becomes a swamp until end of turn.
, Slingshot Goblin
Slingshot Goblin
Slingshot GoblinSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Slingshot Goblin deals 2 damage to target blue creature.
, 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.
, Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1B and/or G. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1B kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the G kicker cost, destroy
, Zap
Zap
ZapSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
180
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Zap deals 1 damage to target creature or player.Draw a card.
, 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.


Black: 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.
, Maggot Carrier
Maggot Carrier
Maggot CarrierSet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Maggot Carrier comes into play, each player loses 1 life.
, Bog Initiate
Bog Initiate
Bog InitiateSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: Add B to your mana pool.
, 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.
, Nightscape Apprentice
Nightscape Apprentice
Nightscape ApprenticeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
112
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, T: Put target creature you control on top of its owner's library.R, T: Target creature gains first strike until end of turn.
, Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
, Nightscape Battlemage
Nightscape Battlemage
Nightscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2U and/or 2R. When Nightscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2U kicker cost, return up to two target nonblack creatures to their owners' hands. When Nightscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2R kicker cost, destroy target land.
, 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.
, Sinister Strength
Sinister Strength
Sinister StrengthSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +3/+1 and is black.
, 2x Bog Down
Bog Down
Bog DownSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Target player discards two cards from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.
, Hypnotic Cloud
Hypnotic Cloud
Hypnotic CloudSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Kicker 4 (You may pay an additional 4 as you play this spell.)Target player discards a card from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.
, Agonizing Demise
Agonizing Demise
Agonizing DemiseSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Kicker 1R (You may pay an additional 1R as you play this spell.)Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated. If you paid the kicker cost, Agonizing Demise deals damage equal to that creature's power to the creature's controller.


Artifact: Drake-Skull Cameo

Gold: Malicious Advice
Malicious Advice
Malicious AdviceSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Tap X target artifacts, creatures, and/or lands. You lose X life.
, Lobotomy
Lobotomy
LobotomySet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Look at target player's hand and choose any of those cards other than a basic land. Search that player's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of the chosen card and remove them from the game. That player shuffles his or her library afterwards.
, Steel Leaf Paladin
Steel Leaf Paladin
Steel Leaf PaladinSet: Planeshift
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
127
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
First Strike. When Steel Leaf Paladin comes into play, return a green or white creature you control to its owner's hand.
, Gerrard's Command
Gerrard's Command
Gerrard's CommandSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Untap target creature. It gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
, Sparkcaster
Sparkcaster
SparkcasterSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Sparkcaster comes into play, return a red or green creature you control to its owner's hand. When Sparkcaster comes into play, it deals 1 damage to target player.
, Galina's Knight
Galina's Knight
Galina's KnightSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
David Martin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from red
, Samite Archer
Samite Archer
Samite ArcherSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
269
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.T: Samite Archer deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, 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.
, Dromar the Banisher, Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
, Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from green
, Lava Zombie
Lava Zombie
Lava ZombieSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Artist:
Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Lava Zombie comes into play, return a black or red creature you control to its owner's hand. 2: Lava Zombie gets1/+0 until end of turn.
, Crosis's Charm
Crosis's Charm
Crosis's CharmSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
99
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Return target permanent to its owner's hand; or destroy target nonblack creature, and it can't be regenerated; or destroy target artifact.


Land: Ancient Spring
Ancient Spring
Ancient SpringSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
319
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Ancient Spring comes into play tapped.T: Add U to your mana pool.T, Sacrifice Ancient Spring: Add WB to your mana pool.
and a bunch o' basics

The big question for this deck was whether to play with Dromar. I looked at a B/U/W build, but knew that the B/U/R was more solid. I considered splashing the Ancient Spring
Ancient Spring
Ancient SpringSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
319
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Ancient Spring comes into play tapped.T: Add U to your mana pool.T, Sacrifice Ancient Spring: Add WB to your mana pool.
and a Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
or two for the Dromar, but decided not to. I figured I'd probably win a game in some dramatic fashion because I had included Dromar, but would balance that out by losing another game to getting goofy mana from a deck that tried to play too many colors. Also, including Dromar probably would have meant cutting some of the discard, and I felt discard was a strong element in this deck, with the Rat, the Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1B and/or G. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1B kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the G kicker cost, destroy
, 2 Bog Down
Bog Down
Bog DownSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Target player discards two cards from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.
, and the Hypnotic Cloud
Hypnotic Cloud
Hypnotic CloudSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Kicker 4 (You may pay an additional 4 as you play this spell.)Target player discards a card from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.
. Here's what I ended up playing:

1:Nightscape Apprentice
Nightscape Apprentice
Nightscape ApprenticeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
112
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, T: Put target creature you control on top of its owner's library.R, T: Target creature gains first strike until end of turn.

1: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.

1:Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

1: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.

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

1:Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from green

1:Tower Drake
Tower Drake
Tower DrakeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying W: Tower Drake gets +0/+1 until end of turn.

1:Slingshot Goblin
Slingshot Goblin
Slingshot GoblinSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Slingshot Goblin deals 2 damage to target blue creature.

1:Lava Zombie
Lava Zombie
Lava ZombieSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Artist:
Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Lava Zombie comes into play, return a black or red creature you control to its owner's hand. 2: Lava Zombie gets1/+0 until end of turn.

1: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.

1:Nightscape Battlemage
Nightscape Battlemage
Nightscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2U and/or 2R. When Nightscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2U kicker cost, return up to two target nonblack creatures to their owners' hands. When Nightscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2R kicker cost, destroy target land.

1:Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1B and/or G. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1B kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the G kicker cost, destroy

1: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.

1: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.

1:Faerie Squadron
Faerie Squadron
Faerie SquadronSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 3U (You may pay an additional 3U as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Faerie Squadron comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has flying.

1:Sinister Strength
Sinister Strength
Sinister StrengthSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +3/+1 and is black.

2:Bog Down
Bog Down
Bog DownSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Target player discards two cards from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.

1:Hypnotic Cloud
Hypnotic Cloud
Hypnotic CloudSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Kicker 4 (You may pay an additional 4 as you play this spell.)Target player discards a card from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.

1:Zap
Zap
ZapSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
180
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Zap deals 1 damage to target creature or player.Draw a card.

1:Crosis's Charm
Crosis's Charm
Crosis's CharmSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
99
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Return target permanent to its owner's hand; or destroy target nonblack creature, and it can't be regenerated; or destroy target artifact.

1: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.

1:Agonizing Demise
Agonizing Demise
Agonizing DemiseSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Kicker 1R (You may pay an additional 1R as you play this spell.)Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated. If you paid the kicker cost, Agonizing Demise deals damage equal to that creature's power to the creature's controller.

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

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

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


Round 1 - Stan Rutkowsky, B/U/W
This match never got interesting, as I was able to capitalize on Stan's poor draws during both games. In game 1, Stan didn't put on his poker face when he drew the Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
he had been waiting for, so I kept it from being too useful with my 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.
. My Vodlian Zombie, 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.
, and 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.
finished him up before he was able to get his mana going. In game 2, Stan chose to play first, and had to mulligan to 6. I was able to extend this card advantage by playing early Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
, Bog Down
Bog Down
Bog DownSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Target player discards two cards from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.
, and Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1B and/or G. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1B kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the G kicker cost, destroy
with the black kicker. This left him without answers for my threats, and the Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
, Battlemage, and 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.
finished him off.
2-0 games, 1-0 matches

Round 2 - Scott Campbell, G/W/U/b/r
Scott's deck seemed to be mostly G/W/U, but he did have swamps, mountains, and mana-help such as Harrow
Harrow
HarrowSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Eric David Anderson
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Search your library for up to two basic land cards and put them into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
. In game 1, Bog Down
Bog Down
Bog DownSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Target player discards two cards from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.
and critter-removal, including an Agonizing Demise
Agonizing Demise
Agonizing DemiseSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Kicker 1R (You may pay an additional 1R as you play this spell.)Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated. If you paid the kicker cost, Agonizing Demise deals damage equal to that creature's power to the creature's controller.
on a Wayfaring Giant
Wayfaring Giant
Wayfaring GiantSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
U
Number:
44
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Wayfaring Giant gets +1/+1 for each basic land type among lands you control.
, kept him from having the resources to deal with my 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.
with Sinister Strength
Sinister Strength
Sinister StrengthSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +3/+1 and is black.
and Lava Zombie
Lava Zombie
Lava ZombieSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Artist:
Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Lava Zombie comes into play, return a black or red creature you control to its owner's hand. 2: Lava Zombie gets1/+0 until end of turn.
. My deck just came out like it was supposed to for game 1.

In game 2, Scott mulliganed to 6, and still had some trouble with his land. I got a Nightscape Battlemage
Nightscape Battlemage
Nightscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2U and/or 2R. When Nightscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2U kicker cost, return up to two target nonblack creatures to their owners' hands. When Nightscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2R kicker cost, destroy target land.
, and used the red kicker to further his mana difficulties. When I got enough mana to destroy land every turn with the Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
and Battlemage while beating with the 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.
, Scott scooped.
4-0 games, 2-0 matches

Round 3 - Eric Taylor, B/R/U/w
I was kind of looking forward to this match, as for some reason, Eric's apartment is my own personal Bermuda Triangle for Magic. Don't get me wrong, the reason I drive over there to playtest is because I acknowledge that Eric, Pat, and Aaron are better players than I, and losing more than my share of games to them can only improve my game, but that doesn't entirely account for the bizarre happenings that occur there. Outside of Eric's apartment, I was hoping to take a crack at him, unaffected by the bizarre mana-screw and bad draw madness that goes on in his home.

Eric's deck was actually amazingly like mine, although he got more relevant non-basic lands than I did, so he splashed the Dromar. He won the die roll, and chose to play first. We each played some creatures and traded some removal, and I Bogged him Down twice, so he of course felt no guilt at all by returning the Bog Down
Bog Down
Bog DownSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Target player discards two cards from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.
favor to me. I got some card advantage and beatdown mileage from my 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.
, and my flyers were looking good, but his Dromar came to play. I had the game-winning 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.
in hand, but had no Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
in play - I got the 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.
to manufacture a Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
a turn too late, and died to the dragon.

Game 2 went somewhat similarly, except that I got to draw first, and my sideboarded Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.
stopped his Dromar. I also got the Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
this game, and finished him with a little help from 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.
.

After 2 good games, Game 3 was a good old-fashioned ass-whoopin', and I was on the receiving end. My deck really never got up and running, and Eric rolled me over.
5-2 games, 2-1 matches

Round 4 - Dan Rowland, R/G/W/B
In game 1, my deck could have been called ´´Don't look up,´´ as a Sinister Strength
Sinister Strength
Sinister StrengthSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +3/+1 and is black.
ed 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.
, 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.
, and Faerie Squadron
Faerie Squadron
Faerie SquadronSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 3U (You may pay an additional 3U as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Faerie Squadron comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has flying.
flew over his forces while card advantage from Bog Down
Bog Down
Bog DownSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Target player discards two cards from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.
and the Drake left him short on answers. Game 2 was much more interesting, as we each did a little swinging with our critters. A Tower Drake
Tower Drake
Tower DrakeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying W: Tower Drake gets +0/+1 until end of turn.
was doing some good work, but became the victim of Dan's Death Bomb
Death Bomb
Death BombSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
As an additional cost to play Death Bomb, sacrifice a creature. Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated. Its controller loses 2 life.
. It came down to racing my 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.
and Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from green
against Dan's Salum Djinn, and my Soul Burn
Soul Burn
Soul BurnSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Soul Burn deals 1 damage to a single target creature or player for each B or R you pay in addition to the casting cost. Gain 1 life for each B you spend in this way. You cannot gain more life than the toughness of the creature or the total life of the targeted player.
decided that I should win that race.
7-2 games, 3-1 matches

Round 5 - John Weldy, R/B/U
This was a totally unfortunate pairing. I was looking to draw in, but got paired up against my friend and Magic partner John Weldy, who didn't have the tiebreakers to draw in. Not only was I not able to draw in, but I had to compete against a friend, which would knock one of us out of the top 8.

During game 1, I thought I was in big trouble, as my mana was slow to develop, while he headed on up to 5 mana to hit my hand with a kickered Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1B and/or G. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1B kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the G kicker cost, destroy
. We traded some occasional hits between his Battlemage and Metathran Transport
Metathran Transport
Metathran TransportSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Metathran Transport can't be blocked by blue creatures.U: Target creature becomes blue until end of turn.
and my Slingshot Goblin
Slingshot Goblin
Slingshot GoblinSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Slingshot Goblin deals 2 damage to target blue creature.
and Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
, while each of us used our various removal spells to chase off the scarier critters. The Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
really proved it's value in this game, although I also feel that John made a mistake, being a little to hasty to sacrifice his Metathran Transport
Metathran Transport
Metathran TransportSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Metathran Transport can't be blocked by blue creatures.U: Target creature becomes blue until end of turn.
to Death Bomb
Death Bomb
Death BombSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
As an additional cost to play Death Bomb, sacrifice a creature. Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated. Its controller loses 2 life.
my Faerie Squadron
Faerie Squadron
Faerie SquadronSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 3U (You may pay an additional 3U as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Faerie Squadron comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has flying.
at a 1-card disadvantage before the situation really got dire enough to warrant it. Probably, though, he just figured he'd have to do it eventually, so there was no reason to wait and take extra damage. He knew what he could possibly draw into from his deck better than I do, so it may have been the correct play. Either way, the Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
came up strong this game, and I ended up coming back from the early mana stall to take game 1.

Game 2 was rather unfair, as he pretty much just drew red creatures, and I abused his unfortunate luck with 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.
plus Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
. 9-2 games, 4-1 matches


So at the end of the Swiss rounds, I was 4-1, 2nd seed in the top 8 along with Eric Taylor, Levi Danosky, Aaron Breider, Al McCandless, John Wolbert, Mark Gordon, and Scott Campbell. (If you're hoping for the correct spellings for names, you've come to the wrong place.)

The booster draft did not exactly go well for me. I got to see plenty of cards in my colors, but not necessarily the cards I needed to fill in all the gaps in my deck. I ended up with some great cards, but a mediocre deck, with a mana curve that pretty much started at 3:

1: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

1:Viashino Grappler
Viashino Grappler
Viashino GrapplerSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino
Rarity:
C
Number:
179
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
G: Viashino Grappler gains trample until end of turn.

1: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.

1:Hooded Kavu
Hooded Kavu
Hooded KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B: Hooded Kavu can't be blocked this turn except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.

1:Kavu Recluse
Kavu Recluse
Kavu RecluseSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target land becomes a forest until end of turn.

1:Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1B and/or G. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1B kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the G kicker cost, destroy

1: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.

1:Firescreamer
Firescreamer
FirescreamerSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R: Firescreamer gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

2:Phyrexian Reaper
Phyrexian Reaper
Phyrexian ReaperSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Phyrexian Reaper becomes blocked by a green creature, destroy that creature. It can't be regenerated.

1:Shivan Wurm
Shivan Wurm
Shivan WurmSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Trample. When Shivan Wurm comes into play, return a red or green creature you control to its owner's hand.

1:Crosis's Attendant
Crosis's Attendant
Crosis's AttendantSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
300
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
1, Sacrifice Crosis's Attendant: Add UBR to your mana pool.

1:Alloy Golem
Alloy Golem
Alloy GolemSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
297
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
As Alloy Golem comes into play, choose a color.Alloy Golem is the chosen color. (It's still an artifact.)

1:Assault/Battery
1:Tribal Flames
Tribal Flames
Tribal FlamesSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
176
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Tribal Flames deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is the number of basic land types among lands you control.

1:Mourning
Mourning
MourningSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -2/-0.B: Return Mourning to its owner's hand.

1: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.

1:Simoon
Simoon
SimoonSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Simoon deals 1 damage to each creature target opponent controls.

1:Recover
Recover
RecoverSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.Draw a card.

1:Soul Burn
Soul Burn
Soul BurnSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Soul Burn deals 1 damage to a single target creature or player for each B or R you pay in addition to the casting cost. Gain 1 life for each B you spend in this way. You cannot gain more life than the toughness of the creature or the total life of the targeted player.

1: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.

1: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.

1:Darigaaz's Caldera
Darigaaz's Caldera
Darigaaz's CalderaSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
137
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
Darigaaz's Caldera is a Lair in addition to its land type. When Darigaaz's Caldera comes into play, sacrifice it unless you return a non-Lair land you control to its owner's hand. T: Add B, R, or G to your mana pool.

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

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

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


Extra crap (presumably a sideboard): 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.
, 2x 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.
, Dark Suspicions
Dark Suspicions
Dark SuspicionsSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player loses 1 life for each card in his or her hand more than you have in your hand.
(tech sideboard versus the decks with higher casting cost spells than me! Oh wait, that's not possible…), 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.
, Mourning
Mourning
MourningSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -2/-0.B: Return Mourning to its owner's hand.
, Escape Routes
Escape Routes
Escape RoutesSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Text:
2U: Return target white or black creature you control to its owner's hand.
, Phantasmal Terrain
Phantasmal Terrain
Phantasmal TerrainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
Target land changes to any basic land type of caster's choice. Land type is set when cast and may not be further altered by this card.
, Sea Snidd
Sea Snidd
Sea SniddSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Target land's type becomes the basic land type of your choice 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.
, Fertile Ground
Fertile Ground
Fertile GroundSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
252
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever enchanted land is tapped for mana, it produces an additional one mana of any color.
, 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.
, Wandering Stream
Wandering Stream
Wandering StreamSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
224
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
You gain 2 life for each basic land type among lands you control.
, 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.
, 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.
, 2x Stratadon
Stratadon
StratadonSet: Planeshift
Cost:
10
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
135
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Trample. Stratadon costs 1 less to play for each basic land type among lands you control.
, Sparring Golem
Sparring Golem
Sparring GolemSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
312
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Sparring Golem becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each creature blocking it.
, Archeological Dig, Tinder Farm
Tinder Farm
Tinder FarmSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
329
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Tinder Farm comes into play tapped.T: Add G to your mana pool.T, Sacrifice Tinder Farm: Add RW to your mana pool.
, Irrigation Ditch
Irrigation Ditch
Irrigation DitchSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
324
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Irrigation Ditch comes into play tapped.T: Add W to your mana pool.T, Sacrifice Irrigation Ditch: Add GU to your mana pool.


Quarterfinals - Mark Gordon, U/B/R Mark was complaining about his deck even more than me, so I had to be happy about that. He won the die roll, and chose to play first, which was fine by me. His early 3CC critters were wiped out by my 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.
, and Shivan Wurm
Shivan Wurm
Shivan WurmSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Trample. When Shivan Wurm comes into play, return a red or green creature you control to its owner's hand.
decided to come out early to apply a fast clock. My Soul Burn
Soul Burn
Soul BurnSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Soul Burn deals 1 damage to a single target creature or player for each B or R you pay in addition to the casting cost. Gain 1 life for each B you spend in this way. You cannot gain more life than the toughness of the creature or the total life of the targeted player.
decided the Wurm was taking too long, and came out to finish the game.

Game 2, Mark went first again and led with a Shoreline Raider
Shoreline Raider
Shoreline RaiderSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
73
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from Kavu
. After a couple swings, he happily announced to the rest of the top 8 table that the Shoreline Raider
Shoreline Raider
Shoreline RaiderSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
73
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from Kavu
would go all the way. That sounded ludicrous to me, and I threw a number of creatures in the way, but Mark had removal for them, and sure enough, even though he was joined by a few friends like Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian Zombie
Vodalian ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from green
and Phyrexian Bloodstock
Phyrexian Bloodstock
Phyrexian BloodstockSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Phyrexian Bloodstock leaves play, destroy target white creature. It can't be regenerated.
, that darned Shoreline Raider
Shoreline Raider
Shoreline RaiderSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
73
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from Kavu
turned sideways every turn until I was dead.

Game 3 I took some more embarrassing beats, this time from a Morgue Toad
Morgue Toad
Morgue ToadSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Toad
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice Morgue Toad: Add UR to your mana pool.
, but my deck got itself rolling and took care of the toad plus a few other creatures, while Hooded Kavu
Hooded Kavu
Hooded KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B: Hooded Kavu can't be blocked this turn except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.
and 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.
finished the job off. Mark really did get the draft deck that was worse than mine. 11-3 games, 5-1 matches

Semifinals - Levi Danosky, B/R/G Levi delivered some shots in game 1 with a Slingshot Goblin
Slingshot Goblin
Slingshot GoblinSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Slingshot Goblin deals 2 damage to target blue creature.
and a Maggot Carrier
Maggot Carrier
Maggot CarrierSet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Maggot Carrier comes into play, each player loses 1 life.
, and I answered by deploying a Kavu Recluse
Kavu Recluse
Kavu RecluseSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target land becomes a forest until end of turn.
and 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.
. He stepped up his creature size with a Phyrexian Reaper
Phyrexian Reaper
Phyrexian ReaperSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Phyrexian Reaper becomes blocked by a green creature, destroy that creature. It can't be regenerated.
, so I stepped up my creature size with the Shivan Wurm
Shivan Wurm
Shivan WurmSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Trample. When Shivan Wurm comes into play, return a red or green creature you control to its owner's hand.
. Who wins that fight?

Game 2 was another battle of the gray ogres that I eventually won by drawing bigger creatures - this time it was the 2 Phyrexian Reaper
Phyrexian Reaper
Phyrexian ReaperSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Phyrexian Reaper becomes blocked by a green creature, destroy that creature. It can't be regenerated.
s and Crosis's Attendant
Crosis's Attendant
Crosis's AttendantSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
300
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
1, Sacrifice Crosis's Attendant: Add UBR to your mana pool.
. These game descriptions are a little simplified, as we each traded some removal and tricks, but it pretty much came down to me having 3/3's to his 2/2's. 13-3 games, 6-1 matches

Finals - Aaron Breider, U/W/B In this match, Aaron's deck was just plain better than mine. His deck had a lot of card drawing, like 2 Sunscape Battlemage
Sunscape Battlemage
Sunscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1G and/or 2U. When Sunscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1G kicker cost, destroy target creature with flying. When Sunscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 2U kicker cost, draw two cards.
s with various ways to bounce them and Benalish Heralds
Benalish Heralds
Benalish HeraldsSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
6
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
3U, T: Draw a card.
. In game 1, we ´´raced´´ my 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.
versus his Andradite Leech
Andradite Leech
Andradite LeechSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Leech
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Black spells you play cost B more to play.B: Andradite Leech gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, and I of course lost that so-called race. During game 2 he just rolled me with card advantage, drawing tons of cards while using Hypnotic Cloud
Hypnotic Cloud
Hypnotic CloudSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Kicker 4 (You may pay an additional 4 as you play this spell.)Target player discards a card from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.
and 3 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.
s to keep my side crippled. When he attacked for lethal damage at the end of the game, he had only 2 cards left in his library, while I had barely gotten through half of mine yet, if even that. 13-5 games, 6-2 matches

If I have to get second place, I at least want to do so at a tournament with good prize support. For the $15 dollar entrance fee, there was at least ¼ box for the top 8, with first receiving 1 ¼ boxes of cards, and me receiving ¾ of a box of cards for 2nd. That's pretty good, I'd say, so hats off to Glenn Cannon and The Outpost in Grand Rapids for cooperating to provide a fine Grand Prix Trial.


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