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CardShark Content - Dave Andrews (2/3/2001)

To those that I play Magic with, it is no secret that Invasion Limited is not my favorite format. Every time I think I have a solid deck, it is trumped by some opponent with some bizarre deck, such as ´´Wow, Two Dragons!´´ or ´´Oops, Six Tappers!´´ Drafting is even more frustrating, with vagrant drafters drifting from color to color at will, depriving cranky old-timers like me those few cards needed to polish off an old-school two-color draft. I've never been satisfied with my Limited skills in comparison to my Constructed skills, and Invasion Limited has only served to compound that issue.

So, along comes the Planeshift Preview. Not the official WotC Pre-Release, which was conveniently excluded from my schedule by non-Magical obligations, but the 32-player Invasion/Planeshift sealed deck hosted by Baseball Card City in Grand Rapids, MI, 2 days before the official Planeshift release in stores. Now don't get me wrong, I love to play Magic, including the formats that I'm not my best in, but as this particular tournament approached, the idea of spending my Saturday snowboarding sounded much more appealing. Then I got a call from A.J. the night before the tournament.

´´Hey, Travis just signed you up for the tournament on his credit card. You owe him 18 bucks. What time you wanna leave tomorrow?´´

Hrmm. Magic tournament it is.

Saturday morning came, and of course Travis and A.J. were right. You can't go wrong with a day of Magic. So, along with the 31 other competitors, I tore into my Invasion starter and 3 Planeshift boosters. Surprisingly, the first thing I noticed about my deck was that I lacked strong black cards, so that color was eliminated right away. I started with W/U/r, but then switched into W/G/r for stronger creatures. However, the defensive white cards went better with the blue than the green, and I went back to W/U/r. This was a last minute decision, and I quickly replaced Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s with Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s and G and G/R cards with U and U/W, leaving my deck with 1 more Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
and 1 less Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
than it should have had. Luckily my mana never really bothered me during the tournament. I also played a Star Compass
Star Compass
Star CompassSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Star Compass comes into play tapped. T: Add to your mana pool one mana of any color a basic land you control could produce.
over a land just to try it out, and I was pleasantly surprised. Star Compass
Star Compass
Star CompassSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Star Compass comes into play tapped. T: Add to your mana pool one mana of any color a basic land you control could produce.
may not get you to a color you don't already have, but it makes choosing which mana to leave untapped to allow for different instants or abilities during your opponent's turn much easier.

Here's what I played:

1:Benalish Trapper
Benalish Trapper
Benalish TrapperSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.

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

1:Samite Pilgrim
Samite Pilgrim
Samite PilgrimSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
D.J. Cleland-Hura
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent the next X damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn, where X is the number of basic land types among lands you control.

1:Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.

2: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.

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

1:Rainbow Crow
Rainbow Crow
Rainbow CrowSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1: Rainbow Crow becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

1:Crusading Knight
Crusading Knight
Crusading KnightSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blackCrusading Knight gets +1/+1 for each swamp your opponents control.

1: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.

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:Vodalian Serpent
Vodalian Serpent
Vodalian SerpentSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Serpent
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Vodalian Serpent can't attack unless defending player controls an island.If you paid the kicker cost, Vodalian Serpent comes into play with four +1/+1 counters on it.

1:Ertai's Trickery
Ertai's Trickery
Ertai's TrickerySet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
24
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Counter target spell if a kicker cost was paid for it.

1:Worldly Council
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:Star Compass
Star Compass
Star CompassSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Star Compass comes into play tapped. T: Add to your mana pool one mana of any color a basic land you control could produce.

1:Seashell Cameo
Seashell Cameo
Seashell CameoSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
311
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
T: Add W or U to your mana pool.

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

1:Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.

1: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.

1: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.

2: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.

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:Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W 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.


Round 1 vs. A.J.
Drag me off to a tournament I didn't want to go to, will you? I'll show you. If only my life total didn't race to zero so fast.

A.J.'s deck was very strong, with aggressive early drops, a smooth mana curve, and enough gas to keep it swinging through the later game. Early pressure demanded that I sacrifice lands to 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.
before my mana was strong enough to support it, and I pretty much spent this entire match behind the 8-ball. I got to learn the strength of several Planeshift cards in this match, as his 2 Horned Kavu
Horned Kavu
Horned KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Horned Kavu comes into play, return a red or green creature you control to its owner's hand.
were difficult for me to deal with, and I was able to steal game 2 pretty much based on the strength of my Samite Pilgrim
Samite Pilgrim
Samite PilgrimSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
D.J. Cleland-Hura
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent the next X damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn, where X is the number of basic land types among lands you control.
. I lost this match 1-2 to a well-built deck.

Round 2 vs. Tim Colburn
Game 1 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.
proved to be as good as I had hoped it would be, as my pro-red Voice backed up by Obsidian Acolyte
Obsidian Acolyte
Obsidian AcolyteSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from blackW: Target creature gains protection from black until end of turn.
went the distance. Game 2 was significantly more interesting. My Acolyte and Trapper were holding down the fort while my Rainbow Crow
Rainbow Crow
Rainbow CrowSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1: Rainbow Crow becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
pecked away at my opponent until 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.
submerged his 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.
. Then out of nowhere came Tahngarth, Talruum Hero
Tahngarth, Talruum Hero
Tahngarth, Talruum HeroSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Tahngarth, Talruum Hero to tap. 1R, T: Tahngarth deals damage equal to its power to target creature. That creature deals damage equal to its power to Tahngarth.
to threaten my creatures. Luckily after he took out my Rainbow Crow
Rainbow Crow
Rainbow CrowSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1: Rainbow Crow becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
with Tahngarth
Tahngarth
TahngarthSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
8
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+7
Text:
Your creatures are unaffected by summoning sickness.
, I had the 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.
to lock the minotaur down. He still had the 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.
to bounce his Tahngarth
Tahngarth
TahngarthSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
8
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+7
Text:
Your creatures are unaffected by summoning sickness.
out of the 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.
, but every time he cast the Zombie my Acolyte gave pro-black to all of his creatures, keeping the Zombie bouncing back to his hand. This held him off long enough for the 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 the Crusading Knight
Crusading Knight
Crusading KnightSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blackCrusading Knight gets +1/+1 for each swamp your opponents control.
that soon followed to finish him off. I got out of this match with a 2-0 win.

Round 3 vs. Eric Thomasman
Eric's deck was 4 colors, in order to make use of his best cards as well as make the casting cost of his Draco
Draco
DracoSet: Planeshift
Cost:
16
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
9
Toughness:
9
Text:
Flying. Draco costs 2 less to play for each basic land type among lands you control. At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Draco unless you pay 10. This cost is reduced by 2 for each basic land type among lands you control.
manageable. Unfortunately for him, his colors just wouldn't come together either game, and I am the beneficiary of 2 mana-screw games in a row from my opponent.

Round 4 vs. Rick Stefanich
Not much of a story here. Our creatures battled, and I drew both of my 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.
s in both games. Cards that kill 2 creatures at a time go a long way in an otherwise close creature battle, and I won this match 2-0.

Round 5 vs. Richard Hunley
I like Richard, as he tends to bring interesting rogue decks to tournaments. He offers the draw, but my tiebreakers don't permit it. This is an unfortunate circumstance for Richard, as game 1 the land that he needed to be a Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
was Keldon Necropolis
Keldon Necropolis
Keldon NecropolisSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
325
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.4R, T, Sacrifice a creature: Keldon Necropolis deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
instead, and I 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.
him to 0 while my life is still at 20. Game 2 was much closer, but 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.
, Crusading Knight
Crusading Knight
Crusading KnightSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blackCrusading Knight gets +1/+1 for each swamp your opponents control.
, and 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.
are all good vs. a R/B deck. Still, I was at 6 life before I took his final 4 life, and this came several turns after a critical mistake on his part - he cast a 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.
on my Rainbow Crow
Rainbow Crow
Rainbow CrowSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1: Rainbow Crow becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
while I had spare mana to turn it black. It always pays to play tight, since just 1 mistake at the wrong time can take you out of a tournament.

So, after 5 rounds of Swiss, I went into the top 8. Unfortunately, my first round opponent was Travis, who not only was my friend, but also had a more powerful deck than mine.

Quarterfinals vs. Travis
Travis's deck may have had more powerful cards than mine, but his mana curve was much more top-heavy, and my deck came out ahead early. I couldn't hold him off forever, though, as Travis stabilized the board and went on the offensive at 2 life. My life total dropped quickly as he attacked with his Zanam Djinn
Zanam Djinn
Zanam DjinnSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
U
Number:
90
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Zanam Djinn gets -2/-2 as long as blue is the most common color among all permanents or is tied for most common.
, but Travis made a critical error. After attacking with his 3/4 Djinn, he cast a red creature to make it a 5/6. Next turn, he attacked again with a 3/4, and again he cast a red creature after combat to increase the Djinn's power to 5. Had he made the right play just once, he would have finished me off with the 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 his hand. As it was though, during my last possible turn of the game at 4 life, I pealed my own 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.
off the top to steal his last 2 life.

Since Travis is my friend, I point out his mistake before we go on to game 2. In retrospect, I should have waited, as this visibly threw him off for the next game. It didn't matter much either way, though, as my deck once again came out faster than his, and I ended up finishing him off with 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.
while he was a bit mana-flooded.

Semifinals vs. A.J.
Once again I have to face off against A.J., and once again his deck is just too much for me to contain. He got multiple Horned Kavu
Horned Kavu
Horned KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Horned Kavu comes into play, return a red or green creature you control to its owner's hand.
early in both games, and beat my face in.

So, I lost in the semis to my own partner, but got 5 boosters of Planeshift for my trouble. A.J. went on to split with Mark Gordon in the finals, but while the box of Planeshift could be evenly split, the Planeshift deck box could not, and soon they were playing off for it good-naturedly. A.J. ended up winning that match, too. So Travis, A.J., and I traveled to the tournament together, and were the only ones that ended up knocking each other out of the tournament. Overall I'd say that's a successful day of Magic, and despite my cranky old-man attitude, it was a fun day as well.


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