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CardShark Content - Dave Andrews (5/27/2001)

Tournament Report – the Big Mean Bat goes to FNM, 5-18-01
Dave Andrews

Last Friday it was time to air out my newest deck, the Big Mean Bat, at Friday Night Magic. The deck has been updated a little bit since the tournament, and the latest decklist can be found along with some discussion about the deck in a separate article, but here’s the list I played on Friday:

3:Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.

2:Crosis, the Purger
Crosis, the Purger
Crosis, the PurgerSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
242
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Whenever Crosis, the Purger deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 2B. If you do, choose a color. That player reveals his or her hand and discards all cards of that color from it.


2:Force Spike
Force Spike
Force SpikeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.

4:Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.

4:Undermine
Undermine
UndermineSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
282
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Text:
Counter target spell. Its controller loses 3 life.

4:Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.


4: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:Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Rage
3: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.


4:Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

4:Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated KnowledgeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of Accumulated Knowledge cards in all graveyards.


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

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

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

1:City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

2:Crosis’s Catacombs
4:Underground River
Underground River
Underground RiverSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.

4:Sulfurous Springs
Sulfurous Springs
Sulfurous SpringsSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add B or R to your mana pool. Sulfurous Springs deals 1 damage to you.


Sideboard:
4:Tsabo’s Decree
2:Teferi’s Response
1:Submerge
Submerge
SubmergeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
48
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
If an opponent controls a forest and you control an island, you may play Submerge without paying its mana cost. Put target creature on top of its owner's library.

4:Hibernation
Hibernation
HibernationSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return all green permanents to owners' hands.

4: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.


Round 1 vs. Levi Danosky, U/W Control w/ Mageta & Blinding Angel
Blinding Angel
Blinding AngelSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Whenever Blinding Angel deals combat damage to a player, that player skips his or her next combat phase.


So much for starting off with an easy match – I got to start out the tournament playing against a friend and solid player, Levi. Levi was playing U/W Control with Mageta and Blinding Angel
Blinding Angel
Blinding AngelSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Whenever Blinding Angel deals combat damage to a player, that player skips his or her next combat phase.
, which is a pretty good matchup for my deck. Game one I got to play first, and Levi had to take a mulligan, keeping his 6-card hand. I Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
ed early, took some form of countermagic and saw Mageta and Blinding Angel
Blinding Angel
Blinding AngelSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Whenever Blinding Angel deals combat damage to a player, that player skips his or her next combat phase.
in his hand. A few turns later I had a Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.
on the table, and he got out his Mageta, but I was able to use Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
to ensure that 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.
would keep the Magpie in sole control of the board as well as knock the backup firepower out of his hand. The frequent peeks at his land let me know the way was clear for Crosis to come out, and Levi scooped.

In game 2 I slid out a Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.
, to which Levi responded with a sideboarded Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.
: Blue. I followed with my sideboard technology: 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.
! The 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.
was very disruptive, forcing him to do things like Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
during his own turn and play into my countermagic hoping to find an answer to the fast clock. He did eventually get a Wrath through, but I had another 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.
in hand to take the first one’s place, and it went the distance.

Round 2 vs. Stan Rutkowsky, U/W Control w/ Nether Spirit
Nether Spirit
Nether SpiritSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Nether Spirit is the only creature card in your graveyard, you may return Nether Spirit to play.
& Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.


My deck didn’t come out too strong for game 1, and Stan intentionally skipped a land drop early to discard a Nether Spirit
Nether Spirit
Nether SpiritSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Nether Spirit is the only creature card in your graveyard, you may return Nether Spirit to play.
into play. The Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
pressured me into playing a Magpie before I had a Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
or good countermagic to back it up, and it was met with a Last Breath
Last Breath
Last BreathSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Remove target creature with power 2 or less from the game. Its controller gains 4 life.
. I continued to Accumulate Knowledge and Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
into more Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated KnowledgeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of Accumulated Knowledge cards in all graveyards.
s and Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
s, but didn’t draw anything real to stop a Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
from hitting the table after getting a Magpie to stop the Nether beatings. I ended up scooping to the Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
after it hit all 3 of 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.
s.

Stan had to start game 2 with a mulligan, taking away his early Nether Spirit
Nether Spirit
Nether SpiritSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Nether Spirit is the only creature card in your graveyard, you may return Nether Spirit to play.
discard option. I got out a 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.
before he could put up a defense and had just enough Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
es and countermagic to let it go the distance. Game 3 was once again about 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.
beatings, but was much closer, as I was within the last few cards of my deck facing down 2 Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
s when the Kavu finished it off. I did have the extra security of a Submerge
Submerge
SubmergeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
48
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
If an opponent controls a forest and you control an island, you may play Submerge without paying its mana cost. Put target creature on top of its owner's library.
in hand (sided in to clear a Nether Spirit
Nether Spirit
Nether SpiritSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Nether Spirit is the only creature card in your graveyard, you may return Nether Spirit to play.
off the board) at the end, which could have put a Magpie on top of my deck to give me a draw step when I had no cards left, so I felt pretty safe.

Round 3 vs. Matt Smith, W/U Rebels with Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.
and Opposition
Opposition
OppositionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.


Matt started out game 1 with a 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.
naming 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.
which got 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.
d. 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.
s and Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
es worked on his hand until a Magpie could come out to build me up a collection of countermagic, and Crosis eventually showed up to seal the deal. Game 2 was all Matt as he started with a turn 1 Ramosian Sargeant, turn 2 Steadfast Guard
Steadfast Guard
Steadfast GuardSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Steadfast Guard to tap.
, and then recruited more Steadfast Guard
Steadfast Guard
Steadfast GuardSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Steadfast Guard to tap.
s from there. I thought I might come out of it when I cast 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.
for 2 while at 7 life since I had a Tsabo’s Decree in hand for next turn to finish of the Sarge and any friends he might have found, but when he revealed his hand for 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.
there was a Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.
, which he dropped to prevent me from casting my Decree before I succumbed to the Rebel assault. During game 3 I Decreed some Rebels away, gave my opponent a peek at my hand when he Misdirected another Decree at me, and traded some Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
es and countermagic with him. I was starting to feel in control of the game, with Decree and a counterspell in hand to his Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
and Opposition
Opposition
OppositionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
with no critters, but couldn’t find a Crosis to swing with before time was called. This round ended as a draw.

Round 4 vs. Anthony Colbert, Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.
& Kill Switch
Kill Switch
Kill SwitchSet: Nemesis
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
2, T: Tap all other artifacts. They don't untap during their controllers' untap steps as long as Kill Switch remains tapped.
combo deck

Anthony’s deck featured Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.
, Kill Switch
Kill Switch
Kill SwitchSet: Nemesis
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
2, T: Tap all other artifacts. They don't untap during their controllers' untap steps as long as Kill Switch remains tapped.
, Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.
, and Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
to lock down and deck his opponents. During game 1, it was working pretty well, as both of my Crosis’s were in the graveyard and I was forced to race Magpies versus his Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
s and Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.
s after he had used Gerrard
Gerrard
GerrardSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
2
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
-4
Toughness:
+0
Text:
During your draw phase, draw an additional card.
’s Wisdom to gain an extra 12 life. I was getting close, as I had Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Rage in hand with kicker mana in play and counter-backup in hand for the Misdirection
Misdirection
MisdirectionSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
87
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
You may remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Misdirection's mana cost.Target spell with a single target targets another target instead.
he didn’t have, but he used Orim
Orim
OrimSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+12
Text:
Your creatures can block as though they had flying.
’s Chant to Wrath away my Magpies when he was at exactly 11 life, leaving me with no way to deal more than 10 damage with 6 cards remaining in my library. Nevertheless, I played on, checking the Crosis in my graveyard, adding up damage, seeing if I could kill him before decking myself if it was the next card in my deck, even though I knew there was not another Crosis in the deck. When I drew my next card, I did my best to look excited without looking like I was trying to look excited, and cast a Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
to “clear the way”. He bit the bait, casting Orim
Orim
OrimSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+12
Text:
Your creatures can block as though they had flying.
’s Chant to stop whatever I was trying to slide out after the Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
, and I happily Undermine
Undermine
UndermineSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
282
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Text:
Counter target spell. Its controller loses 3 life.
d it, bringing him below 11 life. He ate a kicked Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Rage during my next upkeep, which left him with only 12 minutes to deck me in game 2, which was not enough time.

Round 5 vs. Joe Brott, R/B Blazing Specter
Blazing Specter
Blazing SpecterSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Whenever Blazing Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.
, 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.
, Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
, Tahngaarth, etc.

There were quite a few draws at this tournament with all the U/W being played, which guaranteed that Joe and I could draw into the Top 4 single elimination rounds. So I drew with Joe and got paired up in the Top 4 against . . . Joe Brott.

T4 Semifinals vs. Joe Brott, R/B Blazing Specter
Blazing Specter
Blazing SpecterSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Whenever Blazing Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.
, 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.
, Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
, Tahngaarth, etc.

I start out with a little Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
action, but Joe soon gets a Blazing Specter
Blazing Specter
Blazing SpecterSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Whenever Blazing Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.
knocking cards out of my hand. However, I played several early Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
and 3 early Accumulted Knowledge, and it was only a matter of time before I took over. Eventually I was able to 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.
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.
and the 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.
he was holding in his hand, 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.
his Blazing Specter
Blazing Specter
Blazing SpecterSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Whenever Blazing Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.
, and cast a Magpie with a Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
for the 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.
that was his last remaining card. The Magpie built me up a grip of counters to stay ahead until Crosis came out to finish the game. Game 2 went similarly, with me taking early hits from a Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
48
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blue spells and red spells you play cost 1 less to play. 1B: Regenerate Nightscape Familiar
until my blue card-drawing gave me too much advantage and I took over the game, eventually winning with 2 Magpies and a Crosis swinging. He did make 1 mistake in game 2, when he ran his Blazing Specter
Blazing Specter
Blazing SpecterSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Whenever Blazing Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.
into the Force Spike
Force Spike
Force SpikeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.
he had seen earlier when he Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
ed me, but I don’t feel that it would have made a difference, as my deck had all of his deck’s best weapons, but with Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated KnowledgeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of Accumulated Knowledge cards in all graveyards.
and Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
to let me play more of them.

T4 Finals

The prize is typically split in the finals on Friday Nights at The Outpost, but I really wanted to play this match. I really liked my deck, and felt I would be able to crush my opponent’s Fires deck, but Travis wasn’t feeling well, and it was getting late, so my opponent and I split a box of Planeshift and each took home a foil Llanowar
Llanowar
LlanowarSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
All creatures have "{T}: Add {G}{G} to your mana pool." Whenever you roll {C}, untap all creatures you control.
Elf. All in all, not a bad run with my fun new deck.

Dave Andrews


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