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CardShark Content - Dave Andrews (6/11/2001)

Saturday, June ninth, was Team Card-Shark’s first opportunity to take a crack at the team limited format in an actual tournament. The team, consisting of Travis Cullum, Troy Skinner, and myself, has been practicing the format pretty hard for the past couple of months, and we were eager to put our skills to the test at this Pro-Tour Qualifier in Detroit, MI, which was being run by the amazing folks from Professional Events Services. There were forty-one teams at the tournament, which made for eight rounds of Swiss before a cut to the top two teams, which would compete in a team Rochester draft for the Pro-Tour invitation.

The card pool we received to build from looked pretty solid. Here is what we had to work with:

Gold:
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.
/ 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 Verdict / 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 Command / Squee
Squee
SqueeSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
+3
Toughness:
-4
Text:
Your opponents play with their hands face up.
’s Embrace
2x 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
/ Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin LegionnaireSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Goblin Legionnaire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. W, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.
/ Fleetfoot Panther
Fleetfoot Panther
Fleetfoot PantherSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
You may play Fleetfoot Panther any time you could play an instant. When Fleetfoot Panther comes into play, return a green or white creature you control to its owner's hand.
/ 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.

Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
/ 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.
/ Yavimaya Kavu
Yavimaya Kavu
Yavimaya KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
291
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Yavimaya Kavu's power is equal to the number of red creatures in play.Yavimaya Kavu's toughness is equal to the number of green creatures in play.
/ Captain Sisay
Captain Sisay
Captain SisaySet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
237
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Search your library for a Legend or legendary card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
(Foil
Foil
FoilSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
You may discard an island and another card from your hand instead of paying Foil's mana cost. Counter target spell.
. Yippidee doodah day.)
Shivan Zombie
Shivan Zombie
Shivan ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
271
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white
/ Cinder Shade
Cinder Shade
Cinder ShadeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shade
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Cinder Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.R, Sacrifice Cinder Shade: Cinder Shade deals damage equal to its power to target creature.
/ 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.
/ 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.

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.
/ 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.
/ Rith’s Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
m / Natural Emergence
Natural Emergence
Natural EmergenceSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When Natural Emergence comes into play, return a red or green enchantment you control to its owner's hand. Lands you control are 2/2 creatures with first strike. They're still lands.

Horned Cheetah
Horned Cheetah
Horned CheetahSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Horned Cheetah deals damage, you gain that much life.
/ Consume Strength
Consume Strength
Consume StrengthSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Another target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
/ Coalition Victory
Coalition Victory
Coalition VictorySet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
241
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
You win the game if you control a land of each basic land type and a creature of each color.


Artifact:
Troll-horn Cameo / Phyrexian Lens
Phyrexian Lens
Phyrexian LensSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
307
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
T, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
/ Mana Cylix
Mana Cylix
Mana CylixSet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
132
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
1, T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
/ Dragon Arch
Dragon Arch
Dragon ArchSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
135
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
2, TAP: Put a multicolored creature card from your hand into play.

Bloodstone Cameo
Bloodstone Cameo
Bloodstone CameoSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
298
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
T: Add B or R to your mana pool.
/ Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned GolemSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker X (You may pay an additional X as you play this spell.) Spend only colored mana on X. No more than one mana of each color may be spent this way. If you paid the kicker cost, Emblazoned Golem comes into play with X +1/+1 counters on it.


Black:
Quagmire Druid
Quagmire Druid
Quagmire DruidSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
G, TAP, Sacrifice a creature: Destroy target enchantment.
/ 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.
/ 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.
/ 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.

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.
/ 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.
/ 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.
/ 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.

Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian RagerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Phyrexian Rager comes into play, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
/ 2x 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.
/ 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.
/ 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.

Phyrexian Slayer
Phyrexian Slayer
Phyrexian SlayerSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Phyrexian Slayer becomes blocked by a white creature, destroy that creature. It can't be regenerated.
/ Reckless Spite
Reckless Spite
Reckless SpiteSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy two target nonblack creatures. Lose 5 life.
/ Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
/ Addle
Addle
AddleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand and choose a card of that color from it. That player discards that card.

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.
/ Cursed Flesh
Cursed Flesh
Cursed FleshSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1 and cannot be blocked except by artifact creatures and black creatures.
/ Volcano Imp
Volcano Imp
Volcano ImpSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. 1R: Volcano Imp gains first strike until end of turn.


Blue:
Reef Shaman
Reef Shaman
Reef ShamanSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
TAP: Target land's type becomes the basic land type of your choice until end of turn.
/ Worldly Counsel
Worldly Counsel
Worldly CounselSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Look at the top X cards of your library, where X is the number of basic land types among lands you control. Put one of those cards into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library.
/ 2x Jaded Response
Jaded Response
Jaded ResponseSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Counter target spell if it shares a color with a creature you control.
/ 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.

Index
Index
IndexSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Look at the top five cards of your library, then put them back in any order.
/ Tidal Visionary
Tidal Visionary
Tidal VisionarySet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
/ Prohibit
Prohibit
ProhibitSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If you paid the kicker cost, counter that spell if its converted mana cost is 4 or less instead.
/ 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.

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.
/ 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.
/ Sky Weaver
Sky Weaver
Sky WeaverSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
74
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
2: Target white or black creature gains flying until end of turn.
/ 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.

Opt
Opt
OptSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
John Howe
Text:
Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.Draw a card.
/ 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.
/ 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.
/ 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.

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.
/ Stormscape Apprentice
Stormscape Apprentice
Stormscape ApprenticeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.B, T: Target player loses 1 life.
/ Coastal Drake
Coastal Drake
Coastal DrakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
John Gallagher
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. 1U, TAP: Return target Kavu to its owner's hand.


Red:
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.
/ Savage Offensive
Savage Offensive
Savage OffensiveSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
162
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Kicker G (You may pay an additional G as you play this spell.)Creatures you control gain first strike until end of turn. If you paid the kicker cost, they get +1/+1 until end of turn.
/ 2x 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.
/ Dwarven Landslide
Dwarven Landslide
Dwarven LandslideSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Kicker 2R, Sacrifice a land. (You may pay 2R and sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Destroy target land. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy another target land.

Ancient Kavu
Ancient Kavu
Ancient KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
136
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2: Ancient Kavu becomes colorless until end of turn.
/ 2x 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.
/ 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.
/ Pouncing Kavu
Pouncing Kavu
Pouncing KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 2R (You may pay an additional 2R as you play this spell.)First strikeIf you paid the kicker cost, Pouncing Kavu comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has haste. (It may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)

Maniacal Rage
Maniacal Rage
Maniacal RageSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and cannot block.
/ 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.
/ Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire DwarfSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, Sacrifice Bloodfire Dwarf: Bloodfire Dwarf deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.
/ Thunderscape Apprentice
Thunderscape Apprentice
Thunderscape ApprenticeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
174
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, T: Target player loses 1 life.G, T: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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.
/ 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.
/ Shivan Harvest
Shivan Harvest
Shivan HarvestSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
167
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
1R, Sacrifice a creature: Destroy target nonbasic land.
/ 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.

Kavu Glider
Kavu Glider
Kavu GliderSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
W: Kavu Glider gets +0/+1 until end of turn. U: Kavu Glider gains flying until end of turn.
/ Kavu Scout
Kavu Scout
Kavu ScoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
151
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kavu Scout gets +1/+0 for each basic land type among lands you control.
/ Smash
Smash
SmashSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Draw a card.


White:
2x Dismantling Blow
Dismantling Blow
Dismantling BlowSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
14
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker 2U (You may pay an additional 2U as you play this spell.)Destroy target artifact or enchantment.If you paid the kicker cost, draw two cards.
/ Pollen Remedy
Pollen Remedy
Pollen RemedySet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Prevent the next 3 damage that would be dealt this turn to any number of target creatures and/or players, divided as you choose. If you paid the kicker cost, prevent the next 6 damage this way instead.
/ Capashen Unicorn
Capashen Unicorn
Capashen UnicornSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Unicorn
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
1W, T, Sacrifice Capashen Unicorn: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
/ Orim
Orim
OrimSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+12
Text:
Your creatures can block as though they had flying.
’s Touch
Shield of Duty and Reason
Shield of Duty and Reason
Shield of Duty and ReasonSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Enchanted creature has protection from green and from blue.
/ 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.
/ 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.
/ Dega Disciple
Dega Disciple
Dega DiscipleSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
4
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, TAP: Target creature gets -2/-0 until end of turn. R, TAP: Target creature gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

Rewards of Diversity
Rewards of Diversity
Rewards of DiversitySet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
32
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a multicolored spell, you gain 4 life.
/ 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.
/ 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.
/ Helionaut
Helionaut
HelionautSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. 1, TAP: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

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.)
/ 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.
/ Obisidian Acolyte / 2x 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.

Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor GuardSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flagbearer
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
If an opponent plays a spell or ability that could target a Flagbearer in play, that player chooses at least one Flagbearer as a target.
/ Aurora Griffin
Aurora Griffin
Aurora GriffinSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Ciruelo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. W: Target permanent becomes white until end of turn.
/ 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.
/ 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.


Green:
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.
/ Urborg Elf
Urborg Elf
Urborg ElfSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Add G, U, or B to your mana pool.
/ 2x Savage Gorilla
Savage Gorilla
Savage GorillaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
UB, TAP, Sacrifice Savage Gorilla: Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn. Draw a card.
/ Verdeloth, the Ancient
Lay of the Land
Lay of the Land
Lay of the LandSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
/ 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.
/ 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.
/ Aggressive Urge
Aggressive Urge
Aggressive UrgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.Draw a card.

Nomadic Elf
Nomadic Elf
Nomadic ElfSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
D.J. Cleland-Hura
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1G: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
/ 2x 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.
/ 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.
/ Might Weaver
Might Weaver
Might WeaverSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Larry Elmore
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
2: Target red or white creature gains trample until end of turn.

Thornscape Apprentice
Thornscape Apprentice
Thornscape ApprenticeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
215
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.R, T: Target creature gains first strike until end of turn.
/ Restock
Restock
RestockSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Return two target cards from your graveyard to your hand. Remove Restock from the game.
/ Amphibious Kavu
Amphibious Kavu
Amphibious KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Amphibious Kavu blocks or becomes blocked by one or more blue and/or black creatures, Amphibious Kavu gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
/ Planeswalker’s Favor
Wallop
Wallop
WallopSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
223
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
Destroy target blue or black creature with flying.
/ Sylvan Messenger
Sylvan Messenger
Sylvan MessengerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample. When Sylvan Messenger comes into play, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Elf cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library.
/ Tranquility
Tranquility
TranquilitySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
All enchantments in play must be discarded.
/ Llanowar Cavalry
Llanowar Cavalry
Llanowar CavalrySet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
195
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
W: Attacking doesn't cause Llanowar Cavalry to tap this turn.

Gaea’s Balance
Balance
BalanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whichever player has more lands in play must discard enough lands of his or her choice to equalize the number of lands both players have in play. Next, equalize the cards in hand and then creatures in play the same way. Creatures lost in this manner are considered buried.
/ Primal Growth
Primal Growth
Primal GrowthSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
rk post
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a creature. (You may sacrifice a creature in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Search your library for a basic land card, put that card into play, then shuffle your library. If you paid the kicker cost, instead search your library for two basic land cards, put them into play, then shuffle your library.
/ Skyshroud Blessing
Skyshroud Blessing
Skyshroud BlessingSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Lands can't be the targets of spells or abilities this turn. Draw a card.
/ 2x 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.

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.


Split:
Order/Chaos / Assault/Battery / Stand/Deliver

Land:
Geothermal Crevice
Geothermal Crevice
Geothermal CreviceSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
323
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Geothermal Crevice comes into play tapped.T: Add R to your mana pool.T, Sacrifice Geothermal Crevice: Add BG to your mana pool.
/ 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.
/ 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.
/ Crosis’s Catacombs


From that card pool, we built the following three decks:

Dave (that’s me!):
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.

Urborg Elf
Urborg Elf
Urborg ElfSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Add G, U, or B to your mana pool.

2x Savage Gorilla
Savage Gorilla
Savage GorillaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
UB, TAP, Sacrifice Savage Gorilla: Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn. Draw a card.

Verdeloth, the Ancient
Lay of the Land
Lay of the Land
Lay of the LandSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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.

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.

Restock
Restock
RestockSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Return two target cards from your graveyard to your hand. Remove Restock from the game.

2x 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.

Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor GuardSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flagbearer
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
If an opponent plays a spell or ability that could target a Flagbearer in play, that player chooses at least one Flagbearer as a target.

Aurora Griffin
Aurora Griffin
Aurora GriffinSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Ciruelo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. W: Target permanent becomes white until end of turn.

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.

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.

Stormscape Apprentice
Stormscape Apprentice
Stormscape ApprenticeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.B, T: Target player loses 1 life.

Coastal Drake
Coastal Drake
Coastal DrakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
John Gallagher
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. 1U, TAP: Return target Kavu to its owner's hand.

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.

Volcano Imp
Volcano Imp
Volcano ImpSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. 1R: Volcano Imp gains first strike until end of turn.

Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned GolemSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker X (You may pay an additional X as you play this spell.) Spend only colored mana on X. No more than one mana of each color may be spent this way. If you paid the kicker cost, Emblazoned Golem comes into play with X +1/+1 counters on it.

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.

Gerard’s Verdict
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.

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.

7x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

5x Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

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

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

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



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

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

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.

Pouncing Kavu
Pouncing Kavu
Pouncing KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 2R (You may pay an additional 2R as you play this spell.)First strikeIf you paid the kicker cost, Pouncing Kavu comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has haste. (It may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)

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

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.

Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire DwarfSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, Sacrifice Bloodfire Dwarf: Bloodfire Dwarf deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.

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

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

2x 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.

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.

Might Weaver
Might Weaver
Might WeaverSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Larry Elmore
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
2: Target red or white creature gains trample until end of turn.

Thornscape Apprentice
Thornscape Apprentice
Thornscape ApprenticeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
215
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.R, T: Target creature gains first strike until end of turn.

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 Command
Squee
Squee
SqueeSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
+3
Toughness:
-4
Text:
Your opponents play with their hands face up.
’s Embrace
2x 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

Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin LegionnaireSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Goblin Legionnaire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. W, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.

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

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.

Order/Chaos
Assault/Battery
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.

4x Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

5x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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



Troy:
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.

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.

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.

Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian RagerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Phyrexian Rager comes into play, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

2x 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

Tidal Visionary
Tidal Visionary
Tidal VisionarySet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

Prohibit
Prohibit
ProhibitSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If you paid the kicker cost, counter that spell if its converted mana cost is 4 or less instead.

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.

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.

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.

Sky Weaver
Sky Weaver
Sky WeaverSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
74
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
2: Target white or black creature gains flying until end of turn.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Crosis’s Catacombs
7x Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

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

3x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


With three strong decks in hand, Team Card-Shark was ready for battle. Before I go into the matches, I would just like to mention that I am terrible with names, so if I forgot your name or team name, or I misspelled something, I apologize. On with the matches.

Round 1 vs. John Kenny of Team Egghead Something

For my first game of the tournament, I started out with a very strange hand. I had every color of mana except for green, and non-green spells. There were more forests in my deck than anything, and I would be able to cast the spells in my hand, so I chose not to mulligan. John Kenny’s Red/Black deck came out quickly with Shivan Zombie
Shivan Zombie
Shivan ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
271
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white
, Hate Weaver
Hate Weaver
Hate WeaverSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
2: Target blue or red creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
, and Smoldering Tar
Smoldering Tar
Smoldering TarSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
275
Artist:
David Day
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, target player loses 1 life.Sacrifice Smoldering Tar: Smoldering Tar deals 4 damage to target creature. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
knocking away at my life total, while I drew green spell after green spell but no forest. I did eventually find a forest, but far too late to save myself in game one.

In game two my deck behaved much better mana-wise. He again started the beatdown early with Shivan Zombie
Shivan Zombie
Shivan ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
271
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white
and friends, but I used an early Acolyte from my sideboard (I can’t remember whether it was Obsidian or Crimson) and a tapper to hold off, letting him commit more resources on the board and get a little damage in on me while I held Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
in my hand. Once he had enough committed to the board for my satisfaction, I swept the board with the Deed, and followed it up with Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor GuardSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flagbearer
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
If an opponent plays a spell or ability that could target a Flagbearer in play, that player chooses at least one Flagbearer as a target.
, who was soon joined by another Acolyte and Verdeloth, the Ancient. At one point in the game he cast a Reckless Assault
Reckless Assault
Reckless AssaultSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
263
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
1, Pay 2 life: Reckless Assault deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, and I considered leaving it on the table as we were at approximately equal life, but I didn’t want him to find a way to put it to use so I destroyed it with Dismantling Blow
Dismantling Blow
Dismantling BlowSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
14
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker 2U (You may pay an additional 2U as you play this spell.)Destroy target artifact or enchantment.If you paid the kicker cost, draw two cards.
. The card advantage from the Deed and the Blow were too much for him to recover from.

In game 3 my mana came together quite well again, while John was mana-screwed for this game. By the time he recovered I was already leaning on him pretty hard, and the Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned GolemSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker X (You may pay an additional X as you play this spell.) Spend only colored mana on X. No more than one mana of each color may be spent this way. If you paid the kicker cost, Emblazoned Golem comes into play with X +1/+1 counters on it.
and an Acolyte did him in.

In this round, Troy lost to Nick Novak, but Travis managed to bring the beatdown to Jason Means, giving Team Card-Shark a 2-1 win for the first round.

Oh, and their team name really was Egghead Something – I didn’t forget their team name, like I did for our next opponent. 

Dave: 1-0
Travis: 1-0
Troy: 0-1
Team: 1-0

Round 2 vs. Scott Herzberg of (Oops, Dave forgot to get the team name)

In round 2 I pitted my 5-color deck versus Scott’s Blue-White with Black deck. Scott’s team had received a card pool with tons of burn and a good load of countermagic to boot. Scott’s deck featured multiple Dromar’s Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
m, Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
, and 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.
, which I got to see all of in the first game, which was quite frustrating. However, Scott failed to draw much else this game, so I eventually ran him over with a crew of uninteresting critters.

In game 2 Scott got a better draw, but I skillfully win by using Restock
Restock
RestockSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Return two target cards from your graveyard to your hand. Remove Restock from the game.
to get Lay of the Land
Lay of the Land
Lay of the LandSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
so I could fetch an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
for my 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.
. Yes, I’m sure it was Restock
Restock
RestockSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Return two target cards from your graveyard to your hand. Remove Restock from the game.
ing Lay of the Land
Lay of the Land
Lay of the LandSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
that won me the game, and not the fact that the other card I Restock
Restock
RestockSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Return two target cards from your graveyard to your hand. Remove Restock from the game.
ed was the Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
that had just swept his side of the table to great advantage. Certainly casting Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
twice in a game can’t be that good, can it? 

I suppose it was a good thing that I was having fun with my broken draws, because Travis and Troy were not. Remember that I mentioned Scott’s team had a lot of burn? Travis and Troy each got to feel the burn, with Troy even feeling it twice thanks to his opponent’s Yawgmoth’s Agenda. The good guys went down in flames, 1-2.

Dave: 2-0
Travis: 1-1
Troy: 0-2
Team: 1-1

Round 3 vs. Max McGuffin of Disgustipated

For round 3 I played against Max’s Red-Green beatdown deck. His deck came out at a decent clip with Weavers and a variety of Kavu, but I held them off with a 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.
, Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor GuardSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flagbearer
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
If an opponent plays a spell or ability that could target a Flagbearer in play, that player chooses at least one Flagbearer as a target.
, and something else. Eventually he committed a good number of critters to the board, and I dropped a Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
, although without having enough mana on the table to activate it right away. As I had hoped he would, he decided he might as well send in his creatures, as they would be dead soon anyway. Some careful blocking and sacrificing a few life points whittled down his forces, so that I did not need to actually activate the Deed. Without any way to remove the Deed, his choices were between being whittled away and committing more resources to the board. When the advantage gained was great enough, I swept the board with Deed and followed with a fatty parade, including Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned GolemSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker X (You may pay an additional X as you play this spell.) Spend only colored mana on X. No more than one mana of each color may be spent this way. If you paid the kicker cost, Emblazoned Golem comes into play with X +1/+1 counters on it.
and Verdeloth.

Game 2 went precisely the way game 1 did, but with a little Acolyte help as well. This whole match went well for the team, with Troy and Travis taking out Nick Dodic and Josh Casper, giving the team a 3-0 sweep this round.

Dave: 3-0
Travis: 2-1
Troy: 1-2
Team: 2-1

Round 4 vs. Lona Smith of The Egghead Mafia

Lona played a Green, White, and Black deck that was pretty strong, and game 1 was a nail-biter until the very end. She whittled away at my life total, I pecked at hers, and both totals were getting down pretty low, but with mine lower because I was holding back due to the Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
in my hand. At one point, she had two Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s in play, and returned one of them to her hand for a dragon lair, and she did not replay that Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
from her hand for several turns. Eventually, I played and activated the Deed, swept the board, and dropped a well-kicked Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned GolemSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker X (You may pay an additional X as you play this spell.) Spend only colored mana on X. No more than one mana of each color may be spent this way. If you paid the kicker cost, Emblazoned Golem comes into play with X +1/+1 counters on it.
. Lona, with one card in hand, drew her card, thought, shuffled cards around, thought some more, and played a Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker R and/or W. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the R kicker cost, Thornscape Battlemage deals 2 damage to target creature or player. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the W kicker cost, destroy target artifact.
with both kickers, taking out my Golem and hitting me for two, putting me down to three life – a very big swing in her favor.

“Nice topdeck,” I said.

“Actually, I had it in my hand,” she replied.

I double-checked the board, and there was still only one Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
on her side, and one card in her hand.

“Really? What happened to that other Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
?”

Now, I don’t know what psychological advantage she thought she had to gain by claiming that the Battlemage wasn’t a topdeck, but this really put a sour tone on the match, not to mention that it was poorly executed. If you’re going to use deception to try to gain some sort of psychological advantage over an opponent, at least use one that isn’t so easy to catch, or you’ll be giving the psychological advantage to the wrong person.

So, our game continues on, with me barely squeaking out a win, thanks to having reserve power in my hand to deploy after the Deed. Next to us, Travis took game one from Randy Wright with Yavimaya Barbarian
Yavimaya Barbarian
Yavimaya BarbarianSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
290
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blue
beatdown, which Randy’s mostly blue deck had no answer for. Randy had some comments for Travis at the end of their first game, ridiculing him for playing an additional hasted red creature that was not necessary for lethal damage on the last turn. Of course it was not a bad play – there’s no need to give your opponent an extra turn to live if he might have 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.
or 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.
, right? He was just trying to rattle Travis, but Big Trav has been playing this game too long, and has seen these tricks before.

Travis had two Barbarians in his deck, and plenty of critter-enhancers – he was bound to draw one at some point in each game. Nevertheless, the fact that a Barbarian pumped up with Squee
Squee
SqueeSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
+3
Toughness:
-4
Text:
Your opponents play with their hands face up.
’s Embrace was beating down in the second game seemed impossible to Lona. “Did you shuffle his deck?” Lona asked Randy.

That’s right, Lona, your team is so amazing, the only way you can be beaten is if your opponents cheat.

Lona and I moved on to game two, and her deck didn’t get as good a draw as the first game. I was leaning on her pretty hard, and it didn’t look like she’d be coming out of it. Travis finished his second win over Randy, meaning that if some bizarre occurrence didn’t change the outcome of this game, that’d be the match for Lona’s team. At one point, I activated my Savage Gorilla
Savage Gorilla
Savage GorillaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
UB, TAP, Sacrifice Savage Gorilla: Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn. Draw a card.
’s ability to remove one of her critters, and before that ability resolved, she asked how many cards were in my hand. I spread them out, held them up, and said “three amazing cards,” just as I always do. The Gorilla’s ability resolved, and I picked a card up from the top of my deck, held it face down an inch above my deck, and said, “draw for the gorilla?” I always double-check that my opponent knows what’s going on when I pick up extra cards, as sneaking extra cards is one of the most common ways to cheat, and I want everything to be very clear. This was all during her turn, so I untapped for my turn, drew a card, and targeted her last remaining creature with 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.
. “How many cards in your hand?” she asked.

I showed her four. “Four amazing cards.”

“I just asked you at the start of your turn, and you had three. Now you have four, and the 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.
?”

“No, you asked me during your turn, when I activated the Gorilla. Then I drew for the Gorilla, and drew for my draw step.”

She turned to her teammate Randy, who was already watching the match for lack of anything better to do. “Watch him.” Yeah, Randy, watch me. Watch my creatures smash her face in. And he did watch, and my creatures did smash face.

During the final turns of our game, Lona enchanted my Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor GuardSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flagbearer
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
If an opponent plays a spell or ability that could target a Flagbearer in play, that player chooses at least one Flagbearer as a target.
with Manacles of Decay
Manacles of Decay
Manacles of DecaySet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
14
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack. B: Enchanted creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. R: Enchanted creature can't block this turn.
, and when she finally drew a fourth black mana, she shrunk it to death, and then finally scooped. “I just had to kill that Honor Guard
Honor Guard
Honor GuardSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Joel Biske
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W: Honor Guard gets +0/+1 until end of turn.
first, now I can scoop,” she joked. Ah, so finally, with the match over, she was jokes and friendliness and fun. As if I would forget that she had insinuated foul play during our match, or that that insinuation would not offend me. Well, no thanks, I’m not interested in chatting. Just please sign that result slip. Oh, and you put an X in the drop column as well? Oh, well that’s nice. Enjoy your Drop.

Dave: 4-0
Travis: 3-1
Troy: 2-2
Team: 3-1

Round 5 vs. Man Tsoi of Crouching Tiger

In this round I faced the toughest deck I had to face during this tournament. Man’s deck featured an aggressive black and red creature base topping off with a Crypt Angel
Crypt Angel
Crypt AngelSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, protection from whiteWhen Crypt Angel comes into play, return target blue or red creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
, backed up with some solid removal, Suffocating Blast
Suffocating Blast
Suffocating BlastSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Counter target spell and Suffocating Blast deals 3 damage to target creature.
, 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.
, and two 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.
s. The best deck doesn’t always win however, as Man got hit with mana-screw during game one, and was unable to recover. I wasn’t so lucky during the second game, and his deck did what it should do – it smashed my face in.

Now, before I go any further, I would like to mention one thing. A team event differs from an individual event slightly in that you are responsible for doing what is best for your team, which is not always what you would prefer to do. There are at least two other people who are counting on you to come through for them, and you should feel obligated to do whatever is necessary not to let them down, short of cheating or doing anything dishonest.

Just such a conflict of interest came up in the third game of my match vs. Man. My opponent and I are both very careful players, and while neither of us plays particularly slowly, neither of us rushes into plays we are unsure of, either. Even though I spent the majority of game two behind and my opponent began game one mana-screwed, both had been hard-fought battles, leaving little time for the third game. Both myself and my opponent really wanted that third win, and we were both playing hard to get it – there was no stalling on either side of the table. As time was winding down in the round, our game was very tight. The advantage had been in Man’s favor, but I followed a Deed-sweep with a mid-sized Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned GolemSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker X (You may pay an additional X as you play this spell.) Spend only colored mana on X. No more than one mana of each color may be spent this way. If you paid the kicker cost, Emblazoned Golem comes into play with X +1/+1 counters on it.
. He recovered quickly from the Deed as well, using 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.
and Crypt Angel
Crypt Angel
Crypt AngelSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, protection from whiteWhen Crypt Angel comes into play, return target blue or red creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
effectively, and leaving me with a difficult decision during my turn. I can’t remember specifically what was in play, but it was approximately my Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned GolemSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker X (You may pay an additional X as you play this spell.) Spend only colored mana on X. No more than one mana of each color may be spent this way. If you paid the kicker cost, Emblazoned Golem comes into play with X +1/+1 counters on it.
, Aurora Griffin
Aurora Griffin
Aurora GriffinSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Ciruelo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. W: Target permanent becomes white until end of turn.
, and 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.
versus his Crypt Angel
Crypt Angel
Crypt AngelSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, protection from whiteWhen Crypt Angel comes into play, return target blue or red creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
, Shivan Zombie
Shivan Zombie
Shivan ZombieSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
271
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white
, and I think something else. We were both at approximately seven life. Now, in an individual tournament, I don’t like to play for draws – I want to win, as every competitive person does. I would rather lose the game while attempting to win than play for a draw. Not only is playing for a draw kind of cheesy, but it isn’t the way to win tournaments. However, at this point, Travis had already won his match versus Denver Liston, and Troy was still locked in game three in his match with Beth Liston. If Troy played to a draw and I played to a draw, that would be a 1-0-2 win for our team. If I were going to win game three, I knew I would have to use the 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.
aggressively and attack with the Golem, even though playing aggressively would more likely get me killed than bring a victory, depending on exactly what he had in his hand. So, in a situation where in an individual tournament I would have sent my Golem into battle, I held back on defense, looking out for the team’s best interest.

Note that I did not stall, or anything of that sort. My pace of play had been faster than my average pace of play during this entire third game due to the time constraints, and I did not change that, even after deciding to play for the draw. I just made a decision to play defense instead of offense – to play for the draw instead of the win.

As it turned out, Man’s hand was full of gas, and even though I did hang back on defense, he very nearly did finish me off. When the last of the five overtime turns was over with, I was left at one life, in an unwinnable position had my opponent had only one more turn. I felt pretty bad about cheesing him like this, particularly since he was so polite and had been such a good sport, even during game one when he had experienced mana-screw. Even at this point, he had no complaints. I’m sure as a competitive player he understood my position, and he seemed not to hold it against me that I was doing my best as a player to support my team – he truly was a classy fellow. As it turned out, Troy played flawlessly in his match versus Beth Liston, and was able to squeak out the win during the five overtime turns, making my match versus Man moot.

Dave: 4-0-1
Travis: 4-1
Troy: 3-2
Team: 4-1

Round 6 vs. Jason Marks of Just Concede

In round six we got paired up against the only undefeated team remaining in the tournament, consisting of John Marks, Jason Marks, and Aaron Brieder. Not only were these guys three solid players, but if Aaron’s bragging throughout the day was to be believed, they had amazing decks as well. I also had nightmare memories of Jason Marks, as in our previous meeting he had taken me out in the finals of an extended PTQ in Detroit 3-1, raping me with four consecutive opening hands containing either Necropotence
Necropotence
NecropotenceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Skip your draw phase.Whenever you discard a card, remove that card from the game.Pay 1 life: Set aside the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your discard phase.
or Demonic Consultation
Demonic Consultation
Demonic ConsultationSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Name a card. Remove the top six cards of your library from the game and reveal the next card to all players. If it is the card named, put it into your hand. If not, remove that card from the game and continue revealing the top card of your library and removing it from the game until the named card appears.
without ever needing a mulligan -- bad times indeed.

This match, however, was to be different. I got out to an early lead in game one, and while always just on the edge of losing the advantage, I always managed to keep ahead just slightly by playing very carefully, being sure to make no mistakes. Slowly, carefully, I whittled his very defensive Blue-White with Black-splash deck to 0, making sure to get every ounce of mileage out of every card I drew, such as holding my 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.
until I could utilize BOTH kickers instead of just the card-drawing kicker.

By the time my first game ended, Travis had already been defeated by Aaron, which I guess is what happens when your opponent casts Allied Strategies
Allied Strategies
Allied StrategiesSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
20
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Target player draws a card for each basic land type among lands he or she controls.
on you for five cards twice during each game. Troy was also well on his way to defeating John Marks, meaning my match versus Jason would decide which team got the win. Actually, Just Concede needed only a draw at this point, where we felt we needed that win to stay in the running.

Game two was hard fought. He looked to be in a good position early, as he enchanted a Razorfoot Griffin
Razorfoot Griffin
Razorfoot GriffinSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, first strike
with Sleep
Sleep
SleepSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Tap all creatures target player controls. Those creatures don't untap during that player's next untap step.
er’s Robe to begin acquiring card advantage. I could sense the aggravation in the small crowd that was starting to gather around our match (including my teammates), as I held 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.
in my hand but did not cast it on his Griffin after it first attacked me with the Robe on it. However, I knew for certain that he had Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
in hand, based on the manner in which he was playing and when he chose to cast his troops, so I held 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.
, playing around the Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
and waiting for my opportunity. It came shortly, as he seemed to assume the fact that I didn’t cast anything to stop his Griffin meant I didn’t have anything to stop it, so he tapped all but one mana during his turn to cast an Urborg
Urborg
UrborgSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add B to your mana poolT: Remove first strike ability or swampwalk ability from target creature until end of turn.
IEVtaXNzYXJ5. Shortly after that, his Emissary was dead thanks to my 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.
, and the Griffin was Shackled after allowing him to only draw a few extra cards (two or three). At this point, the board position was slightly in my favor, and I held tightly on to that edge, being very careful not to let it go.

I sensed disapproval from the crowd of onlookers once again at my choice of piles for John’s 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.
, as I gave him three “business” cards in one pile as opposed to one in the other when I put Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor GuardSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flagbearer
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
If an opponent plays a spell or ability that could target a Flagbearer in play, that player chooses at least one Flagbearer as a target.
, Wash Out
Wash Out
Wash OutSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Return all permanents of the color of your choice to their owners' hands.
, and Pollen Remedy
Pollen Remedy
Pollen RemedySet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Prevent the next 3 damage that would be dealt this turn to any number of target creatures and/or players, divided as you choose. If you paid the kicker cost, prevent the next 6 damage this way instead.
in one pile and an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
and a 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.
in the other, but I made that play because Wash Out
Wash Out
Wash OutSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Return all permanents of the color of your choice to their owners' hands.
and Pollen Remedy
Pollen Remedy
Pollen RemedySet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Prevent the next 3 damage that would be dealt this turn to any number of target creatures and/or players, divided as you choose. If you paid the kicker cost, prevent the next 6 damage this way instead.
could only delay the current action, and the Honor Guard
Honor Guard
Honor GuardSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Joel Biske
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W: Honor Guard gets +0/+1 until end of turn.
was unimportant to the air battle, which was where I was able to slide in a few points here and there in addition to the continual pecking from my 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.
. The 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.
would have been a much bigger detriment to my current position. Besides, the only color reasonable to choose for Wash Out
Wash Out
Wash OutSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Return all permanents of the color of your choice to their owners' hands.
at that point was white, and I would have been more than happy to kick up my 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.
a second time for this match.

As his life total dwindled lower, I continued to lay pressure. Then, with about three minutes left, there was some controversy. I announced, “I’d like to have an attack phase.” He responded by tapping a flying critter of mine, backing me up to my main phase. Even though I figured he probably had a counter, it was time to put pressure on, so I replayed my 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.
that had been Washed Out to take out one of his pair of 2/2 flyers. First he announced Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
, and was pretty ticked when I explained that Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
wouldn’t work for that, but he just tapped two more lands and played Prohibit
Prohibit
ProhibitSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If you paid the kicker cost, counter that spell if its converted mana cost is 4 or less instead.
instead. Then I tapped one of his two flyers, and attempted to enter my attack phase again, to bring my Savage Gorilla
Savage Gorilla
Savage GorillaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
UB, TAP, Sacrifice Savage Gorilla: Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn. Draw a card.
to battle. Jason and his teammate Aaron immediately argued, saying I had already had my attack phase and cast my 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.
during my second main phase. A judge was called, and we explained what had happened, and that Jason had responded to me attempting to enter my attack phase, and hadn’t specified that he wanted to tap my creature during my attack phase before attackers were declared, thus never allowing my to exit my first main phase. Jason is an experienced player, and I think he did know that he had made a mistake and actually kept me in my first main phase, but was putting the judges to the test, as this would mean either losing a creature chump-blocking, or taking three damage, bringing him down to three. When the judges backed away from the table to confer, I must admit I was a little worried. Judges are human, and often are biased, usually in favor of the players that are better known locally, and I knew that if there were any bias in this situation, it would be for the Pro Tour-experienced Jason Marks. I shouldn’t have been worried, however. The P in P.E.S. really does stand for professional. The judges made the correct call, and I was able to attack with my Savage Gorilla
Savage Gorilla
Savage GorillaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
UB, TAP, Sacrifice Savage Gorilla: Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn. Draw a card.
, bringing him to three life.

Truthfully, it didn’t matter whether I attacked that turn or not. Time was running down, and there was no way with the current board position for Jason to beat me down from the fourteen life I was at. After winning the first game, a draw in the second would mean a 1-0-1 victory for me, and a 2-1 victory for Team Card-Shark. However, as a competitive player, I wanted to win. It was very important to me not only to win that match, but also to reduce my opponent’s life total to zero. That is what I did, using my 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.
to reduce Jason to zero on the fourth of the five overtime turns, securing the 2-1 victory for my team.

Dave: 5-0-1
Travis: 4-2
Troy: 4-2
Team: 5-1

Round 7 vs. Alex Borteh of Team Egghead

This was a very important round, as no team was left undefeated, and most of the top teams had already played each other. The winner would likely be paired down in the final round versus a team with two losses, which they would then have to defeat in order to make the top two. The loser of this match would be out of the running for the top two. Team Card-Shark sat down to play hard-fought games of Magic versus Team Egghead, but what we really played was “Who Can Get His Ass Kicked the Fastest” among ourselves. I played against Alex Borteh’s beating of a deck, while Travis played against Scott McMullen’s strong defensive deck. Had the matchups been switched, I think my deck would have performed much better against McMullen’s defensive deck, although while Travis’s deck may have stood up against Borteh’s deck a little better than mine did, he still would have been facing a tough match, as Borteh’s creatures were real beasts, such as Ebony Treefolk
Ebony Treefolk
Ebony TreefolkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
BG: Ebony Treefolk gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
.

To compound the bad matchup I was in, my deck drew really coldly this match. It wasn’t a total mana-screw or anything, but it wasn’t running smoothly either, as little things happened like getting stuck at two mana for a turn, and having to wait a few turns too many to draw the correct color of mana for some of the spells in my hand. It was at this point in the tournament that I wished I had been playing with sleeves, as by this time my cards had been slid around on the tables quite a bit, and were starting to get a little dirty and began sticking together in clumps. One thing I like about limited is that I am not playing with cards from my collection, so I get to shuffle naked cards again, but from now on I’m sleeving for any tournament longer than four rounds.

Anyways, bad draws weren’t why we lost this round – both Travis and I were stuck in horrible matchups, and Troy lost this round to Kenny Hsiung, too, just to pour a little salt in the wound. Disappointing as it was, that’s just the way it is sometimes.

Dave: 5-1-1
Travis: 4-3
Troy: 4-3
Team: 5-2

Round 8 vs. John Hula of Shaolin Sword

We tried to get ourselves psyched up for this round, as 6-2 sounds so much better than 5-3, and we were still in competition for bringing home prizes, but after being knocked out of contention for the top 2 and playing a long day of Magic, we just couldn’t get psyched up. I sat down against John Hula’s flying army, which featured some sub-optimal cards such as Heroic Defiance
Heroic Defiance
Heroic DefianceSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +3/+3 unless it shares a color with the most common color among all permanents or a color tied for most common.
, but which he managed to put to good use. Despite still getting cold draws from my deck, I managed to win game one, although I truthfully don’t remember many details, and I didn’t take good notes in my disappointed state. In game two, my deck still wasn’t producing, and I got beat up by a Heroically Defiant 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.
. Halfway through the second game, Travis and Troy had already lost to Jason Kiernan and his teammate Wade, respectively, so our match no longer mattered. I was ready just to pick up and go home, but at about that time, John said “I’ll call a judge to monitor for slow play if I have to.” There’s nothing like pushing buttons on an already unhappy fellow, and I thought to myself “I’m gonna whip this guy’s ass next game!” That lasted for all of about three seconds, when I thought more along the lines of “Man, I’m tired.” Besides, I understood his need to be competitive – I had been determined to win that last game versus Jason Marks despite the fact that a draw would have been sufficient. So, I hung in there, putting cards on the table and letting that 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.
whack at me. John beat me in game three as well. I played very poorly and paid little attention in my tired state of mind, making mistakes like trying to cast 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 his critter when he had an active Tidal Visionary
Tidal Visionary
Tidal VisionarySet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
on the table. I don’t know if I could have won this game if I had been playing full power, as my amazing deck was still drawing in a very unamazing fashion (where the heck did that Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
go for the last *seven* games of the tournament, anyway?), but I’m sure John was happy to come away with the full win, and his team was happy with the sweep as well.

Dave: 5-2-1
Travis: 4-4
Troy: 4-4
Team: 5-3

A final record of 5-3 was good enough for ninth place out of the forty-one teams present at the tournament. That’s respectable, but not quite the result we were hoping for. I do feel that we built our decks correctly, and that we played well – taking on most of the better teams in the tournament and doing well against them. My confidence is high after our performance in this tournament, and I feel that we are as capable as any team of earning an invitation to PT: New York with just a few more breaks going our way in any upcoming PTQ. Keep your eyes on us – Team Card-Shark is eager to get that invite!

Before I end this report, I would like to make one final observation. I’m going to pretend that some important official over at the DCI reads every article I post religiously, and whenever confronted with a difficult decision, asks himself, “What would Dave Andrews do?”

Casey McCarrel definitely cast a shadow over this team sealed event. Rumors and suspicions of cheating in Magic tournaments are always floating around in varying degrees, but cheating certainly seemed high on everyone’s list of concerns at this PTQ, more so than at any PTQ I’ve been at for quite some time. I’m not just talking about the various discussions going on around the room regarding how many of Magic’s top players cheat or what should happen to Casey McCarrel, which naturally will follow such an event, but there was a thicker than usual air of suspicion surrounding this entire tournament. Not only did our fourth round opponent insinuate that our team may be cheating (the first time that has ever happened to any of us), but many comments were overheard during the tournament, like “Check with [Team X]’s previous opponent to make sure they don’t switch their decks around on us for better matchups,” and, “Yeah, they got really good decks, assuming those were the decks they really got!” If the DCI thinks that a high-profile player cheating at high-profile events only has an effect on the other players within that event, they are far from correct. Every time a high-profile player is caught cheating it deals a blow to the confidence of every tournament Magic player in every event there is to be played. It reinforces the idea that the most consistent players are most likely cheaters, and destroys the legitimacy of Magic as a mental sport. Cheating at professional events MUST be eliminated, and the only way to eliminate cheating is to enforce punishments that guarantee that cheating will not be worth it.

Consider this: many Magic players believe that luck is as important or even more important than skill in top-level events. Imagine that Pro-Player Billybob feels that at any given professional event, there are about one hundred players who have the skill level required to make the top eight, including himself, and that luck will decide which of those eight players make the cut. That gives Billybob a 8/100 chance of making the top eight at any given Pro-Tour. If there are five Pro-Tour events per year, that means that statistically, Billybob should make top eight once every 2 ½ years. If the punishment for cheating is a suspension for, say, two years, then it becomes worth the risk for Billybob to cheat, as the potential time lost if caught is less than the potential time gained if his cheating method is good enough to earn him a top eight slot!

Casey McCarrel has been suspended for cheating before, and has come back, cheating again. This time around, it wasn’t incorrectly filling out a match slip, which I suppose you could argue was a bad judgment call made during an emotionally charged moment in a high-pressure event. This time it was deck manipulation, which requires hours upon hours of practice with a specific intent to cheat. If the DCI wishes to legitimize Magic as a mental sport, if they want to end the perception that high-profile players are immune to serious levels of punishment that non-name players are potentially subjected to, if they want to make the Pro-Tour a true shining example of the highest level of Magic competition rather than an easy target for quick-handed thieves, there is only one choice that can be made: Casey McCarrel must receive a lifetime ban.

And that’s all I have to say about that.


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