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CardShark Content - Dave Andrews (7/12/2001)

More IBC Than You Can Shake A Stick At -- An Origins Report, Part 1

For the last 5 years or so I’ve had this little summertime ritual. Every year, I start planning a trip to the Origins gaming convention in Columbus, OH. Then, as the event approaches, I start thinking about how much it will cost and the scheduling conflicts that may be occurring that year, and start thinking I shouldn’t go. For the last couple of years, when Origins time rolled around, I did not attend. This year, however, for some reason I decided to go.

I chose . . . wisely.

What the hell was I thinking? Not going to Origins? Origins is capital A Amazing, the greatest gathering of nerds and geeks on this planet. What could possibly be better than a weekend of 24-hour gaming of all kinds?

This year, I played a little more Magic than I usually do. I usually try not to play too much Magic at the conventions, because there are so many other games that I can’t find tournaments for elsewhere. However, the back to back Invasion Block Constructed PTQ’s were too attractive to ignore, and when Mike Guptil announced a third IBC PTQ to begin at 10:00 pm on Friday night, that pretty much sealed the deal for playing much of anything else. I was destined to spend my Origins weekend exploring the battlegrounds of the interesting new IBC format.

I traveled to Origins with Marcus Anderson, Travis Cullum, and Kiet Ngo – a fine group of Magic players to share a weekend’s accommodations with. I was packing plenty of decks I considered playable for IBC – a U/W/B control deck similar to Go-Mar, a R/G beatdown deck, a B/R/g agg-control deck, The B/W Arena
Arena
ArenaSet: Timeshifted
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other.
deck everyobdy has, Bill Fleming’s U/G aggro deck, and, believe it or not, Jungle Fever, which despite looking like a really good draft deck, I was considering playing, since even though it doesn’t have any terrific “auto-win” matchups versus anything, it doesn’t really have any “auto-loss” ones either. (A not quite current Jungle Fever list can be found at http://www.card-shark.com/content/view_article.asp?article_id=63 .)

Upon arriving at the convention on Thursday, we were all set to get our IBC feet wet with a Grand Prix Trial for Denver. I chose to play the U/W/B control deck, hoping that the Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
would catch opponents by surprise in a deck that otherwise was nearly Go-Mar. I also felt that playing control would give me a good chance to see the strengths and weaknesses of opposing decks while using the Grand Prix Trial to feel out the field in preparations for the PTQ the next day.

I ended up going 2-3 with the U/W/B deck -- not exactly the results I was hoping for. Putting 2 blue mana together turned out to be quite tough in a field littered with Vindicate
Vindicate
VindicateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy target permanent.
s, and things just didn’t seem to be going my way. I think my favorite moment was game 3 versus Scott Herzberg’s Domain deck. He played a Mana Maze
Mana Maze
Mana MazeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
59
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Players can't play spells that share a color with the spell last played this turn.
, which made the 4 Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.
s I proceeded to draw after that just terrific. What a joy.

I tried to console myself with a little booster drafting. I drafted a pretty nice 4-color deck with plenty of mana fixers, some fat critters, and some neat toys like 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.
, Ceta Sanctuary
Ceta Sanctuary
Ceta SanctuarySet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
20
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control a red or green permanent, draw a card, then discard a card from your hand. If you control a red permanent and a green permanent, instead draw two cards, then discard a card from your hand.
, and a 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.
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1B and/or G. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1B kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the G kicker cost, destroy
combo. You know what happens when you play 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.
, 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, and Ceta Sanctuary
Ceta Sanctuary
Ceta SanctuarySet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
20
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control a red or green permanent, draw a card, then discard a card from your hand. If you control a red permanent and a green permanent, instead draw two cards, then discard a card from your hand.
with both opposing colors? If you’re me, you deck yourself in the second round. I definitely had card advantage, though!

I may not have done too well on Thursday evening, but I was pretty excited nonetheless. As I looked around the Grand Prix Trial at the decks that people were playing, I got the feeling that the U/G aggro deck would be very good in the field. There were very few fast decks, with a lot of three-color control or agg-control. After seeing the field, I had no doubt about which deck to play the next day.

Travis came to the same assessment regarding the field as I did – play beatdown. He hadn’t been having much luck with R/G, though, so he decided to play U/G as well. After seeing how well it performed during a testing session earlier that week, Marcus was also eager to play the U/G. That left Kiet as the only player in our hotel room that wasn’t preparing Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
s and Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
s that night. The next morning, however, even he decided to jump on the bandwagon, and traded for the cards he needed to field the deck in the PTQ. I’m guessing he’s pretty happy with his decision to do so, since he was able to pilot the deck to his first PTQ Top 8, going 6-0-2 in the Swiss but losing in the first round of the Top 8.

U/G Aggro
By Bill Fleming
4:Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.

4:Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.

4:Gaea’s Skyfolk
4:Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.

4: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.

4: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.

4:Temporal Spring
Temporal Spring
Temporal SpringSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put target permanent on top of its owner's library.
s
4: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.

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

4:Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya CoastSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add G or U to your mana pool. Yavimaya Coast deals 1 damage to you.

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

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


Look at how simple that list is: a bunch of 4-of’s, and some basic land. The last time I went to Ann Arbor for playtesting, I was packing a U/G/b aggro deck with Life/Death and 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.
. Bill told me he had started with something similar, but just decided what the best cards were, and simplified. The result is simple, elegant, and effective.

The sideboard I played for the first PTQ looked like this:
4:Jungle Barrier
Jungle Barrier
Jungle BarrierSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
6
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) When Jungle Barrier comes into play, draw a card.

4:Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.

2: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.

2:Tranquility
Tranquility
TranquilitySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
All enchantments in play must be discarded.

3:Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.


Round 1 vs. Bill Whitlow with Domain

I think that the days of playing 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.
in Domain are over, thanks to all the Vindicate
Vindicate
VindicateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy target permanent.
s and Temporal Spring
Temporal Spring
Temporal SpringSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put target permanent on top of its owner's library.
s in the environment. Both games were very similar – I would swing with an early creature, and Bill would get Collective Restraint
Collective Restraint
Collective RestraintSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
49
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays X for each creature attacking you, where X is the number of basic land types among lands you control. (This cost is paid as attackers are declared.)
and then use Global Ruin
Global Ruin
Global RuinSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Each player chooses from the lands he or she controls a land of each basic land type, then sacrifices the rest.
with only 3 land types in play, using a duplicate basic land and 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.
. Then I would cast Temporal Spring
Temporal Spring
Temporal SpringSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put target permanent on top of its owner's library.
s on the land with 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.
, and bounce Collective Restraint
Collective Restraint
Collective RestraintSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
49
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays X for each creature attacking you, where X is the number of basic land types among lands you control. (This cost is paid as attackers are declared.)
with 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.
. During game 2 I actually had to Rush two 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.
ts, but had a Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
for one and a Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.
for the other.

Games: 2-0
Matches: 1-0

Round 2 vs. Neil Murphy with U/G/b Aggro.

Somewhat to my surprise, I was in a near-mirror match for the second round. However, Neil elected to go with some larger creatures (Kavu Chameleon
Kavu Chameleon
Kavu ChameleonSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kavu Chameleon can't be countered.G: Kavu Chameleon becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
and Anavolver
Anavolver
AnavolverSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Volver
Rarity:
R
Number:
75
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker 1U and/or B. If you paid the 1U kicker cost, Anavolver comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has flying.If you paid the B kicker cost, Anavolver comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it and has "Pay 3 life: Regenerate Anavolver."
) and with less bounce. He also had dual-land access to black mana for the Anavolver
Anavolver
AnavolverSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Volver
Rarity:
R
Number:
75
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker 1U and/or B. If you paid the 1U kicker cost, Anavolver comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has flying.If you paid the B kicker cost, Anavolver comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it and has "Pay 3 life: Regenerate Anavolver."
and Spite/Malice, but I’m not sure if the Spite/Malice was main decked or from the sideboard.

The bounce in my deck kept me ahead in the race, and Neil found that the Kavu Chameleon
Kavu Chameleon
Kavu ChameleonSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kavu Chameleon can't be countered.G: Kavu Chameleon becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
put him in a tough spot, as each game reached a point where he had only enough mana per turn to replay a Kavu Chameleon
Kavu Chameleon
Kavu ChameleonSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kavu Chameleon can't be countered.G: Kavu Chameleon becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
, while I had mana to 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.
/Rush/Spring it and play a bear the same turn, getting in enough damage to eventually just run my bears into the Chameleon to finish off Neil’s life total.

Games: 4-0
Matches: 2-0

Round 3 vs. Sam Gilly with U/W/b bears

Sam’s deck was interesting, with Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.
(maybe sideboard, not sure), Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
, Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
, 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.
, 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.
, 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.
, etc. Our decks actually played quite similarly, which made the die roll quite important. I won that die roll, and proceded to win the first game, pretty much by having a slight edge in the tempo.

During Game 2, Sam went first, and I also got to find out just how bad a Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.
can be for the U/G deck. Pro-green Lynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
es are one thing, but at least they’re bouncable. A pro-blue Voice is much, much worse. I brought Sam down to 8 this game, but was not able to win it.

I was a little nervous about that Voice going into the third game, but Fate decided to step in and decide this match, and hit Sam up with some mana-screw. Sometimes it just pays to be the 2-color deck.

Games: 6-1
Matches: 3-0

Round 4 vs. Jeremy Thomson with Goblin Trenches
Goblin Trenches
Goblin TrenchesSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
2, Sacrifice a land: Put two 1/1 red and white Goblin Soldier creature tokens into play.
/Fervent Charge
Fervent Charge
Fervent ChargeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
98
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.


Jeremy’s interesting deck was built around Goblin Trenches
Goblin Trenches
Goblin TrenchesSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
2, Sacrifice a land: Put two 1/1 red and white Goblin Soldier creature tokens into play.
and Fervent Charge
Fervent Charge
Fervent ChargeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
98
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
. It also included U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
, 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.
, Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
, Order/Chaos, and the dreaded Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.
(although once again I don’t know if it was in the main or the sideboard). During game one, the Voice was either in the sideboard or hiding somewhere in the deck, and I managed to win before he was able to get rolling particularly well.

During Game 2, He was able to assemble some goblin tokens, and clear the path with Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
while I didn’t have any bounce available. The game winner this game turned out to be the Chaos half of his Order/Chaos, cast in response to my casting of a Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
as a surprise blocker, preventing me from blocking with anything.

Game 3 I managed to keep the Trenches/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.
ge combo away with Tranquility
Tranquility
TranquilitySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
All enchantments in play must be discarded.
, but multiple Voices of All halted my offense with Jeremy at 13. From that position it was only a matter of time before he was able to bust through and finish me off.

Games: 7-3
Matches: 3-1

Round 5 vs. Justin Morford with Domain

Justin’s Domain deck had 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.
for removal, but did not have what I feel should be Domain staples – Evasive Action
Evasive Action
Evasive ActionSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each basic land type among lands you control.
and Vindicate
Vindicate
VindicateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy target permanent.
(although it is possible he just did not draw any). 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.
costs 5-7 mana to defend against my army, and 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.
/Temporal Spring
Temporal Spring
Temporal SpringSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put target permanent on top of its owner's library.
s keeps that cost from being spread across multiple turns, and Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
can stop it once we are up to that amount of mana. Without inexpensive answers early in game 1, and without being able to protect his Deed from my Snake with Evasive Action
Evasive Action
Evasive ActionSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each basic land type among lands you control.
, I was able to beat him with a Titan and a Skyfolk before he got set up. During game 2, he unfortunately did not draw a 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.
or any color of land besides green and white.

Games: 9-3
Matches: 4-1

Round 6 vs. Les Murray with U/W strangeness

Les’s deck was a perfect matchup against mine. Not only did he have the dreaded Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.
, but he was also running main deck Standard Bearer
Standard Bearer
Standard BearerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flagbearer
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
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.
, which left my bounce spells unable to remove his 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.
s or Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
s. Both games found me unable to get through his multiple Voices and Tappers, and I went down in two straight. I wish I had some interesting details to tell, but I just plain got smashed here.

Games: 9-5
Matches: 4-2

Round 7 vs. Michael Yohman with 5-color strangeness

This round I faced another odd deck. I won the die roll, and came out with a Skyfolk and a Titan, then sat back on bounce spells and harassed him with Temporal Spring
Temporal Spring
Temporal SpringSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put target permanent on top of its owner's library.
s. He assembled his colors of mana and played 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.)
, which I had to 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.
twice to finish him off before he really got rolling.

During game 2, if I remember correctly, I think I saw Goblin Trenches
Goblin Trenches
Goblin TrenchesSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
2, Sacrifice a land: Put two 1/1 red and white Goblin Soldier creature tokens into play.
again, but had a Tranquility
Tranquility
TranquilitySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
All enchantments in play must be discarded.
. I beat down quickly with a turn 2 Skyfolk and a pair of Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
s, and finished off the match.

Games: 11-5
Matches: 5-2

Round 8 vs. Ronald Martin

Going into round 8, I knew someone at 6-2 would make Top 8, but that it wouldn’t be me, as my tiebreaks weren’t good enough after picking up my losses too early. I guess I slacked off a bit, since my notes don’t include what Ronald was playing. The only thing I have noted was that I won 2-0, and that in the second game I had to double-mulligan to a five-card hand with Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G 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.
, Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
, 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.
, and 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.
. Not too shabby.

Games: 13-5
Matches: 6-2

So, I finished the first PTQ with a 6-2 record, with tiebreaks bad enough for 10th place. P.E.S. is never stingy with prizes, though, so 9th-16th got a half-box for our troubles. That 9th-16th also included Marcus, and as I mentioned before, Kiet managed to dodge the Voices of All en route to a 6-0-2 Top 8 appearance. By this time, Mike Guptil had announced that due to the Origins event book erroneously printing the starting time of the PTQ at 10:00 pm instead of 10:00 am, he had arranged to have a 10:00 pm PTQ as well. So, while I wanted to watch Kiet’s first Top 8 run, I was left with limited time to get a good meal and to head back to our hotel (about a mile away) to fetch some 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.
s to deal with those darned Voices of All in the next PTQ.

That wraps up this report. One PTQ down, two to go...


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