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CardShark Content - David DC Carl (12/10/2001)

Peasant Magic has grown in popularity recently, and it’s little wonder why. Who really wants to spend a ton of money just to have a good deck? Peasant magic is the perfect answer. After all, you can only use commons and 5 uncommons in your deck!

Then again, those who have looked at some of the better Peasant Magic decks are in for a bit of disillusionment. The 4 Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.
s and 4 Demonic Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Demonic TutorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Search your library for one card and take it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
s in one particular black deck on-line could easily run you $40 or more. All said and done, the deck would probably run $60 or so to build.

I’d like to write a series of articles on Peasant Magic decks from recent MTG Expansions. This first article features a White/Green Invasion Block Peasant Magic deck. So grab your spare Invasion commons (and 5 uncommons) in order to build:

CLOAK AND FLAGGER

30 Creatures
4x 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.

4x 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.

4x Llanowar Knight
Llanowar Knight
Llanowar KnightSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
254
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black

4x Samite Pilgrim
Samite Pilgrim
Samite PilgrimSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
D.J. Cleland-Hura
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent the next X damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn, where X is the number of basic land types among lands you control.

4x Pincer Spider
Pincer Spider
Pincer SpiderSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker 3 (You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell.)Pincer Spider may block as though it had flying.If you paid the kicker cost, Pincer Spider comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it.

4x Benalish Lancer
Benalish Lancer
Benalish LancerSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2W (You may pay an additional 2W as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Benalish Lancer comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has first strike.

4x 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.

2x (U) Charging Troll
Charging Troll
Charging TrollSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Charging Troll to tap.G: Regenerate Charging Troll.


7 Enchantments (4 local, 3 global)
4x Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.

3x (U) Lashknife
Lashknife
LashknifeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Hannibal King
Text:
If you control a plains, you may tap an untapped creature you control instead of paying Lashknife's mana cost. Enchanted creature has first strike.
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23 Mana Sources (and Searchers)
3x 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.

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


Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
is arguably the most powerful common in the entire Invasion Block. It doesn’t have the versatility some of the other contending cards do, and creature enchantments are generally fairly weak permanents, but it has still won many a draft or sealed-deck tournament. The biggest weakness of the Cloak (and of most creature enchantments) is that the creature is still vulnerable. In this block, there is a pretty good amount of red and black removal, blue bounce, and white tapping or attack prevention.

Enter the Flagbearer. The 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.
is a 2/4 that your opponent MUST target with spells and abilities. Redirect
Redirect
RedirectSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
You may choose new targets for target spell.
that bounce, removal, tapping, etc. to 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.
, and your Cloak-ed creature is free to attack.

So those are the two key cards of “Cloak and Flagger.”

The other creatures provide support in various ways. 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.
is a good one-drop that is capable of tapping opposing fatties. 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.
and Llanowar Knight
Llanowar Knight
Llanowar KnightSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
254
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black
are “bears” (creatures that are 2/2 for 2 mana) with useful abilities. Samite Pilgrim
Samite Pilgrim
Samite PilgrimSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
D.J. Cleland-Hura
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent the next X damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn, where X is the number of basic land types among lands you control.
can prevent 2 damage to any of your creatures once both your land types are in play. The Spiders are important since we lack flyers in this deck. A kicked Lance
Lance
LanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Target creature gains first strike.
r is ideal for the Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
(6/6 first strike, trample). And your two Trolls are also great targets for Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
since you can often attack AND block with them (gaining 5 life each time).

The three Lashknife
Lashknife
LashknifeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Hannibal King
Text:
If you control a plains, you may tap an untapped creature you control instead of paying Lashknife's mana cost. Enchanted creature has first strike.
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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.
provides both mana acceleration and deck thinning.


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