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CardShark Content - Erik Dahl (1/26/2003)

Welcome back! My group of players has been on hiatus for the holidays, but we recently started up again. Weekly noise about our casual magic format is thus likely to continue. I hope you enjoy it.

There's been a lot of discussion lately about the imbalance of the colors in Magic, and how White gets the shaft when it comes to powerful cards. I can remember similar discussions before Odyssey that suggested Green was pretty weak. I'd like to start this article off by saying that these opinions are wrong, wrong, wrong! White and Green are the strongest colors in the game.

How can I say that? What am I smoking? Simple; I play casual magic, or ´´Type Fun Point Five´´ as my group affectionately calls it. You can check out the simple rules for our format in our previous articles here on Cardshark, but basically the game is multiplayer free-for-all, and the goal is to stay alive long enough to take out not just one opponent, but several. The power of your deck is measured by how well it stands up to a bunch of people gunning for you at once. In that environment, White and Green have everything you need.

White and green are really good at universal effects, those things that clear the board and send all creatures packing. In a multiplayer game, this is absolutely essential. Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
is one of the best cards to play in this environment, and Armageddon
Armageddon
ArmageddonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All lands in play are destroyed.
is good, too. 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.
is incredible. Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.
is usually a game-ender. These kinds of cards are exactly what you want to draw when the clock is ticking, and they're usually found in White and Green.

The other thing that this environment requires is enchantment hate. White and Green have a lot of good enchantments in them, but more importantly they pretty much have a lock on getting rid of enchantments. The two strongest cards in many of our games have been Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
and Tranquility
Tranquility
TranquilitySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
All enchantments in play must be discarded.
. Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
, Ray of Revelation
Ray of Revelation
Ray of RevelationSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Doug Chaffee

Text:
Destroy target enchantment. Flashback G
, and Cleansing Meditation
Cleansing Meditation
Cleansing MeditationSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
3
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy all enchantments. Threshold - Instead destroy all enchantments, then return to play all cards in your graveyard destroyed this way.
have upped the ante of late. It seems like most decks in our environment have some cool enchantment or artifact as part of their win condition, and white and green shut that down cold.

White and Green also do another thing well: life gain. Sure, you might scoff, life gain sucks. We know; we even say it out loud every time someone plays Heroes' Reunion
Heroes' Reunion
Heroes' ReunionSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
250
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Target player gains 7 life.
, Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
IExpbms=, or Stream of Life
Stream of Life
Stream of LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target player gains X life.
. But that player laughs all the way to the victory round, and here's why. Firstly, life gain isn't very threatening. A player can sit over on his side of the table and play Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.
s, Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
s and Healing Salve
Healing Salve
Healing SalveSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Gain 3 life, or prevent up to 3 damage from being dealt to a single target.
s all night long, and no one will really worry about it for a while, because ´´life gain sucks.´´ The group is more likely to gun for the person with threats on the table, because they're a more immediate danger. Secondly, life gain evens the odds. When someone becomes a threat, everyone will turn on him. This means that even in just a three-player game, while you have only 20 life to lose, you have to beat 40 points of life to win. Life gain makes you more likely to survive the midgame.

So, white and green bring us big board-cleaning effects. They also bring enchantments and enchantment hate. And, they bring us life gain. But that's not all! White and green are the colors traditionally good at getting and playing lands. I'm thinking of 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.
, Rampant Growth
Rampant Growth
Rampant GrowthSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Tom Kyffin
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
, or Gaea's Touch
Gaea's Touch
Gaea's TouchSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
You may put one additional land in play during each of your turns, but that land must be a basic forest. You may sacrifice Gaea's Touch to add GG to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
. I'm thinking of Land Tax
Land Tax
Land TaxSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
During your upkeep, if an opponent controls more land than you, you may search your library and remove up to three basic land cards and put them into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
. Recent cards like Mirari's Wake
Mirari's Wake
Mirari's WakeSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Creatures you control get +1/+1. Whenever you tap a land for mana, add one mana to your mana pool of any type that land produced.
, as well as old standbys like Elves and Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
, boost up the mana base. This is necessary in multiplayer, because you not only need to play your own cards, but you need to respond to several other threats too, in all the other turns in between. You want lots of mana. Green gives you more, and white cards are cheaper.

So what does that leave? Oh yes, a victory condition. You can't win the game without one. Well, Green's got a lot of creatures, a heck of a lot of creatures, and they're fatties to boot! White has evasion, whether it's protection, flying, or first strike. Together, those two are hard to beat, even without all the other advantages of these colors. But every color has creatures, and surely the other colors are more aggressive? Well, that's just it; White and Green's creatures are more defensive; they tend towards higher toughness and more defensive abilities like ´´block as if they had flying´´ and ´´+0/+X.´´ And in multiplayer, that's even better, because again, those creatures look less threatening, and when things start actually coming across the table at you, those creatures can take twice as much.

The other colors are simply too focused for multiplayer. Take blue: blue is a great color, and almost essential in any format, especially one-on-one. However, the things it does extremely well (counterspells, bounce) aren't that effective in multiplayer. Sure, you can stop one or two big effects, but counterspells and Control Magic
Control Magic
Control MagicSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
You control target creature until enchantment is discarded or game ends. If target creature is already tapped it stays tapped until you can untap it. If destroyed, target creature is put in its owner's graveyard.
make enemies. Blue mages basically start games with big targets on their foreheads. Even card drawing is less of an advantage, because while you're building up resources, your opponents are putting them into play, and collectively they get more turns than you do each round. Black is even worse; nothing says ´´Watch out for that guy!´´ like a strategy of discard, sacrifices or dropping big cards into the graveyard. Black just feels evil, and players know to crush it quickly. And while red is great for targeted removal, the mass of players opposing it has more life between them than you have burn. I can't say how many times I've charged with a bunch of red weenies and a ton of lightning bolts for backup and still died in the counterattack.

Each of the guys that play in my group have a bunch of decks that we pull out for Thursday Night Magic. Personally, I have about thirty at any given time. I've started taking a good look at the colors, in my decks and in others', and it has become clear to me that White and Green get more than their fair share. Out of my thirty constructed decks, only nine of them don't have one of those two colors. Last time I reported a match win, it was a deck with white in it (´´Angel Snot´´). I also took a look at some of the lists of great multiplayer cards, and it didn't surprise me that many of them are white or green. Verdant Force
Verdant Force
Verdant ForceSet: Tempest
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
During each player's upkeep, put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
; the Phelddagrif
Phelddagrif
PhelddagrifSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
W: Flying until end of turn. Target opponent gains 2 life.U: Return Phelddagrif to owner's hand. Target opponent may draw a card.G: Trample until end of turn. Put a Hippo token into play under target opponent's control. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
fs; Rith, the Awakener
Rith, the Awakener
Rith, the AwakenerSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
267
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Whenever Rith, the Awakener deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 2G. If you do, choose a color. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play for each permanent of that color.
; Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
; Parallax Wave
Parallax Wave
Parallax WaveSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Fading 5 Remove a fade counter from Parallax Wave: Remove target creature from the game. When Parallax Wave leaves play, each player returns to play all cards he or she owns removed from the game with Parallax Wave.
; 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.
; even Genesis
Genesis
GenesisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Mark Zug

Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Genesis is in your graveyard, you may pay 2G. If you do, return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
and Glory
Glory
GlorySet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2W: Creatures you control gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only if Glory is in your graveyard.
-- these are big effects that can affect everyone, and that's what multiplayer thrives on.

In our last TNM tournament, we had another match win, which was a W/G deck, strangely enough. I'll write out the results, and leave you to think about my assertions. White and Green may not be the best colors in one-on-one Magic, but they're certainly tier one when it comes to casual multiplayer, as I hope you'll agree.

´´Bird Droppings´´ *Match Winner*

Creatures (22)
4:Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

4:Welkin Hawk
Welkin Hawk
Welkin HawkSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying If Welkin Hawk is put into any graveyard from play, you may search your library for a Welkin Hawk card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4:Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.

4:Skyshroud Falcon
Skyshroud Falcon
Skyshroud FalconSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Skyshroud Falcon to tap.

4:Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

2:Commander Eesha
Commander Eesha
Commander EeshaSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying, Protection from Creatures


Spells (18)
4:Battle Screech
Battle Screech
Battle ScreechSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
3
Artist:
Randy Gallegos

Text:
Put two 1/1 white Bird creature tokens with flying into play. Flashback - Tap three untapped white creatures you control.

4:Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
's Aerie
4:Sterling Grove
Sterling Grove
Sterling GroveSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
278
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All other enchantments you control can't be the targets of spells or abilities.1, Sacrifice Sterling Grove: Search your library for an enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

2:Aura Shards
Aura Shards
Aura ShardsSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
233
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play under your control, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.

3:Morningtide
Morningtide
MorningtideSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove all cards in all graveyards from the game.
*
1:Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.


Lands (20)
2:Seaside Haven
Seaside Haven
Seaside HavenSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
323
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. WU, T, Sacrifice a Bird: Draw a card.

2:Savannah
Savannah
SavannahSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either W or G to your mana pool.Counts as both plains and forest and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

4:Windswept Heath
Windswept Heath
Windswept HeathSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
328
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a forest or plains card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

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

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


* usually 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.


This deck is fairly straightforward - I want to get birds out, and attack with them. If the birds get blocked and die, that's great, because that makes Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
and the Aerie bigger. If they don't die, I sacrifice Welkin Hawk
Welkin Hawk
Welkin HawkSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying If Welkin Hawk is put into any graveyard from play, you may search your library for a Welkin Hawk card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
s to Seaside Haven
Seaside Haven
Seaside HavenSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
323
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. WU, T, Sacrifice a Bird: Draw a card.
instead (using the Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
for {U}) and they still get bigger. Sterling Grove
Sterling Grove
Sterling GroveSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
278
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All other enchantments you control can't be the targets of spells or abilities.1, Sacrifice Sterling Grove: Search your library for an enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
finds the Aerie if I don't draw one, and protects it if I do, plus it can go and get Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
or Aura Shards
Aura Shards
Aura ShardsSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
233
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play under your control, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.
when I need it. The mana base is a little tight, but most of the spells are really cheap and I usually stop playing lands after about five, because it psyches the other players into thinking I have more birds waiting in hand. The Skyshroud Falcon
Skyshroud Falcon
Skyshroud FalconSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Skyshroud Falcon to tap.
s are great to attack with, cast Battle Screech
Battle Screech
Battle ScreechSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
3
Artist:
Randy Gallegos

Text:
Put two 1/1 white Bird creature tokens with flying into play. Flashback - Tap three untapped white creatures you control.
, and tap with two new birds for the Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
back.

I usually have three 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.
s in the deck, because when I have a couple of Aeries in play I like to take out a bunch of other creatures with the birds, and nothing feels better than winning with a 24/25 Bird of Paradise. However, I had taken the 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.
s and my Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
s out of their respective decks to use for a PTQ, and didn't remember they were missing until right before the match. So, I put in Morningtide
Morningtide
MorningtideSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove all cards in all graveyards from the game.
instead, as one of the other players has been playing with a Morality Shift
Morality Shift
Morality ShiftSet: Judgment
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli

Text:
Exchange your graveyard and your library. Then shuffle your library.
deck and I thought I might get lucky and metagame him to death.

Game One
Tony: ´´Witch Hunter
Witch Hunter
Witch HunterSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hunter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Witch Hunter deals 1 damage to target player.1WW, T: Return target creature any opponent controls to owner's hand.
s´´
Johnny: ´´Caustic Tar
Caustic Tar
Caustic TarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Enchanted land has ``Tap: Target player loses 3 life.``
´´
Spiny: ´´Bird Droppings´´

We didn't see much of Tony's deck this game, but it's basically monowhite with Witch Hunter
Witch Hunter
Witch HunterSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hunter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Witch Hunter deals 1 damage to target player.1WW, T: Return target creature any opponent controls to owner's hand.
s in it. Johnny's deck centers around Caustic Tar
Caustic Tar
Caustic TarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Enchanted land has ``Tap: Target player loses 3 life.``
, using lots of Deserted Temple
Deserted Temple
Deserted TempleSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
320
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Tap: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool 1, Tap: Untap target land.
s, Krosan Restorer
Krosan Restorer
Krosan RestorerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
130
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Untap target land. Threshold - T: Untap up to three target lands.
s and Seeker
Seeker
SeekerSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked except by white creatures and artifact creatures.
IG9mIFNreWJyZWFrs to cause massive losses of life.

Spiny started out quickly with a Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
, a Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
, and a Welkin Hawk
Welkin Hawk
Welkin HawkSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying If Welkin Hawk is put into any graveyard from play, you may search your library for a Welkin Hawk card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
. Tony stumbled on land turn two, but cast an Ivory Cup
Ivory Cup
Ivory CupSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
1: Any white spell cast gives you 1 life. Can only give 1 life each time a white spell is cast.
and proceeded to gain life on each of Spiny's birds. Johnny played a Venomous Dragonfly
Venomous Dragonfly
Venomous DragonflySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
282
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever Venomous Dragonfly blocks or becomes blocked by a creature, destroy that creature at end of combat.
and a Krosan Restorer
Krosan Restorer
Krosan RestorerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
130
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Untap target land. Threshold - T: Untap up to three target lands.
. Spiny began attacking right away, hitting Tony with the Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
and Johnny with the Welkin. Johnny blocked with the Dragonfly, killing both flyers, and netting Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
a couple of +1/+1 tokens and Spiny an additional Welkin Hawk
Welkin Hawk
Welkin HawkSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying If Welkin Hawk is put into any graveyard from play, you may search your library for a Welkin Hawk card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
.

Spiny kept on attacking every turn, casting the Welkin Hawk
Welkin Hawk
Welkin HawkSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying If Welkin Hawk is put into any graveyard from play, you may search your library for a Welkin Hawk card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
and a Skyshroud Falcon
Skyshroud Falcon
Skyshroud FalconSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Skyshroud Falcon to tap.
. Still nothing but slow lifegain happened over on Tony's side of the board, since he was stuck on two lands, one of which was Safe Haven
Safe Haven
Safe HavenSet: Chronicles
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
2, T: Remove target creature you control from the game. Play this ability as an interrupt.0: Sacrifice Safe Haven to return all creatures it has removed from the game directly into play under their owners' control as though they were just summoned. Use this ability during your upkeep.
. Johnny got out another Dragonfly, and then started blocking the birds and casting Constant Mists
Constant Mists
Constant MistsSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
BuybackSacrifice a land (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Constant Mists into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Creatures deal no combat damage this turn.
(without the Buyback). This might have been a good plan except that Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
kept getting bigger and Spiny kept playing more birds. After Johnny ran out of Mists, Tony started dipping into Indestructible Aura
Indestructible Aura
Indestructible AuraSet: Chronicles
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Any damage dealt to target creature for the rest of the turn is reduced to 0.
s, saving Dragonflies three turns in a row, but as he had no blockers he eventually fell to the Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
on steroids.

Finally, Johnny found a Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
and got a Caustic Tar
Caustic Tar
Caustic TarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Enchanted land has ``Tap: Target player loses 3 life.``
, which he put on a tapped swamp. This was quite threatening, even though his Restorer was tapped, because he could use it to untap the swamp for a lot of life loss next round. On his turn, Spiny attacked with a Welkin Hawk
Welkin Hawk
Welkin HawkSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying If Welkin Hawk is put into any graveyard from play, you may search your library for a Welkin Hawk card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
, which was blocked and killed with a Dragonfly, and fetched another Welkin Hawk
Welkin Hawk
Welkin HawkSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying If Welkin Hawk is put into any graveyard from play, you may search your library for a Welkin Hawk card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
from his library. Then he cast Aura Shards
Aura Shards
Aura ShardsSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
233
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play under your control, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.
, followed up with the Hawk, and destroyed the Tar. Johnny tried to get the Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
with Reclaim
Reclaim
ReclaimSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Put target card from your graveyard on top of your library.
, but forgot to do it before his turn and scooped in disgust.

Game Two
Tony: ´´The Wurm Deck´´
Johnny: ´´Morality Shift
Morality Shift
Morality ShiftSet: Judgment
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli

Text:
Exchange your graveyard and your library. Then shuffle your library.
´´
Spiny: ´´Bird Droppings,´´ (1-0)

Ah, ´´The Wurm Deck.´´ This is an old-school theme deck that summons Jungle Wurm
Jungle Wurm
Jungle WurmSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Kyffin
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
For each creature assigned to block it beyond the first, Jungle Wurm gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
s and Craw Wurm
Craw Wurm
Craw WurmSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
s, and then casts Invisibility
Invisibility
InvisibilitySet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature can be blocked only by walls.
on them. It's not very subtle, and we've all seen it a lot, yet it always surprises us when it goes off. ´´Morality Shift
Morality Shift
Morality ShiftSet: Judgment
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli

Text:
Exchange your graveyard and your library. Then shuffle your library.
´´ is an awesome combo deck that has won several games in the past. It uses Lake of the Dead
Lake of the Dead
Lake of the DeadSet: Alliances
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
When Lake of the Dead comes into play, sacrifice a swamp or bury Lake of the Dead.T: Add B to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice a swamp to add BBBB to your mana pool.
to play Morality Shift
Morality Shift
Morality ShiftSet: Judgment
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli

Text:
Exchange your graveyard and your library. Then shuffle your library.
after four turns, and then kills with a Soulshriek
Soulshriek
SoulshriekSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Bolton
Text:
Target creature you control gets +*/+0 until end of turn, where * is equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard. Bury that creature at end of turn.
ed creature, usually a Devouring Strossos brought into play with Corpse Dance
Corpse Dance
Corpse DanceSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Buyback 2 (You may pay an additional 2 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Put the top creature card from your graveyard into play. That creature is unaffected by summoning sickness this turn. Remove the creature from the game at end of turn.
(Soulshriek
Soulshriek
SoulshriekSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Bolton
Text:
Target creature you control gets +*/+0 until end of turn, where * is equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard. Bury that creature at end of turn.
returns it to the graveyard at end of turn, instead of removing it from the game).

Tony played land, Johnny played land, and Spiny played a Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
and a Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
. We were off, and it was very tense. Tony played land, Johnny played land, and Spiny played Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
and a Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
. Tony played a Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal SorcererSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.
(and Johnny said quickly, ´´Kill the Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
first!´´), Johnny played Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.
IG9mIEduYXRz, and Spiny played Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
's Aerie, another Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
, and then attacked Johnny with both birds (´´Okay, don't kill the Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
.´´).

The next round was unbelievable. First, Tony played Control Magic
Control Magic
Control MagicSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
You control target creature until enchantment is discarded or game ends. If target creature is already tapped it stays tapped until you can untap it. If destroyed, target creature is put in its owner's graveyard.
, and took the Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
for himself. While Spiny stared in consternation, Johnny put down Lake of the Dead
Lake of the Dead
Lake of the DeadSet: Alliances
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
When Lake of the Dead comes into play, sacrifice a swamp or bury Lake of the Dead.T: Add B to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice a swamp to add BBBB to your mana pool.
and cast Morality Shift
Morality Shift
Morality ShiftSet: Judgment
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli

Text:
Exchange your graveyard and your library. Then shuffle your library.
. Now his library had two cards in it (swamp and Morality Shift
Morality Shift
Morality ShiftSet: Judgment
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli

Text:
Exchange your graveyard and your library. Then shuffle your library.
) and everything else was in his graveyard. You could bet he was holding a Soulshriek
Soulshriek
SoulshriekSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Bolton
Text:
Target creature you control gets +*/+0 until end of turn, where * is equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard. Bury that creature at end of turn.
(he actually had two!), and he had more than twenty creatures buried. He knocked, and was obviously ready to attack next turn when he had the mana to beef up the Gnats, or could summon up the Strossos.

Unfortunately (for Johnny, anyway), Spiny played Morningtide
Morningtide
MorningtideSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove all cards in all graveyards from the game.
. D'oh!

Spiny attacked, holding a bird back to chump block the Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
if necessary. The bird died, and a token went on the Aerie. Tony played an Illusionary Wall
Illusionary Wall
Illusionary WallSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
7
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying, first strikeCumulative Upkeep: U
, but didn't attack. Johnny, his face a picture, drew a swamp and played it, and looked worriedly at the other card in his library. Spiny played another Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
's Aerie and a Welkin Hawk
Welkin Hawk
Welkin HawkSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying If Welkin Hawk is put into any graveyard from play, you may search your library for a Welkin Hawk card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
and attacked again, killing another bird and making Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
buffer. Tony paid the upkeep on the Illusionary Wall
Illusionary Wall
Illusionary WallSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
7
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying, first strikeCumulative Upkeep: U
and didn't attack. Johnny drew, and played Morality Shift
Morality Shift
Morality ShiftSet: Judgment
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli

Text:
Exchange your graveyard and your library. Then shuffle your library.
, putting it in his graveyard and placing the swamp he'd sacrificed into his library. Spiny played Battle Screech
Battle Screech
Battle ScreechSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
3
Artist:
Randy Gallegos

Text:
Put two 1/1 white Bird creature tokens with flying into play. Flashback - Tap three untapped white creatures you control.
, tapped the Welkin Hawk
Welkin Hawk
Welkin HawkSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying If Welkin Hawk is put into any graveyard from play, you may search your library for a Welkin Hawk card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
and the two Bird tokens to flash it back, and attacked with another bird, which died. Tony played a Jungle Wurm
Jungle Wurm
Jungle WurmSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Kyffin
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
For each creature assigned to block it beyond the first, Jungle Wurm gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
and didn't attack. Johnny drew, played a swamp, sacrificed it, and played a second Morality Shift
Morality Shift
Morality ShiftSet: Judgment
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli

Text:
Exchange your graveyard and your library. Then shuffle your library.
. He smiled; ´´You're going to have to kill me the old-fashioned way,´´ he said to Spiny.

Spiny played a Seaside Haven
Seaside Haven
Seaside HavenSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
323
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. WU, T, Sacrifice a Bird: Draw a card.
and attacked Johnny with all four Bird tokens. He blocked one with the Gnats, but Spiny sacrificed it to the Haven, netting two more feather tokens, and doing 24 damage with the others. Tony held back again, since there was still a bird that could chump block. On his turn, Spiny flew at Tony with four birds; two of them were blocked, but he sacrificed one and the other two dealt 10 damage each. That was it.

Spiny: ´´Bird Droppings´´ *WINNER*

While we debated having me sign the Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
that had gotten some grease on it from the pizza, I signed the Morningtide
Morningtide
MorningtideSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove all cards in all graveyards from the game.
instead, because when was I going to be able to pull THAT one again?

Game Three
Tony: ´´How Do You Get An Abbey Matron
Abbey Matron
Abbey MatronSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
W, T: +0/+3 until end of turn
Pregnant?´´
Johnny: ´´Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
Iron MaidenSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
During each of your opponents' upkeeps, Iron Maiden deals 1 damage to that player for each card more than four in his or her hand.
? Excellent!!!´´
Spiny: ´´Goblin Bouncers´´

Tony's deck is basically a lot of white and red creatures with good tapping abilities and a couple of Johan
Johan
JohanSet: Chronicles
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
As long as Johan does not attack and is untapped, attacking does not cause creatures you control to tap.
s, plus lots of creature enchantments. Johnny's is a scary combination of Cowardice
Cowardice
CowardiceSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Whenever a creature becomes the target of a spell or ability, return that creature to its owner's hand.
; Fylamarid
Fylamarid
FylamaridSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Fylamarid cannot be blocked by blue creatures.U: Target creature is blue until end of turn.
; Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
; Multani
Multani
MultaniSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Brom
Power:
-3
Toughness:
-2
Text:
All creatures you control get +X/+0, where X is the number of cards in your hand.
, Maro
Maro
MaroSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
241
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Maro's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand.
-Sorcerer; and Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
Iron MaidenSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
During each of your opponents' upkeeps, Iron Maiden deals 1 damage to that player for each card more than four in his or her hand.
. Spiny's casts cheap red creatures, particularly Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.
, and bounces them back for lots of stupid ´´at end of turn´´ and ´´comes into play´´ tricks.

Tony started up with a couple of Kird Ape
Kird Ape
Kird ApeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
While controller has forests in play, Kird Ape gains +1/+2.
s. The busboy at the restaurant was impressed; he'd never seen a black-bordered one. We noticed that he kept coming by to see how things were going after that, which was cool because it got us a lot more refills. Johnny played land. Spiny played Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
and Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
. Tony played an Abbey Matron
Abbey Matron
Abbey MatronSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
W, T: +0/+3 until end of turn
, a Centaur Archer
Centaur Archer
Centaur ArcherSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Centaur Archer deals 1 damage to target creature with flying.
, and two Carapace
Carapace
CarapaceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +0/+2.Sacrifice Carapace: Regenerate enchanted creature.
s. Johnny didn't play land. Spiny played Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.
, attacked Johnny, and played Curfew
Curfew
CurfewSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Each player chooses a creature he or she controls and returns it to owner's hand.
, returning the Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.
.

The next few rounds went very quickly. Tony played more Carapace
Carapace
CarapaceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +0/+2.Sacrifice Carapace: Regenerate enchanted creature.
s, another Abbey Matron
Abbey Matron
Abbey MatronSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
W, T: +0/+3 until end of turn
, and Johan
Johan
JohanSet: Chronicles
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
As long as Johan does not attack and is untapped, attacking does not cause creatures you control to tap.
, and then he attacked Spiny a lot. Spiny kept attacking Johnny, pulling Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.
and Shrieking Drake
Shrieking Drake
Shrieking DrakeSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ian Miller
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Shrieking Drake comes into play, return a creature you control to owner's hand.
at least twice. Johnny found more land and played Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
, Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
Iron MaidenSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
During each of your opponents' upkeeps, Iron Maiden deals 1 damage to that player for each card more than four in his or her hand.
and Multani
Multani
MultaniSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Brom
Power:
-3
Toughness:
-2
Text:
All creatures you control get +X/+0, where X is the number of cards in your hand.
, Maro
Maro
MaroSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
241
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Maro's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand.
-Sorcerer (who was 20/20!). Unfortunately, Spiny played a Furious Assault
Furious Assault
Furious AssaultSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell, Furious Assault deals 1 damage to target player.
and finished Johnny off. Then, Tony marched over him with everything a few times and won, since Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.
can't do anything against an Abbey Matron
Abbey Matron
Abbey MatronSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
W, T: +0/+3 until end of turn
with a Carapace
Carapace
CarapaceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +0/+2.Sacrifice Carapace: Regenerate enchanted creature.
.

Game Four
Johnny: ´´Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
Iron MaidenSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
During each of your opponents' upkeeps, Iron Maiden deals 1 damage to that player for each card more than four in his or her hand.
? Excellent!!!´´ (0-1)
Spiny: ´´Black Is Evil´´
Tony: ´´How Do You Get An Abbey Matron
Abbey Matron
Abbey MatronSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
W, T: +0/+3 until end of turn
Pregnant?´´ (1-0)

Johnny decided to try his Cowardice
Cowardice
CowardiceSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Whenever a creature becomes the target of a spell or ability, return that creature to its owner's hand.
deck again. Spiny switched to a cruel black deck that uses Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
, Anvil of Bogardan
Anvil of Bogardan
Anvil of BogardanSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Each player skips his or her discard phase.During each player's draw phase, that player draws an additional card and then chooses and discards a card.
, and lots of discard to hurt everyone, while holding creatures at bay with Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring BridgeSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each creature with power greater than the number of cards in your hand cannot attack.
. It's not popular at all, so the best time to play it is when someone else has won one game and we're trying to keep him from winning both.

Johnny started off well in the first few rounds, playing Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
Iron MaidenSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
During each of your opponents' upkeeps, Iron Maiden deals 1 damage to that player for each card more than four in his or her hand.
, Fylamarid
Fylamarid
FylamaridSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Fylamarid cannot be blocked by blue creatures.U: Target creature is blue until end of turn.
and Cowardice
Cowardice
CowardiceSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Whenever a creature becomes the target of a spell or ability, return that creature to its owner's hand.
. Spiny hit Tony with Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.
, and then cast Bottomless Pit
Bottomless Pit
Bottomless PitSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
During each player's upkeep, that player discards a card at random.
and Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring BridgeSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each creature with power greater than the number of cards in your hand cannot attack.
. Tony played a Kird Ape
Kird Ape
Kird ApeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
While controller has forests in play, Kird Ape gains +1/+2.
, but didn't have much else. Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
hit the table, which started slowly killing Tony, since he couldn't do much if he couldn't attack. Spiny held a card so that Johnny could attack with the Fylamarid
Fylamarid
FylamaridSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Fylamarid cannot be blocked by blue creatures.U: Target creature is blue until end of turn.
, but Tony kept casting Holy Day
Holy Day
Holy DaySet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is assigned.
- something like three times in a row. Johnny gave up and got Cowardice
Cowardice
CowardiceSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Whenever a creature becomes the target of a spell or ability, return that creature to its owner's hand.
out, but after Tony died Spiny killed him with Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
, Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.
, and Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.
.

Tony's memorable quote of the evening: ´´I feel like a winner after casting all those Holy Day
Holy Day
Holy DaySet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is assigned.
s.´´

Game Five
Tony: ´´Glacial Towers´´
Johnny: ´´All Your Base Are Remove
Remove
RemoveSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Play Remove only after you're attacked, before you declare blockers.Return any one attacking creature to its owner's hand.
From Game´´
Spiny: ´´Black Is Evil´´ (1-0)

´´Glacial Towers´´ is an old combo deck of Tony's, centered on getting out a bunch of Ivory Tower
Ivory Tower
Ivory TowerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep phase, gain 1 life for each card in your hand above four.
s, Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.
s and a Library of Leng
Library of Leng
Library of LengSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
You must skip the discard phase of your turn. If a card forces you to discard, you may choose to discard to top of your library rather than to graveyard. If discard is random, you may look at card before deciding where to discard it.
with the Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
's Lands, and then holding off all damage with Glacial Chasm
Glacial Chasm
Glacial ChasmSet: Ice Age
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: 2 lifeWhen Glacial Chasm comes into play, sacrifice a land. You cannot attack. All damage dealt to you is reduced to 0.
until he can kill with Air Elemental
Air Elemental
Air ElementalSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
s or deck everyone to death with Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
. Johnny's deck, though, is even worse: Animate Land
Animate Land
Animate LandSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
101
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Until end of turn, target land is a 3/3 creature that's still a land.
turns a basic land into a creature, and then Eradicate
Eradicate
EradicateSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Remove target nonblack creature from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
gets rid of all of those lands except any others you may have gotten into play. The trick also works with Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
J3MgGroundbreaker
Groundbreaker
GroundbreakerSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
r
Number:
148
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample, haste At end of turn, sacrifice Groundbreaker.
s and Splinter
Splinter
SplinterSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Remove target artifact from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
. Sengir Vampire
Sengir Vampire
Sengir VampireSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
FlyingVampire gets a +1/+1 counter each time a creature dies during a turn in which Vampire damaged it.
s clean up the mess. This was obviously a very good choice against Spiny's monoblack deck.

Spiny had the first few rounds with a Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.
, Anvil of Bogardan
Anvil of Bogardan
Anvil of BogardanSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Each player skips his or her discard phase.During each player's draw phase, that player draws an additional card and then chooses and discards a card.
, and Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
. Tony played a Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.
and an Ivory Tower
Ivory Tower
Ivory TowerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep phase, gain 1 life for each card in your hand above four.
. Johnny played a couple of 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.
Elves, then hit Spiny with Animate Land
Animate Land
Animate LandSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
101
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Until end of turn, target land is a 3/3 creature that's still a land.
and Eradicate
Eradicate
EradicateSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Remove target nonblack creature from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
on turn four. All swamps except for two others in play were removed from Spiny's game, which pretty much did him in, although he stuck around for a long, long time casting Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
es and Cabal Therapies before he finally got decked (his library was at least 20 cards lighter than the others').

For the other two, the game was long and convoluted. Tony got a Glacial Chasm
Glacial Chasm
Glacial ChasmSet: Ice Age
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: 2 lifeWhen Glacial Chasm comes into play, sacrifice a land. You cannot attack. All damage dealt to you is reduced to 0.
out fairly early, but Johnny ignored it and Eradicate
Eradicate
EradicateSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Remove target nonblack creature from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
d his Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s, after a couple of big Prosperities left them both holding most of their decks in their hands. Then he followed up by Splinter
Splinter
SplinterSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Remove target artifact from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
ing the Chasms, but Tony had something like 100 life at that point. He started attacking with Sengir Vampire
Sengir Vampire
Sengir VampireSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
FlyingVampire gets a +1/+1 counter each time a creature dies during a turn in which Vampire damaged it.
s, but it was slow going, and Tony was getting it all back each round from his Ivory Tower
Ivory Tower
Ivory TowerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep phase, gain 1 life for each card in your hand above four.
s. Somewhere around there Spiny died, so Johnny had to start discarding down to 7. As Tony neared the end of his deck, he played two Feldon's Cane
Feldon's Cane
Feldon's CaneSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
tap, Remove Feldon's Cane from the game: Shuffle your graveyard into your library.
s, which he had wisely held, and activated one of them. Johnny couldn't keep up with all the cards he had to draw each turn and decked.

Tim and I are working on writing up our experience at the PTQ. It was very close; if you're interested in the perspective of a casual player at a stressful, high-stakes competitive event, you're going to find the results fascinating.

Here's an obligatory sign-off message: ´´There can be only Fun!”


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