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CardShark Content - Howy Tanner (5/22/2003)

Ever get tired of those taunters beating you up? And I don’t mean those bullies across the street, I mean the puny Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
ing Elves and things of his kind that do more damage then a giant behemoth enchanted with a dozen cloaks. Yah, that elf. We were all once beaten by the harmless looking 0/1, but in the hands of a skilled player, that 0/1 would destruct any creature-based deck, and slaughter any spell-based deck. Well let us put a stop to that. I have gathered some tips and info on how to beat the “All creatures able to block CARDNAME do so.” Decks for every color.

But first some cautions:

A taunting Elf is usually used in big creature decks with no trample. What the Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
er does is it makes all your hard-earned creatures block the elf, or a lure-enchanted creature with the same ability. Since all your guys are blocking, then the rest of your opponent’s creatures get in! The Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
er cards are potentially the most dangerous on the stacks, and should be eliminated ASAP. Also note that the cards listed below are just examples, and any similar spells can be used.

If you are playing BLUE:

Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
ers are hard to deal with here, but what blue deck doesn’t have “Target creature gains flying” spells? Most that I have seen have multiple versions of that spell. The opponents know that blue is weak to the Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
ers and will usually mass attack you with everything they have. That’s good. One Defy Gravity
Defy Gravity
Defy GravitySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Artist:
Ben Thompson

Text:
Target creature gains flying until end of turn. Flashback U
on the Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
er will make him gain Flying and your ground creatures are free to block the other ground creatures. Then while he is tapped, Immobilize it or ping it with a sorcerer. Aphetto Grifter
Aphetto Grifter
Aphetto GrifterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Wizards you control: Tap target permanent.. Aphetto con artists started working in pairs to make it less likely they'd be the victims of con artists.
s are overall very nice wizards, and in this case are also very helpful. Tap his Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
er and maybe even other creatures he uses against you. Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.
s and other cards like that will buy you a turn, and when the Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
er comes back in, Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
it!

If you are playing WHITE:

White is the protection color or as some people call it the cowardly, white feathers. I totally disagree with them, since white is my favorite MTG color, and my Cleric deck with a splash of green fatties, is almost unbeatable. But I’ll get into that in my next article. White can easily overcome the Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
ers with a variety of cards. The clerics, with the help of Master Apocathery, can block and then tap to prevent some damage, and the Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
er is gone. Life Burst
Life Burst
Life BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Target player gains 4 life, then gains 4 life for each Life Burst card in each graveyard.
s, life gaining spells and enchantments will sustain you until the Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
er is gone. If you are not playing clerics, then an Ironfist Crusher
Ironfist Crusher
Ironfist CrusherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Iain McCaig
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Ironfist Crusher may block any number of creatures.. Morph 3W (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
, who blocks any number of creatures can fix any problem, and the Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
er’s ability is negated. Entangle on a tough creature can also do the job. Sandskin
Sandskin
SandskinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by enchanted creature.
it and you have unlimited and everlasting blocking power.

If you are playing RED:

Red is known for burn spells, and is a very good splash for other colors. Dealing with a Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
er here is quite easy. A shock can get the poor elf burned down to a pulp. Provoking would also work with cards like Goblin Grappler
Goblin Grappler
Goblin GrapplerSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
100
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Provoke (When this attacks, you may have target creature defending player
controls untap and block it if able.)
. Since the elf is 0/1 it will be a win/win situation. A bigger creature like a Stonetongue Basilisk would be a bit harder to deal with. A lot more burn spells should go to it, and try things like Lightning rifts or Words of Burning to kill it without using single spells.

If you are playing BLACK:

Black is known for destruction of creatures, hands and lands. Creatures? Perfect! Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
er decks don’t stand a chance against black destruction. A cheap ghastly demise could ruin the opponent's whole plot for annihilation and a Cruel Revival
Cruel Revival
Cruel RevivalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target non-Zombie creature. It can't be regenerated. Return up to one target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.
would slaughter the Basilisk and any Lure
Lure
LureSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
All creatures able to block enchanted creature do so.
-enchanted creatures. Just make sure you have plenty of killing cards when you are playing green, and you should be just fine.


If you are playing GREEN:

Green is known for fatties and fat weenies. Green on Green usually proves to be hard and tiring, but here are some tips on dealing with the Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
ers. Have some life gaining cards and provokers. As soon as a Taunting Elf
Taunting Elf
Taunting ElfSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
All creatures able to block Taunting Elf do so.
is put down provoke it and do everything you can to eliminate it. When it’s in the graveyard try to remove it. Cards like reclaim and Soultiller can bring that Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
er back to life. Also every deck should have a 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.
or Moment’s Peace. I am a big fan of Moment’s Peace, since its ability to prevent ALL combat damage will keep you alive, and your opponent open for your attacks.

I hope this has been enlightening for you. Now when you see a Taunt
Taunt
TauntSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Choose any one player. On that player's next turn, all his or her creatures that can attack you must do so.
er you should laugh out load point to it and say “Haha! Your going down, Tiny!”


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