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CardShark Content - Jacob Ward (8/1/2002)

Before anything else, here are the answers to last week’s puzzles:

[Note: these answers were not verified by anyone at Cardshark. Please address all questions to the author.]

Easy:

1) Yes
2) The ability is TAP: Add G to your mana pool. The two cards are Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
and Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn ElvesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.
. There have been rumours, from reliable sources, that either Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
or 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.
may not be in eighth edition. Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
has been in Alpha, Beta, Unlimited, Revised, 4th edition, 5th edition, 6th edition and 7th edition.

Medium:

1) False. This one was a bit nasty. The ability would actually be ‘TAP: deal 1 damage to target creature, then destroy it at the end of combat if the damage was successfully dealt.’ If you use the ability any time other than the combat step, It waits until the end of the next combat step to destroy the creature. Why is the 1 damage important? If you target a creature such as Mogg Maniac
Mogg Maniac
Mogg ManiacSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Mogg Maniac is dealt damage, it deals an equal amount of damage to target opponent.
, which deals the damage to your opponent as well, or Cho-Manno, Revolutionary, which wouldn’t die.
2) No. The target for the counterspell was already chosen when it was played. When it returns after five turns, it cannot find this target, so it has no target and is countered.

Hard:

1) In the Alpha print run, Drain Life
Drain Life
Drain LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Drain Life does 1 damage to a single target for each B spent in addition to the casting cost. Caster gains 1 life for each damage inflicted. If you drain life from a creature, you cannot gain more life than the creature's current toughness.
was printed with ‘B’ instead of the black mana symbol. This was corrected in the Beta print run.
2) No. When the Cloudchaser Eagle
Cloudchaser Eagle
Cloudchaser EagleSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Cloudchaser Eagle comes into play, destroy target enchantment.
comes into play, it hasn’t got the ability, so it cannot destroy Humility
Humility
HumilitySet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Each creature loses all abilities and is a 1/1 creature.
.


Now for this week’s puzzles:

Easy:

1) 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.
(ability: TAP: 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.
deals 1 damage to target creature or player) is enchanted with Hermetic Study
Hermetic Study
Hermetic StudySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Enchanted creature gains T: This creature deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
( Ability: Enchanted creature gains ´´TAP: This creature deals 1 damage to target creature or player) Can the Sorcerer now tap to deal 2 damage to a creature?
2) Can you counter spells with Abjure
Abjure
AbjureSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ted Naifeh
Text:
Sacrifice a blue permanent: Counter target spell.
(Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
a blue permanent: Counter target spell.) if all you control is it and an island?

Medium

1) There have, over all the editions, been 7 different Circle of Protection cards printed (i.e. targeting different things, e.g. black, green). What are they?
2) You use Quirion Druid
Quirion Druid
Quirion DruidSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
G, T: Target land becomes a 2/2 green creature permanently. That land still counts as a land.
’s ability (G, TAP: Target land becomes a 2/2 green creature permanently. That land still counts as a land) on a forest you control. Can you tap it for mana that turn or does it have summoning sickness?

Hard:

1) You play Fork
Fork
ForkSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Any one sorcery or instant spell just cast is duplicated. Treat Fork as an exact copy of target spell except that Fork remains red. Caster of Fork chooses the copy's target.
on your opponents copy of relentless assault (Untap all creatures that attacked this turn. You get an additional combat phase followed by an additional main phase this turn) Can you attack, even though it isn’t your turn?
2) You have Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
in play (Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card). You have ten 1/1 creature tokens in play when you play 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.
. Everyone knows that the tokens will be removed from the game- but do you draw a card. If they were 1/1 creatures (not tokens) and you played a card that read ‘destroy all permanents’ would you draw any cards
3) In the same vain, if you destroy all those creatures, then play No Rest for the Wicked
No Rest for the Wicked
No Rest for the WickedSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Sacrifice No Rest for the Wicked: Return to your hand all creature cards put into your graveyard from play this turn.
afterward and sacrifice it, can it find the creatures, or can it only return creatures destroyed while it was in play?

Evil:

1) What card, in Oddysey, has the flavour test: ´´With friends like these, who needs people?´´

Here is the deck I played:

1 Molimo, 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
4 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.

1 Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.

1 Darigaaz, the Igniter
Darigaaz, the Igniter
Darigaaz, the IgniterSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
243
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Whenever Darigaaz, the Igniter deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 2R. If you do, choose a color. That player reveals his or her hand and Darigaaz deals X damage to him or her, where X is the number of cards revealed of that color.

2 Quirion Trailblazer
Quirion Trailblazer
Quirion TrailblazerSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
205
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Quirion Trailblazer comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. If you do, shuffle your library.

1 City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

2 Cromat
Cromat
CromatSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
WB: Destroy target creature blocking or blocked by Cromat. UR: Cromat gains flying until end of turn. BG: Regenerate Cromat. RW: Cromat gets +1/+1 until end of turn. GU: Put Cromat on top of its owner's library.

2 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.

1 Centaur Rootcaster
Centaur Rootcaster
Centaur RootcasterSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Eric Peterson

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Centaur Rootcaster deals combat damage to a player, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. If you do, shuffle your library.

1 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.

1 Shieldmage Advocate
Shieldmage Advocate
Shieldmage AdvocateSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Christopher Moeller

Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Return target card in an opponent's graveyard to their hand. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn from one source.

1 Rith's Grove
Rith's Grove
Rith's GroveSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Scott Bailey
Text:
Rith's Grove is a Lair in addition to its land type. When Rith's Grove comes into play, sacrifice it unless you return a non-Lair land you control to its owner's hand. T: Add R, G, or W to your mana pool.

1 Darigaaz's Caldera
Darigaaz's Caldera
Darigaaz's CalderaSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
137
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
Darigaaz's Caldera is a Lair in addition to its land type. When Darigaaz's Caldera comes into play, sacrifice it unless you return a non-Lair land you control to its owner's hand. T: Add B, R, or G to your mana pool.

1 Tainted Isle
Tainted Isle
Tainted IsleSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.

1 Tainted Peak
Tainted Peak
Tainted PeakSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add B or R to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.

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

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

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

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

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

2 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.

1 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.

1 Draco
Draco
DracoSet: Planeshift
Cost:
16
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
9
Toughness:
9
Text:
Flying. Draco costs 2 less to play for each basic land type among lands you control. At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Draco unless you pay 10. This cost is reduced by 2 for each basic land type among lands you control.

1 Meteor Crater
Meteor Crater
Meteor CraterSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
T: Choose a color of a permanent you control. Add one mana of that color to your mana pool.

1 Faceless Butcher
Faceless Butcher
Faceless ButcherSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Faceless Butcher comes into play, remove target creature other than Faceless Butcher from the game. When Faceless Butcher leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.

3 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.

2 Dromar, the Banisher
Dromar, the Banisher
Dromar, the BanisherSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
244
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Whenever Dromar, the Banisher deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 2U. If you do, choose a color. Return all creatures of that color to their owners' hands.

1 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.

1 UHVsc2Ugb2YgLlanowar
Llanowar
LlanowarSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
All creatures have "{T}: Add {G}{G} to your mana pool." Whenever you roll {C}, untap all creatures you control.

2 Treva, the Renewer
Treva, the Renewer
Treva, the RenewerSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Ciruelo
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Whenever Treva, the Renewer deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 2W. If you do, choose a color. You gain 1 life for each permanent of that color.

2 Thunderscape Familiar
Thunderscape Familiar
Thunderscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
First Strike. Black spells and green spells you play cost 1 less to play.

1 Dromar's Charm
Dromar's Charm
Dromar's CharmSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
105
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - You gain 5 life; or counter target spell; or target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.

1 Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Red spells and white spells you play cost 1 less to play.


SB: 2 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.

SB: 1 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.

SB: 1 Coalition Flag
Coalition Flag
Coalition FlagSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
2
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Coalition Flag can enchant only a creature you control. Enchanted creature's type is Flagbearer. 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.

SB: 2 Rats' Feast
Rats' Feast
Rats' FeastSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
71
Artist:
Bob Petillo

Text:
Remove X target cards in a single graveyard from the game.

SB: 2 Pay No Heed
Pay No Heed
Pay No HeedSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Prevent all damage a source of your choice would deal this turn.

SB: 1 Shieldmage Advocate
Shieldmage Advocate
Shieldmage AdvocateSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Christopher Moeller

Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Return target card in an opponent's graveyard to their hand. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn from one source.

SB: 2 Circle of Protection: Red
SB: 1 Prismatic Strands
Prismatic Strands
Prismatic StrandsSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson

Text:
Prevent all damage that a source of the color of your choice would deal this turn. Flashback: Tap an untapped white creature you control.

SB: 1 Balancing Act
Balancing Act
Balancing ActSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player chooses a number of permanents he or she controls equal to the number of permanents controlled by the player who controls the fewest, then sacrifices the rest. Each player discards cards from his or her hand the same way.

SB: 1 Recoil
Recoil
RecoilSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Then that player discards a card from his or her hand.

SB: 1 Stern Judge
Stern Judge
Stern JudgeSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Artist:
Mike Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Each player loses 1 life for each swamp he or she controls.



Here’s how I did at the tournament:

In the first round I was paired against a man with a fast, direct damage deck. I played a couple 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.
s, a draco, and then two Dromar’s Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
m, to gain ten life. I managed to kill him in another 2 turns. In my second match he beat me with a devestating volley of cheap damage which had me on 5 life on my fourth turn. Then, in the final game I won by countering his direct damage until I could get Treva, the Renewer
Treva, the Renewer
Treva, the RenewerSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Ciruelo
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Whenever Treva, the Renewer deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 2W. If you do, choose a color. You gain 1 life for each permanent of that color.
into play and use its ability to gain 5 life a turn.

In the second match I was against a Mono-White fast deck, with QW5nZWwgb2YgRetribution
Retribution
RetributionSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Choose two target creatures controlled by an opponent. Bury one of those creatures, and put a -1/-1 counter on the other. That opponent chooses which creature is buried.
and Serra Angel
Serra Angel
Serra AngelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Serra Angel to tap.
trying their best to stop my fliers getting through. I had three good games, though, getting, on the first game, a fourth –turn Darigaaz to win on the 7th. In the third game we had a bit of a dispute over stack timing – he didn’t know the complete rules for the stack, but eventually a Judge explained it and I won from two Gaea’s Might.

In my third match I was paired against a white-green Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
deck, which I had thought of. I, on my first game, got a Dromar on my fourth turn and Cromat
Cromat
CromatSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
WB: Destroy target creature blocking or blocked by Cromat. UR: Cromat gains flying until end of turn. BG: Regenerate Cromat. RW: Cromat gets +1/+1 until end of turn. GU: Put Cromat on top of its owner's library.
on my fifth and killed him,, though he did get a 7th turn Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
monge with 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.
. For the second game I sideboarded in a third Teminate and two more 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.
, but, though I countered his first Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
, and got out Molimo, 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, he won over my Sorcerer’s head and killed me, while on two life!

My third game against him was very slow. He had a good start, but I couldn’t get the right kinds of mana, and it was the seventh turn before I could get a big creature. Fortunately I drew a lot of counter magic, and two terminates, so I could sweep the board clear and win without taking damage.

There we ran out of time, and I collected my prize – a theme deck, three boosters and a box of deck sleeves.

I think for my next T2 deck I’ll try white-blue, with millstone, Scalpelexis
Scalpelexis
ScalpelexisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
50
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Scaplelexis deals combat damage to a player, that player removes the top four cards of his or her library from the game. If two or more of those cards have the same name, repeat the process.
and Ambassador Lacquatus.

My article next week will have answers to these puzzles, plus new ones.

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