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CardShark Content - John Mourino (8/17/2005)

Block is beginning to come to a close, but it isn’t over yet! I’ve already piloted my white weenie deck through a tournament two months prior. I’ve made some play mistakes, but my job here is to inform you on the strengths and weaknesses of the White Weenie Deck as well as some of the things I did wrong during the 6 round tournament. First, though, here is my list:

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

1 Eiganjo Castle
Eiganjo Castle
Eiganjo CastleSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
275
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool. W, T: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target legendary creature this turn.


-Creatures-
4 Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.

4 Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of KondaSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2

4 Samurai of the Pale Curtain
Samurai of the Pale Curtain
Samurai of the Pale CurtainSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Samurai
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) If a permanent would be put into a graveyard, remove it from the game instead.

4 Eight and a Half Tails
Eight and a Half Tails
Eight and a Half TailsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1W: Target permanent you control gains protection from white until end of turn. 1: Target spell or permanent becomes white until end of turn.

2 Lantern Kami
Lantern Kami
Lantern KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

4 Hand of Honor
Hand of Honor
Hand of HonorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)


-Spells-
4 Otherworldly Journey
Otherworldly Journey
Otherworldly JourneySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Remove target creature from the game. At end of turn, return that creature to play under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.

3 Manriki-Gus
Gus
GusSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gus
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Gus comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it for each game you have lost to your opponent since you last won a Magic game against him or her.
ari
3 Shining Shoal
Shining Shoal
Shining ShoalSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
You may remove a white card with converted mana cost X in your hand from the game rather than pay Shining Shoal's mana cost. The next X damage that a source of your choice would deal to you or a creature you control this turn is dealt to target creature or player instead.

4 Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's JitteSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage, put two charge counters on Umezawa's Jitte. Remove a charge counter from Umezawa's Jitte Choose one — Equipped creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn; or target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn; or you gain 2 life. Equip 2


-Sideboard-
4 Hokori, Dust Drinker
Hokori, Dust Drinker
Hokori, Dust DrinkerSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Lands don't untap during their controllers' untap steps. At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player untaps a land he or she controls.

4 Opal-Eyes, Konda's Yojimbo
3 Nikko-Onna
3 Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the KitsuneSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fox offering (You may play this card any time you could play an instant by sacrificing a Fox and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Fox. Mana cost includes color.) Whenever a creature attacks, you may gain 1 life.

1 Manriki-Gus
Gus
GusSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gus
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Gus comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it for each game you have lost to your opponent since you last won a Magic game against him or her.
ari

*Versus Mono-Black*
You’ve got to love playing against the black deck. It seems like they have to out-skill you at every possible turning point of the game in order to have a chance. We should all know by now that Otherworldly Journey
Otherworldly Journey
Otherworldly JourneySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Remove target creature from the game. At end of turn, return that creature to play under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.
+ Raving Oni Slave
Raving Oni Slave
Raving Oni SlaveSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
C
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Raving Oni-Slave comes into play, you lose 3 life if you don't control a Demon. When Raving Oni-Slave leaves play, you lose 3 life if you don't control a Demon.
equal a loss of 6 points of life. Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.
is especially the bomb in this matchup. Don’t play the Kirin until you have enough land to use the ability right away. Black can easily destroy it if you’re foolish enough to play it turn 4, unless of course you have multiple Kirins in your hand.

*Versus TOGIT Control*
This match-up is supposedly in WGu's favor, but I think the match-up just requires more skill to turn it around. WGu has ´´Dumb´´ and ´´Obvious´´ good cards for the matchup like Final Judgment
Final Judgment
Final JudgmentSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
4
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Remove all creatures from the game.
and White Myojin, but played correctly, White Weenie has essentially the same power in cheaper cards. It requires a lot of stretching to find a lot of otherwise unavailable points of damage, but it is certainly not skewed in any way.

*Versus Gifts*
A very annoying matchup, especially if the opponent packs the Hana Kami
Hana Kami
Hana KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
211
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Hana Kami: Return target Arcane card from your graveyard to your hand.
+ Death Denied
Death Denied
Death DeniedSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Return X target creature cards from your graveyard to your hand.
+ Kagemaro lock (or even the Ethereal Haze
Ethereal Haze
Ethereal HazeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Chris Appelhans
Text:
Prevent all damage that would be dealt by creatures this turn.
lock). The matches I won versus Gifts.dec were from the courtesy of Umezawa’s Jitte or luck. The trick to winning against this match is to play real tight and squeeze in every single point of damage. At the same time, though, you have to make sure you do not overextend so that a single Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
or Kagemaro won’t wreck you.

*Versus White Weenie*
Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Seriously, Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.
and Opal-Eyes, Konda’s Yojimbo help tremendously versus the mirror. This match is usually draw dependent, but if you can outplay your opponent using combat tricks, you’ll have a serious advantage.


Round 1; Black Hand

*1st match against a popular deck. Anyway, Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.
gives me a gigantic edge in this matchup so if I play tight, I should be able to pull through.

Game 1- I get an early Hand of Honor
Hand of Honor
Hand of HonorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
with some other Samurais while he plays Raving Oni Slave
Raving Oni Slave
Raving Oni SlaveSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
C
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Raving Oni-Slave comes into play, you lose 3 life if you don't control a Demon. When Raving Oni-Slave leaves play, you lose 3 life if you don't control a Demon.
and Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma BleederSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Takenuma Bleeder attacks or blocks, you lose 1 life if you don't control a Demon.
. I get Jitte online and he has no answer.

+4 Opal-Eyes
-4 Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of KondaSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2



Game 2- He gets an incredibly aggressive start. I drew 3 of my 4 Eight and a Half Tails
Eight and a Half Tails
Eight and a Half TailsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1W: Target permanent you control gains protection from white until end of turn. 1: Target spell or permanent becomes white until end of turn.
, but some combination of Kiku’s Shadow and Horobi’s Whisper destroys them all. He equips Yukora with an O-Naginata and I get my face smashed.

Game 3- I get an early Opal-Eyes which slows his onslaught of Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma BleederSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Takenuma Bleeder attacks or blocks, you lose 1 life if you don't control a Demon.
s and Raving Oni Slave
Raving Oni Slave
Raving Oni SlaveSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
C
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Raving Oni-Slave comes into play, you lose 3 life if you don't control a Demon. When Raving Oni-Slave leaves play, you lose 3 life if you don't control a Demon.
s. In this game, I finally draw my elusive Otherworldly Journey
Otherworldly Journey
Otherworldly JourneySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Remove target creature from the game. At end of turn, return that creature to play under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.
s. He ends up losing 12 life from his own Raving Oni Slave
Raving Oni Slave
Raving Oni SlaveSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
C
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Raving Oni-Slave comes into play, you lose 3 life if you don't control a Demon. When Raving Oni-Slave leaves play, you lose 3 life if you don't control a Demon.
. I play out Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.
and Shoal for 0, taking out his Manriki-gusari and his Raving Oni Slave
Raving Oni Slave
Raving Oni SlaveSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
C
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Raving Oni-Slave comes into play, you lose 3 life if you don't control a Demon. When Raving Oni-Slave leaves play, you lose 3 life if you don't control a Demon.
s. I swing with my 3/3 pegasus for the win.

2-1
Record: 1-0
Note to self: Wooooooooooooooo! Otherworldly Journey
Otherworldly Journey
Otherworldly JourneySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Remove target creature from the game. At end of turn, return that creature to play under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.
! I still can’t believe he didn’t side out his Raving Oni Slave
Raving Oni Slave
Raving Oni SlaveSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
C
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Raving Oni-Slave comes into play, you lose 3 life if you don't control a Demon. When Raving Oni-Slave leaves play, you lose 3 life if you don't control a Demon.
s!

Round 2; White Weenie

*A mirror match already!? Then again, White Weenie is one of the most popular archetypes for block.

Game 1- A series of Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.
activations left us almost permanent-less. He swings with his Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.
, but I top deck my own Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.
and then ANOTHER Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.
. I beat him down.

-4 Isamaru
-3 Hand of Honor
Hand of Honor
Hand of HonorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)


+4 Opal Eyes
+3 Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the KitsuneSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fox offering (You may play this card any time you could play an instant by sacrificing a Fox and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Fox. Mana cost includes color.) Whenever a creature attacks, you may gain 1 life.


Game 2- He fails to race my dudes. I was still afraid he might pop out a Jitte or a Shoal because those are the cards that usually win in the mirror. However, even if he did get any of those, I had a whole slew of untapped mana and an Eight and a Half Tails
Eight and a Half Tails
Eight and a Half TailsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1W: Target permanent you control gains protection from white until end of turn. 1: Target spell or permanent becomes white until end of turn.
on the table.

2-0
Record: 2-0

Round 3; Togit Control (WGu)

*Uh-oh, I’ll have to play tight in order to win this matchup.

Game 1- In game 1 he kept a one land hand with a top, but the top 3 didn't give him a second land and I got a double Isamaru, hound of Konda opening. Nevertheless, I curved out beautifully, and he conceded at 8 life.

+4 Hokori, the Dust Drinker
+3 Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the KitsuneSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fox offering (You may play this card any time you could play an instant by sacrificing a Fox and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Fox. Mana cost includes color.) Whenever a creature attacks, you may gain 1 life.

-4 Hand of Honor
Hand of Honor
Hand of HonorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

-3 Manriki-Gus
Gus
GusSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gus
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Gus comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it for each game you have lost to your opponent since you last won a Magic game against him or her.
ari

Game 2- A fast Myojin of the Cleansing
Cleansing
CleansingSet: The Dark
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
All land is destroyed. Players may prevent Cleansing from destroying specific lands by paying 1 life for each land they wish to protect. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
Fire beats my face in. A Yosei bolsters his forces and I grudgingly concede.

Game 3- I keep a 1 land hand which turned out to be a huge mistake. I didn’t draw my second land until the third turn. On the other hand, he plays out a Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North TreeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Kodama of the North Tree can't be the target of spells or abilities.
followed closely by Yosei, the Morning Star
Yosei, the Morning Star
Yosei, the Morning StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
50
Artist:
Hiro Izawa
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Yosei, the Morning Star is put into a graveyard from play, target player skips his or her next untap step. Tap up to five target permanents that player controls.
. Good game.

Note to self: Never keep 1 land hands AGAIN!
1-2
Record: 2-1

Round 4; White Weenie

Game 1- He plays out a lantern kami while I hold my own in my hand. He plays out his hand while all I do for the first 3 turns is lay down the lands. I lay down a fourth turn Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.
. He swings with a couple of his samurais, and passes the turn. During my turn, I play lantern Kami, taking down both his lantern Kamis. I pass the turn, and he plays and equips a Jitte, only to have Otherworldly Journey
Otherworldly Journey
Otherworldly JourneySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Remove target creature from the game. At end of turn, return that creature to play under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.
smash it, and smash the rest of his army. Now, I’m free to play and equip my own Jitte and beat face.

-4 Isamaru
-3 Hand of Honor
Hand of Honor
Hand of HonorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)


+4 Opal Eyes
+3 Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the KitsuneSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fox offering (You may play this card any time you could play an instant by sacrificing a Fox and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Fox. Mana cost includes color.) Whenever a creature attacks, you may gain 1 life.


Game 2- Again, Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.
blows up a lot of stuff, but he Needles in response to a freshly cast Eight and a Half Tails
Eight and a Half Tails
Eight and a Half TailsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1W: Target permanent you control gains protection from white until end of turn. 1: Target spell or permanent becomes white until end of turn.
. He also had needled my Jitte and I’m left looking for answers (Darnit! Maybe I should’ve played with Blessed breath so that I could’ve nuked those 1 casting cost needles!) Finally, though, I topdeck PATRON OF THE KITSUNE, and sacrifice my Eight and a Half Tails
Eight and a Half Tails
Eight and a Half TailsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1W: Target permanent you control gains protection from white until end of turn. 1: Target spell or permanent becomes white until end of turn.
to play it. His measly 2/2’s only deal 1 damage each, and I end up beating his face in.

Note to self: Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the KitsuneSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fox offering (You may play this card any time you could play an instant by sacrificing a Fox and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Fox. Mana cost includes color.) Whenever a creature attacks, you may gain 1 life.
proved its worth in this game
2-0
Record: 3-1

Round 5; Gifts Ungiven
Gifts Ungiven
Gifts UngivenSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Search your library for four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
(BGu)

*Another bad matchup, but I plan to win!

Game 1- I get in the early beats but can't survive as he puts together the Death Denied
Death Denied
Death DeniedSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Return X target creature cards from your graveyard to your hand.
+ Kagemaro + Hana Kami
Hana Kami
Hana KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
211
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Hana Kami: Return target Arcane card from your graveyard to your hand.
situation and I'm left wishing I had a better answer to the whole archetype.

+4 Hokori, the Dust Drinker
+3 Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the KitsuneSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fox offering (You may play this card any time you could play an instant by sacrificing a Fox and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Fox. Mana cost includes color.) Whenever a creature attacks, you may gain 1 life.

-4 Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of KondaSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2

-3 Manriki-Gus
Gus
GusSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gus
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Gus comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it for each game you have lost to your opponent since you last won a Magic game against him or her.
ari

Game 2- He extracts me first for Shining Shoal
Shining Shoal
Shining ShoalSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
You may remove a white card with converted mana cost X in your hand from the game rather than pay Shining Shoal's mana cost. The next X damage that a source of your choice would deal to you or a creature you control this turn is dealt to target creature or player instead.
, then for Hokori, the Dust Drinker. He puts me in a haze lock until I finally drew one of my Samurai of the Pale Curtain
Samurai of the Pale Curtain
Samurai of the Pale CurtainSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Samurai
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) If a permanent would be put into a graveyard, remove it from the game instead.
s. Unfortunately for me, he has Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
and a huge Kagemaro comes online after my board is wiped clean.

Note to Self: Kagemaro AAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!
0-2
Record: 3-2

Round 6; White Weenie

Game 1 - I lose game one because he gets his Celestial Kirin
Celestial Kirin
Celestial KirinSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Kirin Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, destroy all permanents with that spell's converted mana cost.
active before I can draw any of mine.

-4 Isamaru
-3 Hand of Honor
Hand of Honor
Hand of HonorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)


+4 Opal Eyes
+3 Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the KitsuneSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fox offering (You may play this card any time you could play an instant by sacrificing a Fox and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Fox. Mana cost includes color.) Whenever a creature attacks, you may gain 1 life.


Game 2 - His Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
ge is met by my shoal and opal eyes activation and he loses to my tremendous Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the Kitsune
Patron of the KitsuneSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fox offering (You may play this card any time you could play an instant by sacrificing a Fox and paying the difference in mana costs between this and the sacrificed Fox. Mana cost includes color.) Whenever a creature attacks, you may gain 1 life.
.

Game 3 - I lose to Eight and a Half Tails
Eight and a Half Tails
Eight and a Half TailsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1W: Target permanent you control gains protection from white until end of turn. 1: Target spell or permanent becomes white until end of turn.
advantage not to mention he had an active Manriki-gusari AND an Umezawa’s Jitte!

Note to Self- Darnit! I kept Umezawa’s Jitte in my hand because I was looking at Manriki-Gus
Gus
GusSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gus
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Gus comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it for each game you have lost to your opponent since you last won a Magic game against him or her.
ari, but I somehow forgot that he had an Umezawa’s Jitte!
1-2
Record: 3-3

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