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CardShark Content - Johnny Lai (5/15/2001)

Now that a spoiler list is available for
Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
, there will likely be many articles discussing
the merits of various new cards. However, nowhere else are
you likely to find an article exclusively focusing on the
commons, the most important cards in the set. The
following discussion of notable commons is based on the
cards from e-league's rumored spoiler.
If you haven't seen the e-league Apolcalypse spoiler, free
free to go check it out at e-league.com. Don't worry if
you haven't seen it because I am including the text of all
cards I discuss for ease of use. Kudos to e-league for
posting the rumored Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
Spoiler and so quickly
entering the spoiler into Apprentice format. I'm a little
sad that, in the process, they removed the ´´Commons´´
selection from the Format choices in Apprentice. I assume
they did so because they didn't have time to program that
aspect in, so I'm hopeful that will be fixed in time. To
the powers that be, please do so!

Creature Enchantments

Some of the most powerful commons in Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
seem to be
creature enchantments. When 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.
in Invasion
began to show up in Top-tier pro-tour decks, people began
to question the conventional wisdom that creature
enchantments are poor card choices. While it remains true
that they can may ´´card disadvantage´´ if your creature is
killed, as 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.
demonstrates, the risk may be
worth it if they are powerful enough. Several creature
enchantments may be powerful enough to warrant being played
in constructed decks. More importantly, they represent
some of the most notable commons in the new set for Commons
Format.

Bloodfire Infusion
Bloodfire Infusion
Bloodfire InfusionSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Bloodfire Infusion can enchant only a creature you control. R, Sacrifice enchanted creature: Bloodfire Infusion deals damage equal to the enchanted creature's power to each creature.
AP-C Enchant Creature 2R
Bloodfire Infusion
Bloodfire Infusion
Bloodfire InfusionSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Bloodfire Infusion can enchant only a creature you control. R, Sacrifice enchanted creature: Bloodfire Infusion deals damage equal to the enchanted creature's power to each creature.
can enchant only a
creature you control. ; R, 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.
enchanted creature:
Bloodfire Infusion
Bloodfire Infusion
Bloodfire InfusionSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Bloodfire Infusion can enchant only a creature you control. R, Sacrifice enchanted creature: Bloodfire Infusion deals damage equal to the enchanted creature's power to each creature.
deals damage equal to the enchanted
creature's power to each creature.

= This enchantment has the ability to make your largest
creature a veritable ´´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.
´´ by killing off all
creatures on the board. With so few cards in Commons
Format capable of such a feat, this is a welcome addition.

Quicksilver Dagger
Quicksilver Dagger
Quicksilver DaggerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Alex Horley
Text:
Enchanted creature has "TAP: This creature deals 1 damage to target player. You draw a card."
AP-C Enchant Creature 1UR
Enchanted creature has, ´´T: This creature
deals 1 damage to target player. You draw a card.´´ The
dwarves call their quicksilver techniques ´´improvisational
weaponsmithing.´´

= Plant this enchantment on a hard-to-kill creature and
it becomes a card-drawing machine and kill mechanism.
Quicksilver Dagger
Quicksilver Dagger
Quicksilver DaggerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Alex Horley
Text:
Enchanted creature has "TAP: This creature deals 1 damage to target player. You draw a card."
is powerful enough to build a deck
around it, perhaps a Counter-Burn deck with defensive walls
such as Flowstone Wall
Flowstone Wall
Flowstone WallSet: Nemesis
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) R: Flowstone Wall gets +1/-1 until end of turn.
and Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
.

Soul Link
Soul Link
Soul LinkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature deals or is dealt damage, you gain that much life.
AP-C Enchant Creature 1WB
Whenever enchanted creature deals or is
dealt damage, you gain that much life. They danced like
puppets to a tune only Yawgmoth could hear.

= Put this on Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
and let the fun begin. Explode
the Rat for a mere 2 damage with 2 other creatures in
play: It deals 10, is dealt 2, You take two, but gain 12
life. Net: +10 life.

Squee's Embrace
Squee's Embrace
Squee's EmbraceSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2. When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard, return that creature card to its owner's hand.
AP-C Enchant Creature RW
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2. ; When enchanted
creature is put into a graveyard, return that creature to
its owner's hand.

= A Giant Strength
Giant Strength
Giant StrengthSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+2.
and a triggered Raise Dead
Raise Dead
Raise DeadSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Bring one creature from your graveyard to your hand.
rolled
together into an enchantment! Between Squee's Embrace
Squee's Embrace
Squee's EmbraceSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2. When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard, return that creature card to its owner's hand.
and
7th Edition's Breath of Life
Breath of Life
Breath of LifeSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Lubov
Text:
Take any one creature card from your graveyard and put that creature into play. Treat it as though you just played it from your hand.
, white seems to be gaining
more and more cards involving graveyard recursion. This
card will work well with Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin LegionnaireSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Goblin Legionnaire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. W, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.
[see below] or
other red or white creatures with useful comes into play
abilities, like Ghitu Slinger
Ghitu Slinger
Ghitu SlingerSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Ghitu Slinger comes into play, it deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
.

Instants and Sorceries

Temporal Spring
Temporal Spring
Temporal SpringSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put target permanent on top of its owner's library.
AP-C Sorcery 1GU
Put target permanent on top of its owner's
library. One splash of the spring's water knocks you clear
into last week.

= Although this is a ´´bounce´´ spell, unlike Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.
and
other blue bounce, it does not mean inherent card
disadvantage because using Temporal Spring
Temporal Spring
Temporal SpringSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put target permanent on top of its owner's library.
to target your
opponent's permanent does not returning the permanent to
the owner's hand; instead, the targeted card will replace
your opponent's next draw phase. In this sense, it's Green-
Blue's near-equivalent to 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.
. Also note that Temporal
Spring can be used to get your most powerful creatures out
from under disabling creature enchantments like Pacifism
Pacifism
PacifismSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.
.

Jilt
Jilt
JiltSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Kicker 1R (You may pay an additional 1R as you play this spell.) Return target creature to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, Jilt deals 2 damage to another target creature.
AP-C Instant 1U
Kicker 1R ; Return target creature to its
owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, Jilt
Jilt
JiltSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Kicker 1R (You may pay an additional 1R as you play this spell.) Return target creature to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, Jilt deals 2 damage to another target creature.
deals 2
damage to another target creature. ´´You're not my
Hanna
Hanna
HannaSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Power:
+1
Toughness:
-5
Text:
Your spells cost 1 less to play.
!´´ -Gerrard
Gerrard
GerrardSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
2
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
-4
Toughness:
+0
Text:
During your draw phase, draw an additional card.
, to Yawgmoth

= In a Blue-Red counter-burn type deck, this card is
great creature control, buying time early on while bouncing
and burning later in the game.

Lay of the Land
Lay of the Land
Lay of the LandSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
AP-C Sorcery G
Search your library for a basic land card,
reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle
your library. Victory favors neither the righteous nor
the wicked. It favors the prepared.

= Finally, an inexpensive green sorcery that will get you
the basic land you need without having to spend your whole
turn's available mana obtaining it. Unlike 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.
and many
other land-fetch spells, Lay of the Land
Lay of the Land
Lay of the LandSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
can be used to fix
a land-light hand. Perhaps most importantly, this card is
likely to make green-based multi-color decks much more
viable in Commons Format.

Consume Strength
Consume Strength
Consume StrengthSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Another target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
AP-C Instant 1BG
Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of
turn. Another target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
As 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.
's troops invaded 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.
, the decay of the swamp
became a feast for the living.

= Consume Strength
Consume Strength
Consume StrengthSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Another target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
provides incredible tempo advantage by
killing a small opposing creature while growing your own
creature for the attack. As an instant, it is a powerful
combat trick that allows a Bear to take out a Jade Leech
Jade Leech
Jade LeechSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Leech
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Green spells you play cost G more to play.
.

Orim's Thunder
Orim's Thunder
Orim's ThunderSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.) Destroy target artifact or enchantment. If you paid the kicker cost, Orim's Thunder deals damage equal to that artifact or enchantment's converted mana cost to target creature.
AP-C Instant 2W
Kicker R ; Destroy target artifact or
enchantment. If you paid the kicker cost, Orim's Thunder
Orim's Thunder
Orim's ThunderSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.) Destroy target artifact or enchantment. If you paid the kicker cost, Orim's Thunder deals damage equal to that artifact or enchantment's converted mana cost to target creature.

deals damage equal to that artifact or enchantment's
converted mana cost to target creature.

= Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
has always been good. Orim's Thunder
Orim's Thunder
Orim's ThunderSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.) Destroy target artifact or enchantment. If you paid the kicker cost, Orim's Thunder deals damage equal to that artifact or enchantment's converted mana cost to target creature.
is
Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
meets Agonizing Demise
Agonizing Demise
Agonizing DemiseSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Kicker 1R (You may pay an additional 1R as you play this spell.)Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated. If you paid the kicker cost, Agonizing Demise deals damage equal to that creature's power to the creature's controller.
in that it allows you to
kicker the card to deal damage.

Opposing Color Creatures

Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
AP-C Creature - Merfolk Goblin
UR 1/1 T: Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
deals 1 damage
to target creature or player. No one knew if they'd been
lurking under the sea all along, or if they'd been created
by Phyrexia's overlay.

Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin LegionnaireSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Goblin Legionnaire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. W, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.
AP-C Creature - Goblin Soldier
RW 2/2 R, 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.
Goblin
Legionnaire: Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin LegionnaireSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Goblin Legionnaire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. W, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.
deals 2 damage to target
creature or player. ; W, 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.
Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin LegionnaireSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Goblin Legionnaire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. W, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.
:
Prevent the next two damage that would be dealt to target
creature or player this turn.

Putrid Warrior
Putrid Warrior
Putrid WarriorSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Putrid Warrior deals damage, choose one - each player loses 1 life; or each player gains 1 life.
AP-C Creature - Soldier
WB 2/2 Whenever Putrid Warrior
Putrid Warrior
Putrid WarriorSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Putrid Warrior deals damage, choose one - each player loses 1 life; or each player gains 1 life.
deals
damage, choose one - each player loses 1 life; or each
player gains 1 life. ´´I do not like it,´´ said
Grizzelgom, ´´but I will take every soldier I can get.´´

Gaea's Skyfolk
Gaea's Skyfolk
Gaea's SkyfolkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
AP-C Creature - Elf Merfolk GU
2/2 Flying The grace of the forest and the
spirit of the sea.

Llanowar Dead
Llanowar Dead
Llanowar DeadSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
TAP: Add B to your mana pool.
AP-C Creature - Zombie Elf
BG 2/2 T: Add B to your mana pool.
Just as leaves fall from the branches of a living
tree, so too do the dead leave the elfhame.

= Although I have listed all of the opposing color
creatures in the new set, I only consider the first three
listed to be noteworthy. Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, another ´´Tim,´´
is a powerful addition to the red-blue commons arsenal of
creatures that tap to deal one damage to a target. Along
with Fireslinger
Fireslinger
FireslingerSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Reitz
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Fireslinger deals 1 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to you.
, Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, and the various
incarnations of 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.
, a powerful blue-red deck
can be built that would likely also include various burn
spells and counterspells. Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin LegionnaireSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Goblin Legionnaire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. W, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.
is a powerful
new creature whose versatility should immediately remind us
of the powerful 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.
from Tempest. It's a likely
addition to Commons Format Rebel-burn decks, even though
it's creature that is not a Rebel. Finally, Putrid Warrior
Putrid Warrior
Putrid WarriorSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Putrid Warrior deals damage, choose one - each player loses 1 life; or each player gains 1 life.

is noteworthy for its unusual ability which is powerful for
its casting cost: if you keep blockers out of the way,
this two-mana creature can deal three damage each turn to
your opponent.

Other Notable Creatures

Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire DwarfSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, Sacrifice Bloodfire Dwarf: Bloodfire Dwarf deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.
AP-C Creature - Dwarf R
1/1 R, 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.
Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire DwarfSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, Sacrifice Bloodfire Dwarf: Bloodfire Dwarf deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.
: Bloodfire
Dwarf deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.
For them, the only honorable death is one that leaves a
crater.

= Another creature that is reminicient of the Mogg
Fanatic, in the right situtation, the Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire DwarfSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, Sacrifice Bloodfire Dwarf: Bloodfire Dwarf deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.
can
take out a 2/2 and a hord of 1/1 ground creatures.

Penumbra Bobcat
Penumbra Bobcat
Penumbra BobcatSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Penumbra Bobcat is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/1 black Cat creature token into play.
AP-C Creature - Cat 2G
2/1 When Penumbra Bobcat
Penumbra Bobcat
Penumbra BobcatSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Penumbra Bobcat is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/1 black Cat creature token into play.
is put into the
graveyard from play, put a 2/1 black Cat creature token
into play. This cat has two lives and it's hunting for
more.

= The common incarnation of the Penumbra mechanic, the
Bobcat gives birth to a token copy of itself when it goes
to the graveyard from play. The card advantage provided by
this card is strong. Consider using Bob[cat] in a Green-
Red deck using Bloodfire Infusion
Bloodfire Infusion
Bloodfire InfusionSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Bloodfire Infusion can enchant only a creature you control. R, Sacrifice enchanted creature: Bloodfire Infusion deals damage equal to the enchanted creature's power to each creature.
!

Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian RagerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Phyrexian Rager comes into play, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
AP-C Creature - Horror 2B
2/2 When Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian RagerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Phyrexian Rager comes into play, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
comes into play, you
draw a card and you lose 1 life. It takes no
prisoners, but it keeps the choicest bits for Phyrexia.

= Black has always paid life for powerful effects and
Phrexian Rager is a powerful common example of this
decidedly black characteristic. The Rager is merely
average as a 2/2 creature for three mana, but it's a
cantrip so it replaces itself at the cost of its caster
losing 1 life. You won't mind losing the life if you can
draw into Soul Link
Soul Link
Soul LinkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature deals or is dealt damage, you gain that much life.
.

Conclusion

Commons constitute the most easy cards to obtain from any
new set, so they are the cards most readily available to
all players. Also, here at Commons Corner, we revel in
building decks composed of all commons, ostensibly for
playing Commons Format, but also just for fun during casual
play. Hopefully, this review of commons in Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
will
inspire you to build a new deck or revise an old deck
utilizing these powerful cards.



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