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CardShark Content - Johnny Lai (8/26/2001)

INTRODUCTION

Gen Con 2001 - Milwaukee, Michigan
Saturday, August 4, 2001

This year's Gen Con featured the first ever Master of the
Peasant Format Tournament. With over 90 players competing,
it was a great success and a ton of fun to play in and
report on. This event, and the related groundswell of
interest in the format, has created what can be considered
a revolution in magic play - a peasant revolution, if you
will.

Prior to Gen Con, both Pojo.com and Card-shark.com had
content discussing the format. Pojo.com had a page,
http://www.pojo.com/magic/PeasantMagic/index.html listing
numerous peasant format deck-lists and I mentioned the
format at discussed the format here on Card-shark.com.

After Gen Con, the enthusiasm and interest in the format
has grown even more. After seeing how much fun the format
was at Gen Con, the Card-shark crew has committed to become
a resource site for Peasant Format. Meridianmagic.com,
probably the most-utilized MTG portal, recently mentioned
the format on its front page. Look for ´´Peasant Uprising
under the FUN AND GAMES section at http://meridianmagic.com/

Finally, the tournament organizer began a Yahoo group
centered around discussion of peasant format and has
already received at least one quality tournament report
discussing his experience playing in the first Peasant
Format tournament. See:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/peasantmagic.


WHAT IS PEASANT FORMAT?

In case you're not familiar with the format, Peasant Format
is a constructed event where only commons and five
uncommons can be used in a 60 card constructed deck. The
organizer, Robert Baronowski, started the event this year
at Gen Con simply because he's fan and enjoys the game of
magic. His wife Laura originally planned to play in the
event, but Robert asked her to help him Judge/Organize the
event when he saw that over 90 people showed up for the
event.

Before the tournament, Robert clarified some of the rules
that some people had been wondering about:

WHAT COUNTS AS COMMON AND WHAT COUNTS AS UNCOMMON?

Any common card in any set can be used as a common and any
uncommon in any set counts as an uncommon unless it was a
common in another set.

Implications: This means that common and uncommon cards
that are banned or restricted can be played in multiples of
four. Ball lightning, which was uncommon in the Dark, is
legal as four of your uncommon cards. So is Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
.
You can play four Crop Rotation
Crop Rotation
Crop RotationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
At the time you play Crop Rotation, sacrifice a land.Search your library for a land card and put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
, which is common.

IS UNGLUED LEGAL? YES.

Implications: This means that you should be prepared to do
the Hokey-Pokey (Knight of the Hokey Pokey
Knight of the Hokey Pokey
Knight of the Hokey PokeySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike1W, Do the Hokey Pokey (Stand up, wiggle your butt, raise your hands above your head, and shake them wildly as you rotate 360 degrees) : Prevent all damage to Knight of the Hokey Pokey from any one source.
is legal) and
wearing jeans may be a bad metagame call because you might
have to face denimwalk (Hurloon Wrangler
Hurloon Wrangler
Hurloon WranglerSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Denimwalk (If defending player is wearing any clothing made of denim, this creature is unblockable.)
). This year,
someone was rumored to have played a Chaos Confetti
Chaos Confetti
Chaos ConfettiSet: Unglued
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
4, T: Tear Chaos Confetti into pieces. Throw the pieces onto the playing area from a distance of at least five feet. Destroy each card in play that a piece touches. Remove the pieces from the game afterwards.
, with
chaotic results.

OTHER RULES.

Ante cards are not legal. No sideboarding. Land muligan
rule: you can mulligan into seven cards once if you have
no land (you have to keep a one-land hand); not paris
mulligan, where you draw one less if you mulligan. You
draw if you're playing first.

These other rules can have a tremendous impact on the
format. Nevertheless, tournament organizer Robert
Baronowski seemed somewhat flexible on these unconventional
rules. For example, during the tournament, he allowed
players to agree to paris mulligan rules before starting
their match if you are consistent throughout the match.

The event ran very smoothly overall since pretty much
everyone was there to have fun and cooperated to make it a
positive experience for all.


MINI-TOURNAMENT REPORT - Top 8
Johnny Lai, ´´Officer of the Peasant Revolution´´

As one of the first writers for Commons Corner because I
announced the existence of Peasant Format, I felt it would
be embarrassing for me to scrub out of this tournament.
Thus, I played a deck that I felt would be string against
the field, but also good enough to beat random decks
because I knew there would be a lot of players there to
have fun with random commons decks.

In case you missed the title, I did make top eight, but
lost in the Top 8 to another Card-Shark person I was
testing with earlier in the weekend, Eric Weissman, playing
Goblin Sligh with the powerful Death Spark
Death Spark
Death SparkSet: Alliances
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Death Spark deals 1 damage to target creature or player.At the end of your upkeep, if Death Spark is in your graveyard with a creature card directly above it, you may pay 1 to put Death Spark into your hand.
as several of
his uncommon slots.

As those of you who've read my previous articles know, I
believe Goblin Sligh is probably one of the defining decks
of the format. Indeed, as the top eight results show, the
winning deck was a White Weenie anti-red deck called Red
Hate. I chose to play Rebel White Weenies with 4 Swords to
Plowshares and 1 Mother of Runes
Mother of Runes
Mother of RunesSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature you control gains protection from a color of your choice until end of turn.
as the uncommons. After
seeing my decklist, the organizers chuckled while
commenting that 4 Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
is a very fitting
choice for Peasant Format magic. I should have added that
Rebels are fitting for recruiting others to join the
Peasant Format Revolution.

HOMEMADE GOODNESS

COMMONS
4 Ramosian Sergeant
Ramosian Sergeant
Ramosian SergeantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 2 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
(foil)
2 Ramosian Lieutenant
Ramosian Lieutenant
Ramosian LieutenantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
37
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
(foil, now signed)
3 Defiant Falcon
Defiant Falcon
Defiant FalconSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
(foil)
4 Fresh Volunteers
Fresh Volunteers
Fresh VolunteersSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
(foil)
4 Steadfast Guard
Steadfast Guard
Steadfast GuardSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Steadfast Guard to tap.
(foil)
2 Nightwind Glider
Nightwind Glider
Nightwind GliderSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from black
(foil)
3 Thermal Glider
Thermal Glider
Thermal GliderSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from red
(2 foil, 1 nonfoil, now signed)
2 Disciple of Law
Disciple of Law
Disciple of LawSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from redCycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
(Now signed)
2 Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
(foil)
3 Empyrial Armor
Empyrial Armor
Empyrial ArmorSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +X/+X, where X is equal to the number of cards in your hand.
(too good to pass up)
4 Army of Allah
Army of Allah
Army of AllahSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
All attacking creatures gain +2/+0 until end of turn.
(I just picked up four of these Arabian
Nights commons)
4 Desert
Desert
DesertSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or do 1 damage to an attacking creature after it deals its damage.

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

UNCOMMONS
1 Mother of Runes
Mother of Runes
Mother of RunesSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature you control gains protection from a color of your choice until end of turn.
(Foil
Foil
FoilSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
You may discard an island and another card from your hand instead of paying Foil's mana cost. Counter target spell.
, now signed)
4 Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
[now signed]

As you can see, most of my deck was foils, except for cards
like Army of Allah
Army of Allah
Army of AllahSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
All attacking creatures gain +2/+0 until end of turn.
and Desert
Desert
DesertSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or do 1 damage to an attacking creature after it deals its damage.
, which do not come in foils,
and the Swords and Empyrial Armor
Empyrial Armor
Empyrial ArmorSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +X/+X, where X is equal to the number of cards in your hand.
s, which are foil promos
but I did not have time to acquire in foil. In fact, I
borrowed three of the Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
from my friend
Adam Fischer, whom I traveled to Gen Con with from
California. Because of the Artists room at Gen Con, I also
got many of the cards signed by the artists afterwards,
which was awesome.

In case you're wondering about the name, I named it after
the on the foil Mother of Runes
Mother of Runes
Mother of RunesSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature you control gains protection from a color of your choice until end of turn.
I had in the deck, but also
because we were asked to write our deck name on our the
index cards for pairings and I didn't want the name to be
too obvious like ´´Rebel White.´´

I have to apologize to my opponents after Round 2 for not
having their names because I do not remember most of your
names and I lost my Card-shark notepad on which I recorded
my notes and life totals for those matches. That's why
this is a mini-tournament report.

Round 1 - Jennifer Hougen
Playing: R/U Walls and Tims with Burn to your head

Jennifer is playing the first deck she's designed herself,
a blue and red deck with large blue walls for protection,
several ´´Tims´´ (coincidentally, I think she said her
husband's name is Tim), and large burn spells she aims at
your head. First game, she got out some walls to block and
started throwing burn at my head. She brings out a pinging
fairie, which I need to swords to save my Ramosian
Sergeants. My life total goes down in increments of four
life for Lightning Blast
Lightning Blast
Lightning BlastSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Lightning Blast deals 4 damage to target creature or player.
s and other various burn as I begin
to search out a Rebel Army. Each turn, I get a few points
in from attacking since she can only block one or two
rebels at a time. I start sweating when she burns me down
from eight to four life with one of the various fireball
variants. Fear
Fear
FearSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked by any creatures except black creatures and artifact creatures.
ful she will topdeck a lightning blast, I
make one big attack and Army of Allah
Army of Allah
Army of AllahSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
All attacking creatures gain +2/+0 until end of turn.
for the win since she
does not have the 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.
.

RESULT: I WIN.

BONUS TRACK 1:

After seeing her deck, I was inspired to build something
similar on apprentice.

4 Wall of Earth
Wall of Earth
Wall of EarthSet: Legends
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
(1R, 0/6 Wall)
4 Wall of Heat
Wall of Heat
Wall of HeatSet: Chronicles
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
2
Toughness:
6
(2R, 2/6 Wall)
4 Quicksliver Dagger
4 Miscalculation
Miscalculation
MiscalculationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 2.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

4 Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

4 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.

4 Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4 Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.

4 Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.

11 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s
11 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

2 Desert
Desert
DesertSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or do 1 damage to an attacking creature after it deals its damage.


The key to this deck is getting a 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."
on a
big fat wall and drawing lots of cards. The testing that I
did against Sligh was unsuccessful, but it's a fun deck
nonetheless. Maybe I need to replace the Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.
s with
Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
s.

Round 2 - Dan Hertfeldt
Playing: Stompy with Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
and Hunted Wumpus
Hunted Wumpus
Hunted WumpusSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
253
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
When Hunted Wumpus comes into play, each other player may put a creature card from his or her hand into play under his or her control.


This matchup was all about my uncommons coming through for
me. In both games I won, I played a first turn Mother of
Runes. In the decisive (3rd) game, he played a Hunted
Wumpus and I had no creatures in hand to put into play
which seemed to make him happy. During his next turn, he
cast Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
on the Hunted Wumpus
Hunted Wumpus
Hunted WumpusSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
253
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
When Hunted Wumpus comes into play, each other player may put a creature card from his or her hand into play under his or her control.
, which would make it a 8/6
trampling monster. Forunately, I had a Swords to
Plowshares in hand and was happy for it to became a 1cc
Stream of Life
Stream of Life
Stream of LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target player gains X life.
for 6 life targeting my opponent.

RESULT: WIN

I lost the notes form the rest of my matches, but here are
some highlights (in no particular order) from what I can
remember.

MATCH A: Invunerability on Wall of Glare
Wall of Glare
Wall of GlareSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Patrick Ho
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) Wall of Glare may block any number of creatures each combat.
and Flagbearer
This deck can stop my ground assault with a Wall of
Glare with invulnerability on it along with a Flagbearer to
protect it from my Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
. Indeed, in one
game, I was happy to Swords his Wall of Glare
Wall of Glare
Wall of GlareSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Patrick Ho
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) Wall of Glare may block any number of creatures each combat.
after he cast
invulnerability on it, netting a two-for-one card
advantage. I think he was also playing with Soltari
Trooper, which game me problems one game (he may have won
the second game with the Trooper's shadow beatdown). Even
with the Wall of Glare
Wall of Glare
Wall of GlareSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Patrick Ho
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) Wall of Glare may block any number of creatures each combat.
, I can still fly over with my
Gliders and Defiant Falcon
Defiant Falcon
Defiant FalconSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
s and accelerate his demise with
Army of Allah
Army of Allah
Army of AllahSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
All attacking creatures gain +2/+0 until end of turn.
, which I remember happened in the other game
I won.

RESULT: WIN

MATCH B

In a match against a G/R Deck with Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
, Silt
Crawler, Wooly Spider
Ernam Djinn. I think I won the first game, but the second
game, the land mulligan rule really had an impact.

Early in game 2, my Ramosian Sergeant
Ramosian Sergeant
Ramosian SergeantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 2 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
beats down for
something like seven turns while I sit at one land.
Fortunately, my opponent has two lands and no red mana, so
he cannot capitalize on my problem at that point.

We ended up 1 and 1 in games and go into game three. The
final game was a nail bitter. He's gotten out a Ernam
Djinn, Fires of Yavimaya
Fires of Yavimaya
Fires of YavimayaSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
246
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Creatures you control have haste. (They may attack and T the turn they come under your control.)Sacrifice Fires of Yavimaya: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
and Llanowar
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.
Elf and has one red
mana source. He's attacking with the Djinn with the Elf on
defense. I Emphyrial Armor up a Steadfast Guard
Steadfast Guard
Steadfast GuardSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Steadfast Guard to tap.
and attack
for Seven, which would put him at 7 if he does not block
with his elf. Since the Steadfast Guard
Steadfast Guard
Steadfast GuardSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Steadfast Guard to tap.
is my only
creature, it will gain forestwalk next turn from the Ernam
Djinn, so I am surprised how much he agonizes over the
decision of whether or not to block. I'm even more
surprised when he finally decides NOT to block because I
could not imagine what he could do next turn since there's
no way I can see that he can kill me next turn and I can't
imagine someone playing enchantment removal in an
aggressive green-red deck like his.

He's now at Seven and I'm still healthy enough to take his
attack without blocking his Djinn. During his turn, he
gives my 7/7 Steadfast Guard
Steadfast Guard
Steadfast GuardSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Steadfast Guard to tap.
forestwalk and then he then
casts Hull Breach
Hull Breach
Hull BreachSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Choose one - Destroy target artifact; or destroy target enchantment; or destroy target artifact and target enchantment.
on the Armor! He attacks me with the
Djinn again, putting me at 11 or something like that since
I do not block. I should be worried now that he will win
the race, except that I have another Empyrial Armor
Empyrial Armor
Empyrial ArmorSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +X/+X, where X is equal to the number of cards in your hand.
in hand
and I confidently Armor up the Guard during my turn and go
in for the forestwalking win. Afterwards, he shows me his
hand, which had an Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.
(he didn't have another red
mana source after casting hull breach!). If had drawn a
mountain, it would have been bad for me because he would
have been able to Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.
my Guard in response to my
second Empyrial Armor
Empyrial Armor
Empyrial ArmorSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +X/+X, where X is equal to the number of cards in your hand.
and come over to smash me for a lot.
That game was closer than I thought!

RESULT: WIN

MATCH C: WW Life Gain Deck

This White Weenie deck featured massive life-gain in the
form of Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.
and the powerhouse Congregate
Congregate
CongregateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Target player gains 2 life for each creature in play.
. The
other dangerous card in his deck was Soltari Trooper
Soltari Trooper
Soltari TrooperSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) If Soltari Trooper attacks, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, a
shadow creature which can hit me for two a turn until I die
unless I draw my Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
or kill him first.

RESULT: WIN

I may have forgotten one of the matches here, so I'm sorry
if I did.

SPEED ROUND

Although the tournament was supposed to be double-
elimination, Rob was trying to cut the number of rounds so
we could finish since it had already been a long
afternoon. Thus, he gave those of us who were undefeated
got a bye for a round. Then, since there were three people
who were undefeated and six people who only had one loss,
Rob had a what he called ´´speed round´´ to narrow down the
top nine into a top eight. The three of us who were
undefeated all agreed to this since it had been a long day
as a quickly way to cut to the top eight.
The six people who had one loss were randomly
paired against each other. The first person to lose would
be eliminated and the person to eliminate him would get
some packs as a prize. Since the 9th place player also got
some packs for placing ninth, everyone was a winner at this
point. (I was going to write coverage on what happened
during the speed round, but I lost my notes. Sorry
Sorry
SorrySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Before playing any spell, if a copy of that spell card is in any graveyard, the spell's caster may say Sorry. If he or she does not, any other player may counter the spell by saying Sorry as it is cast.If any player says Sorry at any other time, Sorry deals 2 damage to that player.
.) As
you can tell from the Top 9 results

TOP EIGHT:

During the top-eight, it's single elimination.

T8 Round 1:
Mono Red Sligh by Erik Weissman - Erik's deck had Fire
Whip, Goblin Gernades, and Death Spark
Death Spark
Death SparkSet: Alliances
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Death Spark deals 1 damage to target creature or player.At the end of your upkeep, if Death Spark is in your graveyard with a creature card directly above it, you may pay 1 to put Death Spark into your hand.
(the closest thing
this format has to Hammer of Bogardan
Hammer of Bogardan
Hammer of BogardanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
188
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Hammer of Bogardan deals 3 damage to target creature or player.2RRR: Return Hammer of Bogardan to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep and only if Hammer of Bogardan is in your graveyard.
).

Erik and I had been having a blast play-testing and
discussing peasant format tech in the past day or so at Gen
Con. He's another Card-shark associate and I'm sorry we
had to meet in the first round of the top eight, but at
least it didn't happen until the top eight. Gen Con was a
ton of fun for me because I got to meet him, Marcus, Matt,
and the rest of the Card-shark crew.

From our testing, he feared allowing me to Empyrial Armor
Empyrial Armor
Empyrial ArmorSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +X/+X, where X is equal to the number of cards in your hand.

up one of my Steadfast Guard
Steadfast Guard
Steadfast GuardSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Steadfast Guard to tap.
s, which can easily go the
distance. He seemed to think I had the edge but I knew
better and it showed in this match. His Death Spark
Death Spark
Death SparkSet: Alliances
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Death Spark deals 1 damage to target creature or player.At the end of your upkeep, if Death Spark is in your graveyard with a creature card directly above it, you may pay 1 to put Death Spark into your hand.
s are
too much for my one-toughness Sergeants and Falcons. He's
got plenty of Goblins to fuel his Goblin Gernades, which
can often mean: oops, you're dead. That's what happened
to me.

RESULT: LOSS

Oops, that means I'm eliminated.

POST-TOURNAMENT REVIEW

MY DECK
Overall, I was happy with how my deck fared. My 2
maindeck Disciple of Law
Disciple of Law
Disciple of LawSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from redCycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
as anti-Sligh cards served me well
and they cycled away when I was not facing a red deck. The
Army of Allah
Army of Allah
Army of AllahSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
All attacking creatures gain +2/+0 until end of turn.
were amazing as were the Empyrial Armor
Empyrial Armor
Empyrial ArmorSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +X/+X, where X is equal to the number of cards in your hand.
s, but
the MVC (Most Valuable Card) has to have been Swords to
Plowshares because they fizzled Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
s and killed the Soul
Wardens and those shadowy Soltari Trooper
Soltari Trooper
Soltari TrooperSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) If Soltari Trooper attacks, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
s which game me
such fits.

METAGAME
As I expected, red seemed to be the defining deck
of the format, even though it was not the most prevalent
deck in the top-nine. What I mean by that is that the top-
9 decks were dominated by Red decks and Anti-red decks
(such as White weenie decks using a lot of life-gain and
pro-red creatures). In fact, the winning deck was called
Red Hate. I admit I was personally surprised by the
prevalence of Green decks, which I expected to lose to
Sligh, but in fact, Green can hold its own against red
because Green has superior creatures, so I think I mis-read
the metagame in this regard.
You can take a look at the top nine decklists in
full on your own, but here's a quick review of the top 9
decks and the Uncommons they used:

*** 9 TH PLACE ***
´´Red Foil
Foil
FoilSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
You may discard an island and another card from your hand instead of paying Foil's mana cost. Counter target spell.
´´ - a white-green deck using 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.
s
played by Gerald Davis

Uncommons
3:Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.

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:Berserk
Berserk
BerserkSet: Alpha
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Until end of turn, target creature's current power doubles and it gains trample ability. If it attacks, target creature is destroyed at end of turn. This spell cannot be cast after current turn's attack is completed.


*** SEMI - FINALST ***
´´Green Stompy´´ - standard Stompy
played by Josh McCarthy

Uncommons
4:Karoo Meerkat
Karoo Meerkat
Karoo MeerkatSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Meerkat
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from blue

1:Hunted Wumpus
Hunted Wumpus
Hunted WumpusSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
253
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
When Hunted Wumpus comes into play, each other player may put a creature card from his or her hand into play under his or her control.
s

*** SEMI - FINALST ***
´´Homemade Goodness´´ - White Rebel Deck with Army of Allah
Army of Allah
Army of AllahSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
All attacking creatures gain +2/+0 until end of turn.
&
Empyrial Armor
Empyrial Armor
Empyrial ArmorSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +X/+X, where X is equal to the number of cards in your hand.

played by Johnny Lai

Uncommons
4:Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.

1:Mother of Runes
Mother of Runes
Mother of RunesSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature you control gains protection from a color of your choice until end of turn.


*** SEMI - FINALST ***
´´Sixty Second Man´´ - 16-land Stompy deck with Scent of Ivy
Scent of Ivy
Scent of IvySet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Reveal any number of green cards in your hand. Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards revealed this way.

& 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.
!
played by Jeremie Bradley

Uncommons: None

*** SEMI - FINALST ***
´´Tight White Life´´ - White Protection deck with 10 ROPs &
Lifegain
played by Joe Anderson

Uncommons
3:Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.

2:Radiant's Dragoons
Radiant's Dragoons
Radiant's DragoonsSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldiers
Rarity:
U
Number:
21
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Radiant's Dragoons comes into play, gain 5 life.

1:Soltari Priest
Soltari Priest
Soltari PriestSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from red; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)


Third and Fourth places are Finalists
*** FINALIST ***
´´Goblin Bomb
Goblin Bomb
Goblin BombSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
During your upkeep, you may choose to flip a coin. Target opponent calls heads or tails while the coin is in the air. If the flip ends up in your favor, put a fuse counter on Goblin Bomb. Otherwise, remove a fuse counter from Goblin Bomb.Remove 5 fuse counters from Goblin Bomb, Sacrifice Goblin Bomb: Goblin Bomb deals 20 damage to target player.
´´ - Goblin Sligh deck w/ Fire Whip
Fire Whip
Fire WhipSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Play only on a creature you control.Tap enchanted creature: Enchanted creature deals 1 damage to target creature or player.Sacrifice Fire Whip: Fire Whip deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
& Death Spark
Death Spark
Death SparkSet: Alliances
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Death Spark deals 1 damage to target creature or player.At the end of your upkeep, if Death Spark is in your graveyard with a creature card directly above it, you may pay 1 to put Death Spark into your hand.

played by Erik Weissman

Uncommons
1:Goblin Cadets
Goblin Cadets
Goblin CadetsSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblins
Rarity:
U
Number:
189
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Goblin Cadets blocks or becomes blocked, target opponent gains control of it. (This removes Goblin Cadets from combat.)

4:Death Spark
Death Spark
Death SparkSet: Alliances
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Death Spark deals 1 damage to target creature or player.At the end of your upkeep, if Death Spark is in your graveyard with a creature card directly above it, you may pay 1 to put Death Spark into your hand.


*** FINALIST ***
´´Pack o' Fat Rats´´ - standard Sligh deck with Spellshock
Spellshock
SpellshockSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Whenever any player successfully casts a spell, Spellshock deals 2 damage to him or her.
s
played by Jason Burden

Uncommons
3:Spellshock
Spellshock
SpellshockSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Whenever any player successfully casts a spell, Spellshock deals 2 damage to him or her.


*** SECOND PLACE ***
´´Village Idiot´´ - 10-land Stompy with Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
& Wall of
Roots
Roots
RootsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
Tap target creature without flying. That creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.

played by Mark Gottleib

Uncommons
4:Treetop Village
Treetop Village
Treetop VillageSet: Urza's Legacy
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Treetop Village comes into play tapped.T: Add one green mana to your mana pool.1G: Treetop Village becomes a 3/3 green creature with trample until end of turn. This creature still counts as a land.

1:Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.


*** FIRST PLACE ***
´´Red Hate´´ - WW anti-red deck w/ eight 2cc pro-red creatures
played by David Semonchik

Uncommons
2:Mother of Runes
Mother of Runes
Mother of RunesSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature you control gains protection from a color of your choice until end of turn.

3:Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.


Here's a breakdown of top 9 decks by color.

WH/GRN - Red Foil
Foil
FoilSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
You may discard an island and another card from your hand instead of paying Foil's mana cost. Counter target spell.

GREEN - Green Stompy
WHITE - Homemade Goodness
GREEN - Sixty Second Man
WHITE - Tight White Life
RED - Goblin Bomb
Goblin Bomb
Goblin BombSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
During your upkeep, you may choose to flip a coin. Target opponent calls heads or tails while the coin is in the air. If the flip ends up in your favor, put a fuse counter on Goblin Bomb. Otherwise, remove a fuse counter from Goblin Bomb.Remove 5 fuse counters from Goblin Bomb, Sacrifice Goblin Bomb: Goblin Bomb deals 20 damage to target player.

RED - Pack o' Fat Rats
GREEN - Village Idiot
WHITE - Red Hate

2 Mono-Red
3 Mono-Green
3 Mono-White
1 Green-White

Noticeably absent in the top-9 were any black or
blue decks of any kind. I saw a Suicide Black deck that
lasted until one or two rounds before the speed round, but
it did not survive.

BONUS TRACK 2: WHERE'S THE BLUE?

Rob and his wife were lamenting the lack of blue decks in
the tournament and challenged those present to bring some
blue Peasant decks next time. There has already been one
article discussing blue in peasant format: See the Yahoo
Group on Peasant Format which has a Tournament Report with
several Blue decks and discussions of some solid cards in
the format, such as Wayward Soul
Wayward Soul
Wayward SoulSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying U: Put Wayward Soul on top of owner's library.
and Ophidian
Ophidian
OphidianSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Cliff Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
0: Draw a card. Ophidian deals no combat damage this turn. Use this ability only if Ophidian is attacking and unblocked and only once each turn.
.
I want to add here a quick mention of an Unglued card which
I believe will allow Mono-Blue to hold off Sligh and Stompy:

Card Title: Clam Session
Clam Session
Clam SessionSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clamfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
When Clam Session comes into play, choose a word. During your upkeep, sing at least six words of a song, one of which must be the chosen word, or sacrifice Clam Session. You cannot repeat a song.

Rarity: C
Card Type: Summon Clamfolk
Cost: 1UU
Pow/Tgh: 2/5
Card Text: When Clam Session
Clam Session
Clam SessionSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clamfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
When Clam Session comes into play, choose a word. During your upkeep, sing at least six words of a song, one of which must be the chosen word, or sacrifice Clam Session. You cannot repeat a song.
comes into play, choose a
word. During your upkeep, sing at least six words of a
song, one of which must be the chosen word, or sacrifice
Clam Session
Clam Session
Clam SessionSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clamfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
When Clam Session comes into play, choose a word. During your upkeep, sing at least six words of a song, one of which must be the chosen word, or sacrifice Clam Session. You cannot repeat a song.
. You cannot repeat a song.
Flavor Text: ´´Duke, Duke, Duke, Duke of Pearl . . . .´´
Artist: Randy Elliott

You heard it here first, a 2/5 for three mana with a
minimal drawback (if you plan ahead and are willing to sing
for your creatures). Personally, I plan to exploit this
card for its full potential as a powerful creature and as a
means to repeatedly embarrass myself in public.

Watch this space for a Peasant Format tech article that
will review song lyrics which will allow you to play this
card (assuming you're willing to sing for your creatures).
My preliminary top five candidates for words to choose when
Clam Session
Clam Session
Clam SessionSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clamfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
When Clam Session comes into play, choose a word. During your upkeep, sing at least six words of a song, one of which must be the chosen word, or sacrifice Clam Session. You cannot repeat a song.
comes into
play: ´´Baby,´´ ´´Don't,´´ ´´You,´´ ´´Love,´´ and ´´Me.´´

BONUS TRACK 3: COLORLESS POWER CARDS

The following peasant format power cards can go into any
deck because they are colorless or land.

- Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War BeastSet: Alliances
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bill Sienkiewicz
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Phyrexian War Beast leaves play, sacrifice a land, and Phyrexian War Beast deals 1 damage to you.
(Common) - ¾ Creature for 3 Mana is
huge. It's hard to kill so the drawback is minimal.
- Desert
Desert
DesertSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or do 1 damage to an attacking creature after it deals its damage.
(Common) - this land controls weenie creatures and
gives you colorless mana. In addition, it allows red or
black Mono-colored decks to get around the protection from
color Rebel Gliders.
- Maze of Ith
Maze of Ith
Maze of IthSet: The Dark
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Target attacking creature becomes untapped. This creature neither deals nor receives damage as a result of combat.
(Common) - You can play four of these in your
deck, but they do not give you mana like Desert
Desert
DesertSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or do 1 damage to an attacking creature after it deals its damage.
does.
- Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
(Common) - In such a creature-heavy and
weenie-heavy environment, this artifact can often go three-
for-one.
- Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
(Uncommon) - Yes, you can play four strip
mines if you're willing to given up your uncommon slots for
them!
- Library of Alexandria
Library of Alexandria
Library of AlexandriaSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or draw a card from your library; you may use the card-drawing ability only if you have exactly seven cards in your hand.
(Uncommon) - Although it's
restricted in Type one and banned everywhere else, you can
play four of these uncommons in Peasant Format. This card-
drawing powerhouse is waiting to be exploited in this
format, perhaps alongside 4 Crop Rotation
Crop Rotation
Crop RotationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
At the time you play Crop Rotation, sacrifice a land.Search your library for a land card and put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
(Common).

CONCLUSION

All in all, the tournament was a lot of fun with friendly
opponents in every round. As a top-eight finisher, Robert
proclaimed us ´´officers´´ in the Peasant Revolution, a title
I will wear with pride!


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