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CardShark Content - Jonathan Veazey (6/22/2006)

I see a lot of articles on drafting floating around the net, and even a few on sealed deck construction, but I don’t see much attention being paid to the league format on Magic Online. Since this is where I do the bulk of my online Magic playing, I’ve decided to chronicle my current league experience. Some might argue that league is no different than sealed. While the initial deckbuilding can be the same, leagues allow you to modify your deck between matches, experiment with your build during tie-breakers, and each week you add a pack to your card pool.

I’ve decided to begin with a Ninth Edition league. Here’s what I opened:

White (14):
Angel of Mercy
Angel of Mercy
Angel of MercySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Angel of Mercy comes into play from your hand, you gain 3 life.

Angelic Blessing
Angelic Blessing
Angelic BlessingSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Target creature gets +3/+3 and gains flying until end of turn.

Aven Cloudchaser
Aven Cloudchaser
Aven CloudchaserSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Cloudchaser comes into play, destroy target enchantment.

Holy Day
Holy Day
Holy DaySet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is assigned.

Honor Guard
Honor Guard
Honor GuardSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Joel Biske
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W: Honor Guard gets +0/+1 until end of turn.

Leonin Skyhunter
Leonin Skyhunter
Leonin SkyhunterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

Master Decoy
Master Decoy
Master DecoySet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.

Mending Hands
Mending Hands
Mending HandsSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Prevent the next 4 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.

Samite Healer
Samite Healer
Samite HealerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent 1 damage to any target.

Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1

Skyhunter Prowler
Skyhunter Prowler
Skyhunter ProwlerSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. Attacking does not cause Skyhunter Prowler to tap.

Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

Tempest of Light
Tempest of Light
Tempest of LightSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Destroy all enchantments.

Venerable Monk
Venerable Monk
Venerable MonkSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Venerable Monk comes into play, you gain 2 life.


Blue (13):
Air Elemental
Air Elemental
Air ElementalSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying

Aven Windreader
Aven Windreader
Aven WindreaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 1U: Target player reveals the top card of his or her library.

Azure Drake
Azure Drake
Azure DrakeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying

Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.

Counsel of the Soratami
Counsel of the Soratami
Counsel of the SoratamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw two cards.

Dehydration
Dehydration
DehydrationSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
73
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.

Flight
Flight
FlightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature is now a flying creature.

Fugitive Wizard
Fugitive Wizard
Fugitive WizardSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Power:
1
Toughness:
1

Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.

Sleight of Hand
Sleight of Hand
Sleight of HandSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Look at the top two cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the other on the bottom of your library.

Time Ebb
Time Ebb
Time EbbSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Weaver
Text:
Return any one creature from play to the top of its owner's library.

Wanderguard Sentry
Wanderguard Sentry
Wanderguard SentrySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Wanderguard Sentry comes into play, look at target opponent's hand.

Wind Drake
Wind Drake
Wind DrakeSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying


Black (13):
Blackmail
Blackmail
BlackmailSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
127
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target player reveals three cards from his or her hand and you choose one of them. That player discards that card.

Bog Imp
Bog Imp
Bog ImpSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

Final Punishment
Final Punishment
Final PunishmentSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Text:
Target player loses life equal to the damage dealt to him or her this turn.

Foul Imp
Foul Imp
Foul ImpSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Foul Imp comes into play, lose 2 life.

Gravedigger
Gravedigger
GravediggerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravedigger comes into play, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

Hollow Dogs
Hollow Dogs
Hollow DogsSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Hollow Dogs attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

Nantuko Husk
Nantuko Husk
Nantuko HuskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Nantuko Husk gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

Phyrexian Gargantua
Phyrexian Gargantua
Phyrexian GargantuaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
48
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Phyrexian Gargantua comes into play, you draw two cards and you lose 2 life.

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.

Razortooth Rats
Razortooth Rats
Razortooth RatsSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Brian Horton
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Razortooth Rats can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and black creatures.

Serpent Warrior
Serpent Warrior
Serpent WarriorSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Serpent Warrior comes into play, you lose 3 life.

Spineless Thug
Spineless Thug
Spineless ThugSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mercenary
Rarity:
C
Number:
71
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Spineless Thug can't block.


Red (14):
Anarchist
Anarchist
AnarchistSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Brom
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Anarchist comes into play, you may return target sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.

Balduvian Barbarians
Balduvian Barbarians
Balduvian BarbariansSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
3
Toughness:
2

Bloodfire Colossus
Bloodfire Colossus
Bloodfire ColossusSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
55
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
[R], Sacrifice Bloodfire Colossus: Bloodfire Colossus deals 6 damage to each creature and each player.

Firebreathing
Firebreathing
FirebreathingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
R: +1/+0

Goblin Balloon Brigade
Goblin Balloon Brigade
Goblin Balloon BrigadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblins
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Andi Rusu
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R: Gains flying ability until end of turn.

Goblin Chariot
Goblin Chariot
Goblin ChariotSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack the turn it comes into play.)

Goblin Mountaineer
Goblin Mountaineer
Goblin MountaineerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Mountainwalk (If defending player has any mountains in play, Goblin Mountaineer can't be blocked.)

Goblin Sky Raider
Goblin Sky Raider
Goblin Sky RaiderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Lava AxeSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.

Panic Attack
Panic Attack
Panic AttackSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
Up to three target creatures can't block this turn.

Sandstone Warrior
Sandstone Warrior
Sandstone WarriorSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
First strike R: Sandstone Warrior gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.

Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.


Green (14):
Kavu Climber
Kavu Climber
Kavu ClimberSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
192
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Kavu Climber comes into play, draw a card.

Llanowar Behemoth
Llanowar Behemoth
Llanowar BehemothSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Behemoth
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Hannibal King
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Tap a creature you control: +1/+1 until end of turn

Natural Spring
Natural Spring
Natural SpringSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
You gain 8 life.

Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

Needle Storm
Needle Storm
Needle StormSet: Portal
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Charles Gillespie
Text:
Needle Storm deals 4 damage to each creature with flying. (This includes your creatures with flying.)

Norwood Ranger
Norwood Ranger
Norwood RangerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
2

Order of the Sacred Bell
Order of the Sacred Bell
Order of the Sacred BellSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Monk
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
3

Overgrowth
Overgrowth
OvergrowthSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Whenever enchanted land is tapped for mana, it produces an additional GG.

Reclaim
Reclaim
ReclaimSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Put target card from your graveyard on top of your library.

Scaled Wurm
Scaled Wurm
Scaled WurmSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
7
Toughness:
6

Seedborn Muse
Seedborn Muse
Seedborn MuseSet: Legions
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
138
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Untap all permanents you control during each other player's untap step.

Summer Bloom
Summer Bloom
Summer BloomSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
255
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Play up to three additional lands this turn.

Tree Monkey
Tree Monkey
Tree MonkeySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Monkey
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tree Monkey can block creatures with flying.

Treetop Bracers
Treetop Bracers
Treetop BracersSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and can be blocked only by creatures with flying.


Artifacts (2):
Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)

Vulshok Morningstar
Vulshok Morningstar
Vulshok MorningstarSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Equipped Creature gets +2/+2 Equip 2


Land (5)
Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

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

2x Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


I was delighted to see the Morningstar. There’s usually not a lot of artifact-hate main deck, so it can be a real beating. I’m not so sure about my other artifact, Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)
. I seem to have some tribal synergy among my creatures, but the Coat can potentially pump my opponent’s creatures as well, particularly with the advent of the Human creature type. I’m not sure I can break that symmetry.

White looks fairly strong here. The Master Decoy
Master Decoy
Master DecoySet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.
is always a powerful card in limited, and the Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
and Leonin Skyhunter
Leonin Skyhunter
Leonin SkyhunterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
are good early drops.

In blue, Air Elemental
Air Elemental
Air ElementalSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
immediately grabs my attention. A 4/4 flyer is always going to be good. I’ve also got the Aven Windreader
Aven Windreader
Aven WindreaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 1U: Target player reveals the top card of his or her library.
, Azure Drake
Azure Drake
Azure DrakeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
and Wind Drake
Wind Drake
Wind DrakeSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
, adding up to a pretty solid air force.

Black has a few good cards, the Gargantua, the Gravedigger
Gravedigger
GravediggerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravedigger comes into play, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
, the Husk, etc., but what it dearly lacks is removal of any kind. The good here just isn’t enough to make up for the deficiency.

In red I’ve got Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
, Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.
and Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
, all good cards that can be splashed in whatever deck I end up playing. The hammer and Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
combined with some of the blue sorceries makes the Anarchist
Anarchist
AnarchistSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Brom
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Anarchist comes into play, you may return target sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.
an appealing option, which in turn raises the value of the Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Lava AxeSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.
. I’ve never played with Bloodfire Colossus
Bloodfire Colossus
Bloodfire ColossusSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
55
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
[R], Sacrifice Bloodfire Colossus: Bloodfire Colossus deals 6 damage to each creature and each player.
, so I have no idea if it’s any good, but I’m tempted to try it and find out.

Green gives me Seedborn Muse
Seedborn Muse
Seedborn MuseSet: Legions
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
138
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Untap all permanents you control during each other player's untap step.
and a few big creatures, but not much in the way of mana acceleration or fixing, and I think white and blue, with the abundance of air power, offer better choices on the creature front.

Though tempted to try a heavy red build so I could play the Colossus, I ultimately settled on white/blue/red. Here’s the deck I put together:

White (9):
Angel of Mercy
Angel of Mercy
Angel of MercySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Angel of Mercy comes into play from your hand, you gain 3 life.

Aven Cloudchaser
Aven Cloudchaser
Aven CloudchaserSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Cloudchaser comes into play, destroy target enchantment.

Leonin Skyhunter
Leonin Skyhunter
Leonin SkyhunterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

Master Decoy
Master Decoy
Master DecoySet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.

Samite Healer
Samite Healer
Samite HealerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent 1 damage to any target.

Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1

Skyhunter Prowler
Skyhunter Prowler
Skyhunter ProwlerSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. Attacking does not cause Skyhunter Prowler to tap.

Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

Venerable Monk
Venerable Monk
Venerable MonkSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Venerable Monk comes into play, you gain 2 life.


Blue (8):
Counsel of the Soratami
Counsel of the Soratami
Counsel of the SoratamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw two cards.

Sleight of Hand
Sleight of Hand
Sleight of HandSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Look at the top two cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the other on the bottom of your library.

Time Ebb
Time Ebb
Time EbbSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Weaver
Text:
Return any one creature from play to the top of its owner's library.

Dehydration
Dehydration
DehydrationSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
73
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.

Air Elemental
Air Elemental
Air ElementalSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying

Aven Windreader
Aven Windreader
Aven WindreaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 1U: Target player reveals the top card of his or her library.

Azure Drake
Azure Drake
Azure DrakeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying

Wind Drake
Wind Drake
Wind DrakeSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying


Red (5):
Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Lava AxeSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.

Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.

Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Anarchist
Anarchist
AnarchistSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Brom
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Anarchist comes into play, you may return target sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.


Artifact (1):
Vulshok Morningstar
Vulshok Morningstar
Vulshok MorningstarSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Equipped Creature gets +2/+2 Equip 2


Land (17):
6xIsland
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

5xMountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

6xPlains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


As you can see, the Anarchist
Anarchist
AnarchistSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Brom
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Anarchist comes into play, you may return target sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.
is in. I’m packing six sorceries, so he should have plenty of targets. The plan is to play the white creatures early then let the larger blue fliers pick up the slack in the mid-game. But enough with the theory, let’s see how the deck plays in practice.

In my first match I faced a black/green/red deck. Despite my opponent coming up with a Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
and an Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
, game one went according to plan as I managed to drop enough creatures quickly enough to overwhelm him fairly easily. Game two went much the same, but there was one play I think is worth commenting on. I had a tapped Venerable Monk
Venerable Monk
Venerable MonkSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Venerable Monk comes into play, you gain 2 life.
equipped with the Morningstar and a just cast Leonin Skyhunter
Leonin Skyhunter
Leonin SkyhunterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
in play and my opponent had a Goblin Mountaineer
Goblin Mountaineer
Goblin MountaineerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Mountainwalk (If defending player has any mountains in play, Goblin Mountaineer can't be blocked.)
, Goblin Sky Raider
Goblin Sky Raider
Goblin Sky RaiderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
and Drudge Skeletons
Drudge Skeletons
Drudge SkeletonsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeletons
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Regenerates.
on his side. On his turn he attacks with the Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
eer (who was unblockable thanks to Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
walk) and the Sky Raider. Now, the Sky Raider is 1/2 versus my 2/2 Skyhunter, but I knew from game one that he had a Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
. I also knew that he was a cautious player when it comes to attacking, so this was obviously a trap. I let the one point of damage through. My opponent should have waited for me to attack and then pumped the Sky Raider on the block to kill the Skyhunter. Instead I had a free attack next turn with the equipped Skyhunter and was able to use Time Ebb
Time Ebb
Time EbbSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Weaver
Text:
Return any one creature from play to the top of its owner's library.
and Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
to get through twice more before I drew my Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.
, forcing him to use the Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
the keep the Sky Raider alive. Without any way to block my flyer long term, the game was over.

Record so far: 1-0

For my second match I faced off against an opponent who had already played and won his five counting games, so clearly he had a strong deck. It was a blue/green deck that depended on large (and expensive) creatures. This allowed me to drop him to fifteen life with a Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
and a Venerable Monk
Venerable Monk
Venerable MonkSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Venerable Monk comes into play, you gain 2 life.
before he got a creature down. Unfortunately that creature was an Air Elemental
Air Elemental
Air ElementalSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
and he was able to get near even with his next attack. I played Dehydration
Dehydration
DehydrationSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
73
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.
on the Elemental but he followed it up with a Wanderguard Sentry
Wanderguard Sentry
Wanderguard SentrySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Wanderguard Sentry comes into play, look at target opponent's hand.
. We went back and forth for a while until I got him down to six life (he had me down to nine life). At this point I was able to Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
his Air Elemental
Air Elemental
Air ElementalSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
and finish him off with the Elemental, the Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
and the Skyhunter Prowler
Skyhunter Prowler
Skyhunter ProwlerSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. Attacking does not cause Skyhunter Prowler to tap.
I had cast on the previous turn. The second game went much the same, this time with me Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
ing his Treetop Bracered Order of the Sacred Bell
Order of the Sacred Bell
Order of the Sacred BellSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Monk
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
to knock him down to three life. I had a Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
, Wind Drake
Wind Drake
Wind DrakeSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
and Azure Drake
Azure Drake
Azure DrakeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
on the board and he had no way to block fliers, so he conceded.

Record so far: 2-0

The next match did not go so well. It went three games and each game I was faced with a two land opening hand, and each time I made the questionable decision to keep the hand. Game one it turned out to be a mistake as I got stuck at three land for quite a while with nothing to play. Meanwhile my opponent, who had no such handicap, was able to play a series of large creatures, including a Silklash Spider
Silklash Spider
Silklash SpiderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Iain McCaig
Power:
2
Toughness:
7
Text:
Silklash Spider may block as though it had flying.. XGG: Silklash Spider deals X damage to each creature with flying.
, particularly scary to my flier heavy deck. He stomped all over me pretty easily game one. I decided to bring in the Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
for the Samite Healer
Samite Healer
Samite HealerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent 1 damage to any target.
as I had no way to cope with the Spider once it hit the board. It proved irrelevant in game two as, despite the two land opening hand; I was able to draw the lands and spells I needed to run over him before he could get much of anything useful out. Game three was pretty evenly matched, despite my getting stuck on four land, as we were going back and forth at each other with smaller creatures, until he tapped out to cast a Rootbreaker Wurm
Rootbreaker Wurm
Rootbreaker WurmSet: Tempest
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample
. I had a Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
in hand and all my land untapped, this should not have been a problem. Unfortunately I wasn’t paying good enough attention to what I was doing and I hit the OK button with the Wurm on the stack, allowing it to resolve. That was bad, but not completely devastating as I had a Dehydration
Dehydration
DehydrationSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
73
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Enchanted creature doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.
in my hand. On my turn I chose to hold it until the Wurm was tapped, unfortunately this proved to be a bad choice as, on his turn, he played Flashfires
Flashfires
FlashfiresSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All plains in play are destroyed.
with enough mana left untapped to make my Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
irrelevant. I was left at three land and, not drawing any more land on my turn was unable to do anything about the Wurm. Game Over.

Record so far: 2-1

For the next match I faced an opponent with a 1775 limited rating and a 1-1 record in the league. For game one he played a green/white deck that appeared to have no defense against fliers. That made all the difference as I was able to chump block on the ground as necessary while sailing over his head for the win. Game two went much the same except he had switched into a green/black deck that seemed a bit more formidable. Still, there was no flying defense to speak of and that gave me my path to victory.

Record so far: 3-1

The last of my counting matches was against another white/blue/red deck. These games came down to air power and the Morningstar definitely gave me the edge. I used Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Lava AxeSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.
to finish things off in game two.

Record for Week One: 4-1

After finishing my counting games I decided to see how playable the Colossus and Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)
were. I built the following Red/White deck:

White (8):
Angel of Mercy
Angel of Mercy
Angel of MercySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Angel of Mercy comes into play from your hand, you gain 3 life.

Aven Cloudchaser
Aven Cloudchaser
Aven CloudchaserSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Cloudchaser comes into play, destroy target enchantment.

Master Decoy
Master Decoy
Master DecoySet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.

Samite Healer
Samite Healer
Samite HealerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent 1 damage to any target.

Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1

Skyhunter Prowler
Skyhunter Prowler
Skyhunter ProwlerSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. Attacking does not cause Skyhunter Prowler to tap.

Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

Venerable Monk
Venerable Monk
Venerable MonkSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Venerable Monk comes into play, you gain 2 life.


Red (13):
Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Lava AxeSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.

Panic Attack
Panic Attack
Panic AttackSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
Up to three target creatures can't block this turn.

Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.

Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Anarchist
Anarchist
AnarchistSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Brom
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Anarchist comes into play, you may return target sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.

Balduvian Barbarian
Bloodfire Colossus
Bloodfire Colossus
Bloodfire ColossusSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
55
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
[R], Sacrifice Bloodfire Colossus: Bloodfire Colossus deals 6 damage to each creature and each player.

Goblin Balloon Brigade
Goblin Balloon Brigade
Goblin Balloon BrigadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblins
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Andi Rusu
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R: Gains flying ability until end of turn.

Goblin Chariot
Goblin Chariot
Goblin ChariotSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack the turn it comes into play.)

Goblin Mountaineer
Goblin Mountaineer
Goblin MountaineerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Mountainwalk (If defending player has any mountains in play, Goblin Mountaineer can't be blocked.)

Goblin Sky Raider
Goblin Sky Raider
Goblin Sky RaiderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

Sandstone Warrior
Sandstone Warrior
Sandstone WarriorSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
First strike R: Sandstone Warrior gets +1/+0 until end of turn.


Artifact (2):
Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)

Vulshok Morningstar
Vulshok Morningstar
Vulshok MorningstarSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Equipped Creature gets +2/+2 Equip 2


Land (17):
10xMountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

7xPlains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


I was able to win the matches I played with this deck, but I attribute a great deal of that success to luck. The one time I managed to play Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)
was against a white blue deck. My opponent proceeded to play an Aven Windreader
Aven Windreader
Aven WindreaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 1U: Target player reveals the top card of his or her library.
, which being a Bird Soldier Wizard pumps up quite a few of the creatures you’d find in a white/blue deck. It was only the combo of the Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Lava AxeSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.
and Anarchist
Anarchist
AnarchistSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Brom
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Anarchist comes into play, you may return target sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.
that allowed me to win this game. I never did get the chance to play the Colossus even in the games when I did draw it. Too often the game was over before I got the eight mana to cast him. While I had success with this deck I think that my initial build will prove more consistent in the long run.

That wraps up week one of my Ninth Edition league. Next week brings a new pack and hopefully the same success I found this week.


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