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CardShark Content - Jonathan Veazey (7/12/2006)

Welcome to the second week of my chronicle of a 9th Edition league on Magic Online. When I left off I had ended week one with a 4-1 record in my counting games playing the following deck:

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.


Now week two is here and it brings with it a new booster pack full of cards. Here’s what I opened:

White (3)
Pegasus Charger
Pegasus Charger
Pegasus ChargerSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pegasus
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, first strike

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.

Righteousness
Righteousness
RighteousnessSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target defending creature gains +7/+7 until end of turn.


Blue (3)
Fishliver Oil
Fishliver Oil
Fishliver OilSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature gains islandwalk ability.

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.

Withering Gaze
Withering Gaze
Withering GazeSet: Portal
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Look at your opponent's hand. For each forest and green card there, you draw a card. (You draw from your deck.)


Black (2)
Contaminated Bond
Contaminated Bond
Contaminated BondSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature attacks or blocks, its controller loses 3 life.

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.


Red (3)
Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.

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.

Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.


Green (2)
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.

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.


Artifact (1)
Rod of Ruin
Rod of Ruin
Rod of RuinSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
3, T: Rod of Ruin does 1 damage to any target.


Land (1)
Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.



The Rod of Ruin
Rod of Ruin
Rod of RuinSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
3, T: Rod of Ruin does 1 damage to any target.
is an automatic inclusion in my deck; 9th Edition limited features quite a few one toughness creatures that can be neutralized by this artifact. Also, as I said about the Morningstar last week, there’s not all that much main deck artifact hate, so it’s got a pretty good chance of staying on the board. Among the other cards, Pegasus Charger
Pegasus Charger
Pegasus ChargerSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pegasus
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, first strike
, 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.
, 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 Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
all fit into the deck we’ve already built, and the cards I’ve opened in black and green aren’t strong enough to lure me into those colors. Before I start adjusting my deck, though, I have a decision to make: Do I want to continue to play a three color deck or do I want to try to cut down to two colors? Two color decks tend to be more consistent, and I prefer to stick to two colors in this format whenever possible. However, with the success I had last week and the synergy the cards seem to have I’m inclined to stick to three colors.

With that in mind I’ve made the following changes to the deck:

In:
Pegasus Charger
Pegasus Charger
Pegasus ChargerSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pegasus
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, first strike

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.

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.

Rod of Ruin
Rod of Ruin
Rod of RuinSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
3, T: Rod of Ruin does 1 damage to any target.

Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.


Out:
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.

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.

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.

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.


And here is the deck as it now stands:

White (7):
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.

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.

Pegasus Charger
Pegasus Charger
Pegasus ChargerSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pegasus
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, first strike


Blue (7):
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.
x2
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.

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 (7):
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.
x2
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.

Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.


Artifact (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

Rod of Ruin
Rod of Ruin
Rod of RuinSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
3, T: Rod of Ruin does 1 damage to any target.


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.


I’m not sure I’ve made the right call here. I’ve removed three creatures and only added one. Twelve creatures is still a very respectable number, but one of the strengths of the deck in last weeks game was its ability to power out creatures turn after turn to overwhelm my opponents. How much will the loss of two creatures impact the performance of the deck? I also note that I now have an equal number of cards of each color. This isn’t necessarily a problem, but if the Shuffler Gods aren’t with me I may find myself the victim of color screw in my upcoming games. So, let’s take a look at my games:

My first match seemed determined to confirm my worst fears. Game one, color screw took hold as I had a handful of blue cards and only Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s and Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
in play. Things looked up in game two as I was able to get a first turn 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
followed by a 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
. I eventually 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.
d my opponent down to four life, confident I could win on my next attack. My opponent’s response to my 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.
? “You should have waited.” You know what, he was right. 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.
is a card better held for a finisher unless there’s a compelling reason to do otherwise (like trying to dodge counterspells or giving an 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.
something to fetch). The reason for his comment became clear as he dropped a Form of the Dragon
Form of the Dragon
Form of the DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, Form of the Dragon deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
At the end of each turn, your life total becomes 5.
Creatures without flying can't attack you.
on the board. Fortunately the Shuffler Gods smiled on me and I drew my 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.
on my turn to save me from my misplay and attack for the win. Sadly there were no such miraculous saves in game three as I just couldn’t cast creatures fast enough to keep up with my opponent.

Record so far: 4-2

I was tempted to go and tinker with my deck then and there, but decided to go one more match to see if I’d have the same problems or if I had just been unlucky. Match two restored my faith in the deck as my air superiority took me to a quick 2-0 match win.

Record so far: 5-2

Match three I was simply outclassed. I was getting creatures and the mana to cast them, but my opponent’s green/black deck was able to keep the pressure on and eventually force me to make bad blocks until, having nothing left, I couldn’t stop him from stomping me into the ground. Game two went much the same, though Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
did earn me a bit of a reprieve in the early game. It wasn’t enough and my opponent went on to take the match.

Record so far: 5-3

Those numbers are starting to get awfully close to one another. Still, I’m not ready to make any wholesale changes in the deck. I’ll just play out the last two matches as is and see what happens.

I was much happier with the results of my next match. In game one I was able to follow my usual plan of unchecked aggression. Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
proved particularly useful, taking out a troublesome 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.
and, with the help of 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.
, a Master Healer
Master Healer
Master HealerSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Prevent the next 4 damage to target creature or player this turn.
. Game two the Master Healer
Master Healer
Master HealerSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Prevent the next 4 damage to target creature or player this turn.
made an appearance again, fortunately I had my own 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.
out and was able to tap it at the end of every one of my opponent’s turns, effectively neutralizing it. This allowed my creatures through for the win.

Record so far: 6-3

My final match of the week was a success as well. Game one I was the beneficiary of my opponent’s mana screw and was able to take the game without much resistance. Karma
Karma
KarmaSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
During a player's upkeep, Karma does 1 point of damage to that player for each swamp he or she has in play.
can, of course, be harsh (particularly when you risk keeping two land hands), and so I got the mana screw game two and my opponent was able to win handily. Game three was an actual contest, however, with the game swinging back and forth until 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.
away my opponent’s biggest defender, giving me just enough attacking damage for the win.

Record at the end of Week Two: 7-3

I managed to put off cutting my deck down to two colors this week, and the hard choices that come with the cut while keeping a winning record (though my winning margin is a bit thinner than it was). The same probably won’t be true next week. Barrin
Barrin
BarrinSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+6
Text:
You may sacrifice a permanent to return any creature to its owner's hand. Play this ability as an instant.
g a truly awful pack I’ll likely have to make a choice and eliminate one of my colors. Hopefully whatever my choice I’ll be able to continue to win more games than I lose.


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