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CardShark Content - Jonathan Veazey (7/19/2006)

Week three of my 9th Edition League on Magic Online has arrived. At the end of week two I had a 7-3 record playing the following deck:

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.


Here are the contents of my week three booster:

White (3)
Sacred Nectar
Sacred Nectar
Sacred NectarSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
You gain 4 life.

Crossbow Infantry
Crossbow Infantry
Crossbow InfantrySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Crossbow Infantry deals 1 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.

Blessed Orator
Blessed Orator
Blessed OratorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Other creatures you control get +0/+1


Blue (3)
Sea’s Claim
Storm Crow
Storm Crow
Storm CrowSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

Mind Bend
Mind Bend
Mind BendSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Change the text of target permanent by replacing all instances of one color word or basic land type with another. (For example, you may change nonred creature to nongreen creature or plainswalk to swampwalk.)


Black (3)
Plague Beetle
Plague Beetle
Plague BeetleSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
Tom Fleming
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Swampwalk (If defending player controls a swamp, this creature is unblockable.)

Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.

Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.


Red (2)
Anaba Shaman
Anaba Shaman
Anaba ShamanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Anaba Shaman deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

Lightning Elemental
Lightning Elemental
Lightning ElementalSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Lightning Elemental is unaffected by summoning sickness.


Green (2)
Rampant Growth
Rampant Growth
Rampant GrowthSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Tom Kyffin
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

Trained Armodon
Trained Armodon
Trained ArmodonSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Number:
257
Artist:
Gary Leach
Power:
3
Toughness:
3


Land (2)
Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Tower
Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


I finally got some black removal in the form of Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.
and Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.
, but I don’t think it really makes black any more worthy of consideration. There’s still nothing particularly tempting in green, so that leaves me with the three colors I’ve been playing, the patriotic trinity of red, white and blue. I think the time has come to make the tough decision and cut a color. Looking at my colors, white gives me early creatures and flyers, blue gives me flyers and card drawing, and red gives me removal/direct damage. The overlap is in white and blue, and ultimately I think the white creatures are stronger than the blue. So I’ll be trying a white/red build.

Anaba Shaman
Anaba Shaman
Anaba ShamanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Anaba Shaman deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
is a great card for the same reasons that I gave for 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.
last week, the recurring one point of damage can take care of any number of annoying one toughness creatures or help break a creature stall. Crossbow Infantry
Crossbow Infantry
Crossbow InfantrySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Crossbow Infantry deals 1 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.
is more limited than the Shaman or the Rod, but is still worth including for its ability to force bad trades in combat. Of course if all three of them are in play and active at the same time an opponent won’t dare attack or block with anything smaller than a 4/4. Blessed Orator
Blessed Orator
Blessed OratorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Other creatures you control get +0/+1
is nice in that it makes my creatures a little harder to kill and also can help boost a couple of my more useful creatures, the Shaman and 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.
out of range of my own Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
. Lightning Elemental
Lightning Elemental
Lightning ElementalSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Lightning Elemental is unaffected by summoning sickness.
is worth inclusion as well as it can be a quick four damage to an opponent who didn’t leave a blocker or can sometimes be used to force an opponent to make a bad trade. So, I’m making the following changes:

In:
Blessed Orator
Blessed Orator
Blessed OratorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Other creatures you control get +0/+1

Crossbow Infantry
Crossbow Infantry
Crossbow InfantrySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Crossbow Infantry deals 1 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.

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.

Anaba Shaman
Anaba Shaman
Anaba ShamanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Anaba Shaman deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

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.)

Lightning Elemental
Lightning Elemental
Lightning ElementalSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Lightning Elemental is unaffected by summoning sickness.

3xMountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

3xPlains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


Out:
2xCounsel 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.

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

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


Here’s my week three deck:

White (11)
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.

Blessed Orator
Blessed Orator
Blessed OratorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Other creatures you control get +0/+1

Crossbow Infantry
Crossbow Infantry
Crossbow InfantrySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Crossbow Infantry deals 1 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.

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.

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

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 (10)
2xLava 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.

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.

Anaba Shaman
Anaba Shaman
Anaba ShamanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Anaba Shaman deals 1 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.

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.)

Lightning Elemental
Lightning Elemental
Lightning ElementalSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Lightning Elemental is unaffected by summoning sickness.


Artifact (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.

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)
8xMountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

9xPlains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


On to the games. In my first match I faced a green/black deck that just wasn’t able to ever get out of the gate. In game one I got off to the ideal aggressive start; turn 2 Morningstar, turn 3 Pegasus
Pegasus
PegasusSet: Anthologies
Color:
White
Type:
Token
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Mark Zug
, turn 4 equip Morningstar and attack while shocking my opponent’s newly cast Elvish Champion
Elvish Champion
Elvish ChampionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Elves get +1/+1 and have forestwalk. (They're unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)
. Two turns, a Lightning Elemental
Lightning Elemental
Lightning ElementalSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Lightning Elemental is unaffected by summoning sickness.
and Elvish Warrior
Elvish Warrior
Elvish WarriorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
260
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
later and I was able to finish things off with a 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.
on turn seven. Game two wasn’t any better my opponent as he got mana-screwed early on while I once again got off to an aggressive start, it was over fairly quickly.

Record so far: 8-3

Match two was about air power as I was able to win games one and three easily thanks to my fliers and Morningstar; my opponent’s white/black deck was never able to put up much of a defense in the air. I did lose the second game of the match largely due to keeping a five land opening hand and then proceeding to draw far too many lands in the following turns. An opening hand with too many lands can be just as bad as one with too few, but I still tend to be reluctant to send them back. In game two I paid the price for that.

Record so far: 9-3

Match three was against a green/red/white deck. Game one was another quick win and I was starting to feel really good about my deck. Then game two began. My opening hand seemed okay; three Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s, one Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
, 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
, 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.)
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.
. Turn one I drop the Hawk followed by the Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
iot on turn three and I’ve got my opponent down to 16. Then my opponent drops a 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.
followed by an Anaba Shaman
Anaba Shaman
Anaba ShamanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Anaba Shaman deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
on the next turn. I attack with everything, he blocks with the Prowler and I Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
to clear the board. Unfortunately he’s able to recover almost immediately by dropping a Rootwalla
Rootwalla
RootwallaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1G: Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Use this ability only once each turn.
on his turn. I drop a 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.
which is promptly killed on his turn with a 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 I proceed to get pounded by the Rootwalla
Rootwalla
RootwallaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1G: Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Use this ability only once each turn.
while I fail to draw any more answers. Game three I seem to have an early creature advantage with a Morningstar-equipped Pegasus
Pegasus
PegasusSet: Anthologies
Color:
White
Type:
Token
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Mark Zug
. I’m able to kill off his turn three Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
before it becomes a problem, though I’m forced to use a 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.
, a 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.
and take three points of damage to do it. I have him down to 14 while I’ve still only taken the self-inflicted three on turn five when he Blaze
Blaze
BlazeSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
168
Artist:
Gerry Grace
Text:
Blaze deals X damage to target creature or player.
s my Pegasus
Pegasus
PegasusSet: Anthologies
Color:
White
Type:
Token
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Mark Zug
, killing it. Next turn I’m only able to play a 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.
. On his turn six he drops a Shivan Dragon
Shivan Dragon
Shivan DragonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, R: +1/+0
which proves to be too much for me to deal with. The game ends on turn eight.

Record so far: 9-4

Match four went a little better. Game one was close, but was won thanks to my having more and better fliers, particularly the 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.
, whose three point life boost helped me hold out long enough to win. Game two was all about 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.
as my opponent wasn’t able to get enough creatures out to get past my defenses on the ground, meanwhile I was able to send in my fliers for the win.

Record so far: 10-4

Match five started out well enough against my opponent’s white/blue deck. I won game one quickly thanks to an aggressive start which included 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.)
on turn three and Lightning Elemental
Lightning Elemental
Lightning ElementalSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Lightning Elemental is unaffected by summoning sickness.
on turn four. Unfortunately in Game two my opponent got his Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon WarhammerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
201
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature gets +3/+0, has trample, and has 'Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.' Equip 3 (3: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
into play and I was never able to effectively deal with it or the creatures he stuck it on. Game three started out okay as I got my Morningstar out on turn two. Unfortunately the next three creatures I got into play were neutralized by my opponent’s two Pacifism
Pacifism
PacifismSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.
s and 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.
. My opponent followed up by Confiscating my Morningstar, equipping it to his flier, and beating me about the head with my own equipment. Game over.

Record at the end of Week Three: 10-5

Not the record I was hoping for by this point in the league, but at least I still seem to be winning more than I’m losing. Next week is the final week of the league and the final opportunity to add new cards to the deck. Hopefully I’ll open up a bomb or two and end the league with a bang.


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