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CardShark Content - Jonathan Veazey (7/27/2006)

The fourth and final week has arrived for my 9th Edition League on Magic Online. At the end of week three I had a 10-5 record; respectable, but not spectacular. Here is the deck I was playing:

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.


And here is my week four booster:

White (3)
Aven Flock
Aven Flock
Aven FlockSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying W: Aven Flock gets +0/+1 until end of turn.

Holy Strength
Holy Strength
Holy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature gains +1/+2.

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.


Blue (2)
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.

Aven Fisher
Aven Fisher
Aven FisherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Fisher is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.


Black (3)
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.

Unholy Strength
Unholy Strength
Unholy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +2/+1.

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.


Red (3)
Reflexes
Reflexes
ReflexesSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Steve White
Text:
Enchanted creature gains first strike.

Goblin Brigand
Goblin Brigand
Goblin BrigandSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
94
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin Brigand attacks each turn if able.

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.


Green (2)
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.

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


Artifact (1)
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.)


Land (1)
Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


There’s nothing in the pack to make me want to drastically change the deck, but the second 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.
and the Aven Flock
Aven Flock
Aven FlockSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying W: Aven Flock gets +0/+1 until end of turn.
will make nice additions to the deck I’ve already built. With two 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.)
now in my card pool I’m sorely tempted to try and use them, but I still feel like they’d prove to be too much of a liability. Here are my week four changes:

In:
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 Flock
Aven Flock
Aven FlockSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying W: Aven Flock gets +0/+1 until end of turn.


Out:
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.

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.


That gives me my deck for the final week:

White (12)
2xAngel 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.

Aven Flock
Aven Flock
Aven FlockSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying W: Aven Flock gets +0/+1 until end of turn.

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


Red (9)
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.)


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.


In match one I faced a black/red deck. Game one came down to my opponent’s 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.)
equipped to a Gluttonous Zombie
Gluttonous Zombie
Gluttonous ZombieSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
151
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
. With no way to block or kill the zombie and no way to get rid of the Warhammer I was forced to concede. I sideboarded in my shatter and went into game two. Game two started out badly for me as my opponent played a Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
on my only Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
leaving me stuck at two Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s for a couple of turns while his 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.)
beat up on me. While generally I don’t think Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
is worth playing in limited unless you have multiples, or you need another sorcery for some reason, like to pump up a Magnivore
Magnivore
MagnivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Haste Magnivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of sorcery cards in all graveyards.
, it can be devastating when coupled with a little mana-screw. Fortunately I was able to Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
the Warhammer as soon as it was played and drew another plains on the next turn. At this point the game began to turn around as I was able to start casting fliers while eliminating my opponent’s threats, winning the game on turn 15 (though not before seeing that my opponent also got a Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic SpecterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying An opponent damaged by Specter must discard a card at random from his or her hand. Ignore this effect if opponent has no cards left in hand.
; I’m very jealous of his card pool). Game three wasn’t nearly so close as my opponent got stuck on two Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s while I kept dropping creatures to chip away at his life total.

Record so far: 11-5

Match two was against a green/blue deck. Game one was decided by 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.
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.
. Up to turn five we had been trading damage pretty evenly, him with a Zodiac Monkey
Zodiac Monkey
Zodiac MonkeySet: Portal Three Kingdoms
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Monkey
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ai Desheng
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has a forest in play, Zodaic Monkey can't be blocked.)
and me with a 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.)
. Then I cast 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.
, giving me a three point life boost. My opponent’s next creature was a 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.
which 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 on my turn and attack him with it doing ten points in one attack. This left him at six and I was able to finish him off next turn with another swing from the Angel and 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.
. Game two was much closer. I was able to do some early damage with a Morningstar-equipped Pegasus
Pegasus
PegasusSet: Anthologies
Color:
White
Type:
Token
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Mark Zug
, but 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.
ed Spider eliminated it. My other fliers were neutralized by two Enfeeblement
Enfeeblement
EnfeeblementSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
John Bolton
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.
s (though 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.
I got out did still help with the three point life boost) and then he dropped his Sengir Vampire
Sengir Vampire
Sengir VampireSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
FlyingVampire gets a +1/+1 counter each time a creature dies during a turn in which Vampire damaged it.
. We were both at six and I was slowly chipping away at his life with my 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 his attack I’m forced to make some bad blocks in order to survive, leaving me with my Shaman as my only creature and meaning that, barring a miracle, I’m probably dead next turn. Fortunately on my turn I manage to draw 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.
, which, since my opponent is now at five life, ends the game in my favor.

Record so far: 12-5

So far so good, I’m 2 for 2 this week. In match three I was up against a blue/red deck. Game one was very close, but my opponent was able to overpower me thanks to a Thundermare
Thundermare
ThundermareSet: Portal
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bob Eggleton
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Thundermare is unaffected by summoning sickness. When Thundermare comes into play from your hand, tap all other creatures. (This includes your creatures.)
and some timely counterspells. Game two my opponent was mana-flooded, so I was able to roll over him with my creatures. I won game three on the backs of my two Angels of Mercy. The six point life boost kept me alive despite a Flowstone Crusher
Flowstone Crusher
Flowstone CrusherSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
R: Flowstone Crusher gets +1/-1 until end of turn.
hitting me every turn, while the two 3/3 fliers were able to hit my opponent turn after turn since he couldn’t find any flying blockers.

Record so far: 13-5

In match four I faced a green/red/white deck. I got off to a strong early start from which my opponent never recovered in game one. In game two it was my opponent’s turn for the aggressive start, getting me down to three life by turn eight. I was able to slow him down with 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.
while killing his smaller creatures with 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.
and 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.
. With the two pingers I’m able to bring my opponent’s life total low enough to hit him 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.
for the win.

Record so far: 14-5

In the fifth and final match, my opponent was playing a white/blue deck. Game one settles into a stand-off very early as we both drop turn two 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.
s. The stand-off finally breaks when, having played Exhaustion
Exhaustion
ExhaustionSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
At the beginning of your opponent's next turn, he or she skips untapping creatures and lands.
on me the turn before, he takes advantage of the opening and attacks with everything. I take quite a bit of damage, but I’m still at fifteen life (thanks once again to 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.
). My opponent’s attack allows me to attack more freely and a turn later I’m able to finish him 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.
. Game two was closer as my opponent was able to play 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 my 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 play his own Decoy, a Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.
and a Blinding Angel
Blinding Angel
Blinding AngelSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Whenever Blinding Angel deals combat damage to a player, that player skips his or her next combat phase.
. Fortunately I was able to cast my 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.
to take care of the Warden while having enough fliers to keep the Angel blocked. I was able to win the game by casting the same 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.
twice thanks to my 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.
.

End of league record: 15-5

So I had a great final week, going 5 for 5. I ended the league in 21st place, which was good for three prize boosters. I could have played a few more tiebreakers, but I wouldn’t have been able to get above 17th place and so it would not have improved my prizes.

Overall it’s been a very satisfying league. I probably made some mistakes in building for weeks two and three that cost me a game or two, but overall I think I did very well. Hopefully it has been as entertaining to read about as it’s been for me to play and write about.


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