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CardShark Content - Joseph Burgus (9/27/2004)

Kamigawa is home to a number of new mechanics, as well as revisions of old ones (Don’t ask me how a Chub Toad
Chub Toad
Chub ToadSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Toad
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Chub Toad blocks or is blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
is better at Bushido than most Samurai…). One of the more interesting, albeit underused in this weekend’s prerelease, was Arcane. I saw very few competitors in my flight using it, almost afraid to, as if they were puzzled by its very nature. Most who complained looked at Arcane solely as in-color effects, where one wouldn’t have enough Arcane cards to make matter. Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
was used occasionally as a simple burn spell, with a one-time use.

However, in the pre-release, Arcane showed its might not as a single-color measure, but as a multi-color option. In the cards I opened, I was lucky enough to get a Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
. But, if I had stopped there, I wouldn’t have realized its true explosive power, which came from, ironically, blue. With Ray in my hand, Reach Through Mists
Reach Through Mists
Reach Through MistsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Draw a card.
became a 1UR Instant that gave me a card and dealt two damage to anything. Consuming Vortex
Consuming Vortex
Consuming VortexSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand. Splice onto Arcane 3U (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
became a 2UR creature bouncer that dealt two damage. As long as I had Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
in my hand, I could deal extra damage at any point in the round, at instant speed, and re-use it as many times as I had other Arcane spells.

In terms of the stack, you tap all mana needed for the Arcane and Splice spells, and then play the Arcane spell and reveal the Splice spell to the opponent. If it is then countered, the entire spell fizzles, not one part. They enter the stack at the same time, and are considered one spell. The Arcane spell and the Splice card cannot target the same thing.

To make Arcane work, you need to be picky about which spell you put on the other – the one you want to keep. If a Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel ColossusSet: Darksteel
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
11
Toughness:
11
Text:
Trample. Darksteel Colossus is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) If Darksteel Colossus would be put into a graveyard from anywhere reveal Darksteel Colossus and shuffle it into its owner's library instead.
comes out in Constructed, and you have Consuming Vortex
Consuming Vortex
Consuming VortexSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand. Splice onto Arcane 3U (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
and Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
, you’ll want to splice the Vortex onto the Ray, so that you can bounce the Colossus should there be another way to bring it out. Keep in mind that different cards have different Splice costs, though.

Keep in mind that not all Arcane cards can Splice, though a great deal can. Many of the basic instants (such as Unnatural Speed
Unnatural Speed
Unnatural SpeedSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
197
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Target creature gains haste until end of turn.
) cannot Splice onto things. No Sorcery can Splice -- which brings me to my next point. Though there are no Sorcery splice cards in Champions, some may come out in Saviors or Betrayers, so I’ll add this nugget of wisdom: if you splice a Sorcery card onto an Instant somehow, it moves at instant speed. Keep this in mind when you’re at the prerelease of the further sets, or the lists are being released.

Keeping these items in mind, one can effectively manipulate Arcane to their advantage. Whether using splicing for counter bait (“I cast my Reach Through Mists
Reach Through Mists
Reach Through MistsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Draw a card.
/Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
. It’s countered. I cast Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
.”), Isochron abuse (Effectively tossing out Consuming Vortex
Consuming Vortex
Consuming VortexSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand. Splice onto Arcane 3U (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
and Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
every turn for 3R), or simply as a way to hang on to those precious removal spells, Arcane looks to be one of the more powerful mechanics we’re introduced to in Kamigawa.


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