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CardShark Content - Kevin Knack (12/12/2002)

Last Friday’s draft was an excellent one and a very poor one at the same time. The signals ended up being very weak. I’m not sure if this was due to poor drafting, or just how the packs shook out. I’m inclined to believe it was the packs, as there were 3 red drafters (with two more player doing significant amounts of hate drafting for red – they were both going to go R/G but ended up going mono-green instead), and we had like 4 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.
s and 2 Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint AvalancheSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Pinpoint Avalanche deals 4 damage to target creature. The damage can't be prevented.
s between us. The removal simply wasn’t there. I also don’t recall seeing any Cruel Revival
Cruel Revival
Cruel RevivalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target non-Zombie creature. It can't be regenerated. Return up to one target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.
s or anything similar, though there was one white/black deck I didn’t get a chance to check out. Seeing as passing good removal is just about the most important signal you can send in this environment, many of the decks ended up quite wishy washy. I ended up with a very powerful deck, thanks in part to being the only blue drafter at the table. I’m not sure if people were shying away from blue (as usual) or if the fact that I started dipping into it heavily from the beginning affected it at all.

I’m afraid I was kind of spacing during the draft, so I don’t remember exactly how the picks came about. I remember first picking a Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
mage in a pack that only had 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.
and Glory Seeker
Glory Seeker
Glory SeekerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
as other viable first pick options, other than maybe a Treespring Lorian
Treespring Lorian
Treespring LorianSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
293
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Morph 5G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
. I was passed a Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
, which made me pretty much decide then and there to go R/U, short of being cut off very harshly for the next couple of packs. Needless to say, I wasn’t cut off (though I thought I was based on how sporadic the red cards were…late pick Primocs convinced me nobody was seriously drafting red, or if they were they were just cherry picking the removal). I ended up opening a Callous Oppressor
Callous Oppressor
Callous OppressorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may choose not to untap Callous Oppressor during your untap step.. As Callous Oppressor comes into play, an opponent chooses a creature type.. T: Gain control of target creature that isn't of the chosen type as long as Callous Oppressor remains tapped.
third pack, then immediately being passed an Arcanis. Third pack was good to me. It’s also notable because I got a FOURTEENTH pick Thoughtbound Primoc
Thoughtbound Primoc
Thoughtbound PrimocSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. At the beginning of your upkeep, if a player controls more Wizards than any. other player, he or she gains control of Thoughtbound Primoc.
.

Order at the table was:

U/R(Me)*W/B*Mono G*W/B*R/W*Mono G*R/G*B/W*U/R(Me)

The three W/B decks managed to water themselves down from being over-drafted. I really wish I could have seen the B/W deck to my right. He must have been heavy black, as I know I passed no less than three Gus
Gus
GusSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gus
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Gus comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it for each game you have lost to your opponent since you last won a Magic game against him or her.
dGNsb2FrIEhhcnJpZXI=s, though I also remember passing a late Severed Legion
Severed Legion
Severed LegionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
. How two mono-green decks ended up at the table I’ll never know, though it looked like bother were rather weak. One focused on elves, the other went elves/beasts (ironically, he had the two Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
s, much to the chargin of the elf.dec player).

My Deck

Blue:
Mistform Dreamer
Mistform Dreamer
Mistform DreamerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Matthew Mitchell
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. 1: Mistform Dreamer's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
x3
Callous Oppressor
Callous Oppressor
Callous OppressorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may choose not to untap Callous Oppressor during your untap step.. As Callous Oppressor comes into play, an opponent chooses a creature type.. T: Gain control of target creature that isn't of the chosen type as long as Callous Oppressor remains tapped.
x1
Arcanis the Omnipotent
Arcanis the Omnipotent
Arcanis the OmnipotentSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Draw three cards.. 2UU: Return Arcanis the Omnipotent to its owner's hand.
x1
Mistform Mask
Mistform Mask
Mistform MaskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
94
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
1: Enchanted creature's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
x1
Ascending Aven
Ascending Aven
Ascending AvenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. Ascending Aven may block only creatures with flying.. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
x1
Mistform Wall
Mistform Wall
Mistform WallSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.). 1: Mistform Wall's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
x2
Voidmage Prodigy
Voidmage Prodigy
Voidmage ProdigySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
UU, Sacrifice a Wizard: Counter target spell.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
x1
Riptide Biologist
Riptide Biologist
Riptide BiologistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from Beasts. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
x1
Meddle
Meddle
MeddleSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Target spell, which targets a single creature, targets another creature of your choice instead. The new target must be legal.
x1

Red:
Skirk Commando
Skirk Commando
Skirk CommandoSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Skirk Commando deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 2 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 2R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
x1
Battering Craighorn x1
Pinpoint Avalance x1
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.
x1
Lavamancer’s Skill x1
Thoughtbound Primoc
Thoughtbound Primoc
Thoughtbound PrimocSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. At the beginning of your upkeep, if a player controls more Wizards than any. other player, he or she gains control of Thoughtbound Primoc.
x2
Goblin Taskmaster
Goblin Taskmaster
Goblin TaskmasterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1R: Target Goblin gets +1/+0 until end of turn.. Morph R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
x1
Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
x2


Land
Lonely Sandbar
Lonely Sandbar
Lonely SandbarSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
320
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Lonely Sandbar comes into play tapped. T: Add U to your mana pool. Cycling U (U, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
x2
Forgotten Cave
Forgotten Cave
Forgotten CaveSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
317
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Forgotten Cave comes into play tapped. T: Add R to your mana pool. Cycling R (R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
x3
Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
x7
Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
x6


The Matches:

Round 1 – Alex with B/W kinda clerics kinda zombies kinda soldiers

Alex is easily one of the best players sitting at the draft table and I was expecting to have a difficult time with this match. The first game was very close. An early Dive Bomber
Dive Bomber
Dive BomberSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. T, Sacrifice Dive Bomber: Dive Bomber deals 2 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.
was flying over my Mistform Wall
Mistform Wall
Mistform WallSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.). 1: Mistform Wall's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
s and Battering Craighorn to apply some serious beatings to my behind. I had a Callous Oppressor
Callous Oppressor
Callous OppressorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may choose not to untap Callous Oppressor during your untap step.. As Callous Oppressor comes into play, an opponent chooses a creature type.. T: Gain control of target creature that isn't of the chosen type as long as Callous Oppressor remains tapped.
out, but he had named soldier so it really wasn’t doing me much good. I drew into my Mistform Mask
Mistform Mask
Mistform MaskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
94
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
1: Enchanted creature's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
, however, which let me change the bird soldier to ‘spuzzem’. My flying spuzzem then kept back his Severed Legion
Severed Legion
Severed LegionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
while I built up my defenses. Eventually an Arcanis came out with some Thoughtbound Primoc
Thoughtbound Primoc
Thoughtbound PrimocSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. At the beginning of your upkeep, if a player controls more Wizards than any. other player, he or she gains control of Thoughtbound Primoc.
s to seal the win. The second game went along similar lines. A Crown of Suspicion
Crown of Suspicion
Crown of SuspicionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/-1. Sacrifice Crown of Suspicion: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it get +2/-1 until end of turn.
-ed Dive Bomber
Dive Bomber
Dive BomberSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. T, Sacrifice Dive Bomber: Dive Bomber deals 2 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.
brought me to a low life total when I threw Arcanis down. He allowed me to draw into my blockers and solutions. I eventually won by killing him via Wretched Anurid
Wretched Anurid
Wretched AnuridSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
183
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you lose 1 life.
pain as I dropped 3-4 weenies a turn thanks to the Omnipotent one. While Alex put together the best deck that he could, I just don’t think he had the card quality to beat me. He just couldn’t go deeply enough into clerics, soldiers, or zombies because they just weren’t getting passed to him (he was on my left so believe me, I know…).

Round 2 – Bear with Mono-green

Bear was the second mono-green player at the table, so I had my doubts about how solid his deck was. It turned out to be about what I expected – it had a fierce opening in the form of Symbiotic Elves, 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
s, and Elvish Dorks, but after putting some harsh early pressure on, my Mistform Wall
Mistform Wall
Mistform WallSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.). 1: Mistform Wall's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
s and tougher creatures just began to out-thug his. The only really notable thing that occurred was that both games had me getting a Lavamancer’s Skill on a Mistform Wall
Mistform Wall
Mistform WallSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.). 1: Mistform Wall's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
both games, which would let me absolutely decimate his wimpy elvish army. Both games, however, he had a Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
ready. I guess that goes to show you maindecking enchantment hate might not be a bad route to go. He told me later he had two Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
s and a Chain of Acid
Chain of Acid
Chain of AcidSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Destroy target noncreature permanent. Then that permanent's controller may copy this spell and may choose a new target for that copy.
maindecked. I think it was too many, but he might have needed to include them as the 22-23 card due to going mono.

Round 3 – Matt with Red/Green beasts

Matt is another player who is very skilled. He had a lot of high-powered beasts, including two Avarexes. As it turned out though, both games I got out a Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
with plenty of Mistforms. This let me annihilate his creatures while he waited for answers that didn’t come. His deck was very solid (except for some possible mana-issues…he was underdrafting the cycle lands), but I just had nuts draws. During the second match, my Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
damn near killed me, but he kept Matt at bay long enough for a Voidmage Prodigy
Voidmage Prodigy
Voidmage ProdigySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
UU, Sacrifice a Wizard: Counter target spell.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
to come up with three Mistform creatures, which pretty much shut down any chance of ever playing a key spell again.

Thoughts on the Draft:

Voidmage Prodigy
Voidmage Prodigy
Voidmage ProdigySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
UU, Sacrifice a Wizard: Counter target spell.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
in and of itself isn’t terribly impressive, mainly because most of the wizards in Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
really stink. The Mistforms, however, provide a way of having wizards when you need them while still playing with decent creatures. The Mistform ability in general is not one to be trifled with. It had so much synergy with so many cards. The ability to regulate the damage I did with the Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
kept me alive one game. Changing Mistform Wall
Mistform Wall
Mistform WallSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.). 1: Mistform Wall's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
s to a ‘wizard’ is always a popular choice for Lavamancer’s Skill, though one should also note it allows the wall to ATTACK if need be. It messes up Cruel Revival
Cruel Revival
Cruel RevivalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target non-Zombie creature. It can't be regenerated. Return up to one target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.
and can also be used for off-beat cards like Peer Pressure
Peer Pressure
Peer PressureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Choose a creature type. If you control more creatures of that type than any other player, you gain control of all creatures of that type. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)
. Mistform Mutant
Mistform Mutant
Mistform MutantSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion Mutant
Rarity:
U
Number:
95
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
1U: Choose a creature type other than Legend or Wall. Target creature's type becomes that type until end of turn.
suddenly becomes useful enough to justify its cost, as the ability to mess with OTHER creature’s creature types has proven to have significant strategic value.

Crown of Suspicion
Crown of Suspicion
Crown of SuspicionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/-1. Sacrifice Crown of Suspicion: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it get +2/-1 until end of turn.
is an elf deck’s worst nightmare. Putting it on a Wirewood Elf
Wirewood Elf
Wirewood ElfSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
301
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
or Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic ElfSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
288
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Symbiotic Elf is put into a graveyard from play, put two 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.
is going to net you 2-3 cards for you one most of the time, though you have to be careful that you don’t end up with bigger, meaner survivors coming your way if you sacrifice before their attack. It takes care of most of the obnoxious critters and should probably be included in almost any black deck.

Now for the real lesson. Which is better, Skirk Commando
Skirk Commando
Skirk CommandoSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Skirk Commando deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 2 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 2R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
, Battering Craighorn, or Mistform Dreamer
Mistform Dreamer
Mistform DreamerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Matthew Mitchell
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. 1: Mistform Dreamer's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
? Here’s my take on the matter. I got to pick between Mistform Dreamer
Mistform Dreamer
Mistform DreamerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Matthew Mitchell
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. 1: Mistform Dreamer's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
and Skirk Commando
Skirk Commando
Skirk CommandoSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Skirk Commando deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 2 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 2R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
(as the only two viable cards in the pack) no less than three times, and between Skirk Commando
Skirk Commando
Skirk CommandoSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Skirk Commando deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 2 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 2R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
and Battering Craighorn twice. Which is the better choice? Well, to be honest, I think the Skirk Commando
Skirk Commando
Skirk CommandoSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Skirk Commando deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 2 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 2R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
is overrated and would thus pick the Mistform Dreamer
Mistform Dreamer
Mistform DreamerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Matthew Mitchell
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. 1: Mistform Dreamer's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
s. The Craighorn is a bit tougher. I’d rather have the Craighorn between the two, but given the option, I’d much prefer one of each. Here’s why. The Commando is good in only three situations, and two of them can usually be avoided with good play and wise decisions. The Commando is usually used to kill annoying two-drops like Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
and Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
, or else he tries to hit a morph. In the early game, you’re hoping to catch your opponent in the situation where he has to chump with his valuable creature, or better yet, let your Commando through and let you wipe his valuable creature out while dealing your two point in the meantime. Unfortunately, reality goes a little bit differently. Your opponent will often have a less valuable dork blocker just waiting to stop your morph from going through. If this is a Birchlore Rangers
Birchlore Rangers
Birchlore RangersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Elves you control: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.. Morph G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
, no big deal, you throw another body on the heap and hope to pound through next time. More often, however, it will end up being an 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
or Wretched Anurid
Wretched Anurid
Wretched AnuridSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
183
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you lose 1 life.
, or at least a morph. What’s that mean? Maybe your commando will trade, maybe he won’t. But what about the hesitation to block because of the possibility of a Craighorn. This makes the situation a little more murky. As a rule of thumb, people generally block. Why? Because 1) The Craighorn is harder to get out due to his double red – you might not have this double red. 2) Because of the double red requirement, people are less likely to put him into a deck unless they are heavily red. Even then he’s often one of the earlier cards to get cut. 3) Even if they do block and you have the mana to unmorph the Craighorn, it puts the game in their control. If you have to spend the mana to unmorph the Craighorn, your third and fourth turns have essentially been burned to kill one creature of THEIR choice. They are going to throw their most expendible creature in front of your morph and you are going to end up with a crummy diabolic edict – and that’s only IF it was a Craighorn you attacked with.

The second situation is just one of poor play. If your opponent taps out all of his creatures, you might be able to sneak the goblin in. Unfortunately, this will usually only happen when you play the goblin morphed, meaning your mana is going to be a bit tied up. If your opponent suspects you have a commando, he’ll probably leave behind a blocker, probably one with a good butt on him like a Mistform Wall
Mistform Wall
Mistform WallSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.). 1: Mistform Wall's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
too. True, you might be able to burn their last blocker away, but then you’re relying on another card and your opponent is again starting to dictate the choices that you make.

The third, and best, opportunity you have to kill with the commando is when you combo him with another card to make him unblockable. This has its merits, to be sure, but again, you’re relying on another card to make the commando good. A cycled Dirge of the Dead is phenomenon, a Crafty Pathmage
Crafty Pathmage
Crafty PathmageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature with power 2 or less is unblockable this turn.
is pretty good (though note that you have to take up a slot with a slightly substandard card), and Wave of Indifference
Wave of Indifference
Wave of IndifferenceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
X target creatures can't block this turn.
is tolerable, though not ideal as the Wave serves much better as an alpha strike sort of card and not the equivalent of a one-to-one trade. Having the right cards to go with the commando makes him better, but this is dependent on you not only drafting these cards, but also drawing them and hoping your opponent has no tricky solution (or not so tricky, as I hear the Dirge isn’t so hot against other black decks).

On the other hand, the Dreamer and Craighorn are almost always useful in and of their own. The Dreamer is a 2/1 flier that will deal a lot of damage in most games – useful in its own right. The mistform ability just makes it all the more powerful, giving it synergy with a number of other cards. The Craighorn is just a pain to deal with, as the only other first strikers of note are the Daru Lancer
Daru Lancer
Daru LancerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
First strike. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
and Cavalier, and the Cavalier is rarely played. Three power takes out many of the other creatures in the set, including the ever problematic Wretched Anurid
Wretched Anurid
Wretched AnuridSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
183
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you lose 1 life.
.. The Dreamer and Craighorn stand very well on their own. The Skirk Commando
Skirk Commando
Skirk CommandoSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Skirk Commando deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 2 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 2R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
requires other cards or a specific (often preventable) board position. The commando does fit into a goblin tribe, but the Dreamer does that job better and the Craighorn is also in a powerful tribe (beasts).

Every blue player should have at least 2 Mistform walls, and I don’t think 3 would be too many. They are so valuable for slowing things down on the ground, and they really help against Wretched Anurid
Wretched Anurid
Wretched AnuridSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
183
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you lose 1 life.
s.

That said, keep on drafting and enjoying one of the best limited sets ever.

Regards,


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