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An M13 Sealed Prerelease Report - Lucas B. (7/16/2012)

I sat down and opened my six packs of M13, eager to start another sealed event. After viciously tearing through the boosters, I had the following cards in front of me:

Sealed Pool:
Land (2)
Evolving Wilds
Evolving Wilds
Evolving WildsSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Text:
{T}, Sacrifice Evolving Wilds: Search your library for a basic land card and put it onto the battlefield tapped. Then shuffle your library.

Reliquary Tower
Reliquary Tower
Reliquary TowerSet: Conflux
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Text:
You have no maximum hand size. T Add 1 to your mana pool.


Blue (16)
Encrust
Encrust
EncrustSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Enchant artifact or creature Enchanted permanent doesn't untap during its controller's untap step and its activated abilities can't be activated.
x3
Essence Scatter
Essence Scatter
Essence ScatterSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Counter target creature spell.

Faerie Invaders
Faerie Invaders
Faerie InvadersSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) Flying

Hydrosurge
Hydrosurge
HydrosurgeSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Text:
Target creature gets -5/-0 until end of turn.

Jace's Phantasm
Jace's Phantasm
Jace's PhantasmSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Jace's Phantasm gets +4/+4 as long as an opponent has ten or more cards in his or her graveyard.

Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.
x2
Scroll Thief
Scroll Thief
Scroll ThiefSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Scroll Thief deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.

Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of UthuunSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
R
Number:
76
Artist:
Kekai Kotaki
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying When Sphinx of Uthuun enters the battlefield, reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

Switcheroo
Switcheroo
SwitcherooSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Exchange control of two target creatures.

Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.

Vedalken Entrancer
Vedalken Entrancer
Vedalken EntrancerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vedalken Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
74
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
U, T: Target player puts the top two cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

Void Stalker
Void Stalker
Void StalkerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Marco Nelor
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{2}{U}, {T}: Put Void Stalker and target creature on top of their owners' libraries, then those players shuffle their libraries.

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


Black (14)
Bloodhunter Bat
Bloodhunter Bat
Bloodhunter BatSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bat
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Bloodhunter Bat enters the battlefield, target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

Cower in Fear
Cower in Fear
Cower in FearSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
84
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Text:
Creatures your opponents control get -1/-1 until end of turn.

Disentomb
Disentomb
DisentombSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.

Duty-Bound Dead
Duty-Bound Dead
Duty-Bound DeadSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) {3}{B}: Regenerate Duty-Bound Dead. (The next time this creature would be destroyed this turn, it isn't. Instead tap it, remove all damage from it, and remove it from combat.)
x2
Giant Scorpion
Giant Scorpion
Giant ScorpionSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Scorpion
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.)
x2
Harbor Bandit
Harbor Bandit
Harbor BanditSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
95
Artist:
Jesper Ejsing
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Harbor Bandit gets +1/+1 as long as you control an Island. {1}{U}: Harbor Bandit is unblockable this turn.

Liliana's Shade
Liliana's Shade
Liliana's ShadeSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shade
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Liliana's Shade enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a Swamp card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library. {B}: Liliana's Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

Mark of the Vampire
Mark of the Vampire
Mark of the VampireSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Winona Nelson
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
x2
Mind Rot
Mind Rot
Mind RotSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Your opponent chooses and discards two cards from his or her hand. (If your opponent has only one card, he or she discards it.)
x2
Xathrid Gorgon
Xathrid Gorgon
Xathrid GorgonSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gorgon
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Chase Stone
Power:
3
Toughness:
6
Text:
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.) {2}{B}, {T}: Put a petrification counter on target creature. It gains defender and becomes a colorless artifact in addition to its other types. Its activated abilities can't be activated. (A creature with defender can't attack.)


Red (14)
Canyon Minotaur
Canyon Minotaur
Canyon MinotaurSet: Conflux
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Set/Rarity: C

Cleaver Riot
Cleaver Riot
Cleaver RiotSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
125
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
Creatures you control gain double strike until end of turn. (They deal both first-strike and regular combat damage.)

Dragon Hatchling
Dragon Hatchling
Dragon HatchlingSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
David Palumbo
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying {R}: Dragon Hatchling gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
x2
Fire Elemental
Fire Elemental
Fire ElementalSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
x2
Mindclaw Shaman
Mindclaw Shaman
Mindclaw ShamanSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Slawomir Maniak
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Mindclaw Shaman enters the battlefield, target opponent reveals his or her hand. You may cast an instant or sorcery card from it without paying its mana cost.

Reckless Brute
Reckless Brute
Reckless BruteSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
144
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.) Reckless Brute attacks each turn if able.

Rummaging Goblin
Rummaging Goblin
Rummaging GoblinSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
146
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}, Discard a card: Draw a card.
x2
Searing Spear
Searing Spear
Searing SpearSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Searing Spear deals 3 damage to target creature or player.

Smelt
Smelt
SmeltSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Destroy target artifact.

Trumpet Blast
Trumpet Blast
Trumpet BlastSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking creatures get +2/+0 until end of turn.

Volcanic Strength
Volcanic Strength
Volcanic StrengthSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has mountainwalk. (It's unblockable as long as defending player controls a Mountain.)


Green (15)
Arbor Elf
Arbor Elf
Arbor ElfSet: Worldwake
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Untap target Forest.

Bountiful Harvest
Bountiful Harvest
Bountiful HarvestSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
You gain 1 life for each land you control.

Centaur Courser
Centaur Courser
Centaur CourserSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
3
Toughness:
3

Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.

Fungal Sprouting
Fungal Sprouting
Fungal SproutingSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
173
Artist:
Brad Rigney
Text:
Put X 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.

Garruk's Packleader
Garruk's Packleader
Garruk's PackleaderSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
177
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever another creature with power 3 or greater enters the battlefield under your control, you may draw a card.

Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Mwonvuli Beast TrackerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Scout
Rarity:
U
Number:
177
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Mwonvuli Beast Tracker enters the battlefield, search your library for a creature card with deathtouch, hexproof, reach, or trample and reveal it. Shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.

Plummet
Plummet
PlummetSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
190
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target creature with flying.

Primal Huntbeast
Primal Huntbeast
Primal HuntbeastSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
182
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

Ranger's Path
Ranger's Path
Ranger's PathSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
186
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
Search your library for up to two Forest cards and put them onto the battlefield tapped. Then shuffle your library.

Roaring Primadox
Roaring Primadox
Roaring PrimadoxSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, return a creature you control to its owner's hand.

Sentinel Spider
Sentinel Spider
Sentinel SpiderSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.) Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)

Serpent's Gift
Serpent's Gift
Serpent's GiftSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
190
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
Target creature gains deathtouch until end of turn. (Any amount of damage it deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

Timberpack Wolf
Timberpack Wolf
Timberpack WolfSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Timberpack Wolf gets +1/+1 for each other creature you control named Timberpack Wolf.


White (16)
Ajani's Sunstriker
Ajani's Sunstriker
Ajani's SunstrikerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

Attended Knight
Attended Knight
Attended KnightSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Seb McKinnon
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike (This creature deals combat damage before creatures without first strike.) When Attended Knight enters the battlefield, put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token onto the battlefield.

Battleflight Eagle
Battleflight Eagle
Battleflight EagleSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Battleflight Eagle enters the battlefield, target creature gets +2/+2 and gains flying until end of turn.
x2
Captain's Call
Captain's Call
Captain's CallSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Put three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.
x2
Divine Favor
Divine Favor
Divine FavorSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
14
Artist:
Allen Williams
Text:
Enchant creature When Divine Favor enters the battlefield, you gain 3 life. Enchanted creature gets +1/+3.

Glorious Charge
Glorious Charge
Glorious ChargeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.

Guardian Lions
Guardian Lions
Guardian LionsSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
17
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
1
Toughness:
6
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.)

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.

Pillarfield Ox
Pillarfield Ox
Pillarfield OxSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ox
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
2
Toughness:
4

Planar Cleansing
Planar Cleansing
Planar CleansingSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Text:
Destroy all nonland permanents.

Rain of Blades
Rain of Blades
Rain of BladesSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
20
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Rain of Blades deals 1 damage to each attacking creature.

Serra Avenger
Serra Avenger
Serra AvengerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
You can't play Serra Avenger during your first, second, or third turns of the game. Flying, vigilance

Silvercoat Lion
Silvercoat Lion
Silvercoat LionSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2

Touch of the Eternal
Touch of the Eternal
Touch of the EternalSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, count the number of permanents you control. Your life total becomes that number.


Artifact (6)
Chronomaton
Chronomaton
ChronomatonSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
201
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Chronomaton.

Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of ImmortalitySet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
206
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
{2}, {T}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into your library.
x2
Gem of Becoming
Gem of Becoming
Gem of BecomingSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
205
Artist:
Jack Wang
Text:
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice Gem of Becoming: Search your library for an Island card, a Swamp card, and a Mountain card. Reveal those cards and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Ring of Kalonia
Ring of Kalonia
Ring of KaloniaSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
212
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Equipped creature has trample. (If it would assign enough damage to its blockers to destroy them, you may have it assign the rest of its damage to defending player or planeswalker.) At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on equipped creature if it's green. Equip {1} ({1}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)

Ring of Thune
Ring of Thune
Ring of ThuneSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Equipped creature has vigilance. (Attacking doesn't cause it to tap.) At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on equipped creature if it's white. Equip {1} ({1}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)



This was among the most difficult pools I have ever had to work with. There was only one color that really stood-out: blue. The Sphinx and three Encrust
Encrust
EncrustSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Enchant artifact or creature Enchanted permanent doesn't untap during its controller's untap step and its activated abilities can't be activated.
s really wanted me to head in that direction. The other color was quite a choice. I considered making white my second color, with cards like Serra Avenger
Serra Avenger
Serra AvengerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
You can't play Serra Avenger during your first, second, or third turns of the game. Flying, vigilance
, Planar Cleansing
Planar Cleansing
Planar CleansingSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Text:
Destroy all nonland permanents.
, and 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.
to persuade me. Despite the appeal of those cards, I chose green as my second because of the potential to splash black and red. Between Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
, Evolving Wilds
Evolving Wilds
Evolving WildsSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Text:
{T}, Sacrifice Evolving Wilds: Search your library for a basic land card and put it onto the battlefield tapped. Then shuffle your library.
, and Gem of Becoming
Gem of Becoming
Gem of BecomingSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
205
Artist:
Jack Wang
Text:
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice Gem of Becoming: Search your library for an Island card, a Swamp card, and a Mountain card. Reveal those cards and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, I could guarantee that I would always get the color I needed. The final factor in my decision to play green was Sentinel Spider
Sentinel Spider
Sentinel SpiderSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.) Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
because it would allow me some protection against fliers.

My final 40 were:
Artifact (2)
Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of ImmortalitySet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
206
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
{2}, {T}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into your library.

Gem of Becoming
Gem of Becoming
Gem of BecomingSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
205
Artist:
Jack Wang
Text:
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice Gem of Becoming: Search your library for an Island card, a Swamp card, and a Mountain card. Reveal those cards and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Green (7)
Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

Sentinel Spider
Sentinel Spider
Sentinel SpiderSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.) Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)

Garruk's Packleader
Garruk's Packleader
Garruk's PackleaderSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
177
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever another creature with power 3 or greater enters the battlefield under your control, you may draw a card.

Primal Huntbeast
Primal Huntbeast
Primal HuntbeastSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
182
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

Fungal Sprouting
Fungal Sprouting
Fungal SproutingSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
173
Artist:
Brad Rigney
Text:
Put X 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens onto the battlefield, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.

Centaur Courser
Centaur Courser
Centaur CourserSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
3
Toughness:
3

Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Mwonvuli Beast TrackerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Scout
Rarity:
U
Number:
177
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Mwonvuli Beast Tracker enters the battlefield, search your library for a creature card with deathtouch, hexproof, reach, or trample and reveal it. Shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.


Red(1)
Searing Spear
Searing Spear
Searing SpearSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Searing Spear deals 3 damage to target creature or player.


Black (1)
Xathrid Gorgon
Xathrid Gorgon
Xathrid GorgonSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gorgon
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Chase Stone
Power:
3
Toughness:
6
Text:
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.) {2}{B}, {T}: Put a petrification counter on target creature. It gains defender and becomes a colorless artifact in addition to its other types. Its activated abilities can't be activated. (A creature with defender can't attack.)


Blue(12)
Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of UthuunSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
R
Number:
76
Artist:
Kekai Kotaki
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying When Sphinx of Uthuun enters the battlefield, reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

Faerie Invaders
Faerie Invaders
Faerie InvadersSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) Flying

Switcheroo
Switcheroo
SwitcherooSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Exchange control of two target creatures.

Encrust
Encrust
EncrustSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Enchant artifact or creature Enchanted permanent doesn't untap during its controller's untap step and its activated abilities can't be activated.
x3
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

Scroll Thief
Scroll Thief
Scroll ThiefSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Scroll Thief deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.

Void Stalker
Void Stalker
Void StalkerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Marco Nelor
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{2}{U}, {T}: Put Void Stalker and target creature on top of their owners' libraries, then those players shuffle their libraries.

Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.

Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.

Essence Scatter
Essence Scatter
Essence ScatterSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Counter target creature spell.


Land(17)
Evolving Wilds
Evolving Wilds
Evolving WildsSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Text:
{T}, Sacrifice Evolving Wilds: Search your library for a basic land card and put it onto the battlefield tapped. Then shuffle your library.

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

Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
x2
Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
x5
Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
x8


Round 1: Esper
Game 1:
My opponent started on the play with a first-turn War Falcon
War Falcon
War FalconSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying War Falcon can't attack unless you control a Knight or a Soldier.
. After I played my land and passed my turn, he tried to attack with his War Falcon
War Falcon
War FalconSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying War Falcon can't attack unless you control a Knight or a Soldier.
. This was an illegal move and following a brief session where we both made sure to read the card, he apologized and we continued on. After another turn in which I did not cast anything, he drew and immediately played Guardians of Akrasa
Guardians of Akrasa
Guardians of AkrasaSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Defender Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
. It was at that point I realized I was in trouble. I had two Encrust
Encrust
EncrustSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Enchant artifact or creature Enchanted permanent doesn't untap during its controller's untap step and its activated abilities can't be activated.
s in hand, but only a Gem of Becoming
Gem of Becoming
Gem of BecomingSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
205
Artist:
Jack Wang
Text:
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice Gem of Becoming: Search your library for an Island card, a Swamp card, and a Mountain card. Reveal those cards and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
to fetch the second Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
. I played the Gem of Becoming
Gem of Becoming
Gem of BecomingSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
205
Artist:
Jack Wang
Text:
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice Gem of Becoming: Search your library for an Island card, a Swamp card, and a Mountain card. Reveal those cards and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
during my turn, expecting to take another three damage before I could keep it tapped. Instead, he cast Mark of the Vampire
Mark of the Vampire
Mark of the VampireSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Winona Nelson
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
and attacked with a 5/4 flying lifelink. I cringed as I took the damage. Luckily, on my next draw I got the Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
I needed in order to cast an Encrust
Encrust
EncrustSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Enchant artifact or creature Enchanted permanent doesn't untap during its controller's untap step and its activated abilities can't be activated.
, thus ensuring that I would not take further damage from his Falcon. His next turn packed some serious bling: he played both a Ring of Thune
Ring of Thune
Ring of ThuneSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Equipped creature has vigilance. (Attacking doesn't cause it to tap.) At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on equipped creature if it's white. Equip {1} ({1}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)
and a Ring of Xathrid
Ring of Xathrid
Ring of XathridSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
{2}: Regenerate equipped creature. (The next time that creature would be destroyed this turn, it isn't. Instead tap it, remove all damage from it, and remove it from combat.) At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on equipped creature if it's black. Equip {1} ({1}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)
. During my turn, I was finally able to get some board presence by playing a Sentinel Spider
Sentinel Spider
Sentinel SpiderSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.) Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
. In his next turn he played another War Falcon
War Falcon
War FalconSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying War Falcon can't attack unless you control a Knight or a Soldier.
and equipped both of the rings to it. At this point I could feel the worry setting in, since the only removal I had was another Encrust
Encrust
EncrustSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Enchant artifact or creature Enchanted permanent doesn't untap during its controller's untap step and its activated abilities can't be activated.
and the second Falcon was becoming too much to handle. Luckily, I had a plan. I attacked with the Spider,he blocked, and used the Ring of Xathrid
Ring of Xathrid
Ring of XathridSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
{2}: Regenerate equipped creature. (The next time that creature would be destroyed this turn, it isn't. Instead tap it, remove all damage from it, and remove it from combat.) At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on equipped creature if it's black. Equip {1} ({1}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)
to regenerate. Because the use of the ring tapped his creature I was able to play my Encrust
Encrust
EncrustSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Enchant artifact or creature Enchanted permanent doesn't untap during its controller's untap step and its activated abilities can't be activated.
on the Falcon. The game slowed down over the next few turns, with me just attacking with my Spider and drawing plenty of lands. Then he cast a Diabolic Revelation
Diabolic Revelation
Diabolic RevelationSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
87
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Text:
Search your library for up to X cards and put those cards into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, fetching the best three cards of his deck. After I attacked again with my Spider, he played an Oblivion Ring
Oblivion Ring
Oblivion RingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
When Oblivion Ring comes into play, remove another target nonland permanent from the game. When Oblivion Ring leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.
on it and slammed a Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis
Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis
Nefarox, Overlord of GrixisSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) Whenever Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis attacks alone, defending player sacrifices a creature.
. I looked at the single card in my hand: a Switcheroo
Switcheroo
SwitcherooSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Exchange control of two target creatures.
and hoped to draw a creature. Happily, I drew a Scroll Thief
Scroll Thief
Scroll ThiefSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Scroll Thief deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.
and played it. Then I swapped it for his Nefarox. Unfortunately, the last card he fetched was a Clone
Clone
CloneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clone
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Upon summoning, Clone acquires all characteristics, including color, of any one creature in play on either side; any creature enchantments on original creature are not copied. Clone retains these characteristics even after original creature is destroyed. Clone cannot be summoned if there are no creatures in play.
and he played it, destroying both of the demons. He got in a few hits with Scroll Thief
Scroll Thief
Scroll ThiefSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Scroll Thief deals combat damage to a player, draw a card.
, while I continued to draw lands. Luckily for me, I drew a Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of UthuunSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
R
Number:
76
Artist:
Kekai Kotaki
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying When Sphinx of Uthuun enters the battlefield, reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
, and was finally able to finish him off.

Game 2:
Regrettably, due to how long the first game went (and some slow-play by my opponent) there were only 5 minutes to complete the second game. Naturally, we both played a little faster in an attempt to complete the game in time. I played the first spell of the game: a Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Mwonvuli Beast TrackerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Scout
Rarity:
U
Number:
177
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Mwonvuli Beast Tracker enters the battlefield, search your library for a creature card with deathtouch, hexproof, reach, or trample and reveal it. Shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.
fetching my Sentinel Spider
Sentinel Spider
Sentinel SpiderSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.) Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
. I looked to be pretty far ahead until he played a Captain of the Watch
Captain of the Watch
Captain of the WatchSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
6
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.) Other Soldier creatures you control get +1/+1 and have vigilance. When Captain of the Watch enters the battlefield, put three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.
. Then the board was stalled and time ran out before he could beat me.

1-0


Round 2: Esper

Game 1:
I played against a really nice opponent whose deck was pretty strong. He began the first game with a Duty-Bound Dead
Duty-Bound Dead
Duty-Bound DeadSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) {3}{B}: Regenerate Duty-Bound Dead. (The next time this creature would be destroyed this turn, it isn't. Instead tap it, remove all damage from it, and remove it from combat.)
. After attacking a pair of times with it as I played lands, he played a 3/3 Harbor Bandit
Harbor Bandit
Harbor BanditSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
95
Artist:
Jesper Ejsing
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Harbor Bandit gets +1/+1 as long as you control an Island. {1}{U}: Harbor Bandit is unblockable this turn.
. He proceeded to attack with it every turn until I lost. (Which was not long thereafter)

Game 2:
Was slightly closer, since I had Encrust
Encrust
EncrustSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Enchant artifact or creature Enchanted permanent doesn't untap during its controller's untap step and its activated abilities can't be activated.
to deal with his Harbor Bandit
Harbor Bandit
Harbor BanditSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
95
Artist:
Jesper Ejsing
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Harbor Bandit gets +1/+1 as long as you control an Island. {1}{U}: Harbor Bandit is unblockable this turn.
. Eventually, my well timed Faerie Invaders
Faerie Invaders
Faerie InvadersSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) Flying
blocking his attacking creature and my opponent not having removal for my flier for the rest of the game.

Game 3:
The final game started out fairly slow, with the only play from either of us in the first three turns was him casting a Duty-Bound Dead
Duty-Bound Dead
Duty-Bound DeadSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) {3}{B}: Regenerate Duty-Bound Dead. (The next time this creature would be destroyed this turn, it isn't. Instead tap it, remove all damage from it, and remove it from combat.)
. However, the game quickly got out of control with him casting a Griffin Protector
Griffin Protector
Griffin ProtectorSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Griffin Protector gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
and giving it a Mark of the Vampire
Mark of the Vampire
Mark of the VampireSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Winona Nelson
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
while removing my threats. Eventually, I faced the following board: Griffin Protector
Griffin Protector
Griffin ProtectorSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Griffin
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Griffin Protector gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
with Mark of the Vampire
Mark of the Vampire
Mark of the VampireSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Winona Nelson
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
, Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire NighthawkSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
116
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
, and a Void Stalker
Void Stalker
Void StalkerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Marco Nelor
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{2}{U}, {T}: Put Void Stalker and target creature on top of their owners' libraries, then those players shuffle their libraries.
. In my hand I had a Switcheroo
Switcheroo
SwitcherooSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Exchange control of two target creatures.
, my own Void Stalker
Void Stalker
Void StalkerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Marco Nelor
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{2}{U}, {T}: Put Void Stalker and target creature on top of their owners' libraries, then those players shuffle their libraries.
and a Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of UthuunSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
R
Number:
76
Artist:
Kekai Kotaki
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying When Sphinx of Uthuun enters the battlefield, reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
. After casting my Sphinx, there was only one relevant card in the top five: an Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
. On his next turn he shuffles away my sphinx and attacks for six, putting me at five life. In order not to lose the following turn, I had to play my Void Stalker
Void Stalker
Void StalkerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Marco Nelor
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{2}{U}, {T}: Put Void Stalker and target creature on top of their owners' libraries, then those players shuffle their libraries.
, switch it for his Griffin, then Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
the Void Stalker
Void Stalker
Void StalkerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Marco Nelor
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{2}{U}, {T}: Put Void Stalker and target creature on top of their owners' libraries, then those players shuffle their libraries.
before he could use it. Unfortunately, since my newly acquired creature was tapped, it allowed him to attack with his vampire, and his topdecked Essence Drain
Essence Drain
Essence DrainSet: Darksteel
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Essence Drain deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.
finished me off.

1-1


Round 3: Naya
Naya
NayaSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
You may play any number of additional lands on each of your turns. Whenever you roll {C}, target red, green, or white creature you control gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each land you control.

During the sealed portion of the event, I heard someone behind me laughing with excitement. “Sublime Archangel
Sublime Archangel
Sublime ArchangelSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
M
Number:
36
Artist:
Cynthia Sheppard
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) Other creatures you control have exalted. (If a creature has multiple instances of exalted, each triggers separately.)
AND Thundermaw Hellkite
Thundermaw Hellkite
Thundermaw HellkiteSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
M
Number:
150
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.) When Thundermaw Hellkite enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each creature with flying your opponents control. Tap those creatures.
!” Naturally, when I sat across from him I was a little worried.

Game 1:
The game started as a race, with my Primal Huntbeast
Primal Huntbeast
Primal HuntbeastSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
182
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
beating down. Then he cast Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.
. I attacked again, he cast Safe Passage
Safe Passage
Safe PassageSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you and creatures you control this turn.
. Naturally, I was a little frustrated when he topdecked the Thundermaw Hellkite
Thundermaw Hellkite
Thundermaw HellkiteSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
M
Number:
150
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.) When Thundermaw Hellkite enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each creature with flying your opponents control. Tap those creatures.
and promptly killed me with it after casting Bountiful Harvest
Bountiful Harvest
Bountiful HarvestSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
You gain 1 life for each land you control.
.

Game 2:
Once again, my board state was really strong. A Sentinel Spider
Sentinel Spider
Sentinel SpiderSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.) Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
doing some serious work. Once again, he cast Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.
and Safe Passage
Safe Passage
Safe PassageSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you and creatures you control this turn.
before playing a Sublime Archangel
Sublime Archangel
Sublime ArchangelSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
M
Number:
36
Artist:
Cynthia Sheppard
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) Other creatures you control have exalted. (If a creature has multiple instances of exalted, each triggers separately.)
. I quickly lost to a 7/7 flier.

1-2


Round 4: Bant
Bant
BantSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
4
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Text:
All creatures have exalted. (Whenever a creature attacks alone, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each instance of exalted among permanents its controller controls.) Whenever you roll {C}, put a divinity counter on target green, white, or blue creature. That creature is indestructible as long as it has a divinity counter on it.

At this point in order to get a decent prize, I knew I would have to win the rest of the rounds. I prepared to play stone-faced when I realized my opponent is rather young. It was his first prerelease. So I decided to ease up on my competitive nature and try to play casually. (His only win was the bye he received)

Game 1:
I quickly realized why he had been struggling in the tournament. His deck was just small creatures and every single one of his spells was a combat trick. (Glorious Charge
Glorious Charge
Glorious ChargeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.
, Safe Passage
Safe Passage
Safe PassageSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you and creatures you control this turn.
and Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.
to name a few). Once I figured out his strategy, I just blocked carefully, and a well-timed Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of UthuunSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
R
Number:
76
Artist:
Kekai Kotaki
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying When Sphinx of Uthuun enters the battlefield, reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
was just too much for him to handle.

Game 2:
My opening hand had two lands, a Gem of Becoming
Gem of Becoming
Gem of BecomingSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
205
Artist:
Jack Wang
Text:
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice Gem of Becoming: Search your library for an Island card, a Swamp card, and a Mountain card. Reveal those cards and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, a Sentinel Spider
Sentinel Spider
Sentinel SpiderSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.) Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
, a Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.
, an Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
and a Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Mwonvuli Beast TrackerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Scout
Rarity:
U
Number:
177
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Mwonvuli Beast Tracker enters the battlefield, search your library for a creature card with deathtouch, hexproof, reach, or trample and reveal it. Shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.
. Naturally, it took me 6 turns to draw a third land, so I lost.

G3: This game was very similar to the first, except that post-sideboard I had two Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.
s. Using them at the most opportune moments allowed me to kill off his creatures. Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of UthuunSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
R
Number:
76
Artist:
Kekai Kotaki
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying When Sphinx of Uthuun enters the battlefield, reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
(once again) sealed the game.

2-2


Round 5: Boros
This was the dramatic round. The winner got a Fire and Lightning Premium Deck and a pack of M13. The loser would just get the pack. I sat down, ready to have some fun.

Game 1:
I quickly noticed that he had an extremely aggressive deck when he plays a Krenko’s Command on turn two. My thoughts confirmed the following turn when he plays a Searing Spear
Searing Spear
Searing SpearSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Searing Spear deals 3 damage to target creature or player.
to kill my 2/2 flier in order to get in two more damage. His next turn he casts a Firewing Phoenix
Firewing Phoenix
Firewing PhoenixSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Phoenix
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
James Paick
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying {1}{R}{R}{R}: Return Firewing Phoenix from your graveyard to your hand.
and I know that I’m in trouble. Luckily, after he attacks with it, I have the Encrust
Encrust
EncrustSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Enchant artifact or creature Enchanted permanent doesn't untap during its controller's untap step and its activated abilities can't be activated.
to slow him down. After I cast a Sentinel Spider
Sentinel Spider
Sentinel SpiderSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.) Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
and think I have finally slowed the game down, he just plays an Oblivion Ring
Oblivion Ring
Oblivion RingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
When Oblivion Ring comes into play, remove another target nonland permanent from the game. When Oblivion Ring leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.
and continues to beat down. Luckily, I am able to cast a Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of Uthuun
Sphinx of UthuunSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
R
Number:
76
Artist:
Kekai Kotaki
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying When Sphinx of Uthuun enters the battlefield, reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
and reveal the following five cards: Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
, Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.
, Switcheroo
Switcheroo
SwitcherooSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Exchange control of two target creatures.
, Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, Faerie Invaders
Faerie Invaders
Faerie InvadersSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) Flying
. After confirming that he was at 16 life and had no flying blockers, I knew I wanted the Faeries. When he separated the piles and let me take the Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.
, Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
and Switcheroo
Switcheroo
SwitcherooSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Exchange control of two target creatures.
as well, I was quite content. Eventually, my two fliers just took over the game, and the Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.
stopped his Volcanic Geyser
Volcanic Geyser
Volcanic GeyserSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Volcanic Geyser deals X damage to target creature or player.
to guarantee the win.

Game 2:
The second game was a serious case of déjà vu. In fact, our plays (both his and mine) were completely identical (except for lands) for the first five turns. Basically, I looked at a board when I had my Sentinel Spider
Sentinel Spider
Sentinel SpiderSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Vigilance (Attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.) Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
underneath an Oblivion Ring
Oblivion Ring
Oblivion RingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
When Oblivion Ring comes into play, remove another target nonland permanent from the game. When Oblivion Ring leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.
, while his Firewing Phoenix
Firewing Phoenix
Firewing PhoenixSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Phoenix
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
James Paick
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying {1}{R}{R}{R}: Return Firewing Phoenix from your graveyard to your hand.
was Encrust
Encrust
EncrustSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Enchant artifact or creature Enchanted permanent doesn't untap during its controller's untap step and its activated abilities can't be activated.
ed. I then played a Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Mwonvuli Beast Tracker
Mwonvuli Beast TrackerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Scout
Rarity:
U
Number:
177
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Mwonvuli Beast Tracker enters the battlefield, search your library for a creature card with deathtouch, hexproof, reach, or trample and reveal it. Shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.
and fetched my Xathrid Gorgon
Xathrid Gorgon
Xathrid GorgonSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gorgon
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Chase Stone
Power:
3
Toughness:
6
Text:
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.) {2}{B}, {T}: Put a petrification counter on target creature. It gains defender and becomes a colorless artifact in addition to its other types. Its activated abilities can't be activated. (A creature with defender can't attack.)
. After I was able to cast the Gorgon, the game slowly began to turn in my favor. He started casting creature after creature, only to have them petrified. He even tried to resolve Sean Connery (Odric, Master Tactician
Odric, Master Tactician
Odric, Master TacticianSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
23
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
First strike (This creature deals combat damage before creatures without first strike.) Whenever Odric, Master Tactician and at least three other creatures attack, you choose which creatures block this combat and how those creatures block.
) but that couldn’t withstand the Gorgon. Eventually, he just attacked with everything, putting me to three life and tried to resolve a Searing Spear
Searing Spear
Searing SpearSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Searing Spear deals 3 damage to target creature or player.
. However, he just forgot that I had an Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of ImmortalitySet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
206
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
{2}, {T}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into your library.
in play. I used it, gaining five life, then promptly beating him with my counterattack.

3-2


Overall, it was a pretty good experience. M13 seems like a more varied format than M12. (Where the best deck was almost always the Bloodthirst deck). Here are a few things I learned. First, Exalted is pretty powerful. Don’t underestimate a late Duty-Bound Dead
Duty-Bound Dead
Duty-Bound DeadSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) {3}{B}: Regenerate Duty-Bound Dead. (The next time this creature would be destroyed this turn, it isn't. Instead tap it, remove all damage from it, and remove it from combat.)
or Guardians of Akrasa
Guardians of Akrasa
Guardians of AkrasaSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Defender Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
. Next, (and pardon the generality) Green is by far the best color. It has many great commons, and some of the best fixing in the format. Also, an X/2 is normal for this format, and I’ve noticed that 3/3s are VERY large. Canyon Minotaur
Canyon Minotaur
Canyon MinotaurSet: Conflux
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Set/Rarity: C
s and Centaur Courser
Centaur Courser
Centaur CourserSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
s may just be vanilla 3/3s, but they are often solid and powerful. Don’t underestimate them. The format is a little slower than M12, so hopefully it is a bit more enjoyable of a format. Good luck to everyone at their respective release events!

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