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Light Artillery - Luke Collins (8/26/2009)

One of my favorite cards since I started playing Magic was Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
. I liked the fact that I could repeatedly kill my opponent's small creatures (provided my life total held out) but what really got me liking the card was its flavor. Orcs aren't keen on things like OSHA regulations, and so their equipment isn't built with an eye towards safety. Yes, it will kill that Grizzly Bear over there, but it will also set fire to your house.

So you can imagine how upset I was when I heard that Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
was being cut from the core set since Orcs haven't really been in the game in any significant number since Ice Age and Fallen Empires. I understand the cut, people love Goblins more than they love Orcs, but I was still sad to see my favorite card go.

Sort of. Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
has now been replaced with Goblin Artillery
Goblin Artillery
Goblin ArtillerySet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
{T}: Goblin Artillery deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.
, which has the same wording as Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
but a much more relevant creature type. Whereas Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
only saw play in Limited formats where it stood alone as a sole source of repeatable damage, Goblin Artillery
Goblin Artillery
Goblin ArtillerySet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
{T}: Goblin Artillery deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.
will probably see use in a number of casual and Limited decks thanks to its interaction with other Goblins.

The thing is, this isn't the first functional reprint of Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
, Orcish Cannoneers
Orcish Cannoneers
Orcish CannoneersSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Cannoneers deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.
is exactly like Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
in all but name. So between the two types of Artillery and the Cannoneers, there's three creatures with the ´´two to them, three to you´´ ability. Which just screams ´´build a deck around us!´´

Long ago, people realized that you could get around the downside of Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
by using Circle of Protection: Red and/or Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
. The Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
condition faded away when the rules changed, but now that the damage and life gain are simultaneous instead of stack-based, Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
once again prevents a player from killing themselves using the Artillery. In fact, they end up two ahead in life. So as you might imagine, using a bunch of artillery, all with Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
, means that one can rapidly build up a massive life total. Enough to where they can cease worrying about anything other than tapping out for big damage every turn. So without further ado, Life Artillery:


Life Artillery
Creatures:
4x Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.

4x Orcish Cannoneers
Orcish Cannoneers
Orcish CannoneersSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Cannoneers deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.

4x Goblin Artillery
Goblin Artillery
Goblin ArtillerySet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
{T}: Goblin Artillery deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.

4x Fireslinger
Fireslinger
FireslingerSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Reitz
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Fireslinger deals 1 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to you.


Enchantments:
4x Circle of Protection: Red
4x Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)

4x Spirit Loop
Spirit Loop
Spirit LoopSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Enchant creature you control Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life. When Spirit Loop is put into a graveyard from play, return Spirit Loop to its owner's hand.


Spells:
4x Orcish Cannonade
Orcish Cannonade
Orcish CannonadeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Orcish Cannonade deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you. Draw a card.

4x Rebuff the Wicked
Rebuff the Wicked
Rebuff the WickedSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Counter target spell that targets a permanent you control.

4x Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.


Lands:
4x Jungle Shrine
Jungle Shrine
Jungle ShrineSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
226
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Jungle Shrine comes into play tapped. T Add R, G, or W to your mana pool.

4x Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

4x Vivid Crag
Vivid Crag
Vivid CragSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
275
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Vivid Crag comes into play tapped with two charge counters on it. T: Add R to your mana pool. T, Remove a charge counter from Vivid Crag: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

4x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

4x Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.



The goal of the deck is pretty straightforward: get some Artillery on the board, give it Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
, and then use it to start wiping out opposing creatures and hitting the player. Still, a rundown of how the deck works is a good idea.

Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
/Orcish Cannoneers
Orcish Cannoneers
Orcish CannoneersSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Cannoneers deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.
/Goblin Artillery
Goblin Artillery
Goblin ArtillerySet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
{T}: Goblin Artillery deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.
- All functionally the same card, these three guys are the purpose of the whole deck. What with twelve copies to play with, you're guaranteed to get them in multiples over the course of the game. Which is good, and important, seeing as they're your offense, your defense, your win condition and your primary reason for playing. Use them wisely, and don't be afraid to have them take out a threat or hit your opponent even if they don't have Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
.

Fireslinger
Fireslinger
FireslingerSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Reitz
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Fireslinger deals 1 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to you.
- A miniature version of the Artillery guys who can get out early and take out utility men like Noble Hierarch
Noble Hierarch
Noble HierarchSet: Conflux
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
87
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) T Add G, W, or U to your mana pool.
, this guy comes down early and keeps your opponent from playing creatures with a toughness of one. I rarely find myself giving these guys lifelink, but they're good for what they do, and can chump once the artillery comes out.

Circle of Protection: Red - You might ask why I have four of these, and the thing is, the game doesn't always go your way. Maybe you don't draw your Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
enchantments, maybe you need to deal a lot of damage fast, whatever. The point is that COP: Red allows you to turn all your Artillery guys into ´´1, tap: deal 2 damage to target creature or player.´´ The reason there is four is because you never know when you may need it or when it may get broken, and also because it allows you to prevent the damage yet gain the life once you get guys with Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
on them.

Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
/Spirit Loop
Spirit Loop
Spirit LoopSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Enchant creature you control Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life. When Spirit Loop is put into a graveyard from play, return Spirit Loop to its owner's hand.
- Really the same card, although Spirit Loop
Spirit Loop
Spirit LoopSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Enchant creature you control Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life. When Spirit Loop is put into a graveyard from play, return Spirit Loop to its owner's hand.
costs more and will come back to your hand if the creature it is on happens to die. These guys allow you to not only not die to your own artillery, but net two life every time you tap them. They get out of hand pretty quickly, allowing you to ignore your opponent's creatures and pound them hard with artillery.

Orcish Cannonade
Orcish Cannonade
Orcish CannonadeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Orcish Cannonade deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you. Draw a card.
- Yes it hurts you, and without Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
it can be a pain. But the FLAVOR is so on with this thing, and it provides much needed card draw to a deck sorely lacking ways to draw into an answer. Besides, COP: Red can prevent you from suffering under it.

Rebuff the Wicked
Rebuff the Wicked
Rebuff the WickedSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Counter target spell that targets a permanent you control.
- Your enchanted Artillery guys have great big targets painted on them, since every removal spell that can target them will not only remove a serious threat but give your opponent a big two-for-one. Rebuff the Wicked
Rebuff the Wicked
Rebuff the WickedSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Counter target spell that targets a permanent you control.
is a great way to say ´´no´´ to Doom Blade
Doom Blade
Doom BladeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature.
and Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
. Be careful with it though, you only have four, and odds are you may have to give up one or more Artillery.

Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.
- I hate to add a card that costs money and is popular to a deck that is very much kitchen-table casual, but this deck has both red and white in it and Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.
is pretty much an automatic four-of when it comes to red/white decks. At least it's an uncommon and isn't TOO expensive.

Lands - You'll notice that all but the basic lands here come into play tapped, or fetch lands that do. The thing is, this deck needs R and W mana, but it doesn't need it until turns two or three. Also it's very important that it have 1RR by turn three in every single game, yet still have access to W later on for Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
, COP: Red and Spirit Loop
Spirit Loop
Spirit LoopSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Enchant creature you control Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life. When Spirit Loop is put into a graveyard from play, return Spirit Loop to its owner's hand.
. So the tapped lands like Jungle Shrine
Jungle Shrine
Jungle ShrineSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
226
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Jungle Shrine comes into play tapped. T Add R, G, or W to your mana pool.
(which gives R and W) and Vivid Crag
Vivid Crag
Vivid CragSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
275
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Vivid Crag comes into play tapped with two charge counters on it. T: Add R to your mana pool. T, Remove a charge counter from Vivid Crag: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
aren't too big a deal.

This deck isn't super fast, but has a very strong midgame, able to get massively out of control by turn 6 or 7 with multiple Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
ed artillery guys pounding away at your opponent and his/her creatures. Of course it is very vulnerable to things with Shroud or Protection from Red, but in most cases it's possible to stabilize by gaining so much life one can ignore the damage from attacking creatures and simply go for the opponent's dome. It's very fun and very good for the casual crowd, just watch out for Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
, Firespout
Firespout
FirespoutSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
205
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Firespout deals 3 damage to each creature without flying if R was spent to play Firespout and 3 damage to each creature with flying if G was spent to play it. (Do both if RG was spent.)
and other board sweepers!


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