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CardShark Content - MJ Johnson (9/30/2002)

I think everyone is going to enjoy 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.
very much. I have just returned from the prerelease and man is this set awesome! More broken cards than I can count! Anyway, the following are my thoughts on 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.
, including some of my favorite cards and a new 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.
deck list I made.

My thoughts on the new Morph ability:

Morph seems to be o.k., but I don’t particularly like it. I just don’t think it’s that good. The only way I could see it work in your favor a lot is with cards like Krosan Colossus
Krosan Colossus
Krosan ColossusSet: Onslaught
Cost:
9
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
270
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
9
Toughness:
9
Text:
Morph 6GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
(6GGG for a 9/9 that has a morph of 6GG) because you can play him morphed and turn him over faster than you could if you played him from your hand. And maybe if you didn’t want your opponent to make you discard something with a high casting cost, so you morph it and wait. The one thing I like about it is how you can flip it over anytime, for instants if you block with a faced down Battering Craghorn
Battering Craghorn
Battering CraghornSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
188
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike. Morph 1RR (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
, and flip him over and get his first strike ability. Not that it’s horrible, but I just think that it’s not that great. The fact that it’s a 2/2 isn’t that great either, because if you have something very valuable in the morphed position your opponent can just Firebolt
Firebolt
FireboltSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Firebolt deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Flashback 4R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
or 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.
it and you loose that creature. Overall, morph will be ok, but I’ve seen better in my opinion.


My thoughts on the return of Cycling:

I do enjoy this. I think this was a good idea to bring it back, because I always liked cycling. Think now of the possibilities of “mono-green threshold” with cycling cards in it (cycle a card to get a card in the graveyard and draw a card). Or the card named Sandstorm
Sandstorm
SandstormSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Sandstorm deals 1 damage to all attacking creatures.
, that deals X damage to all creatures for XR, if you don’t need it, -re-cycle it! Plus, some have added abilities to where when you cycle it you still get some effects besides just drawing cards. Like Primal Boost
Primal Boost
Primal BoostSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
277
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn. Cycling 2G (2G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Primal Boost, you may have target creature get +1/+1 until end of turn.
, for example, that gives a creature +4/+4, but when you cycle it you can give a creature +1/+1 still. I think it will be good to have cycling back 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.
.

My thoughts about Shad… I mean Fear
Fear
FearSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked by any creatures except black creatures and artifact creatures.
:

Fear
Fear
FearSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked by any creatures except black creatures and artifact creatures.
is very interesting. It’s almost like Shadow (that was messed up) only not as powerful. It will now become very important to have Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
s and other things that change color when facing decks with fear cards. I definitely think that fear will be a very good new ability.

My favorites from Onlsaught:

Silvos, Rogue Elemental
Silvos, Rogue Elemental
Silvos, Rogue ElementalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
282
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
8
Toughness:
5
Text:
Trample. G: Regenerate Silvos, Rogue Elemental.

3GGG
Creature—Elemental Legend
Trample
G: Regenerate
Regenerate
RegenerateSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
202
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Regenerate target 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.)
Silvos, Rogue Elemental
Silvos, Rogue Elemental
Silvos, Rogue ElementalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
282
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
8
Toughness:
5
Text:
Trample. G: Regenerate Silvos, Rogue Elemental.
.
8 P / 5 T

I like this guy, he’s going to be in a lot of my green decks. He’ll make a fine beat-down creature.

Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
Kamahl, Fist of KrosaSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
268
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
G: Target land becomes a 1/1 creature until end of turn. It's still a land.. 2GGG: Creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.

4GGG
Creature—Druid Legend
G: Target land becomes a 1/1 creature until end of turn. It’s still a land.
2GGG: Creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
4 P / 3 T

Kamahl’s back, and man is he awesome! I know this guy’s going to be good. The fact that you can “overrun” numerous times (think of him with Mirari
Mirari
MirariSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
303
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever you play an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay 3. If you do, put a copy of that spell onto the stack. You may choose new targets for the copy.
’s Wake!) if you’ve got the mana, and smash your opponent. OUCH!

Jareth, Lionine Titan
3WWW
Creature—Cat Giant Legend
Whenever Jareth, Lionine Titan blocks, it gets +7/+7 until end of turn.
W: Jareth, Lionine Titan gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn.
4 P / 7 T

When you play this guy and he’s not countered, you can basically say he’s not going to die. This guy is so broken I can’t believe it. At first sight, I thought it was a miss print on the spoiler. I will definitely use this guy in new decks, for he’s the man, hands down.

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.

3UUU
Creature—Wizard Legend
T: Draw three cards.
2UU: Return Arcanus the Omnipotent to it’s owner’s hand.
3 P / 4 T

This is another good one in the series of new legends they have. This guy can TAP to draw three cards… that’s one talented wizard. He’s the perfect game winner in stall decks: play him, and if the opponent tries to kill him then just return him to your hand. His idle time can be used to draw three, and when the time is right attack with him. Awesome, just, awesome.

Visara the Dreadful
Visara the Dreadful
Visara the DreadfulSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gorgon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
179
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. T: Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.

3BBB
Creatrure—Gorgon Legend
Flying
T: Destroy target creature. It can’t be regenerated.
5 P / 5 T

She is sooooooooooo cool. I really miss avatar of Woe, and Visara reminds me of her. She will be played a lot I think, so be ready for her.

Aven Brigadier
Aven Brigadier
Aven BrigadierSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. All other Birds get +1/+1. All other Soldiers get +1/+1.

3WWW
Creature—Bird Soldier
Flying
All other Birds get +1/+1.
All other Soldiers get +1/+1.
3 P / 5 T

Definitely awesome. I got lucky in the prerelease and was able to get one of these guys. He worked VERY well once I got him in play. I will probably be making a deck around this guy in the near future also.

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

GG
Creature—Elf
2 P / 3 T

This is pretty neat, a 2/3 for 2 that is. This will be one of my beat-down cards (see deck list below) in the near future.

Elvish Beatdown:

When I saw the 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.
spoiler, I noticed how each of the colors revolved around their own 1, or some times 2, creature types. I had to make a creature type based deck, so I decided elves where it. The whole point of this deck is to get out the card Taunting Elf
Taunting Elf
Taunting ElfSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
All creatures able to block Taunting Elf do so.
. He’s sort of a weenie, but think about this: the new Kamahl has his own ability to perform and overrun for all of your creatures. With the Taunting Elf
Taunting Elf
Taunting ElfSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
All creatures able to block Taunting Elf do so.
attacking, the opponent must block him and only him, causing you to rack up some serious damage on him. Another neat card is Wirewood Lodge
Wirewood Lodge
Wirewood LodgeSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
329
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. G, T: Untap target Elf.
. Combine this with any elf and it’s good, but if you combine it with 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.
, you can gain 2 life for each elf in play for one green mana (tap 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.
to gain life equal to the number of elves in play, untap him with Wirewood Lodge
Wirewood Lodge
Wirewood LodgeSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
329
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. G, T: Untap target Elf.
, and then do it again). Not to mention that regardless of what kind of shuffle you get, there’s a massive beating of elves and elf advantage cards in here. This one is fun, but I can’t test it in tournament play yet for the simple fact that 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.
hasn’t come out yet, and, I can’t play test it against other decks because none of the decks I play against have 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.
in them (so it isn’t realistic). I’ll get back to you on the play testing once 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.
’s legal in standard. Try this one, you won’t be disappointed.

Green Spells (37)
2: Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
Kamahl, Fist of KrosaSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
268
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
G: Target land becomes a 1/1 creature until end of turn. It's still a land.. 2GGG: Creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.

4: Taunting Elf
Taunting Elf
Taunting ElfSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
All creatures able to block Taunting Elf do so.

4: Elvish Champion
Elvish Champion
Elvish ChampionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Elves get +1/+1 and have forestwalk. (They're unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)

3: Elvish Archers
Elvish Archers
Elvish ArchersSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike

4: Heedless One
Heedless One
Heedless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
265
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample. Heedless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Elves in play.

4: Elvish Vanguard
Elvish Vanguard
Elvish VanguardSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another Elf comes into play, put a +1/+1 counter on Elvish Vanguard.

4: Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4: 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

4: Well Wisher
4: Wirewood Pride
Wirewood Pride
Wirewood PrideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
303
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of Elves in play.


Land (23)
4: Wirewood Lodge
Wirewood Lodge
Wirewood LodgeSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
329
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. G, T: Untap target Elf.

19: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.


Thanks for reading my thoughts on 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.
, as always email me with questions and/or comments.


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