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CardShark Content - Marcus Anderson (7/8/2001)

Now you may ask yourself, “Why would I possibly want to read an article from a guy who went 2-3 and dropped in a Grand Prix Trial at Origins?” Did I mention that it was a “bug-testing” day for IBC? How about the fact that our group went into the event to scout the decks and check the metagame? This checking of the field helped one of our teammates get into the top 8 in two Pro Tour Qualifiers. Do I still have your attention? Good, then read on. I think you will find this very informative about the IBC field and its most popular decks.

Dave, Travis, Kiet and I went into the Thursday night tourney with four decks. Dave had Gomar (White, Blue, Black control), Travis and Kiet had Arena
Arena
ArenaSet: Timeshifted
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other.
(Red, Black, White control), and I had beatdown (Green/Red). In play testing, all of the above decks did very well. Dave and I felt that we had the tier one decks. Kiet and Travis thought their decks were very strong, but needed some field action.

Travis, our best beatdown player, decided not to play the green/red deck because of a horrible night of IBC play testing. Seriously, it didn’t win a single set of three games. Our group called it a fluke.

“Even High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
decks sometimes crash,” said Dave. “It just hit a bad streak.”

“Travis!” Yelled Troy. “The green/ red deck is GOOD! You see, if your opponent stumbles, they lose! If they accidentally snagged heir pant-leg on a nail, they lose! If they slow down to catch their breath, they lose! You got to play it. If they stumble, they lose!”

Dave then exclaimed (amidst a thunder of laughter), “so if red/green will only win if the opponent is stumbling, should you concede when their decks do well?” Dave then proceeded to simulate a tournament encounter:

R/G player:(at the start of the game) “Do you have a good hand?”

Opponent: (looks at hand) “Yes, I do.”

R/G player: Well, I scoop!

On the way down to Origins, we laughed about this the entire way. Our group decided to play different decks to learn about the IBC metagame and get some insight for the Friday and Saturday IBC qualifiers. My red green choice was out of humor and because the deck was easy to play. The deck list went as follows:

Green (14)
4:Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
(has to be blocked to be killed)
4:Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Red spells and white spells you play cost 1 less to play.
(makes red cheaper)
3:Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker R and/or W. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the R kicker cost, Thornscape Battlemage deals 2 damage to target creature or player. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the W kicker cost, destroy target artifact.
(pings creatures - clears the path)
3:Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.
(big fat monster - trample is good)

Red (14)
4:Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
(trample haste critter)
4:Scorching Lava
Scorching Lava
Scorching LavaSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Scorching Lava deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature can't be regenerated this turn and if it would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
(kills regenerators like U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
)
3:Urza's Rage
Urza's Rage
Urza's RageSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Kicker 8R (You may pay an additional 8R as you play this spell.)Urza's Rage can't be countered by spells or abilities.Urza's Rage deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, instead Urza's Rage deals 10 damage to that creature or player and the damage can't be prevented.
(good solid burn)
2:Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
(clears the path)
1:Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.
(big X spell)

Gold (8)
4:Raging Kavu
Raging Kavu
Raging KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
262
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)You may play Raging Kavu any time you could play an instant.
(surprise haste creature, fits mana curve)
4:Yavimaya Barbarian
Yavimaya Barbarian
Yavimaya BarbarianSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
290
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blue
s (great against blue decks)

Land (24)
10:Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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

4:Shivan Oasis
Shivan Oasis
Shivan OasisSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
327
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Shivan Oasis comes into play tapped.T: Add R or G to your mana pool.

1:Keldon Necropolis
Keldon Necropolis
Keldon NecropolisSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
325
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.4R, T, Sacrifice a creature: Keldon Necropolis deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
(when you have to resort to throwing a creature at your opponent)

Sideboard:
2:Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
(against other creature decks)
2:Jade Leech
Jade Leech
Jade LeechSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Leech
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Green spells you play cost G more to play.
(against mirror match)
3:Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1B and/or G. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1B kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the G kicker cost, destroy
(enchantment control for Arena
Arena
ArenaSet: Timeshifted
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other.
or Domain decks)
3:Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.
(for discard decks)
4:Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.
(for control decks)
1:Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
(for control decks)

This is a very popular deck list, and I wish I had the source to credit. The deck is fast and relentless. Land drop, creature. Land drop, creature, attack. Land drop, creature, attack. It is very consistent. Unlike the fires deck in type 2, this IBC deck does not have a solid one-drop creature (mana producer). Therefore, you are better playing a “bear” for the second turn. A “bear” is a two mana casting cost creature that has a power of two (this named after the green “bear” cards that are 2/2 for 1G).

We got started around 5pm in the Grand Prix Prix Trial with a small group fighting for three byes in the Grand Prix in Denver, Colorado. How far is Colorado from Ohio or Michigan? You better enjoy sitting in the car for a day. Personally, I would fly; therefore, I wouldn’t go! The event was purely for metagame analysis.

Round1:
Sandy Mann
Deck: Black/Blue/Red control

Game1:
His deck was built very well as he removed my creatures, Undermine
Undermine
UndermineSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
282
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Text:
Counter target spell. Its controller loses 3 life.
d my spells, and sealed the victory with burn.

Game2:
I had a quick Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
drop and applied pressure for five straight turns. He was running into serious land trouble, and my deck capitalized on it. He stumbled on his mana draw.

Game3:
I went into overdrive with creatures as he used burn and Spite/Malice to clear the board. He was in good board advantage when I top-decked a Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.
. He didn’t have a counter and I took his five life to zero.

1-0-0

Round2:
Doug Price
Deck: Black/White/Red control

Game1:
Not too out of the ordinary for a red/green deck... I played creatures and land every turn and whittled his life down to six. His red removal was non- existent since he did not draw any red mana.

Game2:
Another poor mana start was capitalized by the speed of my red deck. Do you see a pattern here? He was able to get some control on the board, but red/green accidentally wins. Ouch.

2-0-0

Round3:
Max McGuffin
Deck: Red/Green

I remember another comment from Troy during playtesting, “if you play a red/green mirror match, it will be a dogfight.” Time to test the fight.

Game1:
With a perfect play of familiars and Raging Kavu
Raging Kavu
Raging KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
262
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)You may play Raging Kavu any time you could play an instant.
s, he was able to play a Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
with kicker on turn four. I didn’t get a point of damage against him. He used Scorching Lava
Scorching Lava
Scorching LavaSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Scorching Lava deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature can't be regenerated this turn and if it would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
to clear the path for his Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Red spells and white spells you play cost 1 less to play.
, Raging Kavu
Raging Kavu
Raging KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
262
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)You may play Raging Kavu any time you could play an instant.
, and Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
.

Game2:
Max is a really cool player who cited that the decks were both near perfect. He gave me some encouragement as we went into the second game. I sidedout the barbarians for the Leech and we went at it again. I had no “bears” that lasted beyond his burn, and I had to drop the fourth turn Jade Leech
Jade Leech
Jade LeechSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Leech
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Green spells you play cost G more to play.
. It held off his swarm for only one turn until he played his second Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
. Smash
Smash
SmashSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Draw a card.
me. I began to learn the valuable lesson of Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
. How quickly I forgot it the next game.

2-1-0

Round3:
William Han
Deck: White/Black Arena
Arena
ArenaSet: Timeshifted
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other.
Angel

Game1:
Talk about your awesome players. I really liked this guy and he was professional and mature in his demeanor. He had some discard and removal, but his deck did not capitalize on the arena that he played. He stumbled. I won. I saw that he was playing with those lands that come into play tapped and can be sacrificed for “friendly” colors. I should have known that those were keys to his victory path.

Game2:
I came out fast, but not furious. I was holding the Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker R and/or W. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the R kicker cost, Thornscape Battlemage deals 2 damage to target creature or player. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the W kicker cost, destroy target artifact.
s to clear the path for my other creatures (which at the time, totaled zero on the board). I held onto the Battlemages too long because I wasn’t applying any pressure to his life total. So with four mana on the table, I decided to play the Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
without kicker.

Me: “Tap four for Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
.”

William: “No kicker?”

Me: “Nope. (pause) Go.”

William: (looks at card) “It dies, doesn’t it?”

Man. I am the worst player ever. For a moment, I thought that the kicker was, “creature gains haste until end of turn.” Wow. I drifted off into a parallel universe where my worst nightmares came true. I was met by the comic storeowner who commented, “WORST PLAY EVER!”

William and I laughed at this for minutes as he proceeded to gain tempo and slow the damage down until he was at four life.

Suddenly, I became very nervous about the Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
. I looked at the mana on the table and I stared in horror. Those common tap-lands can be sacrificed for two mana! Wow, Angel with kicker on the fifth turn. He saw my deck stall out, played the Angel with four life, and he won handily. Awesome job, William.

Game3:
I start working on him pretty well until he got down to twelve life. He really slowed down my attack with Hobble
Hobble
HobbleSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
7
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
When Hobble comes into play, draw a card. Enchanted creature can't attack. Enchanted creature can't block if it's black.
! What a great card engine! The Death Grasp
Death Grasp
Death GraspSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Death Grasp deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.
s to follow lifted his life into the heavens. 12, 17, 22, 28! Man, it will be difficult to get his life down again. I made a mental decision to go for the Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Rage with kicker instead of holding lands. That way, if he goes for the Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
, I can burn it out instead. I get one Rage off for10, and he went down to 13 with the Arena
Arena
ArenaSet: Timeshifted
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other.
in play. He gets the Angel, I kill it with a Ghitu fire, but I still lose to a U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
on the board. He had the right idea of playing the Angel. I had almost enough on the board to get him down to zero with the Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.
. Well, the lands didn’t show up after the Angel hit the table, so William won a well-fought game. Why can’t all magic players be this cool?

2-2-0

Round5:
Rob Kinyon
Deck: Red/White/Blue (Stars and Stripes) Lightning Angel
Lightning Angel
Lightning AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and TAP the turn it comes under your control.) Attacking doesn't cause Lightning Angel to tap.


Game1:
Rob was in good spirits and greeted me happily. It was getting later in the evening, and it was nice to find someone wide-awake and friendly like in the previous rounds. He was the first one who said that he would probably go to Denver if he got the slots. More power to ya! We exchanged stories about him getting land-screwed (couldn’t draw red) and my Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
mistake, and we shuffled our decks for what was to be a real beating!

I dropped some early creatures, and he dropped Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin LegionnaireSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Goblin Legionnaire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. W, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.
s. Very cool! He got out a Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
and banned “Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
” from my deck. The combination of his quick creatures and a Lightning Angel
Lightning Angel
Lightning AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and TAP the turn it comes under your control.) Attacking doesn't cause Lightning Angel to tap.
smashed me into the ground. Drawing red in a green/red deck is also a good thing too. We both laughed at the fact that he “cursed” me with his land-screw story.

Game2:
I had a slow land problem this game as he plowed over me. A transparent image of Troy Skinner appeared behind him and said, “If they stumble, they die.” Little good that did me, I WAS STUMBLING. It probably wouldn’t matter since he rolled with the Legionnaires, Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
s, and Angel for the second time. It was a great deck, and he was happy to provide me with a deck list.

Red/White/Blue (Stars and Stripes) Lightning Angel
Lightning Angel
Lightning AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and TAP the turn it comes under your control.) Attacking doesn't cause Lightning Angel to tap.


4:Stormscape Apprentice
Stormscape Apprentice
Stormscape ApprenticeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.B, T: Target player loses 1 life.

4:Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin LegionnaireSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Goblin Legionnaire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. W, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.
s
4:Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
s
4:Lightning Angel
Lightning Angel
Lightning AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and TAP the turn it comes under your control.) Attacking doesn't cause Lightning Angel to tap.
s
4:Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.

4:Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Rage
4:Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

4:Fire/Ice
2:Prohibit
Prohibit
ProhibitSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If you paid the kicker cost, counter that spell if its converted mana cost is 4 or less instead.

2:RagingRiver

4:BattlefieldForge
4:Shiv
Shiv
ShivSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
rk post
Text:
All creatures have "{R}: This creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn." Whenever you roll {C}, put a 5/5 red Dragon creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
anReef
4:CostalTower
4:Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

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

3:Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s
1:CrosisCatacombs

(My apologies if I miscopied the deck, I was trying to decipher some of the numbers and writing and I may have made a mistake).

This last game loss put meat 2-3-0, so I dropped. Is this a sad ending to a late night Grand Prix Trial? No way! Dave, Kiet, Travis and I were excited to get back to the hotel and talk about the metagame. The range of decks at the tournament excited our team. “They will never know what hit them,” Dave exclaimed as we tuned our blue/green sideboards for the next day. We got a g good night’s sleep, woke up early, and proceeded to the PTQ with the idea that our new decks were going to wreck some people.

They did.

(Continued in PTQ, New Orleans @ Origins, 7.6.01)


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