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CardShark Content - Michael Potter (1/9/2003)

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.
Draft – Some decks and the choices the players made

An opening discussion

There was a rant on Mise
Mise
MiseSet: Unhinged
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
38
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Name a nonland card, then reveal the top card of your library. If that card is the named card, draw three cards.
tings a little while ago that I agreed with. It has been a while since I discussed my rating and accomplishments, and I think it is important that this type of information be known to help readers better judge the source of the advice given in the article.

I’m a decent Constructed player, but I have never made it into a Top 8 of a PTQ. I have come close, and my rating has gone over 1800 (which is decent but not great and I did poorly the last Extended PTQ which will hurt my ratings a little). However, I tend to like decks that are not the best in the field but that I like to play. That means I’m always facing an uphill battle and, to be honest, my play skill is not up to the task over 7 or 8 rounds against increasingly good players.

I’m not a pushover in Limited play, but I’m better at Draft than Sealed Deck and I haven’t gotten my rating over 1700 yet. I don’t play Limited all that often, and it shows. I play tested a lot more sealed deck using 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.
only.

I’m a fairly experienced player in Type 1.5. My store wasn’t running Sanctioned tournaments until fairly recently, and I have been fooling around with all sorts of different decks, and I have still managed to get to 1700 Vintage rating. I would have an even better rating if I didn’t like playing a new deck almost every week. I’m about to hit my 2 year-mark as a player and I like playing with the older cards that I wasn’t around for when they came out. That means that Cardshark and Ebay get plenty of business from me and it means that my results tend to be pretty inconsistent.

So take my opinions with a grain of salt and think carefully about what I suggest. I may be right, but make sure you agree with me before blindly following my advice. I do not present decks without testing and I am honest about what I say about my testing, but I am not in a high caliber team so I am not testing against top players.

I don’t want to take up a huge amount of space every article listing the above, but I will mention this every once and a while.

I am honest enough about myself to know I can improve. This is both as a player and as a writer and I welcome emails and comments, even if they’re on the scathing side.

Drafting 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.


Legions is coming soon, but, based on my experience, the first expansion in a block doesn’t drastically change the way decks get drafted as you’re still opening up 2 packs of the base set. I decided to take advantage of the normal 1st Sunday draft tournament at Pleasanton Sports Cards by getting a few of the other players to give me their deck lists and to discuss their drafts.

We had 24 players and ran 3 pods of eight people. When the store started the once a month draft (on my urging to get more Limited playing going on), we were worried that we might not attract the needed 8 people as drafting never seemed to catch on in the other stores in the Pleasanton area that have tried it. It never was an issue and the store in now attracting the maximum 24 people every time the draft is run (it might be possible to get up to 32 players but the store would be really, really tight for room when we’re drafting if we did).

I tried to get all the pod information (who was playing what colour). Unfortunately, I was not able to track it all down, but I did get most of it. If I do another article like this in the future, I’ll try and get Tribal information as well as colour information. It makes a big difference 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.
draft whether someone was going for Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
s vs. going for Elves even though both are Green.

I’m hoping that the information in this article (4 draft decks across the three pods) and the thoughts of the players doing the drafts will help others who do not often draft. StarCity Games and Sideboard Online have published some good articles that you over the cards colour (and tribe) by colour. Other than the pre-built tribal mechanics, 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.
has some pretty good synergy between different cards and I learn the set a little more every time I draft it.

Dave Carlson’s Draft and Deck (Pod 2)

Dave’s pod was made up of what were probably the least experienced drafters in the store. Sometimes the pod selection ends up like that as it is done completely randomly. We have been considering making one table the “tough” table and the other two less tough, but, to be honest, there is only one player in the store who is a pretty decent drafter (not me), so the tough table might not be so tough. Dave drafted these cards:

Red (22)

2 x 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.)

1 x Break Open
Break Open
Break OpenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
190
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Turn target face-down creature an opponent controls face up.

1 x Charging Slateback
Charging Slateback
Charging SlatebackSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Charging Slateback can't block.. Morph 4R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)

2 x Fever Charm
Fever Charm
Fever CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
202
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Target creature gains haste until end of turn; or target creature gets +2/+0 until end of turn; or Fever Charm deals 3 damage to target Wizard.

2 x Goblin Sky Raider
Goblin Sky Raider
Goblin Sky RaiderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

1 x Insurrection
Insurrection
InsurrectionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
213
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Untap all creatures and gain control of them until end of turn. They gain haste until end of turn.

1 x Nosy Goblin
Nosy Goblin
Nosy GoblinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
220
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice Nosy Goblin: Destroy target face-down creature.

1 x Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint AvalancheSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Pinpoint Avalanche deals 4 damage to target creature. The damage can't be prevented.

3 x 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.

2 x Skirk Commando
Skirk Commando
Skirk CommandoSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Skirk Commando deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 2 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 2R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Snapping Thragg
Snapping Thragg
Snapping ThraggSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
233
Artist:
Iain McCaig
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Snapping Thragg deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 3 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 4RR (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it. face up any time for its morph cost.)

2 x Solar Blast
Solar Blast
Solar BlastSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
234
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Solar Blast deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Cycling 1RR (1RR, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Solar Blast, you may have it deal 1 damage to target creature or player.

1 x Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.

1 x Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.

1 x Wave of Indifference
Wave of Indifference
Wave of IndifferenceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
X target creatures can't block this turn.


Green (17)

3 x Barkhide Mauler
Barkhide Mauler
Barkhide MaulerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Iain McCaig
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Cycling 2 (2, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1 x Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Overwhelm
Overwhelm
OverwhelmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
175
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Creatures you control get +3/+3 until end of turn.
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1 x Run Wild
Run Wild
Run WildSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
279
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Until end of turn, target creature gains trample and 'G: Regenerate this creature.'

2 x Snarling Undorak
Snarling Undorak
Snarling UndorakSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2G: Target Beast gets +1/+1 until end of turn.. Morph 1GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

2 x Spitting Gourma
1 x Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic ElfSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
288
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Symbiotic Elf is put into a graveyard from play, put two 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

1 x Treespring Lorian
Treespring Lorian
Treespring LorianSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
293
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Morph 5G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Vitality Charm
Vitality Charm
Vitality CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
296
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Put a 1/1 green Insect creature token into play; or target creature gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn; or regenerate target Beast.

2 x Wirewood Elf
Wirewood Elf
Wirewood ElfSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
301
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

2 x Wirewood Savage
Wirewood Savage
Wirewood SavageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
304
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play, you may draw a card.


White (2)

1 x 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.

1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.


Blue (2)

1 x Airborne Aid
Airborne Aid
Airborne AidSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Draw a card for each Bird in play.

1 x Mistform Mask
Mistform Mask
Mistform MaskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
94
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
1: Enchanted creature's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.


Land (3)

1 x Forgotten Cave
Forgotten Cave
Forgotten CaveSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
317
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Forgotten Cave comes into play tapped. T: Add R to your mana pool. Cycling R (R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1 x Windswept Heath
Windswept Heath
Windswept HeathSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
328
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a forest or plains card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.


Dave’s Deck (41 cards)

Creatures (15)

1 x 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.)

2 x Goblin Sky Raider
Goblin Sky Raider
Goblin Sky RaiderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
208
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

2 x Skirk Commando
Skirk Commando
Skirk CommandoSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Skirk Commando deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 2 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 2R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Snapping Thragg
Snapping Thragg
Snapping ThraggSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
233
Artist:
Iain McCaig
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Snapping Thragg deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 3 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 4RR (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it. face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.

1 x Barkhide Mauler
Barkhide Mauler
Barkhide MaulerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Iain McCaig
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Cycling 2 (2, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

2 x Snarling Undorak
Snarling Undorak
Snarling UndorakSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2G: Target Beast gets +1/+1 until end of turn.. Morph 1GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Spitting Gourna
Spitting Gourna
Spitting GournaSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
284
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Spitting Gourna may block as though it had flying.. Morph 4G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

2 x Wirewood Elf
Wirewood Elf
Wirewood ElfSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
301
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

2 x Wirewood Savage
Wirewood Savage
Wirewood SavageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
304
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play, you may draw a card.


Spells (9)

3 x 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.

1 x Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint AvalancheSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Pinpoint Avalanche deals 4 damage to target creature. The damage can't be prevented.

2 x Solar Blast
Solar Blast
Solar BlastSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
234
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Solar Blast deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Cycling 1RR (1RR, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Solar Blast, you may have it deal 1 damage to target creature or player.

1 x Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.

1 x Wave of Indifference
Wave of Indifference
Wave of IndifferenceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
X target creatures can't block this turn.

1 x Run Wild
Run Wild
Run WildSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
279
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Until end of turn, target creature gains trample and 'G: Regenerate this creature.'


Land (17)

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

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


Dave’s Pod ended up like this (in table number order):

Andreas - UB, mainly Blue
Brian – Mono Black
David Calson - GR
Andrew - GR (removal light)
Adam - ?
Rishi GB
Greg - ?
David – White

From looking at this distribution, David Carlson had pretty good access to Red removal and there were few people near him competing for Green when the packs were being passed to the left.

Dave went 2-0-1 and this is what he had to say about his draft and the way his games played out:

Did you start out hoping to go into any particular colors?

>> I initially thought about going black because I love evasion and removal. With 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.
running around it seemed like the best color for my style of play.

What were your first picks like?

>> I opened a Windswept Heath
Windswept Heath
Windswept HeathSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
328
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a forest or plains card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
, and followed it with a Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.
(many creatures is a good thing) and then Aven Soulgazer
Aven Soulgazer
Aven SoulgazerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
8
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. 2W: Look at target face-down creature.
. It looked like White/Green was my destiny at that point.

Did you switch color choices?

>> The fourth pack had a 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.
in it. It was at that point I thought W/R instead of W/G made sense, so I took the 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.
.

At any point, did you feel that you were either creature light in your picks or missing spells you really thought you needed?

>> I tend not to worry about creatures, so I never felt light there. I always feel I can use more removal. In the third pack, and removal was taken first.

What choices did you agonize over?

>> The selection of Insurrection
Insurrection
InsurrectionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
213
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Untap all creatures and gain control of them until end of turn. They gain haste until end of turn.
made me think for a while. It cost 8, but says, “I win”. (As you put it, any card that costs eight better say I win”). I selected it, but ended up not using it. At that point, I had many large creatures, so I figured I would rather have a big creature in play. The other card I thought about was Overwhelm
Overwhelm
OverwhelmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
175
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Creatures you control get +3/+3 until end of turn.
aW5nIEluc3RpbmN0. I would have many creatures, and card drawing is always a good thing. After I drafted it, I determined that if I was attacking with three creatures I was already winning.

>> The other ones that were difficult were Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
vs. another big creature. In the end, Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
was sideboard, and there was never a time I was going to lose due to an Enchantment.

After playing the deck out, do you wish you made different choices?

>> In the end, I am comfortable with the choices I made. I could have kept a tighter measure of large creatures I drafted. I should have valued the Wirewood Savage
Wirewood Savage
Wirewood SavageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
304
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play, you may draw a card.
much higher than I did. I recall letting one go, and I faced two opponents that also played them.

How did your matches go? What were the key plays?

>> The first match was against a young player, who had a very similar approach with Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
s and Elves. He had many smaller elves, while I had larger Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
s.

>> The first game, He played with an Elf that taps and gains life for each elf in play, since we were both playing with elves, he obtained 43 life rather quickly (this with me attacking for 8 per turn). He finished me off with a 1 / 2 Goblin Flyer. The second game my deck cooked. Out came Wirewood Elves, followed by two Wirewood Savage
Wirewood Savage
Wirewood SavageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
304
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play, you may draw a card.
s. I quickly played Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
, after Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
. He did gain a great deal of life, but with three cards per turn, I was able to overwhelm him. We ran out of time and drew in the third match.

>> The second player was another young player, who drafted mono-black.
The first game my deck fired on all cylinders with red to kill off his early creatures, and big green creatures laying down the pressure. The second game I was overconfident. I had one land in my hand, and two shocks. I should have mulliganed but I thought I could overcome that problem. Needless to say, my deck needs mana to work (19 mana sources) and was crushed. The third game was a repeat of the first.

>> The third match was going to be tough. I was playing against a very experienced player, who knows the cards and the game well. He had a great Black Green deck.

>> The first game was boring. I had one land, so I mulliganed (lesson from prior match), and I drew six, five of them land. I figured that would be good since I world likely draw into many big creatures and could play them. Wrong. I drew four lands in a row. The only spell I played Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
. I played on a Grinning Demon
Grinning Demon
Grinning DemonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
At he beginning of your upkeep, you lose 2 life. Morph 2BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
. It was like watching a game of goldfish from the other side. We shuffled and cut for a longer time than the game lasted.

>> The second game was much more fun. Creatures, removal, 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.
ing of Morph cards (to find out they were 1/1). It was close, but I was able to win.

>> The third game was the best of the day. Late in the game, we both had several beefy creatures, with both at life 16. I had a Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
, Wave of Indifference
Wave of Indifference
Wave of IndifferenceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
X target creatures can't block this turn.
and Run Wild
Run Wild
Run WildSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
279
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Until end of turn, target creature gains trample and 'G: Regenerate this creature.'
in my hand. I also had two large creatures. I determined I could make the game based on Rishi misjudging the life count, so I attacked using Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
and leaving myself open for a counterattack. He attacked and left blockers to survive, but the Wave of Indifference
Wave of Indifference
Wave of IndifferenceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
X target creatures can't block this turn.
sealed the game.

Were there any cards that you side boarded in every match or almost every match?

>> The only sideboard I ended up doing was bringing in Spitting Gourna
Spitting Gourna
Spitting GournaSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
284
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Spitting Gourna may block as though it had flying.. Morph 4G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
when fliers came out.

Why didn’t you play the cycle land?

>> I did not think about using it. I was very worried about the high mana needs of the deck, and did not want the drawback of being slowed down a turn. I probably should have used it.

If you had to play the deck over again, would you change anything?

>> I would mulligan better.

Randal Droher (Pod 1)

Pod 1 and Pod 3 were about evenly matched in terms of player experience. I think that Pod 1 may have had slightly more experienced players, but neither had more experienced drafters.

Randal won his pod going 3-0. He also “won” the overall tournament via tiebreakers (the store distributes packs on a pod by pod basis, so this is mainly for bragging rights).

Randal’s draft picks:

Blue (28)

1 x Annex
Annex
AnnexSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You control enchanted land.

3 x Ascending Aven
Ascending Aven
Ascending AvenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. Ascending Aven may block only creatures with flying.. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Aven Fateshaper
Aven Fateshaper
Aven FateshaperSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. When Aven Fateshaper comes into play, look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.. 4U: Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

2 x Choking Tethers
Choking Tethers
Choking TethersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
74
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Tap up to four target creatures. Cycling 1U (1U, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1 x 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.

2 x Crafty Pathmage
Crafty Pathmage
Crafty PathmageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature with power 2 or less is unblockable this turn.

1 x Disruptive Pitmage
Disruptive Pitmage
Disruptive PitmageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Graxiplon
Graxiplon
GraxiplonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Artist:
Iain McCaig
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Graxiplon is unblockable unless defending player controls three or more creatures that share a creature type.

1 x Imagecrafter
Imagecrafter
ImagecrafterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Choose a creature type other than Legend or Wall. Target creature's type becomes that type until end of turn.

1 x Information Dealer
Information Dealer
Information DealerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
88
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Look at the top X cards of your library, where X is the number of Wizards in play, then put them back in any order.

1 x Ixidor’s Will
2 x Mistform Dreamer
Mistform Dreamer
Mistform DreamerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Matthew Mitchell
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. 1: Mistform Dreamer's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.

1 x Mistform Mask
Mistform Mask
Mistform MaskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
94
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
1: Enchanted creature's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.

1 x Mistform Mutant
Mistform Mutant
Mistform MutantSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion Mutant
Rarity:
U
Number:
95
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
1U: Choose a creature type other than Legend or Wall. Target creature's type becomes that type until end of turn.

1 x Mistform Wall
Mistform Wall
Mistform WallSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.). 1: Mistform Wall's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.

1 x Reminisce
Reminisce
ReminisceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
105
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Target player shuffles his or her graveyard into his or her library.

2 x Riptide Biologist
Riptide Biologist
Riptide BiologistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from Beasts. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Sage Aven
Sage Aven
Sage AvenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. When Sage Aven comes into play, look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

1 x Screaming Seahawk
Screaming Seahawk
Screaming SeahawkSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
112
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Screaming Seahawk comes into play, you may search your library for a card named Screaming Seahawk, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.

1 x Sea’s Claim
2 x Slipscream Eel

Red (8)

1 x 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.)

1 x Butcher Orgg
Butcher Orgg
Butcher OrggSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orgg
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
You may divide Butcher Orgg's combat damage as you choose among defending. player and/or any number of creatures he or she controls.

1 x Crown of Fury
Crown of Fury
Crown of FurySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
196
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 and has first strike. Sacrifice Crown of Fury: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it get +1/+0 and gain first strike until end of turn.

1 x Lavamancer’s Skill
1 x Lay Waste
Lay Waste
Lay WasteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Destroy target land.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

1 x 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.

1 x Shirk Commando
1 x Solar Blast
Solar Blast
Solar BlastSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
234
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Solar Blast deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Cycling 1RR (1RR, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Solar Blast, you may have it deal 1 damage to target creature or player.


White (2)

1 x Disciple of Grace
Disciple of Grace
Disciple of GraceSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Robh Ruppel
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blackCycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

1 x Inspirit
Inspirit
InspiritSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
41
Artist:
Keith Garlette
Text:
Untap target creature. It gets +2/+4 until end of turn.


Green (3)

1 x Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic ElfSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
288
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Symbiotic Elf is put into a graveyard from play, put two 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

2 x Wall of Mulch
Wall of Mulch
Wall of MulchSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
298
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.). G, Sacrifice a Wall: Draw a card.


Black (2)

1 x Crown of Suspicion
Crown of Suspicion
Crown of SuspicionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/-1. Sacrifice Crown of Suspicion: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it get +2/-1 until end of turn.

1 x Sheppard of Rot

Land (2)

1 x Forgotten Cave
Forgotten Cave
Forgotten CaveSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
317
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Forgotten Cave comes into play tapped. T: Add R to your mana pool. Cycling R (R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1 x Goblin Burrows
Goblin Burrows
Goblin BurrowsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
318
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1R, T: Target Goblin gets +2/+0 until end of turn.


He made the following Blue – splash Red for removal deck:

Creatures (15)

2 x Ascending Aven
Ascending Aven
Ascending AvenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. Ascending Aven may block only creatures with flying.. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Aven Fateshaper
Aven Fateshaper
Aven FateshaperSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. When Aven Fateshaper comes into play, look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.. 4U: Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

1 x 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.

2 x Crafty Pathmage
Crafty Pathmage
Crafty PathmageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature with power 2 or less is unblockable this turn.

1 x Disruptive Pitmage
Disruptive Pitmage
Disruptive PitmageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Imagecrafter
Imagecrafter
ImagecrafterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Choose a creature type other than Legend or Wall. Target creature's type becomes that type until end of turn.

1 x Information Dealer
Information Dealer
Information DealerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
88
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Look at the top X cards of your library, where X is the number of Wizards in play, then put them back in any order.

2 x Mistform Dreamer
Mistform Dreamer
Mistform DreamerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Matthew Mitchell
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. 1: Mistform Dreamer's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.

2 x Riptide Biologist
Riptide Biologist
Riptide BiologistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from Beasts. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Butcher Orgg
Butcher Orgg
Butcher OrggSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orgg
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
You may divide Butcher Orgg's combat damage as you choose among defending. player and/or any number of creatures he or she controls.

1 x Skirk Commando
Skirk Commando
Skirk CommandoSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Skirk Commando deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 2 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 2R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)


Spells (8)

1 x Annex
Annex
AnnexSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You control enchanted land.

1 x Choking Tethers
Choking Tethers
Choking TethersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
74
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Tap up to four target creatures. Cycling 1U (1U, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1 x Ixidor’s Will
1 x Mistform Mask
Mistform Mask
Mistform MaskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
94
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
1: Enchanted creature's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.

1 x Crown of Fury
Crown of Fury
Crown of FurySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
196
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 and has first strike. Sacrifice Crown of Fury: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it get +1/+0 and gain first strike until end of turn.

1 x Lavamancer’s Skill
1 x 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.

1 x Solar Blast
Solar Blast
Solar BlastSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
234
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Solar Blast deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Cycling 1RR (1RR, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Solar Blast, you may have it deal 1 damage to target creature or player.


Land (17)

1 x Forgotten Cave
Forgotten Cave
Forgotten CaveSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
317
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Forgotten Cave comes into play tapped. T: Add R to your mana pool. Cycling R (R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1 x Goblin Burrows
Goblin Burrows
Goblin BurrowsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
318
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1R, T: Target Goblin gets +2/+0 until end of turn.

9 x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

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


Randal’s Pod looked like this:

Kyle Crowder – BR
TJ Rockwell – WB
Mike Henson – BG
Jon Strouse - ?
Patrick Mellen – RG
Randal Droher – UR
John Hunter - ?
Scott Vincent – UBR

Randal’s thoughts on how the draft went, his deck, and the way it played:

Did you start out hoping to go into any particular colours?

>> Yes. Blue, because it always seems to be under-drafted. And either Red or Black for removal. I like Red better because of Lavamancer's Skill
Lavamancer's Skill
Lavamancer's SkillSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
215
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
Enchanted creature has 'T: This creature deals 1 damage to target creature.' If enchanted creature is a Wizard, it has 'T: This creature deals 2 damage to target creature.'
and Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.


What were your first picks like?

>> The first pack was unspectacular and I ended up grabbing a 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.
. I then picked up an Aven Fateshaper
Aven Fateshaper
Aven FateshaperSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. When Aven Fateshaper comes into play, look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.. 4U: Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.
and I was pretty sure of my colors. A third pick Butcher Orrg sealed the deal for red.

Did you switch colour choices?

>> Never.

At any point, did you feel that you were either creature light in your picks or missing spells you really thought you needed?

>> I was hoping to find Lavamancer's Skill
Lavamancer's Skill
Lavamancer's SkillSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
215
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
Enchanted creature has 'T: This creature deals 1 damage to target creature.' If enchanted creature is a Wizard, it has 'T: This creature deals 2 damage to target creature.'
or Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
, but I only got a 1 skill.

What choices did you agonize over?

>> I don't regret any of them.

After playing the deck out, do you wish you made different choices?

>> I might have considered playing black instead of red since there was plenty of it going around; but the Butcher Orrg is extremely powerful. I would not want to drop the blue since I had an abundance of great fliers for unblockable beats.

How did your matches go? What were the key plays?

>> Well, I won all of them. Losing only one game to a centaur glade and many giant beasts.

Some key plays...

>> Mistform Dreamer
Mistform Dreamer
Mistform DreamerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Matthew Mitchell
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. 1: Mistform Dreamer's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
and Goblin Burrows
Goblin Burrows
Goblin BurrowsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
318
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1R, T: Target Goblin gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
would quickly take my opponent's life total down four points at a time.

>> Butcher Orrg killed my opponent while blocking.

>> Imagecrafter
Imagecrafter
ImagecrafterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Choose a creature type other than Legend or Wall. Target creature's type becomes that type until end of turn.
and Riptide Biologist
Riptide Biologist
Riptide BiologistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from Beasts. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
can combine to become an invincable blocker while birdies take to the sky and destroy.

>> Crafty Pathmage
Crafty Pathmage
Crafty PathmageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature with power 2 or less is unblockable this turn.
making Skirk Commando
Skirk Commando
Skirk CommandoSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Skirk Commando deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 2 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 2R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
unblockable is brutal.

>> Actually, I guess all of the above are just UR synergy, exept for the Orrg and his insane ability.

>> The last game of my final match, after not finding any lands but two mountains by turn four and facing a 4/4 beast, I played a top-decked goblin burrows for a face-down Disruptive Pitmage
Disruptive Pitmage
Disruptive PitmageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
. The next turn I drew another Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
and slapped Crown of Fury
Crown of Fury
Crown of FurySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
196
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 and has first strike. Sacrifice Crown of Fury: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it get +1/+0 and gain first strike until end of turn.
and Lavamancer's Skill
Lavamancer's Skill
Lavamancer's SkillSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
215
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
Enchanted creature has 'T: This creature deals 1 damage to target creature.' If enchanted creature is a Wizard, it has 'T: This creature deals 2 damage to target creature.'
on him. With three points first strike damage on the stack he could ping the attacker, kill it , and live to take out the rest of his friends one by one until I found and Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
and brought out the fliers (stabilizing at a fragile life total of 6).

...That was probably my coolest play with the deck.

Were there any cards that you sideboarded in every match or almost every match?

>> I never sideboarded.

If you have to build the deck over again, would you change anything?

>> I might have swapped in the third Ascending Aven
Ascending Aven
Ascending AvenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. Ascending Aven may block only creatures with flying.. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
for another morph creature, but nothing really big.

TJ Walker (Pod 3)

Red (18)

1 x Aether charge
2 x Charging Slateback
Charging Slateback
Charging SlatebackSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Charging Slateback can't block.. Morph 4R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)

2 x Erratic Explosion
Erratic Explosion
Erratic ExplosionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Choose target creature or player. Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card. Erratic Explosion deals damage equal to that card's converted mana cost to that creature or player. Put the revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.

2 x Fever Charm
Fever Charm
Fever CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
202
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Target creature gains haste until end of turn; or target creature gets +2/+0 until end of turn; or Fever Charm deals 3 damage to target Wizard.

1 x Goblin Sledder
Goblin Sledder
Goblin SledderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
209
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

2 x Lay Waste
Lay Waste
Lay WasteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Destroy target land.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

2 x Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint AvalancheSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Pinpoint Avalanche deals 4 damage to target creature. The damage can't be prevented.

1 x Shaleskin Bruiser
Shaleskin Bruiser
Shaleskin BruiserSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
226
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample. Whenever Shaleskin Bruiser attacks, it gets +3/+0 until end of turn for each. other attacking Beast.

2 x Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.

2 x Spurred Wolverine
Spurred Wolverine
Spurred WolverineSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
c
Number:
237
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Tap two untapped Beasts you control: Target creature gains first strike. until end of turn.

1 x Thoughtbound Primoc
Thoughtbound Primoc
Thoughtbound PrimocSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. At the beginning of your upkeep, if a player controls more Wizards than any. other player, he or she gains control of Thoughtbound Primoc.


Green (18)

3 x Barkhide Mauler
Barkhide Mauler
Barkhide MaulerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Iain McCaig
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Cycling 2 (2, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1 x Q3Jvd24gb2YgVigor
Vigor
VigorSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
240
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample If damage would be dealt to a creature you control other than Vigor, prevent that damage. Put a +1/+1 counter on that creature for each 1 damage prevented this way. When Vigor is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.

1 x Elvish Guidance
Elvish Guidance
Elvish GuidanceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Whenever enchanted land is tapped for mana, its controller adds G to his or her mana pool for each Elf in play.

1 x Elvish Pioneer
Elvish Pioneer
Elvish PioneerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
257
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Elvish Pioneer comes into play, you may put a basic land card from your hand into play tapped.

1 x Krosan Tusker
Krosan Tusker
Krosan TuskerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
272
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Cycling 2G (2G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.). When you cycle Krosan Tusker, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

1 x Snarling Undorak
Snarling Undorak
Snarling UndorakSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2G: Target Beast gets +1/+1 until end of turn.. Morph 1GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

4 x Spitting Gourna
Spitting Gourna
Spitting GournaSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
284
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Spitting Gourna may block as though it had flying.. Morph 4G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x 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.

2 x Treespring Lorian
Treespring Lorian
Treespring LorianSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
293
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Morph 5G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

2 x Vitality Charm
Vitality Charm
Vitality CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
296
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Put a 1/1 green Insect creature token into play; or target creature gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn; or regenerate target Beast.

1 x Wirewood Savage
Wirewood Savage
Wirewood SavageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
304
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play, you may draw a card.


Blue (5)

1 x Airborne Aid
Airborne Aid
Airborne AidSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Draw a card for each Bird in play.

1 x Chain of Vapor
Chain of Vapor
Chain of VaporSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. Then that permanent's controller may sacrifice a land. If the player does, he or she may copy this spell and may choose a new target for that copy.

1 x Mistform Dreamer
Mistform Dreamer
Mistform DreamerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Matthew Mitchell
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. 1: Mistform Dreamer's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.

1 x Spy Network
Spy Network
Spy NetworkSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Look at target player's hand, the top card of that player's library, and any face-down creatures he or she controls. Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

1 x Trickery Charm
Trickery Charm
Trickery CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one — Target creature gains flying until end of turn; or target creature's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn; or look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.


White (1)

Sunfire Balm
Sunfire Balm
Sunfire BalmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
56
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
Prevent the next 4 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn. Cycling 1W (1W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Sunfire Balm, you may prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.


Black (3)

1 x Aphetto Dredging
Aphetto Dredging
Aphetto DredgingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
Return up to three target creature cards of the creature type of your choice from your graveyard to your hand.

2 x Wretched Anurid
Wretched Anurid
Wretched AnuridSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
183
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you lose 1 life.


Using those cards, he built this GR deck:

Creatures (16)

1 x Shaleskin Bruiser
Shaleskin Bruiser
Shaleskin BruiserSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
226
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample. Whenever Shaleskin Bruiser attacks, it gets +3/+0 until end of turn for each. other attacking Beast.

2 x Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.

1 x Spurred Wolverine
Spurred Wolverine
Spurred WolverineSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
c
Number:
237
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Tap two untapped Beasts you control: Target creature gains first strike. until end of turn.

3 x Barkhide Mauler
Barkhide Mauler
Barkhide MaulerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Iain McCaig
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Cycling 2 (2, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1 x Krosa
Krosa
KrosaSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Text:
All creatures get +2/+2. Whenever you roll {C}, you may add {W}{U}{B}{R}{G} to your mana pool.
n tusker
1 x Snarling Undorak
Snarling Undorak
Snarling UndorakSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2G: Target Beast gets +1/+1 until end of turn.. Morph 1GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

3 x Spitting Gourna
Spitting Gourna
Spitting GournaSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
284
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Spitting Gourna may block as though it had flying.. Morph 4G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x 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.

2 x Treespring Lorian
Treespring Lorian
Treespring LorianSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
293
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Morph 5G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Wirewood Savage
Wirewood Savage
Wirewood SavageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
304
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play, you may draw a card.


Spells (6)

1 x Aether Charge
Aether Charge
Aether ChargeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
184
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play under your control, you may have it deal 4 damage to target opponent.

2 x Erratic Explosion
Erratic Explosion
Erratic ExplosionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Choose target creature or player. Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card. Erratic Explosion deals damage equal to that card's converted mana cost to that creature or player. Put the revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.

1 x Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint AvalancheSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Pinpoint Avalanche deals 4 damage to target creature. The damage can't be prevented.

2 x Vitality Charm
Vitality Charm
Vitality CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
296
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Put a 1/1 green Insect creature token into play; or target creature gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn; or regenerate target Beast.


Land

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

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


This is what TJ had to say about his drafting and his matches:

>> I first have to say this was my first time 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.
draft, so my choices might have been a bit sub par and mostly based on the articles I read offline the day before.

>> I wanted to go with a B/G deck, since it seemed to have the best in common creatures (Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
s mostly) and I would go into red too if I had too. I held onto this idea too much in the early picks and locked myself into playing beasts and passed a few good cards to go for some weaker beasts.
I think my first pick was a Krosan Tusker
Krosan Tusker
Krosan TuskerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
272
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Cycling 2G (2G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.). When you cycle Krosan Tusker, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, after that I got passed a couple Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
s. If I was a smart drafter I would have thrown away the beast idea after that (I later found out that my brother, who was next to me, tried for a beast deck too) and went more goblins instead. I also made a few big mistakes by passing Chain of Plasma
Chain of Plasma
Chain of PlasmaSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
193
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Chain of Plasma deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Then that player or that creature's controller may discard a card from his or her hand. If the player does, he or she may copy this spell and may choose a new target for that copy.
and Solar Blast
Solar Blast
Solar BlastSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
234
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Solar Blast deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Cycling 1RR (1RR, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Solar Blast, you may have it deal 1 damage to target creature or player.
for some weaker creatures, not knowing how rare removal can be in the format and too set in my Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
idea.

>> After all the Black I managed to get was a Aphetto Dredging
Aphetto Dredging
Aphetto DredgingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
Return up to three target creature cards of the creature type of your choice from your graveyard to your hand.
and 2 Wretched Anurid
Wretched Anurid
Wretched AnuridSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
183
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you lose 1 life.
I splashed Black at first. But after both of these cards proving themselves to be out of place in my first match (more on that later...) I just made my deck G/R.

>> I had enough creatures I think, but having cheaper ones would have been nie. I wish I had taken the Chains and Blast to make my spell selection stronger then it was.

>> I mostly agonized over passed burn spells and not going all out Goblins.

>> Despite all my complaining about it now, the deck did pretty well. So my only real problem with it is its round 1 performance.

>>My matches...

Round 1 U/R (Drew)

Game 1: He got out some Goblin Embermages and my low removal was making me lose to pokeage at a gruelingly slow rate. I got out a Mauler, then a Lorian, and, before I can attack with my Lorian, out comes his Tephraderm
Tephraderm
TephradermSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever a creature deals damage to Tephraderm, Tephraderm deals that much. damage to that creature.Whenever a spell deals damage to Tephraderm,. Tephraderm deals that much damage to that spell's controller.
, some kind of Nemesis Lacolith reject they had to print now just to make me angry. Anyways Lorian met Derm in melee and I got blasted for 5 because of the Derm's ability to hit back at what attacks it. Riptide Biologist
Riptide Biologist
Riptide BiologistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from Beasts. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
joined his force and decided to stop a beast a turn. I lost a point from my Anurid and put me into a swatting range. I miscounted his creatures and swung putting him down to 3 and played my Erratic Explosion
Erratic Explosion
Erratic ExplosionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Choose target creature or player. Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card. Erratic Explosion deals damage equal to that card's converted mana cost to that creature or player. Put the revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.
, I had 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.
in my hand and the Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
s and Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
ms were in the board at the time, so all I had to do was not draw the other Anurid with it, and guess what I get? THE ANURID! He goes to 1 and swings for 6 next turn. And if there is one thing I hate its losing to the younger kids who don't play too well and get lucky, almost suspiciously ´´lucky´´ and then listening to them brag. After this game I went G/R permanently. My swamps didn't show until too late and those Anurids were against me.

Game 2: Was my sweet revenge, sadly I can't remember it. Things were going badly for me again and I got Blatant Thieveried. No cheap Tephraderm
Tephraderm
TephradermSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever a creature deals damage to Tephraderm, Tephraderm deals that much. damage to that creature.Whenever a spell deals damage to Tephraderm,. Tephraderm deals that much damage to that spell's controller.
hits his side and once the beasts hit play I squeak by his early assaults with enough to kill him.

Game 3: Cheap Tephraderm
Tephraderm
TephradermSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever a creature deals damage to Tephraderm, Tephraderm deals that much. damage to that creature.Whenever a spell deals damage to Tephraderm,. Tephraderm deals that much damage to that spell's controller.
got out again and held my off a couple critical turns before Lorian traded with it, blasting me for 5. Tephraderm
Tephraderm
TephradermSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever a creature deals damage to Tephraderm, Tephraderm deals that much. damage to that creature.Whenever a spell deals damage to Tephraderm,. Tephraderm deals that much damage to that spell's controller.
+ Quick Wizard hits and pingers = me getting dragged off the field in a body bag.
That should teach me a lesson about getting overconfident. ARGH! I just noticed something, that Tephraderm
Tephraderm
TephradermSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever a creature deals damage to Tephraderm, Tephraderm deals that much. damage to that creature.Whenever a spell deals damage to Tephraderm,. Tephraderm deals that much damage to that spell's controller.
I complained about deals combat damage back to the creature, not the player. I'm going to go shoot myself now and probably haunt that kid for not correcting my mistake.

Match 2 U/G/W My Brother BA Walker (Don't ask)

First I want to say how odd it is that my brother and I somehow ALWAYS play each other second round, and when drafting we somehow wind up next to each other for picking every time. This works out kind of well because I just pass him rares I don't need and he rare drafts them. But the match thing is annoying.

Game 1: My beasts hit play, and he can't do anything important because he got green screwed and his critical Hystrodon
Hystrodon
HystrodonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
266
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample. Whenever Hystrodon deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card. Whenever Hystrodon deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card. Morph 1GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
doesn’t hit play unmorphed, and he couldn't get a cycler to use with his slide to unmorph the Hystro. My beasts beat him senseless.

Game 2: He’s doing okay this game, but my creatures are bigger. His Centaur Glade
Centaur Glade
Centaur GladeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
2GG: Put a 3/3 green Centaur creature token into play.
doesn’t get going until its too late, and Mistform Mask
Mistform Mask
Mistform MaskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
94
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
1: Enchanted creature's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.
only held me off one turn before I played more creatures then he could handle. I win again.

Match 3 B/W Clerics Jeff Lin

Game 1: I win the die roll for the first time all day and drop an early Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
. His early clerics that hit play are gunned down. Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
s come out and I slowly win.

Game 2: Early smith again, but his clerics are already in healy mode so he’s a little worthless early but did discourage attacks. Jeff is getting a lot of stuff out, but his Pro Cleric Zombie/Cleric 4/2 can't be damage prevented so his blockers are only a nuisance. Wirewood Savage
Wirewood Savage
Wirewood SavageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
304
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play, you may draw a card.
comes out to help the beasts and Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
starts taking shots at his damage preventers on his end step, then again after they untap on my turn. More beasts hit play and Jeff falls.

I hadn't really used my sideboard except for permanent changes, like the Vitality Charm
Vitality Charm
Vitality CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
296
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Put a 1/1 green Insect creature token into play; or target creature gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn; or regenerate target Beast.
s and the Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint Avalanche
Pinpoint AvalancheSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Pinpoint Avalanche deals 4 damage to target creature. The damage can't be prevented.
I added.

I think I wouldn't change my deck much with the cards I had, but I kind of wished I had made some different picks. Advice I need to remember for next time is REMOVAL SPELLS GOOD! And get all of those things that I can if I
want to play a slow deck.

[Michael – We play REL1 and usually do not have deck registration. TJ shouldn’t have switched cards in his main deck, but he didn’t know he couldn’t. I did some checking around and a many of the other players didn’t know that rule as well (probably 1/3 of the players). I’ll make sure the judge or I go over this before the next draft tournament we hold takes place.]

Michael Potter (Pod 3)

This was the strangest draft I have ever done. I have never been able to play just one colour in a draft before, but the good Black cards just kept on coming.

I had entered the draft with a fairly open mind. I wanted Red or Black if possible for the removal and I was leaning slightly towards Red because the burn could be pointed at my opponents as well as creatures. The pack I opened had a crap rare and Gus
Gus
GusSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gus
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Gus comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it for each game you have lost to your opponent since you last won a Magic game against him or her.
dGNsb2FrIFNlbnRpbmVs as the best card. I like that card a lot and I picked it with the thought of going WR. The pack I was passed had no Red removal and didn’t have any top White picks. The best card I saw was Swat
Swat
SwatSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Destroy target creature with power 2 or less.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
and I started thinking about going WB and started looking for Clerics to build the deck around (I think in tribes and colours when I draft 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.
). The good Black cards kept coming throughout the draft and this is what I ended up with:

Black (31)

2 x Anurid Muckdiver
1 x Aphetto Vulture
Aphetto Vulture
Aphetto VultureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Aphetto Vulture is put into a graveyard from play, you may put target Zombie card from your graveyard on top of your library.

1 x Blackmail
Blackmail
BlackmailSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
127
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target player reveals three cards from his or her hand and you choose one of them. That player discards that card.

1 x Crown of Suspicion
Crown of Suspicion
Crown of SuspicionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/-1. Sacrifice Crown of Suspicion: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it get +2/-1 until end of turn.

1 x Cruel Revival
Cruel Revival
Cruel RevivalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target non-Zombie creature. It can't be regenerated. Return up to one target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.

1 x Fade From Memory
1 x Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding FrenzySet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
147
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Text:
Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of Zombies in play.

1 x Festering Goblin
Festering Goblin
Festering GoblinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Festering Goblin is put into a graveyard from play, target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

1 x Grinning Demon
Grinning Demon
Grinning DemonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
At he beginning of your upkeep, you lose 2 life. Morph 2BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Haunted Cadaver
Haunted Cadaver
Haunted CadaverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Haunted Cadaver deals combat damage to a player, you may sacrifice it. If you do, that player discards three cards from his or her hand.. Morph 1B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Infest
Infest
InfestSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
157
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.

1 x Misery Charm
Misery Charm
Misery CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Destroy target Cleric; or return target Cleric card from your graveyard to your hand; or target player loses 2 life.

2 x Nantaku Husk
3 x Screeching Buzzard
Screeching Buzzard
Screeching BuzzardSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Screeching Buzzard is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent discards a card from his or her hand.

2 x Severed Legion
Severed Legion
Severed LegionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)

1 x Shepard of Rot
2 x Spined Basher
Spined Basher
Spined BasherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph 2B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

3 x Swat
Swat
SwatSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Destroy target creature with power 2 or less.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

1 x Syphon Mind
Syphon Mind
Syphon MindSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
175
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
Each other player discards a card from his or her hand. You draw a card for each card discarded this way.

1 x Thrashing Mudspawn
Thrashing Mudspawn
Thrashing MudspawnSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
177
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Thrashing Mudspawn is dealt damage, you lose that much life.. Morph 1BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

2 x Wretched Anurid
Wretched Anurid
Wretched AnuridSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
183
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you lose 1 life.


White (6)

1 x Crown of Awe
Crown of Awe
Crown of AweSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Text:
Enchanted creature has protection from black and from red. Sacrifice Crown of Awe: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it gain protection from black and from red until end of turn.

1 x Daunting Defender
Daunting Defender
Daunting DefenderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a source would deal damage to a Cleric you control, prevent 1 of that damage.

1 x Demistify
1 x Dive Bomber
Dive Bomber
Dive BomberSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. T, Sacrifice Dive Bomber: Dive Bomber deals 2 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.

1 x Gus
Gus
GusSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gus
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Gus comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it for each game you have lost to your opponent since you last won a Magic game against him or her.
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1 x Whipcorder
Whipcorder
WhipcorderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier Rebel
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, T: Tap target creature.. Morph W (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)


Blue (5)

1 x Airborne Aid
Airborne Aid
Airborne AidSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Draw a card for each Bird in play.

2 x Ascending Aven
Ascending Aven
Ascending AvenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. Ascending Aven may block only creatures with flying.. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Mistform Dreamer
Mistform Dreamer
Mistform DreamerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Matthew Mitchell
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. 1: Mistform Dreamer's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.

1 x Sage Aven
Sage Aven
Sage AvenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. When Sage Aven comes into play, look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.


Red (1)

1 x Skirk Commando
Skirk Commando
Skirk CommandoSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
228
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Skirk Commando deals combat damage to a player, you may have it. deal 2 damage to target creature that player controls.. Morph 2R (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)


Land (2)

1 x Barren Moor
Barren Moor
Barren MoorSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
312
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Barren Moor comes into play tapped. T: Add B to your mana pool. Cycling B (B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1 x Lonely Sandbar
Lonely Sandbar
Lonely SandbarSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
320
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Lonely Sandbar comes into play tapped. T: Add U to your mana pool. Cycling U (U, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)


This is the deck I built:

Creatures (17)

1 x Aphetto Vulture
Aphetto Vulture
Aphetto VultureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Aphetto Vulture is put into a graveyard from play, you may put target Zombie card from your graveyard on top of your library.

1 x Festering Goblin
Festering Goblin
Festering GoblinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Festering Goblin is put into a graveyard from play, target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

1 x Grinning Demon
Grinning Demon
Grinning DemonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
At he beginning of your upkeep, you lose 2 life. Morph 2BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Haunted Cadaver
Haunted Cadaver
Haunted CadaverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Haunted Cadaver deals combat damage to a player, you may sacrifice it. If you do, that player discards three cards from his or her hand.. Morph 1B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

2 x Nantaku Husk
3 x Screeching Buzzard
Screeching Buzzard
Screeching BuzzardSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Screeching Buzzard is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent discards a card from his or her hand.

2 x Severed Legion
Severed Legion
Severed LegionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)

1 x Sheppard of Rot
2 x Spined Basher
Spined Basher
Spined BasherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph 2B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

1 x Thrashing Mudspawn
Thrashing Mudspawn
Thrashing MudspawnSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
177
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Thrashing Mudspawn is dealt damage, you lose that much life.. Morph 1BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

2 x Wretched Anurid
Wretched Anurid
Wretched AnuridSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
183
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you lose 1 life.


Spells (7)

1 x Crown of Suspicion
Crown of Suspicion
Crown of SuspicionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/-1. Sacrifice Crown of Suspicion: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it get +2/-1 until end of turn.

1 x Cruel Revival
Cruel Revival
Cruel RevivalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target non-Zombie creature. It can't be regenerated. Return up to one target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.

1 x Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding FrenzySet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
147
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Text:
Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of Zombies in play.

1 x Infest
Infest
InfestSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
157
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.

3 x Swat
Swat
SwatSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Destroy target creature with power 2 or less.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)


Land (16)

1 x Barren Moor
Barren Moor
Barren MoorSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
312
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Barren Moor comes into play tapped. T: Add B to your mana pool. Cycling B (B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

15 x Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


My Pod ended up like this:

Michael Potter – Mono-Black
Jeff Lin - WB
TJ Walker – GR (splash B)
BA Walker - UGW
Michael Lauffer - GB
Wes Walters - WG
Mario Rocha - ?
Drew Freitas – UR

Other than Jeff, I didn’t have a lot of competition for Black and I could cut Jeff and TJ off from the best cards 2 of 3 packs. There were too many players fighting over Green all in a row, so I’m betting that weakened all of their decks.

Round 1 – Michael Lauffer playing BG

Game 1 was pretty close. I was having a lot of trouble getting any damage through as he was trading creature for creature and he used Cruel Revival
Cruel Revival
Cruel RevivalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target non-Zombie creature. It can't be regenerated. Return up to one target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.
on my Grinning Demon
Grinning Demon
Grinning DemonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
At he beginning of your upkeep, you lose 2 life. Morph 2BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
. I thought I was in huge trouble when he played Symbiotic Wurm
Symbiotic Wurm
Symbiotic WurmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
289
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
When Symbiotic Wurm is put into a graveyard from play, put seven 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.
. I made a crucial land drop and used Cruel Revival
Cruel Revival
Cruel RevivalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target non-Zombie creature. It can't be regenerated. Return up to one target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.
on it the next turn and then Infest
Infest
InfestSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
157
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.
cleared away the tokens. I quickly rebuilt my creatures and soon won. I sided in my swamp walkers for game 2 but never needed them as I simply swarmed him using Swat
Swat
SwatSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Destroy target creature with power 2 or less.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
to clear the odd blocker or two.

Round 2 – Jeff Lin playing WB with Clerics

I managed to get some pressure going early in game 1. He gained life up to 22 before my beatdown got him to 8. He then played Convalescent Care
Convalescent Care
Convalescent CareSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
14
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have 5 life or less, you gain 3 life and draw a card.
. I knocked him to 3 and then he gained 3. However, I had my 3 2/2 flyers in play and I had killed all his flyers. The next game was a lot closer. I managed to attack with an unmorphed Grinning Demon
Grinning Demon
Grinning DemonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
At he beginning of your upkeep, you lose 2 life. Morph 2BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
and then surprised him when it was unmorphed. He then played a Disciple of Grace
Disciple of Grace
Disciple of GraceSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Robh Ruppel
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blackCycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
and my deck stalled out a little as I needed land to play the threats in my hand. I watched my life total going down 2 a turn and he gained life to 17 over that time. I played my first swamp walker and then my second and I won the damage race at 1 life.

Round 3 – Drew Freitas playing UR

Drew won the die roll but decided to draw for game 1. Very few of my small creatures stuck around in the beginning as his removal burned them out. I did get a Nantaku Husk to stick after an Infest
Infest
InfestSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
157
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.
cleared the board. He got a Tephraderm
Tephraderm
TephradermSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever a creature deals damage to Tephraderm, Tephraderm deals that much. damage to that creature.Whenever a spell deals damage to Tephraderm,. Tephraderm deals that much damage to that spell's controller.
down which was gumming up my attack, but my 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.
and Evasion creatures brought him down to zero before it got critical. Game 2 he kept a one land hand and didn’t draw his second land until the turn before I killed him (5-6 turns later).

In the games I won quickly, my deck turned into a super aggressive deck. Turn 1-2-3 creature drops and then Swat
Swat
SwatSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Destroy target creature with power 2 or less.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
to clear the way. The longer games were won by Evasion creatures, with the Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
walkers key in my match-ups vs. Black. I think I took more damage from my Grinning Demon
Grinning Demon
Grinning DemonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
At he beginning of your upkeep, you lose 2 life. Morph 2BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
than it did to any opponent or opponent’s creature.

Most of the time I cast Spined Basher
Spined Basher
Spined BasherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph 2B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
unmorphed. A few of my opponents thought I was making an error, but getting a three power creature into play without tying up mana 2 turns in a row ended up being key in my matches.

I wonder about playing Thrashing Mudspawn
Thrashing Mudspawn
Thrashing MudspawnSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
177
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever Thrashing Mudspawn is dealt damage, you lose that much life.. Morph 1BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
main deck. I did it mainly for beef and the lower casting cost. I envisioned my deck winning damage races. I never drew it and sided it out in 2/3 matches for a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
walker, so I’m still unsure.

The pack with the Grinning Demon
Grinning Demon
Grinning DemonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
At he beginning of your upkeep, you lose 2 life. Morph 2BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
in it also had a Cruel Revival
Cruel Revival
Cruel RevivalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target non-Zombie creature. It can't be regenerated. Return up to one target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.
and I was seriously missing a no questions asked removal spell at that time. I got greedy and picked the Rare (last pack and I had not picked a rare yet and had passed a Foil
Foil
FoilSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
You may discard an island and another card from your hand instead of paying Foil's mana cost. Counter target spell.
Rare one pack). The Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
seemed to fit into the theme of my deck but it proved to be sub-par in actual playing. I was lucky and the next pack had a Cruel Revival
Cruel Revival
Cruel RevivalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target non-Zombie creature. It can't be regenerated. Return up to one target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.
as well.

The next Limited event I’ll be playing in will be the Prerelease at the end of the month. I’m interested in what an all creatures set will be like.


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