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CardShark Content - Michael Potter (10/13/2002)

Two Sealed Decks and the Choices I Made

As is usual with a new set release, the PTQ’s and Grand Prix’s for the next few months will be Sealed Deck. I played in the Prerelease and a Sneak Peek
Peek
PeekSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Look at target player's hand. Draw a card.
over the past two weekends and I thought that I would share my card pools, the decisions I made, and my results.

Whenever I approach a new set, I tend to have two different decks in mind. I either look for a GR deck with a little speed and removal ending with big creatures for the final push for the win, or I look for a UW deck with W clogging up the ground and U providing the win condition with flyers. Of course, I always look for the “bombs” as well. Based on what I had read of the spoiler, Green looked strong because it had a fair amount of fat creatures and there was very little removal in the set.

I try and keep my mind as open as possible, but I look for those two decks to begin with because I’m used to playing those colours with that style of play. I’ll play other colours, but I tend to be more successful when I’m in my comfort zone. I know that’s a sign that I’m not a “good” player, but I also am like most players and can only sink so much time into the game. With limited time for testing, I try and get as good as possible on a narrower set of limited possibilities.

Prerelease Card Pool

White (15 cards)

Ancestor’s Prophet
Daru Cavalier
Daru Cavalier
Daru CavalierSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike. When Daru Cavalier comes into play, you may search your library for a card named Daru Cavalier, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
x 2
Daru Healer
Daru Healer
Daru HealerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
19
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.. 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.)

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.

Defensive Maneuvers
Defensive Maneuvers
Defensive ManeuversSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Creatures of the type of your choice get +0/+4 until end of turn.

Glory Seeker
Glory Seeker
Glory SeekerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2

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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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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Harsh Mercy
Harsh Mercy
Harsh MercySet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
39
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Destroy all creatures that aren't of a type chosen this way. They can't be regenerated.

Improvised Armor
Improvised Armor
Improvised ArmorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+5. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
x2
Righteous Cause
Righteous Cause
Righteous CauseSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Whenever a creature attacks, you gain 1 life.

Sandskin
Sandskin
SandskinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by enchanted creature.

True Believer
True Believer
True BelieverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.


Blue (15 cards)

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.

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.)
x 2
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.

Crown of Ascension
Crown of Ascension
Crown of AscensionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Enchanted creature has flying. Sacrifice Crown of Ascension: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it gain flying until end of turn.
x 2
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.)

Mage’s Guile
Guile
GuileSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
69
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Guile can't be blocked except by three or more creatures. If a spell or ability you control would counter a spell, instead remove that spell from the game and you may play that card without paying its mana cost. When Guile is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.

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.
x 2
Mistform Stalker
Mistform Stalker
Mistform StalkerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
U
Number:
98
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: Mistform Stalker's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.. 2UU: Mistform Stalker gets +2/+2 and gains flying until end of turn.

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.

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.)

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.

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.


Black (13 cards)

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.

Anurid Murkdiver
Anurid Murkdiver
Anurid MurkdiverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Swampwalk

Cabal Archon
Cabal Archon
Cabal ArchonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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.

Dirge of Dread
Dirge of Dread
Dirge of DreadSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
All creatures gain fear until end of turn. (They can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.) Cycling 1B (1B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Dirge of Dread, you may have target creature gain fear until end of turn.

Doomed Necromancer
Doomed Necromancer
Doomed NecromancerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Mercenary
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, T, Sacrifice Doomed Necromancer: Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.

Fallen Cleric
Fallen Cleric
Fallen ClericSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from Clerics. Morph 4B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Headhunter
Headhunter
HeadhunterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
156
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Headhunter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand. Morph B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
x 2
Nataku Husk
Souless One
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.

Smother
Smother
SmotherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost 3 or less. It can't be regenerated.


Red (14 cards)

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.)

Brightstone Ritual
Brightstone Ritual
Brightstone RitualSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Add R to your mana pool for each Goblin in play.
x 3 (oh, weeeeeeeeee)
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.)

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.

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.

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.

Lavamancer’s Skill
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.

Reckless One
Reckless One
Reckless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
222
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Haste. Reckless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Goblins. in play.

Snap
Snap
SnapSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand. Untap up to two lands.
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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.

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.


Green (12 cards)

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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.

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.
x 2
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.

Kroskan Tusker
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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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.'

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.)

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.
x 2
Venomspout Brackus
Venomspout Brackus
Venomspout BrackusSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
295
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
1G, T: Venomspout Brackus deals 5 damage to target attacking or blocking creature with flying.. Morph 3GG (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

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.


Artifacts (1 card)

Cryptic Gateway
Cryptic Gateway
Cryptic GatewaySet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Tap two untapped creatures you control: You may put a creature card from your hand into play that shares a creature type with each creature tapped this way.


Land (5 cards)

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.)

Forgotton Cave
Secluded Steppe
Secluded Steppe
Secluded SteppeSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
324
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Secluded Steppe comes into play tapped. T: Add W to your mana pool. Cycling W (W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil ThicketSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
326
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tranquil Thicket comes into play tapped. T: Add G to your mana pool. Cycling G (G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
x 2

When I looked this pool over, I was neither thrilled nor ready to write it all off. I didn’t see any real bombs. I had two good removal cards in Black and one variable one in Red (plus one fixed damage in Red). I did have a fair amount of flyers, two of which had 3 power. My first deck idea was UW with the plan being to use Improvised Armor
Improvised Armor
Improvised ArmorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+5. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
and my flyers as my main victory path. While looking over White, I was somewhat overcome by the Cleric theme that seemed to be there and I kept thinking that Black had the only removal and had a card to break creature stalls. In addition, Harsh Mercy
Harsh Mercy
Harsh MercySet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
39
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Destroy all creatures that aren't of a type chosen this way. They can't be regenerated.
would be much stronger for me if I could play less creature types. I ended up with this as a deck:

Prerelease Deck (BW)

Creatures

Ancestors Prophet (Cleric)
Daru Healer
Daru Healer
Daru HealerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
19
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.. 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.)
(Cleric)
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.
(Cleric)
Glory Seeker
Glory Seeker
Glory SeekerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2

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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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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True Believer
True Believer
True BelieverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
(Cleric)
Anurid Murkdiver
Anurid Murkdiver
Anurid MurkdiverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Swampwalk
(Zombie)
Cabal Archon
Cabal Archon
Cabal ArchonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
(Cleric)
Doomer Necromancer (Cleric)
Fallen Cleric
Fallen Cleric
Fallen ClericSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from Clerics. Morph 4B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
(Cleric)
Headhunter
Headhunter
HeadhunterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
156
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Headhunter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand. Morph B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
x 2 (Cleric)
Nantaku Husk (Zombie)
Soulless One
Soulless One
Soulless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Soulless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Zombies in play plus the number of Zombie cards in all graveyards.
(Zombie)
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.
(Zombie)

Other
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.

Dirge of Dread
Dirge of Dread
Dirge of DreadSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
All creatures gain fear until end of turn. (They can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.) Cycling 1B (1B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Dirge of Dread, you may have target creature gain fear until end of turn.

Smother
Smother
SmotherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost 3 or less. It can't be regenerated.

Harsh Mercy
Harsh Mercy
Harsh MercySet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
39
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Destroy all creatures that aren't of a type chosen this way. They can't be regenerated.

Improvised Armor
Improvised Armor
Improvised ArmorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+5. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
x 2
Sandskin
Sandskin
SandskinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by enchanted creature.


Land (17)

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.)

Secluded Steppe
Secluded Steppe
Secluded SteppeSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
324
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Secluded Steppe comes into play tapped. T: Add W to your mana pool. Cycling W (W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
x 8
Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
x 7

This deck went 1-2. It beat another BW deck (with Clerics so I had a 4/2 and a 4/3 that could attack pretty much unopposed). It lost against a deck that had large Green creatures and it lost against a deck with Blue flyers and Meddle
Meddle
MeddleSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Target spell, which targets a single creature, targets another creature of your choice instead. The new target must be legal.
(moved my Improvised Armor
Improvised Armor
Improvised ArmorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+5. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
to his own flyer).

When I looked back at the deck, my main issue with it was how could it win fairly quickly? For the most part, the creatures it runs have pretty low power. That means I would need a lot of them, even with Dirge of Dread
Dirge of Dread
Dirge of DreadSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
All creatures gain fear until end of turn. (They can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.) Cycling 1B (1B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Dirge of Dread, you may have target creature gain fear until end of turn.
, to win in an Alpha Strike. Only 3 of my creatures had Evasion, and 2 of the three had conditional Evasion (needed the blockers to be Clerics or needed my opponent to be playing Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s). Sitting there and hoping to gain life off of Ancestors Prophet is not the greatest strategy in the world. Life gain gets dismissed as a tactic all the time, but 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 a few mechanisms that can give you a lot of life very quickly (Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
is a good example). For me, life gain is another form of defense and it is like negating an attack phase. However, you still need a way to win.

I also wonder about sticking to just 2 colours. My main goal there was to try and avoid colour screw, but my Black removal only requires B, not BB so it is very splashable.

A WU build:

Creatutres (16)

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.)
x 2 (win conditions)
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.)
(living Forcespike and chump blocker)
Mistform Stalker
Mistform Stalker
Mistform StalkerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
U
Number:
98
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: Mistform Stalker's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn.. 2UU: Mistform Stalker gets +2/+2 and gains flying until end of turn.
(flyer – just add mana)
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.
(block)
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.)
(keep the 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 away)
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.
(flyer)
Ancestors Prophet (Cleric)
Daru Cavalier
Daru Cavalier
Daru CavalierSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike. When Daru Cavalier comes into play, you may search your library for a card named Daru Cavalier, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
x 2 (Soldier)
Daru Healer
Daru Healer
Daru HealerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
19
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.. 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.)
(Cleric)
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.
(Cleric)
Glory Seeker
Glory Seeker
Glory SeekerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
(Soldier)
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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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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True Believer
True Believer
True BelieverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
(Cleric)

Spells (7)

Improvised Armor
Improvised Armor
Improvised ArmorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+5. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
x 2
Sandskin
Sandskin
SandskinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by enchanted creature.
(sort of removal)
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.
(I’m almost tempted to add one land instead)
Crown of Ascension
Crown of Ascension
Crown of AscensionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Enchanted creature has flying. Sacrifice Crown of Ascension: Enchanted creature and other creatures that share a creature type with it gain flying until end of turn.
x 2 (this type of spell is normally horrible, but it can give a bunch of your creatures flying)
Mage’s Guile
Guile
GuileSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
69
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Guile can't be blocked except by three or more creatures. If a spell or ability you control would counter a spell, instead remove that spell from the game and you may play that card without paying its mana cost. When Guile is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
(sort of a counter spell)

Lands (17)

A mix of White and Blue.

The whole point of this deck is to get out flyers and either gum up the ground with Improvised Armor
Improvised Armor
Improvised ArmorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+5. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
making a defender ridiculous, or slap the armor on a flyer and make your clock faster. There’s no removal (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.
almost counts as removal), so you’ll be racing your opponent.

If the lack of removal worries you, just splash Black and toss in Smother
Smother
SmotherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost 3 or less. It can't be regenerated.
and 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.
. Or splash Red and put in the Lavamancer’s Skill (combo’s well with the Mistform creatures) and maybe even 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.
and 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.
.

If you target a Zombie in the graveyard, 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.
even can take out a Quicksilver Dragon
Quicksilver Dragon
Quicksilver DragonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. U: If target spell has only one target and that target is Quicksilver Dragon, change that spell's target to another creature.. Morph 4U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
.

Second Deck (with a report)

My local card store was holding a “Sneak Peek
Peek
PeekSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Look at target player's hand. Draw a card.
” Sealed deck tournament. The sign-ups had been limited to 36 people with the start time set at 1 PM and all the spaces were full by 12:15. Our local tournaments had been growing and growing over the past few months. We have had over 150 different players show up and the usually Type 2 tournament was running over 20 people every Friday night and the Sunday 1.5 tournaments were drawing over 30. 36 people was the biggest turn-out we had ever had for a Limited event.

I usually have computer duties when we’re running tournaments, so I had the task of typing all 36 people into DCI Reporter. With the list completed by 12:15, I was actually able to get things rolling a little early. Since the many of the players were pretty young, Frank (the Judge and store owner) and I decided that deck registration would be too confusing and too much of a chore. The only cards in the group all came from the Pre-release and we thought the risk of cheating was very, very small. I did hand out the registration sheets to everyone. At worse they would be a piece of paper to record life totals on.

I’m always amazed how many players don’t keep track of life totals with pen and paper. I’ve seen quite a few not even use dice or tokens to keep count.

White (12)

Battlefield Medic
Battlefield Medic
Battlefield MedicSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Prevent the next X damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn, where X is the number of Clerics in play.

Crowd Favorites
Crowd Favorites
Crowd FavoritesSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
15
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
3W: Tap target creature.. 3W: Crowd Favorites gets +0/+5 until end of turn.

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.

Defensive Maneuvors
Glarecaster
Glarecaster
GlarecasterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
30
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. 5W: The next time damage would be dealt to Glarecaster or you this turn, that damage is dealt to target creature or player instead.

Grassland Crusader
Grassland Crusader
Grassland CrusaderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Target Elf or Soldier gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

Gravel Slinger
Gravel Slinger
Gravel SlingerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Gravel Slinger deals 1 damage to target attacking or blocking creature. Morph 1W (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

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.

Glory Seeker
Glory Seeker
Glory SeekerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2

Piety Charm
Piety Charm
Piety CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one - Destroy target enchant creature; or target Soldier gets +2/+2 until end of turn; or attacking doesn't cause creatures you control to tap this turn.
x 2
Unified Strike
Unified Strike
Unified StrikeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Remove target attacking creature from the game if its power is less than or equal to the number of Soldiers in play.


Blue (16)

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.)

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.)
x 2
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.

Discombobulate
Discombobulate
DiscombobulateSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Counter target spell. Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

Dispersing Orb
Dispersing Orb
Dispersing OrbSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
80
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
3U, Sacrifice a permanent: Return target permanent to its owner's hand.

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.)

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.
x 2
Ixidor’s Will x 2
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.

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.
x 2
Sea Claim
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.


Black (15)

Cabal Archon
Cabal Archon
Cabal ArchonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

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.
x 2
Disciple of Malice
Disciple of Malice
Disciple of MaliceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white. Cycling 2 (2, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.

Dirge of Dread
Dirge of Dread
Dirge of DreadSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
All creatures gain fear until end of turn. (They can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.) Cycling 1B (1B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Dirge of Dread, you may have target creature gain fear until end of turn.

Fallen Cleric
Fallen Cleric
Fallen ClericSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from Clerics. Morph 4B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Oversold Cemetery
Oversold Cemetery
Oversold CemeterySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
160
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

Profane Prayers
Profane Prayers
Profane PrayersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
162
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Profane Prayers deals X damage to target creature or player and you gain X life, where X is the number of Clerics in play.

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.

Shepard of Rot x 2
Syphon Soul
Syphon Soul
Syphon SoulSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Text:
Syphon Soul deals 2 damage to each other player. You gain equal to the damage dealt this way.

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

Walking Desecration
Walking Desecration
Walking DesecrationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
180
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, T: Creatures of the type of your choice attack this turn if able.

Withering Hex
Withering Hex
Withering HexSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
181
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, put a plague counter on Withering Hex. Enchanted creature gets -1/-1 for each plague counter on Withering Hex.


Red (14)

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.)
x 2
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.)

Custody Battle
Custody Battle
Custody BattleSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
197
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Enchanted creature has 'At the beginning of your upkeep, target opponent gains control of this creature unless you sacrifice a land.'

Embermage Goblin
Embermage Goblin
Embermage GoblinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
200
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Embermage Goblin comes into play, you may search your library for a. card named Embermage Goblin, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.. T: Embermage Goblin deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

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

Lightning Rift
Lightning Rift
Lightning RiftSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
217
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may pay 1. If you do, Lightning Rift deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

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.

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.

Skirk Prospector
Skirk Prospector
Skirk ProspectorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Add R to your mana pool.
x 3
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.

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 (13)

Elvish Warrior
Elvish Warrior
Elvish WarriorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
260
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
3

Everglove Courier
Everglove Courier
Everglove CourierSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
262
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
You may choose not to untap Everglove Courier during your untap step.. 2G, T: As long as Everglove Courier remains tapped, target Elf gets +2/+2 and has trample.

Gigapede
Gigapede
GigapedeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
264
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Gigapede can't be the target of spells or abilities.. At the beginning of your upkeep, if Gigapede is in your graveyard, you may discard a card from your hand. If you do, return Gigapede to your hand.

Krosan Groundshaker
Krosan Groundshaker
Krosan GroundshakerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
271
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
G: Target Beast gains trample until end of turn.

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.

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Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.
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Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

Serpentine Basilisk
Serpentine Basilisk
Serpentine BasiliskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Basilisk
Rarity:
U
Number:
280
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Serpentine Basilisk deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature at end of combat.. 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.)

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.

Towering Balroth
Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.

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.
x 2

Land (5)

Daru Encampment
Daru Encampment
Daru EncampmentSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
315
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T: Target Soldier gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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.)

Wooded Foothills
Wooded Foothills
Wooded FoothillsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
330
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a mountain or forest card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

Secluded Steppe
Secluded Steppe
Secluded SteppeSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
324
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Secluded Steppe comes into play tapped. T: Add W to your mana pool. Cycling W (W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil ThicketSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
326
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tranquil Thicket comes into play tapped. T: Add G to your mana pool. Cycling G (G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)


Opening Visara made my choices much easier. I decided to play BG as I liked the fat in Green. I thought that Red had some decent possibilities with both 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.
and 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.
, so I also considered RB.

This was the deck I built:

Creatures (18)

Cabal Archon
Cabal Archon
Cabal ArchonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

Disciple of Malice
Disciple of Malice
Disciple of MaliceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white. Cycling 2 (2, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.

Fallen Cleric
Fallen Cleric
Fallen ClericSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from Clerics. Morph 4B (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

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.

Shepherd of Rot
Shepherd of Rot
Shepherd of RotSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Each player loses 1 life for each Zombie in play.
x 2
Visara the Dreadful
Visara the Dreadful
Visara the DreadfulSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gorgon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
179
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. T: Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.

Elvish Warrior
Elvish Warrior
Elvish WarriorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
260
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
3

Everglove Courier
Everglove Courier
Everglove CourierSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
262
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
You may choose not to untap Everglove Courier during your untap step.. 2G, T: As long as Everglove Courier remains tapped, target Elf gets +2/+2 and has trample.

Gigapede
Gigapede
GigapedeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
264
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Gigapede can't be the target of spells or abilities.. At the beginning of your upkeep, if Gigapede is in your graveyard, you may discard a card from your hand. If you do, return Gigapede to your hand.

Krosan Groundshaker
Krosan Groundshaker
Krosan GroundshakerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
271
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
G: Target Beast gains trample until end of turn.

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.

Serpentine Basilisk
Serpentine Basilisk
Serpentine BasiliskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Basilisk
Rarity:
U
Number:
280
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Serpentine Basilisk deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature at end of combat.. 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.)

Tounting Elf
Towering Baloth
Towering Baloth
Towering BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
7
Toughness:
6
Text:
Morph 6G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.

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.
x 2

Other (5)

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

Syphon Soul
Syphon Soul
Syphon SoulSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Text:
Syphon Soul deals 2 damage to each other player. You gain equal to the damage dealt this way.

Profane Prayers
Profane Prayers
Profane PrayersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
162
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Profane Prayers deals X damage to target creature or player and you gain X life, where X is the number of Clerics in play.

Dirge of Dread
Dirge of Dread
Dirge of DreadSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
All creatures gain fear until end of turn. (They can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.) Cycling 1B (1B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Dirge of Dread, you may have target creature gain fear until end of turn.

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.


Land (17)

Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil ThicketSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
326
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tranquil Thicket comes into play tapped. T: Add G to your mana pool. Cycling G (G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
x 7
Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
x 9

I decided on only playing 1 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.
main deck as I wanted to have a higher Cleric count to make Profane Prayers
Profane Prayers
Profane PrayersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
162
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Profane Prayers deals X damage to target creature or player and you gain X life, where X is the number of Clerics in play.
better and to give the Cabal Archon
Cabal Archon
Cabal ArchonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
as much fuel as possible. Oversold Cemetery
Oversold Cemetery
Oversold CemeterySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
160
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
also was tempting as it would allow me to reuse my Clerics after a certain point.

Round 1 against Jeff Lin playing GW – Elves

There were a bunch of players from fairly far off in the store, but the computer matched me up with a regular. Jeff is still new to Magic (less than a year playing it, probably closer to 6 months), but he has done well in the constructed tournaments, including winning a couple. I win the die roll and choose to draw. Jeff asked me to explain why I want to draw after the match is done. I tell him later that I’m running two colors with just one mana fixer (the Tusker) and that many of my spells are expensive and need lots of mana. I want to draw an extra card from the beginning to increase my chance of hitting all my land drops and to increase the speed at which I’ll draw my bomb. Game 1 he gets Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
out and he also cast Elvish Vanguard
Elvish Vanguard
Elvish VanguardSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another Elf comes into play, put a +1/+1 counter on Elvish Vanguard.
. When you and your opponent are playing Elves, the Vanguard will get very large very quickly. Other than the Vanguard, his creatures are fairly small and lack evasion so he has trouble putting pressure on me. I eventually get Visara out and win after taking care of a few annoying creatures. It takes quite a while before I win and we don’t have much time left in the round (under 10 minutes)

Game 2 proves and disproves the value of life gain. I get my Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
out and get my life total very, very high. This keeps me from losing, but I can’t get a win condition down. I finally get my 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.
into play and then very nearly blow the game. I attack with everything but my Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
. Jeff blocks everything with an Ironfist Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
r he had enchanted with Sandskin
Sandskin
SandskinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by enchanted creature.
. I survive his counterstrike because of the Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
and my high life total and I learn a combo to make a super-Wall. Time runs out and I win the match 1-0.

Games 1-0 Matches 1-0

Round 2 against Garrett playing WBU

Garrett is new to the store. We chat a bit and I find out that he has been playing for a while. I would love to be able to write a longer section here with all of the tricky plays that we did to each other, but the truth is that he gets land flooded in both games and I roll over him.

Games 3-0, Matches 2-0

Round 3 Kyle Crowder playing WB

This will be a different experience for me as Kyle is usually playing Mono-Black (Type 2) or being the resident “Burn Boy” in Type 1.5. I get land flooded game 1 (probably in revenge for the situation Garrett was in the match previous). I try and stay alive as long as possible, not because I think I’ll win, but to see as much of his deck as possible. I hold him off game 2 until Visara comes to my rescue. Interested Rotlung interactions in this game and I pull out my “Buffy the Vampire Slay
Slay
SlaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Destroy target green creature. It can't be regenerated. Draw a card.
er” CCG cards to act as zombies (seems more fitting than Harry Potter cards even though Harry is my nephew). Kyle actually pulled 2 Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung ReanimatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Rotlung Reanimator or another Cleric is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
s and a decent number of Clerics as well. Game 3, he gets me to 4 until I finally put him away, winning the game with Cabal Archon
Cabal Archon
Cabal ArchonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
’s ability.

Games 5-1, Matches 3-0

Round 4 Randal Droher playing WUG

Randal tells me that he has 2 bombs. Bomb #1 is Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
, as I quickly find out. I use Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
to hold him off (he gains huge life but can’t get my life total to stay down) and almost deck him game 1. I draw and play Visara and think that I have things under control again. Unforunately, his other bomb was Akroma’s Vengence and my Elves and Queen Flyer as went away. The game was real close as I almost decked him before his 2-power flyer could kill me, but he drew his 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.
and managed to get just enough damage in to kill me (with no cards left in his library). Game 2 he gets too many flyers out and I just don’t have the answers or the ability to stall until Visara can come out. He was holding the Super-Wrath in his hand, so even Visara wouldn’t have saved me.

Games 5-3, Matches 3-1

I’m starting to get more of a feel for the new set after playing it a few times and relooking at my card pools while writing this article. I would say that the majority of the players at both the pre-release (Match Play in Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
view ran that one) and the “Sneak Peek
Peek
PeekSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Look at target player's hand. Draw a card.
” sealed deck tournament I played in were happy with the new cards. I know the younger kids were thrilled with their 9/9’s (I saw one 9/9 run into another in a game I was watching and then win the fight after a few 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 were tapped to give the 9/9 First Strike).

There also were creature stalls all over the place. I’m starting to think that people may be underestimating Blue. Blue flyers are not the greatest in the world, but with Removal being fairly light and the set being fairly slow, going to the air might be a very good strategy.

If a business trip doesn’t delay everything for me, I’ll be drafting the new set the first Sunday in November, so I’ll get a chance to see how the Tribal mechanic works in draft as well.

Type 1

I now own 3 Moxes, my first Power 9 cards (Sapphire, Ruby, and Emerald). Only another $1, 000 to go and maybe I can play Type 1. – I’m just kidding here, but I do need a few more cards. It is a weird feeling, having those three Moxes in my house right now. I never thought I would own any of them.

Feedback
Feedback
FeedbackSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Feedback does 1 damage to controller of target enchantment during its controller's upkeep.


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