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CardShark Content - Nathan Gatts (6/29/2005)

Well I'm back from 2005 Regionals which I attended in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year. 191 Players attended this year’s event playing in 8 Swiss Rounds cutting to top 8. I had all intention on taking a variation of the Mono Green Aggro deck that I had written about in my first article. After seeing the Japanese top 8 decklists I decided that I would change decks and play something that everyone wasn't so well prepared for this year. I decided on Mono Black Rat Aggro. Here is the exact deck list that I played -

Creatures (26)
4: Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

4: Chittering Rats
Chittering Rats
Chittering RatsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Chittering Rats comes into play target opponent puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.

4: Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi ShortfangSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B, T: Target opponent discards a card. Then if that player has no cards in hand, flip Nezumi Shortfang. ----- Stabwhisker the Odious Legendary Creature - Rat Shaman 3/3 At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player loses 1 life for each card fewer than three in his or her hand.

3: Skull Collector
Skull Collector
Skull CollectorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, return a black creature you control to its owner's hand. 1B: Regenerate Skull Collector.

3: Nezumi Cutthroat
Nezumi Cutthroat
Nezumi CutthroatSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Fear Nezumi Cutthroat can't block.

3: Throat Slitter
Throat Slitter
Throat SlitterSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Ninja
Rarity:
U
Number:
88
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 2B (2B, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Throat Slitter deals combat damage to a player, destroy target nonblack creature that player controls.

3: Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.

2: Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni

Spells (2)
2: Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.


Artifacts (10)
4: Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.

3: Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's JitteSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage, put two charge counters on Umezawa's Jitte. Remove a charge counter from Umezawa's Jitte Choose one — Equipped creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn; or target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn; or you gain 2 life. Equip 2

2: Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R

1: Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.


Land (22)
17: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

3: Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth NexusSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Brian Snöddy
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land. 1, T: Target Blinkmoth gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

1: Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Shizo, Death's StorehouseSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
283
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. B, T: Target legendary creature gains fear until end of turn.


Sideboard (15)
4: Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

3: Echoing Decay
Echoing Decay
Echoing DecaySet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target creature and all other creatures with the same name as that creature get -2/-2 until end of turn.

2: Blood Clock
Blood Clock
Blood ClockSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Artifact
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player returns a permanent he or she controls to its owner's hand unless he or she pays 2 life.

1: Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.

2: Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.

2: Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and ShadowSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from white and from black. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you gain 3 life and you may return up to one target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Equip 2

1: Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R



Round 1 V.S. Mono Green Weirdness
Game 1
My opponent starts out playing what I think is a standard mono green aggro deck, playing Birds and Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe ElderSet: Commander
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
. I think I have the game pretty much under control with an Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
, Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
, Skull Collector
Skull Collector
Skull CollectorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, return a black creature you control to its owner's hand. 1B: Regenerate Skull Collector.
, and Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi ShortfangSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B, T: Target opponent discards a card. Then if that player has no cards in hand, flip Nezumi Shortfang. ----- Stabwhisker the Odious Legendary Creature - Rat Shaman 3/3 At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player loses 1 life for each card fewer than three in his or her hand.
in play and a Chittering Rats
Chittering Rats
Chittering RatsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Chittering Rats comes into play target opponent puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.
in Hand. The next turn my opponent plays Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.
, followed the next turn with a Silent Arbiter
Silent Arbiter
Silent ArbiterSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
150
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
No more than one creature can attack each combat. No more than one creature can block each combat.
. Needless to say I’m wondering what I would have to do to pull this one off. So I draw into a Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
which makes quick work of an Eternal Witness
Eternal Witness
Eternal WitnessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Eternal Witness comes into play, return target card from your graveayrd to your hand.
and Stampeding Serow
Stampeding Serow
Stampeding SerowSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Antelope Beast
Rarity:
U
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample At the beginning of your upkeep, return a green creature you control to its owner's hand.
. I slip by with hard caste Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni that was unblocked, which I then use to ninjutsu in a Throat Slitter
Throat Slitter
Throat SlitterSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Ninja
Rarity:
U
Number:
88
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 2B (2B, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Throat Slitter deals combat damage to a player, destroy target nonblack creature that player controls.
targeting the Silent Arbiter
Silent Arbiter
Silent ArbiterSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
150
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
No more than one creature can attack each combat. No more than one creature can block each combat.
. Next turn I bring the beats. 1-0
Game 2
I sideboard in a couple of extra Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.
s to try and gain even more card advantage. This game is over quick, great rat control and beats get this win. 2-0
1-0


Round 2 V.S. Mono Blue Ninja’s/Ow
Ow
OwSet: Unglued
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Whenever any creature damages a player, for each Ow card in play, that player says Ow once or Ow deals 1 damage to him or her.
l
Game 1
I start off again very quickly with Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
. My opponent plays Spiketail Hatchling
Spiketail Hatchling
Spiketail HatchlingSet: Prophecy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Sacrifice Spiketail Hatchling: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
enchanted with Curiosity
Curiosity
CuriositySet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
If enchanted creature damages an opponent, you may draw a card.
. I thought for sure that guy was going to win my opponent the game. I quickly shut it down via a Nezumi Cutthroat
Nezumi Cutthroat
Nezumi CutthroatSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Fear Nezumi Cutthroat can't block.
equipped with an Umezawa’s Jitte. Chalk game 1 up for the Jitte in my favor. 1-0
Game 2
I sideboarded in 3 Echoing Decay
Echoing Decay
Echoing DecaySet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target creature and all other creatures with the same name as that creature get -2/-2 until end of turn.
since all I saw in game 1 were 1/1 fliers. This game goes in a completely different direction. He gets the early Spiketail Hatchling
Spiketail Hatchling
Spiketail HatchlingSet: Prophecy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Sacrifice Spiketail Hatchling: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
s but no Curiosity
Curiosity
CuriositySet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
If enchanted creature damages an opponent, you may draw a card.
. I see a couple of new cards this time around, Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep HoursSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 1U (1U, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Ninja of the Deep Hours deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
and Sage Owl
Sage Owl
Sage OwlSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Sage Owl comes into play, look at the top four cards of your library and put them back in any order you choose.
. An early Umezawa’s Jitte for my opponent ends up destroying every creature that I can get into play. If only I could have drawn a Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
or even my own Jitte. Chalk game 2 up for the Jitte in my opponent’s favor. 1-1
Game 3
This game is just how this deck worked in testing for me. Early hand disrupting, followed with the Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
, Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
, Skull Collector
Skull Collector
Skull CollectorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, return a black creature you control to its owner's hand. 1B: Regenerate Skull Collector.
lock down as well as a flipped Shortfang set me up for the win here. Once the lock sticks, I top deck a Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.
. Needless to say this game is over before it started. 2-1
2-0

Round 3 V.S. Multi-Color
Game 1
By far the weirdest match up of the day for me. In this game the only cards my opponent plays are 1 forest, 1 Oboro, 2 Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
, and a Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep HoursSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 1U (1U, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Ninja of the Deep Hours deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
. The game was over before it even started. First turn Vial, then Rats, then Collector to scoop. 1-0
Game 2
A very weird match, where Eternal Witness
Eternal Witness
Eternal WitnessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Eternal Witness comes into play, return target card from your graveayrd to your hand.
and Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep HoursSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 1U (1U, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Ninja of the Deep Hours deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
take over with a Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.
and own me. 1-1
Game 3
He goes first playing Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
into Birds. I play Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
into Vial. I then Echoing Decay
Echoing Decay
Echoing DecaySet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target creature and all other creatures with the same name as that creature get -2/-2 until end of turn.
his Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
. He plays another Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
and changes turns. Again I begin taking control of the game. I have 3 Vials in play and he 2 Spreading Algae
Spreading Algae
Spreading AlgaeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
274
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
Play Spreading Algae only on a swamp. When enchanted land becomes tapped, destroy that land.When Spreading Algae is put into a graveyard from play, return Spreading Algae to owner's hand.
on the only 2 lands I control. I have a Jitte on the board but do not play it in case he is holding a Needle to call on my Vials. I play Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.
calling Green. Finally I get to see what he has. He had Eternal Witness
Eternal Witness
Eternal WitnessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Eternal Witness comes into play, return target card from your graveayrd to your hand.
, Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
, Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
, Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.
, and some other random artifact. This game again is over quickly due to a complete lock with Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
s my opponent’s lack of land sources. 2-1
3-0


Round 4 V.S. Mono Green Aggro
Game 1
My opponent starts off very fast and aggressive. First turn Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
and Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
, followed by Second turn Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
Birds. I start off slow for an aggro rat deck, with a pair of swamps and Vial. Then my opponent continues to drop three consecutive Beacon of Creation
Beacon of Creation
Beacon of CreationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Put a 1/1 green insect creature token into play for each forest you control. Shuffle Beacon of Creation back into its owner's library instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
s. One for three, then five, then six. Usually that would pretty much seal up a win for MGA. To make it worse after the second beacon he actually got a Jitte into play. This game was looking awful for me. I get Chittering Rats
Chittering Rats
Chittering RatsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Chittering Rats comes into play target opponent puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.
into play and it actually lives. I top deck my own Jitte and play it, while my opponent removes counters to gain life. And this is where the game changes pace. The next turn I top deck into another Jitte. I take out his army of 1/1's with an equipped rat and pull this one off. 1-0
Game 2
Of course I sideboard in 4 Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
for Beacon of Creation
Beacon of Creation
Beacon of CreationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Put a 1/1 green insect creature token into play for each forest you control. Shuffle Beacon of Creation back into its owner's library instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
, Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
, and Eternal Witness
Eternal Witness
Eternal WitnessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Eternal Witness comes into play, return target card from your graveayrd to your hand.
. This game also goes a lot quicker and I empty his hand very quick into a flipped Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi ShortfangSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B, T: Target opponent discards a card. Then if that player has no cards in hand, flip Nezumi Shortfang. ----- Stabwhisker the Odious Legendary Creature - Rat Shaman 3/3 At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player loses 1 life for each card fewer than three in his or her hand.
. Pretty much a runaway match in my favor. He eventually plays a Meloku, the Clouded Mirror, but its one turn too late. I swing in with Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
, Skull Collector
Skull Collector
Skull CollectorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, return a black creature you control to its owner's hand. 1B: Regenerate Skull Collector.
, 2 Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi ShortfangSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B, T: Target opponent discards a card. Then if that player has no cards in hand, flip Nezumi Shortfang. ----- Stabwhisker the Odious Legendary Creature - Rat Shaman 3/3 At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player loses 1 life for each card fewer than three in his or her hand.
s, and Nezumi Cutthroat
Nezumi Cutthroat
Nezumi CutthroatSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Fear Nezumi Cutthroat can't block.
. 2-0
4-0


Round 5 V.S. White Weenie
Game 1
He plays first, playing Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
and Isamaru. I play Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
. He plays double Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
and attacks. I play Nezumi Cutthroat
Nezumi Cutthroat
Nezumi CutthroatSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Fear Nezumi Cutthroat can't block.
holding 2 Throat Slitter
Throat Slitter
Throat SlitterSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Ninja
Rarity:
U
Number:
88
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 2B (2B, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Throat Slitter deals combat damage to a player, destroy target nonblack creature that player controls.
s so I think I’m in very good shape. He attacks while I ninjutsu in both Slitters targeting a Lion and Isamaru, but his early Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
, Leonin Skyhunter
Leonin Skyhunter
Leonin SkyhunterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
and Umezwa's Jitte overrun me in a hurry. 0-1
Game 2
I sideboard in 3 Echoing Decay
Echoing Decay
Echoing DecaySet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target creature and all other creatures with the same name as that creature get -2/-2 until end of turn.
and the 3rd Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
as well as 2 Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and ShadowSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from white and from black. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you gain 3 life and you may return up to one target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Equip 2
. This game gets out of hand quick, I think I have control with Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
and Skull Collector
Skull Collector
Skull CollectorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, return a black creature you control to its owner's hand. 1B: Regenerate Skull Collector.
equipped with Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and ShadowSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from white and from black. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you gain 3 life and you may return up to one target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Equip 2
. But again he drops the Jitte followed with a Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.
calling black. The Jitte gets equipped to a Skyhunter and I never draw a Jitte or a Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
to shut him down. 0-2
4-1

Round 6 V.S. Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

Game 1
Going into this tournament, my testing had shown this and Mono Green Aggro as my best matchups. Game 1 starts off with a turn 1 Sensei's Diving Top. He quickly gets the Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
tron in full motion playing Sundering Titan
Sundering Titan
Sundering TitanSet: Darksteel
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
7
Toughness:
10
Text:
When Sundering Titan comes into play, choose a land of each basic land type, then destroy those lands. When Sundering Titan leaves play, choose a land of each basic land type, then destroy those lands.
and Platinum Angel
Platinum Angel
Platinum AngelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Brom
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.
. Despite all the discard and board control I have, the Top allows him to just get the pieces he needs to win this game quickly. 0-1
Game 2
In come the 3rd Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
and 2 Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
, seeing that if he's a good enough player he has sided all four of his Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
s out. I start this game off with a bang, Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
, Vial, Chittering Rats
Chittering Rats
Chittering RatsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Chittering Rats comes into play target opponent puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.
, Jitte, and Skull Collector
Skull Collector
Skull CollectorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, return a black creature you control to its owner's hand. 1B: Regenerate Skull Collector.
. He plays and blows Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.
early. Then I set back up again with the rats and Collector, I slip in an Ink-Eyes with ninjutsu and take his Sundering Titan
Sundering Titan
Sundering TitanSet: Darksteel
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
7
Toughness:
10
Text:
When Sundering Titan comes into play, choose a land of each basic land type, then destroy those lands. When Sundering Titan leaves play, choose a land of each basic land type, then destroy those lands.
and put it into play. That would be my last play of the game. Next turn he played Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
, equipped my Jitte and killing off my Ink-Eyes. Then it’s Witness regrowing Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
, which allows him to take out the rest of my creatures, including my Nexus. Then the top gets him into a 3rd Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
which just ends the game for me, allowing him to play Duplicant
Duplicant
DuplicantSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
R
Number:
165
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Imprint - When Duplicant comes into play, you may remove target nontoken creature from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) As long as a creature card is imprinted on Duplicant, Duplicant has that card's power, toughness, and creature types. It's still a Shapeshifter.
on the Sundering Titan
Sundering Titan
Sundering TitanSet: Darksteel
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
7
Toughness:
10
Text:
When Sundering Titan comes into play, choose a land of each basic land type, then destroy those lands. When Sundering Titan leaves play, choose a land of each basic land type, then destroy those lands.
and Platinum Angel
Platinum Angel
Platinum AngelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Brom
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.
. My turn, empty board, Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
in hand, and scoop. 0-2
4-2

Round 7 V.S. Mono Red
Game 1
Not much I can say here. An early Vulshok Sorcerer
Vulshok Sorcerer
Vulshok SorcererSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste. Tap: Vulshok Sorcerer deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
pings every creature that I can put into play. This game is over very quickly due to Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
s and Slith Firewalker
Slith Firewalker
Slith FirewalkerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slith
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Whenever Slith Firewalker deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
s. 0-1
Game 2
This game I manage to maintain control and play Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
naming his Sorcerer. Then I make the biggest mistake of the tournament. He's tapped out with 1 card in hand. I have a Skull Collector
Skull Collector
Skull CollectorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, return a black creature you control to its owner's hand. 1B: Regenerate Skull Collector.
in play, a Vial set on 3, a Chittering Rats
Chittering Rats
Chittering RatsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Chittering Rats comes into play target opponent puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.
-Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and ShadowSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from white and from black. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you gain 3 life and you may return up to one target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Equip 2
-Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.
in hand. So at the end of his turn I tap vial and put Rats into play. During my turn I play Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and ShadowSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from white and from black. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you gain 3 life and you may return up to one target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Equip 2
instead of playing the Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.
allowing me to probably win this one. Next turn he Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.
s my creature and controls the game from there with Hearth Kami
Hearth Kami
Hearth KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
171
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, Sacrifice Hearth Kami: Destroy target artifact with converted mana cost X.
s and Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
. 0-2
4-3

Round 8 V.S. Mono Red
Game 1
Again mono red, but this time I see first turn Slith Firewalker
Slith Firewalker
Slith FirewalkerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slith
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Whenever Slith Firewalker deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
. I hold off enough to Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
the Firewalker while his hand his empty. I play Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
at the end of his turn and then equip the Rats with Jitte during mine. I swing in and my opponent scoops. I was very confused by the scoop, but he said, and I quote ´´ I lose when that thing gets counters on it. ´´ 1-0
Game 2
I get a hand full of Equipment, including 2 Jitte, 1 Sword of Fire, 1 Sword of Light, 1 Vial, 2 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, and a Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
. So I keep hoping that I will get a repeat of game 1. Well no such luck, I lose this game 2 to double Arc-Slogger while I draw into nothing but Shortfangs and Rats that are pinged as soon as they come into play. 1-1
Game 3
My opponent only plays burn until he drops a Lava Hound. This game is pretty easy, I drop Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
and Skull Collector
Skull Collector
Skull CollectorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, return a black creature you control to its owner's hand. 1B: Regenerate Skull Collector.
and let the Jitte and Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.
beatdown commence. 2-1
5-3

In hindsight I would have tried to trade a LOT more heavily for that fourth Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
before the tournament. I also would have made some drastic changes from sideboard and maindeck. This is the deck as I would play it now -

Creatures (26)
4: Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

4: Chittering Rats
Chittering Rats
Chittering RatsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Chittering Rats comes into play target opponent puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.

4: Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi Shortfang
Nezumi ShortfangSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B, T: Target opponent discards a card. Then if that player has no cards in hand, flip Nezumi Shortfang. ----- Stabwhisker the Odious Legendary Creature - Rat Shaman 3/3 At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player loses 1 life for each card fewer than three in his or her hand.

3: Skull Collector
Skull Collector
Skull CollectorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, return a black creature you control to its owner's hand. 1B: Regenerate Skull Collector.

3: Nezumi Cutthroat
Nezumi Cutthroat
Nezumi CutthroatSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Fear Nezumi Cutthroat can't block.

3: Throat Slitter
Throat Slitter
Throat SlitterSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Ninja
Rarity:
U
Number:
88
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 2B (2B, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Throat Slitter deals combat damage to a player, destroy target nonblack creature that player controls.

3: Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.

2: Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni

Artifacts (12)
4: Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.

4: Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's JitteSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage, put two charge counters on Umezawa's Jitte. Remove a charge counter from Umezawa's Jitte Choose one — Equipped creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn; or target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn; or you gain 2 life. Equip 2

4: Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R


Land (22)
17: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

3: Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth NexusSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Brian Snöddy
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land. 1, T: Target Blinkmoth gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

1: Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Shizo, Death's StorehouseSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
283
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. B, T: Target legendary creature gains fear until end of turn.


Sideboard (15)
4: Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

3: Echoing Decay
Echoing Decay
Echoing DecaySet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target creature and all other creatures with the same name as that creature get -2/-2 until end of turn.

3: Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.

1: Nekrataal
Nekrataal
NekrataalSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nekrataal
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike When Nekrataal comes into play, bury target nonartifact, nonblack creature.

2: Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.

2: Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and ShadowSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from white and from black. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you gain 3 life and you may return up to one target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Equip 2



I would play 4 Jitte main, in aggro vs aggro, it usually comes down to who plays it first and keeps it out the longest. I was expecting to face more mono blue control so I thought Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.
would have been a good call maindeck. But with all the discard and aggro floating around, by the time you play it, it’s pointless. And Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
maindeck is just amazing; the card is very situational, allowing you to shut certain things as you need it to.

Overall the deck performed very well. Although it relies heavily on Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's JitteSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage, put two charge counters on Umezawa's Jitte. Remove a charge counter from Umezawa's Jitte Choose one — Equipped creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn; or target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn; or you gain 2 life. Equip 2
and Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
, it is still a very fast, controlling and aggressive deck that I am very impressed with. I ended up finishing 30th and taking home 3 packs of Saviors of Kamigawa, and luckily enough the third pack rare was Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
. It wasn’t until after that I find out that the players that had beaten me in rounds 5 and 6 actually have pro points and finished in at least the top 20 or so(I was way too hungry and tired to stay to see what had finished in the top 8). If you have any questions about any of these matches, card choices, or anything at all feel free to email me. Thanks for reading this article.


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