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CardShark Content - Nathan Gatts (9/6/2005)

I just got back from Columbus where I played in a Pro Tour Qualifier feeding into Pro Tour Los Angeles. 65 players attended this event playing in 7 Swiss Rounds cutting to top 8. After extensive Kamigawa Block testing over the last 3 months, I decided a variation on the Gifts Ungiven
Gifts Ungiven
Gifts UngivenSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Search your library for four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
deck was the best way to go. Here is the exact deck list that I played.

Creatures (14)
4: 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.

3: Kagemaro, First to Suffer
Kagemaro, First to Suffer
Kagemaro, First to SufferSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Demon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Kagemaro, First to Suffer's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand. B, Sacrifice Kagemaro: All creatures get -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your hand.

2: Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Kokusho, the Evening Star is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

1: Meloku, the Clouded Mirror
1: Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
1: Myojin of Night’s Reach
1: Ghost-Lit Stalker
1: Hana Kami
Hana Kami
Hana KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
211
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Hana Kami: Return target Arcane card from your graveyard to your hand.


Spells (19)
4: Sicken
Sicken
SickenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
aW5nIFNob2Fs
4: Kodama’s Reach
3: Gifts Ungiven
Gifts Ungiven
Gifts UngivenSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Search your library for four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

3: Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

1: Soulless Revival
Soulless Revival
Soulless RevivalSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
144
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Splice onto Arcane 1B (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

1: Death Denied
Death Denied
Death DeniedSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Return X target creature cards from your graveyard to your hand.

1: Goryo’s Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.

1: 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.

1: Wear Away
Wear Away
Wear AwaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
250
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Splice onto Arcane 3G (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)


Artifacts (4)
4: Sensei’s Divining Top

Land (23)
8: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

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

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

4: Tendo Ice Bridge
Tendo Ice Bridge
Tendo Ice BridgeSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
165
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Tendo Ice Bridge comes into play with a charge counter on it. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T, Remove a charge counter from Tendo Ice Bridge Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

1: Miren, the Moaning Well
Miren, the Moaning Well
Miren, the Moaning WellSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 3, T, Sacrifice a creature: You gain life equal to the sacrificed creature's toughness.

1: Shizo, Death’s Warehouse
1: Okina, Temple to the Grandfather’s

Sideboard (15)
1: 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: Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R

2: Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Ittoku
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Keiga, the Tide Star is put into a graveyard from play, gain control of target creature.

2: Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North TreeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Kodama of the North Tree can't be the target of spells or abilities.

1: Rending Vines
Rending Vines
Rending VinesSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment if its converted mana cost is less than or equal to the number of cards in your hand. Draw a card.

2: Nezumi Graverobber
Nezumi Graverobber
Nezumi GraverobberSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B: Remove target card in an opponent's graveyard from the game. If no cards are in that graveyard, flip Nezumi Graverobber. ----- Nighteyes the Desecrator Legendary Creature - Rat Wizard 4/2 4B: Put target creature card in a graveyard into play under your control.

1: Horobi’s Whisper
2: Ghost-Lit Stalker
1: Exile
Exile
ExileSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Remove target nonwhite attacking creature from the game. You gain life equal to its toughness.
to Darkness
Darkness
DarknessSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is assigned.



Round 1 V.S. Andy Falk playing Red/Green

Game 1
I start out quickly playing Elder - Reach and set up for a 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.
. So far I have only seen my opponent play land so I’m guessing he is playing a variation of the Godo deck. I play 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.
naming Keiga, he shows me a hand full of Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North TreeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Kodama of the North Tree can't be the target of spells or abilities.
, and lucky for me he only has 2 green mana sources in play. I set up for the win playing Meloku and Kokusho and end this game quickly.
1-0

Game 2
I side in 2 Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North TreeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Kodama of the North Tree can't be the target of spells or abilities.
and 2 Keiga the Tide star thinking I’m facing the normal Godo deck. This game goes a little differently. I get hit with an early Mindblaze
Mindblaze
MindblazeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
180
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Name a nonland card and choose a number greater than 0. Target player reveals his or her library. If that library contains exactly the chosen number of the named card, Mindblaze deals 8 damage to that player. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
followed by an Undying Flames
Undying Flames
Undying FlamesSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Text:
Remove cards from the top of your library from the game until you remove a nonland card. Undying Flames deals damage to target creature or player equal to that card's converted mana cost. Epic (For the rest of the game, you can't play spells. At the beginning of each of your upkeeps, copy this spell except for its epic ability. You may choose a new target for the copy.)
. He manages to get me down to 4 life, but I have another Meloku and Keiga in play so I outrun his Flames and beat him.
2-0
Overall 1-0


Round 2 V.S. David playing Godo *he finished 4th*

Game 1
This game was over quick. He played an early Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North TreeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Kodama of the North Tree can't be the target of spells or abilities.
to which I had no answers, or a big enough creature to gain control.
0-1

Game 2 *Warning
Warning
WarningSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Target attacking creature deals no damage in combat this turn.
Play Mistakes*
I side in 2 Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North TreeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Kodama of the North Tree can't be the target of spells or abilities.
, 2 Ghost-Lit Stalker, and 2 Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Ittoku
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Keiga, the Tide Star is put into a graveyard from play, gain control of target creature.
. Sometimes I just play so stupidly that it hurts afterwards. I had this game pretty much wrapped up, having a Kokusho and a Meloku in play. Early on, he drops a Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
calling Kagemaro, then a second naming Meloku. I still have the advantage having the Meloku and Kokusho in play when I get a little anxious and try to put a Kagemaro in play, hoping that I’ll get to the Wear Away
Wear Away
Wear AwaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
250
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Splice onto Arcane 3G (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
to take the Needle out. That move cost me the game, I had completely forgot about the Godo deck playing 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.
aW5nIEludGVsbGVjdA==, so my haste drew him 5 cards, one of which happened to be a Godo. Obviously he searches for an Umezawa’s Jitte, and then plays a Kodama of the North. Needless to say, that was game.
0-2
Overall 1-1


Round 3 V.S. Tom Risdon playing Black Hand

Game 1
This game couldn’t have gone any better. He starts quick with 2 quick creatures, a Psychic Spear
Psychic Spear
Psychic SpearSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. Choose a Spirit or Arcane card from it. That player discards that card.
, and an Umezawa’s Jitte. I chump block a couple turns with 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.
followed with a Kodama’s Reach. He gets me down to 4 before I stabilize with Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
and Kagemaro. I then drop a Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Kokusho, the Evening Star is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
which wins me the game within a matter of turns. I swing in with the Kokusho for 5 then play my second copy for the win.
1-0

Game 2
I side in Exile
Exile
ExileSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Remove target nonwhite attacking creature from the game. You gain life equal to its toughness.
Into Darkness
Darkness
DarknessSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is assigned.
and Rending Vines
Rending Vines
Rending VinesSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment if its converted mana cost is less than or equal to the number of cards in your hand. Draw a card.
. In testing I guess I didn’t fully appreciate how good Psychic Spear
Psychic Spear
Psychic SpearSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. Choose a Spirit or Arcane card from it. That player discards that card.
and an early Sink into Takenuma
Sink into Takenuma
Sink into TakenumaSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Sweep - Return any number of Swamps you control to their owner's hand. Target player discards a card for each Swamp returned this way.
really were. He plays first turn Spear followed by a guy. I ramp up my mana and get a Top out, and then on his turn he plays Sink emptying my hand. His Bleeder equipped with Jitte runs me over while I top deck an Elder and some Land.
1-1

Game 3
Why I didn’t bring the Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
s in so I can avoid the same fate as game 2 (death by Jitte) is completely beyond me. Once again the Spear followed with Sink and then Bleeder equipped with Jitte crushes me quickly.
1-2
Overall 1-2


Round 4 V.S. Mark Macakanja playing Black Hand

Game 1
I’m not too thrilled at all to see this deck again after just getting hosed by it last round. Game one goes just about the same as the last match-up, although I stabilize at 9 life wiping the board with Kagemaro. Kokusho comes in and beats him down for the win.
1-0

Game 2
I side in Exile
Exile
ExileSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Remove target nonwhite attacking creature from the game. You gain life equal to its toughness.
Into Darkness
Darkness
DarknessSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is assigned.
, 3 Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
, and Rending Vines
Rending Vines
Rending VinesSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment if its converted mana cost is less than or equal to the number of cards in your hand. Draw a card.
. Unlike my previous opponent, Mark opts for the more beat down version siding in bigger creatures instead of discard. Yukora the Prisoner hits early followed by a couple bigger guys, while I’m left only holding a Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
. I never see the Kagemaro I need to stabilize.
1-1

Game 3
This time the Exile
Exile
ExileSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Remove target nonwhite attacking creature from the game. You gain life equal to its toughness.
comes out and Keiga comes in. Once again I’m staring down Yukora and an army of fatties. I quickly ramp up my mana and play Miren and Kokusho. I swing in to get him to 10. At the end of his turn I sac Kokusho to Miren, then during my turn I Soulless Revival
Soulless Revival
Soulless RevivalSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
144
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Splice onto Arcane 1B (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
the Kokusho and again sac it to Miren. Kokusho and Miren again save the day!
2-1
Overall 2-2


Round 5 V.S. Michael J. Patnik *he took 4th at U.S. nationals*

Game 1
This was the best match I had played all day. Game 1 I get the most amazing hand, I ramp up my mana quickly and drop Meloku. On his turn he also plays Meloku and I respond by making 2 Illusion Tokens. On my turn I swing in with a token and trade one for my Ink-Eyes stealing Meloku. Smooth sailing for the win after that.
1-0

Game 2
I Side in 2 Keiga, 2 Kodama, 1 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.
, 2 Ghost-Lit Stalker. Again this game just shows how amazing Gifts can be. Early mana acceleration followed with a 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.
naming Meloku. On my next turn I play and sac Hana Kami
Hana Kami
Hana KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
211
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Hana Kami: Return target Arcane card from your graveyard to your hand.
to revive the 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.
naming Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North TreeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Kodama of the North Tree can't be the target of spells or abilities.
. I play my own Meloku and Kokusho and just swing in for the win.
2-0
Overall 3-2


Round 6 V.S. Scott Schauf playing Gifts Ungiven
Gifts Ungiven
Gifts UngivenSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Search your library for four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Game 1
Pretty much exactly what you would expect from a mirror match. Both of us accelerate our mana early, except I play Gifts Ungiven
Gifts Ungiven
Gifts UngivenSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Search your library for four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
and he puts the Myojin of Night’s Reach into my hand. I drop his hand and bring Ink-Eyes in stealing his Tribe-Elder, replaying Myojin and keeping his hand empty. Chalk one up for Ink-Eyes.
1-0

Game 2
I side in 2 Graverobber, 2 Keiga, 2 Ghost-Lit Stalkers. Game 2 is a totally different game. I keep what I think is a very good hand, filled with recursion, mana acceleration, and a Kokusho. He manages to accelerate way faster than me and drops the Kokusho in early and starts the beat down. On my turn I draw Kokusho, but I misplay trying to regrow my Meloku and don’t realize that I am 1 mana short of dropping the Kokusho. Next turn he just lays his 2nd Kokusho on the table and I scoop. What I really learned from this game is that Graverobber is worthless in the sideboard.
1-1

Game 3
My opening hand includes 3 swamp, 1 Myojin, 1 Top, 1 Keiga, 2 Tribe Elders, so I keep and wish for the best. BAD DECISION. I don’t see the forest until he has already dropped a Keiga and Kokusho and has me at 5. I think I’m doing ok with a Keiga of my own in hand to steal his Kokusho next turn, but for the 2nd game in a row he plays the 2nd Kokusho and all I can do is just shake my head and congratulate my opponent.
1-2
Overall 3-3


Round 7 V.S. Ben Conner playing G/B Snakes

Game 1
In this game Ben quickly ramps up his mana via a first turn Scout followed with a Reach and Elder. He drops Kodama of the South Tree
Kodama of the South Tree
Kodama of the South TreeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
223
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, each other creature you control gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn.
and a couple of Snakes getting me to 7 life before I draw into a Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
and Splice it with the one already in my hand to clear the board. I Top and see a Kokusho, so I flop it and play Kokusho and pass. The next 3 turns he draws Time of Need
Time of Need
Time of NeedSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
247
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Search your library for a legendary creature card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
, then Time of Need
Time of Need
Time of NeedSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
247
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Search your library for a legendary creature card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
. His first and second Time get him Ink-Eyes which I quickly dispatch via 2 Sicken
Sicken
SickenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
aW5nIFNob2Fss. Once again Kokusho is the star.
1-0

Game 2
I side in 2 Keiga. This game is over way quicker than the first, I drop an early Kokusho which gets him to 5 life, then I just play my 2nd and win the game.
2-0
Overall 4-3


This was probably one of the most random tournaments I have played in a long time, going 1-1 against Godo as well as Black Hand. And as you can tell from this article I made a couple very stupid and game losing play mistakes that I just should not have made. Here is the deck as I would have played it after seeing exactly what I was playing against -

Creatures (14)
4: 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.

4: Kagemaro, First to Suffer
Kagemaro, First to Suffer
Kagemaro, First to SufferSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Demon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Kagemaro, First to Suffer's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand. B, Sacrifice Kagemaro: All creatures get -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your hand.

2: Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Kokusho, the Evening Star is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

1: Meloku, the Clouded Mirror
1: Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
1: Myojin of Night’s Reach
1: Ghost-Lit Stalker
1: Hana Kami
Hana Kami
Hana KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
211
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Hana Kami: Return target Arcane card from your graveyard to your hand.


Spells (19)
4: Sicken
Sicken
SickenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
aW5nIFNob2Fs
4: Kodama’s Reach
3: Gifts Ungiven
Gifts Ungiven
Gifts UngivenSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Search your library for four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

2: Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

1: Soulless Revival
Soulless Revival
Soulless RevivalSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
144
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Splice onto Arcane 1B (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

1: Death Denied
Death Denied
Death DeniedSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Return X target creature cards from your graveyard to your hand.

1: Goryo’s Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.

1: 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.

1: Wear Away
Wear Away
Wear AwaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
250
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Splice onto Arcane 3G (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)


Artifacts (4)
4: Sensei’s Divining Top

Land (23)
7: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

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

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

4: Tendo Ice Bridge
Tendo Ice Bridge
Tendo Ice BridgeSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
165
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Tendo Ice Bridge comes into play with a charge counter on it. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T, Remove a charge counter from Tendo Ice Bridge Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

1: Miren, the Moaning Well
Miren, the Moaning Well
Miren, the Moaning WellSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 3, T, Sacrifice a creature: You gain life equal to the sacrificed creature's toughness.

1: Shizo, Death’s Warehouse
1: Okina, Temple to the Grandfather’s

Sideboard (15)
1: 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: Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R

2: Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Ittoku
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Keiga, the Tide Star is put into a graveyard from play, gain control of target creature.

2: Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North Tree
Kodama of the North TreeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Kodama of the North Tree can't be the target of spells or abilities.

2: Ghost-Lit Stalker
4: Hisoka’s Defiance
1: Wear Away
Wear Away
Wear AwaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
250
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. Splice onto Arcane 3G (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)


Overall it wasn’t really too bad of a day. A bunch of friends went with me and it was a great time hanging out with them the night before and day of the event. I made a lot of really good trades and learned to never play out of haste, never keep a bad first hand no matter how good it COULD be, and sideboard correctly. Things I already knew and should have known better than to do at a PTQ event. As usual, feel free to leave comments or email me with any questions or comments. Thanks for reading my article and I’ll see you next time!


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