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CardShark Content - Preston Goforth (10/8/2001)

By now everyone knows of the Threshold and Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
back effects in the new Odyssey expansion. Not that I'm for, or against these Lazarus type abilities, but they have a tendency to make you kick yourself continually. Maybe I should just tattoo ´´Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
back´´ on my arm somewhere. That way I'll never forget it again. But why would I get a tattoo? Yes, yes, I know a tattoo would be a bit extreme, but at the same time it would have been a perfectly rational choice at the time of the Odyssey prerelease tournament. What I wouldn't have given for a little reminder, or a little whisper in the ear of the word ´´Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
back´´, ´´Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
back!´´

Maybe it requires a bit more explanation than that. I was at the Odyssey prerelease tournament in hopes that I could get some good cards to boost my existing decks. So I'm not disappointed that I went 2 and 3. What I'm killing myself over was the fact that two of those losses could have been wins had I remembered my Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
back abilities. Let me give you the scenario of one of the matches:

The first game had been going on for about 40 minutes, which is unusually long for a tournament game. I had my Mortivore
Mortivore
MortivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Mortivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of creature cards in all graveyards. B: Regenerate Mortivore.
(*/* with attack and defense equal to the number of creature cards in all graveyards) and my Dirty Wererat
Dirty Wererat
Dirty WereratSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
130
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
B, Discard a card from your hand: Regenerate Dirty Wererat. Threshold - Dirty Wererat gets +2/+2 and can't block. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
(2/3 with a Threshold of +2/+2 and can't block) out. My Wererat had reached it's threshold and my Mortivore
Mortivore
MortivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Mortivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of creature cards in all graveyards. B: Regenerate Mortivore.
was 13/13. I was at 2 life and he was at 4 life. He had two creatures out, I don't even remember which ones, but the fact that they were there was unimportant. I figured that this game had gone on so long that there was a need to finish it. So I attacked with both my creatures. He had no cards in his hand so I figured it was safe that he wasn't going to boost them at the last minute. Sure enough, I was right. He blocked with both his creatures, and they both died. He killed my Wererat with one of his blocks, but it wasn't important because I still had my Mortivore
Mortivore
MortivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Mortivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of creature cards in all graveyards. B: Regenerate Mortivore.
. I was satisfied with my move, and he asked if I was done. I told him to go ahead. He drew his card, and without even looking at the card he cast Firebolt
Firebolt
FireboltSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Firebolt deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Flashback 4R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
(deal 2 damage to target creature or player) from his graveyard using its Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
back. I was stunned. I had totally forgot about that card since it had been 40 minutes since he had cast it. I frantically looked through my graveyard for anything to counter the damage, but I couldn't find anything. Mid-search I suddenly dropped my graveyard and smacked my forehead. I had totally forgotten that I had a Scorching Missile
Scorching Missile
Scorching MissileSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
219
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Scorching Missile deals 4 damage to target player. Flashback 9R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
(deals 4 damage to target player) in my graveyard. I looked at how much mana I had, and sure enough, I had enough for the 9R flashback cost. My stunned look had turned to a look of disgust for myself. I couldn't believe that I had overlooked such an obvious way to win. Sadly, I never got the chance for revenge because we never finished our second game.

So what does this say for me?

That I'm forgetful?

Possibly.

That I couldn't hold my own in a tournament?

Less likely.

Odyssey expansion requires more concentration?

Most definitely.

The introduction of these Threshold and Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
back abilities are sure to cause a stir in the Magic community. For the better or worse, I can't say at this point in time. The only thing that IS certain about them is that they reinforce the fact that every, and I mean EVERY, card in your deck is important, even after it's been cast.

So I hope that people can learn a little something from my miscues. When you play with this new expansion, take into account that the graveyard works in your favor, and never forget a spell you cast 40 minutes ago. I know how easy it is to forget about it all. Hey, I'm living proof. I just felt obligated to share my blight with the many Magic players out there. Don't forget your graveyard. Tattoo it on your arm...but only if you have to.


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