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CardShark Content - Samuel Stafford (10/8/2005)

If you’ve read my other articles you know I’m obsessed with breaking what could be the coolest 4 Mana Instant in Standard at the moment. Of course I am talking about 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.
. Rarely can a fun card be so powerful. Now I’m not here to rant on about how good this card is right now but rather to unveil my own version of 5 Color Gifts with 9th Edition and Ravnica. First let me hit you with the deck that started it all.

5 Color Gifts 1.0

Lands: 21
7x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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

1x Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

1x Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

1x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

4x City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

4x 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.

1x Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers
Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers
Okina, Temple to the GrandfathersSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. G, T: Target legendary creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

1x Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's CoreSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Put a charge counter on Mirrodin's Core T, Remove a charge counter from Mirrodin's Core: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.


Creatures: 19
4x 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.

4x 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.

4x 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.

3x Etched Oracle
Etched Oracle
Etched OracleSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) 1, Remove four charge counters from Etched Oracle: Target player Draws three cards. 0/0

1x Bringer of the Black Dawn
Bringer of the Black Dawn
Bringer of the Black DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
43
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying Bringer of the Black Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep you may pay 2 life. If you do, search your library for a card, and shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.

1x Meloku, The Clouded Mirror
1x Viridian Shaman
Viridian Shaman
Viridian ShamanSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Viridian Shaman comes into play, destroy target artifact.

1x 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.


Other Spells: 20
4x 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.

3x Kodama's Reach
Kodama's Reach
Kodama's ReachSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
225
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Search your library for two basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put one into play tapped and the other into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

3x Condescend
Condescend
CondescendSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Text:
Counter target spell unless that spell's controller pays. Scry 2

1x Engineered Explosives
Engineered Explosives
Engineered ExplosivesSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a charge counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) 2, Sacrifice Engineered Explosives: Destroy each nonland permanent with a converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Engineered Explosives.

1x 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.

1x Clearwater Goblet
Clearwater Goblet
Clearwater GobletSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Danny Orizo
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a charge counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain 1 life for each charge counter on Clearwater Goblet.

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

1x Plow Under
Plow Under
Plow UnderSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Put two target lands on top of their owner's library.

1x Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.

1x Sensei's Divining Top
Sensei's Divining Top
Sensei's Divining TopSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
268
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
1: Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. T: Draw a card, then put Sensei's Divining Top on top of its owner's library.

1x 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.

1x Crystal Shard
Crystal Shard
Crystal ShardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
159
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
3, T or U, T: Return target creature to its owner's hand unless its controller pays 1.

1x 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.


Sideboard: 15
1x Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Boseiju, Who Shelters AllSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
273
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Boseiju, Who Shelters All comes into play tapped. T, Pay 2 life: Add 1 to your mana pool. If that mana is spent on an instant or sorcery spell, that spell can't be countered by spells or abilities.

1x Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.

1x Ghostly Prison
Ghostly Prison
Ghostly PrisonSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
10
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays 2 for each creature attacking you. (This cost is paid as attackers are declared.)

1x Circle of Protection: Red
1x Circle of Protection: White
1x Sanctimony
Sanctimony
SanctimonySet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Whenever one of your opponents taps a mountain for mana, you may gain 1 life.

1x 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.

1x Karma
Karma
KarmaSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
During a player's upkeep, Karma does 1 point of damage to that player for each swamp he or she has in play.

2x Plow Under
Plow Under
Plow UnderSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Put two target lands on top of their owner's library.

1x Sowing Salt
Sowing Salt
Sowing SaltSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Remove target nonbasic land from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.

1x Boil
Boil
BoilSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
169
Artist:
Jason Alexander Behnke
Text:
Destroy all islands.

1x Defense Grid
Defense Grid
Defense GridSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
During each player's turn, spells played by another player cost an additional 3.

1x Quash
Quash
QuashSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.

1x Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.


For a quick explanation you can check out my article on this very deck: http://www.cardshark.com/content/view_article.asp?article_id=3736

So what are the biggest losses and what will we need to replace? Probably the biggest hole left from the rotation to fill is left by City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
. Pretty much any 5-color deck should run 4 of these. However, all is not lost, as we no longer have to worry about fulfilling the color requirements of the sunburst mechanic that is also rotating out (Bringer of the Black Dawn
Bringer of the Black Dawn
Bringer of the Black DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
43
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying Bringer of the Black Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep you may pay 2 life. If you do, search your library for a card, and shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.
, Etched Oracle
Etched Oracle
Etched OracleSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) 1, Remove four charge counters from Etched Oracle: Target player Draws three cards. 0/0
, Engineered Explosives
Engineered Explosives
Engineered ExplosivesSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a charge counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) 2, Sacrifice Engineered Explosives: Destroy each nonland permanent with a converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Engineered Explosives.
, Clearwater Goblet
Clearwater Goblet
Clearwater GobletSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Danny Orizo
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a charge counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain 1 life for each charge counter on Clearwater Goblet.
.)

The next card that needs to be replaced is 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 card was essentially the combo card that Gifts tutored up allowing you to retrieve “silver bullets” from the yard. Of course, you must acknowledge the 2 routes you can go with this deck. Kamigawa Block decks abused the Arcane/Splice Mechanic. I personally think this strategy is slow. I also argue that it will receive no more Arcane/Splice cards from Ravnica, really limiting the number of cards you can play. Finally I’m not spending 10 dollars a piece for 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.)
aW5nIFNob2Fss and 4 Kagemaros. But enough of that, back to the issue of replacing the ridiculously good Witness. Ravnica does provide a decent substitute in:

Recollect
Recollect
RecollectSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
178
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.
2G
Sorcery
Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

Real simple huh? It is no Witness as it doesn’t give you a 2/1 chump blocker nor does it have the ability to perform tricks with cards like Crystal Shard
Crystal Shard
Crystal ShardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
159
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
3, T or U, T: Return target creature to its owner's hand unless its controller pays 1.
or 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.
. However, the upside is the 1 green in its cost which makes it much easier to cast.

Finally there is the loss of Plow Under
Plow Under
Plow UnderSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Put two target lands on top of their owner's library.
, which gives control decks all kinds of problems. This card doesn’t have a replacement, as the only thing that comes close is Uproot
Uproot
UprootSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Put target land on top of its owner's library.
, which is nowhere near the caliber of Plow. We also have to deal with Condescend
Condescend
CondescendSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Text:
Counter target spell unless that spell's controller pays. Scry 2
leaving, as it served as a great answer to late game breakers like 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.)
and now Enduring Ideal
Enduring Ideal
Enduring IdealSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Text:
Search your library for an enchantment card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. 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.)
and Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)
. As a result, the deck has shifted to a little less utility and more big win conditions. Here’s the version I’m testing with right now:

5 Color Gifts 2.0

Lands: 21

6x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

4x 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.

2x Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

2x Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar WastesSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add B or G to your mana pool. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

1x Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers
Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers
Okina, Temple to the GrandfathersSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. G, T: Target legendary creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

1x Shizo, Death’s Storehouse
1x Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya CoastSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add G or U to your mana pool. Yavimaya Coast deals 1 damage to you.

1x Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.

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

1x Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

1x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


Creatures: 15

4x 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.

4x 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.

2x Meloku, the Clouded Mirror
1x Viridian Shaman
Viridian Shaman
Viridian ShamanSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Viridian Shaman comes into play, destroy target artifact.

1x 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.

1x 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.

1x Godo, Bandit Warlord
Godo, Bandit Warlord
Godo, Bandit WarlordSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Barbarian
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Godo, Bandit Warlord comes into play, you may search your library for an Equipment card and put it into play. If you do, shuffle your library. Whenever Godo attacks for the first time each turn, untap it and all Samurai you control. After this phase, you get an additional combat phase.

1x Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni

Other Spells: 24

4x 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.

4x Recollect
Recollect
RecollectSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
178
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

3x Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.

3x Kodama’s Reach
1x Sensei’s Divining Top
1x Tatsumasa, the Dragon’s Fang
1x Umezawa’s Jitte
1x 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.

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

1x Ghostly Prison
Ghostly Prison
Ghostly PrisonSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
10
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays 2 for each creature attacking you. (This cost is paid as attackers are declared.)

1x Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.

1x 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.

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

1x Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.


That’s a lot to process so let me briefly break it down. First off you may not recognize “Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.
.” This card will definitely see play as it’s a simple and versatile removal spell:

1BG
Instant
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.

Three mana is a lot so I only play 3 of these in the deck. Not only does it kill black creatures it also can handle an annoying piece of equipment. This card is rarely dead in your hand.

There is no counter magic in this deck, as I don’t really see anything worthwhile, as 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.
is not useful late game. Instead the approach is much more aggressive with powerful legendary finishers including a second copy of Meloku and 1 each of Kokusho, Keiga, Ink-Eyes and Godo, who can fetch a Tatsumasa or a Jitte.

Finally we get to the new utility cards:
Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R

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.

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.

Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.

Ghostly Prison
Ghostly Prison
Ghostly PrisonSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
10
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays 2 for each creature attacking you. (This cost is paid as attackers are declared.)

Viridian Shaman
Viridian Shaman
Viridian ShamanSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Viridian Shaman comes into play, destroy target artifact.

Sensei’s Divining Top
Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.

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

Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.


All of these cards are best in the business at the purpose they serve. Some serve similar roles and this is done on purpose, allowing for you to essentially break Gifts’ different cards clause. Want to slow down a weenie offensive? Gifts for Ghostly Prison
Ghostly Prison
Ghostly PrisonSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
10
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays 2 for each creature attacking you. (This cost is paid as attackers are declared.)
, Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
, Recollect
Recollect
RecollectSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
178
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.
, Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.
. Want to wreak havoc on your opponent’s control deck, tutor up 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.
, Perescute, Ink-Eyes and Recollect
Recollect
RecollectSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
178
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.
. Have the board under control and just want to win? Tutor up Meloku, Godo, Kokusho and Recollect
Recollect
RecollectSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
178
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Return target card from your graveyard to your hand.
and watch your opponent make a really difficult choice. As for the sideboard, I just don’t know how the new metagame will shape up. For now I’m testing with this:

Possible Sideboard: 15

1x Godo, Bandit Warlord
Godo, Bandit Warlord
Godo, Bandit WarlordSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Barbarian
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Godo, Bandit Warlord comes into play, you may search your library for an Equipment card and put it into play. If you do, shuffle your library. Whenever Godo attacks for the first time each turn, untap it and all Samurai you control. After this phase, you get an additional combat phase.

1x 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.

1x Ghost-Lit Raider
Ghost-Lit Raider
Ghost-Lit RaiderSet: Prerelease Stamped
Type:
Creature
Rarity:
P
Artist:
Ittoku
Power:
2
Toughness:
1

1x Dosan, the Falling Leaf
1x Circle of Protection: Black
1x Circle of Protection: Red
1x Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1x 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.

1x Tempest of Light
Tempest of Light
Tempest of LightSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Destroy all enchantments.

1x Boseiju, Who Shelter
Shelter
ShelterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Draw a card.
’s All
1x Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.

1x Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.

1x Quash
Quash
QuashSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.

1x Boiling Seas
Boiling Seas
Boiling SeasSet: Portal
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Destroy all islands. (This includes your islands.)

1x 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.


I personally can’t wait for Ravnica to be released as it looks to be a great reinvention of the Invasion block. Hopefully I will be able to review a couple of the colors from the set. As always thank you for reading. I would also like to take this time to extend my best wishes to all of my fellow Americans who have suffered in the wake of Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.
s Katrina and Rita, you are in my thoughts and prayers.


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