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Spike’s Corner - Samuel Stafford (7/1/2010)

Hi my name is Sam Stafford, I have written for Cardshark before but I must admit it’s been a long time. Like most Magic players my love affair with the game has been on and off, and while I would consider myself a casual type 2 player I like to win first and foremost. And while we all can’t be like Patrick Chapin or Gerry T and consistently define formats or innovate within existing ones, there is a lot to be said about understanding the state of these environments. It’s surprising how as few as 2-3 slots changed between main and sideboard can dramatically shift percentage.
-End Intro-

How good is Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
, Spreading Seas
Spreading Seas
Spreading SeasSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
Enchant land When Spreading Seas enters the battlefield, draw a card. Enchanted land is an Island.
, Elspeth, Noble Hierarch
Noble Hierarch
Noble HierarchSet: Conflux
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
87
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) T Add G, W, or U to your mana pool.
or Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment
Day of JudgmentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Destroy all creatures.
? The truth is no matter how powerful we think these cards are; it is the format that will dictate their usefulness. Let’s discuss some cards that are recently defining the format.


Impact Card

Vengevine
Vengevine
VengevineSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
M
Number:
212
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste Whenever you cast a spell, if it's the second creature spell you cast this turn, you may return Vengevine from your graveyard to the battlefield.
– Punishes Blightning
Blightning
BlightningSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Blightning deals 3 damage to target player. That player discards two cards.
and loose control mages that tap out for Day or Jace, Smash
Smash
SmashSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Draw a card.
es through Wall of Omens
Wall of Omens
Wall of OmensSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
53
Artist:
James Paick
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Defender When Wall of Omens enters the battlefield, draw a card.
, fares well against Malakir Bloodwitch
Malakir Bloodwitch
Malakir BloodwitchSet: Zendikar
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Shelly Wan
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying, protection from white When Malakir Bloodwitch enters the battlefield, each opponent loses life equal to the number of Vampires you control. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
, pairs well with Bloodbraid Elf
Bloodbraid Elf
Bloodbraid ElfSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Berserker
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste Cascade (When you play this spell, remove cards from the top of your library from the game until you remove a nonland card that costs less. You may play it without paying its mana cost. Put the removed cards on the bottom in a random order.)
and Ranger of Eos
Ranger of Eos
Ranger of EosSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Ranger of Eos comes into play, you may search your library for up to two creature cards with converted mana cost 1 or less, reveal them, and put them into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
. Vengevine
Vengevine
VengevineSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
M
Number:
212
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste Whenever you cast a spell, if it's the second creature spell you cast this turn, you may return Vengevine from your graveyard to the battlefield.
is the real deal.

Winners - Path to Exile
Path to Exile
Path to ExileSet: Conflux
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
15
Text:
Remove target creature from the game. Its controller may search his or her library for a basic land card, put that card into play tapped, then shuffle his or her library.
, Wall of Denial
Wall of Denial
Wall of DenialSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Power:
0
Toughness:
8
Text:
Defender, flying, shroud
, Bant Charm
Bant Charm
Bant CharmSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Choose one - Destroy target artifact; or put target creature on the bottom of its owner's library; or counter target instant spell.
, Wall of Reverence
Wall of Reverence
Wall of ReverenceSet: Conflux
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit Wall
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Power:
1
Toughness:
6
Text:
Defender, flying At the end of your turn, you may gain life equal to the power of target creature you control.
, Baneslayer Angel
Baneslayer Angel
Baneslayer AngelSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
M
Number:
4
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, first strike, lifelink, protection from Demons and from Dragons
(see notable mentions)
Losers - Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment
Day of JudgmentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Destroy all creatures.
, Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
, Blightning
Blightning
BlightningSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Blightning deals 3 damage to target player. That player discards two cards.
Wall of Omens
Wall of Omens
Wall of OmensSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
53
Artist:
James Paick
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Defender When Wall of Omens enters the battlefield, draw a card.



Impact Card(s)

Planeswalkers! - The presence of Mono Red, Bloodbraid Elf
Bloodbraid Elf
Bloodbraid ElfSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Berserker
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste Cascade (When you play this spell, remove cards from the top of your library from the game until you remove a nonland card that costs less. You may play it without paying its mana cost. Put the removed cards on the bottom in a random order.)
and Blightning
Blightning
BlightningSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Blightning deals 3 damage to target player. That player discards two cards.
, most decks fall into some kind of midrange or control (Jund, UW, Mythic, Naya
Naya
NayaSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
You may play any number of additional lands on each of your turns. Whenever you roll {C}, target red, green, or white creature you control gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each land you control.
.) In these battles of attrition Planeswalkers accumulate incremental card advantage and can also serve as win conditions (Ajani V, Jace, Gideon, Elspeth)

Winners – Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
, All is Dust, Vampire Hexmage
Vampire Hexmage
Vampire HexmageSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
114
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike Sacrifice Vampire Hexmage: Remove all counters from target permanent.
, Creatures with haste, Man Lands, Earthquake
Earthquake
EarthquakeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Does X damage to each player and each non-flying creature in play.
, Maelstrom Pulse
Maelstrom Pulse
Maelstrom PulseSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
92
Text:
Destroy target nonland permanent and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.
, Oblivion Ring
Oblivion Ring
Oblivion RingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
When Oblivion Ring comes into play, remove another target nonland permanent from the game. When Oblivion Ring leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.
, Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
s, Sphinx of Jwar Isle
Sphinx of Jwar Isle
Sphinx of Jwar IsleSet: Zendikar
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
R
Number:
68
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, shroud You may look at the top card of your library. (You may do this at any time.)
, Malikir Bloodwitch (see notable mentions)
Losers – Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment
Day of JudgmentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Destroy all creatures.
, Decks not playing cards above


Notable Mentions

Spreading Seas
Spreading Seas
Spreading SeasSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
Enchant land When Spreading Seas enters the battlefield, draw a card. Enchanted land is an Island.
- While many have called Spreading Seas
Spreading Seas
Spreading SeasSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
Enchant land When Spreading Seas enters the battlefield, draw a card. Enchanted land is an Island.
the most important blue card in Standard, I think its usefulness is in decline. At its peak, Seas was ridiculous against a meta devoid of decks with islands, now with UW/UWr and Mythic, Seas is less powerful in a lot more matchups. The biggest targets for seas were Savage Lands
Savage Lands
Savage LandsSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
228
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Savage Lands comes into play tapped. T Add B, R, or G to your mana pool.
and Man-lands. Jund has evolved however using more fetchlands in Geo-Jund and sideboarding in Rampant Growth
Rampant Growth
Rampant GrowthSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Tom Kyffin
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
effects and even Prophetic Prism
Prophetic Prism
Prophetic PrismSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
222
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
When Prophetic Prism enters the battlefield, draw a card. {1}, {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
s to fix their mana. Seas are also pretty lousy on the draw especially against more aggressive decks. With the addition of Vengevine
Vengevine
VengevineSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
M
Number:
212
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste Whenever you cast a spell, if it's the second creature spell you cast this turn, you may return Vengevine from your graveyard to the battlefield.
and Planeswalkers the decks Spreading Seas
Spreading Seas
Spreading SeasSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
Enchant land When Spreading Seas enters the battlefield, draw a card. Enchanted land is an Island.
used to be good against (Jund, Naya
Naya
NayaSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
You may play any number of additional lands on each of your turns. Whenever you roll {C}, target red, green, or white creature you control gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each land you control.
) have become far more aggressive. However, I am not advocating playing a loose mana base as Seas will still see play despite its weaker position.

Malakir Bloodwitch
Malakir Bloodwitch
Malakir BloodwitchSet: Zendikar
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Shelly Wan
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying, protection from white When Malakir Bloodwitch enters the battlefield, each opponent loses life equal to the number of Vampires you control. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
– I think Malakir should be Main deck material. It is fantastic against planeswalkers (Ajani, Elspeth, Gideon) usually demanding a Day all by itself. It also is fantastic against the GWx decks that rely on Knight of the Reliquary
Knight of the Reliquary
Knight of the ReliquarySet: Conflux
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Knight of the Reliquary gets +1/+1 for each land card in your graveyard. T, Sacrifice a Forest or Plains: Search your library for a land card, put it into play, then shuffle your library.
and Baneslayer to attack and Path for removal.

Baneslayer Angel
Baneslayer Angel
Baneslayer AngelSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
M
Number:
4
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, first strike, lifelink, protection from Demons and from Dragons
– With Both Jund, Naya
Naya
NayaSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
You may play any number of additional lands on each of your turns. Whenever you roll {C}, target red, green, or white creature you control gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each land you control.
an Mythic skimping on removal (Jund and Naya
Naya
NayaSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
You may play any number of additional lands on each of your turns. Whenever you roll {C}, target red, green, or white creature you control gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each land you control.
for Vengevine
Vengevine
VengevineSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
M
Number:
212
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste Whenever you cast a spell, if it's the second creature spell you cast this turn, you may return Vengevine from your graveyard to the battlefield.
,) A lot of decks are just cold if you can survive long enough to attack with it.

Path to Exile
Path to Exile
Path to ExileSet: Conflux
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
15
Text:
Remove target creature from the game. Its controller may search his or her library for a basic land card, put that card into play tapped, then shuffle his or her library.
– With less and less Mind Spring
Mind Spring
Mind SpringSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
41
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Draw X cards.
s, Martial Coup
Martial Coup
Martial CoupSet: Conflux
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Text:
Put X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens into play. If X is 5 or more, destroy all other creatures.
s, Cruel Ultimatum
Cruel Ultimatum
Cruel UltimatumSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Target opponent sacrifices a creature, discards three cards, then loses 5 life. You return a creature card from your graveyard to your hand, draw three cards, then gain 5 life.
s and Ranger of Eos
Ranger of Eos
Ranger of EosSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Ranger of Eos comes into play, you may search your library for up to two creature cards with converted mana cost 1 or less, reveal them, and put them into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
running around the ramp drawback of path is lessened. Couple that with Sovereigns of Lost Alara
Sovereigns of Lost Alara
Sovereigns of Lost AlaraSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, you may search your library for an Aura card that could enchant that creature, put it into play attached to that creature, then shuffle your library.
and Vengevine
Vengevine
VengevineSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
M
Number:
212
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste Whenever you cast a spell, if it's the second creature spell you cast this turn, you may return Vengevine from your graveyard to the battlefield.
rising and I feel Path can easily be a 3-4 of in most decks.

Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
– Remember when this card was a $20 bill? Despite it being less popular these days, Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
is a fantastic sideboard card against decks that want to fight planeswalkers as well as having other relevant uses including shutting down man-lands, levelers and Dauntless Escort
Dauntless Escort
Dauntless EscortSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rhino Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice Dauntless Escort: Creatures you control are indestructible this turn.
.


Bonus Deck List:

Next Level Blue(White)

Lands: 26
4x Celestial Colonnade
Celestial Colonnade
Celestial ColonnadeSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Text:
Celestial Colonnade enters the battlefield tapped. {T}: Add {W} or {U} to your mana pool. {3}{W}{U}: Until end of turn, Celestial Colonnade becomes a 4/4 white and blue Elemental creature with flying and vigilance. It's still a land.

4x Glacial Fortress
Glacial Fortress
Glacial FortressSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
Glacial Fortress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or an Island.{T}: Add {W} or {U} to your mana pool.

2x Scalding Tarn
Scalding Tarn
Scalding TarnSet: Zendikar
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
223
Artist:
Philip Straub
Text:
{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Scalding Tarn: Search your library for an Island or Mountain card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

4x Arid Mesa
Arid Mesa
Arid MesaSet: Zendikar
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
211
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Text:
{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Arid Mesa: Search your library for a Mountain or Plains card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

2x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

3x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

3x Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

2x Tectonic Edge
Tectonic Edge
Tectonic EdgeSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {1}, {T}, Sacrifice Tectonic Edge: Destroy target nonbasic land. Activate this ability only if an opponent controls four or more lands.

2xSejiri Refuge
Sejiri Refuge
Sejiri RefugeSet: Zendikar
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
224
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Text:
Sejiri Refuge enters the battlefield tapped. When Sejiri Refuge enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life. {T}: Add {W} or {U} to your mana pool.


Creatures: 10
3x Sphinx of Jwar Isle
Sphinx of Jwar Isle
Sphinx of Jwar IsleSet: Zendikar
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
R
Number:
68
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, shroud You may look at the top card of your library. (You may do this at any time.)

4x Wall of Omens
Wall of Omens
Wall of OmensSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
53
Artist:
James Paick
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Defender When Wall of Omens enters the battlefield, draw a card.

3x Wall of Denial
Wall of Denial
Wall of DenialSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Power:
0
Toughness:
8
Text:
Defender, flying, shroud


Planeswalkers: 7
4x Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Jace, the Mind SculptorSet: Worldwake
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Jace
Rarity:
M
Number:
31
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
+2: Look at the top card of target player's library. You may put that card on the bottom of that player's library. 0: Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order. -1: Return target creature to its owner's hand. -12: Exile all cards from target player's library, then that player shuffles his or her hand into his or her library.

2x RWxzcGV0aCwgKnight Errant
Knight Errant
Knight ErrantSet: Starter 1999
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
2

1x Gideon Jura
Gideon Jura
Gideon JuraSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Gideon
Rarity:
M
Number:
21
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
+2: During target opponent's next turn, creatures that player controls attack Gideon Jura if able. -2: Destroy target tapped creature. 0: Until end of turn, Gideon Jura becomes a 6/6 Human Soldier creature that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.

Instants: 6
4x Path to Exile
Path to Exile
Path to ExileSet: Conflux
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
15
Text:
Remove target creature from the game. Its controller may search his or her library for a basic land card, put that card into play tapped, then shuffle his or her library.

2x Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.


Sorceries: 5
2x Earthquake
Earthquake
EarthquakeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Does X damage to each player and each non-flying creature in play.

3x Mind Spring
Mind Spring
Mind SpringSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
41
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Draw X cards.


Sideboard: 15
4x Baneslayer Angel
Baneslayer Angel
Baneslayer AngelSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
M
Number:
4
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, first strike, lifelink, protection from Demons and from Dragons

2x Kor Firewalker
Kor Firewalker
Kor FirewalkerSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kor Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from red Whenever a player casts a red spell, you may gain 1 life.

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

3x Flashfreeze
Flashfreeze
FlashfreezeSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Counter target red or green spell.

2x Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.

2x Celestial Purge
Celestial Purge
Celestial PurgeSet: Conflux
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Text:
Remove target black or red permanent from the game.


Join me next time when I discuss this and other possible decks to battle with at your next FNM or PTQ. All the best and thanks for reading.


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