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CardShark Content - Steven Petersen (3/26/2003)

Hi, my name is Steven Petersen. I'm a junior in high school in Minnesota. I play magic (maybe a little too much) and have gotten fairly good. I'm in touch with all the formats but I really only play type 1. The vintage format is the most diverse and interesting format a player like myself could want to play. I can play wacky combo, balls to the walls aggro, control, or anything in between. I tend to be an aggro player, just because it's less expensive. I do not possess all the power 9, yet. So to get my rating as high as possible (bragging rights) I play an effective aggro deck I've developed over the last month to beat the widest variety of decks. This deck has served me well and even won me a black lotus in tournament.

Here's the list.
R/G Beatz by Steven Petersen
Mana (26)
4:Taiga
Taiga
TaigaSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either G or R to your mana pool.Counts as both forest and mountains and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

4:Treetop Village
Treetop Village
Treetop VillageSet: Urza's Legacy
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Treetop Village comes into play tapped.T: Add one green mana to your mana pool.1G: Treetop Village becomes a 3/3 green creature with trample until end of turn. This creature still counts as a land.

4:Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.

1:Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.

1:Mox Emerald
Mox Emerald
Mox EmeraldSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 green mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

1:Mox Ruby
Mox Ruby
Mox RubySet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 red mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

1:Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4:Wooded Foothills
Wooded Foothills
Wooded FoothillsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
330
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a mountain or forest card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

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

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


Creatures (14)
4:Kird Ape
Kird Ape
Kird ApeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
While controller has forests in play, Kird Ape gains +1/+2.

4:River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.

4:Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

2:Grim Lavamancer
Grim Lavamancer
Grim LavamancerSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, T, Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Grim Lavamancer deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


Burn (14)
4: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.

4:Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.

4:Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll
Cursed ScrollSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
3, T:Name a card. Target opponent chooses a card at random from your hand. If he or she chooses the named card, Cursed Scoll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

2:Chain Lightning
Chain Lightning
Chain LightningSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Chain Lightning does 3 damage to one target. Each time Chain Lightning does damage, the target or target's controller may then pay RR to have Chain Lightning do 3 damage to any target of that player's choice.


Other (8)
4:Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

2:Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.

2:Maze of Ith
Maze of Ith
Maze of IthSet: The Dark
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Target attacking creature becomes untapped. This creature neither deals nor receives damage as a result of combat.


Sideboard (15)
4:Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.

4:Scald
Scald
ScaldSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
211
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Whenever a player taps an island for mana, Scald deals 1 damage to that player.

4:Artifact Mutation
Artifact Mutation
Artifact MutationSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target artifact. It can't be regenerated. Put X 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play, where X is its converted mana cost.

2:Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's CryptSet: Chronicles
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt to remove all cards in target player's graveyard from the game.

1:Hull Breach
Hull Breach
Hull BreachSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Choose one - Destroy target artifact; or destroy target enchantment; or destroy target artifact and target enchantment.


My anti blue sideboard was inspired by my friend Ben Balling who'd done some scouting early on. He informed me of the fact there were several Tog decks (2 Gro-a-tog's and a Hulk Smash
Smash
SmashSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Draw a card.
) and I'd want extra blue hate. He played TnT, so he wanted me to take care of any Tog decks that he might have had to face. It was a good call though as scald won me at least 4 games on the day.

A note for players unfamiliar with the format, Gro-a-Tog is an aggro-control deck that attempts to win using Quirion Dryad
Quirion Dryad
Quirion DryadSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you play a white, blue, black, or red spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Quirion Dryad.
s and Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
s in combination with Berserk
Berserk
BerserkSet: Alpha
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Until end of turn, target creature's current power doubles and it gains trample ability. If it attacks, target creature is destroyed at end of turn. This spell cannot be cast after current turn's attack is completed.
. Hulk Smash
Smash
SmashSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Draw a card.
is a more controlling style of deck similar to Gro-a-Tog. It wins with Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
. TnT is short for Tools 'n' Tubbies. It is an aggro deck that abuses Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the FittestSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
G, Choose and discard a creature card: Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
, Goblin Welder
Goblin Welder
Goblin WelderSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Exchange target artifact a player controls for target artifact card in that player's graveyard.
, and Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
J3MgV29ya3Nob3A= to play out large artifact threats fast. A first turn Juggernaut
Juggernaut
JuggernautSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Must attack each turn if possible. Can't be blocked by walls.
/Su-Chi isn't uncommon.

Round 1 pairings were up and I was playing another great type 1 player, Brian Cox. He was playing a kind of cross between keeper and parfait. It was UBW and ran Sacred Mesa
Sacred Mesa
Sacred MesaSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep, sacrifice a Pegasus or bury Sacred Mesa.1W: Put a Wild Pegasus token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 white creature with flying that counts as a Pegasus.
as its kill. Well he wins the die roll and we draw our 7. I see 5 creatures, a sol ring, and a Maze of Ith
Maze of Ith
Maze of IthSet: The Dark
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Target attacking creature becomes untapped. This creature neither deals nor receives damage as a result of combat.
, so I'm back to shuffling. My second hand is a bit better. But Brian flexes his deck's muscles and he gets the 4cc monstrosities that are meant to crush aggro. I try to deal with his stuff, but the sacred mesa comes down before I can right myself and I concede when I see no possible way out. Game 2 goes much more smoothly for him, with me countering his 2nd turn Ancestral Recall
Ancestral Recall
Ancestral RecallSet: Alpha
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Draw 3 cards or force opponent to draw 3 cards.
with my Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
. I eventually beat him down. We go to game 3. We have about 7 minutes left so we know we'll have to play fast to finish. I get a good start early and beat him down under 10. He wraths away my lone river boa and he drops Zuran Orb
Zuran Orb
Zuran OrbSet: Ice Age
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
0: Sacrifice a land to gain 2 life.
. I naturalize and he ditches 2 lands. Neither of us has any gas going into extra turns. He ensures he won't die to any burn I find so we end in a draw.

Games 1-1-1
Matches 0-0-1

Round 2 Luis playing unpowered BBS

BBS is a mono blue deck that abuses Ophidian
Ophidian
OphidianSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Cliff Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
0: Draw a card. Ophidian deals no combat damage this turn. Use this ability only if Ophidian is attacking and unblocked and only once each turn.
for card draw and wins with Morphling
Morphling
MorphlingSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
U: Untap Morphling.U: Morphling gains flying until end of turn.U: Morphling cannot be the target of spells or abilities until end of turn.1: Morphling gets +1/-1 until end of turn.1: Morphling gets -1/+1 until end of turn.
or Masticore
Masticore
MasticoreSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may choose and discard a card from your hand. If you don't, sacrifice Masticore.2: Masticore deals 1 damage to target creature.2: Regenerate Masticore.
. It's the type one variant of Draw-Go decks of old.

Well he's playing BBS so I know I have a fair shot at taking this one in 2. Fatigue
Fatigue
FatigueSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Target player skips his or her next draw step.
was hitting me at this point and my lack of a lunch or dinner became a little present in this match. I won the roll and we drew our hands. The one time I drew a Mox Emerald
Mox Emerald
Mox EmeraldSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 green mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.
today I used it to great effect. I drop a first turn River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
and he might as well have scooped right there. He had no answer I applied a bit more pressure and we sideboarded for game 2. In went my 8 cards and we drew each took 7. I kept, he kept, and I drew a 3-burn hand with some land. I play Scroll on turn 2 to guard myself against Ancestral with an untapped mountain and a REB in hand. He drops a keg and says go. I play kird ape, he blue blasts! I had decided to wait until after he blew the keg to play the ape, but autopilot went on and kird ape hit the stack. Thank you Luis for balancing the misplays. That wasn't all I did wrong. On turn 8 he decides he's ready to win and drops morphling. I have 4 burn spells in hand. So I triple burn the morphling eot. He counters each upon resolution. I untap target it with Chain Lightning
Chain Lightning
Chain LightningSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Chain Lightning does 3 damage to one target. Each time Chain Lightning does damage, the target or target's controller may then pay RR to have Chain Lightning do 3 damage to any target of that player's choice.
and he misdirects. It's then I realize I had 12 points of damage for him, he's at 14. Silly me. Morphling
Morphling
MorphlingSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
U: Untap Morphling.U: Morphling gains flying until end of turn.U: Morphling cannot be the target of spells or abilities until end of turn.1: Morphling gets +1/-1 until end of turn.1: Morphling gets -1/+1 until end of turn.
beats down 2 times and I'm left at 6. I could have killed him with a treetop village because he hadn't been blocking it with morphling. I attempt a boa to see if I can block the flying monstrosity and he counters. I'm not able play rancor on my treetop village and swing for 3 with it, putting him to 6. He untaps, attacks with morphling and says go. I scoop as I don't topdeck burn. Game 3 was just really quick. He attempted a couple of 'phids that met fates in the fires of my burn spells. I eventually overrun him with 4 or 5 creatures.

Games 3-2-1
Matches 1-0-1

Round 3 against Pat Stein playing Gro-a-tog

This is my worst matchup in the tourney, the reason I ran 2 mazes main. I get a really good hand and got to burn out 2 dryads. A pair of Kird Ape
Kird Ape
Kird ApeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
While controller has forests in play, Kird Ape gains +1/+2.
s ended up going all the way. He wasn't really in this match, we went to game 2. This game was fun. He Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
'd for a Submerge
Submerge
SubmergeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
48
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
If an opponent controls a forest and you control an island, you may play Submerge without paying its mana cost. Put target creature on top of its owner's library.
the turn before I dealt lethal damage. He gushed both his island back to his hand and realized his lotus and jet wouldn't save him from the snake. River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
swung over for 2 and I was tied for 2nd in the standings with Brian.

Games 5-2-1
Matches 2-0-1

Round 4 against Ben Balling with TnT

I had practiced against TnT a little last week and had gone 5-3. These numbers aren't wonderful and we don't want to hurt each other's ratings too much so we ID. I'll probably get a few points off of him because he's been so successful recently.

Games 5-2-1
Matches 2-0-2

There had been 8 players with 6 points. 4 of us had
drawn and the other 4 played.

The standings after 4 rounds of swiss were as follows
1 Ben Balling, TnT
2 Justin playing White Weenie
3 Brian Thompson Parfait (Mono white control)
4 Me playing R/G Beatz
5 Brian Cox playing UWB keeper variant
6 Not sure
7 Steve Simon playing Gro-a-Tog
8 Pat Stein playing Gro-a-Tog

Quarterfinals Brian Cox, again

I got to go second this game which wasn't too bad. He starts by going demonic and tutoring for either lotus or the abyss, not sure which. I start with a taiga and say go. He drops the abyss. I play a treetop. He counters with wasteland. We go back and forth, neither of us really doing anything for a LONG time. He has me pretty much locked with moat out a replenish or 2 in hand I can only assume. There is one problem, though. His deck runs only 3 Tundra
Tundra
TundraSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either U or W to your mana pool.Counts as both islands and plains and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.
s, an oversight. I know I just have to waste his Tundra
Tundra
TundraSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either U or W to your mana pool.Counts as both islands and plains and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.
s and I'll be able to deck him. His only way out once I've killed all 3 of his tundras and all he has is a pearl is too replenish a sacred mesa (both found their way to the grave) and beat me for 19 with a single 1/1. He gets to the point where he can do this doesn't have enough cards in his library to kill me so he scoops. Game 2 goes pretty well for me. His turn 2 Humility
Humility
HumilitySet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Each creature loses all abilities and is a 1/1 creature.
is uber effective if he draws a wrath, moat, or abyss. He sees none of these until far too late. He's at 4 when my board is cleared. My topdecks kill him a bit later.

Games 7-2-1
Matches 3-0-2

Quarterfinals Pat Stein, again

I get a mediocre draw and he gets a good one. I make the mistake of attacking before finding out if my COTH gets countered as he has a tog out. He beats me for 1. He counters my next attempt at a creature. He swings in with is tog for 1. He casts time walk. Gets barely lethal damage with a gush. Game 2 is a whole lot better. A tog gets played early on. I make it less effective chumping with a Kird Ape
Kird Ape
Kird ApeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
While controller has forests in play, Kird Ape gains +1/+2.
and subsequently an elephant. Scald
Scald
ScaldSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
211
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Whenever a player taps an island for mana, Scald deals 1 damage to that player.
limited the broken-ness of his plays. I nearly misplayed myself to death in not responding to my river boa getting countered by activating my tormod's crypt. He took his turn and removed the grave from the game with his tog. That brought me to 6. I played another call. He picked it off with his tog going to no cards in hand or grave, he was at 4. I eventually am able to kill him with scald and a boa. Submerge
Submerge
SubmergeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
48
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
If an opponent controls a forest and you control an island, you may play Submerge without paying its mana cost. Put target creature on top of its owner's library.
was amazing this game but scald was the far more effective card. Game 3 goes a whole lot better for me. Scald
Scald
ScaldSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
211
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Whenever a player taps an island for mana, Scald deals 1 damage to that player.
goes nearly all the way on its own. Creatures add to it and a chain lightning resolves. He got a really terrible hand and ancestralling twice didn't help him. He was forced to counter Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's CryptSet: Chronicles
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt to remove all cards in target player's graveyard from the game.
(not a good sign for him). He scoops at 4 life with a couple of lands and no moxen on the board. I was holding 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.
and planning on winning with the Boa that resolved.

The other Gro-a-Tog, piloted by Steve Simon, had gotten to finals. It's late and I don't want to risk 1/6 of the purse so we split the prizes. A good day on the whole for me and my trusty Beatz deck.


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