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Sideboard Cards with the Most Potential - Zach Sievers (6/7/2007)

Regionals for the United States is coming up on June 9, and everyone is looking for that last card that will give them the edge. I will give a couple of cards that may just give you that unexpected edge no one will be prepared to handle.

Leyline of Singularity
Leyline of Singularity
Leyline of SingularitySet: Guildpact
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
29
Text:
If Leyline of Singularity is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it in play. All nonland permanents are legendary.

This Leyline saw some play in decks that played Hunted Horror
Hunted Horror
Hunted HorrorSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Trample When Hunted Horror comes into play, put two 3/3 green Centaur creature tokens with protection from black into play under target opponent’s control.
and other Hunted Creatures and off of sideboards against Snake decks before Kamigawa rotated. Once again this card hoses several strategies, first, and I believe the most important, this stops Bridge from Below
Bridge from Below
Bridge from BelowSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Whenever a nontoken creature is put into your graveyard from play, if Bridge from Below is in your graveyard, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
When a creature is put into an opponent's graveyard from play, if Bridge from Below is in your graveyard, remove Bridge from Below from the game.
decks from getting ridiculous amounts of Zombies against you, as well as keeping you out of the Pickles Lock. It also slightly hurts Vitu-Ghazi powered Glare decks.

Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
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This Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
m is extremely flexible, as they all are, but this one kills many problem creatures, most importantly Aven Mindcensor
Aven Mindcensor
Aven MindcensorSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.)
Flying
If an opponent would search a library, that player searches the top four cards of that library instead.
and Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.
. I believe this card to be an extremely playable card in D-Storm's sideboard.

Vesuva
Vesuva
VesuvaSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
As Vesuva comes into play, you may choose a land in play. If you do, Vesuva comes into play tapped as a copy of the chosen land.

Vesuva
Vesuva
VesuvaSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
As Vesuva comes into play, you may choose a land in play. If you do, Vesuva comes into play tapped as a copy of the chosen land.
has the amazing ability to 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.
opponent’s legendary lands. For this ability alone Vesuva
Vesuva
VesuvaSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
As Vesuva comes into play, you may choose a land in play. If you do, Vesuva comes into play tapped as a copy of the chosen land.
should see some play in sideboards for the control matchup mirrors, not to mention the fact that you can tutor it up with Tolaria West
Tolaria West
Tolaria WestSet: Future Sight
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
173
Artist:
Khang Le
Text:
Tolaria West comes into play tapped.
T Add U to your mana pool.
Transmute 1UU(1UU, Discard this card. Search your library for a card with converted mana cost 0, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
. A very strong 1-of in a control deck sideboard.

Pull from Eternity
Pull from Eternity
Pull from EternitySet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Put target face-up card that's removed from the game into its owner's graveyard.

With the rise of Detritvore and Aeon Chronicler
Aeon Chronicler
Aeon ChroniclerSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Dan Dos Santos
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Aeon Chronicler's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand. Suspend X-X3U. X can't be 0. Whenever a time counter is removed from Aeon Chronicler while it's removed from the game, draw a card.
in control decks as well as the ever popular Lotus Bloom
Lotus Bloom
Lotus BloomSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Suspend 3-0 (Rather than play this card from your hand, pay 0 and remove it from the game with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.) T, Sacrifice Lotus Bloom: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool.
, being able to stop Suspend is becoming even more important.

Riftsweeper
Riftsweeper
RiftsweeperSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Brian Despain
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Riftsweeper comes into play, choose target face-up card that's removed from the game. Its owner shuffles it into his or her library.

The same as Pull from Eternity
Pull from Eternity
Pull from EternitySet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Put target face-up card that's removed from the game into its owner's graveyard.
but has a 2/2 body to boot. Very solid sideboard card for MGA, Grull, and Zoo.

Sunlance
Sunlance
SunlanceSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
c
Number:
31
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Text:
Sunlance deals 3 damage to target nonwhite creature.

Glare’s answer to Fortune Thief
Fortune Thief
Fortune ThiefSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 reduces it to 1 instead. Morph RR (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
. Now that Boros Deck Wins has fallen out of favor, it also kills just about every creature in Zoo. I expect it to see some play in rogue Boros decks' or Glare decks' sideboards.

Nix
Nix
NixSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
55
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Counter target spell if no mana was spent to play it.

Not so sure that this one will see any play but someone should give it a chance since it can counter Lotus Bloom
Lotus Bloom
Lotus BloomSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Suspend 3-0 (Rather than play this card from your hand, pay 0 and remove it from the game with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.) T, Sacrifice Lotus Bloom: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool.
, Gargadon, and any Pacts or other suspend cards.

Dead//Gone
Flexible spell that can either kill weenies or bounce a huge fatty, such as Greater G.

Suppression Field
Suppression Field
Suppression FieldSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
31
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Activated abilities cost 2 more to play unless they’re mana abilities.

I have really liked this card since it came out in Ravnica, however it doesn’t affect that many decks in the format. The only deck it truly shuts down is Project X, and they may have an out through a Glittering Wish
Glittering Wish
Glittering WishSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
John Donahue
Text:
Choose a multicolored card you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Glittering Wish from the game.
.

Imp’s Mischief
This card completely blindsides players. They don’t expect it, so that is why someone should find a home for this card.

Well that completes my list of cards I feel could give you the edge over your opponent after game one. May you find your own tech for your sideboards.


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