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CardShark Content - macro (7/27/2001)

Hopefully the bold title has caught your attention. ´´Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.
sucks´´ you say? How can that be... everyone and their grandmother are running four in their sideboards. Some people are even running them maindeck? How can such a heavily played card suck. Hopefully this article will illuminate this statement and provide some good alternatives for your IBC sideboards.

Let's start with a small analysis of the field. We are trying to build sideboards against Invasion Block Constructed decks so that we have a better chance of winning games two and three. With an infinite sideboard, everyone would technically have access to any card ever printed and barring the organizational nightmare, would always replace their decks with brand new ones that would destroy the deck that they are playing against. Of course this leads to some serious double guesing as your opponent may assume that you are doing this and sideboard in a new deck that is filled with hate for your ´´supposed´´ sideboard choice.

Magic games two and three would be hailed as sideboard wars and the carnage and fallout would be ugly. We, on the other hand, only have access to 15 cards for our sideboards and not the infinite choices of the above utopian world. You cannot afford to waste ANY of those slots on useless drivel or hopes and dreams.

Enter Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.
. This card is an overcosted 3/3 for four mana. As far as artifacts go, it isn't that bad of a card, but compared to the efficiency inherent in cards like Phyrexian Scuta
Phyrexian Scuta
Phyrexian ScutaSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker-Pay 3 life. (You may pay 3 life in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) If you paid the kicker cost, Phyrexian Scuta comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it.
and Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
, this card just sucks. You can even compare it to Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned Golem
Emblazoned GolemSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker X (You may pay an additional X as you play this spell.) Spend only colored mana on X. No more than one mana of each color may be spent this way. If you paid the kicker cost, Emblazoned Golem comes into play with X +1/+1 counters on it.
which is a 3/4 for four with the chance of being bigger. ´´What about it's amazing discard effect?´´, you say. Well, let's see what the top decks are playing and analyze all the discard of the field for that answer.

Domain, Gomar, R/G beatdown, B/W Arena
Arena
ArenaSet: Timeshifted
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other.
, BRU, RWU aggro or control builds and U/G aggro control are shaping up to be the most played and ´´top decks´´ of the field.

Here's all the discard in the field including some weird uses of discard like Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
and some janky cards.

Invasion:
Addle
Addle
AddleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand and choose a card of that color from it. That player discards that card.

Blazing Specter
Blazing Specter
Blazing SpecterSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Whenever Blazing Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.

Crosis, the Purger
Crosis, the Purger
Crosis, the PurgerSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
242
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Whenever Crosis, the Purger deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 2B. If you do, choose a color. That player reveals his or her hand and discards all cards of that color from it.

Lobotomy
Lobotomy
LobotomySet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Look at target player's hand and choose any of those cards other than a basic land. Search that player's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of the chosen card and remove them from the game. That player shuffles his or her library afterwards.

Pain/Suffering (pain half)
Probe
Probe
ProbeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Kicker 1B (You may pay an additional 1B as you play this spell.)Draw three cards, then discard two cards from your hand.If you paid the kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand.
(when kicker is paid)
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

Recoil
Recoil
RecoilSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Then that player discards a card from his or her hand.

Seer's Vision
Seer's Vision
Seer's VisionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
270
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
All opponents play with their hands revealed.Sacrifice Seer's Vision: Look at target player's hand and choose a card from it. That player discards that card. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.

Tsabo's Decree
Tsabo's Decree
Tsabo's DecreeSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Choose a creature type. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards all creature cards of that type from it. Then destroy all creatures of that type that player controls. They can't be regenerated.

Vodalian Hypnotist
Vodalian Hypnotist
Vodalian HypnotistSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
84
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
2B, T: Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.

Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.


Planeshift:
Doomsday Specter
Doomsday Specter
Doomsday SpecterSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. When Doomsday Specter comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Whenever Doomsday Specter deals combat damage to a player, look at that player's hand and choose a card from it. The player discards that card.

Bog Down
Bog Down
Bog DownSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Target player discards two cards from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.

Noxious Vapors
Noxious Vapors
Noxious VaporsSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player reveals his or her hand and chooses one card of each color from it, then discards all other nonland cards from it.

Marsh Crocodile
Marsh Crocodile
Marsh CrocodileSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crocodile
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Marsh Crocodile comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. When Marsh Crocodile comes into play, each player discards a card from his or her hand.

Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1B and/or G. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1B kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the G kicker cost, destroy
(when black kicker is paid)
Urza's Guilt
Urza's Guilt
Urza's GuiltSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player draws two cards, then discards three cards from his or her hand, then loses 4 life.

Warped Devotion
Warped Devotion
Warped DevotionSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Text:
Whenever a permanent is returned to a player's hand, that player discards a card from his or her hand.


Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
:
Fungal Shambler
Fungal Shambler
Fungal ShamblerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample. Whenever Fungal Shambler deals damage to an opponent, you draw a card and that opponent discards a card from his or her hand.

Gerard's Verdict
Mind Extraction
Mind Extraction
Mind ExtractionSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
As an additional cost to play Mind Extraction, sacrifice a creature. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards all cards of each of the sacrificed creature's colors from it.



Of these 22 discard spells, only the following will actually effect Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.
's ability:
Blazing Specter
Blazing Specter
Blazing SpecterSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Whenever Blazing Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.

Crosis, the Purger
Crosis, the Purger
Crosis, the PurgerSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
242
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Whenever Crosis, the Purger deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 2B. If you do, choose a color. That player reveals his or her hand and discards all cards of that color from it.

Pain/Suffering (pain half)
Probe
Probe
ProbeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Kicker 1B (You may pay an additional 1B as you play this spell.)Draw three cards, then discard two cards from your hand.If you paid the kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand.
(when kicker is paid)
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

Recoil
Recoil
RecoilSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Then that player discards a card from his or her hand.

Vodalian Hypnotist
Vodalian Hypnotist
Vodalian HypnotistSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
84
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
2B, T: Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.

Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.

Bog Down
Bog Down
Bog DownSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Target player discards two cards from his or her hand. If you paid the kicker cost, that player discards three cards from his or her hand instead.

Marsh Crocodile
Marsh Crocodile
Marsh CrocodileSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crocodile
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Marsh Crocodile comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. When Marsh Crocodile comes into play, each player discards a card from his or her hand.

Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape Battlemage
Thunderscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1B and/or G. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the 1B kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand. When Thunderscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the G kicker cost, destroy
(when black kicker is paid)
Urza's Guilt
Urza's Guilt
Urza's GuiltSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player draws two cards, then discards three cards from his or her hand, then loses 4 life.

Warped Devotion
Warped Devotion
Warped DevotionSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Text:
Whenever a permanent is returned to a player's hand, that player discards a card from his or her hand.

Fungal Shambler
Fungal Shambler
Fungal ShamblerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample. Whenever Fungal Shambler deals damage to an opponent, you draw a card and that opponent discards a card from his or her hand.

Gerard's Verdict

We are now down to 15 cards. Let's further limit the list to cards that are potenetially being played in the top decks:
Blazing Specter
Blazing Specter
Blazing SpecterSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Whenever Blazing Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.

Probe
Probe
ProbeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Kicker 1B (You may pay an additional 1B as you play this spell.)Draw three cards, then discard two cards from your hand.If you paid the kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand.
(when kicker is paid)
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

Recoil
Recoil
RecoilSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Then that player discards a card from his or her hand.

Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.

Gerard's Verdict

We are now down to six cards. At this point you are probably wondering why you are running four Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.
's in your sideboard when you should be worried about Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
and Urza's Rage
Urza's Rage
Urza's RageSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Kicker 8R (You may pay an additional 8R as you play this spell.)Urza's Rage can't be countered by spells or abilities.Urza's Rage deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, instead Urza's Rage deals 10 damage to that creature or player and the damage can't be prevented.
s, but if you still aren't concerned, let's further realize that B/R isn't turning out to be a major archetype and although probe is occasionally used in Gomar, for the most part you can limit the above list to just Gerard's Verdict in some B/W decks (which usually gets sideboarded out for Addle
Addle
AddleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand and choose a card of that color from it. That player discards that card.
if they see a Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.
). Granted you may see Blazing Specter
Blazing Specter
Blazing SpecterSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Whenever Blazing Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.
and Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
in B/R builds, but I don't think too many people are going to be playing straight B/R builds. It really seems that people are running four Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.
s to deal with B/W's four Gerard's Verdicts and the chance of running into a Blazing Specter
Blazing Specter
Blazing SpecterSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Whenever Blazing Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.
or occasional Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
.

The threat of those three cards are hardly worth four sideboard slots.

I firmly believe that you will see less B/W and B/R builds in the coming weeks as people lean more heavily on blue and try to get some of the other combinations to work better. B/W has so few ways to deal with stuff that it will shortly fall on its face.

So now that you have decided not to run the Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.
s, what are some other good cards that SHOULD be in your sideboard. I will cover the best sideboard choices for all five colors considering the current Metagame.

Green:
Green is being splashed all over the place these days in hopes of a solid creature base and some mana acceleration, not to mention Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
, Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
and Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
. What should be in every green mage's sideboard.......WALLOP! Yes, you heard it here first and here's the reason why. What are the biggest creature kill cards out there right now: Gaea's Skyfolk
Gaea's Skyfolk
Gaea's SkyfolkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
, Dromar, Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
, Ordered Migration
Ordered Migration
Ordered MigrationSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Put a 1/1 blue Bird creature token with flying into play for each basic land type among lands you control.
, Lightning Angel
Lightning Angel
Lightning AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and TAP the turn it comes under your control.) Attacking doesn't cause Lightning Angel to tap.
, Blazing Specter
Blazing Specter
Blazing SpecterSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Whenever Blazing Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.
... what do they all have in common? They are all blue or black flyers. Wallop
Wallop
WallopSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
223
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
Destroy target blue or black creature with flying.
is cheap at 1G and other than the downside of being a sorcery, is one of the few cards that could save your ass from a succesful Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
in time. Green should also sideboard Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
and Kavu Chameleon
Kavu Chameleon
Kavu ChameleonSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kavu Chameleon can't be countered.G: Kavu Chameleon becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
against heavy counterspell decks (which are everywhere), and the Chameleon is good against Proc Green creatures (like the Lynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
) too. You can even maindeck these in some amount. Also Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
should be considered sideboard material if your deck has a lot of small permanents as maindeck it kills your stuff off as well. With the large propensity of flyers in the current environment, you can back your Wallop
Wallop
WallopSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
223
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
Destroy target blue or black creature with flying.
up with some Canopy Surge
Canopy Surge
Canopy SurgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
184
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Canopy Surge deals 1 damage to each creature with flying and each player. If you paid the kicker cost, Canopy Surge deals 4 damage to each creature with flying and each player instead.
s (especially against Domain's Ordered Migration
Ordered Migration
Ordered MigrationSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Put a 1/1 blue Bird creature token with flying into play for each basic land type among lands you control.
). Finally, tranquility should be sideboarded against enchantments.

Black:
Black is the weakest color in terms of sideboard tech. The best offering it has in my opinion is Slay
Slay
SlaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Destroy target green creature. It can't be regenerated. Draw a card.
. It's a nice Cantrip that can deal with green creatures like Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.
in short order. Tsabo's Decree
Tsabo's Decree
Tsabo's DecreeSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Choose a creature type. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards all creature cards of that type from it. Then destroy all creatures of that type that player controls. They can't be regenerated.
should also be considered heavily as either maindeck or sideboard, especially with all those pesky Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
s showing up lately. Finally Plague Spitter
Plague Spitter
Plague SpitterSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
119
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, Plague Spitter deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.When Plague Spitter is put into a graveyard from play, Plague Spitter deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.
is great anti-Mongoose and anti-Lynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
tech.

Red:
Red is another weak sideboard color. Scorching Lava
Scorching Lava
Scorching LavaSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Scorching Lava deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, that creature can't be regenerated this turn and if it would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
comes to mind to deal with the Lynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
and as a regeneration trick against Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
. Most good red cards are maindeck. A few other considerations are some of the Bloodfire cards in case you are getting swarmed by bears and Breath of Darigaaz
Breath of Darigaaz
Breath of DarigaazSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Breath of Darigaaz deals 1 damage to each creature without flying and each player. If you paid the kicker cost, Breath of Darigaaz deals 4 damage to each creature without flying and each player instead.
for similar reasons. Also R/W brings us the amazing card Captain's Manuever. This card is a bit slow maindeck, but nothing says ´´I Love you´´ like a redirected Urza's Rage
Urza's Rage
Urza's RageSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Kicker 8R (You may pay an additional 8R as you play this spell.)Urza's Rage can't be countered by spells or abilities.Urza's Rage deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, instead Urza's Rage deals 10 damage to that creature or player and the damage can't be prevented.
.

White:
White brings us Obisidian Acolyte and Crimson Acolyte
Crimson Acolyte
Crimson AcolyteSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from redW: Target creature gains protection from red until end of turn.
. The Crimson is great against all that lovely red burn and Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
as well as blocking the beef in R/G beatdown. You will of course need some bigger creatures to help with the trample damage. Obsidian Acolyte
Obsidian Acolyte
Obsidian AcolyteSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from blackW: Target creature gains protection from black until end of turn.
is amazing against Death Grasp
Death Grasp
Death GraspSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Death Grasp deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.
and Vindicate
Vindicate
VindicateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy target permanent.
. Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.
if not maindeck, should be played in your sideboard. Against U/G it should be named Blue as the mage will have almost no recourse besides Washout to deal with it. Against R/G it should be pro red and it should be pro-black against B/W builds. This helps with the Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
and also all the control has black as a component. G/W Sabertooth Nishoba
Sabertooth Nishoba
Sabertooth NishobaSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
268
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Trample, protection from blue, protection from red
is another possible choice against U/R builds and U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
against green (although this is usually maindeck if you play it). Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
is always good too if you need mass creature control, but don't want to maindeck it.

Blue:
Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.
. Did I mention Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.
yet? Oh, by the way GAINSAY!!!! Yes, this card is some good with all the blue counterspell matchups you are going to run into. It only lets you counter a blue spell, but hey, that's what you want to do right!?! It costs 1U and gives you four more hard counters against the bitchiest decks. Want more? Washout should be in every Sideboard. Sometimes there are just things you can't deal with and Washout comes to the rescue time and again. Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
is another possibility as is Prohibit
Prohibit
ProhibitSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If you paid the kicker cost, counter that spell if its converted mana cost is 4 or less instead.
and Jilt
Jilt
JiltSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Kicker 1R (You may pay an additional 1R as you play this spell.) Return target creature to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, Jilt deals 2 damage to another target creature.
which are great anti-bear tech; you may even want to run them main deck considering the current environment. Finally, if you do not want to run a ton of ´´creature´´ dependent counterspells and bounce, the sideboard is the place to go with the extra's in case you run against creatures (which you will).

Artifact:
Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.
? Well, despite my rant early, if you are playing an Eladamri
Eladamri
EladamriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+15
Text:
You may redirect to yourself any amount of damage dealt to creatures you control.
's call style deck, you should definitely run one of these, although I would not maindeck it. Also if you have an extra slot and your local tournament meta game has everyone playing Gerard's Verdict, then go ahead and run one if you need to or have the slots, but if not, please choose some better color hosers or anti-tech cards.

A few last minute thoughts: Sideboards are best if you can add single cards that will shut down an entire archetype when drawn. The best way to win matches is sometimes consistency and speed and just letting your deck do what it does best, so don't go ruining your main deck with a bunch of janky sideboard cards that may or may not have a game alterning effect. Also note that with the large amount of colors being played in this environment, it is really easy to mess up your mana distribution by adding too much of a color or taking out too much of a color when sideboarding. Some sideboard slots may even be best used as additional land in this case. Finally, you should plan out way in advance what cards go in and what comes out against all potential matchups that you have tested against. If you run into something you haven't seen, then you will have to decide on the fly, but preparation can go along way to keeping your deck consistent.

In conclusion, leave your Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.
s at home and bring your Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.
s, Wallop
Wallop
WallopSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
223
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
Destroy target blue or black creature with flying.
s, Captain's Manuevers, Obsidian Acolyte
Obsidian Acolyte
Obsidian AcolyteSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from blackW: Target creature gains protection from black until end of turn.
s and Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
s. Who knows, you may even be able to sell a few extras to desperate players badly in need of sideboard tech.


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