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CardShark Content - the Wookie (9/4/2001)

Title: Great Expectations, or how I Went 3-4 and Had a Great Time
By: the Wookie

It's me, it's me, the wookie, and its time once again for everybody to come
with me on a little trip through the twisted halls and back alleys of my
mind. This time around, I offer up some insights on IBC, how not to
register your deck, how to win without a sideboard in a PTQ, and how I beat
up Santa Claus.

To start, I will give some info that leads up to the qualifier in question.
Friday I am sitting in my dorm room waiting on my buddy (who from henceforth
shall be known as Howland) to come and pick me up. First off, Howland is
late leaving Birmingham, so he arrives here in Troy a little later than
expected, no worries, all is well. After about a hour and forty-five
minutes of speeding, we find ourselves back in Birmingham and at the
apartment of Howland and his lovely wife.

WARNING: RANT COMMENCING

Allow me to be the first to warn everyone out there about the evil cesspool
that is Troy, Alabama. After spending a little over a week here I can
safely say that this is the worst place in the world, well, maybe second to
France (just a joke). There is absolutely nothing to do here, and forget
about finding someone to playtest with, that is just wishful thinking.
Furthermore, smoking a cigarette is damn near impossible with all of the
bugs around here. Standing outside for more that 30 seconds is something
like inviting the bugs to congregate around your immediate person. Finally,
I would like to say here and now, that the dining hall on campus here is by
far and away the nastiest, greasiest, and overall least healthy food on the
planet. So, I guess what I am trying to say in a roundabout way is, I HATE
MANASCREW.

END RANT

Ahh, thats better. Now, on to the festivities.

The Scene: New Orleans PTQ in Atlanta
The Heroes: Yours Truly and Howland the Conquer
Conquer
ConquerSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Gain control of enchanted land.
or
The Villains: the 178 other people in attendance
The Skinny: 180 people, 8 rounds of swiss, and top 8 drama

Now, usually this is where the tournament report would begin, however, my
farce of a day doesn't warrant a report, however, I did stumble upon several
insights about IBC that I shall now enlighten you with.

First of all, IBC is not a format that is dominated by one deck, or even a
combination of decks. One of the largest factors in this format is
consistent mana. The person who can maintain a consistent mana base over
the course of 8 rounds will ultimately end up the victor, while a weaker
mana base will leave one vanquished.

Contrary to popular belief, this format is not all about playing a turn 2
bear and protecting it while it goes the distance. Granted, there is a fair
share of decks that aim to do just that, it is far from the only viable
option. Almost any deck can be brought to the table and have a shot a
winning the whole thing. Case in point, my traveling companion, and ride
for the weekend, Howland, went 6-2 with the oft maligned 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.
rare deck (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.
, 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.
, 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.)
). This deck had been getting the shaft from many a player, however, Howland did not care. He felt comfortable with the deck, knew exactly how to play it, and did very well with it. Not to mention the fact that the last 2 rounds that he won he did so without the use of a sideboard.

BEGIN RANT

Here is a little piece of advice to anyone who thinks that lying, cheating,
and being a shady character will gain you an advantage. Howland had played
about 5 out of the 8 rounds when it occurred to him that he may not have
registered his sideboard properly. Rather than do what I would consider to
be the normal course of action and forget about it, he went to the judges,
told them about the problem, and sure enough, he had only registered 13
cards. Now, in my opinion, a normal player would have just blown their
concern off and played the last few rounds hoping not to be deck checked.
However, what happens if said shady character makes top 8 and gets deck
checked, MATCH LOSS. This is where Howland benefitted from doing the right
thing. Instead of the usual match loss penalty, he was only awarded a game
loss. When I asked him what the judge said to him he said ´´thank you for
being honest.´´ Now, this statement could be taken one of two ways, it could
be a judge just thanking a player for doing the right thing, or it could be
the result of a judge who is tired of dealing with cheaters, rules lawyers,
and just plain bad people. All that aside, Howland did the right thing, and
I am proud to be his friend and to have him in my game.

END RANT

Well, now where does that leave us, oh yeah, how I beat up Santa Claus.
After I dropped from the tournament I decided that a little drafting would
be fun, so I signed up, payed my 12 bucks, and sat down. Just after we had
opened the Invasion pack, I noticed that the man to my left looked awfully
familiar. After pondering this between picking such goodies as Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.
,
Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.
, and Stalking Assassin
Stalking Assassin
Stalking AssassinSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Assassin
Rarity:
R
Number:
277
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3U, T: Tap target creature.3B, T: Destroy target tapped creature.
, I realized that the man directly to my left
looked exactly like Santa Claus.

Now you ask yourself, ´´how did the wookie beat up Santa Claus?´´ Well, I
will tell you, in my report about my side event drafting, how's that for
drama.

Ahh, the draft tables, here we gooooooooo.

Since I already gave the location, scene, and hero, I will skip right to the
villain.

The Villain: Santa Claus

The Deck:
2: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.

1:Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

1:Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire DwarfSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, Sacrifice Bloodfire Dwarf: Bloodfire Dwarf deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.

1:Tribal Flames
Tribal Flames
Tribal FlamesSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
176
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Tribal Flames deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is the number of basic land types among lands you control.

1:Strafe
Strafe
StrafeSet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Strafe deals 3 damage to target nonred creature.

1:Magma Burst
Magma Burst
Magma BurstSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Magma Burst deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, Magma Burst deals 3 damage to another target creature or player.

1:Mire Kavu
Mire Kavu
Mire KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Mire Kavu gets +1/+1 as long as you control a swamp.

1:Pouncing Kavu
Pouncing Kavu
Pouncing KavuSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 2R (You may pay an additional 2R as you play this spell.)First strikeIf you paid the kicker cost, Pouncing Kavu comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has haste. (It may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)

2: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.

1:Vodalian Serpent
Vodalian Serpent
Vodalian SerpentSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Serpent
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Vodalian Serpent can't attack unless defending player controls an island.If you paid the kicker cost, Vodalian Serpent comes into play with four +1/+1 counters on it.

1:Rainbow Crow
Rainbow Crow
Rainbow CrowSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1: Rainbow Crow becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

1:Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.

1:Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.

1:Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
48
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blue spells and red spells you play cost 1 less to play. 1B: Regenerate Nightscape Familiar

1:Duskwalker
Duskwalker
DuskwalkerSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
David Martin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker 3B (You may pay an additional 3B as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Duskwalker comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has Duskwalker can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.

1:Phyrexian Gargantua
Phyrexian Gargantua
Phyrexian GargantuaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
48
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Phyrexian Gargantua comes into play, you draw two cards and you lose 2 life.

1:Morgue Toad
Morgue Toad
Morgue ToadSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Toad
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice Morgue Toad: Add UR to your mana pool.

1:Volcano Imp
Volcano Imp
Volcano ImpSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. 1R: Volcano Imp gains first strike until end of turn.

1:Exotic Curse
Exotic Curse
Exotic CurseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1 for each basic land type among lands you control.

1:Uborg Uprising (silly card advantage0
1:Stalking Assassin
Stalking Assassin
Stalking AssassinSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Assassin
Rarity:
R
Number:
277
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3U, T: Tap target creature.3B, T: Destroy target tapped creature.

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

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

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


Round 1
Random Guy (I was tired of taking names at this point): Playing G/R beats

Game 1: He comes out fast and furious as I expected, however, I soon
stabilize behind a Vodalian Serpent
Vodalian Serpent
Vodalian SerpentSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Serpent
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Vodalian Serpent can't attack unless defending player controls an island.If you paid the kicker cost, Vodalian Serpent comes into play with four +1/+1 counters on it.
, 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.
, and a pair of 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.
s.

Game 2: He has mana problems which are not helped by me pointing 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.

at his first 2 creatures and Strafing another. Vodalian Serpent
Vodalian Serpent
Vodalian SerpentSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Serpent
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Vodalian Serpent can't attack unless defending player controls an island.If you paid the kicker cost, Vodalian Serpent comes into play with four +1/+1 counters on it.
showed up
as a 6/6 again, and this time on turn 6. As soon as I played a sided in
Dream Thrush
Dream Thrush
Dream ThrushSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
D.J. Cleland-Hura
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
FlyingT: Target land becomes a land of the basic land type of your choice until end of turn.
to allow the Wall of Fish to attack, my opponent scooped.

Round 2
Random Guy: Playing 5cG complete with Cromat
Cromat
CromatSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
WB: Destroy target creature blocking or blocked by Cromat. UR: Cromat gains flying until end of turn. BG: Regenerate Cromat. RW: Cromat gets +1/+1 until end of turn. GU: Put Cromat on top of its owner's library.


Game 1: He gets a good start to my mana heavy draw and things are looking
bad for our hero when Fleetfoot Panther
Fleetfoot Panther
Fleetfoot PantherSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
You may play Fleetfoot Panther any time you could play an instant. When Fleetfoot Panther comes into play, return a green or white creature you control to its owner's hand.
and Steel Leaf Paladin
Steel Leaf Paladin
Steel Leaf PaladinSet: Planeshift
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
127
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
First Strike. When Steel Leaf Paladin comes into play, return a green or white creature you control to its owner's hand.
are coming my
way, but thanks to a timely Exotic Curse
Exotic Curse
Exotic CurseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1 for each basic land type among lands you control.
and 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.
backed by a Wall of
Fish (kicked Vodalian Serpent
Vodalian Serpent
Vodalian SerpentSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Serpent
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Vodalian Serpent can't attack unless defending player controls an island.If you paid the kicker cost, Vodalian Serpent comes into play with four +1/+1 counters on it.
) I was able to stabilize and pull it out with
a Rainbow Crow
Rainbow Crow
Rainbow CrowSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1: Rainbow Crow becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
and a Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
.

Game 2: My opponent gets a horrid draw, all gating creatures and nothing to
gate. I play my sided in Planeswalker's Fury
Planeswalker's Fury
Planeswalker's FurySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
3R: Target opponent reveals a card at random from his or her hand. Planeswalker's Fury deals damage equal to that card's converted mana cost to that player. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
, hit him with his own Cromat
Cromat
CromatSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
WB: Destroy target creature blocking or blocked by Cromat. UR: Cromat gains flying until end of turn. BG: Regenerate Cromat. RW: Cromat gets +1/+1 until end of turn. GU: Put Cromat on top of its owner's library.
a
few times, and win.

Finals
Santa Claus: playing with like 9 acolytes and other protection creatures
(bad times for wookie).

By this time it was fairly late so Santa and I agree to a split with him
getting the points. He asks if we could play one for bragging rights, so I
agreed, and then proceeded to smash him in about 7 turns. Damn you fate, I
knew I should have played with Santa :)~

Well, that is the story of how I went 3-4 and loved every moment of it. Any
comments are welcome, and If you are interested in the deck list for the
deck I played in the Qualifier just e-mail me at bigwukmike@hotmail.com

Till next time

Peace,
wookie


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