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Action Sales Solicitation

Happy Monday MTG peeps,

We hope to get to our post of the Mirrodin Besieged Pre-Release we took in at OMG Games yesterday (Sunday) perhaps tomorrow. We did show up on Saturday around 10 minutes after registration opened and they had already filled their capacity of 64 players - one of the best turn-outs we can remember. Sunday was a solid showing as well with around 24 players but we failed rather miserably with building our sealed pooled which resulted in a draw, loss and loss before dropping to go home and admire our new card goodness.

Anywhoos - today's post -

Late last week, Wizards posted their sales solicitation flyer for the third set in the Scars of Mirrodin block, code-named 'Action' scheduled to be released May 13, 2011. Action will be properly named 'Mirrodin Pure' or 'New Phyrexia' and will only be revealed at the last moment and will reveal whether the Mirrans or Phyrexians are victorious in the battle for the plane of Mirrodin. This set will contain 175 cards and the tagline for the set is either "The Sharpest Steel is Tempered in Fire" (Mirrodin Pure) or "The Grand Compleation is Achieved" (New Phyrexia), and the expansion symbol will match the respective Mirran or Phyrexian watermarks found on nearly all non-land cards from Scars of Mirrodin and Mirrodin Besieged.

Returning with “Action” are Event Decks. These 60-card decks come with a 15-card sideboard and are intended for use in Standard play tournaments like Friday Night Magic or Game Day. They also come with a Spindown life counter and a reusable card box. Also, with the release of “Action” Wizards will return to five versions of the Intro Packs as opposed to the four versions in Mirrodin Besieged.

Below, is the document from the mothership . . .

Action Solicitation

Lastly, now is the time to pick up your Mirrodin Besieged Uncommon and Common Deck Set from MTG Mint Card.
This bulk offering includes an Uncommon Set X4 and Common Set X4 for a great price on only $29.99


Choose Your Side

Happy Thursday MTG peeps,

The clock is ticking away to the Mirrodin Besieged Prerelease which will be held on January 29-30, 2011. This means that time is rapidly diminishing for you (if you have not already) to choose whichc faction to play at your Mirrodin Besieged Prerelease events. This choice will dictate which Faction Packs you will receive for the event. Each of the faction packs contain your usual 15 cards (1 x rare, 3 x uncommons, etc.) dived by faction of course. Premium (foil cards of any rarity are NOT divided by faction) are are randomly inserted (one in every 18 packs?).

You are most welcome to switch sides from event to event if your prerelease is running multiple events - one could play a Sealed deck as a Mirran, and then try a Two-Headed Giant event as Phyrexian. Players are of course free to play both Mirran and Phyrexian cards no matter which faction they choose.

One thing which may sway your judgement are the two Promo Cards which will be offered . . .

While supplies last, players who choose to be Phyrexian in a Prerelease event will receive a Glissa, the Traitor promo and players who choose to be Mirran in a Prerelease event will receive a Hero of Bladehold promo. Also - the buy-a-box promo for Mirrodin Besieged is a very cool Mirran Crusader.

Also - a note about trading at the Prerelease Event. Ensure you avoid bad trades - here is a list of some of the more valuable cards in the new set. These prices are in U.S. dollars and are APPROXIMATE - use this guide as a general barometer as to the worth of the card and expect a lot of price fluctuation over the next two to three weeks.

Mythic Rare
Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas 35
Thrun, the Last Troll 25
Sword of Feast and Famine 14
Massacre Wurm 12
Blightsteel Colossus 11
Hero of Bladehold 10
Consecrated Sphinx 10
Hero of Oxid Ridge 9
Praetor's Counsel 9
Glissa, the Traitor 7

Inkmoth Nexus 13
Black Sun's Zenith 8
Phyrexian Revoker 8
Cryptoplasm 7
Green Sun's Zenith 7
Contested Warzone 6
Phyrexian Crusader 6
Mirran Crusader 5
Slagstorm 5
Blue Sun's Zenith 4

Also - we have to call out Wizards on this - we love all the new promo items provided to our local store (At OMG! Games in Barrie, ON., Canada) and this weekend's prerelease promises to be absolutely great - HOWEVER - we're personally not impressed with the Mirran and Phyrexian temp. tattoos - just how old do you think your target market is ? dang.

Lastly, if you are still undecided as to which faction to pick, you may want to open up some virtual Mirrodin Besieged booster packs of your faction of choice from Svenska Magic :

Rip a Mirran booster HERE

Rip a Phyrexia booster HERE
Also - MTG Mint Card has the popular Top 10 Selling Cards from Mirrodin Besieged right before release day .

1. Inkmoth Nexus
2. Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas
3. Phyrexian Hydra
4. Thrun, the Last Troll
5. Black Sun's Zenith
6. Blightsteel Colossus
7. Red Sun's Zenith
8. Phyrexian Rebirth
9. Phyrexian Revoker
10. Hero of Bladehold


Mirrodin Besieged Swag

Something very nice was waiting for us when we got home today . . . nope - not leftover pizza - something even better - an envelope from Wizards of the Coast. At first we thought a cease-and-desist letter from their corporate ninjas but our spidery senses informed us something quite different.

Here's a short video . . .


Very kewl ! Thanks Wizards!

MTG Realm may be holding a contest latter for the Mirromancy Intro Pack and as for the rares we pulled out of the two booster packs, we will be sharing them with the local play group down at our store.

A reminder for folks planning to attend the pre-release events this weekend -
we suggest you -

1) review the Mirrodin Besieged FAQ's to make your games go smoother,

2) watch the Planeswalker Mirrodin Besieged Primer videos from Wizards to become familiar with the new Battle Cry and Living Weapon tech, and

3) check out the Wizards Locator to find an event near you.

That's it - we hope you have a blast this weekend !


Mirrodin Besieged FAQ

The Mirrodin Besieged Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document has just been posted. We suggest you give it a review and set to have some fun playing in the pre-release this weekend and the release next weekend.

Some template information :
The set contains 155 cards (60 common, 40 uncommon, 35 rare, 10 mythic rare, and 10 basic land).
Prerelease events: January 29-30, 2011
Launch Parties: February 4-7, 2011
The Mirrodin Besieged set becomes legal for sanctioned Constructed play on its official release date: Friday, 4th 2011.

Mirran and Phyrexian Factions
The war rages on. Each Mirrodin Besieged card (except planeswalkers and basic lands) has an identifying insignia in its text box that shows which faction it belongs to. (The Mirran insignia looks like a segmented ring. The Phyrexian insignia looks like a circle with a slash through it.) Faction insignias have no effect on game play.

And onto the new keyword techs and other info . . .

New Keyword Ability: Battle Cry
Found on Mirran creatures, battle cry is an ability that grants a +1/+0 bonus to other attacking creatures.

New Keyword Ability: Living Weapon
Living weapon is an ability of Phyrexian Equipment that automatically provides a creature to wield the Equipment when it enters the battlefield.

Cycle: Zeniths
The Mirrodin Besieged set includes a cycle of five Zeniths, powerful spells that can be drawn multiple times over the course of a game.

Returning Scars of Mirrodin Mechanics
Many abilities and mechanics featured in the Scars of Mirrodin set return in the Mirrodin Besieged set. For more information about infect, -1/-1 counters, poison counters, imprint, metalcraft, and proliferate, check out the previous FAQ document.
Mirrodin Besieged FAQ

If you're looking for a great on-line retailer whom you can put in your Mirrodin Besieged pre-orders, give MTG Mint Card a try.


MBS Intro Pack List

Happy Wednesday MTG peeps,

You may recall our post way about a month or so ago about the soon to be release Mirrodin Besieged Intro Decks. Well it appears that Trick over at ManaNation now has the full list of contents for us. Some cards are from the most recent core set, Magic 2011, some cards are from the first set in this block, Scars of Mirrodin, and the remainder from this new set. This is a wonderful way for a new player to get into the game.

"Battle Cries - /"

Creatures (23) : 2 Memnite, 2 Signal Pest, 2 Ardent Recruit, 1 Gold Myr, 2 Iron Myr, 2 Accorder Paladin, 1 Myrsmith, 1 Silvercoat Lion, 1 Leonin Relic-Warder, 1 Leonin Skyhunter, 2 Peace Strider, 1 Siege Mastodon, 3 Kuldotha Ringleader, 1 Razorfield Rhino, 1 Victory's Herald (foil rare)

Spells (13) : 2 Origin Spellbomb, 2 Galvanic Blast, 1 Viridian Claw, 1 White Sun's Zenith (Rare), 1 Whispersilk Cloak, 2 Arrest, 3 Master's Call, 1 Concussive Bolt

Lands (24) : 8 Mountain, 16 Plains

"Mirromancy - /"

Creatures (17) : 2 Iron Myr, 1 Silver Myr, 2 Blisterstick Shaman, 2 Koth's Courier, 2 Neurok Commando, 2 Peace Strider, 2 Ogre Resister, 1 Fire Servant, 1 Galvanoth (foil Rare), 2 Lumengrid Gargoyle

Spells (19) : 1 Crush, 1 Lightning Bolt, 1 Preordain, 2 Arc Trail, 1 Burn the Impure, 1 Turn the Tide, 1 Rally the Forces, 2 Call to Mind, 2 Foresee, 1 Melt Terrain, 1 Sleep, 2 Lava Axe, 2 Quicksilver Geyser, 1 Red Sun's Zenith (Rare)

Lands (24) : 13 Mountain, 11 Island

"Doom Inevitable - /"

Creatures (17) : 2 Fume Spitter, 2 Myr Sire, 3 Oculus, 1 Vedalken Anatomist, 1 Barony Vampire, 2 Phyrexian Rager, 2 Pierce Strider, 1 Skinrender, 1 Psychosis Crawler (foil Rare), 1 Armored Cancrix, 1 Caustic Hound

Spells (18) : 1 Flayer Husk, 1 Steel Sabotage, 1 Disentomb, 1 Horrifying Revelation, 2 Contagion Clasp, 1 Doom Blade, 1 Steady Progress, 1 Bonehoard (Rare), 2 Skin Wing, 2 Trigon of Corruption, 2 Vivisection, 1 Strandwalker, 1 Spread the Sickness, 1 Mind Control

Lands (25) : 13 Island, 12 Swamp

"Path of Blight - /"

Creatures (19) : 2 Plague Myr, 2 Blight Mamba, 2 Phyrexian Digester, 2 Rot Wolf, 2 Priests of Norn, 1 Viridian Corrupter, 1 Corpse Cur, 1 Blightwidow, 2 Tangle Angler, 2 Tine Shrike, 1 Phyrexian Hydra (foil Rare), 1 Phyrexian Juggernaut

Spells (14) : 2 Unnature Predation, 1 Mighty Leap, 1 Pistus Strike, 2 Choking Fumes, 1 Safe Passage, 1 Decimator Web (Rare), 2 Trigon of Infestation, 2 Hunters' Feast, 2 Banishment Decree

Lands (25) : 14 Forest, 11 Plains

Intro pack contents include:

* 60-card preconstructed deck, which includes 1 premium foil rare.

* A booster pack of the current set

* A set-specific insert explaining the new mechanics in the set and info on the preconstructed decks included in the intro packs

* A learn-to-play insert for new players that includes game rules, deck building tips, and storyline information

Unlike previous sets, Wizards of the Coast will only be providing four versions of the Intro Packs for Mirrodin Besieged (normally, there are five versions) to play. There will be two decks to represent the Mirran faction and two decks for Phyrexia. The intro pack displays at your local gaming store will still contain ten decks – two of each type plus two more selected at random.

If you're looking for a great on-line retailer whom you can put in your Mirrodin Besieged pre-orders, give MTG Mint Card a try.



MBS Primer Video

Hello again MTG peeps,

As tradition dictates, Wizards has produced another primer video ahead of the new Magic the Gathering set pre-release. In this their most recent Planeswalker Primer video, WoTC minions Dr. Ryan Miller and Dr. Bill Stark take a look at the overview of Mirrodin Besieged, officially released February 4 and provide tips for the pre-release this weekend.

Of note in the video : the Mirrodin Besieged Game Day cards are announced. Game Day events are standard format and held approximately one month after a set's release. Grab a bucket of popped Korn and let's watch . . .


Now a word about the Game Day cards . . .

For showing up and participating you score a

Treasure Mage, 2u
Creature - Human Wizard, Uncommon
When Treasure Mage enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an artifact card with converted mana cost 6 or greater, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.

. . . And the Top 8 players get the awesome bombtastic

Black Sun's Zenith, xbb
Sorcery, Rare
Put X -1/-1 counters on each creature. Shuffle Black Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.

yep - awesome sauce!

To follow up with the above video, Wizards has provided two additional ones to help you out with the new mechanics.

A look at the new 'Battle Cry' mechanic . . .

And here's a look at the new 'Living Weapon' tech . . .

One last thingy - -

During the pre-release (most places) will provide 3 booster packs of Scars of Mirrodin and 3 booster packs of Mirrodin Besieged. You should be able to get the opportunity to request which faction, Mirran or Phyrexia you want to get for your MBS packs . . . WHICH faction will you go with and WHY ? -> Drop your response in the comment thingy below this post.


MBS Spoiler Complete

Welcome back MTG peeps,

We are still short a few Magic the Gathering card images but the Mirrodin Besieged spoiler / preview is now complete. Players are itching (not due to abysmal hygiene) to sling this cards during games this weekend at the pre-release. If you are looking for an event, check out the WoTC locator page. You can find the MTG Realm text spoiler HERE, and out MBS Image Garden HERE.

First up -
Here is the Mirrodin Besieged Checklist - use this very handy form to submit deck lists if required at a future event you attend.

Mirrodin Besieged Checklist

And finally -
The Name and Number Crunch list to summarize the set. Many thanks to Hunter and all the gamers / fans who helped in developing the list.

1 Accorder Paladin (Creature – Human Knight), Uncommon, Mirran
2 Ardent Recruit (Creature – Human Soldier), Common, MIrran
3 Banishment Decree (Instant), Common, Phyrexian
4 Choking Fumes (Instant), Uncommon, Phyrexian
5 Divine Offering (Instant), Common, Mirran
6 Franctic Salvage (Instant), Common, Mirran
7 Gore Vassal (Creature – Hound), Uncommon, Phyrexian
8 Hero of Bladehold (Creature - Human Knight), Mythic, Mirran
9 Kemba’s Legion (Creature – Cat Soldier), Uncommon, Mirran
10 Leonin Relic-warder (Creature – Cat Cleric) Uncommon, Mirran
11 Leonin Skyhunter (Creature – Cat Knight), Common, Mirran
12 Loxodon Partisan (Creature – Elephant Soldier), Common, Mirran
13 Master's Call (Instant), Common, Mirran
14 Mirran Crusader (Creature - Human Knight), Rare, Mirran
15 Phyrexian Rebirth (Sorcery), Rare, Phyrexian
16 Priests of Norn (Creature – Cleric), Common, Phyrexian
17 Tine Shrike (Creature – Bird), Common, Phyrexian
18 Victory’s Herald (Creature - Angel), Rare, Mirran
19 White Sun’s Zenith (Instant), Rare, Mirran
20 Blue Sun’s Zenith (Instant), Rare, Mirran
21 Consecrated Sphinx (Creature – Sphinx), Mythic, Phyrexian
22 Corrupted Conscience (Enchantment – Aura), Uncommon, Phyrexian
23 Cryptoplasm (Creature – Shapeshifter), Rare, Mirran
24 Distant Memories (Sorcery), Rare, Phyrexian
25 Fuel for the Cause (Instant), Common, Phyrexian
26 Mirran Spy (Creature – Drone), Common, Mirran
27 Mitotic Manipulation (Sorcery), Rare, Phyrexian
28 Neurok Commando (Creature - Human Rogue), Uncommon, Mirran
29 Oculus (Creature – Homunculus), Common, Phyrexian
30 Quicksilver Geyser (Instant), Common, Mirran
31 Serum Raker (Creature – Drake), Common, Phyrexian
32 Spire Serpent (Creature – Serpent), Common, Mirran
33 Steel Sabotage (Instant), Common, Phyrexian
34 Treasure Mage (Creature – Human Wizard), Uncommon, Mirran
35 Turn the Tide (Instant), Common, Mirran
36 Vedalken Anatomist (Creature – Vedalken Wizard), Uncommon, Phrexian
37 Vedalken Infuser (Creature – Vedalken Wizard, Uncommon, Mirran
38 Vivisection (Sorcery, Uncommon, Phyrexian
39 Black Sun’s Zenith (Sorcery), Rare, Phyrexian
40 Caustic Hound (Creature – Hound), Common, Phyrexian
41 Flensersmite (Creature – Gremlin), Common, Phyrexian
42 Flesh-Eater Imp (Creature – Imp), Uncommon, Phyrexian
43 Go for the Throat (Instant), Uncommon, Mirran
44 Gruesome Encore (Sorcery), Uncommon, Phyrexian
45 Horrifying Revelation ([…]), Common, Phyrexian
46 Massacre Wurm (Creature – Wurm), Mythic, Phyrexian
47 Morbid Plunder ([…]), Common, Phyrexian
48 Nested Ghoul (Creature – Zombie Warrior), Uncommon. Phyrexian
49 Phyresis (Enchantment – Aura), Common, Phyrexian
50 Phyrexian Crusader (Creature - Zombie Knight), Rare, Phyrexian
51 Phyrexian Rager (Creature – Horror), Common, Phyrexian
52 Phyrexian Vatmother (Creature – Horror), Rare, Phyrexian
53 Sangromancer (Creature – Vampire Shaman), Rare, Mirran
54 Scourge Servant (Creature – Zombie), Common, Phyrexian
55 Septic Rats (Creature – Rat), Uncommon, Phyrexian
56 Spread the Sickness (Sorcery), Common, Phyrexian
57 Virulent Wound (Instant), Common, Phyrexian
58 Blisterstick Shaman (Creature – Goblin Shaman), Common, Mirran
59 Burn the Impure (Instant), Common, Mirran
60 Concussive Bolt (Sorcery), Common, Mirran
61 Crush (Instant), Common, Mirran
62 Galvanoth (Creature- Beast), Rare, Mirran
63 Gnathosaur (Creature – Lizard), Common, Mirran
64 Goblin Wardriver (Creature – Goblin Warrior), Uncommon, Mirran
65 Hellkite Igniter (Creature – Dragon), Rare, Mirran
66 Hero of Oxid Ridge (Creature – Human Knight), Mythic, Mirran
67 Into the Core (Instant), Uncommon, Phyrexian
68 Koth’s Courier (Creature – Human Rogue), Common, Mirran
69 Kuldotha Flamefiend (Creature – Elemental), Uncommon, Mirran
70 Kuldotha Ringleader (Creature – Giant Berserker), Common, Mirran
71 Metallic Mastery ([…]), Uncommon, Phyrexian
72 Ogre Resister (Creature – Ogre), Common,Mirran
73 Rally the Forces (Instant), Common, Mirran
74 Red Sun’s Zenith (Sorcery), Rare, Mirran
75 Slagstorm (Sorcery), Rare, Mirran
76 Spiraling Duellist (Human Berserker), Uncommon, Mirran
77 Blightwidow (Creature – Spider), Common, Phyrexian
78 Creeping Corrosion (Sorcery), Rare, Phyrexian
79 Fangren Maurauder (Creature – Beast), Common, Mirran
80 Glissa’s Courier (Creature – Horror), Common, Phyrexian
81 Green Sun’s Zenith (Sorcery), Rare, Phyrexian
82 Lead the Stampede (Sorcery), Uncommon, Mirran
83 Melira’s Keepers (Creature – Human Warrior), Uncommon, Mirran
84 Mirran Mettle (Instant), Common, Mirran
85 Phyrexian Hydra (Creature – Hydra), Rare, Phyrexian
86 Pistus Strike (Instant), Common, Phyrexian
87 Plaguemaw Beast (Creature – Beast), Uncommon, Phyrexian
88 Praetor’s Council (Sorcery), Mythic, Phyrexian
89 Quilled Slagwurm (Creature – Wurm), Uncommon, Phyrexian
90 Rot Wolf (Creature – Wolf), Common, Phyrexian
91 Tangle Mantis (Creature – Insect), Common, Mirran
92 Thrun, the Last Troll (Legendary Creature – Troll Shaman), Mythic, Mirran
93 Unnatural Predation (Instant), Common, Phyrexian
94 Viridian Corrupter (Creature – Elf Shaman), Uncommon, Phyrexian
95 Viridian Emissary (Creature – Elf Scout), Uncommon, Phyrexian
96 O Glissa, the Traitor (Legendary Creature – Zombie Elf), Mythic, Phyrexian
97 O Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas (Planeswalker - Tezzeret), Mythic, unaffiliated
98 A Bladed Sentinel (Artifact Creature – Construct), Common, Mirran
99 A Blightsteel Colossus (Artifact Creature – Golem, Mythic, Phyrexian
100 A Bonehoard (Artefact – Equipment), Rare, Phyrexian
101 A Brass Squire (Artifact Creature - Myr), Uncommon, Mirran
102 A Copper Carapace (Artifact – Equipment), Common, MIrran
103 A Core Prowler (Artifact Creature – Horror), Uncommon, Phyrexian
104 A Darksteel Plate (Artifact – Equipment), Mirran
105 A Decimator Web (Artifact), Rare, Phyrexian
106 A Dross Ripper (Artifact Creature –Hound), Common, Phyrexian
107 A Flayer Husk (Artifact – Equipment), Common, Phyrexian
108 A Gust-skimmer (Creature – Insect), Common, Mirran
109 A Hexplate Golem (Artifact Creature – Golem), […], Mirran
110 A Ichor Wellspring (Artifact), Common, Phyrexian
111 A Knowledge Pool (Artifact), Rare, Mirran
112 A Lumengrid Gargoyle (Artifact Creature – Gargoyle), Uncommon, Mirran
113 A Magnetic Mine (Artifact), Rare, Mirran
114 A Mirrorworks (Artifact), Rare, Mirran
115 A Mortarpod (Artifact - Equipment), Uncommon, Phyrexian
116 A Myr Sire (Artifact Creature - Myr), Common, Phyrexian
117 A Myr Turbine (Artifact), Rare, Mirran
118 A Myr Welder (Artifact Creature - Myr), Rare, Mirran
119 A Peace Strider (Artifact Creature – Construct), Uncommon, Mirran
120 A Phyrexian Digester (Artifact Creature – Construct), Common,, Phyrexian
121 A Phyrexian Juggernaut (Artifact Creature – Juggernaut), Uncommon, Phyrexian
122 A Phyrexian Revoker (Artifact Creature – Horror, Rare, Phyrexian
123 A Pierce Strider (Artifact Creature – Construct), Uncommon, Phyrexian
124 A Piston Sledge (Artifact – Equipment), Uncommon, Mirran
125 A Plague Myr (Artifact Creature - Myr), […], Phyrexian
126 A Psychosis Crawler (Artifact Creature – Horror), Rare, Phyrexian
127 A Razorfield Rhino (Artifact Creature – Rhino), Common, Mirran
128 A Rusted Slasher (Artifact Creature - Horror), Common, Phyrexian
129 A Shimmer Myr (Artifact Creature - Myr), Rare, Mirran
130 A Shriekhorn (Artifact), Common, Mirran
131 A Signal Pest (Artifact Creature - Pest), […], Mirran
132 A Silverskin Armor (Artifact – Equipment), Uncommon, Mirran
133 A Skinwing (Artifact – Equipment), Uncommon, Phyrexian
134 A Sphere of the Suns (Artifact), Uncommon, Mirran
135 A Spin Engine (Artifact Creature – Construct), Common, MIrran
136 A Spine of Ish Sah (Artifact), Rare, Phyrexian
137 A Strandwalker (Artifact - Equipment), […], Phrexian
138 A Sword of Feast and Famine (Artifact - Equipment), Mythic, Mirran
139 A Tangle Hulk (Artifact Creature - Beast), Common, Phyrexian
140 A Thopter Assembly (Artifact Creature –Thopter), Rare, Mirran
141 A Titan Forge (Artifact), Rare, Mirran
142 A Training Drone (Artifact Creature – Drone), Uncommon, Mirran
143 A Viridian Claw (Artifact – Equipment), […], Mirran
144 L Contested War Zone (Land), Rare, Mirran
145 L Inkmoth Nexus (Land), Rare, Phyrexian
146 L Plains (Basic Land)
147 L Plains (Basic Land)
148 L Island (Basic Land)
149 L Island (Basic Land)
150 L Swamp (Basic Land)
151 L Swamp (Basic Land)
152 L Mountain (Basic Land)
153 L Mountain (Basic Land)
154 L Forest (Basic Land)
155 L Forest (Basic Land)