Whenever Abyssal Nightstalker attacks and isn't blocked, defending player discards a card.
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As insubstantial, and as powerful, as the wind that carries it.
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Whenever Alaborn Cavalier attacks, you may tap target creature.
"Course he ran I wouldn't want to stare down that barrel, either"—Alaborn soldier
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"Ever proud, ever vigilant."—Grenadier motto
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Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
Muskets gave the Alaborn army an advantage it had long lacked—air defense.
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"I dedicate my body to my countryAnd my life to my King."—Alaborn Soldier's Oath
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T: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Activate this ability only during your turn, before attackers are declared.
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When Alaborn Zealot blocks a creature, destroy that creature and Alaborn Zealot.
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All creatures able to block target creature this turn do so.
No earthly armor is protection against this sweetness.
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You draw three cards and you lose 3 life.
"Knowledge demands sacrifice."—Tojira, swamp queen
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When Angel of Fury dies, you may shuffle it into its owner's library.
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When Angel of Mercy enters the battlefield, you gain 3 life.
Target creature gets +3/+3 and gains flying until end of turn. (It can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.)
The man who rose up to fight was not the same man knocked down.
Defender (This creature can't attack.)
Be at peace, and observe its beauty. Be at war, and feel its justice.
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T: Apprentice Sorcerer deals 1 damage to any target. Activate this ability only during your turn, before attackers are declared.
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Destroy all lands.
War destroys more than just the land. War destroys hope.
Armored Galleon can't attack unless defending player controls an Island.
"Information equals profits. Our merchants sell it, or our pirates use it." —Jefan, Talas ship captain
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In its lair lies a carpet of bones.
Target opponent draws a card.
You gain 7 life.
Bargaining with a goblin is like trading with a child; both believe they already own everything.
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Every little cub has its mother's teeth to guard it.—Elvish saying
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Bee Sting deals 2 damage to any target.
Busy as a bumblebee, blistered as a goblin.—Alaborn saying
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Blaze deals X damage to any target.
"This isn't what I meant by ‘facing the heat of battle'"—Jefan, Talas ship captain
Target creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn.
"I have all the weapons my enemies have—and far deeper rage."—Tojira, swamp queen
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Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield.
When Brutal Nightstalker enters the battlefield, you may have target opponent discard a card.
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Creatures you control get +1/+0 until end of turn.
When nightstalkers sing, nothing in creation sleeps.
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T: Return Coastal Wizard and another target creature to their owners' hands. Activate this ability only during your turn, before attackers are declared.
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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a card from it. That player discards that card.
"Human tenderness is simply weakness in a pretty package."—Tojira, swamp queen
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Target opponent sacrifices a creature.
"Such a fragile organ, the brain."—Tojira, swamp queen
If Cunning Giant is unblocked, you may have it assign its combat damage to a creature defending player controls.
The bat thrives on what underestimates it.
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Dakmor Plague deals 3 damage to each creature and each player.
The tiniest cough can be deadlier than the fiercest dragon.
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A scorpion this big you won't find curled up in your boot. Maybe around your boot, but not in it.
Dakmor Sorceress's power is equal to the number of Swamps you control.
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Destroy target nonblack creature. You gain 3 life.
"Our greatest hope has become our enemy's greatest triumph."—Restela, Alaborn marshal
You may have Deathcoil Wurm assign its combat damage as though it weren't blocked.
Cast this spell only during the declare attackers step and only if you've been attacked this step.
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you this turn by attacking creatures.
Return target sorcery card from your graveyard to your hand.
History is the study of repetition.
When Denizen of the Deep enters the battlefield, return each other creature you control to its owner's hand.
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Earthquake deals X damage to each creature without flying and each player.
Creatures and lands target opponent controls don't untap during their next untap step.
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Counter target sorcery spell.
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Look at the top card of target player's library. You may put that card into their graveyard.
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Counter target creature spell.
You gain 2 life for each creature you control.
Everyone loves a good sale.
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When Foul Spirit enters the battlefield, sacrifice a land.
They get along so well with their goats because they're practically goats themselves.
Sacrifice Goblin Firestarter: It deals 1 damage to any target. Activate this ability only during your turn, before attackers are declared.
Whenever Goblin General attacks, Goblin creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.
Lead, follow, or run around like crazy.
Goblin Glider can't block.
The goblins call the gliders "death from above." Everyone else calls them "clods in the clouds."
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Draw four cards, then discard three cards at random.
"I done forgot more than you'll ever know, pipsqueak.""Yeah—that's your problem."
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When Goblin Matron enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a Goblin card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
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Mountainwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Mountain.)
Goblin mountaineer, barely keeps his family fed.
Once he'd worked out which end of the thing was sharp, he was promoted to guard duty.
Goblin Raider can't block.
"I seen lots o' fights. To win ya gotta bash hard and not get bashed back."—Goblin grunt
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Target opponent chooses a creature they control. Other creatures they control can't block this turn.
"Goblins cry, soldiers fly.Stones fly, soldiers die"
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Goblin War Strike deals damage to target player or planeswalker equal to the number of Goblins you control.
The elvish scout was scrupulous about the truth. She told the traders that gold lay nearby.
Destroy target nonblack creature.
The touch of death is never gentle.
Tap any number of untapped creatures you control. You gain 4 life for each creature tapped this way.
When Hidden Horror enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless you discard a creature card.
Hurricane deals X damage to each creature with flying and each player.
Ironhoof Ox can't be blocked by more than one creature.
The good news is it's vegetarian. The bad news is it just doesn't like you.
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Jagged Lightning deals 3 damage to each of two target creatures.
Destroy target attacking creature.
Kiss of Death deals 4 damage to target opponent or planeswalker. You gain 4 life.
"I'd sooner lock lips with a viper. At least I might walk away from that."—Elvish scout
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player or planeswalker.
Meant to cut through the body and burn straight to the soul.
You may have Lone Wolf assign its combat damage as though it weren't blocked.
Whenever Lurking Nightstalker attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
The shadows know.
Forestwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Forest.)
Rarely seen, hardly heard, never caught.
When Magma Giant enters the battlefield, it deals 2 damage to each creature and each player.
Target player discards two cards.
The dead sing their own lullabies.
Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.
The nightstalkers' little game of tease-the-squirrel suddenly took an unexpected turn.
"Just as some fool said it couldn't get worse, the rats began to show up."—Alaborn soldier
Counter target creature or sorcery spell.
Target player gains 8 life.
The dying ask for water because they know it contains life.
Search your library for a Forest card and put that card onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.
"Every seed planted is another lesson the forest can teach us."—Arathel, elvish queen
Nightstalker Engine's power is equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard.
Part metal, part bone, and all death.
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"‘Air superiority?' Not while our archers scan the skies."—Elvish scout
T: You may put a green creature card from your hand onto the battlefield. Activate this ability only during your turn, before attackers are declared.
Some trees bear deadly fruit.
Norwood Riders can't be blocked by more than one creature.
"Trade my moose? Sure—when I find a horse that can spear ten goblins at a time"
Whenever Norwood Warrior becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
"The woods hold peace for those who desire it, but those who seek battle will find me."
After a while, ships stopped sailing within his reach.
When Ogre Arsonist enters the battlefield, destroy target land.
The machine does the growling, so the ogre's free to smile.
Ogre Taskmaster can't block.
Three little goblins, enjoying their brew. One bumped an ogre, and then there were two.
Assault and battery included.
Destroy target creature. Its owner gains 4 life.
"You could die famous or you could die old. I chose old."—Former soldier
Until end of turn, you may tap lands you don't control for mana. Spend this mana only to cast spells.
The sea gives, and the sea takes. Some just help with the taking.
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"I'd hate to see the bird that could get this wurm"—Alaborn soldier
When Predatory Nightstalker enters the battlefield, you may have target opponent sacrifice a creature.
Prowling Nightstalker can't be blocked except by black creatures.
Silent as a serpent, twisted as a lone bog tree, evil as Tojira's heart.
Haste (This creature can attack and T as soon as it comes under your control.)
He raged at the world, at his family, at his life. But mostly he just raged.
Swampwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Swamp.)
"Our steeds need food, water, stabling. Theirs just need prey."—Restela, Alaborn marshal
Destroy all creatures target opponent controls. You lose 2 life for each creature destroyed this way.
Knives in the sky, cries in the air, and blood on the ground.
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
"Life from death is part of the natural cycle. This is merely a shortcut."—Tojira, swamp queen
Untap all creatures you control.
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When Ravenous Rats enters the battlefield, target opponent discards a card.
Whenever Razorclaw Bear becomes blocked, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
One razorclaw is three bears too many.—Elvish saying
Untap all creatures that attacked this turn. After this main phase, there is an additional combat phase followed by an additional main phase.
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Return target attacking creature to its owner's hand.
Shuffle any number of target creature cards from your graveyard into your library.
Death just encourages life the more.
Return all Nightstalker permanent cards from your graveyard to the battlefield. Then destroy all Swamps you control.
Creatures you control get +2/+2 until end of turn.
"Bravery shines brightest in a pure soul."—Restela, Alaborn marshal
Destroy all tapped creatures. You gain 2 life for each creature destroyed this way.
Islandwalk (This creature can't be blocked as long as defending player controls an Island.)
The bears had been isolated on an island for hundreds of years, until the island sank and the bears didn't.
Put target card from your graveyard on top of your library.
"What was taken shall be restored."—Arathel, elvish queen
When Screeching Drake enters the battlefield, draw a card, then discard a card.
When Sea Drake enters the battlefield, return two target lands you control to their owner's hand.
Look at the top two cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the other on the bottom of your library.
Spitting Earth deals damage to target creature equal to the number of Mountains you control.
T: Destroy target tapped creature. Activate this ability only during your turn, before attackers are declared.
"You idiots Turn it around Turn it around"
Steam Frigate can't attack unless defending player controls an Island.
"Is it merchants or is it pirates?""It's Talas—there's no difference."
Destroy target land.
There goes the neighborhood
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Swarm of Rats's power is equal to the number of Rats you control.
Whenever Sylvan Basilisk becomes blocked by a creature, destroy that creature.
Sylvan Yeti's power is equal to the number of cards in your hand.
The deeper the wood, the greater its strength.
"Their ships pollute our air as they themselves pollute our forest."—Arathel, elvish queen
When Talas Explorer enters the battlefield, look at target opponent's hand.
The trader let loose a laugh that made all around him check their purses.
T: Draw a card. Activate this ability only during your turn, before attackers are declared.
From time, knowledge.From knowledge, power.
"Scouting a battle before you fight it is just good business."—Jefan, Talas ship captain
Talas Warrior can't be blocked.
The sea is in their blood. Literally.
When Temple Acolyte enters the battlefield, you gain 3 life.
Young, yes. Inexperienced, yes. Weak? Don't count on it.
T: You gain 1 life. Activate this ability only during your turn, before attackers are declared.
"Give us breath. Give us life. Prepare us for the day we make."—The Alaborn "Rite of Battle"
Take an extra turn after this one.
Doing something at the last minute isn't so bad when you can make that minute last.
Draw a card for each tapped creature target opponent controls.
"First they fight, then they sleep, then they dream. And finally I receive my reward."
Tap up to three target creatures without flying.
Four little goblins, trapped by the sea. One teased a serpent, and then there were three.
Put target creature on top of its owner's library.
"The ogre had come from out of the blue, so that's where I sent it back."—Talas wizard
Draw two cards.
"I don't want what I don't have. I want more of what I do have."
Whenever Town Sentry blocks, it gets +0/+2 until end of turn.
"So he gots a sword. Big deal.""Yeah, it's a big deal—it's a big sword"—Two goblins outside the gates of Trokin
"They serve the world best on a platter with shallots and onions."—Talas sailor
Tremor deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.
One little goblin shook up the ground. When the dust cleared, no one was found.
Battle tempers soldiers as fire tempers steel.
Return two target creatures to their owners' hands.
Search your library for a basic land card and put that card onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.
When Vampiric Spirit enters the battlefield, you lose 4 life.
Destroy target tapped creature.
A bullet renders all sizes equal.
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any target.
Fire finds its form in the heat of the forge.
People fight hardest on their own soil.
Two little goblins, out in the sun. Down came a griffin, and then there was one.
It has the run of the swamps, and it knows it.
Each player sacrifices four lands. Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature.
One or two target creatures gain flying until end of turn.
It pays to be at home both on the sea and in the sky.