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CardShark Content - Al Hetzel (12/21/2004)

In the ancient past, before artifacts were such a popular part of every deck, there existed a green enchantment called Titania's Song
Titania's Song
Titania's SongSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kersten Kaman
Text:
All non-creature artifacts in play lose all their usual abilities and become artifact creatures with toughness and power both equal to their casting costs. If Titania's Song leaves play, artifacts return to normal just before the untap phase of the next turn.
. This enchantment caused all non-creature artifacts to lose their normal abilities and become artifact creatures with power and toughness equal to their casting cost.

When Mirrodin was introduced, it included a similar enchantment called March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)
. This enchantment was blue instead of green and allowed the artifacts to keep their abilities even after they became artifact creatures.

Mirrodin also included a new type of land called an artifact land. These lands are essentially artifacts with no casting cost. March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)
is deadly to these lands. Since they are artifacts and have 0 casting cost, when March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)
comes into play, they become 0/0 artifact creatures and die an immediate and horrible death.

Since so many people created affinity decks using nothing but artifact lands, you could completely ruin their day with March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)
. However, with the addition of Myr Landshaper
Myr Landshaper
Myr LandshaperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target land becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.
, you could ruin their day even if they didn't have an affinity deck.

Myr Landshaper
Myr Landshaper
Myr LandshaperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target land becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.
is a little used Darksteel common. It is an artifact creature that can be tapped to change any one land into an artifact land. By itself, it is not that useful. Most often, it was delegated to making a Nim Shrieker
Nim Shrieker
Nim ShriekerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
73
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Nim Shrieker gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control.
stronger.

With March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)
in play, it becomes more powerful. All you have to do is to tap Myr Landshaper
Myr Landshaper
Myr LandshaperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target land becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.
to turn one of your opponent's lands into an artifact land. It immediately becomes a 0/0 artifact creature that goes to the graveyard immediately. As fun as that is, with Dross Scorpion
Dross Scorpion
Dross ScorpionSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Whenever Dross Scorpion or another artifact creature is put into a graveyard from play, you may untap target artifact.
, it gets even better.

Dross Scorpion
Dross Scorpion
Dross ScorpionSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Whenever Dross Scorpion or another artifact creature is put into a graveyard from play, you may untap target artifact.
is a Mirrodin common. Whenever an artifact creature goes to a graveyard, you can untap an artifact including an artifact creature such as, oh let's say, Myr Landshaper
Myr Landshaper
Myr LandshaperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target land becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.
. What you have is a way to eliminate all of your opponent's land in a single turn. It works like this.

Step 1. Get March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)
, Myr Landshaper
Myr Landshaper
Myr LandshaperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target land becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.
and Dross Scorpion
Dross Scorpion
Dross ScorpionSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Whenever Dross Scorpion or another artifact creature is put into a graveyard from play, you may untap target artifact.
into play. You must be able to tap Myr Landshaper
Myr Landshaper
Myr LandshaperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target land becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.
.
Step 2. Tap Myr Landshaper
Myr Landshaper
Myr LandshaperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target land becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.
to change one of your opponent's lands into an artifact land.
Step 3. March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)
turns that artifact land into a 0/0 artifact land creature which immediately goes to the graveyard.
Step 4: Since it was an artifact creature, Dross Scorpion
Dross Scorpion
Dross ScorpionSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Whenever Dross Scorpion or another artifact creature is put into a graveyard from play, you may untap target artifact.
allows you to untap one artifact.
Step 5: Untap the Myr Landshaper
Myr Landshaper
Myr LandshaperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target land becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.
and choose another land.
Step 6: Chuckle evilly as your opponent invents new swear words to throw at you.

The moment this combo starts, your little common Myr Landshaper
Myr Landshaper
Myr LandshaperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target land becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.
will become public enemy number one. You should be prepared to save it if necessary.

Starting with this combo, I created a quick little deck. For lack of a better name, I called it Marching Land Destruction.

Artifact (28)
4:Aether Spellbomb
Aether Spellbomb
Aether SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.

4:Crystal Shard
Crystal Shard
Crystal ShardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
159
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
3, T or U, T: Return target creature to its owner's hand unless its controller pays 1.

2:Sensei's Divining Top
Sensei's Divining Top
Sensei's Divining TopSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
268
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
1: Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. T: Draw a card, then put Sensei's Divining Top on top of its owner's library.

4:Dross Scorpion
Dross Scorpion
Dross ScorpionSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Whenever Dross Scorpion or another artifact creature is put into a graveyard from play, you may untap target artifact.

4:Myr Landshaper
Myr Landshaper
Myr LandshaperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target land becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.

4:Myr Servitor
Myr Servitor
Myr ServitorSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Myr Servitor is in play, each player returns all cards named Myr Servitor from his or her graveyard to play.

4:Silver Myr
Silver Myr
Silver MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

2:Spire Golem
Spire Golem
Spire GolemSet: Darksteel
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Affinity for Islands, Flying.


Blue (12)
4:Vedalken Engineer
Vedalken Engineer
Vedalken EngineerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vedalken Artificer
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add 2 mana of any color to your mana pool. This mana may only be spent on artifacts and activated abilities of artifacts.

4:March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)

4:Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.
x 4

Land (20)
20:Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


The March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)
, Dross Scorpion
Dross Scorpion
Dross ScorpionSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Whenever Dross Scorpion or another artifact creature is put into a graveyard from play, you may untap target artifact.
and Myr Landshaper
Myr Landshaper
Myr LandshaperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target land becomes an artifact in addition to its other types until end of turn.
are needed in the main combo. Four of every card just in case one or more of them is destroyed.

The Sensei's Divining Top
Sensei's Divining Top
Sensei's Divining TopSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
268
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
1: Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. T: Draw a card, then put Sensei's Divining Top on top of its owner's library.
s keep you from just wishing for one of the combo cards. Instead, you can move any one of the top three cards of your library into your hand.

The Silver Myr
Silver Myr
Silver MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s and Vedalken Engineer
Vedalken Engineer
Vedalken EngineerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vedalken Artificer
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add 2 mana of any color to your mana pool. This mana may only be spent on artifacts and activated abilities of artifacts.
s provide mana acceleration. The mana from the Engineers can only be used on artifacts but with all of the artifacts in this deck, you will have plenty of opportunity to use them.

The Aether Spellbomb
Aether Spellbomb
Aether SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.
s, Crystal Shard
Crystal Shard
Crystal ShardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
159
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
3, T or U, T: Return target creature to its owner's hand unless its controller pays 1.
s and Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.
s add creature removal (or creature salvation). You can use any of them to send your opponent's creatures back to their hand. Once you've destroyed all of the enemy land, you can use these cards to eliminate anything that they managed to cast. Once back in their hand, you won't see them again. If your opponent manages to get off a shot at one of the combo cards, you can use these cards to save it. When possible, use the Crystal Shard
Crystal Shard
Crystal ShardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
159
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
3, T or U, T: Return target creature to its owner's hand unless its controller pays 1.
since it is reusable. Aether Spellbomb
Aether Spellbomb
Aether SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.
s can be used to draw more cards and Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.
s can be used on all permanents and not just creatures.

The Myr Servitor
Myr Servitor
Myr ServitorSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Myr Servitor is in play, each player returns all cards named Myr Servitor from his or her graveyard to play.
s and Spire Golem
Spire Golem
Spire GolemSet: Darksteel
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Affinity for Islands, Flying.
s are low cost blockers. The Servitors are only 1/1. However, as long as one of them survives, they will all return to play during your next turn. Because of this, you won't be too broken up if a couple of them are killed. The Spire Golem
Spire Golem
Spire GolemSet: Darksteel
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Affinity for Islands, Flying.
s are good 2/4 flying blockers with affinity for Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s.

With a good hand, you can destroy all of your opponent's land in the fourth turn. With a decent hand, it may take until the sixth turn.

Try it and let me know how it goes.


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