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CardShark Content - Alec Greenberg (7/25/2004)

I'd like to start this article by complimenting those of you not concerned with Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
. Anyone playing a deck that does its ´´own thing´´ is fueling the fire towards a healthier standard environment. Those of you playing Ravager Affinity, I deeply urge you to break the habit. I know that it's a winner, but it's corrupting the goodness that is Magic: the Gathering. Now before you let the insults fly, just hear me out. I'm not just some guy with a janky collection that wants to see janky cards played; but rather, I'm a philosopher (*takes out Sherlock Holmes pipe and starts puffing*).

My theory is called: circle of love. The theory is that if Ravager remains the deck to beat, then it will be hated out by new decks running about 35 (exaggerated, but not far from the truth) artifact kill spells. Then, new control decks will emerge to take out the anti-artifact decks. Ravager then smiles triumphantly and takes back its title as champ. The process is repeated as if there were some sort of time rift and no other decks even mattered. (here we go round the mulberry bush, mulberry bush- ahem, sorry) Unless something is done, Ravager will stir up trouble. It's a tyrant if ever I saw one. Everyone will either be playing in the circle, to beat the circle, or to get in the circle, quite unhealthy indeed.

Could Ravager be banned next time round? I wouldn't question wizards for banning it, but I believe there is a better way to cope with this situation. Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
is no Memory Jar
Memory Jar
Memory JarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Memory Jar: Each player sets aside his or her hand, face down, and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she set aside this way.
, it CAN be stopped. The way to handle Ravager right now is to play something unexpected- sligh, for example. Then, Ravager would have few options when sideboarding came round. Don't be the one running monogreen control with 4 oxidize, 4 naturalize, 4 tel-jilad justice, and 4 viridian shaman along with complimentary eternal witnesses, just so you can wipe the floor with Ravager. This deck is what really made the circle a potent possibility.

So who will be the one kid in the sandbox that stands up to the bully smashing all the sandcastles? Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
? Perhaps those of you playing TaN decks are the heroes of this Marvel Comic gone topsy-turvy. TaN has always been a contender since its creation and seems like it will be ever-present until Mirrodin block cycles out, like goblins right now. Tooth decks have won their fair share of tourneys, beating Ravager in the process. Personally, I find it more entertaining winning via 11/11 an indestructible colossus, as opposed to sissy disciple of the vault.

But, not everybody can play TaN, that would contradict everything I have said thus far. So, another way to put the circle effect to bed is to run decks with a minimal amount of artifacts. Don't get me wrong, artifacts are definitely all that and a bag of chips, but not so much when your deck is chock full of em. (unless playing Ironworks, in which case, disregard that statement) That encourages decks like monogreen to crush you like an eggshell. The circle of love is like cats and dogs living in close quarters. Put them together, they're a ravenous pack clawing each others brains out. Apart, they're normal, everyday animals. Take one deck in the circle out of business, the others will fade and blend in with the rest of the environment. So, nullify the insane amount of artifact kill of the anti-artifact decks, and standard may see better days yet.

Also, a word to netdeckers. Just because you see many Ravager in many top 8 slots does NOT mean its hunky dory to go promoting it. If it's beating 70% (or something close to it) of the decks that it's facing, then 70% of the decks getting their faces smashed are going to want to add more artifact hate maindeck. This is not good. Take a different deck instead.

What's the bottom line? Yes, Ravager is good, but it doesn't deserve to mold the format to its whim. There are decks right now made solely to beat Ravager Affinity. If we can eliminate this set of mind, we can restore the format to a state where people don't create decks based on their performance vs. one deck. We also need to reduce the number of people playing Ravager decks. There are other winning decks out there to be explored. I guess there's some incredible charisma about the artwork of Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
, like Uncle Sam. Well, Uncle Sam is just a silly old dude with a beard, come on, don't fall into the snare the circle of love sets for you.

I am not saying the circle effect will most DEFINATELY take place. I am confidently predicting based on the growing amount of decks that fit the circles ´´agenda,´´ if you will. Drastic action is needed. Wizards of the Coast: stop Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
. (Kudos to a good friend for getting me started on this philosophy)


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