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CardShark Content - Alex Lee (6/5/2004)

This is an article about multiplayer and a new deck I’ve been making for the format. Multiplayer is tricky in the sense that to win, one must ally with others using careful politics, or be the enemy of all the other players and risk the game turning into an one-on-five match. For a deck to go the second route it must be vastly superior to the other decks, or have answers for threats that all the other people are laying down on the table, a very hard task to successfully accomplish. The deck posted below tries to have answers to threats easily, to take control of the game completely.

Be warned, the deck uses Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
, the most evil card ever printed since Yawgmoth’s Will. But it uses them in a different way. Anyway, here it is:

Reign of Death

Creatures: 20
4 Braids, Cabal Minion
Braids, Cabal Minion
Braids, Cabal MinionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices an artifact, creature, or land.

4 Sengir Autocrat
Sengir Autocrat
Sengir AutocratSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Autocrat
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Sengir Autocrat comes into play, put three Serf tokens into play. Treat these tokens as 0/1 black creatures.If Sengir Autocrat leaves play, bury all Serf tokens.

4 Bone Shredder
Bone Shredder
Bone ShredderSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Bone Shredder comes into play, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature.

3 Deranged Hermit
Deranged Hermit
Deranged HermitSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Deranged Hermit comes into play, put four Squirrel tokens into play. Treat these tokens as 1/1 green creatures.All Squirrels get +1/+1.

3 Viridian Shaman
Viridian Shaman
Viridian ShamanSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Viridian Shaman comes into play, destroy target artifact.

2 Sengir Vampire
Sengir Vampire
Sengir VampireSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
FlyingVampire gets a +1/+1 counter each time a creature dies during a turn in which Vampire damaged it.


Other Spells: 16
4 Grave Pact
Grave Pact
Grave PactSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Whenever any creature you control is put into any graveyard, each other player sacrifices a creature.

4 No Mercy
No Mercy
No MercySet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully deals damage to you, destroy it.

4 Haunted Crossroads
Haunted Crossroads
Haunted CrossroadsSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
B: Put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library.

4 Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)


Lands: 24
14 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

4 Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar WastesSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add B or G to your mana pool. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

4 Tainted Wood
Tainted Wood
Tainted WoodSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add B or G to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.

2 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.


Here is an explanation of the cards:

Braids, Cabal Minion
Braids, Cabal Minion
Braids, Cabal MinionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices an artifact, creature, or land.
:
Braids is amazing in this deck. She is one of the global permanent destruction effects in this deck, and that is one of the main focuses of the deck: killing everybody. The kill your own card ability can be a asset, because you can equip Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
onto something and then sac it.

Sengir Autocrat
Sengir Autocrat
Sengir AutocratSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Autocrat
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Sengir Autocrat comes into play, put three Serf tokens into play. Treat these tokens as 0/1 black creatures.If Sengir Autocrat leaves play, bury all Serf tokens.
, Deranged Hermit
Deranged Hermit
Deranged HermitSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Deranged Hermit comes into play, put four Squirrel tokens into play. Treat these tokens as 1/1 green creatures.All Squirrels get +1/+1.
:
Both of these cards are for supplying the endless creature swarms to supply to Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
for mass card advantage, or you can just let the Hermit or the Autocrat die and have all of your opponents sacrifice a creature due to Grave Pact
Grave Pact
Grave PactSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Whenever any creature you control is put into any graveyard, each other player sacrifices a creature.
. The squirrel tokens can also used as beatdown if you choose to keep the Deranged Hermit
Deranged Hermit
Deranged HermitSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Deranged Hermit comes into play, put four Squirrel tokens into play. Treat these tokens as 1/1 green creatures.All Squirrels get +1/+1.
in play.

Bone Shredder
Bone Shredder
Bone ShredderSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Bone Shredder comes into play, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
:
Focused creature control is good against large threats that may try to kill you. Bone Shredder
Bone Shredder
Bone ShredderSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Bone Shredder comes into play, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
is better than Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.
because you can Clamp it, reuse it, or just sac it to Braids.

Viridian Shaman
Viridian Shaman
Viridian ShamanSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Viridian Shaman comes into play, destroy target artifact.
:
This is a strange choice to put in the deck, but I have found that it’s much better than Viridian Zealot
Viridian Zealot
Viridian ZealotSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Kev Walter
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Tel-Jilad Zealot: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
in this deck. The reasons are that you can’t sac Viridian Zealot
Viridian Zealot
Viridian ZealotSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Kev Walter
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Tel-Jilad Zealot: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
to Braids, and you can’t Clamp it since it only has one toughness. This is if you want to use the ability to kill an artifact or enchantment. If enchantments are common in your playgroup, then you could switch to Viridian Zealot
Viridian Zealot
Viridian ZealotSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Kev Walter
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Tel-Jilad Zealot: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
, although the double green in the casting cost will hurt you.

Sengir Vampire
Sengir Vampire
Sengir VampireSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
FlyingVampire gets a +1/+1 counter each time a creature dies during a turn in which Vampire damaged it.
:
One of the actual win conditions in this deck, Sengir Vampire
Sengir Vampire
Sengir VampireSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
FlyingVampire gets a +1/+1 counter each time a creature dies during a turn in which Vampire damaged it.
is for the final punch to kill the opponents. There are only two in the deck because Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
can speed through your deck quickly.

Grave Pact
Grave Pact
Grave PactSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Whenever any creature you control is put into any graveyard, each other player sacrifices a creature.
:
Another of the mass kill cards, Grave Pact
Grave Pact
Grave PactSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Whenever any creature you control is put into any graveyard, each other player sacrifices a creature.
will trigger many times due to all your tokens dying. Grave Pact
Grave Pact
Grave PactSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Whenever any creature you control is put into any graveyard, each other player sacrifices a creature.
has always been my favorite multiplayer card and I think that this deck uses them to its full extent.

No Mercy
No Mercy
No MercySet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully deals damage to you, destroy it.
:
No card has better gotten opponents to stay away than No Mercy
No Mercy
No MercySet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully deals damage to you, destroy it.
. It provides early defense if some people decide to gang up on you, and also a late-game card because your opponents will shy away from getting their huge creature killed. I highly suggest this card in any multiplayer black deck as it is one of the best ‘stay away’ cards.

Haunted Crossroads
Haunted Crossroads
Haunted CrossroadsSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
B: Put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library.
:
The Crossroads bring back your token producers for more fun. As well as being able to bring back the token producers, Haunted Crossroads
Haunted Crossroads
Haunted CrossroadsSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
B: Put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library.
is great for come-into-play-effect creatures to be reused. The card disadvantage of putting the cards back on your library is countered by your new cards from Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
.

Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
:
This is probably the most important card in the deck, because the huge card advantage provided by it drives the deck forward. There will usually be an abundance of things to Clamp, from all the token creatures, and also stuff like Bone Shredder
Bone Shredder
Bone ShredderSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Bone Shredder comes into play, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
and Deranged Hermit
Deranged Hermit
Deranged HermitSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Deranged Hermit comes into play, put four Squirrel tokens into play. Treat these tokens as 1/1 green creatures.All Squirrels get +1/+1.
which is good fodder once it’s actually in play.

There were many cards that almost got in but didn’t make it. Some were the Spikes from the Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
Block, which could pump up my creatures before dying. I especially liked Spike Feeder
Spike Feeder
Spike FeederSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spike
Rarity:
U
Number:
68
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Spike Feeder comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it.2, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Feeder: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Feeder: Gain 2 life.
and Spike Weaver
Spike Weaver
Spike WeaverSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spike
Rarity:
R
Number:
128
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Spike Weaver comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it.2, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Weaver: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.1, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Weaver: Creatures deal no combat damage this turn.
because of their useful abilities. I felt that there was more than enough removal, so Attrition
Attrition
AttritionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
B, Sacrifice a creature: Destroy target nonblack creature.
didn’t get in. I really wanted to put some Krosan Tusker
Krosan Tusker
Krosan TuskerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
272
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Cycling 2G (2G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.). When you cycle Krosan Tusker, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
s and some Yavimaya Elder
Yavimaya Elder
Yavimaya ElderSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Yavimaya Elder is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for up to two basic land cards, reveal them, and put them into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.2, Sacrifice Yavimaya Elder: Draw a card.
s in, but there just wasn’t enough room for them. Any of these cards can be put in the deck if it is having problems.


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