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CardShark Content - Alex Lee (8/1/2004)

I’ve been trying to make a deck that can lock the opponent in a position where you can just toy with them in any way you want. After some careful planning, I think this deck is one of them.

If all goes right with this deck, then you’ll be able to steal all of your opponent’s permanents, or just destroy them, tap all of their permanents, and counter any spell they play, all the while taking extra turns and creating x/x creatures. I know that’s a lot of things to do in one deck, but any one of them is powerful enough to win a game. Here’s the deck that can do it all (or at least a lot):

Absolute Lock:
Land: 24
4 Seat of the Synod
Seat of the Synod
Seat of the SynodSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(Seat of the Synod isn't a spell.) T: Add U to your mana pool.

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


Creatures: 6
4 Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto AlchemistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Untap target artifact or creature.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

2 Memnarch
Memnarch
MemnarchSet: Darksteel
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
1UU: Target permanent becomes an artifact in addition to its other types. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) 3U: Gain control of target artifact. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)


Other Spells: 30
4 Power Conduit
Power Conduit
Power ConduitSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
T, Remove a counter from a permanent you control: Choose one|Put a charge counter on target artifact; or put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

4 Thran Dynamo
Thran Dynamo
Thran DynamoSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
T: Add three colorless mana to your mana pool.

4 Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.

4 Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.

3 Smokestack
Smokestack
SmokestackSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
309
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
During your upkeep, you may put a soot counter on Smokestack.During each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a permanent for each soot counter on Smokestack.

4 Fabricate
Fabricate
FabricateSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

3 Decree of Silence
Decree of Silence
Decree of SilenceSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, counter that spell and put a depletion counter on Decree of Silence. If there are three or more depletion counters on Decree of Silence, sacrifice it.
Cycling 4UU
When you cycle Decree of Silence, you may counter target spell.

2 Riptide Replicator
Riptide Replicator
Riptide ReplicatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
309
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
As Riptide Replicator comes into play, choose a color and a creature type. Riptide Replicator comes into play with X charge counters on it. 4, T: Put an X/X creature token of the chosen color and type into play, where X is the number of charge counters on Riptide Replicator.

2 Magistrate's Scepter
Magistrate's Scepter
Magistrate's ScepterSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
304
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
4, T: Put a charge counter on Magistrate's Scepter.tap, Remove three charge counters from Magistrate's Scepter: Take another turn after this one.


Most of you are probably confused, so here is an explanation of the cards:

Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto AlchemistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Untap target artifact or creature.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
:
This is actually more of a mana producer, because it can untap the Thran Dynamo
Thran Dynamo
Thran DynamoSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
T: Add three colorless mana to your mana pool.
s and the Seat of the Synod
Seat of the Synod
Seat of the SynodSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(Seat of the Synod isn't a spell.) T: Add U to your mana pool.
s. You can also use it to get multiple activations of Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
, Riptide Replicator
Riptide Replicator
Riptide ReplicatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
309
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
As Riptide Replicator comes into play, choose a color and a creature type. Riptide Replicator comes into play with X charge counters on it. 4, T: Put an X/X creature token of the chosen color and type into play, where X is the number of charge counters on Riptide Replicator.
, and Magistrate’s Scepter.

Memnarch
Memnarch
MemnarchSet: Darksteel
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
1UU: Target permanent becomes an artifact in addition to its other types. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) 3U: Gain control of target artifact. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)
:
As the ultimate control creature, Memnarch
Memnarch
MemnarchSet: Darksteel
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
1UU: Target permanent becomes an artifact in addition to its other types. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) 3U: Gain control of target artifact. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)
can steal anything from a big creature to a Mirari
Mirari
MirariSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
303
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever you play an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay 3. If you do, put a copy of that spell onto the stack. You may choose new targets for the copy.
’s Wake. Also a key thing to do is to steal a land that the opponent only has one of to mana screw them, or just if you’re low on mana and need extra lands. Don’t forget that the Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto AlchemistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Untap target artifact or creature.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
can untap Memnarch
Memnarch
MemnarchSet: Darksteel
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
1UU: Target permanent becomes an artifact in addition to its other types. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) 3U: Gain control of target artifact. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)
if it gets tapped.

Power Conduit
Power Conduit
Power ConduitSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
T, Remove a counter from a permanent you control: Choose one|Put a charge counter on target artifact; or put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
/Decree of Silence
Decree of Silence
Decree of SilenceSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, counter that spell and put a depletion counter on Decree of Silence. If there are three or more depletion counters on Decree of Silence, sacrifice it.
Cycling 4UU
When you cycle Decree of Silence, you may counter target spell.
:
If you get both of these out then your opponent can’t play any spells. Decree of Silence
Decree of Silence
Decree of SilenceSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, counter that spell and put a depletion counter on Decree of Silence. If there are three or more depletion counters on Decree of Silence, sacrifice it.
Cycling 4UU
When you cycle Decree of Silence, you may counter target spell.
counters any spell that your opponent plays, then Power Conduit
Power Conduit
Power ConduitSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
T, Remove a counter from a permanent you control: Choose one|Put a charge counter on target artifact; or put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
removes the counters and puts them on a Riptide Replicator
Riptide Replicator
Riptide ReplicatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
309
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
As Riptide Replicator comes into play, choose a color and a creature type. Riptide Replicator comes into play with X charge counters on it. 4, T: Put an X/X creature token of the chosen color and type into play, where X is the number of charge counters on Riptide Replicator.
, or the Magistrate’s Scepter.

Power Conduit
Power Conduit
Power ConduitSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
T, Remove a counter from a permanent you control: Choose one|Put a charge counter on target artifact; or put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
/Smokestack
Smokestack
SmokestackSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
309
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
During your upkeep, you may put a soot counter on Smokestack.During each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a permanent for each soot counter on Smokestack.
:
Power Conduit
Power Conduit
Power ConduitSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
T, Remove a counter from a permanent you control: Choose one|Put a charge counter on target artifact; or put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
is mentioned twice, because it is used in two combos. On your turn, put a counter on Smokestack
Smokestack
SmokestackSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
309
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
During your upkeep, you may put a soot counter on Smokestack.During each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a permanent for each soot counter on Smokestack.
, so the opponent has to sacrifice a permanent, then at the end of their turn remove the counter so you won’t have to sacrifice your permanents. If you have only one Power Conduit
Power Conduit
Power ConduitSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
T, Remove a counter from a permanent you control: Choose one|Put a charge counter on target artifact; or put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
and both Decree of Silence
Decree of Silence
Decree of SilenceSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, counter that spell and put a depletion counter on Decree of Silence. If there are three or more depletion counters on Decree of Silence, sacrifice it.
Cycling 4UU
When you cycle Decree of Silence, you may counter target spell.
and Smokestack
Smokestack
SmokestackSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
309
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
During your upkeep, you may put a soot counter on Smokestack.During each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a permanent for each soot counter on Smokestack.
on the board, remove the one that you need to the most. If Decree of Silence
Decree of Silence
Decree of SilenceSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, counter that spell and put a depletion counter on Decree of Silence. If there are three or more depletion counters on Decree of Silence, sacrifice it.
Cycling 4UU
When you cycle Decree of Silence, you may counter target spell.
has two depletion counters on it, be safe and remove one of those. It’s okay if you have to sac some lands. Just don’t put another counter on Smokestack
Smokestack
SmokestackSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
309
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
During your upkeep, you may put a soot counter on Smokestack.During each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a permanent for each soot counter on Smokestack.
.

Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
:
Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
helps disrupt the opponent by stalling a good creature, or tying up their mana base. It’s a great card to use with Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto AlchemistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Untap target artifact or creature.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
, and also Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.
.

Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.
/Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
:
This is the combo to tap the opponent’s permanents. On the beginning of your opponent’s turn, they have to leave most of their permanents tapped, and at the end of their turn, activate Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
to tap the Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.
. At the beginning of your turn, Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.
untaps and you don’t have to leave your stuff tapped. You can still play Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.
without Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
if you’re desperate, and sacrifice it to Smokestack
Smokestack
SmokestackSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
309
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
During your upkeep, you may put a soot counter on Smokestack.During each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a permanent for each soot counter on Smokestack.
if it’s too harmful to you.

Fabricate
Fabricate
FabricateSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
:
There are a lot of different combos in this deck, and you might not always have the combo you need. Fabricate
Fabricate
FabricateSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
helps find most of the combo pieces.

Magistrate’s Scepter/Riptide Replicator
Riptide Replicator
Riptide ReplicatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
309
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Text:
As Riptide Replicator comes into play, choose a color and a creature type. Riptide Replicator comes into play with X charge counters on it. 4, T: Put an X/X creature token of the chosen color and type into play, where X is the number of charge counters on Riptide Replicator.
.
All the counters from the Power Conduit
Power Conduit
Power ConduitSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
T, Remove a counter from a permanent you control: Choose one|Put a charge counter on target artifact; or put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
combos have to go somewhere, right? Extra turns may be crucial in some of your games when you get a slow start, and big creatures created by the Replicator one of the win conditions.

Thran Dynamo
Thran Dynamo
Thran DynamoSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
T: Add three colorless mana to your mana pool.
:
This deck uses a lot of mana, and Thran Dynamo
Thran Dynamo
Thran DynamoSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
T: Add three colorless mana to your mana pool.
has a lot. You might want to Fabricate
Fabricate
FabricateSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
for this in the early game.

The deck has a lot of combos, maybe too many. If you want more consistency, then take out any combos that you don’t like and add in some card-drawing cards, preferably low mana cost ones, such as U2VydW0gVisions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.
and 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.
’s Bauble.


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