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CardShark Content - Alex Lee (8/17/2004)

Recently a lot of people of people have been talking about the Cog deck, and its implications in Standard. But most versions have been mainly U/W, because of the searching powers of blue, such as trinket mage, and the recursing strengths of white, such as Leonin Salvage
Salvage
SalvageSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Take any one card from your graveyard and put that card on the top of your library.
rs. But when going with the U/W build, you are missing one key element: Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.
. This card, when properly used in a cog deck, can destroy an opponent by itself.

If you want to use this powerful card, then you also have the advantage of getting to use another perfect fit in a cog deck, Necrogen Spellbomb
Necrogen Spellbomb
Necrogen SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
216
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
B, Sacrifice Necrogen Spellbomb: Target player discards a card from his or her hand. 1, Sacrifice Necrogen Spellbomb: Draw a card.
. When combined with an Auriok Salvagers
Auriok Salvagers
Auriok SalvagersSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
1W: Return target artifact card with a converted mana cost 1 or less, from your graveyard to your hand.
or a Salvaging Station
Salvaging Station
Salvaging StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Text:
Tap: Return target noncreature artifact with a converted mana cost of 1 or less from your graveyard to play. Whenever a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may untap Salvaging Station.
, the Necrogen Spellbomb
Necrogen Spellbomb
Necrogen SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
216
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
B, Sacrifice Necrogen Spellbomb: Target player discards a card from his or her hand. 1, Sacrifice Necrogen Spellbomb: Draw a card.
will wipe out an opponent’s hand easily. And since the ability is an instant, you can make them discard the card on their turn!

And so, here is a B/W cog deck with a splash of blue:

MBC-Legal (and Standard-Legal) Cog Deck

Creatures: 16
4 Leonin Elder
Leonin Elder
Leonin ElderSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact comes into play, you may gain 1 life.

4 Leonin Squire
Leonin Squire
Leonin SquireSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Leonin Squire comes into play, return target artifact card from your graveyard with a converted mana cost of 1 or less to your hand.

4 Auriok Salvagers
Auriok Salvagers
Auriok SalvagersSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
1W: Return target artifact card with a converted mana cost 1 or less, from your graveyard to your hand.

4 Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.


Other Spells: 24
4 Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.

4 Wayfarer's Bauble
Wayfarer's Bauble
Wayfarer's BaubleSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Darrel Riche
Text:
2, Tap, Sacrifice Wayfarer's Bauble: Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into plya tapped. Then shuffle your library.

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.

2 Sunbeam Spellbomb
Sunbeam Spellbomb
Sunbeam SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
250
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
W, Sacrifice Sunbeam Spellbomb: You gain 5 life. 1, Sacrifice Sunbeam Spellbomb: Draw a card.

4 Necrogen Spellbomb
Necrogen Spellbomb
Necrogen SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
216
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
B, Sacrifice Necrogen Spellbomb: Target player discards a card from his or her hand. 1, Sacrifice Necrogen Spellbomb: Draw a card.

4 Salvaging Station
Salvaging Station
Salvaging StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Text:
Tap: Return target noncreature artifact with a converted mana cost of 1 or less from your graveyard to play. Whenever a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may untap Salvaging Station.


Land: 22
4 Ancient Den
Ancient Den
Ancient DenSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
278
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Ancient Den isn't a spell.) T: Add W to your mana pool.

4 Vault of Whispers
Vault of Whispers
Vault of WhispersSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Vault of Whispers isn't a spell.) T: Add B to your mana pool.

7 Plain
4 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

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


This version of the Cog deck uses Black and White for the creature base, and use blue only for 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.
. Instead of using Trinket Mage
Trinket Mage
Trinket MageSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Mark A Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Trinket Mage comes into play, you may search your library for an artifact card with converted mana cost 1 or less, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
’s tutoring ability, the deck relies on consistency. And with ten Spellbombs and four Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.
s, it achieves amazing cycling of cards. The minor splash of Blue is included because 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.
can stop 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.)
decks by itself, and it’s a cog. The Wayfarer’s Bauble is used for searching out Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s and also speeding out Salvaging Station
Salvaging Station
Salvaging StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Text:
Tap: Return target noncreature artifact with a converted mana cost of 1 or less from your graveyard to play. Whenever a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may untap Salvaging Station.
s. The great thing about this deck is that it doesn’t need a finisher, because with Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.
every cog turns into a Lava Dart
Lava Dart
Lava DartSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
94
Artist:
Darrell Riche

Text:
Lava Dart deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Flashback Sacrifice a mountain.
, and over the course of a few turns take the opponent down to zero.

Here are some tips on Matchups:

Affinity:
Against Affinity Leonin Elder
Leonin Elder
Leonin ElderSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact comes into play, you may gain 1 life.
stops their Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.
, and your own Disciple will put a serious dent in their life points. If their Ravager gets too big, then bounce it with 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.
, and when if the Ravager is sacked in response, recur 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.
and bounce the creature that is receiving the counters.

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.)
:
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.)
’s downfall is bounce against their creatures, so cycle through your deck like mad to find an 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.
, and then set up a position where you can bounce multiple things in a turn.

Big Red:
Big Red will try to burn you out and also sometimes have some early offense. Against Big Red you have two strategies: get a Leonin Elder
Leonin Elder
Leonin ElderSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact comes into play, you may gain 1 life.
on the board and use 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.
to protect it, or try to find a Sunbeam Spellbomb
Sunbeam Spellbomb
Sunbeam SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
250
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
W, Sacrifice Sunbeam Spellbomb: You gain 5 life. 1, Sacrifice Sunbeam Spellbomb: Draw a card.
and get 3-4 uses out of it in a turn. Even Pulse of the Forge
Pulse of the Forge
Pulse of the ForgeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Pulse of the Forge deals 4 damage to target player. Then if that player has more life than you return Pulse of the Forge to its owner's hand.
can’t keep up with +10-20 a turn. Necrogen Spellbomb
Necrogen Spellbomb
Necrogen SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
216
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
B, Sacrifice Necrogen Spellbomb: Target player discards a card from his or her hand. 1, Sacrifice Necrogen Spellbomb: Draw a card.
is especially good in this matchup, as you can stop the recurring Pulse of the Forge
Pulse of the Forge
Pulse of the ForgeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Pulse of the Forge deals 4 damage to target player. Then if that player has more life than you return Pulse of the Forge to its owner's hand.
.

These aren’t all the matchups of course, but just the ones I think you’ll play against the most.

Modifications:
The most likely modification you are likely to make is adding in Trinket Mage
Trinket Mage
Trinket MageSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Mark A Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Trinket Mage comes into play, you may search your library for an artifact card with converted mana cost 1 or less, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
, and with it a more toolbox like assortment of artifacts (such as one each of Avarice Totem
Avarice Totem
Avarice TotemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
5: Exchange control of Avarice Totem and target nonland permanent.
and Tel-Jilad Stylus). This deck is pretty budget, with the Salvaging Station
Salvaging Station
Salvaging StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Text:
Tap: Return target noncreature artifact with a converted mana cost of 1 or less from your graveyard to play. Whenever a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may untap Salvaging Station.
s as the only rares. If you want to add in some more money, then consider Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.
and Engineered Explosives
Engineered Explosives
Engineered ExplosivesSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a charge counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) 2, Sacrifice Engineered Explosives: Destroy each nonland permanent with a converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Engineered Explosives.
. The mox will speed up the deck considerably, but you probably only want to add two or three, because too many of them will run out of targets to imprint. Engineered Explosives works best with a single copy of it and some Trinket Mage
Trinket Mage
Trinket MageSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Mark A Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Trinket Mage comes into play, you may search your library for an artifact card with converted mana cost 1 or less, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.
s to search for it. Remember if you need a bigger Explosives you can use Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.
s.


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