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CardShark Content - Alex Lee (7/3/2005)

I’ve recently have had a growing need to step outside my usual boundary of random aggro and control decks, which either win on the fourth or fifth turn or stall the whole game out. While I’m the type of person to enjoy that, my opponents have often said that I should try something else (perhaps rightly). So, I moved into the unknown territory of the combo deck. Now, I have built some before, as you can see in my past articles, but none that I really thought really moved into “combo” territory. So in this article I have three decks that would tickle even the most concentrated Draw Go player’s fancy.

The first revolves around Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
and Kamigawa Block. Here it is:

Combo:
4 Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.

4 Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.

4 Ashes of the Fallen
Ashes of the Fallen
Ashes of the FallenSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Artifact
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Text:
As Ashes of the Fallen comes into play, choose a creature type. Each creature card in your graveyard has the chosen creature type in addition to its other types.

3 Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.


Soulshifters:
4 Promised Kannushi
Promised Kannushi
Promised KannushiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soulshift 7 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 7 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)

4 Elder Pine of Jukai
Elder Pine of Jukai
Elder Pine of JukaiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, reveal the top three cards of your library. Put all land cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order. Soulshift 2

4 Thief of Hope
Thief of Hope
Thief of HopeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
147
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, target opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life. Soulshift 2 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 2 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)

3 Deathknell Kami
Deathknell Kami
Deathknell KamiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 2: Deathknell Kami gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Sacrifice it at end of turn. Soulshift 1 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 1 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)


Mana-Fixers:
4 Sakura Tribe-Elder
3 Sensei’s Divining Top

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

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


Some of you might be going “huh” by now, so I’ll explain. This deck is similar to the Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
decks of extended, but operates on a completely different engine. Instead of Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
, Wirewood Savage
Wirewood Savage
Wirewood SavageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
304
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play, you may draw a card.
, etc., you use Ashes of the Fallen
Ashes of the Fallen
Ashes of the FallenSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Artifact
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Text:
As Ashes of the Fallen comes into play, choose a creature type. Each creature card in your graveyard has the chosen creature type in addition to its other types.
to make Promised Kannushi
Promised Kannushi
Promised KannushiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soulshift 7 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 7 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)
a Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
. Then by using Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
, you can start an endless soulshift chain of a larger creature getting the Kannushi, and the Kannushi starting the cycle again. But it still needs a way to sacrifice creatures, and Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.
fills that role as well as a win condition. Another way to win is to have Thief of Hope
Thief of Hope
Thief of HopeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
147
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, target opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life. Soulshift 2 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 2 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)
in play to deal infinite damage.

Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.
is there for you to have mana to pay for Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.
. If you have Promised Kannushi
Promised Kannushi
Promised KannushiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soulshift 7 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 7 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)
and Elder Pine of Jukai
Elder Pine of Jukai
Elder Pine of JukaiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, reveal the top three cards of your library. Put all land cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order. Soulshift 2
, two Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.
s can replace Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
, because by playing both spirits, you make four green mana, the amount you need to play them both.
The Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe ElderSet: Commander
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
and Sensei’s Divining Top smooth your mana, and each also serves another purpose. By having Ashes of the Fallen
Ashes of the Fallen
Ashes of the FallenSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Artifact
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Text:
As Ashes of the Fallen comes into play, choose a creature type. Each creature card in your graveyard has the chosen creature type in addition to its other types.
in play, you can revive the Elder with Soulshift from the Elder Pine or Thief of Hope
Thief of Hope
Thief of HopeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
147
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, target opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life. Soulshift 2 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 2 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)
. The Top can use the extra mana from Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.
so you don’t take mana burn.

Here is a possible scenario:
T1: Sensei’s Divining Top
T2: Ashes of the Fallen
Ashes of the Fallen
Ashes of the FallenSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Artifact
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Text:
As Ashes of the Fallen comes into play, choose a creature type. Each creature card in your graveyard has the chosen creature type in addition to its other types.

T3: Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.

T4: Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
, Thief of Hope
Thief of Hope
Thief of HopeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
147
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you play a Spirit or Arcane spell, target opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life. Soulshift 2 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 2 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)
, Promised Kannushi
Promised Kannushi
Promised KannushiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soulshift 7 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 7 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)
, Deathknell Kami
Deathknell Kami
Deathknell KamiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 2: Deathknell Kami gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Sacrifice it at end of turn. Soulshift 1 (When this is put into a graveyard from play, you may return target Spirit card with converted mana cost 1 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)
, use mana to play Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.
, sac the Kannushi, sac the Kami, return the Kannushi, and repeat infinite times. By having thief of Hope in play, you deal infinite damage.

The second deck is a deck built around 2 Saviors cards and Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
:

Combo:
4 Vedalken Orrery
Vedalken Orrery
Vedalken OrrerySet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Text:
You may play nonland cards anytime you could play an instant.

4 Pain’s Reward
4 Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)

4 Choice of Damnations
Choice of Damnations
Choice of DamnationsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Text:
Target opponent chooses a number. You may have that player lose that much life. If you don't, that player sacrifices all but that many permanents.


Removal:
3 Rend Flesh
Rend Flesh
Rend FleshSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Destroy target non-Spirit creature.

3 Horobi’s Whisper
4 Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)


Mana Fixers:
4 Wayfarer’s Bauble
2 Journeyer’s Kite

Search:
3 Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

2 Sensei’s Divining Top

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

I’ve already written about Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
in a past article, but this one’s even more evil. The goal is to play Pain’s Reward on your opponent’s turn and force them to bid 20 life with Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
. You can also use Choice of Damnations
Choice of Damnations
Choice of DamnationsSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Text:
Target opponent chooses a number. You may have that player lose that much life. If you don't, that player sacrifices all but that many permanents.
and have them choose 20. Of course, they’re both sorceries, so we can finally put Vedalken Orrery
Vedalken Orrery
Vedalken OrrerySet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Text:
You may play nonland cards anytime you could play an instant.
to use. The rest of the deck is removal to keep you alive, and search to keep the deck consistent.

Here is a possible scenario.
T1: play Wayfarer’s Bauble
T2: use Bauble
T3: play Vedalken Orrery
Vedalken Orrery
Vedalken OrrerySet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Text:
You may play nonland cards anytime you could play an instant.

T4: play some removal spell
T5: play Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)

T6: use Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
, use Pain’s Reward on the opponent’s turn

The last deck is a Magistrate’s Scepter deck:

Combo:
4 Energy Chamber
Energy Chamber
Energy ChamberSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, choose one- Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature, or put a charge counter on target noncreature artifact.

4 Coretapper
Coretapper
CoretapperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Put a charge counter on target artifact. Sacrifice Coretapper: Put two charge counters on target artifact.

4 Magistrate’s Scepter

Win Condition:
3 Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.


Search:
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.


Counter and Bounce:
4 Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.

4 Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.

3 Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.


Defense:
4 Silent Arbiter
Silent Arbiter
Silent ArbiterSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
150
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
No more than one creature can attack each combat. No more than one creature can block each combat.


Mana Fixers:
3 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.


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



This one’s pretty straightforward, so I’ll be brief. Have a combination of three Coretapper
Coretapper
CoretapperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Put a charge counter on target artifact. Sacrifice Coretapper: Put two charge counters on target artifact.
s and/or Energy Chamber
Energy Chamber
Energy ChamberSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, choose one- Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature, or put a charge counter on target noncreature artifact.
s out, and every turn you can get 3 counters on Magistrate’s Scepter and get infinite turns. I guess some of my controlling aspects come into the win condition, because you win with Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
s. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually finished a game with this deck, my opponents just concede. Silent Arbiter
Silent Arbiter
Silent ArbiterSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
150
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
No more than one creature can attack each combat. No more than one creature can block each combat.
is one of my personal favorite cards, and it fits perfectly here. You can also pump it up with Energy Chamber
Energy Chamber
Energy ChamberSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, choose one- Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature, or put a charge counter on target noncreature artifact.
. If you can only get 2 Energy Chamber
Energy Chamber
Energy ChamberSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, choose one- Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature, or put a charge counter on target noncreature artifact.
/Coretapper
Coretapper
CoretapperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Put a charge counter on target artifact. Sacrifice Coretapper: Put two charge counters on target artifact.
s, you can still gain a turn every other turn, because the Scepter can make charge counters itself. The rest of the deck is just protection for your combo.

Here is a possible scenario:
T1: Land
T2: 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.

T3: Magistrate’s Scepter, Coretapper
Coretapper
CoretapperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Put a charge counter on target artifact. Sacrifice Coretapper: Put two charge counters on target artifact.

T4: Energy Chamber
Energy Chamber
Energy ChamberSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, choose one- Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature, or put a charge counter on target noncreature artifact.
, Coretapper
Coretapper
CoretapperSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Put a charge counter on target artifact. Sacrifice Coretapper: Put two charge counters on target artifact.
, leave mana for Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.

T5, Start getting infinite turns

And there you have it, three combo decks that are all explosive on one turn, and take control of the game. If this article is well-received, I might write a follow-up.


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