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CardShark Content - Alex Lee (10/10/2005)

No doubt many of you went to the Ravnica Prerelease, and I did. It was great; waiting in line for literally two hours in the rain, having a computer database error, me missing a game due to me not hearing that the pairings were up… Yup, good times. But this article isn’t about the prerelease; it’s about a rare I opened at it: Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
.

Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.

4G
Enchantment
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places that many counters instead.

Other than having one of the worst fantasy names ever, the card is pretty cool. And it combines REALLY well with a certain card: Orochi Hatchery
Orochi Hatchery
Orochi HatcherySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
266
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Orochi Hatchery comes into play with X charge counters on it. 5, T: Put a 1/1 green Snake creature token into play for each charge counter on Orochi Hatchery.
. If something put counters on the Hatchery, it would get twice as many counters, and when it made Snakes it would double that too. Go Quadrupling Season!

Here’s a quick deck emphasizing the Hatchery:

Hatching Season 1.0
Creatures: 17
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 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.

4 Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) 3G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. 3W: Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.

2 Loxodon Hierarch
Loxodon Hierarch
Loxodon HierarchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
214
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Loxodon Hierarch comes into play, you gain 4 life. GW, Sacrifice Loxodon Hierarch: Regenerate each creature you control.

2 Nullmage Shepherd
Nullmage Shepherd
Nullmage ShepherdSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
174
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Tap four untapped creatures you control: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 Phytohydra
Phytohydra
PhytohydraSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant Hydra
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If damage would be dealt to Phytohydra, put that many +1/+1 counters on it instead.


Other Spells: 20
4 Orochi Hatchery
Orochi Hatchery
Orochi HatcherySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
266
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Orochi Hatchery comes into play with X charge counters on it. 5, T: Put a 1/1 green Snake creature token into play for each charge counter on Orochi Hatchery.

4 Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.

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 Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

1 Hour of Reckoning
Hour of Reckoning
Hour of ReckoningSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Destroy all nontoken creatures.

1 Overwhelm
Overwhelm
OverwhelmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
175
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Creatures you control get +3/+3 until end of turn.

1 Magistrate’s Scepter
1 Darksteel Reactor
Darksteel Reactor
Darksteel ReactorSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Darksteel Reactor is indestructible. (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) At the beginning of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Darksteel Reactor. When Darksteel Reactor has twenty or more charge counters on it you win the game.


Land: 23
4 Vitu-Ghazi, the City Tree
10 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

9 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


Yes, the deck seems pretty random, but it is completely based on cards that work well with Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
. An explanation of the cards:

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.
:
This was key in a charge counter deck before, so now it’s even better. Every turn it gives two counters to Hatchery, or if you get desperate you can sac it for four.

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.
:
Erm, yeah, you probably know all about STE and how good he is, so no explanation needed.

Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) 3G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. 3W: Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.
:
One of the best cards in this deck. The guildmage comes out early, can make 1/1 tokens, and also pumps up every one of your gigantic Snake/Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
tokens to a 2/2 or a 3/3.

Loxodon Hierarch
Loxodon Hierarch
Loxodon HierarchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
214
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Loxodon Hierarch comes into play, you gain 4 life. GW, Sacrifice Loxodon Hierarch: Regenerate each creature you control.
:
I personally like this card a lot, it reminds me of Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.
with an extra Regeneration
Regeneration
RegenerationSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
G: Target creature regenerates.
ability. He can save all your tokens from a timely Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
, if need be.

Nullmage Shepherd
Nullmage Shepherd
Nullmage ShepherdSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
174
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Tap four untapped creatures you control: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
:
This deck gets out lots of creatures fast, but all of them would die to a Night of Soul’s Betrayal
Betrayal
BetrayalSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Play only on a creature an opponent controls.If enchanted creature becomes tapped, draw a card.
or some other pesky enchantment. So use this to stop them quickly.

Phytohydra
Phytohydra
PhytohydraSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant Hydra
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If damage would be dealt to Phytohydra, put that many +1/+1 counters on it instead.
:
I get insane at just the thought of playing this and blocking something like a Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel ColossusSet: Darksteel
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
11
Toughness:
11
Text:
Trample. Darksteel Colossus is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) If Darksteel Colossus would be put into a graveyard from anywhere reveal Darksteel Colossus and shuffle it into its owner's library instead.
while you have Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
in play. Anyway, it’s pretty cool.

Orochi Hatchery
Orochi Hatchery
Orochi HatcherySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
266
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Orochi Hatchery comes into play with X charge counters on it. 5, T: Put a 1/1 green Snake creature token into play for each charge counter on Orochi Hatchery.
:
The life and blood of the deck. After all, the goal of the deck is to play Hatchery, play anywhere from 10-1000 snakes, and smash. The amount of snakes you could get a turn is huge. Since with 1 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.
in play, you would 4 more snakes a turn. If you have an 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.
as well, your numbers will climb impossibly fast.

Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
:
Obviously the key to the deck. I wonder which member of R&D was on crack when this was designed.

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.
:
Similar to 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.
in uses, but isn’t a fragile 1/1 artifact creature.

Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
:
You’ll need to regularly get out Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
, so the Tutor can search for that as well as other stuff. I even have one of the artifact lands if you get manascrewed.

Hour of Reckoning
Hour of Reckoning
Hour of ReckoningSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Destroy all nontoken creatures.
:
Like many of the other single cards in here, Hour of Reckoning
Hour of Reckoning
Hour of ReckoningSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Destroy all nontoken creatures.
is mostly just for fun. But it feels really good when you load your Hatchery with counters, then blow everything up except for your Snakes.

Overwhelm
Overwhelm
OverwhelmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
175
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Creatures you control get +3/+3 until end of turn.
:
Convoke is some good in a deck with literally tons of creatures. If you have 20 or more tokens (an easy feat), then Overwhelm
Overwhelm
OverwhelmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
175
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Creatures you control get +3/+3 until end of turn.
can end the game against multiple opponents at once.

Magistrate’s Scepter:
If you have just one 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.
/Chamber and a Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
, you’ll get twice as many turns as your opponent. If you have two 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/Chambers, you’ll take infinite turns.

Darksteel Reactor
Darksteel Reactor
Darksteel ReactorSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Darksteel Reactor is indestructible. (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) At the beginning of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Darksteel Reactor. When Darksteel Reactor has twenty or more charge counters on it you win the game.
:
In a deck like this, Reactor can become a very fast clock. This has the advantage of getting around cards like Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
.

Vitu-Ghazi, the City Tree
I see almost no reason not to play this. The ability is similar to the Guildmage’s and it doesn’t cost you a card to get it.

I didn’t include the painlands and the guildlands for money reasons. While this deck is full of rares, they’re all ones that you could find in the Magic card bargain bin. I also didn’t put in Umezawa’s Jitte for money reasons, but it would be insane in here (+10/+10 anyone?)

So, there you have it, my strange, casual-friendly token deck. Of course, what would be even cooler is to splash Meloku, the Clouded Mirror and make 1/1 Flying tokens. But that’s for another article…


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