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CardShark Content - Andrew Stokinger (7/16/2002)

There comes a point in every area of your life, in every game, in every play that you must admit you are terrible. Not that you aren’t good enough, but that you must become better. Some times it only happens once, then you are forced to learn and become better. Sometimes it happens again and again, as you constantly improve. Sometimes people come to that point, don’t see that they have to think, to work, to improve, and they never get past it.

Let’s make this practical. Welcome our stereotypical Kai Budde
Kai Budde
Kai BuddeSet: Promotional Other
Rarity:
P
Text:
Magic Pro Tour Player Card, four-time Player of the Year
wannabe, sweater included. He picks up the Type 2 Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
deck, and learns how to play it. He eventually masters it and brings home every Friday Night Magic that he can get off work to play in. He knows the all the match ups, and continuously adapts his sideboard to deal with new threats without making any major changes or switching deck types. He even plays in his regionals or nationals and does well.

And then things change.

The date rolls past July 1st. 143 new cards rotate into the environment. Our wannabe shows up to Friday Night Magic. It’s hot out. He no longer has the sweater on. He adds a few new cards to his deck, changes the sideboard to fit the three to five card change just like every few weeks when new deck types come out. But he loses. I don’t mean comes in second. I mean he goes 3-2.

There were some bad draws, and some lucky, multiple Innocent Blood
Innocent Blood
Innocent BloodSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player sacrifices a creature.
and Chainer’s Edict draws by his opponents. He doesn’t let it phase him. He plays again next week and goes 1-2 before dropping and drafting. Want to see my point? Well his is right here.

::Begin Fight Club music:: You are not your deck. You are not a mana screwed draw. You are not your past record. You are not the winner, at least not yet. You are not Kai Budde
Kai Budde
Kai BuddeSet: Promotional Other
Rarity:
P
Text:
Magic Pro Tour Player Card, four-time Player of the Year
. You must accept that fact that you are a person and that you must learn and change.

Someone who has at least asked me about this strategy was Mike Pustilnik. In Nice he asked me to explain my theory. I hadn’t ever thought of it as a theory. I also hadn’t ever applied it to deck building. He did, even if he didn’t think about it. The format had changed. Deep Dog was beating the tog decks now. Opposition
Opposition
OppositionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
was a major problem. Time to realize his current deck design wasn’t good enough and change.

Michael Pustilnik - Undefeated Day 1 Grand Prix San Paulo

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

4 Underground River
Underground River
Underground RiverSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.

4 Salt Marsh
Salt Marsh
Salt MarshSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
326
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Salt Marsh comes into play tapped.T: Add U or B to your mana pool.

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

1 Cephalid Coliseum
Cephalid Coliseum
Cephalid ColiseumSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
317
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Tap: Add U to your mana pool. Cephalid Coliseum deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - U, Tap, Sacifice Cephalid Coliseum: Target player draws three cards, then discards three cards from his or her hand. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

1 Darkwater Catacombs
Darkwater Catacombs
Darkwater CatacombsSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
319
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
: 1, Tap: Add UB to your mana pool.


4 Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

4 Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
48
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blue spells and red spells you play cost 1 less to play. 1B: Regenerate Nightscape Familiar

1 Possessed Aven
Possessed Aven
Possessed AvenSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
45
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Flying. Threshold - Possessed Aven gets +1/+1, is black, and has 2B, T: Destroy target blue creature.


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 Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U

4 Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.

2 Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.

3 Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

3 Upheaval
Upheaval
UpheavalSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return all permanents to their owners' hands.

3 Cunning Wish
Cunning Wish
Cunning WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Artist:
Jim Nelson

Text:
Choose an instant you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Cunning Wish from the game.

3 Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.


Sideboard
1 Psychotic Haze
Psychotic Haze
Psychotic HazeSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Text:
Psychotic Haze deals 1 damage to each creature and each player. Madness 1B

1 Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.

1 Recoil
Recoil
RecoilSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Then that player discards a card from his or her hand.

1 Teferi's Response
Teferi's Response
Teferi's ResponseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Scott Bailey
Text:
Counter target spell or ability an opponent controls that targets a land you control. If a permanent's ability is countered this way, destroy that permanent.Draw two cards.

1 Lobotomy
Lobotomy
LobotomySet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Look at target player's hand and choose any of those cards other than a basic land. Search that player's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of the chosen card and remove them from the game. That player shuffles his or her library afterwards.

2 Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.

1 Mana Short
Mana Short
Mana ShortSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All opponent's lands are tapped, and opponent's mana pool is emptied. Opponent takes no damage from unspent mana.

1 Execute
Execute
ExecuteSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Destroy target white creature. It can't be regenerated. Draw a card.

1 Slay
Slay
SlaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Destroy target green creature. It can't be regenerated. Draw a card.

1 Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

1 Divert
Divert
DivertSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target unless that spell's controller pays 2.

1 Aura Graft
Aura Graft
Aura GraftSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
Move target enchantment that's enchanting a permanent to another permanent it can enchant. Gain control of that enchantment. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)

1 Coffin Purge
Coffin Purge
Coffin PurgeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Flashback B (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

1 Spelljack
Spelljack
SpelljackSet: Judgment
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Pete Venters

Text:
Counter target spell. If the spell is countered in this way, remove it from the game instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard. As long as it remains removed from game, you may play it as though it were in your hand without paying its mana cost. If it has X in its mana cost, X is 0.


Mike added new cards, but he also went back to a pre regionals build of Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
that Zev never quite gave up on. He now could handle beat down decks just a little bit better. His improvements weren’t the best, but he made the realization and changed.

The eventual winner of the Grand Prix he played that deck in also made some changes.

Gabriel Caligaris 1st GP San Paulo

2 Darkwater Catacombs
Darkwater Catacombs
Darkwater CatacombsSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
319
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
: 1, Tap: Add UB to your mana pool.

4 Salt Marsh
Salt Marsh
Salt MarshSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
326
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Salt Marsh comes into play tapped.T: Add U or B to your mana pool.

4 Underground River
Underground River
Underground RiverSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.

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

1 Cephalid Coliseum
Cephalid Coliseum
Cephalid ColiseumSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
317
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Tap: Add U to your mana pool. Cephalid Coliseum deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - U, Tap, Sacifice Cephalid Coliseum: Target player draws three cards, then discards three cards from his or her hand. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

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


4 Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape Familiar
Nightscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
48
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blue spells and red spells you play cost 1 less to play. 1B: Regenerate Nightscape Familiar

4 Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

4 Force Spike
Force Spike
Force SpikeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.

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 Chainer's Edict
Chainer's Edict
Chainer's EdictSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. Flashback 5BB

3 Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.

3 Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U

3 Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

2 Deep Analysis
Deep Analysis
Deep AnalysisSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Text:
Target player draws two cards. Flashback - 1U, Pay 3 life.

2 Upheaval
Upheaval
UpheavalSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return all permanents to their owners' hands.

3 Cunning Wish
Cunning Wish
Cunning WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Artist:
Jim Nelson

Text:
Choose an instant you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Cunning Wish from the game.


sideboard
4 Ghastly Demise
Ghastly Demise
Ghastly DemiseSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature if its toughness is less than or equal to the number of cards in your graveyard.

3 Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.

1 Deep Analysis
Deep Analysis
Deep AnalysisSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Text:
Target player draws two cards. Flashback - 1U, Pay 3 life.

1 Mana Short
Mana Short
Mana ShortSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All opponent's lands are tapped, and opponent's mana pool is emptied. Opponent takes no damage from unspent mana.

1 Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

1 Coffin Purge
Coffin Purge
Coffin PurgeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Flashback B (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

1 Opportunity
Opportunity
OpportunitySet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Target player draws four cards.

1 Hibernation
Hibernation
HibernationSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return all green permanents to owners' hands.

1 Teferi's Response
Teferi's Response
Teferi's ResponseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Scott Bailey
Text:
Counter target spell or ability an opponent controls that targets a land you control. If a permanent's ability is countered this way, destroy that permanent.Draw two cards.

1 Psychotic Haze
Psychotic Haze
Psychotic HazeSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Text:
Psychotic Haze deals 1 damage to each creature and each player. Madness 1B


Gabriel added new cards, changed concepts, and kept his sideboard strong. We can’t all achieve anything near this when a format rotates. We can however realize that we need to improve, not just our deck, but our play and ourselves.


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