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CardShark Content - Andrew Tamasauskas (11/30/2004)

As I start this article, I must begin with a quote of my friends. “No matter how much you hate Affinity, Affinity hates you more.” As much removal spells as we play; Oxidize
Oxidize
OxidizeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target artifact. It can't be regenerated.
s, E-bolts, Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
s, Justice
Justice
JusticeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Text:
During your upkeep, pay WW or bury Justice.Whenever any red creature or spell assigns damage, Justice deals an equal amount of damage to that creature's or spell's controller.
s, Shamans, and Slugs we pay, we still just can’t stop ravager once he hits the board. Add a disciple to the mix and you’re pretty much screwed.

Sure it is hands down the best deck in the format, but why? How come the hate decks haven't been able to win more than 50-60% of the time, and still work in non-affinity match-ups? I do not know the answer to this question, but I do pose a deck that could have answers to ravager, and the rest of the field.

The deck, by most assumptions, should actually have the worst match-up against Affinity, but at this point aren't you ready to try something new? If the obvious choice to run massive amounts of artifact destruction doesn't work... maybe running none might. Mono-Blue Control…

Land (24)
20x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s
3x Stalking Stones
Stalking Stones
Stalking StonesSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.6: Stalking Stones becomes a 3/3 artifact creature permanently. (This creature still counts as a land.)

1x Minamo
Minamo
MinamoSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Kamigawa
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Whenever a player casts a spell, that player may draw a card. Whenever you roll {C}, each player may return a blue card from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.
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Creatures (6)
4x Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Ittoku
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Keiga, the Tide Star is put into a graveyard from play, gain control of target creature.

2x Meloku, the Clouded Mirror

Spells (19)
4x Condescend
Condescend
CondescendSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Text:
Counter target spell unless that spell's controller pays. Scry 2

4x Hinder
Hinder
HinderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, put that card on the top or bottom of its owner's library instead of that player's graveyard.

4x 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.

4x Thirst
Thirst
ThirstSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
When Thirst comes into play, tap enchanted creature.During your upkeep, pay U or bury Thirst.Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.
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3x 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.


Artifacts (11)
3x Sensei’s Divining Top
4x Vedalken Shackles
Vedalken Shackles
Vedalken ShacklesSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
You may choose not to untap Vedalken Shackles during your untap step. 2, Tap: Gain control of target creature with power less than or equal to the number of Islands you control as long as Vedalken Shackles remains tapped.

4x Guardian Idol
Guardian Idol
Guardian IdolSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
128
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Guardian Idol comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 2: Guardian Idol becomes a 2/2 artifact creature until end of turn.


Side Board
4x Last word
4x Annul
Annul
AnnulSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Counter target artifact or enchantment spell.

4x March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)

3x Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.


Keiga, The Tide Star: Great power for only six mana. Great kill card or against control who cares if he dies? I’ll just yoink your creature now~~!!

Meloku, the Clouded Mirror: Amazingly good. Flying 1/1’s and all I have to do is return a land to my hand?? Insane win-condition

Condescend
Condescend
CondescendSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Text:
Counter target spell unless that spell's controller pays. Scry 2
: What can I say? The scrye is amazing, it just runs into the problem of being too mana-heavy in the late game against decks like 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.)
and U/G control. Two seems to be about the right casting cost, as it's a counter on turn 2 without being completely useless in the late game.

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.
: The best counter spell in the type 2. It gets the job done, and there isn't a time you hate drawing this in your opening hand. Another great turn 2 counter. There really isn't a deck that it is bad against, at least not in the early game.

Hinder
Hinder
HinderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, put that card on the top or bottom of its owner's library instead of that player's graveyard.
: The cheapest hard counter in the block. With Eternal Witness
Eternal Witness
Eternal WitnessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Eternal Witness comes into play, return target card from your graveayrd to your hand.
in just about every non-Affinity deck, the ability to put the spell on the bottom of their deck will almost always be better than putting it into their graveyard. Don't hesitate to stick it back on top when the situation is right, sometimes a Memory Lapse
Memory Lapse
Memory LapseSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Counter target spell. Put that spell on top of owner's library.
can be better than a 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.
.

Thirst
Thirst
ThirstSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
When Thirst comes into play, tap enchanted creature.During your upkeep, pay U or bury Thirst.Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.
For Knowledge: Great card draw. Far superior to concentrate, because of its ability to be cast at the end of your opponents turn.

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.
: Bouncing is amazing, epically against ravager. Watch your opponent ditch artifacts to ravager then just play the nice juicy bounce to make your opponent’s jaw drop.  Espically usefull in the early game.

Sensei’s Divining Top: Top is always a nice card to see. Kinda makes you think about keeping the one mana draw. Godly card to keep the counters coming late game. Also good early game to get the land out you need to get your win conditions rolling.

Vedeaken shackles: The super star of the deck. Yoinking creatures is always fun. The fact that you can switch the target of your hate mid-game gives you even more of an edge to control the field.

Guardian Idol
Guardian Idol
Guardian IdolSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
128
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Guardian Idol comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 2: Guardian Idol becomes a 2/2 artifact creature until end of turn.
: Yet another win condition. When your opponent is open let em swing to get some damage in there. 

Last Word
Last Word
Last WordSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
23
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Last Word can't be countered by spell or abilities. Counter target spell.
: Board them in for mirror matches or against other control decks. Can be very useful against U/G control.

March of The Machines: Board it in against KCI or Ravager. It pretty much screws over any artifact land based decks, while making your shackles, and idols creatures!

Annul
Annul
AnnulSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Counter target artifact or enchantment spell.
s: Self-explanatory, board em in against decks that needs artifacts to run. KCI, ravager, anything artifact based.
O-Stones- Good against equipment or massive creature decks. White weenie or even Kiki-Jiki, stones are always useful no matter what the situation. It always gives me a little comfort to see a stone on my side of the field.


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