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CardShark Content - Arjune Bose (1/28/2004)

What, a new deck in Standard that’s not based with Indestructible or Modular?! A deck that relatively new, but barely uses a shred of Darksteel? One that is viable in a bone-dry Type II?

Yes, I have a new deck for you to gnaw your teeth on. It rips control decks apart, beating UW at an almost 80/20 ratio. This deck probably came to mind as “blah” after the release of Legions about a year ago. Believe it or not, this deck at take down tournaments by itself, going completely under the radar of the other powerhouse decks. Take a look at the decklist, and you too will be amazed. In fact, a player from Ohio (the largest States turnout for a few years now) took 9th with a similar deck. Although the deck looks very much like an aggro deck, it is actually a faster – and deadlier – control deck.

4 Crypt Sliver
Crypt Sliver
Crypt SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Edward P. Beard Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have ´´T: Regenerate target Sliver.´´

4 Toxin Sliver
Toxin Sliver
Toxin SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever a Sliver deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature.
It can't be regenerated.

4 Spectral Sliver
Spectral Sliver
Spectral SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Slivers have ´´2: This creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.´´

3 Blade Sliver
Blade Sliver
Blade SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
U
Number:
88
Artist:
David Martin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Slivers get +1/+0.

2 Hunter Sliver
Hunter Sliver
Hunter SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have provoke. (When a Sliver attacks, its controller may have
target creature defending player controls untap and block it if able.)

2 Magma Sliver
Magma Sliver
Magma SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
All Slivers have “T: Target Sliver gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is
the number of Slivers in play.”


3 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.

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.

3 Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

3 Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.

2 Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.

1 Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.



4 Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained MireSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
313
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a swamp or mountain card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

2 Urborg
Urborg
UrborgSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add B to your mana poolT: Remove first strike ability or swampwalk ability from target creature until end of turn.
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7 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

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


3 Great Furnace
Great Furnace
Great FurnaceSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
282
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Great Furnace isn't a spell.) T: Add R to your mana pool.

3 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.


Yes, this deck is Slivers, but it is a surprisingly fast control deck, not a slow aggro deck. Once it gets going, difficult to stop. I’ll give you the usual card-by-card, and also the matchup numbers. The bottom line is that you beat Control, and usually have a tough time with Aggro.

Crypt Sliver
Crypt Sliver
Crypt SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Edward P. Beard Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have ´´T: Regenerate target Sliver.´´
: This one is the MVP of the deck. He gives all of your men regeneration. This is crucial, especially when facing Akroma’s Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
.

Toxin Sliver
Toxin Sliver
Toxin SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever a Sliver deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature.
It can't be regenerated.
: This guy gives you the option of not running a full set of Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
and/or Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.
. He helps you keep board control.

Spectral Sliver
Spectral Sliver
Spectral SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Slivers have ´´2: This creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.´´
: This guy makes your Slivers almost immune from burn spells, and can help put in that extra few points of damage.

Blade Sliver
Blade Sliver
Blade SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
U
Number:
88
Artist:
David Martin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Slivers get +1/+0.
, Magma Sliver
Magma Sliver
Magma SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
All Slivers have “T: Target Sliver gets +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is
the number of Slivers in play.”
: These guys pump up your guys.

Hunter Sliver
Hunter Sliver
Hunter SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have provoke. (When a Sliver attacks, its controller may have
target creature defending player controls untap and block it if able.)
: Combos well with Toxin Sliver
Toxin Sliver
Toxin SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever a Sliver deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature.
It can't be regenerated.
.

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.
: This card fetches everything and anything you need.

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.
: A nuke for 5 that kills your opponents’ side of the board. Just have Crypt Sliver
Crypt Sliver
Crypt SliverSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Edward P. Beard Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have ´´T: Regenerate target Sliver.´´
out.

Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
: 1 card for 1 life is a great trade. You will almost always win in 20 turns. If it’s a problem, Stone it away.

Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
, Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
: The main win Condition. You should be able to rack up a pretty good deal of mana.

Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
: The reset button against control, just in case. Your Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
lives, so you get to draw more, and hopefully beat them in the turn battle.

Sarnia Affinity (35/65)
Aggro-Control Affinity (50/50)
Goblins (30/70)
Goblin Bidding (35/65)
UW Control (75/25)
BW Control (70/30)
RW Slide (65/35)
GW Control (55/45)
Proteus Belcher (40/60)

It can be a very good deck, and I hope you toy with it. Expect the unexpected at Regionals.


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