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CardShark Content - Arjune Bose (2/17/2004)

Recently, many people have been working with Clerics, especially for Regionals. The deck will fly under the radar of tier 1 and tier 2 decks, but it can be quite formidable.

Many of you will doubt the power of Clerics. However, most of them cost 1, 2, or 3 mana, and they can race any deck in the format. Clerics also have an anti-Wrath card: Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung ReanimatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Rotlung Reanimator or another Cleric is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
. There is also that infinite life trick that I’m sure you have heard of.

If you haven’t, here’s how it goes:



You need a Starlit Sanctum
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit SanctumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
325
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: You gain life equal to that Cleric's toughness. B, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses life equal to that Cleric's power.
, Daru Spiritualist
Daru Spiritualist
Daru SpiritualistSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a Cleric becomes the target of a spell or ability, it gets +0/+2 until end of turn.
, Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
, and another cleric out. Equip the Lightning Graves back and forth between clerics. They will gain infinite toughness. Sac the cleric to the Starlit Sanctum
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit SanctumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
325
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: You gain life equal to that Cleric's toughness. B, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses life equal to that Cleric's power.
, and you can gain as much life as you want. You just need to gain enough life so that their 20 1/1 soldiers, 4 Piledrivers, or 20/20 Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
s won’t kill you before they deck themselves. That’s why you need to run a deck of more than 60 cards.


Here is the deck:

4 Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered WayfarerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, T: Search your library for a land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play this ability only if an opponent controls more lands than you.

4 Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.

4 Daru Spritualist
4 Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung ReanimatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Rotlung Reanimator or another Cleric is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.

4 Cabal Archon
Cabal Archon
Cabal ArchonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

3 Withered Wretch
Withered Wretch
Withered WretchSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game.

3 Planar Guide
Planar Guide
Planar GuideSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3W, Remove Planar Guide from the game: Remove all creatures from the game.
At end of turn, return those cards to play under their owners' control.

1 Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)


3 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.

4 Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)

4 Shared Triumph
Shared Triumph
Shared TriumphSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
53
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
As Shared Triumph comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type get +1/+1.


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

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

4 City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

4 Starlit Sanctum
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit SanctumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
325
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: You gain life equal to that Cleric's toughness. B, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses life equal to that Cleric's power.

2 Unholy Grotto
Unholy Grotto
Unholy GrottoSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
327
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. B, T: Put target Zombie card from your graveyard on top of your library.


Card-by-card:



Wayfarer, Supplicant, Guide: With 11 1-mana creatures, you should always drop one on your first turn. They can hold the board, until they are Wrathed away. Wayfarer seaches for the Sanctum, or Grotto. Supplicant gives you a huge 6/6. Planar Guide
Planar Guide
Planar GuideSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3W, Remove Planar Guide from the game: Remove all creatures from the game.
At end of turn, return those cards to play under their owners' control.
is great against those pesky Decree Tokens. They are also the anti Wrath.





Daru Spiritualist
Daru Spiritualist
Daru SpiritualistSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a Cleric becomes the target of a spell or ability, it gets +0/+2 until end of turn.
: They create the combo, but help make you guys survive early red burn.



Withered Wretch
Withered Wretch
Withered WretchSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game.
: This card has been debated, mainly for its BB casting cost. Also, you don’t want to remove the Eternal Dragon
Eternal Dragon
Eternal DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying.
3WW: Return Eternal Dragon from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
Plainscycling 2
your Scion was Fetching you. But, with Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
, G/B Cemetery is becoming a threat, as well goblins.



Rotlung: Beyond Crazy. Simple. Craetes combos with Archon, Supplicant and Grotto!



Archon and Starlit Sanctum
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit SanctumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
325
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: You gain life equal to that Cleric's toughness. B, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses life equal to that Cleric's power.
: Gain Life, and make them lose life. “You’re down to 1. 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.
? I’ll sac my Archon, you still lose.”



Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
: Mainly for the combo, but a hasted 6/6 is never bad, right?



Shared Triumph
Shared Triumph
Shared TriumphSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
53
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
As Shared Triumph comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type get +1/+1.
: These things are crazy. No one else plays Clerics, but you can pump out a bunch of 2/2’s for one mana?



Unholy Grotto
Unholy Grotto
Unholy GrottoSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
327
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. B, T: Put target Zombie card from your graveyard on top of your library.
: Control’s Demise



City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
: If you’re gonna gain 71892738127937 life anyway, you can afford to take 1 or 2 damage, and smooth out your mana curve, right?



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.
: Some Creature Control.





Matchups:



Affinity (60)

More than likely, you can race them. A few times I have even beaten Affinity’s god-hand with Clerics. It boils down to whether they run 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.
or not. 3 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.
do the job, as you will have a lot more creatures. Shared Triumph
Shared Triumph
Shared TriumphSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
53
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
As Shared Triumph comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type get +1/+1.
is the MVP of this matchup.



W/x Control (75)

They die. You have too many threats, and with a recurring Rotlung, they can’t outrace you.



Goblins/Other Tribal deck (40)

Goblins can hastily deal with you little men. Scion is all-important here.







The deck is pretty good, but it is lacking in a few places. You still need removal, so in the Sideboard, I’d say go ahead with you own Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
or 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.
. 3 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.
’s usually do the job, but you always seem to want more.


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