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CardShark Content - Aviv Ovadya (6/29/2001)

Hello, my name is Aviv and this is my first magic article. I have played magic for about three quarters of a year so far.

A couple weeks ago I played someone with an interesting deck that used Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
, 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
IEJ1cnN0, and Ashnod
Ashnod
AshnodSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
+1
Toughness:
-8
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully damages you, destroy it.
’s Altar to make lots of tokens, sack them, and burn your opponent for the win. I thought the deck wasn’t very good (not focused) but I thought the idea had potential - so I made a complete deck list for it. After lots of testing online, I know it can easily hold its own in casual play. It might even do well in tournaments (if I can get a good sideboard and cards to protect my combo). It is also the most fun deck I have ever played. The only problem is that the opponent sometimes forfeits. Most of the time, the opponent isn’t doing anything while you have lots of fun generating lots of mana with your tokens.

Anyway here is the deck list –

4:Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.

4:Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.

1: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
IENsdXN0ZXI=
1:Aura of Silence
Aura of Silence
Aura of SilenceSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Artifact and enchantment spells cost target opponent an additional 2 to play.Sacrifice Aura of Silence: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

4:Ashnod's Altar
Ashnod's Altar
Ashnod's AltarSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Add two colorless mana to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.

3:Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian AltarSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

4: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
IEJ1cnN0
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:Eladamri's Call
Eladamri's Call
Eladamri's CallSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4:Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

3:Snake Basket
Snake Basket
Snake BasketSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
312
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
X, Sacrifice Snake Basket: Put X 1/1 green Cobra creature tokens into play. Play this ability only if you're allowed to play a sorcery.

1:Pandemonium
Pandemonium
PandemoniumSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Whenever any creature comes into play, that creature's controller may choose to have it deal damage equal to its power to target creature or player.

2:Kaervek's Torch
Kaervek's Torch
Kaervek's TorchSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Coulthart
Text:
Interrupts that target Kaervek's Torch each cost an additional 2 to play.Kaervek's Torch deals X damage to target creature or player.

4:Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4:Savannah
Savannah
SavannahSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either W or G to your mana pool.Counts as both plains and forest and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

6:Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

4:Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.

2:Gaea's Cradle
Gaea's Cradle
Gaea's CradleSet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
321
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool for each creature you control.

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.


The main combo in this deck is Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
, 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
IEJ1cnN0, and Ashnod
Ashnod
AshnodSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
+1
Toughness:
-8
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully damages you, destroy it.
’s Altar. This combo gives you 12 mana and seven cards. If you use Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
to get the enchantments, it costs one less mana, and adds an additional 2 mana to your pool. If you get Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
and 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
burst without an altar (and no tutor or altar in your hand) you can make 7 tokens, they all die immediately, giving 7 cards. In those seven cards you’re likely to get the remaining cards you need for a combo.
Another combo you can use (but isn’t as good) is Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
, 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
burst, and Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian AltarSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
. Basically you use Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian AltarSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
instead of Ashnod
Ashnod
AshnodSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
+1
Toughness:
-8
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully damages you, destroy it.
’s Altar.

You can use the 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
IENsdXN0ZXI= instead of 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
IEJ1cnN0 (the reason that isn’t my main combo is that 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
burst has much more flexibility than 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
IENsdXN0ZXI=. It can even kill the opponent on its own and it combos well with fecundity and altar alone). I find the flexibility more important that the fact that 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
cluster is 3 mana cheaper and when you get it out with Ashnod
Ashnod
AshnodSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
+1
Toughness:
-8
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully damages you, destroy it.
’s Altar and Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
it almost always assures your win.

The last combo is Pandemonium
Pandemonium
PandemoniumSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Whenever any creature comes into play, that creature's controller may choose to have it deal damage equal to its power to target creature or player.
and 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
IEJ1cnN0. This is an instant win unless the opponent has over 21 life which is very rare.

This deck is very good at getting a game-winning combo fast. This is because the cards in this combo work together to help you find and play the combo. Ashnod
Ashnod
AshnodSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
+1
Toughness:
-8
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully damages you, destroy it.
’s Altar works with Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
to get any enchantment you need. As I said earlier Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
and 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
IEJ1cnN0 work together to draw you 7 cards. Eladamari’s call can search for either a rector, an elf or bird. You pretty much always get the combo or a way of getting it in your hand or first 3 draws. Also if the opponent kills a bird or elf, Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
lets you draw a card, and you can sack the poor birds and elves to the Altars to draw cards too.

The other important part of a combo deck is speed. This deck gets about one 3rd turn kill, three 4th turn kills and one 5th turn kill out of every 5 games. The pieces of the combo actually speed up the deck. Ashnod
Ashnod
AshnodSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
+1
Toughness:
-8
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully damages you, destroy it.
’s Altar is what allows the 3rd turn win. I also have birds and elves for more speed (not to mention sacking to the Altar).

This is how you can get a 3rd turn trigger, which usually leads up to a win that turn.

First Turn – Land, Bird/Elf
Second Turn – Land, Ashnod
Ashnod
AshnodSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
+1
Toughness:
-8
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully damages you, destroy it.
’s Altar
Third Turn – Tap and sack, The Bird/Elf play A Rector/Burst/
If you played the Rector - Sack the rector for a Burst. Then play Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
(remember, when you sacked the Rector you got 2 mana).
If you played the Burst, Make 6 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
s and sack one, then play a land and play Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
.

Now I bet your wondering how you win. Obviously my main combo isn’t going to win the game. Once you get the three parts of the main combo out what you must do is sack tokens to the Altars drawing cards and getting mana. You’re almost certainly going to draw something that will give you more tokens (snake basket, burst, tutor/rector (for Snake Basket
Snake Basket
Snake BasketSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
312
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
X, Sacrifice Snake Basket: Put X 1/1 green Cobra creature tokens into play. Play this ability only if you're allowed to play a sorcery.
/Burst) etc.). Play this and sack those tokens for more mana and cards. Continue this until you have 20 or more mana in your pool and then sacrifice one last token to a Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian AltarSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
for one red. Kaervek's Torch
Kaervek's Torch
Kaervek's TorchSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Coulthart
Text:
Interrupts that target Kaervek's Torch each cost an additional 2 to play.Kaervek's Torch deals X damage to target creature or player.
you opponent for a lot.

Of course, you don’t have to win with a torch, you can also win with a gazillion snake tokens or with pandemonium. If parts of the combo are killed before it gets started or by some strange chance I can’t get it going I can usually kill the opponent with 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
and snake tokens.

Also, you can win with 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
IENsdXN0ZXI=, Ashnod
Ashnod
AshnodSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
+1
Toughness:
-8
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully damages you, destroy it.
’s Altar and Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
, sacking tokens, drawing and discarding cards until you get a really big torch.

The Gaea’s Cradles are not really necessary but in some cases they can help. Everything else is just mana producing lands.

I’m working on a sideboard, maybe some Hall of Gemstone
Hall of Gemstone
Hall of GemstoneSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
During each player's upkeep, that player chooses a color.Until end of turn, each mana-producing land produces mana of the chosen color instead of its normal color.
s, City of Solitude
City of Solitude
City of SolitudeSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Romas
Text:
Each player may play spells and abilities only during his or her turn.
s, Sterling Grove
Sterling Grove
Sterling GroveSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
278
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All other enchantments you control can't be the targets of spells or abilities.1, Sacrifice Sterling Grove: Search your library for an enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
s, and more Aura of Silence
Aura of Silence
Aura of SilenceSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Artifact and enchantment spells cost target opponent an additional 2 to play.Sacrifice Aura of Silence: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
s? What do you think? I mostly play casual so I’m bad at making sideboards.

Anyway, what do you people think of this deck? Feel free to give constructive criticism about my writing so I will do better next time. Email me at aviova@hotmail.com for suggestions (I’m going to camp on June 1, so I probably can’t contact you after that). Also I’m looking for a good tinker deck list, if you have one email that.


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