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CardShark Content - Blake Edlund (5/23/2006)

A few days ago, during the Emperor Days of Fun II, I got into an interesting conversation with another player about thievery. He made that claim that using any type of thievery is completely lame, and is only proof of the fact that you cannot build a deck. And from what I have seen, many other players take this stance as well. I have had more concessions from casting a Confiscate
Confiscate
ConfiscateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Permanent
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted permanent.
than I care to remember. So, I set out to prove that thievery is a legit form of gameplay.

Power Level
My first point in this article will be power level. Let's do some compare and contrast shall we?

Castigate
Castigate
CastigateSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Text:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. Choose a nonland card from it. Remove that card from the game.
vs. Confiscate
Confiscate
ConfiscateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Permanent
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted permanent.


Castigate
Castigate
CastigateSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Text:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. Choose a nonland card from it. Remove that card from the game.
costs WB. Castigate
Castigate
CastigateSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Text:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. Choose a nonland card from it. Remove that card from the game.
is only stopped by two things: counters and having no cards in hand. And to a lesser extent, having no important cards in hand. When you get hit by Castigate
Castigate
CastigateSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Text:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. Choose a nonland card from it. Remove that card from the game.
, you never get back what you had (barring having the correct Wish in your deck).

Confiscate
Confiscate
ConfiscateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Permanent
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted permanent.
costs 4UU. Confiscate
Confiscate
ConfiscateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Permanent
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted permanent.
is stopped by counters, bounce, and enchantment removal. When Confiscate
Confiscate
ConfiscateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Permanent
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted permanent.
deprives you of something, you can almost always get it back at some point.

Why did I even compare these two cards? Because the player who told me that Confiscate
Confiscate
ConfiscateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Permanent
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted permanent.
is cheap/lame/yadda yadda had just cast his second Castigate
Castigate
CastigateSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Text:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. Choose a nonland card from it. Remove that card from the game.
. You could see 4 Castigate
Castigate
CastigateSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Text:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. Choose a nonland card from it. Remove that card from the game.
s before 1 Confiscate
Confiscate
ConfiscateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Permanent
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted permanent.
ever sees play. And that Cast can take your Con away real quick.

Only 2 colors ever have reasons to complain about Confiscate
Confiscate
ConfiscateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Permanent
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted permanent.
. Red and Black. And even then, you should still always be prepared for anything.

Hidden Thievery
Here is something that I found escapes most people. If it isn't something that is obviously thievery, it isn't thievery at all. Debtor's Knell is used quite often as concealed thievery. No, it doesn't do as good of a job, since it relies on creatures in graveyards, but it is still there. The same people that whine and moan about thievery run cards like Knell and Nighteyes in their decks. Thievery isn't always blatant.


Casual vs Noncasual
This is a big debate for every single card type. Is it, or is it not casual? This depends quite a bit on your ability to handle a threat. If you cannot handle a Confiscate
Confiscate
ConfiscateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Permanent
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted permanent.
, it's a game breaker, and you will most likely see it as not casual. If you honestly think about it, when was the last time you saw someone cast Con? I have not seen it much outside of my own playing in my Honden deck. And it is a gamebreaker a great deal of the time, because so many people overextend and try to blow up every Honden that sees play. Considering I run 3 of each, that's generally not going to happen. Like I said before, unless you are running red or black exclusively, you should have an answer.

Well, that's it for my first article. Kind of short, but I am just testing the waters. Thanks for reading it, and if you liked it enough, give me some feedback. I might just write another one.


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