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CardShark Content - Brian Anderson (4/5/2005)

I've been playing M:TG since the Homelands expansion came out, after an army buddy of mine got me hooked on it. It took me a while to get the hang of building a decent deck, mostly because I lacked the ´´power cards´´ required to make good things happen. I got lucky once or twice with my decks in one-on-one matches, but in multiplayer I could never find much luck, THAT IS, until a friend of mine chose to part with his extensive collection and I got my hands on a few gems I'd never seen before.

Now it's time to go ´´old school´´ for one of my first favorite decks. Now this deck doesn't keep friends for very long, because once you use its power the first time, you can guarantee, you'll be on everyone's hitlist!!

First, I really hate playing blue control. After seeing every other player out there playing counterspell decks, or Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
, I didn't care much for blue. Too boring. Same can almost be said for red Burn decks. So I decided to do a little of both and splash some white in there too. Granted, a 3 color deck is not the easiest in the world to manage, and I haven't revamped the deck in a while, but it still gave me pleasure to play with, win OR lose.

OK, here goes:

Lands:
6 x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

6 x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

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

2 x Gemstone Mine
Gemstone Mine
Gemstone MineSet: Weatherlight
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brom
Text:
When Gemstone Mine comes into play, put three mining counters on it.tap, Remove a mining counter from Gemstone Mine: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. If there are no mining counters on Gemstone Mine, bury it.

1 x Ice Floe
Ice Floe
Ice FloeSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You may choose not to untap Ice Floe during your untap phase.T: Tap target creature without flying that is attacking you. As long as Ice Floe remains tapped, that creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.


Creatures:
2 x Shivan Dragon
Shivan Dragon
Shivan DragonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, R: +1/+0

2 x Serendib Efreet
Serendib Efreet
Serendib EfreetSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Efreet
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Serendib Efreet does 1 damage to you during your upkeep.

2 x Rukh Egg
Rukh Egg
Rukh EggSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Egg
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
If Rukh Egg goes to the graveyard, a Rukha 4/4 red flying creaturecomes into play on your side at the end of that turn. Use a counter to represent Rukh. Rukh is treated exactly like a normal creature except that if it leaves play it is removed from the game entirely.

2 x Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.

2 x Tundra
Tundra
TundraSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either U or W to your mana pool.Counts as both islands and plains 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.
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2 x Spire Owl
Spire Owl
Spire OwlSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Steve Firchow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Spire Owl comes into play, look at the top four cards of your library and put them back in any order.

1 x Keeper of Flame
1 x Keeper of Light
1 x Frost Giant
Frost Giant
Frost GiantSet: Legends
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Rampage: 2

1 x Tobias Andrion
Tobias Andrion
Tobias AndrionSet: Chronicles
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Andi Rusu
Power:
4
Toughness:
4

2 x Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat
Mountain GoatSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Cornelius Brudi
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Mountainwalk (If defending player controls any mountains, this creature is unblockable.)

1 x Mountain Yeti
Mountain Yeti
Mountain YetiSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Yeti
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Mountainwalk, protection from white

1 x Giant Oyster
Giant Oyster
Giant OysterSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Oyster
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
You may choose not to untap Giant Oyster during your untap phase.T: Target tapped creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase as long as Giant Oyster remains tapped. During your upkeep, put a -1/-1 counter on that creature. If Giant Oyster becomes untapped or leaves play, remove all these counters from the creature.


Spells:
3 x Hydroblast
Hydroblast
HydroblastSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Counter target spell if it is red, or destroy target permanent if it is red. (If this spell targets a permanent, play it as an instant.)

3 x Pyroblast
Pyroblast
PyroblastSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Counter target spell if it is blue, or destroy target permanent if it is blue. (If this spell targets a permanent, play it as an instant.)

3 x Anarchy
Anarchy
AnarchySet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Destroy all white permanents.

3 x Heaven's Gate
Heaven's Gate
Heaven's GateSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Changes the color of one or more target creatures to white until end of turn. You choose which and how many creatures are affected. Costs to tap, maintain, or use a special ability of target creatures remain entirely unchanged.

2 x Healing Salve
Healing Salve
Healing SalveSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Gain 3 life, or prevent up to 3 damage from being dealt to a single target.

2 x Chain Lightning
Chain Lightning
Chain LightningSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Chain Lightning does 3 damage to one target. Each time Chain Lightning does damage, the target or target's controller may then pay RR to have Chain Lightning do 3 damage to any target of that player's choice.

2 x Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.

1 x Dwarven Song
Dwarven Song
Dwarven SongSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Changes the color of one or more target creatures to red until end of turn. You choose which and how many creatures are affected. Cost to tap, maintain, or use a special ability of target creatures remains entirely unchanged.

1 x Sea King's Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1

1 x Ivory Tower
Ivory Tower
Ivory TowerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep phase, gain 1 life for each card in your hand above four.

1 x Library of Leng
Library of Leng
Library of LengSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
You must skip the discard phase of your turn. If a card forces you to discard, you may choose to discard to top of your library rather than to graveyard. If discard is random, you may look at card before deciding where to discard it.

1 x Sunglasses of Urza
Sunglasses of Urza
Sunglasses of UrzaSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
White mana in your mana pool can be used as either white or red mana.

1 x Sleight of Mind
Sleight of Mind
Sleight of MindSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Change the text of any card being played or already in play by replacing one color word with another. For example, you can change Counters red spells to Counters black spells. Sleight of Mind cannot change mana symbols.

1 x Magical Hack
Magical Hack
Magical HackSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Change the text of any card being played or already in play by replacing one basic land type with another. For example, you can change swampwalk to plainswalk.


Okay mathematicians; yes its more than 60 cards, but in order to stand up to 3 or more players I had to make it so. The deck originally included a Feldon's Cane
Feldon's Cane
Feldon's CaneSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
tap, Remove Feldon's Cane from the game: Shuffle your graveyard into your library.
, but I snatched that away for another deck, and never bothered to replace it.

Okay, basic idea for the deck goes something like this. Most multiplayer games I've been involved in, nobody wants to be too aggressive too early, so many start to accumulate an army in front of them. The first time I played this deck was in a 6 player game. I had evil rats on the other end of the table (back when Plague Rats
Plague Rats
Plague RatsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
The *s below are the number of Plague Rats in play, counting both sides. Thus if there are two Plague Rats in play, each has power and toughness 2/2.
and Pestilence Rats
Pestilence Rats
Pestilence RatsSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
*
Toughness:
3
Text:
Pestilence Rats has power equal to the total number of other Rats in play, no matter who controls them. For example, as long as there are two other Rats in play, Pestilence Rats has power and toughness 2/3.
ruled!), I had faeries next to him complete with Pixie Queen
Pixie Queen
Pixie QueenSet: Legends
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pixie Queen
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying GGGT: Target creature gains flying until end of turn.
and the Noble, a goblin deck, a white weenie deck, and finally a merfolk deck. Just my luck, only one blue player!! While everyone else had been amassing creatures, I had barely managed to muster up 3 of my own, when I got what I was looking for!! Heaven's Gate
Heaven's Gate
Heaven's GateSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Changes the color of one or more target creatures to white until end of turn. You choose which and how many creatures are affected. Costs to tap, maintain, or use a special ability of target creatures remain entirely unchanged.
and Anarchy
Anarchy
AnarchySet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Destroy all white permanents.
in my hand. I waited one more turn, since everyone else was being ´´civil´´ and got a lucky draw. I produced one of my Shiv
Shiv
ShivSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
rk post
Text:
All creatures have "{R}: This creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn." Whenever you roll {C}, put a 5/5 red Dragon creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
ans, and all of a sudden I could feel the tension rise. I could sense that I had just made myself a target. Lucky for me, nobody felt brave enough to challenge my 5/5 flyer, and on my next turn, I made them all pay. I played Anarchy
Anarchy
AnarchySet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Destroy all white permanents.
, which made the weenie deck cringe, until my next move made him and I both get the last laugh, because while the rest of the table laughed at his misfortune of losing every one of his precious white creatures, I played a Heaven's gate and targeted EVERYONE's creatures but my own. Rat boy looked like I just stole his lunch money. The Pixie Queen
Pixie Queen
Pixie QueenSet: Legends
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pixie Queen
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying GGGT: Target creature gains flying until end of turn.
was dethroned in a flash of red and white. 3 Lords of Atlantis and 2 Goblin King
Goblin King
Goblin KingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Goblins in play gain mountainwalk and +1/+1 while this card remains in play.
s bit the dust along with their fishy/verminous hordes. Blue boy thought he had saved the day when he screamed for all the chaos to stop and produced 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.
. Everyone smiled and praised him while giving me evil glares and vowing to avenge their near misfortunes, when I only added more fuel to the fire by countering his 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.
with a Pyroblast
Pyroblast
PyroblastSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Counter target spell if it is blue, or destroy target permanent if it is blue. (If this spell targets a permanent, play it as an instant.)
. And then I proceeded to beat him down with my Shivan Dragon
Shivan Dragon
Shivan DragonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, R: +1/+0
. I managed to mop up 3 of the 5 players, and took a beating of my own from the goblin horde that remained. But I think that even a 2nd place finish was well worth the look on their faces when all their armies were wiped out in 2 card plays.

I haven't played a big multiplayer game in forever though, so this deck doesn't see much action anymore. But the few times it does, it always causes a chuckle or two.

Next time, I'll try discussing a newer deck. Until then, take care everyone!


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