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CardShark Content - Chewie! Slate (10/27/2003)

In the wake of Entomb
Entomb
EntombSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
132
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Search your library for a card and put that card into your graveyard. Then shuffle your library.
’s recent banning, I’ve gotten sick of reading all the Extended tournament players complaining about the lack of reanimation. Nonsense I say! They’re just sad they’re going to have to put more effort into solid deckbuilding than throwing 4 of each card in their massive kill combo together with land and zero-drop mana artifacts. As a proud representative of the casual gaming corner, I laugh at these complaints. If I’m going to build a deck about using reanimation to kill, I make sure the entire deck works towards that goal. Every card can play off of every other in some way. Here’s the deck:

Creatures (24)
4: Ashen Ghoul
Ashen Ghoul
Ashen GhoulSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ghoul
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Ashen Ghoul can attack the turn it comes into play.B: Return Ashen Ghoul to play under your control. Use this ability only at the end of your upkeep and only if Ashen Ghoul is in your graveyard with at least three creature cards above it.

4: Nether Shadow
Nether Shadow
Nether ShadowSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shadow
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Shadow is in graveyard with any combination of cards above it that includes at least three creatures, it can be returned to play during your upkeep. Shadow can attack on same turn summoned or returned to play.

2: Lord of the Pit
Lord of the Pit
Lord of the PitSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying, trample You must sacrifice one of your own creatures during your upkeep or Lord of the Pit does 7 damage to you. You may still attack with Lord of the Pit even if you failed to sacrifice a creature. Lord of the Pit may not be sacrificed to itself.

2: Doomed Necromancer
Doomed Necromancer
Doomed NecromancerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Mercenary
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, T, Sacrifice Doomed Necromancer: Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.

2: Gravedigger
Gravedigger
GravediggerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravedigger comes into play, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

2: Abyssal Gatekeeper
Abyssal Gatekeeper
Abyssal GatekeeperSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gatekeeper
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Abyssal Gatekeeper is put into any graveyard from play, each player chooses and buries a creature he or she controls.

1: Undead Gladiator
Undead Gladiator
Undead GladiatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Barbarian
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B, Discard a card from your hand: Return Undead Gladiator from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.. Cycling 1B (1B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1: Braids, Cabal Minion
Braids, Cabal Minion
Braids, Cabal MinionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices an artifact, creature, or land.

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.)

1: Stronghold Assassin
Stronghold Assassin
Stronghold AssassinSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Assassin
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
tap, Sacrifice a creature: Destroy target nonblack creature.

1: Hell’s Caretaker
1: SGF2b2MgDemon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying

1: Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel
Fallen AngelSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Sacrifice a creature: +2/+1 until end of turn

1: Ascendant Evincar
Ascendant Evincar
Ascendant EvincarSet: Nemesis
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Other black creatures get +1/+1. Nonblack creatures get -1/-1.


Noncreature (19)
2: Buried Alive
Buried Alive
Buried AliveSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Horton
Text:
Search your library for up to three creature cards and put them into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.

2: Mutilate
Mutilate
MutilateSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Text:
All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn for each swamp you control.

2: Drain Life
Drain Life
Drain LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Drain Life does 1 damage to a single target for each B spent in addition to the casting cost. Caster gains 1 life for each damage inflicted. If you drain life from a creature, you cannot gain more life than the creature's current toughness.

2: Simulacrum
Simulacrum
SimulacrumSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All damage done to you so far this turn is instead retroactively applied to one of your creatures in play. Even if there's more than enough damage to kill the creature, you don't suffer any of it. Further damage this turn is treated normally.

2: Decree of Pain
Decree of Pain
Decree of PainSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
64
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated. Draw a card for each creature destroyed this way.
Cycling 3BB
When you cycle Decree of Pain, all creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.

2: Soul Net
Soul Net
Soul NetSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
1: You gain 1 life every time a creature is placed in the graveyard. Can only give 1 life each time a creature is placed in the graveyard.

2: Nevinyrral’s Disk
1: Victimize
Victimize
VictimizeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
166
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Choose two target creature cards in your graveyard. Sacrifice a creature. If you do, put the two chosen creatures into play tapped.

1: Demonic Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Demonic TutorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Search your library for one card and take it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.

1: Oversold Cemetery
Oversold Cemetery
Oversold CemeterySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
160
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

1: Death Pit Offering
Death Pit Offering
Death Pit OfferingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
56
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
When Death Pit Offering comes into play, sacrifice all creatures you control. Creatures you control get +2/+2.

1: Morality Shift
Morality Shift
Morality ShiftSet: Judgment
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli

Text:
Exchange your graveyard and your library. Then shuffle your library.


Land (20)
4: Barren Moor
Barren Moor
Barren MoorSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
312
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Barren Moor comes into play tapped. T: Add B to your mana pool. Cycling B (B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

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


The backbone of the deck is the constant recursion of Nether Shadow
Nether Shadow
Nether ShadowSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shadow
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Shadow is in graveyard with any combination of cards above it that includes at least three creatures, it can be returned to play during your upkeep. Shadow can attack on same turn summoned or returned to play.
s and Ashen Ghoul
Ashen Ghoul
Ashen GhoulSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ghoul
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Ashen Ghoul can attack the turn it comes into play.B: Return Ashen Ghoul to play under your control. Use this ability only at the end of your upkeep and only if Ashen Ghoul is in your graveyard with at least three creature cards above it.
s. Casting Buried Alive
Buried Alive
Buried AliveSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Horton
Text:
Search your library for up to three creature cards and put them into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.
as soon as possible to pitch 3 of them into the graveyard gets the deck rolling like nobody’s business. They attack with haste, they block, they die, they come back, they’re a floor wax, they’re a desert topping. Holding a Hell’s Caretaker or Doomed Necromancer
Doomed Necromancer
Doomed NecromancerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Mercenary
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, T, Sacrifice Doomed Necromancer: Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.
? Use Buried Alive
Buried Alive
Buried AliveSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Horton
Text:
Search your library for up to three creature cards and put them into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.
for your favorite black nasty critter and 2 of the auto-recursion guys. Gravedigger
Gravedigger
GravediggerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravedigger comes into play, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
s can recycle your utility creatures, like the two I just mentioned. The Undead Gladiator
Undead Gladiator
Undead GladiatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Barbarian
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B, Discard a card from your hand: Return Undead Gladiator from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.. Cycling 1B (1B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
gets you a draw and then lets you pitch another creature into your graveyard for reanimation a few minutes later. The Lord of the Pit
Lord of the Pit
Lord of the PitSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying, trample You must sacrifice one of your own creatures during your upkeep or Lord of the Pit does 7 damage to you. You may still attack with Lord of the Pit even if you failed to sacrifice a creature. Lord of the Pit may not be sacrificed to itself.
has a constant stream of snack food to keep him happy and not smacking you. Early game, a Stronghold Assassin
Stronghold Assassin
Stronghold AssassinSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Assassin
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
tap, Sacrifice a creature: Destroy target nonblack creature.
and an Abyssal Gatekeeper
Abyssal Gatekeeper
Abyssal GatekeeperSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gatekeeper
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Abyssal Gatekeeper is put into any graveyard from play, each player chooses and buries a creature he or she controls.
will keep you safe from harm for a good long while, as you can off a creature with the Assassin by sacking the Gatekeeper, causing an Innocent Blood
Innocent Blood
Innocent BloodSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player sacrifices a creature.
effect at instant speed. None of your opponents will want to lose two creatures at once, so they’ll leave you alone. The Ascendant Evincar
Ascendant Evincar
Ascendant EvincarSet: Nemesis
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Other black creatures get +1/+1. Nonblack creatures get -1/-1.
can single-handedly cripple weenie decks of any sort by offing the little weenies and pumping up your auto-recursion critters to knock out anything that survives.

There are lots of ways to keep your opponents from building up too much, as you can wipe the board of creatures with the SGF2b2MgDemon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
, Decree of Pain
Decree of Pain
Decree of PainSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
64
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated. Draw a card for each creature destroyed this way.
Cycling 3BB
When you cycle Decree of Pain, all creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.
, Mutilate
Mutilate
MutilateSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Text:
All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn for each swamp you control.
, or by blowing a Disk and knocking out any nasty enchantments or artifacts that might be causing you grief. Wiping the board should be fine with you, because your guys will be coming back in just a second anyway! The Morality Shift
Morality Shift
Morality ShiftSet: Judgment
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli

Text:
Exchange your graveyard and your library. Then shuffle your library.
is in there because large multiplayer games tend to last a lot longer than duels, and once you get the Undead Gladiator
Undead Gladiator
Undead GladiatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Barbarian
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B, Discard a card from your hand: Return Undead Gladiator from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.. Cycling 1B (1B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
rolling, you’ll run out of cards pretty quickly. A Feldon’s Cane or two will work just as well.

The whole point here is that there is no bad way to start off with this deck, because before too long you’ll draw something to get the deck rolling. And once it gets rolling, it rolls all over everybody. Since multiplayer games don’t rely on early-game all that much, this deck focuses on the mid and late game. The only really bad thing that could happen involves an opponent playing 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.
, Tormod’s Crypt, or even worse, Haunting Echoes
Haunting Echoes
Haunting EchoesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Remove all cards in target player's graveyard other than basic land cards from the game. Search that player's library for all cards with the same name as cards removed this way, and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
. You’re pretty much screwed if they do, but that’s ok, you can get them back next game.


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