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CardShark Content - Corey Carter (11/24/2003)

Two decks, one driving force.

This time I present two decks based on a single concept...land. Land produces mana, mana lets the players
cast spells, and spells move the game forward. But is this the only way? The first deck under discussion
embraces the idea of land as a tool. In contrast the second deck uses land as a weapon, with quite effective
results.

Deck #1: Hermit of the mists

Green Creatures: (9)
4: Groundskeeper
Groundskeeper
GroundskeeperSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
U
Number:
250
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Return target basic land card from your graveyard to your hand.

4: Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.

1: Molimo, Maro Sorcerer
Molimo, Maro Sorcerer
Molimo, Maro SorcererSet: Invasion
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
199
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Molimo, Maro-Sorcerer's power and toughness are each equal to the number of lands you control.


Green Non Creature: (26)
2: Burgeoning
Burgeoning
BurgeoningSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Whenever any opponent plays a land, you may choose a land card from your hand and put it into play.

4: Constant Mists
Constant Mists
Constant MistsSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
BuybackSacrifice a land (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Constant Mists into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Creatures deal no combat damage this turn.

2: Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.

4: Gaea's Touch
Gaea's Touch
Gaea's TouchSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
You may put one additional land in play during each of your turns, but that land must be a basic forest. You may sacrifice Gaea's Touch to add GG to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4: Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.

4: Living Terrain
Living Terrain
Living TerrainSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Enchanted land is a 5/6 green Treefolk creature that's still a land.

2: Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

4: Taste of Paradise
Taste of Paradise
Taste of ParadiseSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Gain 3 life.Gain 3 life for each 1G you pay in addition to the casting cost.


Artifact: (5)
3: 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.

2: Horn of Greed
Horn of Greed
Horn of GreedSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Whenever any player plays a land, that player draws a card.


Land: (20)
20: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.


This Hermit of the mists deck is all about using land as a tool. Lands become creatures via Living Terrain
Living Terrain
Living TerrainSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Enchanted land is a 5/6 green Treefolk creature that's still a land.
,
damage via Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.
, life via Taste of Paradise
Taste of Paradise
Taste of ParadiseSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Gain 3 life.Gain 3 life for each 1G you pay in addition to the casting cost.
, and protection via Constant Mist. This deck can speed up very
once a Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.
is out, especially with Gaea's Touch
Gaea's Touch
Gaea's TouchSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
You may put one additional land in play during each of your turns, but that land must be a basic forest. You may sacrifice Gaea's Touch to add GG to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
or Burgeoning
Burgeoning
BurgeoningSet: Stronghold
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Whenever any opponent plays a land, you may choose a land card from your hand and put it into play.
in play. Horn Of Greed
Greed
GreedSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
B: Pay 2 life to draw a card. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.
also speeds up
the card draw, since you should be playing a land just about every turn. Once the opponents creatures take
and interest you should be able to easily deflect them again and again using Constant Mists
Constant Mists
Constant MistsSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
BuybackSacrifice a land (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Constant Mists into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Creatures deal no combat damage this turn.
and Groundskeeper
Groundskeeper
GroundskeeperSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
U
Number:
250
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Return target basic land card from your graveyard to your hand.
s.
Don't worry too much about The Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.
dropping good cards into the graveyard, chances are they will get put
back in eventually with 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.
or when he mills of a Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
. Keep your life total high with
Taste of Paradise
Taste of Paradise
Taste of ParadiseSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Gain 3 life.Gain 3 life for each 1G you pay in addition to the casting cost.
and pummel your opponents and their flying creatures with Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.
. If all else fails there is
always Molimo to deliver the beats.

Deck #2: Seismic Searching

Gold (2)
2: Hull Breach
Hull Breach
Hull BreachSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Choose one - Destroy target artifact; or destroy target enchantment; or destroy target artifact and target enchantment.


Green (23)
3: Elvish Aberration
Elvish Aberration
Elvish AberrationSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Mutant
Rarity:
U
Number:
118
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
T : Add GGG to your mana pool.
Forestcycling 2

4: Groundskeeper
Groundskeeper
GroundskeeperSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
U
Number:
250
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Return target basic land card from your graveyard to your hand.

4: Krosan Tusker
Krosan Tusker
Krosan TuskerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
272
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Cycling 2G (2G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.). When you cycle Krosan Tusker, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

1: Moment's Peace
Moment's Peace
Moment's PeaceSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Flashback 2G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

3: Reclaim
Reclaim
ReclaimSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Put target card from your graveyard on top of your library.

4: Sprout
Sprout
SproutSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
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4: Wirewood Guardian
Wirewood Guardian
Wirewood GuardianSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Forestcycling 2


Red (12)
4: Chartooth Cougar
Chartooth Cougar
Chartooth CougarSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
R: Chartooth Cougar gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
Mountaincycling 2

4: Kird Ape
Kird Ape
Kird ApeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
While controller has forests in play, Kird Ape gains +1/+2.

4: Seismic Assault
Seismic Assault
Seismic AssaultSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Choose and discard a land card: Seismic Assault deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


Land: (23)
12: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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


This deck has one purpose, get out three Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s and a Seismic Assault
Seismic Assault
Seismic AssaultSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Choose and discard a land card: Seismic Assault deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
as soon as possible. Once this has been
accomplished all you need to do is keep pulling lands out of the deck using the many land cycling creatures and
slinging them at your opponent for two damage a piece. This become even more troublesome with a Groundskeeper
Groundskeeper
GroundskeeperSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
U
Number:
250
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Return target basic land card from your graveyard to your hand.
who,
for the price of two mana can give you back another land to throw. The Kird Ape
Kird Ape
Kird ApeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
While controller has forests in play, Kird Ape gains +1/+2.
s can be absolutely devastating
early game, so put down any you get as soon as possible. The rest is basically utility and land search. This is
a very fun deck to play when it works, although it is incredibly irritating when it doesn't.

That's about it, thanks for reading.

Have fun and play multiplayer!



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