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CardShark Content - Corey Carter (3/13/2004)


“It came on a cloud of death!”

“What came on a cloud of death?”
A great multiplayer deck, that’s what.

You’ve all undoubtedly seen Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
…dubbed the new pox. Most of you have probably read an article or two about it, likely having to do with its possible application to any number of tournament environments. That isn’t what you are about to (hopefully) read. Casual players have always been fascinated with cards that would be at best sub-par in the tournament scene. I personally love working Paradigm Shift
Paradigm Shift
Paradigm ShiftSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Cliff Nielsen
Text:
Remove all cards in your library from the game. Shuffle your graveyard into your library.
into as many decks as possible, and I played with 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.
s when everyone still laughed at them…actually those two cards were the basis for a deck. But I’m rambling, what I want to discuss today is Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
and how it can be used in a multiplayer casual environment. The key to abusing symmetrical cards, like Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
, is to build a deck that doesn’t care about one or more parts of that symmetry. Here is the deck list.

Black: (17)
3: Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.

4: Promise of Power
Promise of Power
Promise of PowerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose one|You draw five cards and you lose 5 life; or put a black Demon creature token with flying into play with power and toughness each equal to the number of cards in your hand as the token comes into play. Entwine 4 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

2: Dreg of Sorrow
4: Syphon Soul
Syphon Soul
Syphon SoulSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Text:
Syphon Soul deals 2 damage to each other player. You gain equal to the damage dealt this way.

4: Consume Spirit
Consume Spirit
Consume SpiritSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Text:
Spend only black mana on X. Consume Spirit deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.


Artifact: (23)
1: Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

3: Thran Dynamo
Thran Dynamo
Thran DynamoSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
T: Add three colorless mana to your mana pool.

3: Darksteel Ingot
Darksteel Ingot
Darksteel IngotSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
112
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Darksteel Ingot is indestructable. (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

2: Gilded Lotus
Gilded Lotus
Gilded LotusSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
175
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool.

2: Sculpting Steel
Sculpting Steel
Sculpting SteelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
As Sculpting Steel comes into play, you may choose an artifact in play. If you do, Sculpting Steel comes into play as a copy of that artifact.

4: Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
’s Horn
4: Darksteel Brute
Darksteel Brute
Darksteel BruteSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Nottsuo
Text:
Darksteel Brute is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) 3: Darksteel Brute becomes a 2/2 artifact creature until end of turn.

4: Chimeric Egg
Chimeric Egg
Chimeric EggSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Michael Surfin
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a nonartifact spell, put a charge counter on Chimeric Egg. Remove three charge counters from Chimeric Egg: Chimeric Egg becomes a 6/6 artifact creature with trample until end of turn.


Land: (20)
4: Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth NexusSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Brian Snöddy
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land. 1, T: Target Blinkmoth gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

4 Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Factory
1: Lake of the Dead
Lake of the Dead
Lake of the DeadSet: Alliances
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
When Lake of the Dead comes into play, sacrifice a swamp or bury Lake of the Dead.T: Add B to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice a swamp to add BBBB to your mana pool.

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


Here is the card by card analysis.

Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
: The basis for the deck, should either be the kill or set it up.
Promise of Power
Promise of Power
Promise of PowerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose one|You draw five cards and you lose 5 life; or put a black Demon creature token with flying into play with power and toughness each equal to the number of cards in your hand as the token comes into play. Entwine 4 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
: Card draw and a huge creature, who can argue with that.
Dregs of Sorrow
Dregs of Sorrow
Dregs of SorrowSet: Tempest
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Thomas Gianni
Text:
Destroy X target nonblack creatures. Draw X cards.
: Creature kill and card draw…see above.
Syphon Soul
Syphon Soul
Syphon SoulSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Text:
Syphon Soul deals 2 damage to each other player. You gain equal to the damage dealt this way.
: This card will help offset the loss of life from Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
and
Promise of Power
Promise of Power
Promise of PowerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose one|You draw five cards and you lose 5 life; or put a black Demon creature token with flying into play with power and toughness each equal to the number of cards in your hand as the token comes into play. Entwine 4 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
. This is a mainstay of casual multiplayer black decks.
Consume Spirit
Consume Spirit
Consume SpiritSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Text:
Spend only black mana on X. Consume Spirit deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.
: This can easily be a kill, and if not will at least help counteract life loss.
Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
: It is restricted for a reason.
Thran Dynamo
Thran Dynamo
Thran DynamoSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
T: Add three colorless mana to your mana pool.
: Great mana acceleration.
Darksteel Ingot
Darksteel Ingot
Darksteel IngotSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
112
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Darksteel Ingot is indestructable. (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
: Useful for producing black mana after a Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
.
Gilded Lotus
Gilded Lotus
Gilded LotusSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
175
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool.
: Very important card. Amazing with Consume Spirit
Consume Spirit
Consume SpiritSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Text:
Spend only black mana on X. Consume Spirit deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.
.
Sculpting Steel
Sculpting Steel
Sculpting SteelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
As Sculpting Steel comes into play, you may choose an artifact in play. If you do, Sculpting Steel comes into play as a copy of that artifact.
: To make copies of Gilded Lotus
Gilded Lotus
Gilded LotusSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
175
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool.
.
Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
’s Horn: Free life gain to counteract Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
and Promise of Power
Promise of Power
Promise of PowerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose one|You draw five cards and you lose 5 life; or put a black Demon creature token with flying into play with power and toughness each equal to the number of cards in your hand as the token comes into play. Entwine 4 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
.
Darksteel Brute
Darksteel Brute
Darksteel BruteSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Nottsuo
Text:
Darksteel Brute is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) 3: Darksteel Brute becomes a 2/2 artifact creature until end of turn.
: Extremely effective after Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
or Dregs of Sorrow
Dregs of Sorrow
Dregs of SorrowSet: Tempest
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Thomas Gianni
Text:
Destroy X target nonblack creatures. Draw X cards.
, can also be
used as emergency blocker.
Chimeric Egg
Chimeric Egg
Chimeric EggSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Michael Surfin
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a nonartifact spell, put a charge counter on Chimeric Egg. Remove three charge counters from Chimeric Egg: Chimeric Egg becomes a 6/6 artifact creature with trample until end of turn.
: Stupidly powerful in multiplayer. Great after Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
.
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth NexusSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Brian Snöddy
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land. 1, T: Target Blinkmoth gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
: Awesome land.
Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Factory: See above.
Lake of the Dead
Lake of the Dead
Lake of the DeadSet: Alliances
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
When Lake of the Dead comes into play, sacrifice a swamp or bury Lake of the Dead.T: Add B to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice a swamp to add BBBB to your mana pool.
: Getting more out of those swamps.

The basic idea of the deck is to get out as much artifact mana acceleration as possible and play some Eggs or Brutes. Play the Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
as soon as it will wipe out all of your opponents creatures and lands. Don’t worry too much about the loss of life since it is symmetrical as well. Once all the creatures are gone keep pounding with your Eggs and Brutes. Make sure to take out the person that can recover fastest the first. You should be able to stall everyone with one Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.
and proceed to pick them off one at a time.
That’s about it. Hope you enjoyed reading about this deck, I know I enjoy playing with it.

Until next time, have fun and play multiplayer.


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