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CardShark Content - David DC Carl (2/19/2002)

The latest Magic: the Gathering expansion, Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
, brings us many new ideas and new mechanics, but it also brings us some incredible cards that use old mechanics. Perhaps the best example of this is the “shade” cards available in Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
.

The “shade” ability is “B: ~this~ gets +1/+1 until end of turn.” The four cards in Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
that have this card text are Nantuko Shade
Nantuko Shade
Nantuko ShadeSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Shade
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Nantuko Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, Shade’s Form, Pardic Collaborator
Pardic Collaborator
Pardic CollaboratorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike. B: Pardic Collaborator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, and Balshan Collaborator
Balshan Collaborator
Balshan CollaboratorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Text:
Flying. B: Balshan Collaborator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
. Nantuko Shade
Nantuko Shade
Nantuko ShadeSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Shade
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Nantuko Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
is a 2/1 “shade” for BB. Compare this to Frozen Shade
Frozen Shade
Frozen ShadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shade
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: +1/+1
, a 0/1 shade for 2B, or even Looming Shade
Looming Shade
Looming ShadeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shade
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Vincent Evans
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Looming Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
(which is printed in 7th Edition), a 1/1 shade for 2B. Some might argue that the Nantuko Shade
Nantuko Shade
Nantuko ShadeSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Shade
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Nantuko Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
is BB instead of 2B, so it’s more difficult to “splash.” The problem with this argument is that the shade ability intrinsically rewards having black mana sources, so “splashing” a shade creature is pretty pointless already.

So far, we have only really established that Nantuko shade is a good card. Let’s look at the other Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
shades for a moment. Balshan Collaborator
Balshan Collaborator
Balshan CollaboratorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Text:
Flying. B: Balshan Collaborator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
is a 2/2 flying shade for 3U, and Pardic Collaborator
Pardic Collaborator
Pardic CollaboratorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike. B: Pardic Collaborator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
is a 2/2 first striking shade for 3R. Balshan Collaborator
Balshan Collaborator
Balshan CollaboratorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Text:
Flying. B: Balshan Collaborator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
most closely resembles Dungeon Shade
Dungeon Shade
Dungeon ShadeSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Jason Alexander Behnke
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying B: Dungeon Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
from Stronghold, a 1/1 flying shade for 3B. Balshan Collaborator
Balshan Collaborator
Balshan CollaboratorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Text:
Flying. B: Balshan Collaborator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
has the same converted mana cost as Dungeon Shade
Dungeon Shade
Dungeon ShadeSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Jason Alexander Behnke
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying B: Dungeon Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, they both fly, but one is a 2/2, while the other is a 1/1. Once again, however, we must consider the question of “splashing.” Prior to Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
, adding blue mana sources to our deck would mean removing black mana sources, adding painlands, or adding comes-into-play-tapped lands… but Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
has provided us with a solution to this problem as well! The “tainted” lands produce colored or black mana as long as you have a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
in play (something every deck with shade creatures should have).

Shade’s Form is definitely an interesting card, but it doesn’t really stand out as economical when compared to the three shade creatures we have discussed already. The recursion effect is fairly nice, but, like all creature enchantments, it is very weak to bounce. In the current blue-heavy environment, that’s a difficult thing to accept. One cute trick with Shade’s Form is to place it on your opponent’s creatures and then kill the creature (to gain control of it). This “False Demise
False Demise
False DemiseSet: Alliances
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
If enchanted creature is put into the graveyard, return that creature to play under your control as though it were just cast.
” effect may see some use in Limited, but is probably not Constructed-worthy.

Now that we’ve looked at the new shade cards in Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
, here is a deck I submitted to www.MagictheGathering.com for their all-Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
deck challenge. (The deck was even mentioned briefly in Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar’s article discussing the results of his all-Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
deck challenge.) I’m posting it here with the original text I e-mailed to Jay. The secondary theme of the deck (other than the shades I’ve been discussing all article) is evasion. Tapping two zombies will make one of your shades unblockable.

Pumps and Sneakers

Creatures:
4 Putrid Imp
Putrid Imp
Putrid ImpSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Putrid Imp gains flying until end of turn. Threshold - Putrid Imp gets +1/+1 and can't block.

4 Nantuko Shade
Nantuko Shade
Nantuko ShadeSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Shade
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Nantuko Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

2 Organ Grinder
Organ Grinder
Organ GrinderSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Remove three cards in your graveyard from the game: Target player loses 3 life.

4 Zombie Trailblazer
Zombie Trailblazer
Zombie TrailblazerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap an untapped Zombie you control: Target land becomes a swamp until end of turn. Tap an untapped Zombie you control: Target creature gains swampwalk until end of turn.

4 Balshan Collaborator
Balshan Collaborator
Balshan CollaboratorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Text:
Flying. B: Balshan Collaborator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

4 Pardic Collaborator
Pardic Collaborator
Pardic CollaboratorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike. B: Pardic Collaborator gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

2 Grotesque Hybrid
Grotesque Hybrid
Grotesque HybridSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Grotesque Hybrid deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. It can't be regenerated. Discard a card from your hand: Grotesque Hybrid gains flying and protection from green and from white until end of turn.

2 Carrion Wurm
Carrion Wurm
Carrion WurmSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Wurm
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Whenever Carrion Wurm attacks or blocks, any player may remove three cards in his or her graveyard from the game. If a player does, Carrion Wurm deals no combat damage this turn.


Enchantments, Sorceries, and Instants:
4 Cabal Ritual
Cabal Ritual
Cabal RitualSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool. Threshold - Instead add BBBBB to your mana pool.

4 Chainer's Edict
Chainer's Edict
Chainer's EdictSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. Flashback 5BB

2 Shade's Form
Shade's Form
Shade's FormSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Text:
Enchanted creature has B: This creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn. When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard, return that creature to play under your control.


Lands:
4 Tainted Isle
Tainted Isle
Tainted IsleSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.

4 Tainted Peak
Tainted Peak
Tainted PeakSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add B or R to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.

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

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

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


“The Shoe Department” (aka Pumps and Sneakers) has two fun themes from the Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
expansion - the “shade” ability and swampwalk. Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
brings us some of the best “shades” (B: +1/+1 until end of turn) that Magic has ever seen. It also brings us some lousy evasion in the form of Zombie Trailblazer
Zombie Trailblazer
Zombie TrailblazerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap an untapped Zombie you control: Target land becomes a swamp until end of turn. Tap an untapped Zombie you control: Target creature gains swampwalk until end of turn.
, but hey, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”


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