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CardShark Content - Derek Thomas (6/13/2004)

I went to a tournament on the day fifth dawn came out (sealed deck) and I found a lot of very interesting facts about the set. I found the cards that use Scry very helpful. I played black and a ton of artifacts. Black did the most damage with cards like Lose Hope
Lose Hope
Lose HopeSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Scry 2
and Night's Whisper
Night's Whisper
Night's WhisperSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Text:
You draw 2 cards, and lose 2 life.
. Lose Hope
Lose Hope
Lose HopeSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Scry 2
got rid of a 5/1 and I got to Scry for 2. I used Night's Whisper
Night's Whisper
Night's WhisperSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Text:
You draw 2 cards, and lose 2 life.
for amazing combos to draw extra cards. I used artifacts like Clock of Omens
Clock of Omens
Clock of OmensSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Text:
Tap two untapped artifacts you control: Untap target artifact.
and artifact creatures like Synod Centurion
Synod Centurion
Synod CenturionSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
161
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever you control no other artifacts, sacrifice Synod Centurion.
. I had no mana problems because of rapid drawing to my taste do to Scry. I think that many cards are underestimated, like Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
. Many people would say sacrificing a creature for 1 damage may not be worth it but I beg to differ! Think about it, I block your 2/2 with my 1/1 then sac the 1/1 after damage to deal an extra damage to the 2/2 to kill it! I used that concept to slowly deal damage then finish my opponent. The two cards that really won the games for me were Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
and Cranial Plating
Cranial Plating
Cranial PlatingSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control. BB: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control. Equip 1
. I already told you about Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
but Cranial Plating
Cranial Plating
Cranial PlatingSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control. BB: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control. Equip 1
gave my creatures a huge bonus! Think about it a 1/1 artifact creature and you have 3 other artifacts out, the creature gets +5/+0! The card is huge when you have 2 or more artifacts out. I also found the ability to attach at instant speed very helpful when attack with more than one creature. Playing mono black gave me a great chance to play Dross Golem
Dross Golem
Dross GolemSet: Darksteel
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Fear. Affinity for Swamps (This spell costs 1 less to play for each Swamp you control.)
. I would have won the tournament but I ran into problems with red and I didn't have enough artifact removal to stop card like Composite Golem
Composite Golem
Composite GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice Composite Golem: Add WUBRG to your mana pool.
from getting the big finish for me, Bringer of the Red Dawn
Bringer of the Red Dawn
Bringer of the Red DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead or paying Bringer of the Red Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature has haste until end of turn.
. I also got hurt when my opponent used cards like Magma Jet
Magma Jet
Magma JetSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Text:
Magma Jet deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Scry 2
and cards that dealt direct damage. What my deck got killed most often was whenever it faced cards that fly. Against green my deck had a hard time dealing with the artifact removal destroying cards like Cranial Plating
Cranial Plating
Cranial PlatingSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control. BB: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control. Equip 1
. Now I'm going to explain in detail about what happened in the tournament:

Round 1
Game 1: I had way too much mana coming my way as I could only play cards that gave me no advantage whatsoever against my opponent. My opponent playing red and black picked away at my life with black then used Magma Jet
Magma Jet
Magma JetSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Text:
Magma Jet deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Scry 2
to blast whatever I got out. So far 0-1
Game 2: I had my opponent from the beginning, he got nothing but straight mana and I knocked his hand away with a card called Fill with Fright
Fill with Fright
Fill with FrightSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Text:
Target player discards two cards from his or her hand. Scry 2
. So far 1-1
Game 3: A close game I used Cranial Plating
Cranial Plating
Cranial PlatingSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control. BB: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control. Equip 1
for +4/+0 on any creature but ended up losing due to the fact that his Magma Jet
Magma Jet
Magma JetSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Text:
Magma Jet deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Scry 2
destroyed my main creature Dross Golem
Dross Golem
Dross GolemSet: Darksteel
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Fear. Affinity for Swamps (This spell costs 1 less to play for each Swamp you control.)
. Later I found out that I could have won if I had just used Cranial Plating
Cranial Plating
Cranial PlatingSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control. BB: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control. Equip 1
's ability. After that game I never forgot anything. So far 1-2
Totals 0-1

Round 2
Game 1: I was playing a kid who got very little mana while I got Night's Whisper
Night's Whisper
Night's WhisperSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Text:
You draw 2 cards, and lose 2 life.
to draw extra cards. He ended up getting no creatures and only 3 mana giving me an easy win. So far 1-0
Game 2: I really think that kid only put in like 5 mana in that deck because he only got 4 mana that time and Beacon of Creation
Beacon of Creation
Beacon of CreationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Put a 1/1 green insect creature token into play for each forest you control. Shuffle Beacon of Creation back into its owner's library instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
but I got Lose Hope
Lose Hope
Lose HopeSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Scry 2
and Cranial Plating
Cranial Plating
Cranial PlatingSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control. BB: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control. Equip 1
and using its ability I won. So far 2-0
totals: 1-1

Round 3
kid never turned up so I got a bye for two wins. Hey may not prove my skills but who cares?!
Totals: 2-1

Round 4
Game 1: Finally an adult who is over 20 that I can play. On turn 2 I managed to draw 4 cards using Night's Whisper
Night's Whisper
Night's WhisperSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Text:
You draw 2 cards, and lose 2 life.
and Conjurer's Bauble
Conjurer's Bauble
Conjurer's BaubleSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
112
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice Conjurer's Bauble: Put up to one target card from your graveyard on the bottom of your library. Draw a card.
! I got an excellent combo using Dross Golem
Dross Golem
Dross GolemSet: Darksteel
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Fear. Affinity for Swamps (This spell costs 1 less to play for each Swamp you control.)
and 2, yes 2, Cranial Plating
Cranial Plating
Cranial PlatingSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control. BB: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control. Equip 1
s into play, and since he was mono green he couldn't block! So Far: 1-0
Game 2: I really owe the whole game to Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
dealing all the damage. He attacks with a 5/1 and a 4/4 so I decide to block his 4/4 with a 4/4 of my own then after damage, sac the 4/4 to deal 1 damage to his 5/1 killing it, and me taking no damage. That is what I did the whole game block, then sac for 1 damage but I have to honor it for the last damage for a win. So far: 2-0
Totals: 3-1 (pretty good)

Round 5
Game 1: For the first time that night I got mana screwed giving me no mana and him a clear way for his creatures. A big hurtful loss so far: 0-1
Game 2: A great game but what really killed me was his Composite Golem
Composite Golem
Composite GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice Composite Golem: Add WUBRG to your mana pool.
giving him a huge card, Bringer of the Red Dawn
Bringer of the Red Dawn
Bringer of the Red DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead or paying Bringer of the Red Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature has haste until end of turn.
. He controlled my creatures and I could do nothing because I had not drawn a Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
, or else things would be different, but my last game was a loss So far: 0-2
Totals: 3-2

I played great but red got the best of me. Next time I am going to play more ways to get rid of artifacts, but it was sealed deck so you can't really blame me for what I got. Overall I finished a solid 5th out of 12.


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