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CardShark Content - Derrick Steele (1/22/2004)

As making unexpected extended decks is a pastime of mine, it is of course time for yet another rouge extended format deck. This time we’ll be focusing on two cards for our win condition, Mages’ Contest and Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
. Before discussing things in depth, let us examine how each of these cards reads.

Mages’ Contest
1RR
Instant

You and target spell’s controller bid life. You start the bidding with a high bid of 1. In turn order, each player may top the high bid. The bidding end when the high bid stands. The highest bidder loses life equal to the high bid. If you win the bidding, counter the spell.

Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)

6
Legendary Artifact

4,T, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
: You control target player’s next turn.

So the idea here is pretty simple. Get the Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
out, sac it once you have a Mages’ Contest in your hand, and during their next turn, play some random spell, counter it using Mages’ Contest and bid a billion life on behalf of your opponent.

Now onto the decklist:

Mageslaver
Derrick Steele

Main Deck:
2X Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

2X Steel Wall
Steel Wall
Steel WallSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
David Day
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.)

2X Platinum Angel
Platinum Angel
Platinum AngelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Brom
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.

2X Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.
IEJhbms=
3X Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)

3X Power Sink
Power Sink
Power SinkSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Target spell is countered unless its caster spends X more mana. Caster of target spell must draw and spend all available mana from lands and mana pool until X is spent; he or she may also spend mana from other sources if desired. If this is not enough mana, target spell will still be countered.

2X Mages’ Contest
2X Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)

4X Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

4X Fabricate
Fabricate
FabricateSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4X Trash for Treasure
Trash for Treasure
Trash for TreasureSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
As an additional cost to play Trash for Treasure, sacrifice an artifact. Return target artifact card from your graveyard to play.

4X Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.

2X Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.

4X Thirst
Thirst
ThirstSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
When Thirst comes into play, tap enchanted creature.During your upkeep, pay U or bury Thirst.Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.
IGZvciBLbm93bGVkZ2U=

Sideboard:
4X Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.

1X Fatespinner
Fatespinner
FatespinnerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player chooses draw step, main phase, or combat phase. The player skips each instance of the chosen step or phase this turn.

2X Flashfires
Flashfires
FlashfiresSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All plains in play are destroyed.

2X Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.

2X Laquatus’s Disdain
2X Extract
Extract
ExtractSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Search target player's library for a card, and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

2X Wash Out
Wash Out
Wash OutSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Return all permanents of the color of your choice to their owners' hands.


Let’s examine the cards in this crazy deck…

Main Deck:

Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
– They can block flyers, cost nothing to play, and may be used as fodder for your Trash for Treasure
Trash for Treasure
Trash for TreasureSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
As an additional cost to play Trash for Treasure, sacrifice an artifact. Return target artifact card from your graveyard to play.
; sounds like a winning combination to me.

Steel Wall
Steel Wall
Steel WallSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
David Day
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.)
– A one casting cost 0/4 wall that may also be used as fodder for Trash for Treasure
Trash for Treasure
Trash for TreasureSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
As an additional cost to play Trash for Treasure, sacrifice an artifact. Return target artifact card from your graveyard to play.
, yet another winner.

Platinum Angel
Platinum Angel
Platinum AngelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Brom
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.
– Put Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
on this bad boy and it may save you for a while.

Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.
IEJhbms= – This amazing flying 0/2 wall can block anything like there is no tomorrow.

Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
– All those pesky creature removal spells need to be stopped and this is a good start.

Power Sink
Power Sink
Power SinkSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Target spell is countered unless its caster spends X more mana. Caster of target spell must draw and spend all available mana from lands and mana pool until X is spent; he or she may also spend mana from other sources if desired. If this is not enough mana, target spell will still be countered.
– An excellent counter, it causes your opponent to either counter the spell by paying X or if they are unable to pay X, then they must tap out their lands anyway.

Mages’ Contest – One half of your main win condition here, this bad boy can suck the life right out of your opponent if used in the correct way.

Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
– The other half of the win condition puzzle. You take over their turn and cause them to lose in a really silly way.

Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
– Great for pulling out a Mages’ Contest when that Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
is just sitting out there waiting for it. It is also great for finding a counterspell when you want to throw it on Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.
.

Fabricate
Fabricate
FabricateSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
– Have Mages’ Contest but you’re wondering where Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
is? Wonder
Wonder
WonderSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Rebecca Guay

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying As long as Wonder is in your graveyard and you control an island, creatures you control have flying.
no longer.

Trash for Treasure
Trash for Treasure
Trash for TreasureSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
As an additional cost to play Trash for Treasure, sacrifice an artifact. Return target artifact card from your graveyard to play.
– You don’t really need that Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
after all, that Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
or Platinum Angel
Platinum Angel
Platinum AngelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Brom
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.
isn’t sitting in your graveyard just to look pretty.

Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
– Every deck with blue needs some counter magic.

Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.
Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
or Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
on this can be evil.

Thirst
Thirst
ThirstSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
When Thirst comes into play, tap enchanted creature.During your upkeep, pay U or bury Thirst.Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.
IGZvciBLbm93bGVkZ2U= – Card drawing, every deck needs some card drawing; in addition to that, you can get a key artifact into your graveyard if you plan on using Trash for Treasure
Trash for Treasure
Trash for TreasureSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
As an additional cost to play Trash for Treasure, sacrifice an artifact. Return target artifact card from your graveyard to play.
to get it into play.

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

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

Temple of the False God
Temple of the False God
Temple of the False GodSet: Scourge
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Text:
T : Add 2 to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control five or more lands.
– Good for making sure you aren’t short on mana later in the game.

City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
– Have out seven Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s, but don’t have that one mountain you need? Problem solved.

Sideboard:

Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
– There are so many pesky abilities out there, having Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
in your sideboard is just flat out good planning.

Fatespinner
Fatespinner
FatespinnerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player chooses draw step, main phase, or combat phase. The player skips each instance of the chosen step or phase this turn.
– An odd choice to throw in the sideboard, but in the right matchup, she can really throw off someone’s rhythm.

Flashfires
Flashfires
FlashfiresSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All plains in play are destroyed.
– Die plains die.

Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
– This card is for use against decks with many small pesky creatures.

Laquatus’s Disdain – You can counter a spell being played from the graveyard with this card and in addition to that, you get to draw a card after you are done.

Extract
Extract
ExtractSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Search target player's library for a card, and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
– Helpful for stopping combo decks.

Wash Out
Wash Out
Wash OutSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Return all permanents of the color of your choice to their owners' hands.
– Play against a mono-color deck? Sideboard this in.

Sideboarding for this deck isn’t too hard. Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
is a simple judgment call based on whatever cards they are playing. Fatespinner
Fatespinner
FatespinnerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player chooses draw step, main phase, or combat phase. The player skips each instance of the chosen step or phase this turn.
is a random card that may be helpful if it seems that they really need all three of their phases. Flashfires
Flashfires
FlashfiresSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All plains in play are destroyed.
is a great way to fight off White Weenie decks. Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
stops pesky goblins dead in their tracks. Laquatus’s Disdain stops reanimation and flashback spells, not such a bad thing to be able to sideboard in. Extract
Extract
ExtractSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Search target player's library for a card, and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
, removes key cards that your opponent needs. Wash Out
Wash Out
Wash OutSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Return all permanents of the color of your choice to their owners' hands.
can hose a mono-color deck if played at the right time.


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