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CardShark Content - Dwayne Hunter (6/5/2004)

Ever since the full Fifth Dawn spoiler was released new and interesting decks have been popping up all over the internet, almost all of which are Standard. Metal Worker is probably the only deck outside of Standard that is Post-Fifth Dawn, and works.

But I'm here to introduce a new deck to you. I've been working on it and tweaking it for the past few days and it is amazing. It is basically a combo deck, but what makes it superior is that it is basically a ONE-Card combo deck. It is very consistent. It uses Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
and Relentless Rats
Relentless Rats
Relentless RatsSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Thomas M Baxa
Text:
Relentless Rats gets +1/+1 for each other creature named Relentless Rats in play. A deck can have any number of cards named Relentless Rats.
to win turn 4 more often than not. I would say about
60-70% of the time you will pull off a turn four kill. That seems unrealistic but I assure you it isn't.

Anyway, I'll begin by providing you with a decklist.

Land: (18)
6x Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

4x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

4x Hickory Woodlot
Hickory Woodlot
Hickory WoodlotSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
319
Artist:
Sean McConnell
Text:
Hickory Woodlot comes into play tapped with two depletion counters on it.tap, Remove a depletion counter from Hickory Woodlot: Add two green mana to your mana pool. If there are no depletion counters on Hickory Woodlot, sacrifice it.

4x Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar WastesSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add B or G to your mana pool. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.


Creatures: (23)
23x Relentless Rats
Relentless Rats
Relentless RatsSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Thomas M Baxa
Text:
Relentless Rats gets +1/+1 for each other creature named Relentless Rats in play. A deck can have any number of cards named Relentless Rats.


Spells: (19)
4x Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.

4x Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

4x Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.

4x Eladamri's Vineyard
Eladamri's Vineyard
Eladamri's VineyardSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Ron Chironna
Text:
At the beginning of each player's main phase, add GG to that player's mana pool.

3x Desperate Research
Desperate Research
Desperate ResearchSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Name a card other than a basic land. Then reveal the top seven cards of your library and put all of them with that name into your hand. Remove the rest from the game.


And now to explain the uses of each of these wonderful cards in this
wonderful deck...

Hickory Woodlot
Hickory Woodlot
Hickory WoodlotSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
319
Artist:
Sean McConnell
Text:
Hickory Woodlot comes into play tapped with two depletion counters on it.tap, Remove a depletion counter from Hickory Woodlot: Add two green mana to your mana pool. If there are no depletion counters on Hickory Woodlot, sacrifice it.
- Acceleration. The fact that it comes into play tapped stinks, but in the end it works out just fine.

Relentless Rats
Relentless Rats
Relentless RatsSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Thomas M Baxa
Text:
Relentless Rats gets +1/+1 for each other creature named Relentless Rats in play. A deck can have any number of cards named Relentless Rats.
- I don't have to explain, do I?

Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
- Once this card hits the field you basically win next turn.

Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.
- For the most part you will be Vamping for Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
. It's in the deck because if you don't get Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
there is no way you can possibly win.

Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
- Ahh... Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
. A definite staple for this deck. There are so many cards that screw this deck over in extended. Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
, Lobotomy
Lobotomy
LobotomySet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Look at target player's hand and choose any of those cards other than a basic land. Search that player's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of the chosen card and remove them from the game. That player shuffles his or her library afterwards.
, Haunting Echoes
Haunting Echoes
Haunting EchoesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Remove all cards in target player's graveyard other than basic land cards from the game. Search that player's library for all cards with the same name as cards removed this way, and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
, Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.
(Not as much as the others), and many others. That's why we have Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
.

Eladamri's Vineyard
Eladamri's Vineyard
Eladamri's VineyardSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Ron Chironna
Text:
At the beginning of each player's main phase, add GG to that player's mana pool.
- Can you say turn 2 Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
with a turn 3 kill? This card makes it all possible.

Desperate Research
Desperate Research
Desperate ResearchSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Name a card other than a basic land. Then reveal the top seven cards of your library and put all of them with that name into your hand. Remove the rest from the game.
- Once Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
hits the table this card is insane. You cast it calling Relentless Rats
Relentless Rats
Relentless RatsSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Thomas M Baxa
Text:
Relentless Rats gets +1/+1 for each other creature named Relentless Rats in play. A deck can have any number of cards named Relentless Rats.
and it's like putting 4+ rats into play for 1B.

There you have it. This deck will almost definately be a dominating deck once extended season rolls around and once Fifth Dawn becomes a tournament legal set. It's just so incredibly fast and incredibly consistent that I can't see people NOT playing it. I was hesitant to post this at first because it may just turn into the next Ravager Affinity or U/G Madness(In It's Standard Days) of Extended.


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