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CardShark Content - Eric Charles (12/10/2003)

Guess the party's over.

Wizards did a GREAT job this year on bannings in
Extended; the banishments were swift and just, wiping
out not only Tinker
Tinker
TinkerSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
At the time you play Tinker, sacrifice an artifact.Search your library for an artifact card and put that artifact into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
(which dominated Pro Tour New
Orleans, and drove away many players from the Extended
format) but a good bit of the other decks that
would've been just as dominant without Tinker
Tinker
TinkerSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
At the time you play Tinker, sacrifice an artifact.Search your library for an artifact card and put that artifact into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
around.
The full list:


Ancient Tomb
Ancient Tomb
Ancient TombSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Colin MacNeil
Text:
T: Add two colorless mana to your mana pool. Ancient Tomb deals 2 damage to you.

Goblin Recruiter
Goblin Recruiter
Goblin RecruiterSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
186
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Goblin Recruiter comes into play, search your library for any number of Goblin cards you choose. Reveal those cards, then shuffle your library and put them on top of it in any order you choose.

Grim Monolith
Grim Monolith
Grim MonolithSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Grim Monolith does not untap during your untap phase.T: Add three colorless mana to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.4: Untap Grim Monolith.

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.

Oath of Druids
Oath of Druids
Oath of DruidsSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
During each player's upkeep, if that player controls fewer creatures than target opponent, the player may reveal cards from his or her library until he or she reveals a creature card. The player puts that creature into play and all other revealed cards into his or her graveyard.

Tinker
Tinker
TinkerSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
At the time you play Tinker, sacrifice an artifact.Search your library for an artifact card and put that artifact into play. Shuffle your library afterward.



I know a few people that broke down and cried when
they saw Oath of Druids
Oath of Druids
Oath of DruidsSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
During each player's upkeep, if that player controls fewer creatures than target opponent, the player may reveal cards from his or her library until he or she reveals a creature card. The player puts that creature into play and all other revealed cards into his or her graveyard.
get the axe, but it IS a good
change. 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 ability to pitch most
everything in your graveyard and go nuts with
threshold and reanimation (with Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's Blessing
Gaea's BlessingSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to three target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.Draw a card.If Gaea's Blessing is put into your graveyard from your library, shuffle your graveyard into your library.
as a
precaution, of course) was pretty justifiable. Ancient
Tomb and Grim Monolith
Grim Monolith
Grim MonolithSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Grim Monolith does not untap during your untap phase.T: Add three colorless mana to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.4: Untap Grim Monolith.
are guilty by association of
the big Tinker
Tinker
TinkerSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
At the time you play Tinker, sacrifice an artifact.Search your library for an artifact card and put that artifact into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
decks, as well as just plain promoting
huge mana speed. Goblin Recruiter
Goblin Recruiter
Goblin RecruiterSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
186
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Goblin Recruiter comes into play, search your library for any number of Goblin cards you choose. Reveal those cards, then shuffle your library and put them on top of it in any order you choose.
being banned takes
some of the gas out of both heavy Goblin decks, which
stack their deck to their liking after they draw
enough land, and Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
cruiter decks (although
Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
blecher's power is still in tact due to Severance
still being out there). In all, WOTC seems to be
aiming for Extended games lasting longer than 3 turns.
They're right to do it.


These changes DO take place on January 1st, so if you
JUST made that new Oath of Druids
Oath of Druids
Oath of DruidsSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
During each player's upkeep, if that player controls fewer creatures than target opponent, the player may reveal cards from his or her library until he or she reveals a creature card. The player puts that creature into play and all other revealed cards into his or her graveyard.
deck, you have a
good bit to actually play with it in Extended. What
this means for the format as a WHOLE, though, is that
heck, lots of decks can step up to the plate now.
Doubtless, some people will try to switch out Tinker
Tinker
TinkerSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
At the time you play Tinker, sacrifice an artifact.Search your library for an artifact card and put that artifact into play. Shuffle your library afterward.

for the brand new 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.
, switching to red
instead of blue (perhaps Bosh in that). Metalworker
Metalworker
MetalworkerSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Reveal any number of artifact cards in your hand. Add two colorless mana to your mana pool for each card revealed this way.
's
value will probably go up, as it's one of the last
speed-go-go-go-speed-racer-go artifact mana accels
around. 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.
gate decks, centered around a gating
creature with cost of 2-3, 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 effects that
play off that (Intruder Alarm
Intruder Alarm
Intruder AlarmSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Creatures do not untap during their controllers' untap phases.Whenever any creature comes into play, untap all creatures.
/pinger, for example)
could do the job as well.


One of the big things here is that whatever the deck
that steps up the plate, it's likely that it won't be
something Extended is used to seeing stomp around in
tournaments. As of right now, there is no one
dominating deck in this format; it's variable again,
and it's FUN again. Anyone could come up with that big
deck that, while not broken, is strong and fast enough
to win, or controls the board or mills or however you
like to win. It's open season, folks. Start building.



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