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CardShark Content - Eric Charles (12/29/2003)

Been a while since my last article, but c'est le vie,
eh?

Since August or so, Goblin Bidding has been huge in
Type 2, with Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's BiddingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from his or her graveyard to play.
splashed into a
normal speed Goblin deck, in order to give the Gobbos
a much-needed mid-late game push. However, Patriarch's
Bidding can be used in a couple more ways, even in
Type 2. For example, Zombies.

Zombie Bidding is great if you like to recur lots of
undead legions; the amount of good playable Zombies is
great, and one in particular goes with the Bidding as
well as bananas and cereal (it's good, try it).
Withered Wretch
Withered Wretch
Withered WretchSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game.
not only is an efficient 2/2 for BB,
but has the ability to remove cards from your
opponent's graveyard! So a typical play with Withered
Wretch and Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's BiddingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from his or her graveyard to play.
goes like this, to
illutsrate the combo:


Me: I'll use Withered Wretch
Withered Wretch
Withered WretchSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game.
to remove your remaining
3 creatures in your graveyard at the end of your turn.
Opponent: Whatever, I don't have graveyard recursion.
Me: *untap, draw a card* Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's BiddingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from his or her graveyard to play.
naming
Zombies.
Opponent: *looks at empty graveyard* I no longer
desire to live.


That's not the only Zombie-related combo, though. A
Noxious Ghoul
Noxious Ghoul
Noxious GhoulSet: Legions
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Noxious Ghoul or another Zombie comes into play, all non-Zombie
creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.
in the graveyard or even in play spells
some serious pain if you have a good deal of Zombies
in the graveyard already, because you can choose the
order in which your creatures are brought back to
play! That means...


Me: I'll play Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's BiddingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from his or her graveyard to play.
, naming Zombies.
Opponent: Yay! I'll return Myrs, getting all 4 of my
Myr Enfo-
Me: *plops Noxious Ghoul
Noxious Ghoul
Noxious GhoulSet: Legions
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Noxious Ghoul or another Zombie comes into play, all non-Zombie
creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.
, then 5 other Zombies* -1/-1,
-2/-2...that's -6/-6 until end of turn to all of your
non-Zombie creatures, so your side of the board dies
again.
Opponent: I wish to concede.
Me: I believe I will let you.


I know what you're thinking; you don't know HOW you're
going to get that many Zombies into the garveyard
without using them as chump blockers. Easy, man.
Gempalm Polluter
Gempalm Polluter
Gempalm PolluterSet: Legions
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Cycling BB (BB, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Gempalm Polluter, you may have target player lose 1 life for
each Zombie in play.
's a great cycler, causing your
opponent to lose life, which can't be prevented!
This's great as a secondary win condition; coupled
with another Zombie-type card, Unholy Grotto
Unholy Grotto
Unholy GrottoSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
327
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. B, T: Put target Zombie card from your graveyard on top of your library.
, we can
return the Polluter to our library's top after we use
it, draw it, then Pollute them again, and get a normal
draw! It's a nice finisher just after a Bidding as
well, since you'll routinely get a life loss of about
4 to 7. Twisted Abomination
Twisted Abomination
Twisted AbominationSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Darren Bader
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
B : Regenerate Twisted Abomination
Swampcycling
is invaluable in helping
to get your Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s out, since you need to get to at
least 4 mana quick-like. And if it's Biddinged, no one
can argue with a 5/3 regenerator.


Undead Warchief
Undead Warchief
Undead WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Zombie spells you play cost 1 less to play. Zombies you control get +2/+1.
gives all your Zombies +2/+1. Not much
more to say about THAT, since if you're getting heaps
of Zombies revived, getting Unholy Strength
Unholy Strength
Unholy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +2/+1.
on all of
them is even worse for your foe. Sometimes this is
enough, and you won't NEED the Bidding, since a bunch
of 3/2s is hard to keep up with for anyone.


To help ease our mana curve a bit, Festering Goblin
Festering Goblin
Festering GoblinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Festering Goblin is put into a graveyard from play, target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
s
and Carrion Feeder
Carrion Feeder
Carrion FeederSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Carrion Feeder can't block.
Sacrifice a creature : Put a +1/+1 counter on Carrion Feeder.
1/1
s are added, to give us something to
play first turn, and they offer a handy combo; don't
be afraid to sacrifice the Goblin to the Feeder in
order to kill a pesky 1/1 with a good ability. It does
help. Also don't be afraid to sacrifice a Zombie
targeted by a bad enchantment, or one that's about to
die. You'll be Bidding it back later!


We'll top it off with 3 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.
s and 1 Cruel Revival
Cruel Revival
Cruel RevivalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target non-Zombie creature. It can't be regenerated. Return up to one target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.

for some creature removal, and 2 Call to the Grave
Call to the Grave
Call to the GraveSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Text:
At the beginning of each player’s upkeep, that player sacrifices a non-Zombie creature. At end of turn, if there are no creatures in play, sacrifice Call to the Grave.
s to
keep the pressure on late game, and we're done!


4 Twisted Abomination
Twisted Abomination
Twisted AbominationSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Darren Bader
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
B : Regenerate Twisted Abomination
Swampcycling

4 Undead Warchief
Undead Warchief
Undead WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Zombie spells you play cost 1 less to play. Zombies you control get +2/+1.

4 Festering Goblin
Festering Goblin
Festering GoblinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Festering Goblin is put into a graveyard from play, target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

4 Withered Wretch
Withered Wretch
Withered WretchSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game.

4 Carrion Feeder
Carrion Feeder
Carrion FeederSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Carrion Feeder can't block.
Sacrifice a creature : Put a +1/+1 counter on Carrion Feeder.
1/1

4 Gempalm Polluter
Gempalm Polluter
Gempalm PolluterSet: Legions
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Cycling BB (BB, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Gempalm Polluter, you may have target player lose 1 life for
each Zombie in play.

3 Noxious Ghoul
Noxious Ghoul
Noxious GhoulSet: Legions
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Noxious Ghoul or another Zombie comes into play, all non-Zombie
creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.



2 Call to the Grave
Call to the Grave
Call to the GraveSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Text:
At the beginning of each player’s upkeep, that player sacrifices a non-Zombie creature. At end of turn, if there are no creatures in play, sacrifice Call to the Grave.

3 Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's BiddingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from his or her graveyard to play.

3 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.

1 Cruel Revival
Cruel Revival
Cruel RevivalSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target non-Zombie creature. It can't be regenerated. Return up to one target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.



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

4 Unholy Grotto
Unholy Grotto
Unholy GrottoSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
327
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. B, T: Put target Zombie card from your graveyard on top of your library.


It runs a little slow, but it's definitely fun to
play. Try it out!


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