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CardShark Content - Frankwin Hooglander (11/11/2005)

This is my first article, so hopefully it will be well liked. I wanted to use this article to show a deck that I’ve been working on and after a lot of play testing has been tweaked to the following deck list:

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

4 x Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

4 x Temple Garden
Temple Garden
Temple GardenSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Forest Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
284
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add G or W to your mana pool.) As Temple Garden comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Temple Garden comes into play tapped instead.

4 x Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.

2 x Vitu-Ghazi, the City Tree
2 x Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya SanctuarySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
281
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play tapped. When Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add GW to your mana pool.


22 Creatures
4 x Bramble Elemental
Bramble Elemental
Bramble ElementalSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever an Aura becomes attached to Bramble Elemental, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

4 x Watchwolf
Watchwolf
WatchwolfSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3

4 x Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4 x Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe ElderSet: Commander
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

2 x Tolsimir Wolfsblood
2 x Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) 3G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. 3W: Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.

2 x Scion of the Wild
Scion of the Wild
Scion of the WildSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Scion of the Wild’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of creatures you control.


17 Other spells
4 x Fists of Ironwood
Fists of Ironwood
Fists of IronwoodSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature When Fists of Ironwood comes into play, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play. Enchanted creature has trample.

4 x Flickerform
Flickerform
FlickerformSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Enchant creature 2WW: Remove enchanted creature and all Auras attached to it from the game. At end of turn, return that card to play under its owner’s control. If you do, return those Auras to play under their owners’ control attached to that creature.

4 x Scatter the Seeds
Scatter the Seeds
Scatter the SeedsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Put three 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.

2 x Glorious Anthem
Glorious Anthem
Glorious AnthemSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
15
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
All creatures you control get +1/+1.

1 x Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.


The choice of lands is pretty obvious I think. Use Temple Garden
Temple Garden
Temple GardenSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Forest Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
284
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add G or W to your mana pool.) As Temple Garden comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Temple Garden comes into play tapped instead.
s & Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.
s if you have them to make sure you have the right colors of mana available. If you don’t have them, just exchange them for equal amounts of Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s and Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
and you’ll still be alright. Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya SanctuarySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
281
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play tapped. When Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add GW to your mana pool.
should be easy to come by since it’s a common and you can run 4 of them if you don’t have the dual lands/painlands. Some people don’t like them, but I really like them. They give you an extra mana and I just play them after I already used up all my mana, so they’re not really that much of a drawback.

Then for mana fixers we have the Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
& the Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe ElderSet: Commander
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
s. You can replace the Birds with Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
if you don’t have them and to make the deck cheaper. The Elders will allow you to get that extra forest or plains out when you need it and they’re a nice chump blocker later in the game.

Now on to the main engine of the deck. This is of course Bramble Elemental
Bramble Elemental
Bramble ElementalSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever an Aura becomes attached to Bramble Elemental, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.
enchanted with First of Ironwood and Flickerform
Flickerform
FlickerformSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Enchant creature 2WW: Remove enchanted creature and all Auras attached to it from the game. At end of turn, return that card to play under its owner’s control. If you do, return those Auras to play under their owners’ control attached to that creature.
. If you get this combination out you can get 6 Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Tokens per turn (if you have enough mana even during your own and your opponent’s turn). This combined with a Glorious Anthem
Glorious Anthem
Glorious AnthemSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
15
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
All creatures you control get +1/+1.
and/or a Tolsimir Wolfsblood out will make it really hard for your opponents to stand up against your Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
army.

The rest of the deck is there to help you too. Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya Guildmage
Selesnya GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(G/W can be paid with either G or W.) 3G: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. 3W: Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.
can give all your Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s an extra +1/+1 or can get some extra Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s when you need them. Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
is there to help you get more and more tokens every turn. Imagine a Bramble Elemental
Bramble Elemental
Bramble ElementalSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Tomas Giorello
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever an Aura becomes attached to Bramble Elemental, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.
with Fists of Ironwood
Fists of Ironwood
Fists of IronwoodSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature When Fists of Ironwood comes into play, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play. Enchanted creature has trample.
and Flickerform
Flickerform
FlickerformSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Enchant creature 2WW: Remove enchanted creature and all Auras attached to it from the game. At end of turn, return that card to play under its owner’s control. If you do, return those Auras to play under their owners’ control attached to that creature.
phasing in and out of play with Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
in play. 12 tokens every turn. Of course Scatter the Seeds
Scatter the Seeds
Scatter the SeedsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
181
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Put three 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.
will give you 6 tokens with Doubling Season
Doubling Season
Doubling SeasonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
158
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens into play under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens into play instead. If an effect would place one or more counters on a permanent you control, it places twice that many of those counters on that permanent instead.
in play, etc. Watchwolf
Watchwolf
WatchwolfSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
is there of course to give you that early 3/3 to start beating down on your opponent with. Adding Fists of Ironwood
Fists of Ironwood
Fists of IronwoodSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature When Fists of Ironwood comes into play, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play. Enchanted creature has trample.
to it makes it trample and with Tolsimir Wolfsblood you suddenly have a 5/5 Wolf beating down your opponent.

Scion of the Wild
Scion of the Wild
Scion of the WildSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Scion of the Wild’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of creatures you control.
is of course the finisher that you should have in a deck like this. With an abundance of tokens in play Scion of the Wild
Scion of the Wild
Scion of the WildSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Scion of the Wild’s power and toughness are each equal to the number of creatures you control.
will be unstoppable, certainly when enchanted with one of your Fists of Ironwood
Fists of Ironwood
Fists of IronwoodSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant creature When Fists of Ironwood comes into play, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play. Enchanted creature has trample.
.

The two weaknesses of this deck are of course no artifact removal in the main deck and nothing to deal with flyers. The sideboard will have to come into play for that. This is what my sideboard currently looks like:

4 x Trophy Hunger
4 x Veteran Armorer
Veteran Armorer
Veteran ArmorerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Other creatures you control get +0/+1.

3 x Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R

2 x Sundering Vitae
Sundering Vitae
Sundering VitaeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
185
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

2 x Seed Spark
Seed Spark
Seed SparkSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
30
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. If G was spent to play Seed Spark, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.


Here the Trophy Hunter
Trophy Hunter
Trophy HunterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Archer
Rarity:
U
Number:
187
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
1G: Trophy Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature with flying. Whenever a creature with flying dealt damage by Trophy Hunter this turn is put into a graveyard, put a +1/+1 counter on Trophy Hunter.
s are of course meant to deal with anything flying. Since a lot of flying you’ll see will be in white or white/red weenies decks your Trophy Hunter
Trophy Hunter
Trophy HunterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Archer
Rarity:
U
Number:
187
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
1G: Trophy Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature with flying. Whenever a creature with flying dealt damage by Trophy Hunter this turn is put into a graveyard, put a +1/+1 counter on Trophy Hunter.
s will be a feared weapon.

Veteran Armorer
Veteran Armorer
Veteran ArmorerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Other creatures you control get +0/+1.
can help you protect against board sweepers. It will give you that extra defense point for your Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s that makes it harder to kill them.

Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
, Sundering Vitae
Sundering Vitae
Sundering VitaeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
185
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
and Seed Spark
Seed Spark
Seed SparkSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
30
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment. If G was spent to play Seed Spark, put two 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens into play.
are all meant to deal with those nasty artifacts & enchantments out there. They all do their job very well.

I’m currently thinking of replacing 2 Needles with 2 Kashi-Tribe Snipers to add some extra flyer protection into the sideboard, but I don’t play with a lot of people that use flyer heavy decks, so I’m not sure how that will work out.

Let me know what you think.


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