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CardShark Content - Huy Nguyen (8/17/2005)

Hey, Huy Nguyen with my 5th article for cardshark, man I'm on a weekly article here. Cognivore
Cognivore
CognivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.
is one type of Lhurgoyf
Lhurgoyf
LhurgoyfSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
*
Toughness:
1+*
Text:
Lhurgoyf has power equal to the number of creature cards in all graveyards and toughness equal to 1 plus the number of creature cards in all graveyards.
whose power and toughness are equal to the number of instants in all graveyards. I remember playing this deck in 2003 and winning most tournaments before I decided to change decks. 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.
was the most expensive card in this deck when I built it, but not as expensive as it is now. The price sure has risen over the years. This deck wins by controlling the game by countering and bouncing until you're able to get Cognivore
Cognivore
CognivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.
into play preferably by using 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.
. Here's the breakdown of the deck.

Blue (26)
4:Force Spike
Force Spike
Force SpikeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.
(a one mana counterspell, having this card would always force your opponent to have at least one mana open or else their spell will get countered, doesn't do much good when your opponent has more than one land open, good early card for control)

4:Rewind
Rewind
RewindSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Counter target spell. Untap up to four lands.
(not as good as the other counters, but it allows you to untap your lands so you will have mana to play your other counters. 4 mana is a lot for a counter but it beats out Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U
and Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
due to its untapping quality)

4: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.
(this card is just broken. Any blue control deck plays this, if not they should, unless it’s not legal in the format)

4:Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.
(a creature bounce card that does more with more copies of it in the graveyard. It allows you to return a creature to its owner’s hand and an extra creature for each other Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.
in the graveyard)

4:Words Of Wisdom (draw two cards and each other person draws one card, it’s a nice 2 mana draw and the extra card your opponent has likely won't be able to stand your counterspell)

2:Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.
(returns win-preventing card such as Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
and 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.
, also works to return land cards if opponents are short in mana)

2:Evacuation
Evacuation
EvacuationSet: Stronghold
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
30
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Return all creatures to owners' hands.
(return all creatures to owners’ hands, another card used to get rid of a creature rush. Works great in multiplayer games if playing against creature intensive decks)

2:Cognivore
Cognivore
CognivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.
(the centerpiece for this deck and the only creature. Running only 2 creatures is risky but using Oath to get him out USUALLY ensures that he becomes a big fatty with flying. Too bad he doesn't have haste, but with counterspells in hand you can protect your fatty from danger)

Green (8)
4:Moment’s Peace (prevents all combat damage and has flashback, another card used to prevent creature rushes)

4:Oath Of Druids (this is the card you should use to get your Cognivore
Cognivore
CognivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.
in play, because it should dump your instants to the graveyard. You have 2 creatures in this deck so you should have no problem building up the power of your creature, but if you're unlucky you might get Cognivore
Cognivore
CognivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.
in your 1st try)


Multi (4)
4: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.
(the best of the best in permanent removal, a 1BG enchantment that, when in play, allows you to pay X and sacrifice it to destroy every nonland permanent with a cost of equal to or less than X. This card is a life saver against aggressive decks and weenies, because you can save it for the small creatures and save the counters for the big critters)

Land (20)
10:Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
(used to play the blue spells in your deck, you have low mana curve so you don't need that much mana)

4:City Of Brass (needed to pay that B mana for 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.
)

3:Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
(for the Oath and Peace in the deck)

3:Grand Coliseum
Grand Coliseum
Grand ColiseumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
319
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Grand Coliseum comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Grand Coliseum deals 1 damage to you.
(another multi-mana pain land, whose downside is coming into play tapped)

Sideboard (15)
4:Hibernation
Hibernation
HibernationSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return all green permanents to owners' hands.
(green hate, returning all green permanents to their owners hand, if you’re playing against a mono-green, this card is like a reset button for them. Puts tooth and nail deck and elf deck to shame)

4:Snap
Snap
SnapSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand. Untap up to two lands.
(bounce creature back to opponent’s hand while afterwards untapping the land used to play it, allowing you to have mana free and make your opponent think twice about playing a spell. Sideboard this in when playing against mass creatures)

4: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.
For Knowledge (sideboard in when playing against other control decks to get card advantage and get rid of unwanted cards)

2:Cognivore
Cognivore
CognivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.
(having more in case you need them)

1:Evacuation
Evacuation
EvacuationSet: Stronghold
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
30
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Return all creatures to owners' hands.
(more creature bounce if playing mass creature)



There are a total of 28 instants in this deck, after getting an Oath into play and having only 2 Cognivore
Cognivore
CognivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.
in the deck you get a greater chance of dumping the instants to the graveyard and increasing the power of your Cognivore
Cognivore
CognivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.
. This deck is basically a 2 colored deck except for the B mana needed to play 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.
, the mana curve is this deck is low, most cards costing only 2 mana to play and the highest is Evacuation
Evacuation
EvacuationSet: Stronghold
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
30
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Return all creatures to owners' hands.
. Cognivore
Cognivore
CognivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.
should not be played from your hand and should only be Oathed out. Sometimes it is necessary to play it if you are playing against an aggressive deck and want to kill them as fast as possible. Here are the steps for using this deck.

1. Control the board by countering and bouncing creatures (save your spells and don't worry about weenies yet)

2. Get Oath Out (use it to get Cognivore
Cognivore
CognivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.
, always have a sufficient amount of mana and counters in hand to protect your creature)

3. Attack with it next turn (at this time the Cognivore
Cognivore
CognivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.
should be pretty strong requiring no more than two more turns to kill off your opponents)

I admit this deck might be a little expensive with 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.
, but you can sub it with Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.
or Powder Keg
Powder Keg
Powder KegSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a fuse counter on Powder Keg.tap, Sacrifice Powder Keg: Destroy each artifact and creature with converted mana cost equal to the number of fuse counters on Powder Keg.
, though in my experience Deed works the best. Hope you enjoy playing with Cognivore
Cognivore
CognivoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.
. I have other Lhurgoyf
Lhurgoyf
LhurgoyfSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
*
Toughness:
1+*
Text:
Lhurgoyf has power equal to the number of creature cards in all graveyards and toughness equal to 1 plus the number of creature cards in all graveyards.
decks but none really work as well as this one.


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