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CardShark Content - Ian Kitrick (10/1/2003)

This deck is made for the kind of magic player who wants to have a tournament playable deck without spending much money. This black-green deck costs less than $8 to make. This deck is great for beginners or for experts; and it is deadly as long as you learn to use it. That is what I am here for.

The deck list is as follows:

(Green)

2x Caller of the Claw
Caller of the Claw
Caller of the ClawSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Caller of the Claw any time you could play an instant. When Caller of the Claw comes into play, put a 2/2 green Bear creature token into play for each nontoken creature put into your graveyard from play this turn.

4x Taunting Elf
Taunting Elf
Taunting ElfSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
All creatures able to block Taunting Elf do so.

4x Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4x Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.

4x Elvish Pioneer
Elvish Pioneer
Elvish PioneerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
257
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Elvish Pioneer comes into play, you may put a basic land card from your hand into play tapped.

4x Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch ElfSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of
Elves in play.

2x Wirewood Hivemaster
Wirewood Hivemaster
Wirewood HivemasterSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another nontoken Elf comes into play, you may put a 1/1 green
Insect creature token into play.


(Black)

4x Nantuko Husk
Nantuko Husk
Nantuko HuskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Nantuko Husk gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

4x Smother
Smother
SmotherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost 3 or less. It can't be regenerated.

2x Unburden
Unburden
UnburdenSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Target player discards two cards.
Cycling 2

2x Head Games
Head Games
Head GamesSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
155
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Target opponent puts the cards from his or her hand on top of his or her library. Search that player's library for that many cards. The player puts those cards into his or her hand, then shuffles his or her library.


This deck is quite quick and usually wins on turn five. It is possible to win on turn four but you must start with the perfect hand.
To win with this deck, you get out taunting elf, the husk, the herald, and some other elves. Attack with husk and taunting elf. Then sac everything but the husk to the husk, search for caller of the claw with the herald’s ability, and put it out. You should get at least 4 bear tokens, sac them all and the caller. Your husk should be at least a 20/20 by now and since all of their creatures had blocked the taunting elf, you win.
Any ways, I will describe in detail why every card is in here.

Caller of the Claw
Caller of the Claw
Caller of the ClawSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Caller of the Claw any time you could play an instant. When Caller of the Claw comes into play, put a 2/2 green Bear creature token into play for each nontoken creature put into your graveyard from play this turn.
- One of the cards in the combo, this is great cause you can search for it with the herald and then put it out as an instant, getting more creatures to sac for the husk. You only need two because you have the heralds.

Taunting Elf
Taunting Elf
Taunting ElfSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
All creatures able to block Taunting Elf do so.
- The whole point of having this in here is so they cannot block the husk, therefore letting you kill them.

Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
- This is for searching for the elf that you need at the time. It will usually be a caller, but if you already have one in your hand, you can always get a taunting elf if you don’t have one yet.

Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
- If for some reason you are against a deck that will lengthen the game, such as control decks, this is in here so you can keep gaining life each turn so you can have an ample amount of life. This is great in any elf deck.

Elvish Pioneer
Elvish Pioneer
Elvish PioneerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
257
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Elvish Pioneer comes into play, you may put a basic land card from your hand into play tapped.
- Probably one of the best mana-acceleration cards in Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
. This can be played on the first turn and you get an extra land into play. This card speeds up play for you and helps get the combo much quicker.

Timberwatch- This card is also great in any elf deck. You can use this card to win if you don’t draw a husk or if all of them die. You can use this with the taunting elf to either kill their creatures or to pump an unblocked creature for some big damage. You can also use it to pump the husk if you do not have enough creatures to sac to make the husk stronger.

Wirewood Hivemaster
Wirewood Hivemaster
Wirewood HivemasterSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another nontoken Elf comes into play, you may put a 1/1 green
Insect creature token into play.
- This has one purpose in this deck, to get numerous creatures out that you can sac to the husk, making it big enough to kill them.

Nantuko Husk
Nantuko Husk
Nantuko HuskSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Nantuko Husk gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
- Well, obviously in a Husk/Caller deck you would need a husk. This card is the backbone of the deck. You can sac all your measly tokens and elves to make this an unblockable behemoth. You can also pump this with the timberwatch elf.

Smother
Smother
SmotherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost 3 or less. It can't be regenerated.
- This deck needs some creature removal cards and this card does it. This is probably the best creature removal in Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
. Use this on creatures that have abilities that stand in your way or that you just can’t get rid of.

Unburden
Unburden
UnburdenSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Target player discards two cards.
Cycling 2
- This cards is great for disrupting your opponent’s hand. Making them get rid of two cards in their hand early on in the game can really affect their game play. Or, if you can’t play this or you don’t feel the need to play it, you can just cycle to get a different card.

Head Games
Head Games
Head GamesSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
155
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Target opponent puts the cards from his or her hand on top of his or her library. Search that player's library for that many cards. The player puts those cards into his or her hand, then shuffles his or her library.
- This card takes care of what unburden doesn’t. If they have many cards in their hand and you think that unburden won’t affect them much, you can play this to give them a new hand that you get to pick out. On the other hand, if you do play unburden and you suspect they are left with a wing shards or something else to get rid of your husk, you can get rid of that problem.

Those are all the cards in the deck. For the sideboard, you can put in some withered wretches against reanimator, and naturalize and break asunder will be great against all the cards in Mirrodin. Also think about some Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko Vigilante
Nantuko VigilanteSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Nantuko Vigilante is turned face up, destroy target artifact or
enchantment.
s.

Also, if you play with odyssey block, you can put in verdant successions and nantuko tracers for an infinite combo to make the husk an infinity/infinity.

I will be posting more articles on cheap tournament playable decks.
If you have any suggestions or want to see an article on a certain deck e-mail me.


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