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CardShark Content - Jeffery Patton (12/24/2005)

This article is all about running a control style deck without using Dimir or trying to imitate ´´The Rock´´. I wanted to make a deck that would have the ability to control almost everything my opponents drew and played throughout the game. I also wanted to make sure that the deck stayed within the Type 2 Parameters.

This deck's main card is a common card called Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker WitchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Sacrifice a creature: Look at the top two cards of target opponent’s library, then remove one of them from the game.
. This card has the ability to let me see the top two cards of my opponent’s deck and remove one of them from the game by sacrificing a creature. The deck uses this to its advantage by utilizing cards that either revive themselves or revive other cards in my graveyard over and over again.

For self reviving card I have the creatures Shambling Shell
Shambling Shell
Shambling ShellSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Shambling Shell: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
and Golgari Brownscale
Golgari Brownscale
Golgari BrownscaleSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Golgari Brownscale is put into your hand from your graveyard, you gain 2 life. Dredge 2 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly two cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
. First we have the Shell, which sacrifices itself to beef a creature with a +1/+1 counter. The card also has dredge so it can be used again. This makes Shambling Shell
Shambling Shell
Shambling ShellSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Shambling Shell: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
a valuable asset because it can be sacrificed to itself to help, more than likely, your Thoughtpicker, since it's only a 1/1 creature or can be sacrificed to the Witch itself. Also, I have the Golgari Brownscale
Golgari Brownscale
Golgari BrownscaleSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Golgari Brownscale is put into your hand from your graveyard, you gain 2 life. Dredge 2 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly two cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
, a 2/3 for three mana which is a pretty solid body especially in Ravnica. The card also has a fairly decent dredge ability; when you dredge the card back to your hand you gain two life.

The other creatures in the deck are also fairly useful. The deck runs the usually under-appreciated creature Infectious Host
Infectious Host
Infectious HostSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Infectious Host is put into a graveyard from play, target player loses 2 life.
. When this card is sent to the graveyard from play it does causes an opponent to lose two life. This is a pretty decent ability when stacked on top of the Thoughtpicker's ability. The deck also runs Gleancrawler
Gleancrawler
GleancrawlerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
18
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) Trample At the end of your turn, return to your hand all creature cards in your graveyard that were put into your graveyard from play this turn.
so that my creatures can come back again and again. Also, I run the regulars in B/G decks: I have 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 and Kodama's Reach
Kodama's Reach
Kodama's ReachSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
225
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Search your library for two basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put one into play tapped and the other into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
es in this deck for mana acceleration. In the spell category I have Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.
and Disembowel
Disembowel
DisembowelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Chengo McFlingers
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost X.
for destruction and removal. I also run Vigor Mortis
Vigor Mortis
Vigor MortisSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. If G was spent to play Vigor Mortis, that creature comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it.
to get back creatures as well as insurance in case my Witches begin to get picked off, and so the final deck looks like this.

Gold/Hybrid-10
2x Gleancrawler
Gleancrawler
GleancrawlerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
18
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) Trample At the end of your turn, return to your hand all creature cards in your graveyard that were put into your graveyard from play this turn.

4x Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.

4x Shambling Shell
Shambling Shell
Shambling ShellSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Shambling Shell: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)


Green-12
4x Golgari Brownscale
Golgari Brownscale
Golgari BrownscaleSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Golgari Brownscale is put into your hand from your graveyard, you gain 2 life. Dredge 2 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly two cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

4x Kodama's Reach
Kodama's Reach
Kodama's ReachSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
225
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Search your library for two basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put one into play tapped and the other into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4x Sakura-tribe Elder

Black-16
4x Vigor Mortis
Vigor Mortis
Vigor MortisSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. If G was spent to play Vigor Mortis, that creature comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it.

4x Disembowel
Disembowel
DisembowelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Artist:
Chengo McFlingers
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost X.

4x Infectious Host
Infectious Host
Infectious HostSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Infectious Host is put into a graveyard from play, target player loses 2 life.

4x Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker WitchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Sacrifice a creature: Look at the top two cards of target opponent’s library, then remove one of them from the game.


Lands-22
4x Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown TombSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Swamp Forest
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add B or G to your mana pool.) As Overgrown Tomb comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Overgrown Tomb comes into play tapped instead.

9x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

9x Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.



As for the sideboard I have two more copies of Gleancrawler
Gleancrawler
GleancrawlerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
18
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) Trample At the end of your turn, return to your hand all creature cards in your graveyard that were put into your graveyard from play this turn.
. I also run Golgari Germination
Golgari Germination
Golgari GerminationSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
209
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Whenever a nontoken creature you control is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
and Bloodbond March
Bloodbond March
Bloodbond MarchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Whenever a creature spell is played, each player returns all cards with the same name as that spell from his or her graveyard to play.
since so many creatures will be sent to the graveyard so much. Also, the sideboard has copies of both the Golgari- and 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.
s, both of whom have very useful abilities in this deck.

Sideboard
Gold/Hybrid-15
4x Golgari Germination
Golgari Germination
Golgari GerminationSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
209
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Whenever a nontoken creature you control is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.

3x Golgari Guildmage
Golgari Guildmage
Golgari GuildmageSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
10
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
248
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) 4B, Sacrifice a creature: Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. 4G: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

3x 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.

2x Gleancrawler
Gleancrawler
GleancrawlerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
18
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
(B/G can be paid with either B or G.) Trample At the end of your turn, return to your hand all creature cards in your graveyard that were put into your graveyard from play this turn.

3x Bloodbond March
Bloodbond March
Bloodbond MarchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Whenever a creature spell is played, each player returns all cards with the same name as that spell from his or her graveyard to play.


So far this deck has been ran in exactly 13 tournaments placing 1st in 7 of them. The deck has an overall record of 76-11. Please rate this article. Thanks!


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