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CardShark Content - Jennine Trachier (1/12/2005)

I love Dragons. So do many of my friends, who have much larger card pools to draw from than I. Unfortunately, Dragons are expensive. So what’s a penny pincher to do? Go hunting.

The deck I wanted to beat is full of 5/5 dragons, including multiple Kilnmouth Dragon
Kilnmouth Dragon
Kilnmouth DragonSet: Legions
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Amplify 3 (As this card comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it for each Dragon card you reveal in your hand.) Flying T: Kilnmouth Dragon deals damage equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on it to target creature or player.
(which I’ve seen come out as high as 20/20), plus a couple of Dragonroost, which produce 5/5 red dragon tokens. And then there’s Zirilan of the Claw
Zirilan of the Claw
Zirilan of the ClawSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
1RR, T: Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play as though it were just played. Shuffle your library afterwards. That creature is unaffected by summoning sickness. Remove the creature from the game at end of any turn.
, which allows my opponent to search for a Dragon and put it into play for one turn, with haste, for only 3 mana. Sound like any of your buddies? Let’s see what’s in the bargain bin that that can take this on.

White (37)
2: Abbey Gargoyles
Abbey Gargoyles
Abbey GargoylesSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gargoyles
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying, protection from red

4: Cloudreach Cavalry
Cloudreach Cavalry
Cloudreach CavalrySet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cloudreach Cavalry gets +2/+2 and has flying as long as you control a Bird.

4: Defiant Falcon
Defiant Falcon
Defiant FalconSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.

4: Dragonstalker
Dragonstalker
DragonstalkerSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying.
Protection from dragons.

2: Jhovall Queen
Jhovall Queen
Jhovall QueenSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
R
Number:
25
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
7
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Jhovall Queen to tap.

2: Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero
Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero
Lin Sivvi, Defiant HeroSet: Nemesis
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
X, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost X or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library. 3: Put target Rebel card from your graveyard on the bottom of your library.

2: Ramosian Lieutenant
Ramosian Lieutenant
Ramosian LieutenantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
37
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.

2: Rashida Scalebane
Rashida Scalebane
Rashida ScalebaneSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Bury target attacking or blocking Dragon. Gain an amount of life equal to that Dragon's power.

2: Soraya the Falconer
Soraya the Falconer
Soraya the FalconerSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Falcons get +1/+1.1W: Target Falcon gains banding until end of turn.

4: Skyshroud Falcon
Skyshroud Falcon
Skyshroud FalconSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Skyshroud Falcon to tap.

3: Peach Garden Oath
Peach Garden Oath
Peach Garden OathSet: Portal Three Kingdoms
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Qiao Dafu
Text:
For each creature you have in play, you gain 2 life.

3: Reprisal
Reprisal
ReprisalSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Text:
Destroy target creature with power 4 or greater. It can't be regenerated.

3: Unquestioned Authority
Unquestioned Authority
Unquestioned AuthoritySet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
31
Artist:
Alex Horley

Text:
When Unquestioned Authority comes into play, draw a card. Enchanted creature has protection from creatures.


Artifact (3)
3: Vulshok Battlegear
Vulshok Battlegear
Vulshok BattlegearSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
272
Artist:
Kevin Dobler
Text:
Equipped creature gets +3/+3. Equip 3 (3: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)


Land (20)
2: Fountain of Cho
Fountain of Cho
Fountain of ChoSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
317
Artist:
Scott Hampton
Text:
Fountain of Cho comes into play tapped.T: Put a storage counter on Fountain of Cho.tap, Remove any number of storage counters from Fountain of Cho: Add one white mana to your mana pool for each storage counter removed this way.

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


Now, I usually like to keep my cards under $1, but there is one vital piece here that’s more expensive - Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero
Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero
Lin Sivvi, Defiant HeroSet: Nemesis
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
X, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost X or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library. 3: Put target Rebel card from your graveyard on the bottom of your library.
. The reason is simply card advantage. She can return your 10 Rebels from your graveyard to your library and search them directly into play. This can be especially frustrating for your opponent when you are blocking their 5/5 flying Dragon by returning Defiant Falcon
Defiant Falcon
Defiant FalconSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
s to play for 5. The Defiant Falcon
Defiant Falcon
Defiant FalconSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
and Ramosian Lieutenant
Ramosian Lieutenant
Ramosian LieutenantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
37
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
will both allow you to search for Lin-Sivvi, which you should do as soon as possible. The last Rebel is the Jhovall Queen
Jhovall Queen
Jhovall QueenSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
R
Number:
25
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
7
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Jhovall Queen to tap.
which, though it can’t fly, is a huge 4/7 that you can use to take out your opponent’s ground troops. Again, you can search for it and resurrect it with Lin-Sivvi.

Another big theme in this deck is Birds. You want to be able to block Dragons and most of those fly. Consequently, these little flyers can help keep you safe for a long time. They also do quite a bit of damage in the early game before the Dragons appear on the opposing line. Besides the Defiant Falcon
Defiant Falcon
Defiant FalconSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
s you also have Skyshroud Falcon
Skyshroud Falcon
Skyshroud FalconSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Skyshroud Falcon to tap.
s with Vigilance
Vigilance
VigilanceSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Enchanted creature has vigilance. (Attacking doesn't cause it to tap.)
, all of which Soraya the Falconer
Soraya the Falconer
Soraya the FalconerSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Falcons get +1/+1.1W: Target Falcon gains banding until end of turn.
helps to the tune of +1/+1. Your 12 Birds (including Dragonstalker
Dragonstalker
DragonstalkerSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying.
Protection from dragons.
) are enough to keep your Cloudreach Cavalry
Cloudreach Cavalry
Cloudreach CavalrySet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cloudreach Cavalry gets +2/+2 and has flying as long as you control a Bird.
, which summons for 1W, stay 3/3 most of the time.

Dragonstalker
Dragonstalker
DragonstalkerSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying.
Protection from dragons.
, the Bird Soldier, was the original inspiration for this deck. What better to have in a Dragon Hunter deck than a flyer with protection from Dragons? Drop a Vulshok Battlegear
Vulshok Battlegear
Vulshok BattlegearSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
272
Artist:
Kevin Dobler
Text:
Equipped creature gets +3/+3. Equip 3 (3: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
on your 3/3 Dragonstalker
Dragonstalker
DragonstalkerSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying.
Protection from dragons.
s and turn them into 6/6 Dragon killers. Since I can only have 4 of them in a deck, I added Abbey Gargoyles
Abbey Gargoyles
Abbey GargoylesSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gargoyles
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying, protection from red
. Their protection from red keeps them safe from the majority of Dragons. Drop an Unquestioned Authority
Unquestioned Authority
Unquestioned AuthoritySet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
31
Artist:
Alex Horley

Text:
When Unquestioned Authority comes into play, draw a card. Enchanted creature has protection from creatures.
on any creature and give it protection from creatures, making it an ultimate blocker, plus you get to draw a card.

Rashida Scalebane
Rashida Scalebane
Rashida ScalebaneSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Bury target attacking or blocking Dragon. Gain an amount of life equal to that Dragon's power.
is one of the most useful creatures to kill off your opponent’s Dragons. Simply tap him to kill an attacking or blocking Dragon and take its power in life. Or use Reprisal
Reprisal
ReprisalSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Text:
Destroy target creature with power 4 or greater. It can't be regenerated.
to kill off any creature with 4 or greater power. Peach Garden Oath
Peach Garden Oath
Peach Garden OathSet: Portal Three Kingdoms
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Qiao Dafu
Text:
For each creature you have in play, you gain 2 life.
is an extremely effective life gainer, especially for small creature decks. It’s not unusual for me to add 10 life for W with this card. Fountain of Cho
Fountain of Cho
Fountain of ChoSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
317
Artist:
Scott Hampton
Text:
Fountain of Cho comes into play tapped.T: Put a storage counter on Fountain of Cho.tap, Remove any number of storage counters from Fountain of Cho: Add one white mana to your mana pool for each storage counter removed this way.
just lets me get my big creatures into play faster.

I’ve gone through all of the creatures and talked about their defensive capabilities, so what about offense? How do you win with this deck? The answer is simply numbers. Put more creatures on the board than your opponent can block. Eighteen small creatures come out fast and ten creatures that can be searched for and resurrected mean that you can easily field too many creatures for a Dragon deck (which needs to concentrate on mana acceleration) to block.

This deck also does well against other types of big creature decks. It’s actually one of my favorite decks to play. There’s nothing in this deck that becomes completely useless if you aren’t playing against Dragons, however, you may want to keep a sideboard to replace the Dragonstalker
Dragonstalker
DragonstalkerSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying.
Protection from dragons.
s and Rashida Scalebane
Rashida Scalebane
Rashida ScalebaneSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Bury target attacking or blocking Dragon. Gain an amount of life equal to that Dragon's power.
in that circumstance. I recommend Melesse Spirit
Melesse Spirit
Melesse SpiritSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Gerry Grace
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, protection from black
and Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.
. Both are flyers, Melesse Spirit
Melesse Spirit
Melesse SpiritSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Gerry Grace
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, protection from black
having protection from black and Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.
having protection from the color of your choice. If you’d like a few more rebels to search up instead, try Ballista Squad
Ballista Squad
Ballista SquadSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
XW, T: Ballista Squad deals X damage to target attacking or blocking creature.
. Sideboarding a set of Circle of Protection is never a bad idea in a white deck either.

If any of you try this deck, I’d love to hear how it worked for you. Just post on the Articles Board and I’ll be sure to check for responses. Have fun!


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