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CardShark Content - Jeremy Lebowitz (12/16/2005)

With the release of Ravnica, one of my favorite Magic sets, have come some amazingly powerful and sometimes broken cards. My personal favorite is actually Life from the Loam
Life from the Loam
Life from the LoamSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Return up to three target land cards from your graveyard to your hand. 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.)
, around which the CAL deck has been perfected for Extended. However, the card that may lend itself best to Type 1.5 combo is Flame Fusillade
Flame Fusillade
Flame FusilladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
123
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Until end of turn, permanents you control gain “T: This permanent deals 1 damage to target creature or player.”
. Turning your permanents into “Tims” for the turn is pretty good on its own, but that’s not nearly good enough to build the deck around. For that purpose, “Presenting…” (in the loud, bellowing, “Emcee
Emcee
EmceeSet: Unhinged
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
9
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you may stand up and say in a deep, booming voice “Presenting . . . ” and that creature’s name. If you do, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.
” voice) Time Vault
Time Vault
Time VaultSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Tap to gain an additional turn after the current one. Time Vault doesn't untap normally during untap phase; to untap it, you must skip a turn. Time Vault begins tapped.
. Previously employed as a Lodestone Myr
Lodestone Myr
Lodestone MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
R
Number:
200
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample Tap an untapped artifact you control: Lodestone Myr gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
pumper for its self-untapping at the expense of the rest of your turns, Flame Fusillade
Flame Fusillade
Flame FusilladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
123
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Until end of turn, permanents you control gain “T: This permanent deals 1 damage to target creature or player.”
now bypasses the attack phase, and successfully resolving FF usually means game over.

Flame Vault (RUB)
Land (20)
2x Flooded Strand
Flooded Strand
Flooded StrandSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
316
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a plains or island card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

3x Polluted Delta
Polluted Delta
Polluted DeltaSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
321
Artist:
Land
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an island or swamp card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Rob Alexander

3x Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained MireSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
313
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a swamp or mountain card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

2x Volcanic Island
Volcanic Island
Volcanic IslandSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
T: Add either U or R to your mana pool.Counts as both islands and mountains and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

1x Underground Sea
Underground Sea
Underground SeaSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either B or U to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and islands and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

2x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

1x Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

6x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


Artifact (7)
3x Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.

4x Time Vault
Time Vault
Time VaultSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Tap to gain an additional turn after the current one. Time Vault doesn't untap normally during untap phase; to untap it, you must skip a turn. Time Vault begins tapped.


Blue (22)
3x Intuition
Intuition
IntuitionSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Search your library for any three cards and reveal them to target opponent. He or she chooses one. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4x Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.

4x Brainstorm
Brainstorm
BrainstormSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Draw three cards. Then, put any two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

4x Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.

3x Chain of Vapor
Chain of Vapor
Chain of VaporSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. Then that permanent's controller may sacrifice a land. If the player does, he or she may copy this spell and may choose a new target for that copy.

2x Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.

2x Gifts Ungiven
Gifts Ungiven
Gifts UngivenSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Search your library for four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Black (4)
4x Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.


Red (7)
3x Burning Wish
Burning Wish
Burning WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
83
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer

Text:
Choose a sorcery you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Burning Wish from the game.

1x Recoup
Recoup
RecoupSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
216
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Target sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. Its flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. (Mana cost includes color.) Flashback 3R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

3x Flame Fusillade
Flame Fusillade
Flame FusilladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
123
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Until end of turn, permanents you control gain “T: This permanent deals 1 damage to target creature or player.”


Sideboard (15)
1x Flame Fusillade
Flame Fusillade
Flame FusilladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
123
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Until end of turn, permanents you control gain “T: This permanent deals 1 damage to target creature or player.”

2x Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

1x Reconstruction
Reconstruction
ReconstructionSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Bring one artifact from your graveyard to your hand.

3x Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.

1x Meltdown
Meltdown
MeltdownSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
203
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Destroy each artifact with total casting cost X or less.

1x Echoing Ruin
Echoing Ruin
Echoing RuinSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target artifact and all other artifacts with the same name as that artifact.

2x Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.

2x Pyroblast
Pyroblast
PyroblastSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Counter target spell if it is blue, or destroy target permanent if it is blue. (If this spell targets a permanent, play it as an instant.)

2x Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Boseiju, Who Shelters All
Boseiju, Who Shelters AllSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
273
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Boseiju, Who Shelters All comes into play tapped. T, Pay 2 life: Add 1 to your mana pool. If that mana is spent on an instant or sorcery spell, that spell can't be countered by spells or abilities.


Obviously, card drawing to fetch the combo is essential (Intuition
Intuition
IntuitionSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Search your library for any three cards and reveal them to target opponent. He or she chooses one. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.
, Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.
, Brainstorm
Brainstorm
BrainstormSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Draw three cards. Then, put any two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.
, Burning Wish
Burning Wish
Burning WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
83
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer

Text:
Choose a sorcery you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Burning Wish from the game.
). I felt it important to splash black for Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
and Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
because against control decks were getting the better of Flame Vault with nothing but Forces to protect me. Chain of Vapor
Chain of Vapor
Chain of VaporSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. Then that permanent's controller may sacrifice a land. If the player does, he or she may copy this spell and may choose a new target for that copy.
is my main deck answer to a Goblin Lackey
Goblin Lackey
Goblin LackeySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
190
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Goblin Lackey successfully deals damage to a player, you may choose a Goblin card in your hand and put that Goblin into play.
, and also comes in handy for the bomb: Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
. This enchantment has done wonders for me, finding itself most useful with Time Vault
Time Vault
Time VaultSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Tap to gain an additional turn after the current one. Time Vault doesn't untap normally during untap phase; to untap it, you must skip a turn. Time Vault begins tapped.
already down and my opponent tapped out, letting me get the extra turn with Vault, then getting the first untap after Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
dies. This usually allows for the Fusillade to make an appearance, with some answers on the side (like a Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
beforehand to flush out a counter).

The biggest challenge to constructing the deck is obtaining the Time Vault
Time Vault
Time VaultSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Tap to gain an additional turn after the current one. Time Vault doesn't untap normally during untap phase; to untap it, you must skip a turn. Time Vault begins tapped.
s. At $75 or more a pop, finding them can be difficult, but past the cost of the deck is the enjoyment of pinging your opponent (and all of their creatures first, if it pleases you) to a not-so-glorious finish. This has been the most amusing and enjoyable deck I’ve played Legacy with.

Until next time, have fun, kids.


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