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CardShark Content - Jerry Melton (8/11/2005)

Hello everyone. By now I'm sure at least some of you recognize my name, since this is my third consecutive (almost) weekly article. Today I'm going to show you a nice new deck of mine... so here it is!

Black/Blue Reanimator (60)

Creatures (11)
3:Iname, Death Aspect
Iname, Death Aspect
Iname, Death AspectSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Iname, Death Aspect comes into play, you may search your library for any number of Spirit cards and put them into your graveyard. If you do, shuffle your library.

2:Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Ittoku
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Keiga, the Tide Star is put into a graveyard from play, gain control of target creature.

2:Yosei, the Morning Star
Yosei, the Morning Star
Yosei, the Morning StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
50
Artist:
Hiro Izawa
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Yosei, the Morning Star is put into a graveyard from play, target player skips his or her next untap step. Tap up to five target permanents that player controls.

2:Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Kokusho, the Evening Star is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.

1:The Unspeakable
The Unspeakable
The UnspeakableSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
9
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
98
Artist:
Khang Le
Power:
6
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying, trample Whenever The Unspeakable deals combat damage to a player, you may return target Arcane card from your graveyard to your hand.

1:Unl1c2VpLCB0aGUgFalling Star
Falling Star
Falling StarSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Flip Star onto the playing area from a height of at least one foot. Star must turn at least 360 degrees or it has no effect. When Falling Star lands, Falling Star does 3 damage to each creature that it touches. Any creatures damaged by Falling Star that are not destroyed become tapped.


Reanimate
Reanimate
ReanimateSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Put target creature card from any graveyard into play under your control. Lose life equal to that creature's total casting cost.
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4:Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's VengeanceSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Ittoku
Text:
Return target legendary creature card from your graveyard to play. That creature gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 2B (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

4:Footsteps of the Goryo
Footsteps of the Goryo
Footsteps of the GoryoSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. Sacrifice that creature at end of turn.

3:Beacon of Unrest
Beacon of Unrest
Beacon of UnrestSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Rarity:
R
Number:
41
Text:
Sorcery. Put target creature or artifact card in a graveyard into play under your control. Shuffle Beacon of Unrest into its owner's library.

2:Zombify
Zombify
ZombifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.


Draw/Discard (10)
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.
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3:Thought Courier
Thought Courier
Thought CourierSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap: Draw a card, then discard a card from your hand.

3:Ideas Unbound
Ideas Unbound
Ideas UnboundSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Draw three cards. Discard three cards at end of turn.


Other (5)
3:Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.

2:Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: 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.)


Lands (21)
9:Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

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

4:Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's CoreSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Put a charge counter on Mirrodin's Core T, Remove a charge counter from Mirrodin's Core: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.


Sideboard (15)
4:Plunge into Darkness
Plunge into Darkness
Plunge into DarknessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Choose one - Sacrifice any number of creatures, then you gain 3 life for each sacrificed creature; or pay X life, then look at the top X cards of your library, put one of those cards into your hand, and remove the rest from the game. Entwine B

4:Hisoka's Defiance
Hisoka's Defiance
Hisoka's DefianceSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Counter target Spirit or Arcane spell.

3: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.

3:Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.

1:Jugan, the Rising Star
Jugan, the Rising Star
Jugan, the Rising StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
217
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Jugan, the Rising Star is put into a graveyard from play, you may distribute five +1/+1 counters among any number of target creatures.


What was I thinking when I made this deck? Well, before I move onto explanations, let me explain how to play this deck a little more. The goal of the deck is to use Draw/Discard cards to fill your hand up while discarding any power-house creatures you may draw. You can also get Iname, Death Aspect
Iname, Death Aspect
Iname, Death AspectSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Iname, Death Aspect comes into play, you may search your library for any number of Spirit cards and put them into your graveyard. If you do, shuffle your library.
into play to move every beefy creature in your deck to your graveyard. Then, cast reanimates on your creatures to kill your opponent. The great thing about this deck is that you want your creatures to die once they hit play because that’s when the serious game changing effects take place. Ok, now to get a little more specific:

Iname, Death Aspect
Iname, Death Aspect
Iname, Death AspectSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Iname, Death Aspect comes into play, you may search your library for any number of Spirit cards and put them into your graveyard. If you do, shuffle your library.
: A very powerful card in this deck. Once this hits play, you do two things. One, you fill up your graveyard with more than enough reanimation targets.... and two, you thin your deck out greatly leaving only lands, draw spells, and reanimates.

Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide Star
Keiga, the Tide StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Ittoku
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Keiga, the Tide Star is put into a graveyard from play, gain control of target creature.
: Here's the first of five legendary dragons that have massive effects when they die. The key to this deck is knowing who to reanimate and when... this one shouldn’t be too difficult: use it when your opponent has only one or few creatures- especially if they are powerful. Cast Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's VengeanceSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Ittoku
Text:
Return target legendary creature card from your graveyard to play. That creature gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 2B (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
, Keiga dies at end of turn, then gain control of a creature. Or better yet, if you have Lightning greaves, zombify/beacon Keiga (or any dragon), equip greaves, attack, use spawning pit to kill it. It's that simple.

Yosei, the Morning Star
Yosei, the Morning Star
Yosei, the Morning StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
50
Artist:
Hiro Izawa
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Yosei, the Morning Star is put into a graveyard from play, target player skips his or her next untap step. Tap up to five target permanents that player controls.
: This is my personal favorite out of the five dragons, and is second best in power to Kokusho. The ability to tap 5 permanents and force your opponent to skip their untap is almost like taking a free turn after you end yours. Yeah, this card is disgusting.

Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Kokusho, the Evening Star is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
: The main man in the deck, Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Kokusho, the Evening StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Kokusho, the Evening Star is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 5 life. You gain life equal to the life lost this way.
can deal massive damage to your opponent while bringing you back into the game with life gain. He's also black, making him resistant to cards like terror, dark banishing, and eradicate! Just be careful with kiku's shadow or hero's demise... but that's why you have lightning greaves! As I said earlier with Keiga, these dragons (all of the beefy creatures for that matter) 'combo' extremely well with spawning pit and lightning greaves.

The Unspeakable
The Unspeakable
The UnspeakableSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
9
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
98
Artist:
Khang Le
Power:
6
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying, trample Whenever The Unspeakable deals combat damage to a player, you may return target Arcane card from your graveyard to your hand.
: Not the most amazing creature in the deck, this guy does have his uses. If you reanimate him with Footsteps of the Goryo
Footsteps of the Goryo
Footsteps of the GoryoSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. Sacrifice that creature at end of turn.
or Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's VengeanceSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Ittoku
Text:
Return target legendary creature card from your graveyard to play. That creature gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 2B (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
you basically get a free hit in because he can return your arcane spells to your hand... or if you can keep him on the table, you'll be able to keep the pressure on your opponent with reanimates that keep coming back.

Unl1c2VpLCB0aGUgFalling Star
Falling Star
Falling StarSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Flip Star onto the playing area from a height of at least one foot. Star must turn at least 360 degrees or it has no effect. When Falling Star lands, Falling Star does 3 damage to each creature that it touches. Any creatures damaged by Falling Star that are not destroyed become tapped.
: Another terrific card in this deck, Ryusei is able to clear the board of all creatures with 5 or less toughness! Not too shabby.

Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's VengeanceSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Ittoku
Text:
Return target legendary creature card from your graveyard to play. That creature gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 2B (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
: A disgusting instant-speed arcane reanimate with splice. What more could you want?

Footsteps of the Goryo
Footsteps of the Goryo
Footsteps of the GoryoSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. Sacrifice that creature at end of turn.
: Another reanimate spell in this reanimator deck, this is also an arcane... giving it the potential of being spliced with Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's VengeanceSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Ittoku
Text:
Return target legendary creature card from your graveyard to play. That creature gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 2B (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
. The fact that your creature dies at end of turn is not a problem at all. Get a hit in if you have greaves before your creature dies, and then leave behind a powerful effect with your ´´When this creature is put into a graveyard from play´´ effects!

Beacon of Unrest
Beacon of Unrest
Beacon of UnrestSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Rarity:
R
Number:
41
Text:
Sorcery. Put target creature or artifact card in a graveyard into play under your control. Shuffle Beacon of Unrest into its owner's library.
: With all of the draw this deck runs and how thin your deck becomes after an Iname comes into play, the fact that this card shuffles back into your deck is terrific! Yes, it costs one more mana than zombify... but it's worth it. It can also target an opponenet's graveyard if needed... and artifacts.

Zombify
Zombify
ZombifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.
: A very simple reanimate, but still a reanimate! This is my least favorite reanimate of the four, but it's definitely not bad.

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.
IGZvciBLbm93bGVkZ2U=: A godly draw card- three cards for three mana at instant speed that allows you to discard two cards is amazing in this deck. Discarding isn't always a bad thing for this deck, so make sure you take advantage of effects like that.

Thought Courier
Thought Courier
Thought CourierSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap: Draw a card, then discard a card from your hand.
: This little guy keeps this deck going. Early game he draws into your deck while discarding any unneeded creatures, and late game he can keep your reanimates rolling in by drawing an extra card every turn. Terrific.

Ideas Unbound
Ideas Unbound
Ideas UnboundSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Draw three cards. Discard three cards at end of turn.
: Although this card doesn't net you any card profit, it does dig three cards into your deck and allows you to discard a lot of creatures. Also, it's an arcane (possible goryo's vengeance splice target).

Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.
: This card is amazing in this deck. The ability to sacrifice a creature at any given time for two mana is just disgusting. Remember, most of the creatures in this deck have powerful abilities when they die!

Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: 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.)
: This card helps against creature bounce/kill... but it also lets you get in a hit with creature on the first turn when you play zombify, beacon, or footsteps of the goryo. Amazing in this deck.

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 blue spells... yeah.

Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
: Like an island, but black! How can you go wrong!?

Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's CoreSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Put a charge counter on Mirrodin's Core T, Remove a charge counter from Mirrodin's Core: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
: Now here's a great card. Taps for colorless whenever you need it, and when it’s not in use it can build up counters. For those of you out there that want to use 9th, you could try underground river... but personally, I never have mana problems with this deck. The core does the job.

Sideboard:

A little note on the sideboard. The current Type 2 (Mirrodin block, Kami block, 8th/soon to be 9th) is a very odd one indeed. Decks are changing extremely fast- one week jitte control is dominating everything, the next week its white weenie, and whoa, the next its mono red! Maybe not exactly like that, but you get the point. The environment is constantly changing, and fast! It's very difficult to decide what to sideboard anymore, so I chose to have a sideboard to kill off the deck's weaknesses. I didn't build a sideboard to cripple another deck. I'll list the sideboard cards and when you should side them in. Depending on your area, the sideboard can change dramatically... so test this stuff yourself!

Plunge into Darkness
Plunge into Darkness
Plunge into DarknessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Choose one - Sacrifice any number of creatures, then you gain 3 life for each sacrificed creature; or pay X life, then look at the top X cards of your library, put one of those cards into your hand, and remove the rest from the game. Entwine B
: If you decide to side in Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.
, you might want to ditch your spawning pits and greaves... and add Plunge into Darkness
Plunge into Darkness
Plunge into DarknessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Choose one - Sacrifice any number of creatures, then you gain 3 life for each sacrificed creature; or pay X life, then look at the top X cards of your library, put one of those cards into your hand, and remove the rest from the game. Entwine B
. This isn't the monsterous sac engine that spawning pit is, but still a great card and it gets the job done at instant speed for only 2 (and hey, it nets you 3 life).

Hisoka's Defiance
Hisoka's Defiance
Hisoka's DefianceSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Counter target Spirit or Arcane spell.
: A good counter in general, but it's better against (obviously) decks with strong arcane/spirits! Opposing Kokushos aren't very nice to you if you can't Keiga them fast enough... but more importantly, Hisoka's Defiance
Hisoka's Defiance
Hisoka's DefianceSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Counter target Spirit or Arcane spell.
can counter 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.
. This card can be a real threat to you if your opponent can name the right cards.

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.
: At the cost of 2 life, this card allows you to resolve every reanimate you play against control. Strong indeed, but you don't want to be caught with this card against a deck that doesn't run counters.

Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.
: Makes a lot of popular cards pretty much useless- Top, Swords, Jitte, and Sakura... and others, of course. This card can make a big difference in the right match. If you find yourself getting pounded with equips or anything else with activated abilities, try siding this in.

Jugan, the Rising Star
Jugan, the Rising Star
Jugan, the Rising StarSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
217
Artist:
Shishizaru
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Jugan, the Rising Star is put into a graveyard from play, you may distribute five +1/+1 counters among any number of target creatures.
: This card is in the sideboard because of 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.
. More reanimate targets in your deck makes it harder for a deck running extraction to shut you down.

Well, there you have it. A T2 Reanimator... and it is definitely very powerful! This deck smashes most decks I have ever played against, however, it has trouble against the fastest decks in the environment... so watch out for that. Not only does this deck do very well with Mirrodin/Kami/8th, it also works very well if you tweak it slightly for Kami/9th! Once Ravnica comes out (the next MTG set for those of you who don't know, it is coming out late October), I'm sure this deck will find new cards to add to it. For my next article, I'll probably go in 'intense detail' with the little (but very interesting) information that I have compiled on the next three magic sets, so stay tuned! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to e-mail me. Thanks for reading!


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