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CardShark Content - Jesse Deal (5/12/2004)

One of my favorite pastimes is trying to put a single Type I card in a popular Type II deck. As much as I’d like to tell you the ramifications of putting Crop Rotation
Crop Rotation
Crop RotationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
At the time you play Crop Rotation, sacrifice a land.Search your library for a land card and put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
in a Twelve-post deck, or 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.
in a Goblin Bidding(less?) deck, I’m going to touch on a much more combo-rific deck: Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
Affinity. Let the heckling begin.
“Groan… Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
is too slow!”
“Ravager Affinity rules all!”
“You are stupid!”
“I heard your daddy went to a restaurant and ate all the food in the restaurant and they had to close the restaurant.”
I’ve heard it all before, folks. But what Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
Affinity lacks in tournaments, I have made up for with a cool three-card combo: Aether Charge
Aether Charge
Aether ChargeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
184
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play under your control, you may have it deal 4 damage to target opponent.
, Artificial Evolution
Artificial Evolution
Artificial EvolutionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one creature type with another. The new creature type can't be Legend or Wall. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)
, and Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning BedSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
1UU: Sacrifice a blue creature to put X Camarid tokens into play, where X is the casting cost of the sacrificed creature. Treat these tokens as 1/1 blue creatures.
.
I will give you the deck list while your jaw is still hanging open.

Red (4)
4: Aether Charge
Aether Charge
Aether ChargeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
184
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play under your control, you may have it deal 4 damage to target opponent.


Blue (20)
3: Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning BedSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
1UU: Sacrifice a blue creature to put X Camarid tokens into play, where X is the casting cost of the sacrificed creature. Treat these tokens as 1/1 blue creatures.

3: Artificial Evolution
Artificial Evolution
Artificial EvolutionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one creature type with another. The new creature type can't be Legend or Wall. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)

4: Quicksilver Behemoth
Quicksilver Behemoth
Quicksilver BehemothSet: Darksteel
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for artifacts. When Quicksilver Behemoth attacks or blocks return it to owner's hand at end of combat.

3: Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.

1: Scornful Egotist
Scornful Egotist
Scornful EgotistSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph U
1/1
´´Once I was human. Now I am far more.´´

4: Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.

1: Machinate
Machinate
MachinateSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Text:
Look at the top X cards of your library where X is the number of artifacts you control. Put one of them in you hand and the rest on the bottom of your library.

1: Merchant Scroll
Merchant Scroll
Merchant ScrollSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Search your library for a blue instant or interrupt. Reveal that card to all players and put it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.


Artifact (16)
4: Aether Spellbomb
Aether Spellbomb
Aether SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.

2: Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
R, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Pyrite Spellbomb deals 2 damage to target creature or player. 1, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Draw a card.

2: Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.

4: Talisman of Indulgence
Talisman of Indulgence
Talisman of IndulgenceSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
255
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Add B or R to your mana pool. Talisman of Indulgence deals 1 damage to you.

4: Talisman of Dominance
Talisman of Dominance
Talisman of DominanceSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
253
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Talisman of Dominance deals 1 damage to you.


Lands (20)
4: Darksteel Citadel
Darksteel Citadel
Darksteel CitadelSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Indestructible. (This is not a spell.) T: Add 1 to your mana pool.

4: Great Furnace
Great Furnace
Great FurnaceSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
282
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Great Furnace isn't a spell.) T: Add R to your mana pool.

4: Seat of the Synod
Seat of the Synod
Seat of the SynodSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(Seat of the Synod isn't a spell.) T: Add U to your mana pool.

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

Ahhh, Fallen Empires was so bad, and yet it is still dear to my heart. For those of you who don’t know what Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning BedSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
1UU: Sacrifice a blue creature to put X Camarid tokens into play, where X is the casting cost of the sacrificed creature. Treat these tokens as 1/1 blue creatures.
does, allow me to quote the Oracle
Oracle
OracleSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+9
Text:
You may untap any attacking creatures you control and remove them from combat.
(the first one, not the replacement in Matrix: Revolutions).

Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning BedSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
1UU: Sacrifice a blue creature to put X Camarid tokens into play, where X is the casting cost of the sacrificed creature. Treat these tokens as 1/1 blue creatures.
{U}{U}
Enchantment
{1}{U}{U}, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
a blue creature: Put X 1/1 blue Camarid creature tokens into play, where X is the converted mana cost of the sacrificed creature.

Of course there was never anything that made this card worthwhile. Yet another useless Fallen Empires card (Conch Horn
Conch Horn
Conch HornSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
168
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
1, T: Sacrifice Conch Horn. Draw two cards, then put any one card from your hand back on top of your library.
anybody?). I wanted expensive blue creatures, but I wasn’t about to sell the farm to get them out. Things started looking up as 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.
block was closing. Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
ge gave me the Scornful Egotist
Scornful Egotist
Scornful EgotistSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph U
1/1
´´Once I was human. Now I am far more.´´
for cheaper than its mana cost: very nice. But Mirodin and Darksteel gave me a whole zoo of affinity creatures to choose from: Somber Hoverguard
Somber Hoverguard
Somber HoverguardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying
, Chromeshell Drake, Quicksilver Behemoth
Quicksilver Behemoth
Quicksilver BehemothSet: Darksteel
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for artifacts. When Quicksilver Behemoth attacks or blocks return it to owner's hand at end of combat.
, and the mighty Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
. I feel a deck coming on. But what could I possibly do with an army of Camarid tokens? Turn them into Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
s and make it hurt, that’s what.

Step 1: Get lots of artifacts and a Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
or Quicksilver Behemoth
Quicksilver Behemoth
Quicksilver BehemothSet: Darksteel
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for artifacts. When Quicksilver Behemoth attacks or blocks return it to owner's hand at end of combat.
out. Your unsuspecting opponent will think you are running the same old Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
deck and scoff at you (see above examples).
Step 2: Put out your Aether Charge
Aether Charge
Aether ChargeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
184
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play under your control, you may have it deal 4 damage to target opponent.
and a Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning BedSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
1UU: Sacrifice a blue creature to put X Camarid tokens into play, where X is the casting cost of the sacrificed creature. Treat these tokens as 1/1 blue creatures.
. You can use card draw (Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.
, Machinate
Machinate
MachinateSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Text:
Look at the top X cards of your library where X is the number of artifacts you control. Put one of them in you hand and the rest on the bottom of your library.
) to help you pick up these pieces. Your opponent will suddenly go cross-eyed.
Step 3: Use Artificial Evolution
Artificial Evolution
Artificial EvolutionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one creature type with another. The new creature type can't be Legend or Wall. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)
(Merchant Scroll
Merchant Scroll
Merchant ScrollSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Search your library for a blue instant or interrupt. Reveal that card to all players and put it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
can help get it) on the Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning BedSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
1UU: Sacrifice a blue creature to put X Camarid tokens into play, where X is the casting cost of the sacrificed creature. Treat these tokens as 1/1 blue creatures.
. We don’t want Camarids. We want Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
s, just like Mark Singe
Singe
SingeSet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
71
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Singe deals 1 damage to target creature. That creature becomes black until end of turn.
r and his loyal band of ferrets.
Step 4: Spend the {1}{U}{U} to sacrifice a Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
to the Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning Bed
Homarid Spawning BedSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
1UU: Sacrifice a blue creature to put X Camarid tokens into play, where X is the casting cost of the sacrificed creature. Treat these tokens as 1/1 blue creatures.
to get ten 1/1 blue Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
tokens. Yes, you just did four damage, ten times in a row! Choose your targets wisely.

The two fatties that I chose to put in are both beasts as well so the order of operation is not critical. You could easily put out the Aether Charge
Aether Charge
Aether ChargeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
184
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play under your control, you may have it deal 4 damage to target opponent.
first and smack them for four when you cast the Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
. In fact, I recommend wasting some time with the Aether Charge
Aether Charge
Aether ChargeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
184
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play under your control, you may have it deal 4 damage to target opponent.
and the Quicksilver Behemoth
Quicksilver Behemoth
Quicksilver BehemothSet: Darksteel
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for artifacts. When Quicksilver Behemoth attacks or blocks return it to owner's hand at end of combat.
. He’s so reusable. Keep attacking, bouncing, and casting. That’s a lot of cheap damage, my friends. But the real beauty of this deck is that you can kill two opponents simultaneously (4x10=40)! The deck works great in chaos and is a handful in a duel.

I encourage you guys to try this little exercise. How can you make a Type II deck rule with just one Type I card?

Until next time, enjoy this one. I’ll let you know how my Sea’s Claim/ Seasinger
Seasinger
SeasingerSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
U
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
If you control no islands, bury Seasinger.You may choose not to untap Seasinger during your untap phase.T: Gain control of target creature whose controller controls any islands as long as you control Seasinger and Seasinger remains tapped.
/ Bloodshot Cyclops
Bloodshot Cyclops
Bloodshot CyclopsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
tap, Sacrifice a creature: Bloodshot Cyclops deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is the sacrificed creature's power.
deck turns out.


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