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CardShark Content - Jesse Deal (6/6/2004)

Did you hear about that new Pirate movie? It’s rated ARRRRRR. Avast ye scurvy dogs, it’s time for another look into the bloodthirsty world of Pirates. Ever since I got my fifth Pirate Ship
Pirate Ship
Pirate ShipSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.Cannot attack unless opponent has islands in play, though controller may still use special ability. Pirate Ship is destroyed immediately if at any time controller has no islands in play.
I have be preoccupied with holding my tongue in my fingers and trying to say “I was born on a Pirate Ship
Pirate Ship
Pirate ShipSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.Cannot attack unless opponent has islands in play, though controller may still use special ability. Pirate Ship is destroyed immediately if at any time controller has no islands in play.
”. For those of you who have never tried this exercise, I encourage you to do so now. Go ahead: “I was born on a Pirate Ship
Pirate Ship
Pirate ShipSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.Cannot attack unless opponent has islands in play, though controller may still use special ability. Pirate Ship is destroyed immediately if at any time controller has no islands in play.
”. Ha haaa you were born in a pile of ... anyway; I’ve been a Piratey guy for a while. From waving a Pirate flag on my canoe to devoting a small shrine (complete with animal sacrifice) to Johnny Depp, I’ve developed quite the reputation for being a sea dog. I’ve tried to reflect this love for Pirates in my Magic decks. For those of you who read my last article on Pirates and wondered what my casual Pirate deck looks like, I’m giving you guys the deck list. If you didn’t read the last article on Pirates, the following will be coded so your brains can’t see it:

Pirates of Dark Water (quite illegal)

Blue (29)
4: Pirate Ship
Pirate Ship
Pirate ShipSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.Cannot attack unless opponent has islands in play, though controller may still use special ability. Pirate Ship is destroyed immediately if at any time controller has no islands in play.

4: Ghost Ship
Ghost Ship
Ghost ShipSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying UUU: Regenerate

4: Cloud Pirates
Cloud Pirates
Cloud PiratesSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Cloud Pirates can intercept only creatures with flying.

2: Rishadan Airship
Rishadan Airship
Rishadan AirshipSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pirate
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Rishadan Airship may block only creatures with flying.

2: Kukemssa Pirates
Kukemssa Pirates
Kukemssa PiratesSet: Mirage
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pirates
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jock
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Kukemssa Pirates attacks and is not blocked, you may choose to have it deal no damage to defending player this turn. If you do, gain control of target artifact that player controls.

1: Reef Pirates
Reef Pirates
Reef PiratesSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ships
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Reef Pirates damages any opponent, put the top card of that player's library into his or her graveyard.

1: Drowned
Drowned
DrownedSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombies
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Regenerates

1: Talas Scout
Talas Scout
Talas ScoutSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pirate
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

1: Talas Warrior
Talas Warrior
Talas WarriorSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pirate
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Talas Warrior can't be blocked.

1: Rootwater Thief
Rootwater Thief
Rootwater ThiefSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
U: Rootwater Thief gains flying until end of turn. Whenever Rootwater Thief deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 2. If you do, search that player's library for a card and remove that card from the game, then the player shuffles his or her library.

4: Coastal Piracy
Coastal Piracy
Coastal PiracySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
68
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to an opponent, you may draw a card.

2: War Tax
War Tax
War TaxSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
113
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
XU: Creatures can't attack this turn unless their controller pays X for each attacking creature.

2: Capsize
Capsize
CapsizeSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Buyback 3 (You may pay an additional 3 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Return target permanent to owner's hand.


Black (4)
4: Erg Raiders
Erg Raiders
Erg RaidersSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Raiders
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
If you do not attack with Raiders, they do 2 damage to you at end of turn. Raiders do no damage to you during the turn in which they are summoned.


Gold (3)
1: Ramirez DePietro
Ramirez DePietro
Ramirez DePietroSet: Legends
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
First strike

2: Skeleton Ship
Skeleton Ship
Skeleton ShipSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber and Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
If at any time you control no islands, bury Skeleton Ship.T: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.


Artifact (2)
1: Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

1: Feldon’s Cane

Land (22)
1: Rishadan Port
Rishadan Port
Rishadan PortSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
324
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.1, T: Tap target land.

1: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
of Wak-Wak
3: Saprazzan Skerry
Saprazzan Skerry
Saprazzan SkerrySet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
328
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Saprazzan Skerry comes into play tapped with two depletion counters on it.tap, Remove a depletion counter from Saprazzan Skerry: Add two blue mana to your mana pool. If there are no depletion counters on Saprazzan Skerry, sacrifice it.

1: Tolaria
Tolaria
TolariaSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
T: Add U to your mana poolT: During upkeep remove the banding or bands with other ability from target creature until end of turn.

9: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s
7: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


Now if you had decrypting sunglasses like in Thir13een Ghosts or John Carpenter’s “They Live”, then you saw this insanely stupid deck list. But before you pull any Canadian wrestling moves on me (curse you Rowdy Roddy Piper), allow me to explain some of the finer points of this deck.

The Captain:
First and foremost is Captain Jack Sparrow himself, the One-eyed Willy (I still can’t believe Goonies got away with that name), the sleaziest sleaze of the seven seas, Ramirez DePietro
Ramirez DePietro
Ramirez DePietroSet: Legends
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
First strike
. What does he do? Well, he’s got First Strike and your opponent can’t cast one because he’s a Legend and...um…that’s it. What do you mean “so what”? Ok, so maybe he’s not the most impressive card, but if you manage to find one, you’ll see why it has to be the signature card of this deck. He’s a big flaming Pirate.

The Fleet:
Second runner up is the Ships. There are four of them: the Jolly Roger, the Black Pearl, the Santa Maria, and the QE2. Of course in Magic they had their names changed to Pirate Ship
Pirate Ship
Pirate ShipSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.Cannot attack unless opponent has islands in play, though controller may still use special ability. Pirate Ship is destroyed immediately if at any time controller has no islands in play.
, Ghost Ship
Ghost Ship
Ghost ShipSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying UUU: Regenerate
, Skeleton Ship
Skeleton Ship
Skeleton ShipSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber and Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
If at any time you control no islands, bury Skeleton Ship.T: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
, and Reef Pirates
Reef Pirates
Reef PiratesSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ships
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Reef Pirates damages any opponent, put the top card of that player's library into his or her graveyard.
. The Pirate Ship
Pirate Ship
Pirate ShipSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.Cannot attack unless opponent has islands in play, though controller may still use special ability. Pirate Ship is destroyed immediately if at any time controller has no islands in play.
is a great defender, being able to block and shoot something with its cannon. And should your opponent control an island, a 4/3 attacker is nothing to smirk at (although One-eyed Willy is). Skeleton Ship
Skeleton Ship
Skeleton ShipSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber and Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
If at any time you control no islands, bury Skeleton Ship.T: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
is what we used to call a lightning rod. It’s such a nuisance that it would attract Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
s from three comic shops away. My favorite combo used to be with Skeleton Ship
Skeleton Ship
Skeleton ShipSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber and Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
If at any time you control no islands, bury Skeleton Ship.T: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
and Norritt
Norritt
NorrittSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Untap target blue creature.T: Force target non-wall creature to attack. If creature cannot attack, destroy it at end of turn. Use this ability only during target creature's controller's turn, before the attack. Cannot target creatures brought under their controller's control this turn.
(ahhh those were the days). Wherever your love for Norritt
Norritt
NorrittSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Untap target blue creature.T: Force target non-wall creature to attack. If creature cannot attack, destroy it at end of turn. Use this ability only during target creature's controller's turn, before the attack. Cannot target creatures brought under their controller's control this turn.
lies, just keep whittling down those creatures. Ghost Ship
Ghost Ship
Ghost ShipSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying UUU: Regenerate
was, and I think still is, the only flying blue regenerator. No, wait, I forgot about Cromat
Cromat
CromatSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
WB: Destroy target creature blocking or blocked by Cromat. UR: Cromat gains flying until end of turn. BG: Regenerate Cromat. RW: Cromat gets +1/+1 until end of turn. GU: Put Cromat on top of its owner's library.
and Living Airship
Living Airship
Living AirshipSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. 2G: Regenerate Living Airship.
, my bad. But Ghost Ship
Ghost Ship
Ghost ShipSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying UUU: Regenerate
is still pretty cool and is the only all-blue flying regenerator. Granted, it’s pretty difficult to leave three colored mana open (I’m reminded of The Brute
The Brute
The BruteSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature gets +1/+0.RRR: Regenerate target creature The Brute enchants.
, Niall Silvain
Niall Silvain
Niall SilvainSet: The Dark
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Niall Silvain
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
GGGG, T: Target creature is regenerated.
, and Eron the Relentless
Eron the Relentless
Eron the RelentlessSet: Homelands
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
5
Toughness:
2
Text:
Eron the Relentless can attack the turn it comes into play on your side.RRR: Regenerate
), but a flying 2/4 for {2}{U}{U} is still pretty nice. Then there’s Reef Pirates
Reef Pirates
Reef PiratesSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ships
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Reef Pirates damages any opponent, put the top card of that player's library into his or her graveyard.
. They’re Pirates in a boat and that’s all that counts. I’m not throwing in Memory Lapse
Memory Lapse
Memory LapseSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Counter target spell. Put that spell on top of owner's library.
for their benefit.

The Crew:
The Drowned
Drowned
DrownedSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombies
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Regenerates
was another card that motivated me into building this deck. In their humble beginnings, they were another excuse to add blue to a Zombie deck, mostly because Zombie Master
Zombie Master
Zombie MasterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
All zombies in play gain swampwalk and B: Regenerates for as long as this card remains in play.
and Scathe Zombies
Scathe Zombies
Scathe ZombiesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombies
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
were the only Zombie cards. It seemed viable to add Clone
Clone
CloneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clone
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Upon summoning, Clone acquires all characteristics, including color, of any one creature in play on either side; any creature enchantments on original creature are not copied. Clone retains these characteristics even after original creature is destroyed. Clone cannot be summoned if there are no creatures in play.
s, Vesuvan Doppelganger
Vesuvan Doppelganger
Vesuvan DoppelgangerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Doppelganger
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Upon summoning, Doppelganger acquires all characteristics except color of any one creature in play on either side; any creature enchantments on the original creature are not copied. During controller's upkeep, Doppelganger may take on the characteristics of a different creature in play instead. Doppelganger may continue to copy a creature even after that creature leaves play, but if it switches it won't be able to switch back.
s, and Phantasmal Terrain
Phantasmal Terrain
Phantasmal TerrainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
Target land changes to any basic land type of caster's choice. Land type is set when cast and may not be further altered by this card.
s to compliment the Zombie Master
Zombie Master
Zombie MasterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
All zombies in play gain swampwalk and B: Regenerates for as long as this card remains in play.
s. But let’s face it, the Drowned
Drowned
DrownedSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombies
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Regenerates
are really Pirates that have been living in Davy Jones’ Locker for a long time listening to “Daydream Believer” over and over and they just won’t die. This makes them a great blocker and a vital addition to this deck.
Kukemssa Pirates
Kukemssa Pirates
Kukemssa PiratesSet: Mirage
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pirates
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jock
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Kukemssa Pirates attacks and is not blocked, you may choose to have it deal no damage to defending player this turn. If you do, gain control of target artifact that player controls.
are great Pirates, especially in light of Mirodin block. Just keep looting your opponent, damage will come later. Amusingly enough, they were technically the first “Pirate” that was printed in Magic.
Now for the illegal crew members, the Portal Crew: Cloud Pirates
Cloud Pirates
Cloud PiratesSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Cloud Pirates can intercept only creatures with flying.
, Talas Scout
Talas Scout
Talas ScoutSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pirate
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
, and Talas Warrior
Talas Warrior
Talas WarriorSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pirate
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Talas Warrior can't be blocked.
. Cloud Pirates
Cloud Pirates
Cloud PiratesSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Cloud Pirates can intercept only creatures with flying.
look like they’re about to chase Aladdin
Aladdin
AladdinSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Aladdin
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1RR and tap to take control of an artifact from opponent. Artifact is returned when Aladdin is removed from play or when game ends.
and sing “One Jump
Jump
JumpSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature is a flying creature until end of turn.
”. They are second rate Flying Men
Flying Men
Flying MenSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flying Men
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
which is just fine for a one-drop. The Talas Scout
Talas Scout
Talas ScoutSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pirate
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
is a good two-drop flier and he’s a Pirate to boot! Yes Portal II had creature types and this is one of two Pirates in there. The other is Talas Warrior
Talas Warrior
Talas WarriorSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pirate
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Talas Warrior can't be blocked.
*, which is 2/2 and unblockable. Sneaky, huh?
This brings us to Masques Block. You may notice that most of the Rishadan Pirates are not here. For those of you who did not read my last article (and survived a seven minute tussle with Keith David), let’s just say that they’re off on a deadly secret mission. That being said, let’s give propers to Rishaden Airship, super highflying Pirate extraordinaire. Have you noticed that many of these Pirates fly? Just like real Pirates! This (plus the black cards) are the reason I named the deck after the cartoon “The Pirates of Dark Water” as they had a flying Pirate Ship
Pirate Ship
Pirate ShipSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.Cannot attack unless opponent has islands in play, though controller may still use special ability. Pirate Ship is destroyed immediately if at any time controller has no islands in play.
in that cartoon. I decided this deck was a fitting homage.
Some of you may also have noticed Rootwater Thief
Rootwater Thief
Rootwater ThiefSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
U: Rootwater Thief gains flying until end of turn. Whenever Rootwater Thief deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 2. If you do, search that player's library for a card and remove that card from the game, then the player shuffles his or her library.
and exclaimed, “Hey, you dirty rat, that guy’s a Merfolk not a Pirate!” I know, but he’s a seaman (tee he) and he plunders so I stuck him in. Also in the not-officially-Pirates category are the Erg Raiders
Erg Raiders
Erg RaidersSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Raiders
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
If you do not attack with Raiders, they do 2 damage to you at end of turn. Raiders do no damage to you during the turn in which they are summoned.
. I have actually doctored my original Arabian Nights Erg Raiders
Erg Raiders
Erg RaidersSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Raiders
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
If you do not attack with Raiders, they do 2 damage to you at end of turn. Raiders do no damage to you during the turn in which they are summoned.
to have eye patches, hooks, and even parrots. They look like pirates so I am inclined to include these cost-efficient baddies.

The Weapons:
Coastal Piracy
Coastal Piracy
Coastal PiracySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
68
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to an opponent, you may draw a card.
is the key to this deck. There are enough fliers in this deck that all turn into Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.
s when this is out. Card draw is the best advantage we have and we can pretty much keep playing one to two creatures a turn as a result. That’s not too shabby. War Tax
War Tax
War TaxSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
113
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
XU: Creatures can't attack this turn unless their controller pays X for each attacking creature.
is a wonderful defense card. Can they normally handle Propaganda
Propaganda
PropagandaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Each turn, each creature cannot attack you unless its controller pays an additional 2 for that creature.
? Well now they have to pay 5 mana for every creature ARRRRR! Don’t think it’s Piratey enough? Read the quote. Legerdemain
Legerdemain
LegerdemainSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Permanently exchange control of target artifact or creature for control of target permanent of the same type.
(steals stuff, eh?) is great with Skeleton Ship
Skeleton Ship
Skeleton ShipSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber and Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
If at any time you control no islands, bury Skeleton Ship.T: Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
or Pirate Ship
Pirate Ship
Pirate ShipSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.Cannot attack unless opponent has islands in play, though controller may still use special ability. Pirate Ship is destroyed immediately if at any time controller has no islands in play.
if your opponent is not playing blue since they both need islands to live. If they have islands, try the Erg Raiders
Erg Raiders
Erg RaidersSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Raiders
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
If you do not attack with Raiders, they do 2 damage to you at end of turn. Raiders do no damage to you during the turn in which they are summoned.
. They will either die to your Pirate Ship
Pirate Ship
Pirate ShipSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.Cannot attack unless opponent has islands in play, though controller may still use special ability. Pirate Ship is destroyed immediately if at any time controller has no islands in play.
or deal your opponent two points of damage. Capsize
Capsize
CapsizeSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Buyback 3 (You may pay an additional 3 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Return target permanent to owner's hand.
will win you the game. Granted, it takes 6 mana to keep that thing rolling but Temporal Adept
Temporal Adept
Temporal AdeptSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
UUU, T: Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
didn’t really fit the bill so we make do. Feldon’s Cane is for the long game when you’ve been drawing about five cards a turn. For peace of mind, pretend that it’s Long John Silver’s crutch or something.

The Setting:
Rishadan Port
Rishadan Port
Rishadan PortSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
324
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.1, T: Tap target land.
was a no-brainer, or at least it was when I had the other Rishadan Pirates in my deck. It’s still useful against cool Legendary Lands or a good old Maze of Ith
Maze of Ith
Maze of IthSet: The Dark
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Target attacking creature becomes untapped. This creature neither deals nor receives damage as a result of combat.
. The Saprazzan Skerry
Saprazzan Skerry
Saprazzan SkerrySet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
328
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Saprazzan Skerry comes into play tapped with two depletion counters on it.tap, Remove a depletion counter from Saprazzan Skerry: Add two blue mana to your mana pool. If there are no depletion counters on Saprazzan Skerry, sacrifice it.
will get you the two blue you need for Ghost Ship
Ghost Ship
Ghost ShipSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ship
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying UUU: Regenerate
, or Coastal Piracy
Coastal Piracy
Coastal PiracySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
68
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to an opponent, you may draw a card.
, etc… Tolaria
Tolaria
TolariaSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
T: Add U to your mana poolT: During upkeep remove the banding or bands with other ability from target creature until end of turn.
is there for all those banding creatures that everybody always plays (sigh…I miss banding). And finally, my pride and joy, the Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
of Wak-Wak. I don’t have to worry about my Rishadan Airship
Rishadan Airship
Rishadan AirshipSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Pirate
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Rishadan Airship may block only creatures with flying.
being chump blocked by Scryb Sprites
Scryb Sprites
Scryb SpritesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faeries
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
anymore. This land is great tech and fun for surprising your opponents.

The most important thing in playing this deck is to shout something Piratey every time you cast a creature. “ARRRRR” will suffice but if you’re feeling up to it, “Avast ye landlubbers”, “Walk the plank”, “Swab the poop deck” and “Quit playing with your dingy” would be great.

Until next time, enjoy this one. I’ll let you know how my Legerdemain
Legerdemain
LegerdemainSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Permanently exchange control of target artifact or creature for control of target permanent of the same type.
/Demonic Hordes
Demonic Hordes
Demonic HordesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demons
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
T: Destroy 1 land.Pay BBB during your upkeep or the Hordes become tapped and you lose a land of opponent's choice.
/Parallax Tide
Parallax Tide
Parallax TideSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Fading 5 Remove a fade counter from Parallax Tide: Remove target land from the game. When Parallax Tide leaves play, each player returns to play all cards he or she owns removed from the game with Parallax Tide.
deck turns out.


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