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CardShark Content - Jesse Deal (7/1/2004)

How buff are your deck-making skills? Anyone can make a straight beats deck and it doesn’t take a genius to realize how broken Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
is. No, I’m talking about combos and lockdowns. Can you make a deck so amazingly clever that even you don’t know how it wins? An even bigger question is: are you among the brave few who can make a deck around Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.
? Don’t answer too hastily, this is quite a task. Do you stack the deck full of alternate mana sources like Gilded Lotus
Gilded Lotus
Gilded LotusSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
175
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
T: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool.
, 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.
, and Sunastian Falconer
Sunastian Falconer
Sunastian FalconerSet: Legends
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
T: Add 2 to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
? Or do you try to combo it with things like Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Armor and Sphere of Law
Sphere of Law
Sphere of LawSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
If a red source would deal damage to you, prevent 2 of that damage.
? It’s a hard decision! I personally love the Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Armor option. Not only does it protect you from your own land, but your opponent’s Squirrel deck won’t be as biting as it once was. But having Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.
out will not win you the game by itself. No sir, we need a deck design to maximize its effect. And I have just that deck.

Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.
of Pain (Type 1)

Red (8)
4: Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.

2: Starstorm
Starstorm
StarstormSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Starstorm deals X damage to each creature. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

2: Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.


Green (4)
4: New Frontiers
New Frontiers
New FrontiersSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
257
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Each player may search his or her library for up to X basic land cards and put them into play tapped. Then each player who searched his or her library this way shuffles it.


Blue (5)
3: Drain Power
Drain Power
Drain PowerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Opponent must draw all mana from his or her available lands; this mana and all mana in opponent's mana pool drains into your mana pool. You can't take less than all your opponent's mana.

1: Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

1: Frantic Search
Frantic Search
Frantic SearchSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Draw two cards, then choose and discard two cards. Untap up to three lands.


Gold (8)
4: Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.

4: Savage Twister
Savage Twister
Savage TwisterSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bob Eggleton
Text:
Savage Twister deals X damage to each creature.


Artifact: (15)
4: Talon of Pain
Talon of Pain
Talon of PainSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
150
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Whenever a source you control other than Talon of Pain deals damage to an opponent, put a charge counter on Talon of Pain. X,T, Remove X charge counters from Talon of Pain: Talon of Pain deals X damage to target creature or player.

2: Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Armor
4: 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: Darksteel Pendant
Darksteel Pendant
Darksteel PendantSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Darksteel Pendant is indestructable. (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) 1 T: Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.

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: Mana Vault
Mana Vault
Mana VaultSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 3 colorless mana to your mana pool. Mana Vault doesn't untap normally during untap phase; to untap it, you must pay 4 mana during your upkeep. If Mana Vault remains tapped during upkeep it does 1 damage to you. Drawing mana from this artifact is played as an interrupt.

1: Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.


Land (20)
10: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s
8: Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s
2: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s

I know you thought my Pirate’s Booty deck was amazingly annoying, but this one will make it look like I was giving out free candy. I remember one game in which my opponent exclaimed, “I’m going to take 35 damage for tapping one land?!?!” (Of course he was at 213 life at the time thanks to an Overgrown Estate
Overgrown Estate
Overgrown EstateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Sacrifice a land: You gain 3 life.
/Planar Birth
Planar Birth
Planar BirthSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Put all basic lands from all graveyards into play under their owners' control, tapped.
combo-deck-thing). Most games won’t be as epic as this one, but they will be effectively painful nonetheless. The basic premise is that Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.
hurts frequently, not massively. This helps us on so many levels: For starters, players of the White persuasion can’t rely on Circle of Protection: Red to save them. As soon as they would tap a land to prevent the damage, a new ‘Barb is born (bzzzt… Ow
Ow
OwSet: Unglued
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Whenever any creature damages a player, for each Ow card in play, that player says Ow once or Ow deals 1 damage to him or her.
, quit it). Also, we don’t have to spend another dime to hurt them. It’s a lovely triggered ability (bzzzt… Ow
Ow
OwSet: Unglued
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Whenever any creature damages a player, for each Ow card in play, that player says Ow once or Ow deals 1 damage to him or her.
, quit it) that only costs us the initial payment. Finally, this card is just plain amazing with a little artifact called Talon of Pain
Talon of Pain
Talon of PainSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
150
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Whenever a source you control other than Talon of Pain deals damage to an opponent, put a charge counter on Talon of Pain. X,T, Remove X charge counters from Talon of Pain: Talon of Pain deals X damage to target creature or player.
, which rewards us for the amount of times a source does damage, not the amount of damage (unlike the tremendous War Elemental
War Elemental
War ElementalSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When War Elemental comes into play, sacrifice it unless an opponent was dealt damage this turn. Whenever damage is dealt to an opponent, put that many +1/+1 counters on War Elemental.
). Every land they tap puts another charge counter on our Talon. Is Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.
not enough pain for you? How about Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.
?

Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.

{1}{R}{G}
Enchantment
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.
deals 1 damage to him or her.

This is Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.
’ and Manaflare’s deformed love-child. Granted, it helps your opponent get more mana (we’ll get to more on that later), but it is another source that racks up counters on the Talon of Pain
Talon of Pain
Talon of PainSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
150
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Whenever a source you control other than Talon of Pain deals damage to an opponent, put a charge counter on Talon of Pain. X,T, Remove X charge counters from Talon of Pain: Talon of Pain deals X damage to target creature or player.
. If you can get all the Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.
and Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.
s out, it does 8 damage (bzzzt… Ow
Ow
OwSet: Unglued
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Whenever any creature damages a player, for each Ow card in play, that player says Ow once or Ow deals 1 damage to him or her.
, quit it) for every land that is tapped, not to mention all the counters that get stacked on your Talons.

Now, let’s suppose that your opponent has felt the current of electricity running through his/her chocolate donut and decides not to bite. Basically, your opponent thinks that they can wait out your deck. How do we “motivate” them into tapping their land for mana (other than having your recently hired bodyguard, Guido start punching his hand in a very threatening manner)? Drain Power
Drain Power
Drain PowerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Opponent must draw all mana from his or her available lands; this mana and all mana in opponent's mana pool drains into your mana pool. You can't take less than all your opponent's mana.
is how. Chances are, their lands are untapped by the time you draw into this. Go ahead, cast it, it’s more fun than setting fire to your sibling’s underpants. Not only do they take damage from the Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.
, but you can also use your recently acquired mana to empty your Talon of Pain
Talon of Pain
Talon of PainSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
150
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Whenever a source you control other than Talon of Pain deals damage to an opponent, put a charge counter on Talon of Pain. X,T, Remove X charge counters from Talon of Pain: Talon of Pain deals X damage to target creature or player.
on them with its recently acquired charge counters. I would normally also recommend Pygmy Hippo
Pygmy Hippo
Pygmy HippoSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hippopotamus
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Pygmy Hippo attacks and is not blocked, you may choose to have it deal no combat damage this turn. If you do, defending player draws all mana from his or her lands and then his or her mana pool is emptied. After combat, add an equal amount of colorless mana to your mana pool.
, but as you will see later, it wouldn’t live that long.

Now, let’s suppose your opponent is mana-screwed. That leaves us very little to work with. Also, let’s suppose we need blue mana to cast Drain Power
Drain Power
Drain PowerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Opponent must draw all mana from his or her available lands; this mana and all mana in opponent's mana pool drains into your mana pool. You can't take less than all your opponent's mana.
. Not to panic, I have the perfect card:

New Frontiers
New Frontiers
New FrontiersSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
257
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Each player may search his or her library for up to X basic land cards and put them into play tapped. Then each player who searched his or her library this way shuffles it.

{X}{G}
Sorcery
Each player may search his or her library for up to X basic land cards and put them into play tapped. Then each player who searched his or her library this way shuffles it.

Everybody’s a winner, especially you. Now you’ll have the mana to cast all the cards you can dream of and your opponent will have enough sources for Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.
to bring the pain (bzzzt… Ow
Ow
OwSet: Unglued
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Whenever any creature damages a player, for each Ow card in play, that player says Ow once or Ow deals 1 damage to him or her.
, quit it). Also, we’ve successfully thinned out our deck for more efficient draws.

Now, lets suppose that your opponent, having received extra mana from Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.
and extra land from New Frontiers
New Frontiers
New FrontiersSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
257
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Each player may search his or her library for up to X basic land cards and put them into play tapped. Then each player who searched his or her library this way shuffles it.
, starts casting very many bad things like Goblins, Zombies and Bears (oh my). Fortunately for you, you also have a “plethora of piñatas” with which to cast your Starstorm
Starstorm
StarstormSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Starstorm deals X damage to each creature. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
s and Savage Twister
Savage Twister
Savage TwisterSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bob Eggleton
Text:
Savage Twister deals X damage to each creature.
s. And that’s only if you can’t handle things with the 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.
s, Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
s, and Talon of Pain
Talon of Pain
Talon of PainSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
150
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Whenever a source you control other than Talon of Pain deals damage to an opponent, put a charge counter on Talon of Pain. X,T, Remove X charge counters from Talon of Pain: Talon of Pain deals X damage to target creature or player.
s. Creatures will not stand up against you very long.

I know what you might be thinking: “I wonder if this handsome devil is single or not.” Well, I’m not, but I’m flattered. Now that we have that of the way, I know what you might be thinking: “How can we afford to go on taking Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.
damage ourselves?” Well, the Drain Power
Drain Power
Drain PowerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Opponent must draw all mana from his or her available lands; this mana and all mana in opponent's mana pool drains into your mana pool. You can't take less than all your opponent's mana.
combo is pretty one-sided (imagine how big a Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
could be with an added Mana Geyser
Mana Geyser
Mana GeyserSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
75
Text:
Add R to your mana pool for each tapped land opponents control.
), but we won’t always get it as early as we’d like. And that Savage Twister
Savage Twister
Savage TwisterSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bob Eggleton
Text:
Savage Twister deals X damage to each creature.
may cost us more life than we’re willing to give. Just in case, I included the aforementioned Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Armor. (Try casting this with the Mana Vault
Mana Vault
Mana VaultSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 3 colorless mana to your mana pool. Mana Vault doesn't untap normally during untap phase; to untap it, you must pay 4 mana during your upkeep. If Mana Vault remains tapped during upkeep it does 1 damage to you. Drawing mana from this artifact is played as an interrupt.
. It’ll make you giggle.) You could have twenty Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.
out and every single one of them would be prevented by the Armor. This will perturb every one playing against you and probably even everyone watching you play. Consider this a warning: everyone will hate you if you play with the Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Armor. Try winning without it just so you can keep what little nerdy friends you have.

The rest of the deck is basic fetch items. Since it is a combo-oriented deck, it would be nice to get some of the combo pieces sometimes. Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
and Frantic Search
Frantic Search
Frantic SearchSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Draw two cards, then choose and discard two cards. Untap up to three lands.
can help you draw into the Starstorm
Starstorm
StarstormSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Starstorm deals X damage to each creature. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
you so desperately need at the time. Darksteel Pendant
Darksteel Pendant
Darksteel PendantSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Darksteel Pendant is indestructable. (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) 1 T: Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.
can be a good search engine as well as a source to dump extra mana into (remember that Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.
has some of the same pitfalls as Manaflare). The 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.
s can serve a similar purpose, as well as early defense against your opponent’s Silver Knight
Silver Knight
Silver KnightSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike.
Protection from red.
or Floral Spuzzem
Floral Spuzzem
Floral SpuzzemSet: Legends
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spuzzem
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Floral Spuzzem attacks an opponent and is not blocked, then Floral Spuzzem may choose to destroy a target artifact under that opponent's control and deal no damage.
. I omitted the fetch lands from 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.
because we actually can’t afford to spend life that flagrantly. Don’t worry too much about the mana. Much of the deck is artifact, New Frontiers
New Frontiers
New FrontiersSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
257
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Each player may search his or her library for up to X basic land cards and put them into play tapped. Then each player who searched his or her library this way shuffles it.
smoothes everything over, and Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
can help you cast something early.

Perhaps you were wondering how I came to 46 damage from one land? Well here goes:
-Suppose you have all four of the following in play Manabarbs
Manabarbs
ManabarbsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Whenever mana is drawn from a land, Manabarbs does 1 damage to the land's controller.
, Overabundance
Overabundance
OverabundanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one additional mana to his or her mana pool of the same type, and Overabundance deals 1 damage to him or her.
, and Talon of Pain
Talon of Pain
Talon of PainSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
150
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Whenever a source you control other than Talon of Pain deals damage to an opponent, put a charge counter on Talon of Pain. X,T, Remove X charge counters from Talon of Pain: Talon of Pain deals X damage to target creature or player.

(0 damage so far)
-Suppose then your opponent taps a forest to play a Rushwood Elemental
Rushwood Elemental
Rushwood ElementalSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
264
Artist:
Hannibal King
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Rushwood Elemental.
(Remember they get five mana per land). They then take 8 damage to the head which puts 8 counters on all four of your Talon of Pain
Talon of Pain
Talon of PainSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
150
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Whenever a source you control other than Talon of Pain deals damage to an opponent, put a charge counter on Talon of Pain. X,T, Remove X charge counters from Talon of Pain: Talon of Pain deals X damage to target creature or player.
s.
(8 damage total)
-Pump eight mana into one Talon of Pain
Talon of Pain
Talon of PainSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
150
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Whenever a source you control other than Talon of Pain deals damage to an opponent, put a charge counter on Talon of Pain. X,T, Remove X charge counters from Talon of Pain: Talon of Pain deals X damage to target creature or player.
to deal 8 damage to your opponent. This puts one charge counter on the remaining three Talons (Remember that when a card mentions itself by name, it is only referring to itself and not other cards with the same name).
(16 damage)
-Pump nine mana through the second Talon of Pain
Talon of Pain
Talon of PainSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
150
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Whenever a source you control other than Talon of Pain deals damage to an opponent, put a charge counter on Talon of Pain. X,T, Remove X charge counters from Talon of Pain: Talon of Pain deals X damage to target creature or player.
and add a counter to the other three.
(25 damage)
-Pump ten mana through the third Talon of Pain
Talon of Pain
Talon of PainSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
150
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Whenever a source you control other than Talon of Pain deals damage to an opponent, put a charge counter on Talon of Pain. X,T, Remove X charge counters from Talon of Pain: Talon of Pain deals X damage to target creature or player.
and add a counter to the other three.
(35 damage) –this has actually happened
-Finally, pump eleven mana through the last untapped Talon of Pain
Talon of Pain
Talon of PainSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
150
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Whenever a source you control other than Talon of Pain deals damage to an opponent, put a charge counter on Talon of Pain. X,T, Remove X charge counters from Talon of Pain: Talon of Pain deals X damage to target creature or player.
and add counters to the other three.
(46 damage!!!)
You will have two mana left over from the experience. Try not to blow it all on shoes.

Imagine this with a Furnace of Rath in play. Hmmmm…92 damage per land. Ouch.

Well until next time, enjoy this one. You’ll probably be the only one who does. I’ll let you know how my War Elemental
War Elemental
War ElementalSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When War Elemental comes into play, sacrifice it unless an opponent was dealt damage this turn. Whenever damage is dealt to an opponent, put that many +1/+1 counters on War Elemental.
/Ion Storm
Ion Storm
Ion StormSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
68
Text:
1R, Remove a +1/+1 counter or a charge counter from a permanent you control: Ion Storm deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
/Furnace of Rath deck turns out.


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