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CardShark Content - Jesse Deal (10/17/2004)

I love free stuff! As a recent college graduate, I have a heightened appreciation for not having to pay for something (like promotional-credit-card-T-shirts or ketchup packets). Luckily for me there are plenty of free spells in Magic; just look at the Retract
Retract
RetractSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Return all artifacts you control to owners' hands.
/Storm decks that are being celebrated worldwide. But I’m sick of artifacts (who isn’t after Mirrodin block?). They’re too colorless for my tastes. If only there were free cards with some life to them.

Fortunately for me there are three creatures in the game that cost {0} in vivid Technicolor: Crimson Kobolds
Crimson Kobolds
Crimson KoboldsSet: Legends
Cost:
0
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kobolds
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
This card is a red spell when cast and Kobolds are a red creature.
, Crookshank Kobolds
Crookshank Kobolds
Crookshank KoboldsSet: Legends
Cost:
0
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kobolds
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
This card is a red spell when cast and Kobolds are a red creature.
, and Kobolds of Kher Keep
Kobolds of Kher Keep
Kobolds of Kher KeepSet: Legends
Cost:
0
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kobolds
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
This card is a red spell when cast and Kobolds are a red creature.
(for now, let’s call them Huey, Dewey, and Louie). They count as red spells despite their lack of red in the casting cost! Now I know some of you are shouting at me: “What about Basking Rootwalla
Basking Rootwalla
Basking RootwallaSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
121
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Basking Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn. Madness 0
, Vine Dryad
Vine Dryad
Vine DryadSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad
Rarity:
R
Number:
284
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Forestwalk (This creature is unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.) You may play Vine Dryad any time you could play an instant.You may remove a green card in your hand from the game instead of paying Vine Dryad's mana cost.
, Skyshroud Cutter
Skyshroud Cutter
Skyshroud CutterSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If you control a forest, you may have each other player gain 5 life instead of paying Skyshroud Cutter's mana cost.
, Delraich
Delraich
DelraichSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample You may sacrifice three black creatures instead of paying Delraich's mana cost.
, Ichorid
Ichorid
IchoridSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
65
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste. At end of turn, sacrifice Ichorid. At the beginning of your upkeep, if Ichorid is in your graveyard, you may remove a black creature card in your graveyard other than Ichorid from the game. If you do, return Ichorid to play.
, and Nether Shadow
Nether Shadow
Nether ShadowSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shadow
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Shadow is in graveyard with any combination of cards above it that includes at least three creatures, it can be returned to play during your upkeep. Shadow can attack on same turn summoned or returned to play.
? Not to mention the Legates!!!” To you, I say, “Are they really free? Maybe. But at what price?” I digress.

Any creature with a big zero in the casting cost is just asking for a combo deck to be made around it. Back when Legends came out (should we call that just ‘Legendary Set’ now?), all we could really do is put Unholy Strength
Unholy Strength
Unholy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +2/+1.
and 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.
on Huey and hope for the best on turn 2 (Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
+ Blood Lust
Blood Lust
Blood LustSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature gets +4/-4 until end of turn. If this reduces creature's toughness to less than 1, creature's toughness becomes 1.
+ Berserk
Berserk
BerserkSet: Alpha
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Until end of turn, target creature's current power doubles and it gains trample ability. If it attacks, target creature is destroyed at end of turn. This spell cannot be cast after current turn's attack is completed.
!). But now that the game has matured, the possibilities are just amazing. I submit to you this combo deck with Kobolds.

The Kobold and the Beautiful (Vintage)

Red (16)
4: Crimson Kobolds
Crimson Kobolds
Crimson KoboldsSet: Legends
Cost:
0
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kobolds
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
This card is a red spell when cast and Kobolds are a red creature.

4: Crookshank Kobolds
Crookshank Kobolds
Crookshank KoboldsSet: Legends
Cost:
0
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kobolds
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
This card is a red spell when cast and Kobolds are a red creature.

4: Kobolds of the Kher Keep
Kher Keep
Kher KeepSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
275
Artist:
Parente
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1R, T: Put a 0/1 red Kobold creature token named Kobolds of Kher Keep into play.

4: Furious Assault
Furious Assault
Furious AssaultSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell, Furious Assault deals 1 damage to target player.


Green (12)
4: Foster
Foster
FosterSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Whenever a creature you control is put into a graveyard, you may pay 1. If you do, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

1: Gaea’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1

1: Krosa
Krosa
KrosaSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Text:
All creatures get +2/+2. Whenever you roll {C}, you may add {W}{U}{B}{R}{G} to your mana pool.
n Restoration
4: Moment’s Peace
2: Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of NatureSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
210
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell this turn, draw a card.


White (2)
1: Balance
Balance
BalanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whichever player has more lands in play must discard enough lands of his or her choice to equalize the number of lands both players have in play. Next, equalize the cards in hand and then creatures in play the same way. Creatures lost in this manner are considered buried.

1: Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.


Gold (4)
3: Sterling Grove
Sterling Grove
Sterling GroveSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
278
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All other enchantments you control can't be the targets of spells or abilities.1, Sacrifice Sterling Grove: Search your library for an enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

1: Aura Shards
Aura Shards
Aura ShardsSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
233
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play under your control, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.


Artifact (6)
2: Ashnod
Ashnod
AshnodSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
+1
Toughness:
-8
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully damages you, destroy it.
’s Altar
2: Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian AltarSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

1: Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.

1: Noetic Scales
Noetic Scales
Noetic ScalesSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
304
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
During each player's upkeep, return to owner's hand each creature that player controls with power greater than the number of cards in his or her hand.


Land (20)
2: Krosan Verge
Krosan Verge
Krosan VergeSet: Judgment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo

Text:
Krosan Verge comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 2, T, Sacrifice Krosan Verge: Search your library for a Forest card and a Plains card and put them into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

1: Gaea’s Cradle
8: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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

4: Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


Where is Kher anyway? We’ve got a Roc on the Ridges and Rohgahh and his Kobolds in the Keep. Yet again, I digress.

The Combo:

Let’s get down to it shall we? Kobolds are free. We can just draw Dewey and play him on a whim (isn’t that just ducky?). Who needs Alluren with that kind of convenience? Since coming into play is a given, we can concentrate on generating coming into play effects. And since Pandemonium
Pandemonium
PandemoniumSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Whenever any creature comes into play, that creature's controller may choose to have it deal damage equal to its power to target creature or player.
would be fairly useless, I decided Furious Assault
Furious Assault
Furious AssaultSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell, Furious Assault deals 1 damage to target player.
would do the most damage (1 > 0). Once that was in place, I needed to find ways to keep drawing a bunch of {0} cost creatures (twenty of them to be precise). At first I had Phyrexian Walker
Phyrexian Walker
Phyrexian WalkerSet: Visions
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
s, Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
s, and Shield Sphere
Shield Sphere
Shield SphereSet: Alliances
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Counts as a wallIf Shield Sphere is assigned as a blocker, put a -0/-1 counter on it.
s (we’ll call them Snap
Snap
SnapSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand. Untap up to two lands.
, Crackle, and Pop) in the deck for a total count of 24 freebie creatures. But the deck was huge and for the most part, useless (besides, I had another deck in mind for the rice krispies). No, I needed to be able to reuse my Kobolds. Here’s the combo I came up with:

Foster
Foster
FosterSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Whenever a creature you control is put into a graveyard, you may pay 1. If you do, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
, Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian AltarSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, and Gaea’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
.

I’ll guide you through the win:
Step 1: 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.
Louie to the Phyrexian, or if the spirit moves, Ashnod
Ashnod
AshnodSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
+1
Toughness:
-8
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully damages you, destroy it.
’s Altar for mana;
Step 2: Use that mana to activate Foster
Foster
FosterSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Whenever a creature you control is put into a graveyard, you may pay 1. If you do, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
to sift to another Kobold;
Step 3: Play your newfound Kobold and hurt them with Furious Assault
Furious Assault
Furious AssaultSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell, Furious Assault deals 1 damage to target player.
*ping*
Step 4: Repeat steps 1 – 3 until you blow past your Gaea’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
; shuffle everything from your graveyard back in your library; and proceed onto steps 1 – 4.

The Support:

The Sterling Grove
Sterling Grove
Sterling GroveSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
278
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All other enchantments you control can't be the targets of spells or abilities.1, Sacrifice Sterling Grove: Search your library for an enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
s and Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
can help you get the combo pieces easily enough. If it’s card draw you’re after, the new Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of NatureSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
210
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell this turn, draw a card.
can be a real asset as Kobolds don’t eat up your mana. Mana can be a hassle sometimes, especially in a tri-colored deck. Don’t forget that Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian AltarSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
can be used for casting important spells and a Gaea’s Cradle can get you either an Altar or Foster
Foster
FosterSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Whenever a creature you control is put into a graveyard, you may pay 1. If you do, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
earlier than you planned (1st turn?) depending on how many of those Kobolds migrated to your opening hand. Don’t own a Cradle? Not to worry, you could always rob a bank or sell your clothing.

The real problem, which is the inherent Oath of Druids
Oath of Druids
Oath of DruidsSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
During each player's upkeep, if that player controls fewer creatures than target opponent, the player may reveal cards from his or her library until he or she reveals a creature card. The player puts that creature into play and all other revealed cards into his or her graveyard.
conundrum, is what happens when you draw Gaea’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
? Certainly its second effect is null and void at that point. A naïve person would simply put two Gaea’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
s in the deck. But sometimes I like having a big graveyard, especially with four Moment’s Peaces in there. I don’t want to be shuffling every six cards into the deck and losing that handsome graveyard. I chose Krosan Reclamation
Krosan Reclamation
Krosan ReclamationSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Gary Ruddell

Text:
Target player shuffles up to two target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library. Flashback 1G.
for this job. With its flashback you can shuffle a dud Gaea’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
back into the deck whether the Reclamation
Reclamation
ReclamationSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
No black creature can attack unless its controller sacrifices a land whenever that creature attacks.
is in your hand or in the graveyard.

The Defense:

The challenge in combo decks is finding optimal defense. Stall tactics is the name of the game. In the olden days, Spore Flower
Spore Flower
Spore FlowerSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Spore Flower.0: Remove three spore counters from Spore Flower. No creatures deal damage in combat this turn.
/Fungal Bloom
Fungal Bloom
Fungal BloomSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
GG: Put a spore counter on a target Fungus.
was my weapon of choice. Forcefield
Forcefield
ForcefieldSet: Alpha
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Poly Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
1: Lose only 1 life to an unblocked creature.
wasn’t too shabby and Ali from Cairo
Ali from Cairo
Ali from CairoSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ali from Cairo
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
While Ali is in play, damage that would reduce you to less than 1 life lowers you to 1 life. All further damage is prevented.
was a no-brainer. But times have changed and Ali from Cairo
Ali from Cairo
Ali from CairoSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ali from Cairo
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
While Ali is in play, damage that would reduce you to less than 1 life lowers you to 1 life. All further damage is prevented.
with a Shield of Kaldra
Shield of Kaldra
Shield of KaldraSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Equipment named Sword of Kaldra, Shield of Kaldra, and Helm of Kaldra are indestructible. Equipped creature is indestructible. Equip 4
might be a bit expensive both mana-wise and monetarily. I recommend a full array of Moment’s Peaces. You can use them twice and it won’t eat your land like Constant Mists
Constant Mists
Constant MistsSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
BuybackSacrifice a land (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Constant Mists into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Creatures deal no combat damage this turn.
does. I also found Noetic Scales
Noetic Scales
Noetic ScalesSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
304
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
During each player's upkeep, return to owner's hand each creature that player controls with power greater than the number of cards in his or her hand.
to be a useful addition to the deck. It’s kind of Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring BridgeSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each creature with power greater than the number of cards in your hand cannot attack.
-like except now I can keep my hand and they have to keep casting their creatures. And hey, Kobolds are 0/1 creatures. I’ve got nothing to lose on this one. If things are too out of hand, cast Balance
Balance
BalanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whichever player has more lands in play must discard enough lands of his or her choice to equalize the number of lands both players have in play. Next, equalize the cards in hand and then creatures in play the same way. Creatures lost in this manner are considered buried.
and start over.

For Fun:

If you are playing with Kobolds, then it’s obvious that you play for fun and have been playing for way too long. Since I’m already out on a limb with that assumption, allow me to recommend some other cards for this deck:

Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
: Not getting your Altars? This toy can provide damage for every land you have untapped. Just keep going through your deck with Foster
Foster
FosterSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Whenever a creature you control is put into a graveyard, you may pay 1. If you do, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
.
Aura Shards
Aura Shards
Aura ShardsSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
233
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play under your control, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment.
: You may have your own opinion of how “fun” this card is but if you absolutely must get rid of your opponent’s Platinum Angel
Platinum Angel
Platinum AngelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Brom
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.
or 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, this is the card to do it.
Dragon’s Claw: Down on life? It’s a good thing Kobolds are red, huh?
Inheritance
Inheritance
InheritanceSet: Alliances
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
3: Draw a card. Use this ability only when a creature is put into the graveyard from play, and only once for each creature put into the graveyard.
: With Ashnod
Ashnod
AshnodSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
+1
Toughness:
-8
Text:
Whenever a creature successfully damages you, destroy it.
’s Altar in the mix, you might acquire some extra mana. Why not draw a couple extra cards with it?
Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.
: Though not as one-sided as Inheritance
Inheritance
InheritanceSet: Alliances
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
3: Draw a card. Use this ability only when a creature is put into the graveyard from play, and only once for each creature put into the graveyard.
, you don’t need to spend mana to draw from the dying. The problem is two-fold, though: your opponent can have card advantage with his Food Chain
Food Chain
Food ChainSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
246
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Remove a creature you control from the game: Add X mana of any color to your mana pool, where X is the removed creature's converted mana cost plus one. This mana may be spent only to play creature spells.
Deck and you increase your chances of drawing Gaea’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
which is annoying.
Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: 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.)
: No need to explain why this one rules.
General’s Regalia: Chump blockers no longer need to fear trampling Wombats.
Puffer Extract
Puffer Extract
Puffer ExtractSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
310
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
X, T: Target creature you control gets +X/+X until end of turn. Destroy it at end of turn.
: Who cares if you have to sacrifice them? That’s what Foster
Foster
FosterSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Whenever a creature you control is put into a graveyard, you may pay 1. If you do, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
’s for.
Asmira, Holy Avenger
Asmira, Holy Avenger
Asmira, Holy AvengerSet: Mirage
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying At the end of each turn, put a +1/+1 counter on Asmira, Holy Avenger for each creature put into your graveyard from play that turn.
: She gets huge, but throws off the whole rhythm of the deck when you get to her through Foster
Foster
FosterSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Whenever a creature you control is put into a graveyard, you may pay 1. If you do, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.
.
Hunting Pack
Hunting Pack
Hunting PackSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Put a 4/4 green Beast token into play.
Storm
: This is a good offensive card. How many Kobolds can you play before you cast this bomb? And let’s face it, Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
is no fun. I want to see their life total hit 0.
Nantuko Shrine
Nantuko Shrine
Nantuko ShrineSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
256
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a player plays a spell, that player puts X 1/1 green Squirrel creature tokens into play, where X is the number of cards in all graveyards with the same name as that spell.
: You get Squirrels for Kobolds. While this is great with Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
, it’s not so hot with Furious Assault
Furious Assault
Furious AssaultSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell, Furious Assault deals 1 damage to target player.
.

Cards not to play with:

Dwarven Shrine
Dwarven Shrine
Dwarven ShrineSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
187
Artist:
Matt Cavatto
Text:
Whenever a player plays a spell, Dwarven Shrine deals X damage to that player, where X is twice the number of cards in all graveyards with the same name as that spell.
(ouch)
Wretched Anurid
Wretched Anurid
Wretched AnuridSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
183
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you lose 1 life.
(ouch)
Samurai of the Pale Curtain
Samurai of the Pale Curtain
Samurai of the Pale CurtainSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fox Samurai
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) If a permanent would be put into a graveyard, remove it from the game instead.
(poof)

Well there you have it, a fully functional Kobold Combo Deck. Until next week, enjoy pecking your opponent (The Beagle Boys?) with three ugly ducklings. I’ll let you know how my Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
/Saber Ants
Saber Ants
Saber AntsSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
U
Number:
267
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Saber Ants is dealt damage, you may put that many 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.
/Rites of Passage deck turns out.


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