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CardShark Content - Johnny Lai (6/2/2001)

When I shave, I often nick myself here and there, giving myself ´´razor burn.´´ As this deck will show, ´´razor burn´´-- a nick here and the nick there-- can be pretty deadly in the end.

This installment of Commons Format will examine a Commons Format take on the traditional ´´Counter-Burn´´ deck that will use a new Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
creature, Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, to help control the board.

In general, it is very difficult to build control decks using only commons. Commons format is dominated and defined by fast creature decks because the most powerful commons cards are generally creatures. So far in Commons Corner, we have seen two decks that can be considered control decks to some extent: a mono-black discard deck and my blue-black Counter-Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
deck. Many Magic players eventually build the ´´All-Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal SorcererSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.
s-deck,´´ which are effective if you could get out two or three of the tapping wizards. Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal SorcererSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.
's ability is to tap and deal one damage to any target, so with three Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal SorcererSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.
s in play, you could kill your opponent's creatures with three toughness or less. My Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal SorcererSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.
-deck always seemed kind of weak in the early game because Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal SorcererSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.
costs three mana (2U) to cast, so I usually could not protect it with a Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
until too late in the game to matter. In this article, I will call creatures with Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal SorcererSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.
's ability ´´pinger´´ creatures.

The following deck takes advantage of a new Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
card, Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, to provide a new take on Commons Format Control.

Card Name: Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

Mana Cost: UR
Type & Class: Creature - Merfolk Goblin
Pow/Tou: 1/1
Card Text: TAP: Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
deals 1 damage to
target creature or player.

Since Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
costs only two mana (RU) it can come out earlier and can more easily be protected with a Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
. In addition, this deck uses Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
as another creature with, which has a high toughness so it is hard to kill and serves as effective defense in of itself. Moreover, this deck packs extremely efficient burn, 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.
and Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.
, to provide additional early defense. Here's the decklist:

Counter [Razor] Burn

4 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.

4 Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.

4 Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.

4 Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

4 Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.

4 Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated KnowledgeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of Accumulated Knowledge cards in all graveyards.

4 Inspiration
Inspiration
InspirationSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Text:
Target player draws two cards.

4 Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

4 Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

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

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


As with any control deck, this deck works by countering key threats while winning the long game by building up massive card advantage. Here, the ´´pinger´´ creatures (Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
and Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
) act as the core of the deck to control the board and your card drawing spells build up additional resources in the long term.

This deck is a model of consistency: it has eight inexpensive burn spells, eight real counterspells (and four anti-creature counterspells), eight card-drawing spells, and eight creatures that can tap to deal a damage to any target.

The core of this deck is eight burn spells and eight ´´pinger´´ creatures which serve as the creature control elements. The key to this deck is to establish board control using your pinger creatures, backed by burn. Once you have two pingers on the board, you can kill all of your opponent's two-toughness creatures. Moreover, if your opponent plays a larger creature, your burn spells can help them take it down: a lightning bolt with two pinger creatures can kill a 5/5 creature. One of the key ways this deck obtains card advantage is to use its pinger creatures to repeatedly kill off small and medium sized creatures.

The sixteen creature control cards also double as win conditions. The eight pinging creatures can do repeated damage to your opponent and the burn in this deck can deal 24 damage combined. After repeated damage with the pinger creatures gets your opponent's life down into the single
digits, this deck can often do the last 6 to 9 points of damage by throwing burn at your opponent's head. Unlike my U-B Counter-Barrier deck, which only had four Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
s, this deck has many more win conditions.

The next block of spells in this deck is the counterspells: Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
, Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
, and Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.
. These are there to counter problematic spells. You save the counterspells to handle the creatures and dangerous
threats that cannot be killed by your pingers and burn spells. Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.
serves as a counterspell against creatures, but it also is card advantage because it's a cantrip.

Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated KnowledgeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of Accumulated Knowledge cards in all graveyards.
and Inspiration
Inspiration
InspirationSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Text:
Target player draws two cards.
round off the deck by providing card drawing that will allow you to win in the long-term.

Now, a word about Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
, a card that some have argued is card disadvantage. Having eight ´´hard´´ counterspells is a valuable feature of this deck because you want to be able to counter those critical spells that can give you problems, such as 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.
and Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
(in Commons Format) or Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.
and Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
(in Type II). It's true that Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
will allow your opponent to draw some cards, thus you should only use Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
to counter a spell that your pingers and burn really cannot handle. In this deck, however, your pinger creatures and
card drawing spells should create so much card advantage that allowing your opponent to draw a an extra card should be offset. In short, you should save Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
for the important threats, spells that will make you lose the game. For those who disagree with this analysis, an
acceptable replacement is Miscalculation
Miscalculation
MiscalculationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 2.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
, which is strong early in the game and can cycle itself when it's not needed.

Conclusion

For control freaks like me, this deck provides another alternative to the speed weenie designs prevalent in Commons Format. Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin Hunter
Razorfin HunterSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Razorfin Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
provides an inexpensive ´´pinger´´ creature to support the Stinging
Barrier, its big brother in the sea. If you use this deck against someone old enough to shave, you may want to warn your opponent to be careful: ´´razor burn´´ can be rather deadly.


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