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CardShark Content - Johnny Lai (7/3/2001)

Logan,

I saw your article and cry for help on Cardsharks and jumped into action. I am always tempted by offers to re-evaluate draft/sealed card choice and deckbuilding. I am a regular contributor to Cardsharks and I play draft a few times every week at my local card shop and win often enough, so I hope my insights can be of help. Here's my analysis given the limited information you gave.

First, the general advice that the card shark staff gave you is good. Creatures and creature removal are really the key to draft. From the looks of it, you drafted many creatures, but you drafted too few removal spells.

Although you drafted a lot of black and black cards, when you sat down to build the deck, you included a lot of other colors for no good reason. For example, you played two Lay of the Land
Lay of the Land
Lay of the LandSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
as your only green cards, presumably to help smooth out mana. However, it would have been better to simply leave the green out and put in more of the basic lands you actually need.

All in all, the cards you ended up drafting actually had the potential to make a reasonably good deck if you could recognize one thing: Soldiers. You drafted two enlistment officers and you drafted a total of 11 Soldier creatures:

Putrid Warrior
Putrid Warrior
Putrid WarriorSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Putrid Warrior deals damage, choose one - each player loses 1 life; or each player gains 1 life.

Helionaut
Helionaut
HelionautSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. 1, TAP: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
s X 5
Angelic Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
rs X 3
Enlistment Officer
Enlistment Officer
Enlistment OfficerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
9
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
First strike. When Enlistment Officer comes into play, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Soldier cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library.
s X 2

11 Soldiers is really amazing when you have 2 Enlistment officers because you will always be able to gain card advantage off of the Enlistment officers. These creatures should be the backbone of your deck. Card advantage is hard to come by in draft and your draft picks provide you with a strong engine.

This is the deck I would have played:

Creatures

Necra Disciple
Necra Disciple
Necra DiscipleSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, TAP: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. W, TAP: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.

Putrid Warrior
Putrid Warrior
Putrid WarriorSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Putrid Warrior deals damage, choose one - each player loses 1 life; or each player gains 1 life.

Standard Bearer
Standard Bearer
Standard BearerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flagbearer
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If an opponent plays a spell or ability that could target a Flagbearer in play, that player chooses at least one Flagbearer as a target.

Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian Rager
Phyrexian RagerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Phyrexian Rager comes into play, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

Quagmire Druid
Quagmire Druid
Quagmire DruidSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
G, TAP, Sacrifice a creature: Destroy target enchantment.

Helionaut
Helionaut
HelionautSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. 1, TAP: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
s X 5
Necravolver
Necravolver
NecravolverSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Volver
Rarity:
R
Number:
46
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1G and/or W If you paid the 1G kicker cost, Necravolver comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has trample. If you paid the W kicker cost, Necravolver comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it and has "Whenever Necravolver deals damage, you gain that much life."

Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor Guard
Coalition Honor GuardSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flagbearer
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
If an opponent plays a spell or ability that could target a Flagbearer in play, that player chooses at least one Flagbearer as a target.

Angelic Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
rs X 3
Enlistment Officer
Enlistment Officer
Enlistment OfficerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
9
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
First strike. When Enlistment Officer comes into play, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Soldier cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library.
s X 2

Noncreatures

Manacles of Decay
Manacles of Decay
Manacles of DecaySet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
14
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack. B: Enchanted creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. R: Enchanted creature can't block this turn.

Gerrard's Verdict
Gerrard's Verdict
Gerrard's VerdictSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Target player discards two cards from his or her hand. You gain 3 life for each land card discarded this way.
X 2
Fervent Charge
Fervent Charge
Fervent ChargeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
98
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

Captain's Maneuver
Captain's Maneuver
Captain's ManeuverSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
The next X damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn is dealt to another target creature or player instead.

Bloodfire Infusion
Bloodfire Infusion
Bloodfire InfusionSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Bloodfire Infusion can enchant only a creature you control. R, Sacrifice enchanted creature: Bloodfire Infusion deals damage equal to the enchanted creature's power to each creature.


Land

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

7 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s
3 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s

As you can see, this deck focuses on the Soldiers and expands out from there. The splash of red for the three non-creature cards is very managable with 3 mountains and 5 Helionaut
Helionaut
HelionautSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. 1, TAP: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
s. Each of the splash cards can provide a game swing situation.

Fervent Charge
Fervent Charge
Fervent ChargeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
98
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
makes all your creatures huge on the attack. With all the soldiers you're likely to have, especially flying Helionaut
Helionaut
HelionautSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. 1, TAP: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
s, this should be a game-ender.

Captain's Maneuver
Captain's Maneuver
Captain's ManeuverSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
The next X damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn is dealt to another target creature or player instead.
should be played carefully to deal with your opponent's most troublesome creature since you have so little removal (or if it will kill your opponent).

Bloodfire Infusion
Bloodfire Infusion
Bloodfire InfusionSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Bloodfire Infusion can enchant only a creature you control. R, Sacrifice enchanted creature: Bloodfire Infusion deals damage equal to the enchanted creature's power to each creature.
combos with the Soldiers in your deck. First, by putting it on an Anglic Crudsader and pumping up the crusader (don't forget to use the Helionaut
Helionaut
HelionautSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. 1, TAP: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
s to get red mana), you are almost guarenteed to sweep the board of all creatures. Moreover, Enlistment officers refill your hand before your sweep the board of creatures.

In the end, it was toughest to cut Squee's Embrace
Squee's Embrace
Squee's EmbraceSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
122
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2. When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard, return that creature card to its owner's hand.
(as a way to pump up a flying Helionaut
Helionaut
HelionautSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
13
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. 1, TAP: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
or buff up an Enlistment officer in hopes it will get killed and let you play it from your hand again) and Soul Link
Soul Link
Soul LinkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature deals or is dealt damage, you gain that much life.
(which can act as pseudo-removal).

Good luck on your next draft.


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