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CardShark Content - Johnny Lai (7/18/2001)

Since Invasion Block Constructed (IBC) is the format for PT-New Orleans qualifiers, I've been trying to figure out what to play. In such a wide-open format such as IBC, beatdown is generally strong because aggressive beatdown decks punish slow starts if someone is play a new deck that is inadequately tuned.

Although I'm generally a control player, I've also always been a great Wakefield fan: The last fattie you can't deal with will kill you. Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
has been the most talked about fattie in 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.
, I have been surprised not to see many efforts to build dedicated Green-black decks (most people can't seem to resist including white for Vindicate
Vindicate
VindicateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy target permanent.
and Death Grasp
Death Grasp
Death GraspSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Death Grasp deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.
).

Here's a decklist for an aggressive G-B fattie deck that's IBC which uses two of the strongest cards out of 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.
: Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
and Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
.

G-B Fatties Galore:

4: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.

4:Llanowar Dead
Llanowar Dead
Llanowar DeadSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
TAP: Add B to your mana pool.

4:Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.

4:Ebony Treefolk
Ebony Treefolk
Ebony TreefolkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
BG: Ebony Treefolk gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

3:Plague Spitter
Plague Spitter
Plague SpitterSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
119
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, Plague Spitter deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.When Plague Spitter is put into a graveyard from play, Plague Spitter deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

3:Consume Strength
Consume Strength
Consume StrengthSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Another target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.

4:Phyrexian Scuta
Phyrexian Scuta
Phyrexian ScutaSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker-Pay 3 life. (You may pay 3 life in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) If you paid the kicker cost, Phyrexian Scuta comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it.

4:Jade Leech
Jade Leech
Jade LeechSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Leech
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Green spells you play cost G more to play.

4:Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

4:Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.


4:Llanowar
Llanowar
LlanowarSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
All creatures have "{T}: Add {G}{G} to your mana pool." Whenever you roll {C}, untap all creatures you control.
Waste
8:Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s
10:Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.


The deck has a solid mana curve:

1cc: 4
2cc: 8
3cc: 12
4cc: 8
5cc: 4 [8 if you re-count the Titans]

The Lay of the land is a solid turn-one play which thins the deck and ensures consistent land drops. The 4 Lay of the land allows the deck to run 22 land and have strong color-consistency. In addition, the Llanowar Dead
Llanowar Dead
Llanowar DeadSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
TAP: Add B to your mana pool.
ramp you up to the 4cc Fatties on turn three.

I find this deck elegant in its dedication to dropping one fattie after another. Counting the Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.
s (which are both a two-drop and a five-drop), there are 16 creatures that are 5/5 or larger and the Ebony Treefolk
Ebony Treefolk
Ebony TreefolkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
BG: Ebony Treefolk gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
pumps itself up to be equally fierce. All together, there are 27 legitimate threats, 23 of which have the potential to do at least 3 damage each turn and 20 can potentially do 5 or more damage a turn.

The Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
at first seemed wrong somehow because they're not large bodies, but I need removal and it can clear away smaller creatures to let the fat boys in. It deals with enchantments like Collective Restraint
Collective Restraint
Collective RestraintSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
49
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays X for each creature attacking you, where X is the number of basic land types among lands you control. (This cost is paid as attackers are declared.)
that can slow you down.

Although I feel comfortable with most of the cards in the deck, I had to struggle on the last few cards. The last few cards to be included were the Plaguespitters and Consume Strength
Consume Strength
Consume StrengthSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Another target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
. The Plaguespitters are a slide three-drop and it nullifies U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
, the only playable regenerating blocker in the format. Consume Strength
Consume Strength
Consume StrengthSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Another target creature gets -2/-2 until end of turn.
is powerful psuedo-removal and can often provide two-for-one card advantage if played correctly.

Nevertheless, I am still unsure about these last few cards because I would like to make room for Addle
Addle
AddleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand and choose a card of that color from it. That player discards that card.
s and these six cards are among the likely candidates for replacement. Addle
Addle
AddleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand and choose a card of that color from it. That player discards that card.
is a solid second or third turn play to strip away troublesome spells as a pre-emptive way to protect your fatties from 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.
s, Moat
Moat
MoatSet: Legends
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Non-flying creatures cannot attack.
s, and Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
s. Addle
Addle
AddleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand and choose a card of that color from it. That player discards that card.
may also strip away opposing Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
s, which can be an effective blocker against this deck.

Conclusion

I am still testing this deck, but the deck has shown some promise so far. At its best, this deck is a beating because it drops one fattie after another. If you enjoy turning creatures sideways, you may want to give this deck a try.


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