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CardShark Content - Josh Feingold (2/5/2004)

Gaining life has for some time now been rather easy to do. The problem was there was no point in doing it. Putting in life-gain cards was just a waste of space that could be better spent killing your opponent than futilely trying stay alive for one more turn. The only life-gain based win was from Test of Endurance
Test of Endurance
Test of EnduranceSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
29
Artist:
Mike Ploog

Text:
At the begining of your upkeep, if you have 50 or more life, you win the game.
, a card hardly even worth building a casual deck around. However, Wizards, it would seem, has had a change of heart on this issue. Darksteel has finally opened the door to making a life-gain deck that doesn’t stink up a storm.

Well of Lost Dreams
Well of Lost Dreams
Well of Lost DreamsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
159
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Whenever you gain life, you may pay X, where X is equal to or less than the amount of life you gain. If you do, draw X cards.
and Ageless Entity
Ageless Entity
Ageless EntitySet: Darksteel
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever you gain life, put that many +1/+1 counters on Ageless Entity.
have the potency to make gaining life not only support you, but also make enemies fear. With the powerful life-gain currently in type 2, there is now nothing (except possibly budget) stopping a player from constructing a solid deck based around your life causing the opponent’s death. Although this deck hasn’t undergone much in the way of actual play-testing, for obvious reasons, this is the build I’m starting from.

Green (15)
4: Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4: Ageless Entity
Ageless Entity
Ageless EntitySet: Darksteel
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever you gain life, put that many +1/+1 counters on Ageless Entity.

4: Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.

3: Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.


White (18)
2: Leonin Elder
Leonin Elder
Leonin ElderSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact comes into play, you may gain 1 life.

4: Wall of Hope
Wall of Hope
Wall of HopeSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
(Walls can't attack.)
Whenever Wall of Hope is dealt damage, you gain that much life.

4: Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

4: Renewed Faith
Renewed Faith
Renewed FaithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
You gain 6 life. Cycling 1W (1W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Renewed Faith, you may gain 2 life.

2: Blessed Reversal
Blessed Reversal
Blessed ReversalSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
2
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Gain 3 life for each creature attacking you.

2: V29yZHMgb2YgWorship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.


Artifact (7)
4: Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon WarhammerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
201
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature gets +3/+0, has trample, and has 'Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.' Equip 3 (3: 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.)

3: Well of Lost Dreams
Well of Lost Dreams
Well of Lost DreamsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
159
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Whenever you gain life, you may pay X, where X is equal to or less than the amount of life you gain. If you do, draw X cards.


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.

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


Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
: Gotta love that extra mana of any color.

Ageless Entity
Ageless Entity
Ageless EntitySet: Darksteel
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Whenever you gain life, put that many +1/+1 counters on Ageless Entity.
: All that life gaining can turn into some serious pain for your opponent.

Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.
: This creature is just solid. A 4/4 for 2GG that can turn into 4 life if need be.

Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
: In an artifact heavy environment, it’s still nice to have a little versatility to let you get enchantments.
Leonin Elder
Leonin Elder
Leonin ElderSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact comes into play, you may gain 1 life.
: This is actually to take advantage of artifacts in other decks, to make your opponent work for you. Not bad for a W drop.

Wall of Hope
Wall of Hope
Wall of HopeSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
(Walls can't attack.)
Whenever Wall of Hope is dealt damage, you gain that much life.
: Starts up the synergy from the moment you are attacked.

Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
: Well, duh.

Renewed Faith
Renewed Faith
Renewed FaithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
You gain 6 life. Cycling 1W (1W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Renewed Faith, you may gain 2 life.
: The cycling ability is what you’ll usually be playing on this. You’ll be gaining life and getting around the old problem of wasting a draw on a couple extra life.

Blessed Reversal
Blessed Reversal
Blessed ReversalSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
2
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Gain 3 life for each creature attacking you.
: This can be a real beast. Against a rush, this can save you and turn your Entity practically into a BFM. This is also a boon with Well of Lost Dreams
Well of Lost Dreams
Well of Lost DreamsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
159
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Whenever you gain life, you may pay X, where X is equal to or less than the amount of life you gain. If you do, draw X cards.
.

V29yZHMgb2YgWorship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
: Solid life-gain. I can also enhance your drawing capability with Well of Lost Dreams
Well of Lost Dreams
Well of Lost DreamsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
159
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Whenever you gain life, you may pay X, where X is equal to or less than the amount of life you gain. If you do, draw X cards.
.

Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon WarhammerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
201
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature gets +3/+0, has trample, and has 'Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.' Equip 3 (3: 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.)
: Turn anything into a life-maker. +3/+0 amd Trample are also nice to add any big creature.

Well of Lost Dreams
Well of Lost Dreams
Well of Lost DreamsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
159
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Whenever you gain life, you may pay X, where X is equal to or less than the amount of life you gain. If you do, draw X cards.
: Let gaining life let you draw.

Land: I don’t want to fetch lands out with Windswept Heath
Windswept Heath
Windswept HeathSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
328
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a forest or plains card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
, since I need to get up to 5 mana, and artifact lands are too easy to destroy or make you pay for at this point.


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