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CardShark Content - Julian Biondillo (1/17/2005)

Although the current standard format is ruled by Affinity/Vial Affinity it seems possible for a black control style deck to be competitive in the format. Remembering the Odyssey thru Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
block days, MBC was an effective deck using such spells as Chainer’s Edict, Mind Sludge
Mind Sludge
Mind SludgeSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
70
Text:
Target player discards a card from his or her hand for each swamp you control.
, Mutilate
Mutilate
MutilateSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Text:
All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn for each swamp you control.
and just a few main deck win conditions. This can also be seen with the massive amount of creature removal in the current Mirrodin block, 8th edition and Champions. Such spells as Barter in Blood
Barter in Blood
Barter in BloodSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player sacrifices two creatures.
, Echoing Decay
Echoing Decay
Echoing DecaySet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target creature and all other creatures with the same name as that creature get -2/-2 until end of turn.
, Rend Flesh
Rend Flesh
Rend FleshSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Destroy target non-Spirit creature.
, and Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
serve as massive ways to control opponent’s creatures.

Granted that standard’s MBC a year ago ran Cabal Coffers
Cabal Coffers
Cabal CoffersSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Text:
2, T: Add B to your mana pool for each swamp you control.
, Smother
Smother
SmotherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost 3 or less. It can't be regenerated.
, and Corrupt
Corrupt
CorruptSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Vincent Evans
Text:
Corrupt deals 1 damage to target creature or player for each swamp you control. When Corrupt successfully deals damage to a creature or player, gain life equal to that damage.
. The format called for removal of all creatures rather than a few “bombshell” creatures. Our current standard format relies on a few of these “bomb” creatures to win games. With the amount of removal spells that players have access to the only new problem becomes mana acceleration. With the exception of green’s ever-present mana fixers the only acceleration in standard that a mono deck could run is Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.
. Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.
does eat a card out of your hand but it also allows for the third turn Horobi, Death’s Wail or the third turn Night of Souls Betrayal
Betrayal
BetrayalSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Play only on a creature an opponent controls.If enchanted creature becomes tapped, draw a card.
. Because both of these spells are legendary running more than two of them in a deck is redundant, and they become dead draws. An extra copy of these legendary permanents becomes great Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.
bait.

Creatures - 4
4 Horobi, Death’s Wail

Spells - 34
4 Rend Flesh
Rend Flesh
Rend FleshSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Destroy target non-Spirit creature.

4 Night Of Souls Betrayal
Betrayal
BetrayalSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Play only on a creature an opponent controls.If enchanted creature becomes tapped, draw a card.

4 Barter in Blood
Barter in Blood
Barter in BloodSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player sacrifices two creatures.

4 Echoing Decay
Echoing Decay
Echoing DecaySet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target creature and all other creatures with the same name as that creature get -2/-2 until end of turn.

4 Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

4 Talisman of Dominance
Talisman of Dominance
Talisman of DominanceSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
253
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Talisman of Dominance deals 1 damage to you.

2 Endless Whisper
3 Lose Hope
Lose Hope
Lose HopeSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Scry 2

3 Relic Barrier
Relic Barrier
Relic BarrierSet: Legends
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
T: Target artifact becomes tapped.

2 Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.


Lands - 22
19 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

1 Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Shizo, Death's Storehouse
Shizo, Death's StorehouseSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
283
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. B, T: Target legendary creature gains fear until end of turn.


Sideboard
4 Cranial Extract
Extract
ExtractSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Search target player's library for a card, and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

1 Endless Whispers
Endless Whispers
Endless WhispersSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
49
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each creature has "When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, choose target opponent. That player puts this creature card from that graveyard into play under his or her control at end of turn."

2 Darksteel Brute
Darksteel Brute
Darksteel BruteSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Nottsuo
Text:
Darksteel Brute is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) 3: Darksteel Brute becomes a 2/2 artifact creature until end of turn.

4 Emissary of Despair
Emissary of Despair
Emissary of DespairSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Emissary of Despair deals combat damage to a player that player loses 1 life for each artifact he or she controls.

4 Blind Creeper
Blind Creeper
Blind CreeperSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever a player plays a spell, Blind Creeper gets -1/-1 until end of turn.


Match-Ups
V.S. Affinity/Vial Affinity
The deck has an amazing post sideboard game against affinity. The Night of Souls Betrayal
Betrayal
BetrayalSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Play only on a creature an opponent controls.If enchanted creature becomes tapped, draw a card.
stops all the Disciples of the Vault that they can throw down. It kills new Ravagers and makes Nexus think twice about animation. Having an Endless Whispers
Endless Whispers
Endless WhispersSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
49
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each creature has "When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, choose target opponent. That player puts this creature card from that graveyard into play under his or her control at end of turn."
in play against a deck that throws down a ton of boys all at once can really turn the tide with a well timed Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
. Post sideboard really doesn’t change that much although the emissaries are meant to give affinity a hard time, ya know since it like to play artifacts, although boarding in the emissaries means boarding out the Night of Souls Betrayal
Betrayal
BetrayalSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Play only on a creature an opponent controls.If enchanted creature becomes tapped, draw a card.
. But as I said before, it has a strong pre-sideboard game against the deck anyway so if their Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
s weren’t main deck before, they coming in to kill old Horobi.

V.S. Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

HOLD those Barters! You need them for when Tooth hits, if you can manage to win first game you have a much better chance second game with the Extract
Extract
ExtractSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Search target player's library for a card, and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
ions and the Creepers. The Extract
Extract
ExtractSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Search target player's library for a card, and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
ions will get rid of Tooth while the Creepers provide you with the early game aggression you need against this deck. The NOSB really helps against Rude Awakening
Rude Awakening
Rude AwakeningSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
92
Artist:
Ittoku
Text:
Choose one - Untap all lands you control; or until end of turn, lands you control become 2/2 creatures that are still lands. Entwine 2G
, instead of 10 2/2s coming in, you have 10 1/1s. Even without the NOSB, Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
is a nice surprise. Once again hold those Barters.

V.S. Blue/Green (mono blue) Control
Ruff match up. Get the NOSB down ASAP to stop those tribe elders from fetching more mana, kill their big guys with the removal, and hope to have an Endless Whispers
Endless Whispers
Endless WhispersSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
49
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each creature has "When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, choose target opponent. That player puts this creature card from that graveyard into play under his or her control at end of turn."
in play.
Post sideboard. Well, see here it could go two ways. You could go for agro with the creepers or for removal with the extracts. Either way, keep the pressure on. They lay something, kill it.

V.S. Green/Black Death Cloud
Death Cloud
Death CloudSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Each player loses X life then discards X cards from his or her hand then sacrifices X creatures then sacrifices X lands.

Game 1…good luck, without sideboard you’re in trouble. This deck has a weak game against it, maybe it’s the Kokusho’s being spirits or maybe it’s the mass hand hate Cloud brings. Either way, it’s not a pretty game. Sideboard helps…much. Darksteel Brute
Darksteel Brute
Darksteel BruteSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
108
Artist:
Nottsuo
Text:
Darksteel Brute is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) 3: Darksteel Brute becomes a 2/2 artifact creature until end of turn.
lives through all the Clouds and Oxidize
Oxidize
OxidizeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target artifact. It can't be regenerated.
s they can run, and only animates for 3, that’s not too shabby. And if you can board in Extract
Extract
ExtractSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Search target player's library for a card, and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
ions and pull one off before they can, name that Cloud!

In closing, with all the removal you run, you should be able to kill whatever hits the table. Since the format doesn’t play HUGE creatures other than the Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel ColossusSet: Darksteel
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
11
Toughness:
11
Text:
Trample. Darksteel Colossus is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) If Darksteel Colossus would be put into a graveyard from anywhere reveal Darksteel Colossus and shuffle it into its owner's library instead.
, you can take out most of everything else with the Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
and the Echoes. I hope this was informative and useful whether you’re playing this deck or playing against it.


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