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CardShark Content - Julian Biondillo (4/18/2005)

From the ashes of a great banning rose a new deck that would reincarnate what was lost so long ago. I’m talking about Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
Affinity. Not having the speed of old-school Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
Affinity, this new breed of brood plays as a spin off of blue control. Playing four main deck Vedalken Shackles
Vedalken Shackles
Vedalken ShacklesSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
You may choose not to untap Vedalken Shackles during your untap step. 2, Tap: Gain control of target creature with power less than or equal to the number of Islands you control as long as Vedalken Shackles remains tapped.
and old favorites such as Welding Jar
Welding Jar
Welding JarSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
274
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.
and Steel Wall
Steel Wall
Steel WallSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
David Day
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.)
this deck pumps out the free guys at a more stable rate rather than a blind rush of agro. Here’s my personal deck list and how my match ups at Friday Night Magic went on April 15th, where I went 4-2.

Creatures - 20
4 Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)

4 Steel Wall
Steel Wall
Steel WallSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
David Day
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.)

2 Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.

2 Qumulox
Qumulox
QumuloxSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying. Affinity for artifacts

4 Spire Golem
Spire Golem
Spire GolemSet: Darksteel
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Affinity for Islands, Flying.

4 Arcbound Worker
Arcbound Worker
Arcbound WorkerSet: Darksteel
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Modular 1 (This comes into play with one +1/+1 counters on it. When it's put into the graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature)

4 Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying


Spells – 20
4 Æther Spellbomb
Æther Spellbomb
Æther SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.

3 Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.

2 Welding Jar
Welding Jar
Welding JarSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
274
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.

4 Cranial Plate
3 Sensei’s Divining Top
4 Vedalken Shackles
Vedalken Shackles
Vedalken ShacklesSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
You may choose not to untap Vedalken Shackles during your untap step. 2, Tap: Gain control of target creature with power less than or equal to the number of Islands you control as long as Vedalken Shackles remains tapped.


Lands - 20
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth NexusSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Brian Snöddy
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land. 1, T: Target Blinkmoth gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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


Sideboard
2 Quash
Quash
QuashSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Counter target instant or sorcery spell. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.

2 Rewind
Rewind
RewindSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Counter target spell. Untap up to four lands.

4 Hinder
Hinder
HinderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, put that card on the top or bottom of its owner's library instead of that player's graveyard.

3 Threads of Disloyalty
Threads of Disloyalty
Threads of DisloyaltySet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
56
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Threads of Disloyalty can enchant only a creature with converted mana cost 2 or less. You control enchanted creature.

4 Bribery
Bribery
BriberySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a creature card and put that card into play under your control. That player then shuffles his or her library.


Break down of card choices

Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
– 2/2 for 4 mana is bad, a 2/2 for less than 3 is tolerable. Regardless of the lack of artifact lands this guy still comes down for almost nothing (or nothing) when you need him there.

Steel Wall
Steel Wall
Steel WallSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
David Day
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.)
– I needed a good one drop to stop those Slith Firewalker
Slith Firewalker
Slith FirewalkerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slith
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Whenever Slith Firewalker deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
s and this was a keeper. Yea, I know that red isn’t THAT big in the format right now but…it also stops a Troll Aesthetic and that’s getting more and more play.

Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
– Only two of these guys. They tend to not get along with molder slugs. I was running 4 of them but that seemed to be a bit much when I would pull 2 opening hand. Still you can’t go wrong with the original gangster of affinity when he swings in the air for a ton.

Qumulox
Qumulox
QumuloxSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying. Affinity for artifacts
– This became my other two Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
slots when I got sick of seeing more of them than I knew what to do with. His 5/4 body doesn’t flinch if a Slug starts eating your artifact base.

Spire Golem
Spire Golem
Spire GolemSet: Darksteel
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Affinity for Islands, Flying.
– Free Free Free, you can’t go wrong with this guy on turn 3 he costs 3 and on turn 6 he’s free. He blocks that Troll all day long and makes you opponent sink that 2 regenerate mana in if they wanna keep him around.

Arcbound Worker
Arcbound Worker
Arcbound WorkerSet: Darksteel
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Modular 1 (This comes into play with one +1/+1 counters on it. When it's put into the graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature)
– A one drop that you kinda have to kill twice. That’s not too bad.

Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
– 0/2 flyer for free. Enough said for this card choice.

Æther Spellbomb
Æther Spellbomb
Æther SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.
– Pop a creature back into their hand is good, or draw a card. Deal with that Kokusho for a turn or so or bounce your guy with damage on the stack.

Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.
– Yes, some will argue that Counsel of the Soratami
Counsel of the Soratami
Counsel of the SoratamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw two cards.
is a better card for this deck if you want to play a sorcery card drawer. Here’s my point, if you can pull a Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.
for ever two mana that’s better than three. Even if the Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.
runs you three mana the second or third probably won’t.

Welding Jar
Welding Jar
Welding JarSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
274
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.
– Save your Shackles
Shackles
ShacklesSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.W: Return Shackles to owner's hand.
! Since oxidize isn’t very good right now Welding Jar
Welding Jar
Welding JarSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
274
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.
makes a great save for when a Hearth Kami
Hearth Kami
Hearth KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
171
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, Sacrifice Hearth Kami: Destroy target artifact with converted mana cost X.
or a naturalize blows your Shackles
Shackles
ShacklesSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.W: Return Shackles to owner's hand.
.

Cranial Plate – I wanted the DCI to ban this card so bad, but they didn’t. Well, I guess it’s not that good anymore. But it’s still very possible to swing in for 7 on turn three. I’ve done it. That’s nothing to shrug off. Most other decks are running Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.
or Umezawa’s Jitte, but I felt that this was a more suitable piece of equipment for this deck. You know, especially with the swing for 7 turn 3.

Sensei’s Divining Top – Really helps a lot when looking for an answer or for more threats. Digs you down, draws you a card if needed, plus to top it off, no pun intended, it’s a one drop to build your affinity base.

Vedalken Shackles
Vedalken Shackles
Vedalken ShacklesSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
You may choose not to untap Vedalken Shackles during your untap step. 2, Tap: Gain control of target creature with power less than or equal to the number of Islands you control as long as Vedalken Shackles remains tapped.
– It’s the agro card for control lovers. It removes a blocker while at the same time gives you an extra attacker. It’s such a blue card in artifact form.

Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth NexusSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Brian Snöddy
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land. 1, T: Target Blinkmoth gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
– Good early game beats in the air for practically nothing.
Match-Ups

Round 1
Round one I played blue, green, white control. Early on I got some good beat down in and once he laid a Meloku the Clouded Mirror
Meloku the Clouded Mirror
Meloku the Clouded MirrorSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Moonfolk Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying 1, Return a land you control to its owner's hand: Put a 1/1 blue Illusion creature token with flying into play.
I laid the shackles and took the win quickly. Game two I boarded in counter magic and bribery for a more control aspect. Good thing I did, because 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
would have sealed the game. This was the game where a first turn Arcbound worker swung for 7 in turn three, making the rest of the game move quickly in my favor.

Round 2
I STOLE this game, the guy playing it I really don’t think was very familiar with the deck. I should have a much harder time... He had many chances to wipe my board and bring some small beats but he didn’t see it. If the games would have been more involved I would have boarded the second game but I took the set 2-0

Round 3
Round three was interesting. My match up was against a deck that was designed much like the old Fires of Yavimaya
Fires of Yavimaya
Fires of YavimayaSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
246
Artist:
Val Mayerik
Text:
Creatures you control have haste. (They may attack and T the turn they come under your control.)Sacrifice Fires of Yavimaya: Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
. The deck used In the Web of War
In the Web of War
In the Web of WarSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play under your control, it gets +2/+0 and gains haste until end of turn.
to give small creatures haste and +2/+0 until end of turn. Along with Kiki-Jiki Mirror Breaker, the deck was a hard match up. Shackles
Shackles
ShacklesSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.W: Return Shackles to owner's hand.
won me both of these games hands down. Taking Kiki and Meloku was really the key to victory.

Round 4
One of the most underestimated decks in type 2 was my match up in round four: Red Green land destruction. The deck blew up lands consistently from turn 2 until it ran out of destruction or I ran out of lands. I squeaked by a victory the first game and fell the second. Third game was a fluke. I was at one life for roughly 7 turns. I took my opponent from 20 to zero using a creature I obtained through Bribery
Bribery
BriberySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a creature card and put that card into play under your control. That player then shuffles his or her library.
. The game was really close and it was really intense.

Finals Round 1
Rematch against red green land destruction. Yea, this time he ended up taking the set. I was stupid and kept a one land hand and he blew up every land that I played from turn 2 on. Game two was just as much of a nightmare. He boarded out all of his decent Bribery
Bribery
BriberySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a creature card and put that card into play under your control. That player then shuffles his or her library.
targets and I had no target. Troll Ascetic
Troll Ascetic
Troll AsceticSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Puddnhead
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Troll Ascetic can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control. 1G: Regenerate Troll Ascetic.
ended up bringing him the victor against me.

Finals Round 2
Mono White Control. Man, were these games long. I brought insanely fast agro game one and took the win quickly. Games two and three were long and drawn out. He stabilized with a Staff of Domination
Staff of Domination
Staff of DominationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
1: Untap Staff of Domination 2, Tap: You gain 1 life. 3, Tap: Untap target creature. 4, Tap: Tap target creature. 5, Tap: Draw a card.
and Pulse of the Fields
Pulse of the Fields
Pulse of the FieldsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
You gain 4 life. Then if an opponent has more life than you return Pulse of the Fields to its owner's hand.
, which ended up gaining him more life than I could deal with in a turn. After wiping the board numerous times games two and three my opponent took the set and 3rd place.

All and all I was surprised at the performance of my deck and was very pleased with going 4-2 with a deck that shouldn’t be an arch-type anymore

Happy gaming.


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