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CardShark Content - Julian Biondillo (4/27/2005)

Some of you may have remembered my Mono-Black Control article back in January. Well I haven’t touched the deck since the banning. Now that Ravager Affinity is gone Mono-Blue has a high seat in the deck tiers. It’s hard to win when every one of your spells is countered. Then again it’s hard to win when you can’t keep a win condition on the table. Enter Mono-Black. With a revamped main deck packed with the best removal standard has to offer and some new bad boys that really play off the concept of the deck, Blue is going to have some competition. Yes, I know Blue still counters a ton of spells, but with Sicken
Sicken
SickenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
aW5nIFNob2Fs you don’t need mana to kill your opponent’s creatures. Let me break down the new and improved deck list for you.

Creatures (6)
4 – Toshiro Umezawa
Toshiro Umezawa
Toshiro UmezawaSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) Whenever a creature an opponent controls is put into a graveyard from play, you may play target instant card in your graveyard. If that card would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.

2 – Ink-Eyes Servant of Oni

Spells (34)
3 – Promise of Power
Promise of Power
Promise of PowerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose one|You draw five cards and you lose 5 life; or put a black Demon creature token with flying into play with power and toughness each equal to the number of cards in your hand as the token comes into play. Entwine 4 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

4 – Eradicate
Eradicate
EradicateSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Remove target nonblack creature from the game. 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.

4 – 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

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.

3 – 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.

4 – Sicken
Sicken
SickenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
aW5nIFNob2Fs
4 – Horobi’s Whisper
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 – 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.)


Land (21)
16 – Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

4 – Forbid
Forbid
ForbidSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Buyback Choose and discard two cards. (You may choose and discard two cards in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Forbid into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Counter target spell.
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1 – Shizo, Death’s Store House

Sideboard (15)
4 – Underworld Dreams
Underworld Dreams
Underworld DreamsSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Underworld Dreams does one damage to opponent for each card he or she draws.

3 – 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.

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 – 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.


Card Choice Breakdown

Toshiro Umezawa
Toshiro Umezawa
Toshiro UmezawaSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) Whenever a creature an opponent controls is put into a graveyard from play, you may play target instant card in your graveyard. If that card would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.
– If no other card “makes” this deck it’s Toshiro. He’s a black player’s dream come true. Mr. Yawgmoth’s Will (for those who aren’t familiar with Yawgmoth’s Will, it was a Rare sorcery from Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Saga that until end of turn let you play spells from your graveyard as though they were in your hand, but when a card was put into your graveyard it was removed from the game.) kills two creatures per spell.

Ink-Eyes Servant of Oni – Ninja Action! She steals all the creatures you off on a regular basis. Plus she regenerates!

Promise of Power
Promise of Power
Promise of PowerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose one|You draw five cards and you lose 5 life; or put a black Demon creature token with flying into play with power and toughness each equal to the number of cards in your hand as the token comes into play. Entwine 4 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
– So when your opponent empties all your removal from your hand and thinks next turn they’ll get what they want down you play some life, and refill your hand. Late game, if you have the mana, you refill your hand and lay a large flyer for a finisher.

Eradicate
Eradicate
EradicateSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Remove target nonblack creature from the game. 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.
– This card is my secret lover. Not really, but it’s so good and does so much for your deck. You’ll grin ear to ear as well, when it removes those Eternal Witness
Eternal Witness
Eternal WitnessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Eternal Witness comes into play, return target card from your graveayrd to your hand.
es for good.

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
– Yes, -1/-1 isn’t that good, but scry is. It does kill those 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.
and makes those Tribe Elders and Spike Tail Hatchlings sac at inopportune times. Couple this with NOSB and you’re removing anything with 2 Toughness for 1 black mana.

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.
– The card printed to give affinity trouble really never saw play in the days of Ravager Affinity, at least in “Good Decks” as some websites like to call them, but it does wonders now. Third or fourth turn NOSB…no more Birds, Elders, Frostling
Frostling
FrostlingSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Frostling Frostling deals 1 damage to target creature.
s, Bile Urchin
Bile Urchin
Bile UrchinSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Bile Urchin Target player loses 1 life.
s, Hatchlings, and those magpies aren’t drawing you opponent cards anymore.

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.
– I think this one is self explanatory but if not I’ll elaborate. Mana acceleration means faster removal and early NOSB, plus it eats those extra copies of your legendary cards.

Sicken
Sicken
SickenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
aW5nIFNob2Fs – I can’t stress how good this spell is. Removal when you tap out is broken. Run that 4th copy of Toshiro and NOSB. Have some extras in your hand…pitch them to this!

Horobi’s Whisper – Kills anything that can be targeted that isn’t black. You’ll probably not splice it too often for the simple reason Toshiro makes better use of your graveyard.

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.
– Kind of like whisper, but removes more different targets.

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.)
– This was 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.
up until the play testing VS mono green. Which is fine, but decay isn’t killing Troll Aesthetic…EVER. Where this does. Plus it wins the game VS 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
.

Forbid
Forbid
ForbidSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Buyback Choose and discard two cards. (You may choose and discard two cards in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Forbid into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Counter target spell.
ZGVuIE9yY2hhcmQ= – Contrary to popular belief this card is playable outside of type 1. (or vintage) This + NOSB + Toshiro = KILL EVERYTHING. Float a mana, you opponent gains a 1/1, uh-oh it died, Toshiro triggers, flash back a removal spell. Does it get any more broken than that?

Shizo, Death’s Store House – Legendary creatures with fear is good, Ink-Eyes with fear is really good. Oddly enough I’ve won many a game with Toshiro swinging for one or two a turn with fear.

Underworld Dreams
Underworld Dreams
Underworld DreamsSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Underworld Dreams does one damage to opponent for each card he or she draws.
– This is how you win against Blue, if you don’t want to wait for them to be decked.

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.
– A old Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
favorite of mine reprinted in 8th. Regardless of when you play this spell you’re getting rid of at least 75% of their hand.

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.
– Board this against 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.)
. Remove
Remove
RemoveSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Play Remove only after you're attacked, before you declare blockers.Return any one attacking creature to its owner's hand.
all their possible sacrifice targets leave what you can’t kill, and Barter off the others.

Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
– Is there a black deck or deck that splashes black that doesn’t play this? I think not.

I’ve been a black player since I started and I love to see a black deck to what black does the best. Let me know what you think about the article in the Forums or drop me a e-mail

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