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Cosi's Trickster Isn't Useless - Ken Davidson (3/7/2010)

Okay, so I have always had a strong desire to make decks around cards that everyone else claims is useless. I have heard Cosi's Trickster
Cosi's Trickster
Cosi's TricksterSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
45
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an opponent shuffles his or her library, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Cosi's Trickster.
described as the worst rare in Zendikar so I decided to roll with it. Especially when you are playing Zendikar, it is not a terrible card. With all the fetch lands and the desire to use landfall abilities, she can beef up fairly quickly. Another thing you have to team her up with is Gomazoa
Gomazoa
GomazoaSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Jellyfish
Rarity:
U
Number:
46
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Defender, flying {T}: Put Gomazoa and each creature it's blocking on top of their owners'libraries, then those players shuffle their libraries.
. Gomazoa
Gomazoa
GomazoaSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Jellyfish
Rarity:
U
Number:
46
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Defender, flying {T}: Put Gomazoa and each creature it's blocking on top of their owners'libraries, then those players shuffle their libraries.
will protect you from all the speedy big creatures coming at you and beef up Cosi all at the same time. While it's tough to win with just her, this combination can keep you alive long enough to pop off a big combo against a lot of different decks.

´´Okay, now you're just mixing useless cards together.´´ Bear with me here. I created a Black/Blue Mill deck and this is how it worked, and I found more and more often that Cosi's Trickster
Cosi's Trickster
Cosi's TricksterSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
45
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an opponent shuffles his or her library, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Cosi's Trickster.
was at the least keeping me alive while I milled. Here are the main cards in the deck:

Blue (19-20)
4: Cosi's Trickster
Cosi's Trickster
Cosi's TricksterSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
45
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an opponent shuffles his or her library, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Cosi's Trickster.

4: Gomazoa
Gomazoa
GomazoaSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Jellyfish
Rarity:
U
Number:
46
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Defender, flying {T}: Put Gomazoa and each creature it's blocking on top of their owners'libraries, then those players shuffle their libraries.

3: Archive Trap
Archive Trap
Archive TrapSet: Zendikar
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Trap
Rarity:
R
Number:
41
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
If an opponent searched his or her library this turn, you may pay {0} rather than pay Archive Trap's mana cost. Target opponent puts the top thirteen cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

3: Traumatize
Traumatize
TraumatizeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
110
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target player puts the top half of his or her library, rounded down, into his or her graveyard.

4: Hedron Crab
Hedron Crab
Hedron CrabSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crab
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Jesper Ejsing
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

1-2: Jace Beleran

Black (14-16)
4: Haunting Echoes
Haunting Echoes
Haunting EchoesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Remove all cards in target player's graveyard other than basic land cards from the game. Search that player's library for all cards with the same name as cards removed this way, and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

4: Sign in Blood
Sign in Blood
Sign in BloodSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
112
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Target player draws two cards and loses 2 life.

4: Bloodchief Ascension
Bloodchief Ascension
Bloodchief AscensionSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Adi Granov
Text:
At the beginning of each end step, if an opponent lost 2 or more life this turn, you may put a quest counter on Bloodchief Ascension. (Damage causes loss of life.) Whenever a card is put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, if Bloodchief Ascension has three or more quest counters on it, you may have that player lose 2 life. If you do, you gain 2 life.

2-4: Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire NighthawkSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
116
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)


Land (24)
8: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

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

4: Drowned Catacomb
Drowned Catacomb
Drowned CatacombSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp. {T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool.

4: Jwar Isle Refuge
Jwar Isle Refuge
Jwar Isle RefugeSet: Zendikar
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
Jwar Isle Refuge enters the battlefield tapped. When Jwar Isle Refuge enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life. {T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool.


That was the basics for the deck, other cards mixed in for utility etc. If Cosi's trickster can't use a mixture of them using fetchlands, you blocking their creatures and Gomazoing [Editor’s note: Easily the best way to describe this ability that I've ever heard] them away, at the very least she will take a beefy creature block for you until you get the mana to turbo mill. She is not a great card, and I found that actually trying to build a deck where she was the main win condition was too challenging, but using her as a utility card in an otherwise slow evolving deck worked out really well.

Next time you bust open your freshly bought pack of Zendikar and reach over to punch the store owner because you pulled Cosi's Trickster
Cosi's Trickster
Cosi's TricksterSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
45
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an opponent shuffles his or her library, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Cosi's Trickster.
, keep this in mind and just try rolling with her. You won't regret it, plus, you could have got Celestial Mantle
Celestial Mantle
Celestial MantleSet: Zendikar
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
6
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +3/+3. Whenever enchanted creature deals combat damage to a player, double its controller's life total.
, and that card really is useless.


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