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CardShark Content - Kenneth Wright (7/13/2005)

The Bringers of the Dawns introduced in the Fifth Dawn expansion are one of the hardest cycles to utilize in deck construction due to their strange effects and large cost. A Bringer on the field, however, can be the difference in victory and defeat.

Magic Workstation has allowed me to build and toy with several deck strategies for this deck. If you do not have MWS, I highly recommend it. In the end, I created a deck built to bring the Bringers out fast and deadly. This deck is Mirrodin Block constructed.

Bringer Mono-Green Breakdown
============================

Land
====
16: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

4: Glimmervoid
Glimmervoid
GlimmervoidSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
At end of turn, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

1: Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's CoreSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Put a charge counter on Mirrodin's Core T, Remove a charge counter from Mirrodin's Core: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.


Creatures
=========
4: Bringer of the Red Dawn
Bringer of the Red Dawn
Bringer of the Red DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead or paying Bringer of the Red Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature has haste until end of turn.

4: Bringer of the Green Dawn
Bringer of the Green Dawn
Bringer of the Green DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
83
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying BRinger of the Green Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a 3/3 green Beast creature token into play.

4: Bringer of the White Dawn
Bringer of the White Dawn
Bringer of the White DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying Bringer of the White Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put target artifact card in your graveyard into play.

4: Bringer of the Black Dawn
Bringer of the Black Dawn
Bringer of the Black DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
43
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying Bringer of the Black Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep you may pay 2 life. If you do, search your library for a card, and shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.

4: Bringer of the Blue Dawn
Bringer of the Blue Dawn
Bringer of the Blue DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying Bringer of the Blue Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may draw two cards.

4: Composite Golem
Composite Golem
Composite GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice Composite Golem: Add WUBRG to your mana pool.

4: 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.


Sorceries
========
1: Beacon of Creation
Beacon of Creation
Beacon of CreationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Put a 1/1 green insect creature token into play for each forest you control. Shuffle Beacon of Creation back into its owner's library instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

4: Channel the Suns
Channel the Suns
Channel the SunsSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
84
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Add WUBRG to your mana pool.


Artifacts
=========
2: Wayfarer's Bauble
Wayfarer's Bauble
Wayfarer's BaubleSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Darrel Riche
Text:
2, Tap, Sacrifice Wayfarer's Bauble: Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into plya tapped. Then shuffle your library.


Enchantments
============
4: Dawn's Reflection
Dawn's Reflection
Dawn's ReflectionSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Text:
Whenever enchanted land is tapped for mana, its controller adds 2 mana of any combination of colors to his or her mana pool.



Note that the Bringers have an alternate cost: RGUBW. With this in mind, let us look at the breakdown closely.

Land
====
A majority of the deck relies on green mana, but the alternate cost of the Bringers require all colors of mana, not just one. Glimmervoid
Glimmervoid
GlimmervoidSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
At end of turn, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
automatically creates any single color of mana when tapped. Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's CoreSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Put a charge counter on Mirrodin's Core T, Remove a charge counter from Mirrodin's Core: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
creates colorless mana or any color when using a charge counter, and those used to Sunburst should have a great understanding of it.

Bringers
========
The Bringers have unique and diverse effects that can be devastating against an unprepared foe. Bringer of the Red Dawn
Bringer of the Red Dawn
Bringer of the Red DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead or paying Bringer of the Red Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature has haste until end of turn.
untaps and gives you control of an opponent's monster and gives the monster Haste until the end of turn, allowing you to beat your opponent with his own stick.

Bringer of the Green Dawn
Bringer of the Green Dawn
Bringer of the Green DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
83
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying BRinger of the Green Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a 3/3 green Beast creature token into play.
adds a 3/3 Green Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
token to your arsenal, giving you a free monster each turn.

Bringer of the White Dawn
Bringer of the White Dawn
Bringer of the White DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying Bringer of the White Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put target artifact card in your graveyard into play.
brings a dead artifact from the graveyard to the field, allowing you to reuse effects such as Composite Golem
Composite Golem
Composite GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice Composite Golem: Add WUBRG to your mana pool.
's sacrificing ability or Wayfarer's Bauble
Wayfarer's Bauble
Wayfarer's BaubleSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Darrel Riche
Text:
2, Tap, Sacrifice Wayfarer's Bauble: Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into plya tapped. Then shuffle your library.
gift.

Bringer of the Blue Dawn
Bringer of the Blue Dawn
Bringer of the Blue DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying Bringer of the Blue Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may draw two cards.
speeds up your deck by allowing you two extra cards per turn.

Bringer of the Black Dawn
Bringer of the Black Dawn
Bringer of the Black DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
43
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying Bringer of the Black Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep you may pay 2 life. If you do, search your library for a card, and shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.
requires 2 life for its effect, which brings a single card to the top of the deck. This effect is good only when used with Beacon of Creation
Beacon of Creation
Beacon of CreationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Put a 1/1 green insect creature token into play for each forest you control. Shuffle Beacon of Creation back into its owner's library instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
.

Other Creatures
===============
Composite Golem
Composite Golem
Composite GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice Composite Golem: Add WUBRG to your mana pool.
and 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.
are good secondary creatures in this deck. Composite Golem
Composite Golem
Composite GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice Composite Golem: Add WUBRG to your mana pool.
is 6 cost and 4/4, but its strength in this deck is its ability: Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
Composite Golem
Composite Golem
Composite GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice Composite Golem: Add WUBRG to your mana pool.
: Add RGUBW to your mana pool. With Composite Golem
Composite Golem
Composite GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice Composite Golem: Add WUBRG to your mana pool.
, you can trade him out for one of the Bringers, and since the Bringers make up 1/3 the deck, you can always find one to use.

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.
has two uses:
1) Bring back discarded cards and/or used sorceries
2) Early game slowdown

Beacon of Creation
Beacon of Creation
Beacon of CreationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Put a 1/1 green insect creature token into play for each forest you control. Shuffle Beacon of Creation back into its owner's library instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

==================
This is one of the trickiest cards to use in this deck. Its ability creates a 1/1 Green Insect token for every Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
you control, then gets reshuffled into the deck. The reason why this card is so tricky is the timing required to play it. Too soon, and the Insects will be history. Too late, you could be dead. Finding the right time to play this card is up to the user.

Channel the Suns
Channel the Suns
Channel the SunsSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
84
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Add WUBRG to your mana pool.

================
This card has the same effect as Composite Golem
Composite Golem
Composite GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice Composite Golem: Add WUBRG to your mana pool.
: Add RGUBW to your mana pool. Since the Bringers need this faster mana cost, Channel the Suns
Channel the Suns
Channel the SunsSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
84
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Add WUBRG to your mana pool.
is the only card used exclusively for the Bringers.

Wayfarer's Bauble
Wayfarer's Bauble
Wayfarer's BaubleSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Darrel Riche
Text:
2, Tap, Sacrifice Wayfarer's Bauble: Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into plya tapped. Then shuffle your library.

=================
Green is known for mana acceleration, so why not have an artifact built to speed land into play? This Bauble requires 1 to play and 2 to activate its ability. The downside: you have to sacrifice it to use its ability. Although you would lose it, Bringer of the White Dawn
Bringer of the White Dawn
Bringer of the White DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying Bringer of the White Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put target artifact card in your graveyard into play.
can bring it back.

Dawn's Reflection
Dawn's Reflection
Dawn's ReflectionSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Text:
Whenever enchanted land is tapped for mana, its controller adds 2 mana of any combination of colors to his or her mana pool.

=================
This enchantment can be found in the Fifth Dawn Sunburst deck, on sale where cards are sold. This enchantment is an Enchant Land card, allowing the enchanted land to create two additional mana of any color. Attaching one of these to a Glimmervoid
Glimmervoid
GlimmervoidSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
At end of turn, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
and one on Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's Core
Mirrodin's CoreSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Put a charge counter on Mirrodin's Core T, Remove a charge counter from Mirrodin's Core: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
can create 1RGUBW, six different mana!


With the Magic Workstation, I could test the deck online against several other players. Playing only two player games, I played 5 people to test the deck's abilities.

Game 1: Win. Two Wayfarer Baubles saved me in the beginning game by giving me enough land to play Channel the Suns
Channel the Suns
Channel the SunsSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
84
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Add WUBRG to your mana pool.
, then Bringer of the Red Dawn
Bringer of the Red Dawn
Bringer of the Red DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead or paying Bringer of the Red Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature has haste until end of turn.
. Since my opponent had a mono-white control deck, he/she had to enchant and block some of the creatures he/she had summoned.

Game 2: Loss. The Bringers were too slow against a mono-red destruction deck, and we will leave it at that.

Game 3: Tie.

Game 4: Win. Mono-Green non-Sunburst decks get very confused when not only the Bringer of the Green Dawn
Bringer of the Green Dawn
Bringer of the Green DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
83
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying BRinger of the Green Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a 3/3 green Beast creature token into play.
is on the field, but also the Bringers of the Blue and Red Dawns.

Game 5: Win. Mono-Red Destruction came back for another victory only to have mana problems in the early game, giving me time to get the Bringer of the Blue Dawn
Bringer of the Blue Dawn
Bringer of the Blue DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying Bringer of the Blue Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may draw two cards.
on the field.

For those of you noticing the usefulness of this deck in a Sunburst perspective, there is a way to use this deck style for Sunburst: take out the Bringers and add the Sunburst creatures you want.

Good Luck!


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