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CardShark Content - Kyle Cooper (4/27/2004)

With Eight Edition came the reprinting of a card from Tempest that was a personal favorite of mine and an awesome card for burn decks. This card is Furnace of Rath. First we have to look at the pros and cons of Furnace of Rath.

It's great for burn decks because all of you're burn spells deal double the damage. The main problem with it is that you're opponent’s spells and creatures also deal double the damage. The solution to this is to have a faster deck that can kill them before the Furnace of Rath starts to work against you. So the only color of the deck will be red because there are too many good red cards out with casting costs requiring large amounts of red mana.

So let me show you the deck list and then I will explain it.

Creatures(14)
4 Cinder Wall
Cinder Wall
Cinder WallSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If Cinder Wall blocks, destroy it at end of combat.

4 Wall of Stone
Wall of Stone
Wall of StoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
0
Toughness:
8

4 Viashino Sandstalker
Viashino Sandstalker
Viashino SandstalkerSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Viashino Sandstalker is unaffected by summoning sickness.At the end of any turn, return Viashino Sandstalker to owner's hand.


Other Spells(23)
4 Furnace of Rath
4 Seismic Assualt
4 Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

2 Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

2 Hammer of Bogardan
Hammer of Bogardan
Hammer of BogardanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
188
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Hammer of Bogardan deals 3 damage to target creature or player.2RRR: Return Hammer of Bogardan to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep and only if Hammer of Bogardan is in your graveyard.

3 Vex
Vex
VexSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's controller may draw a card.
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2 Goblin Charbelcher
Goblin Charbelcher
Goblin CharbelcherSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
3, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a land card. Goblin Charbelcher deals damage equal to the number of nonland cards revealed this way to target creature or player. If the revealed land card was a Mountain, Goblin Charbelcher deals double that damage instead. Put the revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.

2 Isochren Scepter
2 Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.


Lands(23)
23 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s

Sideboard
2 Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
fire
2 Echoing Ruin
Echoing Ruin
Echoing RuinSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target artifact and all other artifacts with the same name as that artifact.

2 Detonate
Detonate
DetonateSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Text:
Bury target artifact. Detonate deals X damage to the artifact's controller, where X is the casting cost of the artifact.

2 Boil
Boil
BoilSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
169
Artist:
Jason Alexander Behnke
Text:
Destroy all islands.

2 shatter
4 Bottle Gnomes
Bottle Gnomes
Bottle GnomesSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice Bottle Gnomes: Gain 3 life.


The Cinder Wall
Cinder Wall
Cinder WallSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If Cinder Wall blocks, destroy it at end of combat.
s and Wall of Stone
Wall of Stone
Wall of StoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
0
Toughness:
8
s are to stop enemy creatures from getting through and dealing double damage to you. The Viashino Sandstalker
Viashino Sandstalker
Viashino SandstalkerSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Viashino Sandstalker is unaffected by summoning sickness.At the end of any turn, return Viashino Sandstalker to owner's hand.
s are excellent for this deck because your opponent won't be planning for them the first time you play one and they avoid Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
and QWtyb21hJ3MgVengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
. Since nothing in this deck is too expensive Seismic Assault
Seismic Assault
Seismic AssaultSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Choose and discard a land card: Seismic Assault deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
is a must have. It can handle small creatures and finish off your opponent in long games, and with a Furnace of Rath it can kill twice as big of creatures and kill your opponents twice as fast. Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.
, Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
, and Hammer of Bogardan
Hammer of Bogardan
Hammer of BogardanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
188
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Hammer of Bogardan deals 3 damage to target creature or player.2RRR: Return Hammer of Bogardan to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep and only if Hammer of Bogardan is in your graveyard.
are the traditional style burn spells of the deck and Hammer of Bogardan
Hammer of Bogardan
Hammer of BogardanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
188
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Hammer of Bogardan deals 3 damage to target creature or player.2RRR: Return Hammer of Bogardan to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep and only if Hammer of Bogardan is in your graveyard.
has the nice ability of being able to return to your hand. Vex
Vex
VexSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's controller may draw a card.
aW5nIEFyY2FuaXg= and Goblin Charbelcher
Goblin Charbelcher
Goblin CharbelcherSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
3, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a land card. Goblin Charbelcher deals damage equal to the number of nonland cards revealed this way to target creature or player. If the revealed land card was a Mountain, Goblin Charbelcher deals double that damage instead. Put the revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.
are reusable ways to deal damage to your oppenents. Isochren Scepter gets two copies in the decklist because it's always nice to be able to keep reusing a burn spell (especially if it deals double damage because of a Furnace of Rath). Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
is the creature control card of the deck, although hopefully you can burn your opponents to death before they can get many good creatures out.

The sideboard has Flashfires
Flashfires
FlashfiresSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All plains in play are destroyed.
and Boil
Boil
BoilSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
169
Artist:
Jason Alexander Behnke
Text:
Destroy all islands.
s in order to keep blue and/or white decks from getting the mana the need to win. It also has lots of artifact destruction to use against the many different decks based around artifacts in type II right now. The Bottle Gnomes
Bottle Gnomes
Bottle GnomesSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice Bottle Gnomes: Gain 3 life.
are good against other burn decks because they allow you to gain life and hopefully win the race against them.

This decks does great against slower decks and after sideboarding it will also do very well against decks that rely on artifacts. Its biggest problems are other burn decks 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.
. Pulse of The Fields often manage to just prolong the game but sometimes they can stall long enough for you to be overwhlemed by white creatures or control cards. If you find this happening cut out some or all of the Bottle Gnomes
Bottle Gnomes
Bottle GnomesSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice Bottle Gnomes: Gain 3 life.
and add more Flashfires
Flashfires
FlashfiresSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All plains in play are destroyed.
and/or Sulfuric Vortex
Sulfuric Vortex
Sulfuric VortexSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Sulfuric Vortex deals two damage to that player.
Whever a player would gain life, that player gains no life instead.
es to the sideboard.

Have a great time burning your way to victory!


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