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CardShark Content - Lester MacKenzie (3/26/2004)

Someone recently asked me if I could come up with a competitive type 1 deck that used discard as its terms for victory, because they have been
repeatedly meeting two problems, opponents can run out of cards very easily, and if you give them cards, they can play those too quick, and secondly, it just wasnt fast enough. So this is the deck that I've constructed and I am now playing it. It consistantly kills on turn 4 or 5. Depending on your meta, that might not be terribly impressive, but for a non ´´powered´´ deck with a medium budget, it makes a competitive run of a deck idea that is often being overlooked now-a-days.

Decklist:

Lands (20)

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

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

4 Tainted Isle
Tainted Isle
Tainted IsleSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.

4 Underground Sea
Underground Sea
Underground SeaSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either B or U to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and islands and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.


Creatures (8)

2 Abyssal Specter
Abyssal Specter
Abyssal SpecterSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
George Pratt
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying If Abyssal Specter damages any player, he or she chooses and discards a card.

4 Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic SpecterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying An opponent damaged by Specter must discard a card at random from his or her hand. Ignore this effect if opponent has no cards left in hand.

2 Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.


Other Spells (32)

2 Apathy
Apathy
ApathySet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.During the upkeep of enchanted creature's controller, that player may discard a card at random to untap that creature.

4 Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

2 Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.

2 Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.

2 Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.

4 Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.

2 Innocent Blood
Innocent Blood
Innocent BloodSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player sacrifices a creature.

4 Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.

2 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.

4 Wheel and Deal
Wheel and Deal
Wheel and DealSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Any number of target opponents each discards his or her hand and draws seven cards. Draw a card.

4 Windfall
Windfall
WindfallSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each player discards his or her hand and draws cards equal to the greatest number a player discarded this way.


Deck Rundown:

The corner-stones of the deck are Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
and 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.
. Can frequently create a turn 4 victory along with Wheel and Deal
Wheel and Deal
Wheel and DealSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Any number of target opponents each discards his or her hand and draws seven cards. Draw a card.
and Windfall
Windfall
WindfallSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each player discards his or her hand and draws cards equal to the greatest number a player discarded this way.
.
What often happens is this, turn 1, Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
followed by Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
or 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.
. Turn two, Hold out to play Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
, if opponent
chooses to draw two cards(will take 2 damage if 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.
is in
play), they should have atleast 5 in hand, ive been lucky enough for them to have as many as 8 once. Third Turn, Windfall
Windfall
WindfallSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each player discards his or her hand and draws cards equal to the greatest number a player discarded this way.
, with a megrim in play this
will cause approximately 10-16 damage and allow you to grab 5-8 cards
pulling the all too necessary Wheel and Deal
Wheel and Deal
Wheel and DealSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Any number of target opponents each discards his or her hand and draws seven cards. Draw a card.
for the turn 4 kill. With luck, included with the cards you draw would be a Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
, allowing you to counter your opponents last ditch efforts to stay in the game.

In the event that you were not lucky enough to draw the Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
, you would play the Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
or UWD on turn 3, then on turn for, pass and let your opponent play, and at the end of his or her turn, play the Wheel and Deal
Wheel and Deal
Wheel and DealSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Any number of target opponents each discards his or her hand and draws seven cards. Draw a card.
since it is an instant, and when it gets back to your turn, they will have 7 cards in their hand to discard when you play windfall, and if that isnt enough to put the blows to them, you will have 7 new cards, you will be able to drop your fifth land, and with luck, play Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.
to finish the job.

The rest of the cards listed are for when an ideal hand is not drawn. Each
creature listed can create discard, Innocent blood is great for getting rid a turn one stomper, Apathy
Apathy
ApathySet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.During the upkeep of enchanted creature's controller, that player may discard a card at random to untap that creature.
is a great way to slow down a big creature or cause a player to discard leading to damage, however, in most cases it ends up getting discarded to Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
, Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
is perfect for this deck, it counters there spell, and refills their hand, and potentially deals two damage with the help of UWD. The rest should be explained well enough above.

This is the end of my article, I hope this can shed a little light on
discard in type 1.


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