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CardShark Content - Lester MacKenzie (5/25/2004)

I was just reading some of the set spoilers for Fifth Dawn, and then I came across this one card that, to me, was absolutely broken, I'm talking about Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
137
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for artifacts. Artifact creature spells you play have affinity for artifacts.
. Most people would immediately think of Mycosynth Lattice
Mycosynth Lattice
Mycosynth LatticeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
All permanents are artifacts in addition to their other types. All cards that aren't in play, spells, and permanents are colorless. Players may spend mana as though it were mana of any color.
, but that's too unimaginative for me, and seems way to slow for anyone who enjoys a tournament environment. My immediate thought was Weird harvest.

Here is an idea of what to run for a deck list, not an entire deck list, as this is just an idea, and this deck could easily be molded in many directions, as the cards listed lean toward green, but you could add any color to change this deck into whatever you wanted it to be.

Deck Essentials:

Land:
4x Darksteel Citadel
Darksteel Citadel
Darksteel CitadelSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Indestructible. (This is not a spell.) T: Add 1 to your mana pool.

4x Tree of Tales
Tree of Tales
Tree of TalesSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
285
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(Tree of Tales isn't a spell.) T: Add G to your mana pool.

4x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.


Non-Creature Spells:
4x Weird Harvest
Weird Harvest
Weird HarvestSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
299
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Text:
Each player may search his or her library for up to X creature cards, reveal those cards, and put them into his or her hand. Then each player who searched his or her library this way shuffles it.

4x Welding Jar
Welding Jar
Welding JarSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
274
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.


Creature Spells:
3x Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
137
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for artifacts. Artifact creature spells you play have affinity for artifacts.

4x Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

4x Myr Enforcer
Myr Enforcer
Myr EnforcerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
211
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)

4x Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)


The Rundown:

Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
137
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for artifacts. Artifact creature spells you play have affinity for artifacts.
: For those who haven't seen this card yet, I will first give its stats.
Artifact Creature, 4/5, Casting Cost: 11
Affinity for artifacts. Artifact creature spells you play have affinity for artifacts.
So naturally, all of your creatures have affinity; imagine a Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel ColossusSet: Darksteel
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
11
Toughness:
11
Text:
Trample. Darksteel Colossus is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) If Darksteel Colossus would be put into a graveyard from anywhere reveal Darksteel Colossus and shuffle it into its owner's library instead.
for free.

Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
, Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
, Myr Enforcer
Myr Enforcer
Myr EnforcerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
211
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
, Welding Jar
Welding Jar
Welding JarSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
274
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.
, and Artifact lands all act as early drops to make it easy to cast big affinity cards like Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
137
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for artifacts. Artifact creature spells you play have affinity for artifacts.
for free.

Weird Harvest
Weird Harvest
Weird HarvestSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
299
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Text:
Each player may search his or her library for up to X creature cards, reveal those cards, and put them into his or her hand. Then each player who searched his or her library this way shuffles it.
: Now it's time to go grab all those big nasties you scattered in this deck; the more mana you can pump into Weird Harvest
Weird Harvest
Weird HarvestSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
299
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Text:
Each player may search his or her library for up to X creature cards, reveal those cards, and put them into his or her hand. Then each player who searched his or her library this way shuffles it.
the better. The first card you want to grab is the Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
137
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for artifacts. Artifact creature spells you play have affinity for artifacts.
, and hopefully, with all the little cards like thopters and frogmites you have in play already, it shouldn’t be a problem to cast him for free. Then once he's in play, every other big nasty you grabbed with Weird Harvest
Weird Harvest
Weird HarvestSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
299
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Text:
Each player may search his or her library for up to X creature cards, reveal those cards, and put them into his or her hand. Then each player who searched his or her library this way shuffles it.
comes right into play with him. The turn you cast weird harvest, you could potentially have every big, scary artifact creature in type two sitting on your side of the board, with victory just one turn away. There is the drawback; your opponent gets to search their deck for the same number of creatures. I've thought about it, and the scariest thing that comes to mind is the mirror match, and even in this case you are a turn ahead of your opponent.

Now, there's still half a deck to be filled, you can put just about anything into the picture here, whatever you think is the scariest, with such a heavy affinity, land probably won't be much of an issue once you cast harvest, so Sundering Titan
Sundering Titan
Sundering TitanSet: Darksteel
Cost:
8
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
7
Toughness:
10
Text:
When Sundering Titan comes into play, choose a land of each basic land type, then destroy those lands. When Sundering Titan leaves play, choose a land of each basic land type, then destroy those lands.
would always be terrifying in this situation. And of course, I wouldn't expect to see anyone use this deck idea without running Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel ColossusSet: Darksteel
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
11
Toughness:
11
Text:
Trample. Darksteel Colossus is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) If Darksteel Colossus would be put into a graveyard from anywhere reveal Darksteel Colossus and shuffle it into its owner's library instead.
. Bosh could be very devastating in this deck if you splash a little bit of red so he can toss creatures for massive damage. I'm sure you can come up with lots of ideas.

Some other non-creature cards that would always warrant consideration are 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.
, and Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
. Another free drop and added mana acceleration with the Mox, and the Greaves are always good to give a Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel ColossusSet: Darksteel
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
11
Toughness:
11
Text:
Trample. Darksteel Colossus is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) If Darksteel Colossus would be put into a graveyard from anywhere reveal Darksteel Colossus and shuffle it into its owner's library instead.
haste. Then, after attacking, equip it to the Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth Golem
Mycosynth GolemSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
R
Number:
137
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for artifacts. Artifact creature spells you play have affinity for artifacts.
to protect your affinity. You might also want to splash blue for Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
thanks to its heavy affinity. He could become a giant real quick.

This deck idea is very open, and could produce a lot of variations, and I think it could be fast enough to be a contender in a tournament environment. I especially like this deck because it would fuel off of what in the past was a completely useless card that I've often seen people giving away. Would love to see what someone else would put in to finish this deck.


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