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Life Artillery 2.0 - Luke Collins (11/23/2010)

One of the highest rated articles I have on Cardshark is for a fun casual deck known as Life Artillery. Taking advantage of the fact that Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
has had two functional reprints, Orcish Cannoneers
Orcish Cannoneers
Orcish CannoneersSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Cannoneers deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.
and Goblin Artillery
Goblin Artillery
Goblin ArtillerySet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
{T}: Goblin Artillery deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.
, it uses Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
to turn these creatures into real monsters who obliterate opposing forces and bump up one's own life total. Since a Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
ed Artillery will give you two life every time it taps (you gain back life equal to the damage it does to you) one or two of them can allow you to quickly overtake the board, as well as exploit the quirky nature of Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
. The popularity of the deck led me to tinker with it recently, and I decided I would provide an updated and much more powerful (albeit more expensive) version of the deck.


Life Artillery 2.0
Creatures
4x Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.

4x Orcish Cannoneers
Orcish Cannoneers
Orcish CannoneersSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Cannoneers deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.

4x Goblin Artillery
Goblin Artillery
Goblin ArtillerySet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
{T}: Goblin Artillery deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.


Artifacts/Enchantments
2x Circle of Protection: Red
4x Basilisk Collar
Basilisk Collar
Basilisk CollarSet: Worldwake
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Equipped creature has deathtouch and lifelink. Equip {2}

4x Spirit Loop
Spirit Loop
Spirit LoopSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Enchant creature you control Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life. When Spirit Loop is put into a graveyard from play, return Spirit Loop to its owner's hand.


Spells
4x Oblivion Ring
Oblivion Ring
Oblivion RingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
When Oblivion Ring comes into play, remove another target nonland permanent from the game. When Oblivion Ring leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.

4x Rebuff the Wicked
Rebuff the Wicked
Rebuff the WickedSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Counter target spell that targets a permanent you control.

4x Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.

4x Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.


Lands
4x Jungle Shrine
Jungle Shrine
Jungle ShrineSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
226
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Jungle Shrine comes into play tapped. T Add R, G, or W to your mana pool.

4x Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

4x Vivid Crag
Vivid Crag
Vivid CragSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
275
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Vivid Crag comes into play tapped with two charge counters on it. T: Add R to your mana pool. T, Remove a charge counter from Vivid Crag: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

6x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

4x Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.



The deck still plays very similarly to the way it did before, with the Artillery creatures gaining Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
and then mopping up the board. However, the addition of Basilisk Collar
Basilisk Collar
Basilisk CollarSet: Worldwake
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Equipped creature has deathtouch and lifelink. Equip {2}
means that they can now take down anything that isn't indestructible on their own, making the card well worth its high cost. The deck has been tweaked to provide more answers, as well as make room for a little more land, although it can still play well and even win without having any more than three lands in play.

For those of you who haven't read the original article, a brief run-down of the deck and how it works:

Orcish Artillery
Orcish Artillery
Orcish ArtillerySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Artillery does 2 damage to any target, but it also does 3 damage to you.
/Orcish Cannoneers
Orcish Cannoneers
Orcish CannoneersSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T: Orcish Cannoneers deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.
/Goblin Artillery
Goblin Artillery
Goblin ArtillerySet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
138
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
{T}: Goblin Artillery deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 3 damage to you.
- The same card three times, this is what makes the deck work. Don't be afraid to start using them to take out your opponent's creatures right away, even if you take damage, since once they have Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
you will be gaining a lot of life very quickly.

Circle of Protection: Red - Sometimes you can't get enough Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
cards out, or you can't get them out fast enough. CoP: Red is your backup plan, enabling you to keep yourself from hurting while assaulting your opponents.

Basilisk Collar
Basilisk Collar
Basilisk CollarSet: Worldwake
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Equipped creature has deathtouch and lifelink. Equip {2}
- This is what makes Life Artillery 2.0 work, and it is your MVP. With it, any of your Artillery guys can take out anyone, and since it is Equipment, it can be attached to new creatures whenever necessary. You can even toss it back and forth among creatures, enabling each one to have Lifelink
Lifelink
LifelinkSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchant creatureEnchanted creature has lifelink. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
when it taps. If only it wasn't $5 a pop!

Spirit Loop
Spirit Loop
Spirit LoopSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Enchant creature you control Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life. When Spirit Loop is put into a graveyard from play, return Spirit Loop to its owner's hand.
- You can't count on having Basilisk Collar
Basilisk Collar
Basilisk CollarSet: Worldwake
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Equipped creature has deathtouch and lifelink. Equip {2}
all the time, and Spirit Loop
Spirit Loop
Spirit LoopSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Enchant creature you control Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life. When Spirit Loop is put into a graveyard from play, return Spirit Loop to its owner's hand.
comes back for more when one of your Artillery gets hit by a Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
or Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
.

Oblivion Ring
Oblivion Ring
Oblivion RingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
When Oblivion Ring comes into play, remove another target nonland permanent from the game. When Oblivion Ring leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.
- There is no reason a white deck shouldn't run four of these. It is the answer to anything and everything. Planeswalkers, artifacts and enchantments would otherwise stop you dead in your tracks, but Oblivion Ring
Oblivion Ring
Oblivion RingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
When Oblivion Ring comes into play, remove another target nonland permanent from the game. When Oblivion Ring leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.
allows you to get rid of such annoyances for only three mana.

Rebuff the Wicked
Rebuff the Wicked
Rebuff the WickedSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Counter target spell that targets a permanent you control.
- Still the best spell for keeping your guys from getting hit by opposing spells, and it is a very nasty surprise for someone who is trying to destroy your Basilisk Collar
Basilisk Collar
Basilisk CollarSet: Worldwake
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Equipped creature has deathtouch and lifelink. Equip {2}
.

Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.
- Any White/Red deck needs to run this, since it is just too good not to run. It enables you to get a head start on building up your life total and wiping out opposing creatures, and it can provide a six point life swing when necessary.

Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
- Seeing as this was reprinted in M10 and M11 and is therefore very easy to get, why wouldn't I run this? Especially when your Artillery needs extra power to finish something off.

Lands - The mana base is still awkward, since there really is no good way to meet the awkward requirements of the deck. It needs WRR every third turn, without fail, and the only way to do that affordably is to use tap-lands, which of course means the deck can't do much on most early turns. Still, with cards like Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.
and Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
, you won't sit idle in those early turns, even though more than half the lands in the deck effectively come into play tapped.

The deck is every bit as fun as the original, only powerful enough to be a serious kitchen-table threat. While every bit as vulnerable to mass removal as it ever was, it is a great little deck to play with friends, and it has the ability to withstand most opponents. Excepting the Basilisk Collar
Basilisk Collar
Basilisk CollarSet: Worldwake
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Equipped creature has deathtouch and lifelink. Equip {2}
s and Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.
es, everything costs less than a dollar, making it a great deck for those on a budget.


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