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CardShark Content - Marcus Anderson (4/17/2001)

´´I think I'll call him Stampy!´´ - Bart Simpson

Common fever is catching! I opened a new issue of Inquest magazine and saw an article on common decks. This comes as no surprise as this site supports a surprising number of common sales. Look at the number one card in the resources section - it's common! To my surprise and delight, the latest submission to the site was a common deck article too.

I am in heaven.

However, I couldn't help re-read the Inquest article and analyze the green stompy deck. I applaud them for trying to make it type 2, but as a stompy deck goes, it doesn't have enough OOMPH to smash the opponent. So I have a few recommendations for you, the green player. Most of my ideas were taken from the old Stompy decks and the 12 land green deck from extended that posed a threat to over-swarm the opponent.

Attacking Creatures:
4:Mtenda Lion
Mtenda Lion
Mtenda LionSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lion
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Mtenda Lion attacks, defending player may pay U to have it deal no combat damage this turn.

4:Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing JaguarSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
269
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.)

4:Rogue Elephant
Rogue Elephant
Rogue ElephantSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Rogue Elephant comes into play, sacrifice a forest or bury Rogue Elephant.

4:River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.

4:Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.


Creature Enhancements:
4:Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.

4:Seal of Strength
Seal of Strength
Seal of StrengthSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Strength: Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.

4:Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.

4:Invigorate
Invigorate
InvigorateSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
254
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
If you control a forest, you may have an opponent gain 3 life instead of paying Invigorate's mana cost.Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.


Land Development:
4:Land Grant
Land Grant
Land GrantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
If you have no land cards in hand, you may reveal your hand instead of paying Land Grant's mana cost.Search your library for a forest card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4:Wall of Roots
Wall of Roots
Wall of RootsSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source. Use this ability only once each turn.


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


The creature block is rock solid. You have 20 creatures, and 12 can be played on the first turn. Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing JaguarSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
269
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.)
and Rogue Elephant
Rogue Elephant
Rogue ElephantSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Rogue Elephant comes into play, sacrifice a forest or bury Rogue Elephant.
set you back a land, but the rest of the deck does very well with a low land count. It is hard to not play with a first turn 2/2 and 3/3 creature. Trust me, once these creatures hit the table, the opposing player will have to respond! The Mtenda Lion
Mtenda Lion
Mtenda LionSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lion
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Mtenda Lion attacks, defending player may pay U to have it deal no combat damage this turn.
is a 2/1 with a minor drawback to blue. Don't worry about playing them in the main deck, their weakness against blue is balanced against the River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
's almost domination of blue. This snake (common in Visions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.
) is an islandwalking nightmare for the control player and Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
mirror match. Just block and regenerate. Speaking of Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
, this creature tops the mana curve with sheer power. What a beating your opponent will feel as you smash him for three turns. You may not have enough to get him out turn three or four with the deck's land count, but he dominates the long game. At the beginning with two lands, you usually are playing threats through turn three before you get the enhancements out.

All of the creature enchantments are here to serve two functions: apply pressure and protect the creature from death. Since this deck contains zero creature removal, you will have to have yours crush them or block and succeed in battle. The Seal of Strength
Seal of Strength
Seal of StrengthSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Strength: Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
and Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
are pivotal in saving the creature from direct damage and first strike creatures. Invigorate
Invigorate
InvigorateSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
254
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
If you control a forest, you may have an opponent gain 3 life instead of paying Invigorate's mana cost.Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.
is a +4/+4 surprise that works wonders against burn. Don't worry about giving the opponent life - you will eventually give them enough creature damage to make the time advantage insignificant. Finally, Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
is the beating machine that turns any creature into a powerhouse. You really want to start out holding one of these in your opening draw. Paris liberally - you should be ok with one or two land.

Discussing the land count, you may consider the land to be too heavy for a pure stompy deck. However, I believe that Land Grant
Land Grant
Land GrantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
If you have no land cards in hand, you may reveal your hand instead of paying Land Grant's mana cost.Search your library for a forest card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
and Wall of Roots
Wall of Roots
Wall of RootsSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source. Use this ability only once each turn.
are big boosts to get you to your creatures and mana supply. Land Grant
Land Grant
Land GrantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
If you have no land cards in hand, you may reveal your hand instead of paying Land Grant's mana cost.Search your library for a forest card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
is amazing in getting the land with a small drawback of showing your hand. You may reveal a Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.
or Invigorate
Invigorate
InvigorateSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
254
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
If you control a forest, you may have an opponent gain 3 life instead of paying Invigorate's mana cost.Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.
, but you can play that to your advantage. Your deck will be running so fast, your opponent won't have time to think about the one or two cards in your hand (bluffing is also fun too). The Wall of Roots
Wall of Roots
Wall of RootsSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source. Use this ability only once each turn.
is just as amazing as Land Grant
Land Grant
Land GrantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
If you have no land cards in hand, you may reveal your hand instead of paying Land Grant's mana cost.Search your library for a forest card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
. I prefer them to the mana elves for several reasons. First they are cheap for a 0/5 wall. Second they can produce mana the turn they come into play. Third, they can be used in back to back turns. Fourth, opponents will often forget that they can be activated during any turn. Take this scenario:

Opponent: ´´Since you are tapped out, I bolt your river boa.´´

You: ´´Ok, I add a counter to Wall of Roots
Wall of Roots
Wall of RootsSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source. Use this ability only once each turn.
and get one green. I regenerate River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
.´´

Opponent: ´´Darn! I forgot about that. Well I 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.
it for 2 damage.´´

You: ´´Good thing I am holding this Invigorate
Invigorate
InvigorateSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
254
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
If you control a forest, you may have an opponent gain 3 life instead of paying Invigorate's mana cost.Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.
´´

Opponent grumbles as he faces a Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
-ed River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
beatdown.

It is easy to get the idea of the common Stampy. The deck will rip a slow deck to shreds and keep the burn player guessing. That may be just enough edge to smash through any player at the other side of the table. This is one of my decks that really gives my skirge black common deck a rough time. I think you will have fun curshing your opponent with all common, black-bordered, fun cards in the true Wakefield-ian sense of the game.

Play land.

Cast creature.

Smash
Smash
SmashSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Draw a card.
.

Repeat as often as possible.


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