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CardShark Content - Marcus Anderson (1/28/2001)

I was wondering what I could do for my first article for card-shark's content page. With so many current ideas and things happening in the Magic community, the choice for a topic was a tough one. Shall we discuss the current limited environment? How about type 2 tournaments? Anyone for type one or extended decks?

Well, I drew up my ideas for my two cents on the limited Invasion environment and threw them out the window. My friend and sparring partner in booster draft, Troy Skinner, told me that The Dojo was ending in February. I didn't believe him! I personally check out Starcity.com and MTG News, so I was not up to date on The Dojo.

Sad, sad day! I went to the site to find his words ring true. I felt that a part of Magic history was going down forever. Even tough there are many independent sites to facilitate MTG knowledge, no site will match the impact and effect of The Dojo on the Magic community.

So in tribute to the great site that changed the way that I play and compete, here is the first part of what The Dojo meant to me.

DECKLISTS:
Some loved it. Some hated it. Either way, Dojo decks were a force to be reckoned with! The site was a big information-trading zone for deck construction. Some purists lamented that the originality was fading to the likes of these killer decks. Others defended Dojo decks by arguing that the decks leveled the playing field by raising the overall intelligence level of the Magic player.

Case in point, my first encounter with a Dojo deck wasn't pretty. I was in a local type 2 tournament and brought my homemade creature and burn deck. Granted, I did pretty well against my group of friends. We all played since Legends and it was the middle of the Tempest era. My horde of creatures and burn should do pretty well against most decks (or so I thought).

I don't remember what I did as much as I remember my opponent's moves. He played swamps and this thing called a Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll
Cursed ScrollSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
3, T:Name a card. Target opponent chooses a card at random from your hand. If he or she chooses the named card, Cursed Scoll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
. Well, I was thinking that I had nothing to fear with his full hand of cards and my creatures sitting out in front of him ready to pounce. All of a sudden, some rituals came out, I discarded some cards, a diabolic edict trimmed the fat of my offense, and then POX ruined my day. He had cleared the board, crushed my hand, reduced my life to 13 and crippled my land supply. He smiled as he began to smash my face with the Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll
Cursed ScrollSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
3, T:Name a card. Target opponent chooses a card at random from your hand. If he or she chooses the named card, Cursed Scoll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
. My creatures were destroyed by removal or blocked by his lone creature (I think it was a Steel Golem
Steel Golem
Steel GolemSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
You cannot play summon or artifact creature spells.
)!

Was I upset? Dejected? Hardly! I was excited and exclaimed, ´´How did you get the idea for such an awesome deck?´´ Tim Wu smiled and said it was a modified Dojo deck. Awesome! I had to read all about it. This one match got me to really appreciate the knowledge of the collective of hardcore Magic users. I built and played some of the new decks and I had a great time. Goldfish games were fun as I saw the card synergy, tempo and strategy. Some of my friends complained about me winning with other ´´unoriginal´´ decks. We debated in the store until someone made this compelling explanation:

´´You can spend a TON of time creating something new and put hours into play-testing - but who has the time? The decks on The Dojo already have tons of time put into them. Besides, who says you have to run the decks card for card? You may want to spend time thinking about who would play this deck and how it will change your fun decks. Customize and borrow the ideas! Or even if you don't want to play them, build them to play AGAINST them. You would hate to be unprepared for your worst enemy in the final round of the match. Besides, tournaments are for winning right? Why would you want to send in the second string into the championship game?´´

I forget who said the quote above, but it proved to ring true when I played others at the store. Kids (younger than 12) weren't playing clumsy decks with huge and uncastable fatties. They were bringing their Suicide Black decks and Sligh red decks to kick some tail. Their excitement of winning was refreshing. They would win some prizes and get closer to getting a Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll
Cursed ScrollSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
3, T:Name a card. Target opponent chooses a card at random from your hand. If he or she chooses the named card, Cursed Scoll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
or Hatred
Hatred
HatredSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
64
Artist:
Brom
Text:
Pay X life: Target creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn.
to finish their deck. More power to them! It was nice to see some new players enjoying the game as much as I was during the Dojo-less era of Unlimited and Revised sets.

We played a lot of decks, we won and lost some crazy battles, and we all got better at building decks. We put away our fatties for efficient creatures and spells. We learned about deck speed, control, and card economy. We surprised a lot of people with some innovation beyond understanding: ´´So how are you going to win with that Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
and you are tapped out? Oh. Hello, Chronatog
Chronatog
ChronatogSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Skip your next turn: Chronatog gets +3/+3 until end of turn. Use this ability only once each turn.
. I guess I lose, right?´´ We mostly had fun while we learned.

It felt as if we graduated to a higher level of play and sophistication. We all did actually. We took our first class at the Dojo's academy.


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