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CardShark Content - Marcus Anderson (6/18/2001)

Eric and I were talking on the phone about awesome starts. One of the best starts in type two would be swamp, dark ritual, dark ritual, duress (look carefully), and then persecute! Wow, and you thought mind twist was mean! Eric Weissmann continued to talk of the “old days” where first-turn-kills were often desired and hoped to draw. You all remember this one:

Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
(tap for red)
Black Lotus
Black Lotus
Black LotusSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Adds 3 mana of any single color of your choice to your mana pool, then is discarded. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.
(3 green)
Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
(pay 19 life)
Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
(for 20 damage)

How about the “old” extended? Remember when dark rituals sped up black enough to be suicide? This was the theory of the first turn kill.

Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
(tap for black)
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.
(three in your pool)
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.
(five in your pool)
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.
(seven in your pool)
Nether Shadow
Nether Shadow
Nether ShadowSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shadow
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Shadow is in graveyard with any combination of cards above it that includes at least three creatures, it can be returned to play during your upkeep. Shadow can attack on same turn summoned or returned to play.
(five still in pool)
attack with…
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.
! (pay 18 live, for 20 damage)

Well, Nether Shadow
Nether Shadow
Nether ShadowSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shadow
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Shadow is in graveyard with any combination of cards above it that includes at least three creatures, it can be returned to play during your upkeep. Shadow can attack on same turn summoned or returned to play.
wasn’t used too often in the hatred decks because they weren’t as good as other one and two drop black creatures. Some are still playing suicide black in the new ritual-less environment Culling of the Weak and Lake of the Dead
Lake of the Dead
Lake of the DeadSet: Alliances
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
When Lake of the Dead comes into play, sacrifice a swamp or bury Lake of the Dead.T: Add B to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice a swamp to add BBBB to your mana pool.
. Still fast, but not as evil as it used to be. Eric thought about other old-extended combos that abused 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.
!

Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
(tap for one red)
Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
(This will end your turn)
Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
(tap both mountains)
Final Fortune
Final Fortune
Final FortuneSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
175
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Take another turn after this one. At the end of that turn, you lose the game.
(yep, end of turn two!)
Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
(one black)
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.
(see a pattern?)
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.
!

I really liked this cool combo from Erik. It is very creative! It’s indirect direct damage.

Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
(tap for one red)
Lightning bolt (3 to you – end of turn)
Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
(another final fortune?
Final Fortune
Final Fortune
Final FortuneSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
175
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Take another turn after this one. At the end of that turn, you lose the game.
(yep)
Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
(tap for that black mana)
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 now tap the mountains so you have 2 red and 3 black)
Mogg Maniac
Mogg Maniac
Mogg ManiacSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Mogg Maniac is dealt damage, it deals an equal amount of damage to target opponent.
(One red and one black)
Fire Covenant
Fire Covenant
Fire CovenantSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Fire Covenant deals X damage, divided any way you choose among any number of target creatures, where X is equal to the amount of life you pay. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.
(One red and two black to inflict 19 damage on the Mogg Maniac
Mogg Maniac
Mogg ManiacSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Mogg Maniac is dealt damage, it deals an equal amount of damage to target opponent.
)
poof!

I had personal experience with this turn 1 kill when macro and I were playing type “fun”!

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

Mox Ruby
Mox Ruby
Mox RubySet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 red mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

Black Lotus
Black Lotus
Black LotusSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Adds 3 mana of any single color of your choice to your mana pool, then is discarded. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.
(5 mana on first turn is some bad… and it is all going to be red!)
Sneak Attack
Sneak Attack
Sneak AttackSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
218
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
R: Choose a creature card from your hand and put that creature into play. The creature is unaffected by summoning sickness. At end of turn, sacrifice the creature.
(one mana left, what creature could kill the opponent?)
Sneak attack the SERRA AVATAR. Twenty points of sadness!

Here are some more combos sent by Card-Shark user Josabad (8.1.01) ! Thanks for the ideas!

Ball berserk!

Black Lotus
Black Lotus
Black LotusSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Adds 3 mana of any single color of your choice to your mana pool, then is discarded. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.
(3 red)
Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
(4 red total)
Mox Ruby
Mox Ruby
Mox RubySet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 red mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.
(5 red total)
Mox Emerald
Mox Emerald
Mox EmeraldSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 green mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.
( 5 red, one green total)
Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.
(3 red)
Blood Lust
Blood Lust
Blood LustSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature gets +4/-4 until end of turn. If this reduces creature's toughness to less than 1, creature's toughness becomes 1.
(one red, one colorless)
Berserk
Berserk
BerserkSet: Alpha
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Until end of turn, target creature's current power doubles and it gains trample ability. If it attacks, target creature is destroyed at end of turn. This spell cannot be cast after current turn's attack is completed.
(one green)

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.
Twist

Black Lotus
Black Lotus
Black LotusSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Adds 3 mana of any single color of your choice to your mana pool, then is discarded. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.
(3 black)
Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
(3 black, 1 green)
Mox Emerald
Mox Emerald
Mox EmeraldSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 green mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.
(3 black, 2 green)
Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
(3 black, pay 11 life for 11 colorless mana)
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.

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.

Mind Twist
Mind Twist
Mind TwistSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Opponent must discard X cards at random from hand. If opponent doesn't have enough cards in hand, entire hand is discarded.
for 7 cards and 28 damage

Turn Two Shallow Grave
Shallow Grave
Shallow GraveSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Coulthart
Text:
Put the top creature card from your graveyard into play as though it were just played. That creature is unaffected by summoning sickness. Remove the creature from the game at end of any turn.
Kill (as long as your opponent went first)

Turn one:
Discard draco

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

Mox Jet
Mox Jet
Mox JetSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 black mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

Shallow Grave
Shallow Grave
Shallow GraveSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Coulthart
Text:
Put the top creature card from your graveyard into play as though it were just played. That creature is unaffected by summoning sickness. Remove the creature from the game at end of any turn.

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

Surge of Strength
Surge of Strength
Surge of StrengthSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Text:
Choose and discard a red or green card from your hand to have target creature gain trample and get +X/+0 until end of turn, where X is equal to that creature's casting cost.

attack for 25!

If you can think of any turn one or turn two combos, send them to me and I will attach them to this article. Include your email address and card-shark user name so I can give credit where credit is due.

On a final note, look for the easy combos. You don’t need to list the forty-six step victory of the High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
deck!


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