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CardShark Content - Matthew Walker (9/29/2003)

In all the articles I've read, people have talked about this card, or that card, and how wonderful it is. True, most of the cards mentioned are indeed very good. But I've got another point of view. First, to put this into perspective, I recently went to the Mirrodin pre-release (My first large event of any kind) and pulled two Nuisance Engine
Nuisance Engine
Nuisance EngineSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
2, T: Put a 0/1 Pest artifact creature token into play.
s, along with several other of the more popular cards. At first I just ignored the Engines, as I was concentrating on building a strong deck. Eventually, I came back to them, and added them to my deck as chump-blocker generators. I thought no more of it, and went on to play.

Between my first and second round, I was looking through my cards for possible combos, and I kept coming back to the Engine. I knew there had to be something there. The key is that the tokens generated have the following properties: 0/1 Pest Artifact Creature token. This is a lot more powerful in Mirrodin than it sounds at first glance. First: They're creatures, so they make great chump-blockers. Second: They're artifacts, so they count for Affinity. Third: They're artifacts, so they can be sacrificed to anything that wants an artifact. Like say... Atog
Atog
AtogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
0: +2/+2. Each time you use this ability, you must sacrifice one of your artifacts in play.
s. Fourth: They share a creature type, so Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)
will quickly make them big.

I was onto something here, so when I got home, I pulled out MWS, and built some decks. Here they are, with basic descriptions of how the decks work. Questions and comments are appreciated, but please be kind, since these are the first decks I've posted online.

Deck: PestAtog
Atog
AtogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
0: +2/+2. Each time you use this ability, you must sacrifice one of your artifacts in play.


The core cards in this deck are Nuissance Engine and the two varieties of Atog
Atog
AtogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
0: +2/+2. Each time you use this ability, you must sacrifice one of your artifacts in play.
found in Mirrodin. Since the Pest tokens count as artifacts, you can easily pump Atog
Atog
AtogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
0: +2/+2. Each time you use this ability, you must sacrifice one of your artifacts in play.
s every turn without losing precious artifacts. Galvanic Key
Galvanic Key
Galvanic KeySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
173
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
You may play Galvanic Key any time you could play an instant. 3, T: Untap target artifact.
can be used to untap your Engines, or if necessary, as fuel for the Atog
Atog
AtogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
0: +2/+2. Each time you use this ability, you must sacrifice one of your artifacts in play.
s. The Blue fliers are there for defensive purposes only, and should only attack if your opponent has no fliers in play. You can also use Trash for Treasure
Trash for Treasure
Trash for TreasureSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
As an additional cost to play Trash for Treasure, sacrifice an artifact. Return target artifact card from your graveyard to play.
to retrieve artifacts from your graveyard if they get countered or destroyed.

I haven't played this deck yet, but it seems like a solid build. You may want to tweak mana balances a little, or adjust the creatures used.

// Lands
4 Cloudpost
Cloudpost
CloudpostSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
280
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
Land
Toughness:
Locus
Text:
Cloudpost comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool for each Locus in play.

4 Seat of the Synod
Seat of the Synod
Seat of the SynodSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(Seat of the Synod isn't a spell.) T: Add U to your mana pool.

4 Great Furnace
Great Furnace
Great FurnaceSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
282
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Great Furnace isn't a spell.) T: Add R to your mana pool.

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

4 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


// Creatures
(Artifact: 8)
4 Copper Myr
Copper Myr
Copper MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

4 Iron Myr
Iron Myr
Iron MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
187
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add R to your mana pool.


(Red: 8)
4 Atog
Atog
AtogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
0: +2/+2. Each time you use this ability, you must sacrifice one of your artifacts in play.

4 Megatog
Megatog
MegatogSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Megatog gets +3/+3 and gains trample until end of turn.


(Blue: 8)
4 Looming Hoverguard
Looming Hoverguard
Looming HoverguardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
U
Number:
38
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Looming Hoverguard comes into play, put target artifact on top of its owner's library.

4 Lumengrid Sentinel
Lumengrid Sentinel
Lumengrid SentinelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever an artifact comes into play under your control, you may tap target permanent.


// Spells
(Artifacts: 12)
4 Nuisance Engine
Nuisance Engine
Nuisance EngineSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
2, T: Put a 0/1 Pest artifact creature token into play.

4 Galvanic Key
Galvanic Key
Galvanic KeySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
173
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
You may play Galvanic Key any time you could play an instant. 3, T: Untap target artifact.

4 Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.


(Red: 4)
4 Trash for Treasure
Trash for Treasure
Trash for TreasureSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
As an additional cost to play Trash for Treasure, sacrifice an artifact. Return target artifact card from your graveyard to play.



Deck: Killer Pests

The core cards of this deck are Nuisance Engine
Nuisance Engine
Nuisance EngineSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
2, T: Put a 0/1 Pest artifact creature token into play.
and Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)
. The Myr are used to provide an extra source of mana as well as being another createtype to take advantage of your Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)
. The Looming Hoverguard
Looming Hoverguard
Looming HoverguardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
U
Number:
38
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Looming Hoverguard comes into play, put target artifact on top of its owner's library.
and the Lumengrid Sentinel
Lumengrid Sentinel
Lumengrid SentinelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever an artifact comes into play under your control, you may tap target permanent.
take advantage of the huge number of artifacts, making them into cheap fliers to help protect you. The Galvanic Key
Galvanic Key
Galvanic KeySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
173
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
You may play Galvanic Key any time you could play an instant. 3, T: Untap target artifact.
is used to untap your Nuisance Engine
Nuisance Engine
Nuisance EngineSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
2, T: Put a 0/1 Pest artifact creature token into play.
s so you can churn out more Pest Tokens each turn. Trash for Treasure
Trash for Treasure
Trash for TreasureSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
As an additional cost to play Trash for Treasure, sacrifice an artifact. Return target artifact card from your graveyard to play.
can be used to retrieve a Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
'd Engine from the graveyard, and Fabricate
Fabricate
FabricateSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
will help you get any artifact you need.

I've played this deck a litte online, and it's been performing well. Be wary of oppenents playing heavy control or artifact-hate decks however, as most of this deck is artifacts, and some of the cards will be sure to draw counters when you play them.

// Lands
4 Cloudpost
Cloudpost
CloudpostSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Locus
Rarity:
C
Number:
280
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Power:
Land
Toughness:
Locus
Text:
Cloudpost comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool for each Locus in play.

4 Seat of the Synod
Seat of the Synod
Seat of the SynodSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(Seat of the Synod isn't a spell.) T: Add U to your mana pool.

4 Great Furnace
Great Furnace
Great FurnaceSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
282
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Great Furnace isn't a spell.) T: Add R to your mana pool.

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

4 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


// Creatures
(Artifact: 8)
4 Copper Myr
Copper Myr
Copper MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

4 Iron Myr
Iron Myr
Iron MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
187
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add R to your mana pool.


(Blue: 8)
4 Looming Hoverguard
Looming Hoverguard
Looming HoverguardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
U
Number:
38
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Looming Hoverguard comes into play, put target artifact on top of its owner's library.

4 Lumengrid Sentinel
Lumengrid Sentinel
Lumengrid SentinelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever an artifact comes into play under your control, you may tap target permanent.


// Spells
(Artifacts: 16)
4 Nuisance Engine
Nuisance Engine
Nuisance EngineSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
2, T: Put a 0/1 Pest artifact creature token into play.

4 Galvanic Key
Galvanic Key
Galvanic KeySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
173
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
You may play Galvanic Key any time you could play an instant. 3, T: Untap target artifact.

4 Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.

4 Coat of Arms
Coat of Arms
Coat of ArmsSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each creature gets +1/+1 for each other creature in play of the same creature type. (For example, if there are three Goblins in play, each of them gets +2/+2.)


(Red: 4)
4 Trash for Treasure
Trash for Treasure
Trash for TreasureSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
As an additional cost to play Trash for Treasure, sacrifice an artifact. Return target artifact card from your graveyard to play.


(Blue: 4)
4 Fabricate
Fabricate
FabricateSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


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