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CardShark Content - Michael Chan (3/11/2005)

Ah, the Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
. A relic, but he remains one of my favorite cards and thanks to new series, I have decided to revive it. Now, when I first saw this card’s ability, I completely became obsessed with destroying all my friends with it. I have tried it in several decks and have come to several conclusions. Scion can be in a mono-black cleric deck, a mono-black discard deck or a blue/black control/reanimate deck, BUT NONE of them strongly combine. You must focus on one category (maybe with a few back ups).Scion works nice in a cleric deck because of his friendly companion, Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
. This is a general idea of the deck:
Lands:
20: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s

Creatures:
4: Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

4: Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.

4: Doomed Necromancer
Doomed Necromancer
Doomed NecromancerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Mercenary
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, T, Sacrifice Doomed Necromancer: Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.

4: Vile Deacon
Vile Deacon
Vile DeaconSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Vile Deacon attacks, it gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is
the number of Clerics in play.

2: Blood Celebrant
Blood Celebrant
Blood CelebrantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

2: Silent Arbiter
Silent Arbiter
Silent ArbiterSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
150
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
No more than one creature can attack each combat. No more than one creature can block each combat.


Other Spells:
2: 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.

4: 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.

2: Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

2: Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

2: Larceny
Larceny
LarcenySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.

4: Strongarm tactics

Now, there are a few things I must point out before you question them. You may ask: you have tutors but no entomb or buried alive! What? Although there are a few reanimation powers in this deck, that is not the purpose. The tutors are used to bring Dark supplicant in your hand if you lack one or a doomed necromancer if scion is in your hand and you cycle him. Entomb
Entomb
EntombSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
132
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Search your library for a card and put that card into your graveyard. Then shuffle your library.
just isn’t as good in this case. Blood celebrant is an interesting addition I thought necessary. They do NOTHING for you except feed your dark supplicant. I have seen someone (myself that is) get Scion out on there first turn because of these little buggers. The Silent Arbiter
Silent Arbiter
Silent ArbiterSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
150
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
No more than one creature can attack each combat. No more than one creature can block each combat.
is A MUST in all forms of Scion decks. It allows you to use your huge 6/6 trample to attack with out multiple blockers (you don’t have to worry about high power cards this far because you got it out early…RIGHT?!?!)
Strongarm Tactics
Strongarm Tactics
Strongarm TacticsSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
173
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Each player discards a card from his or her hand. Then each player who didn't discard a creature card this way loses 4 life.
simply encourage the discarding of creature for you or they lose 4 life which for 2 mana, isn’t bad in combo with a discard. Enough said about Clerics, move on to discard.
Discarding works well with Scion because of the clear reason of getting cards into you opponent’s graveyard to steal! Skip the talk and let us go to the list:
Lands:
24: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s

Creatures:
2: Scion of darkness
2: Silent Specter
Silent Specter
Silent SpecterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying. Whenever Silent Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards two cards from his or her hand.. Morph 3BB (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
s
4: Guilt Feeders
2: Hallow
Hallow
HallowSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
4
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Prevent all damage target spell would deal this turn. You gain life equal to the damage prevented this way.
Specters
2: Greel, Mindraker
2: Myojin of Nights Reach
2: Ravenous rats

Spells:
1: Larceny
Larceny
LarcenySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.

4: 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.

2: ostracize
4: Struggle for Sanity
Struggle for Sanity
Struggle for SanitySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. That player sets aside a card from it, then you set aside a card from it. Repeat this process until all cards in that hand have been set aside. That player returns the cards he or she set aside to his or her hand and puts the rest into his or her graveyard.

1: Dying Wail
Dying Wail
Dying WailSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard from play, target player chooses and discards two cards from his or her hand.

4: Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

4: 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.


Now, scion plays a small part in this deck but still fits well. You probably could switch out the scions for 2 more Greels or Myojins depending on your preference. The main purpose of this deck in my opinion is to get 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.
out very fast. That is how you beat them down. With 2 or 3 of them out and you play Myojin, they better pray that they have some instants to quickly use up or they are going to lose! However, if they manage to live through an attempt such as that, you can use Scion to pick up a few of their guys and recruit them to your team! Use Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.
only for Guiltfeeder
Guiltfeeder
GuiltfeederSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
68
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Guiltfeeder can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures. Whenever Guiltfeeder attacks and isn't blocked, defending player loses 1 life for each card in his or her graveyard.
or 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.
, you will do better that way.

Now for the obvious one: REANIMATION! Clear
Clear
ClearSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target enchantment.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
ly, scion’s ability is to reanimate, so, why not throw him in a deck full of them?!?!?! Oh well. Here is the list:

Lands
16: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s
8: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s

Creatures:
4: Scion of darkness
1: Coffin Queen
Coffin Queen
Coffin QueenSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
You may choose not to untap Coffin Queen during your untap phase.2B, T: Put target creature card from any graveyard into play under your control. Remove that creature from the game if Coffin Queen becomes untapped or if you lose control of Coffin Queen.

2: Soul Collector
Soul Collector
Soul CollectorSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Matthew Wilson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Morph BBB
Flying
Whenever a creature dealt damage by Soul Collector this turn is put into a graveyard, return that card to play under your control.
s
1: Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
2: Bringer of the Black Dawn
Bringer of the Black Dawn
Bringer of the Black DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
43
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying Bringer of the Black Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep you may pay 2 life. If you do, search your library for a card, and shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.


Black Spells:
4: Animate Dead
Animate Dead
Animate DeadSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Dead Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Any creature in any graveyard comes into play on your side with -1 to its original power. At end of game, or if this enchantment is discarded without removing target creature from play, target creature is returned to its owner's graveyard. Target creature may be killed as normal.

4: Entomb
Entomb
EntombSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
132
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Search your library for a card and put that card into your graveyard. Then shuffle your library.

2: Living Dead
2: Scythe of wretched

Blue Spells
2: Confiscate
Confiscate
ConfiscateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Permanent
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
You control enchanted permanent.

2: Threads of Disloyalty
Threads of Disloyalty
Threads of DisloyaltySet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
56
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Threads of Disloyalty can enchant only a creature with converted mana cost 2 or less. You control enchanted creature.

4: HEED OF MISTS

This deck is just my personal idea of a good deck. It possesses only a few creatures but that’s because you will never lack them. In all my days of using this deck, I have always been well supplied with the necessary cards to get Scion and Ink eye out in the first few turns. This deck is most lethal when people have never versed your deck before: they aren’t prepared to see ancient cards like Soul Collector
Soul Collector
Soul CollectorSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Matthew Wilson
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Morph BBB
Flying
Whenever a creature dealt damage by Soul Collector this turn is put into a graveyard, return that card to play under your control.
and don’t know not to block that little morph. Bringer works well with heed of mists. I can’t stress how well that works.
Well, I hope you found this useful but don’t make a complete CLONE of this deck/ decks but I do suggest to try in at least once in your life and enjoy the satisfaction of controlling your friends key cards (for me: Memnarch
Memnarch
MemnarchSet: Darksteel
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
1UU: Target permanent becomes an artifact in addition to its other types. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) 3U: Gain control of target artifact. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)
, it taught me to make this deck part blue as well).


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