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CardShark Content - Michael LaLonde (8/5/2001)

The current Type 2 environment has become very set, and I have seen very few cool rouge decks. Black/White control is very powerful and is around a lot, as is Blue/Green Control. Blue/Green, in my opinion, is currently the most powerful deck out there, many combining Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
with bouncers. G/B has some very powerful cards but is missing a few spots keeping it from the top. I have done my best to make an unusual Type 2 deck...

Although many of you have seen it become somewhat popular in IBC tournaments, the idea of a domain deck has hardly hit the t2 yet. Although the only masques black card I use is War Tax
War Tax
War TaxSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
113
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
XU: Creatures can't attack this turn unless their controller pays X for each attacking creature.
, I find many of the base cards sufficient for this deck. These include Birds, Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
, and Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
.

Before I go into detail too much, here is my *master* decklist.

Creatures:

2:Cromat
Cromat
CromatSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
WB: Destroy target creature blocking or blocked by Cromat. UR: Cromat gains flying until end of turn. BG: Regenerate Cromat. RW: Cromat gets +1/+1 until end of turn. GU: Put Cromat on top of its owner's library.
- Kill Card. This guy gets bigger, is really hard to kill, and can beat them down fast. He's ALMOST a morphling...oh wait, he's not even close, but he'll have to do until I get something better
4:Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
- Utility Creature. Can't get mana screwed
2:Utopia Tree
Utopia Tree
Utopia TreeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant
Rarity:
R
Number:
219
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
- See Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
, except this card is much friutier...should be 1 mana.

Enchantments:

4:Collective Restaint - Heart and soul of the deck. This card makes them pay 5 at most for each attacker, which can be deadly to those saproling and b/w decks.
2:War Tax
War Tax
War TaxSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
113
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
XU: Creatures can't attack this turn unless their controller pays X for each attacking creature.
- If its getting to the late game and your opponent has plenty of mana for restraint, use this one to maximize his demise. This is the only masques block card, I won't break down in tears to see it go.
2:Overgrown Estate
Overgrown Estate
Overgrown EstateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Sacrifice a land: You gain 3 life.
- This is an amazing card if you can get it to hit the table. 3 life for 1 land is an amazing deal.
4:Harrow
Harrow
HarrowSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Eric David Anderson
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Search your library for up to two basic land cards and put them into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
- I play very few of some types of mana, so I rely on this card to fetch the ones I want

Instants/Sorcery:

4:Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
- I found adding Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
can really stop gamebreaking cards, mostly for those disenchants when their trying to kill my precious enchantments
4:Evasive Action
Evasive Action
Evasive ActionSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each basic land type among lands you control.
- This card is killer in this deck. No one has 5 extra mana to pay for this one, and its a great deal for only 1 colored mana.
2:Global Ruin
Global Ruin
Global RuinSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Each player chooses from the lands he or she controls a land of each basic land type, then sacrifices the rest.
- This deck uses all basic lands for a reason. Pain lands are going around like crazy with these 2-4 colored decks, which all get destroyed with this crazy card.
4:Allied Strategies
Allied Strategies
Allied StrategiesSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
20
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Target player draws a card for each basic land type among lands he or she controls.
- Some people say they don't like the fact that it’s a sorcery, to play of them instead. I though about it but then I decided I'd rather just keep all 5 cards instead of having to discard one of the better ones.
2:Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
- Orbasition (Winter Orb
Winter Orb
Winter OrbSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
A player may not untap more than one land during the untap phase of each of his or her turns.
/Opposition
Opposition
OppositionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
) is going crazy right now, I don't care what colors it is. Get rid of the orb with these guys and you should be just dandy

Land:

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

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

4:Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

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

2:Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


The nice thing about this deck is how well it controls the game. Odd decks like these usually have trouble stuffing Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
s in. The 8 counters in this one fit nicely to eliminate those killer spells against me. By the end of the game your opponent often must pay 10-20 mana per creature that they want to attack (which is hardly worth trying).

Now that you've seen my rouge deck, Here is the rest of t2

W/R Rebel

You may think this sounds really dumb, but Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin Legionnaire
Goblin LegionnaireSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Goblin Legionnaire deals 2 damage to target creature or player. W, Sacrifice Goblin Legionnaire: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.
is really awesome. 2/2 Pounder for 2, sac it, help to kill. You can play basically this whole deck at the end of your opponents turn, burning them and search for them. This deck has trouble with monger though...Add some wraths and/or Parallax Wave
Parallax Wave
Parallax WaveSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Fading 5 Remove a fade counter from Parallax Wave: Remove target creature from the game. When Parallax Wave leaves play, each player returns to play all cards he or she owns removed from the game with Parallax Wave.
s.

U/G Control

You could see this one coming. Waterfront Bouncer
Waterfront Bouncer
Waterfront BouncerSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, tap, Discard a card from your hand: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
and Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
make a great team together. Arcane Laboratory
Arcane Laboratory
Arcane LaboratorySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
Each player cannot play more than one spell each turn.
sets the game off too. Mix it with Lots of Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
s, maybe some Spontaneous Generation
Spontaneous Generation
Spontaneous GenerationSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
274
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play for each card in your hand.
s and you opponent won't know what to do.

G/B Control

This Deck may look amazing at first. Monger, Treefolk and Deed are all great. Add the Birds, Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
, 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.
s, and then your left with some space. Toss in a little discard maybe, creature pump? I don't know, but this deck just doesn't have quite enough cards to fill it up right. It has got some real winners, but you can't win a game with 4 all-stars.

U/W Control

As much as we are seeing the opposing power colors of apocalypse, don't look away from this one for too long. Wraths, Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
s, Counters, Absorb
Absorb
AbsorbSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Counter target spell. You gain 3 life.
s, Moat
Moat
MoatSet: Legends
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Non-flying creatures cannot attack.
s, Mages, Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
s, Angels, ouch! This type has power cards in it. If you want to win some games, play this deck.

Fires/Dark Fires

Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.
has brought a lot of power to splashing into the fires decks. Spiritmonger
Spiritmonger
SpiritmongerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Spiritmonger deals damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Spiritmonger. B: Regenerate Spiritmonger. G: Spiritmonger becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
is nice to go in to make your deck look really fat, as is deed. But really, there are a lot of Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
s, U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
ruined the derm, Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
is being played way too much. This environment is mostly control. All out aggressive decks lose to control, remember?

Penumeralate (Penumbra with Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
)

I love them name although I slaughtered the spelling on it. The penumbras from apocalypse and obliterate may go well together. I made an interesting variation with overabundance and Fervent Charge
Fervent Charge
Fervent ChargeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
98
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Whenever a creature you control attacks, it gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
. Making Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
very easy to play and the penumbra's even more deadly.

That is about how I believe it will work. Rouge decks are very hard right now. It is a very competitive and un-inventive environment right now, I am curious to what the next set will bring.

- Londe


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