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CardShark Content - Mike Brannon (3/26/2003)

//Strange Combinations in T2

After looking through my plethora of T2 cards, something hit me -- Graveyard kill is excellent. In a world filled with cards that rely on threshold and flashback; getting rid of your opponent's graveyard is a great thing. Couple that with the fact that you can get some synergy; and you're golden.

Now lets take a look at what the current scene provides us with. Note that most of these cards are 3.00 or less, and are called crap rares by some.

//Withered Wretch
Withered Wretch
Withered WretchSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game.
:
BB - Zombie Cleric
(1): Remove
Remove
RemoveSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Play Remove only after you're attacked, before you declare blockers.Return any one attacking creature to its owner's hand.
target card in a graveyard from the game.

An excellent card. I give it 5 stars in a deck like this; where cheap graveyard removal with any color of mana is a must. NEXT!

//Mist of Stagnation
Mist of Stagnation
Mist of StagnationSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Mike Ploog

Text:
Permanents don't untap during their controllers' untap steps. At the Beginning of each player's upkeep, that player untaps a permanent for each card in his or her graveyard.
:
3UU - Enchantment
Permanents don't untap during their controllers untap steps.
During each players upkeep; that player untaps a permanent
for each card in his or her graveyard.

Ladies and Gentlemen; meet the new stasis. This card will keep you happy; and your friends tapped out. with a wretch and a mist on the table; it usually spells game over for your opponent.

//Gravestorm
Gravestorm
GravestormSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Alex Horley
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, target opponent may remove a card in his or her graveyard from the game. If that player doesn't, you may draw a card.

BBB - Enchantment
On your upkeep, target opponent may remove a card in his
or her graveyard from the game. If that player doesn't; you
may draw a card.

Here we are; looking at yet another beauty in this deck. Say your opponent decides to keep his graveyard... its your own personal howling mine! Say that same opponent decides to remove a card this turn -- saves you mana and work on his or her graveyard. This card, my friends, will win you games. Card advantage/Graveyard kill in a deck like this is priceless; and inquest prices this card at a measly 1.50! What are they thinking?

//Web
Web
WebSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Target creature gains +0/+2 and can now block flying creatures, though it does not gain flying ability.
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2U - Enchantment
On each of your opponents combat phases; that opponent
may remove a card in his or her graveyard from the game.
If that player doesn't; he or she cannot attack you this turn.

This card wills shutdown your opponent's creatures. When two of these hit; your opponent feels it. He or she will not be ditching their hand to their creatures to make them bigger; they will be ditching to make them attackable. You know what's really fun, though? Removing their cards before they can. (tee heeee hee) One of these and a gravestorm in play spell ´´ouch´´ for your opponent (actually, it spells webofinertiagravestorm, but that's a different story).

//Gravegouger
Gravegouger
GravegougerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravegouger comes into play, remove up to two target cards in a single graveyard from the game. When Gravegouger leaves play, return the removed cards to their owner's graveyard.

2B - Nightmare
Nightmare
NightmareSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Nightmare's power and toughness both equal the number of swamps its controller has in play.
Horror
When gravegouger comes into play, remove two cards in
target graveyard from the game. When gravegouger leaves
play, return those cards to that graveyard.

A good creature to drop when you not only need attackers; but also need blockers and such. This should be a staple; as well as the cards above, for your T2 Mist deck.

And so; here we come to the last portion of every good CCG article -- a deck list.
I've added in 4 copies of every card that I've listed above; plus I tweaked some of it; and put in some staple BU cards; and made it fun to play. Now this may not be a tournament level deck; but it will win some games. Email me some thoughts with this if you have any (Yardovich@aol.com)

//T2 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.
Decklist -- Mike Brannon

//Creatures
4x Aquamoeba
Aquamoeba
AquamoebaSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Switch Aquamoeba's power and toughness until end of turn.

4x Withered Wretch
Withered Wretch
Withered WretchSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game.

4x Gravegouger
Gravegouger
GravegougerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravegouger comes into play, remove up to two target cards in a single graveyard from the game. When Gravegouger leaves play, return the removed cards to their owner's graveyard.

4x Putrid Imp
Putrid Imp
Putrid ImpSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Putrid Imp gains flying until end of turn. Threshold - Putrid Imp gets +1/+1 and can't block.


//Blue Spells
4x Deep Analysis
Deep Analysis
Deep AnalysisSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Text:
Target player draws two cards. Flashback - 1U, Pay 3 life.

2x Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U

3x Mist of Stagnation
Mist of Stagnation
Mist of StagnationSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Mike Ploog

Text:
Permanents don't untap during their controllers' untap steps. At the Beginning of each player's upkeep, that player untaps a permanent for each card in his or her graveyard.

4x Memory Lapse
Memory Lapse
Memory LapseSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Counter target spell. Put that spell on top of owner's library.
(card goes onto deck, not in graveyard!)
4x Web
Web
WebSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Target creature gains +0/+2 and can now block flying creatures, though it does not gain flying ability.
of Intertia
2x 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.


//Black Spells
3x Gravestorm
Gravestorm
GravestormSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Alex Horley
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, target opponent may remove a card in his or her graveyard from the game. If that player doesn't, you may draw a card.

4x Shade's Form
Shade's Form
Shade's FormSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Text:
Enchanted creature has B: This creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn. When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard, return that creature to play under your control.
(keeps those wretches around longer--they can even survive wrath!)

//Land
7x Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

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

3x Tainted Isle
Tainted Isle
Tainted IsleSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.


So there you go -- a cheap deck that will win games and piss off opponents. And you never know; this kind of deck may bring back mainboard disenchant. Oh, and by the way; your sideboard may want to pack some more countermagic and creature kill; as well as a few boomerangs. Heck; if you've got money; add in some cunning wishes and some shadowmages. make this deck kick!


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