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CardShark Content - Mike Simpson (3/22/2004)

Like to win turn 4 or 5 in Standard with hardly anything on the board? I know I do. Combo is the opposite of what is supposed to happen in Magic the Gathering. Your opponent will just sit their about to fall asleep after not doing anything for about 15 minutes. It’s been a while since combo has been around in Standard, not since Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Saga Block in fact. After seeing the Genesis Chamber
Genesis Chamber
Genesis ChamberSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Whenever a nontoken creature comes into play, if Genesis Chamber is untapped, that creature's controller puts a 1/1 Myr artifact creature token into play.
combo on magicthegathering.com, I thought, “there has to be a another way to combo off with Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
”. It costs 1 mana to equip and it can kill any pointless 1 toughness creature for 2 cards, sounds combo-ish to me. Here’s what I came up with

Lands (15)
10 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

4 Glimmervoid
Glimmervoid
GlimmervoidSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
At end of turn, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

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


Creatures (30)
4 Birchlore Rangers
Birchlore Rangers
Birchlore RangersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Elves you control: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.. Morph G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

4 Elvish Scrapper
Elvish Scrapper
Elvish ScrapperSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T, Sacrifice Elvish Scrapper: Destroy target artifact.

4 Elvish Pioneer
Elvish Pioneer
Elvish PioneerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
257
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Elvish Pioneer comes into play, you may put a basic land card from your hand into play tapped.

4 Elvish Lyrist
Elvish Lyrist
Elvish LyristSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, tap, Sacrifice Elvish Lyrist: Destroy target enchantment.

4 Myr Moonvessel
Myr Moonvessel
Myr MoonvesselSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
133
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Myr Moonvessel is put into a graveyard from play, add 1 to your mana pool.

4 Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4 Wirewood Symbiote
Wirewood Symbiote
Wirewood SymbioteSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Return an elf you control to its owner’s hand : Untap target creature. Play this ability only once per turn.

2 Viridian Acolyte
Viridian Acolyte
Viridian AcolyteSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1,T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. We have no sun to guide our dead so I send the prismatic flames of the spirit fires that show the souls their way. When I die I hope there is one left to guide my spirit home.


Other Spells (15)
4 Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.

4 Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)

3 Tendrils of Agony
Tendrils of Agony
Tendrils of AgonySet: Scourge
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Text:
Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
Storm

2 Sculpting Steel
Sculpting Steel
Sculpting SteelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
As Sculpting Steel comes into play, you may choose an artifact in play. If you do, Sculpting Steel comes into play as a copy of that artifact.


Sideboard (15)
4 Xantid Swarm
Xantid Swarm
Xantid SwarmSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
David Martin
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
Whenever Xantid Swarm attacks, defending player can't play spells this turn.

4 Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

4 Oxidize
Oxidize
OxidizeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target artifact. It can't be regenerated.

3 Steely Resolve
Steely Resolve
Steely ResolveSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
As Steely Resolve comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type can't be the targets of spells or abilities.


You should be able to see the combo, but if you don’t I’ll explain it in depth in order:

1. Have Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
in hand or some nice elves
2. Draw cards into a Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.

3. You can play almost any card in your deck for free after the first one
4. Use Birchlore Rangers
Birchlore Rangers
Birchlore RangersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Elves you control: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.. Morph G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
to tap to get mana
5. Use Symbiote to add more mana
6. Wash, rinse, repeat.
7. Fire off a Tendrils for the win

As guessed the deck will flat out lose to an untapped Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin SharpshooterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
207
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Goblin Sharpshooter doesn't untap during your untap step. Whenever a. creature is put into a graveyard from play, untap Goblin Sharpshooter.. T: Goblin Sharpshooter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
. Since everything in the deck has 1 toughness it will just kill everything. That’s the reason for Steely Resolve
Steely Resolve
Steely ResolveSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
As Steely Resolve comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type can't be the targets of spells or abilities.
in the sideboard. The cards are pretty self-explanatory so there isn’t much to explain about them.

Match-ups are as following-

W/x Control/W/R Slide - (55%-45% pre-side boarding; 30%-70% post-side boarding)
The counters from W/u control will be a pain, but easily played around. Board control has no effect on you because you’ll have at least one creature in hand if you played it good, right? Have fun post-sideboarding, their Gilded Light
Gilded Light
Gilded LightSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Text:
You can’t be the target of spells or abilities until end of turn.
Cycling 2
, will make you cry for an extra turn, even though you’ll have hardly any cards left in your deck after you “go-off”. That’s what the Xantid Swarm
Xantid Swarm
Xantid SwarmSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
David Martin
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
Whenever Xantid Swarm attacks, defending player can't play spells this turn.
is for.

Ravager Affinity - (60%-40% pre-side boarding; 60%-40% post-side boarding)
Get happy, it’s an aggro based deck with no counters! A favorable match-up because there is no way for them to disrupt you. They can after post-sideboard, but it isn’t enough for you to lose. Just side in the all important Xantid Swarm
Xantid Swarm
Xantid SwarmSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
David Martin
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
Whenever Xantid Swarm attacks, defending player can't play spells this turn.
s and Steely Resolve
Steely Resolve
Steely ResolveSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
As Steely Resolve comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type can't be the targets of spells or abilities.
s and you’ll be fine.

Goblin Bidding – (20%-80% pre-side boarding; 50%-50% post-side boarding)
Your worst match-up ever! You cannot win before side boarding simply because of Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin SharpshooterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
207
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Goblin Sharpshooter doesn't untap during your untap step. Whenever a. creature is put into a graveyard from play, untap Goblin Sharpshooter.. T: Goblin Sharpshooter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
. If no one around you plays Goblin Bidding, be happy. After side boarding though things will get much better with Steely Resolve
Steely Resolve
Steely ResolveSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
As Steely Resolve comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type can't be the targets of spells or abilities.
, which will completely shut down Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin SharpshooterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
207
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Goblin Sharpshooter doesn't untap during your untap step. Whenever a. creature is put into a graveyard from play, untap Goblin Sharpshooter.. T: Goblin Sharpshooter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
.

This is a very fun and explosive deck to play. If you’ve ever played combo, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Load the deck onto Apprentice to see what it’s like, you’ll enjoy.


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