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CardShark Content - Nate Zmek (7/27/2006)

In every tournament that I have been to in the past 5 years, everyone sported the latest metagame decks, lacking all creativity. Every one had to have the latest ´´Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
´´ deck, or more recently, the ´´Heartbeat of Spring
Heartbeat of Spring
Heartbeat of SpringSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
212
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one mana of that type to his or her mana pool.
´´ combo deck.

Now I am definitely not saying that these decks are bad. (These decks have beaten me more than once.) But what I am saying is that there is no more originality in the decks anymore. I have built many decks all by myself, that have done very well, which are less than one hundred dollars, and have had the satisfaction of people coming up to me and ask, ´´What is the name of the deck?´´ Here are some essential points to think about when trying to build a rogue deck.


ONLY USE CARDS YOU HAVE, OR CAN EASILY TRADE FOR

One of the most common problems I have seen in my experience of building decks and giving advice, is that people come up with awesome ideas that are way above their ability to get the cards. There are many decks that you could build, that are based off other archetypes, to make the deck cheaper...such as swapping the 4 Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's JitteSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage, put two charge counters on Umezawa's Jitte. Remove a charge counter from Umezawa's Jitte Choose one — Equipped creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn; or target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn; or you gain 2 life. Equip 2
for Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon WarhammerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
201
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature gets +3/+0, has trample, and has 'Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.' Equip 3 (3: 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.)
.


USE YOUR FAVORITE COLORS

In the game of magic there are 5 basic colors. Now my favorite color happens
to be black. What ever your color is, go for it. Also try to use mechanics that the color would be used the best with. I have seen some interesting red green replicate decks. (Djinn Illuminatus
Djinn Illuminatus
Djinn IlluminatusSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
((U/R) can be paid with either U or R.) Flying Each instant and sorcery spell you play has replicate. The replicate cost is equal to its mana cost. (When you play it, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
)


YOU CAN ALSO CHANGE ARCHETYPES (FOR THE BETTER)

A prime example of this would be the storm mechanic. Storm decks had been out for a while, and had been tweaked with for a while, until a man named Steve Menendian came out with a revolutionary deck called TPS (The Perfect Storm.) Officially, the deck was mastered, and I have never seen a better storm deck. But the new mechanics are fresh (such as dredge or haunt) and have yet to be built to their fullest.


FINALLY, USE COMMONS AND UNCOMMONS

The worst decks in the metagame are the ones that are 99% rares. They are the worst. Even the famous deck ´´Meandeck Tendrils´´ has commons (the kill is an uncommon, 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
). They are the lifeblood of every good deck. Here are some examples:


Deck/Kill condition

Astral Slide
Astral Slide
Astral SlideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may remove target creature from the game. If you do, return that creature to play under its owner's control at end of turn.
decks/ Astral Slide
Astral Slide
Astral SlideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may remove target creature from the game. If you do, return that creature to play under its owner's control at end of turn.

Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
combo/ Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.

Heartbeat of Spring
Heartbeat of Spring
Heartbeat of SpringSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
212
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one mana of that type to his or her mana pool.
/ Blaze
Blaze
BlazeSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
168
Artist:
Gerry Grace
Text:
Blaze deals X damage to target creature or player.

Worldgorger Dragon
Worldgorger Dragon
Worldgorger DragonSet: Judgment
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Wayne England

Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying, Trample. When Worldgorger Dragon comes into play, remove all other permanents you control from the game. When Worldgorger Dragon leaves play, return the removed cards to play under their owner's control.
Reanimate
Reanimate
ReanimateSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Put target creature card from any graveyard into play under your control. Lose life equal to that creature's total casting cost.
/ Reanimate
Reanimate
ReanimateSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Put target creature card from any graveyard into play under your control. Lose life equal to that creature's total casting cost.
and Buried Alive
Buried Alive
Buried AliveSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Horton
Text:
Search your library for up to three creature cards and put them into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.


And there are many others. Have fun with your new deck, and don't forget that the most successful decks are the ones where their owners completely understand the structure, and the outcome of each situation they are in. The best way to do this is to build a deck yourself.

Here is a deck I made off of Heartbeat of Spring
Heartbeat of Spring
Heartbeat of SpringSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
212
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one mana of that type to his or her mana pool.
:

Wicked
Creatures: 12
4 Bile Urchin
Bile Urchin
Bile UrchinSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Bile Urchin Target player loses 1 life.

4 Wicked Akuba
Wicked Akuba
Wicked AkubaSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
150
Artist:
Ittoku
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B: Target player dealt damage by Wicked Akuba this turn loses 1 life.

4 Vinelasher Kudzu
Vinelasher Kudzu
Vinelasher KudzuSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant
Rarity:
R
Number:
189
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a land comes into play under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Vinelasher Kudzu.


Spells 28
4 Early Harvest
Early Harvest
Early HarvestSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Target player untaps all basic lands he or she controls.

4 Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.

4 Zombify
Zombify
ZombifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.

4 Kodama's Reach
Kodama's Reach
Kodama's ReachSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
225
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Search your library for two basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put one into play tapped and the other into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4 Heartbeat of Spring
Heartbeat of Spring
Heartbeat of SpringSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
212
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Whenever a player taps a land for mana, that player adds one mana of that type to his or her mana pool.

4 Overgrowth
Overgrowth
OvergrowthSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Whenever enchanted land is tapped for mana, it produces an additional GG.

4 Nightcreep
Nightcreep
NightcreepSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Jeff Miracola


Lands 21
13 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

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



The point of this deck is to attack with Wicked Akuba
Wicked Akuba
Wicked AkubaSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
150
Artist:
Ittoku
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B: Target player dealt damage by Wicked Akuba this turn loses 1 life.
. Then you tap a whole lot of mana to drain their life.

Have Fun!


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