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CardShark Content - Nick Rohr (9/23/2001)

Have you ever won a game so proudly that your head almost exploded flinging ego drippings and chunks everywhere? I’m sure all players have had that one game where they could think to themselves, ´´I could stop… just end it now, where would be the fun in that?´´ So you take your time to savor every play. Or maybe just had that one play that made you say ´´HA!´´ Even if you didn’t win.
Here’s another one of those stories…
I was playing Mono-Back Mercs, my opponent was playing Mono-green Nature’s Revolt deck. I was holding a Living Death
Living Death
Living DeathSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Charles Gillespie
Text:
Set aside all creature cards in all graveyards. Then, put each creature that is in play into its owner's graveyard. Then, put each creature card set aside in this way into play under its owner's control.
just in case he’d some how manage to kill off my Mercs. I had 5 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s in play and in hand I had Culling the Weak
Culling the Weak
Culling the WeakSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Mana Source
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Add BBBB to your mana pool.
, Phyrexian Driver
Phyrexian Driver
Phyrexian DriverSet: Nemesis
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mercenary
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Phyrexian Driver comes into play, all other Mercenaries get +1/+1 until end of turn.
, Living Death
Living Death
Living DeathSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Charles Gillespie
Text:
Set aside all creature cards in all graveyards. Then, put each creature that is in play into its owner's graveyard. Then, put each creature card set aside in this way into play under its owner's control.
. In play I had 4 Skulking Fugitive
Skulking Fugitive
Skulking FugitiveSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mercenary
Rarity:
C
Number:
161
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Skulking Fugitive becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice Skulking Fugitive.
s, 1 Cateran Kidnappers
Cateran Kidnappers
Cateran KidnappersSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mercenary
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
3, T: Search your library for a Mercenary card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
and a Phyrexian Driver
Phyrexian Driver
Phyrexian DriverSet: Nemesis
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mercenary
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Phyrexian Driver comes into play, all other Mercenaries get +1/+1 until end of turn.
. He had 24 life. The win was farther stretching from me because last turn he had cast Nature’s Revolt and had 18 untapped Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s in play. I had 20 life. I figured I’d land that last strike. I tapped 3 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s and cast Phyrexian Driver
Phyrexian Driver
Phyrexian DriverSet: Nemesis
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mercenary
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Phyrexian Driver comes into play, all other Mercenaries get +1/+1 until end of turn.
. I attacked for 20 damage and left one land untapped. I guess I forgot it was a creature, but my forgetfulness benefited me. He chose not to block so he could deal more than 20 damage to kill me. After he took 20 damage, he questioned if I was done. I almost said yes, when suddenly I saw the perfect play. In my graveyard were 2 Highway Robber
Highway Robber
Highway RobberSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mercenary
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Highway Robber comes into play, you gain 2 life and target opponent loses 2 life.
s. He was now at 4 life. I sacrificed the Driver that I had cast that turn and tapped a swamp. A puzzled look adorned his face, but puzzled wasn’t what it looked like once I finished. ´´I pay 1 black to cast Culling the Weak
Culling the Weak
Culling the WeakSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Mana Source
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Add BBBB to your mana pool.
…´´ I began. A twisted look found its way to my face. ´´I tap another swamp I now have 5 black mana in my mana pool…´´ Even before I finished right after I said I had 5 black and he looked at my graveyard, he knew what was coming. Long story short I cast Living dealing, dropping both Highway Robber
Highway Robber
Highway RobberSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mercenary
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Highway Robber comes into play, you gain 2 life and target opponent loses 2 life.
s into play, dealing the final 4 damage to him and also all of his lands.
Well, this red deck has given me the most of these plays. It holds your opponent down and beats the Bubbling Muck
Bubbling Muck
Bubbling MuckSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player taps a swamp for mana, it produces an additional B.
out of them. The one I made is so fun to play too. Its burn mixed with land destruction, and man is it fun to play. It also uses one of my favorite cards, which is VERY underrated. The Keldon Champion
Keldon Champion
Keldon ChampionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
U
Number:
90
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo; haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.) When Keldon Champion comes into play, it deals 3 damage to target player.
, instant 3 damage to an opponent then moves on to give you a echoing, haste 3/2 creature…all for 4 mana! Avalanche
Avalanche
AvalancheSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy X target snow-covered lands.
IFJpZGVycw== is another one of those ´´favorite cards´´ I play with. 2/2 Echo, Haste, When AR enters play destroy target land. It’s pretty good for 4 mana.
The Big Red Hurt
Red (36)
4:Avalanche
Avalanche
AvalancheSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy X target snow-covered lands.
IFJpZGVycw== (2/2 and land destruction)
4:Keldon champion (3 damage and 3/2)
4:Seal of Fire
Seal of Fire
Seal of FireSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Fire: Seal of Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
(Delay
Delay
DelaySet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Counter target spell. If the spell is countered this way, remove it from the game with three time counters on it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard. If it doesn't have suspend, it gains suspend. (At the beginning of its owner's upkeep, remove a counter from that card. When the last is removed, the player plays it without paying its mana cost. If it's a creature, it has haste.)
ed Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
)
4:Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
(2 damage)
2:Thundermare
Thundermare
ThundermareSet: Portal
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bob Eggleton
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Thundermare is unaffected by summoning sickness. When Thundermare comes into play from your hand, tap all other creatures. (This includes your creatures.)
(OOOOOH yeah…everyone taps in the presence of the Thundermare
Thundermare
ThundermareSet: Portal
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bob Eggleton
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Thundermare is unaffected by summoning sickness. When Thundermare comes into play from your hand, tap all other creatures. (This includes your creatures.)
)
4:Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
(Picks off a land)
4:Cave-In (Tapped out? How about a Steam Blast
Steam Blast
Steam BlastSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
219
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Steam Blast deals 2 damage to each creature and player.
?)
2:Implode
Implode
ImplodeSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
To save Dominaria, nine planeswalkers sought the annihilation of Phyrexia itself.
(Destroys a land \ Gives you a card)
4:Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.
(Choose to either pick off land or artifact)
2:Seismic Mage
Seismic Mage
Seismic MageSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper
Rarity:
R
Number:
211
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
2R, tap, Discard a card from your hand: Destroy target land.
(Turns useless cards in your hand into land destruction)
2:Earthquake
Earthquake
EarthquakeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Does X damage to each player and each non-flying creature in play.
(Picks off creatures \ Damages players)
Land (24)
4:Sandstone Needle
Sandstone Needle
Sandstone NeedleSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
326
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Sandstone Needle comes into play tapped with two depletion counters on it.tap, Remove a depletion counter from Sandstone Needle: Add two red mana to your mana pool. If there are no depletion counters on Sandstone Needle, sacrifice it.

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

2:Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
(Picks off non-basic land)
2:Dust Bowl
Dust Bowl
Dust BowlSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
316
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.3, tap, Sacrifice a land: Destroy target nonbasic land.
(Picks off non-basic land)
That’s a real fun deck to play. Unfortunately, not all of us have or can afford all those rares and uncommons. So for the convenience of commons players, I also made this deck in commons form.
Red (40)
4:Turf Wound
Turf Wound
Turf WoundSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
177
Artist:
Thomas Gianni
Text:
Target player can't play land cards this turn.Draw a card.

4:Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.

4:Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4:Incenerate
4:Goblin Gardener
Goblin Gardener
Goblin GardenerSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Goblin Gardener is put into a graveyard from play, destroy target land.

4:Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.

4:Keldon Vandals
Keldon Vandals
Keldon VandalsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo When Keldon Vandals comes into play, destroy target artifact.

4:Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

4:Seal of Fire
Seal of Fire
Seal of FireSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Fire: Seal of Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4:Fireblast
Fireblast
FireblastSet: Visions
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Danza
Text:
You may sacrifice two mountains instead of paying Fireblast's casting cost. Fireblast deals 4 damage to target creature or player.

Land (20)20:Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

That deck works pretty well two with more of a simple theme. Turf Wound
Turf Wound
Turf WoundSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
177
Artist:
Thomas Gianni
Text:
Target player can't play land cards this turn.Draw a card.
for added control and Goblin Gardener
Goblin Gardener
Goblin GardenerSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Goblin Gardener is put into a graveyard from play, destroy target land.
to ´´see if they’ll attack.´´ This is a fun deck to play in any case. It’s not just Burn and it’s not just Land destruction. It’s TWO, TWO, TWO DECKS IN ONE! But anyway, read more articles and you will become enlightened. Not necessarily mine, but it wouldn’t kill you (Notice how that plug just slipped itself into that sentence? Man, I’m not even trying any more…) This has been another Super-de-Duper deck by Nick Rohr.


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