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CardShark Content - Nick Rohr (8/5/2001)

The Quick Aren’t the Dead

Its no surprise that speed dominates. It can be held down, but that’s a feat in itself. Repeating blow after blow is quite a path to victory. My article ´´Burn Class 101´´ explained burn. As with recursion, speed isn’t just Red. Actually, all colors have had their hand in speed. So I will then explain certain speed for certain colors that have proven to ´´fill the boots.´´

BLACK

It isn’t a surprise that Black has most of the popularity as far as speed goes. I believe it was 1996 (correct me if I’m wrong) that was dubbed the Black Summer all because of one card: Necropotence
Necropotence
NecropotenceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Skip your draw phase.Whenever you discard a card, remove that card from the game.Pay 1 life: Set aside the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your discard phase.
. (This is also my favorite card.) It rewrote the book of speed. Its “Oomph” was also added with some other speedy disruption. (Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
, Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.
, Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
, Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic SpecterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying An opponent damaged by Specter must discard a card at random from his or her hand. Ignore this effect if opponent has no cards left in hand.
and Black Knight
Black Knight
Black KnightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white, first strike
to name a few) The newer Necro deck was even nastier with 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.
.

Old Necro (type 1)

Black (30)

4:Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic SpecterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying An opponent damaged by Specter must discard a card at random from his or her hand. Ignore this effect if opponent has no cards left in hand.

3:Necropotence
Necropotence
NecropotenceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Skip your draw phase.Whenever you discard a card, remove that card from the game.Pay 1 life: Set aside the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your discard phase.

4:Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.

4:Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.

3:Drain Life
Drain Life
Drain LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Drain Life does 1 damage to a single target for each B spent in addition to the casting cost. Caster gains 1 life for each damage inflicted. If you drain life from a creature, you cannot gain more life than the creature's current toughness.

1:Ishan Shade
4:Black Knight
Black Knight
Black KnightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white, first strike

3:Mind Twist
Mind Twist
Mind TwistSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Opponent must discard X cards at random from hand. If opponent doesn't have enough cards in hand, entire hand is discarded.

4:Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.


Artifacts (7)

3:Ivory Tower
Ivory Tower
Ivory TowerSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep phase, gain 1 life for each card in your hand above four.

1:Jayemdae Tome
Jayemdae Tome
Jayemdae TomeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
4, T: Draw one extra card.

3:Nevinyrral’s Disk

Land (23)

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

2:Ebon Stronghold
Ebon Stronghold
Ebon StrongholdSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Ebon Stronghold comes into play tapped.T: Add B to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Ebon Stronghold: Add BB to your mana pool.

4:Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.


Mana cost analysis:
1cc: 7
2cc: 15
3cc: 7
4cc: 4
5cc: 1
Xcc: 3

I believe it was that or something very similar. So, if I’m wrong, e-mail me and say, ´´hey, it’s yadda yadda yadda ´´ Next is on of the most popular black speed decks: the Suicide deck! (Dah-dah-dah-DUH! That was supposed to be a dramatic reverb interlude, so please pretend you heard it)

Suicide Black

Black (40)

4:Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.

4:Carnophage
Carnophage
CarnophageSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
During your upkeep, pay 1 life or tap Carnophage.

4:Black Knight
Black Knight
Black KnightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white, first strike

4:Phyrexian Negator
Phyrexian Negator
Phyrexian NegatorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
65
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
TrampleWhenever Phyrexian Negator is dealt damage, sacrifice a permanent for each 1 damage dealt to it.

4:Foul Imp
Foul Imp
Foul ImpSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Foul Imp comes into play, lose 2 life.

1:Infernal Contract
Infernal Contract
Infernal ContractSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Draw four cards. You lose half your life, rounded up.

2:Hatred
Hatred
HatredSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
64
Artist:
Brom
Text:
Pay X life: Target creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn.

4:Maggot Carrier
Maggot Carrier
Maggot CarrierSet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Maggot Carrier comes into play, each player loses 1 life.

3:Skittering Skirge
Skittering Skirge
Skittering SkirgeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When you successfully cast a creature spell, sacrifice Skittering Skirge.

2:Skittering Horror
Skittering Horror
Skittering HorrorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
When you play a creature spell, sacrifice Skittering Horror.

4:Unearth
Unearth
UnearthSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Choose target creature card in your graveyard with total casting cost 3 or less and put that creature into play.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

4: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.


Artifacts (4)

4:Mox Diamond
Mox Diamond
Mox DiamondSet: Stronghold
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
132
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
When Mox Diamond comes into play, choose and discard a land card or sacrifice Mox Diamond.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
(I just use lotus petals)

Land (16)
16:Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


Mana cost analysis:
1cc: 20
2cc: 8
3cc: 10
4cc: 0
5cc: 2

Just play creature, next turn drop another. Creature enhancers are also a good idea. Try Spinal Graft
Spinal Graft
Spinal GraftSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +3/+3.If enchanted creature is the target of a spell or ability, destroy that creature. The creature cannot be regenerated this turn.
, Unholy Strength
Unholy Strength
Unholy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +2/+1.
, Sinister Strength
Sinister Strength
Sinister StrengthSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +3/+1 and is black.
, etc.

BLUE

Blue’s speed relies in the fish. I’m only going to post one deck for Blue and White speed because most of their really successful decks are a little slower. (Of course that’s in my opinion, I could be wrong…)

Fish

Blue (40)

3:Dominating Licid
Dominating Licid
Dominating LicidSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Licid
Rarity:
R
Number:
30
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1UU, T: Dominating Licid loses this ability and becomes a creature enchantment that reads Gain control of enchanted creature instead of any other type of permanent. Move Dominating Licid onto target creature. You may pay U to end this effect.

1:Rootwater Shaman
Rootwater Shaman
Rootwater ShamanSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play creature enchantments whenever you could play an instant.

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.

4:Forbid
Forbid
ForbidSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Buyback Choose and discard two cards. (You may choose and discard two cards in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Forbid into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Counter target spell.

4:Coral Merfolk
Coral Merfolk
Coral MerfolkSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
1

4:Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Merfolk of the Pearl Trident
Merfolk of the Pearl TridentSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
1
Toughness:
1

4:Manta Riders
Manta Riders
Manta RidersSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U: Manta Riders gains flying until end of turn.

4:Capsize
Capsize
CapsizeSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Buyback 3 (You may pay an additional 3 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Return target permanent to owner's hand.

4:Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.

4:Sandbar Merfolk
Sandbar Merfolk
Sandbar MerfolkSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
94
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

4:Lord of Atlantis
Lord of Atlantis
Lord of AtlantisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Merfolk in play gain islandwalk and +1/+1 while this card is in play.


Land (20)

4:Saprazzan Skerry
Saprazzan Skerry
Saprazzan SkerrySet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
328
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Saprazzan Skerry comes into play tapped with two depletion counters on it.tap, Remove a depletion counter from Saprazzan Skerry: Add two blue mana to your mana pool. If there are no depletion counters on Saprazzan Skerry, sacrifice it.

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


Mana cost analysis:
1cc: 12
2cc: 16
3cc: 11
4cc: 1

Yeah, I know most other Fish decks use, well, Fish, but I decided to utilize the Lord of Atlantis
Lord of Atlantis
Lord of AtlantisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Merfolk in play gain islandwalk and +1/+1 while this card is in play.
and make his ability more useful. Good fish to use: Hammerhead Shark
Hammerhead Shark
Hammerhead SharkSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fish
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Hammerhead Shark cannot attack unless defending player controls any islands.
, Dandan, Man-O-War, School of Piranha
School of Piranha
School of PiranhaSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fish
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
During your upkeep, pay 1U or sacrifice School of Piranha.
. You get the idea.

WHITE

White is usually associated with “white weenie”. The deck had one and two drops backed up with Armageddon
Armageddon
ArmageddonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All lands in play are destroyed.
and Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
s. It can be very powerful and devastating to the slow opponent. For this article, I have chosen to look at another deck instead.

Now, this isn’t my idea. I was given the idea of Turbo Chant from a friend. All he told me was what it did, not what was in the deck. So, this is my take on the very speedy, very controlling, Turbo Chant.

Turbo Chant

White (38)

4:Orim
Orim
OrimSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+12
Text:
Your creatures can block as though they had flying.
’s Chant
4:Abeyance
Abeyance
AbeyanceSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Thomas Gianni
Text:
Until end of turn, target player cannot play instants, interrupts, sorceries, or abilities requiring an activation cost.Draw a card.

3:Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.

4:Aura of Silence
Aura of Silence
Aura of SilenceSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Artifact and enchantment spells cost target opponent an additional 2 to play.Sacrifice Aura of Silence: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

3:Abolish
Abolish
AbolishSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
You may discard a plains from your hand instead of paying Abolish's mana cost. Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

4:Mageta the Lion
Mageta the Lion
Mageta the LionSet: Prophecy
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
13
Artist:
Brom
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2WW, T, Discard two cards from your hand: Destroy all creatures except for Mageta the Lion. Those creatures can't be regenerated.

4:Glittering Lynx
Glittering Lynx
Glittering LynxSet: Prophecy
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to Glittering Lynx.2: Until end of turn, Glittering Lynx loses Prevent all damage that would be dealt to Glittering Lynx. Any player may play this ability.

4:Glittering Lion
Glittering Lion
Glittering LionSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
U
Number:
10
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Prevent all damage that would be dealt to Glittering Lion. 3: Until end of turn, Glittering Lion loses Prevent all damage that would be dealt to Glittering Lion. Any player may play this ability.

4: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.

4:Topple
Topple
ToppleSet: Nemesis
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Remove target creature with the greatest power from the game. (If two or more creatures are tied for greatest power, target only one of them.)


Land (22)

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

4:Remote Farm
Remote Farm
Remote FarmSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
323
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Remote Farm comes into play tapped with two depletion counters on it.tap, Remove a depletion counter from Remote Farm: Add two white mana to your mana pool. If there are no depletion counters on Remote Farm, sacrifice it.


Mana cost analysis:
1cc: 8
2cc: 7
3cc: 15
4cc: 4
5cc: 4

GREEN

Green is king of speed because of the elves. They just speed things up a lot. If you think elves would only help a little, but not too much, you haven’t played this Green deck.

Stomp!

Green (44)

4:Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4:Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn ElvesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.

4:Hunted Wumpus
Hunted Wumpus
Hunted WumpusSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
253
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
When Hunted Wumpus comes into play, each other player may put a creature card from his or her hand into play under his or her control.

4:Emporer Crocodile
4:Ernham Djinn
4:Wall of Blossoms
Wall of Blossoms
Wall of BlossomsSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls cannot attack.) When Wall of Blossoms comes into play, draw a card.

4:Hunting Moa
Hunting Moa
Hunting MoaSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
109
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo Whenever Hunting Moa comes into play or is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

4:Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing JaguarSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
269
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.)

4:Eldamri’s Vineyard
4:Scent of Ivy
Scent of Ivy
Scent of IvySet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Reveal any number of green cards in your hand. Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards revealed this way.


Land (20)

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

4:Hickory Woodlot
Hickory Woodlot
Hickory WoodlotSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
319
Artist:
Sean McConnell
Text:
Hickory Woodlot comes into play tapped with two depletion counters on it.tap, Remove a depletion counter from Hickory Woodlot: Add two green mana to your mana pool. If there are no depletion counters on Hickory Woodlot, sacrifice it.


Mana cost analysis:
1cc: 20
2cc: 4
3cc: 4
4cc: 12

Speedy elves chuck those Wumpusses (is that a word? Is Wumpus even a word? Oh well…) and Blastos (???). There isn’t too much to say about this one. Eldamri’s Vineyard gives you a big edge and your opponent mana-burn in most cases. Scent of Ivy
Scent of Ivy
Scent of IvySet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Reveal any number of green cards in your hand. Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards revealed this way.
is a quick boost.

RED

This deck we’ve all seen, but here it is again!

The Usual Sligh

Red (36)

4:Jackal Pup
Jackal Pup
Jackal PupSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
For each 1 damage dealt to Jackal Pup, it deals 1 damage to you.

4:Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.

4:Incnerate
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: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:Sonic Burst
Sonic Burst
Sonic BurstSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Discard a card at random: Sonic Burst deals 4 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:Mogg Flunkies
Mogg Flunkies
Mogg FlunkiesSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblins
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Brom
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Mogg Flunkies cannot attack or block during a turn in which no other creature you control attacks or blocks.

4:Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)


Artifacts (8)

4:Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll
Cursed ScrollSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
3, T:Name a card. Target opponent chooses a card at random from your hand. If he or she chooses the named card, Cursed Scoll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4:Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.


Land (16)

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


Mana cost analysis:
1cc: 24
2cc: 8
3cc: 4

Other familiar additions were 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.
, Bottle Gnomes
Bottle Gnomes
Bottle GnomesSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice Bottle Gnomes: Gain 3 life.
, Boil
Boil
BoilSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
169
Artist:
Jason Alexander Behnke
Text:
Destroy all islands.
, and 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.
(as a reset button). Tempest was Sligh’s shining moment. It gave Sligh Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll
Cursed ScrollSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
3, T:Name a card. Target opponent chooses a card at random from your hand. If he or she chooses the named card, Cursed Scoll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
, Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
, 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.
and Jackal Pup
Jackal Pup
Jackal PupSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
For each 1 damage dealt to Jackal Pup, it deals 1 damage to you.
. And some cards not used here, but in most other Sligh decks from Tempest were Giant Strength
Giant Strength
Giant StrengthSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+2.
, Canyon Wildcat
Canyon Wildcat
Canyon WildcatSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Gary Leach
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Mountainwalk (If defending player controls any mountains, this creature is unblockable.)
and Rathi Dragon
Rathi Dragon
Rathi DragonSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Rathi Dragon comes into play, sacrifice two mountains or sacrifice Rathi Dragon.
. Tempest was the main sligh set, but what about the other sets? Can someone say Goblin Grenade
Goblin Grenade
Goblin GrenadeSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin to have Goblin Grenade deal 5 damage to one target.
?
Well, in conclusion, speed decks have been around since players noticed that turn one was more than just a turn to play a land. 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.
has proven itself to be awesome. Stay tuned for the follow up on how good control is. This has been another article by Nick Rohr, signing out.


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