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CardShark Content - Patrick Mayer (7/26/2005)

Booster Wars

Here’s an idea for you if you're tired of always playing constructed and losing because you can't afford a deck stacked with expensive rares. First, what you do is find a few people that want to play. Each person gets one booster and two basic land of each type, which forms their deck. Since the decks only contain
25 cards, the graveyard cycles and becomes the deck when it runs out so that you can't deck yourself. Otherwise it is played like a normal game of magic.

If you have a lot of people and want to turn it into a tournament all you have to do is take the rares of the losers and pool them. Once the tournament is over you can have a rare pick for first through third (first through third keep their rare). I find that this way of playing really brings out the top players, because it is a lot harder to pick up a booster and think of a strategy than it is to have a constructed deck that you're used to playing. Also, unlike constructed tournaments you at least walk away with some uncommons and commons if you don't win.


Cheap Infinite Mana Deck

This deck you could probably pick up for under 30 bucks. It is mostly green with a bit of red and blue.

Green (16)
4: Fyndhorn Elder
Fyndhorn Elder
Fyndhorn ElderSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add GG to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
or Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro
Sachi, Daughter of Seshiro
Sachi, Daughter of SeshiroSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
238
Artist:
Nottsuo
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Other Snakes you control get +0/+1. Shamans you control have “T: Add GG to your mana pool.”

4: Orochi Leafcaller
Orochi Leafcaller
Orochi LeafcallerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
234
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

4: Worldly Tutor
Worldly Tutor
Worldly TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
269
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for a creature card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
or Sylvan Tutor
Sylvan Tutor
Sylvan TutorSet: Portal
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Search your deck for a summon creature and reveal that card to all players. Then shuffle your deck and put the revealed card on top of it.

4: Wall of Ice
Wall of Ice
Wall of IceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
0
Toughness:
7


Blue (8)
4: Freed from the Real
Freed from the Real
Freed from the RealSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Text:
Enchant creature U: Tap enchanted creature. U: Untap enchanted creature.

4: Pemmin's Aura
Pemmin's Aura
Pemmin's AuraSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Text:
U : Untap enchanted creature.
U : Enchanted creature gains flying until end of turn.
U : Enchanted Creature can’t be the target of spells or abilities until end of turn.
1 : Enchanted creature gets +1/-1 or -1/+1 until end of turn.


Red (6)
4: Dwarven Catapult
Dwarven Catapult
Dwarven CatapultSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Dwarven Catapult deals X damage divided evenly, rounded down, among all creatures target opponent controls.

2: 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.


Artifact (8)
4: Snake Basket
Snake Basket
Snake BasketSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
312
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
X, Sacrifice Snake Basket: Put X 1/1 green Cobra creature tokens into play. Play this ability only if you're allowed to play a sorcery.
or Orochi Hatchery
Orochi Hatchery
Orochi HatcherySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
266
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Orochi Hatchery comes into play with X charge counters on it. 5, T: Put a 1/1 green Snake creature token into play for each charge counter on Orochi Hatchery.

4: Mangara's Tome
Mangara's Tome
Mangara's TomeSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Bolton
Text:
When Mangara's Tome comes into play, search your library and choose any five cards. Shuffle these cards and put them face down under Mangara's Tome. Shuffle your library afterwards.If you lose control of Mangara's Tome, remove all cards under it from the game.2: Instead of drawing a card, put the top card from under Mangara's Tome into your hand.


Land (22)
18: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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

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


To use this deck you want to get Fyndhorn Elder
Fyndhorn Elder
Fyndhorn ElderSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add GG to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
and Orochi Leafcaller
Orochi Leafcaller
Orochi LeafcallerSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
234
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
out, using the Worldly Tutor
Worldly Tutor
Worldly TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
269
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for a creature card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
if you need it. Then enchant Pemmin's Aura
Pemmin's Aura
Pemmin's AuraSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Text:
U : Untap enchanted creature.
U : Enchanted creature gains flying until end of turn.
U : Enchanted Creature can’t be the target of spells or abilities until end of turn.
1 : Enchanted creature gets +1/-1 or -1/+1 until end of turn.
or Freed from the Real
Freed from the Real
Freed from the RealSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Text:
Enchant creature U: Tap enchanted creature. U: Untap enchanted creature.
onto the Fyndhorn Elder
Fyndhorn Elder
Fyndhorn ElderSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add GG to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
. Tap the Elder for two green mana then use the Leafcaller to convert one of those mana into a blue mana. Use the blue mana
to untap your Fyndhorn Elder
Fyndhorn Elder
Fyndhorn ElderSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add GG to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
and repeat. Each time you'll have one green mana left over and you can use the Leafcaller to convert it into any color you'd like.

After this get Snake Basket
Snake Basket
Snake BasketSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
312
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
X, Sacrifice Snake Basket: Put X 1/1 green Cobra creature tokens into play. Play this ability only if you're allowed to play a sorcery.
, Dwarven Catapult
Dwarven Catapult
Dwarven CatapultSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Dwarven Catapult deals X damage divided evenly, rounded down, among all creatures target opponent controls.
or 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.
and use all this mana to power these cards and destroy your opponent. In my opinion the Dwarven Catapult
Dwarven Catapult
Dwarven CatapultSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Dwarven Catapult deals X damage divided evenly, rounded down, among all creatures target opponent controls.
is the best because it can also take out your opponent's creatures at the same time in case something goes wrong. 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.
pretty much does the same thing as Dwarven Catapult
Dwarven Catapult
Dwarven CatapultSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Dwarven Catapult deals X damage divided evenly, rounded down, among all creatures target opponent controls.
except you can't divide its damage. As for the Snake Basket
Snake Basket
Snake BasketSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
312
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
X, Sacrifice Snake Basket: Put X 1/1 green Cobra creature tokens into play. Play this ability only if you're allowed to play a sorcery.
, who doesn't love having a million green Cobras on their side? The same goes for the Hatchery.

The Wall of Ice
Wall of Ice
Wall of IceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
0
Toughness:
7
is an inexpensive blocker, a 0/7 for three mana. That should help you survive for a while. Finally the Mangara's Tome
Mangara's Tome
Mangara's TomeSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Bolton
Text:
When Mangara's Tome comes into play, search your library and choose any five cards. Shuffle these cards and put them face down under Mangara's Tome. Shuffle your library afterwards.If you lose control of Mangara's Tome, remove all cards under it from the game.2: Instead of drawing a card, put the top card from under Mangara's Tome into your hand.
is for when you’re five turns into the game and you can't find the pieces you need. This deck is mainly good for casual play and fun because it looks weak for the first few turns before it reveals itself. There are many Infinite mana combos. I chose this one because it is cheap to get out (and to purchase) and because it gives you mana of any color.


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