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CardShark Content - Sam V (7/18/2004)

Most likely the fastest deck in Mirage block when it came out. It had the potential to take down your opponent on turn 3. That’s right folks turn 3. And this decks name is…
Well hopefully you’ll figure it out

Creatures
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Total 0

Other Spells
4 Cadaverous Bloom
Cadaverous Bloom
Cadaverous BloomSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Choose a card in your hand and remove it from the game: Add BB or GG to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.

4 Squandered Resources
Squandered Resources
Squandered ResourcesSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Romas
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Add to your mana pool one mana of any type the sacrificed land could produce. Play this ability as a mana source.

4 Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.

4 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.

4 Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.

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.

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.

3 Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

2 Natural Balance
Natural Balance
Natural BalanceSet: Mirage
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Malloy
Text:
Each player controlling six or more lands sacrifices enough lands to reduce his or her land total to five.Each player controlling four or fewer lands may search his or her library for enough basic land to bring his or her land total to five and put those lands into play. Those players shuffle their libraries afterwards.

2 Dissipate
Dissipate
DissipateSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. Remove that spell card from the game.

2 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.

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Total 36

Lands
3 City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

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

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

6 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s
3 Undiscovered Paradise
Undiscovered Paradise
Undiscovered ParadiseSet: Visions
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. At the beginning of your next untap phase, return Undiscovered Paradise to owner's hand.

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Total 24

Grand Total 60 cards

Well if you have not guessed it by now then either you are new to the game and not very familiar with old decks or you are very familiar with old decks.

Now let’s take a glance at what makes this deck tick.

Cadaverous Bloom
Cadaverous Bloom
Cadaverous BloomSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Choose a card in your hand and remove it from the game: Add BB or GG to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.

3BG
Enchantment
Remove
Remove
RemoveSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Play Remove only after you're attacked, before you declare blockers.Return any one attacking creature to its owner's hand.
a card in your in hand from the game: Add BB or GG to your mana pool.

Squandered Resources
Squandered Resources
Squandered ResourcesSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Romas
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Add to your mana pool one mana of any type the sacrificed land could produce. Play this ability as a mana source.

BG
Enchantment
Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
a land: Add one mana of any color that land could produce

Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.

XU
Sorcery
Both players draw X cards

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.

BBB
Enchantment
Pay half your life rounded up: Draw four cards

Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.

1U
Instant
Look at the top four cards of your library. Pick one and place it in your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library

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.

UU
Instant
Counter target spell

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.

X1B
Sorcery
Spend only black mana on X. 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.
deals X damage to target creature or player. Gain X life but not greater than creatures toughness or player’s life total.

Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

B
Sorcery
Search your library for a card, shuffle your library, and put the card on top. You lose 2 life.

Natural Balance
Natural Balance
Natural BalanceSet: Mirage
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Malloy
Text:
Each player controlling six or more lands sacrifices enough lands to reduce his or her land total to five.Each player controlling four or fewer lands may search his or her library for enough basic land to bring his or her land total to five and put those lands into play. Those players shuffle their libraries afterwards.

2GG
Sorcery
Each player who controls six or more lands sacrifices all of them except five. Each player with four or fewer lands searches their deck for lands to bring their land total up to five. Each player who searched their deck in this way shuffles their deck afterward.

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.

1W
Instant
Until end of turn, target player cannot play instants, sorceries, or any other abilities requiring an activation cost. Draw a card.

Alrighty then, after listing every nonland card in the deck I think we can finally explain what makes the deck work so well.

Here is a best-case scenario. Have the opponent play first on this one.
Opening hand-
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

Cadaverous Bloom
Cadaverous Bloom
Cadaverous BloomSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Choose a card in your hand and remove it from the game: Add BB or GG to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.

Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.

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

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

Natural Balance
Natural Balance
Natural BalanceSet: Mirage
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Malloy
Text:
Each player controlling six or more lands sacrifices enough lands to reduce his or her land total to five.Each player controlling four or fewer lands may search his or her library for enough basic land to bring his or her land total to five and put those lands into play. Those players shuffle their libraries afterwards.

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.

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


Turn 1
Lay down a swamp or forest.

Turn 2
Lay down other land. Cast Squandered Resources
Squandered Resources
Squandered ResourcesSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Romas
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Add to your mana pool one mana of any type the sacrificed land could produce. Play this ability as a mana source.
.

Turn 3
Play Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
.
Tap all lands for mana and sacrifice all for mana with Squandered Resources
Squandered Resources
Squandered ResourcesSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Romas
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Add to your mana pool one mana of any type the sacrificed land could produce. Play this ability as a mana source.
.
Cast Natural Balance
Natural Balance
Natural BalanceSet: Mirage
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
John Malloy
Text:
Each player controlling six or more lands sacrifices enough lands to reduce his or her land total to five.Each player controlling four or fewer lands may search his or her library for enough basic land to bring his or her land total to five and put those lands into play. Those players shuffle their libraries afterwards.
and use BBGG and float UU.
Get a good assortment of land like BBGGU.
Cast Cadaverous Bloom
Cadaverous Bloom
Cadaverous BloomSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Choose a card in your hand and remove it from the game: Add BB or GG to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
with BBGGU.
Use Bloom to get mana with every card in hand except Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
, 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.
, and Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.
.
Play Tutor and get another Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
on top.
Play Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
for 4.
Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
all land for mana and get rid of the 4 four cards you just drew for mana.
Cast Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
for 12.
Get rid of all of those cards for a total of 24 mana (all black).
Bust out Drain life for 22 damage to win the game.

The only flaw in this deck is if you don’t get the perfect hand then it may take a few more turns and that’s what everything else in the deck is for. So I’ll let you experiment and won’t tell you anymore strategies so you don’t believe I’m the Master of Prosperous Bloom or something because I haven’t figured out everything about this deck either.Good luck to you.


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