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CardShark Content - Samuel Stafford (7/7/2005)

Well, last article I wrote about a serious deck, with Regionals in the rear-view mirror, how's about a fun casual deck that is actually quite competitive. The inspiration for this deck came from Vintage's deck archetype Fish and as soon as I saw Disrupting Shoal
Disrupting Shoal
Disrupting ShoalSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
You may remove a blue card with converted mana cost X in your hand from the game rather than pay Disrupting Shoal's mana cost. Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is X.
and Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep HoursSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 1U (1U, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Ninja of the Deep Hours deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
I had to build a deck. Like its Vintage predecessors it follows the same strategy of dropping quick creatures that can draw cards and locks the opponent out of the game by countering the opponent's most important spells with ´´free´´ counters like Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
and Daze
Daze
DazeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
You may return an island you control to its owner's hand instead of paying Daze's mana cost. Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
. Here's a Standard incarnation of it that I call...

Ninja Fish:

Lands: 20

14x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

4x Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth NexusSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Brian Snöddy
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land. 1, T: Target Blinkmoth gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

1x Oboro, Palace In the Clouds
1x Minamo
Minamo
MinamoSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Kamigawa
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Whenever a player casts a spell, that player may draw a card. Whenever you roll {C}, each player may return a blue card from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.
, School At Water's Edge

Creatures: 15

4x Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep HoursSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 1U (1U, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Ninja of the Deep Hours deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.

3x Higure, The Still Wind
Higure, The Still Wind
Higure, The Still WindSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Ninjutsu 2UU (2UU, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Higure deals combat damage to a player, you may search your library for a Ninja card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library. 2: Target Ninja is unblockable this turn.

4x Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

4x Teardrop Kami
Teardrop Kami
Teardrop KamiSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Teardrop Kami Tap or untap target creature.


Other Spells: 25

4x Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.

4x Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.

4x Disrupting Shoal
Disrupting Shoal
Disrupting ShoalSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
You may remove a blue card with converted mana cost X in your hand from the game rather than pay Disrupting Shoal's mana cost. Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is X.

4x Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.

4x Echoing truth
3x Hinder
Hinder
HinderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, put that card on the top or bottom of its owner's library instead of that player's graveyard.

2x 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


Sideboard: 15

4x Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R

4x Temporal Adept
Temporal Adept
Temporal AdeptSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
UUU, T: Return target permanent to its owner's hand.

4x Kira, Great Glass Spinner
Kira, Great Glass Spinner
Kira, Great Glass SpinnerSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Creatures you control have "Whenever this creature becomes the target of a spell or ability for the first time in a turn, counter that spell or ability."

2x Hibernation
Hibernation
HibernationSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return all green permanents to owners' hands.

1x Bribery
Bribery
BriberySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a creature card and put that card into play under your control. That player then shuffles his or her library.


How to play it:

The focus of the deck is to get Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep HoursSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 1U (1U, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Ninja of the Deep Hours deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
into play via Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
or Teardrop Kami
Teardrop Kami
Teardrop KamiSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Teardrop Kami Tap or untap target creature.
, without any opposing creatures obstructing it's path to your opponent’s head. Higure, The Still Wind
Higure, The Still Wind
Higure, The Still WindSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Ninjutsu 2UU (2UU, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Higure deals combat damage to a player, you may search your library for a Ninja card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library. 2: Target Ninja is unblockable this turn.
serves the same purpose and both his abilities work great in this deck. If you’re afraid your opponent is packing removal simply fetch another copy of Higure or Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep HoursSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 1U (1U, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Ninja of the Deep Hours deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
to apply more pressure to the opponent. Of course that is not the only way to win. Something as small as lowly Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
or Teardrop Kami
Teardrop Kami
Teardrop KamiSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Teardrop Kami Tap or untap target creature.
equipped with Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.
can also be your path to victory. Now of course your opponent will try to stop you and that's where your support cards come in...

4x Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
:
Drop this guy turn 1 to set up for a turn 2 hasted Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep HoursSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 1U (1U, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Ninja of the Deep Hours deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
. Late game, Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.
makes it a 2/4 Pro Red/Blue Ophidian
Ophidian
OphidianSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Cliff Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
0: Draw a card. Ophidian deals no combat damage this turn. Use this ability only if Ophidian is attacking and unblocked and only once each turn.
and you didn't even have to tap a land to play it.

4x Teardrop kami:
Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
s 5-8 they also provide a great effect letting your Ninjas get past troublesome blockers. Don't forget they can also untap your Ninjas to make an unexpected block. The flexibility of this card for just a 1 blue is great.

4x Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.
:
This card is the reason why Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
makes the cut as when its done being used for Ninjutsu it can be equipped with sword and serve as a second win condition. As for sword the draw and removal are exactly what this deck wants making it a natural fit.

2x 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
:
With the deck lacking removal Jitte helps out by killing all kinds of annoying chump blockers like Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe ElderSet: Commander
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
and makes your creatures more resilient to burn.

4x Disrupting Shoal
Disrupting Shoal
Disrupting ShoalSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
You may remove a blue card with converted mana cost X in your hand from the game rather than pay Disrupting Shoal's mana cost. Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is X.
:
This is your deck’s MVP. Rarely do you want to hardcast this rather this counter allows you to tap out to ninjutsu out ninja and still be able to protect it during the early game and with the massive amount of card advantage this deck generates the cost of pitching a blue card doesn't hurt you much. Also pitching an extra Higure, The Still Wind
Higure, The Still Wind
Higure, The Still WindSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Ninjutsu 2UU (2UU, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Higure deals combat damage to a player, you may search your library for a Ninja card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library. 2: Target Ninja is unblockable this turn.
to stop a Plow Under
Plow Under
Plow UnderSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Put two target lands on top of their owner's library.
results in no real disadvantage. Late game it serves as a great ´´Hard´´ counter. When tapping out make sure you have blue spells with a variety of mana costs to get maximum flexibility from your Shoal.

4x Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
:
Simply the most cost effective counter in standard and almost an auto-include in any blue deck. Enough said.

4x Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.
:
You’re playing with small creatures that must get through and have very few ways to deal with permanents on the board that didn't get countered, which will give you a tough time. However Truth lets you keep your tempo advantage by bouncing back annoying permanents for only 2 mana. Not to mention it is a great answer to Beacon of Creation
Beacon of Creation
Beacon of CreationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Put a 1/1 green insect creature token into play for each forest you control. Shuffle Beacon of Creation back into its owner's library instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
and Meloku tokens.

4x Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth NexusSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Brian Snöddy
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land. 1, T: Target Blinkmoth gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
:
Nexus fits perfectly into the deck as its another way to get ninjas into play as well as another creature to equip with Jitte or Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and Ice
Sword of Fire and IceSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
148
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equip 2 Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from blue. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card and have it deal 2 damage to target creature.
to get in those last few points of damage in. Finally it survives Boil
Boil
BoilSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
169
Artist:
Jason Alexander Behnke
Text:
Destroy all islands.
.

1x Minamo
Minamo
MinamoSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Kamigawa
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Whenever a player casts a spell, that player may draw a card. Whenever you roll {C}, each player may return a blue card from his or her graveyard to his or her hand.
, School At Water's Edge/ 1x Oboro, Palace in The Clouds:
Strictly better than Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s, both occasionally do more than just tap for blue mana. The reason they got the nod over 2 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s is because of 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 Choke
Choke
ChokeSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Islands do not untap during their controllers' untap phases.
being played.

3x Hinder
Hinder
HinderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, put that card on the top or bottom of its owner's library instead of that player's graveyard.
: Mid to late game mana when you stabilize Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
can no longer guarantee that spell will not resolve. This is where Hinder
Hinder
HinderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, put that card on the top or bottom of its owner's library instead of that player's graveyard.
shines as the only ´´Hard Counter´´ in your deck besides Shoal which is very situational.

The Sideboard:

4x Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
:
This is your best answer to those annoying shackles and also to a bunch of other cards like Sensei's divining top, Stalking Stones
Stalking Stones
Stalking StonesSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.6: Stalking Stones becomes a 3/3 artifact creature permanently. (This creature still counts as a land.)
, Kiki-Jiki, Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
, Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.
etc.

4x Temporal Adept
Temporal Adept
Temporal AdeptSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
UUU, T: Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
:
Come in for any deck based on the Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
tron. Getting an early Adept out can prevent your opponent from ever assembling the pieces and can also bounce annoying creatures.

4x Kira, Great Glass Spinner
Kira, Great Glass Spinner
Kira, Great Glass SpinnerSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Creatures you control have "Whenever this creature becomes the target of a spell or ability for the first time in a turn, counter that spell or ability."
:
Here's a gem from Betrayers that finds a home in a deck that has vulnerable creatures. Bring her in against opponents packing targeted removal that is very common in Red and Black. She also serves double duty as another answer to shackles.

2x Hibernation
Hibernation
HibernationSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return all green permanents to owners' hands.
:
With Green clearly being the most played color in standard and the focus of the deck is clearing a path for a creature or 2, Hibernation
Hibernation
HibernationSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return all green permanents to owners' hands.
can wipe the board clean and get the tempo advantage you need against a fast green deck.

1x Bribery
Bribery
BriberySet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a creature card and put that card into play under your control. That player then shuffles his or her library.
: Its high mana cost allows only one copy but paired up with 4 Adept and you got game against Tooth.

As you can see the deck still has some rough edges, I leave you the reader the opportunity to be creative and smooth them out. Thanks for reading!


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