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CardShark Content - Samuel Stafford (8/31/2005)

Well now that I am done with Kamigawa Block, it’s back to Standard or “The New Standard” post 9th edition. Looking at Kamigawa there will definitely be some new decks entering the Standard environment as the old ones lose too many cards from Mirrodin. I personally am going to miss Mirrodin block. I don’t care how broken Affinity was or how ridiculously resilient Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
, looking back at it now Wizards really put together a wonderful set proving me wrong as I was originally skeptical of an all artifact block. However, I also look forward to its rotation as Ravnica will take its spot, and 9th Edition will definitely make some noise with all the goodies its provides.

But enough of that, you want to read about Suicide Black. For all the skeptics out there I will acknowledge that 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.
is gone and staples such as 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.
and 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.
have not been replaced. However with the new beaters Kamigawa block has offered, Suicide Black is back and is not to be taken lightly! Now of course Ravnica has not been released yet and we can only imagine what Mark Rosewater has been up to so I cannot offer a “complete” decklist but rather a solid “core” for what should be a wrecking ball next year. I would also like to mention that this deck is completely devoid of Mirrodin cards and is not designed to taken on the Tier 1 decks of the current standard.

Black Hand

Lands: 22
1x Shizo, Death’s Storehouse
2x Tomb of Urami
Tomb of Urami
Tomb of UramiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Text:
T Add B to your mana pool. Tomb of Urami deals 1 damage to you if you don't control an Ogre. 2BB, T, Sacrifice all lands you control: Put a legendary 5/5 black Demon Spirit creature token with flying named Urami into play.

1x Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
Mikokoro, Center of the SeaSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 2, T Each player draws a card.

18x Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


Creatures: 22

4x Raving Oni-Slave
4x Hand of Cruelty
Hand of Cruelty
Hand of CrueltySet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)

3x Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma BleederSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Takenuma Bleeder attacks or blocks, you lose 1 life if you don't control a Demon.

4x 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.

3x Ogre Marauder
Ogre Marauder
Ogre MarauderSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Ogre Marauder attacks, it can't be blocked this turn unless defending player sacrifices a creature.

4x Yukora, The Prisoner

Other Spells: 16

4x Distress
Distress
DistressSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.

4x Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.

4x Umezawa’s Jitte
4x Sicken
Sicken
SickenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
aW5nIFNob2Fs

Sideboard: 15

4x Nezumi Graverobber
Nezumi Graverobber
Nezumi GraverobberSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B: Remove target card in an opponent's graveyard from the game. If no cards are in that graveyard, flip Nezumi Graverobber. ----- Nighteyes the Desecrator Legendary Creature - Rat Wizard 4/2 4B: Put target creature card in a graveyard into play under your control.

4x Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

3x Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

2x Manriki-Gus
Gus
GusSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gus
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Gus comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it for each game you have lost to your opponent since you last won a Magic game against him or her.
ari
2x Hero’s Demise

Brief Description: Like its predecessors, Black Hand will play cheap and powerful creatures as it balances their drawbacks. Cards like Sacromancy, 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.
and the deliciously risky 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.
all come to mind when you look at newer cards like Raving Oni-Slave, Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma BleederSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Takenuma Bleeder attacks or blocks, you lose 1 life if you don't control a Demon.
and Yukora, The Prisoner. The deck is played as such that it should win before the drawbacks really take a toll on the player. After all, will the 3 damage from a Raving Oni-Slave really matter if you end the game at 10 life? The same philosophy applies to cards in hand. Yukora and Sicken
Sicken
SickenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
aW5nIFNob2Fs have different ways of letting your opponent gain card advantage. However what good are 5 maybe 6 cards in your hand if you don’t have the time to play them. Remember that time is not your ally; play to win now as the deck has a harder time winning when your opponent has time to establish a defense

Card-by-Card:

Tomb of Urami
Tomb of Urami
Tomb of UramiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Text:
T Add B to your mana pool. Tomb of Urami deals 1 damage to you if you don't control an Ogre. 2BB, T, Sacrifice all lands you control: Put a legendary 5/5 black Demon Spirit creature token with flying named Urami into play.
: This land wins games all by itself; more often than not it’s advantageous to have 2 of these Legendary Lands as its power warrants it. As long as you have an Ogre in play it is simply superior to a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
.

Shizo/ Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s: In total you have 22 lands, which is the right amount as the deck curves out at 4 relying mostly on 2 and 3 drops. Anytime you get 5 lands in your starting 7 ship it back for 6 as you need to continually apply steady pressure on your opponents’ defenses.

Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
Mikokoro, Center of the SeaSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 2, T Each player draws a card.
: The late game is not your strong suit as you empty your and very quickly the cards you draw from this land will almost always be more advantageous to you than your opponent.

4x Raving Oni-Slave: This card is a wrecking ball in the early game. Where the best your opponent can muster is a 2/2 on turn 2 Raving Oni-Slave causes all kinds of problems for your opponent as he forces 3 damage a turn through or makes your opponent chump block. Not only does he do that but he also carries the Ogre Creature type, which I will discuss later.

4x Hand of Cruelty
Hand of Cruelty
Hand of CrueltySet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
: The new 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
of standard. He is always a solid 2 drop and gives you the edge on the white weenie decks that seem to be growing in popularity.

3x Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma BleederSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Takenuma Bleeder attacks or blocks, you lose 1 life if you don't control a Demon.
: Another solid 3/3 creature he comes with a minor drawback that is eliminated with Yukora in play.

4x 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.
: Alright here is a solid addition from the latest core set. 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.
was a staple of suicide black decks as he could quickly empty your opponent’s hand as quickly as turn 2 with a boost from 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.
. With Ritual out he will not be as powerful but he still fits perfectly into the curve and his ability is till useful on turn 4. By the way, the artwork is amazing!

3x Ogre Marauder
Ogre Marauder
Ogre MarauderSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Ogre Marauder attacks, it can't be blocked this turn unless defending player sacrifices a creature.
: A 3/1 for 3 mana may not seem impressive at first, especially in a suicide black deck. However his evasion ability is awesome if your opponent is low on creatures. Most times he gets across for three damage even if there is an opposing creature.

4x Yukora, the Prisoner
Yukora, the Prisoner
Yukora, the PrisonerSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Demon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
When Yukora, the Prisoner leaves play, sacrifice all non-Ogre creatures you control.
: Curving out at 4 this is your sole Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
in the deck. He provides a huge 5/5 body and his drawback is easily avoided due to all the ogres in your deck. His demon creature type also makes your ogres drawbacks non-existent allowing your Bleeders to attack and block without fear of repercussion.

4x Distress
Distress
DistressSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
: While playing so many creatures you are susceptible to mass removal and other forms of board control. Distress
Distress
DistressSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
is solid against control decks usually taking away a key spell or preventing a bomb from ever being played, Distress
Distress
DistressSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
is simply the most effective discard spell in Standard.

4x Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.
: Although its no Diabolic or Chainer’s Edict, this Portal uncommon is still a very effective removal spell in it’s own right as it can kill untargetable creatures, protection creatures, the indestructible Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel Colossus
Darksteel ColossusSet: Darksteel
Cost:
11
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
11
Toughness:
11
Text:
Trample. Darksteel Colossus is indestructible (Destroy effects and lethal damage don't destroy it.) If Darksteel Colossus would be put into a graveyard from anywhere reveal Darksteel Colossus and shuffle it into its owner's library instead.
as well as Black creatures which Black has a problem doing.

4x Umezawa’s Jitte: Duh
Duh
DuhSet: Unhinged
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Destroy target creature with reminder text. (Reminder text is any italicized text in parentheses that explains rules you already know.)
! [Editor’s note: I’m sick of hearing about it too!]

4x Sicken
Sicken
SickenSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -1/-1.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
aW5nIFNob2Fs: Tempo, tempo, and tempo! That’s what Suicide Black decks have always been about and that’s what this card gives you. For 0 mana simply removal a card you don’t need now and take down whatever is in your way at instant speed. Later on it can be easily hard cast and still be effective. This card also works wonders when you have a spare Yukora that you can’t play because of the Legend Rule.
Sideboarding:

When Mirrodin rotates out one can only speculate as to what decks will emerge to the top Tier. Right now as I look at Kamigawa Block Gifts Ungiven
Gifts Ungiven
Gifts UngivenSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Search your library for four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, Legends, Enduring Ideal
Enduring Ideal
Enduring IdealSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Text:
Search your library for an enchantment card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Epic (For the rest of the game, you can't play spells. At the beginning of each of your upkeeps, copy this spell except for its epic ability.)
and White Weenie all jump out at me as possible contenders alongside Black Hand. Here are some sideboarding tips against these decks.

Gifts Ungiven
Gifts Ungiven
Gifts UngivenSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Search your library for four cards with different names and reveal them. Target opponent chooses two of those cards. Put the chosen cards into your graveyard and the rest into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
/Legends: Both these decks like to accelerate into powerful Legendary Creatures. Whether it’s Godo, Bandit Warlord
Godo, Bandit Warlord
Godo, Bandit WarlordSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Barbarian
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Godo, Bandit Warlord comes into play, you may search your library for an Equipment card and put it into play. If you do, shuffle your library. Whenever Godo attacks for the first time each turn, untap it and all Samurai you control. After this phase, you get an additional combat phase.
, Kagemaro, First to Suffer
Kagemaro, First to Suffer
Kagemaro, First to SufferSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Demon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Kagemaro, First to Suffer's power and toughness are each equal to the number of cards in your hand. B, Sacrifice Kagemaro: All creatures get -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of cards in your hand.
or Meloku, The Clouded Mirror, they will all give you trouble if they get cast early. These matchups are a race against the clock for your opponent. Your best chance is for an early assault with 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 Distress
Distress
DistressSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
to try to take away their key cards. Be wary of Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
as it will kill are your 2 or less toughness creatures. Raving Oni-Slave and Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma Bleeder
Takenuma BleederSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Takenuma Bleeder attacks or blocks, you lose 1 life if you don't control a Demon.
alongside a Jitte is usually a win for you. After the board it gets much better as you can bring in some excellent disruption:

-3 Ogre Marauder
Ogre Marauder
Ogre MarauderSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ogre Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Ogre Marauder attacks, it can't be blocked this turn unless defending player sacrifices a creature.
, -3 Hand of Cruelty
Hand of Cruelty
Hand of CrueltySet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
, +4 Nezumi Graverobber
Nezumi Graverobber
Nezumi GraverobberSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B: Remove target card in an opponent's graveyard from the game. If no cards are in that graveyard, flip Nezumi Graverobber. ----- Nighteyes the Desecrator Legendary Creature - Rat Wizard 4/2 4B: Put target creature card in a graveyard into play under your control.
, +2 Hero’s Demise

Enduring Ideal
Enduring Ideal
Enduring IdealSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Text:
Search your library for an enchantment card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Epic (For the rest of the game, you can't play spells. At the beginning of each of your upkeeps, copy this spell except for its epic ability.)
: Nationals showed us a potent version of Ideal called “Good Form” It won’t lose many components as Mirrodin rotates out and it is capable of powering out a Form of the Dragon
Form of the Dragon
Form of the DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, Form of the Dragon deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
At the end of each turn, your life total becomes 5.
Creatures without flying can't attack you.
on turn 4 with the help of Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.
and Enduring Ideal
Enduring Ideal
Enduring IdealSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Text:
Search your library for an enchantment card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Epic (For the rest of the game, you can't play spells. At the beginning of each of your upkeeps, copy this spell except for its epic ability.)
. It also utilizes Zur’s Weirding in conjunction with Form to basically never allow the opponent to draw again. Short of Distress
Distress
DistressSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card.
you don’t have much to disrupt this deck besides just outright killing it before it can cast Ideal. Out of the board your chances of beating this deck improve a little with Extract
Extract
ExtractSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Search target player's library for a card, and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
ion. Name Form, Meishin the Mind Cage and you should steal this match:

-4 Hand of Cruelty
Hand of Cruelty
Hand of CrueltySet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
, +4 Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.


White Weenie: Your creatures are bigger and your removal is far superior. Hand of Cruelty
Hand of Cruelty
Hand of CrueltySet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Samurai
Rarity:
U
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from white Bushido 1 (When this blocks or becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.)
really shines here. This matchup is about 55/45 in your favor. Out of the board you should have this one as you get to board:

-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 Raving Oni-Slave +3 Hideous Laughter
Hideous Laughter
Hideous LaughterSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 3BB (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)
, +2 Manriki-Gus
Gus
GusSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gus
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Gus comes into play with one +1/+1 counter on it for each game you have lost to your opponent since you last won a Magic game against him or her.
ari, +2 Hero’s Demise

As always thank you for reading. Next week my writing will be shifting to a more casual subject as I have a couple of casual deck ideas inspired by a good friend of mine, David Lemos. I also look forward to a couple of out-of-the-box writing subjects of my own. Keep an eye out for them.


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