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CardShark Content - Stanley Rutkowski III (2/25/2002)

With Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
becoming tourney legal on Friday and regionals around corner, it’s time to start looking at the “Test Gauntlet” of decks for play testing. This article contains a starting point of testing for your deck to see if it will stand up to the proposed metagame that I see forming. The list is not yet complete because all the cards are not yet legal and the metagame is not fully formed. The decks in this list are starting points for testing and may need to be refined. Hopefully this helps prepare your deck for the upcoming season.

Deck one: (Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
)

This deck has to be tested. With madness being the new “function” and discarding cards becoming the “rage”, this deck could become a metagame call.

4 x Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.

4 x Gerard’s Verdict
4 x 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.

4 x Vindicate
Vindicate
VindicateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy target permanent.

4 x U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)

2 x Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.

4 x Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.

2 x Death Grasp
Death Grasp
Death GraspSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Death Grasp deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.

3 x Chainer’s Edict
2 x Abyssal Specter
Abyssal Specter
Abyssal SpecterSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
George Pratt
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying If Abyssal Specter damages any player, he or she chooses and discards a card.

2 x Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

1 x Yagmoth’s Agenda
4 x Tainted Field
Tainted Field
Tainted FieldSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add W or B to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.

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

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


Sideboard:
3 x Addle
Addle
AddleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand and choose a card of that color from it. That player discards that card.

2 x Aegis of Honor
Aegis of Honor
Aegis of HonorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
1: The next time an instant or sorcery spell would deal damage to you this turn, that spell deals that damage to its controller instead.

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

1 x Yagmoth’s Agenda

The basic premise of the deck is to punish the opponent for using discard to their advantage. The Wrath and Edict holds off the opponent’s threats and the discard spells (first or second time thru) force your opponent into pain from the megrim. The lynx’s are for the fast green rush until you can reset the board.

Deck two: (Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
):

This deck has as many versions and it has been written about. You must test against this deck. I am omitting a deck list because I am sure there are enough articles around the net.

Deck three: (Sligh)

Sligh got a boost from the cards in Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
. This deck is lightning fast and forces you to stabilize or become toast. Just like in the extended season, if you can stop trhe rush, the game is normally yours. Sligh is made to win quickly and does not consider mid to late game threats.

3 x Longhorn Firebeast
Longhorn Firebeast
Longhorn FirebeastSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Longhorn Firebeast comes into play, any opponent may have it deal 5 damage to him or her. If a player does, sacrifice Longhorn Firebeast.

4 x Mogg Sentry
Mogg Sentry
Mogg SentrySet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
69
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, Mogg Sentry gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

4 x Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.

3 x RmllcnkgTemper
Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.

4 x Flameburst
4 x Firebolt
Firebolt
FireboltSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Firebolt deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Flashback 4R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

4 x Minotaur Explorer
Minotaur Explorer
Minotaur ExplorerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minotaur
Rarity:
U
Number:
206
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Minotaur Explorer comes into play, sacrifice it unless you discard a card at random from your hand.

3 x 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 x Skullscorch
Skullscorch
SkullscorchSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand unless that player has Skullscorch deal 4 damage to him or her.

4 x Grim Lavamancer
Grim Lavamancer
Grim LavamancerSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, T, Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Grim Lavamancer deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

2 x Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.

3 x Reckless Charge
Reckless Charge
Reckless ChargeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
215
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Target creature gets +3/+0 and gains haste until end of turn. Flashback 2R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

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


Sideboard:
2 x Sandstone Deadfall
Sandstone Deadfall
Sandstone DeadfallSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
307
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
: Tap, Sacrifice two lands and Sandstone Deadfall: Destroy target attacking creature.

2 x Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.

3 x Engulfing Flames
Engulfing Flames
Engulfing FlamesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Text:
Engulfing Flames deals 1 damage to target creature. It can't be regenerated this turn. Flashback 3R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

2 x Boil
Boil
BoilSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
169
Artist:
Jason Alexander Behnke
Text:
Destroy all islands.

3 x Patchwork Gnomes
Patchwork Gnomes
Patchwork GnomesSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Choose and discard a card: Regenerate Patchwork Gnomes.

3 x Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.



Deck four: (Life gain)

This deck is a deck that I encountered in the last FNM that I attended. This deck was built (in many versions) to deal with the “lethal” amount of damage that can be done with a Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
deck. This deck revolves around white life gain (Life burst etc) and removal (wrath etc) and then either playing a big threat (Fat Moti, enforcer etc). I have not tested this deck, but I feel it can be very strong. Most of the matches went to time limit due to these decks…

Deck five: (Control Black)

Again, I have read many articles around the net focusing on this deck. I see that most of the cards (edict etc) remain the same, but the deck still has many versions. As with Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, I will not be going into the differences as this article is focusing on the gauntlet as opposed to specific decks.

Deck six: (Rocket Shoes):

I believe that rootwalla will have an impact here. A fast green/red deck has to be handled. Unlike sligh, this deck packs threats for the mid to late game but can fall victim to the same fate as sligh if you can stabilize from it’s early assault. Make sure you can deal with the trampling beats this deck can supply.

Deck seven: (Grow)

Grow is still present in the current standard environment stemming from it success in the extended season. The debate of the dryad continues (with or without?). This deck is a “must-test” because of ability to serve for lethal damage in a quick amount of time. I believe that disruption decks will push this deck back some, but that could change and bring this deck back to the forefront of the metagame.

Deck eight: (Suicide Black)

4 x Nantuko Shade
Nantuko Shade
Nantuko ShadeSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Shade
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Nantuko Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

4 x Phyrexian Scuta
Phyrexian Scuta
Phyrexian ScutaSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker-Pay 3 life. (You may pay 3 life in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) If you paid the kicker cost, Phyrexian Scuta comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it.

4 x Carrion Rats
Carrion Rats
Carrion RatsSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Carrion Rats attacks or blocks, any player may remove a card in his or her graveyard from the game. If a player does, Carrion Rats deals no combat damage this turn.

4 x Chainer’s Edict
3 x 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.

4 x Dusk Imp
Dusk Imp
Dusk ImpSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
131
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying.

4 x Boneshard Slasher
Boneshard Slasher
Boneshard SlasherSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. Threshold - Boneshard Slasher gets +2/+2 and has When Boneshard Slasher becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.

3 x Shades’s Form
4 x 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.

4 x 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.

2 x Cabal Coffers
Cabal Coffers
Cabal CoffersSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Text:
2, T: Add B to your mana pool for each swamp you control.

4 x Tainted Field
Tainted Field
Tainted FieldSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add W or B to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.

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


This deck has the option of adding a disenchant type spell in the sideboard or even Vindicate
Vindicate
VindicateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy target permanent.
for COP black. It also gives you a way to deal with domain decks if they resurface in the new metagame.

Those are the beginning eight decks (or deck types) that I propose that you test against. As with any play testing, make sure you evaluate your opponent in the testing as well as the match up. For example, Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
is a complex deck in certain matchups, so make sure your test partner understands hpw to play it. Bad play testing can result in misinformation that can cost you when it counts.

Enjoy your testing and as always questions and comments are appreciated.


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