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CardShark Content - Stanley Rutkowski III (3/10/2002)

With creature beatdown decks viable in standard (R/G beats, Frog in a Blender, mono black etc.) metagame decks become viable. Like during the reign of “Fires”, decks made to beat “Fires” like turbo frog (abusing spore frog) or turbo chant (abusing 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 and Blinding Andel) arose to try to balance the field. As with any metagame deck, these decks fell victim to other rogue decks outside the mainstream of the metagame.

This rogue deck looks to abuse the “prevent combat damage” cards in the standard environment. This deck takes 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 to a new level of irritation as well. The basic premise of the deck is to “deck” your opponent. The howling mines and millstones accelerate the process while keeping your hand full of “stoppers” for the creature beats.

Turbo Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.
V1.0

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
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.

4 x Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.

3 x Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.

4 x Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.

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.

4 x Moments Peace
2 x Elfame Sanctuary
3 x Nostalgic Dreams
Nostalgic Dreams
Nostalgic DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Text:
As an additional cost to play Nostalgic Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Return X target cards from your graveyard to your hand. Remove Nostalgic Dreams from the game.

2 x Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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

2 x Still Life
Still Life
Still LifeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
275
Artist:
Matt Cavatto
Text:
: GG: Still Life becomes a 4/3 Centaur creature until end of turn. It's still an enchantment.

4 x Elfame Palace
4 x Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.

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

7 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 Mystic Enforcer
Mystic Enforcer
Mystic EnforcerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Mystic
Rarity:
R
Number:
290
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Protection from black Threshold - Mystic Enforcer gets +3/+3 and has flying. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

2 x Compost
Compost
CompostSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Whenever a black card is put into one of your opponents' graveyards, you may draw a card.

3 x Hero’s Reunion
2 x COP Red
2 x COP Black
3 x Tangle
Tangle
TangleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.Attacking creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.


The “stoppers”
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
4 x Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.

4 x Moment’s Peace
These are the cards that keep you alive against the creature rush.

The kill
4 x Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.

3 x Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.

The point of the deck is to “deck” your opponent, thus drawing extra cards and putting cards in the graveyard become the acceleration in the process

Alternate kill
2 x Still Life
Still Life
Still LifeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
275
Artist:
Matt Cavatto
Text:
: GG: Still Life becomes a 4/3 Centaur creature until end of turn. It's still an enchantment.

Still Life
Still Life
Still LifeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
275
Artist:
Matt Cavatto
Text:
: GG: Still Life becomes a 4/3 Centaur creature until end of turn. It's still an enchantment.
lives through your global removal spells and can be a beast to attack with.

Global Removal
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 Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.


The main reason for the inclusion of Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
is the ability to play it as an instant. A pain in play testing the deck was against the Twilight’s Call Laquatas deck. You are helping them in the matchup with the card draw and millstones, thus put the life loss on the stack and rout as an instant and then gain the life and loose the life and end up at the same place you started.

Elfame Sanctuary is in the deck to stop from decking yourself before you deck your opponent.

Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
is there as a precaution for a mirror matchup or any other pesky Enchantments.

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.
protects the dome. Most of the R/G variants include burn spells and with the Howling mines madness could come into play with the extra card draw.

Nostalgic dreams lets you reuse your stoppers when you run out. Also can let you play a single moments peace more than twice in a game.

The sideboard is setup for other metagame calls. Compost
Compost
CompostSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Whenever a black card is put into one of your opponents' graveyards, you may draw a card.
can help you against a mono black deck by adding more cards to you arsenal. The enforcers can come in for a quick kill if you need to be aggressive for time constraints. The reunions come in if you need to protect yourself from a heavy burn deck. The tangles are there for more “stoppers” if the wrath’s and routs are not necessary. The COPs again are for more protection in a more specified role.

Again, this deck could be a great metagame call, but does have its issues. Pure control can be a pain because the Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.
s are loading their hand up with counterspells, but it puts them on a clock. Be prepared to play multiple spells in a turn and save the most important for last so you can get around the counterspells.

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