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CardShark Content - Stanley Rutkowski III (5/23/2005)

Again we are at the exciting time of the pending release of a new set. With that, new cards will be previewed and then we will try to find applications for these new seemingly powerful cards. I am going to go through a couple of concept decks with some of the new cards. As these are concept decks, I am going to try and point out their potential strengths and weaknesses as they are not fully tested. Hopefully we will see some new ideas spawn from this addition to the standard scene.

Pseudo Donate
Donate
DonateSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Target player gains control of target permanent you control.
:

4 x Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4 x Wayfarer’s Bauble
4 x 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.

2 x Dosan the Fallen
4 x Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.

3 x Sensei’s Divining Top
4 x Measure of Wickedness
Measure of Wickedness
Measure of WickednessSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Text:
At the end of your turn, sacrifice Measure of Wickedness and you lose 8 life. Whenever another card is put into your graveyard from anywhere, target opponent gains control of Measure of Wickedness.

3 x 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.)

2 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

2 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

4 x Genju of the Fields
Genju of the Fields
Genju of the FieldsSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Plains
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
2: Until end of turn, enchanted Plains becomes a 2/5 white Spirit creature with "Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life." It's still a land. When enchanted Plains is put into a graveyard, you may return Genju of the Fields from your graveyard to your hand.

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

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

2 x 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.


The point of this deck is to rapidly approach the mana to cask 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 then kill your opponent with each Measure of Wickedness
Measure of Wickedness
Measure of WickednessSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Text:
At the end of your turn, sacrifice Measure of Wickedness and you lose 8 life. Whenever another card is put into your graveyard from anywhere, target opponent gains control of Measure of Wickedness.
. I used the Bauble over Reach because you need to put a card in your graveyard to pass the Measure. Since the Measure says target, the Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
assures that you are not getting it back. With Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
in the format, you might want to have Genju of the Cedars
Genju of the Cedars
Genju of the CedarsSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Forest
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
2: Enchanted Forest becomes a 4/4 green Spirit creature until end of turn. It's still a land. When enchanted Forest is put into a graveyard, you may return Genju of the Cedars from your graveyard to your hand.
to augment your Genju of the Fields
Genju of the Fields
Genju of the FieldsSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Plains
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
2: Until end of turn, enchanted Plains becomes a 2/5 white Spirit creature with "Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life." It's still a land. When enchanted Plains is put into a graveyard, you may return Genju of the Fields from your graveyard to your hand.
, but the potential life gaining of the Fields is the reason for the set in the initial build, plus the Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
is more likely to target Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
, Measure or Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
before your Genju. Also with the enchantment lands, you have the ability to have recurring creatures for your Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
. The Vials and Dosan the Fallen are for the control matchups. The Birds and 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.
allow you to cast a Measure of Wickedness
Measure of Wickedness
Measure of WickednessSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Text:
At the end of your turn, sacrifice Measure of Wickedness and you lose 8 life. Whenever another card is put into your graveyard from anywhere, target opponent gains control of Measure of Wickedness.
from your hand if necessary. Basically, this is a Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
lock deck that attempts to use a combo with the new cards Measure of Wickedness
Measure of Wickedness
Measure of WickednessSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Text:
At the end of your turn, sacrifice Measure of Wickedness and you lose 8 life. Whenever another card is put into your graveyard from anywhere, target opponent gains control of Measure of Wickedness.
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.)
, the issue is how fast and consistently can you acquire the means to apply the combination. This version is “pre sideboarded” for the control matchup, as I see the potential for a lot of G/U control and Mono Blue Control in the future. Another issue I have with the deck is that if you are unable to apply your combinations, you are pretty much left with no outs (i.e. a 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.
before you play and Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
).



White Weenie (Arial version)
4 x Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.

4 x Lantern Kami
Lantern Kami
Lantern KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

4 x Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying

4 x Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1

3 x Isamaru, Hounds of Konda
4 x Kami of Ancient Law
Kami of Ancient Law
Kami of Ancient LawSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Sacrifice Kami of Ancient Law: Destroy target enchantment.

3 x Hokori, Dusk Drinker
4 x Umezawa’s Jitte
4 x Glorious Anthem
Glorious Anthem
Glorious AnthemSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
15
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
All creatures you control get +1/+1.

3 x Skyhunter Skirmisher
Skyhunter Skirmisher
Skyhunter SkirmisherSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, Double Strike

3 x Promise of Bunrei
Promise of Bunrei
Promise of BunreiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Text:
Whenever a creature you control is put into a graveyard from play, sacrifice Promise of Bunrei. If you do, put four 1/1 colorless Spirit creature tokens into play.

1 x Eiganjo Castle
Eiganjo Castle
Eiganjo CastleSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
275
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool. W, T: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target legendary creature this turn.

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


The point of this deck is sure aggression. With the Anthem and Jitte, you can pump up your creatures. You have many aggressive one drop creatures and your double strike flier is a great finisher. With your plan being to win in the early game, I did not include 8.5 tails as it is too mana intensive to go with your early army and equipment. The Promise is your answer to mass removal and you can trigger it with your anti enchantment creature as it goes to the graveyard first. I have not done enough testing to see if the shoal should be included main deck or in the sideboard for all the matchups. Other sideboard choices include Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.
for Land Destruction, Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
for other creature rushes, Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
for targeted sources, Shoal and 8.5 tails. You could also include “fog” affects if you expect a lot of creature rushes from your opponents. There may be some additional features that come with the new set that are not revealed or confirmed that could augment our creature base. I like the versatility of all the one drop creatures and the Vial, but some of the “ground” creatures other than the Dusk Drinker might be better suited as Shoal/other equipment or another flier.

Green Beats

4 x Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4 x Sakura Tribe-Elder
2 x Dosan the Fallen Leaf
4 x Rushwood Dryad
Rushwood Dryad
Rushwood DryadSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad
Rarity:
C
Number:
263
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (This creature is unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)

4 x Virdian Zealot
4 x Eternal Witness
Eternal Witness
Eternal WitnessSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Eternal Witness comes into play, return target card from your graveayrd to your hand.

4 x Troll Ascetic
Troll Ascetic
Troll AsceticSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Puddnhead
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Troll Ascetic can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control. 1G: Regenerate Troll Ascetic.

4 x 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.

3 x Swords of Fire and Ice
4 x Umezawa’s Jitte
1 x Arashi, the Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
ed Sky
21 x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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


Sideboard:
4 x 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.

3 x Splinter
Splinter
SplinterSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Remove target artifact from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.

3 x Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and Shadow
Sword of Light and ShadowSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from white and from black. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you gain 3 life and you may return up to one target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Equip 2

2 x Dosan the Fallen Leaf
2 x Arashi, the Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
ed Sky
1 x 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


The addition of The Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
ed Sky gives you game against MUC and their fliers. With the “pseudo cycling” ability (Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
) you have a way to deal with all the fliers in the White Weenie aerial version, Mono Blue Control (Magpies, Meloku, The Clouded Mirror and the token creatures and possible flying man lands). As with current versions and early Troll spells doom for targeted spells like Shackles
Shackles
ShacklesSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.W: Return Shackles to owner's hand.
, burn and black removal. I am not sure if another Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
ed Sky should be main deck or board. With the Witness, one may be enough main as the decks it is most affective against are slow wins, but this needs to be tested further. With the expected field having many forests, the forestwalk Dryad is a great trick and this deck is built for the control matchup with the Fallen Leaf and the Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
ed Sky. 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 is in the board for 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.)
.

Hopefully this spurs some ideas to incorporate the new set.

Thanks for Reading.


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