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CardShark Content - Stanley Rutkowski III (6/23/2005)

First off, I need to reflect a bit with this article. When I started playing Magic the Gathering and then started writing for Cardshark, I never thought I would be writing my 50th article on the game. Thank you to all who have helped and encouraged me throughout the years.

Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
looks to be the chase rare from the new set. Looking at the current Standard environment it is going to see play, but the real power of the card is going to be shown in the next season of Extended. With the pending rotation of cards, the somewhat established decks in the format are very prone to the Needle. In the Standard environment I see the Needle as a Sideboard card with limited potential to be a main deck choice. In the Extended Season I see the card as a given in many more decks as the potential to devastate the game plan of your opponent. The threat alone of the Needle is going to force the established decks to include an answer, with the possibility of sacrificing consistency by putting answers in the main deck and not relegating the potential answer in the board. In Extended, speed is crucial, so the low casting cost of the Needle is going to be a great asset for the card.

Let’s look at some of the established decks that currently may not have a game plan yet for the Needle.

Scepter-Chant:
4 x Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.

2 x Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

4 x 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.

4 x Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.

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 Fire/Ice
4 x Force Spike
Force Spike
Force SpikeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.

4 x 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.

4 x U2VydW0gVisions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.

4 x Reach Thru Mists
2 x 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.

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

4 x Flooded Strand
Flooded Strand
Flooded StrandSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
316
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a plains or island card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

4 x Adarkar Wastes
Adarkar Wastes
Adarkar WastesSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add W or U to your mana pool. Adarkar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

4 x Shiv
Shiv
ShivSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
rk post
Text:
All creatures have "{R}: This creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn." Whenever you roll {C}, put a 5/5 red Dragon creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
en Reef
4 x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


This deck is based upon the use of Scepter with all the devastating low costing spells in the deck. Granted this deck does have the bounce spell of 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.
and the shut down of the needle with the Mage, but with the Mage set to Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
, you get to have your other spells free from Mage protection.

Affinity:
4 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

4 x Arcbound Worker
Arcbound Worker
Arcbound WorkerSet: Darksteel
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Modular 1 (This comes into play with one +1/+1 counters on it. When it's put into the graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature)

4 x Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

4 x Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)

4 x Myr Enforcer
Myr Enforcer
Myr EnforcerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
211
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)

4 x Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the Vault
Disciple of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
62
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever an artifact is put into a graveyard from play, you may have target opponent lose 1 life.

4 x Atog
Atog
AtogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
0: +2/+2. Each time you use this ability, you must sacrifice one of your artifacts in play.

4 x Arther Vail
4 x Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.

4 x Thought Cast
4 x Welding Jar
Welding Jar
Welding JarSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
274
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.

4 x Great Furnace
Great Furnace
Great FurnaceSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
282
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Great Furnace isn't a spell.) T: Add R to your mana pool.

4 x Vault of Whispers
Vault of Whispers
Vault of WhispersSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Vault of Whispers isn't a spell.) T: Add B to your mana pool.

4 x Sear of the Synod
3 x Darksteel Citadel
Darksteel Citadel
Darksteel CitadelSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Indestructible. (This is not a spell.) T: Add 1 to your mana pool.

2 x Glimmervoid
Glimmervoid
GlimmervoidSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
At end of turn, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.


The deck that caused all the bannings in Standard will be played in the Extended season. Some people have written that Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
was the answer to Ravager one set too late. This deck is going to have to find an inclusion to get rid of the needle, but you still have multiple outlets with Atog
Atog
AtogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
0: +2/+2. Each time you use this ability, you must sacrifice one of your artifacts in play.
and Ravager. Jittle is included as the Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
of the deck. Granted it does not have the card draw, but the pump potential could be as devastating.

G/U Madness:
4 x Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

4 x Aquamoeba
Aquamoeba
AquamoebaSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Switch Aquamoeba's power and toughness until end of turn.

4 x Basking Rootwalla
Basking Rootwalla
Basking RootwallaSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
121
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Basking Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn. Madness 0

4 x Arrogant Wurm
Arrogant Wurm
Arrogant WurmSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample. Madness 2G

2 x Roar of the Wurm
Roar of the Wurm
Roar of the WurmSet: Odyssey
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
266
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Put a 6/6 green Wurm creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

3 x Wonder
Wonder
WonderSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Rebecca Guay

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying As long as Wonder is in your graveyard and you control an island, creatures you control have flying.

4 x Careful Study
Careful Study
Careful StudySet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard two cards from your hand.

4 x Ideas Unbound
Ideas Unbound
Ideas UnboundSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Draw three cards. Discard three cards at end of turn.

4 x Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U

3 x Deep Analysis
Deep Analysis
Deep AnalysisSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Text:
Target player draws two cards. Flashback - 1U, Pay 3 life.

3 x 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.

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

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

4 x Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya CoastSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add G or U to your mana pool. Yavimaya Coast deals 1 damage to you.


This deck can be slowed down dramatically with Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
with it revolving around Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
and Aquamoeba
Aquamoeba
AquamoebaSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
24
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Switch Aquamoeba's power and toughness until end of turn.
. Ideas Unbound
Ideas Unbound
Ideas UnboundSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Text:
Draw three cards. Discard three cards at end of turn.
replaces Merfolk Looter
Merfolk Looter
Merfolk LooterSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Draw a card, then choose and discard a card.
/Thought Courier
Thought Courier
Thought CourierSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap: Draw a card, then discard a card from your hand.
for the card draw at one turn, Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
and because of removal with the one toughness in each. This deck is going to have to find a way to deal with the needle like rushing river or artifact removal for the Needle and the Affinity deck.

KCI:
4 x Skyship Weatherlight
Skyship Weatherlight
Skyship WeatherlightSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
When Skyship Weatherlight comes into play, search your library for any number of artifact and/or creature cards and remove them from the game. Then shuffle your library. 4, T: Choose a card at random that was removed from the game with Skyship Weatherlight. Put that card into your hand.

4 x Goblin Charbelcher
Goblin Charbelcher
Goblin CharbelcherSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
3, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a land card. Goblin Charbelcher deals damage equal to the number of nonland cards revealed this way to target creature or player. If the revealed land card was a Mountain, Goblin Charbelcher deals double that damage instead. Put the revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.

3 x Fabricate
Fabricate
FabricateSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Search your library for an artifact card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4 x Pentad Prism
Pentad Prism
Pentad PrismSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
143
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a charge counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) Remove a charge counter from Pentad Prism: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

4 x Krark-Clan Ironworks
4 x U2VydW0gVisions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.

4 x Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.

4 x Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.

4 x Talisman of Dominance
Talisman of Dominance
Talisman of DominanceSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
253
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Talisman of Dominance deals 1 damage to you.

4 x 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.

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

4 x Great Furnace
Great Furnace
Great FurnaceSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
282
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Great Furnace isn't a spell.) T: Add R to your mana pool.

4 x Seat of the Synod
Seat of the Synod
Seat of the SynodSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(Seat of the Synod isn't a spell.) T: Add U to your mana pool.

4 x Vault of Whispers
Vault of Whispers
Vault of WhispersSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Vault of Whispers isn't a spell.) T: Add B to your mana pool.

2 x Ancient Den
Ancient Den
Ancient DenSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
278
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Ancient Den isn't a spell.) T: Add W to your mana pool.

4 x Tree of Tales
Tree of Tales
Tree of TalesSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
285
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(Tree of Tales isn't a spell.) T: Add G to your mana pool.


This “combo” deck looks to abuse the Weatherlight to set up a devastating Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
belcher. It will potentially fall into the “hate” that comes along with decks preparing for the Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
.

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