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CardShark Content - Stanley Rutkowski III (10/6/2005)

With the pending release of Ravnica, the rotation of the artifact block from the Standard environment and the upcoming Champs tournaments, Standard decks are on the forefront of our minds. This article is intended to show some of the possible decks in the format to begin to create a test gauntlet for your potential deck choice and to help create sideboards for the decks as strengths and weaknesses can be assessed. With that, all of these decks are not completely tuned at this point as the metagame is not completely developed. This is more my brainstorming for what the shape of Standard could look like.

Rats (Bg)
4 x 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.

4 x Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

2 x Moonlight Bargain
Moonlight Bargain
Moonlight BargainSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Nick Percival
Text:
Look at the top five cards of your library. For each card, put that card into your graveyard unless you pay 2 life. Then put the rest into your hand.

4 x 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.

4 x Umezawa’s Jitte
4 x 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.

4 x Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.

2 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.

4 x 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.

2 x Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
2 x Plague Boiler
Plague Boiler
Plague BoilerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
269
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a plague counter on Plague Boiler. 1BG: Put a plague counter on Plague Boiler or remove a plague counter from it. When Plague Boiler has three or more plague counters on it, sacrifice it. If you do, destroy all nonland permanents.

4 x Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown TombSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Swamp Forest
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add B or G to your mana pool.) As Overgrown Tomb comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Overgrown Tomb comes into play tapped instead.

4 x Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar WastesSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add B or G to your mana pool. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

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


Rats lose a great card in Chittering Rats
Chittering Rats
Chittering RatsSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Tom Wanerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Chittering Rats comes into play target opponent puts a card from his or her hand on top of his or her library.
for tempo, but gain the black Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
in Moonlight Bargain
Moonlight Bargain
Moonlight BargainSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Nick Percival
Text:
Look at the top five cards of your library. For each card, put that card into your graveyard unless you pay 2 life. Then put the rest into your hand.
. Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.
replaces the Shaman as it double as creature removal and artifact removal. Plague Boiler
Plague Boiler
Plague BoilerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
269
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a plague counter on Plague Boiler. 1BG: Put a plague counter on Plague Boiler or remove a plague counter from it. When Plague Boiler has three or more plague counters on it, sacrifice it. If you do, destroy all nonland permanents.
is a mass removal if options get around your discard. This deck has the ability to be a control deck with its discard and creature control or an aggressive deck with its creature base and Jitte. The issue is going to become the potential speed in the format in the next two decks.

Boros (Wr)
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.

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 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 Umezawa’s Jitte
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

4 x Boros Swiftblade
Boros Swiftblade
Boros SwiftbladeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
193
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike

4 x Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.

4 x Skynight Legionnaire
4 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 Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of KondaSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2

4 x Battlefield Forge
Battlefield Forge
Battlefield ForgeSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add R or W to your mana pool. Battlefield Forge deals 1 damage to you.

4 x Sacred Foundry
Sacred Foundry
Sacred FoundrySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Mountain Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add R or W to your mana pool.) As Sacred Foundry comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Sacred Foundry comes into play tapped instead.

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

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


White Weenie gets a boost with the gold cards in the set. Helix is a great swing in that it eliminates blockers and gains tempo with the life gain (or can be a finisher to the dome). Adding 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.
to the mix gives you eight spells to clear the path for your quick creatures. The Swiftblade with the Anthem and Jitte gives double strike a lethal punch. People made the investment into the rare cards for White Weenie during the block season and with the boost that it gets from Ravnica is going to help budget players stay competitive in the next season, so plan on seeing this deck played. Other than the new land, all of the cards from this deck added from the block season will be of the common or uncommon variety, so this is another bonus for the budget player. Also the speed and tempo of this deck are going to be a basis for other decks to compare with.

Mono Red

4 x Akki Avalanchers
Akki Avalanchers
Akki AvalanchersSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
151
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Akki Avalanchers gets +2/+0 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn.

4 x Frenzied Goblin
Frenzied Goblin
Frenzied GoblinSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Berserker
Rarity:
U
Number:
125
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Frenzied Goblin attacks, you may pay R. If you do, target creature can’t block this turn.

4 x Frostling
Frostling
FrostlingSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Frostling Frostling deals 1 damage to target creature.

4 x Hearth Kami
Hearth Kami
Hearth KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
171
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, Sacrifice Hearth Kami: Destroy target artifact with converted mana cost X.

2 x Hunted Dragon
Hunted Dragon
Hunted DragonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, haste When Hunted Dragon comes into play, put three 2/2 white Knight creature tokens with first strike into play under target opponent’s control.

4 x Genju of the Spires
Genju of the Spires
Genju of the SpiresSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Mountain
Rarity:
U
Number:
105
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Text:
2: Enchanted Mountain becomes a 6/1 red Spirit creature until end of turn. It's still a land. When enchanted Mountain is put into a graveyard, you may return Genju of the Spires from your graveyard to your hand.

4 x 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.

4 x Glacial Ray
Glacial Ray
Glacial RaySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Jim Murray
Text:
Glacial Ray deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Splice onto Arcane 1R (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.)

4 x Lava Spike
Lava Spike
Lava SpikeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player.

4 x Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

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


Mono red is the deck most likely to take advantage of a “Hunted” creature from the new set. With Flying and Haste, you have the advantage in playing the hunted spells with evasion and use it prior to your opponent. With Lava Spike
Lava Spike
Lava SpikeSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Lava Spike deals 3 damage to target player.
being an Arcane spell, you even have the flexibility to use splicing in this deck and keep the mana curve low as you would like in an aggressive red deck. Frostling
Frostling
FrostlingSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Frostling Frostling deals 1 damage to target creature.
acts as creature removal for the one toughness creatures that will see play (Tribe Elder, 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
, Llanowar
Llanowar
LlanowarSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Dominaria
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
All creatures have "{T}: Add {G}{G} to your mana pool." Whenever you roll {C}, untap all creatures you control.
Elf, 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.
, 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
, etc.). The deck will miss its hasted growing monster, but will still have a great speed advantage over most of the field.

Bounce
4 x Slight of Hand
4 x Reach Through Mists
Reach Through Mists
Reach Through MistsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Draw a card.

4 x Telling Time
Telling Time
Telling TimeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand, one on top of your library, and one on the bottom of your library.

4 x Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.

4 x Temporal Adept
Temporal Adept
Temporal AdeptSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
UUU, T: Return target permanent to its owner's hand.

4 x Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.

2 x Remand
Remand
RemandSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark A. Nelson
Text:
Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner’s hand instead of into that player's graveyard. Draw a card.

4 x Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.

4 x Hinder
Hinder
HinderSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, put that card on the top or bottom of its owner's library instead of that player's graveyard.

4 x Rewind
Rewind
RewindSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Counter target spell. Untap up to four lands.

1 x Meloku the Clouded Mirror
Meloku the Clouded Mirror
Meloku the Clouded MirrorSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Moonfolk Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying 1, Return a land you control to its owner's hand: Put a 1/1 blue Illusion creature token with flying into play.

1 x Mahamoti Djinn
Mahamoti Djinn
Mahamoti DjinnSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying

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


From the vein of Chevy Blue, this is a tempo deck setting up a lock with the Adept and your bounce. Your finishing cards are two different creatures to ensure that you are nit crushed by a Cranial 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.
that might slip through your counter base. All of your card draw (Sleight of Hand
Sleight of Hand
Sleight of HandSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Look at the top two cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the other on the bottom of your library.
, Reach Through Mists
Reach Through Mists
Reach Through MistsSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Draw a card.
and Telling Time
Telling Time
Telling TimeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand, one on top of your library, and one on the bottom of your library.
) allow you to have a low land count in the deck. Make sure you can protect an Adept, but the sooner it is active, the better. With the high casting costs of decks (not playing red), you should be able to catch the tempo. Also with the reliance of the new and old pain lands, you can really put your opponent in a tough situation with your counters and bouncing their lands. Another bounce spell like 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.
would be a great gain for this deck.

Gifts Deck:
I have not personally played a Gifts Deck, so I am not going to go into a great amount of detail here. There will be Gifts decks played in the format as shown by the last block season. Make sure you do some homework on this type of deck as decisions on the Gifts can make or break you as you contend with this tutoring ability.

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.)
:

Again, this is a deck type that I am not completely familiar with. With Ravnica being an “enchantment” block and the success of this type of deck in Nationals competition, this type of deck will be played. Also you have the Honden deck played in the block season, so a “morph” of the two together could pack a powerful punch. Familiarizing yourself with this type of deck will help you make decisions that can hinder your opponent’s game plan.

Hopefully this helps in the creation of your new standard decks for the upcoming season. Thanks for reading.


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