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CardShark Content - Stanley Rutkowski III (6/11/2002)

Hello again. First off let me apologize for my lack of writing lately, between team sealed practices and life getting in the way of Magic, I have not had a lot to write about (not to mention the Red Wings in the Cup Finals - Go Wings!). Now that Judgment is released, I figured it would be a good time to start looking at potential decks for the upcoming season. The following decks are mostly in the idea stage and have gone through minimal testing thus far. Some of these decks might never amount to anything, but then again, you don’t want to go into the block constructed season without at least thinking about the vast possibilities that this block could unfold.

With all the “Punisher” cards in this block, the first deck I will visit is an attempt at building a sligh type deck.

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.
, most times this card will deliver pain to the dome early on.
4 x Breaking point, again this card will most likely become pain to the dome, but could be the wrath you need in certain situation. Three manna, six damage at worst is a economical spell.
3 x Violent Eruption
Violent Eruption
Violent EruptionSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Text:
Violent Eruption deals 4 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players. Madness 1RR
, only three because of the 4 cc
4 x Flame Burst
Flame Burst
Flame BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Flame Burst deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is 2 plus the number of Flame Burst cards in all graveyards.
Instant speed damage
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 Hell-Bent Raider, hasted creature and pro white (Judgment was the White set afterall)
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.

4 x Fiery temper
3 x Firecat Blitz
Firecat Blitz
Firecat BlitzSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
88
Artist:
David Martin

Text:
Put X 1/1 red Cat creature tokens with haste into play. Remove them from the game at end of turn. Flashback RR, Sacrifice X Mountains.
Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
Back hasted creatures
4 x Browbeat
Browbeat
BrowbeatSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Text:
Unless a player has Browbeat deal 5 damage to him or her, target player draws three cards.
, card draw or efficient damage to the dome
2 x Fledgling Dragon
Fledgling Dragon
Fledgling DragonSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Greg Staples

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. Threshold - Fledgling Dragon gets +3/+3 and has "R: Fledgling Dragon gets +1/+0 until end of turn."
, back up plan in case the game drags on
20 x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


The Next deck that I am looking into is a white weenie deck. This block seems to have a lot of low casting cost good white cards in it.

3 x Battle Screech
Battle Screech
Battle ScreechSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
3
Artist:
Randy Gallegos

Text:
Put two 1/1 white Bird creature tokens with flying into play. Flashback - Tap three untapped white creatures you control.
, without the flashback I think this card could be playable, with it the card is very good. Only three copies because it is a 4 cc spell
4 x Devoted Caretaker
Devoted Caretaker
Devoted CaretakerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Clyde Caldwell
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, Tap: Target permanent you control gains protection from instant spells and from sorcery spells until end of turn.
, 1 drop that protects your creatures from both bounce and burn
3 x Dogged Hunter
Dogged Hunter
Dogged HunterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap: Destroy target creature token.
, this block is full of token generators, this is your answer to them
4 x Mystic Crusader
Mystic Crusader
Mystic CrusaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Mystic
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black and from red Threshold - Mystic Crusader gets +1/+1 and has flying. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
, pro black and pro red
3 x Lieutenant Kirtar
Lieutenant Kirtar
Lieutenant KirtarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
29
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1W, Sacrifice Lieutenant Kirtar: Remove target attacking creature from the game.
, at worst a 2/2 flyer, at best a removal spell for a creature you can’t deal with
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
, 1/1 flyer for 1
4 x Beloved Chaplin, pro creatures
3 x Reborn Hero
Reborn Hero
Reborn HeroSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
14
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Reborn Hero to tap. Threshold - When Reborn Hero is put into a graveyard from play, you may pay WW. If you do, return Reborn Hero to play under your control.
, with threshold, an eternal blocker
3 x Pianna, Nomad Captain
Pianna, Nomad Captain
Pianna, Nomad CaptainSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
39
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Pianna, Nomad Captain attacks, attacking creatures get +1/+1 until end of turn.
, pump all your attackers
1 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.
, protect yourself from burn
3 x Divine Sacrament
Divine Sacrament
Divine SacramentSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
White creatures get +1/+1. Threshold - White creatures get an additional +1/+1. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
, pump up your efficient threats
3 x Vigilant Sentry
Vigilant Sentry
Vigilant SentrySet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Threshold - Vigilant Sentry gets +1/+1 and gains "T: Target attacking or blocking creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn."
, with threshold this guy can protect or push thru extra damage
22 x Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


This deck might need some sort of disenchant in the main deck. The side board should include some graveyard hate for your opponent and possibly some removal, possibly the white dream.

The next deck is a green/blue madness deck. This deck has lots of hype for the addition of Quiet Speculation
Quiet Speculation
Quiet SpeculationSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
John Avon

Text:
Search target player's Library for up to three cards with flashback and put them into that players graveyard. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
.

4 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.
, flash back card draw that can be brought out by the speculation
4 x Basking rootwalla, 0 cc madness and a pumpable creature
4 x Circular logic, your counter base
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.
, nuff said
3 x Arrogant worm, more madness spells
4 x Call of the herd
2 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.
, make your beast flyers
4 x Quiet Speculation
Quiet Speculation
Quiet SpeculationSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
John Avon

Text:
Search target player's Library for up to three cards with flashback and put them into that players graveyard. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
, two mana, set up your graveyard
4 x Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.
, bounce for your opponent’s threats
4 x Roar of the worm, fully abuse the speculations
3 x Darkwater Catacombs
Darkwater Catacombs
Darkwater CatacombsSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
319
Artist:
Monte Michael Moore
Text:
: 1, Tap: Add UB to your mana pool.

11 x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G 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.


The catacombs are a twist I am working on. Not only does this puzzle your opponent in the main deck, but it also allows for Tombfire
Tombfire
TombfireSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
165
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Target player removes all cards with flashback in his or her graveyard from the game.
for the mirror match. Catalyst Stone
Catalyst Stone
Catalyst StoneSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
297
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Flashback costs you pay cost up to 2 less. Flashback costs your opponents pay cost 2 more.
may be a possibility for the sideboard as well with this deck.


Another deck that intrigues me is the possible abuse of Mists of Stagnation. I enjoyed playing Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
and this card could be the next Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
.

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.
, initially you opponent will scoff at the use of bad cards, but if you can remove a few cards from the graveyard, you are ahead of the game.
4 x Grip of Amnesia
Grip of Amnesia
Grip of AmnesiaSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Bradley Williams

Text:
Counter Target spell unless its controller removes his or her graveyard from the game. Draw a card
, a counter with not much draw back in this deck
4 x Puppeteer
Puppeteer
PuppeteerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
U, Tap: Tap or untap target creature.
, you need a way to tap down your opponent’s threats while you set yourself up for the lockdown
4 x Mist of Stagnation
Mist of Stagnation
Mist of StagnationSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Mike Ploog

Text:
Permanents don't untap during their controllers' untap steps. At the Beginning of each player's upkeep, that player untaps a permanent for each card in his or her graveyard.
, the basis of the deck
4 x Coffin Purge
Coffin Purge
Coffin PurgeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Flashback B (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
, graveyard removal spell
4 x Web
Web
WebSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Target creature gains +0/+2 and can now block flying creatures, though it does not gain flying ability.
IG9mIEluZXJ0aWE=, they can’t attack unless they remove cards, then they can’t untap because of the lack of cards in the graveyard.
3 x Gravestorm
Gravestorm
GravestormSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Alex Horley
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, target opponent may remove a card in his or her graveyard from the game. If that player doesn't, you may draw a card.
, more abuse of the graveyard to lock down your opponent
4 x Crypt Keeper, creature and graveyard hate
3 x Syncopate
Syncopate
SyncopateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays X. If that spell is countered this way, remove it from the game instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
, great counter with the lockdown
3 x Steamclaw
Steamclaw
SteamclawSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
310
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
3, Tap: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. 1, Sacrifice Steamclaw: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game.
, more graveyard hate
9 x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

4 x Tainted Isle
Tainted Isle
Tainted IsleSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control a swamp.

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


At this point this deck is very fragile and needs some serious tuning. I think it could be a very fun deck to play.


Hopefully this helps in your testing. I look forward to seeing what this block brings to the forefront.

As always, questions and comments are appreciated.

Thanks for reading.


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