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CardShark Content - Stefan Vainberg (7/6/2004)

The Mirrodin block gave us some of the craziest cards ever printed. To draft Mirrodin/Darksteel/Fifth Dawn is to hold paper gold in your hands (yeah, I exaggerate).

Here are the bombs for red:

Mirrodin:
Slith Firewalker
Slith Firewalker
Slith FirewalkerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slith
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Whenever Slith Firewalker deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
: fast, effective, all around sweet card. Definite first pick if you are going for red as a major color.

Arc-Slogger: people don't see his potential. Fairly nicely costed, and your opponent is dead if they have less than 8 life and you get this one-eyed-bad boy out quickly.

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.
: mini ravager, nuff said

Detonate
Detonate
DetonateSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Text:
Bury target artifact. Detonate deals X damage to the artifact's controller, where X is the casting cost of the artifact.
: artifact destruction and some major burn. me likey :lol:

Electrostatic Bolt
Electrostatic Bolt
Electrostatic BoltSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Electrostatic Bolt deals 2 damage to target creature. If it's an artifact creature, Electrostatic Bolt deals 4 damage to it instead.
: major creature removal at a cheap price.

Mass Hysteria
Mass Hysteria
Mass HysteriaSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
99
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
All creatures have haste.
: If you run a ton of huge creatures, this can be helpful. Definitely plan ahead with this.

Molten Rain
Molten Rain
Molten RainSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.
: Land kill, always nice.

Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.
: Great control card and nice acceleration.

Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
: artifact kill

Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
: great burn card

Darksteel:
Pulse of the Forge
Pulse of the Forge
Pulse of the ForgeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Pulse of the Forge deals 4 damage to target player. Then if that player has more life than you return Pulse of the Forge to its owner's hand.
: AWESOME burn, TAKE TAKE TAKE!!!

Dismantle
Dismantle
DismantleSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy target artifact. If that artifact had counters on it put that many +1/+1 counters or charge counters on an artifact you control.
: Solid, but especially effective if you find yourself a darksteel reactor

Barbed Lightning
Barbed Lightning
Barbed LightningSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Choose one: Barbed Lightning deals 3 damage to target creature; or Barbed Lightning deals 3 damage to target player. Entwine 2.
: Creature kill, or burn? No! BOTH!!!

Furnace Dragon
Furnace Dragon
Furnace DragonSet: Darksteel
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Matthew D Wilson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for Artifacts, Flying. When Furnace Dragon comes into play if you played it from your hand remove all artifacts from the game.
: 5/5 flier is amazing in draft, and he takes care of every artifact

Vulshock War Boar: 5/5 for four with a tiny cost. Very nice

Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
: Blast from the past

Flamebreak
Flamebreak
FlamebreakSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
61
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Text:
Flamebreak deals 3 damage to each player and each creature without flying. Creatures damaged this way cannot be regenerated this turn.
: BAM!!!

Echoing Ruin
Echoing Ruin
Echoing RuinSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target artifact and all other artifacts with the same name as that artifact.
: multiple dead artifacts

Fifth Dawn:
Beacon of Destruction
Beacon of Destruction
Beacon of DestructionSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
61
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Beacon of Destruction deals 5 damage to target creature or player. Shuffle Beacon of Destruction into its owner's library.
: Continuous explosions for a very low cost (at least for the power)

Furnace Whelp
Furnace Whelp
Furnace WhelpSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
U
Number:
65
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. R: Furnace Whelp gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
: Flying and firebreathing, a very deadly combination

Goblin Brawler
Goblin Brawler
Goblin BrawlerSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin Brawler can't be equipped.
: Cheap, fast, and hard to beat in combat.

Magma Jet
Magma Jet
Magma JetSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Text:
Magma Jet deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Scry 2
: Control and burn in one package.

Magma Giant
Magma Giant
Magma GiantSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Michael Weaver
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
When Magma Giant comes into play from your hand, it deals 2 damage to each creature and player. (This includes you and your creatures, including Magma Giant.)
: Big and has a mini-Wrath built in.

Vulshock Sorcerer: Haste and pinging will make this one annoying creature to deal with.

Some of the garbage cards to watch out for in the Mirrodin block:

Crazed Goblin
Crazed Goblin
Crazed GoblinSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Crazed Goblin attacks each turn if able.
: a joke of a card.

Spark Elemental
Spark Elemental
Spark ElementalSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample. At the end of turn, sacrifice Spark Elemental.
: not all crap, but useless after a very short while.

Rain of Rust
Rain of Rust
Rain of RustSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Text:
Choose one - Destroy target artifact, or destroy target land. Entwine 3R
: Not horrible, but way too expensive

Mana Gyser: At best, you're getting about 3-4 mana. Stick to Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.
.

Inflame
Inflame
InflameSet: Prophecy
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Inflame deals 2 damage to each creature dealt damage this turn.
: Too situational

Goblin Archaelogosit: Yes, you can blow up their entire artifact base, but you probably won't.

Confusion in the Ranks
Confusion in the Ranks
Confusion in the RanksSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
87
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Whenever an artifact, creature, or enchantment comes into play, its controller chooses target permanent another player controls that shares a type with it. Exchange control of those permanents.
: Your opponent will probably be able to blow you up by stealing your permanents. Please don't do that to yourself.

Fiery Gambit
Fiery Gambit
Fiery GambitSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Flip a coin until you lose a flip or choose to stop flipping. If you lose a flip, Fiery Gambit has no effect. If you win one or more flips, Fiery Gambit deals 3 damage to target creature. If you win two or more flips, Fiery Gambit deals 6 damage to each opponent. If you win three or more flips, draw nine cards and untap all lands you control.
: If you get 3 heads, this becomes the best card in the block. But usually, it won't do anything much.

In all, when you're drafting red in MD5, keep your eyes open for the most burn possible. A good color to splash would be black to give you a nice creature base. Experiment, and win some serious drafts!


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