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CardShark Content - Steven Keys (1/5/2004)

I’ve been looking over the ´´Building on a budget – Wallchuck´´ deck on the WoTC site (http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=magic/magiconline/articlenh120103) and I like it because it’s fun. There are some adjustments I have made, however because I don’t like everything about their list. Here’s my decklist:

Artifacts (9)
4:Bottle Gnomes
Bottle Gnomes
Bottle GnomesSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice Bottle Gnomes: Gain 3 life.

2:Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
R, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Pyrite Spellbomb deals 2 damage to target creature or player. 1, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Draw a card.

2:Serum Tank
Serum Tank
Serum TankSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Corey D. Macourek
Text:
Whenever Serum Tank or another artifact comes into play, put a charge counter on Serum Tank. 3, T, Remove a charge counter from Serum Tank: Draw a card.

1:Bloodshot Cyclops
Bloodshot Cyclops
Bloodshot CyclopsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
tap, Sacrifice a creature: Bloodshot Cyclops deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is the sacrificed creature's power.


Black (13)
1:Infest
Infest
InfestSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
157
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.

4:Wall of Blood
Wall of Blood
Wall of BloodSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) Pay 1 life: Wall of Blood gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

4:Soul Feast
Soul Feast
Soul FeastSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
72
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
Target player loses 4 life and you gain 4 life.

4:Vicious Hunger
Vicious Hunger
Vicious HungerSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
74
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Text:
Vicious Hunger deals 2 damage to target creature. You gain 2 life.


Red (14)
4:Grab The Reigns
2: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:Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.

4: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.


Land (24)
8:Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

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

4: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: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.


Sideboard (15)
15 Cards – I cannot think of any that would go particularly good in this deck.

Now come the explanations. The basic combo in this deck requires your life total to be at least 1 higher than your opponent’s. The combo is to have a Wall of Blood
Wall of Blood
Wall of BloodSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) Pay 1 life: Wall of Blood gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
out, pump it with its ability so its power is equal to your opponent’s life, then sacrifice it to a Bloodshot Cyclops
Bloodshot Cyclops
Bloodshot CyclopsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
tap, Sacrifice a creature: Bloodshot Cyclops deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is the sacrificed creature's power.
or to Grab the Reigns. Soul Feast
Soul Feast
Soul FeastSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
72
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
Target player loses 4 life and you gain 4 life.
is the king in this deck because it puts a whopping 8 life between you and your opponent. The Vicious Hunger
Vicious Hunger
Vicious HungerSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
74
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Text:
Vicious Hunger deals 2 damage to target creature. You gain 2 life.
s can fend off small creatures while giving you a necessary life boost. Bottle Gnomes
Bottle Gnomes
Bottle GnomesSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice Bottle Gnomes: Gain 3 life.
are fun blockers because you can sacrifice them for 3 life and have them prevent the damage of the attacker. 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.
can kill a nasty creature or put 5 difference between you and your opponent. I prefer 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 Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
R, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Pyrite Spellbomb deals 2 damage to target creature or player. 1, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Draw a card.
because it costs less and can be played from the hand at instant speed. Infest
Infest
InfestSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
157
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.
and Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
are like weenie Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
s. Serum Tank
Serum Tank
Serum TankSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Corey D. Macourek
Text:
Whenever Serum Tank or another artifact comes into play, put a charge counter on Serum Tank. 3, T, Remove a charge counter from Serum Tank: Draw a card.
s are the deck’s only card drawing, but since you’ll usually have some extra mana, they work.

Some tips on using the deck:
1. Don’t play your artifact lands until you run out of basic ones because you want them to affect your Serum Tank
Serum Tank
Serum TankSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
240
Artist:
Corey D. Macourek
Text:
Whenever Serum Tank or another artifact comes into play, put a charge counter on Serum Tank. 3, T, Remove a charge counter from Serum Tank: Draw a card.
once you have it out.
2. Don’t let Wall of Blood
Wall of Blood
Wall of BloodSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) Pay 1 life: Wall of Blood gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
die unless you have to or have another.
3. Always remember to pump your Wall once when you use Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
or Infest
Infest
InfestSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
157
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.
.
4. If you have more than 1 Grab the Reigns, entwine one if you’re lower on life or don’t have a Wall to get rid of a creature and hurt your opponent. Keep the other one so you can do the combo later unless you must use it or have a Bloodshot Cyclops
Bloodshot Cyclops
Bloodshot CyclopsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
77
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
tap, Sacrifice a creature: Bloodshot Cyclops deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is the sacrificed creature's power.
out.
5. Don’t forget to sacrifice the Bottle Gnomes
Bottle Gnomes
Bottle GnomesSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice Bottle Gnomes: Gain 3 life.
before combat damage resolves to gain the life.

I’ve been testing this deck and I must say it is extremely fun to win with. (Especially when your opponent has never seen the deck before!) This deck probably won’t make the cut for a tournament, but is great for casual and costs about $40-$50! This is definitely the most enjoyable deck for your money if you’re not looking to win at tournaments.

Thanks for reading my article, and I would truly appreciate it if you gave it a ´´5´´ rating! Until next time!


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