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CardShark Content - Tim Rodriguez (3/25/2002)

Hey Tim here once again to bring you some deck strategies. But first, your long awaited answers:

-=Novice Puzzle Answer=-

The Old Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
/Hatred
Hatred
HatredSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
64
Artist:
Brom
Text:
Pay X life: Target creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn.
. Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
, Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
, Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
, Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
, Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
, Hatred
Hatred
HatredSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
64
Artist:
Brom
Text:
Pay X life: Target creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn.
paying 19 life. Raging goblin is now a 20/1 until end of turn. :-D.

-=Intermediate Puzzle Answer=-

Turn one: Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.
, Confessor
Confessor
ConfessorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a player discards a card from his or her hand, you may gain 1 life.
.
Turn two: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, 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.
.
Turn three: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, Cabal Ritual
Cabal Ritual
Cabal RitualSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool. Threshold - Instead add BBBBB to your mana pool.
, Nefarious Lich
Nefarious Lich
Nefarious LichSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
If you would be dealt damage, remove that many cards in your graveyard from the game instead. If you can't, you lose the game. If you would gain life, draw that many cards instead. When Nefarious Lich leaves play, you lose the game.
, Start pumping the wild mongrel 20 times...

-=Expert Puzzle Answer=-

The colors are AGED. (spelled backwards is DEGA). For those who don’t know the colors of DEGA, why are you even looking at this answer?

Reckless Assault
Reckless Assault
Reckless AssaultSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
263
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
1, Pay 2 life: Reckless Assault deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, Transcendence
Transcendence
TranscendenceSet: Torment
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Text:
You don't lose the game for having 0 or less life. When you have 20 or more life, you lose the game. Whenever you lose life, you gain 2 life for each 1 life you lost.
, Nefarious Lich
Nefarious Lich
Nefarious LichSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
If you would be dealt damage, remove that many cards in your graveyard from the game instead. If you can't, you lose the game. If you would gain life, draw that many cards instead. When Nefarious Lich leaves play, you lose the game.
, Obstinate Familiar
Obstinate Familiar
Obstinate FamiliarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
210
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If you would draw a card, you may skip that draw instead.
. 1, Pay 2 life: deal one damage to target creature or player. Then you gain 4 life from transcendence. Or you would, but Nefarious Lich
Nefarious Lich
Nefarious LichSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
If you would be dealt damage, remove that many cards in your graveyard from the game instead. If you can't, you lose the game. If you would gain life, draw that many cards instead. When Nefarious Lich leaves play, you lose the game.
makes you draw. But Obstinate Familiar
Obstinate Familiar
Obstinate FamiliarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
210
Artist:
Terese Nielson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If you would draw a card, you may skip that draw instead.
allows you to choose whether you want the cards or not. :-D.

-=Bonus Puzzle Answer=-

Turn one: Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
, Confessor
Confessor
ConfessorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a player discards a card from his or her hand, you may gain 1 life.
.
Turn two: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, Zombie Infestation
Zombie Infestation
Zombie InfestationSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Discard two cards from your hand: Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
.
Turn three: Any land that can tap for B, Cabal Ritual
Cabal Ritual
Cabal RitualSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool. Threshold - Instead add BBBBB to your mana pool.
, Nefarious Lich
Nefarious Lich
Nefarious LichSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
If you would be dealt damage, remove that many cards in your graveyard from the game instead. If you can't, you lose the game. If you would gain life, draw that many cards instead. When Nefarious Lich leaves play, you lose the game.
. Start making your minions...:-D.

Now, the New Puzzles:

::Novice Puzzle:: (Odyssey Block)

You have a green creature in play that costs G to cast. You have an Enchantment in your hand that makes a nifty little combo with the instant card in your hand. These cards are all green.

Have Fun!

::Intermediate Puzzle:: (Sent in by a reader)(Type 2)

Turn one: Land, Blank 1
Turn two: Land, Blank 2, Blank 3, Blank 2, Blank 2, Blank 2, Hypnox
Hypnox
HypnoxSet: Torment
Cost:
11
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
64
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
8
Toughness:
8
Text:
Flying. When Hypnox comes into play, if you played it from your hand, remove all cards in target opponent's hand from the game. When Hypnox leaves play, return the removed cards to their owner's hand.
.

Have Fun with that one.

::Expert Puzzle:: (Non-Type 2)
You and your friends somehow assemble a massive 100 player Free-For-All!!!

After hours of long elimination Rock-Paper-Scissors, You win, and get to go first.

You play a land, an artifact, and 2 sorceries, killing everyone at the table. You nearly escape your pissed off friends.

Good luck!

All right. That takes care of that. Onto the article:

Nefarious Lich
Nefarious Lich
Nefarious LichSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
If you would be dealt damage, remove that many cards in your graveyard from the game instead. If you can't, you lose the game. If you would gain life, draw that many cards instead. When Nefarious Lich leaves play, you lose the game.
: Crap rare, or card waiting to be broken? I tend to argue with most folks about “crap” rares, because usually Wizards of the Coast makes them because there is a combo that can be used, but because the cards suck at first sight, they aren’t discovered except by a few. The Puzzles most of you just got the answers to were introductions to this article. Alright, as most people know, the deck based around Nefarious Lich
Nefarious Lich
Nefarious LichSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
If you would be dealt damage, remove that many cards in your graveyard from the game instead. If you can't, you lose the game. If you would gain life, draw that many cards instead. When Nefarious Lich leaves play, you lose the game.
is going to be hard to keep to 60 cards, so we’ll allow ourselves to go as far as 90 cards. Let’s start out once again with a deck list:

Lich
Lich
LichSet: Alpha
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
You lose all life. If you gain life later in the game, instead draw one card from your library for each life. For each point of damage you suffer, you must destroy one of your cards in play. Creatures destroyed in this way cannot be regenerated. You lose if this enchantment is destroyed or if you suffer a point of damage without sending a card to the graveyard.
Lord (Version 1)

Creatures (12):
4 Confessor
Confessor
ConfessorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a player discards a card from his or her hand, you may gain 1 life.

4 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 Necravolver
Necravolver
NecravolverSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Volver
Rarity:
R
Number:
46
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1G and/or W If you paid the 1G kicker cost, Necravolver comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has trample. If you paid the W kicker cost, Necravolver comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it and has "Whenever Necravolver deals damage, you gain that much life."


Spells (32):
4 Nefarious Lich
Nefarious Lich
Nefarious LichSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
If you would be dealt damage, remove that many cards in your graveyard from the game instead. If you can't, you lose the game. If you would gain life, draw that many cards instead. When Nefarious Lich leaves play, you lose the game.

4 Zombie Infestation
Zombie Infestation
Zombie InfestationSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Discard two cards from your hand: Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.

4 Overgrown Estate
Overgrown Estate
Overgrown EstateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Sacrifice a land: You gain 3 life.

4 Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

4 Insidious Dreams
Insidious Dreams
Insidious DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Text:
As an additional cost to play Insidious Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Search your library for X cards. Then shuffle your library and put those cards on top of it in any order.

4 Cabal Ritual
Cabal Ritual
Cabal RitualSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool. Threshold - Instead add BBBBB to your mana pool.

4 Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4 Sterling Grove
Sterling Grove
Sterling GroveSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
278
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All other enchantments you control can't be the targets of spells or abilities.1, Sacrifice Sterling Grove: Search your library for an enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.


Lands (36):
4 Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.

4 Caves of Koilos
Caves of Koilos
Caves of KoilosSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add W or B to your mana pool. Caves of Koilos deals 1 damage to you.

4 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.

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

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

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



Let’s look at this. The intermediate and bonus puzzles are incorporated into this one. The expert is way too hard to set up, even if it is cool. The major things with a Nefarious Lich
Nefarious Lich
Nefarious LichSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
If you would be dealt damage, remove that many cards in your graveyard from the game instead. If you can't, you lose the game. If you would gain life, draw that many cards instead. When Nefarious Lich leaves play, you lose the game.
deck are to draw cards and discard cards, both by use of life gain. Threshold is easily obtained using this deck, and can just as easily be taken away. It looks pretty good, and plays pretty good. A BIG spell in this deck is Insidious Dreams
Insidious Dreams
Insidious DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Text:
As an additional cost to play Insidious Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Search your library for X cards. Then shuffle your library and put those cards on top of it in any order.
. Often cast it when you need something, NOW. It adds to all goals of the deck. When this baby is cast, kiss your opponents goodbye, as you will most likely search for Zombie Infestation
Zombie Infestation
Zombie InfestationSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Discard two cards from your hand: Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
and 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.
, the finishers of the big combo. Obviously, you’ll need sterling grove, or u can be VERY, VERY dead. The deck doesn’t need a sideboard, because anything you would put in sideboard can go straight into the deck. Because of the amazing card drawing ability of it, you will be likely to get them too. Necravolver
Necravolver
NecravolverSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Volver
Rarity:
R
Number:
46
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 1G and/or W If you paid the 1G kicker cost, Necravolver comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it and has trample. If you paid the W kicker cost, Necravolver comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it and has "Whenever Necravolver deals damage, you gain that much life."
is one of those guys you can use without Nefarious Lich
Nefarious Lich
Nefarious LichSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
If you would be dealt damage, remove that many cards in your graveyard from the game instead. If you can't, you lose the game. If you would gain life, draw that many cards instead. When Nefarious Lich leaves play, you lose the game.
, but even more useful with it. Attack with him, and he can get you 5 quick cards while murdering your opponent. The rest is pretty self-explanatory. This deck is a little bit on the expensive side, but it is a GREAT and HILARIOUS solution to some of the best decks, even my own U/W Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
.

Because I’m itching to write these articles, and because they’ve been getting so much attention, I’ll give all my readers a preview of my next article. It’ll include the following decklists and strategies:

The 40 forest (!!) Deck
The Land Deck: Current Type 2, and After-Invasion Type 2 Decklists
The Wall Deck

All work well, and fairly cheap solutions compared to Lich
Lich
LichSet: Alpha
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
You lose all life. If you gain life later in the game, instead draw one card from your library for each life. For each point of damage you suffer, you must destroy one of your cards in play. Creatures destroyed in this way cannot be regenerated. You lose if this enchantment is destroyed or if you suffer a point of damage without sending a card to the graveyard.
, but I like looking at alternatives, not the popular stuff. See if you can do the puzzles, and E-mail me the answers! My Inbox has COBWEBS!!!

Thanks for reading!


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