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CardShark Content - Tim Rodriguez (4/8/2002)

Hey, Tim here once more, writing articles because HE FEELS LIKE IT! Let’s start off as usual with the answers to last week’s problems:

-=Novice Puzzle Answer=-

Creature in play is: Diligent Farmhand
Diligent Farmhand
Diligent FarmhandSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
237
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Diligent Farmhand: Search your library for a basic land card, and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library. If Diligent Farmhand is in a graveyard, Muscle Burst's effect counts it as a Muscle Burst.
.
The Enchantment is: Verdant Succession
Verdant Succession
Verdant SuccessionSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Whenever a green nontoken creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may search his or her library for a card with the same name as that creature and put it into play. If that player does, he or she then shuffles his or her library.

The Instant is: Muscle Burst
Muscle Burst
Muscle BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
252
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is 3 plus the number of Muscle Burst cards in all graveyards.


-=Intermediate Puzzle Answer=-

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

Turn two: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U 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.
, False Memories
False Memories
False MemoriesSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Put the top seven cards of your library into your graveyard. At end of turn, remove seven cards in your graveyard from the game.
, 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.
, 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.
, 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.
, 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.


-=Expert Puzzle Answer=-

Turn one: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
, Black Lotus
Black Lotus
Black LotusSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Adds 3 mana of any single color of your choice to your mana pool, then is discarded. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.
, Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
, Hurricane
Hurricane
HurricaneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All players and flying creatures suffer X damage.
. You’re at -19, and everyone else is at 0. Yes, a 100-way tie.

And the New Puzzles:

::Novice Puzzle:: (Type 2)

Three big beasts, belonging to the same family, in the Odyssey set have a bad draw back to them. But if you can get around it, then you have some cheap toughies on your side. What card(s) neutralize the abilities of these three cards?

Good luck!

::Intermediate Puzzle:: (Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Cycle, and Classic Sixth Edition)

Turn one: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
, Creature
Turn two: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
, Creature, Creature, Creature
Turn three: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
, Creature, Enchantment
Turn four: Enchantment, Instant. They die.

Everything is Green. Have Fun!

::Expert Puzzle:: (Type 1)

I have a deck based around this combo. Very powerful, not type 2, but if that doesn’t get in your way, you can e-mail me for the decklist, AFTER I post the answer. An Enchantment from Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Destiny, a Creature from Odyssey, a Creature from Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Saga, an artifact from 5th edition (originally from Alpha/Beta), and a Sorcery from Alpha/Beta. Since there is an amazing amount of possibilities, I’ll give hints. This combo gets you infinite life, and deals infinite damage. Because this is still hard, here’s another hint: The Enchantment is 6cc, one creature is 1cc, the other is 5cc, the artifact is 1cc, and the Sorcery is 2cc. That should lower it down to minute combos. Good luck!

And the article!

Alternatives to those of you who don’t want to follow the crowd. As I promised in my last article, here are the decks!!! Starting off with…

The 40 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
(!!) Deck

Creatures(16):
4 Basking Rootwalla
Basking Rootwalla
Basking RootwallaSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
121
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Basking Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn. Madness 0

4 Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.

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 Nantuko Cultivator
Nantuko Cultivator
Nantuko CultivatorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Nantuko Cultivator comes into play, you may discard any number of land cards from your hand. Put that many +1/+1 counters on Nantuko Cultivator and draw that many cards.


Spells(4):
4 Rites of Spring
Rites of Spring
Rites of SpringSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
265
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Discard any number of cards from your hand. Search your library for that many basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Lands(40):
40 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.


Pretty simple decklist? Yes. Look like it sucks? Yes. Does it? HELL NO. Rites of Spring
Rites of Spring
Rites of SpringSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
265
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Discard any number of cards from your hand. Search your library for that many basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
in as many rootwallas as u can, and discard all lands in your hand, because they feed Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
, and you’ll get them back anyways! Cultivator, Card Advantage and more fodder for big, bad Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
. 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.
, More fodder for Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
, and pumping itself simultaneously. Need I say more? NEXT!

The Land Deck

Land (40):
18 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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

4 Barbarian Ring
Barbarian Ring
Barbarian RingSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
313
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Tap: Add R to your mana pool. Barbarian Ring deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - R, Tap, Sacrifice Barbarian Ring: Barbarian Ring deals 2 damage to target creature or player. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)


Spells(20):
4 Natural Emergence
Natural Emergence
Natural EmergenceSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When Natural Emergence comes into play, return a red or green enchantment you control to its owner's hand. Lands you control are 2/2 creatures with first strike. They're still lands.
(Vivify
Vivify
VivifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
281
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target land becomes a 3/3 creature until end of turn. It's still a land. Draw a card.
for After-Invasion)
4 Storm Cauldron
Storm Cauldron
Storm CauldronSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
314
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player may play an additional land during each of his or her turns.Whenever a land is tapped for mana, return it to its owner's hand.

4 Grafted Skullcap
Grafted Skullcap
Grafted SkullcapSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
296
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
During your draw phase, draw an additional card.At the end of each of your turns, discard your hand.

4 Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.

4 Seismic Assault
Seismic Assault
Seismic AssaultSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Choose and discard a land card: Seismic Assault deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


Basically, the whole point of the deck is to use Natural Emergence
Natural Emergence
Natural EmergenceSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When Natural Emergence comes into play, return a red or green enchantment you control to its owner's hand. Lands you control are 2/2 creatures with first strike. They're still lands.
/Vivify
Vivify
VivifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
281
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Target land becomes a 3/3 creature until end of turn. It's still a land. Draw a card.
and Seismic Assault
Seismic Assault
Seismic AssaultSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Choose and discard a land card: Seismic Assault deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
to stop any of your opponent’s pests/life totals. Grafted Skullcap
Grafted Skullcap
Grafted SkullcapSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
296
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
During your draw phase, draw an additional card.At the end of each of your turns, discard your hand.
and Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.
are obvious card advantage. Storm cauldron lets you play 2 land per turn, and as an instant, returns them to your hand to drop via Assault. I would rather take 4 burn to deal my opponent’s creatures 8 than take 8. One of those decks that have a surprising win condition. :-D. NEXT!

The Wall Deck

Creatures(14):
4 Sunweb
Sunweb
SunwebSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
R
Number:
46
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) FlyingSunweb can't block creatures with power 2 or less.

4 Wall of Swords
Wall of Swords
Wall of SwordsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying

4 Wall of Spears
Wall of Spears
Wall of SpearsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
First strike, counts as a wall

2 Reya Dawnbringer
Reya Dawnbringer
Reya DawnbringerSet: Invasion
Cost:
9
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
4
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying At the beginning of your upkeep, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to play.


Spells(24):
4 Testament of Faith
Testament of Faith
Testament of FaithSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
X: Testament of Faith becomes an X/X Wall creature until end of turn. It's still an enchantment. (Walls can't attack.)

4 Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
Rolling StonesSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
111
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Walls can attack as though they were not Walls.

4 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.

2 Breath of Life
Breath of Life
Breath of LifeSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Lubov
Text:
Take any one creature card from your graveyard and put that creature into play. Treat it as though you just played it from your hand.

2 Animal Boneyard
Animal Boneyard
Animal BoneyardSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Enchanted land has ``Tap, Sacrifice a creature: You gain life equal to that creature's toughness.``

4 Life Burst
Life Burst
Life BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Target player gains 4 life, then gains 4 life for each Life Burst card in each graveyard.

4 Castle
Castle
CastleSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
Your untapped creatures gain +0/+2. Attacking creatures do not get this bonus.


Land(22):
22 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


I know what you’re thinking: “WHAT THE HELL!? A WALL DECK? HOW IN THE WORLD DOES HE WIN!?” Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
Rolling StonesSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
111
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Walls can attack as though they were not Walls.
. Its basically more of a prevent damage deck. There are only 14 rares in this one, making it fairly cheap, but REALLY reliable. Do you know why? It’s near impossible to deal with walls. Walls stop just about any creature, and they’re huge enough not to be destroyed except by a multitude of spells. That is what Reya is there for. And just in case they start to kill your creatures, castle should make them suffer more, as u bring all of them back with Reya. And the nice little combo of Animal Boneyard
Animal Boneyard
Animal BoneyardSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Enchanted land has ``Tap, Sacrifice a creature: You gain life equal to that creature's toughness.``
and Reya is to sacrifice, gain 9 or so life, and bring back during your upkeep. So now the problem is with the 9 casting cost. If you do your math right, most of your games will last until the 25th turn at the least, with your opponent doing they’re best to kill you. Life burst is there in case of emergencies. All of the walls I chose had some power, and when combined with glorious anthem and rolling stones, they become very BIG creatures, nice and early, that your opponent can’t deal with. But always leave 1-2 untapped for any creature they can throw at you. These decks should keep your games interesting and fun, while beating your opponents.

But Now a REAL deck that I’ve put some thought into for playing in regionals.

The New Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.


Creatures(14):
2 Iridescent Angel
Iridescent Angel
Iridescent AngelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
288
Artist:
Matt Cavatto
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
: Flying, protection from all colors

4 Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.

4 Patron Wizard
Patron Wizard
Patron WizardSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap an untapped Wizard you control: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.

4 Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal SorcererSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.


Spells(23):
4 Absorb
Absorb
AbsorbSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Counter target spell. You gain 3 life.

4 Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.

4 Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.

4 Opposition
Opposition
OppositionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.

4 Deluge
Deluge
DelugeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
80
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Tap all creatures without flying.

3 Mana Short
Mana Short
Mana ShortSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All opponent's lands are tapped, and opponent's mana pool is emptied. Opponent takes no damage from unspent mana.


Lands(23):
13 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

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

4 Adarkar Wastes
Adarkar Wastes
Adarkar WastesSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add W or U to your mana pool. Adarkar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.


Sideboard(15):
3 Levitation
Levitation
LevitationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
All creatures you control gain flying.

2 Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador LaquatusSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
23
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
3: Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

4 Peek
Peek
PeekSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Look at target player's hand. Draw a card.

3 Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.

3 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.


I won’t go into any depth explaining how the Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.
/Opposition
Opposition
OppositionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
works, because everyone should know that. If you have an Orb in your hand and an opposition in play, at the beginning of their upkeep, mana short them, and at the end of their turn, deluge. Then drop static orb and fly in Iridescent for the win. During play testing, the only real problem I could find at first was being mana screwed. I threw in another land, messed around with a deck a bit, and took out Cephalids, put in wizards. Mana short is a really annoying card, especially with these wizards. This deck is truly powerful because people will think you are playing a normal 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.
deck, and will hold back on their spells in fear of casting them. On the sideboard, I have some strange cards. Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.
for other counterspell decks, syncopate for those annoying Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
and Ichorid
Ichorid
IchoridSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
65
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste. At end of turn, sacrifice Ichorid. At the beginning of your upkeep, if Ichorid is in your graveyard, you may remove a black creature card in your graveyard other than Ichorid from the game. If you do, return Ichorid to play.
s all over the place, Peek
Peek
PeekSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Look at target player's hand. Draw a card.
for card advantage, and a small combo with meddling mage, Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador LaquatusSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
23
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
3: Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
(if all else fails, deck them), and levitation in case you need to tap your opponent’s creatures on the spot for the win, and also allowing your guys to fly in for the win. One of the funniest things I found with this deck is pinging your opponent to death with Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal Sorcerer
Prodigal SorcererSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Do 1 damage to any target.
. The main thing to look out for is burn spells. Most of the time, uncounterable stuff won’t be a problem because of deluge and meddling mage. If you don’t want to take my word for it, try the deck out for yourself. It WILL win many of your games.

I’m a wild card if you haven’t noticed already, but I try to get some deck ideas for the economically challenged, since I’m like that. Hope you read my articles in the future!

Here’s a preview of the next “cheap alternatives” series decks:

My Version of Enforcer/Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.
– G/W
Black Weenie – B
Gurzigost
Gurzigost
GurzigostSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Power:
6
Toughness:
8
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Gurzigost unless you put two cards from your graveyard on the bottom of your library. GG, Discard a card from your hand: You may have Gurzigost deal its combat damage to defending player this turn as though it weren't blocked.
– G/R

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