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CardShark Content - Tim Rodriguez (4/29/2002)

Hey, Tim here once more, writing articles because HE FEELS LIKE IT! A couple Announcements:

1) No more puzzles. I’ve run out of them, and people don’t really try them.
2) This article is a surprise Judgment Deck Idea!!! Forget
Forget
ForgetSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target player chooses and discards two cards, then draws as many cards as he or she discarded in this way.
those damn annoying B/W decks. We all know how much of an annoyance vindicate is.

So, the article:

I’ve been playing around with the Terminator deck, and its won a couple mini-tourneys so far, crushing every deck it comes across. An idea for all you who are looking forward to Judgment’s Release. I think we all know about Erhnam Djinn
Erhnam Djinn
Erhnam DjinnSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
During your upkeep, you must choose one of opponent's non-wall creatures in play. Until your next upkeep, that creature gains the forestwalk ability. If opponent has no creatures, ignore this effect.
coming back, and a few of us know of a great combo with him.

Wild Flaming Erhnam

Creatures(16):
4 Erhnam Djinn
Erhnam Djinn
Erhnam DjinnSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
During your upkeep, you must choose one of opponent's non-wall creatures in play. Until your next upkeep, that creature gains the forestwalk ability. If opponent has no creatures, ignore this effect.

2 Shivan Dragon
Shivan Dragon
Shivan DragonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, R: +1/+0

3 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.

3 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.

4 Redwood Treefolk
Redwood Treefolk
Redwood TreefolkSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
247
Artist:
Steve Luke
Power:
3
Toughness:
6


Spells(20):
4 Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)

4 Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.

4 Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.

4 Roar of the Wurm
Roar of the Wurm
Roar of the WurmSet: Odyssey
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
266
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Put a 6/6 green Wurm creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

2 Holistic Wisdom
Holistic Wisdom
Holistic WisdomSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
243
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
2, Remove a card in your hand from the game: Return target card from your graveyard to your hand if it shares a type with the card removed this way. (The card types are artifact, creature, enchantment, instant, land and sorcery.)

2 Nostalgic Dreams
Nostalgic Dreams
Nostalgic DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Text:
As an additional cost to play Nostalgic Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Return X target cards from your graveyard to your hand. Remove Nostalgic Dreams from the game.


Lands(24):
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.)

4 Mossfire Valley
Mossfire Valley
Mossfire ValleySet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
321
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
1, Tap: Add RG to your mana pool.

4 Karplusan Forest
Karplusan Forest
Karplusan ForestSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add R or G to your mana pool. Karplusan Forest deals 1 damage to you.

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

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


Sideboard(15):
3 Dwell on the Past
Dwell on the Past
Dwell on the PastSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to four target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.

3 Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane CentaurSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
R
Number:
271
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
3/2 Card Text: Creatures you control can't be the targets of blue spells or abilities from blue sources.

3 Creeping Mold
Creeping Mold
Creeping MoldSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
220
Artist:
David Seeley
Text:
Destroy target artifact, land, or enchantment.

3 UHJpY2Ugb2YgGlory
Glory
GlorySet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2W: Creatures you control gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only if Glory is in your graveyard.

3 Devastating Dreams
Devastating Dreams
Devastating DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
As an additional cost to play Devastating Dreams, discard X cards at random from your hand. Each player sacrifices X lands. Devastating Dreams deals X damage to each creature.


Every creature in this deck is tough enough to withstand Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)
, the big, bad clear card. When it clears the board of your opponent’s creatures, your buffies can rush in for the win. If your opponent doesn’t have lands, they can’t do much. 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.
is Super-Tech in this deck because when you play Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)
, he becomes stronger!!! With trample, that is a force to be reckoned with. 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.
is just another toughie that can bypass your opponent’s creatures to deal damage right to them. Redwood Treefolk
Redwood Treefolk
Redwood TreefolkSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
247
Artist:
Steve Luke
Power:
3
Toughness:
6
is just a 3/6 creature that can well, live. Shivan Dragon
Shivan Dragon
Shivan DragonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, R: +1/+0
not only survives the wildfire, but he flies in and can pump himself! Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane CentaurSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
R
Number:
271
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
3/2 Card Text: Creatures you control can't be the targets of blue spells or abilities from blue sources.
is anti-bounce, Creeping mold is anti-anything-else-they-can-throw-at-you, Dwell on the Past
Dwell on the Past
Dwell on the PastSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to four target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.
refills your library with Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)
s, Devastating Dreams
Devastating Dreams
Devastating DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
As an additional cost to play Devastating Dreams, discard X cards at random from your hand. Each player sacrifices X lands. Devastating Dreams deals X damage to each creature.
might as well be another Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)
, UHJpY2Ugb2YgGlory
Glory
GlorySet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2W: Creatures you control gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only if Glory is in your graveyard.
super-sizes 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 Holistic Wisdom
Holistic Wisdom
Holistic WisdomSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
243
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
2, Remove a card in your hand from the game: Return target card from your graveyard to your hand if it shares a type with the card removed this way. (The card types are artifact, creature, enchantment, instant, land and sorcery.)
and Nostalgic Dreams
Nostalgic Dreams
Nostalgic DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Text:
As an additional cost to play Nostalgic Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Return X target cards from your graveyard to your hand. Remove Nostalgic Dreams from the game.
keep the Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)
s coming. Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
walk doesn’t help your opponent when you don’t have any forests.

Match-ups

U/G Madness

Counters will probably win. But it’s a good match. UHJpY2Ugb2YgGlory
Glory
GlorySet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2W: Creatures you control gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only if Glory is in your graveyard.
will obviously help, as will Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane CentaurSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
R
Number:
271
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
3/2 Card Text: Creatures you control can't be the targets of blue spells or abilities from blue sources.
.

Frog / Sligh/ R/G Beat/ Mirror

Big category here, so all around watch out for burn spells. When you cast wildfire, if they burn your creatures, it could almost be restarting the match. 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.
comes in handy, and so does price of glory.

Mono-Black

Braids is a Nasty SOB. You’ll probably want to sideboard in the Devastating Dreams
Devastating Dreams
Devastating DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
As an additional cost to play Devastating Dreams, discard X cards at random from your hand. Each player sacrifices X lands. Devastating Dreams deals X damage to each creature.
for an early Braids killer. Other than that, kill them fast, and kill their lands. Corrupt
Corrupt
CorruptSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Vincent Evans
Text:
Corrupt deals 1 damage to target creature or player for each swamp you control. When Corrupt successfully deals damage to a creature or player, gain life equal to that damage.
can REALLY hurt you.

Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.


In general with Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, not too much of a problem, though the counters will get VERY annoying, so sideboard in the UHJpY2Ugb2YgGlory
Glory
GlorySet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 2W: Creatures you control gain protection from the color of your choice until end of turn. Play this ability only if Glory is in your graveyard.
and the Spellbanes. It’s a 50/50, depending on what you do. WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT GIVE PSYCHATOG FORESTWALK!!!!!

B/G Beat

Touch match again, but not quite as hard as terminator. Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)
handles more of their things, and pernicious deed can hurt, but you can win this.

Terminator/Dark Fires

Tough match, you probably won’t win. Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)
handles most of their things, but Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
takes care of yours too.

Balancing Tings

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.
vs 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.
. Its interesting, and thankfully it isn’t played much. Balancing Tings can kick your butt if you aren’t fast enough.

Star-Spangled Slaughter
Slaughter
SlaughterSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
74
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Buyback Pay 4 life. (You may pay 4 life in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Destroy target nonblack creature. That creature cannot be regenerated this turn.


All the creatures are wiped out by Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)
. No real problem unless they call meddling mage for Wildfire
Wildfire
WildfireSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
You destroy four of your lands and your opponent destroys four of his or her lands. Then Wildfire deals 4 damage to each creature. (This includes your creatures.)
, in which case you’ll have to resort to Devastating Dreams
Devastating Dreams
Devastating DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
As an additional cost to play Devastating Dreams, discard X cards at random from your hand. Each player sacrifices X lands. Devastating Dreams deals X damage to each creature.
.

This deck gets an 8/10 for Tech, and a 7/10 for usefulness.

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