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CardShark Content - Val Bakalar (11/7/2003)

Yes, it is I, Val Bakalar AKA TacoMaster, and I’m here once again to discuss Standard. With all of the buzz about Affinity, many people are neglecting a deck which, in my humble opinion (and from my experience), beats it almost every time. UW Control is a deck that I have always been opposed to running because it seems too main stream for me. I’m usually that guy who runs the random deck and comes out with a Top 4, so I was using my version of Mono-White Control.



Mono-White Control

by Val Bakalar

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4 Eternal Dragon
Eternal Dragon
Eternal DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying.
3WW: Return Eternal Dragon from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
Plainscycling 2


4 Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn SimulacrumSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
245
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
When Solemn Simulacrum comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. If you do, shuffle your library. When Solemn Simulacrum is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.




3 QWtyb21hJ3MgVengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.


3 Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.


3 Decree of Justice
Decree of Justice
Decree of JusticeSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Put X 4/4 white Angel creature tokens with flying into play.
Cycling 2W
When you cycle Decree of Justice, you may pay X. If you do, put X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens into play.


2 Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)


2 Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.


3 Renewed Faith
Renewed Faith
Renewed FaithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
You gain 6 life. Cycling 1W (1W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Renewed Faith, you may gain 2 life.


3 Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling ClawsSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
237
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
T: Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Sacrifice Scrabbling Claws: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Draw a card.


3 Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.


4 Wing Shards
Wing Shards
Wing ShardsSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Artist:
Darren Bader
Text:
Target player sacrifices an attacking creature.
Storm


4 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.




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


4 Secluded Steppe
Secluded Steppe
Secluded SteppeSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
324
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Secluded Steppe comes into play tapped. T: Add W to your mana pool. Cycling W (W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)


2 Temple of the False God
Temple of the False God
Temple of the False GodSet: Scourge
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Text:
T : Add 2 to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control five or more lands.


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Sideboard



3 Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)


3 Windborn Muse
Windborn Muse
Windborn MuseSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays 2 for each creature
attacking you. (This cost is paid as attackers are declared.)


2 Gilded Light
Gilded Light
Gilded LightSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Text:
You can’t be the target of spells or abilities until end of turn.
Cycling 2


4 Karma
Karma
KarmaSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
During a player's upkeep, Karma does 1 point of damage to that player for each swamp he or she has in play.


3 Silver Knight
Silver Knight
Silver KnightSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike.
Protection from red.


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This deck was a lot of fun, and it handled the decks that it needed to handle, with one exception: Affinity. If I didn’t get an Akroma’s Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
, or several Wing Shards
Wing Shards
Wing ShardsSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Artist:
Darren Bader
Text:
Target player sacrifices an attacking creature.
Storm
, there was very little for me to do. Even when I got Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
in hand, I couldn’t drop it until I had 9 mana (for fear of Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
). This was quite depressing because I really loved playing vs. GW and BW Control… Mindslaver
Mindslaver
MindslaverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
4, T, Sacrifice Mindslaver: You control target player's next turn. (You see all cards that player could see and make all decisions for the player. He or she doesn't lose life because of mana burn.)
would break the game wide open, allowing me an easy victory. Oh well… We must MARCH ON! And try to find a way to fight this evil.



So, I was glancing around the net, checking out decklists, and I didn’t see anything I liked, and I had made a vow to NOT play Affinity (although I built it… Just in case). So, I was looking over my MWC, trying to figure out a way to bash Affinity, when my friend through some Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
s to me that I lent him. Then, the old wheels started turn, and… Right on the spot, I decided to build UW Control, but I was determined to make it my own way, and… I did.



UW Control

by Val Bakalar

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3 Eternal Dragon
Eternal Dragon
Eternal DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying.
3WW: Return Eternal Dragon from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
Plainscycling 2


4 Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)


2 Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn SimulacrumSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
245
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
When Solemn Simulacrum comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. If you do, shuffle your library. When Solemn Simulacrum is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.




2 QWtyb21hJ3MgVengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.


3 Concentrate
Concentrate
ConcentrateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Artist:
Glen Angus & Arnie Swekel
Text:
Draw three cards.


3 Decree of Justice
Decree of Justice
Decree of JusticeSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Put X 4/4 white Angel creature tokens with flying into play.
Cycling 2W
When you cycle Decree of Justice, you may pay X. If you do, put X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens into play.


2 Discombobulate
Discombobulate
DiscombobulateSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Counter target spell. Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.


4 Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.


4 Rewind
Rewind
RewindSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Counter target spell. Untap up to four lands.


2 Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.


3 Wing Shards
Wing Shards
Wing ShardsSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Artist:
Darren Bader
Text:
Target player sacrifices an attacking creature.
Storm


4 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.




4 Coastal Tower
Coastal Tower
Coastal TowerSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
321
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Coastal Tower comes into play tapped.T: Add W or U to your mana pool.


3 Flooded Strand
Flooded Strand
Flooded StrandSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
316
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a plains or island card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.


7 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


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


2 Temple of the False God
Temple of the False God
Temple of the False GodSet: Scourge
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Text:
T : Add 2 to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control five or more lands.


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Sideboard



2 Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.


2 Decree of Silence
Decree of Silence
Decree of SilenceSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, counter that spell and put a depletion counter on Decree of Silence. If there are three or more depletion counters on Decree of Silence, sacrifice it.
Cycling 4UU
When you cycle Decree of Silence, you may counter target spell.


2 March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)


2 Stabilizer
Stabilizer
StabilizerSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Players can't cycle cards.
´´Hold that thought.´´ - Pemmin, Riptide survivor.


3 Circle of Protection: Red

2 Karma
Karma
KarmaSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
During a player's upkeep, Karma does 1 point of damage to that player for each swamp he or she has in play.


2 Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling ClawsSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
237
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
T: Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Sacrifice Scrabbling Claws: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Draw a card.


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This was what I came up with. I have also been toying around with other cards in the sideboard. One that really might enter is Artificial Evolution
Artificial Evolution
Artificial EvolutionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one creature type with another. The new creature type can't be Legend or Wall. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)
. I know what you’re thinking, “Who would run that POS?” Well, I would, so bugger off! Hehehe… I guess I’ve got to tell you why I like this card…



Okay, Artificial Evolution
Artificial Evolution
Artificial EvolutionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one creature type with another. The new creature type can't be Legend or Wall. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.)
stops several decks, which I despise, dead in their tracks. Goblins stands out the most, as you can cancel out their hasty little buggers with the card. Goblin Warchief
Goblin Warchief
Goblin WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin spells you play cost 1 less to play.
Goblins you control have haste.
? Fine, all of your Apes gain Haste, good work. Siege-Gang? Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
a Human to deal 2 damage, nice… It’s also quite good against Clerics, which is going to be big down by me because it won Florida States. Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung ReanimatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Rotlung Reanimator or another Cleric is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
? Fine, when Wurms die, you get a 2/2 Zombie. Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
? Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
those Illusions. Unholy Grotto
Unholy Grotto
Unholy GrottoSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
327
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. B, T: Put target Zombie card from your graveyard on top of your library.
… Bring me back some Angels! It’s just an amusing card.



If you’re not expecting to see a lot of those two decks, this card would be quite dead for you. Also, if you’re not expecting Astral Slide
Astral Slide
Astral SlideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may remove target creature from the game. If you do, return that creature to play under its owner's control at end of turn.
, you can toss out the Stabilizer
Stabilizer
StabilizerSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Players can't cycle cards.
´´Hold that thought.´´ - Pemmin, Riptide survivor.
s and add Gilded Light
Gilded Light
Gilded LightSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Text:
You can’t be the target of spells or abilities until end of turn.
Cycling 2
s, which are also pretty good. Bah, I am getting off on the wrong foot. Let’s get to the main deck; we can come back to the Sideboard later.



Okay… I was going to list the cards that I kept from MWC, but they’re all very obvious choices. So, now, I’ll just give you the play-by-play on the cards I’ve added:

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Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
– It’s an amazing creature, although a little more prone to death than I’d like. I’ve taken some heat for not running it in Mono-White, but with 9 mass removal cards… Come on.



Coast Tower - You’ve got blue… You’ve got white… Need I go on?



Concentrate
Concentrate
ConcentrateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Artist:
Glen Angus & Arnie Swekel
Text:
Draw three cards.
– Card draw is very much required. I’ve been asked why I don’t run Thirst
Thirst
ThirstSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
When Thirst comes into play, tap enchanted creature.During your upkeep, pay U or bury Thirst.Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.
IGZvciBLbm93bGVkZ2U=… My reply, “Because card advantage is a lot better than cycling, which is basically what’s going on with that card.”



Discombobulate
Discombobulate
DiscombobulateSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Counter target spell. Look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.
– Decent counter and it allows me to stack my deck.



Flooded Strand
Flooded Strand
Flooded StrandSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
316
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a plains or island card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
– See Coastal Tower
Coastal Tower
Coastal TowerSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
321
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Coastal Tower comes into play tapped.T: Add W or U to your mana pool.
.

Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
– The basic counter, which is a necessity for every deck with blue.

Rewind
Rewind
RewindSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Counter target spell. Untap up to four lands.
– This card is just so good. Tap 2 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s and a Temple, float a Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
Rewind
Rewind
RewindSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Counter target spell. Untap up to four lands.
. Untap the 4 lands, cycle Decree of Justice
Decree of Justice
Decree of JusticeSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Put X 4/4 white Angel creature tokens with flying into play.
Cycling 2W
When you cycle Decree of Justice, you may pay X. If you do, put X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens into play.
with all of my lands + 1… Game?

Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
– For opposing Decrees and other evil cards that you have no other way to stop.

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I am content with my choices. Ten counters, six mass removal, two card draw (four if you count Simulacrum
Simulacrum
SimulacrumSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All damage done to you so far this turn is instead retroactively applied to one of your creatures in play. Even if there's more than enough damage to kill the creature, you don't suffer any of it. Further damage this turn is treated normally.
’s death), eight land fetchers, twenty-five lands, four beatdown critters, 3 ever-lasting critters, and 3 Critter flooders. Things are on the up-and-up. Now, it’s time to discuss the Sideboard.

Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.
is just an amazing card. Goblins, Clerics, and WG Control take a fierce beating from this card (also some random decks like Elves, etc). Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.
s are now useless, and you can shut down Lightning Greaves
Lightning Greaves
Lightning GreavesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
199
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature has haste and can't be the target of spells or abilities. Equip 0 (0: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
from Affinity, although that’s really not a concern, I just thought I’d mention it. It’s just so good. I cannot even begin to describe how great it is to drop it on turn two.

Decree of Silence
Decree of Silence
Decree of SilenceSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, counter that spell and put a depletion counter on Decree of Silence. If there are three or more depletion counters on Decree of Silence, sacrifice it.
Cycling 4UU
When you cycle Decree of Silence, you may counter target spell.
, oh how I love thee… Let me count the ways… Goblins, BW Control, GW Control, Clerics, Slide, etc. When your opponent doesn’t have blue in the deck, this card is fatal. Even when they have blue, you might side it in if they’re not running as many counters as you. It’s useful even if you have to cycle it, to generate an uncounterable counter.

March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)
makes Affinity scoop. If you resolve Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
and follow it up with March, your opponent cannot win. They cannot play anything. Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.
and Welding Jar
Welding Jar
Welding JarSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
274
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.
die, so Glimmervoid
Glimmervoid
GlimmervoidSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
At end of turn, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
cannot come out, and Artifact Lands become 0/0s as well, so they will have NO LANDS! I do not recommend holding it, though. If they’re tapped out, or only have 1 mana open, PLAY THIS CARD! Then, 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.
has the same effect on them as Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
.

Stabilizer
Stabilizer
StabilizerSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Players can't cycle cards.
´´Hold that thought.´´ - Pemmin, Riptide survivor.
is good against Astral Slide
Astral Slide
Astral SlideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may remove target creature from the game. If you do, return that creature to play under its owner's control at end of turn.
(obviously). Astral Slide
Astral Slide
Astral SlideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may remove target creature from the game. If you do, return that creature to play under its owner's control at end of turn.
came in second in Florida States, and it was played by a kid from my store, so this deck is also going to be popular near me (Oh, see that? I’m scouting the metagame; I’m so savage). Stabilizer
Stabilizer
StabilizerSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Players can't cycle cards.
´´Hold that thought.´´ - Pemmin, Riptide survivor.
is a good lockdown, allowing me to save counters for more important cards (i.e. – Boil
Boil
BoilSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
169
Artist:
Jason Alexander Behnke
Text:
Destroy all islands.
, Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
, Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
).

Circle of Protection: Red, dropping this makes a Goblin player mutter, “Good Game.” You get Circle of Protection: Red and Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.
, and they should just scoop it up. It also works against Lightning Rift
Lightning Rift
Lightning RiftSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
217
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Whenever a player cycles a card, you may pay 1. If you do, Lightning Rift deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
.

Karma
Karma
KarmaSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
During a player's upkeep, Karma does 1 point of damage to that player for each swamp he or she has in play.
is a necessary evil. It just bashes MBC, which is always a lot of fun. I don’t predict a lot of MBC because it’s so horrible. That decks scoops to Gilded Light
Gilded Light
Gilded LightSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Text:
You can’t be the target of spells or abilities until end of turn.
Cycling 2
, so most people who enjoyed the deck dropped it. I’m sure there will be a few, but I’m not too concerned.

Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling ClawsSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
237
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
T: Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Sacrifice Scrabbling Claws: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Draw a card.
, you’ve gotta run it. This card is superb against Bidding decks and Eternal Dragon
Eternal Dragon
Eternal DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying.
3WW: Return Eternal Dragon from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
Plainscycling 2
s. It’s a lot of fun when you have it out first turn because it gives you early advantage in Mirror, which is always good to have.

Well, there you have it! The deck that launched 1,000 Ships… Err… Well, whatever ((Sorry
Sorry
SorrySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Before playing any spell, if a copy of that spell card is in any graveyard, the spell's caster may say Sorry. If he or she does not, any other player may counter the spell by saying Sorry as it is cast.If any player says Sorry at any other time, Sorry deals 2 damage to that player.
for those of you who do not understand that reference)). Now, let’s take a look at some of your match-ups.


Match – Ups

Goblins
---------------------------------
This is not the most favorable match-up in Game 1. If they get a God-hand, your only out is 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.
. If you happen to draw Wing Shards
Wing Shards
Wing ShardsSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Artist:
Darren Bader
Text:
Target player sacrifices an attacking creature.
Storm
, that can help a lot! Counter-Magic is basically for Goblin Warchief
Goblin Warchief
Goblin WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin spells you play cost 1 less to play.
Goblins you control have haste.
and Siege-Gang. If they’re running Gobbo-Bidding, you MUST save counters for Bidding. Use Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
wisely. I’d give you a 40%-60% shot.

Sideboard in Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.
and CoP: Red. Take out Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
s (as it will hurt you A LOT more), Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
s, and 1 Rewind
Rewind
RewindSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Counter target spell. Untap up to four lands.
. Getting your board cards is a top priority. You peel them, and you win. It’s as simple as that. 75%-25% for you.


Affinity
---------------------------------
This is generally not too difficult, unless they get an amazing draw. Always be weary of Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
when you have Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
in hand. Also, don’t use it too early. If you Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
right away, recovery will be no problem. Most decks only run Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
s, so if you play your cards right, you should Mize the win. Also, when you Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
, do not forget that Welding Jar
Welding Jar
Welding JarSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
274
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Sacrifice Welding Jar: Regenerate target artifact.
can Regenerate
Regenerate
RegenerateSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
202
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Regenerate target creature. (The next time that creature would be destroyed this turn, it isn't. Instead tap it, remove all damage from it, and remove it from combat.)
creatures. So, if they have a threat that you’re concern about, be sure to have an answer. 60%-40%.

Sideboard in March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)
! You can take out Wing Shards
Wing Shards
Wing ShardsSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Artist:
Darren Bader
Text:
Target player sacrifices an attacking creature.
Storm
. This should be all you. A well timed March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)
locks them down. If Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
goes off, the faster March of the Machines
March of the Machines
March of the MachinesSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each noncreature artifact is an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its converted mana cost. (Equipment that's a creature can't equip a creature.)
hits the table, the better. If you get it the next turn, and they don’t pull off a creature, you’re home free. If you can get it down that turn, they’re done. Still, it requires a bit of luck to pull the card. 70%-30% for you.


UW Control (Mirror)

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This is the most difficult match-up, in my opinion. It’s very, very long, unless one happens to get mana screwed (a very rare situation). Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
is a key card, but you’ll each only have 2, so use them well. This game is a bit more luck than skill, but there is still a substantial bit of skill involved. Also, some decks run more draw power than I do, so that could be a pain, but it won’t be too much of an issue. 50%-50%

Sideboard: Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling ClawsSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
237
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
T: Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Sacrifice Scrabbling Claws: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Draw a card.
for sure. You can bring in Decree of Silence
Decree of Silence
Decree of SilenceSet: Scourge
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, counter that spell and put a depletion counter on Decree of Silence. If there are three or more depletion counters on Decree of Silence, sacrifice it.
Cycling 4UU
When you cycle Decree of Silence, you may counter target spell.
as well (I usually do) and drop Wing Shards
Wing Shards
Wing ShardsSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Artist:
Darren Bader
Text:
Target player sacrifices an attacking creature.
Storm
and a Concentrate
Concentrate
ConcentrateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Artist:
Glen Angus & Arnie Swekel
Text:
Draw three cards.
. This is still up in the air because they might have cards for mirror that I haven’t even thought of ((though I’d like to think to the contrary))… He/She might even be running 3 Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling ClawsSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
237
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
T: Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Sacrifice Scrabbling Claws: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Draw a card.
in the board, but you cannot be concerned with what they MIGHT have… You need to focus. With a bit of luck, and a lot of focus, you can win this too. 50%-50%.



Well, that’s all I really have for you today. Check again sometime soon, you never know when I’ll be writing another one. Okay, so… That’s it for now from your friend and mine… TacoMaster.

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