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CardShark Content - Vincent Lovaglio (12/2/2003)

This is my first article for the site so I would like to tell everyone about myself and what my weekly articles will b about. I started playing Magic the Gathering about one year ago. I have a 1749 Constructed Rating and have several JSS and PTQ Top 8s. I'm going to be writing weekly (hopefully) about a recent FNM and a review of the metagame. And, well, here's the article, so, savage readings (or something like that).

I arrive at Mark's Comics and Collectibles, the best Magic store in the world (shameless plug), at 5:30, ready for the 6:00 tournament. Surpisingly, I see the hated little midget (he's really not a midget, just a jerk, and no offense to my midgets out there) T.J. He apparently came to shout at everyone who was passing that he made Amsterdam. Whoopdedoo.


I'm running everyone's favorite deck (I know it is so don't lie), U/W Control. Here is a list because everyone just loves those lists. No card by card analysts though; I'm too lazy for that. (Woah, I just used a semicolon!)


Creatures 6
2 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 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

1 Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Akroma, Angel of WrathSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, first strike, trample, haste, protection from black, protection from red
Attacking doesn’t cause Akroma, Angel of Wrath to tap.



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.
s 10
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.

2 Complicate
Complicate
ComplicateSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
76
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 3. Cycling 2U (2U, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Complicate, you may counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.

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.



Creature/Board Control 11
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

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

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.



Utility/Fun Win Condition 5
2 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 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.



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



Land 24
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.

4 Flood
Flood
FloodSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Text:
UU: Tap target creature without flying.
ed Stand
9 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

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



Sideboard 15 (Obviously)
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.

4 Circle of Protection: Red
3 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 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.

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.



By no way is this the best list available. I think that the Concentrate
Concentrate
ConcentrateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Artist:
Glen Angus & Arnie Swekel
Text:
Draw three cards.
s should be changed to 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= because of its instant speed, and Solemn Simulacreaum should be in the main because it kicks the mirror match in the, well, let's not go there. An interesting sideboard choice is the 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.)
. I haven't seen many lists with this in the board but it completely wrecks the most popular deck in the format, Affinity. Turn 4, 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.)
, destroy all your lands. Turn 5, 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.
, you scoop.


Well, on to the tournament!


Round 1: Squirrel! (He really looks like a squirrel)! playing Mono Blue Control
I vaguely remember this match. In both games I remember him tapping out for Quicksilver Dragon
Quicksilver Dragon
Quicksilver DragonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. U: If target spell has only one target and that target is Quicksilver Dragon, change that spell's target to another creature.. Morph 4U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
and me answering with a 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.
. I can't resolve a spell because he's playing abotu 20 counters so I wait until I have about 10 or so lands and cycle a big 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.
. (The only counterspell he wasn't playing was Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
, not even in the board)


In between rounds I go to the grocery store and get the judge a bag of chips (I was trying to get on his good side and win some store credit for sportsmanship)(Don't tell him I said that). I also traded my 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.
for 2 Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
s. (Savage misings, or something like that). I finally found out why God made little kids who play Magic, to get ripped off.


Round 2: Hal playing White Weenie
This is another easy match for me. He starts off quick with triple Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
and double 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.
. He has no cards in hand so I Wrath away the board. I counter his next threat with a 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 and make two soldiers. Next turn I play a Salty Exalty and he scoops.
The second game was uneventful. He got stuck on 1 land and I Wing Sharded his Lions away.


Round 3: T.J. (Most annoying person in the world) playing R/G LD
Game 1: I really hate this kid. He starts off by saying that the good player always wins, that's why he always wins. He then calls be a barn and a scrub. My strange reply is, ´´I may be a scrub but I don't have enough cards to be a Barn!´´ That shut him up and I take the offensive by singing the Pokemon theme song. I beat him game 1 with a turn 6 face up Angel. He scoops.
Game 2: He has the turn 2 LD and the the turn 4 Plow Under
Plow Under
Plow UnderSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Put two target lands on top of their owner's library.
. I scoop.
Game 3: A long and boring game. I have about 14 land out but he is holding two starstorms. I obviously topdeck the Akroma and fly over for the win. (Savage beats. or something like that).


Round 4: Kenny playing MBC
We agree to do a credit split and he beats me 2-0 despite me getting a 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.
out in game 2 and another one after he blew up the world with a Stone.


I get 16 Credit for my efforts and then ask the judge if I can get 33 Credit for Sportsmanship because I didn't punch T.J. in the face. To my disbelief he says yes. I check my credit and see that I have 75 so I get my box of Mirroding and leave.


I hope that everyone enjoyed my report and my view on what I think is the best deck in Standard. Until the next time, savage misings! (or something like that)



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