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CardShark Content - Vincent Lovaglio (12/16/2003)

Even though the Extended format was extremely overpowered, I was sad to see some of the cards leave the format, especially Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.
. Since I began playing, I’ve been a fan of reanimation and the Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.
is a great card in any reanimator deck. Unfortunately, it will leaving us all on January 1.


Although the Druid is leaving, reanimation will remain in Extended... and Standard. So, I began my quest of finding a solid reanimator deck in Standard.


I first looked through the black cards in Standard. Black offers the key reanimation spells as well as great disruption in Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.
and Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.
.


So, the black reanimation and disruption in the deck should look like this:
4 Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.
-I was tempted to use Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
instead but I decided that the one extra mana is a sacrifice that should be made to improve your matchup against Affinity.
4 Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.
-Although the deck focuses around a combo, hand disruption is still needed. Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.
can ruin several decks including U/W Control, Slide, and Mono Black Control.
4 Zombify
Zombify
ZombifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.
-Zombify
Zombify
ZombifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.
does cost 4 mana but it is the premiere reanimation spell in Standard so four copies of the card is included.
4 Doomed Necromancer
Doomed Necromancer
Doomed NecromancerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Mercenary
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, T, Sacrifice Doomed Necromancer: Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.
-You need another reanimation source in the deck so the Necromancer is included.


Next, I looked to blue, which offers more disruption in the form 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.
. It also gives us the first part of our combo in Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto AlchemistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Untap target artifact or creature.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
and a way to bring cards to the graveyard in 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.
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4 Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto AlchemistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Untap target artifact or creature.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
-This card combos very nicely with Mesmeric Orb
Mesmeric Orb
Mesmeric OrbSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Whenever a permanent becomes untapped, that permanent's controller puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
to put cards into your graveyard until you can hit the creature of choice that you will reanimate to play.
4 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.
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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.
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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.
-Although it is not 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.
, it is the best form of permission in the format so four copies should be included.


The Mesmeric Orb
Mesmeric Orb
Mesmeric OrbSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Whenever a permanent becomes untapped, that permanent's controller puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
s are great in combination with Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto Alchemist
Aphetto AlchemistSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Untap target artifact or creature.. Morph U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
so four are included.


Finally, four creatures should be included as reanimation targets. They should be:
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.
-A great finisher that is not effected by black or red removal.
1 Platinum Angel
Platinum Angel
Platinum AngelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Brom
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.
-A great card against an unassuming opponent.
1 Symbiotic Wurm
Symbiotic Wurm
Symbiotic WurmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
289
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
When Symbiotic Wurm is put into a graveyard from play, put seven 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.
-This is the card you want to reanimate against W/x Control. The control player can not effectively 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.
without seeing 7 little insects afterwards.
1 Visara the Dreadful
Visara the Dreadful
Visara the DreadfulSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gorgon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
179
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. T: Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
-A great creature that can hold off a creature swarm.


The mana base for the deck is pretty solid. Twenty-four lands should be included. Four Polluted Delta
Polluted Delta
Polluted DeltaSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
321
Artist:
Land
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an island or swamp card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Rob Alexander
, 2 each of the appropriate colored artifact lands for 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.
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Salt Marsh
Salt MarshSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
326
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Salt Marsh comes into play tapped.T: Add U or B to your mana pool.
to achieve the correct colored mana, and 6 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s and 8 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s should be included.


This is a fun deck to play and can hold its own in tournaments. Remember to be creative with this deck. One idea is to use all legends as reanimation targets with Karona the False God and Patriarch’s Bidding.


Until the next time.



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