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CardShark Content - Vincent Lovaglio (1/24/2004)

This was the first year that I really got into Extended, especially after the bannings, and it has become one of my favorite formats. So, as the Extended Season winds down I would like to give a rogue decklist that can consistently beat the Tier 1 of U/G Madness, Red Deck Wins, 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.
, and The Rock. Here is the deck (and please don't call me crazy when looking at it).


Core
4 Fluctuator
Fluctuator
FluctuatorSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
295
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Cycling costs you up to 2 less to play.
: Reducing the cycling by 2 allows many of your cycling cards to be played for free.
4 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.
: Three of the four top decks focus on creatures and 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.
is the creature-answer. It also allows you to play 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.)
s on turn 3 and gain immense card advantage against control via Wall of Blossoms
Wall of Blossoms
Wall of BlossomsSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls cannot attack.) When Wall of Blossoms comes into play, draw a card.
.
3 Living Wish
Living Wish
Living WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Eric Peterson

Text:
Choose a creature or land card you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Living Wish from the game.
: Do you need to find a Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
? Just fetch 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
. Pernicous Deed giving you fits? Fetch a Monk Realist
Monk Realist
Monk RealistSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Monk Realist comes into play, destroy target enchantment.
. How about the Iso-Lock? Get a Viridian Shaman
Viridian Shaman
Viridian ShamanSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Viridian Shaman comes into play, destroy target artifact.
.
Creatures
4 Wall of Blossoms
Wall of Blossoms
Wall of BlossomsSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls cannot attack.) When Wall of Blossoms comes into play, draw a card.
: Good against everything, especially against Red Deck Wins. It is also amazing with 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.
.
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.)
: I heard somewhere that 4/5 Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
IExpbms=ed Flyers on turn 3 are pretty good.
Removal
3 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.
: This card single-handedly wrecks Red Deck Wins and UG Madness if it resolves so it deserves a spot in the deck.
2 Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
: Many would say that the Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
are a bit random but they help against everything except for UG Madness.
Cyclers
4 Shimmering Barrier
Shimmering Barrier
Shimmering BarrierSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
(Walls cannot attack.) First strikeCycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
: Two cost cycler that doubles as a nice wall against Red Deck Wins.
3 Radiant's Judgment
Radiant's Judgment
Radiant's JudgmentSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Destroy target creature with power 4 or greater.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
: This guy performs best against UG Madness and their Arrogant Wurm
Arrogant Wurm
Arrogant WurmSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample. Madness 2G
s.
3 Krosan Tusker
Krosan Tusker
Krosan TuskerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
272
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Cycling 2G (2G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.). When you cycle Krosan Tusker, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
: Great card advantage against control that doubles over as a big beater in the late game.
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.
: A great win condition that can also ambush an unexpecting aggro player.
Land
4 Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil ThicketSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
326
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tranquil Thicket comes into play tapped. T: Add G to your mana pool. Cycling G (G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1 Secludded Steppe
4 Drifting Meadow
Drifting Meadow
Drifting MeadowSet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
320
Artist:
Bob Eggleton
Text:
Drifting Meadow comes into play tapped.T: Add W to your mana pool.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

4 Slippery Karst
Slippery Karst
Slippery KarstSet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
327
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
Slippery Karst comes into play tapped.T: Add G to your mana pool.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

4 Nantuko Monastery
Nantuko Monastery
Nantuko MonasterySet: Judgment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Rob Alexander

Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. Threshold - GW: Nantuko Monastery becomes a 4/4 green and white creature with first strike until end of turn. It's still a land.

3 Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.

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

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



Sideboard
The board focuses mainly on Living Wish
Living Wish
Living WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Eric Peterson

Text:
Choose a creature or land card you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Living Wish from the game.
. I will not give explanations because their roles are fairly obvious.
1 Duplicant
Duplicant
DuplicantSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
R
Number:
165
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Imprint - When Duplicant comes into play, you may remove target nontoken creature from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) As long as a creature card is imprinted on Duplicant, Duplicant has that card's power, toughness, and creature types. It's still a Shapeshifter.

1 Auramancer
Auramancer
AuramancerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Auramancer comes into play, you may return target enchantment card from your graveyard to your hand.

1 Spike Weaver
Spike Weaver
Spike WeaverSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spike
Rarity:
R
Number:
128
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Spike Weaver comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it.2, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Weaver: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.1, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Weaver: Creatures deal no combat damage this turn.

1 Cartographer
Cartographer
CartographerSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Townsfolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Cartographer comes into play, you may return target land card from your graveyard to your hand.

1 Monk Realist
Monk Realist
Monk RealistSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Monk Realist comes into play, destroy target enchantment.

1 Viridian Shaman
Viridian Shaman
Viridian ShamanSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Viridian Shaman comes into play, destroy target artifact.

1 Genesis
Genesis
GenesisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Mark Zug

Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Genesis is in your graveyard, you may pay 2G. If you do, return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

1 Teroh's Faithful
Teroh's Faithful
Teroh's FaithfulSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Teroh's Faithful comes into play, you gain 4 life.

1 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 Masticore
Masticore
MasticoreSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may choose and discard a card from your hand. If you don't, sacrifice Masticore.2: Masticore deals 1 damage to target creature.2: Regenerate Masticore.

1 Intrepid Hero
Intrepid Hero
Intrepid HeroSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Destroy target creature with power 4 or greater.

4 Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.



And here are the matchups.


UG Madness
This matchup is in your favor. 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.
wrecks them and if they counter the Slide, a 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.
will meet their Rootwalla
Rootwalla
RootwallaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1G: Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Use this ability only once each turn.
s and Mongrels the next turn.


Red Deck Wins
This is your best matchup. If you can get a turn 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.)
, the game is over. Shimmering Barrier
Shimmering Barrier
Shimmering BarrierSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
(Walls cannot attack.) First strikeCycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
and Wall of Blossoms
Wall of Blossoms
Wall of BlossomsSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls cannot attack.) When Wall of Blossoms comes into play, draw a card.
also shine in this matchup because they can stall their early creatures so that you can stabilize in the late game.


The Rock
Another good matchup. Your card advantage will be too much for them. Also, The Rock focuses on creatures to win so 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.
and 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.
easily handle them.


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.

My favorite matchup. It all comes down to who has the most card drawing. The match is about even. You have an answer to their Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.
in Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
and the life gain that an active 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.)
brings can easily take you out of Tog range.


With the Extended season winding down, you will probably only be attending one more PTQ. I would definitely suggest using this deck. What do you have to lose? Just try it out.


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