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CardShark Content - Vincent Lovaglio (3/10/2004)

Before I review this deck, I would like to give special thanks to John Mathias. I discovered this deck online and he is the deck’s maker. He is a very creative deck builder and one of the best on the web. Special props go out to John.


Now, the deck. It is an Elf deck, and yes you heard me right, an Elf Deck. Must I repeat again. Darksteel has done a lot for tribal themes, especially Elves. Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: 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.)
is a card advantage machine, but that isn’t the only card that I am referring to. Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
, another 1 mana artifact is simply amazing. If U/W Control stays popular, it will see play in almost every elf deck. Instant speed, uncounterable elves are great. Uncounterable Caller of the Claw
Caller of the Claw
Caller of the ClawSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Caller of the Claw any time you could play an instant. When Caller of the Claw comes into play, put a 2/2 green Bear creature token into play for each nontoken creature put into your graveyard from play this turn.
is simply insane as well.


The black splash is there for opposing creature builds. Aggressive decks will be back and hoping to ride Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: 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.)
to victory but Death Match
Death Match
Death MatchSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
rk post
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play, that creature's controller may have target creature of his or her choice get -3/-3 until end of turn.
, the super tech just destroys them. Wirewood Hivemaster
Wirewood Hivemaster
Wirewood HivemasterSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another nontoken Elf comes into play, you may put a 1/1 green
Insect creature token into play.
plus Death Match
Death Match
Death MatchSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
rk post
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play, that creature's controller may have target creature of his or her choice get -3/-3 until end of turn.
equals game against all aggressive decks ranging from White Weenie to Affinity.


With no further ado, here is the deck.


Mathias DeathClamp v2.5
4 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.
-Great acceleration without a drawback when combined with Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: 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.)
.
4 City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
-In a two color deck splashing a third color in the sideboard, City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
must be used.
4 Windswept Heath
Windswept Heath
Windswept HeathSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
328
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Windswept Heath: Search your library for a forest or plains card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
-Thins your deck and finds the Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
for your white sideboard tech.
4 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

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

4 Birchlore Rangers
Birchlore Rangers
Birchlore RangersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Elves you control: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.. Morph G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
-Mana acceleration as well as a mana fixe that can beat for one.
3 Elvish Scrapper
Elvish Scrapper
Elvish ScrapperSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T, Sacrifice Elvish Scrapper: Destroy target artifact.
-Artifact kill that doubles over as a one drop elf.
1 Viridian Zealot
Viridian Zealot
Viridian ZealotSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Kev Walter
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G, Sacrifice Tel-Jilad Zealot: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
-Can get rid of Slide’s annoying Rifts or can get rid of a Myr Enforcer
Myr Enforcer
Myr EnforcerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
211
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
against Affinity.
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.
-More artifact removal.
4 Elvish Vanguard
Elvish Vanguard
Elvish VanguardSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another Elf comes into play, put a +1/+1 counter on Elvish Vanguard.
-A two drop elf that is your main beater. He can get very big and can challenge any of Affinity’s creatures.
1 Gempalm Strider
Gempalm Strider
Gempalm StriderSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
127
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Cycling 2GG (2GG, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Gempalm Strider, all Elves get +2/+2 until end of turn.
-A semi-uncounterable-overrun effect.
1 Tribal Forcemage
Tribal Forcemage
Tribal ForcemageSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph 1G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face
up any time for its morph cost.)
When Tribal Forcemage is turned face up, creatures of the type of your
choice get +2/+2 and gain trample until end of turn.
-Another silver bullet that provides an overrun effect.
4 Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
-Can find your Caller of the Claw
Caller of the Claw
Caller of the ClawSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Caller of the Claw any time you could play an instant. When Caller of the Claw comes into play, put a 2/2 green Bear creature token into play for each nontoken creature put into your graveyard from play this turn.
against control, artifact removal against Affinity, or a finisher in the late game. A great overall card.
4 Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: 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.)
-An amazing card that I consider to be the best in Darksteel as well as Mirrodin Blcok. It will single handedly change the metagame and fits perfectly into this deck.
2 Caller of the Claw
Caller of the Claw
Caller of the ClawSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Caller of the Claw any time you could play an instant. When Caller of the Claw comes into play, put a 2/2 green Bear creature token into play for each nontoken creature put into your graveyard from play this turn.
-Obviously, your silver bullet against W/x Control.
4 Wirewood Hivemaster
Wirewood Hivemaster
Wirewood HivemasterSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another nontoken Elf comes into play, you may put a 1/1 green
Insect creature token into play.
-There’s nothing better than dropping 2 Elves on turn 2 and have two of their insect buddies to accompany them.
3 Patriarch’s Bidding-A finisher that spells game against Control and is also useful against Affinity.
4 Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
-Provides uncounterable creatures. Just make sure to put the counters on it.
2 Death Match
Death Match
Death MatchSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
rk post
Text:
Whenever a creature comes into play, that creature's controller may have target creature of his or her choice get -3/-3 until end of turn.
-I’ve already said it before but to review, this card is just amazing against aggro.
Sideboard
1 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

4 Circle of Protection: Red: A hoser against Goblins.
2 Caller of the Claw
Caller of the Claw
Caller of the ClawSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Caller of the Claw any time you could play an instant. When Caller of the Claw comes into play, put a 2/2 green Bear creature token into play for each nontoken creature put into your graveyard from play this turn.
: Against control.
2 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.
: Affinity and Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: 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.)
decks.
3 Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
: A great card against Affinity.
3 Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
: Comes in against White Weenie as well as Affinity.


Overall, the deck is very solid and I think that it can challenge the new Tier 1 consisting of Aggro Affinity, GobClamp, 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.
.


Until the next time.


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