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CardShark Content - Vincent Lovaglio (3/16/2004)

Darksteel has brought two dominant decks that are ruling the Standard tables. They are Ravager Affinity and of course, Goblin Bidding. My question is, can a Goblin deck utilizing 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.)
without Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's BiddingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from his or her graveyard to play.
still be competitive in Standard. I think so.

The deck that I am presenting is not the typical Goblin deck. It splashes green for 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.
in the maindeck as an answer to 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.
. The green splash also gives it several excellent sideboarding options. Here is the deck.


Caller of the Goblins
4 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.

4 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.

4 Goblin Piledriver
Goblin Piledriver
Goblin PiledriverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blue. Whenever Goblin Piledriver attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn for each. other attacking Goblin.

4 Siege-Gang Commander
4 Skirk Prospector
Skirk Prospector
Skirk ProspectorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Add R to your mana pool.

4 Goblin Sledder
Goblin Sledder
Goblin SledderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
209
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

3 Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin Sharpshooter
Goblin SharpshooterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
207
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Goblin Sharpshooter doesn't untap during your untap step. Whenever a. creature is put into a graveyard from play, untap Goblin Sharpshooter.. T: Goblin Sharpshooter deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

1 Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.

4 Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.

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.)

4 Wooded Foothills
Wooded Foothills
Wooded FoothillsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
330
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a mountain or forest card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

4 Blinkmouth Nexus
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.

2 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.

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

9 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

Sideboard
4 Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

4 Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm Incinerator
Gempalm IncineratorSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Cycling 1R (1R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Gempalm Incinerator, you may have it deal X damage to target creature, where X is the number of Goblins in play.

3 Flashfires
Flashfires
FlashfiresSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
All plains in play are destroyed.

4 Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.



First, I would like to explain some of my odder card choices.
4 Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
: I guess that I'm like Nate Heiss. Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
is just such an amazing card and it can end games in a hurry.
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.
: The acceleration that 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.
gives you allows you to reliably cast a turn 2 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.
. It can also be sacrificed to Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
in the late game.
4 Blinkmouth Nexus: The Nexus is such a great card. It is a manland that can evade removal and has evasion so it can easily fly in for the last few points of damage. Also remember that it can be sacrificed to Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel Blast
Shrapnel BlastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
106
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
As an additional cost to play Shrapnel Blast, sacrifice an artifact. Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to target creature or player.
.


Next, I would like to explain my reasoning for running 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.
over Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's BiddingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from his or her graveyard to play.
.
1. A more stable mana base: Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's BiddingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from his or her graveyard to play.
costs two black to cast, which severely damages the manabase of the deck. 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.
costs only 1 green to cast, allowing you to play a more versatile mana base that includes 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 Blinkmouth Nexus.
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.
is better in several matchups: 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 definitely the better of the two cards against the Goblin Bidding semi-mirror. It is also effective 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.
and can be just as effective against Ravager Affinity.


Finally, I would like to give a match up analysis so you could get a better feel for this deck.


Above Average Matchups
Goblin Bidding: You have almost an identical decklists with the exception of 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.
and their Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's Bidding
Patriarch's BiddingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Each player chooses a creature type. Each player returns all creature cards of a type chosen this way from his or her graveyard to play.
. However, Bidding is nullified by the fact that you will have just as many Goblins in your graveyard as them. 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 still useful because after your creatures trade in combat, you can bring them back as bears with the Caller.
Mono White Control: You are just too fast for them and unlike with Slide that can pick your creatures off one by one with Rift or just remove them from the game, MWC must resort to board sweepers, making 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.
really shine.
R/G Land Destruction: They just can't keep up with you. Your colors are the same but your deck is twice as fast as theirs. If they try to Starstorm
Starstorm
StarstormSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Starstorm deals X damage to each creature. Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
, make sure that you ahve a Foothills ready to fetch a Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
and 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.
.


Average Matchups
Ravager Affinity: The games are a race. Ther burn matches yours and they have bigger creatures like 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.)
and Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
. The main card for you in tis matchup is definitely Siege-Gang Commander. Caller can also come in handy after a big combat phase.
Zombies: You are faster than them but 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.
is tough to fight through, as well as a barrage of discard and Drain Life
Drain Life
Drain LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Drain Life does 1 damage to a single target for each B spent in addition to the casting cost. Caster gains 1 life for each damage inflicted. If you drain life from a creature, you cannot gain more life than the creature's current toughness.
.


Below Average Matchups
Goblins (No Bidding): They can match you in speed and their mana base is more consistent than yours. They also probably play big beaters like Clickslither
Clickslither
ClickslitherSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste Sacrifice a Goblin: Clickslither gets +2/+2 and gains trample until end of turn.
and Goblin Goon
Goblin Goon
Goblin GoonSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Mutant
Rarity:
R
Number:
99
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Goblin Goon can’t attack unless you control more creatures than defending
player. Goblin Goon can’t block unless you control more creatures than attacking player.
, making this a poor matchup for this deck.
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.
: Slide is known for its capability of handling creature strategies. If you expect to face a lot of Slide in your metagame, I would suggest playing the Bidding variant. Unlike other control strategies, 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.
pick down your creatures one by one so Caller is less effective. They can also remove your creatures in response to equipping, making this matchup less than stellar.


Until the next time, keep up on your testing for Regionals.


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