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CardShark Content - Wenhao Xia (12/31/2003)

Drafting have always been one of the most skill intensive formats there it, forcing players to judge each individual card against the rest of the card pool. Within this Article, I will present my pick orders for the blue commons and blue related artifacts and analyze it. Now I’m sure there will be times when an uncommon or a rare is better. But unfortunaly, uncommons only represent 20% of the cards, while rares only represent 6.6% of the cards, while commons represent 73.4% of the cards available. (Plus, you’re not going to get a headache trying to figure out whether you should that Molder Slug
Molder Slug
Molder SlugSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
4
Toughness:
6
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices an artifact.
, or that Fangren Hunter
Fangren Hunter
Fangren HunterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample
) So it is imperative that one knows how to draft common. (If you plan on drafting a lot of course, if not, then I suggest taking that Crome Mox instead of that Spikeshot goblin.)

Any way, on to the pick orders

1. Neurok Spy
Neurok Spy
Neurok SpySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Neurok Spy is unblockable as long as defending player controls an artifact.

2. Somber Hoverguard
Somber Hoverguard
Somber HoverguardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying

3. Wizard Replica
Wizard Replica
Wizard ReplicaSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying U, Sacrifice Wizard Replica: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 2.

4. Silver Myr
Silver Myr
Silver MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

5. Annul
Annul
AnnulSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Counter target artifact or enchantment spell.

6. Cobalt Golem
Cobalt Golem
Cobalt GolemSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
1U: Cobalt Golem gains flying until end of turn.

7. Aether Spellbomb
Aether Spellbomb
Aether SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.

8. Regress
Regress
RegressSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
48
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand.

9. Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.

10. Seat of the Synod
Seat of the Synod
Seat of the SynodSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(Seat of the Synod isn't a spell.) T: Add U to your mana pool.

11. Inertia Bubble
Inertia Bubble
Inertia BubbleSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
37
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Enchanted artifact doesn't untap during its controller's untap step.

12. Lumengrid Warden
Lumengrid Warden
Lumengrid WardenSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3

13. Wanderguard Sentry
Wanderguard Sentry
Wanderguard SentrySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Wanderguard Sentry comes into play, look at target opponent's hand.

14. Neurok Familiar
Neurok Familiar
Neurok FamiliarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Neurok Familiar comes into play, reveal the top card of your library. If it's an artifact card, put it into your hand. Otherwise, put it into your graveyard.

15. Override
Override
OverrideSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each artifact you control.

16. Disarm
Disarm
DisarmSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Unattach all Equipment from target creature.

17. Dream's Grip
Dream's Grip
Dream's GripSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Choose one - Tap target permanent; or untap target permanent. Entwine 1 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)


Neurok Spy
Neurok Spy
Neurok SpySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Neurok Spy is unblockable as long as defending player controls an artifact.
: Bouncing Beeble is making a come back. Back in the days of the Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s set; it never got a lot of play. Now though, it’s #1 on the blue draft list and with good reasons too. With the numerous amount of artifact in play, it will always be unblockable. And with the amount of equipment available, he can be a real threat. Take him even if you don’t have equipment though, as two point of damage each turn can really add up. It also has the advantage of not being an artifact, and therefore immune to removal like shatter and deconstruct. It does to Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite Spellbomb
Pyrite SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
232
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
R, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Pyrite Spellbomb deals 2 damage to target creature or player. 1, Sacrifice Pyrite Spellbomb: Draw a card.
and electrostatic bolt, but a lot of things dies to those two cards.

Somber Hoverguard
Somber Hoverguard
Somber HoverguardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying
: Last time I checked 3/2 flying creatures are good. When they can come out faster if you have artifact in play is even better. This creature is just an all around good card, combine it with any of the Myrs, and it’ll come out really fast. The evasion makes him quite hard to block and a real threat. You’ll always be happy you have this in your hand. He can also gain you some huge tempo advantage also. When you are able to drop this with one or two mana then proceed to cast something else, your opponent will be struggling to keep up. This card will fluctuate on the list (if only a little) depending on the number of artifact you have.

Wizard Replica
Wizard Replica
Wizard ReplicaSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying U, Sacrifice Wizard Replica: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 2.
: I like this card better than either annul or Silver Myr
Silver Myr
Silver MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
. First, it’s a creature; the fact that it’s a 1/3 doesn’t matter as much as there is plenty of equipment out there to boost him up. He will stall out those early creatures, and best of all, he flys, Which will make him a real threat once he is boosted up. Add that to the fact that he can be used as a situational counter puts him above either annul or Silver Myr
Silver Myr
Silver MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
in my book.

Silver Myr
Silver Myr
Silver MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
: I like all the Myrs, they are great in accelerating you mana. Being in blue, Silver Myr
Silver Myr
Silver MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
241
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
can serve a double duty in helping those affinity cards. (Somber Hoverguard
Somber Hoverguard
Somber HoverguardSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying
comes to mind) Being a creature helps also. In those late game situations, he can be boosted up by an equipment or two and will fare pretty well in combat. One thing one must remember is that Mirrodin is a creature light environment, and each creature counts.

Annul
Annul
AnnulSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Counter target artifact or enchantment spell.
: 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.
have always been good. Counter spell for one mana less is better. In Mirrodin, this will always counter something. Being cheap will allow you to play other spells instead of leaving all of your mana open. This is a situational counterspell though, and there will be times when you need a threat or an answer instead. And don’t forget, it counters enchantment also, so if you forgot about it and died to a relic bane, it won’t be my fault.

Cobalt Golem
Cobalt Golem
Cobalt GolemSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
1U: Cobalt Golem gains flying until end of turn.
: The Cobalt Golem
Cobalt Golem
Cobalt GolemSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Golem
Rarity:
C
Number:
157
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
1U: Cobalt Golem gains flying until end of turn.
is just a solid creature, nothing more and nothing less, Which of course means that you’ll almost always use him. The ability to fly will be good in the late game, when you have all those mana and nothing to do. But in the early game, he’s just a 2/3 for four. The flying ability may also help you break through in the mid game for some damage.

Aether Spellbomb
Aether Spellbomb
Aether SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.
: I ranked this higher than regress, because I feel that tempo is not nearly as important in Mirrodin block as it is in onslaught block. And the surprise factor of Regress
Regress
RegressSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
48
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
is not as good compared to the fact that Aether Spellbomb
Aether Spellbomb
Aether SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.
can cycle and comes out cheaper.

Regress
Regress
RegressSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
48
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
: Comes below Aether Spellbomb
Aether Spellbomb
Aether SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.
. There just isn’t enough combat in Mirrodin to take advantage of the surprise factor. Yes, this will remove those pesky Tel-Jilad creatures that Aether Spellbomb
Aether Spellbomb
Aether SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.
can’t deal with, but in the end, Aether Spellbomb
Aether Spellbomb
Aether SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.
is just better.

Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.
: A good card drawer, and that’s all Thoughtcast
Thoughtcast
ThoughtcastSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Draw two cards.
is. This card will go up on the list with more artifact, but I would much rather have a threat than this. (After all, the point of drawing more cards is to draw your threat) Use it with a lot of artifact. But don’t feel bad if this is in your deck, it’s not a bad card at all.

Seat of the Synod
Seat of the Synod
Seat of the SynodSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(Seat of the Synod isn't a spell.) T: Add U to your mana pool.
: The artifact lands are good for constructed, in limited, I don’t like them as much. The seat is an exception though, as it will rise when you draft affinity. But it’s never fun when you play a first turn Seat and they detonate it, (It’s even worse if you play another one and they shatter it).

Inertia bubble: You will usually use this to lock down an artifact creature, it’s not that useful, as they will get one use out of that creature anyway. A good sideboard card against the Shards, or Nuisance Engine
Nuisance Engine
Nuisance EngineSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
2, T: Put a 0/1 Pest artifact creature token into play.
.

Lumengrid Warden
Lumengrid Warden
Lumengrid WardenSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
: This is actually not that bad, it’ll stave off those early beat extremely well. But overall, it’s just not that powerful. Without the flying ability of wizard replica, it’s just not as good.

Wanderguard Sentry
Wanderguard Sentry
Wanderguard SentrySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Drone
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Wanderguard Sentry comes into play, look at target opponent's hand.
: Mirrodin lacks so many creatures that this is actually playable. Of course this doesn’t mean its any good. And looking at your opponent’s hand rarely will accomplish you anything.

Neurok Familiar
Neurok Familiar
Neurok FamiliarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Neurok Familiar comes into play, reveal the top card of your library. If it's an artifact card, put it into your hand. Otherwise, put it into your graveyard.
: This is usually a two for a 1/2 that’ll mill you for one. It does have flying, but you will rarely get any card advantage out of this card.

Override
Override
OverrideSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each artifact you control.
: This is a pretty bad counter spell, though it will usually get rid of something for you. Usually, by the time you have a lot of artifact, your opponent already has a lot of mana, plus, keeping three mana open is also a bit costly.

Disarm
Disarm
DisarmSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Unattach all Equipment from target creature.
: This is pretty pointless; they’ll just equip it on something else once combat is over.

Dreams Grip: Twiddle
Twiddle
TwiddleSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Tap or untap target land, artifact, or creature.
now comes with an entwine cost, and still unplayable as ever. Maybe if you imprint it on an isochron scepter it’ll be good. (You can tap anything for three mana). But then again, anything imprinted on isochron’s scepter becomes good.

Well, that’s all folks. I hope this guide will help you become a better magic player and drafter.


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