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CardShark Content - Will Rivera (6/28/2005)

Suddenly it's gone- your deck, or perhaps your binder or backpack. You might panic or hyperventilate. Your hard work, your pride, your money, your time, your patience, and all of your efforts are suddenly ripped away from you by some creep. It can happen to your best friend, your brother or sister, your cousin or relative, your girlfriend or boyfriend- it can happen to you. Last Saturday at Regionals (in Pomona, California) it happened to me. My heart sank into my stomach and I choked as I discovered that after a busy trade, my White Weenie deck was gone. For reference, here’s what I lost in terms of rarities and foils. For simplicity-sake, we’ll disregard the shipping I had to pay to buy these cards.

Note: The number within the parenthesis is a rough estimate.

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.
($70) – The hardest hit.
4 8th Edition Glorious Anthem
Glorious Anthem
Glorious AnthemSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
15
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
All creatures you control get +1/+1.
($15)
3 8th Edition Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
($12)
3 Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of Konda
Isamaru, Hound of KondaSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
($11)
3 Hokori, Dust Drinker
Hokori, Dust Drinker
Hokori, Dust DrinkerSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Lands don't untap during their controllers' untap steps. At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player untaps a land he or she controls.
($12)
3 Auriok Champion
Auriok Champion
Auriok ChampionSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black and from red. Whenever another creature comes into play, you gain 1 life.
($12)
3 Umezawa’s Jitte ($36)
3 Promise of Bunrei
Promise of Bunrei
Promise of BunreiSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Text:
Whenever a creature you control is put into a graveyard from play, sacrifice Promise of Bunrei. If you do, put four 1/1 colorless Spirit creature tokens into play.
($7.50)
3 Defense Grid
Defense Grid
Defense GridSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
During each player's turn, spells played by another player cost an additional 3.
($5)
3 Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.
($3)
2 8th Edition 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.
($20)
2 Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth NexusSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Brian Snöddy
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land. 1, T: Target Blinkmoth gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
($15)
1 8th Edition Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.
($1)
1 Shining Shoal
Shining Shoal
Shining ShoalSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
You may remove a white card with converted mana cost X in your hand from the game rather than pay Shining Shoal's mana cost. The next X damage that a source of your choice would deal to you or a creature you control this turn is dealt to target creature or player instead.
($5)
1 foil Eiganjo Castle
Eiganjo Castle
Eiganjo CastleSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
275
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool. W, T: Prevent the next 2 damage that would be dealt to target legendary creature this turn.
($2.50)
3 foil Lantern Kami
Lantern Kami
Lantern KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
($1.50)
3 foil Terashi’s Grasp ($1.50)
1 foil 8th Edition Karma
Karma
KarmaSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
During a player's upkeep, Karma does 1 point of damage to that player for each swamp he or she has in play.
($3)
1 foil Otherworldly Journey
Otherworldly Journey
Otherworldly JourneySet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Remove target creature from the game. At end of turn, return that creature to play under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.
($1)
1 foil Judgment Suntail Hawk
Suntail Hawk
Suntail HawkSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
28
Artist:
Heather Hudson

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
($.50)
1 foil Betrayers Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
($2)

Honorable Mention:
1 Foil
Foil
FoilSet: Prophecy
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
You may discard an island and another card from your hand instead of paying Foil's mana cost. Counter target spell.
Unhinge
Unhinge
UnhingeSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Text:
Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Draw a card.
d Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
($5)
1 Unhinge
Unhinge
UnhingeSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Text:
Target player discards a card from his or her hand. Draw a card.
d Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
, 1 Unglued Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
, 1 DCI Mirrodin and 1 DCI Kamigawa Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
($4)
4 foil 8th Edition Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
($4)
5 other foil Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
($2.50)

Total: $260 with commons and uncommons and 9-10 months of construction. If you see someone with 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.
, Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth Nexus
Blinkmoth NexusSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Brian Snöddy
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land. 1, T: Target Blinkmoth gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, and/or set of 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.
with sloppy writing or the name Will or Will/Alex on them please kick their butt for me. If you see eight white Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
tokens around, please cripple them for me. Thank you.

Now this article isn’t about me whining, moping around, or taking revenge on others, because none of those are reasonable options. You may want to stop playing, you may consider quitting the game altogether, or just playing casually (hopefully it doesn’t get any more serious or deeper than that). The best you can do is pull yourself up and keep playing.

Hope is not lost!

9th Edition’s release draws ever closer and Ravnica is just around the corner after summer. I personally can’t wait for either set as they present opportunities for me to get back into the game. There is much you can do to cope with your loss:

1. Buy a booster box (or even two or three)

Cardshark is known for more than reasonable prices on singles, as well as booster boxes. I would highly recommend picking a box of Champions, Betrayers, or Saviors. This will give you an idea of what kind of deck you may want to build, as well as fetch you a few rarities that you will be able to sell or trade for what you need for the deck. If your binder was stolen, this may also help replenish your construction, or at least start you off right.

2. Look into Kamigawa Block

I’m personally taking this course of action so I’ll be prepared for the rotation. I’ll have plenty of time to research this format, as well as plenty of time to get the cards I’d like. I’ll then be able to get a good look at what decks will be dominant, and how to make them Type 2 when the rotation takes place. I’ll also have plenty of practice with the deck of my choice by then, in which case I’ll be way ahead of those hanging on to Mirrodin block.

3. Play casual decks

I was actually looking forward to this long before the incident. Now that Regionals is behind me, I can build the decks I really found interesting, though now I’m forced to drop what I’m good with. Though admittedly silly in other cases, I think I’m going to try a Mono-Blue 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.
tron deck with the Kaldra pieces included. A ridiculous Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
target, I realize, but a lot of fun otherwise. There’s no harm in enjoying the game. After all, that’s just what it is- a game.

4. Try to put your deck back together

Having friends helps in this case. Fortunately I have a few who are willing to donate me a Jitte or two, Auriok Champs, and a set of Anthems. I’d love to get the deck back together, but it is certainly a lot of money and a long way to go- I would prefer to learn something new, as I was tired of it anyway. Depending on how expensive your deck was and how much you enjoyed it, this would probably be the way to go. However, with the next big-time tournament being States, and the fact that States includes 9th Edition, you should probably check out mtgsalvation.com’s spoiler to make sure nothing too important in your deck has rotated out.

5. Explore
Explore
ExploreSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You may play an additional land this turn. Draw a card.
other hobbies

For example, I’m a little thankful that I’m not thinking as much about Magic now, so I can get around to the videogames I’ve ignored for the past few weeks. Regardless of whether you write, read, skate, play sports, drive, watch TV, need to catch-up on movies, sleep or work-out, there’s time for you to do it now. This is also a prime opportunity to try other card games- and Cardshark can easily help you in that aspect.

6. Borrow other decks on Fridays

While I’m putting together my own deck again, if I want to play at FNM, I’ll just have to borrow a deck. Seeing as it’s only $5, I assume it would be fun not only to try something new, but also to just play the game again.

7. Overtime at work

I know you may laugh at this, but that really depends on how much you like or hate your job. With Fridays free, you can work an extra hour or two, perhaps doing next to nothing during that hour or two, and get paid for it. This will actually accelerate the construction of your new deck or collection.

8. Play online

MTGO is a perfectly legitimate option for those who are not only wary of thieves, but also those who enjoy a diverse meta-game and all sorts of fun, different formats. Again, Cardshark can help provide you with the cards you need. If you would prefer a (technically) free, though not nearly as well-done system as MTGO, Magic Workstation (MWS) is a good way to test new decks and meet new friends. Though it has its share of errors, it is fairly popular among Americans and those of other nationalities.

9. Play Limited

A lot of people enjoy Sealed and all different Draft-types. Limited is very popular, though not among newer players because they are not entirely sure what the format is about or why people do it. It can be quite enjoyable though once you get the hang of it. I know for a fact that the first time I played Sealed I hated it, because I did so badly. On the other hand, I opened up a Sunburst deck, which was not the best move if you cannot do it correctly. However, this would be a good way to build up your collection and prepare for prerelease events.

10. Look around yourself

If we all could take a moment to look around ourselves, we would notice much more than normal. Perhaps that box of old discs and junk you’ve needed to clean out for months, or those CDs you needed to clean, or the cards you’ve needed to organize. There is much you can do if you truly are bored enough. You just need to take the time to look.


Well, I hope this helped. I’m sure there are at least ten other things I could have listed here today, but seeing as these are probably the biggest or most general few, I decided to list these. With little left to say, I leave you with the following. If you get especially depressed about your lost deck or binder, maybe this will help:

What goes around comes around. It’s backed by more than one religion, and even in physics. “Every action comes with an equal and opposite reaction.” In the time, it will all balance out, and that person will get what’s coming to them, and you will get what you deserve. If what was taken from you was worth close to or more than what I had taken from me, chances are they’ll be hit and hit hard. Even if it takes weeks, months, years for things to look up again, that doesn’t change the fact that THINGS WILL BE OKAY.

Thanks for taking the time to read this article. I know the topic wasn’t entirely card-specific, but it is universal and we all have experienced it or known someone who has. I apologize for sounding whiny in the beginning, but I’m sure you can attempt to understand how upsetting it must be. The most important part is that you don’t give up on the game, because that only shows that not only shows that thief gotten away with your deck or your collection, but your dignity and determination.


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