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CardShark Content - Will Stevens (3/23/2003)

When the Legions spoiler came out, faithful fans of Magic who have been playing since Mirage immediately recognized two cards that stood out in their minds. “Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
and Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
,” many of us said out loud, “I’ve seen this before!” And they were right. Harking back to Spirit of the Night
Spirit of the Night
Spirit of the NightSet: Mirage
Cost:
9
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Cliff Nielsen
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, trample, protection from blackFirst strike when attackingSpirit of the Night is unaffected by summoning sickness.
and its three supplements, Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
can be quite a force in today’s environment. This article will look at how Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
fits into Current Cleric decks and how to build new ones solely around this beast of an avatar.

Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
5BBB

Creature - Avatar

Trample
Whenever Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
deals combat damage to a player, you may put target creature card from that player’s graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3

6/6

I’m sure some of you that have never heard of this pair before are saying the same things about Scion as most people say about Phage, the Untouchable. However, the real key to any Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
is, of course:

Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
B

Creature - Cleric

T, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.

1/1

So there we go. First turn Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
, second turn two more Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
s, and on turn 3 you’re attacking with a 6/6 trampler with an awesome ability. Speed and power: an unbeatable combination. But how do we go about placing Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
and Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
in a deck? Well, the most obvious choice isn’t to fit them into a deck; it’s to fit a deck around them.

Clerics 2.0
//Creatures (20)
4:Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

4:Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.

4:Blood Celebrant
Blood Celebrant
Blood CelebrantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

4:Withered Wretch
Withered Wretch
Withered WretchSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game.

4: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.

//Spells (19)
4:Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.

4:Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.

2:Profane Prayers
Profane Prayers
Profane PrayersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
162
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Profane Prayers deals X damage to target creature or player and you gain X life, where X is the number of Clerics in play.

4:Oversold Cemetery
Oversold Cemetery
Oversold CemeterySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
160
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

2:Smother
Smother
SmotherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost 3 or less. It can't be regenerated.

3:Chainer’s Edict
//Lands (21)
11:Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

3:Cabal Coffers
Cabal Coffers
Cabal CoffersSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Text:
2, T: Add B to your mana pool for each swamp you control.

4:Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained MireSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
313
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a swamp or mountain card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

3:Polluted Delta
Polluted Delta
Polluted DeltaSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
321
Artist:
Land
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an island or swamp card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Rob Alexander


Obviously, many cards in this deck are just given. Blood Celebrant
Blood Celebrant
Blood CelebrantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
is the only other one-drop Cleric in Type 2 (when you extend the format you also get Initiates of the Ebon Hand
Initiates of the Ebon Hand
Initiates of the Ebon HandSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clerics
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: Add B to your mana pool. If 4 or more is spent in this way during one turn, bury Initiates of the Ebon Hand at end of turn. Play this ability as a mana source.
. But that’s it.) 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 so incredibly powerful in this deck, bringing out the Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
and sacrificing three clerics, bringing three 2/2 Zombies (more often than not, that’s moving up from three 1/1s), and Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
, the centerpiece of both the deck and this article.

Oversold Cemetery
Oversold Cemetery
Oversold CemeterySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
160
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
, along the same lines, is genius; when in this deck will you not have enough creatures in the yard to grab one out? Withered Wretch
Withered Wretch
Withered WretchSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
86
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game.
is the best two-mana Cleric in the format, and the other spells are mainly just a mix of basic creature removal and discard spells. Profane Prayers
Profane Prayers
Profane PrayersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
162
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Profane Prayers deals X damage to target creature or player and you gain X life, where X is the number of Clerics in play.
is a decent card for either creatures or your opponent when you have enough Clerics out.

This deck shouldn’t have a hard time getting out Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
and keeping him out. Even if the Scion gets taken out of play, Oversold Cemetery
Oversold Cemetery
Oversold CemeterySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
160
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
and the three creatures you sacrificed to get him out will send him right back in for another round.

Then, we have the road less taken; combining black and white to create a tournament-worthy Scion deck. The clear distinction in between the first deck I have shown you and anything you can create splashing white is the force of Clerics with a casting cost of W. In Black, you have Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
and Blood Celebrant
Blood Celebrant
Blood CelebrantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, Pay 1 life: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
(the latter of which is not a tier 1 card and only gets played because of its cost.) When you add White, you now have access to eleven one-drop clerics, including Benevolent Bodyguard
Benevolent Bodyguard
Benevolent BodyguardSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Roger Raupp

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Benevolent Bodyguard: Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn.
, Confessor
Confessor
ConfessorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a player discards a card from his or her hand, you may gain 1 life.
, Daru Mender
Daru Mender
Daru MenderSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
8
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph W (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.) When Daru Mender is turned face up, regenerate target creature.
, Dedicated Martyr
Dedicated Martyr
Dedicated MartyrSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, Sacrifice Dedicated Martyr: You gain 3 life.
, Devoted Caretaker
Devoted Caretaker
Devoted CaretakerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Clyde Caldwell
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W, Tap: Target permanent you control gains protection from instant spells and from sorcery spells until end of turn.
, Foothill Guide
Foothill Guide
Foothill GuideSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from Goblins. Morph W (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
, Nova Cleric
Nova Cleric
Nova ClericSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
2W, T, Sacrifice Nova Cleric: Destroy all enchantments.
, Planar Guide
Planar Guide
Planar GuideSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3W, Remove Planar Guide from the game: Remove all creatures from the game.
At end of turn, return those cards to play under their owners' control.
, and Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered WayfarerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, T: Search your library for a land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play this ability only if an opponent controls more lands than you.
. There are at least five quality selections there and there’s really no reason NOT to run them. And not playing in Type 2? In Extended and Type 1/1.5, there are 13 Clerics with a W casting cost, including Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.
, who I believe has serious potential in this deck. It’s just too bad we don’t have Caves of Koilos
Caves of Koilos
Caves of KoilosSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add W or B to your mana pool. Caves of Koilos deals 1 damage to you.


W/B Clerics (Standard)
//Creatures (23)
4:Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
:
4:Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

4:Confessor
Confessor
ConfessorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a player discards a card from his or her hand, you may gain 1 life.

4:Benevolent Bodyguard
Benevolent Bodyguard
Benevolent BodyguardSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Roger Raupp

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Benevolent Bodyguard: Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn.

3: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.

2:Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered WayfarerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, T: Search your library for a land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play this ability only if an opponent controls more lands than you.

2:Planar Guide
Planar Guide
Planar GuideSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3W, Remove Planar Guide from the game: Remove all creatures from the game.
At end of turn, return those cards to play under their owners' control.

//Other Spells (17)
4:Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.

4:Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.

3:Smother
Smother
SmotherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature with converted mana cost 3 or less. It can't be regenerated.

2:Chainer’s Edict
4:Oversold Cemetery
Oversold Cemetery
Oversold CemeterySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
160
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

//Lands (20)
7:Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

7:Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

3:Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained MireSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
313
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a swamp or mountain card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

3:Starlit Sanctum
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit SanctumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
325
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: You gain life equal to that Cleric's toughness. B, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses life equal to that Cleric's power.


W/B Clerics maintains a lot of the characteristics of mono-black for a reason: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Keeping Oversold Cemetery
Oversold Cemetery
Oversold CemeterySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
160
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
, 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.
and the majority of my discard and removal spells, this deck winds up being very similar to the first build.

For this deck, I chose Confessor
Confessor
ConfessorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a player discards a card from his or her hand, you may gain 1 life.
because of its synergy with Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.
and Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
(or whatever discard spells you choose to put in your deck.) Benevolent Bodyguard
Benevolent Bodyguard
Benevolent BodyguardSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Roger Raupp

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Benevolent Bodyguard: Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn.
works well with Oversold Cemetery
Oversold Cemetery
Oversold CemeterySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
160
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
and 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.
, as does Starlit Sanctum
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit SanctumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
325
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: You gain life equal to that Cleric's toughness. B, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses life equal to that Cleric's power.
(which I purposely left out of the first deck.) Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered Wayfarer
Weathered WayfarerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
59
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
W, T: Search your library for a land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play this ability only if an opponent controls more lands than you.
is always a nice card to have to thin your deck of excess lands and get out quick mana. All in all, this deck does pretty well for itself against a lot of matchups in the Type 2 environment.

Finally, I’d like to say to keep your options open when working with a card. There are many ways to combine elements of two decks and still come up with a winning strategy. An alright deck I’ve tinkered around with is Counter-Scion, which runs around 12-16 Clerics, including 4 Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
s, a few counterspells, and maybe an Oversold Cemetery
Oversold Cemetery
Oversold CemeterySet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
160
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
or two. Decks featuring Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
s and ways to neutralize your opponent’s threats often put your opponent on a four (or less!) turn clock before it’s game 2. There are endless possibilities for any card, so keep working and maybe you’ll figure out how to truly break Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
.

Until next time.


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