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CardShark Content - Zach Sievers (7/19/2006)

You may have read my Regional report a couple of months ago. This article is about a deck I have been working on since the Coldsnap spoiler came out. It is a mid-game deck based around Knights and dredge. Without further delay here it is:

//NAME: Dredge
Dredge
DredgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Sacrifice a creature or land.Draw a card.
-o-Knight

// Creatures
4 Golgari Grave-Troll
4 Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed Imp
Stinkweed ImpSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Stinkweed Imp deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. Dredge 5 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly five cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

4 Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

4 Paladin en-Vec
4 Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from white. B: Stromgald Crusader gains flying until end of turn. BB: Stromgald Crusader get +1/+0 until end of turn.

4 Haakon, Stromgald Scourge
Haakon, Stromgald Scourge
Haakon, Stromgald ScourgeSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Knight
Rarity:
R
Number:
61
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
You may play Haakon, Stromgald Scourge from your graveyard, but not from anywhere else. As long as Haakon is in play, you may play Knight cards from your graveyard. When Haakon is put into a graveyard from play, you lose 2 life.

4 Drowned Rusalka
Drowned Rusalka
Drowned RusalkaSet: Guildpact
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
24
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, Sacrifice a creature: Discard a card, then draw a card.


// Spells
4 Compulsive Research
Compulsive Research
Compulsive ResearchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player draws three cards. Then that player discards two cards unless he or she discards a land card.
es
3 Delirium Skeins
Delirium Skeins
Delirium SkeinsSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot

1 Life from the Loam
Life from the Loam
Life from the LoamSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Return up to three target land cards from your graveyard to your hand. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)


// Lands
2 Temple Garden
Temple Garden
Temple GardenSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Forest Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
284
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add G or W to your mana pool.) As Temple Garden comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Temple Garden comes into play tapped instead.

4 Hallow
Hallow
HallowSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
4
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Prevent all damage target spell would deal this turn. You gain life equal to the damage prevented this way.
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4 Watery Grave
Watery Grave
Watery GraveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Island Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add U or B to your mana pool.) As Watery Grave comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Watery Grave comes into play tapped instead.

4 Adarkar Wastes
Adarkar Wastes
Adarkar WastesSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add W or U to your mana pool. Adarkar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

4 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.

3 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

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


// Sideboard
4 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.

1 Darkblast
Darkblast
DarkblastSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

2 Life From the Loam
1 Nightmare
Nightmare
NightmareSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Nightmare's power and toughness both equal the number of swamps its controller has in play.
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3 Mortify
Mortify
MortifySet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Text:
Destroy target creature or enchantment.

4 Firemane Angel
Firemane Angel
Firemane AngelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, first strike At the beginning of your upkeep, if Firemane Angel is in your graveyard or in play, you may gain 1 life. 6RRWW: Return Firemane Angel from your graveyard to play. Play this ability only during your upkeep.


The basic idea of this deck is to get something with dredge in the graveyard and then fill the graveyard with knights and play them from there. First before the match ups I would like to say a couple of words about the card choices.

First, Drowned Rusalka
Drowned Rusalka
Drowned RusalkaSet: Guildpact
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
24
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, Sacrifice a creature: Discard a card, then draw a card.
is the quickest way to dredge. First you play him, then once you have some open U mana, sac to discard a card with dredge and then dredge it back. Delirium Skeins
Delirium Skeins
Delirium SkeinsSet: Dissension
Color:
Black
Rarity:
C
Number:
41
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
and Compulsive Research
Compulsive Research
Compulsive ResearchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player draws three cards. Then that player discards two cards unless he or she discards a land card.
are also good ways to dump dredge cards and knights into your graveyard.

Haakon is the engine that drives this deck. He needs to be in your graveyard to play knights from your graveyard. Don’t be afraid to play him as long as you have a second one. Life from the Loam
Life from the Loam
Life from the LoamSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Return up to three target land cards from your graveyard to your hand. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
is in there because you are bound to dredge your lands away, and this helps get the ones you need from your grave. Finally, Firemane Angle is in the sideboard against aggro match ups for the life gain. You can’t play it but it helps a lot against aggro. Darkblast
Darkblast
DarkblastSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
is very good against Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.
decks and decks with Dryad Sophiscate. 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.
and Mortify
Mortify
MortifySet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Text:
Destroy target creature or enchantment.
are also against the aggro match up. This deck is very weak against aggro.

Here are some side boarding techniques to use in certain match ups

Gruul;Zoo;or other aggro decks:
-4 Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

-3 Delrium Skeins
-1 Life from the Loam
Life from the Loam
Life from the LoamSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Return up to three target land cards from your graveyard to your hand. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

-2 Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from white. B: Stromgald Crusader gains flying until end of turn. BB: Stromgald Crusader get +1/+0 until end of turn.

-1 Compulsive Research
Compulsive Research
Compulsive ResearchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player draws three cards. Then that player discards two cards unless he or she discards a land card.

+4 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.

+4 Firemane Angle
+3 Mortify
Mortify
MortifySet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Text:
Destroy target creature or enchantment.


Vore or Land Destruction:
-2 Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from white. B: Stromgald Crusader gains flying until end of turn. BB: Stromgald Crusader get +1/+0 until end of turn.

+2 Life from the Loam
Life from the Loam
Life from the LoamSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Return up to three target land cards from your graveyard to your hand. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)


Tron; Wafo Tapa; U/W Control:
-1 Life from the Loam
Life from the Loam
Life from the LoamSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Return up to three target land cards from your graveyard to your hand. Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

+1 Nightmare
Nightmare
NightmareSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Nightmare's power and toughness both equal the number of swamps its controller has in play.
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To conclude, this deck is a blast to play. It has good match ups with control decks because of the recurring creatures and the discard spells. However this deck does struggle against aggro decks but I believe is good enough to win a FNM or a local tourney. Good luck and happy playing!


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