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There’s an old adage about not doing a certain thing in a place that you normally eat. That’s the first thing I thought of when I saw Furnace Dragon
Furnace Dragon
Furnace DragonSet: Darksteel
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Matthew D Wilson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for Artifacts, Flying. When Furnace Dragon comes into play if you played it from your hand remove all artifacts from the game.
. On review, however, I realized that there’s some chance that this card could see play in Mirrodin Block Constructed. Now, bear with me while I justify that statement.

First, you can’t swing a cat without hitting an Affinity deck in regular old Type 2, so one would assume that you’ll see it quite a bit in block. In the endless stream of Affinity v. Affinity matchups, Furnace Dragon
Furnace Dragon
Furnace DragonSet: Darksteel
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Matthew D Wilson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for Artifacts, Flying. When Furnace Dragon comes into play if you played it from your hand remove all artifacts from the game.
is one heck of a board sweeper. Symmetrical effects are always tough to gauge, but there’s a very significant factor in evaluating Furnace Dragon
Furnace Dragon
Furnace DragonSet: Darksteel
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Matthew D Wilson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for Artifacts, Flying. When Furnace Dragon comes into play if you played it from your hand remove all artifacts from the game.
’s effect: you get to keep the dragon. And regeneration effects don’t help, because the cards are leaving the game, not heading to the graveyard. So, you’re opponent’s mana base goes away, his Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
is dead, and he’s staring at a four-turn clock. Nasty. Odyssey Block had Worldgorger Dragon
Worldgorger Dragon
Worldgorger DragonSet: Judgment
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Wayne England

Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying, Trample. When Worldgorger Dragon comes into play, remove all other permanents you control from the game. When Worldgorger Dragon leaves play, return the removed cards to play under their owner's control.
, which removed only your board from the game, but promised to return it, for a 7/7 flyer. Furnace Dragon
Furnace Dragon
Furnace DragonSet: Darksteel
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Matthew D Wilson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for Artifacts, Flying. When Furnace Dragon comes into play if you played it from your hand remove all artifacts from the game.
is strictly better, because it simply resets a large portion of the board on both sides.

Second, you can take advantage of some of the faster cards in Mirrodin. Slith Firewalker
Slith Firewalker
Slith FirewalkerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slith
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Whenever Slith Firewalker deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
s are an excellent way to shave some points off your opponent’s life totals, and 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 simply insane. A bigger-than-usual commitment to red can take the edge off nasty artifact combos and provide some early board control.

Sidebar: For a while, during Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
Block, I had a mono-red deck that used Dragonspeaker Shaman
Dragonspeaker Shaman
Dragonspeaker ShamanSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Dragon spells cost 2 less to play.
, Kilnmouth Dragon
Kilnmouth Dragon
Kilnmouth DragonSet: Legions
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Amplify 3 (As this card comes into play, put three +1/+1 counters on it for each Dragon card you reveal in your hand.) Flying T: Kilnmouth Dragon deals damage equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on it to target creature or player.
, and Rorix as the only creatures, and utilized 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.
and a ridiculous number of cycling cards to keep the board clean in the meantime. It’s obnoxious how many times I ended up simply burning my opponent to death before a dragon hit the board. With the Sliths and the Blasts, this deck can accomplish the same thing. It’s deceptively quick out of the box, and depending on circumstances, a turn one Slith Firewalker
Slith Firewalker
Slith FirewalkerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slith
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Whenever Slith Firewalker deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
can simply outrace your opponent.

Here’s the deck as it stands:

Furnace Affinity:

4x Furnace Dragon
Furnace Dragon
Furnace DragonSet: Darksteel
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Matthew D Wilson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for Artifacts, Flying. When Furnace Dragon comes into play if you played it from your hand remove all artifacts from the game.

4x Slith Firewalker
Slith Firewalker
Slith FirewalkerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slith
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Whenever Slith Firewalker deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.

4x 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.

4x 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.

2x 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.

3x Thirst
Thirst
ThirstSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
When Thirst comes into play, tap enchanted creature.During your upkeep, pay U or bury Thirst.Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.
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3x 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.

3x Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.


4x 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.

4x Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.

3x Talisman of Indulgence
Talisman of Indulgence
Talisman of IndulgenceSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
255
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Add B or R to your mana pool. Talisman of Indulgence deals 1 damage to you.

3x Talisman of Dominance
Talisman of Dominance
Talisman of DominanceSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
253
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Talisman of Dominance deals 1 damage to you.


4x 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.

4x Vault of Whispers
Vault of Whispers
Vault of WhispersSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Vault of Whispers isn't a spell.) T: Add B to your mana pool.

4x Great Furnace
Great Furnace
Great FurnaceSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
282
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(Great Furnace isn't a spell.) T: Add R to your mana pool.

4x 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.

3x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.



This deck takes advantage of countermagic, both to back up the dragon and to prevent your opponent from dropping their own bomb. Assert Authority
Assert Authority
Assert AuthoritySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
30
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, remove it from the game instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
and Last Word
Last Word
Last WordSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
23
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Last Word can't be countered by spell or abilities. Counter target spell.
are very good cards, but the double blue cost, combined with the need for an early triple red, can be a bit rough. Assert Authority
Assert Authority
Assert AuthoritySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
30
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Counter target spell. If it's countered this way, remove it from the game instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
has the added disadvantage of being a dead card once the Dragon is down. I’ve been using 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.
and 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.
. The current setup is four of the former and two of the latter in the main deck; it used to be four and three, but I finally dropped the 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.
count. While it’s a rare day that 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.
isn’t handy, I wanted to leave some room for some card drawing. It’s a funky two-of, and I’ve considered going to three and three – you might want to fiddle.

There’s also the usual card drawing madness with Thirst
Thirst
ThirstSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
When Thirst comes into play, tap enchanted creature.During your upkeep, pay U or bury Thirst.Enchanted creature does not untap during its controller's untap phase.
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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.
. Basically, the faster you get the Dragon out, the better, and the card drawing helps you get the pieces together. It also helps you win the rebuilding war.

The tension, of course, is between running practically all artifact mana sources and packing a closer that will remove all your artifacts from the game. I repeat: you have to get the Dragon out as soon as possible. In the meanwhile, you’ll simply look like a weird Affinity deck.

The sideboard I’ve been using makes use of the black mana (for Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
and Barter in Blood
Barter in Blood
Barter in BloodSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player sacrifices two creatures.
) and additional artifact hate in the form of Detonate
Detonate
DetonateSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Text:
Bury target artifact. Detonate deals X damage to the artifact's controller, where X is the casting cost of the artifact.
. I’m currently also running 3 Megatog
Megatog
MegatogSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Megatog gets +3/+3 and gains trample until end of turn.
in the sideboard, which is a concession to the fragility of the Dragon: against aggro Affinity builds it’s often more effective to have Megatog
Megatog
MegatogSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Megatog gets +3/+3 and gains trample until end of turn.
, as the Dragon can get gangblocked by 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
s or otherwise outraced.

Have some fun with Furnace Dragon
Furnace Dragon
Furnace DragonSet: Darksteel
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Matthew D Wilson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Affinity for Artifacts, Flying. When Furnace Dragon comes into play if you played it from your hand remove all artifacts from the game.
– it’s not a blowout card, but within Mirrodin Block it’ll steal you some wins.


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