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CardShark Content - macro (2/21/2001)

The Planes will be shifting on March 1st and with this celestial occurence, type 2 will make some shifts as well. Foremost among these shifts, I predict that B/R will become a heavy contender in the race for archtype T2 dominance. We'll also be seeing some major enhancements to Fires, Rebels, Blue Skies and many other decks.

Why go rogue? Sometimes it is just plain boring to play the same decks that everyone else is playing. It's a lot more fun to make up your own decks or modify some of the decks you find on-line to add your own personal flair and ideas. After all, you're a good player with interesting ideas that the robot player wouldn't even consider. Ever lose a game to a deck that just didn't seem to have anything going for it, but it just totally messed up your deck's focus? You were probably playing a rouge deck.

In the current meta game we are going to see more and more RED. Currently there is lots of burn floating around in the form of Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.
, Urza's Rage
Urza's Rage
Urza's RageSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Kicker 8R (You may pay an additional 8R as you play this spell.)Urza's Rage can't be countered by spells or abilities.Urza's Rage deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, instead Urza's Rage deals 10 damage to that creature or player and the damage can't be prevented.
, etc... We are going to see the addition of Magma Burst
Magma Burst
Magma BurstSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice two lands. (You may sacrifice two lands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Magma Burst deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, Magma Burst deals 3 damage to another target creature or player.
and Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
not to mention the deadly B/R Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
for Planeshift creature control cards. We are also going to see tons of creatures and not much emphasis on enchantments still. Splashing blue for counter spells will still be popular, but my prediction is Fires and B/R speed (led by Phyrexian Scuta
Phyrexian Scuta
Phyrexian ScutaSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker-Pay 3 life. (You may pay 3 life in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) If you paid the kicker cost, Phyrexian Scuta comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it.
, Blazing Specter
Blazing Specter
Blazing SpecterSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)Whenever Blazing Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card from his or her hand.
and Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue Kavu
Flametongue KavuSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Flametongue Kavu comes into play, it deals 4 damage to target creature.
) are going to grind a few opponents into dust, and do it fast.

In summary we are going to see a lot of speed, a lot of creatures and a lot of control and you can forget about all the quirky little multi-colored spells because they will either be to inconsistent with your mana base or too slow to make a difference.

So what are the alternatives?

I built this U/W control deck to provide an interesting, fun and deadly alternative to the current T2 environement after Planeshift becomes legal. Here's the Decklist first:

4:Blinding Angel
Blinding Angel
Blinding AngelSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Whenever Blinding Angel deals combat damage to a player, that player skips his or her next combat phase.

4:Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.

4:Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.


4:Orim's Chant
Orim's Chant
Orim's ChantSet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Kicker W (You may pay an additional W as you play this spell.) Target player can't play spells this turn. If you paid the kicker cost, creatures can't attack this turn.

4: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.

4:Absorb
Absorb
AbsorbSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Counter target spell. You gain 3 life.

4:Misdirection
Misdirection
MisdirectionSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
87
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
You may remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Misdirection's mana cost.Target spell with a single target targets another target instead.

4:Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.


3:Teferi's Moat
Teferi's Moat
Teferi's MoatSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
rk post
Text:
As Teferi's Moat comes into play, choose a color.Creatures of the chosen color without flying can't attack you.

4:Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.



4:Coastal Tower
Coastal Tower
Coastal TowerSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
321
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Coastal Tower comes into play tapped.T: Add W or U to your mana pool.

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.

1:Dust Bowl
Dust Bowl
Dust BowlSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
316
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.3, tap, Sacrifice a land: Destroy target nonbasic land.

6:Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s
6:Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


Sideboard
3:Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

4:Washout
4:Crimson Acolyte
Crimson Acolyte
Crimson AcolyteSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
11
Artist:
Orizio Daniele
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from redW: Target creature gains protection from red until end of turn.

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.


Next, let's look at some of the spells, what they do and why they are good in this environment. Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
is one of the stars of the deck because it is an efficient 2/2 creature for 2, and it's ability to name a card and that card cannot be played is pretty huge in this environment. We're going to be using him as the ultimate sideboard card in the main deck. He can stop spells that cannot be countered like Urza's Rage
Urza's Rage
Urza's RageSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Kicker 8R (You may pay an additional 8R as you play this spell.)Urza's Rage can't be countered by spells or abilities.Urza's Rage deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, instead Urza's Rage deals 10 damage to that creature or player and the damage can't be prevented.
, Kavu Chameleon
Kavu Chameleon
Kavu ChameleonSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kavu Chameleon can't be countered.G: Kavu Chameleon becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
, and Blurred Mongoose
Blurred Mongoose
Blurred MongooseSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mongoose
Rarity:
R
Number:
183
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Blurred Mongoose can't be countered.Blurred Mongoose can't be the target of spells or abilities.
and can keep spells like Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
, which cannot be targeted by spells or abilities from ever hitting the table. Since most people play obvious archtype decks such as fires, rebels, etc... it is pretty easy to name a problem card without seeing anything other than a forest and a mountain in play.

Blinding Angel
Blinding Angel
Blinding AngelSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Whenever Blinding Angel deals combat damage to a player, that player skips his or her next combat phase.
will be our kill card and will also stop these herds of ground pounders from ever having a combat phase again. If they have only non-flyers (ie, no blockers to stop the angel) it pretty much shuts them down for the game unless they can get rid of her, which is hard with all of your control. At 2/4 she isn't a bad blocker either. She is also your defense against most flyers. Almost all flyers in white and black are pretty small and easily blocked by her.

Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.
has been placed in the deck because of it's amazing protection abilities. You can name green and easily stop Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
and any large fires creatures. Name red for protection from all manor of direct damage and it even protects against terminate. Name blue to give you a solid blocker against blue flyers or bounce decks. This card will also be another kill card in the deck as it will be able to get through almost anything unless they have 2 sets of colored flyers.

Orim
Orim
OrimSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+12
Text:
Your creatures can block as though they had flying.
's chant is another great time advantage card. Being touted as the next Timewalk, it isn't all that, but it is a pretty decent stall card and can protect you for a number of turns. It can also slow down your opponent dramatically. Suppose your opponent plays fires and drops a creature... a next turn orim's chant with a kicker is amazing as it keeps them from playing any more creatures and stops them from attacking. Some creatures even require gating or fading which further slows down the usefulness of them if they cannot attack for a turn.

Misdirection
Misdirection
MisdirectionSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
87
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
You may remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Misdirection's mana cost.Target spell with a single target targets another target instead.
is the ultimate surprise card. It can be alternately cast for no mana turn 1 if necessary. This is your main protection card in the deck against creature removal and direct damage to you. Imagine the look on your opponent's face when you misdirect their Urza's Rage
Urza's Rage
Urza's RageSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Kicker 8R (You may pay an additional 8R as you play this spell.)Urza's Rage can't be countered by spells or abilities.Urza's Rage deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, instead Urza's Rage deals 10 damage to that creature or player and the damage can't be prevented.
for 10 points back at them - remember misdirect is not a counterspell, it merely selects a new target. It also serves to protect against creature removal and bounce or can be useful in a pinch to steal creature enchantments like Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
.

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.
and Absorb
Absorb
AbsorbSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Counter target spell. You gain 3 life.
are your main counterspell control for the deck. Absorb
Absorb
AbsorbSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Andrew Goldhawk
Text:
Counter target spell. You gain 3 life.
for 1 extra white gives you 3 life and some significant time advantage. 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.
at 2 mana can get rid of most major threats you will encounter in the game if played correctly. This is also your main defense against a large number of flyers... if you miss a few, you can use rushing river to reset the board and try again.

Rushing river is a nice addition to deal with everything but blastoderm and damage lands. It has a lot of flexibility with 2 colorless mana and the ability to sack lands to it to bounce an extra permenant late game when you have a bit of mana flooding. This is a great way to get rid of a few flyers momentarily so your angel can start setting up the no-combat phases. It can also be used very effectively to bounce something that you didn't have the mana to counterspell earlier or better yet, bounce a card that's being a pain and cast a meddling mage naming that card (you can even bounce your own mage from play and recast it!)

Teferi's Moat
Teferi's Moat
Teferi's MoatSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
rk post
Text:
As Teferi's Moat comes into play, choose a color.Creatures of the chosen color without flying can't attack you.
works in concert with Orim's Chant
Orim's Chant
Orim's ChantSet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
11
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Kicker W (You may pay an additional W as you play this spell.) Target player can't play spells this turn. If you paid the kicker cost, creatures can't attack this turn.
's ´´No creatures may attack´´ and Blinding Angel
Blinding Angel
Blinding AngelSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Whenever Blinding Angel deals combat damage to a player, that player skips his or her next combat phase.
's No combat phase ability. It pretty much shuts down B/R since their is no enchantment control and also shuts down the majority of Rebels and Fires because most of the creatures are ground pounders. With the mage, counterspells and misdirection, it is pretty easy to keep your opponents from hitting you or destroying your enchantment.

Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
is the new ultimate searcher for blue. With 1 colored mana it can even be splashed in other decks. If FOF wasn't good enough, the fact that it is an instant is insanely powerful in counterspell decks. When you aren't casting creature spells in this deck, you are mostly waiting to react to your opponents moves. The bad thing is to waste a turn because your opponent didn't do anything or worse yet to run out of counterspell threats. Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
helps with both of these problems because it can be played as an instant at the end of your opponents turn and you get a fresh hand, keep counterspell pressure on them and start with a new turn and untapped lands.

Sideboard consists of 4 acolytes to be sided in against red, 4 wrath of god for flyer control, cursed totem against rebels or activated ability creatures and washout for general problem control if you lose control of the game.

Hopefully you will enjoy playing this deck with lots of fun surprises to turn the tables on your oponent or stop their creatures dead in their tracks.

Good Luck!

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