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CardShark Content - the wookie (10/22/2001)

It’s me, it’s me, the Wookie, and it’s time, once again, for everybody, to umm… polka and stuff. I didn’t feel like saying anything important this week, so it was left to randomness. This week I bring you another November 1st standard deck, Red Zone. Now, as many of you know, the original Red Zone was built by the dragon master himself, Brian Kibler
Brian Kibler
Brian KiblerSet: Promotional Other
Rarity:
P
Text:
Magic Pro Tour Player Card
. His strategy used efficient monsters, 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.
, Ancient Hydra
Ancient Hydra
Ancient HydraSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hydra
Rarity:
U
Number:
76
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
5
Toughness:
1
Text:
Fading 5 (This creature comes into play with five fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) 1, Remove a fade counter from Ancient Hydra: Ancient Hydra deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
, Chimeric Idol
Chimeric Idol
Chimeric IdolSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
136
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
0: Tap all lands you control. Chimeric Idol becomes a 3/3 artifact creature until end of turn.
, and Jade Leech
Jade Leech
Jade LeechSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Leech
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Green spells you play cost G more to play.
, backed up by the ever-powerful Armageddon
Armageddon
ArmageddonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All lands in play are destroyed.
. While many of these cards will leave us come November 1st, and some already have, do not fret; many quality replacements are ready and waiting. Cards such as Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
, Blazing Salvo
Blazing Salvo
Blazing SalvoSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
rk post
Text:
Blazing Salvo deals 3 damage to target creature unless that creature's controller has Blazing Salvo deal 5 damage to him or her.
, Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
, and Epicenter
Epicenter
EpicenterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Target player sacrifices a land. Threshold - All players sacrifice all lands instead. (You have threshold if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
coming from Odyssey, and Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
, Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Red spells and white spells you play cost 1 less to play.
, and Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.
already up and waiting, there is no shortage of cards to choose from for the newest version of the Red Zone.

Enough hype, lets just get wicked with it. So, with no further adieu, here is my new version or Red Zone.

Red Zone v.2.1

4:Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4:Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4:Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Red spells and white spells you play cost 1 less to play.

4:Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.

4:Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

3:Jade Leech
Jade Leech
Jade LeechSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Leech
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Green spells you play cost G more to play.

4:Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

2:Epicenter
Epicenter
EpicenterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Target player sacrifices a land. Threshold - All players sacrifice all lands instead. (You have threshold if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

1:Rith, The Awakener
2:Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.

4:Blazing Salvo
Blazing Salvo
Blazing SalvoSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
rk post
Text:
Blazing Salvo deals 3 damage to target creature unless that creature's controller has Blazing Salvo deal 5 damage to him or her.

4:Barbarian Ring
Barbarian Ring
Barbarian RingSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
313
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Tap: Add R to your mana pool. Barbarian Ring deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - R, Tap, Sacrifice Barbarian Ring: Barbarian Ring deals 2 damage to target creature or player. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

4:Karpulsan Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

4:Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.

7:Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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

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


Well folks, there it is, my feeble attempt to make Red Zone viable again. Now that you know what is in the deck, lemme do what I can to explain the line of reasoning behind my picks.

Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
: This card has been a staple of all multi-color green decks for some time now, and this deck is no exception. With the mana acceleration gained by this card, amazingly quick beats can reach the board in an alarmingly quick rate. Quick fatties and a more reliable mana base sounds like a good deal to me; I’ll take 4.

Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
: These are here to serve as redundancy for the birds in a limited scope. In addition, the elves help you recover faster after an Epicenter
Epicenter
EpicenterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Target player sacrifices a land. Threshold - All players sacrifice all lands instead. (You have threshold if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
, and they can swing when the situation arises.

Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Red spells and white spells you play cost 1 less to play.
: This little fellow is in for the maximum in redundancy. In addition to making Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
, Rith, and Epicenter
Epicenter
EpicenterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Target player sacrifices a land. Threshold - All players sacrifice all lands instead. (You have threshold if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
cheaper, Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape Familiar
Thornscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Red spells and white spells you play cost 1 less to play.
provides a 2 casting cost warm body, and in today’s environment where 2 mana for a creature with 2 power and a useful ability is rare, this little guy is good times for Becky.

Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
: Well, what can you say about this house that hasn’t already been said. He has haste, tramples, and hangs around to do it again if you want him too. Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
embodies efficiency and beats all into one convenient package.

Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
: Well now, not only does this card give you a 3/3 for 3 mana, it does it once over. In a deck that is all about maximizing threats, 8 creatures from 4 cards is a phenomenal bargain. Not only does Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
give you more creatures to swing with, it provides a great weapon against any deck packing counterspells since the control player has to waste 2 counters on this one card.

Jade Leech
Jade Leech
Jade LeechSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Leech
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Green spells you play cost G more to play.
: Now that 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.
is leaving us, we are left with Jade Leech
Jade Leech
Jade LeechSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Leech
Rarity:
R
Number:
190
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Green spells you play cost G more to play.
as the only 5/5 for 4 mana. As enticing as that may sound, the drawback of green spells costing one more limits the number of this monster that we can play, so we stick with 3.

Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
: Here he is, quite possibly one of the greatest bears ever printed. Not only is he a Grizzly Bear, he gets bigger and changes color. The last time I checked, both of those abilities were solid, and I don’t think much has changed in that opinion. Wookie sayz that dropping a wild mongrel against a control player will be a defining play in the fast approaching states.

Epicenter
Epicenter
EpicenterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Target player sacrifices a land. Threshold - All players sacrifice all lands instead. (You have threshold if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
: Well, we lost Armageddon
Armageddon
ArmageddonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All lands in play are destroyed.
, so we are forced to play with the less viable Epicenter
Epicenter
EpicenterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Target player sacrifices a land. Threshold - All players sacrifice all lands instead. (You have threshold if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
. However, threshold should not be hard to achieve in this deck, and if you are having a problem reaching it, just make Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
a little larger.

Rith, the Awakener
Rith, the Awakener
Rith, the AwakenerSet: Invasion
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
267
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Whenever Rith, the Awakener deals combat damage to a player, you may pay 2G. If you do, choose a color. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play for each permanent of that color.
: Ahh yes, a card even Wakefield would love. He beats for lots and produces tokens, where do I sign up. Although Rith is an amazing fattie, sadly we only have room for one of him.

Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.
: Speaking of good fatties, here is another. Kavu Titan
Kavu Titan
Kavu TitanSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker 2G (You may pay an additional 2G as you play this spell.)If you paid the kicker cost, Kavu Titan comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it and has trample.
is versatile enough to come down on turn 2 as a Grizzly Bear, or a few turns later as a 5/5 trampling monstrosity. Kick a titan against a mono red player at states and see how long it takes him to scoop; I will guarantee that you won’t have to wait long.

Blazing Salvo
Blazing Salvo
Blazing SalvoSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
rk post
Text:
Blazing Salvo deals 3 damage to target creature unless that creature's controller has Blazing Salvo deal 5 damage to him or her.
: We lost the uber efficient Ancient Hydra
Ancient Hydra
Ancient HydraSet: Nemesis
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hydra
Rarity:
U
Number:
76
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
5
Toughness:
1
Text:
Fading 5 (This creature comes into play with five fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) 1, Remove a fade counter from Ancient Hydra: Ancient Hydra deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, so we need some kind of removal. In a format that will more than likely see a large number of Finkles, Blazing Salvo
Blazing Salvo
Blazing SalvoSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
rk post
Text:
Blazing Salvo deals 3 damage to target creature unless that creature's controller has Blazing Salvo deal 5 damage to him or her.
is some good. Either Finkel will die, or your opponent will move that much closer to death. Here is my advice to you, Salvo a Finkel, then swing for large amounts, trust me, you will feel better about yourself afterwards.

Land: Who needs land. Well, most decks do, and thusly there is land in this deck, nothing fancy, just a good mix of the colors and a few Barbarian Ring
Barbarian Ring
Barbarian RingSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
313
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Tap: Add R to your mana pool. Barbarian Ring deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - R, Tap, Sacrifice Barbarian Ring: Barbarian Ring deals 2 damage to target creature or player. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
s for flavor.

Well folks, there you have it, my rendition of Red Zone. I expect this deck to be at least a tier 1.5 deck at states, and who knows, maybe someone will do something crazy like top 8 with it. Here’s to hoping.

Next week I will present a deck that I believe has the potential to wreck house at states, especially if the pros are right. But until then, good topdecking and may the beats be with you.

Peace,
Wookie


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