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Special Forces

Special Forces

Fifth Dawn Theme Deck

The creatures of the "Special Forces" deck are all mission specialists - the attackers have huge power and the blockers have enormous toughness. Creatures like Dross Crocodile, Plasma Elemental, and Emissary of Despair inflict devastating damage, while Steel Wall and Arachnoid hold down a rock-solid defense.

But what if your foe tries to stop your fragile 5/1 Dross Crocodile with a weenie blocker? That's where your specialized Equipment comes in. Slagwurm Armor and Ensouled Scimitar cover your attackers' weak spots, giving them massive defensive boosts to round them out. Whispersilk Cloak makes an attacker unblockable and untargetable, making its low toughness practically irrelevant. A Cloak-wearing Crocodile can win the game all by itself!

While the attack force is coasting in to smash your opponent every turn, the insane toughness of your defensive stalwarts lets you laugh off any counterattacks. The Equipment helps out here, too. Not satisfied with Arachnoid's 6 toughness? Try equipping it with Ensouled Scimitar or Slagwurm Armor to boost it up to 3/11 or even 2/12. When was the last time your opponent attacked with a Darksteel Colossus that just wasn't big enough to get through?

The "Special Forces" deck also has other cool Equipment combos up its sleeve. Vulshok Gauntlets's drawback doesn't mean much on a Yotian Soldier that doesn't tap to attack. Try Loxodon Warhammer on a Pewter Golem or Plasma Elemental to deal lots of damage and, hey, keep all that life for yourself. Myr Quadropod has high toughness or high power - whatever you need for your current situation. Try putting Ensouled Scimitar on Myr Quadropod and attacking with it as an innocent 2/9. If your opponent doesn't block, a quick switch of its power and toughness deals a punishing 9 damage.

One way to improve this deck is by adding artifact lands and various Nim creatures from throughout the Mirrodin block. Nim Shrieker becomes a 5/1 flier if you have five artifacts in play - a perfect fit in this deck - and toughness-boosting Equipment makes it a real force. Nim Devourer and Nim Grotesque are also fine options. Another way to go would be to add more powerful Equipment cards to boost your offense. Fireshrieker from the Mirrodin set and Cranial Plating turn your already powerful attackers into game-enders.

2Plasma ElementalU5 ManaBlue Mana
1Ebon DrakeU2 ManaBlack Mana
2Emissary of Despair**U1 ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana
3Dross CrocodileC3 ManaBlack Mana
1Steel Wall*C1 Mana
3Leaden Myr*C2 Mana
1Silver Myr*C2 Mana
1Wizard Replica*C3 Mana
3Yotian Soldier*C3 Mana
2Myr QuadropodC4 Mana
1Pewter Golem*C5 Mana
2ArachnoidU6 Mana
1Annul*CBlue Mana
1AcquireR3 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana
1Shattered DreamsUBlack Mana
1Plunge into DarknessR1 ManaBlack Mana
2Devour in ShadowUBlack ManaBlack Mana
1Murderous Spoils**U5 ManaBlack Mana
2Consume Spirit*CX Mana1 ManaBlack Mana
1Slagwurm Armor*C1 Mana
1Vulshok Gauntlets*C2 Mana
1Ensouled ScimitarU3 Mana
1Loxodon Warhammer*U3 Mana
1Whispersilk Cloak**C3 Mana
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