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Fifth Dawn Theme Deck

In case you've been in hiding for the last year, the Mirrodin block focuses very heavily on artifacts. Since your opponent is likely to throw all sorts of annoying artifacts at you, any deck you play in this environment needs to be able to handle them. One very good strategy is to pound your opponents into the ground before they're able to bring their artifacts out and use them, and the "Stampede" deck can help you achieve this goal.

The deck plays in a fairly straightforward manner and has a nice progression of creatures and spells. In the early game, play a few of your small creatures and get in some early hits. Between the direct-damage spells and the artifact destruction, you should be able to keep the board reasonably clear early on, allowing your small, unobstructed creatures to deal plenty of damage. Once you get up to four or five mana, start laying down the big monsters and attempt to win with size.

If the game stalls and you find yourself unable to break through for damage, you still have a few options. One of the "tricks" of this deck involves the combination of Rite of Passage with "pingers" like Spikeshot Goblin and Vulshok Sorcerer. By slowly inflicting damage on your own creatures, you can grow them to smash through the stalemate. If all else fails, you can fall back on Grab the Reins and Goblin Cannon to deal the last few points of damage. Other decks may have more late-game options, though, so try to keep the pressure on early to give yourself the best chance of a quick win.

The "Stampede" deck has a number of ways to destroy artifacts, but consider adding more if you play against a lot of decks using Mirrodin-block cards. The best anti-artifact cards to add are those that are also useful against decks that play with almost no artifacts (such as this one), so that they are never "dead" cards. The Mirrodin set's Molder Slug, Creeping Mold, and Viridian Shaman are good examples.

1Spark ElementalCRed Mana
1Slith Firewalker*URed ManaRed Mana
2Goblin BrawlerC2 ManaRed Mana
2Spikeshot Goblin*C2 ManaRed Mana
1Cosmic LarvaR1 ManaRed ManaRed Mana
1Vulshok SorcererC1 ManaRed ManaRed Mana
1Vulshok Berserker*C3 ManaRed Mana
1Iron-Barb HellionU5 ManaRed Mana
2Sylvok ExplorerC1 ManaGreen Mana
1Tangle AspC1 ManaGreen Mana
1Tel-Jilad Chosen*C1 ManaGreen Mana
1Eternal WitnessU1 ManaGreen ManaGreen Mana
2Tel-Jilad Exile*C3 ManaGreen Mana
2Viridian LorebearersU3 ManaGreen Mana
1Tel-Jilad LifebreatherC4 ManaGreen Mana
1Fangren Hunter*C3 ManaGreen ManaGreen Mana
2Fangren PathcutterU4 ManaGreen ManaGreen Mana
2TyrranaxC4 ManaGreen ManaGreen Mana
1Goblin Replica*C3 Mana
1Magma JetU1 ManaRed Mana
1Barbed Lightning**C2 ManaRed Mana
1Grab the Reins*U3 ManaRed Mana
1Rain of RustC3 ManaRed ManaRed Mana
1Tel-Jilad JusticeU1 ManaGreen Mana
1Ferocious ChargeC2 ManaGreen Mana
1Rite of PassageR2 ManaGreen Mana
1Pyrite Spellbomb*C1 Mana
2Talisman of Impulse*U2 Mana
1Goblin CannonU4 Mana

* = from a previous set

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