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Decking the Net - Hunting Thragtusks for Fun & Profit - AJ Ozanich (12/9/2012)

Welcome to an Undead version of Decking the Net! This series has been the target of an Unburial Rites
Unburial Rites
Unburial RitesSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Flashback {3}{W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
, so out to the battlefield it goes! The last time we looked at Standard, Delver was the top deck. Now, we are dominated by a beast that likes to give and give. Many people have made comments about how great Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
is, how much it helps out against Zombies and Aggro. Well, we are going to go hunting this week: Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
hunting.

So let’s look at the card itself so we can see what we are up against. He costs Four and a single Green mana, making him splashable in many decks with the help of the shocklands from Return to Ravnica. This means that if we want to stop him, we need to kill the opponent quickly. Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
is a Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
, which matters if the opponent is playing Cavern of Souls
Cavern of Souls
Cavern of SoulsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.
, but other than there isn’t anything in the current Standard that can interact with Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
s, such as Protection or other abilities that target that type specifically. The power and toughness are Five and Three, respectively. This means that he can drop your life total by a quarter each time he connects! The toughness is its weakness, as it is low for a creature of his size. The problem with combating Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
lies in his abilities. “When Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life.” This can turn games around fast and can make it even harder to kill your opponent, especially if that player is using cards like Rhox Faithmender
Rhox Faithmender
Rhox FaithmenderSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rhino Monk
Rarity:
R
Number:
29
Artist:
Wesley Burt
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.) If you would gain life, you gain twice that much life instead.
and Restoration Angel
Restoration Angel
Restoration AngelSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash Flying When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.
. Last but not least, as if that wasn’t enough, it has another ability that can be a real kick in the teeth later: “When Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
token onto the battlefield.” This ability makes it hard to clear the board with a sweeper like Mutilate
Mutilate
MutilateSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Text:
All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn for each swamp you control.
, Supreme Verdict
Supreme Verdict
Supreme VerdictSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
201
Artist:
Sam Burley
Text:
Supreme Verdict can't be countered. Destroy all creatures.
, or Mizzium Mortars
Mizzium Mortars
Mizzium MortarsSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Noah Bradley
Text:
Mizzium Mortars deals 4 damage to target creature you don't control. Overload {3}{R}{R}{R} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")
. Also, do you remember we just talked about blink strategies? Yeah, this could be a problem for us.
So what can we do about this beasty? Burn it? Kill it? Quit Standard and go play Commander? NO! We shall face it and conquer it!
But how?

Simple: We strike at the heart of the problem: their mana. Without mana, they cannot cast the beast. Conveniently, there are some spells at our disposal that can help us accomplish this. First though, what colors should be used? Land destruction is primarily in red, with some destruction in Green such as Acidic Slime
Acidic Slime
Acidic SlimeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) When Acidic Slime enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.
and Bramblecrush
Bramblecrush
BramblecrushSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
172
Artist:
Drew Baker
Text:
Destroy target noncreature permanent.
. We can also use our own Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
since we are playing in the color, as well as perhaps a Chandra, the Firebrand
Chandra, the Firebrand
Chandra, the FirebrandSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Chandra
Rarity:
M
Number:
124
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Chandra, the Firebrand deals 1 damage to target creature or player. -2: When you cast your next instant or sorcery spell this turn, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy. -6: Chandra, the Firebrand deals 6 damage to each of up to six target creatures and/or players.
to copy our land destruction or other spells. Let’s add some burn for creature removal and some direct damage to help finish off the opponent.



Looking at a list of cards we are thinking about we have: Acidic Slime
Acidic Slime
Acidic SlimeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) When Acidic Slime enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.
, for land destruction and possibly for enchantments; Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
, just because; Craterize
Craterize
CraterizeSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Eytan Zana
Text:
Destroy target land.
and Demolish
Demolish
DemolishSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
183
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land.
to destroy their lands; Chandra, the Firebrand
Chandra, the Firebrand
Chandra, the FirebrandSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Chandra
Rarity:
M
Number:
124
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Chandra, the Firebrand deals 1 damage to target creature or player. -2: When you cast your next instant or sorcery spell this turn, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy. -6: Chandra, the Firebrand deals 6 damage to each of up to six target creatures and/or players.
to replicate the burn spells and the land destroyers. For burn, let’s go with something that can not only kill Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
, but also can be sent to the player. I am thinking Searing Spear
Searing Spear
Searing SpearSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Searing Spear deals 3 damage to target creature or player.
and Devil’s Play. Let’s also play with the flickering on our Acidic Slime
Acidic Slime
Acidic SlimeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) When Acidic Slime enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.
and Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
s. Conjurer’s Closet is a good choice, plus is a colorless option so we don’t have to worry about having the right mana. Speaking of that, let’s put in a Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
as well to help us fix our mana a little bit. Since we are destroying lands, let’s use them! We can add Deathrite Shaman
Deathrite Shaman
Deathrite ShamanSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
213
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
{T}: Exile target land card from a graveyard. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. {B}, {T}: Exile target instant or sorcery card from a graveyard. Each opponent loses 2 life. {G}, {T}: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. You gain 2 life.
s to the deck to use their mana, and add a couple of Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown TombSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Swamp Forest
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add B or G to your mana pool.) As Overgrown Tomb comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Overgrown Tomb comes into play tapped instead.
s and Blood Crypt
Blood Crypt
Blood CryptSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Swamp Mountain, (T: Add B or R to your mana pool.) As Blood Crypt comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, Blood Crypt comes into play tapped instead.
s to add Black mana, and they are searchable with Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
!

So here is what I have in mind:


Land-Ho!

4 x Deathrite Shaman
Deathrite Shaman
Deathrite ShamanSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
213
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
{T}: Exile target land card from a graveyard. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. {B}, {T}: Exile target instant or sorcery card from a graveyard. Each opponent loses 2 life. {G}, {T}: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. You gain 2 life.

4 x Acidic Slime
Acidic Slime
Acidic SlimeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) When Acidic Slime enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.

2 x Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.


4 x Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

4 x Craterize
Craterize
CraterizeSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
126
Artist:
Eytan Zana
Text:
Destroy target land.

4 x Demolish
Demolish
DemolishSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
183
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land.

3 x Chandra, the Firebrand
Chandra, the Firebrand
Chandra, the FirebrandSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Chandra
Rarity:
M
Number:
124
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Chandra, the Firebrand deals 1 damage to target creature or player. -2: When you cast your next instant or sorcery spell this turn, copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy. -6: Chandra, the Firebrand deals 6 damage to each of up to six target creatures and/or players.

3 x Conjurer’s Closet
3 x Searing Spear
Searing Spear
Searing SpearSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Searing Spear deals 3 damage to target creature or player.

2 x Devil’s play
3 x Bramblecrush
Bramblecrush
BramblecrushSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
172
Artist:
Drew Baker
Text:
Destroy target noncreature permanent.


4 x Ghost Quarter
Ghost Quarter
Ghost QuarterSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
173
Artist:
Heather Hudson

4 x Rootbound Crag
Rootbound Crag
Rootbound CragSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
227
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Text:
Rootbound Crag enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Forest.{T}: Add {R} or {G} to your mana pool.

2 x Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown TombSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Swamp Forest
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add B or G to your mana pool.) As Overgrown Tomb comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Overgrown Tomb comes into play tapped instead.

2 x Blood Crypt
Blood Crypt
Blood CryptSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Swamp Mountain, (T: Add B or R to your mana pool.) As Blood Crypt comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, Blood Crypt comes into play tapped instead.

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

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

2 x Cavern of Souls
Cavern of Souls
Cavern of SoulsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.



You can substitute the Bramblecrush
Bramblecrush
BramblecrushSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
172
Artist:
Drew Baker
Text:
Destroy target noncreature permanent.
with any other three cards, like two more Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
s (I only have two, so if you have more you can add those two and a fourth Searing Spear
Searing Spear
Searing SpearSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
147
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Searing Spear deals 3 damage to target creature or player.
or a third Devil’s Play).

This deck can destroy an opponent by at least turn seven in Magical Christmas Land, but I look forward to playing the deck against a real opponent at some point. It may be this deck is easily hated, or it may be the thing that makes Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
extinct. Either way, one thing is for sure:

It’s Thragtusk
Thragtusk
ThragtuskSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
193
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life. When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield.
Season!


Yours in the Multiverse,

AJ
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