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Get Down with the Sickness - Alec Collins (11/8/2012)

I was sitting at my table when a buddy of mine messaged me on Facebook.
“So Alec, what are you going to play for Legacy this week?”
My face falls, “I don’t know. I have Hypergenesis
Hypergenesis
HypergenesisSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
201
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Hypergenesis is green. Suspend 3-1GG Starting with you, each player may put an artifact, creature, enchantment, or land card from his or her hand into play. Repeat this process until no one puts a card into play.
built. I’ll probably just run that.”
“Well, if you want I have this really interesting deck you can play. It’s called Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
.”
Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
?” I say in disgust, “That’s not a real deck.”
He raises his eyebrow, “Oh really? Give it a shot.”

I must say, I was wrong, wrong, and oh so very wrong! After almost four hours of battling at my local store, I could not have been happier with my friend's G/B Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
Legacy deck. With some quick changes and a little more testing, we found a list that constantly beat the pants off Omni-Tell, Maverick, Dredge
Dredge
DredgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Sacrifice a creature or land.Draw a card.
, and some other big name decks.


G/B Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.

Creatures:
2 Nether Spirit
Nether Spirit
Nether SpiritSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Nether Spirit is the only creature card in your graveyard, you may return Nether Spirit to play.

1 Bloodghast
Bloodghast
BloodghastSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
83
Artist:
Daarken
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Bloodghast can't block. Bloodghast has haste as long as an opponent has 10 or less life. Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you may return Bloodghast from your graveyard to the battlefield.


Instants:
4 Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.

2 Abrupt Decay
Abrupt Decay
Abrupt DecaySet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
Abrupt Decay can't be countered by spells or abilities. Destroy target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 3 or less.


Sorcery:
2 Innocent Blood
Innocent Blood
Innocent BloodSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player sacrifices a creature.

3 Inquisition of Kozilek
Inquisition of Kozilek
Inquisition of KozilekSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it with converted mana cost 3 or less. That player discards that card.

4 Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.

3 Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.

4 Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.

1 Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.


Enchantments:
3 Shrieking Affliction
Shrieking Affliction
Shrieking AfflictionSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
76
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Text:
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, if that player has one or fewer cards in hand, he or she loses 3 life.

2 Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.


Artifacts:
3 The Rack
The Rack
The RackSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
If opponent has fewer than three cards in hand during his or her upkeep, the Rack does 1 damage to opponent for each card fewer than three.


Planeswalkers:
2 Liliana of the Veil
Liliana of the Veil
Liliana of the VeilSet: Innistrad
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Liliana
Rarity:
M
Number:
105
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
+1: Each player discards a card. -2: Target player sacrifices a creature. -6: Separate all permanents target player controls into two piles. That player sacrifices all permanents in the pile of his or her choice.


Lands:
4 Bayou
Bayou
BayouSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either B or G to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and forest and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

4 Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Factory
2 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.

3 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Urborg, Tomb of YawgmothSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
165
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Each land is a Swamp in addition to its other land types.

2 Verdant Catacombs
Verdant Catacombs
Verdant CatacombsSet: Zendikar
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
229
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Verdant Catacombs: Search your library for a Swamp or Forest card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

4 Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
s

Basic Lands:
5 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


Sideboard:
2 Geth’s Verdict
2 Maelstrom Pulse
Maelstrom Pulse
Maelstrom PulseSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
92
Text:
Destroy target nonland permanent and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.

2 Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.

3 Leyline of Sanctity
Leyline of Sanctity
Leyline of SanctitySet: Magic 2011
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Text:
If Leyline of Sanctity is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it on the battlefield. You can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.

3 Leyline of the Void
Leyline of the Void
Leyline of the VoidSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Text:
If Leyline of the Void is in your opening hand, you may begin the game with it in play. If a card would be put into an opponent’s graveyard, remove it from the game instead.

3 Angel of Despair
Angel of Despair
Angel of DespairSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Angel of Despair comes into play, destroy target permanent.



I’ll begin with a little history of the deck and how it works. The deck gets its name from the cards Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
and Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
.

So the basic idea of the deck is to completely deprive your opponent of resources while playing highly efficient graveyard creatures and cards that damage based on hand size. Traditionally, Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
decks have been mono black with their win conditions being little things like Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll
Cursed ScrollSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
3, T:Name a card. Target opponent chooses a card at random from your hand. If he or she chooses the named card, Cursed Scoll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
and the Rack to get pings of damage in while keeping your opponents board empty. The problem with this is that the mono black decks do not have any way to interact with permanents that aren’t creatures or lands. Also, the Rack was the only way (until now) to deal damage based on no cards in hand. With most of the top decks using non-creature or non-land permanents to win these days, Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
was no longer a viable deck. My version of the deck is completely different and is very viable.

It is as simple as splashing Green and adding some powerful weapons from Return to Ravnica! Let me explain. In my version, cards like Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.
and Inquisition of Kozilek
Inquisition of Kozilek
Inquisition of KozilekSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
Target player reveals his or her hand. You choose a nonland card from it with converted mana cost 3 or less. That player discards that card.
are used to tear apart your opponent’s hand early to prevent them from getting to much down on the board. Additionally, you use the Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.
s and Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
s to keep your opponent behind on mana while you slowly sculpt your hand with Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
. Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
can accelerate you into some stupid good turns, like say Liliana on turn one! The creatures in the deck are incredibly efficient.

Since a lot of your discard spells (Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
, Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
, Liliana) hit you as well as your opponent, it is very important to play creatures that you do not mind pitching to the graveyard. In fact, many times you would rather pitch these guys then cast them, just to get them on the field a little faster. The other “creature” in the deck is Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Factory. The “little man land that could” gets in some pretty major pain late in the game when your opponent can’t cast his big spells and creatures.

While the creatures in the deck are efficient and do their jobs very well, they are not the win condition in the deck. No, the win condition is something slightly more diabolical.

The Rack
The Rack
The RackSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
If opponent has fewer than three cards in hand during his or her upkeep, the Rack does 1 damage to opponent for each card fewer than three.
has been played in Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
decks for a very long time as a secondary win condition. However, since it was the only effect of its kind that could be played in the deck, it really didn’t do much. Enter Return to Ravnica and its new weapon Shrieking Affliction
Shrieking Affliction
Shrieking AfflictionSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
76
Artist:
Johann Bodin
Text:
At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, if that player has one or fewer cards in hand, he or she loses 3 life.
. With 6 Rack effects in the deck, your opponent starts taking an absurd amount of damage as early as turn 3.
Many of you may be looking at this and saying, “Hey Alec, if all of your win conditions can be played in mono black, why should I blow my life savings to buy Bayou
Bayou
BayouSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either B or G to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and forest and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.
s and splash green in the deck?”

The simple answer is, “Because without it, you’re probably going to lose games two and three.”
Enter the green cards.

Abrupt Decay
Abrupt Decay
Abrupt DecaySet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
Abrupt Decay can't be countered by spells or abilities. Destroy target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 3 or less.
is probably one of the most powerful additions to legacy in the new set and it fits so snuggly in Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
. Remember that in the past Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
as not been able to handle stuff that wasn’t a creature or land. Abrupt Decay
Abrupt Decay
Abrupt DecaySet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
Abrupt Decay can't be countered by spells or abilities. Destroy target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 3 or less.
in the main board with Maelstrom Pulse
Maelstrom Pulse
Maelstrom PulseSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
92
Text:
Destroy target nonland permanent and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.
and Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.
in the side are more than enough to deal with previously untouchable permanents. It really is a beautiful thing.

The sideboard is pretty self explanatory. You bring in the Geth’s Verdicts for an instant speed way to deal with difficult to deal with creatures like our favorite flying spaghetti monster Emrakul. Leylines help against Dredge
Dredge
DredgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Sacrifice a creature or land.Draw a card.
, Burn, and some combo decks. The Angels come in against Show and Tell
Show and Tell
Show and TellSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
96
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player may choose an artifact, creature, enchantment, or land card in his or her hand and put that permanent into play.
decks so that you have something to kill Omniscience
Omniscience
OmniscienceSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
M
Number:
63
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
You may cast nonland cards from your hand without paying their mana costs.
.

Now, I am not going to sit here and try to tell you that Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
is going to break the format in Legacy and be the next big thing. The deck has its problems and it has difficult match ups. Like most Legacy decks, the price of the mana base is not for the faint of heart. Bayou
Bayou
BayouSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either B or G to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and forest and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.
s can set you back quite a bit. The good news is that the rest of the deck is very, very reasonable. The only other expensive card in the deck is Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.
. The other thing is that this deck can cause some very long and very grindy matches. If you don’t have multiple Rack effects on the board then you have to just keep beating in for two every turn. Because of this, the deck suffers against decks like Belcher that can combo off before you can get the discard engine running. Game two is much more favorable for you against these due to Leyline. Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
also tends to be weak against decks with lots of cheap counter spells. Daze
Daze
DazeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
You may return an island you control to its owner's hand instead of paying Daze's mana cost. Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
, Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
, and Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
can really mess with you once they figure out what you are doing. Here is the good news. Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
can be your worst enemy, but in some cases, it can be your best friend. I’ve been in many positions where my opponent can’t Force me because it would remove an extra card from their hand and turn on the Rack. It really is a great feeling.

In conclusion, if you have the time (and some extra G/B duel lands) give this Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
deck a shot. It is a really fun way to give your Legacy buddies a curve ball that they might not remember is still a deck.


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