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Shrieking My Way Through Standard - Alec Collins (5/31/2013)

We all love a new set, especially when it rounds out one of the best blocks I think I've ever played. Dragon's Maze is here and smacking Standard with full force right in the gut. But that's the beautiful thing about a new set. It shakes up the meta, lets us brewers put on our biggest brew caps, and find all new kinds of decks to try to break the format wide open. That is exactly what I set out to do with a stack of Dragon's Maze packs and some crazy ideas in my head. Especially when I cracked those packs and pulled out two of the rares I was most interested in pulling. A giant of a fat Rakdos bomb that I feel is going to take Standard by storm and make the Esper decks quiver in their Sphinx's Revelation
Sphinx's Revelation
Sphinx's RevelationSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
M
Number:
200
Artist:
Slawomir Maniak
Text:
You gain X life and draw X cards.
casting boots. Make way for the demon on a mission to wreak your card drawing hands the world over; Sire of Insanity
Sire of Insanity
Sire of InsanitySet: Dragon's Maze
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Peter Mohrbacher
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of each end step, each player discards his or her hand.
. And here is how I plan to use him to his fullest. From the darkest bowels of my deck brewing mind comes…. (pause for dramatic effect)…. Shrieking Grixis
Grixis
GrixisSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Text:
Blue, black, and/or red creature cards in your graveyard have unearth. The unearth cost is equal to the card's mana cost. (Pay the card's mana cost: Return it to the battlefield. The creature gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.) Whenever you roll {C}, put target creature card in a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.
.


Shrieking Grixis
Grixis
GrixisSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Text:
Blue, black, and/or red creature cards in your graveyard have unearth. The unearth cost is equal to the card's mana cost. (Pay the card's mana cost: Return it to the battlefield. The creature gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.) Whenever you roll {C}, put target creature card in a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.

Creatures:
4 Snapcaster Mage
Snapcaster Mage
Snapcaster MageSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. (You may cast that card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

4 Sire of Insanity
Sire of Insanity
Sire of InsanitySet: Dragon's Maze
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Peter Mohrbacher
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of each end step, each player discards his or her hand.


Spells
1 Bonfire of the Damned
Bonfire of the Damned
Bonfire of the DamnedSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
M
Number:
129
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Bonfire of the Damned deals X damage to target player and each creature he or she controls. Miracle {X}{R} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)

2 Syncopate
Syncopate
SyncopateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays X. If that spell is countered this way, remove it from the game instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

2 Dreadbore
Dreadbore
DreadboreSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
157
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

2 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.")

2 Rakdos's Return
Rakdos's Return
Rakdos's ReturnSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
M
Number:
188
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Rakdos's Return deals X damage to target opponent. That player discards X cards.

4 Think Twice
Think Twice
Think TwiceSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Draw a card. Flashback 2U (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

3 Turn // Burn
1 Dissipate
Dissipate
DissipateSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. Remove that spell card from the game.

1 Barter in Blood
Barter in Blood
Barter in BloodSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player sacrifices two creatures.

1 Sever the Bloodline
Sever the Bloodline
Sever the BloodlineSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Exile target creature and all other creatures with the same name as that creature. Flashback {5}{B}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)


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.


Planeswalkers
3 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.

2 Ral Zarek
Ral Zarek
Ral ZarekSet: Dragon's Maze
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Ral
Rarity:
M
Number:
94
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Text:
+1: Tap target permanent, then untap another target permanent. -2: Ral Zarek deals 3 damage to target creature or player. -7: Flip five coins. Take an extra turn after this one for each coin that comes up heads.

1 Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker
Nicol Bolas, PlaneswalkerSet: Conflux
Cost:
8
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Bolas
Rarity:
M
Number:
120
Text:
+3: Destroy target noncreature permanent. -2: Gain control of target creature. -9: Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker deals 7 damage to target player. That player discards seven cards, then sacrifices seven permanents.


Lands:
4 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.

4 Steam Vents
Steam Vents
Steam VentsSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Island Mountain
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Text:
(T: Add U or R to your mana pool.) As Steam Vents comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Steam Vents comes into play tapped instead.

4 Watery Grave
Watery Grave
Watery GraveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Island Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add U or B to your mana pool.) As Watery Grave comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Watery Grave comes into play tapped instead.

3 Sulfur Falls
Sulfur Falls
Sulfur FallsSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
248
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
Sulfur Falls enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Mountain. {T}: Add {U} or {R} to your mana pool.

3 Drowned Catacomb
Drowned Catacomb
Drowned CatacombSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp. {T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool.
s
3 Dragonskull Summit
Dragonskull Summit
Dragonskull SummitSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
223
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Dragonskull Summit enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Mountain. {T}: Add {B} or {R} to your mana pool.

1 Nephalia Drownyard
Nephalia Drownyard
Nephalia DrownyardSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
245
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {1}{U}{B}, {T}: Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

1 Stensia Bloodhall
Stensia Bloodhall
Stensia BloodhallSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {3}{B}{R}, {T}: Stensia Bloodhall deals 2 damage to target player.

1 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.


Sideboard:
2 Tragic Slip
Tragic Slip
Tragic SlipSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Morbid — That creature gets -13/-13 until end of turn instead if a creature died this turn.

1 Essence Scatter
Essence Scatter
Essence ScatterSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Counter target creature spell.

1 Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.

3 Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire Nighthawk
Vampire NighthawkSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
116
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 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.) Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

2 Notion Thief
Notion Thief
Notion ThiefSet: Dragon's Maze
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash If an opponent would draw a card except the first one he or she draws in each of his or her draw steps, instead that player skips that draw and you draw a card.

2 Pillar of Flame
Pillar of Flame
Pillar of FlameSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Pillar of Flame deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead.

1 Witchbane Orb
Witchbane Orb
Witchbane OrbSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
236
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
When Witchbane Orb enters the battlefield, destroy all Curses attached to you. You have hexproof. (You can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control, including Aura spells.)

1 Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's HoldSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura Curse
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Enchant player Creatures enchanted player controls get -1/-1.

1 Jace, Memory Adept
Jace, Memory Adept
Jace, Memory AdeptSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Jace
Rarity:
M
Number:
58
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Draw a card. Target player puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard. 0: Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. -7: Any number of target players each draw twenty cards.

1 Psychic Spiral
Psychic Spiral
Psychic SpiralSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Text:
Shuffle all cards from your graveyard into your library. Target player puts that many cards from the top of his or her library into his or her graveyard.



So looking at this list two things should jump out at you immediately about it. One is the crazy lack of creatures. This deck takes full advantage of the powerful removal suite in these colors and sacrifices the creature base in response. The other is the seemingly do nothing enchantment that takes up three slots in the main board. I am of course speaking of 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.
. Some of you more faithful readers might remember that my very first article discussed this card and its application in Legacy 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. This unimpressive one drop never really had a place in the Standard Meta, although its potential power cannot be denied. Taking three a turn on your upkeep means that you are not long for this world. With no real consistent hand disruption and discard spells in Standard, it simply did not have a home to fit in. With the release of Dragon's Maze, however, we now have a consistent and powerful way to make sure 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.
not only goes online, but can almost be a guaranteed kill. That way is Sire of Insanity
Sire of Insanity
Sire of InsanitySet: Dragon's Maze
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Peter Mohrbacher
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of each end step, each player discards his or her hand.
. Sire lets this deck consistently get 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.
to trigger and stay turned on for as long as both are on the table. The great thing about this combo kill is that it is very, very difficult to disrupt once it starts rolling. Both pieces require instant speed removal that the opponent has to top deck. Plus, enchantment hate is not exactly something you see played much now a days so there isn't too much concern of that part being destroyed.

The rest of the deck is a support shell designed you keep you alive until your combo fires. Two Syncopate
Syncopate
SyncopateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays X. If that spell is countered this way, remove it from the game instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
and one Dissipate
Dissipate
DissipateSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. Remove that spell card from the game.
round out the permission in the deck. Counter magic is not super strong at the moment due to 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.
still being a dominant force. That being said, a few counter spells are still necessary for the control mirror match and hard to deal with creatures that don't get Caverned into play. Syncopate
Syncopate
SyncopateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays X. If that spell is countered this way, remove it from the game instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
and Dissipate
Dissipate
DissipateSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. Remove that spell card from the game.
are some of the best options because they also remove what they counter from the game. That turns off some of the more powerful decks in the format like Junk Reanimator and Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
back decks.

As with any Grixis
Grixis
GrixisSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Text:
Blue, black, and/or red creature cards in your graveyard have unearth. The unearth cost is equal to the card's mana cost. (Pay the card's mana cost: Return it to the battlefield. The creature gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.) Whenever you roll {C}, put target creature card in a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.
control deck, its real power is in its powerful suite of removal. Dreadbore
Dreadbore
DreadboreSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
157
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Destroy target creature or planeswalker.
is still one of the best kill spells in the format. Although it is a sorcery, it hits literally everything that isn't covered by hexproof including Planeswalkers, which are notoriously difficult for Grixis
Grixis
GrixisSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Text:
Blue, black, and/or red creature cards in your graveyard have unearth. The unearth cost is equal to the card's mana cost. (Pay the card's mana cost: Return it to the battlefield. The creature gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.) Whenever you roll {C}, put target creature card in a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.
decks to deal with. 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.")
, Barter in Blood
Barter in Blood
Barter in BloodSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player sacrifices two creatures.
, and Sever the Bloodline
Sever the Bloodline
Sever the BloodlineSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Exile target creature and all other creatures with the same name as that creature. Flashback {5}{B}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
round out the sorcery speed removal suite in hard hitting fashion. As for instant speed removal, this deck grants us access to arguably the best new removal spell in the format. That is of course Turn // Burn. Being able to kill anything is good, but shutting down some of the best creatures in the format at the same time is fantastic. Finally we have a one card answer to 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.
, Angel of Serenity
Angel of Serenity
Angel of SerenitySet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
M
Number:
1
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying When Angel of Serenity enters the battlefield, you may exile up to three other target creatures from the battlefield and/or creature cards from graveyards. When Angel of Serenity leaves the battlefield, return the exiled cards to their owners' hands.
, and any undying or indestructible creature. Can't really ask for anything more. The deck is also packing some powerful sweeps. Bonfire of the Damned
Bonfire of the Damned
Bonfire of the DamnedSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
M
Number:
129
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Bonfire of the Damned deals X damage to target player and each creature he or she controls. Miracle {X}{R} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)
is still something to be reckoned with. Add that to 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.")
and Barter in Blood
Barter in Blood
Barter in BloodSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player sacrifices two creatures.
and nothing with the word creature as its type will live long.

Rakdos's Return
Rakdos's Return
Rakdos's ReturnSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
M
Number:
188
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Rakdos's Return deals X damage to target opponent. That player discards X cards.
turns on your combo and punches your opponent in the face at the same time. It is simply back breaking against midrange decks and puts the brakes on other control decks. Think Twice
Think Twice
Think TwiceSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Draw a card. Flashback 2U (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
allows you to dig to your combo pieces or find answers to your opponent's plays.

To finish up the support shell, we have a package of Planeswalkers stand ready and waiting to keep your opponent at bay. No one can deny that 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.
is still one of the most powerful Planeswalkers ever printed, but she is more than just a repeatable Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.
in this deck. She also gets your combo rolling by making your opponent start ditching cards. I've won several games just with Liliana and a pair of Afflict
Afflict
AfflictSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Draw a card.
ions on the battlefield. Raul Zarek is a great new addition to the Grixis
Grixis
GrixisSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Text:
Blue, black, and/or red creature cards in your graveyard have unearth. The unearth cost is equal to the card's mana cost. (Pay the card's mana cost: Return it to the battlefield. The creature gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.) Whenever you roll {C}, put target creature card in a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.
deck. A repeatable Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
for four mana is not something to laugh at. Plus, if you ever are able to ultimate him, it can be an instant win. And then there is the big boy, Nicol Bolas
Nicol Bolas
Nicol BolasSet: Chronicles
Cost:
8
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elder Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying Whenever Nicol Bolas damages an opponent, that opponent discards his or her entire hand. Ignore this ability if that opponent has no cards left in hand.During your upkeep, pay UBR or bury Nicol Bolas.
. No Grixis
Grixis
GrixisSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Text:
Blue, black, and/or red creature cards in your graveyard have unearth. The unearth cost is equal to the card's mana cost. (Pay the card's mana cost: Return it to the battlefield. The creature gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.) Whenever you roll {C}, put target creature card in a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.
deck would be complete without this eight mana win condition. I'm a sucker for tradition.

So there you have it, Grixis
Grixis
GrixisSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Text:
Blue, black, and/or red creature cards in your graveyard have unearth. The unearth cost is equal to the card's mana cost. (Pay the card's mana cost: Return it to the battlefield. The creature gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.) Whenever you roll {C}, put target creature card in a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.
is back baby and on a mission to destroy your hand and make you weep. Besides it being one of my favorite color combinations, this deck has a two card combo (a rarity in this format) that can actually kill your opponent (an even rarer rarity). I really do enjoy this deck and I will continue to test and make improvements on it. I'm not completely sold on the numbers of spells and the sideboard so there may very well be some slight changes coming in this deck's future. Thanks so much for reading! As always, you can find me on twitter at @axlxexc to get updates on all my lists, thoughts, and fantasies. Also, hit me up on MTGO at xiRoRsChAcHix. I love playing games, especially with friends, Romans, and countrymen. Please leave me some feedback below. Good or bad I love to know what my readers are thinking and feeling about my brews. Thanks again everyone.

Keep brewing out there!


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