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Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes - Alec Greenberg (1/15/2012)

Hi. Fun fact: in the year 2004 I was a 14 year old Timmy who wrote a string of articles on this site. The last of which was so provocative it got another whole article in response. Oh how proud I was. Then I stopped playing for three years. Now I only play Vintage casual, which is a very lonely format. [Editor’s note: Hey, that’s essentially what I play. But I don’t call it that for fear of scaring people away.] But I’m here with a wizard deck that I want to show ya’ll.

Wizard Deck
22: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

2: Fugitive Wizard
Fugitive Wizard
Fugitive WizardSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Power:
1
Toughness:
1

4: Hapless Researcher
Hapless Researcher
Hapless ResearcherSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Ron Spears

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Hapless Researcher: Draw a card, then discard a card from your hand.

4: Information Dealer
Information Dealer
Information DealerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
88
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Look at the top X cards of your library, where X is the number of Wizards in play, then put them back in any order.

4: Patron Wizard
Patron Wizard
Patron WizardSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap an untapped Wizard you control: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.

4: Sower of Temptation
Sower of Temptation
Sower of TemptationSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Sower of Temptation comes into play, gain control of target creature as long as Sower of Temptation remains in play.

3: Quicksilver Dragon
Quicksilver Dragon
Quicksilver DragonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. U: If target spell has only one target and that target is Quicksilver Dragon, change that spell's target to another creature.. Morph 4U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)


2: Twiddle
Twiddle
TwiddleSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Tap or untap target land, artifact, or creature.

2: Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.

4: Force Spike
Force Spike
Force SpikeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.

2: Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.

4: Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.

4: Rhystic Study
Rhystic Study
Rhystic StudySet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, you may draw a card unless that player pays 1.



That’s it. Here’s how it plays: the deck was built around Patron Wizard
Patron Wizard
Patron WizardSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap an untapped Wizard you control: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
. Originally I was running 4 Fugitive Wizard
Fugitive Wizard
Fugitive WizardSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
s because I wanted to flood the board with 1 drops and then plant a Patron Wizard
Patron Wizard
Patron WizardSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap an untapped Wizard you control: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
on turn 3, making it difficult for opponents to play spells without getting their lands clogged up, or just plain getting their stuff countered. The beauty of Patron Wizard
Patron Wizard
Patron WizardSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap an untapped Wizard you control: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
is that he can be used every turn, not like a 1 and done instant. The deck is maddening when it works perfectly, which is maybe forty percent of the time. The only thing I’ve seen derail it under its ideal conditions is a cycled Slice and Dice
Slice and Dice
Slice and DiceSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
232
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Slice and Dice deals 4 damage to each creature. Cycling 2R (2R, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Slice and Dice you may have it deal 1 damage to each creature.
. I can’t say I would consider a maindeck Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
. Perhaps in the sideboard though. Speaking of sideboards, here’s my loose leaf version of a sideboard for the wizard deck.

3 Divert
Divert
DivertSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Change the target of target spell with a single target unless that spell's controller pays 2.

2 Krovikan Sorcerer
Krovikan Sorcerer
Krovikan SorcererSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
tap, Choose and discard a nonblack card: Draw a card.tap, Choose and discard a black card: Draw two cards, then choose and discard one of them.

4 Zuran Spellcaster
Zuran Spellcaster
Zuran SpellcasterSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Zuran Spellcaster deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

1 FOIL Intervene
Intervene
InterveneSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Counter target spell that targets a creature.
(the best.)
1 Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.

2 Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.

2 Annex
Annex
AnnexSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You control enchanted land.


I don’t usually remember to use the sideboard in casual play, oh well. It’s largely untested although I have to say that a Rhystic Study
Rhystic Study
Rhystic StudySet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, you may draw a card unless that player pays 1.
in conjunction with Annex
Annex
AnnexSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
You control enchanted land.
is pretty funny to watch. Very frustrating. Otherwise, I really haven’t gotten a handhold on the sideboard. This deck might never get prepped for tournament play so the goal is to make it ready to take on universals. This means basic stuff like a way to deal with creatures and enchantments if they resolve and then to make sure they’re countered the next time the opponents winds up to cast.

Quicksilver Dragon
Quicksilver Dragon
Quicksilver DragonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. U: If target spell has only one target and that target is Quicksilver Dragon, change that spell's target to another creature.. Morph 4U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
is obviously the win condition, and I have to say I’m pretty happy with it. It’s less dependent and more effective than the previous win, Nameless One
Nameless One
Nameless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
100
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Nameless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Wizards in play.. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
. If you don’t have the Patron Wizard
Patron Wizard
Patron WizardSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap an untapped Wizard you control: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
in your opening hand, you want Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
or Force Spike
Force Spike
Force SpikeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.
for your one mana slot. Unless you zilch a Hapless Researcher
Hapless Researcher
Hapless ResearcherSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Ron Spears

Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Hapless Researcher: Draw a card, then discard a card from your hand.
to go find something. Sower of Temptation
Sower of Temptation
Sower of TemptationSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Sower of Temptation comes into play, gain control of target creature as long as Sower of Temptation remains in play.
allows you to play without Patron Wizard
Patron Wizard
Patron WizardSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap an untapped Wizard you control: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
; he’s been a very valuable addition. Generally I have a rule that I don’t play with sets beyond Kamigawa but for him I decided screw it. Twiddle
Twiddle
TwiddleSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Tap or untap target land, artifact, or creature.
can also be a Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
in effect; you can tap one land of your opponents’ to hamstring them for 1 turn, then set up your Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
condition during your own upkeep. Another highly underrated play (and card?) is the turn two Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.
. Yes I cast the instant as a sorcery. I Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.
the land after playing first. So maybe you go like this: turn one: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
. Pass. Their turn: Land, Spell. You say Ne’er before, casting Force Spike
Force Spike
Force SpikeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.
or Unsummon
Unsummon
UnsummonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand; enchantments on target creature are discarded.
. Turn two, Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.
their land. The board development from that point forward is yours to manipulate. Even if all you can muster on turn 3 is Rhystic Study
Rhystic Study
Rhystic StudySet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, you may draw a card unless that player pays 1.
, you still have set yourself up to be competitive for the game’s duration.

Please comment on this article! I love love love feedback. Things I’m thinking of include putting in Imagecrafter
Imagecrafter
ImagecrafterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Choose a creature type other than Legend or Wall. Target creature's type becomes that type until end of turn.
for Fugitive Wizard
Fugitive Wizard
Fugitive WizardSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
and Dream’s Grip over Twiddle
Twiddle
TwiddleSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Tap or untap target land, artifact, or creature.
.


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