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Extended 4-Ticket Ponza - Alex Ding (10/23/2006)

I just started to play Magic Online about a month ago. I wanted to have fun playing casually and also winning a few games without spending too much money. I made a couple of decks and Ponza is one of the least expensive one to make.

Ponza is all about controlling the board, mostly through land destruction and burn. Keep the opponent from casting anything substantial by destroying land. Burn any creatures which made it through. I made my version a bit faster, with many one-drops, some two-drops, and some more three-drops. The mana curve is beautiful for attacking early and disrupting early, but I also used less land destruction (only 5 or 6 in the deck) because it is a dead draw later in the game.

Land (23)
20: Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

3: Stalking Stones
Stalking Stones
Stalking StonesSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.6: Stalking Stones becomes a 3/3 artifact creature permanently. (This creature still counts as a land.)


Artifact (6)
4: Bonesplitter
Bonesplitter
BonesplitterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
146
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+0. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)

2: Mask of Memory
Mask of Memory
Mask of MemorySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
203
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw two cards. If you do, discard a card from your hand. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)


Red LD (5)
4: Molten Rain
Molten Rain
Molten RainSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.

1: Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.


Red Burn (9)
4: Firebolt
Firebolt
FireboltSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Firebolt deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Flashback 4R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

4: Flame Burst
Flame Burst
Flame BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Flame Burst deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is 2 plus the number of Flame Burst cards in all graveyards.

1: Honden of Infinite Rage
Honden of Infinite Rage
Honden of Infinite RageSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Enchantment - Shrine
Rarity:
U
Number:
172
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, Honden of Infinite Rage deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of Shrines you control.


Red Creature (17)
3: Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot GoblinSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
108
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Spikeshot Goblin deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player.

4: Frostling
Frostling
FrostlingSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Frostling Frostling deals 1 damage to target creature.

4: Boros Recruit
Boros Recruit
Boros RecruitSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) First strike

3: Slith Firewalker
Slith Firewalker
Slith FirewalkerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slith
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Whenever Slith Firewalker deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.

3: Hearth Kami
Hearth Kami
Hearth KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
171
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, Sacrifice Hearth Kami: Destroy target artifact with converted mana cost X.



Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
: I play red, check. Ponza is actually quite mana intensive with all the equipping, burning, and land destroying. You should have at least two mana in your starting hand.

Stalking Stones
Stalking Stones
Stalking StonesSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.6: Stalking Stones becomes a 3/3 artifact creature permanently. (This creature still counts as a land.)
: It is additional mana that can be used as a creature in the late game. It is an uncommon but pretty easy and inexpensive to get.

Bonesplitter
Bonesplitter
BonesplitterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
146
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+0. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
: It makes your creatures fierce. Few early creatures can stand against a 3/1 first striker. It makes your Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot GoblinSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
108
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Spikeshot Goblin deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player.
shoot 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.
s out of its ar... chest.

Mask of Memory
Mask of Memory
Mask of MemorySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
203
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw two cards. If you do, discard a card from your hand. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
: With all the burn in the deck, your creatures should be able to get through. Why not draw some extra cards? It is an uncommon but very very easy to get. Not many people like to use Mask of Memory
Mask of Memory
Mask of MemorySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
203
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw two cards. If you do, discard a card from your hand. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
and draw extra cards. [Editor’s note: Way back when Mirrodin first showed up, I made a White Weenie deck that ran off of the Masks. They’re pretty awesome.]

Molten Rain
Molten Rain
Molten RainSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.
: It is a solid land destruction spell. With all the multi-color lands from the Ravnica block, land destruction just got sweeter.

Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.
: It is good for destroying land or destroying artifacts. Extra choices are good. It is an old uncommon and therefore harder to get. It should cost about 0.75 ticket each. Feel free to use more Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.
if you have more. If you can't get Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.
, Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
is an okay substitute.

Firebolt
Firebolt
FireboltSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Firebolt deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Flashback 4R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
: Two burns in one spell is called card advantage. Solid, but a little harder to get since it is an older card. It should cost about 0.25 ticket each.

Flame Burst
Flame Burst
Flame BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Flame Burst deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is 2 plus the number of Flame Burst cards in all graveyards.
: It is another solid burn spell. I like instant burns because I can be tricky. Later in the game, it will also get stronger. Feel free to use Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.
if Flame Burst
Flame Burst
Flame BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Flame Burst deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is 2 plus the number of Flame Burst cards in all graveyards.
does not appeal to you. Although Flame Burst
Flame Burst
Flame BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Flame Burst deals X damage to target creature or player, where X is 2 plus the number of Flame Burst cards in all graveyards.
is an older card, it is not widely used so it should be pretty easy and cheap to get.

Honden of Infinite Rage
Honden of Infinite Rage
Honden of Infinite RageSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Enchantment - Shrine
Rarity:
U
Number:
172
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, Honden of Infinite Rage deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of Shrines you control.
: As an enchantment, it is pretty hard to destroy. And unlike Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot GoblinSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
108
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Spikeshot Goblin deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player.
, I do not need to spend mana to activate it. If you do not have Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.
and do not want to use Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
, then feel free to add one more Honden of Infinite Rage
Honden of Infinite Rage
Honden of Infinite RageSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Enchantment - Shrine
Rarity:
U
Number:
172
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, Honden of Infinite Rage deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of Shrines you control.
to the deck. Against most decks, it is a source of card advantage by killing weenies without using precious burn spells.

Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot GoblinSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
108
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Spikeshot Goblin deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player.
: If you think Jaya Ballard, Task Mage
Jaya Ballard, Task Mage
Jaya Ballard, Task MageSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Spellshaper
Rarity:
R
Number:
166
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T, Discard a card: Destroy target blue permanent. 1R, T, Discard a card: Jaya Ballard, Task Mage deals 3 damage to target creature or player. A creature dealt damage this way can't be regenerated this turn. 5RR, T, Discard a card: Jaya Ballard deals 6 damage to each creature and each player.
is good, you should check is baby out. Its purpose is similar to that of Honden of Infinite Rage
Honden of Infinite Rage
Honden of Infinite RageSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Enchantment - Shrine
Rarity:
U
Number:
172
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, Honden of Infinite Rage deals damage to target creature or player equal to the number of Shrines you control.
by gaining card advantage by killing weenies without using precious burn spells. However, give it a Bonesplitter
Bonesplitter
BonesplitterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
146
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+0. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
and watch it take out almost anything. If the opponent cannot deal with it quickly, you'll most likely win.

Frostling
Frostling
FrostlingSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Frostling Frostling deals 1 damage to target creature.
: It is a nice creature and burn in one cold package, very nice for rushing in the early game.

Boros Recruit
Boros Recruit
Boros RecruitSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
243
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) First strike
: It is an undervalued creature, especially because red does not have any fast first strikers. Give it a Bonesplitter
Bonesplitter
BonesplitterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
146
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+0. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
and hardly any creature can match it in battle. First strike is very good for generating card advantage by killing other creatures without dying.

Slith Firewalker
Slith Firewalker
Slith FirewalkerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Slith
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Whenever Slith Firewalker deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
: It is a creature that must be quickly dealt with or it will become unstoppable. With all the burn to clear its path, it can grow to a 4/4 or bigger without many problems. It is an uncommon and used quite frequently, so it is a bit tougher to get. With a bit of looking around, you can get some cheaply.

Hearth Kami
Hearth Kami
Hearth KamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
171
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, Sacrifice Hearth Kami: Destroy target artifact with converted mana cost X.
: A 2/1 for two mana without any drawback is not too bad, especially for red. Give it artifact destroying abilities and it is actually quite good. It can potentially be a source of card advantage if your opponent uses artifacts.


From the games I have played, the deck is good against slow decks and multi-color decks. Destroy lands and attack quickly. It is also good against tribal and weenie decks. Just make sure your opponent does not get too many creatures out at the same time and everything will be small enough for your Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot GoblinSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
108
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Spikeshot Goblin deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player.
and Honden to take out. Overall, Ponza is quite strong against most decks.

It does have its weaknesses, namely creatures with fat butts which are out of the burn range. In addition, Protection from Red is also quite brutal. Anyhow, it is a fun deck to play. Your opponent might get a bit annoyed by having all his or her creatures burned away.

If you have extra money, you can use one Jaya Ballard, Task Mage
Jaya Ballard, Task Mage
Jaya Ballard, Task MageSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Spellshaper
Rarity:
R
Number:
166
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T, Discard a card: Destroy target blue permanent. 1R, T, Discard a card: Jaya Ballard, Task Mage deals 3 damage to target creature or player. A creature dealt damage this way can't be regenerated this turn. 5RR, T, Discard a card: Jaya Ballard deals 6 damage to each creature and each player.
or one Jeska, Warrior Adept
Jeska, Warrior Adept
Jeska, Warrior AdeptSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Warrior Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
rk post

Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
First Strike, Haste. T: Jeska, Warrior Adept deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
in place of one Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot Goblin
Spikeshot GoblinSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
108
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
R, T: Spikeshot Goblin deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player.
. If you have Pillage
Pillage
PillageSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
198
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or land. It can't be regenerated.
, use them all and take out some Molten Rain
Molten Rain
Molten RainSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Hugh Jamieson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, Molten Rain deals 2 damage to the land's controller.
. If you have Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's Jitte
Umezawa's JitteSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Legendary Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage, put two charge counters on Umezawa's Jitte. Remove a charge counter from Umezawa's Jitte Choose one — Equipped creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn; or target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn; or you gain 2 life. Equip 2
, you can replace Mask of Memory
Mask of Memory
Mask of MemorySet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
203
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, you may draw two cards. If you do, discard a card from your hand. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
with them.


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