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There have been many different formats for Magic. One of my favorites is BYOB. No, this is not where you bring some A&W or Bud Light. For Magic, BYOB means Build Your Ow
Ow
OwSet: Unglued
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Whenever any creature damages a player, for each Ow card in play, that player says Ow once or Ow deals 1 damage to him or her.
n Block. This is much like Chinese take-out, as you pick one from column A, one from Column B, and one from Column C, and these are the cards you are allowed to use for your deck. Unlike Chinese take-out, however, you won’t necessary feel like building another deck in an hour.

Column A:
Ice Age
Mirage
Tempest
Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Saga
Mercadian Masques
Invasion
Odyssey
Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.

Mirrodin
Champions of Kamigawa
“Control”
Snap
Snap
SnapSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand. Untap up to two lands.


Column B:
Homelands (although why would you choose this???)
Visions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.

Stronghold
Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Legacy
Nemesis
Planeshift
Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.

Legions
Darksteel
Betrayers of Kamigawa
“Alt”
“Crackle”

Column C:
Alliances
Weatherlight
Exodus
Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Destiny
Prophecy
Prophecy
ProphecySet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Reveal the top card of target opponent's library to all players. If it is a land, gain 1 life. That opponent then shuffles his or her library. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

Apocalypse
Apocalypse
ApocalypseSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Remove all permanents from the game. Discard your hand.

Judgment
Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
ge
Fifth Dawn
Saviors of Kamigawa
“Delete”
“Pop”

(Now watch people in a few years wonder how old this article is, when they see sets mentioned that, at this time, are not even designed yet, let alone printed.)

For the purposes of this article, we will be making a BYOB Sligh deck to demonstrate how to build a BYOB deck. First, we consider which of the Column A sets we will use. The traditional answer for a BYOB Sligh deck is to use Tempest. This is short-sighted. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tempest. Tempest has been a very good friend of mine. No other set is a Tempest. However, the depths of Tempest for Sligh are not that deep. Cards which are banned in a block or Extended are not allowed, which means no 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.
for us. Other than Jackal Pup
Jackal Pup
Jackal PupSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
For each 1 damage dealt to Jackal Pup, it deals 1 damage to you.
and Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, the power level goes down as the next three best creatures are Rathi Dragon
Rathi Dragon
Rathi DragonSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Rathi Dragon comes into play, sacrifice two mountains or sacrifice Rathi Dragon.
, Mogg Raider
Mogg Raider
Mogg RaiderSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, and Fireslinger
Fireslinger
FireslingerSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Reitz
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Fireslinger deals 1 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to you.
and a few select other goblins. Not much depth.

In actuality, Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
offers us far more for a Sligh deck. Surprised? Don’t be; remember how dominate Goblin decks were in Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
Block Constructed? Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
has a lot more playable creatures than Tempest, plus Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
gives us a lot of burn options. Who needs Mogg Raider
Mogg Raider
Mogg RaiderSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
when we have Goblin Sledder
Goblin Sledder
Goblin SledderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
209
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
? Fireslinger
Fireslinger
FireslingerSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Reitz
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Fireslinger deals 1 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to you.
is easily replaced by Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
. And Rathi Dragon
Rathi Dragon
Rathi DragonSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Rathi Dragon comes into play, sacrifice two mountains or sacrifice Rathi Dragon.
takes up resources better taken up by other cards. No, my friends, Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
is our choice.

The Column B and C choices are less controversial. Once again, we are looking for depth. Sadly, this also means that we must look at older sets: Alliances and Visions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.
. These sets round out our spells, and give us some choice creatures. Here is the deck:


Bedford Yearns Over Burn:

4: Blistering Firecat
Blistering Firecat
Blistering FirecatSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
R
Number:
189
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
7
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample, haste. At end of turn, sacrifice Blistering Firecat.. Morph RR (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)

4: Goblin Piledriver
Goblin Piledriver
Goblin PiledriverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blue. Whenever Goblin Piledriver attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn for each. other attacking Goblin.

4: Goblin Sledder
Goblin Sledder
Goblin SledderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
209
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

2: Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War BeastSet: Alliances
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bill Sienkiewicz
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Phyrexian War Beast leaves play, sacrifice a land, and Phyrexian War Beast deals 1 damage to you.

2: Rorix Bladewing
Rorix Bladewing
Rorix BladewingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, haste

4: Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.

4: Skirk Prospector
Skirk Prospector
Skirk ProspectorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin: Add R to your mana pool.


4: Fireblast
Fireblast
FireblastSet: Visions
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Danza
Text:
You may sacrifice two mountains instead of paying Fireblast's casting cost. Fireblast deals 4 damage to target creature or player.

4: Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4: Song of Blood
Song of Blood
Song of BloodSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Put the top four cards from your library into your graveyard. For each creature card put into your graveyard in this way, all creatures that attack this turn get +1/+0 until end of turn.

4: Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.


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

4: Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained MireSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
313
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a swamp or mountain card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

4: Wooded Foothill

SIDEBOARD
4: Guerrilla Tactics
Guerrilla Tactics
Guerrilla TacticsSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Text:
Guerrilla Tactics deals 2 damage to target creature or player.If a spell or effect controlled by an opponent causes you to discard Guerrilla Tactics from your hand, reveal Guerrilla Tactics to all players, and it deals 4 damage to target creature or player.

4: Heart Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
m
4: 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.

3: Pyrokinesis
Pyrokinesis
PyrokinesisSet: Alliances
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may remove a red card in your hand from the game instead of paying Pyrokinesis's casting cost. Pyrokinesis deals 4 damage, divided any way you choose among any number of target creatures.


One sees the depth of Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
with this deck. The reason for no Viashino Sandstalker
Viashino Sandstalker
Viashino SandstalkerSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Viashino
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Viashino Sandstalker is unaffected by summoning sickness.At the end of any turn, return Viashino Sandstalker to owner's hand.
s or only 2 Phrexian War-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
is because we need Goblins to feed the Piledrivers & Sparksmith
Sparksmith
SparksmithSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
235
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X. is the number of Goblins in play.
s, and Goblin Recruiter
Goblin Recruiter
Goblin RecruiterSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
186
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Goblin Recruiter comes into play, search your library for any number of Goblin cards you choose. Reveal those cards, then shuffle your library and put them on top of it in any order you choose.
is off limits until October 20, 2005. With the Prospectors, we can use Rorix as a strong finisher that laughs at Rathi Dragon
Rathi Dragon
Rathi DragonSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Rathi Dragon comes into play, sacrifice two mountains or sacrifice Rathi Dragon.
. Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
and Fireblast
Fireblast
FireblastSet: Visions
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Danza
Text:
You may sacrifice two mountains instead of paying Fireblast's casting cost. Fireblast deals 4 damage to target creature or player.
are among the greatest burn spells ever, and Song of Blood
Song of Blood
Song of BloodSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Put the top four cards from your library into your graveyard. For each creature card put into your graveyard in this way, all creatures that attack this turn get +1/+0 until end of turn.
also allows us a quick victory. Threaten
Threaten
ThreatenSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
241
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Untap target creature and gain control of it until end of turn. That creature gains haste until end of turn.
is there for a surprise. The Sideboard gives us a lot of options and redundancy. The Tactics are additional burn and help us against any discard we might see, which is likely giving the strength of black in BYOB. Hearth Charm
Hearth Charm
Hearth CharmSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Greg Spalenka
Text:
Choose one Destroy target artifact creature; or all attacking creatures get +1/+0 until end of turn; or target creature with power 2 or less is unblockable this turn.
is a substitute Song of Blood
Song of Blood
Song of BloodSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Put the top four cards from your library into your graveyard. For each creature card put into your graveyard in this way, all creatures that attack this turn get +1/+0 until end of turn.
as well as a destroyer of opposing War-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
or any decks using Mirrodin Block sets. 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.
fills any need we may have in opposing troublesome artifacts and lands. And Pyrokinesis
Pyrokinesis
PyrokinesisSet: Alliances
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may remove a red card in your hand from the game instead of paying Pyrokinesis's casting cost. Pyrokinesis deals 4 damage, divided any way you choose among any number of target creatures.
helps control opposing creature decks.

With a little experience, you should find BYOB as an exciting alternative to other Magic formats, It encourages creativity. And with this deck, you should have a strong start.


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