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A Horse of a Different Color - Billy Mitchell (12/9/2012)

Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Billy Mitchell (which you probably figured from the header), I've played Magic: the Gathering since 2001 and I have returned to the competitive scene after quite a long hiatus.

How long was it?

It was as long as my... high school and college career. I was formerly a heavyweight for Collegeville Cards and Games in Collegeville, PA. If you don't know where it is, Google it. I'll wait… You're back? Great! After competing on the Junior Super Series level for a number of years, I stopped playing competitively after a grounding kept me out of the 2004 JSS Championships in Baltimore.

I was a Level 1 DCI judge for 6 years before I felt the need to focus full time on playing Magic rather than watching it. I was, am, and more than likely always will be a control freak so my first instinct was to pick up some jank list with Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
Jace, the Mind SculptorSet: Worldwake
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Jace
Rarity:
M
Number:
31
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
+2: Look at the top card of target player's library. You may put that card on the bottom of that player's library. 0: Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order. -1: Return target creature to its owner's hand. -12: Exile all cards from target player's library, then that player shuffles his or her hand into his or her library.
and Squadron Hawk
Squadron Hawk
Squadron HawkSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Squadron Hawk enters the battlefield, you may search your library for up to three cards named Squadron Hawk, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library.
. It looked mediocre (if only text could convey the extreme sarcasm in voice; that was the most oppressive deck I've ever had the displeasure of sleeving up with or against - and I played in the Standard Affinity era, though I may be biased as I was the one playing Ravager Affinity), but because of monetary restraints and a lack of understanding of the format, I played Red Deck Wins with a little flair.


Billy Mitchell
October 9th, 2010
Rakdos Wins

Creatures (15)
4: Goblin Guide
Goblin Guide
Goblin GuideSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Scout
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste Whenever Goblin Guide attacks, defending player reveals the top card of his or her library. If it's a land card, that player puts it into his or her hand.

4: Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin Bushwhacker
Goblin BushwhackerSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker {R} (You may pay an additional {R} as you cast this spell.) When Goblin Bushwhacker enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, creatures you control get +1/+0 and gain haste until end of turn.

4: Kiln Fiend
Kiln Fiend
Kiln FiendSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
153
Artist:
Adi Granov
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Kiln Fiend gets +3/+0 until end of turn.

3: Ember Hauler
Ember Hauler
Ember HaulerSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
135
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
{1}, Sacrifice Ember Hauler: Ember Hauler deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


Instants and Sorceries (20)
4: 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.

4: Burst Lightning
Burst Lightning
Burst LightningSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Kicker {4} (You may pay an additional {4} as you cast this spell.) Burst Lightning deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If Burst Lightning was kicked, it deals 4 damage to that creature or player instead.

3: Flame Slash
Flame Slash
Flame SlashSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Text:
Flame Slash deals 4 damage to target creature.

4: Searing Blaze
Searing Blaze
Searing BlazeSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
90
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Searing Blaze deals 1 damage to target player and 1 damage to target creature that player controls. Landfall — If you had a land enter the battlefield under your control this turn, Searing Blaze deals 3 damage to that player and 3 damage to that creature instead.

3: Staggershock
Staggershock
StaggershockSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Text:
Staggershock deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Rebound (If you cast this spell from your hand, exile it as it resolves. At the beginning of your next upkeep, you may cast this card from exile without paying its mana cost.)

2: Devastating Summons
Devastating Summons
Devastating SummonsSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
As an additional cost to cast Devastating Summons, sacrifice X lands. Put two X/X red Elemental creature tokens onto the battlefield.


Other Spells (5)
3: Koth of the Hammer
Koth of the Hammer
Koth of the HammerSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Koth
Rarity:
M
Number:
94
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
+1: Untap target Mountain. It becomes a 4/4 red Elemental creature until end of turn. It's still a land. -2: Add {R} to your mana pool for each Mountain you control. -5: You get an emblem with "Mountains you control have ‘{T}: This land deals 1 damage to target creature or player.'"

2: Dark Tutelage
Dark Tutelage
Dark TutelageSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
James Ryman
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.


Lands (20)
3: Arid Mesa
Arid Mesa
Arid MesaSet: Zendikar
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
211
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Text:
{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Arid Mesa: Search your library for a Mountain or Plains card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

3: Scalding Tarn
Scalding Tarn
Scalding TarnSet: Zendikar
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
223
Artist:
Philip Straub
Text:
{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Scalding Tarn: Search your library for an Island or Mountain card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

3: Lavaclaw Reaches
Lavaclaw Reaches
Lavaclaw ReachesSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Véronique Meignaud
Text:
Lavaclaw Reaches enters the battlefield tapped. {T}: Add {B} or {R} to your mana pool. {1}{B}{R}: Until end of turn, Lavaclaw Reaches becomes a 2/2 black and red Elemental creature with "{X}: This creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn." It's still a land.

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

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


Sideboard (15)
4: Goblin Ruinblaster
Goblin Ruinblaster
Goblin RuinblasterSet: Zendikar
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
127
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Kicker {R} (You may pay an additional {R} as you cast this spell.) Haste When Goblin Ruinblaster enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, destroy target nonbasic land.

3: Arc Trail
Arc Trail
Arc TrailSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
81
Artist:
Marc Simonetti
Text:
Arc Trail deals 2 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to another target creature or player.

2: Tunnel Ignus
Tunnel Ignus
Tunnel IgnusSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Scott Chou
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever a land enters the battlefield under an opponent's control, if that player had another land enter the battlefield under his or her control this turn, Tunnel Ignus deals 3 damage to that player.

1: Koth of the Hammer
Koth of the Hammer
Koth of the HammerSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Koth
Rarity:
M
Number:
94
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
+1: Untap target Mountain. It becomes a 4/4 red Elemental creature until end of turn. It's still a land. -2: Add {R} to your mana pool for each Mountain you control. -5: You get an emblem with "Mountains you control have ‘{T}: This land deals 1 damage to target creature or player.'"

1: Dark Tutelage
Dark Tutelage
Dark TutelageSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
James Ryman
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

2: Devastating Summons
Devastating Summons
Devastating SummonsSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
As an additional cost to cast Devastating Summons, sacrifice X lands. Put two X/X red Elemental creature tokens onto the battlefield.

2: Brittle Effigy
Brittle Effigy
Brittle EffigySet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
202
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
{4}, {T}, Exile Brittle Effigy: Exile target creature.



Despite the inefficiencies in this deck, I played piloted this list to 3-1 record before getting punted from prize contention by the developing Cawblade decks.

So why would I show you a janky, budget list?

To illustrate a point: a little innovation goes a long way. This format was not kind to Red Deck Wins. Any deck with access to Gideon Jura
Gideon Jura
Gideon JuraSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Gideon
Rarity:
M
Number:
21
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
+2: During target opponent's next turn, creatures that player controls attack Gideon Jura if able. -2: Destroy target tapped creature. 0: Until end of turn, Gideon Jura becomes a 6/6 Human Soldier creature that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.
or Wall of Omens
Wall of Omens
Wall of OmensSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
53
Artist:
James Paick
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
Defender When Wall of Omens enters the battlefield, draw a card.
was typically an auto loss; the likes of Boros Aggro and Vampires were strictly faster and more streamlined; RUG Control won the second Inferno Titan
Inferno Titan
Inferno TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
146
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
{R}: Inferno Titan gets +1/+0 until end of turn. Whenever Inferno Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, it deals 3 damage divided as you choose among one, two, or three target creatures and/or players.
hit the table. The addition of black, and specifically Dark Tutelage
Dark Tutelage
Dark TutelageSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
James Ryman
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.
, though allowed this deck to overcome some of its typical disadvantages: card advantage and, consequentially, extending into the mid- to late-game. Though they seem innocuous, Dark Tutelage
Dark Tutelage
Dark TutelageSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
James Ryman
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.
single-handedly won me a number of games in the months while I played it. In a format where enchantments did not receive enough hate (even with Luminarch Ascension
Luminarch Ascension
Luminarch AscensionSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
25
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Text:
At the beginning of each opponent's end step, if you didn't lose life this turn, you may put a quest counter on Luminarch Ascension. (Damage causes loss of life.) {1}{W}: Put a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying onto the battlefield. Activate this ability only if Luminarch Ascension has four or more quest counters on it.
running around), this card turned the tides of many matchups.

Now that I have been dedicating myself to the craft that is Magic, I have picked up the U/W 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.
archetype that has picked up steam on Magic Online and on the Grand Prix level. The list is the crazy cousin of the Cawblade deck of old. Rather than be a boring “play-a-land-then-tap-out” control list, today's U/W decks prefers to do the tapping on its opponent's turn. The traditional U/W 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.
, molded by Adam Prosak, was a counter-heavy deck that utilized powerful effects such as Restoration Angel
Restoration Angel
Restoration AngelSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash Flying When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.
and 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.)
alongside Augur of Bolas
Augur of Bolas
Augur of BolasSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Slawomir Maniak
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Augur of Bolas enters the battlefield, look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
and Runechanter's Pike
Runechanter's Pike
Runechanter's PikeSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Equipped creature has first strike and gets +X/+0, where X is the number of instant and sorcery cards in your graveyard. Equip {2}
. 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.
, currently on the Mount Rushmore of Standard, allows the deck to continue chugging after controlling the opponent with 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.
, Rewind
Rewind
RewindSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Counter target spell. Untap up to four lands.
and Azorius Charm
Azorius Charm
Azorius CharmSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Choose one — Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn; or draw a card; or put target attacking or blocking creature on top of its owner's library.
in the mid-game. Once the opponent is exhausted (typically mentally and in cards), the deck can change gears and become the aggressor.

Even crazier, it comes in a variety of colors so you can pimp your 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.
. Gerry Thompson, who has been championing this archetype for some weeks, opted for U/W/r 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.
at Grand Prix San Antonio to finish in the Top 16.


Gerry Thompson
Top 16
Grand San Antonio, 11-24-2012

Creatures (11)
4: Augur of Bolas
Augur of Bolas
Augur of BolasSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Slawomir Maniak
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Augur of Bolas enters the battlefield, look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

3: 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: Restoration Angel
Restoration Angel
Restoration AngelSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash Flying When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.


Instants and Sorceries (23)
2: 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: Rewind
Rewind
RewindSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Counter target spell. Untap up to four lands.

3: 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.)

4: Thought Scour
Thought Scour
Thought ScourSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
David Rapoza
Text:
Target player puts the top two cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. Draw a card.

4: 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.

4: Azorius Charm
Azorius Charm
Azorius CharmSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Choose one — Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn; or draw a card; or put target attacking or blocking creature on top of its owner's library.

3: 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.

2: Supreme Verdict
Supreme Verdict
Supreme VerdictSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
201
Artist:
Sam Burley
Text:
Supreme Verdict can't be countered. Destroy all creatures.


Artifact (1)
1: Runechanter's Pike
Runechanter's Pike
Runechanter's PikeSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Equipped creature has first strike and gets +X/+0, where X is the number of instant and sorcery cards in your graveyard. Equip {2}


Lands (25)
4: Clifftop Retreat
Clifftop Retreat
Clifftop RetreatSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Clifftop Retreat enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Plains. {T}: Add {R} or {W} to your mana pool.

4: Glacial Fortress
Glacial Fortress
Glacial FortressSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
Glacial Fortress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or an Island.{T}: Add {W} or {U} to your mana pool.

4: Hallowed Fountain
Hallowed Fountain
Hallowed FountainSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
174
Artist:
Rob Alexander

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

1: Moorland Haunt
Moorland Haunt
Moorland HauntSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
244
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {W}{U}, {T}, Exile a creature card from your graveyard: Put a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

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

1: Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

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: 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.


Sideboard (15)
2: Clone
Clone
CloneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clone
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Upon summoning, Clone acquires all characteristics, including color, of any one creature in play on either side; any creature enchantments on original creature are not copied. Clone retains these characteristics even after original creature is destroyed. Clone cannot be summoned if there are no creatures in play.

1: Curse of Echoes
Curse of Echoes
Curse of EchoesSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura Curse
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Slawomir Maniak
Text:
Enchant player Whenever enchanted player casts an instant or sorcery spell, each other player may copy that spell and may choose new targets for the copy he or she controls.

1: Detention Sphere
Detention Sphere
Detention SphereSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
155
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
When Detention Sphere enters the battlefield, you may exile target nonland permanent not named Detention Sphere and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent. When Detention Sphere leaves the battlefield, return the exiled cards to the battlefield under their owner's control.

1: Dispel
Dispel
DispelSet: Worldwake
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Counter target instant spell.

2: Drogskol Reaver
Drogskol Reaver
Drogskol ReaverSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
M
Number:
137
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, double strike, lifelink Whenever you gain life, draw a card.

3: Izzet Staticaster
Izzet Staticaster
Izzet StaticasterSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
173
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) Haste {T}: Izzet Staticaster deals 1 damage to target creature and each other creature with the same name as that creature.

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

2: Rest in Peace
Rest in Peace
Rest in PeaceSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards. If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

1: Supreme Verdict
Supreme Verdict
Supreme VerdictSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
201
Artist:
Sam Burley
Text:
Supreme Verdict can't be countered. Destroy all creatures.



The addition of red is a nod of the cap to the rise of the new Rakdos decks running rampant. Similar to the Zombie decks of last Standard season, this new breed of black aggro packs the full sets of Gravecrawler
Gravecrawler
GravecrawlerSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
64
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Gravecrawler can't block. You may cast Gravecrawler from your graveyard as long as you control a Zombie.
, Diregraf Ghoul
Diregraf Ghoul
Diregraf GhoulSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Diregraf Ghoul enters the battlefield tapped.
, and Geralf's Messenger
Geralf's Messenger
Geralf's MessengerSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
63
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Geralf's Messenger enters the battlefield tapped. When Geralf's Messenger enters the battlefield, target opponent loses 2 life. Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.)
. But this isn't your Aunt Agnes's deck! This undead trio has paired up with Hellrider
Hellrider
HellriderSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Devil
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste Whenever a creature you control attacks, Hellrider deals 1 damage to defending player.
, Falkenrath Aristocrat
Falkenrath Aristocrat
Falkenrath AristocratSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
M
Number:
138
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, haste Sacrifice a creature: Falkenrath Aristocrat is indestructible this turn. If the sacrificed creature was a Human, put a +1/+1 counter on Falkenrath Aristocrat.
and Thundermaw Hellkite
Thundermaw Hellkite
Thundermaw HellkiteSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
M
Number:
150
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.) When Thundermaw Hellkite enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each creature with flying your opponents control. Tap those creatures.
to take this deck to wins at the two most recent American Grand Prix.

While the red addition is okay to U/W 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.
, it only addresses the front half of the assault. What exactly does a 2-mana, sorcery-speed removal spell do against haste creatures? Not much, especially when each can survive it via toughness or sacrificing dispensable cards such as Gravecrawler
Gravecrawler
GravecrawlerSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
64
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Gravecrawler can't block. You may cast Gravecrawler from your graveyard as long as you control a Zombie.
or (the first half of) Geralf's Messenger
Geralf's Messenger
Geralf's MessengerSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
63
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Geralf's Messenger enters the battlefield tapped. When Geralf's Messenger enters the battlefield, target opponent loses 2 life. Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.)
?

Nice spell bro!

I am perfectly fine using 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.
s, Azorius Charm
Azorius Charm
Azorius CharmSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Choose one — Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn; or draw a card; or put target attacking or blocking creature on top of its owner's library.
s, and 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.)
to slow down my opponent into the mid-game. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of playing with Azorius Charm
Azorius Charm
Azorius CharmSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Choose one — Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn; or draw a card; or put target attacking or blocking creature on top of its owner's library.
, Memory Lapse
Memory Lapse
Memory LapseSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Counter target spell. Put that spell on top of owner's library.
, or Remand
Remand
RemandSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark A. Nelson
Text:
Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner’s hand instead of into that player's graveyard. Draw a card.
(sort of), against a number of opponents you are playing an underpowered Time Walk
Time Walk
Time WalkSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Take an extra turn after this one.
variant. Azorius Charm
Azorius Charm
Azorius CharmSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Choose one — Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn; or draw a card; or put target attacking or blocking creature on top of its owner's library.
in particular is a spectacle; it punishes the opponent if they are in need of lands and decide to attack, can entirely swing a damage race in your favor by giving the team lifelink, or quietly draw a card if it is not otherwise functional. Against a strategy such as Rakdos, this free turn pushes back major threats such as Thundermaw Hellkite
Thundermaw Hellkite
Thundermaw HellkiteSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
M
Number:
150
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.) When Thundermaw Hellkite enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each creature with flying your opponents control. Tap those creatures.
by a turn, allowing you to find counterspells or removal.

And not just any removal! While I believe Gerry Thompson knows his stuff about this match up (he does have quite the list of accolades, all of which greatly outshine my single JSS Challenge final appearance), I believe that black fixes a much larger hole in the U/W 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.
deck. By evolving into Esper 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.
, the deck can access cards which drastically changes matchups against many of the format's most popular decks.

Lingering Souls
Lingering Souls
Lingering SoulsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Bud Cook
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield. Flashback {1}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
: Simply, this card does everything you could want and more. Against G/W aggro, it can buy you time until you can find Cyclonic Rift
Cyclonic Rift
Cyclonic RiftSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
35
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Return target nonland permanent you don't control to its owner's hand. Overload {6}{U} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")
, Terminus
Terminus
TerminusSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Put all creatures on the bottom of their owners' libraries. Miracle {W} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)
or Supreme Verdict
Supreme Verdict
Supreme VerdictSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
201
Artist:
Sam Burley
Text:
Supreme Verdict can't be countered. Destroy all creatures.
and take over the game. Against the control decks, it is a card that is difficult to account for in the mirror. It also never hurts that a Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
token with a Runechanter's Pike
Runechanter's Pike
Runechanter's PikeSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Equipped creature has first strike and gets +X/+0, where X is the number of instant and sorcery cards in your graveyard. Equip {2}
is typically a threat to go the distance after a grindy match. If you can trade a Lingering Souls
Lingering Souls
Lingering SoulsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Bud Cook
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield. Flashback {1}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
for a 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.)
, two Azorius Charm
Azorius Charm
Azorius CharmSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Choose one — Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn; or draw a card; or put target attacking or blocking creature on top of its owner's library.
s and an 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.
, you've done a lot of work in out-resourcing your opponent.

Ultimate Price
Ultimate Price
Ultimate PriceSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Destroy target monocolored creature.
: This card has gotten a lot of hate. No, it doesn't kill Falkenrath Aristocrat
Falkenrath Aristocrat
Falkenrath AristocratSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
M
Number:
138
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, haste Sacrifice a creature: Falkenrath Aristocrat is indestructible this turn. If the sacrificed creature was a Human, put a +1/+1 counter on Falkenrath Aristocrat.
. Loxodon Smiter
Loxodon Smiter
Loxodon SmiterSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Ryan Barger
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Loxodon Smiter can't be countered. If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Loxodon Smiter, put it onto the battlefield instead of putting it into your graveyard.
and Deathrite Shaman
Deathrite Shaman
Deathrite ShamanSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
213
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
{T}: Exile target land card from a graveyard. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. {B}, {T}: Exile target instant or sorcery card from a graveyard. Each opponent loses 2 life. {G}, {T}: Exile target creature card from a graveyard. You gain 2 life.
can sleep soundly. But who cares! I'm more concerned about Hellrider
Hellrider
HellriderSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Devil
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste Whenever a creature you control attacks, Hellrider deals 1 damage to defending player.
or Thundermaw Hellkite
Thundermaw Hellkite
Thundermaw HellkiteSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
M
Number:
150
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.) When Thundermaw Hellkite enters the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to each creature with flying your opponents control. Tap those creatures.
who can turn the kill clock down by 2 turns easily. And I don't know about you but I am sick of losing to 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.
. After my opponent cast “Angel of Skullbashing” and with her ability exiling her twin sister and two 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.
on the stack, I Ultimate Price
Ultimate Price
Ultimate PriceSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Destroy target monocolored creature.
'd her greedy smug face. Ultimate Price
Ultimate Price
Ultimate PriceSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Destroy target monocolored creature.
is a cheap trick which allows Esper 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.
to continue extending into the later stages of gameplay against the format-defining fatties.

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.
: This is the chocolate topping of this ice cream sundae. This is another issue which I have not touched on because at this point, it has not been an issue. Bant
Bant
BantSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
4
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Text:
All creatures have exalted. (Whenever a creature attacks alone, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each instance of exalted among permanents its controller controls.) Whenever you roll {C}, put a divinity counter on target green, white, or blue creature. That creature is indestructible as long as it has a divinity counter on it.
Control is the default control list at this point. Reid Duke has landed himself in back-to-back Grand Prix Top 8 appearance by continuing to adapt his list to the current metagame. This card allows him grind any opponent hoping to share the late game with him into the dirt (or the swamp I guess). Whenever a U/W/G deck splashes for black in order to make it better, it's not optimizing but diversifying. Esper 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.
can easily support 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.
and can utilize its effects without straining the mana base.

By now I'm sure you're interesting is what I believe could beat Reid Duke; the list that is better than what Gerry Thompson would dare play at high level events; what I will be piloting to my local Grand Prix Trial this weekend. Well you've been patient, so I guess I'll show you now.


Billy Mitchell
Esper 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.

11-30-2012

Creatures (10)
2: 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: Augur of Bolas
Augur of Bolas
Augur of BolasSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
Slawomir Maniak
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Augur of Bolas enters the battlefield, look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

4: Restoration Angel
Restoration Angel
Restoration AngelSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash Flying When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.


Instants (23)
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: Thought Scour
Thought Scour
Thought ScourSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
David Rapoza
Text:
Target player puts the top two cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard. Draw a card.

3: Azorius Charm
Azorius Charm
Azorius CharmSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Choose one — Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn; or draw a card; or put target attacking or blocking creature on top of its owner's library.

3: 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: Ultimate Price
Ultimate Price
Ultimate PriceSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Destroy target monocolored creature.

1: Midnight Haunting
Midnight Haunting
Midnight HauntingSet: Innistrad
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
22
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield.

2: 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: Rewind
Rewind
RewindSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Counter target spell. Untap up to four lands.

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: 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.


Artifacts (2)
2: Runechanter's Pike
Runechanter's Pike
Runechanter's PikeSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Equipped creature has first strike and gets +X/+0, where X is the number of instant and sorcery cards in your graveyard. Equip {2}


Land (25)
4: Hallowed Fountain
Hallowed Fountain
Hallowed FountainSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
174
Artist:
Rob Alexander

4: 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.

3: Isolated Chapel
Isolated Chapel
Isolated ChapelSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
242
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
Isolated Chapel enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or a Swamp. {T}: Add {W} or {B} to your mana pool.

3: Glacial Fortress
Glacial Fortress
Glacial FortressSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
Glacial Fortress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or an Island.{T}: Add {W} or {U} to your mana pool.

3: 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.

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

3: Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


Sideboard (15)
2: Lingering Souls
Lingering Souls
Lingering SoulsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Bud Cook
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying onto the battlefield. Flashback {1}{B} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

2: Clone
Clone
CloneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clone
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Upon summoning, Clone acquires all characteristics, including color, of any one creature in play on either side; any creature enchantments on original creature are not copied. Clone retains these characteristics even after original creature is destroyed. Clone cannot be summoned if there are no creatures in play.

1: Cyclonic Rift
Cyclonic Rift
Cyclonic RiftSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
35
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Return target nonland permanent you don't control to its owner's hand. Overload {6}{U} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

1: Terminus
Terminus
TerminusSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Put all creatures on the bottom of their owners' libraries. Miracle {W} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)

2: Supreme Verdict
Supreme Verdict
Supreme VerdictSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
201
Artist:
Sam Burley
Text:
Supreme Verdict can't be countered. Destroy all creatures.

1: Talrand, Sky Summoner
Talrand, Sky Summoner
Talrand, Sky SummonerSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a 2/2 blue Drake creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

1: Dispel
Dispel
DispelSet: Worldwake
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Counter target instant spell.

2: Purify the Grave
Purify the Grave
Purify the GraveSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Drew Baker
Text:
Exile target card from a graveyard. Flashback {W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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

1: Detention Sphere
Detention Sphere
Detention SphereSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
155
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
When Detention Sphere enters the battlefield, you may exile target nonland permanent not named Detention Sphere and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent. When Detention Sphere leaves the battlefield, return the exiled cards to the battlefield under their owner's control.

1: Curse of Exhaustion
Curse of Exhaustion
Curse of ExhaustionSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura Curse
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Artist:
Slawomir Maniak
Text:
Enchant player Enchanted player can't cast more than one spell each turn.



If my event were tomorrow, this is what I would play. The mana is silky smooth and it is easy to hit land drops and have live hands against opponents until you have a good opportunity to play 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.
. My only possible change may be to exchange an Ultimate Price
Ultimate Price
Ultimate PriceSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Destroy target monocolored creature.
for fourth Azorius Charm
Azorius Charm
Azorius CharmSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Choose one — Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn; or draw a card; or put target attacking or blocking creature on top of its owner's library.
. I believe the minimizing their draws and stalling their clock is the way to go right now. I may be wrong but I expect the field to migrate toward beating Rakdos with hasty Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the FellsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Werewolf
Rarity:
M
Number:
140
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever this creature enters the battlefield or transforms into Huntmaster of the Fells, put a 2/2 green Wolf creature token onto the battlefield and you gain 2 life. At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Huntmaster of the Fells.
-based Jund
Jund
JundSet: Planechase 2012 Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Whenever a player casts a black, red, or green creature spell, it gains devour 5. (As the creature enters the battlefield, its controller may sacrifice any number of creatures. The creature enters the battlefield with five times that many +1/+1 counters on it.) Whenever you roll chaos, put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens onto the battlefield.
decks. Ultimate Price
Ultimate Price
Ultimate PriceSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Destroy target monocolored creature.
is almost worthless when the Jund
Jund
JundSet: Planechase 2012 Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Whenever a player casts a black, red, or green creature spell, it gains devour 5. (As the creature enters the battlefield, its controller may sacrifice any number of creatures. The creature enters the battlefield with five times that many +1/+1 counters on it.) Whenever you roll chaos, put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens onto the battlefield.
lists play multicolored men (and women; it's not Huntmaster of the Fellas), Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
, and Rakdos Keyrune
Rakdos Keyrune
Rakdos KeyruneSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
232
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
{T}: Add {B} or {R} to your mana pool. {B}{R}: Rakdos Keyrune becomes a 3/1 black and red Devil artifact creature with first strike until end of turn.
in the early game. I can accept making the opponent squander a turn in the early game or waste Kessig Wolf Run
Kessig Wolf Run
Kessig Wolf RunSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
243
Artist:
Eytan Zana
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {X}{R}{G}, {T}: Target creature gets +X/+0 and gains trample until end of turn.
activation in the late game.

I will be back next week to tell you all about how the deck performs at my Grand Prix Trial for Atlantic City. If any readers are interested in testing for GP AC, I would love to meet, play and get your feedback on my first article (which is this one).

Keep innovating,
Billy Mitchell

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