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Survival of the Fittest - Billy Mitchell (1/27/2013)

Ok folks, welcome back! I hope the end of the world hasn't gotten to you all. If it has, (I can only assume) that the internet has fallen so you're probably reading this in paper from a little boy on a bicycle. In this post-apocalyptic wasteland, rollerblades can't get you away from the packs of dogs trying to steal your favorite new article.

Well survivors, since we last met my home store Alternate Universes has held three events that I have played in. The first two were Grand Prix Trials and it is evident that the Standard format has added a few twists and turns.

At the first of the two, a couple of my friends met in the semi-finals. I am rather excited about both of these decks so rather than slow-roll them, I will just show you.


Joshua Southwick
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.

December 16, 2012


Creatures (16)
3: Wolfir Avenger
Wolfir Avenger
Wolfir AvengerSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
205
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) {1}{G}: Regenerate Wolfir Avenger.

1: Disciple of Bolas
Disciple of Bolas
Disciple of BolasSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Artist:
Slawomir Maniak
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Disciple of Bolas enters the battlefield, sacrifice another creature. You gain X life and draw X cards, where X is that creature's power.

4: 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.

2: Olivia Voldaren
Olivia Voldaren
Olivia VoldarenSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
M
Number:
215
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying {1}{R}: Olivia Voldaren deals 1 damage to another target creature. That creature becomes a Vampire in addition to its other types. Put a +1/+1 counter on Olivia Voldaren. {3}{B}{B}: Gain control of target Vampire for as long as you control Olivia Voldaren.

4: 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.

2: 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.


Sorceries and Instants (15)
2: Pillar of Flame
Pillar of Flame
Pillar of FlameSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Text:
Pillar of Flame deals 2 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage this way would die this turn, exile it instead.

4: 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.

1: Abrupt Decay
Abrupt Decay
Abrupt DecaySet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
Abrupt Decay can't be countered by spells or abilities. Destroy target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 3 or less.

2: Mizzium Mortars
Mizzium Mortars
Mizzium MortarsSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Artist:
Noah Bradley
Text:
Mizzium Mortars deals 4 damage to target creature you don't control. Overload {3}{R}{R}{R} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

2: 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.

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

1: Murder
Murder
MurderSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Allen Williams
Text:
Destroy target creature.

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


Artifacts (3)
3: 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.


Planeswalkers (3)
1: Liliana of the Dark Realms
Liliana of the Dark Realms
Liliana of the Dark RealmsSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Liliana
Rarity:
M
Number:
97
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Search your library for a Swamp card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. -3: Target creature gets +X/+X or -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of Swamps you control. -6: You get an emblem with "Swamps you control have ‘{T}: Add {B}{B}{B}{B} to your mana pool.'"

2: Garruk, Primal Hunter
Garruk, Primal Hunter
Garruk, Primal HunterSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Garruk
Rarity:
M
Number:
174
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield. -3: Draw cards equal to the greatest power among creatures you control. -6: Put a 6/6 green Wurm creature token onto the battlefield for each land you control.


Lands (24)
4: Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown TombSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Swamp Forest
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add B or G to your mana pool.) As Overgrown Tomb comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Overgrown Tomb comes into play tapped instead.

4: Blood Crypt
Blood Crypt
Blood CryptSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Swamp Mountain, (T: Add B or R to your mana pool.) As Blood Crypt comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, Blood Crypt comes into play tapped instead.

4: Woodland Cemetery
Woodland Cemetery
Woodland CemeterySet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
249
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Woodland Cemetery enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Forest. {T}: Add {B} or {G} to your mana pool.

4: Rootbound Crag
Rootbound Crag
Rootbound CragSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
227
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Text:
Rootbound Crag enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Forest.{T}: Add {R} or {G} to your mana pool.

1: 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.

3: Cavern of Souls
Cavern of Souls
Cavern of SoulsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.

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


Sideboard (15)
2: Rolling Temblor
Rolling Temblor
Rolling TemblorSet: Innistrad
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
161
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
Rolling Temblor deals 2 damage to each creature without flying. Flashback {4}{R}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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

2: Rakdos Charm
Rakdos Charm
Rakdos CharmSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
184
Artist:
Zoltan Boros
Text:
Choose one — Exile all cards from target player's graveyard; or destroy target artifact; or each creature deals 1 damage to its controller.

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

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

1: Tree of Redemption
Tree of Redemption
Tree of RedemptionSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant
Rarity:
M
Number:
207
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
0
Toughness:
13
Text:
Defender {T}: Exchange your life total with Tree of Redemption's toughness.

3: Slaughter Games
Slaughter Games
Slaughter GamesSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
197
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Text:
Slaughter Games can't be countered by spells or abilities. Name a nonland card. Search target opponent's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with that name and exile them. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

1: Staff of Nin
Staff of Nin
Staff of NinSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
217
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, draw a card. {T}: Staff of Nin deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

1: Underworld Connections
Underworld Connections
Underworld ConnectionsSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
83
Artist:
Yeong-Hao Han
Text:
Enchant land Enchanted land has "{T}, Pay 1 life: Draw a card."

2: 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.




Brian Kibler
Brian Kibler
Brian KiblerSet: Promotional Other
Rarity:
P
Text:
Magic Pro Tour Player Card

GB Aggro
December 16, 2012
SCG Invitational: LA


Creatures (26)
4: Arbor Elf
Arbor Elf
Arbor ElfSet: Worldwake
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
rk post
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Untap target Forest.

3: Deadbridge Goliath
Deadbridge Goliath
Deadbridge GoliathSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Chase Stone
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Scavenge {4}{G}{G} ({4}{G}{G}, Exile this card from your graveyard: Put a number of +1/+1 counters equal to this card's power on target creature. Scavenge only as a sorcery.)

3: Dreg Mangler
Dreg Mangler
Dreg ManglerSet: Duel Decks Izzet vs. Golgari
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
— Plant Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
56
Artist:
Peter Mohrbacher
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste Scavenge {3}{B}{G} ({3}{B}{G}, Exile this card from your graveyard: Put a number of +1/+1 counters equal to this card's power on target creature. Scavenge only as a sorcery.)

4: Lotleth Troll
Lotleth Troll
Lotleth TrollSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Troll
Rarity:
R
Number:
177
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Discard a creature card: Put a +1/+1 counter on Lotleth Troll. {B}: Regenerate Lotleth Troll.

4: Predator Ooze
Predator Ooze
Predator OozeSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Ryan Yee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Predator Ooze is indestructible. Whenever Predator Ooze attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on it. Whenever a creature dealt damage by Predator Ooze this turn dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Predator Ooze.

3: Strangleroot Geist
Strangleroot Geist
Strangleroot GeistSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
127
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste 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.)

3: Ulvenwald Tracker
Ulvenwald Tracker
Ulvenwald TrackerSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
200
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{G}, {T}: Target creature you control fights another target creature. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

2: Wolfir Avenger
Wolfir Avenger
Wolfir AvengerSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
205
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) {1}{G}: Regenerate Wolfir Avenger.


Spells (8)
4: Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.

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

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.


Planeswalkers (3)
2: Garruk Relentless
Garruk Relentless
Garruk RelentlessSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Garruk
Rarity:
M
Number:
181
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Text:
When Garruk Relentless has two or fewer loyalty counters on him, transform him. 0: Garruk Relentless deals 3 damage to target creature. That creature deals damage equal to its power to him. 0: Put a 2/2 green Wolf creature token onto the battlefield.

1: Garruk, Primal Hunter
Garruk, Primal Hunter
Garruk, Primal HunterSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Garruk
Rarity:
M
Number:
174
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield. -3: Draw cards equal to the greatest power among creatures you control. -6: Put a 6/6 green Wurm creature token onto the battlefield for each land you control.


Lands (23)
11: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G 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.

3: Golgari Guildgate
Golgari Guildgate
Golgari GuildgateSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Gate
Rarity:
C
Number:
239
Artist:
Eytan Zana
Text:
Golgari Guildgate enters the battlefield tapped. {T}: Add {B} or {G} to your mana pool.

4: Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown Tomb
Overgrown TombSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Swamp Forest
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add B or G to your mana pool.) As Overgrown Tomb comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Overgrown Tomb comes into play tapped instead.

4: Woodland Cemetery
Woodland Cemetery
Woodland CemeterySet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
249
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Woodland Cemetery enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Forest. {T}: Add {B} or {G} to your mana pool.


Sideboard (15)
3: 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.

2: Ranger's Guile
Ranger's Guile
Ranger's GuileSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Text:
Target creature you control gets +1/+1 and gains hexproof until end of turn. (It can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

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

1: Garruk, Primal Hunter
Garruk, Primal Hunter
Garruk, Primal HunterSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Garruk
Rarity:
M
Number:
174
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Put a 3/3 green Beast creature token onto the battlefield. -3: Draw cards equal to the greatest power among creatures you control. -6: Put a 6/6 green Wurm creature token onto the battlefield for each land you control.

1: Appetite for Brains
Appetite for Brains
Appetite for BrainsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
84
Artist:
Michael C. Hayes
Text:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a card from it with converted mana cost 4 or greater and exile that card.

4: Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.

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



Let me answer your immediate questions. Yes, Josh is playing a spicy 61-card build with Liliana of the Dark Realms
Liliana of the Dark Realms
Liliana of the Dark RealmsSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Liliana
Rarity:
M
Number:
97
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Search your library for a Swamp card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. -3: Target creature gets +X/+X or -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of Swamps you control. -6: You get an emblem with "Swamps you control have ‘{T}: Add {B}{B}{B}{B} to your mana pool.'"
. Yes, 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.
and Disciple of Bolas
Disciple of Bolas
Disciple of BolasSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Artist:
Slawomir Maniak
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Disciple of Bolas enters the battlefield, sacrifice another creature. You gain X life and draw X cards, where X is that creature's power.
have something steamy going on that makes an opposing 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.
seem fair. And no, I am not friends with Brian Kibler
Brian Kibler
Brian KiblerSet: Promotional Other
Rarity:
P
Text:
Magic Pro Tour Player Card
. The deck was piloted by my friend Brad Robinson.

These decks, just like the elephant-sized rats that likely roam your streets, are a product of the times. The Standard metagame has been dominated by the 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. The 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 keeps 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.
in check but both GB Aggro and 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.
feast on the 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.
lists, while being able to outclass 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.
in the late game.

Ulvenwald Tracker
Ulvenwald Tracker
Ulvenwald TrackerSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
200
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{G}, {T}: Target creature you control fights another target creature. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)
and Wolfir Avenger
Wolfir Avenger
Wolfir AvengerSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
205
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) {1}{G}: Regenerate Wolfir Avenger.
are the most difficult for the 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.
list to contest. The seemingly innocuous Human teams up with his friends to singlehandedly embarrass enemy aggro and midrange decks. Cards like 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.
, 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 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.
will all trade with a Deadbridge Goliath
Deadbridge Goliath
Deadbridge GoliathSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Chase Stone
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Scavenge {4}{G}{G} ({4}{G}{G}, Exile this card from your graveyard: Put a number of +1/+1 counters equal to this card's power on target creature. Scavenge only as a sorcery.)
or, ideally, an oversized Predator Ooze
Predator Ooze
Predator OozeSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Ryan Yee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Predator Ooze is indestructible. Whenever Predator Ooze attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on it. Whenever a creature dealt damage by Predator Ooze this turn dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Predator Ooze.
.

The strength of this deck is its resilience against sweepers. Indestructibility
Indestructibility
IndestructibilitySet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Enchant permanentEnchanted permanent is indestructible. (Effects that say "destroy" don't destroy that permanent. An indestructible creature can't be destroyed by damage.)
, regeneration, flash, undying and scavenge? Is there ever any ideal moment to play 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.
? No. This is the only creature deck in which I sideboard out 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 games may be grindy but your dog has a chance in every fight.

I have been preaching this for weeks now: 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.
is so good! This particular build plays the 2-for-1 game better than anything else in Standard. The amount of crossover between this list and Kibler's is high. Liliana of the Dark Realms
Liliana of the Dark Realms
Liliana of the Dark RealmsSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Liliana
Rarity:
M
Number:
97
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Search your library for a Swamp card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. -3: Target creature gets +X/+X or -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of Swamps you control. -6: You get an emblem with "Swamps you control have ‘{T}: Add {B}{B}{B}{B} to your mana pool.'"
adds a new dimension to the deck; it is critical to never miss a land drop and she assists in spades. She also can be the extra damage needed to win the game. The high Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
count can lead to a lethal Rakdos's Return
Rakdos's Return
Rakdos's ReturnSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
M
Number:
188
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Rakdos's Return deals X damage to target opponent. That player discards X cards.
or oversized fatty (Josh was able to 52 his opponent with Rakdos's Return
Rakdos's Return
Rakdos's ReturnSet: Return to Ravnica
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
M
Number:
188
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Rakdos's Return deals X damage to target opponent. That player discards X cards.
and 17 his opponent with 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.
). This is the first list that I have seen Liliana of the Dark Realms
Liliana of the Dark Realms
Liliana of the Dark RealmsSet: Magic 2013
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Liliana
Rarity:
M
Number:
97
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
+1: Search your library for a Swamp card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. -3: Target creature gets +X/+X or -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of Swamps you control. -6: You get an emblem with "Swamps you control have ‘{T}: Add {B}{B}{B}{B} to your mana pool.'"
, and I only assume she will be more popular once Gatecrash becomes legal.

Going Forward
I have one more Standard event this weekend before Grand Prix Atlantic City. I am about 83% that I will be playing UWr 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.
for the GP but there is still room to audible if I so see fit. With this in mind, I will be doing some testing and speculating among my friends to decide what my sideboard will be for the event. I will give you all the updates on what I'll be registering for the event next week.

Last thing before you walk 4.5 miles to the only non-nuclear spring in town, I'm working on getting a live stream in February so we can discuss Gatecrash Limited together. I'll be sure to let you know when I figure out the details.

Keep innovating,
Billy Mitchell

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