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A New Old Standard Combo Deck - Billy Moreau (11/20/2006)

About a week ago I was trying to go to sleep when a thought hit me: Dragonstorm
Dragonstorm
DragonstormSet: Scourge
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Text:
Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
Storm
combo deck. I had played in my local FNM that night and a friend of mine played Dragonstorm
Dragonstorm
DragonstormSet: Scourge
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Text:
Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
Storm
. It wasn't so much the Dragonstorm
Dragonstorm
DragonstormSet: Scourge
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Text:
Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
Storm
combo that caught my eye. It was the card Rite of Flame
Rite of Flame
Rite of FlameSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Add RR to your mana pool, then add R to your mana pool for each card named Rite of Flame in each graveyard.
. Thinking about that card brought back memories of a recently phased out combo deck: The Izzet Guildmage
Izzet Guildmage
Izzet GuildmageSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
((U/R) can be paid with either U or R.) 2U: Copy target instant spell you control with converted mana cost 2 or less. You may choose new targets for the copy. 2R: Copy target sorcery spell you control with converted mana cost 2 or less. You may choose new targets for the copy.
combo deck from Pre-Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
rotation. Dragonstorm
Dragonstorm
DragonstormSet: Scourge
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Text:
Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
Storm
can win on turn one with the right combination of cards. So can my new Izzet combo deck. And to top it off, my combo deck can get around Circle of Protection: Red, which makes a Dragonstorm
Dragonstorm
DragonstormSet: Scourge
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Text:
Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
Storm
deck cry when it hits the board. Here is my Izzet Combo deck:

Izzet V2006

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

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

2 Shivan Reef
Shivan Reef
Shivan ReefSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add U or R to your mana pool. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.


Spells (34):
4 Train of Thought
Train of Thought
Train of ThoughtSet: Guildpact
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Text:
Replicate 1U (When you play this spell, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost.) Draw a card.

4 Compulsive Research
Compulsive Research
Compulsive ResearchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player draws three cards. Then that player discards two cards unless he or she discards a land card.

4 Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.

4 Telling Time
Telling Time
Telling TimeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand, one on top of your library, and one on the bottom of your library.

2 Gigadrowse
Gigadrowse
GigadrowseSet: Guildpact
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Text:
Replicate U (When you play this spell, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost. You may choose new targets for the copies.) Tap target permanent.

4 Electrolyze
Electrolyze
ElectrolyzeSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Text:
Electrolyze deals 2 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players. Draw a card.

4 Demonfire
Demonfire
DemonfireSet: Dissension
Color:
Red
Rarity:
R
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Staples

4 Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

4 Rite of Flame
Rite of Flame
Rite of FlameSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Add RR to your mana pool, then add R to your mana pool for each card named Rite of Flame in each graveyard.


Creatures (4):
4 Izzet Guildmage
Izzet Guildmage
Izzet GuildmageSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
((U/R) can be paid with either U or R.) 2U: Copy target instant spell you control with converted mana cost 2 or less. You may choose new targets for the copy. 2R: Copy target sorcery spell you control with converted mana cost 2 or less. You may choose new targets for the copy.


To start, I only used cards I had to build this deck. Replacing 3 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s and 3 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s with 2 Shivan Reef
Shivan Reef
Shivan ReefSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add U or R to your mana pool. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.
and 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.
would help greatly.

The idea behind the combo is to get the Izzet Guildmage
Izzet Guildmage
Izzet GuildmageSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
((U/R) can be paid with either U or R.) 2U: Copy target instant spell you control with converted mana cost 2 or less. You may choose new targets for the copy. 2R: Copy target sorcery spell you control with converted mana cost 2 or less. You may choose new targets for the copy.
in play, cast Rites of Flame (either 3 times or have 2 in your graveyard and cast the third), then use the guildmage to copy the Rites getting more mana added to your mana pool. When you have infinite amounts of mana you can cast Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.
, copying it hundreds of times to get around COP: Red, or cast Demonfire
Demonfire
DemonfireSet: Dissension
Color:
Red
Rarity:
R
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Staples
with hellbent.

Gigadrowse
Gigadrowse
GigadrowseSet: Guildpact
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Text:
Replicate U (When you play this spell, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost. You may choose new targets for the copies.) Tap target permanent.
and Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
are in there to protect your combo either against Blue control or decks with White that may be playing Angel's Grace
Angel's Grace
Angel's GraceSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) You can't lose the game this turn and your opponents can't win the game this turn. Until end of turn, damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 reduces it to 1 instead.
.

Electrolyze
Electrolyze
ElectrolyzeSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Text:
Electrolyze deals 2 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players. Draw a card.
is used to get a card deeper into your deck and help prevent some early damage to allow you the extra turns to set up the combo. I may switch it with Grapeshot
Grapeshot
GrapeshotSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
160
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Grapeshot deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
if I run into lots of control.

Compulsive Research
Compulsive Research
Compulsive ResearchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player draws three cards. Then that player discards two cards unless he or she discards a land card.
helps get the combo faster.

Train of Thought
Train of Thought
Train of ThoughtSet: Guildpact
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Text:
Replicate 1U (When you play this spell, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost.) Draw a card.
can help get you the combo pieces by allowing you to draw every card in your deck.

Telling Time
Telling Time
Telling TimeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand, one on top of your library, and one on the bottom of your library.
I have thought of replacing with Sleight of Hand
Sleight of Hand
Sleight of HandSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Look at the top two cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the other on the bottom of your library.
to allow you to combo with it like the Train of Thought
Train of Thought
Train of ThoughtSet: Guildpact
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Text:
Replicate 1U (When you play this spell, copy it for each time you paid its replicate cost.) Draw a card.
but Telling Time
Telling Time
Telling TimeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand, one on top of your library, and one on the bottom of your library.
in the early game allows you to get 1 card deeper into you deck.

I know that if this deck is a worthwhile deck that either there will be many posts of criticism about it or a lot of positive talk. If anyone out there would like to form a play test group or a deck designing group contact me. I would like to form a small group of people (under 20) to come up with competitive and fun decks that are not ´´net-decks´´.

Here is the ideal hand for a turn one win: 4 Rites of Flame, 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 Izzet Guildmage
Izzet Guildmage
Izzet GuildmageSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
((U/R) can be paid with either U or R.) 2U: Copy target instant spell you control with converted mana cost 2 or less. You may choose new targets for the copy. 2R: Copy target sorcery spell you control with converted mana cost 2 or less. You may choose new targets for the copy.
, 1 Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.
or Demonfire
Demonfire
DemonfireSet: Dissension
Color:
Red
Rarity:
R
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Staples
:

Cast Rites of Flame 1 for RR. Use one R to cast Rites of Flame 2 to get to RRRR in Mana Pool. Cast Izzet Guildmage
Izzet Guildmage
Izzet GuildmageSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
((U/R) can be paid with either U or R.) 2U: Copy target instant spell you control with converted mana cost 2 or less. You may choose new targets for the copy. 2R: Copy target sorcery spell you control with converted mana cost 2 or less. You may choose new targets for the copy.
for RR. RR left in Mana Pool. Cast Rites 3 to go up to RRRRR into Mana Pool. Cast last Rites adding a copy of the 4th Rites netting RR every time you copy it. Eventually you will have millions of mana to cast your burn spell with many copies of it on the stack.

I would like to have a vote as to the content of my next article. Here are the options you can vote on using the message boards:

1: My take on the top 5 commons of each color from Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
.
2: A Competitive Type 2 Deck based around Squire
Squire
SquireSet: The Dark
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Squire
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dennis Detwiller
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
and Moonlace
Moonlace
MoonlaceSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
68
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Target spell or permanent becomes colorless.
.
3: Green White Stompy for a beginner.
4: Heroes can fly in Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
.

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