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Anniversary Weekend I Win All - Billy Moreau (12/15/2006)

What a weekend I just had. I know I promised you all an article that you voted on, which I will give you next week. To start, I suppose I should tell you why this has been such a great weekend. Friday I played at my local FNM tournament and won it going 4-0. Then Saturday December 2nd was my 3 year wedding anniversary. Sunday I played in a Peasant Magic tournament for the first time and again won, going 4-0. Friday's tournament netted me $19.00 in Store Credit while Sunday's netted me 4 packs of 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.
. The first three packs gave me junk, but then the last pack gave me an Akroma and Lotus Bloom
Lotus Bloom
Lotus BloomSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Suspend 3-0 (Rather than play this card from your hand, pay 0 and remove it from the game with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.) T, Sacrifice Lotus Bloom: Add three mana of any one color to your mana pool.
. To top it all off, Sunday December 3rd is my mom's 7 year wedding anniversary.

Friday's tournament at Flight
Flight
FlightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature is now a flying creature.
s of Fantasy started at 6pm with 25 participants and would play 4 rounds. I had built my deck using a spoiler I had printed out some time ago from mtgsalvation. You'll see why this was relevant in a little bit. I decided to play my own version of an aggro black white deck. Keep in mind I don't have many of the big name cards I would have liked to have played. Here is my deck list:

Creatures (22):
2 Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.

1 Helldozer
Helldozer
HelldozerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
BBB, T: Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, untap Helldozer.

4 U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
(Read below)
4 Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker WitchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Sacrifice a creature: Look at the top two cards of target opponent’s library, then remove one of them from the game.

4 Teysa, Orzhov Scion
Teysa, Orzhov Scion
Teysa, Orzhov ScionSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Advisor
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice three white creatures: Remove target creature from the game. Whenever another black creature you control is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying into play.

2 Nether Traitor
Nether Traitor
Nether TraitorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay B. If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.

1 Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from white. B: Stromgald Crusader gains flying until end of turn. BB: Stromgald Crusader get +1/+0 until end of turn.

2 Plagued Rusalka
Plagued Rusalka
Plagued RusalkaSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
56
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, Sacrifice a creature: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

2 White Shield Crusader
White Shield Crusader
White Shield CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
24
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black W: White Shield Crusader gains flying until end of turn. WW: White Shield Crusader gets +1 +0 until end of turn.


Enchantments (6):
4 Faith's Fetters
Faith's Fetters
Faith's FettersSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Enchant permanent When Faith’s Fetters comes into play, you gain 4 life. Enchanted permanent’s activated abilities can’t be played unless they’re mana abilities. If enchanted permanent is a creature, it can’t attack or block.

2 Sacred Mesa
Sacred Mesa
Sacred MesaSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep, sacrifice a Pegasus or bury Sacred Mesa.1W: Put a Wild Pegasus token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 white creature with flying that counts as a Pegasus.


Spells (9):
1 Grim Harvest
Grim Harvest
Grim HarvestSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Recover 2B (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay 2B. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)

4 Mortify
Mortify
MortifySet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Text:
Destroy target creature or enchantment.

4 Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.


Land (23):
2 Godless Shrine
Godless Shrine
Godless ShrineSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Plains Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
157
Text:
(T: Add W or B to your mana pool.) As Godless Shrine comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Godless Shrine comes into play tapped instead.

4 Caves of Koilos
Caves of Koilos
Caves of KoilosSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add W or B to your mana pool. Caves of Koilos deals 1 damage to you.

4 Orzhov Bassilica
2 Urza's Factory
Urza's Factory
Urza's FactorySet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Urza's
Rarity:
U
Number:
280
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 7, T: Put a 2/2 Assembly-Worker artifact creature token into play.

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

6 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 Tivadar of Thorn
Tivadar of Thorn
Tivadar of ThornSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike, protection from red When Tivadar of Thorn comes into play, destroy target Goblin.

4 Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.

2 Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

1 Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.

4 Death Mark
2 Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.


I like playing weird decks so as you can see my deck is very odd. Here is a description of the deck:

Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
- This was probably the MVP of many games, giving me the ability to block a Giant Solifuge
Giant Solifuge
Giant SolifugeSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
((R/G) can be paid with either R or G.) Trample, haste Giant Solifuge can’t be the target of spells or abilities.
and still have creatures in play. And the ability to get three creatures for the price of one is more than worth the 6 mana casting cost. The secondary ability of turning one bat into two also works great with Teysa in play giving you two bats and one spirit for the price of 3BB and one bat.

Helldozer
Helldozer
HelldozerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
BBB, T: Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, untap Helldozer.
- This was a filler card. I wanted something that could be used to end a match or stop a stalemate. It only was effective in one game and it didn't even matter that much. I should probably change this to another Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
.

U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
- I had printed out a spoiler from MTGSalvation around the time 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.
was released. It may have been before it was confirmed or right after. All I remember is that this card was on it. So, with that spoiler I put four of them in my deck. Game two of the first round, I found out they were not type two legal. I had to remove them and put in their place 4 basic land, Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s. I ended up playing the tournament with a deck with 27 lands.

Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker WitchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Sacrifice a creature: Look at the top two cards of target opponent’s library, then remove one of them from the game.
- This is great with 2 Nether Traitor
Nether Traitor
Nether TraitorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay B. If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.
s because you will always be able to control what your opponent will draw and what they can play. This was another MVP winning me games in round 1, 3, and 4 when my opponents were unable to burn me for the win.

Teysa, Orzhov Scion
Teysa, Orzhov Scion
Teysa, Orzhov ScionSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Advisor
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice three white creatures: Remove target creature from the game. Whenever another black creature you control is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying into play.
- This works great with Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
as described above. It also is the reason I played Sacred Mesa
Sacred Mesa
Sacred MesaSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep, sacrifice a Pegasus or bury Sacred Mesa.1W: Put a Wild Pegasus token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 white creature with flying that counts as a Pegasus.
. I can remove any creature in play for the cost of 6 mana.

Nether Traitor
Nether Traitor
Nether TraitorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay B. If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.
- Every deck I played against could do nothing about this. If they killed it I brought it back. If they let it live, it dealt damage turn after turn.

Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from white. B: Stromgald Crusader gains flying until end of turn. BB: Stromgald Crusader get +1/+0 until end of turn.
- A one-of to give me a two drop creature that could also help me on defense with its protection from White.

Plagued Rusalka
Plagued Rusalka
Plagued RusalkaSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
56
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, Sacrifice a creature: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
- I figured the deck was short of spot removal so I put these two in to help out. It also was a nice one drop.

White Shield Crusader
White Shield Crusader
White Shield CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
24
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black W: White Shield Crusader gains flying until end of turn. WW: White Shield Crusader gets +1 +0 until end of turn.
- I only had two of these but they were in for the same reason as the Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from white. B: Stromgald Crusader gains flying until end of turn. BB: Stromgald Crusader get +1/+0 until end of turn.
. It was very ineffective.

Faith's Fetters
Faith's Fetters
Faith's FettersSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Enchant permanent When Faith’s Fetters comes into play, you gain 4 life. Enchanted permanent’s activated abilities can’t be played unless they’re mana abilities. If enchanted permanent is a creature, it can’t attack or block.
- This card saved me a few games by buying me an additional turn. A few times I had to play it on a land just to gain life to live but it worked.

Sacred Mesa
Sacred Mesa
Sacred MesaSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep, sacrifice a Pegasus or bury Sacred Mesa.1W: Put a Wild Pegasus token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 white creature with flying that counts as a Pegasus.
- See Teysa Above. A few times I played this too early and was not able to get an advantage with it. In the long run, having this put into play early was worth it, especially by allowing me to get around counterspells.

Grim Harvest
Grim Harvest
Grim HarvestSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Recover 2B (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay 2B. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)
- I love any card that can be used over and over again. This won me a lot of games by getting my Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
s. It's also amazing against any deck that relies on your creatures dying and staying dead.

Mortify
Mortify
MortifySet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Text:
Destroy target creature or enchantment.
- My only form of enchantment removal. It was used more for that ability than removing a creature.

Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
- Of course any deck with White in it should be playing these.

Godless Shrine
Godless Shrine
Godless ShrineSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Plains Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
157
Text:
(T: Add W or B to your mana pool.) As Godless Shrine comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Godless Shrine comes into play tapped instead.
- I only have 2 but otherwise would have liked to have 4 in.

Caves of Koilos
Caves of Koilos
Caves of KoilosSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add W or B to your mana pool. Caves of Koilos deals 1 damage to you.
- The painlands lost me a game and would have been better as Godless Shrine
Godless Shrine
Godless ShrineSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Plains Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
157
Text:
(T: Add W or B to your mana pool.) As Godless Shrine comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Godless Shrine comes into play tapped instead.
s but without four of them I need these in.

Orzhov Basilica
Orzhov Basilica
Orzhov BasilicaSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
161
Text:
Orzhov Basilica comes into play tapped. When Orzhov Basilica comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add WB to your mana pool.
- Another necessary land.

Urza's Factory
Urza's Factory
Urza's FactorySet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Urza's
Rarity:
U
Number:
280
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 7, T: Put a 2/2 Assembly-Worker artifact creature token into play.
- This was in the case of them removing both Sacred Mesa
Sacred Mesa
Sacred MesaSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep, sacrifice a Pegasus or bury Sacred Mesa.1W: Put a Wild Pegasus token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 white creature with flying that counts as a Pegasus.
s and if it ends up being a long game. I only made one or two tokens the whole tournament.

Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
and Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
- Necessary.

Tivadar of Thorn
Tivadar of Thorn
Tivadar of ThornSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike, protection from red When Tivadar of Thorn comes into play, destroy target Goblin.
- No one in my area plays goblins and I don't have Paladin en-Vecs otherwise they would have been in here instead. As it was, I sided these in a few games versus red and never saw them.

Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.
- This was a key sideboard card. If I had known U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
was not legal, these would have probably been main deck.

Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
- Anti burn, 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
, and discard. I never played one even though it got sideboarded in frequently.

Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.
- Against control. I sided it in once and it was actually played.

Death Mark- Almost every round these got sided in and were very effective.

Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.
- I never faced a land destruction deck but in the future I would keep these in just in case.


Round 1 vs. Jacob playing U/B:
Game 1:
Jacob is a young kid who hasn't been playing for too long. Unfortunately for him I usually beat him when I face him. Game one when I see he is playing blue I decide to play a turn 3 Sacred Mesa
Sacred Mesa
Sacred MesaSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep, sacrifice a Pegasus or bury Sacred Mesa.1W: Put a Wild Pegasus token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 white creature with flying that counts as a Pegasus.
to avoid getting it countered later on in the game. I end up getting stuck at 4 land for quite a few turns while he builds up his mana base up to 7. I end up making 2 tokens a turn for a bit and hit him for a few points of damage before he finally started casting threats. He played a Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
which I was able to Wrath away. The following turn he played a Pit Keeper
Pit Keeper
Pit KeeperSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Pit Keeper comes into play, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
, getting his Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
back. Then he recast it. I again topdeck a Wrath. Then he plays another Pit Keeper
Pit Keeper
Pit KeeperSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Pit Keeper comes into play, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
getting the Vampire back. He recasts it and I yet again Wrath it away. He ends up playing a Szadek, Lord of Secrets
Szadek, Lord of Secrets
Szadek, Lord of SecretsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
234
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying If Szadek, Lord of Secrets would deal combat damage to a player, instead put that many +1/+1 counters on Szadek and that player puts that many cards from the top of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
. I Mortify
Mortify
MortifySet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Text:
Destroy target creature or enchantment.
it. He plays his third Pit Keeper
Pit Keeper
Pit KeeperSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Pit Keeper comes into play, if you have four or more creature cards in your graveyard, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
, getting back the Szadek. He replays it and I Mortify
Mortify
MortifySet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Text:
Destroy target creature or enchantment.
it again. I end up overrunning him with Pegasus
Pegasus
PegasusSet: Anthologies
Color:
White
Type:
Token
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Mark Zug
tokens.

Game 2:
This game made me so mad. On turn 2 I play a U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
only to have half the players at the table I was at tell me it wasn't reprinted. Some of the other players thought it had been just like me. I got so frustrated I told Jacob he had the win. I took the U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
out and replaced them with 4 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s (I should have done 2 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s and 2 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
). While I was sitting there all frustrated I was told it isn't a round loss for playing illegal cards, but rather a game loss, so we shuffle up and get ready for game three.

Game 3:
I was still frustrated over playing illegal cards because it made me feel like an idiot and it was the first time I have ever played cards that were not allowed. My frustration did not keep me from winning this game. I played a turn 1 Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker WitchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Sacrifice a creature: Look at the top two cards of target opponent’s library, then remove one of them from the game.
and then started the beatdown. A turn 6 Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
joined in the beatings and Jacob only managed to draw Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s. He never played any threats. I didn't have any worthwhile cards to sideboard in against him but luckily that didn't matter.

Games: 2-1-0
Overall Record: 1-0-0

Round 2 vs. Joanie (My Wife) playing W/G:
Game 1:
Yet again I get to play against my wife in a tournament and this time I was getting paired down against her. I'm starting to hate playing against my wife because, as you all know, women get too moody especially when they are losing. She over extends, getting me down to 4 life, even though she can clearly see I am playing Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
s. I Wrath away all her creatures. She only draws Enchant Creatures the rest of the game and I ride the Pegasus
Pegasus
PegasusSet: Anthologies
Color:
White
Type:
Token
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Mark Zug
' all the way home.

Game 2:
I played a turn 3 and turn 4 Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.
naming Green. That started to frustrate her even though I told her to side in her Krosan Grip
Krosan Grip
Krosan GripSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
202
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
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.) Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
s. She manages to get around them and gets me down to 2 life. I manage to topdeck Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
3 turns in a row. After that happens she gets very upset and gives up. She luckily cheers up by the time we leave to go home.

Games: 4-1-0
Overall Record: 2-0-0

Round 3 vs. Alex Male playing R/W Firemane Angel
Firemane Angel
Firemane AngelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, first strike At the beginning of your upkeep, if Firemane Angel is in your graveyard or in play, you may gain 1 life. 6RRWW: Return Firemane Angel from your graveyard to play. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
:
Game 1:
Alex is someone I have played against time and time again. I actually helped him build his deck and gave his suggestions on how to improve it so I had a great idea of how this matchup would turn out. Since his deck is a slow R/W that depends on Firemane Angel
Firemane Angel
Firemane AngelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, first strike At the beginning of your upkeep, if Firemane Angel is in your graveyard or in play, you may gain 1 life. 6RRWW: Return Firemane Angel from your graveyard to play. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
for the win I was able to beat him down with Nether Traitor
Nether Traitor
Nether TraitorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay B. If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.
s and Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker WitchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Sacrifice a creature: Look at the top two cards of target opponent’s library, then remove one of them from the game.
es. He gets the first Firemane Angel
Firemane Angel
Firemane AngelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, first strike At the beginning of your upkeep, if Firemane Angel is in your graveyard or in play, you may gain 1 life. 6RRWW: Return Firemane Angel from your graveyard to play. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
into the graveyard when he gets stuck at 4 mana, all of which is White. The following turn he gets his first red mana and starts to kill off my creatures. Unfortunately for him he can't deal with Nether Traitor
Nether Traitor
Nether TraitorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay B. If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.
s returning from the dead. I play a Sacred Mesa
Sacred Mesa
Sacred MesaSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep, sacrifice a Pegasus or bury Sacred Mesa.1W: Put a Wild Pegasus token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 white creature with flying that counts as a Pegasus.
ensuring I will always be able to get the Nether Traitor
Nether Traitor
Nether TraitorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay B. If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.
s back. Sacred Mesa
Sacred Mesa
Sacred MesaSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep, sacrifice a Pegasus or bury Sacred Mesa.1W: Put a Wild Pegasus token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 white creature with flying that counts as a Pegasus.
's Pegasus
Pegasus
PegasusSet: Anthologies
Color:
White
Type:
Token
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Mark Zug
win the game. He never drew a Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
the whole game.

Game 2:
Alex gets stuck at 2 land after keeping a one land hand. He doesn't draw his third land until 8th turn, but meanwhile he had discarded 3 Firemane Angel
Firemane Angel
Firemane AngelSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, first strike At the beginning of your upkeep, if Firemane Angel is in your graveyard or in play, you may gain 1 life. 6RRWW: Return Firemane Angel from your graveyard to play. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
s. I managed to get him down to 10 life by the time he drew that third land. The game ends when he never draws land number 4. He was sitting with two Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
s in his hand from the opening draw.

Games: 6-1-0
Overall Record: 3-0-0

Round 4 vs. Joe Tibbets playing R/W Boros:
Game 1:
Joe is one of my poker buddies who I've only played against a few times in tournaments. I had watched the end of one of his earlier games and saw he was playing Boros. I just happen to be either blessed or cursed when it comes to watching players play. I usually end up playing against the players whose games I watch. In this game he gets me down to 2 life before I am able to stabilize with a Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
and Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker WitchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Sacrifice a creature: Look at the top two cards of target opponent’s library, then remove one of them from the game.
combo making sure he did not draw any useful cards. I won that game.

Game 2:
This game my frustration from game one comes back to haunt me. I make a simple play mistake that cost me the game. I have a Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
in play with 2 tokens and 2 Pegasus
Pegasus
PegasusSet: Anthologies
Color:
White
Type:
Token
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Mark Zug
tokens. I attack. I get him down to 4 life. He has in play 2 Knights of the Holy Nimbus. I cast Sacred Mesa
Sacred Mesa
Sacred MesaSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep, sacrifice a Pegasus or bury Sacred Mesa.1W: Put a Wild Pegasus token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 white creature with flying that counts as a Pegasus.
tapping a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
and 2 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
. My remaining lands are 2 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s and 2 Caves of Koilos
Caves of Koilos
Caves of KoilosSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add W or B to your mana pool. Caves of Koilos deals 1 damage to you.
. I should have tapped only one of the plains because I was at 2 life and could not have made 2 Sacred Mesa
Sacred Mesa
Sacred MesaSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Margaret Organ-Kean
Text:
During your upkeep, sacrifice a Pegasus or bury Sacred Mesa.1W: Put a Wild Pegasus token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 white creature with flying that counts as a Pegasus.
tokens to block the Knights. It was an unfortunate play mistake for me. I lost the game due to that when I would have won the game the following turn.

Game 3:
I sided in 4 Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.
s and 1 Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
. On turn 4 he over extends himself with a Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
, Magus of the Scroll
Magus of the Scroll
Magus of the ScrollSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3, T: Name a card. Reveal a card at random from your hand. If it's the named card, Magus of the Scroll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
, Knight of the Holy Nimbus
Knight of the Holy Nimbus
Knight of the Holy NimbusSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rebel Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flanking (Whenever a creature without flanking blocks this creature, the blocking creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.) If Knight of the Holy Nimbus would be destroyed, regenerate it. 2: Knight of the Holy Nimbus can't be regenerated this turn. Only any opponent may play this ability.
, Giant Solifuge
Giant Solifuge
Giant SolifugeSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
((R/G) can be paid with either R or G.) Trample, haste Giant Solifuge can’t be the target of spells or abilities.
in play. I cast Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
on my turn. He never recovers. I win with Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
and Teysa removing any threats.

Games: 8-2-0
Overall Record: 4-0-0

Overall this was a deck no one was expecting. Even after having to play with 27 lands in my deck, the deck outdid my own expectations. I was expecting to finish 2-2 after that mishap. In place of those 4 basic lands I will probably add in another Grim Harvest
Grim Harvest
Grim HarvestSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Recover 2B (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay 2B. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)
and 2 Spirit Loop
Spirit Loop
Spirit LoopSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Enchant creature you control Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life. When Spirit Loop is put into a graveyard from play, return Spirit Loop to its owner's hand.
(I love life gain cards) and leave the last land in. I will probably replace the Helldozer
Helldozer
HelldozerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
BBB, T: Destroy target land. If that land is nonbasic, untap Helldozer.
with another Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
. Playing this deck was just the start of an interesting weekend. Sunday I played in my first ever Type 2 Peasant Magic tournament. Here is the deck I decided on playing:

Fungus Attack

Creatures (26):
4 Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker WitchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Sacrifice a creature: Look at the top two cards of target opponent’s library, then remove one of them from the game.

4 Deathspore Thallid
Deathspore Thallid
Deathspore ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Deathspore Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Deathspore Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

4 Thallid
Thallid
ThallidSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid.0: Remove three spore counters from Thallid to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
Shell-Dweller
4 Thallid Germinator
Thallid Germinator
Thallid GerminatorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
225
Artist:
Tom WSnerstrand
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid Germinator. Remove three spore counters from Thallid Germinator: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

4 Penumbra Spider
Penumbra Spider
Penumbra SpiderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Penumbra Spider can block as though it had flying. When Penumbra Spider is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/4 black Spider creature token into play that can block as though it had flying.

4 Sporesower Thallid
Sporesower Thallid
Sporesower ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
220
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on each Fungus you control. Remove three spore counters from Sporesower Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
(U)
2 Savage Thallid
Savage Thallid
Savage ThallidSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
213
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
5
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Savage Thallid. Remove three spore counters from Savage Thallid: Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play. Sacrifice a Saproling: Regenerate target Fungus.


Spells (7):
3 Grim Harvest
Grim Harvest
Grim HarvestSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Recover 2B (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay 2B. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)

4 Strength in Numbers
Strength in Numbers
Strength in NumbersSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
224
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Until end of turn, target creature gains trample and gets +X/+X, where X is the number of attacking creatures.


Artifact (4):
4 Golgari Signet
Golgari Signet
Golgari SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
262
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add BG to your mana pool.


Land (23):
4 Golgari Rot Farm
Golgari Rot Farm
Golgari Rot FarmSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
278
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Golgari Rot Farm comes into play tapped. When Golgari Rot Farm comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add BG to your mana pool.

10 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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


Sideboard (15):
4 Aether Web
Aether Web
Aether WebSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1, can block as though it had flying, and can block creatures with shadow as though they didn't have shadow.

4 Molder
Molder
MolderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment with converted mana cost X. It can't be regenerated. You gain X life.

2 Assassinate
Assassinate
AssassinateSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target tapped creature.

2 Trophy Hunter
Trophy Hunter
Trophy HunterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Archer
Rarity:
U
Number:
187
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
1G: Trophy Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature with flying. Whenever a creature with flying dealt damage by Trophy Hunter this turn is put into a graveyard, put a +1/+1 counter on Trophy Hunter.
(U)
1 Elves of Deep Shadow
Elves of Deep Shadow
Elves of Deep ShadowSet: The Dark
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool, and Elves of Deep Shadow do 1 damage to you. This ability is played as an interrupt.

1 Mortipede
Mortipede
MortipedeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
2G: All creatures able to block Mortipede this turn do so.

1 Wildsize
Wildsize
WildsizeSet: Guildpact
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Text:
Target creature gets +2/+2 and gains trample until end of turn. Draw a card.


I spent the morning of the tournament trying to figure out what to play and finally decided on the Thallid
Thallid
ThallidSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
During your upkeep, put a spore counter on Thallid.0: Remove three spore counters from Thallid to put a Saproling token into play. Treat this token as a 1/1 green creature.
Deck. It seemed like it would be solid. I'm not going to go into full detail of the tournament but I will discuss some key points.

I arrived at Flight
Flight
FlightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature is now a flying creature.
of Fantasy at noon with the tournament scheduled to start at 1pm. We had 13 players and 4 rounds. It gave me a chance to playtest. Playtesting showed that I had a problem with fliers without the Penumbra Spider
Penumbra Spider
Penumbra SpiderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Penumbra Spider can block as though it had flying. When Penumbra Spider is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/4 black Spider creature token into play that can block as though it had flying.
s in the maindeck. I also found out I had 2 too many uncommons in my deck. Because of that I had to scrounge the commons box and that's why I have the last three sideboard cards. Aether Web
Aether Web
Aether WebSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1, can block as though it had flying, and can block creatures with shadow as though they didn't have shadow.
was an amazing sideboard card. Almost everyone else that was playing Green played Silhana Ledgewalker
Silhana Ledgewalker
Silhana LedgewalkerSet: Guildpact
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
94
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Silhana Ledgewalker can’t be blocked except by creatures with flying. Silhana Ledgewalker can’t be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.
and Moldervine Cloak
Moldervine Cloak
Moldervine CloakSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
173
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +3/+3. Dredge 2 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly two cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
. I wasn't. The Aether Web
Aether Web
Aether WebSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
189
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +1/+1, can block as though it had flying, and can block creatures with shadow as though they didn't have shadow.
allowed me to surprise my opponent by playing it on my biggest creature to block the Ledgewalkers. I also had to sideboard in the Molder
Molder
MolderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment with converted mana cost X. It can't be regenerated. You gain X life.
s almost every game and the life gain did come in handy.

Round 1 I played against a R/G deck with Ledgewalkers and lots of burn. I won in 3 games.

Round 2 I played against another R/G deck that my opponent built from the commons box right before the tournament. I won in 2 games.

Round 3 I played against another R/G deck but this time it was a snow deck with Boreal Shaman and Keldon Halberdier
Keldon Halberdier
Keldon HalberdierSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
167
Artist:
Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike Suspend 4-R (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay R and remove it from the game with four time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost. It has haste.)
. I had a big problem with the Halberdier
Halberdier
HalberdierSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
C
Number:
196
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike
's first strike. I still was able to win in 3 games.

Round 4 This was the championship game between myself and Fred Cole. He was playing a mono red deck with small fast goblins and lots of burn. I won in 3 games only because of Grim Harvest
Grim Harvest
Grim HarvestSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Recover 2B (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay 2B. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)
.

Grim Harvest
Grim Harvest
Grim HarvestSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Recover 2B (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay 2B. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)
was the MVP of the tournament. Every game I drew it I won because no one was able to keep up with removing my creatures. I should have had more in. The second MVP is the combo that involves Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker Witch
Thoughtpicker WitchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Sacrifice a creature: Look at the top two cards of target opponent’s library, then remove one of them from the game.
, Penumbra Spider
Penumbra Spider
Penumbra SpiderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Penumbra Spider can block as though it had flying. When Penumbra Spider is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/4 black Spider creature token into play that can block as though it had flying.
and Grim Harvest
Grim Harvest
Grim HarvestSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Recover 2B (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay 2B. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)
. That combo allowed me to use 10 mana to sacrifice the Penumbra Spider
Penumbra Spider
Penumbra SpiderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Penumbra Spider can block as though it had flying. When Penumbra Spider is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/4 black Spider creature token into play that can block as though it had flying.
, get a token Spider, remove one of the top two cards from my opponent’s deck, and return the Spider to my hand while recasting it and having the mana open to recover the Grim Harvest
Grim Harvest
Grim HarvestSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Recover 2B (When a creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay 2B. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, remove this card from the game.)
.

For the next Peasant tournament I plan on adding in Fallen Ideal
Fallen Ideal
Fallen IdealSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
109
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature has flying and "Sacrifice a creature: This creature gets +2/+1 until end of turn." When Fallen Ideal is put into a graveyard from play, return Fallen Ideal to its owner's hand.
to my deck to help with flyers and give some evasion to my creatures. I will remove the Trophy Hunter
Trophy Hunter
Trophy HunterSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Archer
Rarity:
U
Number:
187
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
1G: Trophy Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature with flying. Whenever a creature with flying dealt damage by Trophy Hunter this turn is put into a graveyard, put a +1/+1 counter on Trophy Hunter.
s and three random cards from my sideboard. I do not have a clue yet as to what the last card I will add in will be.

I hope you all enjoyed my wonderful weekend I had in the world of Magic and look forward to next week’s article which you have voted on.


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