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Breaking the Locket Revisited with Sprout Swarm - Billy Moreau (5/21/2007)

A few months ago I wrote an article that was about breaking Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of YesterdaysSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Spells you play cost 1 less to play for each card with the same name as that spell in your graveyard.
. That deck revolved around decking your opponent with 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.
and Careful Consideration
Careful Consideration
Careful ConsiderationSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
52
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Target player draws four cards, then discards three cards. If you played this spell during your main phase, instead that player draws four cards, then discards two cards.
while taking extra turns with Walk the Aeons
Walk the Aeons
Walk the AeonsSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Buyback-Sacrifice three Islands. (You may sacrifice three Islands in addition to any other costs as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.) Target player takes an extra turn after this one.
. That deck can be found here: http://www.cardshark.com/content/view_article.asp?article_id=4026

With 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.
Block complete, I am revisiting this deck because I believe that now it can be more powerful.

Let's start with the core part of the set: Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of YesterdaysSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Spells you play cost 1 less to play for each card with the same name as that spell in your graveyard.
. We need to include 4 of these babies in our deck because without them we could not go anywhere. They are our ball and chain for this article.

The way I would like to abuse the Locket this go around is with a card that strikes me as insanely powerful in this deck: Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
. When you have 2 Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
s in your graveyard and 2 Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of YesterdaysSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Spells you play cost 1 less to play for each card with the same name as that spell in your graveyard.
in play you can make infinite numbers of saprolings because the cost of Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
is reduced to G and with the convoke ability you can tap the token you make to make another token.

Here are our problems so far:
1- We need to get 2 Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
into our graveyard and a third one into our hand.
2- We need 2 Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of YesterdaysSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Spells you play cost 1 less to play for each card with the same name as that spell in your graveyard.
in play.

To solve these problems I believe we need to look at Blue as our second color. Blue is also a great color to have in a combo deck. Drawing a lot of cards is what needs to be done to get our puzzle pieces. 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.
, Careful Consideration
Careful Consideration
Careful ConsiderationSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
52
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Target player draws four cards, then discards three cards. If you played this spell during your main phase, instead that player draws four cards, then discards two cards.
, and Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the MuseSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Buyback 5 (You may pay an additional 5 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Draw a card.
will be the most effective in this deck, because after a few in the graveyard and a Locket or two in play, 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.
will cost U, Careful Consideration
Careful Consideration
Careful ConsiderationSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
52
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Target player draws four cards, then discards three cards. If you played this spell during your main phase, instead that player draws four cards, then discards two cards.
UU, and Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the MuseSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Buyback 5 (You may pay an additional 5 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Draw a card.
with Buyback U. This brings our deck to the following so far:

4 Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of YesterdaysSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Spells you play cost 1 less to play for each card with the same name as that spell in your graveyard.

4 Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.

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 Careful Consideration
Careful Consideration
Careful ConsiderationSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
52
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Target player draws four cards, then discards three cards. If you played this spell during your main phase, instead that player draws four cards, then discards two cards.

4 Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the MuseSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Buyback 5 (You may pay an additional 5 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Draw a card.


We have 16-18 slots left to work with.

The next card I would like to add to this deck is: Utopia Mycon
Utopia Mycon
Utopia MyconSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Utopia Mycon.
Remove three spore counters from Utopia Mycon. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
Sacrifice a Saproling. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
.

At this point either the wheels are turning in your head or you are sitting there asking yourself: ´´What is he thinking?´´ Either way I hope I've gotten you interested.

Utopia Mycon
Utopia Mycon
Utopia MyconSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Utopia Mycon.
Remove three spore counters from Utopia Mycon. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
Sacrifice a Saproling. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
allows you to sacrifice a Saproling
Saproling
SaprolingSet: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Saproling
Rarity:
C
Number:
3
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
to add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Why would you want to do this you may ask, since Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
is an instant and when you go infinite at the end of your opponent's turn you can just untap and attack. This is very true, but by adding in the Utopia Mycon
Utopia Mycon
Utopia MyconSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Utopia Mycon.
Remove three spore counters from Utopia Mycon. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
Sacrifice a Saproling. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
you have just given yourself more ways to win. Without additional win conditions, your opponent could play Teferi's Moat
Teferi's Moat
Teferi's MoatSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
rk post
Text:
As Teferi's Moat comes into play, choose a color.Creatures of the chosen color without flying can't attack you.
to stop you from attacking. Or they could just cast Sulfurous Blast
Sulfurous Blast
Sulfurous BlastSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
180
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Sulfurous Blast deals 2 damage to each creature and each player. If you played this spell during your main phase, Sulfurous Blast deals 3 damage to each creature and each player instead.
or some other instant speed mass removal spell.

What would you want to do with infinite mana? Here are some options:
1- Demonfire
Demonfire
DemonfireSet: Dissension
Color:
Red
Rarity:
R
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Staples

2- Consume Spirit
Consume Spirit
Consume SpiritSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Text:
Spend only black mana on X. Consume Spirit deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.


Those options both force you to target your opponent and can be stopped with Circles of Protection, 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.
, 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.
and various other cards. Because of this I will not use either one of those options.

You could go the storm route and use 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.)
or Ignite Memories
Ignite Memories
Ignite MemoriesSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
164
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Target player reveals a card at random from his or her hand. Ignite Memories deals damage to that player equal to that card's converted mana cost. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
. I like both of these options but the card that caught my attention is Bitter Ordeal
Bitter Ordeal
Bitter OrdealSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Search target player's library for a card and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
Gravestorm (When you play this spell, copy it for each permanent put into a graveyard this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
.

Bitter Ordeal
Bitter Ordeal
Bitter OrdealSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Search target player's library for a card and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
Gravestorm (When you play this spell, copy it for each permanent put into a graveyard this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
allows you to remove cards from your opponent's deck at a rate of one card per permanent put into a graveyard. Every time you sacrifice a token to Utopia Mycon
Utopia Mycon
Utopia MyconSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Utopia Mycon.
Remove three spore counters from Utopia Mycon. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
Sacrifice a Saproling. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, the token goes to the graveyard before it's removed from the game, so it will trigger the Gravestorm
Gravestorm
GravestormSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Alex Horley
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, target opponent may remove a card in his or her graveyard from the game. If that player doesn't, you may draw a card.
ability of Bitter Ordeal
Bitter Ordeal
Bitter OrdealSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Search target player's library for a card and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
Gravestorm (When you play this spell, copy it for each permanent put into a graveyard this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
. Here is what we have for a decklist so far:

4 Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of YesterdaysSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Spells you play cost 1 less to play for each card with the same name as that spell in your graveyard.

4 Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.

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 Careful Consideration
Careful Consideration
Careful ConsiderationSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
52
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Target player draws four cards, then discards three cards. If you played this spell during your main phase, instead that player draws four cards, then discards two cards.

4 Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the MuseSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Buyback 5 (You may pay an additional 5 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Draw a card.

4 Bitter Ordeal
Bitter Ordeal
Bitter OrdealSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Search target player's library for a card and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
Gravestorm (When you play this spell, copy it for each permanent put into a graveyard this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

4 Utopia Mycon
Utopia Mycon
Utopia MyconSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Utopia Mycon.
Remove three spore counters from Utopia Mycon. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
Sacrifice a Saproling. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.


4 Bitter Ordeal
Bitter Ordeal
Bitter OrdealSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Search target player's library for a card and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
Gravestorm (When you play this spell, copy it for each permanent put into a graveyard this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
s may seem like an overkill but Hide/Seek is a little too popular right now so I feel it's safer adding in 4. We still have 8-10 slots left to complete our deck. Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
s will fill out the remaining slots to protect our combo. In this deck, Spellburst gets very powerful. Remand
Remand
RemandSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark A. Nelson
Text:
Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner’s hand instead of into that player's graveyard. Draw a card.
is also a nice early counterspell and lets you draw a card. For the last two slots you can go with almost any counterspell. I chose 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.
to add another cheap early counterspell. Here is the final decklist:

4 Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of YesterdaysSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Spells you play cost 1 less to play for each card with the same name as that spell in your graveyard.

4 Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.

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 Careful Consideration
Careful Consideration
Careful ConsiderationSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
52
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Target player draws four cards, then discards three cards. If you played this spell during your main phase, instead that player draws four cards, then discards two cards.

4 Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the MuseSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Buyback 5 (You may pay an additional 5 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Draw a card.

4 Bitter Ordeal
Bitter Ordeal
Bitter OrdealSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Search target player's library for a card and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
Gravestorm (When you play this spell, copy it for each permanent put into a graveyard this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

4 Utopia Mycon
Utopia Mycon
Utopia MyconSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Utopia Mycon.
Remove three spore counters from Utopia Mycon. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
Sacrifice a Saproling. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

4 Remand
Remand
RemandSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark A. Nelson
Text:
Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner’s hand instead of into that player's graveyard. Draw a card.

4 Spellburst
2 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 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s
18 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s

I only added 4 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s because when you start to combo out you only need one. Your creature tokens are green and can be tapped as part of the convoke cost for Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
. You will notice I did not add in any Black Mana sources. This is because when you have the combo and sacrifice a token to Utopia Mycon
Utopia Mycon
Utopia MyconSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Utopia Mycon.
Remove three spore counters from Utopia Mycon. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
Sacrifice a Saproling. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
you can get black mana. Here is a sample game:

Turn one: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
, Utopia Mycon
Utopia Mycon
Utopia MyconSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Utopia Mycon.
Remove three spore counters from Utopia Mycon. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
Sacrifice a Saproling. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Turn two: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of YesterdaysSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Spells you play cost 1 less to play for each card with the same name as that spell in your graveyard.
, Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
(Convoking Utopia Mycon
Utopia Mycon
Utopia MyconSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Utopia Mycon.
Remove three spore counters from Utopia Mycon. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
Sacrifice a Saproling. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
)
Turn three: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, 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.
(Discard Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
and Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
)
Turn four: Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, 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.
(Discard Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
), Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of YesterdaysSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Spells you play cost 1 less to play for each card with the same name as that spell in your graveyard.
, Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
(Going Infinite), Bitter Ordeal
Bitter Ordeal
Bitter OrdealSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
Search target player's library for a card and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
Gravestorm (When you play this spell, copy it for each permanent put into a graveyard this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)


While the above situation may be disrupted easily, it shows that the combo can go off as early as turn 4. And of course the combo would require a perfect draw to win that early. With the countermagic in the deck the deck should safely go off between turns 6-10 consistently.

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