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Bringing the Locket to Cyberspace - Billy Moreau (10/6/2007)

Welcome to yet another article from the demented mind known as crypticfreak1978. In this article I will stray from my normal style by focusing on the newest craze sensation, Magic the Gathering Online, also known as Digital Cardboard Crack. At the moment I can only write a few short sentences before I need to get my next fix.

OK, I'm back now. What a wonderful world we live in, when we can not only play Magic with physical objects, but also with nonexistent pixilated images that we mortgage our souls for. I play, or should I say, am addicted to both forms of Magic. At one time I was against the idea of paying for something that would eventually be worth nothing. How wrong was I? I sold my first collection for pennies on the dollar only to see that same collection now would be worth thousands.

What is one to do about losing out on such a seemingly losing investment? Get back on the saddle and pony up again. Doing this costs money I don't have and would not be willing to spend if I did. So I sold my soul to the digital gaming gods and purchased some tickets to the great ball. Using those tickets I was able to connive my way to a few wins in drafts. The wonderful thing about drafting is that most people actually try to win. This leaves the good, but not really playable in draft, rares that can fetch you a few pretty pennies each. Some only fetch an ugly copper. Through this manner I have been able to acquire a decent collection of miscreants I hope can one day help me attain the lofty rank I was once at in the real world.

Throughout my short tenure as a writer here I have written about the power of this one card I believe to be unbelievably powerful. That card happens to be the one and only: 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.
. I do not believe that I am beating a dead horse on this topic, but rather giving some life to an old friend. My collection of misguided miscreants have helped me come up with what I believe to be an even more powerful version of my Locket deck.

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.
version 3.0

Creatures (2):
2 Wall of Roots
Wall of Roots
Wall of RootsSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source. Use this ability only once each turn.


Instants (20):
4 Mystical Teachings
Mystical Teachings
Mystical TeachingsSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Search your library for an instant card or a card with flash, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Flashback 5B (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

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 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 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 Repeal
Repeal
RepealSet: Guildpact
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Text:
Return target nonland permanent with converted mana cost X to its owner’s hand. Draw a card.


Sorceries (4):
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.


Artifact (12):
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 Cloud Key
Cloud Key
Cloud KeySet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
160
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Text:
As Cloud Key comes into play, choose artifact, creature, enchantment, instant, or sorcery.
Spells you play of the chosen type cost 1 less to play.

4 Dimir Signet
Dimir Signet
Dimir SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
260
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add UB to your mana pool.


Land (22):
2 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

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

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


Sideboard can be created based on whatever manipulations you fear facing. I feared few but learned a valuable lesson in the end. Entering the Online Arena
Arena
ArenaSet: Timeshifted
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
3, T: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Each of those creatures deals damage equal to its power to the other.
I focused my mana on defeating my opponents the way I dreamed of, Total Annihilation!!! Here is the way my dream plays out:

Turn one: Play 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.
(5 cards in hand)

Turn two: Play Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
, Wall of Roots
Wall of Roots
Wall of RootsSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source. Use this ability only once each turn.
(4 cards in hand)

Turn three: Play 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 two 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.
, Play 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.
(2 cards in hand)

Turn four: Play Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, End of Opponent’s turn play 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.
, go infinite with 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.
.

Your Arsenal includes many spells you may cast on your opponent’s turn, allowing you to surprise them with this deck. Cloud Key
Cloud Key
Cloud KeySet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
160
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Text:
As Cloud Key comes into play, choose artifact, creature, enchantment, instant, or sorcery.
Spells you play of the chosen type cost 1 less to play.
allows you to still combo out if your opponent removes your graveyard with some 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 it.

For those of ye who don't know how to blow ye defending magi away, follow these steps:

1- Get a 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.
or 2 into play
2- Get 2 or 3 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 the graveyard
3- Make infinite tokens

Now that you have shared in the suffering of my addiction I ask for your help. My powers are weak against what is known as Angel Fire. My dream does not come true when facing this nightmarish deck. I have suffered many defeats to the hands of the Angel Fire Magi. How can I slow this mighty flying force? Leave your mark for me to examine and all praise will be granted to the savior of my dilemma.


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