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Playing Standard Against the Rules - Billy Moreau (4/8/2012)

Anyone will tell you there are rules to playing in a tournament. The rules may vary from person to person, but everyone will have the same three rules on their list. Those rules are:

1: Get rest before the tournament.
2: Eat during the tournament.
3: Practice.

I work overnights 11pm-9am. By violating rule #1 I decided to go to my local card shop's Sunday Standard tournament. Running on only two hours of sleep I decided to play yet another strange deck that I built a few weeks ago. Here is the deck list:


Land (24)
10 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.

11 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s
1 Drowned Catacomb
Drowned Catacomb
Drowned CatacombSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp. {T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool.

1 Glacial Fortress
Glacial Fortress
Glacial FortressSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
Glacial Fortress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or an Island.{T}: Add {W} or {U} to your mana pool.

1 Isolated Chapel
Isolated Chapel
Isolated ChapelSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
242
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
Isolated Chapel enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or a Swamp. {T}: Add {W} or {B} to your mana pool.


Creatures (1)
1 Grave Titan
Grave Titan
Grave TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
97
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Deathtouch Whenever Grave Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, put two 2/2 black Zombie creature tokens onto the battlefield.


Artifacts (7)
4 Contagion Clasp
Contagion Clasp
Contagion ClaspSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Anthony Palumbo
Text:
When Contagion Clasp enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. {4}, {T}: Proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)

1 Contagion Engine
Contagion Engine
Contagion EngineSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
145
Artist:
Daarken
Text:
When Contagion Engine enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on each creature target player controls. {4}, {T}: Proliferate, then proliferate again. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there. Then do it again.)

1 Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of Immortality
Elixir of ImmortalitySet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
206
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
{2}, {T}: You gain 5 life. Shuffle Elixir of Immortality and your graveyard into your library.

1 Lux Cannon
Lux Cannon
Lux CannonSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
M
Number:
173
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
{T}: Put a charge counter on Lux Cannon. {T}, Remove three charge counters from Lux Cannon: Destroy target permanent.


Enchantments (2)
2 Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's HoldSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura Curse
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Enchant player Creatures enchanted player controls get -1/-1.


Instants (6)
2 Tragic Slip
Tragic Slip
Tragic SlipSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. Morbid — That creature gets -13/-13 until end of turn instead if a creature died this turn.

4 Grim Affliction
Grim Affliction
Grim AfflictionSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Erica Yang
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature, then proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)


Sorcery (9)
4 Timely Reinforcements
Timely Reinforcements
Timely ReinforcementsSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, put three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.

4 Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment
Day of JudgmentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Destroy all creatures.

1 Black Sun's Zenith
Black Sun's Zenith
Black Sun's ZenithSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
39
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
Put X -1/-1 counters on each creature. Shuffle Black Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.


Planeswalkers (11)
1 Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad
Sorin, Lord of InnistradSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Sorin
Rarity:
M
Number:
142
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Text:
+1: Put a 1/1 black Vampire creature token with lifelink onto the battlefield. -2: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +1/+0." -6: Destroy up to three target creatures and/or other planeswalkers. Return each card put into a graveyard this way to the battlefield under your control.

2 Venser, the Sojourner
Venser, the Sojourner
Venser, the SojournerSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Venser
Rarity:
M
Number:
135
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Text:
+2: Exile target permanent you own. Return it to the battlefield under your control at the beginning of the next end step. -1: Creatures are unblockable this turn. -8: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a spell, exile target permanent."

3 Elspeth Tirel
Elspeth Tirel
Elspeth TirelSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Elspeth
Rarity:
M
Number:
6
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Text:
+2: You gain 1 life for each creature you control. -2: Put three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield. -5: Destroy all other permanents except for lands and tokens.

2 Gideon Jura
Gideon Jura
Gideon JuraSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Gideon
Rarity:
M
Number:
21
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
+2: During target opponent's next turn, creatures that player controls attack Gideon Jura if able. -2: Destroy target tapped creature. 0: Until end of turn, Gideon Jura becomes a 6/6 Human Soldier creature that's still a planeswalker. Prevent all damage that would be dealt to him this turn.

2 Liliana of the Veil
Liliana of the Veil
Liliana of the VeilSet: Innistrad
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Liliana
Rarity:
M
Number:
105
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
+1: Each player discards a card. -2: Target player sacrifices a creature. -6: Separate all permanents target player controls into two piles. That player sacrifices all permanents in the pile of his or her choice.

1 Karn Liberated
Karn Liberated
Karn LiberatedSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Karn
Rarity:
M
Number:
1
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
+4: Target player exiles a card from his or her hand. -3: Exile target permanent. -14: Restart the game, leaving in exile all non-Aura permanent cards exiled with Karn Liberated. Then put those cards onto the battlefield under your control.


Sideboard (15)
2 Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's HoldSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura Curse
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Enchant player Creatures enchanted player controls get -1/-1.

4 Victim of Night
Victim of Night
Victim of NightSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Winona Nelson
Text:
Destroy target non-Vampire, non-Werewolf, non-Zombie creature.

4 Celestial Purge
Celestial Purge
Celestial PurgeSet: Conflux
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Text:
Remove target black or red permanent from the game.

1 Revoke Existence
Revoke Existence
Revoke ExistenceSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Allen Williams
Text:
Exile target artifact or enchantment.

2 Praetor's Grasp
Praetor's Grasp
Praetor's GraspSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a card and exile it face down. Then that player shuffles his or her library. You may look at and play that card for as long as it remains exiled.

2 Nihil Spellbomb
Nihil Spellbomb
Nihil SpellbombSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
187
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Text:
{T}, Sacrifice Nihil Spellbomb: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard. When Nihil Spellbomb is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay {B}. If you do, draw a card.



The idea behind the deck is to get a few planeswalkers in play and proliferate the counters on them to use their ultimate abilities. The deck runs plenty of removal to deal with creatures, mass removal, targeted removal, sorcery, instant, planeswalker, and artifact removal so creatures should never be a problem. Getting Venser into play works great with Contagion Clasp
Contagion Clasp
Contagion ClaspSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Anthony Palumbo
Text:
When Contagion Clasp enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. {4}, {T}: Proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)
and Engine to allow for more proliferation and creature removal. I am only running one creature since I didn't have another Planeswalker to put in its place, Wurmcoil Engine
Wurmcoil Engine
Wurmcoil EngineSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
M
Number:
223
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Deathtouch, lifelink When Wurmcoil Engine is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Wurm artifact creature token with deathtouch and a 3/3 colorless Wurm artifact creature token with lifelink onto the battlefield.
would have been much better if I had one. Also more multicolored lands would have helped since I only had 2 sources of blue for Venser. Pretty much anything you play is either a card to get rid of your opponent's creature or a threat for them to deal with. You will have very few dead draws.

Sideboard is heavy towards Zombies and Mono Red. Victim of Night
Victim of Night
Victim of NightSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Winona Nelson
Text:
Destroy target non-Vampire, non-Werewolf, non-Zombie creature.
should have been replaced with Go For the Throat. More Revoke Existence
Revoke Existence
Revoke ExistenceSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Allen Williams
Text:
Exile target artifact or enchantment.
would have also helped. Praetor's Grasp
Praetor's Grasp
Praetor's GraspSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a card and exile it face down. Then that player shuffles his or her library. You may look at and play that card for as long as it remains exiled.
can help against any deck. Now, for the tournament itself.

Sunday morning I left work at 9am, exhausted after a physical night of lifting people at work (I work with the physically and mentally disabled). Upon arriving home I was able to take a short 2 hour nap before waking at 11:30am to get my 7 month old son ready to go with me to the tournament. He has now been to 6 tournaments with me. His name is Jace and people barely notice he is there since he is such a good baby.

I arrived at the Aquilonia a little before 12:30, starting time is 12:30 but we rarely start on time. Little did I know that the Koth vs. Venser decks had just come out. I have 2 Venser but no Koth so I had to buy 4, not to mention my goal of collecting 4 of each version and edition of each Planeswalker. $80 later I sit down with my son and get him situated and give him a bottle. I talk with a few of my friends while we wait for the tournament to start. They ask if I am playing Turbo Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.
(see my last article). I tell them no, I am playing a different deck.

The tournament pairings are announced and I find out that my extra space I made for my son would need to be used for another match so I rearrange and plan to play with him on my lap. I believe the attendance was around 34 people so we would be playing 6 rounds. I can remember not too long ago when there was a struggle to even get 8 for a Standard tournament.


Round 1 vs Jason with B/R Vampires
Game 1 I see him start to build his army with a turn 3 Stromkirk Captain
Stromkirk Captain
Stromkirk CaptainSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike Other Vampire creatures you control get +1/+1 and have first strike.
followed by another on turn 4. I follow with a Timely Reinforcements
Timely Reinforcements
Timely ReinforcementsSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, put three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.
to block the Vampires. He then plays a Bloodline Keeper
Bloodline Keeper
Bloodline KeeperSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying {T}: Put a 2/2 black Vampire creature token with flying onto the battlefield. {B}: Transform Bloodline Keeper. Activate this ability only if you control five or more Vampires.
. I play another Timely Reinforcements
Timely Reinforcements
Timely ReinforcementsSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, put three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.
. Turn 6 he plays Stromkirk Captain
Stromkirk Captain
Stromkirk CaptainSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike Other Vampire creatures you control get +1/+1 and have first strike.
#3 and makes a Vampire with the Keeper. At this point I have been holding a Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment
Day of JudgmentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Destroy all creatures.
since the opening draw and I was waiting for him to over exert. His next turn he swings with the Captains and Vampire token and Bloodline Keeper
Bloodline Keeper
Bloodline KeeperSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying {T}: Put a 2/2 black Vampire creature token with flying onto the battlefield. {B}: Transform Bloodline Keeper. Activate this ability only if you control five or more Vampires.
he had flipped. I go down to 10. My turn I wipe the board clean. He has no cards in hand and has to play top deck the rest of the match. Elspeth comes out on my side and tokens whittle away his life.

Building my sideboard, I knew I would face Zombies and red decks, so it was geared towards them. But Vampires are much like Zombies when it comes to sideboarding. I side in 4 Celestial Purge
Celestial Purge
Celestial PurgeSet: Conflux
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Text:
Remove target black or red permanent from the game.
and 2 Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's HoldSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura Curse
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Enchant player Creatures enchanted player controls get -1/-1.
. All tournament long I sided out strange combinations of cards that I didn't write down.

Game 2 he gets stuck on one land for a few turns which allows me to build up a small Planeswalker army consisting of Elspeth, Venser, Gideon, and Sorin. I manage to ultimate Sorin and made a big mistake that I didn't notice until a few rounds later. I used his ultimate ability to destroy 3 mountains when his ability is to kill creatures and planeswalkers. It wouldn't have mattered though because I had enough counters getting put on everything else to win with Gideon.

2-0 games (1-0 overall)


Round 2 vs Ben with Mono Red
Game one Timely Reinforcements
Timely Reinforcements
Timely ReinforcementsSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, put three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.
keeps me alive long enough to get 2 Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's HoldSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura Curse
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Enchant player Creatures enchanted player controls get -1/-1.
into play effectively eliminating most of his deck. Sorin starts making tokens and I win with plenty of breathing room. Game 2 brings in the Celestial Purge
Celestial Purge
Celestial PurgeSet: Conflux
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
5
Text:
Remove target black or red permanent from the game.
s and Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's HoldSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura Curse
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Enchant player Creatures enchanted player controls get -1/-1.
's. He gets stuck with one land and a Stromkirk Noble
Stromkirk Noble
Stromkirk NobleSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Stromkirk Noble can't be blocked by Humans. Whenever Stromkirk Noble deals combat damage to a player, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
with a handful of two casting cost spells. I get rid of the Noble and decide to have some fun. I use Elspeth's ability to give me 3 creatures. The following turn I make 3 more killing Elspeth. I play another Elspeth and make 3 more creatures. The following turn I make 3 more creatures killing Elspeth #2 and then play Elspeth # 3 making more tokens. Needless to say the 2 Lilianas in my hand weren't needed.

4-0 games (2-0 overall)


At this point I'm feeling good about my chances to win something. My son was playing on the floor being entertained by his stuffed animals. Also at this point people are starting to talk a little about my deck. I am the type of player that will always play my own deck. The Magic community I play in respects that, which gives me a little bit of an intimidation factor as you can't prepare for the decks I play. I like to use unconventional or little used cards and manage to do decent with them, as you can tell from my previous articles.


Round 3 vs Joseph playing G/W undying
From the start I knew I was in trouble since the undying creatures would have to be killed twice. I manage to keep alive by playing Timely Reinforcements
Timely Reinforcements
Timely ReinforcementsSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, put three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.
, blocking with enough tokens to force his creatures to die once, then use Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment
Day of JudgmentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Destroy all creatures.
to wipe the board clean. As I am gaining control of the game with Sorin tokens and a full hand to his empty hand he concedes and we go on to game 2. This was a deck I was unprepared to play against so I wasn't completely sure what to side in so I went with the 2 Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's HoldSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura Curse
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Enchant player Creatures enchanted player controls get -1/-1.
and Praetor's Grasp
Praetor's Grasp
Praetor's GraspSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a card and exile it face down. Then that player shuffles his or her library. You may look at and play that card for as long as it remains exiled.
. I manage to take a Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn SimulacrumSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
245
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
When Solemn Simulacrum comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. If you do, shuffle your library. When Solemn Simulacrum is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.
with a Praetor's Grasp
Praetor's Grasp
Praetor's GraspSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
Search target opponent's library for a card and exile it face down. Then that player shuffles his or her library. You may look at and play that card for as long as it remains exiled.
only to find out later he had in hand both his Gideons. At one point I play Elspeth. He Oblivion Ring
Oblivion Ring
Oblivion RingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
When Oblivion Ring comes into play, remove another target nonland permanent from the game. When Oblivion Ring leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.
s it. I play another Elspeth. He then Ray of Revalations his Oblivion Ring
Oblivion Ring
Oblivion RingSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
34
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
When Oblivion Ring comes into play, remove another target nonland permanent from the game. When Oblivion Ring leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.
, killing both of my Elspeths. I die horribly to a Predator Ooze
Predator Ooze
Predator OozeSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Ryan Yee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Predator Ooze is indestructible. Whenever Predator Ooze attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on it. Whenever a creature dealt damage by Predator Ooze this turn dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Predator Ooze.
with a Sword of Feast and Famine
Sword of Feast and Famine
Sword of Feast and FamineSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
M
Number:
138
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from black and from green. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card and you untap all lands you control. Equip {2}
and a Sword of War and Peace
Sword of War and Peace
Sword of War and PeaceSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
M
Number:
161
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from white. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, Sword of War and Peace deals damage to that player equal to the number of cards in his or her hand and you gain 1 life for each card in your hand. Equip {2}
. Game three again I lose to the same Predator Ooze
Predator Ooze
Predator OozeSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Ryan Yee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Predator Ooze is indestructible. Whenever Predator Ooze attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on it. Whenever a creature dealt damage by Predator Ooze this turn dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Predator Ooze.
and Swords.

5-2 games (2-1 overall)


Round 4 vs Erik playing W/u Tokens
Game one Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment
Day of JudgmentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Destroy all creatures.
clears the early horde from his side and allows me to win with Gideon. Game two I can't handle his Mirran Crusader
Mirran Crusader
Mirran CrusaderSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
R
Number:
14
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike, protection from black and from green
. Game three I manage to get 3 Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's HoldSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura Curse
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Enchant player Creatures enchanted player controls get -1/-1.
into play, effectively preventing him from doing much including activating his Moorland Haunt
Moorland Haunt
Moorland HauntSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
244
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {W}{U}, {T}, Exile a creature card from your graveyard: Put a 1/1 white Spirit creature token with flying onto the battlefield.
, that is until he plays 2 Honor of the Pure
Honor of the Pure
Honor of the PureSet: Magic 2010
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
16
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
White creatures you control get +1/+1.
. He then gets a Mirran Crusader
Mirran Crusader
Mirran CrusaderSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
R
Number:
14
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike, protection from black and from green
into play with a Sword of War and Peace
Sword of War and Peace
Sword of War and PeaceSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
M
Number:
161
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from white. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, Sword of War and Peace deals damage to that player equal to the number of cards in his or her hand and you gain 1 life for each card in your hand. Equip {2}
equipped to it.

At this point my son is sleeping and I realize in order for me to have a shot at a prize, top 6 payout, I have to win out.

6-4 games (2-2 overall)



Round 5 vs John playing B/U/R Zombies
I had heard him talk about his deck earlier in the day so I knew what he was playing and thought I would be prepared for it. Timely Reinforcements
Timely Reinforcements
Timely ReinforcementsSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Text:
If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, put three 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.
keeps me in the game much longer than it should have until he can get his Gravecrawler
Gravecrawler
GravecrawlerSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
R
Number:
64
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Gravecrawler can't block. You may cast Gravecrawler from your graveyard as long as you control a Zombie.
out with Mortarpod
Mortarpod
MortarpodSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
115
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Text:
Living weapon (When this Equipment enters the battlefield, put a 0/0 black Germ creature token onto the battlefield, then attach this to it.) Equipped creature gets +0/+1 and has "Sacrifice this creature: This creature deals 1 damage to target creature or player." Equip {2}
in play. I side in most of my sideboard at this point, except Victim of Night
Victim of Night
Victim of NightSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Winona Nelson
Text:
Destroy target non-Vampire, non-Werewolf, non-Zombie creature.
. Even with 2 Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's Hold
Curse of Death's HoldSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura Curse
Rarity:
R
Number:
94
Artist:
Clint Cearley
Text:
Enchant player Creatures enchanted player controls get -1/-1.
I lose to his Phyrexian Obliterator
Phyrexian Obliterator
Phyrexian ObliteratorSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
M
Number:
68
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Trample Whenever a source deals damage to Phyrexian Obliterator, that source's controller sacrifices that many permanents.
when I can't draw removal for it.

6-6 games (2-3 overall)


At this point my son is getting fussy and I have no shot at top 6 so I drop out to go home and get another 2 hours of much needed sleep before having to go to work for another overnight.

Evaluating this deck, I think it is a viable choice. The problem cards I encountered were Mirran Crusader
Mirran Crusader
Mirran CrusaderSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
R
Number:
14
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike, protection from black and from green
, Undying in general, Sword of War and Peace
Sword of War and Peace
Sword of War and PeaceSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
M
Number:
161
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from red and from white. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, Sword of War and Peace deals damage to that player equal to the number of cards in his or her hand and you gain 1 life for each card in your hand. Equip {2}
and Sword of Feast and Famine
Sword of Feast and Famine
Sword of Feast and FamineSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
M
Number:
138
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Text:
Equipped creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from black and from green. Whenever equipped creature deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card and you untap all lands you control. Equip {2}
. More artifact removal in place of the Victim of Night
Victim of Night
Victim of NightSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Winona Nelson
Text:
Destroy target non-Vampire, non-Werewolf, non-Zombie creature.
s in my sideboard would have helped. For the Mirran Crusader
Mirran Crusader
Mirran CrusaderSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
R
Number:
14
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Double strike, protection from black and from green
it was just lucky enough to not be hit by one of my 4 Day of Judgment
Day of Judgment
Day of JudgmentSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Text:
Destroy all creatures.
or 1 Black Sun's Zenith
Black Sun's Zenith
Black Sun's ZenithSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
39
Artist:
Daniel Ljunggren
Text:
Put X -1/-1 counters on each creature. Shuffle Black Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.
. Cheap artifact creatures to block with may have helped, but I think it would have hindered the deck more, so losing to the Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
r was just unlucky. Undying...I have no clue how to beat it effectively. If I figure that out then this deck may be one talked about at your local card shop.

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