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Playing Through the Fog - Billy Moreau (3/22/2012)

As we grow older it becomes harder and harder to continue playing games as often as we would like. Since I started playing Magic in 1996 I've switched between formats like I was changing my underwear (which is often, I swear!). A few weeks ago I decided to play in a Standard tournament. Having gone through life constantly switching formats, I've also sold my collection numerous times. That meant I didn't want to spend a lot of money building a deck but I did want to have fun.

I'm not completely sure where I came up with wanting to play this deck but I knew it would aggravate people while I had fun.

Here is the deck I built using cards I had and only spending $8.50 on the remaining cards:


Spells
1 Blue Sun's Zenith
Blue Sun's Zenith
Blue Sun's ZenithSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
Target player draws X cards. Shuffle Blue Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.

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.

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.

4 Clinging Mists
Clinging Mists
Clinging MistsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Anthony Francisco
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Fateful hour — If you have 5 or less life, tap all attacking creatures. Those creatures don't untap during their controller's next untap step.

4 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.

4 Ponder
Ponder
PonderSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order. You may shuffle your library. Draw a card.

3 R2l0YXhpYW4gProbe
Probe
ProbeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
66
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Kicker 1B (You may pay an additional 1B as you play this spell.)Draw three cards, then discard two cards from your hand.If you paid the kicker cost, target player discards two cards from his or her hand.

4 Divination
Divination
DivinationSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
49
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Draw two cards.

4 Make a Wish
Make a Wish
Make a WishSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
192
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Return two cards at random from your graveyard to your hand.

1 Batterskull
Batterskull
BatterskullSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
M
Number:
130
Artist:
Mark Zug
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 +4/+4 and has vigilance and lifelink. {3}: Return Batterskull to its owner's hand. Equip {5}

4 Think Twice
Think Twice
Think TwiceSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Draw a card. Flashback 2U (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)


Creatures
4 Viridian Emissary
Viridian Emissary
Viridian EmissarySet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Scout
Rarity:
C
Number:
95
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Viridian Emissary is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.

2 Snapcaster Mage
Snapcaster Mage
Snapcaster MageSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. (You may cast that card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)


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

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


Sideboard
4 Bramblecrush
Bramblecrush
BramblecrushSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
172
Artist:
Drew Baker
Text:
Destroy target noncreature permanent.

4 Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.

1 Phyrexian Metamorph
Phyrexian Metamorph
Phyrexian MetamorphSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
8
Color:
Blue
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
({(u/p)} can be paid with either {U} or 2 life.) You may have Phyrexian Metamorph enter the battlefield as a copy of any artifact or creature on the battlefield, except it's an artifact in addition to its other types.

1 Phantasmal Image
Phantasmal Image
Phantasmal ImageSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
You may have Phantasmal Image enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except it's an Illusion in addition to its other types and it gains "When this creature becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it."

1 Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur
Jin-Gitaxias, Core AugurSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Praetor
Rarity:
M
Number:
37
Artist:
Eric Deschamps
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash At the beginning of your end step, draw seven cards. Each opponent's maximum hand size is reduced by seven.

1 Consecrated Sphinx
Consecrated Sphinx
Consecrated SphinxSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
M
Number:
21
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
4
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying Whenever an opponent draws a card, you may draw two cards.

3 Negate
Negate
NegateSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell.



The idea of the deck is to draw cards until you draw into 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.
/Clinging Mists
Clinging Mists
Clinging MistsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Anthony Francisco
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Fateful hour — If you have 5 or less life, tap all attacking creatures. Those creatures don't untap during their controller's next untap step.
and can start to prevent all combat damage. Ideally you want to take early damage until you are under 5 life to use the special ability of Clinging Mists
Clinging Mists
Clinging MistsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Anthony Francisco
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Fateful hour — If you have 5 or less life, tap all attacking creatures. Those creatures don't untap during their controller's next untap step.
.

Use card draw early, which should draw you into your combo of 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.
/Clinging Mists
Clinging Mists
Clinging MistsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Anthony Francisco
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Fateful hour — If you have 5 or less life, tap all attacking creatures. Those creatures don't untap during their controller's next untap step.
and 2 Make a Wish
Make a Wish
Make a WishSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
192
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Return two cards at random from your graveyard to your hand.
. By that time you want to be able to shuffle your graveyard back in to maximize the efficiency of Make a Wish
Make a Wish
Make a WishSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
192
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Return two cards at random from your graveyard to your hand.
. Cast 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.
/Clinging Mists
Clinging Mists
Clinging MistsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Anthony Francisco
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Fateful hour — If you have 5 or less life, tap all attacking creatures. Those creatures don't untap during their controller's next untap step.
then use Make a Wish
Make a Wish
Make a WishSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
192
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Return two cards at random from your graveyard to your hand.
to get it back. Cast 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.
/Clinging Mists
Clinging Mists
Clinging MistsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Anthony Francisco
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Fateful hour — If you have 5 or less life, tap all attacking creatures. Those creatures don't untap during their controller's next untap step.
again then you permanently have the 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.
lockdown.

This deck is a very slow deck and sometime game 1 will take most of the allotted round time. Your win conditions are the 6 creatures, Karn
Karn
KarnSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+6
Text:
Each of your noncreature artifacts is also an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its total casting cost.
, and Batterskull
Batterskull
BatterskullSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
M
Number:
130
Artist:
Mark Zug
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 +4/+4 and has vigilance and lifelink. {3}: Return Batterskull to its owner's hand. Equip {5}
ideally. If you are playing against a deck that is heavy creatures then Blue Sun's Zenith
Blue Sun's Zenith
Blue Sun's ZenithSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
Target player draws X cards. Shuffle Blue Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.
can win you the game late by decking your opponent. Game 1 most of the time you can win based on sheer surprise. No one will expect to see a 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.
deck. Most of the decks I've seen played in the two tournaments I played this in were creature heavy.

The only real problems this deck should have is against burn or control. Burn decks will be tough to beat due to the lack of main deck counterspells. Even after siding in 8 counterspells it may not be enough. I lost a round in both tournaments to Mono Red. Against control I was able to win a round in both tournaments due to my opponent focusing too much on countering my 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.
/Clinging Mists
Clinging Mists
Clinging MistsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
109
Artist:
Anthony Francisco
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Fateful hour — If you have 5 or less life, tap all attacking creatures. Those creatures don't untap during their controller's next untap step.
rather than my Blue Sun's Zenith
Blue Sun's Zenith
Blue Sun's ZenithSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
Target player draws X cards. Shuffle Blue Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.
, Batterskull
Batterskull
BatterskullSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
M
Number:
130
Artist:
Mark Zug
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 +4/+4 and has vigilance and lifelink. {3}: Return Batterskull to its owner's hand. Equip {5}
, and Karn
Karn
KarnSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+6
Text:
Each of your noncreature artifacts is also an artifact creature with power and toughness each equal to its total casting cost.
.

Overall I piloted this deck to a horrendous 1-2 and 2-2-1. My opponents were shocked to see the deck but it was very fun to play.

If I was to upgrade this deck the following are options:
1- add the Blue Green dual land (I never had a problem getting color screwed as main deck only has 1 card with more than a single colored mana in its cost- Blue Sun's Zenith
Blue Sun's Zenith
Blue Sun's ZenithSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
20
Artist:
Izzy
Text:
Target player draws X cards. Shuffle Blue Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.
)
2- add more Snapcaster Mage
Snapcaster Mage
Snapcaster MageSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash When Snapcaster Mage enters the battlefield, target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The flashback cost is equal to its mana cost. (You may cast that card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
s- this card allows you to remove cards from your graveyard to improve the power of Make a Wish
Make a Wish
Make a WishSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
192
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Return two cards at random from your graveyard to your hand.
. And it allows you to have more flexibility with your cards.
3- add more finishing cards- the only problem with this is that you would have to take out some of your combo pieces.

I hope you enjoy 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.
! Until next time!


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