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Putting the Fun Back into Magic - Billy Moreau (10/9/2006)

I know most Magic players enjoy playing against rogue fun decks, especially in tournaments. I am one of those players on both sides. I enjoy playing the fun deck and beating the fun deck. When I saw the spoiler for 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.
my heart started beating a thousand times a minute. Not only would I have a chance to play with cards that have not been in Type 2 for years, but I would get a chance to play with the new Power reprints. I started playing during Ice Age but never had a chance to play with the big cards. I decided I wanted to build some fun decks 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.
. Whether or not they will work I won't know until I can get the cards. Onto the decks:

Deck 1: Suspended Animation
Spells (20):
4 Ancestral Vision
Ancestral Vision
Ancestral VisionSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Ancestral Vision is blue. Suspend 4-U (Rather than play this card from your hand, pay U 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.) Target player draws three cards.
- Draw those extra cards.
4 Clockspinning
Clockspinning
ClockspinningSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
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.) Choose a counter on target permanent or suspended card. Remove that counter from that permanent or card or put another of those counters on it.
– Take counters off your suspended cards, put counters on your opponent’s suspended cards, or remove counters from their creatures.
4 Curse of the Cabal
Curse of the Cabal
Curse of the CabalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
10
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
99
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Target player sacrifices half the permanents he or she controls, rounded down. Suspend 2-2BB At the beginning of each player's upkeep, if Curse of the Cabal is suspended, that player may sacrifice a permanent. If he or she does, put two time counters on Curse of the Cabal.
– Helps slow down your opponents
4 Living End
Living End
Living EndSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Living End is black. Suspend 3-2BB Each player removes all creature cards in his or her graveyard from the game, then sacrifices all creatures he or she controls, then puts into play all cards he or she removed this way.
– hopefully will help you more than your opponent
4 Phthisis
Phthisis
PhthisisSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature. Its controller loses life equal to its power plus its toughness. Suspend 5-1B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 1B and remove it from the game with five 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.)
– destroy creatures

Creatures (16):
4 Corpulent Corpse
Corpulent Corpse
Corpulent CorpseSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Doug Chaffee
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear Suspend 5-B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay B and remove it from the game with five 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.)
– should be unblockable most of the time
4 Deep-Sea Kraken – another unblockable creature
4 Errant Ephemeron
Errant Ephemeron
Errant EphemeronSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Suspend 4-1U (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 1U 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.)
– an evasive creature
4 Jhoira's Timebug
Jhoira's Timebug
Jhoira's TimebugSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
257
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Choose target permanent you control or suspended card you own. If that permanent or card has a time counter on it, you may remove a time counter from it or put another time counter on it.
– more ways to remove counters fast and an early blocker

Artifacts (4):
4 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.
– speed up the deck

Land (20):
4 Frost Marsh
Frost Marsh
Frost MarshSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
146
Artist:
Jim Pavelec
Text:
Frost Marsh comes into play tapped. T Add U or B to your mana pool.

4 Underground River
Underground River
Underground RiverSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.

4 Watery Grave
Watery Grave
Watery GraveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Island Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add U or B to your mana pool.) As Watery Grave comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Watery Grave comes into play tapped instead.

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

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


As you can see this deck may need some reconfiguration. Here's the idea of how the deck should work: Early turns should be spent casting suspend creatures until you can suspend a Curse of the Cabal
Curse of the Cabal
Curse of the CabalSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
10
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
99
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Target player sacrifices half the permanents he or she controls, rounded down. Suspend 2-2BB At the beginning of each player's upkeep, if Curse of the Cabal is suspended, that player may sacrifice a permanent. If he or she does, put two time counters on Curse of the Cabal.
. Then just try to beat down. Even if you lose it still seems like it should be a fun deck to play or play against.

Deck 2: Burn 'em and Bag 'em
Spells (32):
4 Rift Bolt
Rift Bolt
Rift BoltSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
176
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Suspend 1-R (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay R and remove it from the game with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.)

4 Wheel of Fate
Wheel of Fate
Wheel of FateSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
187
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Wheel of Fate is red. Suspend 4-1R (Rather than play this card from your hand, pay 1R 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.) Each player discards his or her hand, then draws seven cards.

4 Restore Balance
Restore Balance
Restore BalanceSet: Time Spiral
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Restore Balance is white. Suspend 6-W Each player chooses a number of lands he or she controls equal to the number of lands controlled by the player who controls the fewest, then sacrifices the rest. Players sacrifice creatures and discard cards the same way.

4 Lightning Helix
Lightning Helix
Lightning HelixSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Lightning Helix deals 3 damage to target creature or player and you gain 3 life.

4 Seal of Fire
Seal of Fire
Seal of FireSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Fire: Seal of Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4 Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

4 Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.

4 Sudden Shock
Sudden Shock
Sudden ShockSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
179
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
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.) Sudden Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


Creatures (4):
4 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.


Artifact (4):
4 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.


Land (20):
4 Battlefield Forge
Battlefield Forge
Battlefield ForgeSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add R or W to your mana pool. Battlefield Forge deals 1 damage to you.

4 Sacred Foundry
Sacred Foundry
Sacred FoundrySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Mountain Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add R or W to your mana pool.) As Sacred Foundry comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Sacred Foundry comes into play tapped instead.

12 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


The idea behind this deck is to burn your opponents as fast as possible or use your burn to clear the way for the 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.
s then get a Wheel of Fate
Wheel of Fate
Wheel of FateSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
187
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Wheel of Fate is red. Suspend 4-1R (Rather than play this card from your hand, pay 1R 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.) Each player discards his or her hand, then draws seven cards.
Suspended to refill hands.

I hope you enjoy these fun decks and feel free to email me to comment on these decks.


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