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Three Constructed Decks with Avacyn Restored - Billy Moreau (6/6/2012)

This week I will be discussing 3 different decks that incorporate Avacyn Restored cards. One is a deck built by a friend, one is a deck I saw online, and the third is my own deck.

The first deck I would like to discuss is called "Naya
Naya
NayaSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
You may play any number of additional lands on each of your turns. Whenever you roll {C}, target red, green, or white creature you control gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each land you control.
Blink" and was shown to me by a friend Larry Jordan. Here is the original deck list:


Creatures: 28
3: Zealous Conscripts
Zealous Conscripts
Zealous ConscriptsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
166
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste When Zealous Conscripts enters the battlefield, gain control of target permanent until end of turn. Untap that permanent. It gains haste until end of turn.

4: Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the FellsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Werewolf
Rarity:
M
Number:
140
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever this creature enters the battlefield or transforms into Huntmaster of the Fells, put a 2/2 green Wolf creature token onto the battlefield and you gain 2 life. At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Huntmaster of the Fells.

4: Restoration Angel
Restoration Angel
Restoration AngelSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash Flying When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

2: Champion of Lambholt
Champion of Lambholt
Champion of LambholtSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Creatures with power less than Champion of Lambholt's power can't block creatures you control. Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Champion of Lambholt.

4: Blade Splicer
Blade Splicer
Blade SplicerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Artificer
Rarity:
R
Number:
4
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Blade Splicer enters the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token onto the battlefield. Golem creatures you control have first strike.

2: Lightning Mauler
Lightning Mauler
Lightning MaulerSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Berserker
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Lightning Mauler is paired with another creature, both creatures have haste.

2: Nearheath Pilgrim
Nearheath Pilgrim
Nearheath PilgrimSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
31
Artist:
Erica Yang
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Nearheath Pilgrim is paired with another creature, both creatures have lifelink.

3: Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4: Avacyn's Pilgrim
Avacyn's Pilgrim
Avacyn's PilgrimSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Monk
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Add {W} to your mana pool.


Spells: 7
3: Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.

4: Cloudshift
Cloudshift
CloudshiftSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Exile target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.


Lands: 26
4: Cavern of Souls
Cavern of Souls
Cavern of SoulsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.

1: Slay
Slay
SlaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Destroy target green creature. It can't be regenerated. Draw a card.
ers Stronghold
4: Sunpetal Grove
Sunpetal Grove
Sunpetal GroveSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
Sunpetal Grove enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or a Plains.{T}: Add {G} or {W} to your mana pool.

4: Rootbound Crag
Rootbound Crag
Rootbound CragSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
227
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Text:
Rootbound Crag enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Forest.{T}: Add {R} or {G} to your mana pool.

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

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

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



The primary goal of this deck is to all out Aggro blitz your opponent. You want every card you play to be a threat that they have to deal with. Use Cloudshift
Cloudshift
CloudshiftSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Exile target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.
and Restoration Angel
Restoration Angel
Restoration AngelSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash Flying When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.
to either save your creatures from targeted removal or to take advantage of enters-the-battlefield effects. An ideal game would have you playing 1 of your 7 one-drop mana creatures on turn 1. Turn two play a threat - Blade Splicer
Blade Splicer
Blade SplicerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Artificer
Rarity:
R
Number:
4
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Blade Splicer enters the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token onto the battlefield. Golem creatures you control have first strike.
or Champion of Lambholt
Champion of Lambholt
Champion of LambholtSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Creatures with power less than Champion of Lambholt's power can't block creatures you control. Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Champion of Lambholt.
. Turn three you are swinging for the fences with a usually unblockable Champion of Lambholt
Champion of Lambholt
Champion of LambholtSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Creatures with power less than Champion of Lambholt's power can't block creatures you control. Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Champion of Lambholt.
while having an Angel of Restoration or Cloudshift
Cloudshift
CloudshiftSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Exile target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.
in hand in case your opponent has removal.

I like this deck idea but think it needs some revising. I don't think the Champion of Lambholt
Champion of Lambholt
Champion of LambholtSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Creatures with power less than Champion of Lambholt's power can't block creatures you control. Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Champion of Lambholt.
should be in the deck.
-2 Champion of Lambholt
Champion of Lambholt
Champion of LambholtSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Creatures with power less than Champion of Lambholt's power can't block creatures you control. Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Champion of Lambholt.


Zealous Conscripts
Zealous Conscripts
Zealous ConscriptsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
166
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste When Zealous Conscripts enters the battlefield, gain control of target permanent until end of turn. Untap that permanent. It gains haste until end of turn.
is nice but is more of a control card in an Aggro deck.
-3 Zealous Conscripts
Zealous Conscripts
Zealous ConscriptsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
166
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Haste When Zealous Conscripts enters the battlefield, gain control of target permanent until end of turn. Untap that permanent. It gains haste until end of turn.


I like the Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the FellsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Werewolf
Rarity:
M
Number:
140
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever this creature enters the battlefield or transforms into Huntmaster of the Fells, put a 2/2 green Wolf creature token onto the battlefield and you gain 2 life. At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Huntmaster of the Fells.
and I'm sure to take some flack, but I will say it anyway. Take it out. You won't play it until turn three and will probably not attack with it that much since it will die to many creatures your opponent could have out by turn two.
-4 Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the Fells
Huntmaster of the FellsSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Werewolf
Rarity:
M
Number:
140
Artist:
Chris Rahn
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever this creature enters the battlefield or transforms into Huntmaster of the Fells, put a 2/2 green Wolf creature token onto the battlefield and you gain 2 life. At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Huntmaster of the Fells.


At this point we have removed almost all red from the deck. So why not remove all of it.
-3 Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.

-2 Lightning Mauler
Lightning Mauler
Lightning MaulerSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Berserker
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Lightning Mauler is paired with another creature, both creatures have haste.


For lands we will remove all red mana.
-4 Rootbound Crag
Rootbound Crag
Rootbound CragSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
227
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Text:
Rootbound Crag enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Forest.{T}: Add {R} or {G} to your mana pool.

-3 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

-1 Slay
Slay
SlaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Destroy target green creature. It can't be regenerated. Draw a card.
ers Stronghold

Now we have the following left with the deck:


Creatures: 17
4: Restoration Angel
Restoration Angel
Restoration AngelSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash Flying When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

4: Blade Splicer
Blade Splicer
Blade SplicerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Artificer
Rarity:
R
Number:
4
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Blade Splicer enters the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token onto the battlefield. Golem creatures you control have first strike.

2: Nearheath Pilgrim
Nearheath Pilgrim
Nearheath PilgrimSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
31
Artist:
Erica Yang
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Nearheath Pilgrim is paired with another creature, both creatures have lifelink.

3: Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4: Avacyn's Pilgrim
Avacyn's Pilgrim
Avacyn's PilgrimSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Monk
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Add {W} to your mana pool.


Spells: 4
4: Cloudshift
Cloudshift
CloudshiftSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Exile target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.


Lands: 18
4: Cavern of Souls
Cavern of Souls
Cavern of SoulsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.

4: Sunpetal Grove
Sunpetal Grove
Sunpetal GroveSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
Sunpetal Grove enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or a Plains.{T}: Add {G} or {W} to your mana pool.

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

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



Now we can add in 21 more cards. I want to keep this deck Green White.

+4 Razorverge Thicket
Razorverge Thicket
Razorverge ThicketSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Razorverge Thicket enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {G} or {W} to your mana pool.

+2 Gavony Township
Gavony Township
Gavony TownshipSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Peter Mohrbacher
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {2}{G}{W}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.


That brings us to 24 land. I don't feel we need more than that since we are playing 7 one mana costing mana fixing creatures.

15 more cards to add.
+4 Silverblade Paladin
Silverblade Paladin
Silverblade PaladinSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Silverblade Paladin is paired with another creature, both creatures have double strike.

+3 Wolfir Silverheart
Wolfir Silverheart
Wolfir SilverheartSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Wolfir Silverheart is paired with another creature, each of those creatures gets +4/+4.

+2 Nearheath Pilgrim
Nearheath Pilgrim
Nearheath PilgrimSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
31
Artist:
Erica Yang
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Nearheath Pilgrim is paired with another creature, both creatures have lifelink.

+3 Acidic Slime
Acidic Slime
Acidic SlimeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) When Acidic Slime enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.

+1 Elesh Norn
+2 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.


I like the idea of a "Blink" deck to be able to do more than just save your creatures. Acidic Slime
Acidic Slime
Acidic SlimeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) When Acidic Slime enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.
combined with 1 or more "Blink" effects can cause a big headache for your opponent by destroying lands, 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, Pacifism
Pacifism
PacifismSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
33
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Enchanted creature can't attack or block.
s, Swords and much more. So the final decklist will look like this:


Creatures: 32
4: Restoration Angel
Restoration Angel
Restoration AngelSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
32
Artist:
Johannes Voss
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash Flying When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

4: Blade Splicer
Blade Splicer
Blade SplicerSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Artificer
Rarity:
R
Number:
4
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Blade Splicer enters the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Golem artifact creature token onto the battlefield. Golem creatures you control have first strike.

2: Nearheath Pilgrim
Nearheath Pilgrim
Nearheath PilgrimSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
31
Artist:
Erica Yang
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Nearheath Pilgrim is paired with another creature, both creatures have lifelink.

3: Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4: Avacyn's Pilgrim
Avacyn's Pilgrim
Avacyn's PilgrimSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Monk
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Add {W} to your mana pool.

4; Silverblade Paladin
Silverblade Paladin
Silverblade PaladinSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Silverblade Paladin is paired with another creature, both creatures have double strike.

3: Wolfir Silverheart
Wolfir Silverheart
Wolfir SilverheartSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
206
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Wolfir Silverheart is paired with another creature, each of those creatures gets +4/+4.

2: Nearheath Pilgrim
Nearheath Pilgrim
Nearheath PilgrimSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
31
Artist:
Erica Yang
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Nearheath Pilgrim is paired with another creature, both creatures have lifelink.

3: Acidic Slime
Acidic Slime
Acidic SlimeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) When Acidic Slime enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.

1: Elesh Norn
2: 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.


Spells: 4
4: Cloudshift
Cloudshift
CloudshiftSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Exile target creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.


Lands: 24
4: Razorverge Thicket
Razorverge Thicket
Razorverge ThicketSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Razorverge Thicket enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {G} or {W} to your mana pool.

2: Gavony Township
Gavony Township
Gavony TownshipSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
239
Artist:
Peter Mohrbacher
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {2}{G}{W}, {T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control.

4: Cavern of Souls
Cavern of Souls
Cavern of SoulsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.

4: Sunpetal Grove
Sunpetal Grove
Sunpetal GroveSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
Sunpetal Grove enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or a Plains.{T}: Add {G} or {W} to your mana pool.

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

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



I have seen other versions of the "Blink" deck playing Blue Green and comboing out with Deadeye Navigator
Deadeye Navigator
Deadeye NavigatorSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Deadeye Navigator is paired with another creature, each of those creatures has "{1}{U}: Exile this creature, then return it to the battlefield under your control."
and Acidic Slime
Acidic Slime
Acidic SlimeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) When Acidic Slime enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.
destroying tons of permanents or Deadeye Navigator
Deadeye Navigator
Deadeye NavigatorSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Soulbond (You may pair this creature with another unpaired creature when either enters the battlefield. They remain paired for as long as you control both of them.) As long as Deadeye Navigator is paired with another creature, each of those creatures has "{1}{U}: Exile this creature, then return it to the battlefield under your control."
with Primeval Titan
Primeval Titan
Primeval TitanSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
M
Number:
192
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample Whenever Primeval Titan enters the battlefield or attacks, you may search your library for up to two land cards, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
getting lots of land including Kessig Wolf Run
Kessig Wolf Run
Kessig Wolf RunSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
243
Artist:
Eytan Zana
Text:
{T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {X}{R}{G}, {T}: Target creature gets +X/+0 and gains trample until end of turn.
.


The next deck to discuss has not been played much in my area. That deck is the Necrotic Ooze
Necrotic Ooze
Necrotic OozeSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
As long as Necrotic Ooze is on the battlefield, it has all activated abilities of all creature cards in all graveyards.
deck. Here is the decklist (a version I think will work well):


Creatures: 22
4: Necrotic Ooze
Necrotic Ooze
Necrotic OozeSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
As long as Necrotic Ooze is on the battlefield, it has all activated abilities of all creature cards in all graveyards.

3: Grimgrin, Corpse-born
3: Griselbrand
Griselbrand
GriselbrandSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
M
Number:
106
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying, lifelink Pay 7 life: Draw seven cards.

3: 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.

3: Spikeshot Elder
Spikeshot Elder
Spikeshot ElderSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{R}{R}: Spikeshot Elder deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player.

2: Alloy Myr
Alloy Myr
Alloy MyrSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
{T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

1: Sheoldred, Whispering One
Sheoldred, Whispering One
Sheoldred, Whispering OneSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Praetor
Rarity:
M
Number:
73
Artist:
Jana Schirmer & Johannes Voss
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Swampwalk At the beginning of your upkeep, return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. At the beginning of each opponent's upkeep, that player sacrifices a creature.

1: Elesh Norn
2: Civilized Scholar
Civilized Scholar
Civilized ScholarSet: Innistrad
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Advisor
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Michael C. Hayes
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Draw a card, then discard a card. If a creature card is discarded this way, untap Civilized Scholar, then transform it.


Spells: 11
4: Faithless Looting
Faithless Looting
Faithless LootingSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard two cards. Flashback {2}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

3: Unburial Rites
Unburial Rites
Unburial RitesSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Flashback {3}{W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

4: Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.


Enchantments: 3
3: Zombie Infestation
Zombie Infestation
Zombie InfestationSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Discard two cards from your hand: Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.


Lands: 25
4: Dragonskull Summit
Dragonskull Summit
Dragonskull SummitSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
223
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Dragonskull Summit enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Mountain. {T}: Add {B} or {R} to your mana pool.

2: 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: 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: Seachrome Coast
Seachrome Coast
Seachrome CoastSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
229
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Seachrome Coast enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {W} or {U} to your mana pool.

1: Darkslick Shores
Darkslick Shores
Darkslick ShoresSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Darkslick Shores enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool.

4: Blackcleave Cliffs
Blackcleave Cliffs
Blackcleave CliffsSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
Blackcleave Cliffs enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {B} or {R} to your mana pool.

4: Cavern of Souls
Cavern of Souls
Cavern of SoulsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.

1: Sulfur Falls
Sulfur Falls
Sulfur FallsSet: Innistrad
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
248
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
Sulfur Falls enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Mountain. {T}: Add {U} or {R} 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.

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

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

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



Sideboard would depend on what is being played in your area.

There are a few ways this deck can work:
1- With Necrotic Ooze
Necrotic Ooze
Necrotic OozeSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
As long as Necrotic Ooze is on the battlefield, it has all activated abilities of all creature cards in all graveyards.
in play, play Faithless Looting
Faithless Looting
Faithless LootingSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard two cards. Flashback {2}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
discarding Grimgrin 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.
. Tap the Necrotic Ooze
Necrotic Ooze
Necrotic OozeSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
As long as Necrotic Ooze is on the battlefield, it has all activated abilities of all creature cards in all graveyards.
to make a Vampire token with the 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.
's Ability. Sac the Token with Grimgrin's ability to put a +1/+1 counter on the ooze and untap him. Repeat multiple times and swing for the win or Fling
Fling
FlingSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target creature or player.
him for a quick win.
2- With Necrotic Ooze
Necrotic Ooze
Necrotic OozeSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
As long as Necrotic Ooze is on the battlefield, it has all activated abilities of all creature cards in all graveyards.
in play cast Zombie Infestation
Zombie Infestation
Zombie InfestationSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Discard two cards from your hand: Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
discarding Griselbrand
Griselbrand
GriselbrandSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
M
Number:
106
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying, lifelink Pay 7 life: Draw seven cards.
. Draw a bunch of cards at the end of your opponent's turn then discard them to make a bunch of 2/2 Zombie tokens!
3- Just reanimate big creatures after getting them into your graveyard via Zombie Infestation
Zombie Infestation
Zombie InfestationSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Discard two cards from your hand: Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
, Civilized Scholar
Civilized Scholar
Civilized ScholarSet: Innistrad
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Advisor
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Michael C. Hayes
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
{T}: Draw a card, then discard a card. If a creature card is discarded this way, untap Civilized Scholar, then transform it.
, or Faithless Looting
Faithless Looting
Faithless LootingSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard two cards. Flashback {2}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
.
4- With Necrotic Ooze
Necrotic Ooze
Necrotic OozeSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
James Ryman
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
As long as Necrotic Ooze is on the battlefield, it has all activated abilities of all creature cards in all graveyards.
in play and Spikeshot Elder
Spikeshot Elder
Spikeshot ElderSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{R}{R}: Spikeshot Elder deals damage equal to its power to target creature or player.
in the graveyard, just start dealing damage to your opponent.

The land base may need some shuffling. As soon as I get all the cards on MTGO I look forward to building this deck!


The third deck I am going to show you has changed since I started writing this article. I was going to show you a Home Brew Black White control deck. That was before I went 0-3 with a bye for 8th place at our 9 person Magic Game Day last weekend. One thing I did learn that day is that I do not have to be scared of Cavern of Souls
Cavern of Souls
Cavern of SoulsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.
.

Our Magic game day was a bit of a bust due to a tournament an hour away, at Kirwan's, giving away 6 boxes of packs in addition to the FOIL Killing Wave
Killing Wave
Killing WaveSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
111
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
For each creature, its controller sacrifices it unless he or she pays X life.
s and Textless Latch Seeker
Latch Seeker
Latch SeekerSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Latch Seeker is unblockable.
. We had 9 players. This was my first Standard tournament with Avacyn Restored and I was worried that Control decks would be dead due to Cavern of Souls
Cavern of Souls
Cavern of SoulsSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Cliff Childs
Text:
As Cavern of Souls enters the battlefield, choose a creature type. {T}: Add {1} to your mana pool. {T}: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell of the chosen type, and that spell can't be countered.
, so I decided to play a Black White Control mix rather than my usual Blue White Control. I did horribly, finishing 0-3 with a bye, tied with another player for last. He left before the end though giving me the 8th place spot and the FOIL Killing Wave
Killing Wave
Killing WaveSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
111
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Text:
For each creature, its controller sacrifices it unless he or she pays X life.
! What I saw at that tournament was a lot of creature-based decks. I did not see a lot of counterspells being played. I knew I wanted to go home and build a Blue White Control deck to bring back the next day for the Sunday Standard tournament at Aquilonia.

This is the deck I played:


Creatures: 5
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.)

1: Drogskol Reaver
Drogskol Reaver
Drogskol ReaverSet: Dark Ascension
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
M
Number:
137
Artist:
Vincent Proce
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, double strike, lifelink Whenever you gain life, draw a card.

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.


Sorcery: 10
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.

2: 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.

1: 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.

3: Terminus
Terminus
TerminusSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Put all creatures on the bottom of their owners' libraries. Miracle {W} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)


Artifact: 1
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.


Instant: 19
1: White Sun's Zenith
White Sun's Zenith
White Sun's ZenithSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Mike Bierek
Text:
Put X 2/2 white Cat creature tokens onto the battlefield. Shuffle White Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.

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.

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.)

1: Dissipate
Dissipate
DissipateSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. Remove that spell card from the game.

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

4: Divine Deflection
Divine Deflection
Divine DeflectionSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Text:
Prevent the next X damage that would be dealt to you and/or permanents you control this turn. If damage is prevented this way, Divine Deflection deals that much damage to target creature or player.


Land: 25
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.

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

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


Sideboard: 15
3: Spellskite
Spellskite
SpellskiteSet: New Phyrexia
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
159
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
{(u/p)}: Change a target of target spell or ability to Spellskite. ({(u/p)} can be paid with either {U} or 2 life.)

1: Volition Reins
Volition Reins
Volition ReinsSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
53
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
Enchant permanent When Volition Reins enters the battlefield, if enchanted permanent is tapped, untap it. You control enchanted permanent.

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.

3: 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.

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.

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: Ratchet Bomb
Ratchet Bomb
Ratchet BombSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
196
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Text:
{T}: Put a charge counter on Ratchet Bomb. {T}, Sacrifice Ratchet Bomb: Destroy each nonland permanent with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Ratchet Bomb.



First thing- the land. I only had one 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.
and no Seachrome Coast
Seachrome Coast
Seachrome CoastSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
229
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
Seachrome Coast enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {W} or {U} to your mana pool.
otherwise I would have played 4 of each of those and only 6 Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
and 11 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s. Also, I only had 3 Terminus
Terminus
TerminusSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Put all creatures on the bottom of their owners' libraries. Miracle {W} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)
otherwise I would have played 4 maindeck instead of the 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.
.

I do not remember many details of the tournament, so I won't bore you with them. I finished 5-0 and won first place in an 18 person Standard tournament with this deck. Again there were very few decks playing 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, which I felt this deck might have a battle with. Against Aggro decks being able to draw cards on my turn and my opponent's turn to maximize the value of Terminus
Terminus
TerminusSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Put all creatures on the bottom of their owners' libraries. Miracle {W} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)
was great. A few time players didn't realize game one that I was playing Terminus
Terminus
TerminusSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Put all creatures on the bottom of their owners' libraries. Miracle {W} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)
and they overextended, losing their whole board when I Miracled out Terminus
Terminus
TerminusSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Put all creatures on the bottom of their owners' libraries. Miracle {W} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)
. After that they played right into my hands by slowing down the game and keeping creatures in their hands allowing me to get set up easier to take control of the game. Often I cast Terminus
Terminus
TerminusSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Put all creatures on the bottom of their owners' libraries. Miracle {W} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)
for it's full 6CC and was okay paying that price. I beat Mono Red, Mono Black Zombies, Blue Black Architect, Red Green Aggro and Blue White Control. At times my deck stalled out looking for one of my three win condition creatures or my two Zeniths, but overall I feel this deck has potential to do well in Standard. The sideboard needs to be changed. 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.
isn't needed with Terminus
Terminus
TerminusSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Put all creatures on the bottom of their owners' libraries. Miracle {W} (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)
and the large amount of card draw I am playing. Volition Reins
Volition Reins
Volition ReinsSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
53
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
Enchant permanent When Volition Reins enters the battlefield, if enchanted permanent is tapped, untap it. You control enchanted permanent.
is to take their Planeswalker after it's up to ultimate power and use it. 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.
s also was a bit too much, never needing more than 1 or 2 a game.

The MVP of the deck was Divine Deflection
Divine Deflection
Divine DeflectionSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
18
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Text:
Prevent the next X damage that would be dealt to you and/or permanents you control this turn. If damage is prevented this way, Divine Deflection deals that much damage to target creature or player.
. The Blue White player attacked me with 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.
with Venser in play. I redirected all the Gideon damage to kill Venser. Next turn they played Geist of Saint Traft
Geist of Saint Traft
Geist of Saint TraftSet: Innistrad
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit Cleric
Rarity:
M
Number:
213
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.) Whenever Geist of Saint Traft attacks, put a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying onto the battlefield tapped and attacking. Exile that token at end of combat.
. The following turn I was able to redirect 8 damage from the Geist, Angel Token, and Gideon to my opponent. The next turn I repeated, redirecting 9 points of damage. The following turn I redirected just enough damage to stay alive while countering his Dissipate
Dissipate
DissipateSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. Remove that spell card from the game.
.

I hope you all enjoyed my look at these three decks. Next article will be a surprise! Until next time!


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