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I Curse You (to Go Down the Drain) - Bradley Simpson (5/20/2009)

Standing patiently amongst the grove of utopia trees, Laguna watches the low ebb of the ocean within the tropical lagoon. The elvish mystical painter sighs contently and smooths his brush delicately over the canvas. He smiles as the scene slowly comes to life under his steady hand.

The elf grins with pleasure as the sun begins to set. He deftly captures the hue of the shifting sky as it slowly changes from blue to white to green to red to the black of night. He pauses to dip his brush in the paints once more to wait for the last element of his painting.

Laguna does not have long to wait when a trio of centaurs approach the edge of the lagoon. The elf paints in the centaurs as they cast their nets into the ocean to take advantage of the rising tide. His painting is finished and he earnestly watches the centaurs pulling up a rich catch of fish.

A hand grasps Laguna's shoulder and he starts in surprise. He finds himself confronted by an elderly human man wearing pristine white robes. 'You tempt the fates by coming here stranger. Have you not heard of Thelon's Curse
Thelon's Curse
Thelon's CurseSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Blue creatures do not untap as normal during their controller's untap phase. During his or her upkeep, a blue creature's controller may pay an additional U to untap it. Each creature may be untapped in this way only once per turn.
?'

Laguna smiles easily when he recognizes the man is wearing the garb of a druid and likely guardian of this sacred place, 'Absolutely. I understand this secluded land survived the ravages of the Fallen Empires Age thanks to Thelon. What I do not understand is how?'

The elder druid smiles wanly and gestures to Laguna's painting, 'You have already seen the answer. Look carefully at the sky you have rendered.. All the different colours of mana are represented. Under the shifting sky only the Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane CentaurSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
R
Number:
271
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
3/2 Card Text: Creatures you control can't be the targets of blue spells or abilities from blue sources.
s and their allies may live here. Those who are enemies are slowly transformed into utopia trees thanks to the the curse. Since you have not turned into the local fauna I can trust you are not hostile.'

Laguna gets a shocked look on his face and tries to comprehend the druid's words, 'You mean I could have turned into a tree?'

The druid stares back sternly at Laguna and responds dryly, 'That is why it is called a curse, you elf.'
_____
_____
_____Set: Unhinged
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: This card’s name becomes the name of your choice. Play this ability anywhere, anytime.
_____
_____
_____Set: Unhinged
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1: This card’s name becomes the name of your choice. Play this ability anywhere, anytime.
___

The formation of this deck was a long time in the making. I have played Magic the Gathering since Revised aka Third Edition and first encountered Thelon's Curse
Thelon's Curse
Thelon's CurseSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Blue creatures do not untap as normal during their controller's untap phase. During his or her upkeep, a blue creature's controller may pay an additional U to untap it. Each creature may be untapped in this way only once per turn.
back in 1994 when Fallen Empires came out. This wonderful Green enchantment, reminiscent of Meekstone
Meekstone
MeekstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Any creature with power greater than 2 may not be untapped as normal during the untap phase.
, practically begged to have a deck built around it. Sadly I did not see a viable strategy to use it at the time.

Lately however I finally got around to piecing a deck around the card Thelon's Curse
Thelon's Curse
Thelon's CurseSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Blue creatures do not untap as normal during their controller's untap phase. During his or her upkeep, a blue creature's controller may pay an additional U to untap it. Each creature may be untapped in this way only once per turn.
. The results are staggering from the playtests I have done with it. Imagine if you will turning all your foe's creatures blue, forcing them to tap, and then never worrying about them attacking you ever again? Read on then..

10: 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.
s
1: Dark Depths
Dark Depths
Dark DepthsSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Sub Type:
Legendary Snow Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
145
Artist:
Stephan Martiniere
Text:
Dark Depths comes into play with ten ice counters on it. 3: Remove an ice counter from Dark Depths. When Dark Depths has no ice counters on it, sacrifice it. If you do, put an indestructible legendary 20 20 black Avatar creature token with flying named Marit Lage into play.

1: Darksteel Citadel
Darksteel Citadel
Darksteel CitadelSet: Darksteel
Color:
Land
Type:
Artifact Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
164
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Indestructible. (This is not a spell.) T: Add 1 to your mana pool.

1: Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador LaquatusSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
23
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
3: Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

1: Cockatrice
Cockatrice
CockatriceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cockatrice
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Any non-wall creature blocking Cockatrice is destroyed, as is any creature blocked by Cockatrice. Creatures destroyed in this way deal their damage before dying.

1: Copper Myr
Copper Myr
Copper MyrSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

1: Elder Druid
Elder Druid
Elder DruidSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
3G, T: Tap or untap target artifact, creature, or land.

1: Faerie Swarm
Faerie Swarm
Faerie SwarmSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie
Rarity:
U
Number:
37
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Faerie Swarm's power and toughness are each equal to the number of blue permanents you control.

1: Fyndhorn Elder
Fyndhorn Elder
Fyndhorn ElderSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add GG to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.

1: Gilt-Leaf Seer
1: Groundbreaker
Groundbreaker
GroundbreakerSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
r
Number:
148
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample, haste At end of turn, sacrifice Groundbreaker.

1: Hisoka's Guard
Hisoka's Guard
Hisoka's GuardSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
You may choose not to untap Hisoka's Guard during your untap step. 1U, T: As long as Hisoka's Guard remains tapped, target creature you control other than Hisoka's Guard can't be the target of spells or abilities.

1: Linessa, Zephyr Mage
Linessa, Zephyr Mage
Linessa, Zephyr MageSet: Future Sight
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
51
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
xUU, T Return target creature with converted mana cost X to its owner's hand.
Grandeur - Discard another card named Linessa, Zephyr Mage. Target player returns a creature he or she controls to its owner's hand, then repeats this process for an artifact, an enchantment, and a land.

1: Minister of Impediments
Minister of Impediments
Minister of ImpedimentsSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
C
Number:
144
Artist:
Brian Hagan

1: Oona's Gatewarden
Oona's Gatewarden
Oona's GatewardenSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faerie Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
173
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, defender Wither (This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)

3: Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane CentaurSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
R
Number:
271
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
3/2 Card Text: Creatures you control can't be the targets of blue spells or abilities from blue sources.

1: Taniwha
Taniwha
TaniwhaSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Ian Miller
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Phasing, trampleAt the beginning of your upkeep, all lands you control phase out.

2: Tidal Visionary
Tidal Visionary
Tidal VisionarySet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

1: Utopia Tree
Utopia Tree
Utopia TreeSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Plant
Rarity:
R
Number:
219
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

1: Vodalian Mystic
Vodalian Mystic
Vodalian MysticSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Target instant or sorcery spell becomes the color of your choice.

1: Wild Growth
Wild Growth
Wild GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whenever the usual mana is drawn from target land, Wild Growth provides an extra G.

1: Counterbalance
Counterbalance
CounterbalanceSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
31
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
Whenever an opponent plays a spell, you may reveal the top card of your library. If you do, counter that spell if it has the same converted mana cost as the revealed card.

1: Trickery Charm
Trickery Charm
Trickery CharmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Choose one — Target creature gains flying until end of turn; or target creature's type becomes the creature type of your choice until end of turn; or look at the top four cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

4: Thelon's Curse
Thelon's Curse
Thelon's CurseSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Blue creatures do not untap as normal during their controller's untap phase. During his or her upkeep, a blue creature's controller may pay an additional U to untap it. Each creature may be untapped in this way only once per turn.

1: Psychic Allergy
Psychic Allergy
Psychic AllergySet: The Dark
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Choose a color when casting Psychic Allergy. During opponent's upkeep, Psychic Allergy does 1 damage to opponent for each card of this color that he or she controls. Sacrifice two islands during your upkeep or Psychic Allergy is destroyed.

4: Riptide
Riptide
RiptideSet: The Dark
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Text:
All blue creatures become tapped.

3: Shifting Sky
Shifting Sky
Shifting SkySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
32
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
As Shifting Sky comes into play, choose a color. All nonland permanents are the chosen color.

1: Simic Signet
Simic Signet
Simic SignetSet: Dissension
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
C
Number:
166
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt

1: Feldon's Cane
Feldon's Cane
Feldon's CaneSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
tap, Remove Feldon's Cane from the game: Shuffle your graveyard into your library.

1: Fountain of Youth
Fountain of Youth
Fountain of YouthSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
2, T: Gain 1 life.

2: Healing Leaves
Healing Leaves
Healing LeavesSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
c
Number:
150
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Choose one - Target player gains 3 life; or prevent the next 3 damage that would be dealt to target creature or player this turn.

1: Instill Energy
Instill Energy
Instill EnergySet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
You may untap target creature one additional time during your turn. Target creature may also attack the turn it comes into play.

1: Leonin Bola
Leonin Bola
Leonin BolaSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
127
Artist:
Chris Moeller
Text:
Equipped creature has T Unattach Leonin Bola: Tap target creature. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)

1: Lifetap
Lifetap
LifetapSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
You gain 1 life each time any forest of opponent's becomes tapped.

1: Soldevi Digger
Soldevi Digger
Soldevi DiggerSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
2: Put the top card of your graveyard on the bottom of your library.



The ability to manipulate colour has always been the providence of blue. The mixture of blue and green blends very nicely. On the side of blue stars Shifting Sky
Shifting Sky
Shifting SkySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
32
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
As Shifting Sky comes into play, choose a color. All nonland permanents are the chosen color.
, Tidal Visionary
Tidal Visionary
Tidal VisionarySet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
, and Vodalian Mystic
Vodalian Mystic
Vodalian MysticSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Target instant or sorcery spell becomes the color of your choice.
. Shifting Sky
Shifting Sky
Shifting SkySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
32
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
As Shifting Sky comes into play, choose a color. All nonland permanents are the chosen color.
turns all nonland permanents into a colour of your choice. Tidal Visionary
Tidal Visionary
Tidal VisionarySet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
and Vodalian Mystic
Vodalian Mystic
Vodalian MysticSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
TAP: Target instant or sorcery spell becomes the color of your choice.
back up the enchantment with creature support. Once everything has turned blue the true hurt begins. Green brings the power of Thelon's Curse
Thelon's Curse
Thelon's CurseSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Blue creatures do not untap as normal during their controller's untap phase. During his or her upkeep, a blue creature's controller may pay an additional U to untap it. Each creature may be untapped in this way only once per turn.
and Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane CentaurSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
R
Number:
271
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
3/2 Card Text: Creatures you control can't be the targets of blue spells or abilities from blue sources.
to the forefront. Thelon's Curse
Thelon's Curse
Thelon's CurseSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Blue creatures do not untap as normal during their controller's untap phase. During his or her upkeep, a blue creature's controller may pay an additional U to untap it. Each creature may be untapped in this way only once per turn.
does not allow blue creatures to untap unless the controller pays one blue mana per creature. Absolutely great if they are playing a deck that has no blue mana! Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane Centaur
Spellbane CentaurSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur
Rarity:
R
Number:
271
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
3/2 Card Text: Creatures you control can't be the targets of blue spells or abilities from blue sources.
helps make all your creatures at least partially shielded from the negative effects of the various blue spells in the deck. The last combo spell to complete the circle is a strange one – Riptide
Riptide
RiptideSet: The Dark
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Text:
All blue creatures become tapped.
, a card I once ranked as more worthless than Pearled Unicorn
Pearled Unicorn
Pearled UnicornSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Unicorn
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Cornelius Brudi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
. A blue spell that taps all blue creatures.. No so worthless anymore in this deck because in combo with Shifting Sky
Shifting Sky
Shifting SkySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
32
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
As Shifting Sky comes into play, choose a color. All nonland permanents are the chosen color.
and Thelon's Curse
Thelon's Curse
Thelon's CurseSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Blue creatures do not untap as normal during their controller's untap phase. During his or her upkeep, a blue creature's controller may pay an additional U to untap it. Each creature may be untapped in this way only once per turn.
it can tap all creatures and keep them that way. Very cool. Lastly the deck features quirky cards that allow various win conditions such as Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador LaquatusSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
23
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
3: Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
for milling, Dark Depths
Dark Depths
Dark DepthsSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Sub Type:
Legendary Snow Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
145
Artist:
Stephan Martiniere
Text:
Dark Depths comes into play with ten ice counters on it. 3: Remove an ice counter from Dark Depths. When Dark Depths has no ice counters on it, sacrifice it. If you do, put an indestructible legendary 20 20 black Avatar creature token with flying named Marit Lage into play.
for a big unstoppable monster, Linessa to unsummon any critter on the field, and Psychic Allergy
Psychic Allergy
Psychic AllergySet: The Dark
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Choose a color when casting Psychic Allergy. During opponent's upkeep, Psychic Allergy does 1 damage to opponent for each card of this color that he or she controls. Sacrifice two islands during your upkeep or Psychic Allergy is destroyed.
to punish a foe for using one particular colour with lots of damage.


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