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TSP Block Discard - Brian Baker (4/26/2007)

If you’ve ever read any of my articles (which, if you haven’t, I don’t blame you for since I’ve been in-and-out on writing them for a while), you know that I LOVE building decks just as much and at times more than playing them. There’s something satisfying about the creative process, about matching up the potential cards to get the most interesting or consistent effect. Aggro, Control, Land Destruction, Counters, Ninjas, Morphs, Dragons, Underworld Dreams
Underworld Dreams
Underworld DreamsSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Underworld Dreams does one damage to opponent for each card he or she draws.
, Draco
Draco
DracoSet: Planeshift
Cost:
16
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
9
Toughness:
9
Text:
Flying. Draco costs 2 less to play for each basic land type among lands you control. At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Draco unless you pay 10. This cost is reduced by 2 for each basic land type among lands you control.
(sans Erratic Explosion
Erratic Explosion
Erratic ExplosionSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
201
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Choose target creature or player. Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card. Erratic Explosion deals damage equal to that card's converted mana cost to that creature or player. Put the revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.
), mono-colored decks, 5 color decks… I’ve attempted to make decks in just about every direction I can think of for over 5 years now, and I’m sure that I have just scratched the surface.

For this article, I’m going to take you through a deck’s evolution. Rather than starting with a Preconstructed Theme deck, which I enjoy doing and have in the past, I wanted to start with a concept.

I’m going to be building a 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.
Block discard-themed deck. I’ve always been impressed by the pressure a first-turn suspended Mindstab
Mindstab
MindstabSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player discards three cards. Suspend 4-B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay B 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.)
can create, and I wanted to keep it in-block to see how it would compare against the block’s other contenders.

For the purposes of this exercise, I’m going to build a deck and play it for at least 5 games before I change any of the cards. This is so I have the best possible idea of what works and what doesn’t before I make any significant changes. After that, I will play an additional 5 games to see how the retooled version plays.

When I build this deck, I want to avoid the overtly obvious. This means that I want to avoid putting in things like The Rack
The Rack
The RackSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
If opponent has fewer than three cards in hand during his or her upkeep, the Rack does 1 damage to opponent for each card fewer than three.
and Damnation
Damnation
DamnationSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
r
Number:
85
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
. Each of these cards is good, but the deck would already be half-built if I went with them. Damnation
Damnation
DamnationSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
r
Number:
85
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
could still fit a needed role, but it loses points for being predicable. Will my stubbornness cost me? We will see…

Here is the initial build I came up with:

U-B Discarding Spiral (60 cards)

1:Draining Whelk
Draining Whelk
Draining WhelkSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying When Draining Whelk comes into play, counter target spell. Put X +1/+1 counters on Draining Whelk, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.

4:Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have "1, Sacrifice this creature: Each player discards a card."

3:Riftwing Cloudskate
Riftwing Cloudskate
Riftwing CloudskateSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Riftwing Cloudskate comes into play, return target permanent to its owner's hand. Suspend 3-1U (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 1U 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. It has haste.)

2:Mirri the Cursed
Mirri the Cursed
Mirri the CursedSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Cat
Rarity:
R
Number:
75
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, first strike, haste Whenever Mirri the Cursed deals combat damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Mirri the Cursed.

2:Sengir Nosferatu
Sengir Nosferatu
Sengir NosferatuSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
128
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying 1B, Remove Sengir Nosferatu from the game: Put a 1/2 black Bat creature token with flying into play. It has "1B, Sacrifice this creature: Return to play under its owner's control a card named Sengir Nosferatu that's removed from the game."

3:Chronatog Totem
Chronatog Totem
Chronatog TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool. 1U: Chronatog Totem becomes a 1/2 blue Atog artifact creature until end of turn. 0: Chronatog Totem gets +3/+3 until end of turn. You skip your next turn. Play this ability only once each turn and only if Chronatog Totem is a creature.

3:Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. 2B: Phyrexian Totem becomes a 5/5 black Horror artifact creature with trample until end of turn. Whenever Phyrexian Totem is dealt damage, if it's a creature, sacrifice that many permanents.

3:Prismatic Lens
Prismatic Lens
Prismatic LensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
262
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1, T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

4:Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
IENoYXJt
4:Mindstab
Mindstab
MindstabSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player discards three cards. Suspend 4-B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay B 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.)

4:Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.

4:Wistful Thinking
Wistful Thinking
Wistful ThinkingSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Target player draws two cards, then discards four cards.

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

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

3:Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.


The deck is pretty consistent and straightforward. Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
IENoYXJt, Mindstab
Mindstab
MindstabSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player discards three cards. Suspend 4-B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay B 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.)
, Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
, Wistful Thinking
Wistful Thinking
Wistful ThinkingSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Target player draws two cards, then discards four cards.
, and Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have "1, Sacrifice this creature: Each player discards a card."
all enable discarding, while the 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.
m and Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
can be carefully timed to provide creature kill. Draining Whelk
Draining Whelk
Draining WhelkSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying When Draining Whelk comes into play, counter target spell. Put X +1/+1 counters on Draining Whelk, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
is a creature I’ve been itching to try out, so I’ve included one copy here. It, along with Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
and the Sengir, act as finishers. The Totems and Lenses should help my mana along.

So, with that out of the way, let’s get to the games!

Game 1: Fistandantilus1 (U/R) Suspend

I lay Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
. He suspends Keldon Halberdier
Keldon Halberdier
Keldon HalberdierSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
167
Artist:
Parente
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike Suspend 4-R (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay R 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.)
and passes. I sac the Expanse for Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, then untap and play Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
alongside Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have "1, Sacrifice this creature: Each player discards a card."
. On his turn, he suspends Viscerid Deepwalker
Viscerid Deepwalker
Viscerid DeepwalkerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Homarid Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
U: Viscerid Deepwalker gets +1/+0 until end of turn. Suspend 4-U (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may 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. It has haste.)
. I untap, play Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, Prismatic Lens
Prismatic Lens
Prismatic LensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
262
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1, T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, and Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
, discarding a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
and sacking my Sliver and a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
. He sacrifices his Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, keeping his Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
as his only land. He suspends 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.
s on his turn and then we both just chill for a while. When his Halberdier
Halberdier
HalberdierSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Barbarian
Rarity:
C
Number:
196
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
First strike
unsuspends and swings, I kill it with Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
IENoYXJt. I play Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. 2B: Phyrexian Totem becomes a 5/5 black Horror artifact creature with trample until end of turn. Whenever Phyrexian Totem is dealt damage, if it's a creature, sacrifice that many permanents.
on my turn. He gets his Deepwalker into play and hits me for 2. He still hasn’t played another land, so on my turn I play Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
, wiping out his creature and his only land, activate my Totem, and swing for the head. He unsuspends his Visions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.
and takes his regular draw, then concedes.

It’s pretty nice that I got to play against a suspend deck right away, since it’s one of the major block mechanics. The deck played just like it should, and I don’t see any problems right off the bat. The sliver felt a little silly, but a body is a body.

1-0

Game 2: lol98owns (mono-B discard)

Oh good, a semi-mirror match. This was a pretty long game. Early on, we both play Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s and I get out a Lens and a Chronatog Totem
Chronatog Totem
Chronatog TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool. 1U: Chronatog Totem becomes a 1/2 blue Atog artifact creature until end of turn. 0: Chronatog Totem gets +3/+3 until end of turn. You skip your next turn. Play this ability only once each turn and only if Chronatog Totem is a creature.
. At the end of my turn he uses a Funeral Charm
Funeral Charm
Funeral CharmSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Greg Spalenka
Text:
Choose one Target player chooses and discards a card; or target creature gets +2/-1 until end of turn; or target creature gains swampwalk until end of turn. (If defending player controls any swamps, that creature is unblockable.)
to make me discard, so I discard a Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have "1, Sacrifice this creature: Each player discards a card."
. On his turn, he plays Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
. I sacrifice an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
and discard a Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
. On my turn I suspend a Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
. We both do nothing for a round but play land, then he plays a Sengir Autocrat
Sengir Autocrat
Sengir AutocratSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Autocrat
Rarity:
R
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Sengir Autocrat comes into play, put three Serf tokens into play. Treat these tokens as 0/1 black creatures.If Sengir Autocrat leaves play, bury all Serf tokens.
. I draw another land and play Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
, swinging immediately. He plays an unlucky Gemstone Cavern and puts a Vampiric Link
Vampiric Link
Vampiric LinkSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
c
Number:
92
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchant creature Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
on my flying cat, then swings for 2. I resolve my suspended Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
, bouncing my Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
and replaying her. I attack for 5 and pass. Apparently deciding that the flyers were a problem (which I agree) he uses Damnation
Damnation
DamnationSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
r
Number:
85
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
to clear the board, then passes. I activate my ‘Tog Totems and swing for a few points while he plays a pair of Blight
Blight
BlightSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
If target land becomes tapped, destroy it at end of turn.
c3BlYWtlcg==s. On his turn, he plays a Vesuva
Vesuva
VesuvaSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
As Vesuva comes into play, you may choose a land in play. If you do, Vesuva comes into play tapped as a copy of the chosen land.
, choosing his Gemstone Cavern. When the Legend rule puts them both in the graveyard, he good-humoredly points out that he just wanted to see what would happen. He knew that Sakashima the Impostor
Sakashima the Impostor
Sakashima the ImpostorSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
R
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
As Sakashima the Impostor comes into play, you may choose a creature in play. If you do, Sakashima comes into play as a copy of that creature, except its name is still Sakashima the Impostor, it's still legendary, and it gains "2UU: Return Sakashima the Impostor to its owner's hand at end of turn."
did not kill legends, and I pointed out that the Impostor kept its own name. I draw another Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, activate both Totems, and swing. He double-blocks a ‘Tog and I use its ability to keep it alive. He untaps and plays a Deadly Grub
Deadly Grub
Deadly GrubSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
69
Artist:
E. M. Gist
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Vanishing 3 (This permanent comes into play with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter from it. When the last is removed, sacrifice it.) When Deadly Grub is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no time counters on it, put a 6/1 green Insect creature token into play with "This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities."
, then takes his second turn thanks to my ‘Tog. He draws and concedes.

I’m really, really loving the Totems as bodies just as much as mana producers, if not more. I’ve always been skeptical of the blue one, but this game showed me just how valuable they can be.

2-0

Game 3: xlledx (RG Stormbind
Stormbind
StormbindSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas & Phillip Mosness
Text:
2: Discard a card at random from your hand to have Stormbind deal 2 damage to target creature or player.
)

I win the toss and make him go first. This is something I’ve pretty much decided to do when I can to make sure that they are already working a card down. We lay lands and suspend Search for Tomorrow
Search for Tomorrow
Search for TomorrowSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
216
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Suspend 2-G (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay G and remove it from the game with two 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.)
and Mindstab
Mindstab
MindstabSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player discards three cards. Suspend 4-B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay B 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.)
. He plays a Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
and passes. Since he did not have a creature out, I hold the Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
in my hand and instead play an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
and a Prismatic Lens
Prismatic Lens
Prismatic LensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
262
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1, T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
. At the end of my turn, he flashed out an Ashcoat Bear
Ashcoat Bear
Ashcoat BearSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bear
Rarity:
C
Number:
190
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.)
. During his turn, he played another Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
and a Magus of the Library
Magus of the Library
Magus of the LibrarySet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. T Draw a card. Play this ability only if you have exactly seven cards in hand.
, then smacked me with his bear. On my turn, I played Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
. He fails to respond with any mana abilities and choses to discard a RmllcnkgTemper
Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.
and sacrifices the bear, but then sacrifices his Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
(by mistake, I believe, when he thought he was tapping it for mana for the Temper
Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.
). He plays another Magus and a Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
, then hits me with the first. I lay a Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
and pass. He swings with both Magi and leaves his mana open. On my turn, the Mindstab
Mindstab
MindstabSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player discards three cards. Suspend 4-B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay B 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.)
resolves and he discards two lands and a Reckless Wurm
Reckless Wurm
Reckless WurmSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
u
Number:
120
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample Madness 2R (If you discard this card, you may play it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)
, this time playing his madness card. He attacks with his team against my empty board, then plays his topdecked Stormbind
Stormbind
StormbindSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas & Phillip Mosness
Text:
2: Discard a card at random from your hand to have Stormbind deal 2 damage to target creature or player.
. With no other options I play a Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
, which eats a Stormbind
Stormbind
StormbindSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas & Phillip Mosness
Text:
2: Discard a card at random from your hand to have Stormbind deal 2 damage to target creature or player.
activation when he draws his card. His attack puts me at 2, and when I cannot draw a card to save me, I concede.

Despite the fact that I lost, I don’t feel to bad. I’d have to say that it’s a tough battle for a discard deck to beat a deck that tries to make itself discard. I pretty much enabled his deck to smack me around, and I’m not sure that there’s really a good way for this type of deck to get around that. We’ll see.

2-1

Game 4: Nithavela (White Weenie)

He wins the toss and leads with a Icatian Javelineers
Icatian Javelineers
Icatian JavelineersSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldiers
Rarity:
C
Number:
150
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Icatian Javelineers is brought into play, put a javelin counter on it.T: Remove the javelin counter to have Icatian Javelineers deal 1 damage to any target.
. I play an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
and immediately use Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
IENoYXJt to kill the Javelineers, fearing a save by Whitemane Lion
Whitemane Lion
Whitemane LionSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) When Whitemane Lion comes into play, return a creature you control to its owner's hand.
if I waited. He then plays a Benalish Cavalry
Benalish Cavalry
Benalish CavalrySet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
4
Artist:
Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flanking (Whenever a creature without flanking blocks this creature, the blocking creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.)
. I suspend Riftwing Cloudskate
Riftwing Cloudskate
Riftwing CloudskateSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Riftwing Cloudskate comes into play, return target permanent to its owner's hand. Suspend 3-1U (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 1U 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. It has haste.)
. He plays a third Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
and attacks with his Cavalry. I fail to draw a third land for either of the two totems in my hand, so I suspend a second Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
. He lays a fourth land, plays another Javelineers, and attacks against my empty board. I draw and play Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
, then pass. He plays a third Javelineers, then attacks with his 2/2 and his other 1/1. I sac my Expanse for my second Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
at the end of his turn. During my upkeep I get my first Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
, who bounces the Cavalry. I attack with the hasted illusion, play a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
and a Chronatog Totem
Chronatog Totem
Chronatog TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool. 1U: Chronatog Totem becomes a 1/2 blue Atog artifact creature until end of turn. 0: Chronatog Totem gets +3/+3 until end of turn. You skip your next turn. Play this ability only once each turn and only if Chronatog Totem is a creature.
(keeping an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
untapped) and pass. On his turn he replays the Cavalry and a new Knight of the Holy Nimbus
Knight of the Holy Nimbus
Knight of the Holy NimbusSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rebel Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flanking (Whenever a creature without flanking blocks this creature, the blocking creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.) If Knight of the Holy Nimbus would be destroyed, regenerate it. 2: Knight of the Holy Nimbus can't be regenerated this turn. Only any opponent may play this ability.
. He then attacks with both Javelineers and I use a Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
IENoYXJt to kill one. At the end of his turn, I use the other Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
IENoYXJt in my hand to make him discard a Detainment Spell
Detainment Spell
Detainment SpellSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature's activated abilities can't be played. 1W: Attach Detainment Spell to target creature.
. My second Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
comes in and bounces his Knight, then I play Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. 2B: Phyrexian Totem becomes a 5/5 black Horror artifact creature with trample until end of turn. Whenever Phyrexian Totem is dealt damage, if it's a creature, sacrifice that many permanents.
and Wistful Thinking
Wistful Thinking
Wistful ThinkingSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Target player draws two cards, then discards four cards.
, making him drop a Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
, another Detainment Spell
Detainment Spell
Detainment SpellSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature's activated abilities can't be played. 1W: Attach Detainment Spell to target creature.
, Temporal Isolation
Temporal Isolation
Temporal IsolationSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Enchant creature Enchanted creature has shadow. (It can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Prevent all damage that would be dealt by enchanted creature.
, and the Knight. I attack with both flyers. He plays a Soltari Priest
Soltari Priest
Soltari PriestSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from red; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)
and attacks me down to 9 with the Cavalry and remaining Javelineer. I untap, activate my Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. 2B: Phyrexian Totem becomes a 5/5 black Horror artifact creature with trample until end of turn. Whenever Phyrexian Totem is dealt damage, if it's a creature, sacrifice that many permanents.
, and swing, bringing him from 14 to 9, then I suspend a Mindstab
Mindstab
MindstabSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player discards three cards. Suspend 4-B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay B 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.)
. He attacks with just the Priest and the Javelineer, supposedly keeping the Cavalry to block. The Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. 2B: Phyrexian Totem becomes a 5/5 black Horror artifact creature with trample until end of turn. Whenever Phyrexian Totem is dealt damage, if it's a creature, sacrifice that many permanents.
would have had trample to finish him anyway, but I drew and played a Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
. I swung for the finish.

Behold the power of Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
, kitty of doom. I hadn’t had much experience with her before, but she seems pretty nice. She’s a very efficient package for her cost, so more of her may come in. The Sengir, on the other hand, hasn’t done much but sit in my hand. The same goes for Draining Whelk
Draining Whelk
Draining WhelkSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying When Draining Whelk comes into play, counter target spell. Put X +1/+1 counters on Draining Whelk, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
.

3-1

Game 5: CaptainSpacePony (WUR)

This game went by pretty quickly, mostly due to Captain’s (I love that name) mana issues. He plays an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
and a Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
, but then doesn’t draw another land. I play an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
and a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, suspending a Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
on my second turn. He passes. I untap and play another Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, then play a Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. 2B: Phyrexian Totem becomes a 5/5 black Horror artifact creature with trample until end of turn. Whenever Phyrexian Totem is dealt damage, if it's a creature, sacrifice that many permanents.
expecting a Mana Tithe
Mana Tithe
Mana TitheSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
c
Number:
25
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
or other counter, but it resolves. On his next turn, he passes and discards a Lightning Angel
Lightning Angel
Lightning AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying; haste (This creature may attack and TAP the turn it comes under your control.) Attacking doesn't cause Lightning Angel to tap.
(ouch!). I play Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
, ready to drop another Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
afterward, but he concedes.

It isn’t too hard to beat someone when they’re facing mana issues, and Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
certainly compounded the issue. Any doubts I may have had about including it have been satisfactorily resolved by this point.

4-1

Let’s talk changes. The Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have "1, Sacrifice this creature: Each player discards a card."
s were in the deck to make sure that I had a threat count to finish things, rather than just sitting back on discard spells until the opponent plays out their hand. They haven’t lived up to expectation, and the desire to activate the ability has always been tempered by not wanting to discard a card myself.

Draining Whelk
Draining Whelk
Draining WhelkSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying When Draining Whelk comes into play, counter target spell. Put X +1/+1 counters on Draining Whelk, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
has been drawn twice, and neither time was it the best option. It is a good card, but it doesn’t belong here. Sengir Nosferatu
Sengir Nosferatu
Sengir NosferatuSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
128
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying 1B, Remove Sengir Nosferatu from the game: Put a 1/2 black Bat creature token with flying into play. It has "1B, Sacrifice this creature: Return to play under its owner's control a card named Sengir Nosferatu that's removed from the game."
also comes out. At five mana, there are simply better ways to finish things. I believe that I overestimated these finishers because I didn’t understand the power of my Totems, especially the Phyrexian. They, along with Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
, have done a great job of getting things done.

In place of the Whelk, I’m including another one-of for my own indulgence. The deck seems pretty good at denying the opponent resources, be they in hand or in play (thanks, in great part, to Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
). 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.
would seem to be an interesting entry to that particular theme, so in it goes. If it proves to be terrible, hopefully it won’t matter too often.

I’m also putting in four copies of Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
. Simply superior to Mind Rot
Mind Rot
Mind RotSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Your opponent chooses and discards two cards from his or her hand. (If your opponent has only one card, he or she discards it.)
, the random discard has the potential to really hurt the opponent. Most of the time I hold onto the discard cards until the opponent’s hand is depleted, but since Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
removes the ability for them to choose to hold on to their best card, I can get the action started sooner.

-1 Draining Whelk
Draining Whelk
Draining WhelkSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying When Draining Whelk comes into play, counter target spell. Put X +1/+1 counters on Draining Whelk, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.

-2 Sengir Nosferatu
Sengir Nosferatu
Sengir NosferatuSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
R
Number:
128
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying 1B, Remove Sengir Nosferatu from the game: Put a 1/2 black Bat creature token with flying into play. It has "1B, Sacrifice this creature: Return to play under its owner's control a card named Sengir Nosferatu that's removed from the game."

-4 Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have "1, Sacrifice this creature: Each player discards a card."

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

+2 Mirri the Cursed
Mirri the Cursed
Mirri the CursedSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Cat
Rarity:
R
Number:
75
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, first strike, haste Whenever Mirri the Cursed deals combat damage to a creature, put a +1/+1 counter on Mirri the Cursed.

+1 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.

+4 Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

+1 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


Let’s see how this works.

Game 6: Robert Ruchti (mono-B Bleeder)

He goes first. We both lay a few Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s and I get out an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
to suspend a Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
. He plays a Nether Traitor
Nether Traitor
Nether TraitorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay B. If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.
, which beats for 1 right away. I get out more land and a Chronatog Totem
Chronatog Totem
Chronatog TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool. 1U: Chronatog Totem becomes a 1/2 blue Atog artifact creature until end of turn. 0: Chronatog Totem gets +3/+3 until end of turn. You skip your next turn. Play this ability only once each turn and only if Chronatog Totem is a creature.
. He plays a fourth land and suspends a Roiling Horror
Roiling Horror
Roiling HorrorSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Roiling Horror's power and toughness are each equal to your life total minus the life total of an opponent with the most life. Suspend X-XBBB. X can't be 0. Whenever a time counter is removed from Roiling Horror while it's removed from the game, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
with one counter on it and beats for 1 again. I untap, play another Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, play Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
, and swing for 3. On his turn, with him at 17 and me at 18, he stacks the Horror’s abilities backward and it comes into play before we exchange life totals, making the Horror a -1/-1. He lays a fifth Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
and attacks. When my Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
comes into play, I have it bounce a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, trying to force out a Tendrils of Corruption
Tendrils of Corruption
Tendrils of CorruptionSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
136
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Tendrils of Corruption deals X damage to target creature and you gain X life, where X is the number of Swamps you control.
since I’m holding another Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
. He lets the Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
bounce without responding. I then play Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
and he responds with a Sudden Death
Sudden Death
Sudden DeathSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Dave Allsop
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.) Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.
to kill my Vampire Kitty. As a result, he discards Roiling Horror
Roiling Horror
Roiling HorrorSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Artist:
John Avon
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Roiling Horror's power and toughness are each equal to your life total minus the life total of an opponent with the most life. Suspend X-XBBB. X can't be 0. Whenever a time counter is removed from Roiling Horror while it's removed from the game, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life.
and then a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
. I attack with the Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
and play a Prismatic Lens
Prismatic Lens
Prismatic LensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
262
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1, T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
after combat. He untaps, plays a Dunerider Outlaw
Dunerider Outlaw
Dunerider OutlawSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rebel Rogue
Rarity:
u
Number:
86
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from green At end of turn, if Dunerider Outlaw dealt damage to an opponent this turn, put a +1/+1 counter on it.
and attacks me down to 15. I play my second Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
and take him down to 11. He untaps and attacks with both creatures. I activate my Totem to block and kill the Outlaw. On my turn, I swing with my flyers and pass, holding a Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
and Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
. On his turn, he does not attack or play any cards. I attack with both creatures and my Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
takes his second Sudden Death
Sudden Death
Sudden DeathSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Dave Allsop
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.) Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.
. After combat I hardcast my Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
and bounce his Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
to try to keep him off balance. He replayed the Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
and played another Nether Traitor
Nether Traitor
Nether TraitorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay B. If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.
. He swung with both, putting me at 12. I untapped and attacked with both illusions, finishing him off.

Right away, we have a game where several of the changes to the deck mattered. Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
instead of Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash Sliver
Mindlash SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers have "1, Sacrifice this creature: Each player discards a card."
was excellent, and Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
’s value cannot be challenged. It was an interesting game, and the deck is fun to play when it gets rolling.

5-1

Game 7: Soulsledge (UR Control)

He goes first, mulliganing to 6. We both play land for a few turns. I suspend a Mindstab
Mindstab
MindstabSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player discards three cards. Suspend 4-B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay B 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.)
. On my third turn, facing two open Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
and a Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
, I play a Chronatog Totem
Chronatog Totem
Chronatog TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool. 1U: Chronatog Totem becomes a 1/2 blue Atog artifact creature until end of turn. 0: Chronatog Totem gets +3/+3 until end of turn. You skip your next turn. Play this ability only once each turn and only if Chronatog Totem is a creature.
. He hesitates, then lets it resolve. He plays a Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
and suspends 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.)
. I play Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
and Prismatic Lens
Prismatic Lens
Prismatic LensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
262
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1, T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
, then try to Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
him but it meets a Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.
(that was probably saved for the Mindstab
Mindstab
MindstabSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player discards three cards. Suspend 4-B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay B 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.)
, so that works). His bolt goes to my dome, then he plays a Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
and 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.)
. He is at three cards with a 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.)
in the graveyard now and enough mana to flash it back. I sac my Expanse for my second Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
. I should have let the Mindstab
Mindstab
MindstabSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player discards three cards. Suspend 4-B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay B 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.)
resolve, then used Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
IENoYXJt after he flashed back the Think, but instead I erroneously cast the 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.
m first. He discards Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
, Lightning Axe
Lightning Axe
Lightning AxeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
As an additional cost to play Lightning Axe, discard a card or pay 5. Lightning Axe deals 5 damage to target creature.
, and Ignite Memories
Ignite Memories
Ignite MemoriesSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
164
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Target player reveals a card at random from his or her hand. Ignite Memories deals damage to that player equal to that card's converted mana cost. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
. I activate my Totem and swing, then play a Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. 2B: Phyrexian Totem becomes a 5/5 black Horror artifact creature with trample until end of turn. Whenever Phyrexian Totem is dealt damage, if it's a creature, sacrifice that many permanents.
. He flashes back his 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.)
at the end of my turn. On his turn, he plays another 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.)
and keeps the mana open to flash it back. I activate both Totems and swing for 6. He flashes back 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.)
. On his turn, he plays an Empty the Warrens
Empty the Warrens
Empty the WarrensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
152
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Put two 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn.)
to get some bodies in play. I play Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
, activate my blue Totem, and swing unopposed with both, putting him at 9. He untaps and attacks with both tokens, and when no blockers are declared, he puts an Ophidian Eye
Ophidian Eye
Ophidian EyeSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Enchant creature Whenever enchanted creature deals damage to an opponent, you may draw a card.
on one of them. He does nothing else. I untap, activate both Totems, and he concedes facing 9 damage.

I’m pretty sure that this was a favorable matchup for me. Storm cards really need some momentum to get going, and losing cards from hand makes it very difficult to play every turn correctly. Totems rule, by the way.

6-1

Game 8: vp09 (Slivers)

I keep a dubious opening hand of Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, 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.
, Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
, Riftwing Cloudskate
Riftwing Cloudskate
Riftwing CloudskateSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Riftwing Cloudskate comes into play, return target permanent to its owner's hand. Suspend 3-1U (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 1U 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. It has haste.)
, and 3 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s. I hadn’t really had a chance to use Curse yet, and I figured I would draw into a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
eventually. I don’t. He plays Wall of Roots
Wall of Roots
Wall of RootsSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source. Use this ability only once each turn.
, I suspend my Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
, he plays Spinneret Sliver
Spinneret Sliver
Spinneret SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
219
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Slivers have "This creature can block as though it had flying."
followed by Reflex Sliver
Reflex Sliver
Reflex SliverSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Slivers have haste.
and attacks, and I use double Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
IENoYXJt to kill the potentially problematic Reflex. I continue to draw and play Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s. He plays Gemhide and Sinew Sliver
Sinew Sliver
Sinew SliverSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
c
Number:
30
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Slivers get +1/+1.
and attacks with the 3/3 Spinneret. I bounce the Spinneret with the Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
, thinking that he wouldn’t attack with the 2/2s for fear of losing them. However, he plays a Spined Sliver
Spined Sliver
Spined SliverSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If any Sliver is blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn for each creature blocking it.
(grrr) and attacks. I draw back-to-back Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
es while he slams me into the ground.

Well, you can’t win them all. The sliver legion was quite effective at breaking through my non-existent defenses and leaving me a smoldering rubble. I would say that this is the first game where I missed having Damnation
Damnation
DamnationSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
r
Number:
85
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
, but I wouldn’t have had the BB for it anyway.

6-2

Game 9: Rayjinn (Mono-U Control)

I remember when 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.
had just come out. Some of the more tournament-savvy writers, such as Mike Flores, were predicting that Mono-Blue was back in a big way. Since then, we’ve actually not seen too much of it compared so some of the other archetypes that are out there. It’s still an impressive deck, though, and the moment I realized what he was playing I became a bit worried. Here’s an exact play-by-play:

He wins the flip and makes me go first, then puts a Gemstone Caverns
Gemstone Caverns
Gemstone CavernsSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
274
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
If Gemstone Caverns is in your opening hand and you're not playing first, you may begin the game with Gemstone Caverns in play with a luck counter on it. If you do, remove a card in your hand from the game. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. If Gemstone Caverns has a luck counter on it, instead add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
into play removing a Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
. I play an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
. He plays an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
. I play a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
and suspend a Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
. At the end of my turn, he plays 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.)
. He plays another Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
and passes. Smelling Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.
, I play an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
and then a Chronatog Totem
Chronatog Totem
Chronatog TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool. 1U: Chronatog Totem becomes a 1/2 blue Atog artifact creature until end of turn. 0: Chronatog Totem gets +3/+3 until end of turn. You skip your next turn. Play this ability only once each turn and only if Chronatog Totem is a creature.
(instead of the Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
in my hand), which resolves (nobody wants to counter it, but it does so much for me). During his turn, he plays an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the MuseSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Buyback 5 (You may pay an additional 5 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Draw a card.
without buyback, and 2 Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of Yesterdays
Locket of YesterdaysSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
258
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Spells you play cost 1 less to play for each card with the same name as that spell in your graveyard.
. I can only imagine that these would make his card draw and counters ridiculously cheap very soon, but I see that he has only the Caverns untapped and 3 cards in hand, so I use Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
IENoYXJt to take one, then play a Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
and Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
during my turn to strip his hand (which consisted of another Caverns, a Whispers, and a Spell Burst
Spell Burst
Spell BurstSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
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.) Counter target spell with converted mana cost X.
, the last of which has definite potential with those Lockets). I don’t have mana for the Totem, so I pass. He untaps and draws his card, then passes. When my Cloudskate
Cloudskate
CloudskateSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
unsuspends, he Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.
s it. I play Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. 2B: Phyrexian Totem becomes a 5/5 black Horror artifact creature with trample until end of turn. Whenever Phyrexian Totem is dealt damage, if it's a creature, sacrifice that many permanents.
, activate the Chronatog
Chronatog
ChronatogSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Skip your next turn: Chronatog gets +3/+3 until end of turn. Use this ability only once each turn.
, and attack. For the next 2 turns I simply activate the Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. 2B: Phyrexian Totem becomes a 5/5 black Horror artifact creature with trample until end of turn. Whenever Phyrexian Totem is dealt damage, if it's a creature, sacrifice that many permanents.
and attack while he does nothing. After two attacks and him at 9 life, he concedes. I believe that his hand/deck consisted mostly of countermagic, which does nothing against my Totems.

Like I said, mono-blue control is good. Unfortunately, how well it can deal with on-board threats is questionable. In any case, I thought that this was an interesting game.

7-2

Game 10: Juanbosch (Mono-W beats)

Talk about an interesting game! I make him go first and he plays a Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
. I play an Expanse. He plays another Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
and suspends…. Shade of Trokair
Shade of Trokair
Shade of TrokairSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shade
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
William O’Connor
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
W: Shade of Trokair gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Suspend 3-W (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay W and remove it from the game with three time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, play it without paying its mana cost. It has haste.)
. That’s a new one for me, but it could cause problems if it gets in. Luckily I’m holding a Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
, so if that’s the only creature in at that time, I’m okay. I sac the Expanse for an Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, then play Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
and a Prismatic Lens
Prismatic Lens
Prismatic LensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
262
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1, T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
. He plays a Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
and passes. I play a Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. 2B: Phyrexian Totem becomes a 5/5 black Horror artifact creature with trample until end of turn. Whenever Phyrexian Totem is dealt damage, if it's a creature, sacrifice that many permanents.
and suspend a Mindstab
Mindstab
MindstabSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player discards three cards. Suspend 4-B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay B 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.)
. He plays Calciderm
Calciderm
CalcidermSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
u
Number:
23
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Vanishing 4 (This permanent comes into play with four time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter from it. When the last is removed, sacrifice it.) Calciderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
, which poses a more immediate and dire threat than the Shade. I play Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
, discarding a Wistful Thinking
Wistful Thinking
Wistful ThinkingSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Target player draws two cards, then discards four cards.
and sacrificing my Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
. On his turn, he get the Shade, plays a Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
, and attacks, but does not pump the Shade as I expected. Instead, after combat, he plays another Calciderm
Calciderm
CalcidermSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
u
Number:
23
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Vanishing 4 (This permanent comes into play with four time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter from it. When the last is removed, sacrifice it.) Calciderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
. Oh, wonderful. Short on mana, I play a Chronatog Totem
Chronatog Totem
Chronatog TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool. 1U: Chronatog Totem becomes a 1/2 blue Atog artifact creature until end of turn. 0: Chronatog Totem gets +3/+3 until end of turn. You skip your next turn. Play this ability only once each turn and only if Chronatog Totem is a creature.
and pass. He plays a Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
and taps all of his land to suspend a Benalish Commander
Benalish Commander
Benalish CommanderSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
2
Artist:
Parente
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Benalish Commander's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Soldiers you control. Suspend X-XWW. X can't be 0. Whenever a time counter is removed from Benalish Commander while it's removed from the game, put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.
with 3 counters. Then he rolls at me, and I go to 12. I use double Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
IENoYXJt to kill the Shade while Juan is tapped out, then take it from the Calciderm
Calciderm
CalcidermSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
u
Number:
23
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Vanishing 4 (This permanent comes into play with four time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter from it. When the last is removed, sacrifice it.) Calciderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
. My unsuspended Mindstab
Mindstab
MindstabSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Target player discards three cards. Suspend 4-B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay B 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.)
takes a Sunlance
Sunlance
SunlanceSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
c
Number:
31
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Text:
Sunlance deals 3 damage to target nonwhite creature.
from his hand (whew) and I play Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
to hold back the soldier tokens. On his next turn, he attacks with his 5/5 beast and a token. I block the token and he flashes out a Celestial Crusader
Celestial Crusader
Celestial CrusaderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
7
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Flying Other white creatures get +1/+1.
, which would have been lethal damage had I not blocked. Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
eats the token. I play Prismatic Lens
Prismatic Lens
Prismatic LensSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
262
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 1, T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
and pass, cursing the Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
r as I have a Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
IENoYXJt that could kill a soldier otherwise. He plays an Icatian Javelineers
Icatian Javelineers
Icatian JavelineersSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldiers
Rarity:
C
Number:
150
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Icatian Javelineers is brought into play, put a javelin counter on it.T: Remove the javelin counter to have Icatian Javelineers deal 1 damage to any target.
and attacks… but only with the Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
r and the Commander. This works for me, since anything else would have guaranteed that I take lethal damage (I’m at 1), so I activate the Chronatog Totem
Chronatog Totem
Chronatog TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
252
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool. 1U: Chronatog Totem becomes a 1/2 blue Atog artifact creature until end of turn. 0: Chronatog Totem gets +3/+3 until end of turn. You skip your next turn. Play this ability only once each turn and only if Chronatog Totem is a creature.
and block both. The totem dies, but Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
eats the Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.
r, shrinking his army. On my turn, I Piracy
Piracy
PiracySet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
This turn, you may tap your opponent's lands to help pay for your spells.
IENoYXJt the Javelineers so it can’t tap to kill me. He attacks with the two last soldier tokens and the Commander, and despite activating the Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian Totem
Phyrexian TotemSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
261
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool. 2B: Phyrexian Totem becomes a 5/5 black Horror artifact creature with trample until end of turn. Whenever Phyrexian Totem is dealt damage, if it's a creature, sacrifice that many permanents.
, that’s one attacker too many for me to handle.

Despite the fact that I didn’t win this game, I felt satisfied. I fought for every turn I could get, and the opponent was very friendly (while he slaughtered me, of course).

7-3

Overall, I’m very happy with the way that the deck performed. It has its shortcomings, especially against masses of slivers or madness, but overall it was very interesting to play and never seemed out of tricks. Mirri
Mirri
MirriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+5
Text:
Each of your basic lands may be tapped to produce any color of mana instead of its normal type.
is “da bomb”, yo, and the Totems are awesome. If I were to revise the deck again, I’d say goodbye to the promising yet disappointing 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.
.

Thanks for reading. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this little experiment, and I’ll try to get another ready for your enjoyment soon. Until then, have fun!


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