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No Guts No Glory - Brian McFetridge (7/27/2008)

White: 8
Barren Glory
Barren Glory
Barren GlorySet: Future Sight
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control no permanents other than Barren Glory and have no cards in hand, you win the game.
(4)
Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
(4)

Black: 32
Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
(4)
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.
(4)
Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.
(4)
Dimir Machinations
Dimir Machinations
Dimir MachinationsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
84
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Look at the top three cards of target player’s library. Remove any number of those cards from the game, then put the rest back in any order. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
(4)
Dimir House Guard
Dimir House Guard
Dimir House GuardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate Dimir House Guard. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
(4)
Kaervek’s Spite (4)
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.
(4)
Chromatic Star
Chromatic Star
Chromatic StarSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Star: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. When Chromatic Star is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.
(4)

Land: 20
Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
(20)

The basic principal behind this deck does not include playing Barren Glory
Barren Glory
Barren GlorySet: Future Sight
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control no permanents other than Barren Glory and have no cards in hand, you win the game.
from your hand, rather from your library during the end of your opponents turn. While the main part of this deck can be trimmed down quite a bit, the other cards are mainly for finding what you need and crowd control.

The combo for this deck revolves around Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
and Kaervek’s Spite. With Kaervek’s Spite being an instant and only costing 3 Black Mana, it is not too hard to play pretty early. The main problem is that Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
costing 3 colorless and 1 White Mana. That’s the reason for the Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic Sphere
Chromatic SphereSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
299
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Draw a card.
s and Chromatic Star
Chromatic Star
Chromatic StarSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
1, T, Sacrifice Chromatic Star: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. When Chromatic Star is put into a graveyard from play, draw a card.
s. Both these artifacts also let you draw cards when you sacrifice them, possibly getting you a little closer to what you need. Once the Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
is on the table, just play Kaervek’s Spite at the end of your opponent's turn, sacrificing all your permanents and discarding your hand, thus fulfilling the requirements for Barren Glory
Barren Glory
Barren GlorySet: Future Sight
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control no permanents other than Barren Glory and have no cards in hand, you win the game.
, and remove Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
from the game and place Barren Glory
Barren Glory
Barren GlorySet: Future Sight
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control no permanents other than Barren Glory and have no cards in hand, you win the game.
on the table for the win. On average, the deck usually takes 3-6 turns to develop the win scenario.

Aside from the win condition, the rest of the cards are used simply to dig and for creature control. Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
and 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.
is such a nice little combo for slaughtering weenie decks and getting your life total out of the gutter. And all the Dimir cards can be transmuted to dig for Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
, Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
, or Kaervek’s Spite.

There are a few substitutions that can be made in this deck. If Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
is a little too expensive, you can substitute Lost Auramancers
Lost Auramancers
Lost AuramancersSet: Future Sight
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Artist:
Brandon Kitkouski
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
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 Lost Auramancers is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no time counters on it, you may search your library for an enchantment card and put it into play. If you do, shuffle your library.
, but the vanishing does slow the deck down quite a bit. And if transmuting is not your thing and you have a few tutors lying around somewhere, they work just fine too. Also, you can always pull out a few cards for a playset of Dash Hopes
Dash Hopes
Dash HopesSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
When you play Dash Hopes, any player may pay 5 life. If a player does, counter Dash Hopes. Counter target spell.
if you want to play it safe in the event of a last minute counterspell.


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