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Here I am again with a new take on an old idea: the Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
deck. Mirrodin did wonders for this archetype, as it did for several others. First off, as always, here’s the decklist:

Creatures (15)
4: White Knight
White Knight
White KnightSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from black, first strike

3: 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.

2: Duskrider Falcon
Duskrider Falcon
Duskrider FalconSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Falcon
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Cecil Fernando
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from black

2: Melesse Spirit
Melesse Spirit
Melesse SpiritSet: Mirage
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Gerry Grace
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, protection from black

3: Order of the White Shield
Order of the White Shield
Order of the White ShieldSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knights
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ruth Thompson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from blackW: First strike until end of turnWW: +1/+0 until end of turn
/Order of Leitbur
Order of Leitbur
Order of LeitburSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clerics
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from blackWW: +1/+0 until end of turnW: First strike until end of turn

1: Mystic Crusader
Mystic Crusader
Mystic CrusaderSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nomad Mystic
Rarity:
R
Number:
33
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black and from red Threshold - Mystic Crusader gets +1/+1 and has flying. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)


Artifacts (6)
2: Loxodon Warhamer
2: Altar of Shadows
Altar of Shadows
Altar of ShadowsSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, add B to your mana pool for each charge counter on Altar of Shadows. 7, T: Destroy target creature. Then put a charge counter on Altar of Shadows.

2: Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Armor

Enchantments (12)
4: Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.

3: Circle of Protection: Black
1: Traveling Plague
Traveling Plague
Traveling PlagueSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
166
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, put a plague counter on Traveling Plague. Enchanted creature gets -1/-1 for each plague counter on Traveling Plague. When enchanted creature leaves play, that creature's controller returns Traveling Plague from its owner's graveyard to play.

2: Death Pits of Rath
Death Pits of Rath
Death Pits of RathSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Joel Biske
Text:
Whenever any creature is dealt damage, destroy it. That creature cannot be regenerated this turn.

2: Soul Link
Soul Link
Soul LinkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Text:
Whenever enchanted creature deals or is dealt damage, you gain that much life.


Spells (7)
2: Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.

2: Syphon Soul
Syphon Soul
Syphon SoulSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Text:
Syphon Soul deals 2 damage to each other player. You gain equal to the damage dealt this way.

2: Death Grasp
Death Grasp
Death GraspSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Death Grasp deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.

1: Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Land (20)
10: Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W 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.


Now I know the only really new things here are the Altar of Shadows
Altar of Shadows
Altar of ShadowsSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, add B to your mana pool for each charge counter on Altar of Shadows. 7, T: Destroy target creature. Then put a charge counter on Altar of Shadows.
and the Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon Warhammer
Loxodon WarhammerSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
201
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Equipped creature gets +3/+0, has trample, and has 'Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.' Equip 3 (3: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
, but trust me, they make all the difference. First, let’s go over the basic idea for all the newer players who weren’t around to see Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
have its heyday.

Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
, a common black enchantment, pings everything on the board, players included, one point of damage at a time. Using Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Armor or COP: Black will keep you happy and healthy while your opponents slowly feel the burn as they wither away and die. Your creatures have protection from black, so the Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
can’t touch them, and they watch as the rest of the board withers away and dies. Lots of withering and dying here.

The problem with this idea is that opponents tend to get a little testy when you wipe out their weenie horde, pick off their utility creatures, or at the very least whittle away slowly at their life totals while you stay nice and happy at 20. So instead of picking off their weenies, pick off everything they own by playing a Death Pits of Rath
Death Pits of Rath
Death Pits of RathSet: Tempest
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Joel Biske
Text:
Whenever any creature is dealt damage, destroy it. That creature cannot be regenerated this turn.
and killing everything that even thinks about touching the board. Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
for one if anyone even looks at you funny. Keep whittling away before your turn begins, and swinging with your pro-black creatures every chance you get.

Eventually, you’ll get out the 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.
, which are like miniature Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
s for X at a time. If you equip the Warhammer to them, and set them off when there are several creatures on the board, you will gain an ungodly amount of life. It’s just obscene sometimes. The last time I used this combo, I ended up at 127.

Then there’s the other fun stuff. The Altar of Shadows
Altar of Shadows
Altar of ShadowsSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, add B to your mana pool for each charge counter on Altar of Shadows. 7, T: Destroy target creature. Then put a charge counter on Altar of Shadows.
is vital to pick off any other pro-black creatures that pop up under someone else’s control. Eventually, it will start to pay for itself and then some if you manage to use it enough. The Traveling Plague
Traveling Plague
Traveling PlagueSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
166
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, put a plague counter on Traveling Plague. Enchanted creature gets -1/-1 for each plague counter on Traveling Plague. When enchanted creature leaves play, that creature's controller returns Traveling Plague from its owner's graveyard to play.
is an upgrade for the old Takklemaggot
Takklemaggot
TakklemaggotSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
During target creature's controller's upkeep, put a -0/-1 counter on that creature. If the creature is put into the graveyard, its controller chooses a new target creature for Takklemaggot. If there are no legal targets, Takklemaggot becomes an enchantment; during his or her upkeep, Takklemaggot deals 1 damage to the controller of the last creature Takklemaggot enchanted. Control of Takklemaggot does not change when its target changes or when it becomes an enchantment.
s that were originally in this deck. It slowly eats opponents’ creatures and keeps coming back to eat some more, unable to touch your creatures at all (notice a theme here?). The Syphon Soul
Syphon Soul
Syphon SoulSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
159
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Text:
Syphon Soul deals 2 damage to each other player. You gain equal to the damage dealt this way.
s are for an early life boost and for beginning the damage. The Death Grasp
Death Grasp
Death GraspSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Death Grasp deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.
is for handing an annoying life-gaining opponent or for dealing the final blow.

So there you have it. For the older players reading this, there’s an update to an old favorite deck. For newer readers, it’s proof that black and white can play well together even without being tribal Clerics. Stupid Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung Reanimator
Rotlung ReanimatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Rotlung Reanimator or another Cleric is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
. Be sure you tune in next time when I tell you all about my Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
deck that doesn’t actually attack, but still manages to kill everyone in one fell swoop. Well, not so much a fell swoop as a silly stumble, but it still wins.


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