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Onslaught Revisited - Chewie! Slate (9/24/2007)

In an article on the Magic website a few weeks ago, The Ferrett ranked the Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
tribes by power level in multiplayer. After thinking it over, I'd have to say his take was pretty much right on the nose. It got me all nostalgic (how fitting, seeing as how we're just coming out of the 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.
Nostalgia block) for the days when I had just picked Magic up again. I played some back when I was a kid (and didn't we all?) but my last two years in college were completed on the backs of a big group of dorks with lots and lots of multiplayer Magic keeping us going. We started just as Judgment was finishing up, so Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
block was really where we kicked it all off.

I decided to share my nostalgia with all of you who were also playing at the time. And for those of you who have started since then, I'd like to give you some ideas for the upcoming Tribal Block, Lorwyn. I'm going to go through The Ferrett's rankings and give you the decks I played for each type. And away we go....


8. Wizards

Nope. My former roommate Corey built a formidable Wizard deck. It had the Patron Wizard
Patron Wizard
Patron WizardSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap an untapped Wizard you control: Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
, Nameless One
Nameless One
Nameless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
100
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Nameless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Wizards in play.. Morph 2U (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
, Information Dealer
Information Dealer
Information DealerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
88
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Look at the top X cards of your library, where X is the number of Wizards in play, then put them back in any order.
(highly annoying), and all the standard Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
Wizards. The Information Dealer
Information Dealer
Information DealerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
88
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Look at the top X cards of your library, where X is the number of Wizards in play, then put them back in any order.
s were by far the most helpful part for him, but the most annoying for the rest of us. While he was stacking his deck in his favor because he had 12 Wizards out, we were steadily losing interest in the game. At the time, there really wasn't another way to build a Wizard deck that I saw, so I opted out of building another one. Recently, Wizards have been used more for their specific individual abilities rather than their strength as a tribe.


7. Clerics

This is similar to the Wizards issue above. This time though, everyone had different Cleric decks. There was the one that had Ancestor's Prophet
Ancestor's Prophet
Ancestor's ProphetSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Tap five untapped Clerics you control: You gain 10 life.
and Doubtless One
Doubtless One
Doubtless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Doubtless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Clerics in play.. Whenever Doubtless One deals damage, you gain that much life.
and won by Test of Endurance
Test of Endurance
Test of EnduranceSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
29
Artist:
Mike Ploog

Text:
At the begining of your upkeep, if you have 50 or more life, you win the game.
. There was the one that had the Starlit Sanctum
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit SanctumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
325
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: You gain life equal to that Cleric's toughness. B, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses life equal to that Cleric's power.
and Vile Deacon
Vile Deacon
Vile DeaconSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Vile Deacon attacks, it gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is
the number of Clerics in play.
as its main kill. There were also several Cabal Archon
Cabal Archon
Cabal ArchonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
s in the deck probably Patriarch’s Bidding too if I remember correctly. There were several different Cleric decks running around, and they were all different enough to have taken away all the good ideas. So again, I declined this tribe.

Recently, however, I've been organizing my entire collection. I just did Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
block last Thursday night while watching the NFL opener, and I have to say that some of the old Cleric cards are pretty formidable, especially in multiplayer. After a quick Gatherer search and some judicious digging and cutting on my part, I came up with a Cleric deck. It's black with a splash of white, and here it is for your evaluation.

Creatures
4: Cabal Archon
Cabal Archon
Cabal ArchonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.

4: Vile Deacon
Vile Deacon
Vile DeaconSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Vile Deacon attacks, it gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is
the number of Clerics in play.

4: Doubtless One
Doubtless One
Doubtless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Doubtless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Clerics in play.. Whenever Doubtless One deals damage, you gain that much life.

3: Orzhov Pontiff
Orzhov Pontiff
Orzhov PontiffSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haunt (When this card is put into a graveyard from play, remove it from the game haunting target creature.) When Orzhov Pontiff comes into play or the creature it haunts is put into a graveyard, choose one — creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn; or creatures you don’t control get -1/-1 until end of turn.

3: Disciple of Tevesh Szat
Disciple of Tevesh Szat
Disciple of Tevesh SzatSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
T Target creature gets -1 -1 until end of turn. 4BB, T, Sacrifice Disciple of Tevesh Szat: Target creature gets -6 -6 until end of turn.

3: Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.

2: Edgewalker
Edgewalker
EdgewalkerSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
137
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Cleric spells you play cost one less W and/or B. (This reduces colored mana costs only.)

2: Daunting Defender
Daunting Defender
Daunting DefenderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a source would deal damage to a Cleric you control, prevent 1 of that damage.

2: Doomed Necromancer
Doomed Necromancer
Doomed NecromancerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Mercenary
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, T, Sacrifice Doomed Necromancer: Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.

2: 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==
1: Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)


Noncreatures
4: Profane Prayers
Profane Prayers
Profane PrayersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
162
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Profane Prayers deals X damage to target creature or player and you gain X life, where X is the number of Clerics in play.

2: Phthisis
Phthisis
PhthisisSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature. Its controller loses life equal to its power plus its toughness. Suspend 5-1B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 1B and remove it from the game with five 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.)

2: Living End
Living End
Living EndSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Living End is black. Suspend 3-2BB Each player removes all creature cards in his or her graveyard from the game, then sacrifices all creatures he or she controls, then puts into play all cards he or she removed this way.


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

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

4: Orzhov Basilica
Orzhov Basilica
Orzhov BasilicaSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
161
Text:
Orzhov Basilica comes into play tapped. When Orzhov Basilica comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add WB to your mana pool.

2: Starlit Sanctum
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit SanctumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
325
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: You gain life equal to that Cleric's toughness. B, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses life equal to that Cleric's power.


The Orzhov idea of bleeding your opponent out is very much alive in this deck. The Cabal Archon
Cabal Archon
Cabal ArchonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
, Doubtless One
Doubtless One
Doubtless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Doubtless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Clerics in play.. Whenever Doubtless One deals damage, you gain that much life.
, 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==, Profane Prayers
Profane Prayers
Profane PrayersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
162
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Profane Prayers deals X damage to target creature or player and you gain X life, where X is the number of Clerics in play.
, and Starlit Sanctum
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit SanctumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
325
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: You gain life equal to that Cleric's toughness. B, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses life equal to that Cleric's power.
all follow this theme very closely. Phthisis
Phthisis
PhthisisSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature. Its controller loses life equal to its power plus its toughness. Suspend 5-1B (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay 1B and remove it from the game with five 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.)
is just for fun (and because I had like 7 copies I wasn't using). Living End
Living End
Living EndSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Living End is black. Suspend 3-2BB Each player removes all creature cards in his or her graveyard from the game, then sacrifices all creatures he or she controls, then puts into play all cards he or she removed this way.
is great. In a test game, I managed to drain 6 life from my opponent using the Cabal Archon
Cabal Archon
Cabal ArchonSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
at the end of their turn, cycle the Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
during my upkeep, and resolve the Living End
Living End
Living EndSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Living End is black. Suspend 3-2BB Each player removes all creature cards in his or her graveyard from the game, then sacrifices all creatures he or she controls, then puts into play all cards he or she removed this way.
just in time to get back 6 creatures total. The fact that I lost to a well-placed Sudden Impact
Sudden Impact
Sudden ImpactSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Sudden Impact deals 1 damage to target player for each card in his or her hand.
is completely beside the point.

I also added in the Dark Supplicant
Dark Supplicant
Dark SupplicantSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T, Sacrifice three Clerics: Search your graveyard, hand, and/or library for a card named Scion of Darkness and put it into play. If you search your library this way, shuffle it.
and Scion of Darkness
Scion of Darkness
Scion of DarknessSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
79
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever Scion of Darkness deals combat damage to a player, you may put
target creature card from that player's graveyard into play under your control.
Cycling 3 (3, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
trick, which I actually managed to pull off on turn 4 in a different test game. Orzhov Pontiff
Orzhov Pontiff
Orzhov PontiffSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haunt (When this card is put into a graveyard from play, remove it from the game haunting target creature.) When Orzhov Pontiff comes into play or the creature it haunts is put into a graveyard, choose one — creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn; or creatures you don’t control get -1/-1 until end of turn.
can clear out some weenies or pump my guys for a faster kill. Edgewalker
Edgewalker
EdgewalkerSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
137
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Cleric spells you play cost one less W and/or B. (This reduces colored mana costs only.)
makes everybody cheaper, and Daunting Defender
Daunting Defender
Daunting DefenderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a source would deal damage to a Cleric you control, prevent 1 of that damage.
makes everybody more resilient. And of course, there's the aforementioned Vile Deacon
Vile Deacon
Vile DeaconSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Vile Deacon attacks, it gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is
the number of Clerics in play.
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit Sanctum
Starlit SanctumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
325
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. W, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: You gain life equal to that Cleric's toughness. B, T, Sacrifice a Cleric: Target player loses life equal to that Cleric's power.
combo. If I could nab a pair of 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.
and perhaps one Ancestor's Prophet
Ancestor's Prophet
Ancestor's ProphetSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
5
Text:
Tap five untapped Clerics you control: You gain 10 life.
, my Cleric deck would be complete. I’m not entirely sure if the Glarecaster
Glarecaster
GlarecasterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
30
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying. 5W: The next time damage would be dealt to Glarecaster or you this turn, that damage is dealt to target creature or player instead.
that The Ferrett mentioned really has much of a place in this deck, considering the lack of white mana.


6. Soldiers

Oddly enough, this tribe wasn't terribly popular, so I ran with it. I've already written one article about my Soldier deck and how I took it from a boring old standard tribal deck to a deck focused around the Catapult Squad
Catapult Squad
Catapult SquadSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Soldiers you control: Catapult Squad deals 2 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.
. I have since added a second focus, which is the production of Soldier tokens. The Ferrett was right, you really need lots of soldiers to have an impact. Here's the deck as it stands now.

Creatures
4: Catapult Squad
Catapult Squad
Catapult SquadSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Soldiers you control: Catapult Squad deals 2 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.

2: Daru Warchief
Daru Warchief
Daru WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
6
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Soldier spells you play cost 1 less to play. Soldiers you control get +1/+2.


2: 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.

2: Catapult Master
Catapult Master
Catapult MasterSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Tap five untapped Soldiers you control: Remove target creature from the game.

2: Frontline Strategist
Frontline Strategist
Frontline StrategistSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Morph W
When Frontline Strategist is turned face up, prevent all non-Soldier combat damage that would be dealt this turn.

2: Stormfront Riders
Stormfront Riders
Stormfront RidersSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
20
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Stormfront Riders comes into play, return two creatures you control to their owner's hand. Whenever Stormfront Riders or another creature is returned to your hand from play, put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

2: Deftblade Elite
Deftblade Elite
Deftblade EliteSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Provoke (When this attacks, you may have target creature defending player
controls untap and block it if able.) 1W: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by Deftblade Elite this turn.

1: Field Marshal
Field Marshal
Field MarshalSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
5
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Other Soldiers get +1 +1 and have first strike.

1: Darien, King of Kjeldor
Darien, King of Kjeldor
Darien, King of KjeldorSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
4
Artist:
Michael Phillippi
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever you're dealt damage, you may put that many 1 1 white Soldier creature tokens into play.

1: Aven Brigadier
Aven Brigadier
Aven BrigadierSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. All other Birds get +1/+1. All other Soldiers get +1/+1.

1: Intrepid Hero
Intrepid Hero
Intrepid HeroSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Destroy target creature with power 4 or greater.

1: Oathsworn Giant
Oathsworn Giant
Oathsworn GiantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Vigilance Other creatures you control get +0/+2 and have vigilance.


Noncreatures
4: Raise the Alarm
Raise the Alarm
Raise the AlarmSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens into play.

2: Roar of the Kha
Roar of the Kha
Roar of the KhaSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Choose one - Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn; or untap all creatures you control. Entwine 1W (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

2: Fortify
Fortify
FortifySet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
19
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Choose one - Creatures you control get +2/+0 until end of turn; or creatures you control get +0/+2 until end of turn.

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: Spirit Loop
Spirit Loop
Spirit LoopSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Enchant creature you control Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life. When Spirit Loop is put into a graveyard from play, return Spirit Loop to its owner's hand.

2: Unified Strike
Unified Strike
Unified StrikeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
58
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Remove target attacking creature from the game if its power is less than or equal to the number of Soldiers in play.

2: Prismatic Strands
Prismatic Strands
Prismatic StrandsSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson

Text:
Prevent all damage that a source of the color of your choice would deal this turn. Flashback: Tap an untapped white creature you control.

2: Shared Triumph
Shared Triumph
Shared TriumphSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
53
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
As Shared Triumph comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type get +1/+1.

2: Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1: Bullwhip
Bullwhip
BullwhipSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Brom
Text:
2, T: Bullwhip deals 1 damage to target creature. That creature attacks this turn if able.


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

2: Secluded Steppe
Secluded Steppe
Secluded SteppeSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
324
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Secluded Steppe comes into play tapped. T: Add W to your mana pool. Cycling W (W, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)


Stormfront Riders
Stormfront Riders
Stormfront RidersSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
20
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Stormfront Riders comes into play, return two creatures you control to their owner's hand. Whenever Stormfront Riders or another creature is returned to your hand from play, put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.
, 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.
, Darien, Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.
, and Raise the Alarm
Raise the Alarm
Raise the AlarmSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
16
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Put two 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens into play.
all give me Soldier tokens at a bargain. Spirit Loop
Spirit Loop
Spirit LoopSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
42
Artist:
Wayne Reynolds
Text:
Enchant creature you control Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life. When Spirit Loop is put into a graveyard from play, return Spirit Loop to its owner's hand.
on a Catapult Squad
Catapult Squad
Catapult SquadSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Soldiers you control: Catapult Squad deals 2 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.
can cause headaches for my opponents. I've added in Field Marshal
Field Marshal
Field MarshalSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
5
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Other Soldiers get +1 +1 and have first strike.
and Fortify
Fortify
FortifySet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
19
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Choose one - Creatures you control get +2/+0 until end of turn; or creatures you control get +0/+2 until end of turn.
to increase the chances of a swarm kill, with Oathsworn Giant
Oathsworn Giant
Oathsworn GiantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Vigilance Other creatures you control get +0/+2 and have vigilance.
, Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.
, and Roar of the Kha
Roar of the Kha
Roar of the KhaSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Choose one - Creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn; or untap all creatures you control. Entwine 1W (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
enabling my Catapult Squad
Catapult Squad
Catapult SquadSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
11
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Soldiers you control: Catapult Squad deals 2 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.
to handle any retaliation. Bullwhip
Bullwhip
BullwhipSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
Brom
Text:
2, T: Bullwhip deals 1 damage to target creature. That creature attacks this turn if able.
is there to force something to attack so I can stone it to death. Deftblade Elite
Deftblade Elite
Deftblade EliteSet: Legions
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Provoke (When this attacks, you may have target creature defending player
controls untap and block it if able.) 1W: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by Deftblade Elite this turn.
is there to force something to block so I can stone it to death.


5. Zombies

Ah, Zombies. It seems like we all had a Zombie deck at some time, but for some reason that never bothered me like it did with Clerics or Elves. I made my deck pretty vicious, and I've kept it together over the years despite hardly ever playing it. Here it is now, after some recent tinkering to introduce some Madness into the deck.

Creatures
4: Festering Goblin
Festering Goblin
Festering GoblinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Festering Goblin is put into a graveyard from play, target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

3: Undead Warchief
Undead Warchief
Undead WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
78
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Zombie spells you play cost 1 less to play. Zombies you control get +2/+1.

3: Soulless One
Soulless One
Soulless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Soulless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Zombies in play plus the number of Zombie cards in all graveyards.

2: Gravespawn Sovereign
Gravespawn Sovereign
Gravespawn SovereignSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Tap five untapped Zombies you control: Put target creature card from a graveyard into play under your control.

2: Carrion Feeder
Carrion Feeder
Carrion FeederSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Carrion Feeder can't block.
Sacrifice a creature : Put a +1/+1 counter on Carrion Feeder.
1/1

2: Skirk Ridge Exhumer
Skirk Ridge Exhumer
Skirk Ridge ExhumerSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Spellshaper
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
Michael Phillippi
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, T, Discard a card Put a 1/1 black Zombie Goblin creature token named Festering Goblin into play with When Festering Goblin is put into a graveyard from play, target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.

2: Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis

2: Zombie Master
Zombie Master
Zombie MasterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
All zombies in play gain swampwalk and B: Regenerates for as long as this card remains in play.

2: Lord of the Undead
Lord of the Undead
Lord of the UndeadSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Brom
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Zombies get +1/+1. 1B, T: Return target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.

2: Vengeful Dead
Vengeful Dead
Vengeful DeadSet: Scourge
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Vengeful dead or another Zombie is put into a graveyard from play, each opponent loses 1 life.

2: Brain Gorgers
Brain Gorgers
Brain GorgersSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
When you play Brain Gorgers, any player may sacrifice a creature. If a player does, counter Brain Gorgers. Madness 1B (If you discard this card, you may play it for its madness cost instead of putting it into your graveyard.)

2: Noxious Ghoul
Noxious Ghoul
Noxious GhoulSet: Legions
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Noxious Ghoul or another Zombie comes into play, all non-Zombie
creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.

2: Twisted Abomination
Twisted Abomination
Twisted AbominationSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Darren Bader
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
B : Regenerate Twisted Abomination
Swampcycling

2: Gempalm Polluter
Gempalm Polluter
Gempalm PolluterSet: Legions
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Cycling BB (BB, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.) When you cycle Gempalm Polluter, you may have target player lose 1 life for
each Zombie in play.

1: Nefashu
Nefashu
NefashuSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Mutant
Rarity:
R
Number:
70
Artist:
rk post
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Nefashu attacks, up to five target creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.

1: Undead Gladiator
Undead Gladiator
Undead GladiatorSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Barbarian
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
1B, Discard a card from your hand: Return Undead Gladiator from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.. Cycling 1B (1B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

1: Zombie Trailblazer
Zombie Trailblazer
Zombie TrailblazerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap an untapped Zombie you control: Target land becomes a swamp until end of turn. Tap an untapped Zombie you control: Target creature gains swampwalk until end of turn.

1: Balthor the Defiled
Balthor the Defiled
Balthor the DefiledSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Dwarf Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
61
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Minions get +1/+1. BBB, Remove Balthor the Defiled from the game: Each player returns all black and all red creature cards from his or her graveyard to play.


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

2: Feeding Frenzy
Feeding Frenzy
Feeding FrenzySet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
147
Artist:
Nelson DeCastro
Text:
Target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn, where X is the number of Zombies in play.


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

2: Barren Moor
Barren Moor
Barren MoorSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
312
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Barren Moor comes into play tapped. T: Add B to your mana pool. Cycling B (B, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

2: Unholy Grotto
Unholy Grotto
Unholy GrottoSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
327
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. B, T: Put target Zombie card from your graveyard on top of your library.


Using Balthor the Defiled
Balthor the Defiled
Balthor the DefiledSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Dwarf Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
61
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Minions get +1/+1. BBB, Remove Balthor the Defiled from the game: Each player returns all black and all red creature cards from his or her graveyard to play.
with a Noxious Ghoul
Noxious Ghoul
Noxious GhoulSet: Legions
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Noxious Ghoul or another Zombie comes into play, all non-Zombie
creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.
either on the board or in the bin is basically a Plague Wind
Plague Wind
Plague WindSet: Prophecy
Cost:
9
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Destroy all creatures you don't control. They can't be regenerated.
. I have absolutely no idea why The Ferrett didn't mention the Noxious Ghoul
Noxious Ghoul
Noxious GhoulSet: Legions
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Noxious Ghoul or another Zombie comes into play, all non-Zombie
creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn.
. It was the most terrifying, powerful, and obnoxious Zombie used in my group of dorks. Oh well, to each his own I guess.

I can recycle my useful creatures every turn if I like using the Grotto and the Lord of the Undead
Lord of the Undead
Lord of the UndeadSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Brom
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Zombies get +1/+1. 1B, T: Return target Zombie card from your graveyard to your hand.
. I can swampcycle every turn, or use the Polluter, or make the Carrion Feeder
Carrion Feeder
Carrion FeederSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
59
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Carrion Feeder can't block.
Sacrifice a creature : Put a +1/+1 counter on Carrion Feeder.
1/1
bigger, or make a Festering Goblin
Festering Goblin
Festering GoblinSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Festering Goblin is put into a graveyard from play, target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn.
token. I think you get the idea. A Zombie Master
Zombie Master
Zombie MasterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
All zombies in play gain swampwalk and B: Regenerates for as long as this card remains in play.
and a Zombie Trailblazer
Zombie Trailblazer
Zombie TrailblazerSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap an untapped Zombie you control: Target land becomes a swamp until end of turn. Tap an untapped Zombie you control: Target creature gains swampwalk until end of turn.
can spell instant win. And Zombie Infestation
Zombie Infestation
Zombie InfestationSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Discard two cards from your hand: Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
is always fun, especially if I'm able to get back the good stuff I discard. I considered Bridge from Below
Bridge from Below
Bridge from BelowSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Whenever a nontoken creature is put into your graveyard from play, if Bridge from Below is in your graveyard, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
When a creature is put into an opponent's graveyard from play, if Bridge from Below is in your graveyard, remove Bridge from Below from the game.
just for fun, but it just didn't seem to fit. I might throw it in another deck where stuff dies constantly. I decided against Call to the Grave
Call to the Grave
Call to the GraveSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Text:
At the beginning of each player’s upkeep, that player sacrifices a non-Zombie creature. At end of turn, if there are no creatures in play, sacrifice Call to the Grave.
just so I wouldn't be a big jerk. You'll note the lack of Shepherd of Rot
Shepherd of Rot
Shepherd of RotSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
168
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Each player loses 1 life for each Zombie in play.
, which is missing for the same reason.


3. Birds

And then we come to the Birds. The Ferrett was totally right about the Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
's Aerie. It is the single most terrifying Bird-related card ever printed. After a bit of recent tinkering just to throw in some more Bird token production, the deck stands thus:

Creatures
4: Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.

2: Celestial Gatekeeper
Celestial Gatekeeper
Celestial GatekeeperSet: Legions
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
6
Artist:
Chistopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Celestial Gatekeeper is put into a graveyard from play, remove it from the game, then return up to two target Bird and/or Cleric cards from your graveyard to play.

2: Courier Hawk
Courier Hawk
Courier HawkSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying, vigilance

2: Aven Augur
Aven Augur
Aven AugurSet: Future Sight
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
Sacrifice Aven Augur Return up to two target creatures to their owners' hands. Play this ability only during your upkeep.

2: Shoreline Ranger
Shoreline Ranger
Shoreline RangerSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
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2: Aven Riftwatcher
Aven Riftwatcher
Aven RiftwatcherSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Rebel Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 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 Aven Riftwatcher comes into play or leaves play, you gain 2 life.

2: Sawtooth Loon
Sawtooth Loon
Sawtooth LoonSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
123
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Sawtooth Loon comes into play, return a white or blue creature you control to its owner's hand. When Sawtooth Loon comes into play, draw two cards, then put two cards from your hand on the bottom of your library.

2: Jotun Owl Keeper
Jotun Owl Keeper
Jotun Owl KeeperSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
U
Number:
9
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Cumulative upkeep W or U (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.) When Jotun Owl Keeper is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1 1 white Bird creature token with flying into play for each age counter on it.

2: Aven Fisher
Aven Fisher
Aven FisherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
63
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When Aven Fisher is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.

2: Crookclaw Elder
Crookclaw Elder
Crookclaw ElderSet: Legions
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Tap two untapped Birds you control: Draw a card. Tap two untapped Wizards you control: Target creature gains flying until end of turn.

2: Keeper of the Nine Gales
Keeper of the Nine Gales
Keeper of the Nine GalesSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying T, Tap two untapped Birds you control: Return target permanent to its
owner’s hand.

2: Phantom Flock
Phantom Flock
Phantom FlockSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Artist:
David Martin

Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Flying Phantom Flock comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it. If damage would be dealt to Phantom Flock, prevent that damage. Remove a +1/+1 counter from Phantom Flock.

1: Aven Brigadier
Aven Brigadier
Aven BrigadierSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
3
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. All other Birds get +1/+1. All other Soldiers get +1/+1.

1: Commander Eesha
Commander Eesha
Commander EeshaSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
9
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying, Protection from Creatures

1: Lieutenant Kirtar
Lieutenant Kirtar
Lieutenant KirtarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
29
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1W, Sacrifice Lieutenant Kirtar: Remove target attacking creature from the game.

1: Pride of the Clouds
Pride of the Clouds
Pride of the CloudsSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Rebecca Guay

1: Raven Familiar
Raven Familiar
Raven FamiliarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
39
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Raven Familiar comes into play, look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.


Noncreatures
4: Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
's Aerie
4: Battle Screech
Battle Screech
Battle ScreechSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
3
Artist:
Randy Gallegos

Text:
Put two 1/1 white Bird creature tokens with flying into play. Flashback - Tap three untapped white creatures you control.

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


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

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

2: Seaside Haven
Seaside Haven
Seaside HavenSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
323
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. WU, T, Sacrifice a Bird: Draw a card.

2: Azorius Chancery
Azorius Chancery
Azorius ChancerySet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Azorius Chancery comes into play tapped. When Azorius Chancery comes into play, return a land you control to its owner's hand. T: Add WU to your mana pool.

2: Coastal Tower
Coastal Tower
Coastal TowerSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
321
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Coastal Tower comes into play tapped.T: Add W or U to your mana pool.


A few of my Birds automatically die or have sacrifice effects to keep putting counters on the Aerie. The Aven Augur
Aven Augur
Aven AugurSet: Future Sight
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
Sacrifice Aven Augur Return up to two target creatures to their owners' hands. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
can throw itself in the graveyard, as can Lieutenant Kirtar
Lieutenant Kirtar
Lieutenant KirtarSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
29
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 1W, Sacrifice Lieutenant Kirtar: Remove target attacking creature from the game.
. The Aven Riftwatcher
Aven Riftwatcher
Aven RiftwatcherSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Rebel Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
C
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying 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 Aven Riftwatcher comes into play or leaves play, you gain 2 life.
and Raven Familiar
Raven Familiar
Raven FamiliarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
39
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Raven Familiar comes into play, look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
can just die of their own accord if I don't feel like keeping them around. And there's always the Seaside Haven
Seaside Haven
Seaside HavenSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
323
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. WU, T, Sacrifice a Bird: Draw a card.
if the Aerie just has to have a counter right now.

Battle Screech
Battle Screech
Battle ScreechSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
3
Artist:
Randy Gallegos

Text:
Put two 1/1 white Bird creature tokens with flying into play. Flashback - Tap three untapped white creatures you control.
, Pride of the Clouds
Pride of the Clouds
Pride of the CloudsSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
, and Jotun Owl Keeper
Jotun Owl Keeper
Jotun Owl KeeperSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
U
Number:
9
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Cumulative upkeep W or U (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.) When Jotun Owl Keeper is put into a graveyard from play, put a 1 1 white Bird creature token with flying into play for each age counter on it.
supply me with a steady stream of Bird tokens that I can use to swarm for the win. The Keeper of the Nine Gales
Keeper of the Nine Gales
Keeper of the Nine GalesSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying T, Tap two untapped Birds you control: Return target permanent to its
owner’s hand.
is always handy, as is the very sturdy Phantom Flock
Phantom Flock
Phantom FlockSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
16
Artist:
David Martin

Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Flying Phantom Flock comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it. If damage would be dealt to Phantom Flock, prevent that damage. Remove a +1/+1 counter from Phantom Flock.
. I even threw in the Soulcatcher
Soulcatcher
SoulcatcherSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
47
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Whenever a creature with flying is put into a graveyard from play, put a +1/+1 counter on Soulcatcher.
to keep watch over his Aerie. All in all, this is one of those decks that makes my opponents groan once they realize what I'm playing. Playing this deck also usually entails me dying first, which is the true sign of the powerful deck in multiplayer.


2. 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
s

I love me some 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
s. When I first saw the card Aether Charge
Aether Charge
Aether ChargeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
184
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play under your control, you may have it deal 4 damage to target opponent.
, I knew I could do great things with it. I wouldn't know just how great until Mirrodin block gave me Pulse of the Tangle
Pulse of the Tangle
Pulse of the TangleSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Put a 3/3 Green Beast token into play. Then if target opponent controls more creatures than you, return Pulse of the Tangle to its owner's hand.
. Here's the deck as it stands now.

Creatures
4: Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.

2: Krosan Tusker
Krosan Tusker
Krosan TuskerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
272
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Cycling 2G (2G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.). When you cycle Krosan Tusker, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

2: Jackalope Herd
Jackalope Herd
Jackalope HerdSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beasts
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
If you play any spell, return Jackalope Herd to owner's hand.

2: U3RhbGtpbmcgVengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.

2: Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
Kiki-Jiki, Mirror BreakerSet: From the Vault Legends
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Shaman
Rarity:
M
Number:
4
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste {T}: Put a token that's a copy of target nonlegendary creature you control onto the battlefield. That token has haste. Sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

2: Wirewood Savage
Wirewood Savage
Wirewood SavageSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
304
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play, you may draw a card.

1: Protean Hulk
Protean Hulk
Protean HulkSet: Dissension
Color:
Green
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Matt Cavotta

1: Copperhoof Vorrac
Copperhoof Vorrac
Copperhoof VorracSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Copperhoof Vorrac gets +1/+1 for each untapped permanent your opponents control.

1: Rhox
Rhox
RhoxSet: Nemesis
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may have Rhox deal combat damage to defending player as though it weren't blocked. 2G: Regenerate Rhox.

1: Bringer of the Green Dawn
Bringer of the Green Dawn
Bringer of the Green DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
83
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying BRinger of the Green Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a 3/3 green Beast creature token into play.


Noncreatures
4: Aether Charge
Aether Charge
Aether ChargeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
184
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play under your control, you may have it deal 4 damage to target opponent.

4: Pulse of the Tangle
Pulse of the Tangle
Pulse of the TangleSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Put a 3/3 Green Beast token into play. Then if target opponent controls more creatures than you, return Pulse of the Tangle to its owner's hand.

3: Hunting Pack
Hunting Pack
Hunting PackSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Put a 4/4 green Beast token into play.
Storm

2: Master Warcraft
Master Warcraft
Master WarcraftSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
12
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) Play Master Warcraft only before attackers are declared. You choose which creatures attack this turn. You choose how each creature blocks this turn.

2: Worldly Tutor
Worldly Tutor
Worldly TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
269
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for a creature card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

2: 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.)

2: Moment's Peace
Moment's Peace
Moment's PeaceSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn. Flashback 2G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

2: Midsummer Revel
Midsummer Revel
Midsummer RevelSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
268
Artist:
Steve Firchow
Text:
During your upkeep, you may put a verse counter on Midsummer Revel.G, Sacrifice Midsummer Revel: Put X Beast tokens into play, where X is the number of verse counters on Midsummer Revel. Treat these tokens as 3/3 green creatures.


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

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

2: Contested Cliffs
Contested Cliffs
Contested CliffsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
314
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. RG, T: Choose target Beast you control and target creature an opponent controls. Each creature deals damage equal to its power to the other.

2: Gruul Turf
Gruul Turf
Gruul TurfSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Text:
Gruul Turf comes into play tapped. When Gruul Turf comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add RG to your mana pool.

2: Shivan Oasis
Shivan Oasis
Shivan OasisSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
327
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Shivan Oasis comes into play tapped.T: Add R or G to your mana pool.

2: Temple of the False God
Temple of the False God
Temple of the False GodSet: Scourge
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
143
Text:
T : Add 2 to your mana pool. Play this ability only if you control five or more lands.


The ability to create 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
tokens is amazing in this deck. The whole point of the deck is to exploit Aether Charge
Aether Charge
Aether ChargeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
184
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play under your control, you may have it deal 4 damage to target opponent.
as much as I possibly can. Pulse of the Tangle
Pulse of the Tangle
Pulse of the TangleSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Put a 3/3 Green Beast token into play. Then if target opponent controls more creatures than you, return Pulse of the Tangle to its owner's hand.
is a lot of fun paired with Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.
(to insure that I can keep using the Pulse). Bringer of the Green Dawn
Bringer of the Green Dawn
Bringer of the Green DawnSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
9
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bringer
Rarity:
R
Number:
83
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may pay WUBRG instead of paying BRinger of the Green Dawn's mana cost. Trample. At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a 3/3 green Beast creature token into play.
gives me a 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
every turn. Hunting Pack
Hunting Pack
Hunting PackSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
121
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Put a 4/4 green Beast token into play.
Storm
and Midsummer Revel
Midsummer Revel
Midsummer RevelSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
268
Artist:
Steve Firchow
Text:
During your upkeep, you may put a verse counter on Midsummer Revel.G, Sacrifice Midsummer Revel: Put X Beast tokens into play, where X is the number of verse counters on Midsummer Revel. Treat these tokens as 3/3 green creatures.
can be an instant win. Jackalope Herd
Jackalope Herd
Jackalope HerdSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beasts
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
If you play any spell, return Jackalope Herd to owner's hand.
can be reused as many times as I want. U3RhbGtpbmcgVengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
is included to give me damage when I sacrifice a 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
to the Baloth. Rhox
Rhox
RhoxSet: Nemesis
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
You may have Rhox deal combat damage to defending player as though it weren't blocked. 2G: Regenerate Rhox.
and Copperhoof Vorrac
Copperhoof Vorrac
Copperhoof VorracSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Copperhoof Vorrac gets +1/+1 for each untapped permanent your opponents control.
are there because sometimes having a big scary monster is enough to win. The Protean Hulk
Protean Hulk
Protean HulkSet: Dissension
Color:
Green
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
can search out a Baloth, a Savage, or Kiki-Jiki.

Kiki-Jiki makes the amazing deck completely ridiculous. Ideally, I can copy a 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
each turn, dealing 4 with the Aether Charge
Aether Charge
Aether ChargeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
184
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
Whenever a Beast comes into play under your control, you may have it deal 4 damage to target opponent.
. Then I can sacrifice the 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
to the Baloth, gaining 4 life and triggering the U3RhbGtpbmcgVengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
at the same time. And finally, I threw in two copies of Master Warcraft
Master Warcraft
Master WarcraftSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
12
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
(R/W can be paid with either R or W.) Play Master Warcraft only before attackers are declared. You choose which creatures attack this turn. You choose how each creature blocks this turn.
because I thought it would be nice for a change to have my massive army of big slavering 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
s actually win by smashing face once in a while. Previously, the deck didn't do so well on the combat step.

1. Elves

Oh dear lord no. No no no. I absolutely despise Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
s, Timberwatch Elves, Wirewood Channeler
Wirewood Channeler
Wirewood ChannelerSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Add X mana of any one color to your mana pool, where X is the number of
Elves in play.
s, Heedless One
Heedless One
Heedless OneSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Avatar
Rarity:
U
Number:
265
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample. Heedless One's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Elves in play.
s, and ESPECIALLY Voice of the Woods
Voice of the Woods
Voice of the WoodsSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
297
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Tap five untapped Elves you control: Put a 7/7 green Elemental creature token with trample into play.
. I still don't have an Elf deck, and I have absolutely no interest in building one. Perhaps Lorwyn will change my mind, but I really do doubt it.


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