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The Process: MassKill - Chewie! Slate (10/12/2008)

Your lovable Content Editor and Mana Pool host Chewie here. It’s been a little while since I actually did any writing for the site. Usually I’m just plugging away at the podcast and posting the articles that are sent to me, but I decided to do some writing. I’m going to be bringing you a series of deck evolutions over my next few articles. These are some of my most beloved and longest-lasting multiplayer decks, so they get lots of effort and tweaking.

I’ve decided to start, as any good idea starts, by blowing up the world. This is the deck that I’ve named the Masskill deck. I’ve already written one article about it, back in the day before I was the Content Editor. The idea was to use Symbiotic and Penumbra creatures to make Wrath effects asymmetrical. Simple idea, right? Here’s the decklist that appeared in that original article (now a collector’s edition!):

Masskill 5-04
Token Creators (22)
4: Penumbra Bobcat
Penumbra Bobcat
Penumbra BobcatSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Penumbra Bobcat is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/1 black Cat creature token into play.

3: Penumbra Kavu
Penumbra Kavu
Penumbra KavuSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Penumbra Kavu is put into a graveyard from play, put a 3/3 black Kavu creature token into play.

3: Penumbra Wurm
Penumbra Wurm
Penumbra WurmSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample. When Penumbra Wurm is put into a graveyard from play, put a 6/6 black Wurm creature token with trample into play.

4: Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic ElfSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
288
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Symbiotic Elf is put into a graveyard from play, put two 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

3: Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic BeastSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
287
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Symbiotic Beast is put into a graveyard from play, put four 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

3: Symbiotic Wurm
Symbiotic Wurm
Symbiotic WurmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
289
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
When Symbiotic Wurm is put into a graveyard from play, put seven 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

2: Caller of the Claw
Caller of the Claw
Caller of the ClawSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Caller of the Claw any time you could play an instant. When Caller of the Claw comes into play, put a 2/2 green Bear creature token into play for each nontoken creature put into your graveyard from play this turn.


Mass-Kill (8)
2: Mageta the Lion
Mageta the Lion
Mageta the LionSet: Prophecy
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
13
Artist:
Brom
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2WW, T, Discard two cards from your hand: Destroy all creatures except for Mageta the Lion. Those creatures can't be regenerated.

4: Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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

1: Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.


Utility (11)
2: Biorhythm
Biorhythm
BiorhythmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Each player's life total becomes the number of creatures he or she controls.

2: Hunting Grounds
Hunting Grounds
Hunting GroundsSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
138
Artist:
Mark Brill

Text:
Threshold - Whenever an opponent plays a spell, you may put a creature card from your hand into play.

2: Mind’s Eye
1: Mirari
Mirari
MirariSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
303
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever you play an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay 3. If you do, put a copy of that spell onto the stack. You may choose new targets for the copy.
’s Wake
2: Moment’s Peace
1: Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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


Land (23)
2: Krosan Verge
Krosan Verge
Krosan VergeSet: Judgment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo

Text:
Krosan Verge comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 2, T, Sacrifice Krosan Verge: Search your library for a Forest card and a Plains card and put them into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

2: Nantuko Monastery
Nantuko Monastery
Nantuko MonasterySet: Judgment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
142
Artist:
Rob Alexander

Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. Threshold - GW: Nantuko Monastery becomes a 4/4 green and white creature with first strike until end of turn. It's still a land.

2: Elfhame Palace
Elfhame Palace
Elfhame PalaceSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
322
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Elfhame Palace comes into play tapped.T: Add G or W to your mana pool.

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

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


As you can see, I took the original idea and ran with it. Lots of Symbiotic and Penumbra creatures. Six Wrath effects plus two copies of Mageta the Lion
Mageta the Lion
Mageta the LionSet: Prophecy
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
13
Artist:
Brom
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2WW, T, Discard two cards from your hand: Destroy all creatures except for Mageta the Lion. Those creatures can't be regenerated.
for reusable world-destroying. Caller of the Claw
Caller of the Claw
Caller of the ClawSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Caller of the Claw any time you could play an instant. When Caller of the Claw comes into play, put a 2/2 green Bear creature token into play for each nontoken creature put into your graveyard from play this turn.
was for late-game shenanigans where I blew up the world AND made lots of bear tokens. Hunting Grounds
Hunting Grounds
Hunting GroundsSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
138
Artist:
Mark Brill

Text:
Threshold - Whenever an opponent plays a spell, you may put a creature card from your hand into play.
plus Mind’s Eye let me play lots of creatures and draw lots of cards to keep playing creatures. Mirari
Mirari
MirariSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
303
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever you play an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay 3. If you do, put a copy of that spell onto the stack. You may choose new targets for the copy.
’s Wake gets me lots of mana and pumps up the tokens left after a Wrath to take out my opponents faster. And Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
allows me to blow up creatures at the end of turn then play Biorhythm
Biorhythm
BiorhythmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Each player's life total becomes the number of creatures he or she controls.
on my turn to win. It’s really quite a simple deck once you boil it down to the basics. Look, I even had 23 lands in the deck, which was roughly 3 more than usual for me back then. I must have been paying attention to the stupidly high curve. Let’s fast-forward about 3 years and see what I’ve come up with.

Masskill 10-07
Token Creators (19)
2 Penumbra Bobcat
Penumbra Bobcat
Penumbra BobcatSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Penumbra Bobcat is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/1 black Cat creature token into play.

3 Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic ElfSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
288
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Symbiotic Elf is put into a graveyard from play, put two 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

2 Penumbra Spider
Penumbra Spider
Penumbra SpiderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Penumbra Spider can block as though it had flying. When Penumbra Spider is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/4 black Spider creature token into play that can block as though it had flying.

3 Penumbra Kavu
Penumbra Kavu
Penumbra KavuSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Penumbra Kavu is put into a graveyard from play, put a 3/3 black Kavu creature token into play.

3 Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic BeastSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
287
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Symbiotic Beast is put into a graveyard from play, put four 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

3 Penumbra Wurm
Penumbra Wurm
Penumbra WurmSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample. When Penumbra Wurm is put into a graveyard from play, put a 6/6 black Wurm creature token with trample into play.

3 Symbiotic Wurm
Symbiotic Wurm
Symbiotic WurmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
289
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
When Symbiotic Wurm is put into a graveyard from play, put seven 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.


Mass-Kill (8)
1 Mageta the Lion
Mageta the Lion
Mageta the LionSet: Prophecy
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
13
Artist:
Brom
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
2WW, T, Discard two cards from your hand: Destroy all creatures except for Mageta the Lion. Those creatures can't be regenerated.

1 Myojin of Cleansing Fire
Myojin of Cleansing Fire
Myojin of Cleansing FireSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
8
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
35
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
6
Text:
Myojin of Cleansing Fire comes into play with a divinity counter on it if you played it from your hand. Myojin of Cleansing Fire is indestructible as long as it has a divinity counter on it. Remove a divinity counter from Myojin of Cleansing Fire: Destroy each other creature.

4 Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

1 Hour of Reckoning
Hour of Reckoning
Hour of ReckoningSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Destroy all nontoken creatures.

1 Catastrophe
Catastrophe
CatastropheSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
6
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Destroy all lands or all creatures. Creatures destroyed this way cannot regenerate this turn.


Utility (12)
2 Biorhythm
Biorhythm
BiorhythmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Each player's life total becomes the number of creatures he or she controls.

2 Hunting Grounds
Hunting Grounds
Hunting GroundsSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
138
Artist:
Mark Brill

Text:
Threshold - Whenever an opponent plays a spell, you may put a creature card from your hand into play.

2 Mind's Eye
Mind's Eye
Mind's EyeSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Whenever an opponent draws a card, you may pay 1. If you do, draw a card.

2 Mirari's Wake
Mirari's Wake
Mirari's WakeSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Creatures you control get +1/+1. Whenever you tap a land for mana, add one mana to your mana pool of any type that land produced.

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.)

1 Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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


Land (23)
2 Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya SanctuarySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
281
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play tapped. When Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add GW to your mana pool.

2 Elfhame Palace
Elfhame Palace
Elfhame PalaceSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
322
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Elfhame Palace comes into play tapped.T: Add G or W to your mana pool.

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

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

2 Krosan Verge
Krosan Verge
Krosan VergeSet: Judgment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo

Text:
Krosan Verge comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 2, T, Sacrifice Krosan Verge: Search your library for a Forest card and a Plains card and put them into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.


Just a little tweaking, really. I kept an eye out for cards that worked well with my theme and made a place for them, while keeping in mind exactly what the deck is trying to do. I’ve replaced a Mageta with a Myojin of Cleansing Fire
Myojin of Cleansing Fire
Myojin of Cleansing FireSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
8
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
35
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
6
Text:
Myojin of Cleansing Fire comes into play with a divinity counter on it if you played it from your hand. Myojin of Cleansing Fire is indestructible as long as it has a divinity counter on it. Remove a divinity counter from Myojin of Cleansing Fire: Destroy each other creature.
, which gives me a 4/6 that sticks around after blowing up the world, so that’s always good. I added in some Penumbra Spider
Penumbra Spider
Penumbra SpiderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Penumbra Spider can block as though it had flying. When Penumbra Spider is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/4 black Spider creature token into play that can block as though it had flying.
s, which I really like a lot. They have reach, which is pretty important in a multiplayer game. I’ve also dropped the card count by two, taking me to 62 cards. My lone Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
got traded a long time ago, so the Catastrophe
Catastrophe
CatastropheSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
6
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Destroy all lands or all creatures. Creatures destroyed this way cannot regenerate this turn.
is replacing it. And Akroma’s Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
just isn’t good when you’re trying to keep Hunting Grounds
Hunting Grounds
Hunting GroundsSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
138
Artist:
Mark Brill

Text:
Threshold - Whenever an opponent plays a spell, you may put a creature card from your hand into play.
, Mirari
Mirari
MirariSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
303
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever you play an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay 3. If you do, put a copy of that spell onto the stack. You may choose new targets for the copy.
’s Wake, and Mind’s Eye in play. Internal conflict in your deck is not your friend, so out it went for an Hour of Reckoning
Hour of Reckoning
Hour of ReckoningSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Destroy all nontoken creatures.
. The Hour leaves my token creatures alone, so I don’t have to be afraid of blowing up the world twice in rapid succession. Plus I can tap all the guys that are going to die to the Hour to convoke it out for cheaper. Synergy is your friend.

Let’s move closer to present day and see what I’ve done with it. This is going to be post-Shadowmoor, because the first big update to the deck came after Persist debuted.

Masskill 8-08a
Token Creators (17)
2 Penumbra Bobcat
Penumbra Bobcat
Penumbra BobcatSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
82
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Penumbra Bobcat is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/1 black Cat creature token into play.

3 Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic ElfSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
288
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Symbiotic Elf is put into a graveyard from play, put two 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

2 Penumbra Spider
Penumbra Spider
Penumbra SpiderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Penumbra Spider can block as though it had flying. When Penumbra Spider is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/4 black Spider creature token into play that can block as though it had flying.

3 Penumbra Kavu
Penumbra Kavu
Penumbra KavuSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Penumbra Kavu is put into a graveyard from play, put a 3/3 black Kavu creature token into play.

3 Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic BeastSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
287
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Symbiotic Beast is put into a graveyard from play, put four 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

2 Penumbra Wurm
Penumbra Wurm
Penumbra WurmSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample. When Penumbra Wurm is put into a graveyard from play, put a 6/6 black Wurm creature token with trample into play.

2 Symbiotic Wurm
Symbiotic Wurm
Symbiotic WurmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
289
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
When Symbiotic Wurm is put into a graveyard from play, put seven 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.


Persist Creatures (7)
2 Twilight Shepherd
Twilight Shepherd
Twilight ShepherdSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
25
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, vigilance When Twilight Shepherd comes into play, return to your hand all cards in your graveyard put there from play this turn. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

1 Woodfall Primus
Woodfall Primus
Woodfall PrimusSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample When Woodfall Primus comes into play, destroy target noncreature permanent. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

4 Kitchen Finks
Kitchen Finks
Kitchen FinksSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ouphe
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Kitchen Finks comes into play, you gain 2 life. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)


Mass-Kill (6)
4 Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

1 Hour of Reckoning
Hour of Reckoning
Hour of ReckoningSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Destroy all nontoken creatures.

1 Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.


Utility (9)
1 Genesis
Genesis
GenesisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Mark Zug

Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Genesis is in your graveyard, you may pay 2G. If you do, return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

2 Cauldron of Souls
Cauldron of Souls
Cauldron of SoulsSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
248
Artist:
Ron Brown
Text:
T Choose any number of target creatures. Each of those creatures gains persist until end of turn. (When it's put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

2 Mirari's Wake
Mirari's Wake
Mirari's WakeSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Creatures you control get +1/+1. Whenever you tap a land for mana, add one mana to your mana pool of any type that land produced.

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.)

1 Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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


Land (23)
2 Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya SanctuarySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
281
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play tapped. When Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add GW to your mana pool.

2 Elfhame Palace
Elfhame Palace
Elfhame PalaceSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
322
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
Elfhame Palace comes into play tapped.T: Add G or W to your mana pool.

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

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

3 Temple Garden
Temple Garden
Temple GardenSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Forest Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
284
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add G or W to your mana pool.) As Temple Garden comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Temple Garden comes into play tapped instead.

2 Horizon Canopy
Horizon Canopy
Horizon CanopySet: Future Sight
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
177
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Text:
T, Pay 1 life. Add G or W to your mana pool.
1, T, Sacrifice Horizon Canopy. Draw a card.


Now we’re making some progress! Persist is really great with Wrath, because your guys will come back (duh). The main reason I wanted to update the deck was Cauldron of Souls
Cauldron of Souls
Cauldron of SoulsSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
248
Artist:
Ron Brown
Text:
T Choose any number of target creatures. Each of those creatures gains persist until end of turn. (When it's put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
. I had dreams of using a Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
(as you can see, I acquired another one) with two Penumbra Kavu
Penumbra Kavu
Penumbra KavuSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Penumbra Kavu is put into a graveyard from play, put a 3/3 black Kavu creature token into play.
on the board with a Cauldron. Cast the Wrath, give the Penumbra guys persist, and end up with two 2/2s and two 3/3s against an empty board. Holy crap, that’s a great idea. The Woodfall Primus
Woodfall Primus
Woodfall PrimusSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample When Woodfall Primus comes into play, destroy target noncreature permanent. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
, Twilight Shepherd
Twilight Shepherd
Twilight ShepherdSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
25
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, vigilance When Twilight Shepherd comes into play, return to your hand all cards in your graveyard put there from play this turn. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
and set of Kitchen Finks
Kitchen Finks
Kitchen FinksSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ouphe
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Kitchen Finks comes into play, you gain 2 life. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
just fit really well, so in they went as well. Genesis
Genesis
GenesisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Mark Zug

Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Genesis is in your graveyard, you may pay 2G. If you do, return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
is great for getting back my dead creatures, of course. And I finally took out those Krosan Verge
Krosan Verge
Krosan VergeSet: Judgment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo

Text:
Krosan Verge comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. 2, T, Sacrifice Krosan Verge: Search your library for a Forest card and a Plains card and put them into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
s that kept slowing me down around turns 3, 4, and 5 and added in some honest to goodness dual lands.

There’s also another reason besides the Cauldron of Souls
Cauldron of Souls
Cauldron of SoulsSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
248
Artist:
Ron Brown
Text:
T Choose any number of target creatures. Each of those creatures gains persist until end of turn. (When it's put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
that I wanted to rework this deck. Not too long ago, I was playing Magic with some of my oldest and dearest Magic friends (and Mana Pool cohosts), along with a couple new ones. I was having some mana issues and couldn’t get up enough mana to Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
at the end of turn, so I cast Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
during my turn. I had 4 green insects left from two Symbiotic Elves. Brian played one creature, and Michael (not to be confused with fellow Mana Pool host Mike) played one creature, a Windbrisk Raptor
Windbrisk Raptor
Windbrisk RaptorSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Omar Rayyan
Power:
5
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying Attacking creatures you control have lifelink.
. I cast Biorhythm
Biorhythm
BiorhythmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Each player's life total becomes the number of creatures he or she controls.
during my turn, expecting to attack each of them with two insects and win (since their life totals were both at 1 for their 1 creature apiece). In response to the Biorhythm
Biorhythm
BiorhythmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Each player's life total becomes the number of creatures he or she controls.
, Brian played 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.
naming green. Just so I couldn’t win. He knew Michael was going to win, but he didn’t care, he just didn’t want me to win. I realized then that the Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
into Biorhythm
Biorhythm
BiorhythmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Each player's life total becomes the number of creatures he or she controls.
play had become the deck’s main win condition. I hardly ever beat people to death with my leftover tokens, usually they just died due to lack of creatures. My deck that had started out as an awesome idea had turned into a stupid combo deck that only won in one way. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but that’s just not what I wanted in this deck. So the Biorhythm
Biorhythm
BiorhythmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
247
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Each player's life total becomes the number of creatures he or she controls.
s went out, and in came the Cauldrons in a straight one-for-one trade.

Now let’s look at what else I took out to make room for all this concentrated awesome. The neat little combo of Hunting Grounds
Hunting Grounds
Hunting GroundsSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
138
Artist:
Mark Brill

Text:
Threshold - Whenever an opponent plays a spell, you may put a creature card from your hand into play.
and Mind’s Eye had to go. It had worked for me, in all these years of playing this deck, twice. Maybe. It was cool, it was highly effective, and it was just not pulling its weight. That’s four cards devoted to something that probably won’t ever happen! I have a tendency to include those 'neat combos' and eventually realize that they're not worth it. This was one of those times. The Myojin also had to go, as he costs a million and I’d rather have a Woodfall Primus
Woodfall Primus
Woodfall PrimusSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample When Woodfall Primus comes into play, destroy target noncreature permanent. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
. Personal preference.

But as I was preparing notes for this article and flipping through the deck, I realized that the deck had problems other than being a stupid combo deck. It was slow. In a quicker game, I really had no chance. So, even though I had yet to play the deck, I decided to change it already. Here’s how that round of changes ended up.


Masskill 8-08b
Token Creators (14)
2 Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic Elf
Symbiotic ElfSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
288
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Symbiotic Elf is put into a graveyard from play, put two 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

4 Penumbra Spider
Penumbra Spider
Penumbra SpiderSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Penumbra Spider can block as though it had flying. When Penumbra Spider is put into a graveyard from play, put a 2/4 black Spider creature token into play that can block as though it had flying.

2 Penumbra Kavu
Penumbra Kavu
Penumbra KavuSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Penumbra Kavu is put into a graveyard from play, put a 3/3 black Kavu creature token into play.

2 Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic Beast
Symbiotic BeastSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
287
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Symbiotic Beast is put into a graveyard from play, put four 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.

2 Penumbra Wurm
Penumbra Wurm
Penumbra WurmSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample. When Penumbra Wurm is put into a graveyard from play, put a 6/6 black Wurm creature token with trample into play.

2 Symbiotic Wurm
Symbiotic Wurm
Symbiotic WurmSet: Onslaught
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
R
Number:
289
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
When Symbiotic Wurm is put into a graveyard from play, put seven 1/1 green Insect creature tokens into play.


Persist Creatures (7)
2 Twilight Shepherd
Twilight Shepherd
Twilight ShepherdSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
25
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, vigilance When Twilight Shepherd comes into play, return to your hand all cards in your graveyard put there from play this turn. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

1 Woodfall Primus
Woodfall Primus
Woodfall PrimusSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample When Woodfall Primus comes into play, destroy target noncreature permanent. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

4 Kitchen Finks
Kitchen Finks
Kitchen FinksSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ouphe
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Kitchen Finks comes into play, you gain 2 life. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)


Mass-Kill (6)
2 Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

1 Kirtar's Wrath
Kirtar's Wrath
Kirtar's WrathSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated. Threshold - Instead destroy all creatures, then put two 1/1 white Spirit creature tokens with flying into play. Creatures destroyed this way can't be regenerated. (You have threshold if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)

1 Hour of Reckoning
Hour of Reckoning
Hour of ReckoningSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature’s color.) Destroy all nontoken creatures.

2 Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.


Utility (11)
1 Genesis
Genesis
GenesisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Mark Zug

Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Genesis is in your graveyard, you may pay 2G. If you do, return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

2 Cauldron of Souls
Cauldron of Souls
Cauldron of SoulsSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
248
Artist:
Ron Brown
Text:
T Choose any number of target creatures. Each of those creatures gains persist until end of turn. (When it's put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

1 Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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

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.)

4 Safewright Quest
Safewright Quest
Safewright QuestSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
240
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Search your library for a Forest or Plains card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Land (24)
2 Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya Sanctuary
Selesnya SanctuarySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
281
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play tapped. When Selesnya Sanctuary comes into play, return a land you control to its owner’s hand. T: Add GW to your mana pool.

2 Mosswort Bridge
Mosswort Bridge
Mosswort BridgeSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
270
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Hideaway (This land comes into play tapped. When it does, look at the top four cards of your library, remove one from the game face down, then put the rest on the bottom of your library.) T: Add G to your mana pool. G, T: You may play the removed card without paying its mana cost if creatures you control have total power 10 or greater.

2 Sapseep Forest
Sapseep Forest
Sapseep ForestSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
1
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Forest
Rarity:
U
Number:
279
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
(T Add G to your mana pool.) Sapseep Forest comes into play tapped. G, T You gain 1 life. Play this ability only if you control two or more green permanents.

2 Horizon Canopy
Horizon Canopy
Horizon CanopySet: Future Sight
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
177
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Text:
T, Pay 1 life. Add G or W to your mana pool.
1, T, Sacrifice Horizon Canopy. Draw a card.

4 Temple Garden
Temple Garden
Temple GardenSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Forest Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
284
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add G or W to your mana pool.) As Temple Garden comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Temple Garden comes into play tapped instead.

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

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


Let’s do a quick run through each section. In the first section, I went the full number of Spiders and dropped everything else to two copies each. I also kicked out the Bobcats entirely, as I’ve never really been thrilled to draw them. The persist guys stayed the same. In the Mass-kill section, since killing everything at the end of someone else’s turn is no longer desperately important, I replaced a Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
with a Kirtar’s Wrath and another Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
with a second Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
that I was able to pick up here on Cardshark for way cheaper than I should have been able to. It’s in French. I love this site.

The other big changes come from the last two sections of the decklist. I added 4 copies of Safewright Quest
Safewright Quest
Safewright QuestSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
240
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Search your library for a Forest or Plains card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, because there’s nothing else I’m going to be doing on turn one. Both copies of Mirari
Mirari
MirariSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
303
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever you play an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay 3. If you do, put a copy of that spell onto the stack. You may choose new targets for the copy.
’s Wake came out, because I now have acceleration and a (sort of) lower curve, so I wasn’t so interested in doubling my mana production. Because of the Quests, I went with a full set of Temple Garden
Temple Garden
Temple GardenSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Forest Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
284
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add G or W to your mana pool.) As Temple Garden comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Temple Garden comes into play tapped instead.
as well as two copies of Sapseep Forest
Sapseep Forest
Sapseep ForestSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
1
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Forest
Rarity:
U
Number:
279
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
(T Add G to your mana pool.) Sapseep Forest comes into play tapped. G, T You gain 1 life. Play this ability only if you control two or more green permanents.
. These things are great for a long-game deck like this, as that little bit of life buffer can really go a long way. The final touch was the addition of two Mosswort Bridge
Mosswort Bridge
Mosswort BridgeSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
270
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Hideaway (This land comes into play tapped. When it does, look at the top four cards of your library, remove one from the game face down, then put the rest on the bottom of your library.) T: Add G to your mana pool. G, T: You may play the removed card without paying its mana cost if creatures you control have total power 10 or greater.
s. I did some calculations (I do have a BA in Physics after all, what good is the education if I don’t use it?) and I realized that having 10 power on the field should be pretty simple for me. When any of my guys die, they either come right back or their token buddies come in to replace them. With the Cauldron of Souls
Cauldron of Souls
Cauldron of SoulsSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
248
Artist:
Ron Brown
Text:
T Choose any number of target creatures. Each of those creatures gains persist until end of turn. (When it's put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
, it would be entirely possible to almost double the power on the board after a Wrath, allowing me to activate the Bridge at will.

This is where I stopped working on the deck. The last time the Mana Pool hosts got together to play some multiplayer Magic, I pulled out this deck. It was beautiful. I put a Twilight Shepherd
Twilight Shepherd
Twilight ShepherdSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
25
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, vigilance When Twilight Shepherd comes into play, return to your hand all cards in your graveyard put there from play this turn. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
under a Mosswort Bridge
Mosswort Bridge
Mosswort BridgeSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
270
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Hideaway (This land comes into play tapped. When it does, look at the top four cards of your library, remove one from the game face down, then put the rest on the bottom of your library.) T: Add G to your mana pool. G, T: You may play the removed card without paying its mana cost if creatures you control have total power 10 or greater.
. I had a Cauldron of Souls
Cauldron of Souls
Cauldron of SoulsSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
248
Artist:
Ron Brown
Text:
T Choose any number of target creatures. Each of those creatures gains persist until end of turn. (When it's put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
out to go with my Penumbra guys. I cast Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
and ended up with two more creatures on the board than I had before the Wrath, then I activated the Bridge to bring out the big angel. My Sapseep Forest
Sapseep Forest
Sapseep ForestSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
1
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Forest
Rarity:
U
Number:
279
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
(T Add G to your mana pool.) Sapseep Forest comes into play tapped. G, T You gain 1 life. Play this ability only if you control two or more green permanents.
and Kitchen Finks
Kitchen Finks
Kitchen FinksSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ouphe
Rarity:
U
Number:
229
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Kitchen Finks comes into play, you gain 2 life. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
gave me enough life to survive a surprise 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.
that came out in response to my second Wrath. Just about every neat trick I had packed into the deck showed up and worked exactly the way I had hoped. For a full rundown of this game and the other games we played that day, check out The Mana Pool. It was Episode 44 – More Multiplayer Mirth and Merriment. Here’s the link to the show’s site:
http://themanapool.libsyn.com.

Of course, having played that game, now I’d really like to go with my initial idea and throw in two copies of Heartmender
Heartmender
HeartmenderSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a -1/-1 counter from each creature you control. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
. Possibly replace one of the Shepherds and maybe a Spider. And I’ve been wondering about Adarkar Valkyrie
Adarkar Valkyrie
Adarkar ValkyrieSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, vigilance T When target creature other than Adarkar Valkyrie is put into a graveyard this turn, return that card to play under your control.
. But that’s a story for another time. Until next time, be sure to hit the forums to let me know what you thought. The link is down there at the bottom of the page. Listen to The Mana Pool, shop Cardshark, and above all, go play some Magic.


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