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Transmogrification! - Christian Knoll (8/13/2008)

I was inspired by a combo I saw at my MeetUp.com Magic group here in Orlando and thought I would try to make a deck out of the idea. The player was sitting with a Silvergill Douser
Silvergill Douser
Silvergill DouserSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
87
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature gets -X/-0 until end of turn, where X is the number of Merfolk and/or Faeries you control.
, a Merfolk Thaumaturgist
Merfolk Thaumaturgist
Merfolk ThaumaturgistSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
c
Number:
56
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Switch target creature's power and toughness until end of turn.
, and 2 merfolk tokens in play. I didn't notice the obvious combo right off, but I wondered why he wasn't worried about the Serra Angel
Serra Angel
Serra AngelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Attacking does not cause Serra Angel to tap.
in play. When Serra
Serra
SerraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+1
Text:
All creatures you control get +0/+2.
attacked, he made it a 0/4 and then flipped it to a 4/0 and killed it. I was impressed! I hadn't seen a reusable (and stylish) creature killer since ´´Royale with Cheese´´ - which is our nickname for the Royal Assassin
Royal Assassin
Royal AssassinSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Assassin
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Destroy any tapped creature.
/ Icy Manipulator
Icy Manipulator
Icy ManipulatorSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
1, T: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
combo. You have to admit, it's a cheesy combo.

The deck also had Colossus of Sardia
Colossus of Sardia
Colossus of SardiaSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
9
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
9
Toughness:
9
Text:
Trample Colossus does not untap during your untap phase.9: Untap Colossus. Use this ability only during your upkeep.
and some way of untapping it, and Fool's Demise
Fool's Demise
Fool's DemiseSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
64
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Enchant creature When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard, return that creature to play under your control. When Fool's Demise is put into a graveyard from play, return Fool's Demise to its owner's hand.
for when a creature dies. But I noticed that he didn't have enough cards dedicated to any one of the combos within it to be consistent. So I tried my hand at it and created the deck below. The name is from Calvin and Hobbes and their mysterious machine: http://fliptomato.googlepages.com/transmogrify.gif [Editor's note: It's a safe link, and pretty funny.]

I tried to put some good interactivity in it, and I'm on a Transmute kick right now which seemed to add consistency to the deck, since all the key pieces are 3 mana.

The main combo is to make a creature's power zero and then flip it with the Thaumaturgist. Sorceress Queen
Sorceress Queen
Sorceress QueenSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sorceress
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Make another creature 0/2 until end of turn. Treat this exactly as if the numbers in the lower right of the target card were 0/2. All special characteristics and enchantments on the creature are unaffected.
and Serendib Sorcerer
Serendib Sorcerer
Serendib SorcererSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
r
Number:
61
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T Target creature other than Serendib Sorcerer becomes 0/2 until end of turn.
both make a creature into a 0/2, prime candidates for flipping. Stream of Unconsciousness
Stream of Unconsciousness
Stream of UnconsciousnessSet: Morningtide
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Tribal Instant
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target creature gets -4/-0 until end of turn. If you control a Wizard, draw a card.
can make creatures into zero power, and since the Thaumaturgist and the Serendib Sorcerer
Serendib Sorcerer
Serendib SorcererSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
r
Number:
61
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T Target creature other than Serendib Sorcerer becomes 0/2 until end of turn.
are wizards, you draw a card as well.

The deck has Perplex
Perplex
PerplexSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
217
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller discards his or her hand. Transmute 1UB (1UB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
to counter spells, and Drift of Phantasm to block, and both of those cards have transmute for 3, so you can get pretty much any of the other cards in the deck.

Shadowmage Infiltrator
Shadowmage Infiltrator
Shadowmage InfiltratorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
294
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Shadowmage Infiltrator can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures. Whenever Shadowmage Infiltrator deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
and Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.
are attackers that allow you to draw cards, AND when you have the Thaumaturgist out, you are dealing 3 with evasion.

It seems versatile enough, since creatures seem to be handled pretty well. It's quite the multiplayer deck though - it would need some changes to play competitively in a one on one. You might want more counterspells, since it would fall prey to Q2hhbGljZSBvZiB0aGUgVoid
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
since almost everything costs 3. And it can't remove non-creature permanents from play if they resolve.


Transmogrification

Creatures (20)
3 Thieving Magpie
Thieving Magpie
Thieving MagpieSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying Whenever Thieving Magpie deals damage to one of your opponents, you draw a card.

3 Serendib Sorcerer
Serendib Sorcerer
Serendib SorcererSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
r
Number:
61
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T Target creature other than Serendib Sorcerer becomes 0/2 until end of turn.

4 Drift of Phantasms
Drift of Phantasms
Drift of PhantasmsSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Michael Phillippi
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) Flying Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

3 Shadowmage Infiltrator
Shadowmage Infiltrator
Shadowmage InfiltratorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
294
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Shadowmage Infiltrator can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures. Whenever Shadowmage Infiltrator deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.

4 Merfolk Thaumaturgist
Merfolk Thaumaturgist
Merfolk ThaumaturgistSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
c
Number:
56
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T Switch target creature's power and toughness until end of turn.

3 Sorceress Queen
Sorceress Queen
Sorceress QueenSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sorceress
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Make another creature 0/2 until end of turn. Treat this exactly as if the numbers in the lower right of the target card were 0/2. All special characteristics and enchantments on the creature are unaffected.


Instant (8)
4 Perplex
Perplex
PerplexSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
217
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller discards his or her hand. Transmute 1UB (1UB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

4 Stream of Unconsciousness
Stream of Unconsciousness
Stream of UnconsciousnessSet: Morningtide
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Tribal Instant
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target creature gets -4/-0 until end of turn. If you control a Wizard, draw a card.


Artifact (8)
4 Dimir Signet
Dimir Signet
Dimir SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
260
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add UB to your mana pool.

4 Belbe's Armor
Belbe's Armor
Belbe's ArmorSet: Nemesis
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
126
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
X, T: Target creature gets -X/+X until end of turn.


Land (24)
10 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

4 Watery Grave
Watery Grave
Watery GraveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Island Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add U or B to your mana pool.) As Watery Grave comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Watery Grave comes into play tapped instead.

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



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