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Gaea's Orb - Clay Schubert (2/12/2008)

I remember way back in the early 90s, when I was new to Magic. I owned a grand total of 3 cards, one of which was Orcish Conscripts
Orcish Conscripts
Orcish ConscriptsSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orcs
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Orcish Conscripts cannot attack this turn unless at least two other creatures are attacking.Orcish Conscripts cannot be assigned to block this turn unless at least two other creatures are blocking.
(I thought it was funny that he had his finger up his nose). I would go to my best friend’s house and play with his cards. Of all his cards, the five single cards we feared the most were Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
, Jester’s Cap, 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.
, Takklemaggot
Takklemaggot
TakklemaggotSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
During target creature's controller's upkeep, put a -0/-1 counter on that creature. If the creature is put into the graveyard, its controller chooses a new target creature for Takklemaggot. If there are no legal targets, Takklemaggot becomes an enchantment; during his or her upkeep, Takklemaggot deals 1 damage to the controller of the last creature Takklemaggot enchanted. Control of Takklemaggot does not change when its target changes or when it becomes an enchantment.
, and Scaled Wurm
Scaled Wurm
Scaled WurmSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
7
Toughness:
6
. Of the 5, Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
was the absolute worst. You’d watch helpless as your best cards just disappeared into your graveyard.
Flash
Flash
FlashSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
David Ho
Text:
Put a creature card from your hand into play. You may pay its mana cost reduced by up to 2. If you don't, sacrifice it.
forward to a few years later, when I picked the game back up during 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.
block. One of the first cards I felt I needed to get was Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
, just because milling just seemed such an amazing way to victory. It’s kind of crazy, if you think about it. Your opponent is throwing dragons and fireballs at you, and you’re trying to win with a big stone used to prepare grain!

I’ve tried a few different versions of milling decks, but this is by far my favorite. It runs on the twisted power of Mesmeric Orb
Mesmeric Orb
Mesmeric OrbSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Whenever a permanent becomes untapped, that permanent's controller puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
. There’s a big difference in watching your opponent’s reaction to a Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
and to an Orb. If you hit them with an Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
, they just say okay and mill two cards. With the ORB, they give a big, hopeless sigh as they flip over their now lost cards en masse. You can see it in your opponent’s face as they realize how fast of a clock they’re on. The more they try and fight you, the more it hurts them. I present to you:

Gaea’s Orb
Land: 20
9 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U 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.

4 (Black/ Blue Duals – Underground River
Underground River
Underground RiverSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.
, Frost Marsh
Frost Marsh
Frost MarshSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
146
Artist:
Jim Pavelec
Text:
Frost Marsh comes into play tapped. T Add U or B to your mana pool.
, etc)

Creatures: 7
4 Narcomoeba
Narcomoeba
NarcomoebaSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
When Narcomoeba is put into your graveyard from your library, you may put it into play.

2 Dreamborn Muse
Dreamborn Muse
Dreamborn MuseSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of each player’s upkeep, that player puts the top X cards from his or her library into his or her graveyard, where X is the number of cards in his or her hand.

1 Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador LaquatusSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
23
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
3: Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.


Other Spells: 33
4 Mesmeric Orb
Mesmeric Orb
Mesmeric OrbSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Whenever a permanent becomes untapped, that permanent's controller puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.

4 Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.

4 Rune Snag
Rune Snag
Rune SnagSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 2 plus an additional 2 for each card named Rune Snag in each graveyard.

4 Gaea’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1

4 Turnabout
Turnabout
TurnaboutSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
105
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tap or untap all artifacts, creatures, or lands target player controls.

4 Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.

2 Moment’s Peace
2 Extirpate
Extirpate
ExtirpateSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with the same name as that card and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

2 Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

2 Pedantic Learning
Pedantic Learning
Pedantic LearningSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever a land card is put into your graveyard from your library, you may pay 1. If you do, draw a card.

1 Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm


This deck is pretty cool. The first time I saw Mesmeric Orb
Mesmeric Orb
Mesmeric OrbSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
204
Artist:
David Martin
Text:
Whenever a permanent becomes untapped, that permanent's controller puts the top card of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
, I thought “what a lame card.” I really don’t know what turned me on to it, but it suddenly clicked when I realized the interaction with Narcomoeba
Narcomoeba
NarcomoebaSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
When Narcomoeba is put into your graveyard from your library, you may put it into play.
and Gaea’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
. I went through a few incarnations of this deck before I arrived at the finished product. I tried some cards with Threshold, like Krosan Beast
Krosan Beast
Krosan BeastSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Squirrel Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
248
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Threshold - Krosan Beast gets +7/+7. (You have threshold as long as seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
, but they proved too unstable when a milled Gaea’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
depopulated your graveyard. I also tried a lot of cards with flashback, but narrowed it down to Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
and Moment’s Peace. The deck really didn’t need the card advantage of Deep Analysis
Deep Analysis
Deep AnalysisSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Text:
Target player draws two cards. Flashback - 1U, Pay 3 life.
, and the 3 life it took wasn’t too welcome either. Roar of the Wurm
Roar of the Wurm
Roar of the WurmSet: Odyssey
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
266
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Put a 6/6 green Wurm creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
is a fantastic card when in your graveyard, but this deck really isn’t designed for 6/6 fatties for the win. Pedantic Learning
Pedantic Learning
Pedantic LearningSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever a land card is put into your graveyard from your library, you may pay 1. If you do, draw a card.
gives you all the card drawing you need. You’ll notice the lack of Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the Unthinkable
Glimpse the UnthinkableSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
208
Artist:
Brandon Kitkouski
Text:
Target player puts the top ten cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
in this deck. First of all, they’re really expensive to buy, and although they’re insanely powerful, they don’t really fit the feel of the deck that I was trying to build. If you have them, feel free to put them in. Although this deck is pretty streamlined, feel free to add or remove as you wish.


Card Choices:
Narcomoeba
Narcomoeba
NarcomoebaSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
When Narcomoeba is put into your graveyard from your library, you may put it into play.
: When the ORB mills you, this guy’ll pop directly into play. It also makes an excellent chump blocker, or a slow alternative win condition by attacking.

Dreamborn Muse
Dreamborn Muse
Dreamborn MuseSet: Legions
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of each player’s upkeep, that player puts the top X cards from his or her library into his or her graveyard, where X is the number of cards in his or her hand.
: The Catch-22 of the deck. Your opponent tries to save himself from being milled by not playing spells, so their hand fills up, only to watch as their growing hand-size continues to put them on a clock.

Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador LaquatusSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
23
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
3: Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
: Got extra mana? Mill a few cards.

Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.
: When you have 2 or 3 of them in your graveyard (thanks to ORB) you can bounce entire armies.

Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
/ Rune Snag
Rune Snag
Rune SnagSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 2 plus an additional 2 for each card named Rune Snag in each graveyard.
: Protect your ORBs from Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
s and the like, as well as stops big nasty threats.

Gaea’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
: Wait, the ORB is milling you just as fast as you’re milling your opponent. That means you’re in trouble! That’s where this gem comes into. Gaea’s Blessing
Blessing
BlessingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
W: +1/+1
+ ORB = endless library (read the last ability on the card).

Moment’s Peace: Hold the massive army of saprolings back for a turn or two while the ORB does its wonder.

Extirpate
Extirpate
ExtirpateSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Choose target card in a graveyard other than a basic land. Search its owner's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with the same name as that card and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
: After you mill a dangerous card of an opponent, be gone with it forever.

Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
: Alternative win condition for offense, but also make excellent blockers.

Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
: For the last push for Mill-death

Pedantic Learning
Pedantic Learning
Pedantic LearningSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever a land card is put into your graveyard from your library, you may pay 1. If you do, draw a card.
: Who knew this card would be every be playable? Stockpile your hand with Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
s, Rune Snag
Rune Snag
Rune SnagSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 2 plus an additional 2 for each card named Rune Snag in each graveyard.
s, and Aether Burst
Aether Burst
Aether BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Return up to X target creatures to their owners' hands, where X is one plus the number of Aether Burst cards in all graveyards as you play Aether Burst.
s as your ORB dumps lands in your graveyard.

Turnabout
Turnabout
TurnaboutSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
105
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tap or untap all artifacts, creatures, or lands target player controls.
: Tap down creatures to prevent attacks, and lands to stop spells. When they untap the next turn, bam! They get ORBed. Play it during an opponent’s upkeep phase to really shut them down (well, except for instants).

Hope you enjoy watching your opponent’s deck slowly disappear!


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