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CardShark Content - Danny Morano (8/24/2002)

Since I sort of left post-GenCon 2002 deckbuilding and metagaming hanging in my last long post, I’m going to give you my two cents about how the metagame has changed in this one. Now that CardShark has the top eight deck lists available, it’s much easier to see who cleaned up at Masters of Peasant Magic II. With two burn decks, two black control decks, a land destruction deck, a countermagic/library/tim deck, and of course Properity/High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
taking the top seven places, creature-heavy beatdown decks are no longer the norm. What are the new decks to beat in Peasant Magic? Here’s my new and improved playtesting lineup:

1) Combo (Erik W.’s winning deck)

4:Disrupt
Disrupt
DisruptSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Counter target instant, interrupt, or sorcery spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.Draw a card.

4:Cloud of Faeries
Cloud of Faeries
Cloud of FaeriesSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faeries
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Cloud of Faeries comes into play, untap up to two lands.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

4:Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4:Snap
Snap
SnapSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand. Untap up to two lands.

4:Opt
Opt
OptSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
John Howe
Text:
Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.Draw a card.

4:Brainstorm
Brainstorm
BrainstormSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Draw three cards. Then, put any two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

4:High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.

4:Properity
4:Frantic Search
Frantic Search
Frantic SearchSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Draw two cards, then choose and discard two cards. Untap up to three lands.

1:Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

1:Feldon’s Cane
2:Merchant Scroll
Merchant Scroll
Merchant ScrollSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Search your library for a blue instant or interrupt. Reveal that card to all players and put it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.

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


Unless you can consistently win on turn 4, you need some way to interrupt High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
before you lose to Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
. Keep in mind that all four maindeck Disrupt
Disrupt
DisruptSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Counter target instant, interrupt, or sorcery spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.Draw a card.
s will likely be drawn on the combo turn, so powered by nearly unlimited mana expect your instant-speed solution to the deck to face some serious resistance. Tormod’s Crypt ought to become popular sideboard tech, forcing more Feldon’s Canes into this deck post-sideboarding, and Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
s will be all the more popular as a delay tactic.

2) Burn (Evan D.’s second place deck, minus maindeck white hate)

4:Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.

4:Chain Lightning
Chain Lightning
Chain LightningSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Chain Lightning does 3 damage to one target. Each time Chain Lightning does damage, the target or target's controller may then pay RR to have Chain Lightning do 3 damage to any target of that player's choice.

4:Flame Rift
Flame Rift
Flame RiftSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Flame Rift deals 4 damage to each player.

4:Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.

4:Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.

4:Fireblast
Fireblast
FireblastSet: Visions
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Danza
Text:
You may sacrifice two mountains instead of paying Fireblast's casting cost. Fireblast deals 4 damage to target creature or player.

4:Browbeat
Browbeat
BrowbeatSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Text:
Unless a player has Browbeat deal 5 damage to him or her, target player draws three cards.

4:Firebolt
Firebolt
FireboltSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Firebolt deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Flashback 4R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

4:Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

4:Seal of Fire
Seal of Fire
Seal of FireSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Fire: Seal of Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4:Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt
ThunderboltSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dylan Martens
Text:
Thunderbolt deals 3 damage to target player or 4 damage to target creature with flying.

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


Another very consistent deck that wins without creatures and that can ignore board position in favor of direct-to-the-head kills, burn decks aren’t going anywhere anytime soon in Peasant Magic. With Flaring Pain
Flaring Pain
Flaring PainSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
Glen Angus

Text:
Damage can't be prevented this turn. Flashback R
s and Anarchy
Anarchy
AnarchySet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Destroy all white permanents.
to bypass the usual white sideboard tech and a host of anti-blue Blasts in the sideboard for combo and the like, expect this brutally straightforward deck to see future top eights.

3) Library Control (Matt C.’s third place deck)

2:Quicksilver Dagger
Quicksilver Dagger
Quicksilver DaggerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Alex Horley
Text:
Enchanted creature has "TAP: This creature deals 1 damage to target player. You draw a card."

3:Arcane Teachings
Arcane Teachings
Arcane TeachingsSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Mark Brill

Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has "T: This deals one damage to target creature or player."

3:Fire Whip
Fire Whip
Fire WhipSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Play only on a creature you control.Tap enchanted creature: Enchanted creature deals 1 damage to target creature or player.Sacrifice Fire Whip: Fire Whip deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

3:Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4:Wall of Diffusion
Wall of Diffusion
Wall of DiffusionSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
(Walls cannot attack.) Wall of Diffusion can block creatures with shadow.

4:Wall of Earth
Wall of Earth
Wall of EarthSet: Legends
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
0
Toughness:
6

4:Yotian Soldier
Yotian Soldier
Yotian SoldierSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Attacking does not cause Yotian Soldier to tap.

1:Wall of Heat
Wall of Heat
Wall of HeatSet: Chronicles
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
2
Toughness:
6

4:Prohibit
Prohibit
ProhibitSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If you paid the kicker cost, counter that spell if its converted mana cost is 4 or less instead.

4:Snap
Snap
SnapSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand. Untap up to two lands.

4:Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

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

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

4:Maze of Ith
Maze of Ith
Maze of IthSet: The Dark
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Target attacking creature becomes untapped. This creature neither deals nor receives damage as a result of combat.

4:Library of Alexandria
Library of Alexandria
Library of AlexandriaSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or draw a card from your library; you may use the card-drawing ability only if you have exactly seven cards in your hand.


With 9 walls, 4 wall-like Yotian Soldier
Yotian Soldier
Yotian SoldierSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Attacking does not cause Yotian Soldier to tap.
s, 4 Snap
Snap
SnapSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand. Untap up to two lands.
s, and 4 Mazes of Ith, this card advantageous tim deck stormed through the creature-heavy competition only to lose to Properity/High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
. Creature-hoser decks won out at MOPM2, but expect future variants to be prepared to deal with creature-light contenders as well. With cheap, powerful defenses and countermagic to handle larger late-game threats, expect the U/x deck built around Library of Alexandria
Library of Alexandria
Library of AlexandriaSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or draw a card from your library; you may use the card-drawing ability only if you have exactly seven cards in your hand.
’s abusive card-drawing engine to show up again.

4) Mono-black Control (Derek B.’s fourth place deck)

4:Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.

4:Innocent Blood
Innocent Blood
Innocent BloodSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player sacrifices a creature.

4:Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.

4:Diabolic Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic EdictSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature.

4:Order of The Ebon Hand
3:Demonic Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Demonic TutorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Search your library for one card and take it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.

4:Drain Life
Drain Life
Drain LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Drain Life does 1 damage to a single target for each B spent in addition to the casting cost. Caster gains 1 life for each damage inflicted. If you drain life from a creature, you cannot gain more life than the creature's current toughness.

2:Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.

3:Spinning Darkness
Spinning Darkness
Spinning DarknessSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Coulthart
Text:
You may remove the top three black cards in your graveyard from the game instead of paying Spinning Darkness's casting cost. Spinning Darkness deals 3 damage to target nonblack creature. Gain 3 life.

2:Corrupt
Corrupt
CorruptSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Vincent Evans
Text:
Corrupt deals 1 damage to target creature or player for each swamp you control. When Corrupt successfully deals damage to a creature or player, gain life equal to that damage.

1:Skeletal Scrying
Skeletal Scrying
Skeletal ScryingSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
161
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Text:
As an additional cost to play Skeletal Scrying, remove X cards in your graveyard from the game. You draw X cards and you lose X life.

1:Brush With Death
1:Cabal Coffers
Cabal Coffers
Cabal CoffersSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Text:
2, T: Add B to your mana pool for each swamp you control.

1: Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Factory
22:Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


With answers to most everything and Demonic Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Demonic TutorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Search your library for one card and take it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
s to find those answers, mono-black control variants were abundant at GenCon. Solid performers in most matchups, in particular they tore apart decks reliant on a few large creatures, like mine. This particular build lost in the top eight to burn – creature-light decks can be problematic for decks like this with so many creature-specific removal cards that are dead in the hand, for game one at least. Watch out for Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.
/Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
and Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
/Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.
variants as well.

5) Land Destruction (based on Skip P.’s semifinalist deck)

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

4:Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.

4:Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.

4:Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.

4 Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.

4:Rancid Earth
Rancid Earth
Rancid EarthSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Text:
Destroy target land. Threshold - Instead destroy that land and Rancid Earth deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

4:Befoul
Befoul
BefoulSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target land or nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.

4:Diabolic Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic EdictSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature.

4:Demonic Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Demonic TutorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Search your library for one card and take it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.

1:Brush With Death
1:Sengir Vampire
Sengir Vampire
Sengir VampireSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
FlyingVampire gets a +1/+1 counter each time a creature dies during a turn in which Vampire damaged it.

3:Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.

2:Dauthi Marauder
Dauthi Marauder
Dauthi MarauderSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

2:Order of the Ebon Hand
Order of the Ebon Hand
Order of the Ebon HandSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clerics
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from whiteBB: +1/+0 until end of turnB: First strike until end of turn

1:Yotian Soldier
Yotian Soldier
Yotian SoldierSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Attacking does not cause Yotian Soldier to tap.


Considering how this deck made top eight without Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
s, and the recent dominance of land-dependent creature-light decks like mono-black control, library control, and the Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
/High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
combo, LD is a force to be reckoned with. I’ve added Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
s and Hymns to Tourach in favor of Choking Sands
Choking Sands
Choking SandsSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Destroy target nonswamp land. If that land is a nonbasic land, Choking Sands deals 2 damage to the land's controller.
, along with Derek B.’s one Brush With Death alternate win condition. Between Befoul
Befoul
BefoulSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target land or nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.
s, Diabolic Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic EdictSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature.
s, and Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
, this deck still has plenty of creature removal for the critters that slip through the LD lock, and Demonic Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Demonic TutorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Search your library for one card and take it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
s provide answers in a pinch.

[Editor’s note: Sorry
Sorry
SorrySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Before playing any spell, if a copy of that spell card is in any graveyard, the spell's caster may say Sorry. If he or she does not, any other player may counter the spell by saying Sorry as it is cast.If any player says Sorry at any other time, Sorry deals 2 damage to that player.
to interrupt, but in my last MOPM2 article, I talked about Skip’s accidentally illegal decklist. I was informed by the judge and Skip himself that the deck and sideboard was changed before the tourney and everything was a-ok. Sorry
Sorry
SorrySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Before playing any spell, if a copy of that spell card is in any graveyard, the spell's caster may say Sorry. If he or she does not, any other player may counter the spell by saying Sorry as it is cast.If any player says Sorry at any other time, Sorry deals 2 damage to that player.
for my miss-information there!]

6) Stompy (updated version of my deck from MOPM2)

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

4:Land Grant
Land Grant
Land GrantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
If you have no land cards in hand, you may reveal your hand instead of paying Land Grant's mana cost.Search your library for a forest card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4:Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.

4:Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4:Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4:Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn ElvesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.

4:Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War BeastSet: Alliances
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bill Sienkiewicz
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Phyrexian War Beast leaves play, sacrifice a land, and Phyrexian War Beast deals 1 damage to you.

3:Simian Grunts
Simian Grunts
Simian GruntsSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Apes
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) You may play Simian Grunts any time you could play an instant.

4:Paper Tiger
Paper Tiger
Paper TigerSet: Unglued
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Rock Lobsters cannot attack or block.

2:Golden Bear
Golden Bear
Golden BearSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bear
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
4
Toughness:
3

4:Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.

4:Uktabi Efreet
Uktabi Efreet
Uktabi EfreetSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Efreet
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Cumulative upkeep G

1:Stampeeding Wildebeests
4:Symbiosis
Symbiosis
SymbiosisSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Two target creatures each get +2/+2 until end of turn.

2:Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.


Sideboard:
2:Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

4:Crop Rotation
Crop Rotation
Crop RotationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
At the time you play Crop Rotation, sacrifice a land.Search your library for a land card and put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterward.

3:Tranquil Path
Tranquil Path
Tranquil PathSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Destroy all enchantments. Draw a card.

4:Tormod’s Crypt
2:Rejuvenate
Rejuvenate
RejuvenateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
271
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Gain 6 life.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)


I don’t know if it’s better than the last version, but here’s the latest revision to my Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
-powered green stompy deck. Maze of Ith
Maze of Ith
Maze of IthSet: The Dark
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Target attacking creature becomes untapped. This creature neither deals nor receives damage as a result of combat.
didn’t make sense, and while Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
is a great combat trick, more fat creatures provide more help against the dominant creature-light, removal-heavy decks. Paper Tiger
Paper Tiger
Paper TigerSet: Unglued
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Rock Lobsters cannot attack or block.
s replace Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
s as sources of non-green damage, and Golden Bear
Golden Bear
Golden BearSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bear
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
is just a Portal 4/3 for 3G. Four Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
s are a must for this kind of aggressive deck. The sideboard is straightforward, with Tormod’s Crypts to deter future blue combo players and 4 Crop Rotation
Crop Rotation
Crop RotationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
At the time you play Crop Rotation, sacrifice a land.Search your library for a land card and put that land into play. Shuffle your library afterward.
s to act as an additional four Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
s (probably cast turn 3 after dropping a big creature or two) against the dreaded black control and combo matchups. While I’m a big fan of the sizeable creatures generated by Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
stompy, don’t discount Sixty Second Man-style weenie hoard stompy builds that spew four or five creatures onto the board on turn 2 as an answer to one-for-one removal like Maze of Ith
Maze of Ith
Maze of IthSet: The Dark
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Target attacking creature becomes untapped. This creature neither deals nor receives damage as a result of combat.
and Diabolic Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic EdictSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature.
. I should note that it took a lot of self-restraint not to put in more combo-hate in the sideboard, like four Ichneumon Druid
Ichneumon Druid
Ichneumon DruidSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Ichneumon Druid does 4 damage to any opponent casting an instant. This does not apply to the first instant cast by that opponent in each turn.
s.

7) White Weenie, Peasant Magic Style (something like Joe Anderson’s deck)

4:Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.

4:Mother of Runes
Mother of Runes
Mother of RunesSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature you control gains protection from a color of your choice until end of turn.

4:Temple Acolyte
Temple Acolyte
Temple AcolyteSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Lubov
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Temple Acolyte comes into play from your hand, you gain 3 life.

4:Knight of the Hokey Pokey
Knight of the Hokey Pokey
Knight of the Hokey PokeySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike1W, Do the Hokey Pokey (Stand up, wiggle your butt, raise your hands above your head, and shake them wildly as you rotate 360 degrees) : Prevent all damage to Knight of the Hokey Pokey from any one source.

4:Mesa Chicken
Mesa Chicken
Mesa ChickenSet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Chicken
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Stand up, Flap your arms, Cluck like a chicken: Mesa Chicken gains flying until end of turn.

2:Order of Leitbur
Order of Leitbur
Order of LeitburSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clerics
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from blackWW: +1/+0 until end of turnW: First strike until end of turn

4:Standard Bearer
Standard Bearer
Standard BearerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flagbearer
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If an opponent plays a spell or ability that could target a Flagbearer in play, that player chooses at least one Flagbearer as a target.

4:Soltari Visionary
Soltari Visionary
Soltari VisionarySet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) If Soltari Visionary damages any player, destroy target enchantment that player controls.

4: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.

3:Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

1:Congregate
Congregate
CongregateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
8
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Target player gains 2 life for each creature in play.

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

4:Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.


With a huge weenie hoard, inexpensive lifegain and damage prevention, and evasion creatures to punch through enemy defenses (in the forms of flying, protection, and shadow), white weenie is still a top contender. This deck laughs off burn thanks to Standard Bearer
Standard Bearer
Standard BearerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Flagbearer
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
If an opponent plays a spell or ability that could target a Flagbearer in play, that player chooses at least one Flagbearer as a target.
s, Temple Acolyte
Temple Acolyte
Temple AcolyteSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Lubov
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Temple Acolyte comes into play from your hand, you gain 3 life.
s, and Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.
s, and it 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.
away Drain Life
Drain Life
Drain LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Drain Life does 1 damage to a single target for each B spent in addition to the casting cost. Caster gains 1 life for each damage inflicted. If you drain life from a creature, you cannot gain more life than the creature's current toughness.
s, while holding creature hordes back with nearly unkillable Mothers of Runes and Knights of the Hokey Pokey. Joe said Army of Allah
Army of Allah
Army of AllahSet: Arabian Nights
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
All attacking creatures gain +2/+0 until end of turn.
didn’t do much for him when he only attacked with one or two evasion creatures per turn, so it’s cut from this build in favor of more creatures. It lacks a fifth uncommon, and I’m open to ideas.

Well, that’s my metagame rundown, and I think any deck that can hold its own against these is probably top-notch. Don’t forget, Peasant Magic is a largely rogue format, so here’s a short list of other decks to keep in mind: Sligh, Skies, Suicide Black, Rebels, Goblins, Birds, Elfball, Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
/Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
, Worthy Face, Fires, Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.
/Spirit
Spirit
SpiritSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
IExpbms=, Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.
/RoPs, Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
/Phantoms/Parapet
Parapet
ParapetSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
You may choose to play Parapet as an instant; if you do, bury it at end of turn.All creatures you control get +0/+1.
, Squirrels, U/W 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.
, Arboria
Arboria
ArboriaSet: Legends
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
If a player does not cast a spell or put a card into play on his or her turn, no creatures may attack that player until after his or her next turn.
/Angel’s Trumpet, Horseshoe Crab
Horseshoe Crab
Horseshoe CrabSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Crab
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
U: Untap Horseshoe Crab.
/Hermetic Study
Hermetic Study
Hermetic StudySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Enchanted creature gains T: This creature deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, U/R Flametongue/Bounce, U/G Madness, R/G Beats, and Slivers. Oh yeah, and don’t count out the islandhome deck. Dandan’s a beast!

Now that I’ve covered what decks we ought to be able to beat, it’s time to list a few totally un-playtested deck ideas. I promised somebody I’d list my 35% chance turn-two-kill-if-it-goes-second Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
/Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
deck, but I lost the original deck list, so here it is, as best I remember it. The idea is to 1) draw Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
2) draw an X-spell and 3) draw appropriate mana, 1RGG, which can be accomplished any number of ways with 26 lands plus mana acceleration. I’m sure this needs lots of tweaking to up the odds of success, and aggressive mulliganing can help even more. If you go second, you’ve got a 42% chance of drawing Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
/X-spell by turn 2, and with 13 1-drop mana acceleration permanents plus Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
s, Elvish Spirit Guide
Elvish Spirit Guide
Elvish Spirit GuideSet: Alliances
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Elvish Spirit Guide is in your hand, you may remove it from the game to add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.
, and 26 lands, turn 2 kills should happen roughly once per match, perhaps more with tweaking, aggressive mulliganing, and the ability to wait until turn 3 or 4 in some matches. Obviously, this sucks against burn, but most other decks won’t be able to deal damage fast enough to beat Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
. Against LD or blue combo, the deck can afford to wait until turn 3 to have more mana and a better chance of dealing at least 20 damage (and paying for Disrupt
Disrupt
DisruptSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Counter target instant, interrupt, or sorcery spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.Draw a card.
), since it is unlikely that this deck will take damage before it needs to pay for Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
. For deck probability calculations, I found the “Deck-U-Lator” helpful (http://www.implair.com/cgi-bin/deckulator.pl) which I discovered by searching for “channel fireball deck” on Google.

4:Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
(Uncommon)
4:Kaervek’s Torch
4:Disintegrate
Disintegrate
DisintegrateSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Disintegrate does X damage to one target. If target dies this turn, target is removed from the game entirely.

4:Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.

4:Orcish Lumberjack
Orcish Lumberjack
Orcish LumberjackSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Orc
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Sacrifice a forest to add three mana in any combination of red and/or green to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.

4:Tinder Wall
Tinder Wall
Tinder WallSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rick Emond
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
0: Sacrifice Tinder Wall to add RR to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.R: Sacrifice Tinder Wall to have it deal 2 damage to target creature it blocks.

4:Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.

4:Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

1;Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn ElvesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.

1:Elvish Spirit Guide
Elvish Spirit Guide
Elvish Spirit GuideSet: Alliances
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Elvish Spirit Guide is in your hand, you may remove it from the game to add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.
(Uncommon)
10:Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

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


Another Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
/Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
variant that can win without actually drawing Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
is monogreen with Priests of Titania
Titania
TitaniaSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
6
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
+2
Toughness:
-5
Text:
You may play an additional land each of your turns.
for huge mana acceleration, using Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.
s, Skyshroud Elves, and Tinder Wall
Tinder Wall
Tinder WallSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rick Emond
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
0: Sacrifice Tinder Wall to add RR to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.R: Sacrifice Tinder Wall to have it deal 2 damage to target creature it blocks.
s for red mana sources. It has a lower chance of a turn 2 Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
/Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
win, but builds up more reusable mana sources for winning with 2 or 3 X-spells:

4:Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
(Uncommon)
4:Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4:Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn ElvesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.

4:Quirion Ranger
Quirion Ranger
Quirion RangerSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Kyffin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Return a forest you control to owner's hand: Untap target creature. Use this ability only once each turn.

4:Priest of Titania
Priest of Titania
Priest of TitaniaSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
270
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool for each Elf in play. Play this ability as a mana source.

4:Skyshroud Elf
Skyshroud Elf
Skyshroud ElfSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.1: Add W or R to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.

4:Tinder Wall
Tinder Wall
Tinder WallSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rick Emond
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
0: Sacrifice Tinder Wall to add RR to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.R: Sacrifice Tinder Wall to have it deal 2 damage to target creature it blocks.

4:Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.

4:Kaervek’s Torch
4:Disintegrate
Disintegrate
DisintegrateSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Disintegrate does X damage to one target. If target dies this turn, target is removed from the game entirely.

4:Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.

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

4:Land Grant
Land Grant
Land GrantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
If you have no land cards in hand, you may reveal your hand instead of paying Land Grant's mana cost.Search your library for a forest card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Here’s an unaffordable deck that I considered for MOPM2:

4:Roterothopter
Roterothopter
RoterothopterSet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 2: +1/+0 until end of turn. You cannot spend more than 4 in this way each turn.

4:Dragon Engine
Dragon Engine
Dragon EngineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
2: +1/+0

4:Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War BeastSet: Alliances
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bill Sienkiewicz
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Phyrexian War Beast leaves play, sacrifice a land, and Phyrexian War Beast deals 1 damage to you.

4:Jangling Automaton
Jangling Automaton
Jangling AutomatonSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Jangling Automaton attacks, untap all creatures defending player controls.

4:Scissors Lizard
Scissors Lizard
Scissors LizardSet: Unglued
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Paper Tigers cannot attack or block.

4:Clockwork Swarm
Clockwork Swarm
Clockwork SwarmSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Cannot be blocked by walls.When Clockwork Swarm comes into play, put four +1/+0 counters on it. At the end of any combat in which Clockwork Swarm attacked or blocked, remove one of these counters.X, T: Put X +1/+0 counters on Clockwork Swarm. You may have no more than four of these counters on Clockwork Swarm. Use this ability only during your upkeep.

4:Clockwork Steed
Clockwork Steed
Clockwork SteedSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Clockwork Steed cannot be blocked by artifact creatures.When Clockwork Steed comes into play, put four +1/+0 counters on it. At the end of any combat in which Clockwork Steed attacked or blocked, remove one of these counters.X, T: Put X +1/+0 counters on Clockwork Steed. You may have no more than four of these counters on Clockwork Steed. Use this ability only during your upkeep.

4:Clay Statue
Clay Statue
Clay StatueSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
2: Regenerate

1:Juggernaut
Juggernaut
JuggernautSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Must attack each turn if possible. Can't be blocked by walls.
(Uncommon)
3:Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

2:Chaos Confetti
Chaos Confetti
Chaos ConfettiSet: Unglued
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
4, T: Tear Chaos Confetti into pieces. Throw the pieces onto the playing area from a distance of at least five feet. Destroy each card in play that a piece touches. Remove the pieces from the game afterwards.

4:Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Factory
4:Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Workshop (Uncommon, and out of my price range)
4:Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.

4:Desert
Desert
DesertSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or do 1 damage to an attacking creature after it deals its damage.

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


Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Workshop provides turn one War 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 and Automatons while 12 4/3’s for 4, Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Factories, pumpable Roterothopter
Roterothopter
RoterothopterSet: Homelands
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying 2: +1/+0 until end of turn. You cannot spend more than 4 in this way each turn.
s and Dragon Engine
Dragon Engine
Dragon EngineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
2: +1/+0
s, and hard-to-remove Clay Statue
Clay Statue
Clay StatueSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
2: Regenerate
s add up to a sizeable artifact creature horde. Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
are practical removal, and Chaos Confetti
Chaos Confetti
Chaos ConfettiSet: Unglued
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
4, T: Tear Chaos Confetti into pieces. Throw the pieces onto the playing area from a distance of at least five feet. Destroy each card in play that a piece touches. Remove the pieces from the game afterwards.
is amazing when it works (practice makes perfect!). The common colorless-mana lands are all excellent. While the Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Lands could provide a virtually unending supply of mana by turn 4 or 5, the odds of drawing all 3 in the first 11 cards are only 16%, so I didn’t include them. Instead, I opted for basic lands to finish out the mana base – this allows decent sideboarding options. If there were some card(s) worth splashing for (Reconstruction
Reconstruction
ReconstructionSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Bring one artifact from your graveyard to your hand.
or Argivian Find
Argivian Find
Argivian FindSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Return target artifact or enchantment card from your graveyard to your hand.
? Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
s and Chain Lightning
Chain Lightning
Chain LightningSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Chain Lightning does 3 damage to one target. Each time Chain Lightning does damage, the target or target's controller may then pay RR to have Chain Lightning do 3 damage to any target of that player's choice.
s? Blue card draw?), 6 of the same basic land could be used to accommodate that.

As I’ve said before, I’m convinced Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
is the most broken card in Peasant Magic –and with it you can create decks otherwise impossible for mana reasons. For example, try out this Blue Stompy deck:

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

4:Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.

4:Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Factory
4:Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
(Uncommon)
4:Man-o’-War
4:Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War BeastSet: Alliances
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bill Sienkiewicz
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Phyrexian War Beast leaves play, sacrifice a land, and Phyrexian War Beast deals 1 damage to you.

4:Clambassadors
Clambassadors
ClambassadorsSet: Unglued
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clamfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Clambassadors damages any player, choose an artifact, creature, or land you control. That player gains control of that artifact, creature, or land.
(Unglued 4/4 for 3U, donates an artifact, creature, or land when it damages opponent)
4:Illusionary Forces
Illusionary Forces
Illusionary ForcesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Cumulative Upkeep: U

4:Rock Lobster
Rock Lobster
Rock LobsterSet: Unglued
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
79
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
Scissors Lizards cannot attack or block.

1:Wonder
Wonder
WonderSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Rebecca Guay

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying As long as Wonder is in your graveyard and you control an island, creatures you control have flying.
(Uncommon)
1:Shadow Rift
Shadow Rift
Shadow RiftSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Target creature gains shadow until end of turn. (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Draw a card.

4:Brainstorm
Brainstorm
BrainstormSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Draw three cards. Then, put any two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

2:Confound
Confound
ConfoundSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
22
Artist:
Doug Chaffee

4:Memory Lapse
Memory Lapse
Memory LapseSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Counter target spell. Put that spell on top of owner's library.

2:Capsize
Capsize
CapsizeSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Buyback 3 (You may pay an additional 3 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Return target permanent to owner's hand.


With fat, hard-to-block creatures, cheap card draw, and blue’s amazing toolbox of counter and removal spells, I believe that the blue stompy archetype has the potential to be a tier one competitor. Illusionary Forces
Illusionary Forces
Illusionary ForcesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Cumulative Upkeep: U
drawback is usually a non-issue for two or three turns of 4/4 flier beatings, and the 12 artifact creatures are all undercosted. The questionable (and no doubt abusable) Clambassadors
Clambassadors
ClambassadorsSet: Unglued
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clamfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Randy Elliott
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Clambassadors damages any player, choose an artifact, creature, or land you control. That player gains control of that artifact, creature, or land.
donating bounceable Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War BeastSet: Alliances
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bill Sienkiewicz
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Phyrexian War Beast leaves play, sacrifice a land, and Phyrexian War Beast deals 1 damage to you.
s and unaffordable Illusionary Forces
Illusionary Forces
Illusionary ForcesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Cumulative Upkeep: U
provides enough fat to fill out the deck. Other cards to consider for the deck: Wormfang Drake
Wormfang Drake
Wormfang DrakeSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Drake
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa

Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying. When Wormfang Drake comes into play, sacrifice it unless you remove a creature you control other than Wormfang Drake from the game. When Wormfang Drake leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.
, Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
, Unstable Mutation
Unstable Mutation
Unstable MutationSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3. During the upkeep phase of each of its controller's turns, put a -1/-1 counter on the creature. These counters remain even if this enchantment is removed before the creature dies.
, Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated KnowledgeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of Accumulated Knowledge cards in all graveyards.
, Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
, and Rethink
Rethink
RethinkSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays X, where X is its converted mana cost.
.

When I was brainstorming about how to beat Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
/High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
, I realized that the card Psychic Venom
Psychic Venom
Psychic VenomSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Whenever target land becomes tapped, Psychic Venom does 2 damage to target land's controller.
(in a deck that dealt moderate damage before turn 4) delayed the combo just as much as Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
. It might be a worthy sideboard card here, as it’s likely to do at least 4 damage for 2 mana, a good deal by most beatdown standards.

SPECIAL BONUS – THE SECOND MOST BROKEN CARD IN PEASANT MAGIC!

We all know the most broken card in Peasant Magic is Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
(or at least, I know that), but what’s the second most broken? Is it Library of Alexandria
Library of Alexandria
Library of AlexandriaSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or draw a card from your library; you may use the card-drawing ability only if you have exactly seven cards in your hand.
with its unfair card-drawing engine? Is it Demonic Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Demonic TutorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Search your library for one card and take it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
with its amazing search ability? Is it Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
which fits so nicely into every deck in the format? Is it free damage in the form of Fireblast
Fireblast
FireblastSet: Visions
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Danza
Text:
You may sacrifice two mountains instead of paying Fireblast's casting cost. Fireblast deals 4 damage to target creature or player.
? Is it Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
again because it’s just that good???

No, it’s Charm School
Charm School
Charm SchoolSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Player
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
When Charm School comes into play, choose a color and balance Charm School on your head.Prevent all damage to you of the chosen color.If Charm School falls off your head, sacrifice Charm School.
! In the same color as the best artifact removal cards (like Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
and Devout Witness
Devout Witness
Devout WitnessSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper
Rarity:
C
Number:
17
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1W, tap, Discard a card from your hand: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
) is the best universal color-hoser, reading: I take no damage from sources of the color of my choice (ie. the color of your opponent’s deck)! Have you ever tried balancing a Magic card on your head? It’s easy! I’ve been doing it for the entire time it’s taken me to write this post. Sure, it’s got negative synergy with Knight of the Hokey Pokey
Knight of the Hokey Pokey
Knight of the Hokey PokeySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike1W, Do the Hokey Pokey (Stand up, wiggle your butt, raise your hands above your head, and shake them wildly as you rotate 360 degrees) : Prevent all damage to Knight of the Hokey Pokey from any one source.
, but who cares? Maindeck enchantment removal is scarce in the top decks, and white has plenty of enchantment recursion and delay tactics (like 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.
) to build a deck around the card that reads: No disenchant? You lose! Burn needs Anarchy
Anarchy
AnarchySet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Destroy all white permanents.
or Flaring Pain
Flaring Pain
Flaring PainSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
Glen Angus

Text:
Damage can't be prevented this turn. Flashback R
to get in damage for a single turn only (because you’ll enchant yourself again next turn), and whatever win condition you’ve got should be able to race buyback Brush with Death
Brush with Death
Brush with DeathSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
Buyback 2BB (You may pay an additional 2BB when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Target opponent loses 2 life. You gain 2 life.
. Green and white creature-based decks lose game one more likely than not if they’re unprepared for 100% damage prevention, and are forced to side in suboptimal enchantment removal cards for creature cards, and still face a tough matchup games two and three. What about monoblue combo decks? Hose them! Run four Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
s maindeck, and fill your sideboard with cards only good against Properity/High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
like Tormod’s Crypt. Heck, Charm School
Charm School
Charm SchoolSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Player
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
When Charm School comes into play, choose a color and balance Charm School on your head.Prevent all damage to you of the chosen color.If Charm School falls off your head, sacrifice Charm School.
is even splashable at 2W, so why not play it in a two color U/W control deck or W/R burn deck with even more answers to monoblue? Anyways, I’m convinced somebody will break this card, and I know for a fact that my stompy deck only beat Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
W/G because my opponent ran Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.
s instead of Charm School
Charm School
Charm SchoolSet: Unglued
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Player
Rarity:
U
Number:
1
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
When Charm School comes into play, choose a color and balance Charm School on your head.Prevent all damage to you of the chosen color.If Charm School falls off your head, sacrifice Charm School.
s. Happy deckbuilding!


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