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Eye of the Past - Frankwin Hooglander (7/19/2006)

It’s been a while since I wrote an article, but since I have some spare time I thought I’d spend some time writing about my favorite casual combo deck. I’ve been playing this deck for a few months on MTGO now and have tweaked it many times to what I think is the quickest build for this type of deck. The deck is Standard Legal since that’s the most common format I play.

You must all be very curious for the deck. Well here it is:

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

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

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

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


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

3 Izzet Signet
Izzet Signet
Izzet SignetSet: Guildpact
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
152
Text:
1, T: Add UR to your mana pool.

2 Rakdos Signet
Rakdos Signet
Rakdos SignetSet: Dissension
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
C
Number:
165
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt


Enchantments
3 Eye of the Storm
Eye of the Storm
Eye of the StormSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Whenever a player plays an instant or sorcery card, remove it from the game. Then that player copies each instant or sorcery card removed from the game with Eye of the Storm. For each copy, the player may play the copy without paying its mana cost.


Instants/Sorceries
4 Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.

4 Consult the Necrosages
Consult the Necrosages
Consult the NecrosagesSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
199
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Choose one — Target player draws two cards; or target player discards two cards.

2 Counsel of the Soratami
Counsel of the Soratami
Counsel of the SoratamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw two cards.

3 Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

2 Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.

4 Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

3 Sins of the Past
Sins of the Past
Sins of the PastSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Until end of turn, you may play target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard without paying its mana cost. If that card would be put into your graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead. Remove Sins of the Past from the game.

3 Telling Time
Telling Time
Telling TimeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand, one on top of your library, and one on the bottom of your library.

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.


A quick rundown of the cards in this deck and why I chose them:

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

Why only 2 you might ask? Well... the simple fact that I only have 2 is the main reason for this choice. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this deck, so I went with what I had. For those that have all the dual lands it will probably be worth it to run 2 of each to maximize your chances of getting the right mana. I wouldn’t run more than 2 of each since it will just slow you down too much or cost you too much life.


The Signets
Obviously here for mana acceleration and also to make sure you’ll get the right color of mana available to play your spells. The main reason is mana acceleration since the heart of the deck is the Eye of the Storm
Eye of the Storm
Eye of the StormSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Whenever a player plays an instant or sorcery card, remove it from the game. Then that player copies each instant or sorcery card removed from the game with Eye of the Storm. For each copy, the player may play the copy without paying its mana cost.
/Since of the Past combo and you’ll ideally want to play the Eye on turn 5.

Eye of the Storm
Eye of the Storm
Eye of the StormSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Whenever a player plays an instant or sorcery card, remove it from the game. Then that player copies each instant or sorcery card removed from the game with Eye of the Storm. For each copy, the player may play the copy without paying its mana cost.

This card is the first part of the combo in this deck. You only want to play this when you already have the other part of the combo, Sins of the Past
Sins of the Past
Sins of the PastSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Until end of turn, you may play target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard without paying its mana cost. If that card would be put into your graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead. Remove Sins of the Past from the game.
, in your hand though. Don’t play it sooner than that unless you have to. The Eye will also work for your opponent, so you don’t want to give them too many chances of stacking spells on it, or too much time to get rid of it.

Since of the Past
This is the second part of the combo. When playing this with Eye of the Storm
Eye of the Storm
Eye of the StormSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Whenever a player plays an instant or sorcery card, remove it from the game. Then that player copies each instant or sorcery card removed from the game with Eye of the Storm. For each copy, the player may play the copy without paying its mana cost.
in play it will pretty much set up a loop that lasts until your graveyard is exhausted of spells allowing you to play multiple copies of the spells in your graveyard.

Boomerang
Boomerang
BoomerangSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Return target permanent to owner's hand.

Use this to slow down your opponent. This card is ideally played on things like the taplands from Ravnica block, mana accelerators, large creatures, etc.

Consult the Necrosages
Consult the Necrosages
Consult the NecrosagesSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
199
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Choose one — Target player draws two cards; or target player discards two cards.

This card has two functions in the deck. First of all to dig through your deck to get the cards for your combo, but it’s also very important to use while in the combo to target yourself to discard cards so your graveyard keeps getting filled with instants/sorceries for you to target with Sins of the Past
Sins of the Past
Sins of the PastSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Until end of turn, you may play target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard without paying its mana cost. If that card would be put into your graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead. Remove Sins of the Past from the game.
.

Counsel of the Soratami
Counsel of the Soratami
Counsel of the SoratamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw two cards.

Counsel will help you to dig through your deck searching for your combo cards.

Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
will help you search for your missing part(s) of your combo.

Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.

Up against a token deck or some other deck with a lot of small creatures? Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
is your answer. It also works very well on the Eye to remove larger creatures as well. If you can play more spells, you’ll be able to use it more then once. Since your deck doesn’t have any creatures what do you care.

Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

This is of course removal for early use in the game to keep your opponent under control.

Telling Time
Telling Time
Telling TimeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand, one on top of your library, and one on the bottom of your library.

Just like Counsel of the Soratami
Counsel of the Soratami
Counsel of the SoratamiSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
55
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw two cards.
and Consult the Necrosages
Consult the Necrosages
Consult the NecrosagesSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
199
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Choose one — Target player draws two cards; or target player discards two cards.
this card will help you dig through your deck searching for your combo cards or a Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
.

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.

More removal for the harder to kill creatures.

How to play this deck?
As you can see there are no creatures in the deck, so it’s very important that you use the removal and bounce spells to kill the major threats from your opponent. Don’t waste it, but also don’t be too careful. It can take 5-7 turns or so before you can get your combo out, so you need to make sure your life lasts that long.

Use the card drawing cards etc to dig through your deck to get the combo in your hands. Then as soon as you have enough land to play Eye of the Storm
Eye of the Storm
Eye of the StormSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
7
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Whenever a player plays an instant or sorcery card, remove it from the game. Then that player copies each instant or sorcery card removed from the game with Eye of the Storm. For each copy, the player may play the copy without paying its mana cost.
just play it. This will give your opponent just 1 turn to use it or destroy it. Your next turn you will play Sins of the Past
Sins of the Past
Sins of the PastSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Until end of turn, you may play target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard without paying its mana cost. If that card would be put into your graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead. Remove Sins of the Past from the game.
. Just make sure there are a number of spells already in your graveyard (another reason to just use your spells) so you have something to target with Sins of the Past
Sins of the Past
Sins of the PastSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
106
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Until end of turn, you may play target instant or sorcery card in your graveyard without paying its mana cost. If that card would be put into your graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead. Remove Sins of the Past from the game.
. Ideally you’ll have 1 or 2 burn spells and 1 or 2 card drawing spells (preferably at least 1 Consult the Necrosages
Consult the Necrosages
Consult the NecrosagesSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
199
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Choose one — Target player draws two cards; or target player discards two cards.
) already in your graveyard before playing out your combo. Once you do that you’ll most likely win the game that turn.

I’ve probably played around 200 or so games with this deck and my win percentage against casual decks is over 80%. This deck is not very good against the mainstream competitive decks, but that’s why it’s a casual deck.

I hope you enjoy the deck. Feel free to send me a note with comments or suggestions.


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