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Life to Lifeless - Greg Gawura (11/12/2009)

Life to lifeless to eternity
Life to lifeless the cycle repeats
-Killswitch Engage

Hello Cardshark readers and Magic players! This is my first article, so let me start with a quick introduction. I have been playing Magic on and off since around Ice Age. I was never very serious, until one of my good friends recently found a playgroup and began to play again. That was just before Planar Chaos
Planar Chaos
Planar ChaosSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, sacrifice Planar Chaos. Whenever a player play a spell, that player flips a coin. If he or she loses the flip, counter that spell.
, and I have not looked back since. Since my playgroup is quite large (as many as 14 people will show up), we play an extremely casual multiplayer format. All of my decks will be Vintage legal and are typically very inexpensive. Since I am most definitely a Johnny player, deck building is what drives my Magic world. I truly enjoy finding fun card interactions and spending the time to evolve a deck. Enough of that, let’s get to the deck.

The first deck I will share is “Life to Lifeless,” my False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
deck. If any of you listen to Chewie and his dorks on The Mana Pool podcast, you will see many similarities with Brian’s False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
deck from the “Get a Life
Get a Life
Get a LifeSet: Unglued
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Text:
Target player and each of his or her teammates exchange life totals.
” episode. Rest assured that I built this deck long before hearing Brian’s deck. I guess great minds think alike. Here is a rundown of the cards and why I used them.

False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
- This is the centerpiece of the deck. There are a few important specifics about this card that must be mentioned. First, False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
is not a replacement effect. That is, the player will gain life and then lose twice the life they gained, not simply lose the life they would have gained. That is extremely important for a later card. Second, False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
causes a loss of life, not damage. Does your opponent have the horrid 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.
? Are they packing the annoying Spirit of Resistance
Spirit of Resistance
Spirit of ResistanceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
If you control a permanent of each color, prevent all damage that would be dealt to you.
? It doesn’t matter, False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
can still end their fun. Lastly, False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
does not target. Is your opponent packing an Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
? A burn deck is in trouble, but not you.

So, False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
wants your opponents to gain life eh? Let’s give them some.

Wall of Shards
Wall of Shards
Wall of ShardsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
8
Text:
Defender, flying Cumulative upkeep-An opponent gains 1 life. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
- Who wouldn’t take a 1/8 flying wall for 2 mana? What? There’s a drawback? You have to give an opponent a growing amount of life each turn? It fits right into your devious plan! I have also found that the Wall of Shards
Wall of Shards
Wall of ShardsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
8
Text:
Defender, flying Cumulative upkeep-An opponent gains 1 life. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
can help keep you free from early hate, since your opponents like the life gain. They’ll take the potential life into consideration when choosing who to attack.

Heroes’ Reunion - This card has two potential uses. First, with the False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
, you can drop your opponent’s life by 7 for only 4 mana. Second, if you don’t use a False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
, Heroes’ Reunion can stave off defeat by simply giving yourself 7 life.

Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
- One of the games best removal cards also gives your opponent life! This is a no-brainer. If you don’t have enough Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
, the weaker Condemn
Condemn
CondemnSet: Dissension
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
8
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Put target attacking creature on the bottom of its owner's library. Its controller gains life equal to its toughness.
is extremely cheap and easy to find.

Grove of the Burnwillows
Grove of the Burnwillows
Grove of the BurnwillowsSet: Future Sight
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
David Hudnut
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool.
T Add R or G to your mana pool. Each opponent gains 1 life.
- What a cool card! This card is great no matter what, but in a huge multiplayer game, it can win you the match. If you tap it for a green (or red, but the deck doesn’t run red) mana, you have to give each opponent 1 life. Oh darn.

Beacon of Immortality
Beacon of Immortality
Beacon of ImmortalitySet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
6
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Double target player's life total. Shuffle Beacon of Immortality into its owner's library.
- Here is the late game finisher. Even if your opponent has eleventy billion (thanks SNL) life, False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
with Beacon of Immortality
Beacon of Immortality
Beacon of ImmortalitySet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
6
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Double target player's life total. Shuffle Beacon of Immortality into its owner's library.
is an instant kill. Since doubling the player’s life total counts as life gain equal to their life total, the false cure will bring them to exactly zero life every time.

Remember when I mentioned something about False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
not being a replacement effect and that it would be important later? Well, here’s why.

Kavu Predator
Kavu Predator
Kavu PredatorSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
132
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample Whenever an opponent gains life, put that many +1/+1 counters on Kavu Predator.
- Raise your hand if you’d like a 2/2 trample for 2? What if it got a permanent +1/+1 counter for every life an opponent gains? This thing gets ridiculous extremely fast. If you have 5 opponents (very common in my group) and simply tap a Grove of the Burnwillows
Grove of the Burnwillows
Grove of the BurnwillowsSet: Future Sight
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
David Hudnut
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool.
T Add R or G to your mana pool. Each opponent gains 1 life.
for green mana, you now have a 7/7 trampling behemoth. These guys are routinely 30/30 plus for me. The best part is that if you’re in a serious pinch, you can Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
your own Kavu Predator
Kavu Predator
Kavu PredatorSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
132
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample Whenever an opponent gains life, put that many +1/+1 counters on Kavu Predator.
for a ton of life.

Those are the staple cards of the deck. The following are the utility cards I use.

Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.
- What’s better than a False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
? A False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
on a stick, of course! With the Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.
, you can play False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
every turn! Even better, you can activate it before your upkeep, to utilize the cumulative upkeep on the Wall of Shards
Wall of Shards
Wall of ShardsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
8
Text:
Defender, flying Cumulative upkeep-An opponent gains 1 life. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
for more bleeding. Another brutal combination is to put a False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
on one Scepter and a Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
on another. For 4 mana, you can remove any creature from the game and bleed its controller for life equal to its power. Keep in mind that unless you opponent is packing a Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
/Voidslime
Voidslime
VoidslimeSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
137
Artist:
Jim Murray
-type effect, this cannot be countered. I don’t think I’ve ever done it, but you could also put Heroes’ Reunion or Shred Memory
Shred Memory
Shred MemorySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Remove up to four target cards in a single graveyard from the game. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
on the Scepter.

Wayfarer’s Bauble - I absolutely have being mana screwed and this deck runs 3 colors, so mana fixing is a must. The Wayfarer’s Bauble acts as my only decent one-drop and can sit on the table until I know what color mana I will need. It’s a slightly slower rampant growth, but it requires no colored mana.

Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.
/Mortify
Mortify
MortifySet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Text:
Destroy target creature or enchantment.
- I run both these for spot removal. In a large multiplayer game, there is always an enchantment or artifact that is causing some problems. These great cards will take care of that.

Shred Memory
Shred Memory
Shred MemorySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Remove up to four target cards in a single graveyard from the game. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
- What’s the converted mana cost of most of the key cards above? False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
, Wall of Shards
Wall of Shards
Wall of ShardsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
8
Text:
Defender, flying Cumulative upkeep-An opponent gains 1 life. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)
, Heroes’ Reunion, Kavu Predator
Kavu Predator
Kavu PredatorSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
132
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample Whenever an opponent gains life, put that many +1/+1 counters on Kavu Predator.
, and Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.
are all 2 mana. Shred Memory
Shred Memory
Shred MemorySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Remove up to four target cards in a single graveyard from the game. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
can search all these cards out for one less mana than 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.
. An added bonus is that Shred Memory
Shred Memory
Shred MemorySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Remove up to four target cards in a single graveyard from the game. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
is playable without the Transmute ability. Since my playgroup has some brutal reanimator-type decks (staring down 4 Demigod’s of Revenge on turn 2 is not cool), graveyard removal can turn the tide of the game. Other, more powerful tutoring effects can replace Shred Memory
Shred Memory
Shred MemorySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Remove up to four target cards in a single graveyard from the game. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
if available.

Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
- This is self explanatory. Color fixing is important and Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
is great at it.

Add some Basic Lands, and here’s the decklist.

Creatures:
4 x Wall of Shards
Wall of Shards
Wall of ShardsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
8
Text:
Defender, flying Cumulative upkeep-An opponent gains 1 life. (At the beginning of your upkeep, put an age counter on this permanent, then sacrifice it unless you pay its upkeep cost for each age counter on it.)

4 x Kavu Predator
Kavu Predator
Kavu PredatorSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
132
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample Whenever an opponent gains life, put that many +1/+1 counters on Kavu Predator.


Artifacts:
4 x Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.

4 x Wayfarer’s Bauble

Spells:
4 x False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.

3 x Heroes’ Reunion
4 x Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.

2 x Beacon of Immortality
Beacon of Immortality
Beacon of ImmortalitySet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
6
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Double target player's life total. Shuffle Beacon of Immortality into its owner's library.

2 x Putrefy
Putrefy
PutrefySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
Destroy target artifact or creature. It can’t be regenerated.

2 x Mortify
Mortify
MortifySet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Text:
Destroy target creature or enchantment.

4 x Shred Memory
Shred Memory
Shred MemorySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Remove up to four target cards in a single graveyard from the game. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)


Lands:
4 x Grove of the Burnwillows
Grove of the Burnwillows
Grove of the BurnwillowsSet: Future Sight
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
David Hudnut
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool.
T Add R or G to your mana pool. Each opponent gains 1 life.

4 x Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

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

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

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


If available, the mana base would certainly be improved with the addition of some Murmuring Bosk
Murmuring Bosk
Murmuring BoskSet: Morningtide
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Forest
Rarity:
R
Number:
147
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
(T: Add G to your mana pool.) As Murmuring Bosk comes into play, you may reveal a Treefolk card from your hand. If you don't, Murmuring Bosk comes into play tapped. T: Add W or B to your mana pool. Murmuring Bosk deals 1 damage to you.
s, Dual Lands, etc.

I also think it’s important to mention that the original theme of this deck combined the False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
mechanism with +1/+1 counters. The first decklist had some Vinelasher Kuzdus, Fungal Behemoth
Fungal Behemoth
Fungal BehemothSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
R
Number:
128
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Fungal Behemoth's power and toughness are each equal to the number of +1/+1 counters on creatures you control. Suspend X-XGG. X can't be 0. Whenever a time counter is removed from Fungal Behemoth while it's removed from the game, you may put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
s, and Llanowar Reborn
Llanowar Reborn
Llanowar RebornSet: Future Sight
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Philip Straub
Text:
Llanowar Reborn comes into play tapped.
T Add G to your mana pool.
Graft 1 (This land comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may move a +1/+1 counter from this land onto it.)
s to drive the +1/+1 theme. Ultimately, though I loved combining the Behemoths with the Kavu Predator
Kavu Predator
Kavu PredatorSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
U
Number:
132
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Trample Whenever an opponent gains life, put that many +1/+1 counters on Kavu Predator.
s for some huge creatures, the deck was too unfocused. I needed more mana fixing and cards to power the False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
, so I eliminated the +1/+1 theme. Other cards that were in this deck previously were Panoptic Mirror
Panoptic Mirror
Panoptic MirrorSet: Darksteel
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Imprint -- X, T: You may remove an instant or sorcery card with converted mana cost X in your hand from the game. (That card is imprinted on this artifact.) At the beginning of your upkeep, you may copy an imprinted instant or sorcery card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.
(free False Cure
False Cure
False CureSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Until end of turn, whenever a player gains life, that player loses 2 life for each 1 life he or she gained.
every upkeep, but ultimately too slow) and Sculpting Steel
Sculpting Steel
Sculpting SteelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
238
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
As Sculpting Steel comes into play, you may choose an artifact in play. If you do, Sculpting Steel comes into play as a copy of that artifact.
(to copy my Scepters, but I was always unhappy when I drew one, so they’re out).

Well, that’s it for my first article. Please let me know if you enjoyed it and certainly feel free to send any feedback.


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