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The Peasant Magic idea was created by Rob Baranowski to give people a chance to play competitive Magic without dropping a ton of cash on Magic Cards. The Peasant Magic format was played at GenCon 2001 and is returning for GenCon 2002. Register Now!

Here are the rules of Peasant Magic:

Cards from any published Magic set wherein cards were assigned a rarity value by WotC. This includes Unglued, Starter, and Portal, but does not include promotional cards or cards from pre-built sets like Vanguard.

No more than five (5) uncommon cards.

No rare cards.

At least 55 common cards.

There may be no more than four (4) copies of any single card except basic land.

Snow-covered land counts as a basic land.

In the event that a deck contained cards that must be physically destroyed to be used (re: 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.
from Unglued), players were allowed to replace the destroyed card after each game in which they destroyed a copy of the card.

If a player runs out of copies of a card, then they must fill their deck with basic land(s) of their choice.

Okay then, here's one of my favorite peasant magic decks.

I must admit that I am not the creator of this deck, although I did modify it just a slight bit with a more powerful card. If I were going to GenCon, this is the deck I would play. For being an entirely common deck, it is really very powerful. Without further delay, I present to you:

The under $10 deck

4 Carnophage
Carnophage
CarnophageSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
During your upkeep, pay 1 life or tap Carnophage.

4 Skittering Skirge
Skittering Skirge
Skittering SkirgeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When you successfully cast a creature spell, sacrifice Skittering Skirge.

4 Dauthi Slayer
Dauthi Slayer
Dauthi SlayerSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Each turn, Dauthi Slayer attacks if able.


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 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 Paralyze
Paralyze
ParalyzeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature is not untapped as normal during untap phase. Creature's controller may spend 4 during his or her upkeep to untap it. Tap target creature when Paralyze is cast.

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 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.

4 Unholy Strength
Unholy Strength
Unholy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +2/+1.

3 Sinister Strength
Sinister Strength
Sinister StrengthSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +3/+1 and is black.

3 Grave Servitude
Grave Servitude
Grave ServitudeSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Text:
You may choose to play Grave Servitude as an instant; if you do, bury it at end of turn.Enchanted creature gets +3/-1 and is black.


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


Sideboard:
4 Coercion
Coercion
CoercionSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a card from it. That player discards that card.

4 Vendetta
Vendetta
VendettaSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated. You lose life equal to that creature's toughness.

4 Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.

3 Soul Kiss
Soul Kiss
Soul KissSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
When Soul Kiss comes into play, choose target creature.B: Pay 1 life to give creature Soul Kiss enchants +2/+2 until end of turn. You cannot spend more than BBB in this way each turn. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.


This deck is basically, a poor man's version of the old Tempest-block Suicide Black/Hatred
Hatred
HatredSet: Exodus
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
64
Artist:
Brom
Text:
Pay X life: Target creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn.
decks. It’s incredibly fast. The general principal of this deck is to get a creature out ASAP, throw mass creature enhancers on it, and ´´lay the smack down´´. This deck was originally designed for extended, but with the banning of 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.
, it took a large hit; 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.
being a serious burst of speed. The deck was capable of first turn plays that were nothing short of amazing. For example, first turn 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.
, Carnophage
Carnophage
CarnophageSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
During your upkeep, pay 1 life or tap Carnophage.
, Unholy Strength
Unholy Strength
Unholy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +2/+1.
, 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.
. Or my personal favorite, first turn 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.
, Dauthi Slayer
Dauthi Slayer
Dauthi SlayerSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Each turn, Dauthi Slayer attacks if able.
, Unholy Strength
Unholy Strength
Unholy StrengthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Target creature gains +2/+1.
, which you then follow up with a second turn Sinister Strength
Sinister Strength
Sinister StrengthSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
54
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +3/+1 and is black.
and walk over for 7 on turn 2, which most often can not be blocked. All the removal spells (Diabolic Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic EdictSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature.
, Paralyze
Paralyze
ParalyzeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature is not untapped as normal during untap phase. Creature's controller may spend 4 during his or her upkeep to untap it. Tap target creature when Paralyze is cast.
, and 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.
) are simply used to clear your path, with 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.
serving as the killing blow in a lot of cases.

Although the deck doesn't have many creatures, only 12, they are all incredibly powerful and efficient, and you generally only need a couple (if not only 1) to win, so don't worry about them too much. You do need creatures to win however, so if you don't draw any, mulligan immediately. Okay, here is the creature line up:

Carnophage
Carnophage
CarnophageSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
During your upkeep, pay 1 life or tap Carnophage.
-a 2/2 zombie for one black mana. Dauthi Slayer
Dauthi Slayer
Dauthi SlayerSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Each turn, Dauthi Slayer attacks if able.
-a 2/2 shadow creature for two black mana. Last but not least, my personal favorite, Skittering Skirge
Skittering Skirge
Skittering SkirgeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When you successfully cast a creature spell, sacrifice Skittering Skirge.
- a 3/2 flyer for only two black mana. All of these creatures are as mentioned before amazingly efficient in terms of power to mana and therefore have all have some form of a drawback, and here they are:

The Carnophage
Carnophage
CarnophageSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
During your upkeep, pay 1 life or tap Carnophage.
's drawback of losing one life per turn is really not bad considering the beating your opponent is going to get.

The Dauthi Slayer
Dauthi Slayer
Dauthi SlayerSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Each turn, Dauthi Slayer attacks if able.
's 'attacks every turn if able' is not a drawback at all leaving you with a 2/2 shadow potential beatdown machine.

The Skittering Skirge
Skittering Skirge
Skittering SkirgeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When you successfully cast a creature spell, sacrifice Skittering Skirge.
, has a drawback of not being able to play other creature spells unless you are willing to sacrifice Skitering Skirge. Despite this drawback most of the damage come you will deal usually comes from a single Pumped up Dauthi Slayer
Dauthi Slayer
Dauthi SlayerSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Each turn, Dauthi Slayer attacks if able.
or a pumped up Skittering Skirge
Skittering Skirge
Skittering SkirgeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When you successfully cast a creature spell, sacrifice Skittering Skirge.
because of their evasion ability.

The pump spells should be pretty self-explanatory, lay them on a creature and pound away. Grave Servitude
Grave Servitude
Grave ServitudeSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adrian Smith
Text:
You may choose to play Grave Servitude as an instant; if you do, bury it at end of turn.Enchanted creature gets +3/-1 and is black.
is perhaps the best one in this deck, simply because it does so much. Its a permanent creature enhancement, a one-shot creature enhancement if you need it, and even small creature destruction that can deal with pesky regenerators.

The sideboard is fairly self-explanatory. The main deck is built to be able to deal with another black deck during the first game. If your not playing another black deck, Vendetta
Vendetta
VendettaSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
170
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated. You lose life equal to that creature's toughness.
s and Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
s go in for Paralyze
Paralyze
ParalyzeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Target creature is not untapped as normal during untap phase. Creature's controller may spend 4 during his or her upkeep to untap it. Tap target creature when Paralyze is cast.
s 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.
s, respectfully. Coercion
Coercion
CoercionSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a card from it. That player discards that card.
and Soul Kiss
Soul Kiss
Soul KissSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
When Soul Kiss comes into play, choose target creature.B: Pay 1 life to give creature Soul Kiss enchants +2/+2 until end of turn. You cannot spend more than BBB in this way each turn. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.
are for playing against Combo or Control, where creature destruction isn't really needed, or needed as much.

I have played this deck against many peasant and normal decks and consistently win despite the lack of rares, or even uncommons! Most people are amazed that the deck contains no rares or uncommons and often ask for rematches to see if it was a fluke. It's not. Playing Peasant magic somehow made me a better player, try it and see if it does the same for you.

So that's the under $10 deck. Go out and try it, you'll be amazed.


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