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Geth's Grim Guilt - Jason McFarland (8/30/2008)

You never know where the creative juices will come from. Sometimes you're shuffling through your binder and finally decide to put together a deck using that playset of Twilight Shepherd
Twilight Shepherd
Twilight ShepherdSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
25
Artist:
Jason Chan
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, vigilance When Twilight Shepherd comes into play, return to your hand all cards in your graveyard put there from play this turn. Persist (When this creature is put into a graveyard from play, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to play under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
, Pattern of Rebirth
Pattern of Rebirth
Pattern of RebirthSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
When enchanted creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may search his or her library for a creature card and put that card into play. If that player does, he or she then shuffles his or her library.
and Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe ElderSet: Commander
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
. Sometimes you see somebody else make a deck and decide that you want to take their skeleton and tweak things a bit. In this case, it was a mixture of those two and a Gatherer Search looking for cards that should have been put into a deck that my friend Jon built. I don't have access to his list, but it was a blue-black Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
deck that had a lot of targeted discard and included Cephalid Coliseum
Cephalid Coliseum
Cephalid ColiseumSet: Odyssey
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
317
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Tap: Add U to your mana pool. Cephalid Coliseum deals 1 damage to you. Threshold - U, Tap, Sacifice Cephalid Coliseum: Target player draws three cards, then discards three cards from his or her hand. (Play this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.)
as a way to make sure that his opponent had cards in hand later in the game. After seeing one game where Jon ended up hitting himself for 14 damage(yes, 14!) while tapping his Coliseums for mana, I decided there had to be some better way to do a blue-black Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
deck. The fact that we usually play multiplayer makes the targeted discard even less effective. I ended up looking through Gatherer for anything that said player/opponent discards. A lot of fun cards were in the list and here is what I ended up putting together out of those. The one card that isn't in the deck that probably should be, and very well may end up being, is Words of Waste
Words of Waste
Words of WasteSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
1: The next time you would draw a card this turn, each opponent discards a card from his or her hand instead.
. For your drawing/discarding pleasure, here's the list for 'Guilty of Breaking the Jar'.

4 Abyssal Nocturnus
Abyssal Nocturnus
Abyssal NocturnusSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
43
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever an opponent discards a card, Abyssal Nocturnus gets +2/+2 and gains fear until end of turn.

4 Lore Broker
Lore Broker
Lore BrokerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Each player draws a card, then discards a card.

1 Magus of the Jar
Magus of the Jar
Magus of the JarSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
T, Sacrifice Magus of the Jar: Each player removes his or her hand from the game face down and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she removed from the game this way.


2 Breathstealer's Crypt
Breathstealer's Crypt
Breathstealer's CryptSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Blackie del Rio
Text:
Whenever any player draws a card, he or she reveals that card. If the card is a creature card, that player pays 3 life or discards the card.

4 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.

2 Geth's Grimoire
Geth's Grimoire
Geth's GrimoireSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
123
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever an opponent discards a card you may draw a card.

2 Massacre
Massacre
MassacreSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
If an opponent controls a plains and you control a swamp, you may play Massacre without paying its mana cost. All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.

4 Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.

1 Memory Jar
Memory Jar
Memory JarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Memory Jar: Each player sets aside his or her hand, face down, and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she set aside this way.

4 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.

4 Urza's Guilt
Urza's Guilt
Urza's GuiltSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player draws two cards, then discards three cards from his or her hand, then loses 4 life.

1 Vile Consumption
Vile Consumption
Vile ConsumptionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
285
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
All creatures have At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice this creature unless you pay 1 life.

4 Words of Wisdom
Words of Wisdom
Words of WisdomSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
You draw two cards, then each other player draws a card.


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

1 Sunken Ruins
Sunken Ruins
Sunken RuinsSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. o(u/b), T Add UU, UB, or BB to your mana pool.

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


Considering the potential power of this deck, it's incredibly cheap(both inexpensive and quite powerful). Turn 3 Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
into turn 4 Urza's Guilt
Urza's Guilt
Urza's GuiltSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player draws two cards, then discards three cards from his or her hand, then loses 4 life.
deals a massive 10 damage to each of your opponents. Manage to pull off a second Guilt on turn 5 and everybody's shuffling up for a new game. In a five person game last week, I was able to kill the table on turn 5 by playing a signet on my second turn to get me to 6 mana, playing Magus of the Jar
Magus of the Jar
Magus of the JarSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
T, Sacrifice Magus of the Jar: Each player removes his or her hand from the game face down and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she removed from the game this way.
on my fourth turn, and playing two Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
s, one of which I drew off the Magus. Lets run through the card choices.

Abyssal Nocturnus
Abyssal Nocturnus
Abyssal NocturnusSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
43
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever an opponent discards a card, Abyssal Nocturnus gets +2/+2 and gains fear until end of turn.
: In a multiplayer game, even a single card being discarded by each opponent can make this guy really big, really fast. If I drop Urza's Guilt
Urza's Guilt
Urza's GuiltSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player draws two cards, then discards three cards from his or her hand, then loses 4 life.
with him in play, somebody's going to be out of the game.

Lore Broker
Lore Broker
Lore BrokerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Each player draws a card, then discards a card.
: Consistent discarding turn after turn. Also a good way to get to the cards that you really need and get rid of excessive copies of cards in your hand.

Magus of the Jar
Magus of the Jar
Magus of the JarSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
T, Sacrifice Magus of the Jar: Each player removes his or her hand from the game face down and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she removed from the game this way.
: Memory Jar
Memory Jar
Memory JarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Memory Jar: Each player sets aside his or her hand, face down, and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she set aside this way.
's restricted, so I thought it couldn't hurt to add this extra copy that's a little bit slower.

Breathstealer's Crypt
Breathstealer's Crypt
Breathstealer's CryptSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Blackie del Rio
Text:
Whenever any player draws a card, he or she reveals that card. If the card is a creature card, that player pays 3 life or discards the card.
: Scar
Scar
ScarSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
194
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
ed of facing off against a bunch of creatures? It's going to hurt your opponents if they want to keep playing those creature spells.

Geth's Grimoire
Geth's Grimoire
Geth's GrimoireSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
123
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever an opponent discards a card you may draw a card.
: With all the discard I'll end up inflicting on myself through Lore Broker
Lore Broker
Lore BrokerSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Each player draws a card, then discards a card.
and Urza's Guilt
Urza's Guilt
Urza's GuiltSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player draws two cards, then discards three cards from his or her hand, then loses 4 life.
, this is a great way to help reload.

Massacre
Massacre
MassacreSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
If an opponent controls a plains and you control a swamp, you may play Massacre without paying its mana cost. All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.
: The Massacre
Massacre
MassacreSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
58
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
If an opponent controls a plains and you control a swamp, you may play Massacre without paying its mana cost. All creatures get -2/-2 until end of turn.
s are in there to help ward off the weenie rush. I don't have to deal with that so much in multiplayer, so I only included two copies.

Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
: Wouldn't be much of a Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
deck without this Johnny inspiring card in there.

Memory Jar
Memory Jar
Memory JarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Memory Jar: Each player sets aside his or her hand, face down, and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she set aside this way.
: If there's an easier way to guarantee that your opponents have a ton of cards and have to discard them in one swoop, I sure don't know it.

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.
: Believe it or not, your opponents are going to try to play spells. 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.
is a great way to help fill those hands back up. 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.
probably isn't as good in the deck as it would be with Words of Waste
Words of Waste
Words of WasteSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
182
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Text:
1: The next time you would draw a card this turn, each opponent discards a card from his or her hand instead.
around, but I think it's still a great card for what it does.

Urza's Guilt
Urza's Guilt
Urza's GuiltSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Each player draws two cards, then discards three cards from his or her hand, then loses 4 life.
: I discussed earlier the potential power and ridiculousness this card offers with either Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
, Abyssal Nocturnus
Abyssal Nocturnus
Abyssal NocturnusSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
43
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever an opponent discards a card, Abyssal Nocturnus gets +2/+2 and gains fear until end of turn.
or Geth's Grimoire
Geth's Grimoire
Geth's GrimoireSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
123
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever an opponent discards a card you may draw a card.
in play. Great card for the deck.

Vile Consumption
Vile Consumption
Vile ConsumptionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
285
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
All creatures have At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice this creature unless you pay 1 life.
is another great card against creature decks and helps to slow any impending doom that might be coming my way. It's fun to slow things down by laying it early, but if you can drop it after somebody has amassed an army, it can be brutal.

Words of Wisdom
Words of Wisdom
Words of WisdomSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
You draw two cards, then each other player draws a card.
: A miniature version of 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.
that can be played at your opponent's end step. These really help with digging early in the game for times when you need a little extra land or are just trying to get to the last pieces of the puzzle.

I just built the deck two weeks ago, so I've only gotten to play about a dozen games with it, but here are some changes I'm looking at. You never really want/need to draw a second 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.
, so I'd like to cut one of them. Breathstealer's Crypt
Breathstealer's Crypt
Breathstealer's CryptSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Blackie del Rio
Text:
Whenever any player draws a card, he or she reveals that card. If the card is a creature card, that player pays 3 life or discards the card.
is cool, and really fun with 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.
, but there are usually other things that I'm wanting to cast. It might be something that I'd want to play in a game that I expected to be drawn out, or if I didn't have a Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
in play.

It's definitely a fun deck to play. I've had a blast playing it so far. There are some pieces that may be harder to find, but pretty much all the pieces can be found for next to nothing. With the exception of Sunken Ruins
Sunken Ruins
Sunken RuinsSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. o(u/b), T Add UU, UB, or BB to your mana pool.
(which isn't necessary) and Memory Jar
Memory Jar
Memory JarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Memory Jar: Each player sets aside his or her hand, face down, and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she set aside this way.
(which is absolutely ridiculous) nothing costs more than a dollar and most things can be found for less than half that.


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