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CardShark Content - Johnny Lai (4/19/2001)

Introduction

Here is a look at some decks that are built for Commons Format with brief discussions of how they play. Most of these decks have been built to be strong decks in their own right, decks that you could take to the local shop and stand a good chance of winning against random players.

However, I’ve also done some mild ´´Commons Format´´ metagaming. My view is that Sligh is likely to be a defining deck in the environment. Because Sligh is so easy to build in Commons Format and because it’s such a powerful and consistent deck, I believe a deck will very likely have to be able to beat Sligh if you take it to a Commons Format tournament.

Goblin Sligh

4:Goblin Raider
Goblin Raider
Goblin RaiderSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Matt Stawicki
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Goblin Raider can't block.

4:Mogg Flunkies
Mogg Flunkies
Mogg FlunkiesSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblins
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Brom
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Mogg Flunkies cannot attack or block during a turn in which no other creature you control attacks or blocks.

4:Fireslinger
Fireslinger
FireslingerSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Reitz
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Fireslinger deals 1 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to you.

4:Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

4:Goblin Patrol
Goblin Patrol
Goblin PatrolSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblins
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.)

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:Goblin Grenade
Goblin Grenade
Goblin GrenadeSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Sacrifice a Goblin to have Goblin Grenade deal 5 damage to one target.

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: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: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.

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


In my mind, Goblin sligh is one of the classic Magic decks because it was the dominant archtype when I began playing and because it was the deck that demonstrated the importance of the idea of a mana curve to the Magic community.

Drop some early creatures and burn away blockers as you attack with your wimpy goblins to victory. When the burn away-blockers plan begins to falter, it often has you at a single digit life total, so [with help from a few slings by the Fireslinger
Fireslinger
FireslingerSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Reitz
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Fireslinger deals 1 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to you.
] it can aim burn at your head for the win. I consider Goblin Sligh one of the defining decks because it is consistent and it can sometimes just win because it has multiple paths to victory. When you’re at 16 life, you don’t want to hear, ´´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.
you, Goblin Gernade you, 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.
you, 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.
you.´´

Stompy

4:Briar Shield
Briar Shield
Briar ShieldSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1.Sacrifice Briar Shield: Enchanted creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.

4:Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.

4:Giant Growth
Giant Growth
Giant GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Target creature gains +3/+3 until end of turn.

4:Rogue Elephant
Rogue Elephant
Rogue ElephantSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Rogue Elephant comes into play, sacrifice a forest or bury Rogue Elephant.

4:Wild Dogs
Wild Dogs
Wild DogsSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hounds
Rarity:
C
Number:
284
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
During your upkeep, if a player has more life than any other, that player gains control of Wild Dogs.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

4:Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing Jaguar
Pouncing JaguarSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Number:
269
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.)

4:Mtenda Lion
Mtenda Lion
Mtenda LionSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lion
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Stuart Griffin
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Mtenda Lion attacks, defending player may pay U to have it deal no combat damage this turn.

4:Elvish Lyrist
Elvish Lyrist
Elvish LyristSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, tap, Sacrifice Elvish Lyrist: Destroy target enchantment.

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: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: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.

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


Taking its lead from extended’s ´´10-Land Green´´ deck, this deck packs only 12 lands, but 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.
s and Eight Mana elves to power its spells. Given that all of its spells can be cast for one mana or less, this deck has the explosive potential to drop three 2 or three power creatures on the second turn and follow it up the next turn with rancor, briar shield and giant growth. Consistent, early beatdown is this deck’s concentrated purpose, seeking to put an end to the game quickly. Note that this deck varies considerably from Marcus Anderson’s ´´Stompy´´ design, which has larger threats for the mid- and late-game. This deck does not want to have any mid or late game, so River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
s, Invigorate
Invigorate
InvigorateSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
254
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
If you control a forest, you may have an opponent gain 3 life instead of paying Invigorate's mana cost.Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.
s, and 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.
s are out because they are too slow for it. Sligh decks, like the one above, is likely a poor matchup for this deck because of their inexpensive, early removal.

Suicide Black

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: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:Knight of Stromgald
Knight of Stromgald
Knight of StromgaldSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from whiteB: First strike until end of turnBB: +1/+0 until end of turn

4:Erg Raiders
Erg Raiders
Erg RaidersSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Raiders
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
If you do not attack with Raiders, they do 2 damage to you at end of turn. Raiders do no damage to you during the turn in which they are summoned.

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:Dauthi Horror
Dauthi Horror
Dauthi HorrorSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Dauthi Horror cannot be blocked by white creatures.

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.

4:Sewer Rats
Sewer Rats
Sewer RatsSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Martin McKenna
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, Pay 1 life: +1/+0 until end of turn. You cannot spend more than BBB in this way each turn.

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: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.

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


Suicide Black in commons format doesn’t have the combo-kill 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.
, but it does have the potential for an explosive start with dark ritual and some extremely efficient 1 and 2 drop weenies. The amazing hand-disruption duo of 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.
and Hymn can be devastating. Some other cards to consider for this deck include: 1) 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.
- I’d maybe add two for a nasty flying clock), Hasran Ogres - this 3/2 Anthologies or Chronicles commons creature for BB deals 3 damage to you whenever it attacks unless you pay 2 mana; play 4 of these if you really want to go full suicide mode, and 3) Snuff Out
Snuff Out
Snuff OutSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
162
Artist:
Mike Ploog
Text:
If you control a swamp, you may pay 4 life instead of paying Snuff Out's mana cost.Destroy target nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.
- an ACC creature removal that won’t slow down your dropping threats.

Endangered Fat

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:Endangered Armodon
Endangered Armodon
Endangered ArmodonSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
If you control any creature with toughness 2 or less, sacrifice Endangered Armodon.

4:Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar Sentinel
Llanowar SentinelSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Llanowar Sentinel comes into play, you may pay 1G to search your library for a Llanowar Sentinel card. Put that card into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4:Silt Crawler
Silt Crawler
Silt CrawlerSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Silt Crawler comes into play, tap all lands you control.

4:Trained Armodon
Trained Armodon
Trained ArmodonSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Number:
257
Artist:
Gary Leach
Power:
3
Toughness:
3

4:Acridian
Acridian
AcridianSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.)

4:Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.

4:Skyshroud Ridgeback
Skyshroud Ridgeback
Skyshroud RidgebackSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fading 2 (This creature comes into play with two fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)


4:Wild Growth
Wild Growth
Wild GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whenever the usual mana is drawn from target land, Wild Growth provides an extra G.

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

4:Hickory Woodlot
Hickory Woodlot
Hickory WoodlotSet: Mercadian Masques
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
319
Artist:
Sean McConnell
Text:
Hickory Woodlot comes into play tapped with two depletion counters on it.tap, Remove a depletion counter from Hickory Woodlot: Add two green mana to your mana pool. If there are no depletion counters on Hickory Woodlot, sacrifice it.


Fat, fat, and more fat. That’s what this deck wants to drop. Endangered Fat is based around the huge 4/5, 4cc common, Endangered Armadon. It has eight ways to drop a 3/3 second turn and a 4/5 or 5/5 third turn. Then it Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
s up a fattie for some beatings. The high toughness of the creatures can make it hard for Goblin Sligh to burn away blockers. Moreover, the Sentinel
Sentinel
SentinelSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Power:
1
Toughness:
*
Text:
When Sentinel comes into play, its toughness is equal to 1.0: Change Sentinel's toughness to 1 plus the power of target creature blocking or blocked by Sentinel.
gives this deck card advantage by bringing out some extra 2/3 bodies to block/attack with. Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
has many good targets in this deck, including Acridian
Acridian
AcridianSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
230
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.)
and Endangered Armodon
Endangered Armodon
Endangered ArmodonSet: Stronghold
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elephant
Rarity:
C
Number:
57
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
If you control any creature with toughness 2 or less, sacrifice Endangered Armodon.
, which will be hard for Sligh to kill.

Counter-Rebel

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.

4:Miscalculation
Miscalculation
MiscalculationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 2.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

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:Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.


3:Nightwind Glider
Nightwind Glider
Nightwind GliderSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from black

3:Thermal Glider
Thermal Glider
Thermal GliderSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from red

2:Steadfast Guard
Steadfast Guard
Steadfast GuardSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Steadfast Guard to tap.

4:Fresh Volunteers
Fresh Volunteers
Fresh VolunteersSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2

3:Defiant Falcon
Defiant Falcon
Defiant FalconSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.

3:Ramosian Lieutenant
Ramosian Lieutenant
Ramosian LieutenantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
37
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.

4:Ramosian Sergeant
Ramosian Sergeant
Ramosian SergeantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 2 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.


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

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


The Rebel search engine is one of the strongest commons mechanics around, as demonstrated by the fact that several recent pro-tour decks have been built largely around the power of the Rebels. One such deck is the counter-rebel deck. Although it loses Lin Sivvi, in commons format, Counter Rebels can still be a very powerful deck. Rebels wins by dropping a searcher and riding the card advantage to victory while protecting yourself from opposing threats with some counterspells. In this deck, we use the best splashable counterspells available in 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.
and Miscalculation
Miscalculation
MiscalculationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 2.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
[which can be cycled if you don’t draw blue mana]. 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.
allows you to put back non- searching rebels you draw in exchange for more land or more counterspells. Galina’s Knight is another anti-Sligh weenie to consider for this deck.

Rebel Cloak

2:Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.

4: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.

4:Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.

4:River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.


2:Nightwind Glider
Nightwind Glider
Nightwind GliderSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
31
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from black

4:Thermal Glider
Thermal Glider
Thermal GliderSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from red

4:Fresh Volunteers
Fresh Volunteers
Fresh VolunteersSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
2
Toughness:
2

2:Steadfast Guard
Steadfast Guard
Steadfast GuardSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
50
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Steadfast Guard to tap.

3:Defiant Falcon
Defiant Falcon
Defiant FalconSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying 4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.

3:Ramosian Lieutenant
Ramosian Lieutenant
Ramosian LieutenantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
37
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
4, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 3 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.

4:Ramosian Sergeant
Ramosian Sergeant
Ramosian SergeantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3, T: Search your library for a Rebel card with converted mana cost 2 or less and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.


12:Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
IDE=2:Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.


This Rebel build splashes Green for its powerful creature enchantments, 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.
and Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
. Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
makes every creature a threat and the ten Rebel searchers will provide you plenty of creatures to Rancor
Rancor
RancorSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
110
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Enchanted creature gains +2/+0 and trample.When Rancor is put into a graveyard from play, return Rancor to owner's hand.
up. River Boa
River Boa
River BoaSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
U
Number:
249
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk (This creature is unblockable if defending player controls an island.) G: Regenerate River Boa.
is a good Cloak target since it regenerates. However, if a Cloak on a Thermal Glider
Thermal Glider
Thermal GliderSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying, protection from red
attacks, you should be able to easily out-race Sligh.

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.
Deck

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:Blood Pet
Blood Pet
Blood PetSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Thrull
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Blood Pet: Add B to your mana pool.
s
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:Dauthi Horror
Dauthi Horror
Dauthi HorrorSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Dauthi Horror cannot be blocked by white creatures.

4:Tar Pit Warrior
Tar Pit Warrior
Tar Pit WarriorSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cyclops
Rarity:
C
Artist:
George Pratt
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Tar Pit Warrior is the target of a spell or effect, bury Tar Pit Warrior.

4: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.

4:Gravedigger
Gravedigger
GravediggerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravedigger comes into play, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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.

2: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.

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

This is my own personal long-time favorite deck. The deck is centered around the power of the Crypt Rat, one of the few commons spells that has the ability to ´´sweep´´ all creatures from the board, like Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
or Earthquake
Earthquake
EarthquakeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Does X damage to each player and each non-flying creature in play.
. Because of this ability, I consider the 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.
potentially one of the format-defining cards of Commons Format. In the early game, you drop the Dauthi shadow team for some early pressure and Blood pets and Tar Pit Warrior
Tar Pit Warrior
Tar Pit WarriorSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cyclops
Rarity:
C
Artist:
George Pratt
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Tar Pit Warrior is the target of a spell or effect, bury Tar Pit Warrior.
s to stall out their ground forces. Once your opponent has put out creatures to try to race your shadow forces, you drop the 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.
, which when you’re forced to, the rats will sweep the board [save Rituals for your Rat explosions 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.
s]. Gravedigger
Gravedigger
GravediggerSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Gravedigger comes into play, you may return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
brings your Rats back for more. There are six spells that gain you life while removing creatures, so this deck has a strong chance against Sligh.

Conclusion

These are some of the best commons decks I’ve designed so far. For most of these decks, I have not done much consideration of how the older common cards [such as the very good 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.
] would fit into these decks. However, I hope these decks provide you some ideas for powerful commons decks, decks that not only play well in commons format but also against random casual decks as well.

Johnny Lai


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