• Magic: The Gathering
  • Magic: The Gathering Online

Which game do you want to buy from?

How to Buy at a Glance

  • 1. Search for items
  • 2. Purchase via PayPal or CC
  • 3. Receive items in the mail
    (usually in less than a week!)
Want Magic prices from CardShark.com on your Mobile device? - Try the Decked Builder app

CardShark Content - Johnny Lai (4/12/2001)

I really enjoy building commons decks and here is one of my more recent creations that I've enjoyed playing. I’m a control player at heart, but most commons decks are built around killing you with creatures because creatures are often the most efficient commons cards. However, counterspells are another efficient type of commons and this deck is built with that in mind.

The following deck is an all-commons control deck designed to control creatures and win through card advantage. Here is the list:

4:Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.

4:Prohibit
Prohibit
ProhibitSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If you paid the kicker cost, counter that spell if its converted mana cost is 4 or less instead.

4:Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.


3:Recoil
Recoil
RecoilSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Then that player discards a card from his or her hand.

3:Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.

2:Mourning
Mourning
MourningSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -2/-0.B: Return Mourning to its owner's hand.


4:Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.


4:Opt
Opt
OptSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
John Howe
Text:
Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.Draw a card.

4:Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated KnowledgeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of Accumulated Knowledge cards in all graveyards.

4:Inspiration
Inspiration
InspirationSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Text:
Target player draws two cards.


8:Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s
16:Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s

The deck is a counter-control deck which gains card advantage with almost every card. The Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
s are self-explanatory, except to say that if you have a choice, you should use the more limited counterspell whenever possible. For example, you should Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.
a creature spell if you have both an Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.
and a Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
in your hand. Similarly, you should generally use Prohibit
Prohibit
ProhibitSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If you paid the kicker cost, counter that spell if its converted mana cost is 4 or less instead.
instead of Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
if Prohibit
Prohibit
ProhibitSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If you paid the kicker cost, counter that spell if its converted mana cost is 4 or less instead.
can be used because your opponent may have a five or six casting cost threat to cast the next turn.

Early in the game, you should just try to stay alive and counter their spells. Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.
is used to bounce early creatures that get past your Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
s and it replaces itself. It can be card advantage if you use it to bounce a creature that has a creature enchantment on it. Recoil
Recoil
RecoilSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
264
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Return target permanent to its owner's hand. Then that player discards a card from his or her hand.
also has this advantage, with a discard effect built in. Moreover, a Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.
followed by Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.
means you draw an extra two cards and remove a troublesome creature.

Mourning
Mourning
MourningSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -2/-0.B: Return Mourning to its owner's hand.
is a reusable creature control card. You can put it on an early ground creature to save yourself from early damage. Later, when you have a Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
to block, you can return it to your hand to use on a 2/2 flyer. If possible, save one black mana so that you can return it to your hand if your opponent tries to disenchant it.

A single Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
kills little one-toughness creatures. When you have two Barriers, you can kill the two-toughness creatures you opponent plays. The Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
also combines well with the Mourning
Mourning
MourningSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -2/-0.B: Return Mourning to its owner's hand.
s because Mourning
Mourning
MourningSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
111
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -2/-0.B: Return Mourning to its owner's hand.
can allow your Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
to Block five- power creatures and live to tell about it.

If your life total allows it, don’t try to cast a Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
without Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.
backup. Ideally, you want to wait until the middle to late game to bring out a Barrier so you can protect it. You only have four of them in the deck and they are your only win mechanism, so you need to protect them.

The card drawing spells allow you to out-draw your opponent in the mid and late game. Inspiration
Inspiration
InspirationSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Zina Saunders
Text:
Target player draws two cards.
lets you draw two cards, while Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated Knowledge
Accumulated KnowledgeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
26
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of Accumulated Knowledge cards in all graveyards.
’s become more and more powerful as the game progresses. Opt
Opt
OptSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
John Howe
Text:
Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.Draw a card.
is great as well, getting to needed land in the early game and pushing you past unneeded land later in the game to the spells you need to control and win the game.

Like any control deck, you have to know how to evaluate your opponent’s threats carefully. If you have a Stinging Barrier
Stinging Barrier
Stinging BarrierSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
107
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls can't attack.) U, T: Stinging Barrier deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
out, you don’t need to waste a Counter on their 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.
because you will be able to Sting the elves to death.

Finally, I want to note that this deck was built a few months back as a Type-II legal deck, so it does not include some powerful commons that come from older sets. If you wish to add older commons, some good choices which would work well in this deck include: 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.
, Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
, Capsize
Capsize
CapsizeSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Buyback 3 (You may pay an additional 3 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Return target permanent to owner's hand.
, and Expunge
Expunge
ExpungeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
135
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature. That creature cannot be regenerated this turn.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
.


Rate Article



Discuss Article

Click here to discuss this article in forum or leave comments for the author.

RSS feed RSS Feed


This article is provided to you by CardShark.com - A Better Way to Buy and Sell Collectable Games Online. Please check out the rest of our site - you won't be disappointed.

View More ArticlesView More Articles