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CardShark Content - Johnny Lai (8/27/2002)

At Origins in Columbus Ohio, an Extended “Weenie Horde” tournament was held on Saturday July 6, 2002. The rules of the “Weenie Horde” format are simple: you are required to have at least 30 creatures in your deck at all times. This means in games 2 and 3, you must still have 30 creatures after sideboarding.

The Weenie Horde format seems to be designed to allow you to play creatures and engage in creature combat. Nevertheless, several players designed very effective combo decks within the limitations imposed on the format and the 1st place deck was one such combo deck!

TOP 3 DECKS

FIRST PLACE
Deck Name: “Loops of Life”
Player/Deckbuilder: Judah Alt

CREATURES
4 Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

3 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.

3 Wall of Roots
Wall of Roots
Wall of RootsSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source. Use this ability only once each turn.

2 Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.

3 Manowar
1 Spike Feeder
Spike Feeder
Spike FeederSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spike
Rarity:
U
Number:
68
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Spike Feeder comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it.2, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Feeder: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Feeder: Gain 2 life.

2 Bone Shredder
Bone Shredder
Bone ShredderSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Bone Shredder comes into play, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature.

2 Wall of Blossoms
Wall of Blossoms
Wall of BlossomsSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
0
Toughness:
4
Text:
(Walls cannot attack.) When Wall of Blossoms comes into play, draw a card.

1 Spike Weaver
Spike Weaver
Spike WeaverSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spike
Rarity:
R
Number:
128
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Spike Weaver comes into play with three +1/+1 counters on it.2, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Weaver: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.1, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Weaver: Creatures deal no combat damage this turn.

4 Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.

3 Raven Familiar
Raven Familiar
Raven FamiliarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
U
Number:
39
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Raven Familiar comes into play, look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

1 Auramancer
Auramancer
AuramancerSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Auramancer comes into play, you may return target enchantment card from your graveyard to your hand.


SPELLS
3 Eladamri
Eladamri
EladamriSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+15
Text:
You may redirect to yourself any amount of damage dealt to creatures you control.
’s Call
2 Living Wish
Living Wish
Living WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Eric Peterson

Text:
Choose a creature or land card you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Living Wish from the game.

3 Recurring Nightmare
Recurring Nightmare
Recurring NightmareSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Text:
Sacrifice a creature, Return Recurring Nightmare to owner's hand: Put target creature card from your graveyard into play. Play this ability as a sorcery.

1 Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

3 Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.


LAND
4 Savannah
Savannah
SavannahSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either W or G to your mana pool.Counts as both plains and forest and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

4 Tropical Island
Tropical Island
Tropical IslandSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either G or U to your mana pool.Counts as both forest and islands and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

4 Bayou
Bayou
BayouSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either B or G to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and forest and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

2 Phyrexian Tower
Phyrexian Tower
Phyrexian TowerSet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
322
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice a creature: Add BB to your mana pool.

1 Grassland
3 City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.


SIDEBOARD
1 Genesis
Genesis
GenesisSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Mark Zug

Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Genesis is in your graveyard, you may pay 2G. If you do, return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

1 Seedtime
Seedtime
SeedtimeSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
Rebecca Guay

Text:
Play Seedtime only on your turn. If an opponent played a blue spell this turn, take an extra turn after this one.

1 Monk Realist
Monk Realist
Monk RealistSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Monk Realist comes into play, destroy target enchantment.

1 Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.

2 Bone Shredder
Bone Shredder
Bone ShredderSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Bone Shredder comes into play, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature.

1 Spike Feeder
Spike Feeder
Spike FeederSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spike
Rarity:
U
Number:
68
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Spike Feeder comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it.2, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Feeder: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Feeder: Gain 2 life.

1 Spike Weever
1 Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.

1 Morphling
Morphling
MorphlingSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
U: Untap Morphling.U: Morphling gains flying until end of turn.U: Morphling cannot be the target of spells or abilities until end of turn.1: Morphling gets +1/-1 until end of turn.1: Morphling gets -1/+1 until end of turn.

2 Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 Uktabi Orangutan
Uktabi Orangutan
Uktabi OrangutanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
U
Number:
260
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Uktabi Orangutan comes into play, destroy target artifact.

1 Phyrexian Tower
Phyrexian Tower
Phyrexian TowerSet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
322
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice a creature: Add BB to your mana pool.

1 Null Rod
Null Rod
Null RodSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Players cannot play any artifact abilities requiring an activation cost.


This combo deck functions by getting an Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
in play with a Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
, a Manowar, and a Spike Feeder
Spike Feeder
Spike FeederSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spike
Rarity:
U
Number:
68
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Spike Feeder comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it.2, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Feeder: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Feeder: Gain 2 life.
, which can all be played for free with the Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
in play. Judah then uses the Harpy to gate the Manowar, replays the Manowar to bounce the Spike Feeder
Spike Feeder
Spike FeederSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spike
Rarity:
U
Number:
68
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Spike Feeder comes into play with two +1/+1 counters on it.2, Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Feeder: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.Remove a +1/+1 counter from Spike Feeder: Gain 2 life.
(after gaining 2 life by removing one spike token). Since she gains 2 life from the Spike token, he can pay 1 life to return the Harpy to his hand and repeat the cycle, netting one life each time. He demonstrates the loop and then gains 10 billion life. Then, he can use the same Harpy/Manowar combo to gain infinite mana with a Wall of Roots
Wall of Roots
Wall of RootsSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source. Use this ability only once each turn.
and put 25 spike counters on a Bird of Paradise or a Bone Shredder
Bone Shredder
Bone ShredderSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying; echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Bone Shredder comes into play, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
to fly over to kill you. Judah read about the concept of this combo deck from an old article by Alan Comer, but put this version together himself. Judah noted that you can subtract one Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
if you want to make this a 60 card deck.


SECOND PLACE
Deck Name: “Shamus” (named after his mom’s favorite cat, which looks like Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
)
Player/Deckbuilder: Phil Lyons

CREATURES
4 Elvish Spirit Guide
Elvish Spirit Guide
Elvish Spirit GuideSet: Alliances
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
If Elvish Spirit Guide is in your hand, you may remove it from the game to add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.

4 Vine Dryad
Vine Dryad
Vine DryadSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad
Rarity:
R
Number:
284
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Forestwalk (This creature is unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.) You may play Vine Dryad any time you could play an instant.You may remove a green card in your hand from the game instead of paying Vine Dryad's mana cost.

4 Skyshroud Elite
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 Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

3 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.

3 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 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 Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll
Cursed ScrollSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
3, T:Name a card. Target opponent chooses a card at random from your hand. If he or she chooses the named card, Cursed Scoll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


SPELLS
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 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 Bounty of the Hunt
Bounty of the Hunt
Bounty of the HuntSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
You may remove a green card in your hand from the game instead of paying Bounty of the Hunt's casting cost.Put three +1/+1 counters, distributed any way you choose, on any number of target creatures. Remove these counters at end of turn.

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.


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

SIDEBOARD
3 Winter Orb
Winter Orb
Winter OrbSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
A player may not untap more than one land during the untap phase of each of his or her turns.

2 Druid Lyrist
Druid Lyrist
Druid LyristSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
238
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, Tap, Sacrifice Druid Lyrist: Destroy target enchantment.

2 Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

2 Uktabi Orangutan
Uktabi Orangutan
Uktabi OrangutanSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
U
Number:
260
Artist:
Una Fricker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Uktabi Orangutan comes into play, destroy target artifact.

2 Thran Lens
Thran Lens
Thran LensSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
All permanents are colorless.

1 Mirri, Cat Warrior
Mirri, Cat Warrior
Mirri, Cat WarriorSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Mirri, Cat Warrior counts as a Cat Warrior.First strike; forestwalk (If defending player controls any forests, this creature is unblockable.) Attacking does not cause Mirri to tap.

3 Rushwood Legate
Rushwood Legate
Rushwood LegateSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad
Rarity:
U
Number:
266
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
If an opponent controls an island and you control a forest, you may play Rushwood Legate without paying its mana cost.


Stompy, as you probably know, is designed to play out as fast as possible to kill the opponent before they have a chance to play their game. The Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
s are effective against U3BlY3RyYWwgLynx
Lynx
LynxSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Forestwalk (If defending player has any forests in play, Lynx can't be blocked.)
as well as COP: Green. The Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.
s come in against Mastacore. Phil’s deck placed 2nd on tiebreakers. Although it beat the Judah Alt’s Combo Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
deck, it lost to a Mortal Combat
Mortal Combat
Mortal CombatSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if twenty or more creature cards are in your graveyard, you win the game.
Combo deck which completed its combo of Mortal Combat
Mortal Combat
Mortal CombatSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if twenty or more creature cards are in your graveyard, you win the game.
+ Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.
on the fourth turn!

THIRD PLACE
Deck Name: “Andrew’s Army” (Based on deck built by Andrew Durfor, Martha’s son)
Player: Martha Lufkin, Rockville, MD

CREATURES
2 Devout Witness
Devout Witness
Devout WitnessSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper
Rarity:
C
Number:
17
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1W, tap, Discard a card from your hand: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

4 Mother of Runes
Mother of Runes
Mother of RunesSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
14
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature you control gains protection from a color of your choice until end of turn.

4 Soul Warden
Soul Warden
Soul WardenSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever any other creature comes into play, gain 1 life.

4 Warrior En-Kor
4 Longbow Archer
Longbow Archer
Longbow ArcherSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
U
Number:
30
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strikeLongbow Archer can block as though it had flying.
s
4 Soltari Foot Soldier
Soltari Foot Soldier
Soltari Foot SoldierSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

4 Soltari Monk
Soltari Monk
Soltari MonkSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

4 Soltari Priest
Soltari Priest
Soltari PriestSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from red; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)


SPELLS
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 Empyrial Armor
Empyrial Armor
Empyrial ArmorSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +X/+X, where X is equal to the number of cards in your hand.

2 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.

2 Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.

1 Orim
Orim
OrimSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
5
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+12
Text:
Your creatures can block as though they had flying.
’s Chant

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


SIDEBOARD
2 Soltari Champion
Soltari Champion
Soltari ChampionSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) If Soltari Champion attacks, all other creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.
s
2 Crusade
Crusade
CrusadeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
All white creatures gain +1/+1.

2 Armageddon
Armageddon
ArmageddonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All lands in play are destroyed.
(took out 2 Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
at the last minute)
2 Kor Haven
Kor Haven
Kor HavenSet: Nemesis
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. 1W, T: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt by target attacking creature this turn.

2 Reverant Mantra
2 Crackdown
Crackdown
CrackdownSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
15
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Nonwhite creatures with power 3 or greater don't untap during their controllers' untap steps.

1 Karmic Justice
Karmic Justice
Karmic JusticeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
26
Artist:
Ray Lago
Text:
Whenever a spell or ability an opponent controls destroys a noncreature permanent you control, you may destroy target permanent that opponent controls.


Martha’s deck was based on her son’s White Weenie deck. She says her MVP’s were the Monks and the Priests. However, she found that the Warrior En-Kors were not needed and she would use Soltari Champion
Soltari Champion
Soltari ChampionSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) If Soltari Champion attacks, all other creatures you control get +1/+1 until end of turn.
s instead next time. Using 4 Champions maindeck would free up 2 slots in the sideboard, perhaps for the Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
s she removed at the last minute, which could have helped against the enchantment-based combo decks.

CONCLUSION

In a Weenie Horde format, one would think that weenies would dominate the game. Indeed, two of the three top decks were filled with the most efficient creatures of the two most efficient creature colors: Green and White. Nevertheless, creatures need to be summoned and need to attack in order to be effective.

With no counter-spell based control decks to keep Combo decks in check, several people realized that Combo decks could be viable in this format if the combo could revolve around the use of creatures. Two people played decks using Mortal Combat
Mortal Combat
Mortal CombatSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if twenty or more creature cards are in your graveyard, you win the game.
. As mentioned above, second-place finisher and Stompy player Phil Lyons lost 4th turn to a Mortal Combat
Mortal Combat
Mortal CombatSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if twenty or more creature cards are in your graveyard, you win the game.
deck using Hermit Druid
Hermit Druid
Hermit DruidSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a basic land card. Put that card into your hand and put all other revealed cards into your graveyard.
s to fill its grave with creatures (the deck ran NO basic lands, so any activation of the Druid would put his whole library into his graveyard). I also played a deck using Mortal Combat
Mortal Combat
Mortal CombatSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
71
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if twenty or more creature cards are in your graveyard, you win the game.
, but I only ran 1 copy, instead also using my non-creature slots for Opposition
Opposition
OppositionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
and Twilight’s Call. The rest of my deck was designed to 1) put creatures into my graveyard (Merfolk Looter
Merfolk Looter
Merfolk LooterSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Draw a card, then choose and discard a card.
s, Celaphid Looters, and Millikens), 2) slow the opponent down (Faceless Butcher
Faceless Butcher
Faceless ButcherSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
When Faceless Butcher comes into play, remove target creature other than Faceless Butcher from the game. When Faceless Butcher leaves play, return the removed card to play under its owner's control.
s), or 3) Combo kill with Twilight’s Call (Soul Scourge
Soul Scourge
Soul ScourgeSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
85
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. When Soul Scourge comes into play, target player loses 3 life. When Soul Scourge leaves play, that player gains 3 life.
and Laquatus’ Champion).

The top deck was designed to control the creature rush (with Walls, Weavers, and Shredders) and execute its infinite Combo before it could be killed. Judah Alt’s well-built and well-played Combo deck took the top prize.

Congratuations to Judah Alt for his fine performance!


BONUS TRACK: WOULD YOU BELIEVE?

Would you believe that a mono-black deck with no enchantment removal won its game against a White Weenie deck that got COP: Black and Light of Day
Light of Day
Light of DaySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Black creatures can't attack or block.
in play, after Congregating up to more than 140 life? That’s exactly what Chris Carbone did playing his Mono-black deck. He used his Dauthi Trapper
Dauthi Trapper
Dauthi TrapperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
U
Number:
6
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Target creature gains shadow until end of turn. (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)
and Dauthi Cutthroat
Dauthi Cutthroat
Dauthi CutthroatSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Dermot Power
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) 1B, T: Destroy target creature with shadow.
combo to kill off his opponent’s creatures and Chainer’s Edict to kill any pro-black creatures. Although he had his opponent locked, he still had to find a way to win. His opponent was kind enough to have played a Soltari Visionary
Soltari Visionary
Soltari VisionarySet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
20
Artist:
Adam Rex
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) If Soltari Visionary damages any player, destroy target enchantment that player controls.
at some point which was now in the graveyard. Chris used an active Coffin Queen
Coffin Queen
Coffin QueenSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
You may choose not to untap Coffin Queen during your untap phase.2B, T: Put target creature card from any graveyard into play under your control. Remove that creature from the game if Coffin Queen becomes untapped or if you lose control of Coffin Queen.
to steal the Visionary from his opponent’s graveyard and use it to destroy the troublesome anti-black enchantments in play. He then attacked twice for more than 80 points each time with his huge Mortovore and Nightmare
Nightmare
NightmareSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Nightmare
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying Nightmare's power and toughness both equal the number of swamps its controller has in play.
and Shadow creatures for the win!


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