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A New Moon - Joshua Murray (11/8/2006)

Weenie decks have been around since the dawn of Magic. Many decks have been called weenie, but do they truly deserve the title? Most weenie decks are white, but today we are going to venture into black. As every new set, TIme Spiral gives and takes, this is what it brings to the table...


We Got the Beats

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

[20 lands]

3x Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

4x Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from white. B: Stromgald Crusader gains flying until end of turn. BB: Stromgald Crusader get +1/+0 until end of turn.

2x Nether Traitor
Nether Traitor
Nether TraitorSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
120
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Whenever another creature is put into your graveyard from play, you may pay B. If you do, return Nether Traitor from your graveyard to play.

4x Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic SpecterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying An opponent damaged by Specter must discard a card at random from his or her hand. Ignore this effect if opponent has no cards left in hand.

3x Ravenous Rats
Ravenous Rats
Ravenous RatsSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
68
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Ravenous Rats comes into play, target opponent chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

[16 creatures]

4x Cry of Contrition
Cry of Contrition
Cry of ContritionSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Text:
Target player discards a card. Haunt (When this spell card is put into a graveyard after resolving, remove it from the game haunting target creature.) When the creature Cry of Contrition haunts is put into a graveyard, target player discards a card.

4x Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.

1x Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.

4x Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.

3x Blackmail
Blackmail
BlackmailSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
127
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target player reveals three cards from his or her hand and you choose one of them. That player discards that card.

4x Bad Moon
Bad Moon
Bad MoonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All black creatures in play gain +1/+1.

4x Sudden Death
Sudden Death
Sudden DeathSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.

[24 other spells]
[60 total]


The main focus of this deck is to force your opponent to discard and to take care of their early threats while you beat them down with a horde of weenies. Here are the keys to victory...

Bad Moon
Bad Moon
Bad MoonSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
All black creatures in play gain +1/+1.
- This is what you could consider the heart of the deck. It provides you with an early advantage as it pumps your creatures.

Discard - Making your opponent discard will allow you to get rid of their clutch cards, such as a much needed combo piece or mass creature kill.

Creature Destruction – Let’s face it, mono black doesn’t have that many quality kill spells, but does bring options to the table, such as the -X/-X series featured in the deck, Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.
and Sudden Death
Sudden Death
Sudden DeathSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.
. Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.
can prove worthy as it can get rid of Paladin en-Vec, and Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Akroma, Angel of WrathSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, first strike, trample, haste, protection from black, protection from red
Attacking doesn’t cause Akroma, Angel of Wrath to tap.
.

Creatures - Most of the creatures featured in this deck come with some sort of ability that will aid you, such as Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic SpecterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying An opponent damaged by Specter must discard a card at random from his or her hand. Ignore this effect if opponent has no cards left in hand.
's discard ability or Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald Crusader
Stromgald CrusaderSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Knight
Rarity:
U
Number:
71
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from white. B: Stromgald Crusader gains flying until end of turn. BB: Stromgald Crusader get +1/+0 until end of turn.
's Flying/Pump ability. All the creatures have a low casting cost, which means you can get more creatures out quickly.

A solid sideboard provides great defenses against stronger decks...

Sideboard

4x Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.

3x Deathmark
Deathmark
DeathmarkSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Destroy target green or white creature.

2x Slay
Slay
SlaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Destroy target green creature. It can't be regenerated. Draw a card.

2x Execute
Execute
ExecuteSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Destroy target white creature. It can't be regenerated. Draw a card.

4x Quicksand
Quicksand
QuicksandSet: Visions
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Quicksand: Target attacking creature without flying gets -1/-2 until end of turn.

[15 cards total]

Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
is a great card when your opponent has the field advantage, and you’re looking for a drop in momentum. Deathmark
Deathmark
DeathmarkSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Text:
Destroy target green or white creature.
, Slay
Slay
SlaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Destroy target green creature. It can't be regenerated. Draw a card.
, and Execute
Execute
ExecuteSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
Destroy target white creature. It can't be regenerated. Draw a card.
are great against creature heavy decks of the listed color(s). Quicksand
Quicksand
QuicksandSet: Visions
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Quicksand: Target attacking creature without flying gets -1/-2 until end of turn.
can get rid of those pesky protection creatures such as Paladin en-Vec and can provide help as a mana source.

The key to victory is to stop your opponent early and finish the game quickly, as in the late game your tempo might slow down a bit when someone drops a few big creatures.


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