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Burning Dreams - Julian Biondillo (8/4/2009)

Hello fellow Cardsharkers, remember me? I have finally gotten back into the spirit of writing for this wonderful site. It's been a LONG TIME since I have had the time in my life (had a kid and went through a few jobs) to write about my favorite addiction. But enough about me and stuff that's non-important. Let's get down to brass tax here.

So with the release of M10 (yes I, as most of us are, am very irritated about my lack of damage on the stack tricks but life and phases move on) I see an old deck of mine making a possible Type 2 debut. Surprise, surprise it has black in it. (if you've read my previous articles you'll know I'm quite fond of the color, I even have a black mana symbol tattooed on my arm) The original deck I played was a combo based deck using Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
and Memory Jar
Memory Jar
Memory JarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Memory Jar: Each player sets aside his or her hand, face down, and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she set aside this way.
. It was a Type 1 deck and consisted of all 5 colors, mostly blue and black. It basically got a Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
and hopefully an Underworld Dreams
Underworld Dreams
Underworld DreamsSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Underworld Dreams does one damage to opponent for each card he or she draws.
in play, popped the Memory Jar
Memory Jar
Memory JarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Memory Jar: Each player sets aside his or her hand, face down, and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she set aside this way.
and dealt 21 to my opponent at the end of the turn I broke the Jar. The deck ran other draw/discard effects as well, such as Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of FortuneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
All players must discard their hands and draw seven new cards.
and Windfall
Windfall
WindfallSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each player discards his or her hand and draws cards equal to the greatest number a player discarded this way.
. The deck was more of a ´´play with your self´´ deck. It also ran Yawgmoth's Will
Yawgmoth's Will
Yawgmoth's WillSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Until end of turn, you may play cards in your graveyard as though they were in your hand. Cards put into your graveyard this turn are removed from the game instead.
and Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
to keep me going, Zuran Orb
Zuran Orb
Zuran OrbSet: Ice Age
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
0: Sacrifice a land to gain 2 life.
, Crucible of Worlds
Crucible of Worlds
Crucible of WorldsSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play lands from your graveyard as though they were in your hand.
, and Fastbond
Fastbond
FastbondSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
You may put as many lands into play as you want each turn. Fastbond does 1 damage to you for every land beyond the first that you play in a single turn.
for the infinite mana/life trick. It ran Yawgmoth's Bargain
Yawgmoth's Bargain
Yawgmoth's BargainSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
75
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Skip your draw step.Pay 1 life: Draw a card.
too, because what else would you want to do with infinite life other than draw your deck out? So if you're paying attention it's most of the non-power card restricted list. Well we don't have all those cards in the format these days but we do have Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
, Underworld Dreams
Underworld Dreams
Underworld DreamsSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Underworld Dreams does one damage to opponent for each card he or she draws.
and some interesting substitutes for the rest. Let's get started with a deck list and a break down of the choices.

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

2: Underworld Dreams
Underworld Dreams
Underworld DreamsSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Underworld Dreams does one damage to opponent for each card he or she draws.

4: Burning Inquiry
Burning Inquiry
Burning InquirySet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Each player draws three cards, then discards three cards at random.

4: Blightning
Blightning
BlightningSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Blightning deals 3 damage to target player. That player discards two cards.

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.

3: Volcanic Fallout
Volcanic Fallout
Volcanic FalloutSet: Conflux
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
74
Text:
Volcanic Fallout can't be countered. Volcanic Fallout deals 2 damage to each creature and each player.

2: Banefire
Banefire
BanefireSet: Conflux
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Text:
Banefire deals X damage to target creature or player. If X is 5 or more, Banefire can't be countered by spells or abilities and the damage can't be prevented.

2: Liliana Vess
Liliana Vess
Liliana VessSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Liliana
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
+1: Target player discards a card. -2: Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. -8: Put all creature cards in all graveyards into play under your control.

2: Mind Shatter
Mind Shatter
Mind ShatterSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player discards X cards at random.

1: Haunting Echoes
Haunting Echoes
Haunting EchoesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Remove all cards in target player's graveyard other than basic land cards from the game. Search that player's library for all cards with the same name as cards removed this way, and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

2: Incendiary Command
Incendiary Command
Incendiary CommandSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
179
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Choose two - Incendiary Command deals 4 damage to target player; or Incendiary Command deals 2 damage to each creature; or destroy target nonbasic land; or each player discards all the cards in his or her hand, then draws that many cards.

4: Rotting Rats
Rotting Rats
Rotting RatsSet: Conflux
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Rotting Rats comes into play, each player discards a card. Unearth 1B (1B: Return this card from your graveyard to play. It gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn or if it would leave play. Unearth only as a sorcery.)

2: Profane Command
Profane Command
Profane CommandSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Choose two - Target player loses X life; or return target creature card with converted mana cost X or less from your graveyard to play; or target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn; or up to X target creatures gain fear until end of turn.

1: Defiler of Souls
Defiler of Souls
Defiler of SoulsSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
M
Number:
37
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a monocolored creature.


4: Dragonskull Summit
Dragonskull Summit
Dragonskull SummitSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
223
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Dragonskull Summit enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Mountain. {T}: Add {B} or {R} to your mana pool.

4: Savage Lands
Savage Lands
Savage LandsSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
228
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Savage Lands comes into play tapped. T Add B, R, or G to your mana pool.

4: Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic Expanse
Terramorphic ExpanseSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
279
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
T, Sacrifice Terramorphic Expanse: Search your library for a basic land card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

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

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


4: Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.

2: Thought Hemorrhage
Thought Hemorrhage
Thought HemorrhageSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand. Thought Hemorrhage deals 3 damage to that player for each card with that name revealed this way. Search that player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.

4: Shriekmaw
Shriekmaw
ShriekmawSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Fear When Shriekmaw comes into play, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature. Evoke 1B (You may play this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it comes into play.)

1: Mind Shatter
Mind Shatter
Mind ShatterSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player discards X cards at random.

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.



Now for my Choice Breakdown

Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
- This Stronghold original makes you take 2 damage to the face whenever you discard. It was the main killer in the combo deck i used to play in Type 1 and continues to be a royal pain in the butt.

Underworld Dreams
Underworld Dreams
Underworld DreamsSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Underworld Dreams does one damage to opponent for each card he or she draws.
- Originally printed in Legends, this card adds 1 point of damage when an opponent draws a card. In my younger days, before it was reprinted in 8th Edition, I couldn't afford the $35 price tag attached to the original but since it's seen reprints in numerous sets as well as being offered as a foil promo for the 1st sanctioned 2HG event (of which my playset of foils are from), it's dropped drastically (kinda glad I didn't invest in it back then).

Burning Inquiry
Burning Inquiry
Burning InquirySet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Each player draws three cards, then discards three cards at random.
- Here's my main replacement to Memory Jar
Memory Jar
Memory JarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Memory Jar: Each player sets aside his or her hand, face down, and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she set aside this way.
. One red mana to make each player draw 3 cards and discard 3 at random. Couple that with 1 Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
and 1 Underworld Dreams
Underworld Dreams
Underworld DreamsSet: Legends
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Underworld Dreams does one damage to opponent for each card he or she draws.
and you're talking 1 red, 9 damage. Nothing to scoff at.

Blightning
Blightning
BlightningSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Blightning deals 3 damage to target player. That player discards two cards.
- Discard 2, Plus 3 to the face? Players have dreaded this card since it was printed, and with good reason. Add just one Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
into the battlefield (yay M10) and you're talking 3 mana, 7 damage, and 2 cards.

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.
- Most commonly used in this deck as creature removal. I must say I shrieked like a little girl at a Jonas Brothers concert when I saw it was reprinted. This card has basically never seen Standard play, you have to be a real old school tourney goer and even then I'm not sure if there was a Type 2 around the 4th Edition era. Move over 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.
, the real king is back.

Volcanic Fallout
Volcanic Fallout
Volcanic FalloutSet: Conflux
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
74
Text:
Volcanic Fallout can't be countered. Volcanic Fallout deals 2 damage to each creature and each player.
- Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.
, no matter when or what. plus the extra 2 damage to players. Its a valid answer to elves, kithkin, and faeries still. I'm not seeing REAL fat creatures in the format currently so we need weenie wipers, especially now with a lack of a Wrath effect in Standard at 4 cost.

Banefire
Banefire
BanefireSet: Conflux
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
58
Text:
Banefire deals X damage to target creature or player. If X is 5 or more, Banefire can't be countered by spells or abilities and the damage can't be prevented.
- What's to say about this other than it's everything Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
or Disintegrate
Disintegrate
DisintegrateSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Disintegrate does X damage to one target. If target dies this turn, target is removed from the game entirely.
wishes it could be. Dump all your mana into this spell and it's getting through. (assuming you have more than 6 total mana) This can act as a finisher or as spot removal in either case.

Liliana Vess
Liliana Vess
Liliana VessSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Liliana
Rarity:
R
Number:
121
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
+1: Target player discards a card. -2: Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. -8: Put all creature cards in all graveyards into play under your control.
- When I first saw planeswalkers I was a little irritated. I was thinking that maybe Wizards was running out of ideas or maybe trying to make Magic more like other TCG (hence 'mythic' rares). I'll freely admit now that I was wrong, they're mostly amazing. Vess will keep your opponent discarding turn after turn, then tutor up your Haunting Echoes
Haunting Echoes
Haunting EchoesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Remove all cards in target player's graveyard other than basic land cards from the game. Search that player's library for all cards with the same name as cards removed this way, and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
to, well you know what it does.

Mind Shatter
Mind Shatter
Mind ShatterSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player discards X cards at random.
- I'm surprised this never saw more play in Standard. Discarding cards at random hurts, granted you hit lands sometimes but even that can be beneficial to the cause. See this as a finisher or an answer to a big draw spell they cast then not empty their hand.

Haunting Echoes
Haunting Echoes
Haunting EchoesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Remove all cards in target player's graveyard other than basic land cards from the game. Search that player's library for all cards with the same name as cards removed this way, and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
- Once upon a time in Odyssey through Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
Block there was a deck called Mono-Black Control. You ate a ton of cards out of their hand with Mind Sludge
Mind Sludge
Mind SludgeSet: Torment
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
70
Text:
Target player discards a card from his or her hand for each swamp you control.
, offed creatures with Mutilate
Mutilate
MutilateSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Text:
All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn for each swamp you control.
then Haunting Echoes
Haunting Echoes
Haunting EchoesSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Text:
Remove all cards in target player's graveyard other than basic land cards from the game. Search that player's library for all cards with the same name as cards removed this way, and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
their deck away. It's back following a similar battle pan in this deck.

Incendiary Command
Incendiary Command
Incendiary CommandSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
179
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Choose two - Incendiary Command deals 4 damage to target player; or Incendiary Command deals 2 damage to each creature; or destroy target nonbasic land; or each player discards all the cards in his or her hand, then draws that many cards.
- More than likely they're taking 4 to the face then discarding what's left in their hand, hopefully triggering Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
. The 2 damage to the board, not so important nor the blowing up of a non-basic land. Oh well, no one likes to play against Land Destruction anyway.

Rotting Rats
Rotting Rats
Rotting RatsSet: Conflux
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Rotting Rats comes into play, each player discards a card. Unearth 1B (1B: Return this card from your graveyard to play. It gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn or if it would leave play. Unearth only as a sorcery.)
- OMG a creature! Yes, a creature indeed. It sucks to have to pitch one of your own cards but more than likely you're not facing down a Megrim
Megrim
MegrimSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever any opponent discards a card, Megrim deals 2 damage to him or her.
when that happens, and unearth is key here. So lay a rat, deal some damage, block a guy, and unearth them late game for the win.

Profane Command
Profane Command
Profane CommandSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Choose two - Target player loses X life; or return target creature card with converted mana cost X or less from your graveyard to play; or target creature gets -X/-X until end of turn; or up to X target creatures gain fear until end of turn.
- More spot removal of anything bigger than an X/3. You're probably never bringing back a rat with this or giving your rat(s) fear so go with the loss of life while you're offing boys.

Defiler of Souls
Defiler of Souls
Defiler of SoulsSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
6
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
M
Number:
37
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices a monocolored creature.
- This was a suggestion by a teammate during a beta deck list. He eats your opponent's boys and never hurts you. Sure, he could kill a rat, but seriously once the rat has eaten a card you probably want him in the yard anyway. He's there for creature control and as a finisher, much like Visara the Dreadful
Visara the Dreadful
Visara the DreadfulSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Gorgon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
179
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. T: Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
was for the MBC deck 5 years ago.

Lands - Not much to say here. We opted out of Borderposts for the lack of basics and the Savage Lands
Savage Lands
Savage LandsSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
228
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Savage Lands comes into play tapped. T Add B, R, or G to your mana pool.
give the impression that there may be Pulses lurking around. Expanses to thin the deck and make sure you hit the triple black for the Dreams.

Sideboard

Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
- Since black got Hosed with no more Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
(WTF Doom Blade
Doom Blade
Doom BladeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature.
!?!?!?) we need a good spot removal spell. This may be better than Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
anyway since it can hit a black creature and/or an artifact.

Thought Hemorrhage
Thought Hemorrhage
Thought HemorrhageSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand. Thought Hemorrhage deals 3 damage to that player for each card with that name revealed this way. Search that player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
- Cranial Extraction
Cranial Extraction
Cranial ExtractionSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
105
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Name a nonland card. Search target player's graveyard, hand, and library for all cards with that name and remove them from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
anyone? WHY ISN'T THIS PLAYED!?!?! Seriously, it's better than C-Extract
Extract
ExtractSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
85
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Search target player's library for a card, and remove that card from the game. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
with a slightly more challenging mana cost.

Shriekmaw
Shriekmaw
ShriekmawSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Fear When Shriekmaw comes into play, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature. Evoke 1B (You may play this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it comes into play.)
- A 2 for one most days or a quick answer to that kithkin with lifelink. Most of this sideboard has to do with my fear of big creatures but then again every one's metagame environment is different.

Mind Shatter
Mind Shatter
Mind ShatterSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player discards X cards at random.
- An extra in the board for good measure. This may end up being a Command or even a second Echoes.

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.
- This was a difficult decision for me to move to the board. I LOVE THIS CARD! 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.
has been one of my favorite cards for years, but the current metagame I see is creature heavy. Bring this in against 5 Color Control and take your pick though.


Final Summation

This deck is, at this point, 100% experimental. I haven't taken it to any tournaments or even acquired all the cards for it. I got the idea when I saw Burning Inquiry
Burning Inquiry
Burning InquirySet: Magic 2010
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Each player draws three cards, then discards three cards at random.
and talked it over with my team. They laughed at first but the more I talked about my choices the more they listened. I'll post another article on the deck once I actually get tournament play with it as currently my schedule doesn't allow much play time other than Friday nights (sadly my local store mostly drafts for FNM). Either way I hope that everyone enjoys this and takes it into consideration as a fun deck to try all the way up to a valid threat in the Standard format.

Happy Gaming and stay tuned for my article on Oath of Druids
Oath of Druids
Oath of DruidsSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
During each player's upkeep, if that player controls fewer creatures than target opponent, the player may reveal cards from his or her library until he or she reveals a creature card. The player puts that creature into play and all other revealed cards into his or her graveyard.
in Type 2!


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