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CardShark Content - Kevin Crowley (8/30/2006)

So here I am again. It is a Thursday night with nothing to look forward to but the “Boondocks” at midnight. So I’m deciding to crack down and review the Legacy format, also known as Type 1.5. This type includes all editions of cards, but with a much larger banned list than type 1 and no restricted cards. This was made by Wizards so people could enjoy playing Vintage without having to go against insane combo decks that go off on turn 1. The main decks of type 1.5 are, Fish, Scepter Chant, Sligh, mono blue and mono black control, black discard, Belcher, Landstill, and on rare occasions, Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
. I will be explaining most of these decks and meta games of 1.5 later.

There are 2 different types of games in 1.5. There are no, or very few, creatures while running heavy control, or there are lots of creatures that hit out fast and do insane damage, like Goblin Piledriver
Goblin Piledriver
Goblin PiledriverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
205
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Protection from blue. Whenever Goblin Piledriver attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn for each. other attacking Goblin.
. Some of the decks like Scepter Chant use very few, sometimes only 1 creature in the deck. This deck uses 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 and Isochron Scepter
Isochron Scepter
Isochron ScepterSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Mark Harrison
Text:
Imprint - When Isochron Scepter comes into play, you may remove an instant card with converted mana cost 2 or less in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) 2, T: You may copy the imprinted instant card and play the copy without paying its mana cost.
to stop their opponents from playing spells or being able to attack. This deck runs counterspells with a 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.
for the kill. This deck will win if they can get out the Scepter with Chant on turn 2. Another good blue deck that controls is Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
. This deck uses Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
to stop your opponent from untapping anything, while you return it to your hand at the end of turn to untap all of your cards. This keeps your opponent from doing anything, since they can’t use lands. You can use 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.
with buyback to return everything to their hand so they have nothing on the field and Root Maze
Root Maze
Root MazeSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
All artifacts and lands come into play tapped.
so their lands come into play tapped. This deck uses Howling Mine
Howling Mine
Howling MineSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Each player must draw one extra card during the draw phase of each of his or her turns.
to deck your opponent fast. This deck takes patience and a lot of smarts so you don’t make mistakes. Mono blue control is another alternative. It’s really basic; it just uses counterspells and such to prevent your opponent from playing, and you use 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.
to kill your opponent.

Now for the black part of 1.5. Mono black control is one of my favorite decks, even though it doesn’t win all the time. This is what I run in my deck...

4 Mirari
Mirari
MirariSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
303
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever you play an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay 3. If you do, put a copy of that spell onto the stack. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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 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 Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.

4 Chainer’s Edict
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 Nantuko Shade
Nantuko Shade
Nantuko ShadeSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Shade
Rarity:
R
Number:
74
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
B: Nantuko Shade gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

4 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.

4 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.

4 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 Cabal Coffers
Cabal Coffers
Cabal CoffersSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Text:
2, T: Add B to your mana pool for each swamp you control.

4 Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Factory
14 Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.


I have won many tournaments with this deck. You always get their graveyard full with a lot of creatures and spells, and it’s nice with the Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.
after 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.
to get any creatures you can’t normally get. On top of that, Mirari
Mirari
MirariSet: Odyssey
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
303
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever you play an instant or sorcery spell, you may pay 3. If you do, put a copy of that spell onto the stack. You may choose new targets for the copy.
is a great help to copying these spells.

Mono black control is a lot like black discard, but black discard has a completely different strategy. Black discard uses the Rack, Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
, 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.
, 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.
, Nether Spirit
Nether Spirit
Nether SpiritSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Nether Spirit is the only creature card in your graveyard, you may return Nether Spirit to play.
, 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.
, 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 other cards that make your opponent drop to no cards. With modified versions, people use Cephalid Looter
Cephalid Looter
Cephalid LooterSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Keith Garletts
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap: Target player draws a card, then discards a card from his or her hand.
to make your opponent draw and discard to take damage from 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 deck is very controlling, and can win pretty fast with the Rack.

Now for the red portion. I myself will always play type 1.5 from now on with red. My deck is a modified version of Red Deck Wins, and it’s called “My Red Deck Wins.” I know, I’m so original. Anyway, this is the deck that wins fast, I mean mega fast, I’ve gotten turn 3 wins while controlling the board. Here’s the list

Main Deck

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 Chain Lightning
Chain Lightning
Chain LightningSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Chain Lightning does 3 damage to one target. Each time Chain Lightning does damage, the target or target's controller may then pay RR to have Chain Lightning do 3 damage to any target of that player's choice.

4 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.

4 Grim Lavamancer
Grim Lavamancer
Grim LavamancerSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, T, Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Grim Lavamancer deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

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 Lava Dart
Lava Dart
Lava DartSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
94
Artist:
Darrell Riche

Text:
Lava Dart deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Flashback Sacrifice a mountain.

4 Magma Jet
Magma Jet
Magma JetSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
73
Text:
Magma Jet deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Scry 2

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 Ankh of Mishra
Ankh of Mishra
Ankh of MishraSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Ankh does 2 damage to anyone who puts a new land into play.

4 Seal of Fire
Seal of Fire
Seal of FireSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Fire: Seal of Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


4 Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.

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


Sideboard

4 Pyrostatic Pillar
Pyrostatic Pillar
Pyrostatic PillarSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
100
Text:
Whenever a player plays a spell with converted mana cost of three or less, Pyrostatic Pillar deals two damage to that player.

4 Pyroclasm
Pyroclasm
PyroclasmSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.

4 Price of Progress
Price of Progress
Price of ProgressSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
95
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Price of Progress deals 2 damage to each player for each nonbasic land he or she controls.

3 Anarchy
Anarchy
AnarchySet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Destroy all white permanents.


This deck is all about the burn. I mean literally, everything in here except the Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
s does damage to your opponent. You can really make people angry when they’re at 12 life and you have a Seal in play, 4 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.
s, 2 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.
in hand and something that does at least 2 damage. You can win while tapped out by using the alternate cost of 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.
. I believe this is one of the best decks in 1.5.

The other red deck is Sligh. This deck is fast goblins for the win. You get out Goblin Lackey
Goblin Lackey
Goblin LackeySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
U
Number:
190
Artist:
Jerry Tiritilli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever Goblin Lackey successfully deals damage to a player, you may choose a Goblin card in your hand and put that Goblin into play.
turn 1, and attack turn 2 and put a Siege Gang Commander
Siege Gang Commander
Siege Gang CommanderSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Siege-Gang Commander comes into play, put three 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens into play.
1R , Sacrifice a Goblin : Siege-Gang Commander deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
into play with Lackey’s ability, then you play the Piledriver. Turn 3 you attack for 9 and get another big goblin into play for the win. This deck is a favorite, but can be beaten by blue decks that sideboard Chill
Chill
ChillSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Red spells cost 2 more to play.
, the killer of goblins.

The White portion. This is a classic color, but very few players still use pure white decks in 1.5 because of the other control decks or combo decks. The major deck is white weenie. This deck is good at what it does. It gets out 1 to 2 mana costing creatures with big attack or protective ability, like Savannah Lions
Savannah Lions
Savannah LionsSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lions
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
or 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.
. This deck uses its protection ability to always damage an opponent and win. I made an infinite life combo deck that I will explain:

Main Deck

4 Warrior en-Kor
4 Shaman en-Kor
4 Nomad en-Kor
4 Animal Boneyard
Animal Boneyard
Animal BoneyardSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Enchanted land has ``Tap, Sacrifice a creature: You gain life equal to that creature's toughness.``

4 Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.

4 Worthy Cause
Worthy Cause
Worthy CauseSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Buyback 2 (You may pay an additional 2 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Sacrifice a creature: Gain life equal to the sacrificed creature's toughness.

4 Task Force
Task Force
Task ForceSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Task Force becomes the target of a spell or ability, it gets +0/+3 until end of turn.

4 Angelic Protector
Angelic Protector
Angelic ProtectorSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Alchemist
Rarity:
U
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying If Angelic Protector is the target of a spell or ability, it gets +0/+3 until end of turn.

4 Test of Endurance
Test of Endurance
Test of EnduranceSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
29
Artist:
Mike Ploog

Text:
At the begining of your upkeep, if you have 50 or more life, you win the game.

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


This deck uses the en-Kor’s ability for 0 mana to target a creature (Task Force
Task Force
Task ForceSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Task Force becomes the target of a spell or ability, it gets +0/+3 until end of turn.
or Angelic Protector
Angelic Protector
Angelic ProtectorSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Alchemist
Rarity:
U
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying If Angelic Protector is the target of a spell or ability, it gets +0/+3 until end of turn.
) and uses the ability any number of times to target them. There doesn’t need to be damage for the en-Kor to use this ability, I made a dispute over this and a level 5 judge ruled that the en-Kor may use its ability to target a creature without there being any damage to redirect. Once you target the Task Force
Task Force
Task ForceSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rebel
Rarity:
C
Number:
52
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Task Force becomes the target of a spell or ability, it gets +0/+3 until end of turn.
or Angelic Protector
Angelic Protector
Angelic ProtectorSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Alchemist
Rarity:
U
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying If Angelic Protector is the target of a spell or ability, it gets +0/+3 until end of turn.
1 billion times, it becomes a 1/3billion because of its ability, then you use Animal Boneyard
Animal Boneyard
Animal BoneyardSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
4
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Enchanted land has ``Tap, Sacrifice a creature: You gain life equal to that creature's toughness.``
or Worthy Cause
Worthy Cause
Worthy CauseSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Buyback 2 (You may pay an additional 2 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Sacrifice a creature: Gain life equal to the sacrificed creature's toughness.
to sacrifice that creature to gain its toughness, hence 3 billion life. You can go to any number then you can sit back, relax, and wait for Test of Endurance
Test of Endurance
Test of EnduranceSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
29
Artist:
Mike Ploog

Text:
At the begining of your upkeep, if you have 50 or more life, you win the game.
to win the game. This deck costs only 20 or less dollars from Cardshark, and is very effective.

Last but not least, the green part of type 1.5. A lot of you right now are thinking, hmm, 1.5 green must mean Stompy, or Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the Fittest
Survival of the FittestSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
G, Choose and discard a creature card: Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card to all players, and put it into your hand. Shuffle your library afterwards.
. WRONG! It means ELVES! Yes I said it, ELVES! Type 1.5 elves own. I mean turn 1 they can win. Yes, turn 1 if they are lucky. When turn 4 comes up on this elf deck, something is wrong or you messed up somewhere. This is the elf deck that owns.

Main Deck

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 Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of NatureSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
210
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell this turn, draw a card.

4 Concordant Crossroads
Concordant Crossroads
Concordant CrossroadsSet: Chronicles
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Creatures can attack or use abilities that include tap in the activation cost as soon as they come into play on their controller's side.

4 Priest of Titania
Priest of Titania
Priest of TitaniaSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
270
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool for each Elf in play. Play this ability as a mana source.

4 Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch ElfSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of
Elves in play.

4 Elvish Vanguard
Elvish Vanguard
Elvish VanguardSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another Elf comes into play, put a +1/+1 counter on Elvish Vanguard.

4 Wirewood Symbiote
Wirewood Symbiote
Wirewood SymbioteSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Return an elf you control to its owner’s hand : Untap target creature. Play this ability only once per turn.

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.
s
4 Wirewood Hivemaster
Wirewood Hivemaster
Wirewood HivemasterSet: Legions
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever another nontoken Elf comes into play, you may put a 1/1 green
Insect creature token into play.

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 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.

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


This deck owns even my red deck without sideboarding. I mean seriously, turn 2 you win by attacking! Concordant Crossroads
Concordant Crossroads
Concordant CrossroadsSet: Chronicles
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Creatures can attack or use abilities that include tap in the activation cost as soon as they come into play on their controller's side.
gives your creatures haste, so turn 1 goes like this: Remove
Remove
RemoveSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Play Remove only after you're attacked, before you declare blockers.Return any one attacking creature to its owner's hand.
2 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.
s from the game, play a Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
, play Concordant Crossroads
Concordant Crossroads
Concordant CrossroadsSet: Chronicles
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Creatures can attack or use abilities that include tap in the activation cost as soon as they come into play on their controller's side.
, then Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of NatureSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
210
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell this turn, draw a card.
. Then you get a lot of creatures in play, get Priest into play, then add a lot of mana, use a bunch of abilites to untap elves, until you get Timberwatch, attack and use the Timberwatch to pump up that elf to win. Turn 1, the way to win, almost always works that way if you get a hand with those 5 cards. So this is the deck to buy, and it costs less than my red deck does! You can outrace Sligh, beat control really fast before they get you, and beat lockdown. This is one of the best decks to play. [Editor’s note: I didn’t quite follow that first turn win, but maybe I’m just tired or something.]

So there you have it, the decks and types of decks mainly used in 1.5 with some secret tips. Just remember, when building your deck, look at the banned list for 1.5, it consists of over 50 cards, and it can be a pain if you go ahead and build a $600 deck that always wins only to find out it contains banned cards because it was just too good. Not many people play 1.5 anymore, but I’m trying to change that. Type 1.5 is the most fun type of all. It isn’t expensive to play like type 1, and it requires smart players to win, not just someone with a lot of money who can buy black lotus and build a mean combo deck with Yawgmoth’s Bargain
Bargain
BargainSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Your opponent draws a card. You gain 7 life.
. So take 1.5 up at your local store, tell your friends and start playing. The best thing is you don’t have to worry about sets cycling out, all you worry about are sets coming in! That means more opportunities to add to your deck. I hope to see many of you out there playing 1.5.


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