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The Real Legacy Burn - Kevin Crowley (11/28/2011)

Burn. A single word that every tournament player knows, but none regard as a “true” threat. Legacy is filled with many decks that boast quick turn one, two, or three wins; burn is NOT one of them.

Burn is a deck that many never refer to as being tier one in the Legacy format, but I am here with proof to change your mind. I will first explain the doubt people have about burn, why not to fear running this deck, my deck list, and my recent tournament results running this deck.


The Doubt about Burn
The reason people never consider burn as being tier one in Legacy is simple: there are many decks out there that win faster. A few examples of faster decks seen in Legacy are as follows:

Storm Combo – This deck can get a turn 1 win (yeah, before you even get to draw).
Dredge
Dredge
DredgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Sacrifice a creature or land.Draw a card.
(or Ichorid
Ichorid
IchoridSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
65
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste. At end of turn, sacrifice Ichorid. At the beginning of your upkeep, if Ichorid is in your graveyard, you may remove a black creature card in your graveyard other than Ichorid from the game. If you do, return Ichorid to play.
) – Typical turn 3 win deck through graveyard manipulation
Reanimate
Reanimate
ReanimateSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Put target creature card from any graveyard into play under your control. Lose life equal to that creature's total casting cost.
– Turn 3-5 depending on draw and capability of the player

Many of the players running these decks laugh at Burn players, because they know their goldfish is far quicker than Burn’s. “Why would anyone run a deck that takes 5 turns to win when I can win before you even draw your first card?” , a quote of my first round opponent when I told him what deck he was facing.

As you can see, some players use the simple logic of “I’m faster so I’m better”. This is a terrible reason to run a deck. Control decks don’t win on turns 1, 2, or 3. They take much longer to win, but who cares? If you win, you win, regardless of the amount of turns it takes you (and no matter how I tried, I couldn’t get my opponent to see this). At any rate, it’s an argument none the less, and it’s an argument that I tend to hear the most from players (even control players have told me the same thing!).

So, you think that 5 turns is too slow for Legacy? Well then, let me prove you wrong.


Why Burn is a Great Deck
People categorize burn as its own class of deck. It is a mix of tempo and control; of speed and patience. Burn players need to take their time to realize what they are up against before they start throwing their spells in the wrong place. This fundamental reason hinders many players from reaching the capabilities burn has to offer: It’s not the deck list that is bad; it’s the pilot of the deck!

Burn can beat the control match up by timing its spells and smart side boarding; it can smash aggro by removing their creatures with the plethora of burn spells (and the amazing control artifact I will talk about later), it can even beat the combo match up a fair amount of the time (especially if their combo fizzles)


Before I delve into how Burn beats these decks, I give you the following Burn Deck List:

The “REAL” Legacy Burn

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


Creatures:
4 – Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 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.

3 – Simian Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit GuideSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape Spirit
Rarity:
c
Number:
122
Artist:
Dave DeVries
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Remove Simian Spirit Guide in your hand from the game: Add R to your mana pool.


Instants:
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 – Reverberate
Reverberate
ReverberateSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
155
Artist:
jD
Text:
Copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

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.

3 – 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.

3 – 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.

2 – 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.


Sorceries:
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.


Artifacts:
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.


SideBoard
3 – Q2hhbGljZSBvZiB0aGUgVoid
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.

3 – Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R

4 – Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.

4 – Relic of Progenitus
Relic of Progenitus
Relic of ProgenitusSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
218
Artist:
Jean-Sébastien Rossbach
Text:
T Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Remove Relic of Progenitus from the game: Remove all graveyards from the game. Draw a card.

1 – 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.



Many of you may look at this list and say “This is a joke, right? Reverberate
Reverberate
ReverberateSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
155
Artist:
jD
Text:
Copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.
? Is this guy for real? Who even plays 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.
anymore?” Well, let me explain. 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.
is the solution to drawing mana in the burn deck. It is also the solution to control decks that can counter your burn (Lavamancer is also a solution here).

But what about Reverberate
Reverberate
ReverberateSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
155
Artist:
jD
Text:
Copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.
you say? Reverberate
Reverberate
ReverberateSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
155
Artist:
jD
Text:
Copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.
I feel is one of the most powerful cards in the deck. It can copy any instant or sorcery on the stack, making is overpowered in red (it becomes not only a win condition for you with 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.
, but an answer to an opponent’s spell).
I feel that it is easiest and most useful to explain the power of Burn, its interactions, and the reasoning for the deck list provided by going into my tournament results from the prior week.


Tournament Results
Sunday, November 20th, 2011.

Mid Sunday morning, at the local game shop, I was making the last few adjustments to my sideboard before the match sign ups began. I made the best read of the Meta that I could and came up with the sideboard in the list provided. Ready to play, I entered my first round.


Round 1: Burn vs. Dredge
Dredge
DredgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Sacrifice a creature or land.Draw a card.

Game 1:
My opponent won the roll, and opted to draw. Immediately I suspected he was running Dredge
Dredge
DredgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Sacrifice a creature or land.Draw a card.
. I kept my hand.

I played 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.
turn 1. He discarded his Grave Troll. I played 2 Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
s and proceeded to timely sacrifice each of them, keeping Bridge from Below
Bridge from Below
Bridge from BelowSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Greg & Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
Whenever a nontoken creature is put into your graveyard from play, if Bridge from Below is in your graveyard, put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
When a creature is put into an opponent's graveyard from play, if Bridge from Below is in your graveyard, remove Bridge from Below from the game.
from becoming an issue. He had gotten me down to 4 with Ichorid
Ichorid
IchoridSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
R
Number:
65
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste. At end of turn, sacrifice Ichorid. At the beginning of your upkeep, if Ichorid is in your graveyard, you may remove a black creature card in your graveyard other than Ichorid from the game. If you do, return Ichorid to play.
and Narcomoeba
Narcomoeba
NarcomoebaSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
U
Number:
54
Artist:
Matt Stewart
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
When Narcomoeba is put into your graveyard from your library, you may put it into play.
attacks, but I managed to play 2 Lightning Blast
Lightning Blast
Lightning BlastSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Lightning Blast deals 4 damage to target creature or player.
s, floating 2 and Reverberating, getting a total of 12 damage in for the kill (he was at 11).

Game 2:
I side boarded in the Relic of Progenitus
Relic of Progenitus
Relic of ProgenitusSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
218
Artist:
Jean-Sébastien Rossbach
Text:
T Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Remove Relic of Progenitus from the game: Remove all graveyards from the game. Draw a card.
and outed the 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.
s.
He opted to draw again.
My opening hand was as follows: Relic of Progenitus
Relic of Progenitus
Relic of ProgenitusSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
218
Artist:
Jean-Sébastien Rossbach
Text:
T Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Remove Relic of Progenitus from the game: Remove all graveyards from the game. Draw a card.
, Relic of Progenitus
Relic of Progenitus
Relic of ProgenitusSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
218
Artist:
Jean-Sébastien Rossbach
Text:
T Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Remove Relic of Progenitus from the game: Remove all graveyards from the game. Draw a card.
, mountain, mountain, mountain, Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
, 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
.

Needles to saw I pulled an easy victory after eradicating his Bridges and then his whole yard.


Round 2 (2-0): Burn vs. High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.

Game 1:
I won the roll, and opened with a land and passed the turn. He played a land and then played Candelabra of Tawnos
Candelabra of Tawnos
Candelabra of TawnosSet: Antiquities
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
X: Untap X separate lands.
then ended his turn. I played a land and decided not to play anything, leaving 2 mana open (I had a Reverberate
Reverberate
ReverberateSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
155
Artist:
jD
Text:
Copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.
in hand). He played a land, and Merchant Scroll
Merchant Scroll
Merchant ScrollSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Search your library for a blue instant or interrupt. Reveal that card to all players and put it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
ed a High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
, ending his turn. I then played 1 more land, played a Lavamancer and ended the turn. He then played his 3rd land, and passed the turn. During my upkeep, he played High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
, followed by another one, followed by a Reset
Reset
ResetSet: Legends
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Nicola Leonard
Text:
All your lands untap. Reset can only be played on an opponent's turn after his or her upkeep phase.
, followed by a 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.
, and after all his playing, he managed to get over 200 mana floating. He proceeded to Blue Sun’s Zenith me for 198 (he didn’t reach a high enough spell count for the Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
mill). I then Reverberate
Reverberate
ReverberateSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
155
Artist:
jD
Text:
Copy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.
d his Zenith, targeting him! Unfortunately he Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
ed and I lost game 1.

Game 2
I sided in 4 Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
, 3 Q2hhbGljZSBvZiB0aGUgVoid
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
, and 3 Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
. Out came 2 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.
, 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.
, 3 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.
, and a 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.
.

I played first. I opened with a Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
, naming Candelabra of Tawnos
Candelabra of Tawnos
Candelabra of TawnosSet: Antiquities
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
X: Untap X separate lands.
. He had no Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
to counter with. He played a land and passed the turn. I then played a land and played a 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.
and a Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
. He played a land and Preordain
Preordain
PreordainSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
Scry 2, then draw a card. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)
, and ended his turn. I then played a land and a Q2hhbGljZSBvZiB0aGUgVoid
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
for 1. He responded by returning an island to cast Daze
Daze
DazeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
You may return an island you control to its owner's hand instead of paying Daze's mana cost. Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
. I paid 1 mana. He then Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
ed, and I removed a Simian Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit GuideSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape Spirit
Rarity:
c
Number:
122
Artist:
Dave DeVries
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Remove Simian Spirit Guide in your hand from the game: Add R to your mana pool.
from my hand to add 1 red and Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
ed my way to victory (he folded, knowing he didn’t have answers to the artifacts).

Game 3:
I did not do any further side boarding.

He opted to play first. He played a land and then played Preordain
Preordain
PreordainSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Text:
Scry 2, then draw a card. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)
. I played a land and played a 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.
. He played a land and played Merchant Scroll
Merchant Scroll
Merchant ScrollSet: Homelands
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Liz Danforth
Text:
Search your library for a blue instant or interrupt. Reveal that card to all players and put it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
, getting High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
. I played a land and played a Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
naming Candelabra of Tawnos
Candelabra of Tawnos
Candelabra of TawnosSet: Antiquities
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
X: Untap X separate lands.
. He Daze
Daze
DazeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
You may return an island you control to its owner's hand instead of paying Daze's mana cost. Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
d it, and I paid the one, and Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
was active. He played a land, and passed the turn. I played my 3rd land, and a Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
and ended the turn. He played his 4th land, and attempted to go off. He played High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
, I Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
ed, and he Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
ed. High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
was active. He played another High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
and then played Cloud of Faeries
Cloud of Faeries
Cloud of FaeriesSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Faeries
Rarity:
C
Number:
29
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying When Cloud of Faeries comes into play, untap up to two lands.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
. He then played 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.
, getting us both 7 cards and himself all his lands untapped with 2 High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
s in effect. He continued to play it out, and ended up fizzling. I 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
ted at the end of his turn, scrying up a Q2hhbGljZSBvZiB0aGUgVoid
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
. I played Chalice for 1, and he attempted to Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
, but I Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
ed my way to victory.


Round 3 (2-0): Burn vs. Phyrexian Dreadnought
Phyrexian Dreadnought
Phyrexian DreadnoughtSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
12
Toughness:
12
Text:
Trample When Phyrexian Dreadnought comes into play, sacrifice any number of creatures with total power of 12 or more, or bury Phyrexian Dreadnought.


For those who do not know the Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
nought deck, it uses Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
to counter the Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
nought’s ability, enabling a turn 2 creature that is a 12/12 with trample.

Game 1:

As it always happens to at least one player, my opponent mulled down to 5, and still kept a crap hand. He never saw his Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
nought and only delayed my victory by Stifling my 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.
and 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.
whenever he could.

Game 2:

I sided in 4 Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
s, 3 Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
, and 1 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.
. Out came 3 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.
s, 4 Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
s, and a mountain.

My opponent played first. He played a Darkslick Shores
Darkslick Shores
Darkslick ShoresSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Darkslick Shores enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool.
and passed the turn. I played a land, and played a Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
, naming Polluted Delta
Polluted Delta
Polluted DeltaSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
321
Artist:
Land
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an island or swamp card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Rob Alexander
. I could see the frustration in his face when he Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
ed, removing Daze
Daze
DazeSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
You may return an island you control to its owner's hand instead of paying Daze's mana cost. Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1.
from the game. He played his 2nd land (Polluted Delta
Polluted Delta
Polluted DeltaSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
321
Artist:
Land
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an island or swamp card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Rob Alexander
) and ended his turn. I played a land and a 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.
and ended my turn. At the end of my turn he fetched an Underground Sea
Underground Sea
Underground SeaSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either B or U to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp 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.
with his Polluted Delta
Polluted Delta
Polluted DeltaSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
321
Artist:
Land
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an island or swamp card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Rob Alexander
. He then played his 3rd land (Darkslick Shores
Darkslick Shores
Darkslick ShoresSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Darkslick Shores enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool.
, coming into play tapped), and then played the Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
nought followed by a Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
. I Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
ed his Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
, and he had no answer for it. He lost his Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
nought. That was the last time any Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
nought saw the board, and I ended the game with a 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.
and a 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.
two turns later.


Round 4 (3-0): Draw match

I ended up being matched against my friend for the last round, and we decided to draw so we would both make it into the finals. We also needed a lunch break, and figured that now would be the best time.


Top 4 Semi Finals Round (3-0-1): Burn vs. Zoo

Game 1:
This game was probably the easiest I had all day. I managed to burn every single one of his creatures, and even was able to burn out the Tarmogoyf
Tarmogoyf
TarmogoyfSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Justin Murray
Power:
*
Toughness:
1+*
Text:
Tarmogoyf's power is equal to the number of card types among cards in all graveyards and its toughness is equal to that number plus 1. (The card types are artifact, creature, enchantment, instant, land, planeswalker, sorcery, and tribal.)
. I took the win by Reverberating a 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.
.

Game 2:
Side boarded in 2 Price of p\Progress and 4 Relic of Progenitus
Relic of Progenitus
Relic of ProgenitusSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
218
Artist:
Jean-Sébastien Rossbach
Text:
T Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Remove Relic of Progenitus from the game: Remove all graveyards from the game. Draw a card.
for 1 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.
, 1 Lavamancer, 1 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.
, and 3 Simian Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit GuideSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape Spirit
Rarity:
c
Number:
122
Artist:
Dave DeVries
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Remove Simian Spirit Guide in your hand from the game: Add R to your mana pool.
.

He played first. He got out a 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.
turn one, but I popped Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
on my turn to remove it. He then played 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.
, and I 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
ted him at the end of my turn. The then got Tarmogoyf
Tarmogoyf
TarmogoyfSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Justin Murray
Power:
*
Toughness:
1+*
Text:
Tarmogoyf's power is equal to the number of card types among cards in all graveyards and its toughness is equal to that number plus 1. (The card types are artifact, creature, enchantment, instant, land, planeswalker, sorcery, and tribal.)
out as a 2/3. I answered it on my turn by playing an 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.
before it could get any bigger, and played a 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.
after that. He played a 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.
, a Noble Hierarch
Noble Hierarch
Noble HierarchSet: Conflux
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
87
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Exalted (Whenever a creature you control attacks alone, that creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.) T Add G, W, or U to your mana pool.
, and another Tarmogoyf
Tarmogoyf
TarmogoyfSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
153
Artist:
Justin Murray
Power:
*
Toughness:
1+*
Text:
Tarmogoyf's power is equal to the number of card types among cards in all graveyards and its toughness is equal to that number plus 1. (The card types are artifact, creature, enchantment, instant, land, planeswalker, sorcery, and tribal.)
. I drew the answer I was looking for on my turn: Relic of Progenitus
Relic of Progenitus
Relic of ProgenitusSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
218
Artist:
Jean-Sébastien Rossbach
Text:
T Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Remove Relic of Progenitus from the game: Remove all graveyards from the game. Draw a card.
. I got goyf to become a 0/1 and removed him with a lethal 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.
. The rest of the game was my opponent trying to get an answer for my 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.
(which kept his board clear of creatures) while I was throwing burn spells at his face. He never saw an answer.


Final Round (4-0-1): Burn vs. Merfolk

I ended up playing the same friend that I drew against in round 4. I knew his merfolk deck, and he knew my burn deck.

Game 1:
He won the roll and went first. Turn 1 he played an Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
. I played a 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.
. He played Lord of Atlantis
Lord of Atlantis
Lord of AtlantisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Merfolk in play gain islandwalk and +1/+1 while this card is in play.
turn 2 and passed to me. I played a land and a 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.
targeting his Lord, and I ended the turn. He played his 3rd land, and went to 2 counters on Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
. He played Jitte and passed the turn. I knew I needed to keep his creatures clear, so I played a land and passed the turn, holding some burn back. At the end of my turn, he put a Stonybrook Banneret
Stonybrook Banneret
Stonybrook BanneretSet: Morningtide
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Islandwalk Merfolk spells and Wizard spells you play cost 1 less to play.
into play, and I responded with a 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
. He did not play a 4th land this turn and kept Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
on 2 counters. He played a Coralhelm Commander
Coralhelm Commander
Coralhelm CommanderSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Level up {1} ({1}: Put a level counter on this. Level up only as a sorcery.) LEVEL 2-3 3/3 Flying LEVEL 4+ 4/4 Flying Other Merfolk creatures you control get +1/+1.
and ended his turn. I knew I had the lockdown on when I drew another land and played my 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.
. I was able to keep all his creatures off the board and went on to win game 1 on the backs of 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.
and Lavamancer.

Game 2:
I side boarded in 4 Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
s and 3 Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
s. I outed 2 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 Simian Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit Guide
Simian Spirit GuideSet: Planar Chaos
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape Spirit
Rarity:
c
Number:
122
Artist:
Dave DeVries
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Remove Simian Spirit Guide in your hand from the game: Add R to your mana pool.
, and a Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
.

He played first. This game was an embarrassment for me. I kept a crap hand because it had 2 Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
s in it. Even though I got both onto the field, which stopped Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
and his leveling of Coralhelm Commander
Coralhelm Commander
Coralhelm CommanderSet: Rise of the Eldrazi
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Soldier
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Jaime Jones
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Level up {1} ({1}: Put a level counter on this. Level up only as a sorcery.) LEVEL 2-3 3/3 Flying LEVEL 4+ 4/4 Flying Other Merfolk creatures you control get +1/+1.
, he overran me by getting too many creatures out too quickly for me to deal with.

Game 3:
I decided to keep the same cards and to not keep a crap hand.

I played first. I played Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
turn 1 naming Aether Vial
Aether Vial
Aether VialSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
At the begining of your upkeep you may put a charge counter on Aether Vial. T: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.
. He played a land and passed. I played my second land and played a 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.
. He attempted to Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.
it, but I Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
ed it. He played another land and passed the turn. I played my 3rd land, and a 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.
and a Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
. He did not play a 3rd land. He played Lord of Atlantis
Lord of Atlantis
Lord of AtlantisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Merfolk in play gain islandwalk and +1/+1 while this card is in play.
and ended his turn. I hit his Lord with the Lavamancer and swung with Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
. I played 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.
on my second main and ended the turn. He folded. He had no land in his hand, and drew into 4 more creatures before he saw any land.

Outcome: 1st place with a record of 5 wins, 0 losses, and 1 draw.

There are so many interactions that this Burn deck has within itself and with other decks, that I cannot describe them all to you. As you can see from the tournament play and results, the Burn deck is powerful, and the right plays are what’s key to the success of the deck.


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