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Go BIG or Go Home - Kevin Mager (11/12/2007)

The Lorwyn Prerelease has come and gone and now it is time to start making decks based on the newest set. So I set out with a mission to build one. Lorwyn, as everyone knows, is tribal based. But which one reins supreme? I decided that there needed to be a few rules for this deck.

1) 75% of the cards must come from the Lorwyn set.

2) If using cards from another set it must come from a recent block, making the deck playable in Standard.

3) Lastly it must have a way of winning in multiplayer and in duels.

So first since I am using mostly Lorwyn the big decision is what tribe do I want to focus on? I decided that I wanted to make a deck where I have huge creatures that beat down my opponents. If you haven’t guessed that giants are involved at this point you are not thinking big enough.

But with giants come problems. The field is going to be empty early. Giants casting costs are high. Most giants in Lorwyn do no have trample and can be blocked by 1/1. The last thing I wanted to happen is have a weenie deck over power giants. Lucky I found some ways to build a force and not get over run before even casting a creature.

Here is what the deck could look like:

Land (22)
12 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

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

4 Ancient Amphitheatre
4 Vivid Crag
Vivid Crag
Vivid CragSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
0
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
275
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Vivid Crag comes into play tapped with two charge counters on it. T: Add R to your mana pool. T, Remove a charge counter from Vivid Crag: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.


White Creatures (2)
2 Arbiter of Knollridge
Arbiter of Knollridge
Arbiter of KnollridgeSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
2
Artist:
Brandon Dorman
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Vigilance When Arbiter of Knollridge comes into play, each player's life total becomes the highest life total among all players.


Red Creatures (16)
3 Hamletback Goliath
Hamletback Goliath
Hamletback GoliathSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
173
Artist:
Parente & Brian Snoddy
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you may put X +1/+1 counters on Hamletback Goliath, where X is that creature's power. 0

4 Giant Harbinger
Giant Harbinger
Giant HarbingerSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
169
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Giant Harbinger comes into play, you may search your library for a Giant card, reveal it, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.

4 Stinkdrinker Daredevil
Stinkdrinker Daredevil
Stinkdrinker DaredevilSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Giant spells you play cost 2 less to play.

3 Thundercloud Shaman
Thundercloud Shaman
Thundercloud ShamanSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
195
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Thundercloud Shaman comes into play, it deals damage equal to the number of Giants you control to each non-Giant creature.

2 Sunrise Sovereign
Sunrise Sovereign
Sunrise SovereignSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
William O'Connor
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Other Giant creatures you control get +2/+2 and have trample.


Gold Creatures (3)
3 Brion Stoutarm
Brion Stoutarm
Brion StoutarmSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
246
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Lifelink (Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.) R, T, Sacrifice a creature other than Brion Stoutarm: Brion Stoutarm deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target player.


Red Spells (10)
3 Wild Ricochet
Wild Ricochet
Wild RicochetSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
196
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
You may choose new targets for target instant or sorcery spell. Then copy that spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

3 Molten Disaster
Molten Disaster
Molten DisasterSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
102
Artist:
Ittoku
Text:
Kicker R(You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)
If the kicker cost was paid, Molten Disaster has split second. (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.)
Molten Disaster deals X damage to each creature without flying and each player.

4 Crush Underfoot
Crush Underfoot
Crush UnderfootSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Tribal Instant
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
U
Number:
162
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Text:
Choose a Giant creature you control. It deals damage equal to its power to target creature. 0


White Spells (2)
2 Favor of the Mighty
Favor of the Mighty
Favor of the MightySet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Tribal Enchantment
Sub Type:
Giant
Rarity:
R
Number:
14
Artist:
Larry MacDougall
Text:
Each creature with the highest converted mana cost has protection from all colors. 0



Now the idea is to last long enough to get out huge giants. The last thing you want to do is get mana screwed playing high costing creatures. Even 22 lands could be higher depending on how much of a risk you want to take on drawing lands. The Stinkdrinker Daredevil
Stinkdrinker Daredevil
Stinkdrinker DaredevilSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin Rogue
Rarity:
C
Number:
191
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Giant spells you play cost 2 less to play.
is going to make the game go with the mana acceleration for giants. So all of a sudden you can be right back in the game playing more than one giant a turn with only 5 lands out.

Your primary defense is knowing what giant you are going to need at what time. All games require different strategies. Giant Harbinger
Giant Harbinger
Giant HarbingerSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
169
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Giant Harbinger comes into play, you may search your library for a Giant card, reveal it, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.
could make or break the game for you and your opponent. Lets say the game started off slow and you opponent has been hitting you since turn 2 with more and more and all you can do is block. If your life count is getting low that Harbinger can get Arbiter of Knollridge
Arbiter of Knollridge
Arbiter of KnollridgeSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
2
Artist:
Brandon Dorman
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Vigilance When Arbiter of Knollridge comes into play, each player's life total becomes the highest life total among all players.
and basically give you a fresh start on the game. Even if the game is real close grabbing Sunrise Sovereign
Sunrise Sovereign
Sunrise SovereignSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
William O'Connor
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Other Giant creatures you control get +2/+2 and have trample.
can give your giants a boost with trample to give you that edge to get the win.

In regards to multi player things like mass removal and trample are game winning words. Molten Disaster
Molten Disaster
Molten DisasterSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
102
Artist:
Ittoku
Text:
Kicker R(You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)
If the kicker cost was paid, Molten Disaster has split second. (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.)
Molten Disaster deals X damage to each creature without flying and each player.
can clean house even if you have several giants on the playing field. Brion Stoutarm
Brion Stoutarm
Brion StoutarmSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
246
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Lifelink (Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.) R, T, Sacrifice a creature other than Brion Stoutarm: Brion Stoutarm deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to target player.
+ Hamletback Goliath
Hamletback Goliath
Hamletback GoliathSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
173
Artist:
Parente & Brian Snoddy
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you may put X +1/+1 counters on Hamletback Goliath, where X is that creature's power. 0
could be a game winning combo especially if Hamletback Goliath
Hamletback Goliath
Hamletback GoliathSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
7
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Giant Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
173
Artist:
Parente & Brian Snoddy
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Whenever another creature comes into play, you may put X +1/+1 counters on Hamletback Goliath, where X is that creature's power. 0
has become over a 10/10.


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