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CardShark Content - Kim Harvey (2/18/2002)

This is my Standard-Format ´´Miracle Grow´´ deck with Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
changes, for the aspiring JSS players that intend on playing in JSS Challenges after March 1. The bulk of the deck remains unchanged, with a few notes posted below. All details about this version of Miracle Grow that I posted on January 31 at Cardshark (http://www.cardshark.com/content/view_article.asp?article_id=185) should apply to this version. Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
did not bring much for dealing with red, and all the anti-black cards for G/U did not come to fruition in any of the Standard-Legal sets.

//NAME: Aquarius
// post-torment miracle grow Standard deck

//spells (29)
4 Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U
(or Liquefy)
4 Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.

4 Memory Lapse
Memory Lapse
Memory LapseSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Counter target spell. Put that spell on top of owner's library.
(or Liquefy)
4 Syncopate
Syncopate
SyncopateSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays X. If that spell is countered this way, remove it from the game instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

2 Compulsion
Compulsion
CompulsionSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
1U, Discard a card from your hand: Draw a card. 1U, Sacrifice Compulsion: Draw a card.

3 Obsessive Search
Obsessive Search
Obsessive SearchSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Text:
Draw a card. Madness U

4 Dwell on the Past
Dwell on the Past
Dwell on the PastSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to four target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.

4 Shimmering Wings
Shimmering Wings
Shimmering WingsSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve Luke
Text:
Enchanted creature gains flying.U: Return Shimmering Wings to owner's hand.

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

7 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

4 Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya CoastSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add G or U to your mana pool. Yavimaya Coast deals 1 damage to you.

//other spells (15)
4 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.

3 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.

4 Gaea's Skyfolk
Gaea's Skyfolk
Gaea's SkyfolkSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
101
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

4 Quirion Dryad
Quirion Dryad
Quirion DryadSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you play a white, blue, black, or red spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Quirion Dryad.


// sideboard (15)
SB: 4 Basking Rootwalla
Basking Rootwalla
Basking RootwallaSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
121
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Basking Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn. Madness 0
-- vs. discard
SB: 3 Illusion/Reality -- millstone, problem artifacts, pro blue/green
SB: 4 Tangle
Tangle
TangleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.Attacking creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.
-- vs. weenie assaults
SB: 4 Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.
-- blue decks

The 2 Compulsion
Compulsion
CompulsionSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
1U, Discard a card from your hand: Draw a card. 1U, Sacrifice Compulsion: Draw a card.
and 3 Obsessive Search
Obsessive Search
Obsessive SearchSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Text:
Draw a card. Madness U
replaced Peek
Peek
PeekSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Look at target player's hand. Draw a card.
, Opt
Opt
OptSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
John Howe
Text:
Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.Draw a card.
, and one of the 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.
s. Both Compulsion
Compulsion
CompulsionSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
1U, Discard a card from your hand: Draw a card. 1U, Sacrifice Compulsion: Draw a card.
and 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.
put cards in your graveyard, while getting the cards that you need. Obsessive Search
Obsessive Search
Obsessive SearchSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Text:
Draw a card. Madness U
forms a nasty combo when Compulsion
Compulsion
CompulsionSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
1U, Discard a card from your hand: Draw a card. 1U, Sacrifice Compulsion: Draw a card.
is on the table, enabling you to draw 2 cards for 1UU. Dwell on the Past
Dwell on the Past
Dwell on the PastSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to four target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.
puts cards like Obsessive Search
Obsessive Search
Obsessive SearchSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Text:
Draw a card. Madness U
back in the library, and is designed to returned countermagic, creatures, or to make Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
work longer. Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U
replaced Exclude
Exclude
ExcludeSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Counter target creature spell.Draw a card.
in the countermagic department, and becomes more effective as your library grows. Although the madness cost of Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U
is useless, the card will eventually punish decks lacking mana support. The decision to use Liquefy over Memory Lapse
Memory Lapse
Memory LapseSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Counter target spell. Put that spell on top of owner's library.
is up to the player, and the metagame. While Liquefy works well against weenie decks, it is useless against decks that use spells with a converting casting cost 4 or greater.

The only major change in the sideboard is the Basking Rootwalla
Basking Rootwalla
Basking RootwallaSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
121
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Basking Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn. Madness 0
in place of Dodecapod
Dodecapod
DodecapodSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
John Howe
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Dodecapod from your hand, put it into play with two +1/+1 counters on it instead of putting it into your graveyard.
. The Rootwalla
Rootwalla
RootwallaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1G: Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Use this ability only once each turn.
is a green card that has a madness cost of 0. When someone pulls out Gerrad's Verdict at you, you have something to throw to it, and then Rootwalla
Rootwalla
RootwallaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
1G: Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Use this ability only once each turn.
comes into play with madness.

The rest of the deck and sideboard remain the same as the pre-Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
version of Miracle Gro.

The archetypes that Miracle Grow must deal with:

1. Opposition
Opposition
OppositionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
. This deck just loses to Opposition
Opposition
OppositionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
. Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
brought some direct enchantment removal for green, but its too costly for Miracle Grow. Counter all key aspects of Opposition
Opposition
OppositionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
, including Opposition
Opposition
OppositionSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
40
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Text:
Tap an untapped creature you control: Tap target artifact, creature, or land.
, mana-producing creatures, static orb, and squirrel nest, and maybe you will get lucky.

2. Zombie Infestation
Zombie Infestation
Zombie InfestationSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Discard two cards from your hand: Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
. This deck may or may not use the Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring BridgeSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each creature with power greater than the number of cards in your hand cannot attack.
/Static Orb
Static Orb
Static OrbSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dermot Power
Text:
Players cannot untap more than two permanents during their untap phases.
lock. If it does, make sure all three key cards stay off the table. Chainer's Edict
Chainer's Edict
Chainer's EdictSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. Flashback 5BB
is another threat that must be dealt with. Use Basking Rootwalla
Basking Rootwalla
Basking RootwallaSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
121
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Basking Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn. Madness 0
and Tangle
Tangle
TangleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.Attacking creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.
from the sideboard, and side out Compulsion
Compulsion
CompulsionSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
1U, Discard a card from your hand: Draw a card. 1U, Sacrifice Compulsion: Draw a card.
and Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U
. If the metagame is loaded with Zombie Infestation
Zombie Infestation
Zombie InfestationSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Discard two cards from your hand: Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
decks, use Liquefy instead of Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U
.

3. ´´Kefkageddon´´. This is a B/W deck that uses Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.
, Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
(´´Kefka´´), Life Burst
Life Burst
Life BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Target player gains 4 life, then gains 4 life for each Life Burst card in each graveyard.
, Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
, and discard. Prevent the player from using Life Burst
Life Burst
Life BurstSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Target player gains 4 life, then gains 4 life for each Life Burst card in each graveyard.
early, and keep the three major permanents (Voice of All
Voice of All
Voice of AllSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
rk post
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying. As Voice of All comes into play, choose a color. Voice of All has protection from the chosen color.
, Desolation Angel
Desolation Angel
Desolation AngelSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
38
Artist:
Brom
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Kicker WW (You may pay an additional WW as you play this spell.) Flying. When Desolation Angel comes into play, destroy all lands you control. If you paid the kicker cost, destroy all lands instead.
, and Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
) off the table. Make sure Vindicate
Vindicate
VindicateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
126
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy target permanent.
is never resolved. The amount of countermagic and the quick beats should deal with Kefkageddon with no major resistance on game 1. When sideboarding, use Basking Rootwalla
Basking Rootwalla
Basking RootwallaSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
121
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Basking Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn. Madness 0
. This deck doesn't have much of a sideboard against blue control decks other than Morningtide
Morningtide
MorningtideSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove all cards in all graveyards from the game.
and/or instant graveyard removal.

4. Sligh. Sligh got some major beats thanks to Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
. Not only does Miracle Grow must deal with burn and land destruction, but got a cheap creature/burn in Longhorn Firebeast
Longhorn Firebeast
Longhorn FirebeastSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Longhorn Firebeast comes into play, any opponent may have it deal 5 damage to him or her. If a player does, sacrifice Longhorn Firebeast.
. The Firebeast must be countered, and that's just the least of Miracle Grow's worries. Sligh uses Urza's Rage
Urza's Rage
Urza's RageSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
178
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Kicker 8R (You may pay an additional 8R as you play this spell.)Urza's Rage can't be countered by spells or abilities.Urza's Rage deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If you paid the kicker cost, instead Urza's Rage deals 10 damage to that creature or player and the damage can't be prevented.
(which can't be dealt with), and Firey Temper
Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.
, an instant burn spell that has madness of R. Add Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
, Skizzik
Skizzik
SkizzikSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
Kicker R (You may pay an additional R as you play this spell.)Trample; haste (This creature may attack and T the turn it comes under your control.)At end of turn, sacrifice Skizzik unless the kicker cost was paid.
, and Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
, and Miracle Grow has problems. After sideboarding, Sligh has Boil
Boil
BoilSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
169
Artist:
Jason Alexander Behnke
Text:
Destroy all islands.
and maybe Flash of Defiance
Flash of Defiance
Flash of DefianceSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
99
Text:
Players can't block with green and/or white creatures this turn. Flashback - 1R, Pay 3 life.
, which keeps Quirion Dryad
Quirion Dryad
Quirion DryadSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you play a white, blue, black, or red spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Quirion Dryad.
from blocking. The best bet for Miracle Grow is to use Quirion Dryad
Quirion Dryad
Quirion DryadSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dryad
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Whenever you play a white, blue, black, or red spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Quirion Dryad.
/Shimmering Wings
Shimmering Wings
Shimmering WingsSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve Luke
Text:
Enchanted creature gains flying.U: Return Shimmering Wings to owner's hand.
combo quickly, counterspell major threats, and hope that sligh is mana flooded. This is a long shot, as Sligh wins close to 70% of the time before sideboarding and nearly 85% after. After all, Sligh was Miracle Grow's bane during the latter stages of the recent extended season, and we have Bob Maher
Bob Maher
Bob MaherSet: Promotional Other
Rarity:
P
Text:
Magic Pro Tour Player Card
, Jr. to thank for this.

5. Merfolk. Merfolk is the U/B deck that uses some discard, but the blue merfolk beats make this deck stand out. Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
gave Merfolk three very nasty rares with two of them for sideboard purposes. Llawan, Cephalid Empress
Llawan, Cephalid Empress
Llawan, Cephalid EmpressSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
42
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
When Llawan, Cephalid Empress comes into play, return all blue creatures your opponents control to their owners' hands. Your opponents can't play blue creature spells.
will keep 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.
off the board, while Plagiarize
Plagiarize
PlagiarizeSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Until end of turn, if target player would draw a card, instead that player skips that draw and you draw a card.
will gain them card advantage off your own spells. The maindeck problem is Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador LaquatusSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
23
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
3: Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
, which is the so-called ´´Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
on a stick´´. Expect the Merfolk deck to complement Laquatus with various merfolk, especially 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.
and 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 8 to 12 counterspells. The black spells to be aware of is 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.
, Chainer's Edict
Chainer's Edict
Chainer's EdictSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. Flashback 5BB
, and Crypt Angel
Crypt Angel
Crypt AngelSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
97
Artist:
Todd Lockwood
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying, protection from whiteWhen Crypt Angel comes into play, return target blue or red creature card from your graveyard to your hand.
. Game 1 should favor the Merfolk, even if the Ambassador never comes in play. During sideboarding, go to Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.
s, Basking Rootwalla
Basking Rootwalla
Basking RootwallaSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
121
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1G: Basking Rootwalla gets +2/+2 until end of turn. Play this ability only once each turn. Madness 0
, and side out 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.
and four other cards of choice. Merfolk's main threats must be countered if you want a chance in this matchup.

6. U/W Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
. This deck is generally creatureless, but may occasionally slip a sideboard creature or two. This millstone deck runs off Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.
s and Reviving Vapors
Reviving Vapors
Reviving VaporsSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
265
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Reveal the top three cards of your library and put one of them into your hand. You gain life equal to that card's converted mana cost. Put the other cards revealed this way into your graveyard.
, and keep the board clear via countermagic and massive creature removal in the form of Rout
Rout
RoutSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
34
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
You may play Rout any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.
and Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
. The millstone deck has some enchantment/artifact removal to some extent, usually in the form of flashback. Its a possiblity that the deck will use Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador Laquatus
Ambassador LaquatusSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
23
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
3: Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
and/or Morningtide
Morningtide
MorningtideSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
10
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Remove all cards in all graveyards from the game.
to disable decks that do use graveyard manipulation. The first game depends on whether or not creature removal and/or millstone gets on the table. During sideboaring, use Illusion/Reality for the artifact removal, and Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.
for the blue spells. The winning percentage against U/W Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
should improve slightly for games 2 and 3, but this entire matchup largely depends on topdecking.

7: Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
is a deck that I haven't spent much time playtesting, but it includes several spells that have to be dealt with, including Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
itself. An sample Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
deck is found at http://www.neutralground.net/Forums/ForumItem.asp?NewsID=1882&BackupLink=Main.asp . It is a U/B (maybe U/B/w) matchup that uses most of the similar elements of Miracle Grow. The only difference is Mahamoti Djinn
Mahamoti Djinn
Mahamoti DjinnSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Djinn
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Power:
5
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying
and Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, and the number of lands. Some decks may run Finkels but this may be a metagame or sideboard decision. In sideboarding, bring in Gainsay
Gainsay
GainsaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
26
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Counter target blue spell.
s and take out Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U
as Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
decks may have access to graveyard removal. If Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
is splashing white, don't be surprised if Teferi's Moat
Teferi's Moat
Teferi's MoatSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
279
Artist:
rk post
Text:
As Teferi's Moat comes into play, choose a color.Creatures of the chosen color without flying can't attack you.
hits the table.

Other matchups: So far, this is the majority of the post-Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
standard matchups that players, especially JSS Players, may encounter. The JSS archetype varies, however, and depends on the skill and experience of the player that is across the table from you.

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one special note: for JSS players wanting to break into the post-Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
Standard early, there is a JSS Qualifier on March 2 in St. Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
les, MO. The details are posted at http://www.angelfire.com/mo3/stlouismagic/. Players looking for practice for regionals can take a look into that site for places to play some post-Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
standard.


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