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CardShark Content - Marcus Anderson (8/14/2002)

Still working on convention time (bed at 4am), I am still trying to get back to a normal sleep schedule… So I wearily type this article with the results of Master of Peasant Magic 2. This format celebrates deck skill with limited resources. Each deck had, at most, five uncommon and NO rare cards. As long as a card was printed on a common sheet, it could be considered common. For example: 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.
was uncommon in revised, but common in many other sets. The same goes for uncommon cards too (Ball Lightning
Ball Lightning
Ball LightningSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ball Lightning
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Power:
6
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample Ball Lightning can attack the turn it comes into play. At the end of any turn, bury Ball Lightning.
was uncommon in Dark but rare in fifth edition).

In this article, I will give you the top 8 decks and some commentary on how the day went.

Decklists and Analysis

The new Master of Peasant Magic is none other than Erik Weissman with his 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.
deck. Erik was a finalist in the top four last year, and he had set his sights on the top prize for this year. His deck dominated since it did not lose a single match. Erik patiently took his time searching with 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.
and Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.
to consistently win on the third or fourth turn. 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.
needed some protection against the major threats: 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.
and 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.
. Disrupt
Disrupt
DisruptSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Counter target instant, interrupt, or sorcery spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.Draw a card.
(Weatherlight common) was the key, and it served well.

First Place
Erik Weissman
Deck Title: My Ass is Bluer Than Yours
Deck Type: 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.


4:Disrupt
Disrupt
DisruptSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Counter target instant, interrupt, or sorcery spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.Draw a card.

4:Cloud of Fairies
4:Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4:Snap
Snap
SnapSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand. Untap up to two lands.

4: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.

4:Brainstorm
Brainstorm
BrainstormSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Draw three cards. Then, put any two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

4: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.

4:Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
(Uncommon)
4:Frantic Search
Frantic Search
Frantic SearchSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
32
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Draw two cards, then choose and discard two cards. Untap up to three lands.

1:Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
(Uncommon)
1:Feldon’s Cane
2: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.

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

Sideboard

4:Miscalculation
Miscalculation
MiscalculationSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 2.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

4:Force Spike
Force Spike
Force SpikeSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.

4:Repulse
Repulse
RepulseSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Aaron Boyd
Text:
Return target creature to its owner's hand.Draw a card.

3:Capsize
Capsize
CapsizeSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Buyback 3 (You may pay an additional 3 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Return target permanent to owner's hand.


He played the deck near perfectly! Many times, he went into the combo looking for all of the pieces when he was going to die the next turn. The deck never let him down all day.

Erik was sponsored by Cardshark, so he passed the top prize to the player in second place. All in all, Carshark had four players in the top 16, so we passed the winnings 20 deep. We were playing for the title – not the prizes.

Second Place
Evan Damiano
Deck Title: Stinging Bladder
Deck Type: Red Burn

2:Flairing Pain
4:Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.

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

4:Flame Rift
Flame Rift
Flame RiftSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
80
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Flame Rift deals 4 damage to each player.

4:Incinerate
Incinerate
IncinerateSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Incinerate deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Creatures damaged by Incinerate cannot regenerate this turn.

4:Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.

4:Fireblast
Fireblast
FireblastSet: Visions
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Danza
Text:
You may sacrifice two mountains instead of paying Fireblast's casting cost. Fireblast deals 4 damage to target creature or player.

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

3:Browbeat
Browbeat
BrowbeatSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Text:
Unless a player has Browbeat deal 5 damage to him or her, target player draws three cards.
(Uncommon)
4:Firebolt
Firebolt
FireboltSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
193
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Firebolt deals 2 damage to target creature or player. Flashback 4R (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

1:Anarchy
Anarchy
AnarchySet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Destroy all white permanents.
(Uncommon)
4:Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

2:Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt
ThunderboltSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dylan Martens
Text:
Thunderbolt deals 3 damage to target player or 4 damage to target creature with flying.

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


Sideboard

3: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.

1:Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.

1:Anarchy
Anarchy
AnarchySet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Destroy all white permanents.
(Uncommon)
2:Flaring Pain
Flaring Pain
Flaring PainSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
Glen Angus

Text:
Damage can't be prevented this turn. Flashback R

2:Chaos Confetti
Chaos Confetti
Chaos ConfettiSet: Unglued
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
4, T: Tear Chaos Confetti into pieces. Throw the pieces onto the playing area from a distance of at least five feet. Destroy each card in play that a piece touches. Remove the pieces from the game afterwards.

2:Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire Dwarf
Bloodfire DwarfSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dwarf
Rarity:
C
Number:
56
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, Sacrifice Bloodfire Dwarf: Bloodfire Dwarf deals 1 damage to each creature without flying.

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.


This deck was ready to take out white in the first game with its maindeck hate. Evan laments that he didn’t put in ANY anti-blue cards that could have destroyed 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.
. In the next article, I will include the finals and how this deck almost smashed 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.
in mid-combo. Evan is no slouch player – he played the burn at the best moments to maximize trouble for Erik.

Third Place (Finalist):
Matt Crofoot
Deck Title: Timmy!
Deck Type: Blue Red Control (with Library abuse)

2:Quicksilver Dagger
Quicksilver Dagger
Quicksilver DaggerSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Alex Horley
Text:
Enchanted creature has "TAP: This creature deals 1 damage to target player. You draw a card."

3:Arcane Teachings
Arcane Teachings
Arcane TeachingsSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Artist:
Mark Brill

Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has "T: This deals one damage to target creature or player."

3:Fire Whip
Fire Whip
Fire WhipSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Play only on a creature you control.Tap enchanted creature: Enchanted creature deals 1 damage to target creature or player.Sacrifice Fire Whip: Fire Whip deals 1 damage to target creature or player.

3:Impulse
Impulse
ImpulseSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Text:
Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4:Wall of Diffussion
4:Wall of Earth
Wall of Earth
Wall of EarthSet: Legends
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
0
Toughness:
6

4:Yotian Soldier
Yotian Soldier
Yotian SoldierSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Attacking does not cause Yotian Soldier to tap.

1:Wall of Heat
Wall of Heat
Wall of HeatSet: Chronicles
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Power:
2
Toughness:
6

4:Prohibit
Prohibit
ProhibitSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If you paid the kicker cost, counter that spell if its converted mana cost is 4 or less instead.

4:Snap
Snap
SnapSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
Return target creature to owner's hand. Untap up to two lands.

4:Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

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

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

4:Maze of Ith
Maze of Ith
Maze of IthSet: The Dark
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Target attacking creature becomes untapped. This creature neither deals nor receives damage as a result of combat.

4:Library of Alexandria
Library of Alexandria
Library of AlexandriaSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or draw a card from your library; you may use the card-drawing ability only if you have exactly seven cards in your hand.
(Uncommon)

Sideboard

4:Hydroblast
Hydroblast
HydroblastSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Counter target spell if it is red, or destroy target permanent if it is red. (If this spell targets a permanent, play it as an instant.)

1:Anarchy
Anarchy
AnarchySet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Destroy all white permanents.
(Uncommon)
2:Pyroblast
Pyroblast
PyroblastSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Counter target spell if it is blue, or destroy target permanent if it is blue. (If this spell targets a permanent, play it as an instant.)

3:Jilt
Jilt
JiltSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
27
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Kicker 1R (You may pay an additional 1R as you play this spell.) Return target creature to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, Jilt deals 2 damage to another target creature.

2:Disrupt
Disrupt
DisruptSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Counter target instant, interrupt, or sorcery spell unless its caster pays an additional 1.Draw a card.

2:Envelop
Envelop
EnvelopSet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Don Hazeltine

Text:
Counter target sorcery spell.

1:Capsize
Capsize
CapsizeSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Buyback 3 (You may pay an additional 3 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Return target permanent to owner's hand.


My good friend Matt actually played a version of this deck at Origins with only one Library of Alexandria
Library of Alexandria
Library of AlexandriaSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or draw a card from your library; you may use the card-drawing ability only if you have exactly seven cards in your hand.
. As you would guess, he didn’t do nearly as well. Four Libraries were BROKEN – and it made people think about their presence. However, the deck lost to 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.
all day. My rant about this deck will be pretty negative, but the deck work works SO well (it should for the amount of money it cost).

Blue/Red’s premise is smart and original. There is no knocking that! When you put any plinking enchantments on the Yotian Soldier
Yotian Soldier
Yotian SoldierSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Attacking does not cause Yotian Soldier to tap.
, it makes colorless damage since the creature gains the ability. These creatures and walls are big enough to need more than one burn card each. Oh yeah, the deck runs counterspells too! Prohibit
Prohibit
ProhibitSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Kicker 2 (You may pay an additional 2 as you play this spell.)Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If you paid the kicker cost, counter that spell if its converted mana cost is 4 or less instead.
is a key choice for the Peasant environment. Arcane Denial
Arcane Denial
Arcane DenialSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Counter target spell. That spell's caster may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
would be a weak choice if the Libraries didn’t make up for the loss in card advantage. More on this deck later…

Fourth Place (Finalist):
Derek Bruneau
Deck Title: No-No, Natuko
Deck Style: Mono Black Control

4:Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.

4:Innocent Blood
Innocent Blood
Innocent BloodSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player sacrifices a creature.

4:Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.

4:Diabolic Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic EdictSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature.

4:Order of The Ebon Hand
3:Demonic Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Demonic TutorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Search your library for one card and take it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
(Uncommon)
4:Drain Life
Drain Life
Drain LifeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Drain Life does 1 damage to a single target for each B spent in addition to the casting cost. Caster gains 1 life for each damage inflicted. If you drain life from a creature, you cannot gain more life than the creature's current toughness.

2:Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.

3:Spinning Darkness
Spinning Darkness
Spinning DarknessSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Coulthart
Text:
You may remove the top three black cards in your graveyard from the game instead of paying Spinning Darkness's casting cost. Spinning Darkness deals 3 damage to target nonblack creature. Gain 3 life.

2:Corrupt
Corrupt
CorruptSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Vincent Evans
Text:
Corrupt deals 1 damage to target creature or player for each swamp you control. When Corrupt successfully deals damage to a creature or player, gain life equal to that damage.

1:Skeletal Scrying
Skeletal Scrying
Skeletal ScryingSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
161
Artist:
Bob Petillo
Text:
As an additional cost to play Skeletal Scrying, remove X cards in your graveyard from the game. You draw X cards and you lose X life.
(Uncommon)
1:Brush With Death
1:Cabal Coffers
Cabal Coffers
Cabal CoffersSet: Torment
Color:
Land
Type:
land
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Text:
2, T: Add B to your mana pool for each swamp you control.
(Uncommon)
1:Mishra
Mishra
MishraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
3
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
+0
Toughness:
-3
Text:
Double all damage dealt by creatures you control.
’s Factory
22:Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
s

Sideboard

4:Skittering Skirge
Skittering Skirge
Skittering SkirgeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When you successfully cast a creature spell, sacrifice Skittering Skirge.

3:Fog
Fog
FogSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage or otherwise affect any creature as a result of an attack or block. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is dealt.
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3:Vicious Hunger
Vicious Hunger
Vicious HungerSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
74
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Text:
Vicious Hunger deals 2 damage to target creature. You gain 2 life.

2:Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.

1:Coffin Purge
Coffin Purge
Coffin PurgeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
124
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Flashback B (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

1:Brush With Death
1:Spinning Darkness
Spinning Darkness
Spinning DarknessSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Coulthart
Text:
You may remove the top three black cards in your graveyard from the game instead of paying Spinning Darkness's casting cost. Spinning Darkness deals 3 damage to target nonblack creature. Gain 3 life.


Now THIS is MY kind of deck. It has disruption, aggression, and solutions for all kinds of problems. I wanted to see this deck meet 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.
, but it was in the other bracket. The hand and land destruction would have the best chance for killing blue.

Fifth through Eighth places (semi-finalists):

Danny Morano
Deck Title: Look Ma, No Putrid Imp
Putrid Imp
Putrid ImpSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
77
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Putrid Imp gains flying until end of turn. Threshold - Putrid Imp gets +1/+1 and can't block.
!
Deck Type: Green Beats

4:Symbiosis
Symbiosis
SymbiosisSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Two target creatures each get +2/+2 until end of turn.

4:Simmion Grunts
4:Land Grant
Land Grant
Land GrantSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
255
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
If you have no land cards in hand, you may reveal your hand instead of paying Land Grant's mana cost.Search your library for a forest card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4:Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4:Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn Elves
Fyndhorn ElvesSet: Ice Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Justin Hampton
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as an interrupt.

4:Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
(Uncommon)
4:Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.

4:Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War Beast
Phyrexian War BeastSet: Alliances
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bill Sienkiewicz
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
If Phyrexian War Beast leaves play, sacrifice a land, and Phyrexian War Beast deals 1 damage to you.

4:Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.

4:Uktabi Efreet
Uktabi Efreet
Uktabi EfreetSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Efreet
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Cumulative upkeep G

4:Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

2:Maze of Ith
Maze of Ith
Maze of IthSet: The Dark
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Target attacking creature becomes untapped. This creature neither deals nor receives damage as a result of combat.

1:Stampeeding Wildebeests (Uncommon)
14:Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.


Sideboard

2:Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.

1:Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.

2:Maze of Ith
Maze of Ith
Maze of IthSet: The Dark
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
T: Target attacking creature becomes untapped. This creature neither deals nor receives damage as a result of combat.

3:Tranquil Path
Tranquil Path
Tranquil PathSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
89
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Destroy all enchantments. Draw a card.

2:Seal of Strength
Seal of Strength
Seal of StrengthSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Strength: Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.

2:Rejuvenate
Rejuvenate
RejuvenateSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
271
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Gain 6 life.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

3:Moment’s Peace

Ah… It is nice to see green back in the top 8! Do green decks really need Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
s? You bet they do. This artifact was amazing in getting out third turn Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
s, Uktabi Efreet
Uktabi Efreet
Uktabi EfreetSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Efreet
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Cumulative upkeep G
s, and the Stampeding Wildebeests
Stampeding Wildebeests
Stampeding WildebeestsSet: Visions
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wildebeests
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
5
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample During your upkeep, return a green creature you control to owner's hand.
! Many of the sideboard cards used the Sol Ring
Sol Ring
Sol RingSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 2 colorless mana to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
to its most abusive potential. I loved watching it work, but it couldn’t beat fast enough against 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.
.

Jerry Allison
Deck Type: Mono Black Control

4:Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.

4:Daluthi Slay
Slay
SlaySet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Artist:
Ben Thompson
Text:
Destroy target green creature. It can't be regenerated. Draw a card.
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4:Diabolic Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic EdictSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature.

4:Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic SpecterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying An opponent damaged by Specter must discard a card at random from his or her hand. Ignore this effect if opponent has no cards left in hand.
(Uncommon)
3:Skittering Horror
Skittering Horror
Skittering HorrorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
When you play a creature spell, sacrifice Skittering Horror.

4:Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.

4:Erg Raiders
Erg Raiders
Erg RaidersSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Raiders
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
If you do not attack with Raiders, they do 2 damage to you at end of turn. Raiders do no damage to you during the turn in which they are summoned.

4:Skittering Skirge
Skittering Skirge
Skittering SkirgeSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Imp
Rarity:
C
Number:
158
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying When you successfully cast a creature spell, sacrifice Skittering Skirge.

1:The Rack
The Rack
The RackSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
If opponent has fewer than three cards in hand during his or her upkeep, the Rack does 1 damage to opponent for each card fewer than three.
(Uncommon)
2:Viscious Hunger
1:Spinning Darkness
Spinning Darkness
Spinning DarknessSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Coulthart
Text:
You may remove the top three black cards in your graveyard from the game instead of paying Spinning Darkness's casting cost. Spinning Darkness deals 3 damage to target nonblack creature. Gain 3 life.

4:Carnophage
Carnophage
CarnophageSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
53
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
During your upkeep, pay 1 life or tap Carnophage.

2:Pestilence
Pestilence
PestilenceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
B: Do 1 damage to each creature and to both players.If there are no creatures in play at the end of any turn, Pestilence must be discarded.

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

Sideboard

4:Funeral Charm
Funeral Charm
Funeral CharmSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Greg Spalenka
Text:
Choose one Target player chooses and discards a card; or target creature gets +2/-1 until end of turn; or target creature gains swampwalk until end of turn. (If defending player controls any swamps, that creature is unblockable.)

3:Unearth
Unearth
UnearthSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
72
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Choose target creature card in your graveyard with total casting cost 3 or less and put that creature into play.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

2:Viscoius Hunger
3:Spinning Darkness
Spinning Darkness
Spinning DarknessSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Coulthart
Text:
You may remove the top three black cards in your graveyard from the game instead of paying Spinning Darkness's casting cost. Spinning Darkness deals 3 damage to target nonblack creature. Gain 3 life.

1:Skittering Horror
Skittering Horror
Skittering HorrorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Horror
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
4
Toughness:
3
Text:
When you play a creature spell, sacrifice Skittering Horror.

2:Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.


I love this deck too! Mono black control is such a good strategy for this environment. If this deck could have put in four Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
s and four Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.
s for Matt’s Library deck, this deck would have gone into the finals. I like all of the disruption. Perhaps we will see more of this with some land kill in the future.

Skip Pirozzi
Deck Name: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
Thing
Deck Type: Mono Black Land Destruction

4:Befoul
Befoul
BefoulSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
116
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target land or nonblack creature. It can't be regenerated.

4:Rancid Earth
Rancid Earth
Rancid EarthSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
78
Text:
Destroy target land. Threshold - Instead destroy that land and Rancid Earth deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

4:Diabolic Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic EdictSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature.

4:Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.

4:Choking Sands
Choking Sands
Choking SandsSet: Mirage
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Roger Raupp
Text:
Destroy target nonswamp land. If that land is a nonbasic land, Choking Sands deals 2 damage to the land's controller.

3:Demonic Tutor
Demonic Tutor
Demonic TutorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Search your library for one card and take it into your hand. Reshuffle your library afterwards.
(Uncommon)
3:Yotian Soldier
Yotian Soldier
Yotian SoldierSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
Attacking does not cause Yotian Soldier to tap.

3:Crypt Rats
Crypt Rats
Crypt RatsSet: Visions
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rats
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Paul Lee
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
X: Crypt Rats deals X damage to each creature and player. Spend only black mana in this way.

2:Order of the Ebon Hand
Order of the Ebon Hand
Order of the Ebon HandSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Clerics
Rarity:
C
Number:
25
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from whiteBB: +1/+0 until end of turnB: First strike until end of turn

3:Dark Ritual
Dark Ritual
Dark RitualSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Add BBB to your mana pool.

2:Innocent Blood
Innocent Blood
Innocent BloodSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player sacrifices a creature.

1:Icequake
Icequake
IcequakeSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Text:
Destroy target land. If that land is a snow-covered land, Icequake deals 1 damage to the land's controller.
(Uncommon)
2:Dauthi Marauder
Dauthi Marauder
Dauthi MarauderSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

1:Rain of Tears
Rain of Tears
Rain of TearsSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Destroy target land.
(Uncommon)
1:Sengir Vampire
Sengir Vampire
Sengir VampireSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
FlyingVampire gets a +1/+1 counter each time a creature dies during a turn in which Vampire damaged it.
(Uncommon)

Sideboard:
2:Order of the Ebon hand
2:Erg Raiders
Erg Raiders
Erg RaidersSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Raiders
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
If you do not attack with Raiders, they do 2 damage to you at end of turn. Raiders do no damage to you during the turn in which they are summoned.

1:Coercion
Coercion
CoercionSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a card from it. That player discards that card.

1:Skulking Ghost
Skulking Ghost
Skulking GhostSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ghost
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
If Skulking Ghost is the target of a spell or effect, bury Skulking Ghost.

2:Innocent Blood
Innocent Blood
Innocent BloodSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
145
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Each player sacrifices a creature.

1:Dauthi Marauder
Dauthi Marauder
Dauthi MarauderSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

2:Dauthi Horror
Dauthi Horror
Dauthi HorrorSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeff Laubenstein
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.) Dauthi Horror cannot be blocked by white creatures.

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


How embarrassing! We missed this deck when we were checking uncommons. This deck was running too many! If we found this one earlier, we would have made the corrections. Whoops. I don’t think Skip did this intentionally.

On a side note, I was playing Land Destruction that day too. I didn’t do as well, but I wish Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
would have been in this deck. Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
was common in one run of Antiquities, so four of them would have made this deck stronger.

Andrew Fish
Deck Name: I love the smell of Napalm
Deck Type: Red Burn

4:Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)

4:Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt
ThunderboltSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Dylan Martens
Text:
Thunderbolt deals 3 damage to target player or 4 damage to target creature with flying.

4: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.

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:Lava Burst
Lava Burst
Lava BurstSet: Ice Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Lava Burst deals X damage to target creature or player. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to protect that creature.

4:Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

2:Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.

2:Disintegrate
Disintegrate
DisintegrateSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Text:
Disintegrate does X damage to one target. If target dies this turn, target is removed from the game entirely.

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.

2:Fireblast
Fireblast
FireblastSet: Visions
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Michael Danza
Text:
You may sacrifice two mountains instead of paying Fireblast's casting cost. Fireblast deals 4 damage to target creature or player.

4:Lunge
Lunge
LungeSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
203
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Lunge deals 2 damage to target creature and 2 damage to target player.

3:Browbeat
Browbeat
BrowbeatSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin

Text:
Unless a player has Browbeat deal 5 damage to him or her, target player draws three cards.
(Uncommon)
24:Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


Sideboard
3: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.

4:Lava Axe
Lava Axe
Lava AxeSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
84
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Lava Axe deals 5 damage to target player.

2:Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.

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


Burn, burn, burn. Man. Why did I have to play this guy? :) Andrew was a great player and he played a very good game with his deck. It was smart to play a near creatureless version in this tournament because black needs to get Spinning Darkness
Spinning Darkness
Spinning DarknessSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Coulthart
Text:
You may remove the top three black cards in your graveyard from the game instead of paying Spinning Darkness's casting cost. Spinning Darkness deals 3 damage to target nonblack creature. Gain 3 life.
or Vicious Hunger
Vicious Hunger
Vicious HungerSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
74
Artist:
Massimilano Frezzato
Text:
Vicious Hunger deals 2 damage to target creature. You gain 2 life.
to resolve to gain life against normal goblin decks. This deck performed like a burn-go deck. During your end step… BURN! You want to kill my land? Take 3 (or 4 if they have the 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.
). Ouch.

So there you have it! The top eight decks look like this:

1 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.
Combo
1 Green Beats
1 Blue/Red Library Abuse
1 Black Land Destruction
2 Mono Black Control
2 Red Burn

Now let’s look at the field of decks that day:

7 Mono Black Control
4 Red Burn
3 White Weenie
3 Green Beats
3 Red/Green Beats
3 Mono Blue Beats
2 Goblin Sligh
2 Black Land Destruction
1 White/Green Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo Cloak
Armadillo CloakSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
229
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample.Whenever enchanted creature deals damage, you gain that much life.
Beats
1 Red/White Beats
1 Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
/Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
Combo
1 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.
Combo
1 Life Combo
1 Red/Blue Control
1 White Weenie with Blue Beats (WW/u)
1 Sliver (Four color green)

How about Color Breakdown?

Mono Black: 9 (26% of field)
Mono Red: 6 (17%)
Mono Blue: 4 (11%)
Red/Green: 4 (11%)
Mono White: 3 (9%)
Mono Green: 3 (9%)
White/Green: 1
Red/White: 1
Red/Blue: 1
Black/White: 1
White/Blue: 1
Four Color Green: 1 (love that Harrow
Harrow
HarrowSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Eric David Anderson
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Search your library for up to two basic land cards and put them into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.
and Fertile Ground
Fertile Ground
Fertile GroundSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
252
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Whenever enchanted land is tapped for mana, it produces an additional one mana of any color.
…)

Enough stats for you? Well, it is about time to draw this to an end… As we have seen so many times before, here is the obligitory cheers and jeers that go along with many of these articles nowadays.

PROPS:

Robert Baranowski for creating the format and being there to help with prize support and settup

Alan McCandless, Matthew Smith, and Matthew Crofoot for helping Cardshark run the tournament

Mike Guptil for finding us space in an ever shrinking tournament area.

Joseph Anderson, Evan Damiano, and Gregory Fish for playing Unglued cards in their deck! Joseph used the Knight of the Hokey Pokey
Knight of the Hokey Pokey
Knight of the Hokey PokeySet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Knight
Rarity:
C
Number:
6
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
First strike1W, Do the Hokey Pokey (Stand up, wiggle your butt, raise your hands above your head, and shake them wildly as you rotate 360 degrees) : Prevent all damage to Knight of the Hokey Pokey from any one source.
to stop Blastoderm
Blastoderm
BlastodermSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
102
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Fading 3 (This creature comes into play with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.) Blastoderm can't be the target of spells or abilities.
s while clucking to give his Mesa Chicken
Mesa Chicken
Mesa ChickenSet: Unglued
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Chicken
Rarity:
C
Number:
9
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Stand up, Flap your arms, Cluck like a chicken: Mesa Chicken gains flying until end of turn.
flight. Awesome! (I hope I didn’t miss anyone here.)

Jason Chapman and Johnny Lai for writing great articles and helping to save this tournament when GenCon wanted to shut it down

Nick Branstator for running another cool combo deck (LIFE!) Look for an article in the near future to talk about combo decks in Peasant Magic.

Brainburst (Chedy) and StarCity (Ferret) for linking these articles and getting over 1000+ readers for each post near GenCon and Origins

Everyone who had a good time and drew in a crowd of interested people

Erik Weissman for winning and feeling bad about it. He knew it was a “jerk deck” and kept apologizing about it. However, the deck lists have been posted around here for a while – it was time for blue to take the format! Great job buddy!

SLOPS:

Me for playing a Land Destruction deck that got frustrating for my opponents! They were really cool about it, but I was trying to win (as usual).

Skip Pirozzi for making a mistake and having too many uncommons in his top 8 deck. Oops.

GenCon for not giving anyone enough room to play all weekend. We were packed in like sardines! What gives?

GenCon again for not sending out event books before the actual event.

GenCon AGAIN for listing this as A BOARD GAME! (now I am going to start yelling) THAT’S RIGHT, WE WEREN’T EVEN IN THE RIGHT SECTION. YEAH, I WAS PISSED! First they tell us we can’t run it, next they don’t tell anyone about it, and finally they print it in the wrong section. Man. What crap…

People who “dog” our format. I read some article that dissed Type 1 and Vintage. Come on, are you sad that someone is having fun? I played with Type 1 and Peasant players all weekend. They were the coolest group of people!

Matthew Crofoot for playing four Library of Alexandria
Library of Alexandria
Library of AlexandriaSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Tap to add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool or draw a card from your library; you may use the card-drawing ability only if you have exactly seven cards in your hand.
s in one deck. Yeah, Matt is my best friend and we go way back, but I didn’t like seeing a $300+ deck in the top 8. Cheers for making an original deck with great synnergy – Jeers for using the Library. Hey Matt, we are still friends, but I like cheaper decks in my peasant world…

*** Final rant on the format, Libraries, and 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.
***

Robert (the creator) and I talked about Library of Alexandia. We mentioned all types of restrictions, but we didn’t want to limit the field too much. It was also hard to ban a card that didn’t take its owner to the #1 slot either. We decided to not make any restrictions at this time for the Library for these reasons:

1 – Not too many players will get four libraries for the tournament
2 – Strip Mine
Strip Mine
Strip MineSet: Fourth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
T: Add 1 colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Sacrifice Strip Mine to destroy target land.
s are common, and they are the best weapon.
3 – With black running rampant, Duress
Duress
DuressSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
132
Artist:
Lawrence Snelly
Text:
Look at target opponent's hand and choose a noncreature, nonland card there. That player discards that card.
and Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to Tourach
Hymn to TourachSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
12
Artist:
Susan Van Camp
Text:
Target player discards two cards at random from his or her hand. If target player does not have enough cards, his or her entire hand is discarded.
should be enough

When I talked to Chris Morling by phone, he recommended that we think about making a U1 unto a RARE and a C1 into an UNCOMMON. This would hurt 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.
(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.
would be uncommon) and any Uncommon cards from Arabian Nights, Antiquities, and The Dark that abuse the rarity rules. Jason Chapman was saying this for a long time. Maybe we should have listened.

*** end rant ***

Whoa, I think that sums up GenCon’s peasant report pretty well. The only thing I have left out is the final match tournament coverage. I will be writing about THAT in my next article talking about combo decks in this format.

Better give me some time though, my fingers are a bit sore for typing! Thanks for the great weekend, ya’ll!


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