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CardShark Content - Marcus Anderson (8/30/2001)

When you think of running an 8-land green deck, think of some creatures that would work well. Thought of a couple? My first thought was CRASH OF RHINOS! Yep. Why not try to cast a Crash of Rhinos
Crash of Rhinos
Crash of RhinosSet: Mirage
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rhinos
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
8
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample
(which costs 6GG) with a deck that only has eight lands? Impossible? Well, I dare you to put this deck together. You will be amazed at the acceleration.

When Chris Morling and I got together to build common decks, we got a crazy idea to play with big trampling fatties. We called it “the common deck Wakefield would love”. For those who don’t know Jamie Wakefield, the King of the Fatties, he was a fantastic writer that captivated the masses with his “good guy wins the day” articles. Personally, I wish he would get back into magic. Perhaps he could re-surface at next year’s Masters of Peasant Magic tournament? If he did, here is the peasant deck that he would run.

Anderson’s BFG (Big Fat Green)

Land:
8:Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
(yeah, baby!)

Mana Accelerators:
4:Lay of the Land
Lay of the Land
Lay of the LandSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4:Wild Growth
Wild Growth
Wild GrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whenever the usual mana is drawn from target land, Wild Growth provides an extra G.

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: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.


Creature Based Mana Accelerators:
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:Wall of Roots
Wall of Roots
Wall of RootsSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source. Use this ability only once each turn.


Utility Cards:
4:Sylvan Library
Sylvan Library
Sylvan LibrarySet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
You may draw two extra cards during your draw phase. If you do so, put two of the cards drawn this turn back on top of your library (in any order) or pay 4 life per card not replaced. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.

1:Regrowth
Regrowth
RegrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
Bring any card from your graveyard to your hand.


The Fatties:
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:Silverglade Elemental
Silverglade Elemental
Silverglade ElementalSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
269
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Silverglade Elemental comes into play, you may search your library for a forest card and put that card into play. If you do, shuffle your library.

4:Yavimaya Wurm
Yavimaya Wurm
Yavimaya WurmSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Melissa A. Benson
Power:
6
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample

4:Rootbreaker Wurm
Rootbreaker Wurm
Rootbreaker WurmSet: Tempest
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Kane Ferguson
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample

4:Crash of Rhinos
Crash of Rhinos
Crash of RhinosSet: Mirage
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rhinos
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
8
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample


Now, let us suppose that the 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.
cards are free to cast (because you will never draw more than one land usually). The mana curve of this deck is amazing. The fatties in the deck are 4cc, 5cc, 6cc, 7cc, and 8cc! Here is the breakdown of the casting costs:

Land: 8
0cc: 4
1cc: 16
2cc: 9
3cc: 4
4cc: 4
5cc: 4
6cc: 4
7cc: 4
8cc: 4

Ok, it still looks bad. But TRY IT. The synergy in the deck is amazing. Your first few turns are spent getting the elves, Wall of Roots
Wall of Roots
Wall of RootsSet: Mirage
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Artist:
John Matson
Power:
0
Toughness:
5
Text:
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source. Use this ability only once each turn.
, and quick mana into play. Starting on turn three, you want to be ramping up the mana ladder to play fatty. As you play on, you drop the mana, search through your deck, and finally find the key ingredients for the Crash of Rhinos
Crash of Rhinos
Crash of RhinosSet: Mirage
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rhinos
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
8
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample
.

When the deck was in its infancy, it was ALL commons. Instead of the one Regrowth
Regrowth
RegrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
Bring any card from your graveyard to your hand.
and the four Sylvan Libraries, the deck contained four Skyshroud Claim
Skyshroud Claim
Skyshroud ClaimSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Search your library for up to two forest cards and put them into play. Then shuffle your library.
s. In the all-common build, the deck had amazing acceleration, but it stalled out badly. Under the Peasant format, the Sylvan Library
Sylvan Library
Sylvan LibrarySet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
You may draw two extra cards during your draw phase. If you do so, put two of the cards drawn this turn back on top of your library (in any order) or pay 4 life per card not replaced. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.
is a key card. It’s fast, reusable, and it helps cycle to the cards you need. There are sixteen cards that make you shuffle your library (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.
, Lay of the Land
Lay of the Land
Lay of the LandSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
81
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
, 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 Silverglade Elemental
Silverglade Elemental
Silverglade ElementalSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
C
Number:
269
Artist:
Chippy
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Silverglade Elemental comes into play, you may search your library for a forest card and put that card into play. If you do, shuffle your library.
). When your Sylvan Library
Sylvan Library
Sylvan LibrarySet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
You may draw two extra cards during your draw phase. If you do so, put two of the cards drawn this turn back on top of your library (in any order) or pay 4 life per card not replaced. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.
draws become stagnant, you go for a land-searcher and reshuffle. Therefore, during your next draw, you get three new cards to look at. The one Regrowth
Regrowth
RegrowthSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dameon Willich
Text:
Bring any card from your graveyard to your hand.
can let you get back your old searchers or dead 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.

With so many searchers, why all the work for eight land? After you get all of the lands into play, the searchers can be used EVEN IF YOU HAVE NO LAND LEFT to find. You can always look for land that doesn’t exist to get the free shuffle. Presto - amazing synergy and minimal stalling power.

Well, how does this deck stand up to the others? All of the big creatures have trample and come out quickly by the fourth turn consistently. This may not be fast enough for the current Peasant metagame, but it is a blast to play. Your opponents will act as if they are seeing a magic show.

“Watch me pull a Crash of Rhinos
Crash of Rhinos
Crash of RhinosSet: Mirage
Cost:
8
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rhinos
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Steve White
Power:
8
Toughness:
4
Text:
Trample
out of my deck – with only 8 lands IN THE DECK.”

For you, you want your opponents to leave your elves alone. They are critical to smooth mana development. Sometimes, the elves can be a target to keep the burn away from your head. There is nothing better than having your opponent kill an elf with targeted removal just to have a fatty appear in the next turn or two. Surprise.

Well, if Jamie Wakefield is anywhere out there – I want to send him a personal note:

Hey, Jamie! How is it going? I would love to have you play magic again. When I sold off all of my cards, I kept my commons to get back to the “fun” of magic. Now that Peasant magic has found a place in the community, there is a new deck calling for you! I think you will find the players of the Peasant format to be fun and creative. The casual nature of the environment lets you play casually and have fun competitively. I even used your Hypnotic Spectre/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.)
(type 1) trick in my Peasant deck. Please come back, Jamie.

Well, that plea may not work, but it was worth a shot. In any case, have fun casting and playing “the biggest common fatties ever”!

If you have any questions, please contact me at marcus@card-shark.com.

P.S. – I am a rabid QUAKE and DOOM player – so the BFG title is a personal favorite of mine.


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