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CardShark Content - Matthew Smith (6/30/2003)

Defeating the Metagame: The Road to Vintage Championships 2

Today’s deck is becoming a favorite among Type I players as being THE deck to play come July. A new take on an old design, Trix is quickly becoming a deck you have to prepare for if you’re planning on doing well at GenCon this year.

The new Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
based Trix deck is now sleek and stream-lined, punishing control decks with disruption, and beating aggro decks to the punch with speed. At first glance it might even seem unbeatable. We’ll talk more later about some of the decks weaknesses, as well as its strengths.

To begin with, most of the inherent problems that stem with a deck such as this begin with the mana base. Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
is very costly at four mana, and color screw can put a damper on your plans-along with a well timed Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
or two. This slows the acceleration of the deck and can usually cost you at least one game loss out of every three you play. For this reason, it’s almost a given that the deck can just dismantle itself despite your best attempts to wield it.

In my limited testing there have been situations where I had a Rector on the board with plenty of mana to cast the Illusions and Donate
Donate
DonateSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Target player gains control of target permanent you control.
, but couldn’t find the Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.
while Rector smiled innocently in my direction. But I’m getting ahead of myself for those of us who haven’t seen the deck.

Here’s a list I’ve been using lately: (Incidentally the first I had heard of Rector-Trix was from the German website and Max Joseph (westerdale) of Team MeanDeck, the deck played very well for Tom van de Logt, shown here at: http://www.morphling.de/coverages/top8decks.php?id=35 in the Eindhoven tournament.)

RectorTrix (Courtesy of WesterDale of Team MeanDeck)

.: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.
ion:.

4 Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.

4 Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.

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.


.:Search/Broken:.

1 Time Walk
Time Walk
Time WalkSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Take an extra turn after this one.

1 Ancestral Recall
Ancestral Recall
Ancestral RecallSet: Alpha
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Draw 3 cards or force opponent to draw 3 cards.

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.

1 Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

1 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.

1 Yawgmoth's Will
Yawgmoth's Will
Yawgmoth's WillSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Until end of turn, you may play cards in your graveyard as though they were in your hand. Cards put into your graveyard this turn are removed from the game instead.

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.


.:Combo Pieces:.

3 Illusions of Grandeur
Illusions of Grandeur
Illusions of GrandeurSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: 2When Illusions of Grandeur comes into play, gain 20 life. When Illusions of Grandeur leaves play, lose 20 life. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.

2 Donate
Donate
DonateSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Target player gains control of target permanent you control.

1 Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.

1 Yawgmoth's Bargain
Yawgmoth's Bargain
Yawgmoth's BargainSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
75
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Skip your draw step.Pay 1 life: Draw a card.

1 Necropotence
Necropotence
NecropotenceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Skip your draw phase.Whenever you discard a card, remove that card from the game.Pay 1 life: Set aside the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your discard phase.

4 Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.


.:Mana:.

2 Flooded Strand
Flooded Strand
Flooded StrandSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
316
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a plains or island card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

3 Polluted Delta
Polluted Delta
Polluted DeltaSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
321
Artist:
Land
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an island or swamp card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library. Rob Alexander

3 Scrubland
Scrubland
ScrublandSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either W or B to your mana pool.Counts as both plains and swamp and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

4 Underground Sea
Underground Sea
Underground SeaSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either B or U to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and islands and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

2 Gemstone Mine
Gemstone Mine
Gemstone MineSet: Weatherlight
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brom
Text:
When Gemstone Mine comes into play, put three mining counters on it.tap, Remove a mining counter from Gemstone Mine: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. If there are no mining counters on Gemstone Mine, bury it.

1 Tolarian Academy
Tolarian Academy
Tolarian AcademySet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
330
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool for each artifact you control.

1 Black Lotus
Black Lotus
Black LotusSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Adds 3 mana of any single color of your choice to your mana pool, then is discarded. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

1 Mox Sapphire
Mox Sapphire
Mox SapphireSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 blue mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

1 Mox Pearl
Mox Pearl
Mox PearlSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 white mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

1 Mox Jet
Mox Jet
Mox JetSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 black mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

1 Mox Emerald
Mox Emerald
Mox EmeraldSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 green mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

1 Mana Crypt
1 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.

1 Mana Vault
Mana Vault
Mana VaultSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 3 colorless mana to your mana pool. Mana Vault doesn't untap normally during untap phase; to untap it, you must pay 4 mana during your upkeep. If Mana Vault remains tapped during upkeep it does 1 damage to you. Drawing mana from this artifact is played as an interrupt.

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.



SB: 1 Aura Fracture
Aura Fracture
Aura FractureSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Destroy target enchantment.

SB: 2 Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

SB: 2 Abeyance
Abeyance
AbeyanceSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Thomas Gianni
Text:
Until end of turn, target player cannot play instants, interrupts, sorceries, or abilities requiring an activation cost.Draw a card.

SB: 2 Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's RecallSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
All artifacts in play owned by target player are returned to target player's hand. Any enchantments on those artifacts are discarded.

SB: 1 Mind Twist
Mind Twist
Mind TwistSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Opponent must discard X cards at random from hand. If opponent doesn't have enough cards in hand, entire hand is discarded.

SB: 1 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

SB: 1 Balance
Balance
BalanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whichever player has more lands in play must discard enough lands of his or her choice to equalize the number of lands both players have in play. Next, equalize the cards in hand and then creatures in play the same way. Creatures lost in this manner are considered buried.

SB: 1 Timetwister
Timetwister
TimetwisterSet: Alpha
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Set Timetwister aside in a new graveyard pile. Shuffle your hand, library, and graveyard together into a new library and draw a new hand of seven cards, leaving all cards in play where they are; opponent must do the same.

SB: 1 The Abyss
The Abyss
The AbyssSet: Legends
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
All players bury one target non-artifact creature under their control, if they have any, during their upkeep.

SB: 1 Illusions of Grandeur
Illusions of Grandeur
Illusions of GrandeurSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: 2When Illusions of Grandeur comes into play, gain 20 life. When Illusions of Grandeur leaves play, lose 20 life. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.

SB: 2 Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a red spell being cast or destroys a red card in play.


As of June, the deck showed promise, but lacked power in a GAT environment. This is one of July’s better picks I believe. The mana base you see here is probably one of the best I’ve seen so far.

How to play the deck? Well, Rector Trix is a slow combo deck. The focus of the deck is to get an Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
on the board as fast as possible, sack it to the Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.
’s flashback in your Graveyard, grab a Yawgmoth’s Bargain
Bargain
BargainSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Your opponent draws a card. You gain 7 life.
from the Rector, draw a bunch of cards, lay down an Illusions of Grandeur
Illusions of Grandeur
Illusions of GrandeurSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: 2When Illusions of Grandeur comes into play, gain 20 life. When Illusions of Grandeur leaves play, lose 20 life. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.
gain a bunch of life, draw more cards and eventually Donate
Donate
DonateSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Target player gains control of target permanent you control.
and Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.
the Illusions. Sounds simple right?

The deck actually is very accomplished at doing exactly what it’s supposed to when it’s working correctly. If clicking, there are really no bad match ups for the deck, as control can’t stand the barrage of Therapy/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.
ripping up their hands and aggro decks can’t compete with getting by an Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
unscathed, or the life gain of Illusions if need be.

As you can see, the deck has no cards present that don’t add to the focal point of the deck, which means there isn’t a lot of room for other cards. This also means that there is little room for error in a deck like this. Your games may be ridiculously redundant, but if you don’t know the deck completely those games can take a twist and ruin your day. Knowing the deck inside and out can reduce your chances of a loss after your opponent has thrown you for a loop.

Aside from the problems with the mana base, and the general acceleration of the deck, this deck does lose its momentum when one of its key components is dispatched; that is, taking out the Rector from the game before you can sack it, or removing the Therapies in the graveyard. When this happens you’ll find that Rector-Trix has a hard time regaining the steam it had built and often comes out on the bottom of a top-deck war. Don’t misunderstand me, this deck is fun to play and wins more than it loses, but its demise rests on its own unraveling.


Match-up Analysis - Sideboarding (Thanks to Stephen Menendian)

A. AGGRO

SLIGH or R/G

This match can get tricky after sideboard, as a smart Sligh player will know that they wait for you to cast the Illusions and then put your life gain on the stack before they blast it with a Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
, sending you spiraling into the loser’s bracket. For this reason Abeyance
Abeyance
AbeyanceSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Thomas Gianni
Text:
Until end of turn, target player cannot play instants, interrupts, sorceries, or abilities requiring an activation cost.Draw a card.
could be one of the most important cards you side in. Nothing too fancy here, just good old red-hate in and out.

+2 Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a red spell being cast or destroys a red card in play.

+1 Illusions of Grandeur
Illusions of Grandeur
Illusions of GrandeurSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: 2When Illusions of Grandeur comes into play, gain 20 life. When Illusions of Grandeur leaves play, lose 20 life. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.

+2 Abeyance
Abeyance
AbeyanceSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Thomas Gianni
Text:
Until end of turn, target player cannot play instants, interrupts, sorceries, or abilities requiring an activation cost.Draw a card.

+1 Balance
Balance
BalanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whichever player has more lands in play must discard enough lands of his or her choice to equalize the number of lands both players have in play. Next, equalize the cards in hand and then creatures in play the same way. Creatures lost in this manner are considered buried.

-4 Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.

-1 Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

-1 Necropotence
Necropotence
NecropotenceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Skip your draw phase.Whenever you discard a card, remove that card from the game.Pay 1 life: Set aside the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your discard phase.



SUICIDE BLACK

This isn’t as bad as the Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
match up, but most of this depends on whether the Suicide player hasn’t shied away from Sinkhole
Sinkhole
SinkholeSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
Destroys any one land.
and Hymn because of the prominence of Misdirection
Misdirection
MisdirectionSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
87
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
You may remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Misdirection's mana cost.Target spell with a single target targets another target instead.
in the environment. If not…you win. If so, you’re in for a long game-or short, depending on your view. Seals come in over Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.
as they stay on the board and can’t be hit by disruption, The Abyss
The Abyss
The AbyssSet: Legends
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
All players bury one target non-artifact creature under their control, if they have any, during their upkeep.
turns into another sacrifice utility for your Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
.

+2 Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

+1 The Abyss
The Abyss
The AbyssSet: Legends
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
All players bury one target non-artifact creature under their control, if they have any, during their upkeep.

+1 Balance
Balance
BalanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whichever player has more lands in play must discard enough lands of his or her choice to equalize the number of lands both players have in play. Next, equalize the cards in hand and then creatures in play the same way. Creatures lost in this manner are considered buried.

+1 Timetwister
Timetwister
TimetwisterSet: Alpha
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Set Timetwister aside in a new graveyard pile. Shuffle your hand, library, and graveyard together into a new library and draw a new hand of seven cards, leaving all cards in play where they are; opponent must do the same.

-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.

-1 Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.


MASKNAUGHT

This is combo first combo, but you have more disruption. Barrin
Barrin
BarrinSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
1
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
+0
Toughness:
+6
Text:
You may sacrifice a permanent to return any creature to its owner's hand. Play this ability as an instant.
g the first turn Ritual-Mask-Dread
Dread
DreadSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
107
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Fear Whenever a creature deals damage to you, destroy it. When Dread is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
naught, this shouldn’t be a bad game for you.

+2 Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

+1 Balance
Balance
BalanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whichever player has more lands in play must discard enough lands of his or her choice to equalize the number of lands both players have in play. Next, equalize the cards in hand and then creatures in play the same way. Creatures lost in this manner are considered buried.

+1 Timetwister
Timetwister
TimetwisterSet: Alpha
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Set Timetwister aside in a new graveyard pile. Shuffle your hand, library, and graveyard together into a new library and draw a new hand of seven cards, leaving all cards in play where they are; opponent must do the same.

-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.


TNT

Like most aggro decks you’ll have to worry here about them disrupting your already fragile mana base. The Aura Fracture
Aura Fracture
Aura FractureSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Destroy target enchantment.
and Seal helps against some of their fat, and also a Blood Moon
Blood Moon
Blood MoonSet: Chronicles
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
All non-basic lands become mountains.
you’re sure to see after game one-this also explains the lone island in the sideboard as well. Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a red spell being cast or destroys a red card in play.
will help to battle their blasts, Moon, and slow down their Goblin Welder
Goblin Welder
Goblin WelderSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Exchange target artifact a player controls for target artifact card in that player's graveyard.
s.

+2 Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

+1 Aura Fracture
Aura Fracture
Aura FractureSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Destroy target enchantment.

+2 Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a red spell being cast or destroys a red card in play.

+1 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

+1 Illusions of Grandeur
Illusions of Grandeur
Illusions of GrandeurSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: 2When Illusions of Grandeur comes into play, gain 20 life. When Illusions of Grandeur leaves play, lose 20 life. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.

+1 Balance
Balance
BalanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whichever player has more lands in play must discard enough lands of his or her choice to equalize the number of lands both players have in play. Next, equalize the cards in hand and then creatures in play the same way. Creatures lost in this manner are considered buried.

-1 Underground Sea
Underground Sea
Underground SeaSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either B or U to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and islands and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

-1 Necropotence
Necropotence
NecropotenceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Skip your draw phase.Whenever you discard a card, remove that card from the game.Pay 1 life: Set aside the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your discard phase.

-1 Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.

-1 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 Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.



B. CONTROL

NETHER VOID

This is deck is not your friend. If you’re sitting down and you’re opponent has an evil looking T-shirt, he’s most likely playing Void
Void
VoidSet: Invasion
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
287
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Choose a number. Destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
. He’s also most likely going to make the next hour of your life hell. As I said before, this deck rips apart your hand and your mana base. You can hope for a quick Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
off a 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.
, if the Rector hits the table, you can breath a sigh of relief-if two hit…ask him where he got his shirt from.

+2 Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

+1 The Abyss
The Abyss
The AbyssSet: Legends
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
All players bury one target non-artifact creature under their control, if they have any, during their upkeep.

+1 Balance
Balance
BalanceSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Whichever player has more lands in play must discard enough lands of his or her choice to equalize the number of lands both players have in play. Next, equalize the cards in hand and then creatures in play the same way. Creatures lost in this manner are considered buried.

+1 Timetwister
Timetwister
TimetwisterSet: Alpha
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Set Timetwister aside in a new graveyard pile. Shuffle your hand, library, and graveyard together into a new library and draw a new hand of seven cards, leaving all cards in play where they are; opponent must do the same.

-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.

-1 Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.



KEEPER

Keeper has plenty of weapons against your deck: Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
, Swords to Plowshares
Swords to Plowshares
Swords to PlowsharesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff A. Menges
Text:
Target creature is removed from game entirely. Creature's controller gains life points equal to creature's power.
, Ebony Charm
Ebony Charm
Ebony CharmSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Gerry Grace
Text:
Choose oneTarget opponent loses 1 life and you gain 1 life; or remove from the game up to three cards in any player's graveyard; or target creature cannot be blocked this turn except by artifact or black creatures.
, Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental Blast
Red Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a blue spell being cast or destroys a blue card in play.
s, and enchantment removal. Keep-yer head up (get it, Keep-yer, Keeper..oh, bother), don’t play Rector or Illusions until you’ve seen their hand, and you’ll come out on top.

+1 Mind Twist
Mind Twist
Mind TwistSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Opponent must discard X cards at random from hand. If opponent doesn't have enough cards in hand, entire hand is discarded.

-1 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.
/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.


HULK

This could be similar to a Keeper match, with the exception of them having Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.
and possibly Back to Basics
Back to Basics
Back to BasicsSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Nonbasic lands do not untap during their controllers' untap phases.
. The nice thing is that REB loses some of its potency against your 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.
/Therapy.

+2 Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a red spell being cast or destroys a red card in play.

+1 Mind Twist
Mind Twist
Mind TwistSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Opponent must discard X cards at random from hand. If opponent doesn't have enough cards in hand, entire hand is discarded.

+1 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

-1 Underground Sea
Underground Sea
Underground SeaSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either B or U to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and islands and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

-1 Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

-1 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.

-1 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.
/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.


MONO-U and URPHIDIAN

You’re most likely to play U/R Phid if you run into either of these and each of them act on the same premises…counter all your spells. The break you finally get here is that you don’t have to worry about someone messing with your lands via Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
. Count on some sort of nasty global hate coming out of the board rhyming with ack-to-asics or lood-oon.

+1 Aura Fracture
Aura Fracture
Aura FractureSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Destroy target enchantment.

+2 Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental Blast
Blue Elemental BlastSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Counters a red spell being cast or destroys a red card in play.

+1 Mind Twist
Mind Twist
Mind TwistSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Opponent must discard X cards at random from hand. If opponent doesn't have enough cards in hand, entire hand is discarded.

+1 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

-1 Underground Sea
Underground Sea
Underground SeaSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either B or U to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and islands and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

-1 Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.

-1 Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

-1 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.

-1 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.
/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.


C. COMBO

ACADEMY

The worry you have here is that Academy is just faster than your deck. With the new breed of Academy coming, and the lightning fast Tendrils of Agony
Tendrils of Agony
Tendrils of AgonySet: Scourge
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
75
Text:
Target player loses 2 life and you gain 2 life.
Storm
hitting you, you just hope that you can keep at a healthy life to draw cards off Necro, and keeping them below 20 so your Illusions will actually kill them.

+1 Mind Twist
Mind Twist
Mind TwistSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Opponent must discard X cards at random from hand. If opponent doesn't have enough cards in hand, entire hand is discarded.

-1 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.


MIRROR

I don’t want to say the mirror comes down to luck. I firmly believe that there are combo players and there aren’t. I’m not a combo player. Prerequisite to being combo player: You have to like sitting alone, you like shuffling, you don’t mind death threats, you’re okay with taking 30 minute turns and you’re still not convinced Magic is a game between two people.

+1 Mind Twist
Mind Twist
Mind TwistSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Opponent must discard X cards at random from hand. If opponent doesn't have enough cards in hand, entire hand is discarded.

+1 Aura Fracture
Aura Fracture
Aura FractureSet: Prophecy
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
2
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Destroy target enchantment.

-2 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.



So this deck is quite a change over Kai Budde
Kai Budde
Kai BuddeSet: Promotional Other
Rarity:
P
Text:
Magic Pro Tour Player Card, four-time Player of the Year
’s Trix deck at the 2000 magic invitational wouldn’t you say?


Kai Budde
Kai Budde
Kai BuddeSet: Promotional Other
Rarity:
P
Text:
Magic Pro Tour Player Card, four-time Player of the Year
2000 Magic Invitational (Sydney Australia)

2 Underground River
Underground River
Underground RiverSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.

2 Illusions of Grandeur
Illusions of Grandeur
Illusions of GrandeurSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: 2When Illusions of Grandeur comes into play, gain 20 life. When Illusions of Grandeur leaves play, lose 20 life. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life.

2 Gemstone Mine
Gemstone Mine
Gemstone MineSet: Weatherlight
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brom
Text:
When Gemstone Mine comes into play, put three mining counters on it.tap, Remove a mining counter from Gemstone Mine: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. If there are no mining counters on Gemstone Mine, bury it.

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 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.

2 Donate
Donate
DonateSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Target player gains control of target permanent you control.

3 City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

2 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 Badlands
Badlands
BadlandsSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either R or B to your mana pool.Counts as both mountains and swamp and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

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 Underground Sea
Underground Sea
Underground SeaSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T: Add either B or U to your mana pool.Counts as both swamp and islands and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

4 Force of Will
Force of Will
Force of WillSet: Alliances
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
You may pay 1 life and remove a blue card in your hand from the game instead of paying Force of Will's casting cost. Effects that prevent or redirect damage cannot be used to counter this loss of life. Counter target spell.

1 Mox Sapphire
Mox Sapphire
Mox SapphireSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 blue mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

1 Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric Tutor
Vampiric TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Gary Leach
Text:
Search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it. You lose 2 life.

1 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.

1 Mox Diamond
Mox Diamond
Mox DiamondSet: Stronghold
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
132
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
When Mox Diamond comes into play, choose and discard a land card or sacrifice Mox Diamond.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.

1 Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of FortuneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
All players must discard their hands and draw seven new cards.

1 Black Lotus
Black Lotus
Black LotusSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Adds 3 mana of any single color of your choice to your mana pool, then is discarded. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

1 Mox Pearl
Mox Pearl
Mox PearlSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 white mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

1 Mana Crypt
1 Mind Twist
Mind Twist
Mind TwistSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Julie Baroh
Text:
Opponent must discard X cards at random from hand. If opponent doesn't have enough cards in hand, entire hand is discarded.

1 Scrubland
Scrubland
ScrublandSet: Revised Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Text:
T: Add either W or B to your mana pool.Counts as both plains and swamp and is affected by spells that affect either. If a spell destroys one of these land types, this card is destroyed; if a spell alters one of these land types, the other land type is unaffected.

1 Ancestral Recall
Ancestral Recall
Ancestral RecallSet: Alpha
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Draw 3 cards or force opponent to draw 3 cards.

1 Tinker
Tinker
TinkerSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Artist:
Mike Raabe
Text:
At the time you play Tinker, sacrifice an artifact.Search your library for an artifact card and put that artifact into play. Shuffle your library afterward.

1 Mox Jet
Mox Jet
Mox JetSet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 black mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

1 Timetwister
Timetwister
TimetwisterSet: Alpha
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Set Timetwister aside in a new graveyard pile. Shuffle your hand, library, and graveyard together into a new library and draw a new hand of seven cards, leaving all cards in play where they are; opponent must do the same.

1 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.

1 Abeyance
Abeyance
AbeyanceSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Thomas Gianni
Text:
Until end of turn, target player cannot play instants, interrupts, sorceries, or abilities requiring an activation cost.Draw a card.

1 Yawgmoth's Will
Yawgmoth's Will
Yawgmoth's WillSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Until end of turn, you may play cards in your graveyard as though they were in your hand. Cards put into your graveyard this turn are removed from the game instead.

1 Tolarian Academy
Tolarian Academy
Tolarian AcademySet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
330
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool for each artifact you control.

1 Time Walk
Time Walk
Time WalkSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Take an extra turn after this one.

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.

1 Mana Vault
Mana Vault
Mana VaultSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
T: Add 3 colorless mana to your mana pool. Mana Vault doesn't untap normally during untap phase; to untap it, you must pay 4 mana during your upkeep. If Mana Vault remains tapped during upkeep it does 1 damage to you. Drawing mana from this artifact is played as an interrupt.

1 Mox Ruby
Mox Ruby
Mox RubySet: Alpha
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Mono Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Add 1 red mana to your mana pool. Tapping this artifact can be played as an interrupt.

1 Windfall
Windfall
WindfallSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each player discards his or her hand and draws cards equal to the greatest number a player discarded this way.

1 Necropotence
Necropotence
NecropotenceSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Skip your draw phase.Whenever you discard a card, remove that card from the game.Pay 1 life: Set aside the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand at the beginning of your discard phase.

1 Memory Jar
Memory Jar
Memory JarSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
129
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Memory Jar: Each player sets aside his or her hand, face down, and draws seven cards. At end of turn, each player discards his or her hand and returns to his or her hand each card he or she set aside this way.

1 Yawgmoth's Bargain
Yawgmoth's Bargain
Yawgmoth's BargainSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
75
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Skip your draw step.Pay 1 life: Draw a card.


While Budde’s version is more akin to The Academy deck I showed you last week, you can tell how much sleeker the new adaptation with Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
now looks, thanks to the card Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.
-the missing link in the puzzle.

This is the second deck in the Road to Vintage Championship series. Hopefully when I’ve finished this, (before the actual tournament with some luck) you’ll be able to look through the archives and be better prepared to face the metagame, or perhaps choose the deck you’d like to play.

As always, send me a line if you have any ideas on the deck or other decks you believe need to be covered, as I’ll be busy working on the Hulk installment of Defeating the Metagame: The Road to Vintage Championships.



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