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CardShark Content - Michael Potter (9/28/2005)

My last article was an overview of the former Extended Reanimation environment with a quick tournament report ( http://www.cardshark.com/content/view_article.asp?article_id=3831 ). In this article and one more to follow, I’m going to look at Reanimation strategies for the Post Rotation Extended (which essentially is Online Extended with Ravnica added in).

I’ll save the discussion on more typical Reanimation decks for my next article (hint – Akroma is still really good). In this article, I want to explore a little more off the beaten path strategy – abusing Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the RisenSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
When Bladewing the Risen comes into play, return target dragon card from your graveyard to play.
BR : All Dragons get +1/+1 until end of turn.
and Dragons in general.

My last article looked at many of the Reanimation spells that were available in the format up to Mirrodin. I’ll update the list to include the current sets. I think it is important to look past a purely graveyard strategy for Reanimation. Reanimation is all about getting a very large creature into play so quickly in the game that your opponents cannot find an answer before the game ends. Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)
and Proteus Staff
Proteus Staff
Proteus StaffSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
230
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Text:
2U, T: Put target creature on the bottom of its owner's library. That creature's controller reveals cards from the top of his or her library until he or she reveals a creature card. The player puts that card into play and the rest on the bottom of his or her library in any order. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.
are examples of enablers to this strategy.

Reanimation Spells in New Extended

Already discussed:
Zombify
Zombify
ZombifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.
(Breath of Life
Breath of Life
Breath of LifeSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Lubov
Text:
Take any one creature card from your graveyard and put that creature into play. Treat it as though you just played it from your hand.
)
Life/Death
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
Tooth and NailSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
Choose one - Search your library for up to two creature cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library; or put up to two creature cards from your hand into play. Entwine 2 (Choose both if you pay the entwine cost.)

Stitch Together
Stitch Together
Stitch TogetherSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
72
Artist:
Arnie Swekel

Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Threshold - Instead return that card from your graveyard to play.


Other 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.
ions:

Beacon of Unrest
Beacon of Unrest
Beacon of UnrestSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Rarity:
R
Number:
41
Text:
Sorcery. Put target creature or artifact card in a graveyard into play under your control. Shuffle Beacon of Unrest into its owner's library.

Basically Zombify
Zombify
ZombifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.
for one extra Black mana. Allows you to return an artifact or a creature and it does go back into your deck. At 5 mana, it doesn’t seem like it is fast enough. Maybe it could be used to get very expensive artifacts into play but it still isn’t being cast very early.

Trash for Treasure
Trash for Treasure
Trash for TreasureSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
109
Artist:
Lars Grant-West
Text:
As an additional cost to play Trash for Treasure, sacrifice an artifact. Return target artifact card from your graveyard to play.

There actually are a few pretty good artifact creatures available in new Extended and some powerful artifacts as well. There are even a few artifact Dragons. Situational, but meet the general theme. Since artifact lands are not banned in Extended, it could have some use.

Proteus Staff
Proteus Staff
Proteus StaffSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
230
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Text:
2U, T: Put target creature on the bottom of its owner's library. That creature's controller reveals cards from the top of his or her library until he or she reveals a creature card. The player puts that card into play and the rest on the bottom of his or her library in any order. Play this ability only any time you could play a sorcery.

Normally used with some sort of token generator or Blinkmouth Nexus and Akroma as the real goal. It is very mana intensive, and isn’t that hard to disrupt as it often is not activated the turn it comes into play. The ability to stack your deck makes it a good combo piece with Goblin Charbelcher
Goblin Charbelcher
Goblin CharbelcherSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
176
Artist:
Stephen Tappin
Text:
3, T: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a land card. Goblin Charbelcher deals damage equal to the number of nonland cards revealed this way to target creature or player. If the revealed land card was a Mountain, Goblin Charbelcher deals double that damage instead. Put the revealed cards on the bottom of your library in any order.
.

Goryo’s Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.

Legends only and they’re removed from the game at the end of the turn. Interesting as it is an Instant and there are a few work-arounds for the remove at end of turn. Not quite so great if you need to keep attacking with what you Reanimate
Reanimate
ReanimateSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Put target creature card from any graveyard into play under your control. Lose life equal to that creature's total casting cost.
d. It does work fairly well in some of the Dragon decks I’m going to propose below.

Footsteps of the Goryo
Footsteps of the Goryo
Footsteps of the GoryoSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
U
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. Sacrifice that creature at end of turn.

I can almost see R&D when it comes to Reanimation cards. If it even looks like it might be a little good, they make it bad. This card doesn’t give Haste and you sacrifice the creature at the end of the turn? And it costs 3 mana? And it is a Sorcery?

Balthor the Defiled
Balthor the Defiled
Balthor the DefiledSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Dwarf Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
61
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Minions get +1/+1. BBB, Remove Balthor the Defiled from the game: Each player returns all black and all red creature cards from his or her graveyard to play.

Don’t laugh. With Anger
Anger
AngerSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
77
Artist:
John Avon

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Haste. As long as Anger is in your graveyard and you control a mountain, creatures you control have haste.
in the graveyard and a few other good cards this could be pretty good. There even was a Block deck built around this card. I actually faced that deck in a block tournament. The standard combo uses Laquatus’s Champion to do massive damage.

Doomed Necromancer
Doomed Necromancer
Doomed NecromancerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Mercenary
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, T, Sacrifice Doomed Necromancer: Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.

Slow in that it doesn’t have Haste so it can’t be activated until your next turn. Not terrible, but not quite good enough.

Hell’s Caretaker
One more mana than Doomed Necromancer
Doomed Necromancer
Doomed NecromancerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric Mercenary
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Mark Brill
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
B, T, Sacrifice Doomed Necromancer: Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.
and suffers from the same problem in that it doesn’t have Haste. It can be used multiple times and sacrificing a creature works with the theme of some of the ideas I have.

Patriarch’s Bidding
Expensive at 5 mana but it does return multiples all at once. Not really in the spirit of a true Reanimation deck because of the cost, but I bet you never thought that Goblin-Biddings was a Reanimation combo deck.

Possible creatures to Reanimate
Reanimate
ReanimateSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Put target creature card from any graveyard into play under your control. Lose life equal to that creature's total casting cost.


My next article will be on a more regular types of Reanimation decks, so I’ll focus on Dragons this time around. Particularly my favourite – Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the RisenSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
When Bladewing the Risen comes into play, return target dragon card from your graveyard to play.
BR : All Dragons get +1/+1 until end of turn.
.
Flying and 4/4 plus Legendary.
When Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the RisenSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
When Bladewing the Risen comes into play, return target dragon card from your graveyard to play.
BR : All Dragons get +1/+1 until end of turn.
comes into play, you may return target Dragon card from your graveyard to play.
BR: All Dragons get +1/+1 until end of turn

What more do you want? A Dragon and it has built in Reanimation. It even can pump other Dragons.

The key combo in this Dragon is that it can bring another copy of itself into play. Of course, they’re Legendary so they’ll both die as soon as state based effects are checked, so you need a way around that. The return target Dragon Card ability is triggered and goes onto the stack. You can sacrifice the first Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the RisenSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
When Bladewing the Risen comes into play, return target dragon card from your graveyard to play.
BR : All Dragons get +1/+1 until end of turn.
and the next one will come into play and it can target the one you just sacrificed. Over and over again.

Once you’ve established the fact that you can cause an infinite loop of creatures appearing, you need to do something with that. Preferably something that wins the game. You win the game by taking your opponent to zero, by decking (when they try and draw from an empty library), or by a couple of “I win” cards like Battle of the Wits.

From my search of the cards available in online Extended, the only one that seems relevant for the damage route is Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
: Tap, Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
a creature: Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
.

If you have an endless loop of creatures appearing and a Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
in play, then you can do your 20 points of damage (all colourless as it is from an artifact source) to win the game. You can even do whatever large number a Life player has set his life total to.

The next possibility is to generate huge amounts of mana and then use that mana to kill your opponent. There is a New Extended legal method to do that in Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian AltarSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
: Sacrifice
Sacrifice
SacrificeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Sacrifice one of your creatures to add to your mana pool a number of black mana equal to that creature's casting cost.
a creature: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

Once you have enough mana, you need to do something with it to kill your opponent. You can end the cycle of Bladewings appearing and use a Sorcery, but instants would work better. Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.
is a good instant that meets the criteria. Illuminate
Illuminate
IlluminateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Kicker 2R and/or 3U (You may pay an additional 2R and/or 3U as you play this spell.) Illuminate deals X damage to target creature. If you paid the 2R kicker cost, Illuminate deals X damage to that creature's controller. If you paid the 3U kicker cost, you draw X cards.
sort of works, but your opponent has to have a creature in play. The other issue with this strategy is that you can get your kill spell attempt countered and that ends your attempt as well.

The final “trick” with Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the RisenSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
When Bladewing the Risen comes into play, return target dragon card from your graveyard to play.
BR : All Dragons get +1/+1 until end of turn.
is to use the ability for what it is for – reanimate another dragon. It is somewhat ironic that you can use it to reanimate Rorix Bladewing
Rorix Bladewing
Rorix BladewingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, haste
so they’re both in play at the same time. If you use Goryo’s Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
and play a 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.
the turn before as your discard source, then you could be doing 11 points of damage with one swing and you’ll still have 7 points of damage left on the table.

I discussed some dragons as potential targets in my previous article. Kamigawa introduced a few new ones.
Kokusho, Yosei and Keiga are all potential targets. Kokusho will do 5 points of damage and you’ll gain 5 life if it dies and hits the graveyard. Yosei will tap some lands and Keiga will steal a creature. If you play the standard Blue/Black colors of Reanimator, then you could actually hardcast Kokusho and Keiga.

Testing

One good thing about the Extended rotation is that the Magic the gathering Online card pool and Extended will match up. I have a pretty deep collection in my MTGO account, so I’m able to make most decks I set my mind to. This makes it a good testing tool in that I can find opponents just about anytime of the day or night. Since I often am on the road and fly to the USA or somewhere else in Asia fairly often, this actually helps a great deal.

The downside to MTGO is that the games do take a while to play and you do need to buy all the cards you need. It also is really clunky to use when you have a looping combo as you need to step through each loop manually instead of just demonstrating the loop and then choosing a number of times the loop runs and then going from there. You also can use Magic Workstation (frowned on by Wizards but I like it and use it) or Apprentice (actually has an agreement with Wizards and used by many more old school players). The two main advantages of these programs are that they’re free and they both have large pools of players that use them so you can also find opponents fairly easy.

If you’re looking for people to play against using some of the free programs, you can try o-gaming.com and find just about as many opponents as you want.

I tested using MTGO (my username is pretty easy to figure out). First in the Casual room and then in the Tournament practice room after too many people whined about my Rares even though I was playing a Dragon theme deck. I had decided on a Blue / Black build and was trying Dragon Beats in the main and the Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
Combo in the Sideboard.

My tests were going OK (I was winning over 50% of my matches), so I started looking for a tournament to play in. The best ones to test in are the Premier tournaments as you get to play multiple rounds.

If you want to play different decks and experiment, you really can’t be too concerned about your rating. Since Online ratings do not mean much, I usually don’t care if I lose like crazy when I play a deck. That means that my rating is often below 1600 (which does hurt little when you’re looking for a more serious testing experience in the tournament practice room as some will avoid you), but I’m not that caught up in my Online account’s rating so I don’t mind.

I find that you only really get a good test on just how good a deck is by running it in a couple of tournaments. Testing in the free play rooms is OK, but you need the trial by fire as well. If you use Magic Workstation, o-gaming.com has a fair number of tournaments as well and they’re free to enter. I used to use FNM to test out new T2 deck ideas because the effect on my rating was pretty tiny and the games played there did help.

This is the deck I took to the 2x prizes Extended tournament:

Discard (15)
4 x Careful Study
Careful Study
Careful StudySet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard two cards from your hand.

4 x 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.

4 x Merfolk Looter
Merfolk Looter
Merfolk LooterSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Draw a card, then choose and discard a card.

3 x Buried Alive
Buried Alive
Buried AliveSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Horton
Text:
Search your library for up to three creature cards and put them into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.


Reanimation (8)
4 x Life / Death
4 x Goryo’s Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.


Card Drawing (3)
3 x U2VydW0gVisions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.


Utility (1)
1 x Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.


Reanimation Targets (9)
4 x Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the RisenSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
When Bladewing the Risen comes into play, return target dragon card from your graveyard to play.
BR : All Dragons get +1/+1 until end of turn.

3 x Rorix Bladewing
Rorix Bladewing
Rorix BladewingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, haste

1 x Dromar the Banisher
1 x Crosis the Purge
Purge
PurgeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact creature or black creature. It can't be regenerated.
r

Mana (24)
4 x Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.

4 x 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.

4 x 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

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

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


Sideboard
4 x Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.

3 x 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 x Engineered Plague
Engineered Plague
Engineered PlagueSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
When Engineered Plague comes into play, choose a creature type.All creatures of the chosen type get -1/-1.

2 x Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.

1 x 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.


I had the idea that Merfolk Looter
Merfolk Looter
Merfolk LooterSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Draw a card, then choose and discard a card.
would be good because it allows you to draw cards and to discard. If I followed my normal plan, I would have run Thought Courier
Thought Courier
Thought CourierSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap: Draw a card, then discard a card from your hand.
s as well (still totaling 4) in order to dodge things like Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
and Engineered Plague
Engineered Plague
Engineered PlagueSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
When Engineered Plague comes into play, choose a creature type.All creatures of the chosen type get -1/-1.
. I also didn’t think that I needed 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.
or Therapy main deck and I ran 1 Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.
to give me an out against permanents. The Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
combo was in the sideboard.

I went 1-4 in the tournament (and dropped, there was 1 round left) and my one win was a bye. What was doing better than just holding its own in the practice room was not strong enough at all against tuned tournament decks. I lost to RDW, Affinity, Scepter-Tog, and a more regular Upheaval
Upheaval
UpheavalSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return all permanents to their owners' hands.
-Tog.

The card I was most unhappy with was Merfolk Looter
Merfolk Looter
Merfolk LooterSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Draw a card, then choose and discard a card.
. The lack of Haste and the casting cost of 2 made it hard to use. Once it came active on Turn 3, it was already getting a little late in the game to have enough impact.

Even when I was able to get Bladewing and Rorix out at the same time (every opponent that saw that thought it was a cool combo), I still had problems. If I used Goryo’s Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
, then Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the RisenSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
When Bladewing the Risen comes into play, return target dragon card from your graveyard to play.
BR : All Dragons get +1/+1 until end of turn.
was removed from the game. I paid the same life total for it via Death as I would have for Akroma, and the Undead Dragon is good, but it is no Akroma.

The two control match-ups showed how important 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.
is. Without a chance to look at their hands, I was running into 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.
s or creature bounce or removal blind.

In one of the Scepter Chant games, I could have really turned it around if I had drawn an Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.
. I hadn’t seen a Scepter in the first game, so I didn’t board in extra ones. At one point he was tapped out and had two in play (one on 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.
and one on Moment’s Peace). I had boarded in the combo so Moment’s Peace didn’t concern me too much, but the 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.
pretty much locked me out of the game.

I went and rebuilt the deck somewhat and ended up with this as a version:

Discard (15)
4 x Careful Study
Careful Study
Careful StudySet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Draw two cards, then discard two cards from your hand.

4 x 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.

4 x 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.

3 x Buried Alive
Buried Alive
Buried AliveSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Horton
Text:
Search your library for up to three creature cards and put them into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.


Reanimation (8)
4 x Life / Death
4 x Goryo’s Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.


Card Drawing (3)
3 x U2VydW0gVisions
Visions
VisionsSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
Look at the top five cards of any library. You may then shuffle that library.


Utility (1)
1 x Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.


Reanimation Targets (9)
4 x Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the RisenSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
When Bladewing the Risen comes into play, return target dragon card from your graveyard to play.
BR : All Dragons get +1/+1 until end of turn.

3 x Rorix Bladewing
Rorix Bladewing
Rorix BladewingSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, haste

1 x Dromar the Banisher
1 x Crosis the Purge
Purge
PurgeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
12
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Destroy target artifact creature or black creature. It can't be regenerated.
r

Mana (24)
4 x Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.

4 x 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.

4 x 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

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

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


Sideboard
4 x Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.

3 x 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 x Engineered Plague
Engineered Plague
Engineered PlagueSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
When Engineered Plague comes into play, choose a creature type.All creatures of the chosen type get -1/-1.

2 x Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.

1 x 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 x 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.)


Taking out the Looters and adding 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.
improved my matches in the practice rooms.

I wasn’t surprised that the deck stumbled against tuned tournament decks, but I had thought that it would be able to steal a match or two. The biggest problem against the RDW deck was the fact that I was tapping to attack. If I used Death to get a creature into play, I was still in trouble as I was down a lot of life and didn’t have Akroma’s broad shoulders to rest on.

Leaving the Buried Alive
Buried Alive
Buried AliveSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Horton
Text:
Search your library for up to three creature cards and put them into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.
in main deck also caused problems against Weenie decks as I didn’t have any Sickening Dreams
Sickening Dreams
Sickening DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Text:
As an additional cost to play Sickening Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Sickening Dreams deals X damage to each creature and each player.
which is a for board sweepers. However, without Buried Alive
Buried Alive
Buried AliveSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Horton
Text:
Search your library for up to three creature cards and put them into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.
, I couldn’t get the combo to be anywhere near as consistent as it needed to be. Finally, the loss of 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.
and 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.
really have hurt the ability to run more of a toolbox.

I did build a version of the deck that was only focused on winning via combo and used it in the practice room:

4 x Life/Death
4 x Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's Vengeance
Goryo's VengeanceSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Arcane
Rarity:
R
Number:
67
Artist:
Ittoku
Text:
Return target legendary creature card from your graveyard to play. That creature gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn. Splice onto Arcane 2B (As you play an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

4 x Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the Risen
Bladewing the RisenSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying
When Bladewing the Risen comes into play, return target dragon card from your graveyard to play.
BR : All Dragons get +1/+1 until end of turn.

4 x Buried Alive
Buried Alive
Buried AliveSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Horton
Text:
Search your library for up to three creature cards and put them into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.

3 x Fecundity
Fecundity
FecunditySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
251
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Whenever a creature is put into a graveyard from play, that creature's controller may draw a card.

2 x Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian Altar
Phyrexian AltarSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
306
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

3 x Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4 x 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.

1 x Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.

1 x Illuminate
Illuminate
IlluminateSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Kicker 2R and/or 3U (You may pay an additional 2R and/or 3U as you play this spell.) Illuminate deals X damage to target creature. If you paid the 2R kicker cost, Illuminate deals X damage to that creature's controller. If you paid the 3U kicker cost, you draw X cards.

1 x Consume Spirit
Consume Spirit
Consume SpiritSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
60
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Text:
Spend only black mana on X. Consume Spirit deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.

3 x Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.


4 x Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4 x Chrome Mox
Chrome Mox
Chrome MoxSet: Mirrodin
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
152
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Imprint - When Chrome Mox comes into play, you may remove a nonartifact, nonland card in your hand from the game. (The removed card is imprinted on this artifact.) T: Add one mana of any of the imprinted card's colors to your mana pool.

4 x 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.

3 x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

2 x Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar Wastes
Llanowar WastesSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add B or G to your mana pool. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

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

2 x Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained Mire
Bloodstained MireSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
313
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a swamp or mountain card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

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


Sideboard

4 x 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.

3 x Chainer's Edict
Chainer's Edict
Chainer's EdictSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature. Flashback 5BB

4 x Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

4 x Night's Whisper
Night's Whisper
Night's WhisperSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
55
Text:
You draw 2 cards, and lose 2 life.


This is a good example of using colors other than Blue in a Reanimation deck. Fecudity is used with the Bladewing loop to draw through your deck and find the winning card. If you have the Altar in play, you can build up as much mana as you want and then fill your hand with the kill spells and more reanimation if you want to try for the Blasting Station
Blasting Station
Blasting StationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
107
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice a creature: Blasting Station deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Whenever a creature comes into play, you may untap Blasting Station.
kill as well. Since this is so focused on the combo, Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
is in the sideboard to deal with Pithing Needle
Pithing Needle
Pithing NeedleSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
or other random artifacts and enchantments that can stop you from winning like Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
and Platinum Angel
Platinum Angel
Platinum AngelSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
7
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Brom
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying You can't lose the game and your opponents can't win the game.
.

You also need Buried Alive
Buried Alive
Buried AliveSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Horton
Text:
Search your library for up to three creature cards and put them into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.
to get Bladewing into your graveyard, so there could be room for other discard outlets. You can also run Time of Need
Time of Need
Time of NeedSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
247
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Search your library for a legendary creature card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
to go find a Bladewing and Sakura Tribal Elder might help over Bird of Paradise as you’re a little low in mana with this list and Birds tend to die very quickly once cast.

This deck was fun in the more casual room, but didn’t do as well in the tournament practice room. Decks like Goblins and Affinity are so fast that you need a much more consistent combo and Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Diabolic TutorSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
129
Artist:
Rick Farrell
Text:
Search your library for a card, and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
just wasn’t fast enough. Black does have other riskier Tutors like Tainted Pact
Tainted Pact
Tainted PactSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Remove the top card of your library from the game. You may put that card into your hand unless it has the same name as another card removed this way. Repeat this process until you put a card into your hand or you remove two cards with the same name, whichever comes first.
, Plunge Into Darkness
Darkness
DarknessSet: Legends
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
Creatures attack and block as normal, but none deal any damage. All attacking creatures are still tapped. Play any time before attack damage is assigned.
, or Spoils of the Vault
Spoils of the Vault
Spoils of the VaultSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Name a card. Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal the named card, then put that card into your hand. Remove all other cards revealed this way from the game, and you lose 1 life for each of the removed cards.
. The big downside to those Tutors is that the other cards do not go into the graveyard and are removed from the game instead.

I’m still going to try and work on this concept some more, but I also have been working on more traditional Reanimator decks plus tinkering with Draco
Draco
DracoSet: Planeshift
Cost:
16
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Sam Wood
Power:
9
Toughness:
9
Text:
Flying. Draco costs 2 less to play for each basic land type among lands you control. At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Draco unless you pay 10. This cost is reduced by 2 for each basic land type among lands you control.
Boom. I’ll discuss those further in my next article (unless I write about the prerelease first in which case it’ll be a couple of weeks from now).


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