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Healing Power - Nicholas Fetter (6/3/2008)

Clerics?
That was the first thing out of the playtest group when I pulled out a white sleeved cleric deck the same week the full Shadowmoor set was previewed. One hour later and a few games of reaching 1000+ life each game, I had proved my point. . . clerics had the POWER!

Let me explain what I did.

I had created proxies of Boon Reflection
Boon Reflection
Boon ReflectionSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
5
Artist:
Terese Nielsen & Ron Spencer
Text:
If you would gain life, you gain twice that much life instead.
, Resplendent Mentor
Resplendent Mentor
Resplendent MentorSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kithkin Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
White creatures you control have "T You gain 1 life."
, and Order of Whiteclay
Order of Whiteclay
Order of WhiteclaySet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kithkin Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
16
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
1WW, oQ: Return target creature card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to play. (oQ is the untap symbol.)
to help boost the natural life gain abilities of clerics and to have a little fun using Whiteclay with Martyr of Sands
Martyr of Sands
Martyr of SandsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Reveal X white cards from your hand, Sacrifice Martyr of Sands: You gain three times X life.
. So here's the deck I had made:

Creatures:
4: Martyr of Sands
Martyr of Sands
Martyr of SandsSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
1, Reveal X white cards from your hand, Sacrifice Martyr of Sands: You gain three times X life.

4: Augur il-Vec
4: Mistmeadow Skulk
Mistmeadow Skulk
Mistmeadow SkulkSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kithkin Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Omar Rayyan
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from converted mana cost 3 or greater
Lifelink (Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.)

4: Oriss, Samite Guardian
Oriss, Samite Guardian
Oriss, Samite GuardianSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T Prevent all damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn.
Grandeur - Discard another card named Oriss, Samite Guardian Target player can't play spells this turn, and creatures that player controls can't attack this turn.

2: Order of Whiteclay
Order of Whiteclay
Order of WhiteclaySet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kithkin Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
16
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
1WW, oQ: Return target creature card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to play. (oQ is the untap symbol.)

2: True Believer
True Believer
True BelieverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

2: Resplendent Mentor
Resplendent Mentor
Resplendent MentorSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kithkin Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
White creatures you control have "T You gain 1 life."

2: Battletide Alchemist
Battletide Alchemist
Battletide AlchemistSet: Morningtide
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kithkin Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
2
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
If a source would deal damage to a player, you may prevent X of that damage, where X is the number of Clerics you control.


Enchantments:
4: Daily Regimen
Daily Regimen
Daily RegimenSet: Morningtide
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
8
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Text:
Enchant creature 1W: Put a +1/+1 counter on enchanted creature.

4: Daybreak Coronet
Daybreak Coronet
Daybreak CoronetSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Scott Hampton
Text:
Enchant creature with another Aura attached to it
Enchanted creature gets +3/+3 and has first strike, vigilance, and lifelink. (Whenever it deals damage, its controller gains that much life.)

4: Triclopean Sight
Triclopean Sight
Triclopean SightSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Scott Hampton
Text:
Flash Enchant creature When Triclopean Sight comes into play, untap enchanted creature. Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has vigilance.

2: Boon Reflection
Boon Reflection
Boon ReflectionSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
5
Artist:
Terese Nielsen & Ron Spencer
Text:
If you would gain life, you gain twice that much life instead.


Artifacts:
2: Gauntlet of Power
Gauntlet of Power
Gauntlet of PowerSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
255
Artist:
Greg Hildebrandt
Text:
As Gauntlet of Power comes into play, choose a color. Creatures of the chosen color get +1/+1. Whenever a basic land is tapped for mana of the chosen color, its controller adds one mana of that color to his or her mana pool.


Land:
19: Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.



Sideboard:
x4 Soltari Priest
Soltari Priest
Soltari PriestSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Janet Aulisio
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from red; shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

x4 Runed Halo
Runed Halo
Runed HaloSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Text:
As Runed Halo comes into play, name a card. You have protection from the chosen name. (You can't be targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything with that name.)

x3 Prison Term
Prison Term
Prison TermSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature can't attack or block and its activated abilities can't be played. Whenever a creature comes into play under an opponent's control, you may attach Prison Term to that creature.

x2 Greater Auramancy
Greater Auramancy
Greater AuramancySet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
7
Artist:
Chuck Lukacs
Text:
Other enchantments you control have shroud. Enchanted creatures you control have shroud.

x2 Ajani Goldmane
Ajani Goldmane
Ajani GoldmaneSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Planeswalker
Sub Type:
Ajani
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
+1: You gain 2 life. -1: Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control. Those creatures gain vigilance until end of turn. -6: Put a white Avatar creature token into play with "This creature's power and toughness are each equal to your life total."


You're probably thinking, ´´Mistmeadow Skulk
Mistmeadow Skulk
Mistmeadow SkulkSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kithkin Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Omar Rayyan
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from converted mana cost 3 or greater
Lifelink (Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.)
isn't a cleric.´´ You're right. But he does offer a helping hand to your clerics... a much needed hand.

First, Skulk has protection from anything with a cost 3 or greater and all your enchantment - aura cards are 2 or less. Second, he offers a lifegain ability, which comes in handy when blocking creatures that get insanely large like the Dauntless Dourbark
Dauntless Dourbark
Dauntless DourbarkSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk Warrior
Rarity:
R
Number:
203
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Dauntless Dourbark's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Forests you control plus the number of Treefolk you control. Dauntless Dourbark has trample as long as you control another Treefolk.
or Chameleon Colossus
Chameleon Colossus
Chameleon ColossusSet: Morningtide
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Changeling (This card is every creature type at all times.)Protection from black2GG: Chameleon Colossus gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is its power.
and can even block Doran without worries all while gaining life.

So imagine a small creature that can block large creatures without a worry, all while having the ability to grow from your own enchantments like Daily Regimen
Daily Regimen
Daily RegimenSet: Morningtide
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
8
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Text:
Enchant creature 1W: Put a +1/+1 counter on enchanted creature.
and Daybreak Coronet
Daybreak Coronet
Daybreak CoronetSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Scott Hampton
Text:
Enchant creature with another Aura attached to it
Enchanted creature gets +3/+3 and has first strike, vigilance, and lifelink. (Whenever it deals damage, its controller gains that much life.)
. In this deck, you have two such creatures: Mistmeadow Skulk
Mistmeadow Skulk
Mistmeadow SkulkSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kithkin Rogue
Rarity:
U
Number:
27
Artist:
Omar Rayyan
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from converted mana cost 3 or greater
Lifelink (Whenever this creature deals damage, you gain that much life.)
and Augur il-Vec, both of which can be unblockable with an insane power and toughness.

So now you have two creatures that can be unblockable and with the Coronet can gain vigilance and lifelink, but what about defense?

There are a few cards for this.

Early on you can use the Martyrs as much as you want and then play True Believer
True Believer
True BelieverSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
to protect you from Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
s and Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.
s.

By turn 3, you may want Oriss, Samite Guardian
Oriss, Samite Guardian
Oriss, Samite GuardianSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Komarck
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
T Prevent all damage that would be dealt to target creature this turn.
Grandeur - Discard another card named Oriss, Samite Guardian Target player can't play spells this turn, and creatures that player controls can't attack this turn.
out to not only protect your creatures from damage, but to stop your opponent from playing much needed cards with her Grandeur ability.

By turn 5, you can either have a good sized Augur or Skulk, but if you can spare the mana, get out the Alchemist to protect you directly. She can prevent most damage done to you, sometimes to the point where you don't even bother to block. Just think of this: Turn 1 you play the Martyr. Turn 2, Augur. Turn 3, Oriss. Turn 4, Triclopean Sight
Triclopean Sight
Triclopean SightSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Scott Hampton
Text:
Flash Enchant creature When Triclopean Sight comes into play, untap enchanted creature. Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has vigilance.
and Daybreak Coronet
Daybreak Coronet
Daybreak CoronetSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
R
Number:
21
Artist:
Scott Hampton
Text:
Enchant creature with another Aura attached to it
Enchanted creature gets +3/+3 and has first strike, vigilance, and lifelink. (Whenever it deals damage, its controller gains that much life.)
onto the Augur. Turn 5, Battletide Alchemist
Battletide Alchemist
Battletide AlchemistSet: Morningtide
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kithkin Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
2
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
If a source would deal damage to a player, you may prevent X of that damage, where X is the number of Clerics you control.
. This leaves you with 4 Clerics in play (provided your opponent isn't playing counters, which is the bane of any deck anyway, or playing creature removal). Your Alchemist now has the ability to prevent 4 damage that would be dealt to you from EVERY source. That's right, EVERY single source, including each attacking creature. This means your opponent's creatures would have to have at least 5 power to do 1 point of damage to you, and you don't care because you'll gain it back in no time using your life gain cards.

This brings me to the life gain, which is by itself a defense. This is the coolest untap combo I've seen yet, in my opinion. Basically, get out a Martyr (or into your graveyard), an Order of Whiteclay
Order of Whiteclay
Order of WhiteclaySet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kithkin Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
16
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
1
Toughness:
4
Text:
1WW, oQ: Return target creature card with converted mana cost 3 or less from your graveyard to play. (oQ is the untap symbol.)
, and a Resplendent Mentor
Resplendent Mentor
Resplendent MentorSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kithkin Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
White creatures you control have "T You gain 1 life."
. This is also where Boon Reflection
Boon Reflection
Boon ReflectionSet: Shadowmoor
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
5
Artist:
Terese Nielsen & Ron Spencer
Text:
If you would gain life, you gain twice that much life instead.
can prove itself, but isn't necessary to the combo. Also, make sure you have at least 1 white card in your hand for the Martyr to work. Using the ability your Mentor gives to your Whiteclay, tap it for 1 life (or more with the Reflections out). Then pay 3 white mana and untap your Whiteclay to bring the Martyr back to play. 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.
the Martyr and repeat this process until you run out of mana to spend. This is where the Gauntlets of Power come into play, they offer double or even triple the mana production.

That's about it. Like any casual deck, it's probably not tournament worthy, but it's fun to watch your friends faces as you are gaining more life in one turn than they have probably ever had combined in their entire magic career. Also, if you leave the Standard arena and enter the type 1.5 arena, you can add Storm Herd
Storm Herd
Storm HerdSet: Guildpact
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Text:
Put X 1/1 white Pegasus creature tokens with flying into play, where X is your life total.
to the deck and watch your opponent sigh in defeat as you not only gain a ton of life, but also gain 1/1 flyers equal to your life total, that is if you haven't used Ajani's ability to gain a creature with the same amount of power and toughness.

So have fun and I hope you enjoy this deck as much as I have.


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