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We are the Champions! - Nick Calcaterra (11/23/2006)

Well I've been busy lately so I'm sorry if I have been keeping any of you waiting. But here it is: the current Peasant World Champion, Elf Clamp.

If you thought clamping off artifact creatures was broken, well just think how broken it is when you draw out your entire deck on turn 3 and give all your guys haste! Here is the list:

Elf Clamp
Lands(10)
10 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.


Creatures(35)
4 Birchlore Rangers
Birchlore Rangers
Birchlore RangersSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
248
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap two untapped Elves you control: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.. Morph G (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

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

4 Seeker
Seeker
SeekerSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked except by white creatures and artifact creatures.
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3 Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch ElfSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of
Elves in play.

3 Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

1 Elvish Herder
Elvish Herder
Elvish HerderSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
247
Artist:
Tom Fleming
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G: Target creature gains trample until end of turn.

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

4 Multani's Acolyte
Multani's Acolyte
Multani's AcolyteSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
108
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Multani's Acolyte comes into play, draw a card.

4 Priest of Titania
Priest of Titania
Priest of TitaniaSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
270
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool for each Elf in play. Play this ability as a mana source.

4 Quirion Ranger
Quirion Ranger
Quirion RangerSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Tom Kyffin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Return a forest you control to owner's hand: Untap target creature. Use this ability only once each turn.


Enchantments(1)
1 Concordant Crossroads
Concordant Crossroads
Concordant CrossroadsSet: Chronicles
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Creatures can attack or use abilities that include tap in the activation cost as soon as they come into play on their controller's side.
(U)

Spells(8)
4 Vitalize
Vitalize
VitalizeSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
265
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Untap all creatures you control.

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


Artifacts(6)
4 Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
(U)
2 Lotus Petal
Lotus Petal
Lotus PetalSet: Tempest
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
tap, Sacrifice Lotus Petal: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Play this ability as a mana source.


Whoa, that’s a lot of elves! Well, in order to combo out soon, you need a lot of fuel. Just like Tendrils, you need to find that single Concordant Crossroads
Concordant Crossroads
Concordant CrossroadsSet: Chronicles
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant World
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Creatures can attack or use abilities that include tap in the activation cost as soon as they come into play on their controller's side.
in order to truly combo off. Your guys are pretty weak without a Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch ElfSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of
Elves in play.
, so winning quickly is the objective. Here's how you basically combo out:

T1, play land and a mana producer
T2, play Priest of Titania
Priest of Titania
Priest of TitaniaSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
270
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool for each Elf in play. Play this ability as a mana source.
plus another elf
T3, play Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
after tapping mana producer and Priest. Clamp off guy, play guys, cast Vitalize
Vitalize
VitalizeSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
265
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Untap all creatures you control.
, untap more guys, tap Priest again etc. Find Crossroads and play all your guys, attack for win.

Now, this is very hard to pull off and most likely you will combo off turn 4-5. However, against most deck you can actually beat them slowly if you have the Timberwatch out.

In order to truly master this deck you have to group your creatures into what they do.
Mana Producers:
Priest of Titania
Priest of Titania
Priest of TitaniaSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
270
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool for each Elf in play. Play this ability as a mana source.

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

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

Birchlore Elves

Untappers:
Seeker
Seeker
SeekerSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked except by white creatures and artifact creatures.
Of Skybreak
Quiron Ranger

Aggro:
Elvish Herder
Elvish Herder
Elvish HerderSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
247
Artist:
Tom Fleming
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
G: Target creature gains trample until end of turn.

Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch Elf
Timberwatch ElfSet: Legions
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
140
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
T: Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of
Elves in play.


Misc/Combo helpers:
Multani's Acolyte
Multani's Acolyte
Multani's AcolyteSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
108
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Echo (During your next upkeep after this permanent comes under your control, pay its casting cost or sacrifice it.) When Multani's Acolyte comes into play, draw a card.

Wirewood Herald
Wirewood Herald
Wirewood HeraldSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
302
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Wirewood Herald is put into a graveyard from play, you may search your library for an Elf card. If you do, reveal that card and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
- This plus Skullclamp
Skullclamp
SkullclampSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
140
Artist:
Luca Zontini
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/-1. Whenever equipped creature is put in a graveyard from play, draw two cards. Equip 1 (1: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery. This card comes into play unattached and stays in play if the creature leaves play.)
is pure synergy!

Expertise is attained by knowing exactly what you need when you're in a tight spot. This deck isn't very pretty to combo out with like some other decks so you really need to practice. Some matchups to consider:

Mono Black: The last Pez tourney I played had a considerable amount of mono-black. Newer mono-black decks have been playing Twisted Abomination
Twisted Abomination
Twisted AbominationSet: Scourge
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Mutant
Rarity:
C
Number:
76
Artist:
Darren Bader
Power:
5
Toughness:
3
Text:
B : Regenerate Twisted Abomination
Swampcycling
and really techy cards like Serrated Arrows
Serrated Arrows
Serrated ArrowsSet: Homelands
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
David A. Cherry
Text:
When Serrated Arrows comes into play, put three arrowhead counters on it.During your upkeep, bury Serrated Arrows if there are no arrowhead counters on it.T: Remove an arrowhead counter from Serrated Arrows to put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
. Obviously an early arrow is close to instant death for you. Watch out for Edict in response to a clamp by having multiple creatures out on the board so you don't have to sacrifice anything important. Other than that, their 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.
es won't hurt unless they are on turn 1 and their creatures should be a breeze to stomp through.

High-Tide: Sideboard is key. They can combo out faster than you, but if you put enough pressure on them, they will be forced to try and combo out faster. Remember, possibilities are just that, possibilities. Early damage will make any High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
player nervous. Also, a fun trick you can do is play a Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's CryptSet: Chronicles
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt to remove all cards in target player's graveyard from the game.
early on. They won't be able to win on the turn they play Feldon's Cane
Feldon's Cane
Feldon's CaneSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
tap, Remove Feldon's Cane from the game: Shuffle your graveyard into your library.
and that requires a big Prosperity
Prosperity
ProsperitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Each player draws X cards.
. You will have tons of cards in your hand, just play Crossroads and win that turn.

Channel
Channel
ChannelSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
Until end of turn, you may add colorless mana to your mana pool at a cost of 1 life per point of mana. These additions are played with the speed of an interrupt. Effects that prevent or redirect damage may not be used to counter this loss of life.
/Fireball
Fireball
FireballSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Fireball does X damage total, divided evenly (round down) among any number of targets. Pay 1 extra mana for each target beyond the first.
: Tough matchup. Your best chance is to play Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
in the sideboard in order to gain quick life and make it harder for them to win early on. I am doubtful of winning game 1.

Iso-Burn: Again, you need to win quickly. Every opening hand usually has at least 15 damage. Wellwisher
Wellwisher
WellwisherSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
300
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: You gain 1 life for each Elf in play.
is good, but watch out for Spell 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.
. Tough matchup.

Affinity: Interesting matchup. Their creatures can usually own you early on. Without a Timberwatch, you are in bad hands. Maybe play Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
sideboard because Cranial Plating
Cranial Plating
Cranial PlatingSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
C
Number:
113
Text:
Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control. BB: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control. Equip 1
can be game over on an Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
.

Well, I promised to tell you how to beat it, so here’s the big secret...
KILL SKULLCLAMP! Without clamp, their gas runs out quickly.
KILL TIMBERWATCH! Without Timberwatch, all of their guys are just 2/1's and 1/1's. Nothing to be afraid of!
KILL MANA BASE! Their mana base is very weak. Everybody tries to cheat on their mana base, so if you are playing some Izzet deck, Man O War and pingers are great!

Well, that's it for now. Next week (By next week I mean, some time in the near future....) I will talk about the new black decks or the new Goblin/Burn decks. Later!


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