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Sedraxis Mindbreaker - Phil Bohn (3/23/2010)

In trying to come up with a deck to take to FNM a few weeks ago, and in subsequently contemplating the weird makeup of Standard nowadays, I decided to build my own Standard-legal deck. This is my first foray into the deep sea of Standard and also into the world of competitive deck building, as I am a casual player (and all-around Johnny/Timmy) at heart. I didn’t want to “sell out” and make a Jund deck and I didn’t want to play elves because that’s pretty easy. I wanted a good mainstream deck that had a good amount of disruption and a good amount of beats. How about both on one card?

That’s when I saw a video of a deck using Sedraxis Specter
Sedraxis Specter
Sedraxis SpecterSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Cole Eastburn
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Sedraxis Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card. Unearth 1B (1B: Return this card from your graveyard to play. It gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn or if it would leave play. Unearth only as a sorcery.)
(I must note that this is not a net-deck. I took a few ideas from past and present decks, but I did not find this list on the Internet). I love this card and I love Grixis
Grixis
GrixisSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Text:
Blue, black, and/or red creature cards in your graveyard have unearth. The unearth cost is equal to the card's mana cost. (Pay the card's mana cost: Return it to the battlefield. The creature gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.) Whenever you roll {C}, put target creature card in a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.
so I thought that I’d make my very own version of a Grixis
Grixis
GrixisSet: Planechase
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Plane
Sub Type:
Alara
Rarity:
C
Number:
15
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Text:
Blue, black, and/or red creature cards in your graveyard have unearth. The unearth cost is equal to the card's mana cost. (Pay the card's mana cost: Return it to the battlefield. The creature gains haste. Exile it at the beginning of the next end step or if it would leave the battlefield. Unearth only as a sorcery.) Whenever you roll {C}, put target creature card in a graveyard onto the battlefield under your control.
Control deck. I’ve sunk more money into this deck than I have any other (maybe about $30) and I really think that it can do well. Without further ado, here is Sedraxis Mindbreaker.


Lands: 24
2x Jwar Isle Refuge
Jwar Isle Refuge
Jwar Isle RefugeSet: Zendikar
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
Jwar Isle Refuge enters the battlefield tapped. When Jwar Isle Refuge enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life. {T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool.

2x Akoum Refuge
Akoum Refuge
Akoum RefugeSet: Zendikar
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
210
Artist:
Fred Fields
Text:
Akoum Refuge enters the battlefield tapped. When Akoum Refuge enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life. {T}: Add {B} or {R} to your mana pool.

2x Creeping Tar Pit
Creeping Tar Pit
Creeping Tar PitSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Creeping Tar Pit enters the battlefield tapped. {T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool. {1}{U}{B}: Until end of turn, Creeping Tar Pit becomes a 3/2 blue and black Elemental creature and is unblockable. It's still a land.

2x Lavaclaw Reaches
Lavaclaw Reaches
Lavaclaw ReachesSet: Worldwake
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Véronique Meignaud
Text:
Lavaclaw Reaches enters the battlefield tapped. {T}: Add {B} or {R} to your mana pool. {1}{B}{R}: Until end of turn, Lavaclaw Reaches becomes a 2/2 black and red Elemental creature with "{X}: This creature gets +X/+0 until end of turn." It's still a land.

2x Scalding Tarn
Scalding Tarn
Scalding TarnSet: Zendikar
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
223
Artist:
Philip Straub
Text:
{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Scalding Tarn: Search your library for an Island or Mountain card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

2x Dragonskull Summit
Dragonskull Summit
Dragonskull SummitSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
223
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Dragonskull Summit enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Swamp or a Mountain. {T}: Add {B} or {R} to your mana pool.

2x Drowned Catacomb
Drowned Catacomb
Drowned CatacombSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
224
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
Drowned Catacomb enters the battlefield tapped unless you control an Island or a Swamp. {T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool.

4x Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.

3x Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.

3x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.


Creatures: 14
2x Kathari Remnant
Kathari Remnant
Kathari RemnantSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Skeleton
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying {B}: Regenerate Kathari Remnant. Cascade (When you play this spell, remove cards from the top of your library from the game until you remove a nonland card that costs less. You may play it without paying its mana cost. Put the removed cards on the bottom in a random order.)

2x Gatekeeper of Malakir
Gatekeeper of Malakir
Gatekeeper of MalakirSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker {B} (You may pay an additional {B} as you cast this spell.) When Gatekeeper of Malakir enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, target player sacrifices a creature.

3x Vampire Lacerator
Vampire Lacerator
Vampire LaceratorSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life unless an opponent has 10 or less life.

3x Tidehollow Strix
Tidehollow Strix
Tidehollow StrixSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
203
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Deathtouch (Whenever this creature deals damage to a creature, destroy that creature.)

3x Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic SpecterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying An opponent damaged by Specter must discard a card at random from his or her hand. Ignore this effect if opponent has no cards left in hand.

4x Sedraxis Specter
Sedraxis Specter
Sedraxis SpecterSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Cole Eastburn
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Sedraxis Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card. Unearth 1B (1B: Return this card from your graveyard to play. It gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn or if it would leave play. Unearth only as a sorcery.)


Spells: 16
1x Cruel Ultimatum
Cruel Ultimatum
Cruel UltimatumSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Target opponent sacrifices a creature, discards three cards, then loses 5 life. You return a creature card from your graveyard to your hand, draw three cards, then gain 5 life.

2x Bituminous Blast
Bituminous Blast
Bituminous BlastSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
Cascade (When you play this spell, remove cards from the top of your library from the game until you remove a nonland card that costs less. You may play it without paying its mana cost. Put the removed cards on the bottom in a random order.) Bituminous Blast deals 4 damage to target creature.

3x Treasure Hunt
Treasure Hunt
Treasure HuntSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card, then put all cards revealed this way into your hand.

3x Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.

3x Spell Pierce
Spell Pierce
Spell PierceSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

3x Essence Scatter
Essence Scatter
Essence ScatterSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Counter target creature spell.

4x Blightning
Blightning
BlightningSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Blightning deals 3 damage to target player. That player discards two cards.


Sideboard: 15
1x Essence Scatter
Essence Scatter
Essence ScatterSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Counter target creature spell.

1x Spell Pierce
Spell Pierce
Spell PierceSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

2x Dark Temper
Dark Temper
Dark TemperSet: Conflux
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Text:
Dark Temper deals 2 damage to target creature. If you control a black permanent, destroy the creature instead.

2x Ravenous Trap
Ravenous Trap
Ravenous TrapSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Trap
Rarity:
U
Number:
109
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
If an opponent had three or more cards put into his or her graveyard from anywhere this turn, you may pay {0} rather than pay Ravenous Trap's mana cost. Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

2x Double Negative
Double Negative
Double NegativeSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Text:
Counter up to two target spells.

3x Spreading Seas
Spreading Seas
Spreading SeasSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
Enchant land When Spreading Seas enters the battlefield, draw a card. Enchanted land is an Island.

3x 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.



Alright time to explain some choices. We start with the mana base. The two Worldwake manlands are in there for late-game mana sinks. If I just have a bunch of mana and almost nothing to do with it, why not crash in with a 3/2 unblockable creature or a creature that I can pump to the extent of my mana? These things come in mighty handy, though I will have to watch out for Lightning Bolt
Lightning Bolt
Lightning BoltSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Lightning Bolt does 3 damage to one target.
s and even 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, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take. Every nonbasic land in the deck produces something else and a black. This is so I can make sure that I have exactly the colors I need to cast my Ultimatum or a Gatekeeper of Malakir
Gatekeeper of Malakir
Gatekeeper of MalakirSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
89
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker {B} (You may pay an additional {B} as you cast this spell.) When Gatekeeper of Malakir enters the battlefield, if it was kicked, target player sacrifices a creature.
. This can also ensure that I can get out a turn 3 Sedraxis Specter
Sedraxis Specter
Sedraxis SpecterSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Cole Eastburn
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Sedraxis Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card. Unearth 1B (1B: Return this card from your graveyard to play. It gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn or if it would leave play. Unearth only as a sorcery.)
.

There are two Cascade cards in the deck: Bituminous Blast
Bituminous Blast
Bituminous BlastSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
Cascade (When you play this spell, remove cards from the top of your library from the game until you remove a nonland card that costs less. You may play it without paying its mana cost. Put the removed cards on the bottom in a random order.) Bituminous Blast deals 4 damage to target creature.
and Kathari Remnant
Kathari Remnant
Kathari RemnantSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird Skeleton
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying {B}: Regenerate Kathari Remnant. Cascade (When you play this spell, remove cards from the top of your library from the game until you remove a nonland card that costs less. You may play it without paying its mana cost. Put the removed cards on the bottom in a random order.)
. These have turned out to be incredibly helpful in getting the quick jump on my opponent. When the Remnant comes out, if I cascade into a specter of the Hypnotic or Sedraxis variety, I can get a serious tempo advantage. Even a Blightning
Blightning
BlightningSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Blightning deals 3 damage to target player. That player discards two cards.
is helpful there. Not to mention, the Remnant gives my opponent some tough choices when considering how to use their removal (do you use a Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
on a creature with 0 power?). Bituminous Blast
Bituminous Blast
Bituminous BlastSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
Cascade (When you play this spell, remove cards from the top of your library from the game until you remove a nonland card that costs less. You may play it without paying its mana cost. Put the removed cards on the bottom in a random order.) Bituminous Blast deals 4 damage to target creature.
is just great creature removal plus the bonus card. To give credit where credit is due, the idea to put these into the deck came from Kurai_Seraph
Seraph
SeraphSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flying Whenever any creature Seraph damaged this turn is put into any graveyard, put that creature into play under your control at end of turn. Bury the creature if you lose control of Seraph.
im (whose name is Bill) who is a member of the Mana Pool’s forums.

As for creatures, Vampire Lacerator
Vampire Lacerator
Vampire LaceratorSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Artist:
Steve Argyle
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life unless an opponent has 10 or less life.
is there to be a pretty heavy-hitting one drop. Yes he may cause me some problems early on, but he can pay off. In looking for a solid two-drop, I came across Tidehollow Strix
Tidehollow Strix
Tidehollow StrixSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
203
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Deathtouch (Whenever this creature deals damage to a creature, destroy that creature.)
. This card is in there not only because it’s awesome, but because it deals with the Sphinx of Jwar Isle
Sphinx of Jwar Isle
Sphinx of Jwar IsleSet: Zendikar
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sphinx
Rarity:
R
Number:
68
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying, shroud You may look at the top card of your library. (You may do this at any time.)
which my Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
s and Bituminous Blast
Bituminous Blast
Bituminous BlastSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
Cascade (When you play this spell, remove cards from the top of your library from the game until you remove a nonland card that costs less. You may play it without paying its mana cost. Put the removed cards on the bottom in a random order.) Bituminous Blast deals 4 damage to target creature.
s can do nothing to kill. The specters were easy to pick as Sedraxis Specter
Sedraxis Specter
Sedraxis SpecterSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
R
Number:
192
Artist:
Cole Eastburn
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying Whenever Sedraxis Specter deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card. Unearth 1B (1B: Return this card from your graveyard to play. It gains haste. Remove it from the game at end of turn or if it would leave play. Unearth only as a sorcery.)
is an “almost-Blightning
Blightning
BlightningSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Blightning deals 3 damage to target player. That player discards two cards.
” on legs and Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic Specter
Hypnotic SpecterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Specter
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying An opponent damaged by Specter must discard a card at random from his or her hand. Ignore this effect if opponent has no cards left in hand.
’s random card discard is great. The Gatekeeper is there in place of Fleshbag Marauder
Fleshbag Marauder
Fleshbag MarauderSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
76
Artist:
Pete Venters
Power:
3
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Fleshbag Marauder comes into play, each player sacrifices a creature.
as it virtually costs the same (yes I know BBB is different than 2B) and I don’t have to lose a creature.

For the noncreature spells, I chose a singleton Cruel Ultimatum
Cruel Ultimatum
Cruel UltimatumSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
7
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Artist:
Ralph Horsley
Text:
Target opponent sacrifices a creature, discards three cards, then loses 5 life. You return a creature card from your graveyard to your hand, draw three cards, then gain 5 life.
. Why one? I don’t really know. It’s there as a late-game finisher and because I really didn’t think the deck needed another nor did I want it to become a crutch. Treasure Hunt
Treasure Hunt
Treasure HuntSet: Worldwake
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a nonland card, then put all cards revealed this way into your hand.
is for drawing cards because it pays off most of the time (I once drew six cards with it). Terminate
Terminate
TerminateSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
and Blightning
Blightning
BlightningSet: Shards Of Alara
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
156
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Blightning deals 3 damage to target player. That player discards two cards.
are no-brainers. If you’re playing red or black, chances are you’re playing these two cards. Finally, Spell Pierce
Spell Pierce
Spell PierceSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.
and Essence Scatter
Essence Scatter
Essence ScatterSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Counter target creature spell.
are there for cheap countering. My rationalization for this is that Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.
can be just too expensive to be worth it. Leaving three mana up as opposed to one or two can be a big difference.

Through a bit of research on Standard (about half an hour of trolling YouTube for videos on the subject) I came across reasons for the sideboard. I did an extra Essence Scatter
Essence Scatter
Essence ScatterSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Jon Foster
Text:
Counter target creature spell.
and Spell Pierce
Spell Pierce
Spell PierceSet: Zendikar
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
67
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Text:
Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.
for matches where Bituminous Blast
Bituminous Blast
Bituminous BlastSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
5
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
Cascade (When you play this spell, remove cards from the top of your library from the game until you remove a nonland card that costs less. You may play it without paying its mana cost. Put the removed cards on the bottom in a random order.) Bituminous Blast deals 4 damage to target creature.
was just not effective and I could go for the extra early disruption rather than for a big late-game (maybe) one creature kill. Dark Temper
Dark Temper
Dark TemperSet: Conflux
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
61
Text:
Dark Temper deals 2 damage to target creature. If you control a black permanent, destroy the creature instead.
s I put in for the Great Sable Stag
Great Sable Stag
Great Sable StagSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elk
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Great Sable Stag can't be countered.Protection from blue and from black (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything blue or black.)
matchups where counters and the like (plus all of my creatures) wouldn’t be able to kill one. Ravenous Trap
Ravenous Trap
Ravenous TrapSet: Zendikar
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Sub Type:
Trap
Rarity:
U
Number:
109
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Text:
If an opponent had three or more cards put into his or her graveyard from anywhere this turn, you may pay {0} rather than pay Ravenous Trap's mana cost. Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.
is for the “Standard Dredge
Dredge
DredgeSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
103
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Sacrifice a creature or land.Draw a card.
” matchup (to explain this, the video is on YouTube. Just search that and you should find it). Double Negative
Double Negative
Double NegativeSet: Alara Reborn
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
87
Text:
Counter up to two target spells.
is for the Bloodbraid Cascade game. Spreading Seas
Spreading Seas
Spreading SeasSet: Zendikar
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Jung Park
Text:
Enchant land When Spreading Seas enters the battlefield, draw a card. Enchanted land is an Island.
and 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.
are pretty much for the same, Seas screwing up their mana base and 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.
nabbing an early spell of some sort. The sideboard is spread like that because I’ve never played FNM at this store before so I’m trying to cover most of the bases. Critique it if you want, but I consider it at least borderline effective.

This is the deck. The average mana cost is 2.56 so I consider that to be pretty good. I feel that it can run with some of the Jund decks out there and with further testing that could prove to be a fact. All I know for sure is that the deck’s a blast to play and it can do some serious damage. Any feedback is good and it can be given in the post of this article on the forums. I hoped you enjoyed reading this and if you did, look forward to me writing more in the future. Good night and good luck.


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