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Today we stand at the crux of a great change in MTGO and that is the Vanguard format. Though unknown whether the format will continue to be featured in Premier events, what we do know is that it has already shaken the foundations of Magic decks and deckbuilding the world over. So far Premier Events have been created for Standard with Vanguard, Extended with Vanguard, and Champions of Kamigawa Block Constructed with Vanguard. This particular article deals with a Standard deck, but not “standard” in the purest sense of the word! Vanguard brings a whole new facet to gameplay, including powerful avatars that grant the users different abilities that combined with different deck types really puts a new spin on gameplay. New decks emerge to take top spots and archetypal decks such as 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.)
, Ponza/Sligh, MUC, MBC, Deathcloud and a host of other decks for the moment bow down and bow out to those decks formerly unseen and unplayed except in Casual play. Welcome to the future!


I first met the deck creator on MTGO who goes by the username of klarfax. He was using a rogue deck that was very interesting. His main win condition 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.
, with Beacon of Creation
Beacon of Creation
Beacon of CreationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Put a 1/1 green insect creature token into play for each forest you control. Shuffle Beacon of Creation back into its owner's library instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
recursion and infinite Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.
as his secondary win. The deck was designed to use the Elvish Champion
Elvish Champion
Elvish ChampionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Elves get +1/+1 and have forestwalk. (They're unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)
Avatar.


The Elvish Champion
Elvish Champion
Elvish ChampionSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lord
Rarity:
R
Number:
186
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
All Elves get +1/+1 and have forestwalk. (They're unblockable as long as defending player controls a forest.)
Avatar allows you to add +1 card to your starting hand, +1 life to your starting life points and has “You start the game with a 1/1 green Elf token that has ' : Add G to your mana pool.”

Note that the 1/1 elf does not have summoning sickness whether you are starting 1st or 2nd.

It all started with Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of NatureSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
210
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell this turn, draw a card.
...

What works with Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of NatureSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
210
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell this turn, draw a card.
? Free creatures of course! Creatures like Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
and Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
to feed off the affinity mechanic. The main problem according to klarfax was that you run out of mana too fast and you need lots of low casting cost creatures, like Child of Thorns
Child of Thorns
Child of ThornsSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Child of Thorns Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, etc.

klarfax: So yeah, 4 Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
, 4 Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.
go in, 4 Myr Moonvessel
Myr Moonvessel
Myr MoonvesselSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
133
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Myr Moonvessel is put into a graveyard from play, add 1 to your mana pool.
, 4 Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)
, 4 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.
and we need 4 Myr Retriever
Myr Retriever
Myr RetrieverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Myr Retriever is put into a graveyard from play, return another target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.
for the recursion and the 4 Glimpse. Four fecundity comes in next; 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.
turns out to be the key card in the deck, the single most important card. Mulligan if neither 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.
or Glimpse in opening hand and some win conditions plus ways to sacrifice things. 2 Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.
, 2 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.
, 2 KCI. One card to help keep you from decking: 1 Beacon of Creation
Beacon of Creation
Beacon of CreationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Put a 1/1 green insect creature token into play for each forest you control. Shuffle Beacon of Creation back into its owner's library instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
. The deck tends to draw too many lands with normal land counts, 13 lands. 8 slots left, right?

There are a few options now I haven't really decided what is best. We could add more little creatures: Child of Thorns
Child of Thorns
Child of ThornsSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Child of Thorns Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
for the built in sac or maybe Myr Servitor
Myr Servitor
Myr ServitorSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
139
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Myr Servitor is in play, each player returns all cards named Myr Servitor from his or her graveyard to play.
, more cheap card draw: Conjurer's Bauble
Conjurer's Bauble
Conjurer's BaubleSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
112
Text:
Tap, Sacrifice Conjurer's Bauble: Put up to one target card from your graveyard on the bottom of your library. Draw a card.
, faster mana: Talisman or Serum Powder
Serum Powder
Serum PowderSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
138
Artist:
Matt Thompson
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. Any time you could mulligan and Serum Powder is in your hand, you may remove your hand from the game, then draw that many cards. (You can do this in addition to taking mulligans.)
for better mulligans.

It's kind of up in the air I haven't tried Elder it might be good in place of talisman plus it adds more creatures, built in sac, low cc, mana accel and chump and crit, good points. I was thinking it was too expensive, but the fact that you can play it turn 1 with elvish champ is important. Originally I made this standard without Vanguard it's gone off as early as turn 3. I don't really consider it competitive with the best Vanguard decks yet, but it's pretty cool anyway

Th3_Wr3tch3d: well, in my opinion that's why they promote Vanguard, off the wall decks like first turn Raging Goblin
Raging Goblin
Raging GoblinSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Haste (This creature may attack and tap the turn it comes under your control.)
, Blazing + Red Myojin has a place finally and Tooth bows to it. Also the Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.
belcher one that won last night.

klarfax: Yeah, that looks really good. I suppose I should come up with a name for this deck

At this point we throw around some ideas for a name for the deck:

klarfax: maybe glimpse of something
Th3_Wr3tch3d: glimpse of things to come?
klarfax: blasting glimpse?
Th3_Wr3tch3d: green weenie

klarfax: Let's see, tips on playing the deck...Mulligan with no land or no Glimpse or 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.
. One land usually works ok. In general don't use the glimpse too early-make sure you can cast at least two critters after it, preferably with a Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.
in play. Keep most creatures in hand until they can draw you cards. The deck is almost never going to win by attacking. As long as you have mana (or Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.
) and a 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.
in play it's best to keep sacrificing creatures in order to draw cards.

The decklist as I was able to gather was this:

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


4 Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

4 Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.

4 Myr Moonvessel
Myr Moonvessel
Myr MoonvesselSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
C
Number:
133
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Myr Moonvessel is put into a graveyard from play, add 1 to your mana pool.

4 Frogmite
Frogmite
FrogmiteSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
172
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.)

4 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 Myr Retriever
Myr Retriever
Myr RetrieverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Myr Retriever is put into a graveyard from play, return another target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.


4 Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of NatureSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
210
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell this turn, draw a card.

4 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 Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.

2 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.

2 KCI
1 Beacon of Creation
Beacon of Creation
Beacon of CreationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Put a 1/1 green insect creature token into play for each forest you control. Shuffle Beacon of Creation back into its owner's library instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

8 (Possibly 4 Child of Thorns
Child of Thorns
Child of ThornsSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
123
Artist:
Jeff Easley
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Child of Thorns Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
/4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Sakura-Tribe ElderSet: Commander
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Sakura-Tribe Elder: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
)

So how does it all work you ask? I’ll let the mind behind the deck tell you.


klarfax: 2 Myr Retriever
Myr Retriever
Myr RetrieverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Myr Retriever is put into a graveyard from play, return another target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.
s + 2 Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.
+ Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.
or 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.
= Infinite counters on Spawning Pit
Spawning Pit
Spawning PitSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
141
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Sacrifice a creature: Put a charge counter on Spawning Pit. 1, Remove two charge counters from Spawning Pit: Put a 2/2 Spawn artifact creature token into play.
or infinite damage with 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.
. One Myr Retriever
Myr Retriever
Myr RetrieverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Myr Retriever is put into a graveyard from play, return another target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.
gets sacrificed to get the other back, and the Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.
s provide the mana to do this as many times as you need. Add 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.
or Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of Nature
Glimpse of NatureSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
210
Artist:
Shishizaru
Text:
Whenever you play a creature spell this turn, draw a card.
for infinite card draw.


Note that draws are optional with 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.
but mandatory with Glimpse - the way to keep from decking yourself with Glimpse if you get the combo going is to cast Beacon of Creation
Beacon of Creation
Beacon of CreationSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
82
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Put a 1/1 green insect creature token into play for each forest you control. Shuffle Beacon of Creation back into its owner's library instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.
multiple times - it keeps going back into your deck to draw again. 2 Myr Retriever
Myr Retriever
Myr RetrieverSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Myr
Rarity:
U
Number:
215
Artist:
Trevor Hairsine
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Myr Retriever is put into a graveyard from play, return another target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.
s + KCI is an infinite loop. Add 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.
or Glimpse for card draw. Adding a Tangleroot
Tangleroot
TanglerootSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
259
Artist:
Dana Knutson
Text:
Whenever a player plays a creature spell, that player adds G to his or her mana pool.
turns this into infinite mana.

For you MODO players out there you can find me online almost every night (No Rest For The Wicked, or in this case Wretched), so come on and say hi, pm me for questions or if you have a deck that you think should see the light of ink just type /addbuddy Th3_Wr3tch3d.

Until next time, may you have good luck and good draws.


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