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The Evolution of Bad - Rodney Hines (1/27/2012)

The Guidelines:

1: Start with a preconstructed deck and play it, unedited.
2: Play it for a minimum of five games.
3: Change no more than five cards at a time.
4: Build a respectable deck that’s fun to play.
5: Build an affordable deck.


Too much? Too soon? No idea who I am or what I’m doing here? Perhaps I should back up and explain my purpose for this article. My name is Rodney, and I’ve been playing Magic off and on since Revised. This doesn’t mean that I’ve been good at it for any stage of my playing, it just means that I remember rage quitting a game because that stupid Gaea’s Liege kept turning all my lands to Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s. I’ve come into this game three times, have left it twice, and am currently in my longest stint of continual playing/keeping up with the game that I’ve ever done. While that may be interesting to me, I doubt that it is to you, so I will move into why I’m writing this article.

When I came back into Magic for the third time, it was during Ravnica previews. This was a great time to be coming back in, because dude. Ravnica. There are two things that I remember as being huge reasons I got back into this game. The first reason was the first preview card I ever saw: Watchwolf
Watchwolf
WatchwolfSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wolf
Rarity:
U
Number:
239
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
. (Apologies to J. Sukenik92 over on SCG) The concept, the art, the stats…they blew what little hair I had at the time straight back. The second reason was an article series on dailymtg.com called “Building on a Budget”, as written by Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar.

His articles were, in my humble opinion, the pinnacle of Magic Writing on the InterTron, and it was a sad day indeed when he chose to stop writing articles. (On a side note, do you think it’s coincidence that Jay Moldenhauer-Salazar and Jace the Mind Sculptor have the same initials? I don’t.) I’ve not found anyone that has picked up his formula for writing articles, and it saddens me. I know that I have neither the deckbuilding chops nor the writing chops to write the articles that he could. But. I don’t see anyone else doing it, and I’ve very recently moved into playing on MTGO, so I have a newly minted chance to bring back a type of article that I’ve missed. This article will be my attempting to replicate his formula. So, let’s begin!

My completely arbitrary numeric point will be 20 dollars. That is, I will spend 13 on the deck from the MTGO store, and then I will allow myself up to 7 dollars in tickets to tweak the deck. Given how new I am to MTGO, this will also allow me to use my budget in a way that I think will be much more fun for me than just randomly surfing and buying new decks and cards.

For my jumping in point, I’ve selected the Innistrad theme deck “Deathly Dominion.” I do this for a couple of reasons. I want a deck that has fairly obvious themes for the starter and I want a deck that I’ll enjoy playing. Black/Green has always been a favorite of mine, so why not start with something right in my sweet spot. One of the first things that JMS did in his articles was to examine the deck for themes, both major and minor. Seems like now is as good of a time as any to do that.


Deck List!
Deathly Dominion, Stock.

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

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


Creatures
1 Ambush Viper
Ambush Viper
Ambush ViperSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

1 Brain Weevil
Brain Weevil
Brain WeevilSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Anthony Jones
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Intimidate (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.) Sacrifice Brain Weevil: Target player discards two cards. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

2 Devouring Swarm
Devouring Swarm
Devouring SwarmSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Sacrifice a creature: Devouring Swarm gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

2 RGlzY2lwbGUgb2YgGriselbrand
Griselbrand
GriselbrandSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
M
Number:
106
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying, lifelink Pay 7 life: Draw seven cards.

2 Festerhide Boar
Festerhide Boar
Festerhide BoarSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Boar
Rarity:
C
Number:
179
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Trample Morbid — Festerhide Boar enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it if a creature died this turn.

2 Hollowhenge Scavenger
Hollowhenge Scavenger
Hollowhenge ScavengerSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Slawomir Maniak
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Morbid — When Hollowhenge Scavenger enters the battlefield, if a creature died this turn, you gain 5 life.

2 Lumberknot
Lumberknot
LumberknotSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
Jason A. Engle
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.) Whenever a creature dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Lumberknot.

1 Moldgraf Monstrosity
Moldgraf Monstrosity
Moldgraf MonstrositySet: Innistrad
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Power:
8
Toughness:
8
Text:
Trample When Moldgraf Monstrosity dies, exile it, then return two creature cards at random from your graveyard to the battlefield.

2 Morkrut Banshee
Morkrut Banshee
Morkrut BansheeSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Morbid — When Morkrut Banshee enters the battlefield, if a creature died this turn, target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.

2 Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling SkeletonSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
112
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{B}: Return Reassembling Skeleton from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.

1 Skirsdag High Priest
Skirsdag High Priest
Skirsdag High PriestSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Jason A. Engle
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morbid — {T}, Tap two untapped creatures you control: Put a 5/5 black Demon creature token with flying onto the battlefield. Activate this ability only if a creature died this turn.

1 Somberwald Spider
Somberwald Spider
Somberwald SpiderSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
202
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.) Morbid — Somberwald Spider enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it if a creature died this turn.

1 Typhoid Rats
Typhoid Rats
Typhoid RatsSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

2 Warpath Ghoul
Warpath Ghoul
Warpath GhoulSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
2

2 Woodland Sleuth
Woodland Sleuth
Woodland SleuthSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Scout
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Morbid — When Woodland Sleuth enters the battlefield, if a creature died this turn, return a creature card at random from your graveyard to your hand.


Artifacts
1 Demonmail Hauberk
Demonmail Hauberk
Demonmail HauberkSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Equipped creature gets +4/+2. Equip—Sacrifice a creature.


Enchantments
2 Dead Weight
Dead Weight
Dead WeightSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.


Instants
1 Altar's Reap
Altar's Reap
Altar's ReapSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
As an additional cost to cast Altar's Reap, sacrifice a creature. Draw two cards.

1 Doom Blade
Doom Blade
Doom BladeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature.

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


Sorceries
2 Caravan Vigil
Caravan Vigil
Caravan VigilSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
173
Artist:
Drew Baker
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library. Morbid — You may put that card onto the battlefield instead of putting it into your hand if a creature died this turn.

1 Make a Wish
Make a Wish
Make a WishSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
192
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Return two cards at random from your graveyard to your hand.

1 Prey Upon
Prey Upon
Prey UponSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

2 Rampant Growth
Rampant Growth
Rampant GrowthSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Tom Kyffin
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.



So, tapping my lip, I look upon these cards and I see a few themes. The central theme of the piece seems to be morbid. Yes, this is why I get paid the big bucks around here, for incisive insight! I count twelve cards with the morbid ability, which is used for various types of effects. The most common is to make the creature bigger with a whopping three cards. A touch of life gain, a touch of recursion, a touch of ramp, a touch of token producing, and a touch of removal. What I like about morbid, at least from the comfort of my extra large computer chair, is that it is a varied and versatile ability. What do I want to use this extra life energy for? I think I’ll (insert whatever effect).

The secondary theme to the deck is sacrifice. Just like any good overlord, you choose when to make something else do the sacrificing in your deck. Seven cards have the word “sacrifice” as part of a cost, meaning that it shouldn’t be terribly difficult to trigger morbid at a time and place of your choosing. (That, kids, is known as “Foreshadow
Foreshadow
ForeshadowSet: Visions
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
George Pratt
Text:
Name a card. Put the top card from target opponent's library into his or her graveyard. If that card is the one named, draw a card.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
ing”) Of course, just sacrificing to sacrifice seems somewhat silly. Extra cards, pumping an evasive threat, a touch more life gain…again with the varied abilities. Also, Mr. Lumberknot
Lumberknot
LumberknotSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
Jason A. Engle
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.) Whenever a creature dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Lumberknot.
appreciates your continued sacrificial support.

Recursion is the tertiary theme that I see within the stock deck. Woodland Sleuth
Woodland Sleuth
Woodland SleuthSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Scout
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Morbid — When Woodland Sleuth enters the battlefield, if a creature died this turn, return a creature card at random from your graveyard to your hand.
, Make a Wish
Make a Wish
Make a WishSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
192
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Return two cards at random from your graveyard to your hand.
, Mr. Moldgraf Monstrosity
Moldgraf Monstrosity
Moldgraf MonstrositySet: Innistrad
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Power:
8
Toughness:
8
Text:
Trample When Moldgraf Monstrosity dies, exile it, then return two creature cards at random from your graveyard to the battlefield.
, and Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling SkeletonSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
112
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{B}: Return Reassembling Skeleton from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.
all love to see things come back from the graveyard to where you can put them to good use. Of course, I always prefer them to go back onto the battlefield, but free cards are free cards, and I’ll not pass up the chance to put them back into my hand. At least, I won’t pass it up yet.

There are a couple of minor themes that I don’t feel like I have to spend much time on. Green deck equals ramp, at least in a minor dose. One thing that I have a habit of enjoying is a light splash in an otherwise two color deck, using the green ramp and selection to make it much easier for the splash to occur consistently. A great example of this is the splash of black in the Innistrad Event Deck “Deathfed”. Green/Blue with a touch of black in the late game for access to splashy effects, just my speed.

Black kills creatures, green kills artifacts, and can do it at instant speed. Instant speed utility is always nice, and it plays into the major themes. If only I was good at comedy, I’d make a joke at DoomBladeGuy. [Editor's note: You know, the dude who just claims creatures are bad because they “die to Doom Blade
Doom Blade
Doom BladeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature.
” - he's on Twitter, look him up] Oh well, lost chances.

From my chair, I see a couple of cuts that I’d like to make already, but that’s not how this works! First, I have to play some games to see how the deck runs! Off to Just for Fun!


Game 1Green/black/blue/white Flare
Flare
FlareSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Andrew Robinson
Text:
Flare deals 1 damage to target creature or player.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn.
type deck

He wins the roll, starts with GW fastland and 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.
. My turn one, typical for a black deck, is to kill the elves with a Dead Weight
Dead Weight
Dead WeightSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.
. Man! I’m good at this game! He plays a Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
and passes turn, which I come back strong from with a second swamp and a Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling SkeletonSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
112
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{B}: Return Reassembling Skeleton from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.
. He plays a Sunpetal Grove
Sunpetal Grove
Sunpetal GroveSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
Jason Chan
Text:
Sunpetal Grove enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or a Plains.{T}: Add {G} or {W} to your mana pool.
, I lay a third swamp and get in for one. Turn four goes much the same, except he plays Razorverge Thicket
Razorverge Thicket
Razorverge ThicketSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
228
Artist:
James Paick
Text:
Razorverge Thicket enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {G} or {W} to your mana pool.
instead, and I lay a fourth swamp and Brain Weevil
Brain Weevil
Brain WeevilSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Anthony Jones
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Intimidate (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.) Sacrifice Brain Weevil: Target player discards two cards. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.
hits the board. Turn five, the first interesting play happens when a Parallel Lives
Parallel Lives
Parallel LivesSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
199
Artist:
Steve Prescott
Text:
If an effect would put one or more tokens onto the battlefield under your control, it puts twice that many of those tokens onto the battlefield instead.
hits the board. Spiders? I play a forest for my land drop, get in for 2, then use Weevil to see him bin Sheoldred and Wurmcoil Engine
Wurmcoil Engine
Wurmcoil EngineSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
M
Number:
223
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Deathtouch, lifelink When Wurmcoil Engine is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Wurm artifact creature token with deathtouch and a 3/3 colorless Wurm artifact creature token with lifelink onto the battlefield.
. So, okay…spiders with awesome freaking creatures? Seems somewhat good.

He lays a Darkslick Shores
Darkslick Shores
Darkslick ShoresSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
226
Artist:
Charles Urbach
Text:
Darkslick Shores enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands. {T}: Add {U} or {B} to your mana pool.
for his 6th turn, while I make a gamebreaker of a play in casting Make a Wish
Make a Wish
Make a WishSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
192
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Return two cards at random from your graveyard to your hand.
with only two cards (Dead Weight
Dead Weight
Dead WeightSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.
and Brain Weevil
Brain Weevil
Brain WeevilSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Anthony Jones
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Intimidate (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.) Sacrifice Brain Weevil: Target player discards two cards. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.
) in my graveyard. Variance? What’s that? Turn 7 means that he plays another Razorverge and then Acidic Slime
Acidic Slime
Acidic SlimeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) When Acidic Slime enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.
s my only forest. Not to fear though, because I’m good at this game! I rip a forest off the top (like a champ) and lay it on the ground! I hit Dead Weight
Dead Weight
Dead WeightSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.
to remove his Slime, then I cast Brain Weevil
Brain Weevil
Brain WeevilSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Anthony Jones
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Intimidate (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.) Sacrifice Brain Weevil: Target player discards two cards. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.
. I get in for my accustomed 1, then I notice that he only has two cards in hand. I try to remove the variance and just make him discard all his cards by activating my Weevil. He discards Evil Twin
Evil Twin
Evil TwinSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Shapeshifter
Rarity:
R
Number:
212
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
You may have Evil Twin enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield except it gains "{U}{B}, {T}: Destroy target creature with the same name as this creature."
and Wurmcoil Engine
Wurmcoil Engine
Wurmcoil EngineSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
6
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Wurm
Rarity:
M
Number:
223
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Deathtouch, lifelink When Wurmcoil Engine is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, put a 3/3 colorless Wurm artifact creature token with deathtouch and a 3/3 colorless Wurm artifact creature token with lifelink onto the battlefield.
, and makes me feel all proud by complimenting my play. However, he’s pretty good at this game too, as he promptly rips an Acidic Slime
Acidic Slime
Acidic SlimeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ooze
Rarity:
U
Number:
165
Artist:
Karl Kopinski
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Deathtouch (Creatures dealt damage by this creature are destroyed. You can divide this creature's combat damage among any of the creatures blocking or blocked by it.) When Acidic Slime enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.
to destroy my only Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
.

At this point, my hand has four green spells/creatures in it and a Devouring Swarm
Devouring Swarm
Devouring SwarmSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Sacrifice a creature: Devouring Swarm gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
. I play the Swarm and pass. Then, his deck decides to dye its hair blonde and go Super Level 4 on me. He casts Unburial Rites
Unburial Rites
Unburial RitesSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Artist:
Ryan Pancoast
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Flashback {3}{W} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)
(who saw that coming? You? In the back? Sit down.) targeting a Wurmcoil, and we move to the downhill portion of the game. I get another Skeleton, he reanimates Sheoldred. Seems a fair trade, amirite? So, he wins. Very fun deck, cool dude.


Game 2UG Proliferate/Infect
Long story short: He gets an early couple of poison counters on me, then grinds out the win with a Contagion Clasp
Contagion Clasp
Contagion ClaspSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
144
Artist:
Anthony Palumbo
Text:
When Contagion Clasp enters the battlefield, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature. {4}, {T}: Proliferate. (You choose any number of permanents and/or players with counters on them, then give each another counter of a kind already there.)
. For the second game in a row, I prayed for the one of Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
s to come to me….it didn’t happen. He had Necropede
Necropede
NecropedeSet: Scars of Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
U
Number:
185
Artist:
Nic Klein
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Infect (This creature deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.) When Necropede is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may put a -1/-1 counter on target creature.
s and Glistener Elves. I had Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling SkeletonSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
112
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{B}: Return Reassembling Skeleton from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.
and a Lumberknot
Lumberknot
LumberknotSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
Jason A. Engle
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.) Whenever a creature dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Lumberknot.
showed up to do some campaigning with the kids. But for the second out of two games, I had issues getting out the second forest that I needed. It would stand to reason that the reverse would be true, since I have more forests than swamps. But nope! Also of note here is that I have yet to even draw a way to sacrifice. I’ve had a Banshee
Banshee
BansheeSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Banshee
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, T: Banshee deals X damage, half (rounded up) to you and half (rounded down) to target creature or player.
in hand both games and couldn’t activate the morbid to kill something.


Game 3UW weenie control?
I finally drew more than one forest in my open, good sign! He leads on Plains
Plains
PlainsSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add W to your mana pool.
, I play forest. He says Alabaster Mage
Alabaster Mage
Alabaster MageSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
2
Artist:
Izzy
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{W}: Target creature you control gains lifelink until end of turn. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)
, I say Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling SkeletonSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
112
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{B}: Return Reassembling Skeleton from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.
(hereon known as Skeletor, the Younger Years Edition). He drops an island, makes a Phantasmal Bear
Phantasmal Bear
Phantasmal BearSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bear Illusion
Rarity:
C
Number:
70
Artist:
Ryan Yee
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Phantasmal Bear becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.
, and swings. I block with Skeletor the Younger, then reply with Dead Weight
Dead Weight
Dead WeightSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.
on the Mage. He swings with the bear, I EOT Skeletor back to the field, then drop both a Typhoid Rats
Typhoid Rats
Typhoid RatsSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
and RGlzY2lwbGUgb2YgGriselbrand
Griselbrand
GriselbrandSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
M
Number:
106
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying, lifelink Pay 7 life: Draw seven cards.
. He plays a Benalish Veteran
Benalish Veteran
Benalish VeteranSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Soldier
Rarity:
C
Number:
10
Artist:
Steven Belledin
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Benalish Veteran attacks, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, I come back with a Demon
Demon
DemonSet: Divine vs Demonic
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
C
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Flying
skin Hauberk, immediately equipping to my Typhoid Rats
Typhoid Rats
Typhoid RatsSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
via Skeletor’s brave and noble sacrifice. He brings out Gideon’s Lawkeeper, which threatens to ruin my Ginormous Rat Strategy. I Make a Wish
Make a Wish
Make a WishSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
192
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Return two cards at random from your graveyard to your hand.
, returning both Dead Weight
Dead Weight
Dead WeightSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.
and Skeletor to my hand, then make the Lawkeeper Dead Weight
Dead Weight
Dead WeightSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.
. Budget cuts, you know.

I eventually win this game, after playing creatures and swinging. One notable sequence was when he Mind Control
Mind Control
Mind ControlSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Enchant creatureYou control enchanted creature.
led my Warpath Ghoul
Warpath Ghoul
Warpath GhoulSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
, then I Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
d to get it back. I could have played it better by either sacrificing the Ghoul out from under the Mind Control
Mind Control
Mind ControlSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Enchant creatureYou control enchanted creature.
, or by waiting for my opponent to untap before Naturalizing. Of course, I figured out both plays 3 seconds after clicking the Okay button. Maybe this article will make me get better at this game.


Game 4
Nothing to see here. Run over promptly by a dude playing UW hexproof. Geist, Stalker, Pike, War and Peace. Nothing to see, move along.


Game 5R Burning Vengeance
Burning Vengeance
Burning VengeanceSet: Innistrad
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
133
Artist:
Raymond Swanland
Text:
Whenever you cast a spell from your graveyard, Burning Vengeance deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Strangely, I didn't feel like I was ever really out of this game until he stuck a Charmbreaker Devils
Charmbreaker Devils
Charmbreaker DevilsSet: Innistrad
Cost:
6
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Devil
Rarity:
R
Number:
134
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, return an instant or sorcery card at random from your graveyard to your hand. Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, Charmbreaker Devils gets +4/+0 until end of turn.
. Then, the recurring spells were a bit much for me. He did get out the namesake of his deck, and I was a little frightened, but then I remembered that I had a Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
in my hand, and, well....got his enchantment closer to nature. Skeletor's ability to be a general annoyance was wonderful here, as there were several times that a 12/4 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.
mbreaker was coming in, but since there was no trample to be found, Skeletor took a (He-)Manly punch for me instead. Seemed like a fun deck, and not one that I think my deck auto loses to. The world for an Altar's Reap
Altar's Reap
Altar's ReapSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
As an additional cost to cast Altar's Reap, sacrifice a creature. Draw two cards.
to turn on my Banshee
Banshee
BansheeSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Banshee
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, T: Banshee deals X damage, half (rounded up) to you and half (rounded down) to target creature or player.
s... any thing for a sac outlet.


Okay, so that was five games. What I noticed was what was obvious. Inconsistent deck is inconsistent. Either I drew a high number of morbid cards, or I drew several ways to sacrifice creatures, but never the two and never at the same time. Also, for a black deck, I certainly seemed to have a hard time removing problematic creatures that I could target. Game 4...well...nothing to see, move along. So, what types of changes do I want to make? Well, that's going to depend heavily on what themes I want to play up. Morbid is a lot of fun, thematically awesome, and right in the colors. It is, however, a sorcery speed ability. Given how much of Standard right now leans toward instant speed and high pressure aggro, I have reservations against pushing a theme that keeps me at sorcery speed. But it is a huge reason that I picked up the deck in the first place, so morbid it is! Besides, this first round of cuts is going to be aimed at consistency, not at theme. Make deck play better!

+2 Altars Reap
Reap
ReapSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ron Chironna
Text:
Return any number of target cards from your graveyard to your hand. You cannot choose more cards than the number of black permanents target opponent controls.
= .06 +2 Doom Blade
Doom Blade
Doom BladeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature.
s = .06 +1 Ambush Viper
Ambush Viper
Ambush ViperSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
= .03
-2 Warpath Ghoul
Warpath Ghoul
Warpath GhoulSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
-1 Moldgraf Monstrosity
Moldgraf Monstrosity
Moldgraf MonstrositySet: Innistrad
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Power:
8
Toughness:
8
Text:
Trample When Moldgraf Monstrosity dies, exile it, then return two creature cards at random from your graveyard to the battlefield.
-1 Prey Upon
Prey Upon
Prey UponSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)
-1 D. Swarm

So, why did I do what I did?


OUT
-1 Prey Upon
Prey Upon
Prey UponSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)
: If I'm in green/black, I have much better options for kill spells. If they can be targeted, Doom Blade
Doom Blade
Doom BladeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature.
and Go for the Throat
Go for the Throat
Go for the ThroatSet: Mirrodin Besieged
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
43
Artist:
David Rapoza
Text:
Destroy target nonartifact creature.
do a much better job of killing it dead than Prey Upon
Prey Upon
Prey UponSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
200
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Text:
Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)
, which is too reliant on other green things being around. Not interested in playing a strictly inferior card. Now, if I was going mono green ramp and big monsters...that would be different.

-1 Moldgraf Monstrosity
Moldgraf Monstrosity
Moldgraf MonstrositySet: Innistrad
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
194
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Power:
8
Toughness:
8
Text:
Trample When Moldgraf Monstrosity dies, exile it, then return two creature cards at random from your graveyard to the battlefield.
: Why would I get rid of the biggest creature? The biggest source of creatures back onto the battlefield, not even to my hand?!? Well, the triple green was a source of concern for me, given that five games have shown me an issue with getting out the appropriate mana. Maybe the Altar Reap
Reap
ReapSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ron Chironna
Text:
Return any number of target cards from your graveyard to your hand. You cannot choose more cards than the number of black permanents target opponent controls.
s will help with the card draw (and by maybe, I mean they should) and I'll be able to bring him back in when I'm thinking about how I'll actually win games. But right now, there's more of a need for me to be able to draw cards, activate morbid, and get to a point where the extra cards and recursion can do something for me. Definitely something to keep in the back of the head.

-1 Devouring Swarm
Devouring Swarm
Devouring SwarmSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Sacrifice a creature: Devouring Swarm gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
: Three mana, two of which is colored, for an evasive threat that I can use to kill my plentiful creatures (sac!) for a +1/+1. I'd rather find other, better effects to get out of my sac outlets than +1's.

-2 Warpath Ghoul
Warpath Ghoul
Warpath GhoulSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
rk post
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
: Fairly efficient, good beater, but boring and doesn't fit into any theme that I wanted to have. I hate that I've now murdered my my mana curve, but we'll see if we can't address that at some point.


IN
+2 Altars Reap
Reap
ReapSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ron Chironna
Text:
Return any number of target cards from your graveyard to your hand. You cannot choose more cards than the number of black permanents target opponent controls.
: Morbid does me no good if I can't trigger it on a whim. Altars Reap
Reap
ReapSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ron Chironna
Text:
Return any number of target cards from your graveyard to your hand. You cannot choose more cards than the number of black permanents target opponent controls.
can be used in response to all kinds of nasty effects (burn, kills, bounce, whatever), provides gas for the massive bonfire (Bic lighter) that is my deck, and lets me play a little more at instant speed.

+2 Doom Blade
Doom Blade
Doom BladeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature.
: Kill spell kills creatures. I like killing creatures. And I follow this guy on Twitter, so seems like a good place to get him in.

+1 Ambush Viper
Ambush Viper
Ambush ViperSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)
: Hex
Hex
HexSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
6
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
89
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Destroy six target creatures.
proof seems like it's going to be an issue for me. I don't have any edict effects (yet) and until I hit the “late” game, my creatures tend to have one power, which doesn't do me tons of good against Geist of St. Traft. Green's Doom Blade
Doom Blade
Doom BladeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature.
seems like an inclusion that I'll be happy to use. Also, the instant speed is again a huge plus in a deck that is built around a mechanic that stays sorcery speed.


Deck List
Deathly Dominion Version 1.1

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

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


Creatures
2 Ambush Viper
Ambush Viper
Ambush ViperSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
C
Number:
169
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.) Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

1 Brain Weevil
Brain Weevil
Brain WeevilSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Anthony Jones
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Intimidate (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.) Sacrifice Brain Weevil: Target player discards two cards. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

1 Devouring Swarm
Devouring Swarm
Devouring SwarmSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Sacrifice a creature: Devouring Swarm gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

2 RGlzY2lwbGUgb2YgGriselbrand
Griselbrand
GriselbrandSet: Avacyn Restored
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Demon
Rarity:
M
Number:
106
Artist:
Igor Kieryluk
Power:
7
Toughness:
7
Text:
Flying, lifelink Pay 7 life: Draw seven cards.

2 Festerhide Boar
Festerhide Boar
Festerhide BoarSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Boar
Rarity:
C
Number:
179
Artist:
Nils Hamm
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Trample Morbid — Festerhide Boar enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it if a creature died this turn.

2 Hollowhenge Scavenger
Hollowhenge Scavenger
Hollowhenge ScavengerSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental
Rarity:
U
Number:
188
Artist:
Slawomir Maniak
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Morbid — When Hollowhenge Scavenger enters the battlefield, if a creature died this turn, you gain 5 life.
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2 Lumberknot
Lumberknot
LumberknotSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Treefolk
Rarity:
U
Number:
191
Artist:
Jason A. Engle
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Hexproof (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.) Whenever a creature dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Lumberknot.

2 Morkrut Banshee
Morkrut Banshee
Morkrut BansheeSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
110
Artist:
Svetlin Velinov
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Morbid — When Morkrut Banshee enters the battlefield, if a creature died this turn, target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.

2 Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling Skeleton
Reassembling SkeletonSet: Magic 2011
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton Warrior
Rarity:
U
Number:
112
Artist:
Austin Hsu
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
{1}{B}: Return Reassembling Skeleton from your graveyard to the battlefield tapped.

1 Skirsdag High Priest
Skirsdag High Priest
Skirsdag High PriestSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Jason A. Engle
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Morbid — {T}, Tap two untapped creatures you control: Put a 5/5 black Demon creature token with flying onto the battlefield. Activate this ability only if a creature died this turn.

1 Somberwald Spider
Somberwald Spider
Somberwald SpiderSet: Innistrad
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
C
Number:
202
Artist:
Volkan Baga
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.) Morbid — Somberwald Spider enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it if a creature died this turn.

1 Typhoid Rats
Typhoid Rats
Typhoid RatsSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Rat
Rarity:
C
Number:
120
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Deathtouch (Any amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

2 Woodland Sleuth
Woodland Sleuth
Woodland SleuthSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Scout
Rarity:
C
Number:
210
Artist:
Tomasz Jedruszek
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Morbid — When Woodland Sleuth enters the battlefield, if a creature died this turn, return a creature card at random from your graveyard to your hand.


Artifacts
1 Demonmail Hauberk
Demonmail Hauberk
Demonmail HauberkSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Sub Type:
Equipment
Rarity:
U
Number:
221
Artist:
Jason Felix
Text:
Equipped creature gets +4/+2. Equip—Sacrifice a creature.


Enchantments
2 Dead Weight
Dead Weight
Dead WeightSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets -2/-2.


Instants
3 Altar's Reap
Altar's Reap
Altar's ReapSet: Innistrad
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
As an additional cost to cast Altar's Reap, sacrifice a creature. Draw two cards.

3 Doom Blade
Doom Blade
Doom BladeSet: Magic 2010
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Destroy target nonblack creature.

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


Sorceries
2 Caravan Vigil
Caravan Vigil
Caravan VigilSet: Innistrad
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
173
Artist:
Drew Baker
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library. Morbid — You may put that card onto the battlefield instead of putting it into your hand if a creature died this turn.

1 Make a Wish
Make a Wish
Make a WishSet: Innistrad
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
192
Artist:
Howard Lyon
Text:
Return two cards at random from your graveyard to your hand.

2 Rampant Growth
Rampant Growth
Rampant GrowthSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
246
Artist:
Tom Kyffin
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.



So, taking another look at my deck, I like the changes in theory. Speeding up my options, a little more card draw that fits the theme, more kill spells should all help me defend myself a little better. However, my three slot on ye ol' mana curve has only one Devouring Swarm
Devouring Swarm
Devouring SwarmSet: Magic 2012
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
C
Number:
91
Artist:
Wayne England
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying Sacrifice a creature: Devouring Swarm gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
holding it down. I'm also not sure how I'll actually get to the point that I start to win the game. I'm thinking that it's going to be either Hauberk equipped onto whatever or 4/4 Banshee
Banshee
BansheeSet: Chronicles
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Banshee
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
X, T: Banshee deals X damage, half (rounded up) to you and half (rounded down) to target creature or player.
s and 4/5 Scavengers randomly beating down. I haven't drawn the High Priest in a position to use him yet, so I'll let him go on a round of cuts.

I think that close to 3000 words should be enough for the first article. If there is anyone that actually reads this (and made it all the way to the end, thanks for the perseverance), my burning question is: how much detail goes into a good game recap? Do people prefer the complete turn by turn breakdown or the key points? I've tried a range of level of details in this article, to get precisely that feedback. Also, any other feedback (voice, tone, what you liked/didn't like) is always welcome. Please understand that constructive criticism is welcomed...the other type is not. I know asking the internet to be gentle is spitting in the wind...but please. Be gentle.


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