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Now that the new set (Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
) is tourney legal, it’s time to start looking at the possible match ups you may encounter. With the basic decks covered in my first article, I will now dive into the possibility of “combo” decks in the Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
legal standard environment. I will cover four combo decks in this article. As with most combo decks, the main components stay the same, but there might be specific cards that vary from deck to deck for personal preference and for the specific metagame.

“Breaking Madness”

With the new mechanic in Torment
Torment
TormentSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
23
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Enchanted creature gets -3/-0.
being madness, I decided to take a look at how to most aptly apply the mechanic to the constructed field. Madness needs a way to discard the cards to make them most effective. Thus, how to GET and FORCE the discard of the cards became the issue. Enter Wild Research
Wild Research
Wild ResearchSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
1W: Search your library for an enchantment card and reveal that card. Put it into your hand, then discard a card at random from your hand. Then shuffle your library. 1U: Search your library for an instant card and reveal that card. Put it into your hand, then discard a card at random from your hand. Then shuffle your library.
! With Wild Research
Wild Research
Wild ResearchSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
1W: Search your library for an enchantment card and reveal that card. Put it into your hand, then discard a card at random from your hand. Then shuffle your library. 1U: Search your library for an instant card and reveal that card. Put it into your hand, then discard a card at random from your hand. Then shuffle your library.
and no cards in hand, you can search for the madness spell and discard it in one smooth motion. Tap a blue and another search for Volcanic eruption, tap 1RR and play the spell. At instant speed and the activation of 1U you can get what ever instant madness spell is necessary. With that said, you need a way to get rid of the cards in your hand while being able to get to the research to play. Thus the rest of the deck is ways to get to the “combo” and protect it.

The Deck:

4 x Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U

4 x Compulsion
Compulsion
CompulsionSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
1U, Discard a card from your hand: Draw a card. 1U, Sacrifice Compulsion: Draw a card.

4 x RmllcnkgTemper
Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.

4 x Sonic Seizure
Sonic Seizure
Sonic SeizureSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Text:
As an additional cost to play Sonic Seizure, discard a card at random from your hand. Sonic Seizure deals 3 damage to target creature or player.

4 x Volcanic Eruption
Volcanic Eruption
Volcanic EruptionSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Destroys X mountains of your choice, and does 1 damage to each player and each creature in play for each mountain destroyed.

4 x Dwell on the Past
Dwell on the Past
Dwell on the PastSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
124
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
Target player shuffles up to four target cards from his or her graveyard into his or her library.

4 x Wild Research
Wild Research
Wild ResearchSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
72
Artist:
Gary Ruddell
Text:
1W: Search your library for an enchantment card and reveal that card. Put it into your hand, then discard a card at random from your hand. Then shuffle your library. 1U: Search your library for an instant card and reveal that card. Put it into your hand, then discard a card at random from your hand. Then shuffle your library.

4 x Aqumoeba
4 x Obsessive Search
Obsessive Search
Obsessive SearchSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Text:
Draw a card. Madness U

2 x Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya Coast
Yavimaya CoastSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add G or U to your mana pool. Yavimaya Coast deals 1 damage to you.

4 x Shivan Reef
Shivan Reef
Shivan ReefSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
142
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add U or R to your mana pool. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.

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

4 x Shivan Oasis
Shivan Oasis
Shivan OasisSet: Invasion
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
327
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Shivan Oasis comes into play tapped.T: Add R or G to your mana pool.

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


The deck is based upon the research and with no way to “tutor” for the card 4 copies seem like the logical choice.

The Madness:
4 x Circular Logic
Circular Logic
Circular LogicSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each card in your graveyard. Madness U
(The protection)
4 x Obsessive Search
Obsessive Search
Obsessive SearchSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Text:
Draw a card. Madness U
(The setup of the research)
4 x RmllcnkgTemper
Temper
TemperSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
120
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Text:
Prevent up to X damage to target creature. For each 1 damage prevented in this way, put a +1/+1 counter on that creature.

4 x Volcanic Eruption
Volcanic Eruption
Volcanic EruptionSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Destroys X mountains of your choice, and does 1 damage to each player and each creature in play for each mountain destroyed.
(The burn)

The setup:
4 x Compulsion
Compulsion
CompulsionSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
1U, Discard a card from your hand: Draw a card. 1U, Sacrifice Compulsion: Draw a card.
(The setup with the Obsessive search)
4 x Aqumoeba (A flying creature for attack or block at the worst, a way to discard cards when necessary)
4 x Sonic Seizure
Sonic Seizure
Sonic SeizureSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
115
Text:
As an additional cost to play Sonic Seizure, discard a card at random from your hand. Sonic Seizure deals 3 damage to target creature or player.
(Extra burn when needed and another way to discard cards for madness or to keep the research at 100% effectiveness)

The reload:
4 x Dwell on the past (Reload any spells that are needed a second time, remember you want the cards in your library, not your hand or graveyard)

“Rice Snacks”

This deck works on the principle of generating lots of mana quickly and then using it in one quick blast to kill you. This deck abuses mana acceleration and denial to solidify it’s board position to set up the final combo. This deck has seen quite a bit of evolution since it’s inception, but the basic premise has been the same from the beginning, survive and then conquer in one swoop.

4 x 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.

4 x Far Wanderings
Far Wanderings
Far WanderingsSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library. Threshold - Instead search your library for three basic land cards and put them into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

4 x Evasive Action
Evasive Action
Evasive ActionSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
23
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 1 for each basic land type among lands you control.

3 x Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction
Fact or FictionSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
57
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two face-up piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

4 x Allied Strategies
Allied Strategies
Allied StrategiesSet: Planeshift
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
20
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Target player draws a card for each basic land type among lands he or she controls.

3 x Collective Restraint
Collective Restraint
Collective RestraintSet: Invasion
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
49
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Text:
Creatures can't attack you unless their controller pays X for each creature attacking you, where X is the number of basic land types among lands you control. (This cost is paid as attackers are declared.)

2 x Pernicious Deed
Pernicious Deed
Pernicious DeedSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
114
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
X, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.

1 x Holistic Wisdom
Holistic Wisdom
Holistic WisdomSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
243
Artist:
Rebecca Guay
Text:
2, Remove a card in your hand from the game: Return target card from your graveyard to your hand if it shares a type with the card removed this way. (The card types are artifact, creature, enchantment, instant, land and sorcery.)

4 x Early Harvest
Early Harvest
Early HarvestSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Target player untaps all basic lands he or she controls.

1 x Ghitu Fire
Ghitu Fire
Ghitu FireSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
144
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You may play Ghitu Fire any time you could play an instant if you pay 2 more to play it.Ghitu Fire deals X damage to target creature or player.

1 x Death Grasp
Death Grasp
Death GraspSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
95
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Death Grasp deals X damage to target creature or player. You gain X life.

1 x Time Stretch
Time Stretch
Time StretchSet: Odyssey
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
108
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Target player takes two extra turns after this one.

2 x Nostalgic Dreams
Nostalgic Dreams
Nostalgic DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Text:
As an additional cost to play Nostalgic Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Return X target cards from your graveyard to your hand. Remove Nostalgic Dreams from the game.

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

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

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

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

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


This deck uses the far wanderings and rampant growths to smooth its mana base and the power the collective restraints to stop the opponent’s creature rush. The dreams and wisdom let you reuse some of your previously used spells and the strategies and fact or fictions give you the card draw necessary to setup the combo pieces of harvest and Fire/grasp.
“Breaking Laquatus”

This is basically a control Black Red deck with the final touch of playing the Laquatuts from your graveyard in one deadly turn. The deck abuses the graveyard tricks that are prevalent in black today. The card draw is from gravestorm and the protection for playing the call is in overmaster. With buried alive and entomb you can achieve threshold quickly and put the champions in the graveyard to abuse the ritual for the combo play.


4 x Laquatus’s Champion
3 x Entomb
Entomb
EntombSet: Odyssey
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
132
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Search your library for a card and put that card into your graveyard. Then shuffle your library.

4 x Buried Alive
Buried Alive
Buried AliveSet: Weatherlight
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Horton
Text:
Search your library for up to three creature cards and put them into your graveyard. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4 x Mutilate
Mutilate
MutilateSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
73
Text:
All creatures get -1/-1 until end of turn for each swamp you control.

3 x Twilight’s Call
4 x Chainer’s Edict
4 x Cabal’s Ritual
4 x Overmaster
Overmaster
OvermasterSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
104
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
The next instant or sorcery spell you play this turn can't be countered by spells or abilities. Draw a card.

3 x 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.

3 x Gravestorm
Gravestorm
GravestormSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
141
Artist:
Alex Horley
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, target opponent may remove a card in his or her graveyard from the game. If that player doesn't, you may draw a card.

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

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

4 x Urborg
Urborg
UrborgSet: Legends
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Bryon Wackwitz
Text:
T: Add B to your mana poolT: Remove first strike ability or swampwalk ability from target creature until end of turn.
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The basic combo is twilight’s call getting the Champions in play. The terminates, mutilates and edicts keep your opponents creature threats at bay until you get all the pieces together.

“Breaking Cultivator”

The basic premise of the deck is to “Tutor” for as much land as possible and then cast upheaval floating 3G and playing Nantuko Cultivator
Nantuko Cultivator
Nantuko CultivatorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Nantuko Cultivator comes into play, you may discard any number of land cards from your hand. Put that many +1/+1 counters on Nantuko Cultivator and draw that many cards.
and pitching all the excess land you brought back to your hand.

4 x Nantuko Cultivator
Nantuko Cultivator
Nantuko CultivatorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Nantuko Cultivator comes into play, you may discard any number of land cards from your hand. Put that many +1/+1 counters on Nantuko Cultivator and draw that many cards.

4 x Counterspell
Counterspell
CounterspellSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counters target spell as it is being cast.

4 x Harrow
Harrow
HarrowSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Eric David Anderson
Text:
Sacrifice a land: Search your library for up to two basic land cards and put them into play. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4 x Memory Lapse
Memory Lapse
Memory LapseSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Counter target spell. Put that spell on top of owner's library.

4 x Upheaval
Upheaval
UpheavalSet: Odyssey
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
113
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return all permanents to their owners' hands.

4 x Compulsion
Compulsion
CompulsionSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
34
Text:
1U, Discard a card from your hand: Draw a card. 1U, Sacrifice Compulsion: Draw a card.

4 x Evacuation
Evacuation
EvacuationSet: Stronghold
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
30
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Return all creatures to owners' hands.

4 x Opt
Opt
OptSet: Invasion
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
64
Artist:
John Howe
Text:
Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.Draw a card.

4 x Far Wanderings
Far Wanderings
Far WanderingsSet: Torment
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
125
Text:
Search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. Then shuffle your library. Threshold - Instead search your library for three basic land cards and put them into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

12x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

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


The deck is setup by getting as much land as possible onto the board quickly. The deck is similar to the Zombie Infestation
Zombie Infestation
Zombie InfestationSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
170
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Discard two cards from your hand: Put a 2/2 black Zombie creature token into play.
decks that we played but the difference is in the explosiveness of adding green to the mix. In addition, one creature can possibly swing once for the kill. The counter magic and bounce are added for protection. Evacuation
Evacuation
EvacuationSet: Stronghold
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
30
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Return all creatures to owners' hands.
is in over washout for mass removal to buy you an extra turn or two to setup your combo. After bouncing the entire board, you leave your opponent at a decision to “tap out” to replay their army or to wait and see what tricks you have in store.

Hopefully this information helps you with your viewpoint of looking ahead for the active combo pieces in your testing for the current type two season.

As always, questions and comments are appreciated.

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