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CardShark Content - Stanley Rutkowski III (2/23/2005)

“The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is 42” Douglas Adams


Since this is the 42nd article on the author page for me on Cardshark, I thought it only fitting that this article be a type of solution as a tribute to Douglas Adams since his saga of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is finally going to be made into a movie. I will name the deck Heart of Gold as it is my vehicle.

Now that we have both a Pro Tour event, some Qualifiers and a Grand Prix under our belt, it is time to take a look at the metagame and see if there is a possible solution deck that can handle most of the metagame decks. This article is going to go thru a series of testing for a new deck that I hope to create that will fair well against the field and still be interesting to play. I am going to try and show you the major and minor changes to the deck throughout the design and testing portions. With going thru the steps, I have divided the article into sections that have gaps in time as they include play testing of the deck. Hopefully by dividing the sections, this smoothes the reading as the gaps in time change the feeling for the deck and the construction as each section includes gains in knowledge of the deck and the way it functions against the field. My goal in this is to show you that innovation can still be alive in a format after some Pro Tour events. First let’s look at the decks that either performed well or composed a significant portion of the field.

Mind’s Desire
Life
Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.

G/U Madness
Reanimate
Reanimate
ReanimateSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Robert Bliss
Text:
Put target creature card from any graveyard into play under your control. Lose life equal to that creature's total casting cost.
r
Cephalid Breakfast
Red Deck Wins (RDW)
Affinity

Now this is a very diverse selection of decks, so let’s try and break down what they do and how they do it. If we can figure out a pattern (other than being very fast decks) then we can try and come up with a solution to their strategies.

Creature abilities:

The Life deck takes advantage of the targeting abilities of creatures to “pump” up the toughness of a creature and then sacrifice it to gain life.

The Aluren
Aluren
AlurenSet: Tempest
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
April Lee
Text:
Any player may play a creature card with total casting cost 3 or less whenever he or she could play an instant and without paying its casting cost.
deck takes advantage of the pay one life ability of Cavern Harpy
Cavern Harpy
Cavern HarpySet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
97
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. When Cavern Harpy comes into play, return a blue or black creature you control to its owner's hand. Pay 1 life: Return Cavern Harpy to its owner's hand.
to cast and recast Maggot Carrier
Maggot Carrier
Maggot CarrierSet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Maggot Carrier comes into play, each player loses 1 life.
(gaining life by the pro red pro black creature of Auriok Champion
Auriok Champion
Auriok ChampionSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
3
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Protection from black and from red. Whenever another creature comes into play, you gain 1 life.
in the process to insure they do not kill themselves)

The Cephalid Breakfast deck uses the targeted abilities to put cards in their graveyard (by way of Cephalid Illusionist
Cephalid Illusionist
Cephalid IllusionistSet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cephalid Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Cephalid Illusionist becomes the target of a spell or ability, put the top three cards of your library into your graveyard. 2U, T: This turn prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to and dealt by target creature you control.
) and use a reanimate affect to win.

Red Deck Wins uses the creature abilities of Grim Lavamancer
Grim Lavamancer
Grim LavamancerSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, T, Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Grim Lavamancer deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
, Blistering Firecat
Blistering Firecat
Blistering FirecatSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cat
Rarity:
R
Number:
189
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
7
Toughness:
1
Text:
Trample, haste. At end of turn, sacrifice Blistering Firecat.. Morph RR (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face. up any time for its morph cost.)
and Mogg Fanatic
Mogg Fanatic
Mogg FanaticSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Goblin
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Brom
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: Mogg Fanatic deals 1 damage to target creature or player.
to deal damage.

G/U Madness uses the madness outlets of Wild Mongrel
Wild Mongrel
Wild MongrelSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Hound
Rarity:
C
Number:
283
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Wild Mongrel gets +1/+1 and becomes the color of your choice until end of turn.
, Aquameoba, Waterfront Bouncer
Waterfront Bouncer
Waterfront BouncerSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper
Rarity:
C
Number:
114
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, tap, Discard a card from your hand: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
, Merfolk Looter
Merfolk Looter
Merfolk LooterSet: Exodus
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Merfolk
Rarity:
C
Number:
39
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Draw a card, then choose and discard a card.
and or Thought Courier
Thought Courier
Thought CourierSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
C
Number:
38
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Tap: Draw a card, then discard a card from your hand.
to allow them to play their undercosted creatures and counterspells.

Affinity uses the Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound Ravager
Arcbound RavagerSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
0
Toughness:
0
Text:
Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager. Modular 1 (This comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it's put into a graveyard, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)
to sacrifice its artifacts.

Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
decks also use creature abilities to go for the kill.

Now how can we combat all of these abilities? There just happens to be two cards that we can use to combat the abilities of these decks.

Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.
(in 6th edition), a two casting cost artifact that stops all creature abilities from being played

Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.
(in Mirrodin), a three casting cost artifact that stops all creature and artifact (great for Powder Keg
Powder Keg
Powder KegSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
136
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a fuse counter on Powder Keg.tap, Sacrifice Powder Keg: Destroy each artifact and creature with converted mana cost equal to the number of fuse counters on Powder Keg.
and Engineered Explosives
Engineered Explosives
Engineered ExplosivesSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
118
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Sunburst (This comes into play with a charge counter on it for each color of mana used to pay its cost.) 2, Sacrifice Engineered Explosives: Destroy each nonland permanent with a converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Engineered Explosives.
and Specter) activated abilities that do not produce mana.

Wow Solution #1 stops a majority of the decks with a single card (or cards and thus get around stoppers like Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
).


Targeted spells:

Almost all of the decks in the format contain targeted spells that have to have a target to resolve. Instead of looking at each deck individually in this section, we will look at all the cards that are used with regularity in the vast number of decks that comprise the metagame.

Cabal Therapy
Cabal Therapy
Cabal TherapySet: Judgment
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
62
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
Name a nonland card. Target player reveals his or her hand and discards from it all cards with that name. Flashback - Sacrifice a creature.

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.

Addle
Addle
AddleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
91
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand and choose a card of that color from it. That player discards that card.

Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm

Chainer’s Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic Edict
Diabolic EdictSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Target player sacrifices a creature.

Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll
Cursed ScrollSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
3, T:Name a card. Target opponent chooses a card at random from your hand. If he or she chooses the named card, Cursed Scoll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

Grim Lavamancer
Grim Lavamancer
Grim LavamancerSet: Torment
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
100
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
R, T, Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Grim Lavamancer deals 2 damage to target creature or player.


Now how do we combat targeted cards without falling victim to all the removal in the format?

Solution #2 comes in the form of the enchantment of Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
.

Speed:

Almost all of the decks in the field are very fast decks and rely on playing multiple spells each turn. Is there a way we can prevent this from occurring? Arcane Laboratory
Arcane Laboratory
Arcane LaboratorySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
Each player cannot play more than one spell each turn.
lets each player play only one spell per turn. If we play this card we stop all storm counts from affecting us and don’t allow a player to actively reduce their hand size to effectively use Cursed Scroll
Cursed Scroll
Cursed ScrollSet: Oversize Cards
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
X
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
3, T:Name a card. Target opponent chooses a card at random from your hand. If he or she chooses the named card, Cursed Scoll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
. With the lab we make our deck two colors (allied thou) with some expensive spells. With this we have the utility of the familiars in white and blue to assist our own speed.

Solution #3 comes in the form of Arcane Lab

Now we have a solution deck that revolves around two artifacts and two enchantments. With that we have the search of Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
to make sure we find the correct answer. With this we can add other enchantments to our toolbox approach.
COP Red allows us a quick answer to RDW and we can play a color changing blue spell to account for any other colors at a later time.

Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
allows us to not be killed with creatures in play (at least from damage, we still have to watch out for loss of life).

Speaking of creatures, with the Lab in play we need a token generator so that we don’t limit our creature spells, Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.
fits our toolbox and operates under the lab nicely. This almost gives the deck a Counter-Post deck feel from the past, plus I always wanted to find a way to make Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.
a playable card. I will call the tokens mice for Douglas Adams (I was going to use fish but we already have Merfolk in the game of Magic and making 1/1 tokens is not a reason to call Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.
a planet maker).

Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.
acts like a one way Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
against Affinity.

Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
takes care of an opponents Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
, Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring Bridge
Ensnaring BridgeSet: Stronghold
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
127
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Each creature with power greater than the number of cards in your hand cannot attack.
, Tangle
Tangle
TangleSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
213
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.Attacking creatures don't untap during their controllers' next untap steps.
IFdpcmU= or other stopping power to your deck.

Propaganda
Propaganda
PropagandaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Each turn, each creature cannot attack you unless its controller pays an additional 2 for that creature.
stops a creature rush.

Since we are limited to one spell a turn, we can use Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.
and 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.
for our card drawing.

We also need some counterspells in the deck as answer cards to our deck include Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
, Disenchant
Disenchant
DisenchantSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Target enchantment or artifact is destroyed.
, Rushing River
Rushing River
Rushing RiverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
30
Artist:
Don Hazeltine
Text:
Kicker-Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you play this spell.) Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If you paid the kicker cost, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.
, 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.
, Tempest of Light
Tempest of Light
Tempest of LightSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
28
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Destroy all enchantments.
, Serenity
Serenity
SerenitySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
41
Artist:
Cliff Nielsen
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, destroy all artifacts and enchantments. They can't be regenerated.
and Nova Cleric
Nova Cleric
Nova ClericSet: Onslaught
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
U
Number:
45
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
2W, T, Sacrifice Nova Cleric: Destroy all enchantments.
. Unfortunately I just gave some solutions to our solution deck (wow that is almost circular in my logic – no pun intended there).

Heart of Gold V1.0

1 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.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Arcane Lab
1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Propaganda
Propaganda
PropagandaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Each turn, each creature cannot attack you unless its controller pays an additional 2 for that creature.

2 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

4 x Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. White spells and black spells you play cost 1 less to play.

3 x Sunscape Familiar
Sunscape Familiar
Sunscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
17
Artist:
Brian Despain
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
The spirits of fallen battlemages can serve their guilds as familiars by joining with any physical form.

4 x Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

2 x COP Red
2 x Spectral Shift
Spectral Shift
Spectral ShiftSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Text:
Choose one - Change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one basic land type with another; or change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect does not end at end of turn.) Entwine 2.

2 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

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.

2 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

1 x Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.

3 x Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

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

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


Sideboard choices include Rebuild
Rebuild
RebuildSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
40
Artist:
L. A. Williams
Text:
Return all artifacts to owners' hands.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
, Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
, Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.
, Tsabo’s Web
Web
WebSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Target creature gains +0/+2 and can now block flying creatures, though it does not gain flying ability.
, Teferi’s Response and Chill
Chill
ChillSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Red spells cost 2 more to play.
and some sort of bounce for Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
.

At this point, I am considering using the white wish in the deck, the cost being reduced by the familiars, but under the lab, it may not be the correct card choice.

Version 2.0:

After testing the deck and remembering a card from the past (in which case I feel really stupid for forgetting about it until now) in the form of Serra
Serra
SerraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+1
Text:
All creatures you control get +0/+2.
’s Sanctum, the speed of the deck was vastly improved. With the more aggressive mana base available, our toolbox grew in the fact that we now can add Golden Wish
Golden Wish
Golden WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Choose an artifact or enchantment you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Golden Wish from the game.
to the mix. The addition of the Wishes also allows us to play less copies of important enchantments and artifacts in the main deck, which in turn allows us to add Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
to our toolbox in the main deck. Also, testing showed that 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.
became a very troublesome card, so we added protection from this as well.

Heart of Gold V2.0
1 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.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Arcane Lab
1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Propaganda
Propaganda
PropagandaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Each turn, each creature cannot attack you unless its controller pays an additional 2 for that creature.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

4 x Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. White spells and black spells you play cost 1 less to play.

3 x Sunscape Familiar
Sunscape Familiar
Sunscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
17
Artist:
Brian Despain
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
The spirits of fallen battlemages can serve their guilds as familiars by joining with any physical form.

4 x Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

1 x COP Red
1 x Spectral Shift
Spectral Shift
Spectral ShiftSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Text:
Choose one - Change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one basic land type with another; or change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect does not end at end of turn.) Entwine 2.

1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

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.

1 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

2 x Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

2 x Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

3 x Golden Wish
Golden Wish
Golden WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Choose an artifact or enchantment you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Golden Wish from the game.

1 x Squelch
Squelch
SquelchSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.) Draw a card.

1 x Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.

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

10 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 Serra
Serra
SerraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+1
Text:
All creatures you control get +0/+2.
’s Sanctum

Sideboard:
1 x Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.

1 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

1 x COP Red
1 x Light of Day
Light of Day
Light of DaySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Black creatures can't attack or block.

1 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.

1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

2 x Chill
Chill
ChillSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Red spells cost 2 more to play.

1 x Arcane Lab
1 x Propaganda
Propaganda
PropagandaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Each turn, each creature cannot attack you unless its controller pays an additional 2 for that creature.


Wow this deck is starting to look like a Type One deck with all the one of cards (even thou there are not any restricted cards in this format). Some things still need to be tested with the deck, first off we still do not have an answer for a troublesome Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
. The Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.
is a solution to the Specter-Chant deck, but with it being in the sideboard, it makes it almost impossible to get out of an early lock. The potential issue of mana denial in Port with RDW and Pirates need to be addressed as well, but I am not sure if a slot can be dedicated to the Tsabo’s Web
Web
WebSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Target creature gains +0/+2 and can now block flying creatures, though it does not gain flying ability.
in the sideboard. The Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.
is for the potential matchup with a Land D Deck or for a Turbo Obliterate
Obliterate
ObliterateSet: Invasion
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Obliterate can't be countered.Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and lands. They can't be regenerated.
type deck. I would also like to find an efficient card drawing ability, but at this point the Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.
and 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.
system might be my best bet. I considered the medallions in the deck for more cost reduction, but this idea was not great because of the potential matchup with Affinity. Our answer for the Affinity deck is Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.
, and with the Flux
Flux
FluxSet: Portal
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Ted Naifeh
Text:
Each player chooses and discards from his or her hand any number of cards and then draws that many cards. You then draw a card. (You choose first.)
in play, we would have too many artifacts to protect to make them worth the addition.

Version 2.1:

Heart of Gold V2.1
1 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.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Arcane Lab
1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1 x COP Red
1 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

2 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

2 x Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

4 x Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. White spells and black spells you play cost 1 less to play.

3 x Sunscape Familiar
Sunscape Familiar
Sunscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
17
Artist:
Brian Despain
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
The spirits of fallen battlemages can serve their guilds as familiars by joining with any physical form.

4 x Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

2 x Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

3 x Golden Wish
Golden Wish
Golden WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Choose an artifact or enchantment you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Golden Wish from the game.

1 x Spectral Shift
Spectral Shift
Spectral ShiftSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Text:
Choose one - Change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one basic land type with another; or change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect does not end at end of turn.) Entwine 2.

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.

1 x Squelch
Squelch
SquelchSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.) Draw a card.

1 x Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.

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

10 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 Serra
Serra
SerraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+1
Text:
All creatures you control get +0/+2.
’s Sanctum

Sideboard:
1 x Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.

1 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

1 x COP Red
1 x Light of Day
Light of Day
Light of DaySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Black creatures can't attack or block.

1 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.

1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

2 x Chill
Chill
ChillSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Red spells cost 2 more to play.

1 x Arcane Lab
1 x Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.


With more testing, the power of Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.
became even more glaring and made it necessary to add an additional copy in the main deck as it attacks almost all of the established decks in the format. Also since this shuts down most of the creature rushes in the format and with the addition of Light of Day
Light of Day
Light of DaySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Black creatures can't attack or block.
in the deck (for Husk and Ghoul) Propaganda
Propaganda
PropagandaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Each turn, each creature cannot attack you unless its controller pays an additional 2 for that creature.
became a “win more” card and thus became expendable. Taking Propaganda
Propaganda
PropagandaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Each turn, each creature cannot attack you unless its controller pays an additional 2 for that creature.
out of the sideboard allows us to add the Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
to the board to deal with Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
. Another potential benefit of removing the Propaganda
Propaganda
PropagandaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Each turn, each creature cannot attack you unless its controller pays an additional 2 for that creature.
from the deck is now we have reduced the number of blue cards that have multiple reductions in mana cost by way of Sunscape Familiar
Sunscape Familiar
Sunscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
17
Artist:
Brian Despain
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
The spirits of fallen battlemages can serve their guilds as familiars by joining with any physical form.
to just Arcane Lab and Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.
(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.
, Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. White spells and black spells you play cost 1 less to play.
, Spectral Shift
Spectral Shift
Spectral ShiftSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Text:
Choose one - Change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one basic land type with another; or change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect does not end at end of turn.) Entwine 2.
, Squelch
Squelch
SquelchSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.) Draw a card.
, Chill
Chill
ChillSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Red spells cost 2 more to play.
, and Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.
all can only be reduced by 1 mana). With this reduction, it is possible that we can reduce the number of copies of the white familiar from three to two, thus giving us one more slot for an answer or card drawing card. One other issue that is in the back of my mind is the opportunity for a loss of life creature (Maggot Carrier
Maggot Carrier
Maggot CarrierSet: Planeshift
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Zombie
Rarity:
C
Number:
45
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Maggot Carrier comes into play, each player loses 1 life.
, or Kokisho, the Evening Star etc.) as these cards do not target, so they are immune to Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
and since it is loss of life, they are not stopped by Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.
either. Unfortunately, they are also in decks that run 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.
so our threat level from these decks is increased, so they have to be accounted for. Another potential issue is that if a Life deck or a prison deck can get control of you. One potential cure for this is adding a City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
to the Land count and with that you have the ability to add Elfame Sanctuary to the sideboard.

Version 2.2:

Heart of Gold V2.2
1 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.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Arcane Lab
1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1 x COP Red
1 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

2 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

2 x Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

1 x Soothsaying
Soothsaying
SoothsayingSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
3UU: Shuffle your library.X: Look at the top X cards of your library and put them back in any order.

4 x Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. White spells and black spells you play cost 1 less to play.

2 x Sunscape Familiar
Sunscape Familiar
Sunscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wall
Rarity:
C
Number:
17
Artist:
Brian Despain
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
The spirits of fallen battlemages can serve their guilds as familiars by joining with any physical form.

4 x Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

2 x Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

3 x Golden Wish
Golden Wish
Golden WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Choose an artifact or enchantment you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Golden Wish from the game.

1 x Alter Reality
Alter Reality
Alter RealitySet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Change the text of target permanent or spell by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) Flashback 1U

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.

1 x Squelch
Squelch
SquelchSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.) Draw a card.

1 x Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.

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

10 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 Serra
Serra
SerraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+1
Text:
All creatures you control get +0/+2.
’s Sanctum

Sideboard:
1 x Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.

1 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

1 x COP Red
1 x Light of Day
Light of Day
Light of DaySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Black creatures can't attack or block.

1 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.

1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

2 x Chill
Chill
ChillSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Red spells cost 2 more to play.

1 x Arcane Lab
1 x Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.


The first change is a minor one in that Alter Reality
Alter Reality
Alter RealitySet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Change the text of target permanent or spell by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) Flashback 1U
was added and Spectral Shift
Spectral Shift
Spectral ShiftSet: Fifth Dawn
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
37
Text:
Choose one - Change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one basic land type with another; or change the text of target spell or permanent by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect does not end at end of turn.) Entwine 2.
was removed. This is due to Alter Reality
Alter Reality
Alter RealitySet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Change the text of target permanent or spell by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) Flashback 1U
having a flashback ability and can be used twice if necessary. Researching the cards available in the format for blue enchantments for card drawing showed us Treasure Trove
Treasure Trove
Treasure TroveSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
2UU: Draw a card.
as a possibility, but the activation cost of 2UU proved too costly for the deck. Another forgotten card showed itself in the form of Soothsaying
Soothsaying
SoothsayingSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
3UU: Shuffle your library.X: Look at the top X cards of your library and put them back in any order.
. With the amounts of mana that the legendary land can produce, this card is added to the mix with one of the white familiars removed as discussed in the last iteration. Another card that I want to test is Aether Spellbomb
Aether Spellbomb
Aether SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.
as this could replace the Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
or Augment it as it can bounce the Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
or at worst replace itself with the card drawing ability. This may or may not be necessary with the addition of Soothsaying
Soothsaying
SoothsayingSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
3UU: Shuffle your library.X: Look at the top X cards of your library and put them back in any order.
in the deck as given the choice for card searching; I would rather tutor for the enchantment and with the increased Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.
and the Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.
, the Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
looks to be the better choice. Cloud Cover
Cloud Cover
Cloud CoverSet: Planeshift
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
98
Artist:
Marc Fishman
Text:
Whenever another permanent you control becomes the target of a spell or ability an opponent controls, you may return that permanent to its owner's hand.
was another enchantment looked at, but its cost did not add enough to warrant taking out a card for it. Divine Presence
Divine Presence
Divine PresenceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
15
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
If a source would deal 4 damage or more to a creature or player, that source deals 3 damage to that creature or player instead.
is another card I looked at for the deck, but I think its inclusion would be a “win more” card and if we have no room for Propaganda
Propaganda
PropagandaSet: Tempest
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
Each turn, each creature cannot attack you unless its controller pays an additional 2 for that creature.
, then this card is not included either. Also I think that Light of Day
Light of Day
Light of DaySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Black creatures can't attack or block.
covers most if not all of the uses for the Divine Presence
Divine Presence
Divine PresenceSet: Invasion
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
15
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
If a source would deal 4 damage or more to a creature or player, that source deals 3 damage to that creature or player instead.
. Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.
could be used in place of Arcane Lab to avoid Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
in the sideboard and/or main deck (this also can be helpful as we have removed a white familiar from the main deck). If we switch to Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.
, we could look at removing the two white familiars from the deck and then we could add Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
to the main deck (one or two and look at an addition way to deal with Deed (another Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.
or Squelch
Squelch
SquelchSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.) Draw a card.
) or add two Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
s or add another Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
). Shared Triumph
Shared Triumph
Shared TriumphSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
53
Artist:
Mark Brill
Text:
As Shared Triumph comes into play, choose a creature type. Creatures of the chosen type get +1/+1.
is another enchantment that could augment your token generator, but again this looks to be a “win more” card instead of a necessary card. Stasis
Stasis
StasisSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Fay Jones
Text:
Players do not get an untap phase. Pay U during your upkeep or Stasis is destroyed; cards still do not untap until the next untap phase.
IENvY29vbg== is another card that may want to be looked at as it can stop the Specter-Chant deck, but again, this may be too late if you have to be reactive. Story Circle
Story Circle
Story CircleSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
51
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
As Story Circle comes into play, choose a color.W: The next time a source of your choice of the chosen color would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.
could replace the COP Red and then eliminate the need for Alter Reality
Alter Reality
Alter RealitySet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Change the text of target permanent or spell by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) Flashback 1U
, but the double white casting cost and white activation cost might prohibit this from being a better solution. Another card that was looked at was Academy Rector
Academy Rector
Academy RectorSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Cleric
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Academy Rector is put into a graveyard from play, you may remove Academy Rector from the game. If you do, search your library for an enchantment card and put that card into play. Then shuffle your library.
, but with no way to get rid of the creature, it was difficult to add it to the mix.

Opps, that last paragraph got long winded (add does not flow quite smoothly, sorry for that), but is demonstrates all the different thoughts that I went thru for card choices and what cards did not fair well with the deck.

Version 2.3:

Heart of Gold V2.3
1 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.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.

1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1 x COP Red
1 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.

2 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

2 x Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

2 x Soothsaying
Soothsaying
SoothsayingSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
3UU: Shuffle your library.X: Look at the top X cards of your library and put them back in any order.

4 x Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. White spells and black spells you play cost 1 less to play.

4 x Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

2 x Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

3 x Golden Wish
Golden Wish
Golden WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Choose an artifact or enchantment you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Golden Wish from the game.

1 x Alter Reality
Alter Reality
Alter RealitySet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Change the text of target permanent or spell by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) Flashback 1U

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.

1 x Squelch
Squelch
SquelchSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.) Draw a card.

1 x Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.

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

10 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 Serra
Serra
SerraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+1
Text:
All creatures you control get +0/+2.
’s Sanctum

Sideboard:
1 x Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.

1 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

1 x COP Red
1 x Light of Day
Light of Day
Light of DaySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Black creatures can't attack or block.

1 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.

1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

2 x Chill
Chill
ChillSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Red spells cost 2 more to play.

1 x Arcane Lab (or Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.
)
1 x Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.


Testing showed that Soothsaying
Soothsaying
SoothsayingSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
3UU: Shuffle your library.X: Look at the top X cards of your library and put them back in any order.
was very helpful with the deck. Also with the Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.
in the deck, the white familiars could be removed (most times in testing I soothed them away as they were unnecessary). In the place of the two familiars, I added a second Soothsaying
Soothsaying
SoothsayingSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
3UU: Shuffle your library.X: Look at the top X cards of your library and put them back in any order.
(incase you need the shuffle ability, and it became the Infinite Probability Drive) and a main deck Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
. In the sideboard I am torn between having an Arcane Lab or a Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.
as the Arcane Lab would get around a Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
, but without the familiars, it will cost more.

Now the open issues with the deck are:
1) Should I add the City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
to the main deck and add an Elfame Sanctuary to the board for decking purposes?
2) Should the sideboard have Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.
or Arcane Lab?
3) Should the Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
in the sideboard be Aether Spellbomb
Aether Spellbomb
Aether SpellbombSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
141
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
U, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Return target creature to its owner's hand. 1, Sacrifice Aether Spellbomb: Draw a card.
or a Parallax Wave
Parallax Wave
Parallax WaveSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Fading 5 Remove a fade counter from Parallax Wave: Remove target creature from the game. When Parallax Wave leaves play, each player returns to play all cards he or she owns removed from the game with Parallax Wave.
?
4) Should the enchantment of Lilting Refrain
Lilting Refrain
Lilting RefrainSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
Berry
Text:
During your upkeep, you may put a verse counter on Lilting Refrain.Sacrifice Lilting Refrain: Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional X, where X is the number of verse counters on Lilting Refrain. Play this ability as an interrupt.
be added for extra protection or is it too slow for the deck?

Version 3.0:

Heart of Gold V3.0
1 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.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.

1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1 x COP Red
1 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.

2 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

2 x Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

2 x Soothsaying
Soothsaying
SoothsayingSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
3UU: Shuffle your library.X: Look at the top X cards of your library and put them back in any order.

4 x Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape Familiar
Stormscape FamiliarSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Bird
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying. White spells and black spells you play cost 1 less to play.

4 x Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

2 x Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

3 x Golden Wish
Golden Wish
Golden WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Choose an artifact or enchantment you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Golden Wish from the game.

1 x Alter Reality
Alter Reality
Alter RealitySet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Change the text of target permanent or spell by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) Flashback 1U

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.

1 x Squelch
Squelch
SquelchSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.) Draw a card.

1 x Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.

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

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

1 x City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
(or Forbid
Forbid
ForbidSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Buyback Choose and discard two cards. (You may choose and discard two cards in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Forbid into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Counter target spell.
ZGVuIE9yY2hhcmQ=, Grand Coliseum
Grand Coliseum
Grand ColiseumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
319
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Grand Coliseum comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Grand Coliseum deals 1 damage to you.
, 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.
)
2 x Serra
Serra
SerraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+1
Text:
All creatures you control get +0/+2.
’s Sanctum

Sideboard:
1 x Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.

1 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

1 x COP Red
1 x Light of Day
Light of Day
Light of DaySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Black creatures can't attack or block.

1 x Elfame Sanctuary
1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

2 x Chill
Chill
ChillSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Red spells cost 2 more to play.

1 x Arcane Lab (or Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.
)
1 x Parallax Wave
Parallax Wave
Parallax WaveSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Fading 5 Remove a fade counter from Parallax Wave: Remove target creature from the game. When Parallax Wave leaves play, each player returns to play all cards he or she owns removed from the game with Parallax Wave.


With the two main deck Soothsaying
Soothsaying
SoothsayingSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
3UU: Shuffle your library.X: Look at the top X cards of your library and put them back in any order.
, the 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.
in the sideboard was no longer necessary, so the addition of an Elfame Sanctuary was afforded. In the main deck one island was replaced by one City of Brass
City of Brass
City of BrassSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
(or Forbid
Forbid
ForbidSet: Exodus
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
35
Artist:
Scott Kirschner
Text:
Buyback Choose and discard two cards. (You may choose and discard two cards in addition to any other costs when you play this spell. If you do, put Forbid into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Counter target spell.
ZGVuIE9yY2hhcmQ=, Grand Coliseum
Grand Coliseum
Grand ColiseumSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
319
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Grand Coliseum comes into play tapped. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Grand Coliseum deals 1 damage to you.
, 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.
which may be better because of the Ports in the environment, the lands that don’t show green mana might be more advantageous to disguise your plan of getting green mana). I would also go with the coast to add more to the Douglas Adams theme (making of the coast lines). I have replaced a Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
in the board with a Parallax Wave
Parallax Wave
Parallax WaveSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Fading 5 Remove a fade counter from Parallax Wave: Remove target creature from the game. When Parallax Wave leaves play, each player returns to play all cards he or she owns removed from the game with Parallax Wave.
at this point, but that is a decision that I am not completely happy with, so it may change again (I don’t like the fact that we would have to tutor and show the answer to Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
and allow for another Mage to be played answering our potential answer). One other card that may help is Sterling Grove
Sterling Grove
Sterling GroveSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
278
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
All other enchantments you control can't be the targets of spells or abilities.1, Sacrifice Sterling Grove: Search your library for an enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.
, but I am not convinced at this point that diluting the mana base is worth more of a commitment to green lands. With Trinity Green in the picture again, I want to find room for a Hibernation
Hibernation
HibernationSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return all green permanents to owners' hands.
, but I am not sure what to cut for it at this time.

I did not mean to leave you with questions on the deck in the end, but being that the deck is designed to be a solution to a metagame and not a defining deck, having questions is inevitable as you are trying to guess what the field is going to bring by creating the deck in the first place. Also Deep Thought would be proud of leaving you with less than all the answers.

Version 4.0

I decided after testing the deck to try it in real life. I tested the deck a bit more and found that in most matchups I wanted a turn two Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.
and that I needed a little more help with RDW. With that I found that most games I was waiting to play the familiars, so they got the ax. The extra damping matrix is in because it stops veil, scroll as well as the creatures. One would be main deck, but again game one against most decks I want to have a turn two Totem. I put in a copy of Hibernation
Hibernation
HibernationSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return all green permanents to owners' hands.
for Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
because against G/U madness, the Hibernation
Hibernation
HibernationSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return all green permanents to owners' hands.
is usually a multiple seal and it helps get out of a elf prison lock as you can lock them back after you reset the board.

Heart of Gold V4.0
1 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.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.
(or Arcane Lab as all the familiars are gone)
1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

2 x COP Red
2 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.

3 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

3 x Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

2 x Soothsaying
Soothsaying
SoothsayingSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
3UU: Shuffle your library.X: Look at the top X cards of your library and put them back in any order.

4 x Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

2 x Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

3 x Golden Wish
Golden Wish
Golden WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Choose an artifact or enchantment you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Golden Wish from the game.

1 x Alter Reality
Alter Reality
Alter RealitySet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Change the text of target permanent or spell by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) Flashback 1U

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.

1 x Squelch
Squelch
SquelchSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.) Draw a card.

1 x Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.

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

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

1 x Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.

2 x Serra
Serra
SerraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+1
Text:
All creatures you control get +0/+2.
’s Sanctum

Sideboard:
2 x Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.

1 x Hibernation
Hibernation
HibernationSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return all green permanents to owners' hands.

1 x Light of Day
Light of Day
Light of DaySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Black creatures can't attack or block.

1 x Elfame Sanctuary
1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

2 x Chill
Chill
ChillSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Red spells cost 2 more to play.

1 x Arcane Laboratory
Arcane Laboratory
Arcane LaboratorySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
Each player cannot play more than one spell each turn.

1 x Parallax Wave
Parallax Wave
Parallax WaveSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Fading 5 Remove a fade counter from Parallax Wave: Remove target creature from the game. When Parallax Wave leaves play, each player returns to play all cards he or she owns removed from the game with Parallax Wave.


Some observations in playing with others outside my test group included:
1) The main deck or sideboard Arcane Lab should be a Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.
as it forces a Desire player to have three bounce spells (Arcane Lab, Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.
and Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.
) because with two Labs an Echoing Truth
Echoing Truth
Echoing TruthSet: Darksteel
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
21
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Return target non-land permanent and all permanents that share a name with it to owner's hands.
is still going to get both.
2) One of the COP Red should be a Sphere of Law
Sphere of Law
Sphere of LawSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
If a red source would deal damage to you, prevent 2 of that damage.
because most of the threats from Red Deck Wins (other than Scroll and Firecat) are two or less damage at a time and this frees up you mana from activating the COP. Also if a Desire or Life player has to go to beatdown, you can use Alter Reality
Alter Reality
Alter RealitySet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Change the text of target permanent or spell by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) Flashback 1U
on the Sphere and still have free mana
3) A second green source may be necessary in the deck for Wasteland
Wasteland
WastelandSet: Tempest
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Una Fricker
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.tap, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
protection
4) An instant speed removal spell may be necessary for a turn two Scepter Chant lock
5) One of the Soothsaying
Soothsaying
SoothsayingSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
3UU: Shuffle your library.X: Look at the top X cards of your library and put them back in any order.
might be better served as a Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.
, but this needs to be tested with the change from the COP to the Sphere as now there is more mana available in the early game
6) Without extensive knowledge of this deck, against almost all of the people I tested against had no idea what to name with their Meddling Mage
Meddling Mage
Meddling MageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
116
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
As Meddling Mage comes into play, name a nonland card. The named card can't be played.
s, thus my deck could still function under most cases.

Version 4.1:

If I was playing the deck today in a tournament, this is the version that I would play. Please not that I am writing this with Betrayers still not legal, so there maybe some additions (like the “Man Land” enchantments) that could be beneficial to the deck.

Heart of Gold V4.1
1 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.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Rule of Law
Rule of Law
Rule of LawSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
19
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player can't play more than one spell each turn.

1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1 x COP Red
1 x Sphere of Law
Sphere of Law
Sphere of LawSet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
50
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
If a red source would deal damage to you, prevent 2 of that damage.

2 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

2 x Seal of Removal
Seal of Removal
Seal of RemovalSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
42
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Removal: Return target creature to its owner's hand.

3 x Cursed Totem
Cursed Totem
Cursed TotemSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Players can't play activated abilities of creatures.

3 x Standstill
Standstill
StandstillSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
102
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
When a player plays a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, then each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

1 x Soothsaying
Soothsaying
SoothsayingSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Pat Morrissey
Text:
3UU: Shuffle your library.X: Look at the top X cards of your library and put them back in any order.

4 x Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened Tutor
Enlightened TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
19
Artist:
Dan Frazier
Text:
Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

2 x Mystical Tutor
Mystical Tutor
Mystical TutorSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Artist:
David O'Connor
Text:
Search your library for an instant or sorcery card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

3 x Golden Wish
Golden Wish
Golden WishSet: Judgment
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Alan Pollack
Text:
Choose an artifact or enchantment you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Remove Golden Wish from the game.

1 x Alter Reality
Alter Reality
Alter RealitySet: Torment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
22
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Text:
Change the text of target permanent or spell by replacing all instances of one color word with another. (This effect doesn't end at end of turn.) Flashback 1U

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.

1 x Squelch
Squelch
SquelchSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
92
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.) Draw a card.

1 x Stifle
Stifle
StifleSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
52
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Counter target activated or triggered ability.

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

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

1 x Brushland
Brushland
BrushlandSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Tom Wänerstrand
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add G or W to your mana pool. Brushland deals 1 damage to you.

1 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.

2 x Serra
Serra
SerraSet: Vanguard
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
4
Artist:
Matthew D. Wilson
Power:
+1
Toughness:
+1
Text:
All creatures you control get +0/+2.
’s Sanctum

Sideboard:
2 x Damping Matrix
Damping Matrix
Damping MatrixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Mike Dringenberg
Text:
Activated abilities of artifacts and creatures can't be played unless they're mana abilities.

1 x Hibernation
Hibernation
HibernationSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Return all green permanents to owners' hands.

1 x Light of Day
Light of Day
Light of DaySet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Black creatures can't attack or block.

1 x Elfame Sanctuary
1 x Mobilization
Mobilization
MobilizationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
44
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Attacking doesn't cause Soldiers to tap. 2W: Put a 1/1 white Soldier creature token into play.

1 x Energy Flux
Energy Flux
Energy FluxSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
All artifacts in play now require an upkeep cost of 2 in addition to any other upkeep costs they may have. If the upkeep cost for an artifact is not paid, the artifact must be discarded.

1 x Worship
Worship
WorshipSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Zug
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 instead reduces it to 1 if you control a creature.

1 x Seal of Cleansing
Seal of Cleansing
Seal of CleansingSet: Nemesis
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
18
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

1 x Sacred Ground
Sacred Ground
Sacred GroundSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Whenever an effect controlled by any opponent puts a land into your graveyard from play, put that land into play.

1 x Ivory Mask
Ivory Mask
Ivory MaskSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
24
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
You can't be the target of spells or abilities.

2 x Chill
Chill
ChillSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Simanson
Text:
Red spells cost 2 more to play.

1 x Arcane Laboratory
Arcane Laboratory
Arcane LaboratorySet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
Each player cannot play more than one spell each turn.

1 x Parallax Wave
Parallax Wave
Parallax WaveSet: Nemesis
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
17
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
Fading 5 Remove a fade counter from Parallax Wave: Remove target creature from the game. When Parallax Wave leaves play, each player returns to play all cards he or she owns removed from the game with Parallax Wave.


Hopefully this exercise helps with your deck construction and proves this to be at least a slightly viable deck that is not currently on the radar for the Extended season. I think that if you can get to the mid game by disrupting the early game, this deck could contend.

So Long and Thanks for the Fish!

Thanks for reading and hopefully I did not push the Douglas Adams references too far.


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