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More Test Decks for Standard Champs 2006 - Stanley Rutkowski III (10/16/2006)

Thank you for the feedback from the last article. Again this article is going to be a starting point for creating a test gauntlet for the upcoming Standard environment. All of the decks are not completely tested as of yet as the metagame is not defined completely. Decks #1-4 can be found in my previous article posted on Cardshark.

Deck #5 Blue/White Control

4 x Ancestral Vision
Ancestral Vision
Ancestral VisionSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Ancestral Vision is blue. Suspend 4-U (Rather than play this card from your hand, pay U and remove it from the game with four time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.) Target player draws three cards.
s
4 x Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.

4 x Remand
Remand
RemandSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark A. Nelson
Text:
Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner’s hand instead of into that player's graveyard. Draw a card.

4 x Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir
Teferi, Mage of ZhalfirSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Legendary Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
83
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory & Jeremy Jarvis
Power:
3
Toughness:
4
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Creature cards you own that aren't in play have flash. Each opponent can play spells only any time he or she could play a sorcery.

4 x Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.

4 x Rewind
Rewind
RewindSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Counter target spell. Untap up to four lands.

3 x Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the MuseSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Buyback 5 (You may pay an additional 5 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Draw a card.

3 x Psionic Blast
Psionic Blast
Psionic BlastSet: Alpha
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Psionic Blast does 4 damage to any target, but it does 2 damage to you as well.

2 x Draining Whelk
Draining Whelk
Draining WhelkSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying When Draining Whelk comes into play, counter target spell. Put X +1/+1 counters on Draining Whelk, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.

4 x Rune Snag
Rune Snag
Rune SnagSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 2 plus an additional 2 for each card named Rune Snag in each graveyard.

4 x Hallow
Hallow
HallowSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
4
Artist:
Alex Horley-Orlandelli
Text:
Prevent all damage target spell would deal this turn. You gain life equal to the damage prevented this way.
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4 x Adarkar Waste
9 x Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

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


This is a control deck though and through. This is a tough deck to put together at this time as you really need to understand the rest of the decks in the format to optimize the build. With that, this deck is designed to go into the late game with sacrifices in the early game. Please note that Teferi is a control element in the deck and not necessarily a win condition. There are way too many ways to deal with him that you can not counter (i.e. Mouth of Ronom
Mouth of Ronom
Mouth of RonomSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
148
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 4oSi, T, Sacrifice Mouth of Ronom: Mouth of Ronom deals 4 damage to target creature. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
and Sudden Death
Sudden Death
Sudden DeathSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.
) so you need an additional kill method in any pure control deck (and Krosan Grip
Krosan Grip
Krosan GripSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
202
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
takes away my favorite one in Millstone
Millstone
MillstoneSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
2, T: Take the top two cards from target player's library and put them in target player's graveyard.
)

Counters:
4 x Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.
(would rather have UU 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.
, but this is the best we are going to get)
4 x Remand
Remand
RemandSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark A. Nelson
Text:
Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner’s hand instead of into that player's graveyard. Draw a card.
(use as a Time Walk
Time Walk
Time WalkSet: Alpha
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Take an extra turn after this one.
effect as it buys you time and replaces itself)
4 x Rewind
Rewind
RewindSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Counter target spell. Untap up to four lands.
(hard counter and lets you untap to still play Whispers with buyback the same turn)
4 x Rune Snag
Rune Snag
Rune SnagSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 2 plus an additional 2 for each card named Rune Snag in each graveyard.
(because you are focused on the late game, Rune Snag
Rune Snag
Rune SnagSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 2 plus an additional 2 for each card named Rune Snag in each graveyard.
wins out over Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
)
2 x Draining Whelk
Draining Whelk
Draining WhelkSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Illusion
Rarity:
R
Number:
57
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying When Draining Whelk comes into play, counter target spell. Put X +1/+1 counters on Draining Whelk, where X is that spell's converted mana cost.
(This is doubles as a counter and your true win condition)

Control:
4 x Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
(Creature Control)
3 x Psionic Blast
Psionic Blast
Psionic BlastSet: Alpha
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Psionic Blast does 4 damage to any target, but it does 2 damage to you as well.
(both a reach card for the kill and creature control if something gets by your counters)
4 x Teferi (this limits the plays of your opponent and is a road block, can be a beater)

Card Draw:
4 x Remand
Remand
RemandSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark A. Nelson
Text:
Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner’s hand instead of into that player's graveyard. Draw a card.
(granted they only replace themselves but they do help you dig through your deck)
3 x Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the Muse
Whispers of the MuseSet: Tempest
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Buyback 5 (You may pay an additional 5 when you play this spell. If you do, put it into your hand instead of your graveyard as part of the spell's effect.) Draw a card.
(Instant is the key word on the card)
4 x Ancestral Vision
Ancestral Vision
Ancestral VisionSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
48
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Ancestral Vision is blue. Suspend 4-U (Rather than play this card from your hand, pay U and remove it from the game with four time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.) Target player draws three cards.
s (Since you are about the late game, this card can be valuable, but I am not convinced it is a must have in the deck. This might be replaced when the metagame is more defined.)

The land base might seem a little unbalanced in the main deck, but in the sideboard there is going to be more of a necessity for white mana.

Sideboard options include Trickbind
Trickbind
TrickbindSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Counter target activated or triggered ability. If a permanent's ability is countered this way, activated abilities of that permanent can't be played this turn. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.)
(for Storm combo decks), 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.
(for non targeting), 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.
(flexible Circle of Protection), Spell Snare
Spell Snare
Spell SnareSet: Dissension
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
U
Number:
33
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
(2 casting cost counterspell for signets, Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
, Remand
Remand
RemandSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark A. Nelson
Text:
Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner’s hand instead of into that player's graveyard. Draw a card.
etc) and Condemn
Condemn
CondemnSet: Dissension
Cost:
1
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
8
Artist:
Daren Bader
Text:
Put target attacking creature on the bottom of its owner's library. Its controller gains life equal to its toughness.
.

Overall the speed and the disruption available (with Split Second etc) might limit this type of deck.


Deck #6 Reanimator

4 x Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Akroma, Angel of WrathSet: Legions
Cost:
8
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
1
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, first strike, trample, haste, protection from black, protection from red
Attacking doesn’t cause Akroma, Angel of Wrath to tap.

4 x Avatar of Woe
Avatar of Woe
Avatar of WoeSet: Prophecy
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
56
Artist:
rk post
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
If there are ten or more creature cards total in all graveyards, Avatar of Woe costs 6 less to play.Avatar of Woe can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures. T: Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.

3 x Angel of Despair
Angel of Despair
Angel of DespairSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Angel of Despair comes into play, destroy target permanent.

4 x Careful Consideration
Careful Consideration
Careful ConsiderationSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
52
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Target player draws four cards, then discards three cards. If you played this spell during your main phase, instead that player draws four cards, then discards two cards.

4 x Compulsive Research
Compulsive Research
Compulsive ResearchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player draws three cards. Then that player discards two cards unless he or she discards a land card.

3 x Zombify
Zombify
ZombifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.

4 x Vigor Mortis
Vigor Mortis
Vigor MortisSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. If G was spent to play Vigor Mortis, that creature comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it.

4 x Dread Return
Dread Return
Dread ReturnSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. Flashback-Sacrifice three creatures. (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

4 x Dimir Signet
Dimir Signet
Dimir SignetSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Number:
260
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Text:
1, T: Add UB to your mana pool.

3 x Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis

4 x Watery Grave
Watery Grave
Watery GraveSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Island Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
286
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add U or B to your mana pool.) As Watery Grave comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Watery Grave comes into play tapped instead.

4 x Underground River
Underground River
Underground RiverSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add U or B to your mana pool. Underground River deals 1 damage to you.

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

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


This deck is all about “cheating” a big monster into play on turn three or four. This deck uses card draw and discard to put the creature into your graveyard and then reanimate them into play to start the beatings.

Creatures:
4 x Akroma (flying, trample, protection – what is not to like?)
4 x Avatar of Woe
Avatar of Woe
Avatar of WoeSet: Prophecy
Cost:
8
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Avatar
Rarity:
R
Number:
56
Artist:
rk post
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
If there are ten or more creature cards total in all graveyards, Avatar of Woe costs 6 less to play.Avatar of Woe can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures. T: Destroy target creature. It can't be regenerated.
(evasion, large and creature destruction)
3 x Angel of Despair
Angel of Despair
Angel of DespairSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
101
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying When Angel of Despair comes into play, destroy target permanent.
(Flying, permanent destruction)

Search and Discard:
4 x Compulsive Research
Compulsive Research
Compulsive ResearchSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
40
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Target player draws three cards. Then that player discards two cards unless he or she discards a land card.
(remember you can choose to discard a fattie and a land)
4 x Careful Consideration
Careful Consideration
Careful ConsiderationSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
52
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Target player draws four cards, then discards three cards. If you played this spell during your main phase, instead that player draws four cards, then discards two cards.
(remember not to play this in your main phase if it is not necessary)
3 x Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
(addition discard with creature loss for your opponent. This is an addition if you see graveyard hate like Tormod’s Crypt)

Reanimation:
3 x Zombify
Zombify
ZombifySet: Odyssey
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
171
Artist:
Mark Romanoski
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play.

4 x Dread Return
Dread Return
Dread ReturnSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
104
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. Flashback-Sacrifice three creatures. (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

4 x Vigor Mortis
Vigor Mortis
Vigor MortisSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
111
Artist:
Dan Scott
Text:
Return target creature card from your graveyard to play. If G was spent to play Vigor Mortis, that creature comes into play with a +1/+1 counter on it.


Multiples make discard (either by your search or by opponents’ spells) less disastrous to your game plan. Also allows you to keep playing spells against blue based control.

The land base is slightly tilted to black because your reanimation spells have BB in the casting costs, as well as the Guildmage.

The issue with this deck is that there is a lot of creature hate in the format (cards like Cruel Edict
Cruel Edict
Cruel EdictSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Jeffrey R. Busch
Text:
Your opponent chooses one of his or her creatures. Destroy that creature.
, Smallpox
Smallpox
SmallpoxSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
131
Artist:
Janine Johnston
Text:
Each player loses 1 life, discards a card, sacrifices a creature, then sacrifices a land.
, etc can rid you of an Angel without targeting). I am not sure this is a high tier deck, but with the potential you may see it at Champs.

Sideboard options include Defense Grid
Defense Grid
Defense GridSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
2
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
During each player's turn, spells played by another player cost an additional 3.
(blue based control), 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.
s and creature kill (like Sudden Death
Sudden Death
Sudden DeathSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
134
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Target creature gets -4/-4 until end of turn.
).


Deck #7 Green/Blue

The deck I liked the most at the end of the season was a Green/Blue tempo-oriented deck. It had quickness and resilience in the format and had a good match up against other control decks (and Ow
Ow
OwSet: Unglued
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
36
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Whenever any creature damages a player, for each Ow card in play, that player says Ow once or Ow deals 1 damage to him or her.
ling Mine) and a sideboard for ultra aggressive strategies.

4 x Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4 x Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4 x Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep HoursSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 1U (1U, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Ninja of the Deep Hours deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.

4 x Ohran Viper
Ohran Viper
Ohran ViperSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Ohran Viper deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature at the end of combat. Whenever Ohran Viper deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.

4 x Plaxmanta
Plaxmanta
PlaxmantaSet: Dissension
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Alan Pollack

4 x Voidslime
Voidslime
VoidslimeSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
137
Artist:
Jim Murray

4 x Remand
Remand
RemandSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark A. Nelson
Text:
Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner’s hand instead of into that player's graveyard. Draw a card.

4 x Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.

2 x Simic Sky Swallower
Simic Sky Swallower
Simic Sky SwallowerSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
rk post

3 x Umezawa’s Jitte
4 x Breeding Pool
Breeding Pool
Breeding PoolSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
172
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Forest Island, (T: Add G or U to your mana pool.) As Breeding Pool comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, Breeding Pool comes into play tapped instead.

4 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.

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

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


Sideboard MVP’s included Carven Caryatid
Carven Caryatid
Carven CaryatidSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) When Carven Caryatid comes into play, draw a card.
(ultra aggressive decks) and Giant Solifuge
Giant Solifuge
Giant SolifugeSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Power:
4
Toughness:
1
Text:
((R/G) can be paid with either R or G.) Trample, haste Giant Solifuge can’t be the target of spells or abilities.
(control decks and Glare decks)

Key losses to the deck are:
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep Hours
Ninja of the Deep HoursSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Ninja
Rarity:
C
Number:
44
Artist:
Dan Scott
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Ninjutsu 1U (1U, Return an unblocked attacker you control to hand Put this card into play from your hand tapped and attacking.) Whenever Ninja of the Deep Hours deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
(card drawing)
Umezawa’s Jitte (I don’t think anything more needs to be written about this legendary artifact)

Looking at what this deck is trying to accomplish (fast beats with control via tempo) it seems very likely that Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
needs to be added to the deck. Although it does not have the card drawing ability of the Ninja, the flashback of the card does provide card advantage in a different way.

With the addition of Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
, the deck does take a more aggressive approach to its plan of attack, so a pump spell can be advantageous to the strategy as most of your creatures, while menacing on their own, are not suited for the long game in mind. With that, Moldervine Cloak
Moldervine Cloak
Moldervine CloakSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
173
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +3/+3. Dredge 2 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly two cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
seems like a good fit as it also provides a way to get itself back in the dredge mechanic.

Updated Blue Green:

4 x Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4 x Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

4 x Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)

4 x Ohran Viper
Ohran Viper
Ohran ViperSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Ohran Viper deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature at the end of combat. Whenever Ohran Viper deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.

4 x Plaxmanta
Plaxmanta
PlaxmantaSet: Dissension
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Alan Pollack

4 x Voidslime
Voidslime
VoidslimeSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
137
Artist:
Jim Murray

4 x Remand
Remand
RemandSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark A. Nelson
Text:
Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner’s hand instead of into that player's graveyard. Draw a card.

4 x Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.

2 x Simic Sky Swallower
Simic Sky Swallower
Simic Sky SwallowerSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
rk post

3 x Moldervine Cloak
Moldervine Cloak
Moldervine CloakSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
U
Number:
173
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Enchant creature Enchanted creature gets +3/+3. Dredge 2 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly two cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)

4 x Breeding Pool
Breeding Pool
Breeding PoolSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
172
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Forest Island, (T: Add G or U to your mana pool.) As Breeding Pool comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, Breeding Pool comes into play tapped instead.

4 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.

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

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


Acceleration:
4 x Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
(any color acceleration)
4 x Llanowar Elves
Llanowar Elves
Llanowar ElvesSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Anson Maddocks
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.
(green acceleration for turn two Viper or Call, can be a “chump” blocker when necessary)

Counters:
4 x Remand
Remand
RemandSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
63
Artist:
Mark A. Nelson
Text:
Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, put it into its owner’s hand instead of into that player's graveyard. Draw a card.
(tempo and card replacement)
4 x Mana Leak
Mana Leak
Mana LeakSet: Stronghold
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
36
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
Counter target spell unless its caster pays an additional 3.
(since this is an aggressive deck, this wins out over Rune Snag
Rune Snag
Rune SnagSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
46
Artist:
Dave Dorman
Text:
Counter target spell unless its controller pays 2 plus an additional 2 for each card named Rune Snag in each graveyard.
)
4 x Voidslime
Voidslime
VoidslimeSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
137
Artist:
Jim Murray
(hard counter and benefits of the other abilities like eliminating storm counts)
4 x Plaxmanta
Plaxmanta
PlaxmantaSet: Dissension
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Alan Pollack
(targeted removal is very present and instant speed for blocking or end of turn is great if you don’t need to counter during your opponent’s turn)

Beaters:
4 x Ohran Viper
Ohran Viper
Ohran ViperSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snow Creature - Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
115
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
1
Toughness:
3
Text:
Whenever Ohran Viper deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature at the end of combat. Whenever Ohran Viper deals combat damage to a player, you may draw a card.
(card draw and creature destruction, don’t forget Arrow counters eliminate these two effects with one activation)
4 x Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
(effective 3/3 body)
4 x Plaxmanta
Plaxmanta
PlaxmantaSet: Dissension
Color:
Blue
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Artist:
Alan Pollack
(instant speed)
2 x Simic Sky Swallower
Simic Sky Swallower
Simic Sky SwallowerSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
130
Artist:
rk post
(untargetable, flying and trample)

Sideboard options include Carven Caryatid
Carven Caryatid
Carven CaryatidSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
U
Number:
155
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
2
Toughness:
5
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) When Carven Caryatid comes into play, draw a card.
for aggressive decks, Mystic Snake
Mystic Snake
Mystic SnakeSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
4
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Snake
Rarity:
R
Number:
112
Artist:
Daren Bader
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
You may play Mystic Snake any time you could play an instant. When Mystic Snake comes into play, counter target spell.
as a Hard Counter and creature (four mana is not the best option in the main at this point as you are a tempo deck), Trickbind
Trickbind
TrickbindSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
88
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Text:
Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't play spells or activated abilities that aren't mana abilities.) Counter target activated or triggered ability. If a permanent's ability is countered this way, activated abilities of that permanent can't be played this turn. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.)
for storm counts (split second), some artifact/enchantment kill (Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
might be the best as it fits the mana curve better).

This deck has the least testing thus far as I kept the original configuration together to play in FNM etc until the transition of the format.


Deck #8 Black/Red (Satanic Sligh)

Another deck that I enjoyed at the end of the season was Satanic Sligh that evolved during the Nationals season.

4 x Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

4 x Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.

4 x Frostling
Frostling
FrostlingSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Frostling Frostling deals 1 damage to target creature.

4 x Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis

2 x Demonfire
Demonfire
DemonfireSet: Dissension
Color:
Red
Rarity:
R
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Staples

1 x Flames of the Blood Hand
Flames of the Blood Hand
Flames of the Blood HandSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
101
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Flames of the Blood Hand deals 4 damage to target player. The damage can't be prevented. If that player would gain life this turn, that player gains no life instead.

3 x Yamabushi's Flame
Yamabushi's Flame
Yamabushi's FlameSet: Champions of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
198
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Yamabushi's Flame deals 3 damage to target creature or player. If a creature dealt damage this way would be put into a graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.

3 x Genju of the Spires
Genju of the Spires
Genju of the SpiresSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Mountain
Rarity:
U
Number:
105
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Text:
2: Enchanted Mountain becomes a 6/1 red Spirit creature until end of turn. It's still a land. When enchanted Mountain is put into a graveyard, you may return Genju of the Spires from your graveyard to your hand.

2 x Hit/Run
4 x Seal of Fire
Seal of Fire
Seal of FireSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Fire: Seal of Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

3 x Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4 x Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

4 x Blood Crypt
Blood Crypt
Blood CryptSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Swamp Mountain, (T: Add B or R to your mana pool.) As Blood Crypt comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, Blood Crypt comes into play tapped instead.

4 x Sulfurous Springs
Sulfurous Springs
Sulfurous SpringsSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add B or R to your mana pool. Sulfurous Springs deals 1 damage to you.

2 x Rakdos Carnarium
Rakdos Carnarium
Rakdos CarnariumSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
John Avon

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

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

1 x Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
Mikokoro, Center of the SeaSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 2, T Each player draws a card.

[Editor’s note: Why are these basic lands Snow-Covered? Either I’m missing something, or he left out a copy of Scrying Sheets
Scrying Sheets
Scrying SheetsSet: Coldsnap
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Snow Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
149
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 1oSi, T Look at the top card of your library. If that card is snow, you may reveal it and put it into your hand. (oSi can be paid with one mana from a snow permanent.)
or something. Just wondering out loud.]

Key Losses for the deck are:
4 x Frostling
Frostling
FrostlingSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spirit
Rarity:
C
Number:
103
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
Sacrifice Frostling Frostling deals 1 damage to target creature.

1 x Flames of the Blood Hand
Flames of the Blood Hand
Flames of the Blood HandSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
101
Artist:
Aleksi Briclot
Text:
Flames of the Blood Hand deals 4 damage to target player. The damage can't be prevented. If that player would gain life this turn, that player gains no life instead.

3 x Genju of the Spires
Genju of the Spires
Genju of the SpiresSet: Betrayers of Kamigawa
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Mountain
Rarity:
U
Number:
105
Artist:
Joel Thomas
Text:
2: Enchanted Mountain becomes a 6/1 red Spirit creature until end of turn. It's still a land. When enchanted Mountain is put into a graveyard, you may return Genju of the Spires from your graveyard to your hand.

3 x Yamabushi’s Flame
1 x Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
Mikokoro, Center of the SeaSet: Saviors of Kamigawa
Cost:
2
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Text:
T Add 1 to your mana pool. 2, T Each player draws a card.


Key Additions are:
Magus of the Scroll
Magus of the Scroll
Magus of the ScrollSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3, T: Name a card. Reveal a card at random from your hand. If it's the named card, Magus of the Scroll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.
(Repeatable Damage)
Rift Bolt
Rift Bolt
Rift BoltSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
176
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Suspend 1-R (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay R and remove it from the game with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.)
(Suspend 3 damage 1 mana)


Updated Satanic Sligh:

4 x Dark Confidant
Dark Confidant
Dark ConfidantSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
81
Artist:
Ron Spears
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, reveal the top card of your library and put that card into your hand. You lose life equal to its converted mana cost.

4 x Magus of the Scroll
Magus of the Scroll
Magus of the ScrollSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
169
Artist:
Greg Staples
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
3, T: Name a card. Reveal a card at random from your hand. If it's the named card, Magus of the Scroll deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4 x Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos Guildmage
Rakdos GuildmageSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
U
Number:
145
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis

4 x Shadow Guildmage
Shadow Guildmage
Shadow GuildmageSet: Mirage
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
U, T: Put target creature you control on top of owner's library.R, T: Shadow Guildmage deals 1 damage to target creature or player and 1 damage to you.

4 x Char
Char
CharSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Char deals 4 damage to target creature or player and 2 damage to you.

3 x Demonfire
Demonfire
DemonfireSet: Dissension
Color:
Red
Rarity:
R
Number:
60
Artist:
Greg Staples

4 x Seal of Fire
Seal of Fire
Seal of FireSet: Nemesis
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
98
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Sacrifice Seal of Fire: Seal of Fire deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

4 x Shock
Shock
ShockSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
206
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
Shock deals 2 damage to target creature or player.

3 x Rift Bolt
Rift Bolt
Rift BoltSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
176
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Rift Bolt deals 3 damage to target creature or player. Suspend 1-R (Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay R and remove it from the game with a time counter on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When you remove the last, play it without paying its mana cost.)

4 x Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic Hammer
Volcanic HammerSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Volcanic Hammer deals 3 damage to any one creature or player.

4 x Blood Crypt
Blood Crypt
Blood CryptSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
171
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
Swamp Mountain, (T: Add B or R to your mana pool.) As Blood Crypt comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, Blood Crypt comes into play tapped instead.

4 x Sulfurous Springs
Sulfurous Springs
Sulfurous SpringsSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Jeff Miracola
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add B or R to your mana pool. Sulfurous Springs deals 1 damage to you.

4 x Rakdos Carnarium
Rakdos Carnarium
Rakdos CarnariumSet: Dissension
Color:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
178
Artist:
John Avon

1 x Gemstone Caverns
Gemstone Caverns
Gemstone CavernsSet: Time Spiral
Color:
Land
Type:
Legendary Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
274
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
If Gemstone Caverns is in your opening hand and you're not playing first, you may begin the game with Gemstone Caverns in play with a luck counter on it. If you do, remove a card in your hand from the game. T: Add 1 to your mana pool. If Gemstone Caverns has a luck counter on it, instead add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

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

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


The purpose of this deck is to play aggressively. The deck puts pressure on your opponent and uses burn to clear the path or add it to the dome. Most of your creatures are fragile, so cards like Funeral Charm
Funeral Charm
Funeral CharmSet: Visions
Cost:
1
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Greg Spalenka
Text:
Choose one Target player chooses and discards a card; or target creature gets +2/-1 until end of turn; or target creature gains swampwalk until end of turn. (If defending player controls any swamps, that creature is unblockable.)
are going to pose an issue with your one toughness creatures. The loss of the Genju allows you to play fewer mountains as the basic land is no longer a constraint.

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