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

Hello again all. Lately it seems like I have not had a lot to add to the internet buzz. With Standard Champs approaching and little time to test the finalized card pool with Time Spiral
Time Spiral
Time SpiralSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
6
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
103
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Text:
Remove Time Spiral from the game. Each player shuffles his or her graveyard and hand into his or her library, then draws seven cards. You untap up to six lands.
, I thought it best to share my test decks as I put together a gauntlet. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend the Standard Champs tourney this year, but the excitement of the new set being released has got me testing decks none the less. As most of these decks are not fully tested as of yet (I need to build a gauntlet to test against), all of the decks are not completely tuned and sideboards are not finalized as all the strengths and weaknesses have not been addressed.


Deck #1 Combo (Grapeshot
Grapeshot
GrapeshotSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
160
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Grapeshot deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
Renewal
Renewal
RenewalSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Sacrifice a land to search your library for a basic land and put it directly into play. This does not count towards your one land per turn limit. Reshuffle your library afterwards. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
)

4 x Wild Cantor
Wild Cantor
Wild CantorSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
((R/G) can be paid with either R or G.) Sacrifice Wild Cantor: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

4 x Enduring Renewal
Enduring Renewal
Enduring RenewalSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
Play with the cards in your hand face up on the table. If you draw a creature card from your library, discard it. Whenever a creature goes to your graveyard from play, put that creature into your hand.

4 x Grapeshot
Grapeshot
GrapeshotSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
160
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Grapeshot deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

4 x Rise // Fall
4 x Castigate
Castigate
CastigateSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Text:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. Choose a nonland card from it. Remove that card from the game.

3 x Mortify
Mortify
MortifySet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Text:
Destroy target creature or enchantment.

3 x Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

4 x 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.)

2 x Shred Memory
Shred Memory
Shred MemorySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Remove up to four target cards in a single graveyard from the game. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

2 x Dizzy Spell
Dizzy Spell
Dizzy SpellSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-0 until end of turn. Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

2 x Dimir House Guard
Dimir House Guard
Dimir House GuardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate Dimir House Guard. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)

1 x Battlefield Forge
Battlefield Forge
Battlefield ForgeSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
139
Artist:
Darrell Riche
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add R or W to your mana pool. Battlefield Forge deals 1 damage to you.

1 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 Caves of Koilos
Caves of Koilos
Caves of KoilosSet: Apocalypse
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
140
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Text:
TAP: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool. TAP: Add W or B to your mana pool. Caves of Koilos deals 1 damage to you.

4 x Sacred Foundry
Sacred Foundry
Sacred FoundrySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Mountain Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add R or W to your mana pool.) As Sacred Foundry comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Sacred Foundry comes into play tapped instead.

4 x Godless Shrine
Godless Shrine
Godless ShrineSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Plains Swamp
Rarity:
R
Number:
157
Text:
(T: Add W or B to your mana pool.) As Godless Shrine comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Godless Shrine comes into play tapped instead.

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 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 Gemstone Mine
Gemstone Mine
Gemstone MineSet: Weatherlight
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brom
Text:
When Gemstone Mine comes into play, put three mining counters on it.tap, Remove a mining counter from Gemstone Mine: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. If there are no mining counters on Gemstone Mine, bury it.


First and foremost, this deck is not for the faint of heart as the land base is very expensive and all rare (or purple if you desire). The point of the deck is to play Wild Cantor
Wild Cantor
Wild CantorSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
((R/G) can be paid with either R or G.) Sacrifice Wild Cantor: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
and then Enduring Renewal
Enduring Renewal
Enduring RenewalSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
Play with the cards in your hand face up on the table. If you draw a creature card from your library, discard it. Whenever a creature goes to your graveyard from play, put that creature into your hand.
. With the two in play you can sacrifice the Cantor for Green or Red mana, it returns to your hand via Renewal
Renewal
RenewalSet: Homelands
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Kaja Foglio
Text:
Sacrifice a land to search your library for a basic land and put it directly into play. This does not count towards your one land per turn limit. Reshuffle your library afterwards. Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
and you play it again. You do this “X” times then cast Grapeshot
Grapeshot
GrapeshotSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
160
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Grapeshot deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
with a storm count high enough to kill your opponent.

Combo pieces:
4 x Wild Cantor
Wild Cantor
Wild CantorSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
((R/G) can be paid with either R or G.) Sacrifice Wild Cantor: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.

4 x Grapeshot
Grapeshot
GrapeshotSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
160
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Grapeshot deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

4 x Enduring Renewal
Enduring Renewal
Enduring RenewalSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
Play with the cards in your hand face up on the table. If you draw a creature card from your library, discard it. Whenever a creature goes to your graveyard from play, put that creature into your hand.


Search:
2 x Shred Memory
Shred Memory
Shred MemorySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
105
Artist:
Hideaki Takamura
Text:
Remove up to four target cards in a single graveyard from the game. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
(Transmute for Grapeshot
Grapeshot
GrapeshotSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
160
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Grapeshot deals 1 damage to target creature or player. Storm (When you play this spell, copy it for each spell played before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)
)
2 x Dizzy Spell
Dizzy Spell
Dizzy SpellSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
43
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-0 until end of turn. Transmute 1UU (1UU, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
(Transmute for Wild Cantor
Wild Cantor
Wild CantorSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Druid
Rarity:
C
Number:
149
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
((R/G) can be paid with either R or G.) Sacrifice Wild Cantor: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
)
2 x Dimir House Guard
Dimir House Guard
Dimir House GuardSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Skeleton
Rarity:
C
Number:
83
Artist:
John Zeleznik
Power:
2
Toughness:
3
Text:
Fear Sacrifice a creature: Regenerate Dimir House Guard. Transmute 1BB (1BB, Discard this card: Search your library for a card with the same converted mana cost as this card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library. Play only as a sorcery.)
(Transmute for Enduring Renewal
Enduring Renewal
Enduring RenewalSet: Ice Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Harold McNeill
Text:
Play with the cards in your hand face up on the table. If you draw a creature card from your library, discard it. Whenever a creature goes to your graveyard from play, put that creature into your hand.
, plus 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.
in the Board)

Protection / Control (Via Discard):
4 x Rise // Fall (random discard)
4 x Castigate
Castigate
CastigateSet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
106
Text:
Target opponent reveals his or her hand. Choose a nonland card from it. Remove that card from the game.
(you pick discard)
3 x Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
(one plus random discard)
4 x 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.)
(Multipurpose discard, can be an instant to stop an opponent for a combo)

Protection / Control:
3 x Mortify
Mortify
MortifySet: Guildpact
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
122
Text:
Destroy target creature or enchantment.
(kill creatures like 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.
, Magus of the Disk
Magus of the Disk
Magus of the DiskSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Wizard
Rarity:
R
Number:
27
Artist:
Jeremy Jarvis
Power:
2
Toughness:
4
Text:
Magus of the Disk comes into play tapped. 1, T: Destroy all artifacts, creatures, and enchantments.
, Fortune Thief
Fortune Thief
Fortune ThiefSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 reduces it to 1 instead. 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.)
or enchantments like COP Red, 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.
or 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.
)
4 x 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.)
(Kill Birds/Elves to protect from a turn two Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.
or kill Fortune Thief
Fortune Thief
Fortune ThiefSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 reduces it to 1 instead. 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.)
)

A Four Color land base allows for almost any potential answer in the sideboard. Cards to be considered include 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.
, Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.
and Pandemonium
Pandemonium
PandemoniumSet: Exodus
Cost:
4
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
93
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
Whenever any creature comes into play, that creature's controller may choose to have it deal damage equal to its power to target creature or player.
(second win condition) and 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 other Storm based decks. [Editor’s note: If you are going to run this deck, be sure you run the combo “infinitely enough” times. Don’t just aim for the exact life total of your opponent, as you never know when they may have a trick of some sort. It may sound obvious, but I’ve seen many a seasoned player make this mistake.]


Deck #2 Combo (Dragonstorm
Dragonstorm
DragonstormSet: Scourge
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Text:
Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
Storm
)

4 x Dragonstorm
Dragonstorm
DragonstormSet: Scourge
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Text:
Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
Storm

4 x Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.

4 x Rite of Flame
Rite of Flame
Rite of FlameSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Add RR to your mana pool, then add R to your mana pool for each card named Rite of Flame in each graveyard.

4 x Bogardan Hellkite
Bogardan Hellkite
Bogardan HellkiteSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
147
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying When Bogardan Hellkite comes into play, it deals 5 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players.

2 x Hunted Dragon
Hunted Dragon
Hunted DragonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, haste When Hunted Dragon comes into play, put three 2/2 white Knight creature tokens with first strike into play under target opponent’s control.

2 x Grozoth
Grozoth
GrozothSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
9
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Leviathan
Rarity:
R
Number:
53
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
9
Toughness:
9
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) When Grozoth comes into play, you may search your library for any number of cards that have converted mana cost 9, reveal them, and put them into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library. 4: Grozoth loses defender until end of turn. Transmute 1UU

4 x Sleight of Hand
Sleight of Hand
Sleight of HandSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Look at the top two cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the other on the bottom of your library.

1 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.

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.

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 Telling Time
Telling Time
Telling TimeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand, one on top of your library, and one on the bottom of your library.

4 x Steam Vents
Steam Vents
Steam VentsSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Island Mountain
Rarity:
R
Number:
164
Text:
(T: Add U or R to your mana pool.) As Steam Vents comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Steam Vents comes into play tapped instead.

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

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

8 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 playing three accelerants leading to a Dragonstorm
Dragonstorm
DragonstormSet: Scourge
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Text:
Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
Storm
for four (possible on turn 4) and playing out 4 x Bogardan Hellkite
Bogardan Hellkite
Bogardan HellkiteSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
147
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying When Bogardan Hellkite comes into play, it deals 5 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players.
s dealing 20 Damage to your opponent.

Accelerants:
4 x Seething Song
Seething Song
Seething SongSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
104
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Add RRRRR to your mana pool.
(5 mana for 2R)
4 x Rite of Flame
Rite of Flame
Rite of FlameSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
96
Artist:
Dany Orizio
Text:
Add RR to your mana pool, then add R to your mana pool for each card named Rite of Flame in each graveyard.
(2 + mana for R)

Kill:
4 x Bogardan Hellkite
Bogardan Hellkite
Bogardan HellkiteSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
8
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
147
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flash (You may play this spell any time you could play an instant.) Flying When Bogardan Hellkite comes into play, it deals 5 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures and/or players.
(5 damage each as they come into play)
2 x Hunted Dragon
Hunted Dragon
Hunted DragonSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon
Rarity:
R
Number:
131
Artist:
Mark Zug
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Flying, haste When Hunted Dragon comes into play, put three 2/2 white Knight creature tokens with first strike into play under target opponent’s control.
(5 power haste in case you draw one of the Hellkites and can not search them out)

Search:
4 x Telling Time
Telling Time
Telling TimeSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
69
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Look at the top three cards of your library. Put one of those cards into your hand, one on top of your library, and one on the bottom of your library.
(cheap replacement and lets you put a dragon back to the bottom to keep from drawing one)
4 x Sleight of Hand
Sleight of Hand
Sleight of HandSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Phil Foglio
Text:
Look at the top two cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the other on the bottom of your library.
(cheap replacement and lets you put a dragon back to the bottom to keep from drawing one)
1 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.
(I am not as happy with this, might be better off as 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.
)
2 x Grozoth
Grozoth
GrozothSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
9
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Leviathan
Rarity:
R
Number:
53
Artist:
Cyril Van Der Haegen
Power:
9
Toughness:
9
Text:
Defender (This creature can’t attack.) When Grozoth comes into play, you may search your library for any number of cards that have converted mana cost 9, reveal them, and put them into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library. 4: Grozoth loses defender until end of turn. Transmute 1UU
(Transmute for Dragonstorm
Dragonstorm
DragonstormSet: Scourge
Cost:
9
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
90
Text:
Search your library for a Dragon card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.
Storm
)

Protection:
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.
(time delay with replacement affect, great with suspended cards as well, need to fend off discard effects)
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.
(need to fend off discard effects)

The mana base is slightly tilted towards blue as you need double blue for transmute and your early search is blue. You can combo out with just one red as all your accelerants add only red mana.

Sideboard options include more control (Cancel
Cancel
CancelSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
51
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Counter target spell.
, 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.
etc), bounce/removal for cards like 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.
, Fortune Thief
Fortune Thief
Fortune ThiefSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 reduces it to 1 instead. 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.)
, COP Red 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.
.


Deck #3 Land Destruction

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 Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.

4 x Cryoclasm
Cryoclasm
CryoclasmSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Destroy target Plains or Island. Cryoclasm deals 3 damage to that land's controller.

4 x Avalanche
Avalanche
AvalancheSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy X target snow-covered lands.
IFJpZGVycw==
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.

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 Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker R and/or W. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the R kicker cost, Thornscape Battlemage deals 2 damage to target creature or player. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the W kicker cost, destroy target artifact.

2 x Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

4 x Stomping Ground
Stomping Ground
Stomping GroundSet: Guildpact
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Mountain Forest
Rarity:
R
Number:
165
Text:
(T: Add R or G to your mana pool.) As Stomping Ground comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Stomping Ground comes into play tapped instead.
s
4 x Karplusan Forest
Karplusan Forest
Karplusan ForestSet: Fifth Edition
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Randy Gallegos
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.T: Add R or G to your mana pool. Karplusan Forest deals 1 damage to you.

1 x Temple Garden
Temple Garden
Temple GardenSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Forest Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
284
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add G or W to your mana pool.) As Temple Garden comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Temple Garden comes into play tapped instead.

1 x Sacred Foundry
Sacred Foundry
Sacred FoundrySet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Sub Type:
Mountain Plains
Rarity:
R
Number:
280
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
(T: Add R or W to your mana pool.) As Sacred Foundry comes into play, you may pay 2 life. If you don’t, Sacred Foundry comes into play tapped instead.

2 x Skarrg, The Rage Pits
6 x Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.

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


This deck is all about a turn two and three land destruction spell. With 8 three mana and 4 four mana spells, you can quickly gain a tempo advantage on your opponent. Back that up with efficient beaters and pumping and you can take full advantage of your gain in tempo.

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.

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.

2 x Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
(the Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
is used so that you have 6 ways to pay the kicker on the Battlemage)

Land Destruction (tempo gain):
4 x Stone Rain
Stone Rain
Stone RainSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Daniel Gelon
Text:
Destroy target land.

4 x Cryoclasm
Cryoclasm
CryoclasmSet: Coldsnap
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Destroy target Plains or Island. Cryoclasm deals 3 damage to that land's controller.

4 x Avalanche
Avalanche
AvalancheSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy X target snow-covered lands.
IFJpZGVycw==

Creatures:
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.)
(cheap 3/3 with card advantage of flashback)
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 drawing or creature destruction, possibly a trampling 5/7 with cloak and Skarrg)
4 x Avalanche
Avalanche
AvalancheSet: Ice Age
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Brian Snoddy
Text:
Destroy X target snow-covered lands.
IFJpZGVycw== (early it is a one time attack, later is a body to go with the spell)
4 x Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape Battlemage
Thornscape BattlemageSet: Planeshift
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Wizard
Rarity:
U
Number:
94
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Kicker R and/or W. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the R kicker cost, Thornscape Battlemage deals 2 damage to target creature or player. When Thornscape Battlemage comes into play, if you paid the W kicker cost, destroy target artifact.
(this one most likely raises some eyebrows, but with the two damage via a green spell for pro red guys, going for an extra two to the dome or destroying an enchantment, this is a very versatile beater in the deck. With the Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
and the Birds, you have access to the kicker abilities)

Land Base:
The green/red portion should seem self explanatory, green being biased as you want a first turn BOP or Elf. The two off color dual lands are for the purpose of the kicker on the Battlemage as the spell even works under a Dovescape
Dovescape
DovescapeSet: Dissension
Color:
Multicolor
Rarity:
R
Number:
143
Artist:
Shishizaru
if that type of deck is still played in the new format. After board, it gets rid of a 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.
as well.

In the sideboard there should be additional land destruction in V3JlYWsgHavoc
Havoc
HavocSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
Whenever target opponent successfully casts a white spell, he or she loses 2 life.
(uncounterable) or the new Creeping Mold
Creeping Mold
Creeping MoldSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
220
Artist:
David Seeley
Text:
Destroy target artifact, land, or enchantment.
with land fetch. [Editor’s note: I think he means Mwonvuli Acid-Moss.] I was going to put the new Mold in the main, but you want the search early with the Farseek
Farseek
FarseekSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
163
Artist:
Martina Pilcerova
Text:
Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.
if you don’t have a Bird or Elf. Kird Ape
Kird Ape
Kird ApeSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Ape
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ken Meyer, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
While controller has forests in play, Kird Ape gains +1/+2.
s should find a home in the deck, but I do not see what to take out of the main deck for them at this time as turn one you want a Bird of Elf more than the Ape.


Deck #4 Hand Destruction (Small Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
)

2 x Muse Vessel
Muse Vessel
Muse VesselSet: Dissension
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Christopher Rush

4 x The Rack
The Rack
The RackSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
If opponent has fewer than three cards in hand during his or her upkeep, the Rack does 1 damage to opponent for each card fewer than three.

3 x Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.

4 x Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.

4 x 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.)

4 x Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.

3 x 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.

2 x Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.

2 x Small Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.

4 x Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.

22 x Snow Covered Lands
4 x 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.)


This deck is about creating control with hand destruction and then making your opponent pay life for it.

Discard:
4 x 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.)
(instant speed if you need it against a combo deck)
2 x Muse Vessel
Muse Vessel
Muse VesselSet: Dissension
Color:
Colorless
Rarity:
R
Number:
163
Artist:
Christopher Rush
(removes from the game as well, so flashback is not an issue)
2 x Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.
(it is yet to be seen if there will be decks that more than two is needed with all the “splashing” available in the format)
4 x Stupor
Stupor
StuporSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
158
Artist:
Mike Kimble
Text:
Target opponent discards a card at random from his or her hand, then chooses and discards a card from his or her hand.
(one chosen and one random is a good deal at three mana)
4 x Small Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.


Creature Destruction:
4 x 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.)
(gets rid of Birds, Elves and Fortune Thief
Fortune Thief
Fortune ThiefSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
5
Color:
Red
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Human Rogue
Rarity:
R
Number:
156
Artist:
Christopher Moeller
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Damage that would reduce your life total to less than 1 reduces it to 1 instead. 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.)
)
4 x Last Gasp
Last Gasp
Last GaspSet: Ravnica City of Guilds
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
93
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
Target creature gets -3/-3 until end of turn.
(gets rid of most early threats)
3 x 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.
(split second can be very nice here with elephants and the like around)
4 x Small Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
(nice second turn play against land D when you are on the play as you can get rid of a land and Bird/Elf)

Kill:
3 x Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal Vampire
Skeletal VampireSet: Guildpact
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Vampire Skeleton
Rarity:
R
Number:
62
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Flying When Skeletal Vampire comes into play, put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. 3BB, Sacrifice a Bat: Put two 1/1 black Bat creature tokens with flying into play. Sacrifice a Bat: Regenerate Skeletal Vampire.
(nice addition with the regeneration and token maker)
4 x The Rack
The Rack
The RackSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Richard Thomas
Text:
If opponent has fewer than three cards in hand during his or her upkeep, the Rack does 1 damage to opponent for each card fewer than three.
(combos well with your discard, plus colorless for COP)

Card Draw:
4 x Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian Arena
Phyrexian ArenaSet: Apocalypse
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
47
Artist:
Pete Venters
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, you draw a card and you lose 1 life.
(loss of life should not affect you too much with your creature control)
4 x 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.)
(gets you through any land pockets and thus the need for snow-covered lands)

Land Base:
26 land is a lot, but four are really card draws. With you playing the Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
, you expect some land destruction and you many need to discard them to the Pox
Pox
PoxSet: Fifth Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Text:
Each player loses 1/3 of his or her life; then chooses and discards 1/3 of his or her hand; then sacrifices 1/3 of the creatures he or she controls; and then sacrifices 1/3 of the lands he or she controls. Round each loss up.
as well.

Sideboard options include extra Vessels, 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.)
if you need non-black removal, extra Persecute
Persecute
PersecuteSet: Urza's Saga
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
146
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Choose a color. Look at target player's hand. That player discards all cards of the chosen color.
s and Plague Sliver
Plague Sliver
Plague SliverSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
R
Number:
124
Artist:
Dave Allsop
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
All Slivers have "At the beginning of your upkeep, this creature deals 1 damage to you."
as a beater.


These are the first four decks that I have put testing time into. All have shown some progress in the initial testing, but without more information on the format, they are just the beginning of the test gauntlet. I have more decks in mind, but I have not put them in sleeves as of yet, so with no testing, I am not ready to share them. I am trying to stay away from “my updated solar flare” type decks as there are those already available around the net. I will try to get more done to share in the near future. Thanks for reading.


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