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Dragon Phage (an Old School Deck) - Tim Hebert (6/3/2008)

I designed this to be a casual aggro deck that kills with one of the coolest creatures ever - Phage the Untouchable
Phage the Untouchable
Phage the UntouchableSet: Legions
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Phage the Untouchable comes into play, if you didn’t play it from your
hand, you lose the game.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. It
can’t be regenerated.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game.
. When people read Phage's rules text for the first time, they usually respond with disbelief. I know I did. So if you haven't had the pleasure, here's what Phage the Untouchable
Phage the Untouchable
Phage the UntouchableSet: Legions
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Phage the Untouchable comes into play, if you didn’t play it from your
hand, you lose the game.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. It
can’t be regenerated.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game.
says:

´´When Phage the Untouchable
Phage the Untouchable
Phage the UntouchableSet: Legions
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Phage the Untouchable comes into play, if you didn’t play it from your
hand, you lose the game.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. It
can’t be regenerated.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game.
comes into play, if you didn't play it from your hand, you lose the game. Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. It can't be regenerated. Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game.´´

Yes, that's right. Phage the Untouchable
Phage the Untouchable
Phage the UntouchableSet: Legions
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Phage the Untouchable comes into play, if you didn’t play it from your
hand, you lose the game.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. It
can’t be regenerated.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game.
kills your opponent no matter what life total, with ONE successful hit. Rad.

First, a word about ´´Old-School.´´ I stopped buying cards after Scour
Scour
ScourSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
18
Artist:
Eric Peterson
Text:
Remove target enchantment from the game. Search its controller's graveyard, hand, and library for all copies of that card and remove them from the game. That player then shuffles his or her library.
ge. There are two reasons for this: 1)I became a ´´real´´ adult, thus severely curtailing my disposable income, and 2) I didn't like the new card design that came in with Mirrodin. So, even though I wrote about Untap combos in Shadowmoor, I don't actually own any Shadowmoor cards. Some of the cards in this Dragon Phage deck are printed in new editions, but they were all *first* printed before Mirrodin.

Dragon Phage

Creatures

4 Phage the Untouchable
Phage the Untouchable
Phage the UntouchableSet: Legions
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Phage the Untouchable comes into play, if you didn’t play it from your
hand, you lose the game.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. It
can’t be regenerated.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game.

4 Fierce Empath
Fierce Empath
Fierce EmpathSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Fierce Empath comes into play, you may search your library for a creature with converted mana cost of six or more, show it to all players, then shuffle your library.

4 Overeager Apprentice
Overeager Apprentice
Overeager ApprenticeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand, Sacrifice Overeager Apprentice: Add BBB to your mana pool.

4 Bog Witch
Bog Witch
Bog WitchSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Gao Yan
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, tap, Discard a card from your hand: Add BBB to your mana pool.

4 Elves of Deep Shadow
Elves of Deep Shadow
Elves of Deep ShadowSet: The Dark
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool, and Elves of Deep Shadow do 1 damage to you. This ability is played as an interrupt.


Spells

4 Dragon Breath
Dragon Breath
Dragon BreathSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Text:
Enchanted creature has haste.
R : Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
When a creature with a converted mana cost of 6 or more comes into play, you may return Dragon Breath from your graveyard to play enchanting that creature.

4 Dragon Fangs
Dragon Fangs
Dragon FangsSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
117
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has trample.
When a creature with a converted mana cost of 6 or more comes into play, you may return Dragon Fangs from your graveyard to play enchanting that creature.

4 Dragon Shadow
Dragon Shadow
Dragon ShadowSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
65
Text:
Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 and fear.
When a creature with a converted mana cost of 6 or more comes into play, you may return Dragon Shadow from your graveyard to play enchanting that creature.

4 Insidious Dreams
Insidious Dreams
Insidious DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Text:
As an additional cost to play Insidious Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Search your library for X cards. Then shuffle your library and put those cards on top of it in any order.


Land

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

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


Why the spells: The three Dragon Enchantments are to give Phage the Untouchable
Phage the Untouchable
Phage the UntouchableSet: Legions
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Phage the Untouchable comes into play, if you didn’t play it from your
hand, you lose the game.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. It
can’t be regenerated.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game.
Trample, Fear
Fear
FearSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked by any creatures except black creatures and artifact creatures.
, and Haste. They also have this great feature: ´´When a creature with a converted mana cost of 6 or more comes into play, you may return (this) from your graveyard to play enchanting that creature.´´ The idea here is to get them into the graveyard to take advantage of this ability, playing Phage and having her suddenly enchanted with Haste, Trample, and/or Fear
Fear
FearSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked by any creatures except black creatures and artifact creatures.
. Insidious Dreams
Insidious Dreams
Insidious DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Text:
As an additional cost to play Insidious Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Search your library for X cards. Then shuffle your library and put those cards on top of it in any order.
helps to get the Dragon enchantments into the graveyard, and also tutors for the cards you need.

Why the creatures: Phage is the win condition. Fierce Empath
Fierce Empath
Fierce EmpathSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf
Rarity:
C
Number:
119
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
When Fierce Empath comes into play, you may search your library for a creature with converted mana cost of six or more, show it to all players, then shuffle your library.
lets you fetch Phage and acts as a chump blocker. Overeager Apprentice
Overeager Apprentice
Overeager ApprenticeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand, Sacrifice Overeager Apprentice: Add BBB to your mana pool.
and Bog Witch
Bog Witch
Bog WitchSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Gao Yan
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, tap, Discard a card from your hand: Add BBB to your mana pool.
let you discard your Dragon enchantments and add BBB to your mana pool. This is one case where you would rather have Overeager Apprentice
Overeager Apprentice
Overeager ApprenticeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand, Sacrifice Overeager Apprentice: Add BBB to your mana pool.
than Bog Witch
Bog Witch
Bog WitchSet: Mercadian Masques
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spellshaper
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
Gao Yan
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
B, tap, Discard a card from your hand: Add BBB to your mana pool.
, too, because although you sacrifice the Apprentice, it gives you effectively one more black mana. As for the Elves of Deep Shadow
Elves of Deep Shadow
Elves of Deep ShadowSet: The Dark
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool, and Elves of Deep Shadow do 1 damage to you. This ability is played as an interrupt.
, they are there both because they resemble your opponent's Goth ex-girlfriend (The Dark version, not the Ravnica version), and also for a third turn kill combo, to wit:

Turn 1: Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
, Elves of Deep Shadow
Elves of Deep Shadow
Elves of Deep ShadowSet: The Dark
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool, and Elves of Deep Shadow do 1 damage to you. This ability is played as an interrupt.

Turn 2: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, Overeager Apprentice
Overeager Apprentice
Overeager ApprenticeSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Ray Lago
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand, Sacrifice Overeager Apprentice: Add BBB to your mana pool.

Turn 3: Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
, Sac OA discarding Dragon Breath
Dragon Breath
Dragon BreathSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Text:
Enchanted creature has haste.
R : Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
When a creature with a converted mana cost of 6 or more comes into play, you may return Dragon Breath from your graveyard to play enchanting that creature.
, Phage the Untouchable
Phage the Untouchable
Phage the UntouchableSet: Legions
Cost:
7
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Minion Legend
Rarity:
R
Number:
78
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
When Phage the Untouchable comes into play, if you didn’t play it from your
hand, you lose the game.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a creature, destroy that creature. It
can’t be regenerated.
Whenever Phage deals combat damage to a player, that player loses the game.
(returning Dragon Breath
Dragon Breath
Dragon BreathSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Text:
Enchanted creature has haste.
R : Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
When a creature with a converted mana cost of 6 or more comes into play, you may return Dragon Breath from your graveyard to play enchanting that creature.
to play), attack.

Things I like about this deck: a) Phage and Insidious Dreams
Insidious Dreams
Insidious DreamsSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
66
Text:
As an additional cost to play Insidious Dreams, discard X cards from your hand. Search your library for X cards. Then shuffle your library and put those cards on top of it in any order.
are rare, but everything else is common! b) The synergy between the discard effects and the Dragon enchantments is great. c) You know you're awesome when you run a red spell but you have no red mana. d) When it works, this deck wins in a HUGE way.

Things I would consider changing: a) Perhaps if I was slightly richer, I'd sub 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.
for Elves of Deep Shadow
Elves of Deep Shadow
Elves of Deep ShadowSet: The Dark
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elves
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Jesper Myrfors
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool, and Elves of Deep Shadow do 1 damage to you. This ability is played as an interrupt.
. b) If I wanted to take out the uncastable Dragon Breath
Dragon Breath
Dragon BreathSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Number:
86
Text:
Enchanted creature has haste.
R : Enchanted creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.
When a creature with a converted mana cost of 6 or more comes into play, you may return Dragon Breath from your graveyard to play enchanting that creature.
, I might sub in Filth
Filth
FilthSet: Judgment
Cost:
4
Color:
Black
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Incarnation
Rarity:
U
Number:
66
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa

Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Swampwalk. As long as Filth is in your graveyard and you control a Swamp, creatures you control have Swampwalk.
, because Swamp
Swamp
SwampSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add B to your mana pool.
walk + Fear
Fear
FearSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Enchant Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Mark Poole
Text:
Target creature cannot be blocked by any creatures except black creatures and artifact creatures.
= nigh unblockable. c) To be less reckless (more reckful? [Editor's note: I like it!]), I could put in some mix of Dark Banishing
Dark Banishing
Dark BanishingSet: Ice Age
Cost:
3
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Bury target non-black creature.
/Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
to deal with opponents' stuff.

But I like the deck the way it is *because* it's reckless. And even though it loses spectacularly sometimes, hey, at least it's spectacular.


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