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Hurkyl's Future Brain Lash - Tim Hebert (6/23/2008)

This ´´Casual Legacy´´ deck has evolved as a way to exploit a really cool card called Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
. Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
, aside from being the set that followed Planar Chaos
Planar Chaos
Planar ChaosSet: Judgment
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Number:
97
Artist:
Ron Spencer

Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, flip a coin. If you lose the flip, sacrifice Planar Chaos. Whenever a player play a spell, that player flips a coin. If he or she loses the flip, counter that spell.
, is a blue enchantment that lets you play with the top card of your library revealed, and you may play that top card as if it was in your hand. My first thought on how to exploit Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
was to play a whole lot of zero-cost spells. If they come off the top of the library, I could play many spells in one turn. So, the beginning of the deck was:

4 Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.

4 Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

4 Shield Sphere
Shield Sphere
Shield SphereSet: Alliances
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Counts as a wallIf Shield Sphere is assigned as a blocker, put a -0/-1 counter on it.

4 Phyrexian Walker
Phyrexian Walker
Phyrexian WalkerSet: Visions
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Power:
0
Toughness:
3

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


That worked out great except for a huge number of problems. First, having a whole bunch of zero-costers isn't really much better than having just one zero-coster. What if there were some card that rewarded me for playing a lot of spells during the same turn? (I actually wondered this to myself, I'm not just being rhetorical here.)

Then, as you probably have done, I realized that all the cards with the Storm mechanic reward me in such a way. Storm, in case you don't remember, lets you copy the spell for each spell previously played that turn. Since Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
has UUU in its casting cost, I was hoping a blue Storm card might provide a win condition. And I found Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
.

Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
makes ´´target player´´ mill three cards from the top of the library into the graveyard (plus, of course, 3 more cards for every previously-played spell). I figured the test here would be if I played Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
on turn 5, I should be able to mill the opponent's library on turn 6, which would mean (for 60-card-deck opponents) playing 15 other spells before Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
.

Hmm. 15 Spells? For those of you who are good at math, you may have noticed that I only really had 12 zero-costers in the deck anyway. I briefly pondered including the 12 kobolds from Legends, but instead, I found Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's RecallSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
All artifacts in play owned by target player are returned to target player's hand. Any enchantments on those artifacts are discarded.
. That little gem boomerangs all my artifacts for me, which means I can play them all again. So now I had:

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

4 Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's RecallSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
All artifacts in play owned by target player are returned to target player's hand. Any enchantments on those artifacts are discarded.


And I still had a major problem. Apparently, you're only allowed to play one land on your turn. Did you know that? Well, it gummed up the works in my clever deck when I couldn't play the top card of my library because it was an island. Thus, I found Mana Severance
Mana Severance
Mana SeveranceSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Search your library for any number of land cards and remove them from the game. Shuffle your library afterwards.
, which let me remove *all* the remaining lands in the library.

Only thing was, I still came up with cards I couldn't play for zero: Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
, and Mana Severance
Mana Severance
Mana SeveranceSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Search your library for any number of land cards and remove them from the game. Shuffle your library afterwards.
! So I looked for more cards to help me get rid of cards, and I found Manipulate Fate
Manipulate Fate
Manipulate FateSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Search your library for three cards, remove them from the game, then shuffle your library.Draw a card.
and Foresight
Foresight
ForesightSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Search your library for any three cards and remove them from the game. Shuffle your library afterwards.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
. The way it worked, I would use one Manipulate Fate
Manipulate Fate
Manipulate FateSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Search your library for three cards, remove them from the game, then shuffle your library.Draw a card.
(or Foresight
Foresight
ForesightSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Search your library for any three cards and remove them from the game. Shuffle your library afterwards.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
) to get rid of my extra Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
s, one to get rid of my extra Mana Severance
Mana Severance
Mana SeveranceSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Search your library for any number of land cards and remove them from the game. Shuffle your library afterwards.
s, and the third one to get rid of the remaining Manipulate Fate
Manipulate Fate
Manipulate FateSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Search your library for three cards, remove them from the game, then shuffle your library.Draw a card.
s and Foresight
Foresight
ForesightSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Search your library for any three cards and remove them from the game. Shuffle your library afterwards.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
s. Now I had:

4 Mana Severance
Mana Severance
Mana SeveranceSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Search your library for any number of land cards and remove them from the game. Shuffle your library afterwards.

4 Manipulate Fate
Manipulate Fate
Manipulate FateSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Search your library for three cards, remove them from the game, then shuffle your library.Draw a card.

2 Foresight
Foresight
ForesightSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Search your library for any three cards and remove them from the game. Shuffle your library afterwards.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.


And I stuck in 2 Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's CryptSet: Chronicles
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt to remove all cards in target player's graveyard from the game.
s just in case loading up my opponent's graveyard turned out to be a bad idea. For those who are counting, that's 60, and that was the initial build of the deck. And it worked! Like, 13 percent of the time. But when it worked, it was great. Step 1, put out a bunch of free blockers. Step 2, play Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
. Step 3, Play assorted Mana Severance
Mana Severance
Mana SeveranceSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Search your library for any number of land cards and remove them from the game. Shuffle your library afterwards.
s, Manipulate Fate
Manipulate Fate
Manipulate FateSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Search your library for three cards, remove them from the game, then shuffle your library.Draw a card.
s, and Foresight
Foresight
ForesightSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Search your library for any three cards and remove them from the game. Shuffle your library afterwards.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
s. Step 4, play lots of free artifacts, Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's RecallSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
All artifacts in play owned by target player are returned to target player's hand. Any enchantments on those artifacts are discarded.
s, and Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
s. It was really cool to go through almost my entire library and win without doing any damage at all. Every card in the deck had its part to play and they all worked in harmony. And every time it worked, it got great reactions from everybody.

But I stopped playing the deck because I got tired of not quite getting the combo off. The number-one reason this didn't happen was simply not drawing Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
. Another problem was not drawing much land. And a third problem was that setting up the deck for step 4 simply took too many turns.

You know what, though? There IS a happy ending. I found one card that replaces Mana Severance
Mana Severance
Mana SeveranceSet: Tempest
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Search your library for any number of land cards and remove them from the game. Shuffle your library afterwards.
, Manipulate Fate
Manipulate Fate
Manipulate FateSet: Invasion
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
60
Artist:
John Matson
Text:
Search your library for three cards, remove them from the game, then shuffle your library.Draw a card.
, and Foresight
Foresight
ForesightSet: Alliances
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Terese Nielsen
Text:
Search your library for any three cards and remove them from the game. Shuffle your library afterwards.Draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.
, one that fixes mana problems, and one that fetches Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
if you should be missing it. To wit:

4 Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.

4 High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.

4 Long-Term Plans

(replacing the aforementioned cards and the Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's Crypt
Tormod's CryptSet: Chronicles
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Christopher Rush
Text:
T: Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt to remove all cards in target player's graveyard from the game.
s)

Get a good look at what Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.
does - ´´Remove
Remove
RemoveSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Play Remove only after you're attacked, before you declare blockers.Return any one attacking creature to its owner's hand.
the top card of your library from the game: Prevent the next 1 damage that would be dealt to you this turn,´´ - and then consider the synergy it has with Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
: While the one lets you see and play the top card of your library, the other lets you remove it if you don't need it or can't play it, thus revealing the next card. Consider also the synergy created by playing Long-Term Plans turn 3, putting Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
in the 3rd-from-top slot. Then play Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.
during turn 4. Turn 5, remove the top card to pay Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.
's upkeep, and then draw Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
. But best of all, once you have these two cards in play and a fistful of untapped islands, it's all over. Anything that's not Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's RecallSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
All artifacts in play owned by target player are returned to target player's hand. Any enchantments on those artifacts are discarded.
, High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
, Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
, or a zero-coster? Just remove it with Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.
. Anything that IS one of the above, play it. The milling adds up like crazy.

This deck is great for casual multiplayer (up to maybe 4 opponents), because at the beginning, it looks dull, and then it just explodes. Take this worse-than-average mock game, for instance:

Draw: 2 Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
s, Long-Term Plans, 2 Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
, 2 Phyrexian Walker
Phyrexian Walker
Phyrexian WalkerSet: Visions
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Power:
0
Toughness:
3

Turn 1: Draw Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
, Play Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

Turn 2: Draw Shield Sphere
Shield Sphere
Shield SphereSet: Alliances
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Counts as a wallIf Shield Sphere is assigned as a blocker, put a -0/-1 counter on it.
, Play Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, Shield Sphere
Shield Sphere
Shield SphereSet: Alliances
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Counts as a wallIf Shield Sphere is assigned as a blocker, put a -0/-1 counter on it.

Turn 3: Draw Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, play Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, Long-term Plans (for Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.
)
Turn 4: Draw Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, play Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.

Turn 5: Draw Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, play Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, play Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
, revealing Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.
.
Turn 6: Draw Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.
, revealing Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
. Play Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, revealing Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's RecallSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
All artifacts in play owned by target player are returned to target player's hand. Any enchantments on those artifacts are discarded.
. Play Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.
. With only 2 mana to spend, end turn.
Turn 7: OMG time! Remove
Remove
RemoveSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
DiTerlizzi
Text:
Play Remove only after you're attacked, before you declare blockers.Return any one attacking creature to its owner's hand.
Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's RecallSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
All artifacts in play owned by target player are returned to target player's hand. Any enchantments on those artifacts are discarded.
(to pay Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.
upkeep) revealing Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
. Draw Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
, revealing Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
. Play Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, revealing Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
. Play Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
, revealing Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
. Using Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.
, remove the next 4 top cards (Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
, Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.
, and Island
Island
IslandSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add U to your mana pool.
), revealing Shield Sphere
Shield Sphere
Shield SphereSet: Alliances
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Counts as a wallIf Shield Sphere is assigned as a blocker, put a -0/-1 counter on it.
. Play Shield Sphere
Shield Sphere
Shield SphereSet: Alliances
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Counts as a wallIf Shield Sphere is assigned as a blocker, put a -0/-1 counter on it.
, revealing High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
. Play High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
, revealing Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's RecallSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
All artifacts in play owned by target player are returned to target player's hand. Any enchantments on those artifacts are discarded.
. Play the artifacts in hand (Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying
, 2 Phyrexian Walker
Phyrexian Walker
Phyrexian WalkerSet: Visions
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
), and play Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's RecallSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
All artifacts in play owned by target player are returned to target player's hand. Any enchantments on those artifacts are discarded.
, unsummoning all artifacts. Then replay the 8 artifacts. Having played 16 spells, play Brain Freeze
Brain Freeze
Brain FreezeSet: Scourge
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
29
Text:
Target player puts the top three cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.
Storm
to mill 51 cards... Busy turn, huh?... and there's still 8 mana (from 4 untapped lands with High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.
) to spend!

In most of my mock games, I would have gone nuclear on turn 6, not turn 7 (barring unforeseen circumstances, of course - and that's really the deck's main weakness now - it doesn't defend against disruption from opponents). But if you don't believe me, build it yourself! As a matter of fact, build any combo deck around the Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.
/Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.
combo. If the card you need is in your library, you can get it.

Since I wrote the deck list in an unconventional way during the article, here's my final build:

Creatures:
4 Ornithopter
Ornithopter
OrnithopterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Amy Weber
Power:
0
Toughness:
2
Text:
Flying

4 Phyrexian Walker
Phyrexian Walker
Phyrexian WalkerSet: Visions
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Bryan Talbot
Power:
0
Toughness:
3

4 Shield Sphere
Shield Sphere
Shield SphereSet: Alliances
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Alan Rabinowitz
Power:
0
Toughness:
6
Text:
Counts as a wallIf Shield Sphere is assigned as a blocker, put a -0/-1 counter on it.


Enchantments:
4 Future Sight
Future Sight
Future SightSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
84
Artist:
Matt Cavotta
Text:
Play with the top card of your library revealed. You may play the top card of your library as though it were in your hand.

4 Thought Lash
Thought Lash
Thought LashSet: Alliances
Cost:
4
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Text:
Cumulative Upkeep: Remove the top card of your library from the game. If you do not, remove your library from the game and bury Thought Lash.0: Remove the top card of your library from the game to prevent 1 damage to you.


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

4 Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's Recall
Hurkyl's RecallSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Artist:
NéNé Thomas
Text:
All artifacts in play owned by target player are returned to target player's hand. Any enchantments on those artifacts are discarded.

4 High Tide
High Tide
High TideSet: Fallen Empires
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
35
Artist:
Drew Tucker
Text:
Until end of turn, all islands produce an additional U when tapped for mana.

4 Long-Term Plans

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


I love this deck because it works in a different but super-fun way. I hope my article has given you some inspiration or ideas to make something of your own!


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