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  'Countertop'      --Legacy deck (thru ARB)
4 Flooded Strand
2 Island
4 Polluted Delta
4 Tropical Island
3 Underground Sea
4 Tundra

1 Dispeller's Capsule  
1 Engineered Explosives  X
1 Executioner's Capsule  
2 Senseis Divining Top  1
1 Vedalken Shackles  3

3 Lorescale Coatl  1

3 Dark Confidant  1

4 Brainstorm  
3 Counterbalance  
3 Daze  1
4 Force of Will  3
4 Trinket Mage  2

1 Krosan Grip  2
4 Tarmogoyf  1

4 Swords to Plowshares  

Sideboard:
1 Shield Sphere  0
1 Sunbeam Spellbomb  1
1 Tormod's Crypt  0
1 Zuran Orb  0
4 Duress  
2 Engineered Plague  2
3 Hydroblast  
2 Krosan Grip  2

Well... it sure has been a while; nearly three years since I've slung paper magic. Anyway, some changes I'd make would be +1 Coatl, -1 Daze... and I was thinking of trading out a couple Dazes for Ponder. Daze is pretty lame late game, and Ponder would be welcome anytime. Daze was the one card I would often draw and think "meh, I need business". I'd also drop the Shield Sphere in the side and trade for either another Hydroblast or Grip, or maybe a Pithing Needle. One card I'd like to squeeze into the main is Vindicate... but there's not much room for it and the deck needs more blue cards, if anything.
09-09-1994387, Magic: Legacy-2009-09-02-Laramie: 2009-09-02
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 John M. Pazel Win 1868
3 Aaron Chism Win 1865
2 Bernard J. Anderson Win 1860
1 Joe Staley Win 1857


 
  'WWr'      --Standard deck (RBC+CS+TS)
4 Battlefield Forge
1 Boros Garrison
3 Flagstones of Trokair
2 Mountain
7 Plains
4 Sacred Foundry

4 Lightning Helix  

3 Cloudchaser Kestrel  1
4 Knight of the Holy Nimbus  
3 Leonin Skyhunter  
3 Paladin en-Vec  1
4 Savannah Lions  
4 Soltari Priest  

3 Browbeat  2
4 Char  2
3 Demonfire  X
4 Rift Bolt  2

Sideboard:
4 Cryoclasm  2
3 Stone Rain  2
4 Boros Fury Shield  2
4 Worship  3

I've never been to states and was getting tired of going to Jaks for FNM, only to end up drafting because not enough people show for standard. That, plus the awful prize structure and the lack of getting tournaments actually processed made me want to go to Jackson at the last minute for some decent constructed action. I thought it would be nice and easy compared to, oh say, a GP. But as it turned out, there were some decent, albeit non-pro, players at the top tables. Everytime I made it higher than table 10, I would narrowly lose (except the Dragonstorm matchup which kicked my ass ever so quickly).

I wanted to play UG and wish I'd mustered up the cards to do so. The folks in the top tables knew one another and had tested together and it reminded me that to do well, you need a team, both for testing and for card pooling.

I played against: BW, Dragonstorm, BW (bad), MUC, UR Tron and then a very bad WUB mill deck. I made some minor mistakes that ended up costing me games. Against the mono-blue build (after quick beats in the first game and a mana screw for me in the second) I screwed up by not reading Tefari and not knowing that I couldn't play instants as instants. I was counting on an EOT Helix, but it didn't happen. Another costly mistake came in the next match with an EOT Char that I forgot to cast. Thanks to the delay in casting it, I ended up losing because my opponent countered the Char when I did cast it, putting him at 6 which was too much for my last turn where I had 2 Demonfires and 7 mana available. I was hoping to draw a land, but did not (drew the 2nd Demonfire instead and yes, he had a counter).

The build wasn't too bad. I sided out Knights and Paladins quite frequently, often bringing in the land destruction suite. The Fury Shields never came in (what a waste of 4 slots). I brought the Worships in against Dragonstorm, but the guy went off much too quickly. The Browbeats weren't bad, really... 5 damage for 3 mana ain't bad, and I was always happy to draw the cards. The Demonfires were gems... and won me several games against control. The need for uncounterable burn would make me consider Sudden Shock as well. And in hopes for more damage, I could see using Sudden Impact, perhaps in the board.

It may not be the greatest deck or build, but certainly isn't the worst thing out there, either. It could really use Isamaru, though...
06-10-1134947, 18353 06 Champs Standard: 2006-10-28
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
6 Richard G. Frederick Win 1788
5 Ben A. Kossman Loss 1782
4 George A. Temple Loss 1799
3 Dominick Nguyen Win 1812
2 Roger J. Mitchell II Loss 1806
1 Nicholas A. Cutrer Win 1825


 
  'Star Spangled Jank'      --Booster Draft (Time Spiral x3)
6 Island
5 Mountain
5 Plains
1 Terramorphic Expanse

1 Ancestral Vision
1 Fledgeling Mawcor  3
4 Looter il-Kor  1
1 Temporal Eddy  2

3 Bogardan Rager  5
2 Coal Stoker  3
2 Rift Bolt  2

1 Amrou Seekers  2
2 Castle Raptors  4
1 Duskrider Peregrine  5
1 Essence Sliver  3
1 Flickering Spirit  3
2 Jedit's Dragoons  5
1 Spirit Loop  1

I'm not a huge fan of limited, but figured Time Spiral might yield some decent cards, given the time shifts and all. I was wrong. Very wrong... assuming that Ancestral Vision is not so great, which is my going assumption, there wasn't a good rare opened anywhere in the room and even after the draft when everyone was opening product left and right, the only reasonably good card I saw was Shadowmage Infiltrator. I remember seeing a Mishra, as well, but he's not exactly the hottest card ever printed.

Anyway, I started with Ancestral Vision and then picked up "some" Looters. I liked that I had all sorts of card selection, but figured I needed something good to draw into. So I went for green, which is usually a favorite of mine for delivering beastly beats in limited. I found out quickly (but not quickly enough) that green is sadly lacking in common beatsticks for this set. I then started drafting everything reasonably decent that I could, regardless of the color. I had the intent to go blue/green/something, but more and more decent (though costly) white cards kept coming my way. Next thing I knew, it was blue/white/something and by the end of the draft, I felt that the whole thing would be a complete wash. I sat down and looked at my cards, comparing the relative strengths of each color I had drafted, not even knowing what color I would play at first. I narrowly ruled out green because the Rift Bolts and Bogardin Ragers were looking soooo good. And though I had some fine black cards, there just weren't enough to merit the use of black.

I kid you not, I felt ill looking at the thing. I was hoping for a 2-2 record at best. Through some twist of fate, however, I clawed my way to the top... narrowly, I might add, with the exception of the semis, where I played some kid with a suicide red/white/black deck. He kept barreling in with fast 2/2s and 3/3s, taking me down quickly, but losing the long game. Good thing I had Essence Sliver and the Dragoons... they helped me to actually go 2-0 in that match!

So, this set seems to be rather watered down compared to Ravnica block. I was woefully unprepared for the drop in power level, so don't feel bad if your deck looks like ass. You might still be able to lucksack your way to the top like I did.

Oh and, by the way, with all that evasion, the Ragers did indeed kick some ass. They were also great with Essence Sliver and Spirit Loop.
06-10-956537, JAK's Booster: 2006-10-06
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
6 Ciaran Druken Draw (Intentional) 1695
5 Steven Russell Win 1696
4 Nathan J. Fountain Win 1691
3 Joey Westbrook Win 1684
2 Curtis L. Spiers Win 1679
1 Ciaran Druken Loss 1673


 
  'Sea Stompy'      --Standard deck (KBC+RBC+CS)
4 Breeding Pool
4 Forest
4 Shivan Reef
4 Swamp
4 Steam Vents
4 Stomping Ground
2 Yavimaya Coast

4 Umezawa's Jitte  2

4 Trygon Predator  1

2 Meloku, the Clouded Mirror  4
4 Mana Leak  1
4 Ninja of the Deep Hours  1
4 Remand  1



3 Birds of Paradise  
3 Llanowar Elves  
3 Ohran Viper  1

4 Kird Ape  
3 Seal of Fire  


Sideboard:
3 Rumbling Slum  1
4 Carven Carytid  1
4 Cryoclasm  2
4 Stone Rain  2

So, I bought some Ohran Vipers on Cardshark for $9 a piece and got a playset of Steam Vents for $32, and all of a sudden, I had a near copy of Cornelissen's Nats deck.

Anyway, I played against: budgety UW Skies, Gruul Beats, Solar Flare, Solar Flare, Gruul Beats. I 2-0'd the whole way, straight into the finals and the deck finally crapped out on me. All in all, it worked pretty well and I'm not too confident on what sort of tweaks to make. The sideboard was fully used and the only card that was consistently sided out was Seal of Fire. I'm not sure what to do with that slot, other than maybe just maindecking Rumbling Slums. With room in the side, I could go for Threads of Disloyalty, Giant Solifuge, Spell Snare or maybe Hinder. Maybe Sowing Salt to shore up that Solar Flare matchup... Or maybe put the Seal in the side, so I don't get rocked by all sorts of critters.

Also, this deck is going to be hurting when Jitte rotates out. Ninja of the Deep Hours? Sure. Meloku? Bummer. But Jitte? I don't think so.
06-09-956535, JAK's Standard: 2006-09-22
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
5 Michael Esposito Loss 1819
4 Jesse Huskey Win 1833
3 Jesse Huskey Win 1828
2 Michael Esposito Win 1823
1 Richard Ellis Win 1820


 
  'BUG'      --Standard deck (KBC+RBC)
4 Forest
4 Island
5 Swamp
4 Overgrown Tomb
4 Watery Grave
2 Yavimaya Coast

4 Umezawa's Jitte  2

4 Putrefy  1
4 Trygon Predator  1

1 Darkblast  
4 Dark Confidant  1
4 Hypnotic Specter  1
1 Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni  4



4 Mana Leak  1
4 Plaxmanta  1
4 Remand  1

3 Birds of Paradise  


Sideboard:
2 Darkblast  
3 Nekrataal  2
3 Golgari Brownscale  1
4 Gristleback  2
3 Naturalize  1

Due to would-be plans to play extended, I had most of the cards for this Sacramento BUG deck (aside from Breeding Pools, obviously) and thought I'd give it a go. Luckily, the meta was fairly weak and the deck did well, only losing one match, primarily to mana screw (as in 8 lands, no blue mana, in the second game).

The decks strength lies primarily in Dark Bob and Jitte. Unchecked, these cards just win it for you. My choice of the lone Darkblast in the main proved handy on occasion. I'd leave it, as random as it may seem. The only cards that proved to be pretty meh were the Birds. My janky sideboard worked pretty well, aside from the extra Darkblasts. I really liked the Brownscale and Gristleback and I'd consider something like Repeal or Last Gasp in place of those Darkblasts or even Spell Snare, just for the hell of it. Repeal would be nice for Paladin en-Vec. I got trounced by a Paladin with a Moldervine Cloak, while holding a Nekrataal and Putrefy.

Also, I had trouble in testing against Zoo and Gruul, but played a poor Gruul deck and a Zoo deck and went 2-0 against each. Personally, I'd be leary of taking this deck into a really heavy aggro field. Or, if I had to, I'd probably put Carven Carytids or Gristlebacks or some such in the main.

I'm thinking -1 Ink-Eyes, -3 BoP, -1 Swamp, +3 STE, +1 Golgari Brownscale, +1 Forest in the main... and -2 Darkblast, -1 Nekrataal, +3 Carytid in the side. Some Breeding Pools would be nice, too.
06-07-956523, JAK's Standard: 2006-07-21 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
6 Jesse Huskey Win 1826
5 Nathan Fountain Win 1821
4 Scott Stanberry Win 1818
3 John Krieger Loss 1813
2 Jesse Huskey Win 1826
1 Josh Sheckells Win 1821


 
  'UR Tron'      --Standard deck (KamiBC+Ravnica)
1 Forbidden Orchard
3 Island
1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
1 Mountain
4 Shivan Reef
2 Tendo Ice Bridge
4 Urza's Mine
4 Urza's Power Plant
4 Urza's Tower

3 Dimir Signet  2

4 Compulsive Research  2
2 Confiscate  4
4 Disrupting Shoal  X
4 Keiga, the Tide Star  5
3 Meloku, the Clouded Mirror  4
4 Remand  1
4 Telling Time  1

4 Blaze  X
4 Pyroclasm  1


Sideboard:
1 Pithing Needle  1
3 Ribbons of Night  4
3 Mana Leak  1
4 Rewind  2
4 Threads of Disloyalty  1

This is the 3rd time I've played this deck now, and I must say, it's not bad at all. It has a tendancy to win when it gets tron and lose without it. And every now and then, I go through half my deck without getting tron or a Blaze. Those would be the games I lose. If I had more Pithing Needles, I would use those, since that Greater Good deck is a real pain. Other than that, it's a pretty decent deck.
05-12-953031, Friday Night Magic: 2005-12-23 (8K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Julian Alvarado Win 1813
3 David Jones Win 1811
2 Stephen W. Artman Win 1809
1 Matt Dircks Loss 1807


 
  'MUC'      --Standard deck (KamiBC+Ravnica)
17 Island
1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
1 Miren, the Moaning Well
1 Oboro, Palace in the Clouds
4 Quicksand

2 Azami, Lady of Scrolls  2
3 Boomerang  
4 Disrupting Shoal  X
4 Threads of Disloyalty  1
4 Hinder  1
3 Jushi Apprentice  1
4 Keiga, the Tide Star  5
4 Mana Leak  1
3 Meloku, the Clouded Mirror  5
4 Remand  1

Sideboard:
1 Pithing Needle  1
1 Flow of Ideas  5
2 Kaijin of the Vanashing Touch  1
3 Overwhelming Intellect  1
4 Quash  2
4 Rewind  2

I didn't expect to do so poorly. While I was missing some things, and had a random sideboard, I still expected a little better after I ran this through apprentice a few times (it seemed decent). I ended up losing to a GB deck with Specters and... Persecutes in the main... and Iwamori. You'd think that after drawing twenty cards or so, I could come up with a legend, or in some cases, land. The way the deck played, you'd think it only ran 20 lands or something. Bah. So, after that, I had a close call with a a deck that was nearly straight burn (he should've won). And then came a goblin deck... in type 2. He ran a ton of 1 drops and if there's anything this deck lacks, it's good removal. I recommend running a splash for either Hideous Laughter or Pyroclasm. Too bad Sun Droplet's not legal anymore. Oh and, Disrupting Shoal is simply incredible in this format. And Azami is badass.
05-12-956360, Thur Type 2 - 6 PM @ Merlyn's: 2005-12-01 (16k)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Benjamin Robinson Loss 1799
3 Jacob C. Huss Win 1809
2 Bye
1 Michael Graybeal Loss 1805


  'Goblins'      --Legacy deck (through Ravnica)
4 Badlands
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Mountain
1 Swamp
3 Rishadan Port
3 Wasteland
4 Wooded Foothills

4 Aether Vial  1

4 Gempalm Incinerator  2
4 Goblin Lackey  
4 Goblin Matron  2
4 Goblin Piledriver  1
4 Goblin Ringleader  3
4 Goblin Warchief  1
1 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker  2
4 Mogg Fanatic  
3 Siege-Gang Commander  3
1 Skirk Prospector  

Sideboard:
4 Cabal Therapy  
3 Duress  
4 Gloom  2
4 Pyrokinesis  4

In my defense, I must say that I hadn't planned on playing Goblins for the GP. It only took a few rounds to reveal that the mana base had issues and given the fact that a lot of folks ran fetchies and basics, I'd actually consider dumping just the Wastelands. The guys I was rooming with convinced me to run Kiki-Jiki and it proved to be a win more card, as I originally thought (AKA bad idea). Mogg Fanatics were decent at times, but I originally stuck them in there for the mirror, which I didn't face, so they were meh. And, of course, to everyone's horror (when showing them the deck), I didn't run a Sharpshooter. Oh well...

I think the sideboard was decent, but I just wasn't drawing it. In hindsight, I should have counted on a low combo turnout and went with a green or white splash instead, opening up cards like Disenchant, Naturalize, Armageddon and even SotF.

And Pyrokinesis was awesome.

In hindsight, I should have had a local playtest team. Then I would've ditched FlameVault and Burn earlier and honed Goblins. Survival Goblins sounds particularly appealing. I'd love to do it again with 3 SotFs, a Squee and maybe some utility, like Tinkerer, Patron of the Akki, Pyromancer, King, etc. Although, I'd probably have even more manabase problems trying to support SotF.

Anyway, I think it's worth reiterating that the mana base was the key disappointment. It singlehandedly kept me from day 2 (it needed more red to support a red heavy manabase).
05-11-897667, Grand Prix - Philadelphia: 11/12/2005 (40K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
7 Ethan Martin Loss 1868
6 Richard J Shay Loss 1899
5 Stephen Strock Win 1926
4 Alex Y Lieberman Loss 1919
3 Lyle N Hawkyard Jr. Win 1954
2 Bye
1 Bye


 
  'Dimir Deck'      --Booster Draft (Ravnica x3)
8 Island
7 Swamp
2 Dimir Aqueduct

1 Terrarion  1

1 Clutch of the Undercity  1
1 Dimir Guildmage  
4 Dimir Infiltrator  
1 Moroii  2
2 Perplex  1

1 Brainspoil  3
2 Clinging Darkness  1

2 Compulsive Research  2
1 Convolute  2
2 Flight of Fancy  3
2 Snapping Drake  3
2 Surveilling Sprite  1
1 Tattered Drake  4

My first Ravnica draft...

So I start with a first pick Viashino Fangtail and then some mediocre red and white cards follow. Suddenly, red and white are completely wretched, with the only good card in those colors being a Skynight Legionnaire in the third pack. If I'd adamantly stuck to RW, I would've had a thoroughly awful deck. Fortunately, having already drafted two Compulsive Researches for splash, I go for a Moroii and it's off to UB land from there. I barely draft enough UB to make a 2 color deck (thus no real sideboard whatsoever).

The first matchup is a raping by RW. It turns out that the guy had drafted three Viashino Fangtails. WTF! Why in the hell couldn't I have been sitting in his spot! Anyway, he gets plenty of them out in addition to some other decent RW cards and I meet a speedy demise. Next comes a rather subpar RW with Sunforger which I beat despite poor hands and draws. Then I managed to fight... guess what? Another RW deck. This one was rather midgrade and I manage to do well thanks to early Moroiis. Next match was Paul Baulne and I got all excited after winning the first game with ease, only to suck it for the next two, thanks to the GW guildmage. I officially hate that card. That and Faith's Fetters. He managed to get multiples of them and the normally poker-faced Paul was unable to suppress his delight for the rest of the last game after nerfing a Moroii with one. Glad I could entertain with my frustration. And finally, I played against a UB deck with lots of mill effects. The deck was coherent, but lacked any apparent way to deal with much of anything. I ask what his first pick was and it was Psychic Drain. Psychic Drain? Whatever.

I have limited experience in limited, so I learned a bit, namely to switch to something early in the first pack if it's obviously not being drafted on your right. I lost a number of decent UB picks early in the first pack drafting meh RW cards. I could have used more removal. More Clinging Darkness would have been great. Also, I should have picked up on some Peel from Reality or Last Gasp. They would've certainly been better than Perplex and Convolute. But what I was really missing was at least one bomb to transmute into. Like the Sunforger that my second opponent had PASSED to him (or so he claimed). I don't know what the hell was going on in the other two pods but there were ZERO rare drafters at my table, evident from the number of rares I was being passed. Some went completely around the table like Excruciator, Dark Confidant and Mindleech Mass. Meanwhile, other pods had it easy with drafters like the idiot who was quite proud to share that he had gotten a boatload of rares. I hope he chokes on them.
05-10-924451, Ravnica Booster Draft @ Merlyn's: 10/07/2005 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
5 Nicholas A Svara Win 1673
4 Paul Baulne Loss 1667
3 Justin Mager Win 1670
2 Steven Obrist Win 1663
1 Anthony W Nelson Loss 1659


 
  'Rats'      --Standard deck (MrBC+KBC)
4 Blinkmoth Nexus
2 Forest
4 Llanowar Wastes
1 Shizo, Death's Storehouse
11 Swamp
1 Tomb of Urami

4 Aether Vial  1
2 Pithing Needle  1
4 Umezawa's Jitte  2

4 Chittering Rats  1
4 Hypnotic Specter  1
1 Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni  4
2 Nekrataal  2
4 Night's Whisper  1
2 Okiba-Gang Shinobi  3
4 Ravenous Rats  1
2 Rend Flesh  2

4 Viridian Shaman  2


Sideboard:
2 Pithing Needle  1
3 Razormane Masticore  5
4 Cranial Extraction  3
2 Nekrataal  2
4 Oxidize  

First of all, I am completely aware that I fucked this deck up. I do not have Shortfangs or Swords of this and that. But since I was sort of mostly close, I figured "why not?". I would recommend playing something else in local tourneys. I'm sure this thing is good in a tier 1 deck-laden meta, but I felt pressured by decks that were "meh" at best. On to card choices. Forests: since Oxidize never got sided in, these can definitely go. Shizo: I'd actually play 2 if I had to do it again. Pithing Needle in main: Needle is subpar against subpar decks. Ink-Eyes: would up to 2. Nekrataal: good against most random decks. Night's Whisper: 4 is too much. The number of Okiba-Gang Shinobi was just right. Ravenous Rats may need to be in the deck... but they just felt soooo lame. Viridian Shaman... do not maindeck 4 in an underpowered meta. They were often sided out along with the Needles. As for my random board, Oxidize never came in, nor, I believe, did Pithing Needle. Sword of Light and Shadow would be nice here. Also, if you've got plenty of White Weenie in your meta, I would consider Kagemaro... or something.

I would rather play a blue deck instead. This rat deck (albeit a bad build) felt weak. The one good thing, however, was that Aether Vial ended up tearing mono-blue to shreds. So if your meta is full of blue, play this and mulligan 'til you get Aether Vial.

Oh and, take note of the cool tricks you can do with Aether Vial and the rats. I didn't realize I could deny draws this way until the end of my first game.
05-09-912157, Thu Type 2 - 6 PM @ Merlyn's: 09/08/2005 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Nicholas L Harris Win 1817
3 Charlie Borcich Win 1811
2 Alex Chandler Win 1807
1 Bobby W Bagnoli Loss 1804


 
  'UB Tron'      --Standard deck (MrBC+KBC)
7 Island
1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
1 Swamp
4 Urza's Mine
4 Urza's Power Plant
4 Urza's Tower

3 Chrome Mox  0
2 Memnarch  7
3 Mindslaver  6
3 Sensei's Divining Top  1
3 Mindslaver  6
3 Solemn Simulacrum  4
3 Talisman of Dominance  2
3 Triskelion  6

4 Condescend  X
3 Echoing Truth  1
3 Mana Leak  1
3 Serum Visions  
2 Sleight of Hand  
4 Thirst for Knowledge  2

Sideboard:
3 Razormane Masticore  5
4 Sun Droplet  2
4 Cranial Extraction  3
3 Archivist  2
1 Meloku the Clouded Mirror  4

Usually I avoid type 2, but since I already had most of the cards from Antonino de Rosa's Nats deck, I figured I'd give the format a try. After buying a few commons and borrowing Simulacrums and Extractions, I was more or less set. This was my 3rd time piloting the deck. Each time I've played it, I've managed to get one loss to some form of aggro. To shore that up, I'd knock out the mana accel and go with maindeck Oblivion Stones... if I had them.

Very fun deck, by the way.
05-09-912156, Thu Type 2 - 6 PM @ Merlyn's: 09/01/2005 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 David Jones Win 1824
3 Nicholas L Harris Win 1821
2 Alexander C Earle Loss 1815
1 Adrian E Hammer Win 1827


 
  'Uba Stax'      --Vintage deck (thru SoK)
3 Bazaar of Baghdad
3 City of Brass
4 Gemstone Mine
4 Mishra's Workshop
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Wasteland

1 Black Lotus  0
3 Chalice of the Void  XX
3 Crucible of Worlds  3
3 Karn, Silver Golem  5
1 Mana Crypt  0
1 Mana Vault  0
1 Mox Emerald  0
1 Mox Jet  0
1 Mox Pearl  0
1 Mox Ruby  0
1 Mox Sapphire  0
1 Sol Ring  1
3 Smokestack  4
4 Tangle Wire  3
1 Trinisphere  3
1 Triskelion  6
3 Uba Mask  4

1 Demonic Tutor  1
1 Vampiric Tutor  

1 Ancestral Recall  
1 In the Eye of Chaos  2
1 Tinker  2

3 Goblin Welder  
1 Gorilla Shaman  

1 Balance  1

Sideboard:
3 Old Man of the Sea  1
3 Choke  2
3 Gempalm Incinerator  2
3 Rack and Ruin  2
3 Ray of Revelation  

I'd recommend swapping out In the Eye of Chaos for Crop Rotation. Also, the sideboard could use work. Other than that, I'm loving it. I miss multiple Trinispheres, but I'm really liking Uba Mask.
This is my 3rd time playing this particular Stax version and consequently the 3rd week in a row that I've won the tourney.
05-08-897126, Sat Type 1 @ Merlyn's: 08/13/2005 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
3 Brian Reynolds Win 1922
2 Drew M Spilker Win 1919
1 Bye


 
  'White Weenie'      --Kamigawa Block deck (with SoK)
21 Plains
1 Eiganjo Castle

4 Umezawa's Jitte  2

2 Cage of Hands  2
4 Eight-and-a-Half-Tails  
4 Hand of Honor  
2 Indomitable Will  1
4 Isamaru, Hound of Konda  
4 Kitsune Blademaster  2
4 Lantern Kami  
3 Otherworldly Journey  1
3 Samurai of the Pale Curtain  
4 Tallowisp  1

Sideboard:
4 Pithing Needle  1
2 Empty-Shrine Kannushi  
3 Hokori, Dust Drinker  2
3 Reverence  2
3 Terashi's Grasp  2

I failed to test a number of notable Saviors cards, namely Celestial Kirin and Charge Across the Araba. I'm not sure as to how much they would have helped, but I wouldn't say my build was at all optimal. But... it's a good thing, I suppose. If I'd won, the slot would be wasted, now that WotC has since moved the PT date.
05-07-855425, 16185 PTQ Los Angeles 05: 07/09/2005 (32K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
7 Thor Nordwick Loss 1848
6 Zane Goll Win 1861
5 Thor Nordwick Draw (Intentional) 1854
4 Bruce Miller Win 1852
3 Jordan Anderson Win 1844
2 Koby Keller Win 1836
1 Josh Breding Win 1824


 
  'Combo Oath'      --Vintage deck (thru SoK)
4 Forbidden Orchard
4 Flooded Strand
4 Polluted Delta
2 Tropical Island
2 Underground Sea
2 Tundra

1 Black Lotus  0
1 Lion's Eye Diamond  0
1 Mox Emerald  0
1 Mox Jet  0
1 Mox Pearl  0
1 Mox Ruby  0
1 Mox Sapphire  0
1 Pyrite Spellbomb  1

1 Demonic Tutor  1
1 Vampiric Tutor  

1 Ancestral Recall  
4 Accumulated Knowledge  1
4 Brainstorm  
2 Deep Analysis  3
2 Flash of Insight  1
4 Force of Will  3
2 Intuition  2
4 Mana Drain  
1 Time Walk  1

1 Krosan Reclamation  1
4 Oath of Druids  1
1 Oxidize  

1 Auriok Salvagers  3
1 Enlightened Tutor  

Sideboard:
1 Platinum Angel  7
4 Energy Flux  2
4 Mana Maze  1
3 Oxidize  
3 Ray of Revelation  1

It's a bit clunky, but I really like playing a control-ish combo deck like this. It's fun. Just a note: might want to add a Riftstone Portal in there, just in case.

How to Play it: Get Salvagers into play, generate mana with Lotus or LED, recycle the Spellbomb and repeat.
5-07-881091, Sat Type 1 - 5 PM @ Merlyn's: 07/02/2005 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Eric Tyson Draw (ID) 1909
3 Graeme D Meredith Win 1913
2 Ryan Halstead Win 1904
1 Zack Covington Win 1903


  'Goblins'      --Legacy deck (through BoK)
4 Battlefield Forge
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Mountain
4 Plateau
4 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland

4 Aether Vial  1

4 Gempalm Incinerator  2
1 Goblin Chirurgeon  
4 Goblin Lackey  
4 Goblin Matron  2
4 Goblin Piledriver  1
4 Goblin Ringleader  3
4 Goblin Warchief  1
3 Siege-Gang Commander  3
4 Skirk Prospector  

Sideboard:
4 Null Rod  2
4 Pyrostatic Pillar  1
4 Seal of Cleansing  1
3 Swords to Plowshares  

This tourney was mostly combo, but I was lucky enough to avoid the fierce combo decks, only having to deal with Aluren in the end (and it was pretty rough). I was planning more on 1.5 combo decks like Salvagers and Belcher, which I could hose with Null Rod. Instead, we had 1 Belcher, 1 Aluren, 1 ProsBloom and 1 Janky-Orb deck and I didn't run into Belcher. Null Rod was, however, critical in disabling an Affinity deck that would have otherwise ran over me. Anyway, my point is that this odd 10 man tourney was certainly not a rough meta by any means.

I gotta say, the final match, however, was pretty exciting. I kept a Mountainless hand with Aether Vial and despite wasting a Hickory Woodlot and keeping another 2 Woodlots tapped with Ports, he eventually got enough mana and won since I never got enough counters on my Vial for any good goblins. A Lackey in opening hand would have won that, so I shuffled up, hoping for a similar hand + Lackey and kept a 6 card hand of Lackey, Siege-Gang, Wasteland and 3 other lands. Hooray for Lackey. Game 3: He's on the play so I keep a hand of Lackey, Vial, Seal of Cleansing and lands (hoping for any decent goblins in the next few draws). I think he kept a less than stellar hand and my first two draws are Wastelands (in addition to one in hand). I draw no goblins, but it didn't matter, since he has 2 Wall of Roots in play soon enough anyway. I throw out a Pillar and he clears the board with Deed. I topdeck and play Pillar (this is about my 7th turn, I believe) and Port his land, which he responds to with Naturalize. Soon after, I play my 2nd Goblin, a Warchief, (this drawn on turn 8? in a deck with 32 goblins) and have a 5th land to support Port. And finally, I draw a Siege-Gang Commander the very next turn!

Anyway, on to the deck: it has one great strength: Lackey/Vial + Port/Wasteland, which basically means, it's got Lackey over extended goblins. I went without Grenade... and yeah, well, maybe that could have helped. I'd need to test it, I guess. As for the Chirurgeon, I certainly don't recommend it. It was a last minute fill in for the 4th Siege-Gang Commander that I do not own. The sideboard seemed to work well, although I never sided StP in.
05-04-839305, Sunday Night Tournament @ Gamer's Haven: 04/24/2005 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Robert c Draggoo Win 1893
3 Melissa Grannis Win 1890
2 Jeff Grannis Win 1888
1 Brian Reynolds Win 1885


 
  'Goth Slaver'      --Vintage deck (thru BoK)
1 Darksteel Citadel
4 Flooded Strand
4 Island
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Volcanic Island

1 Black Lotus  0
1 Crucible of Worlds  3
1 Mana Crypt  0
1 Memory Jar  5
1 Mindslaver  6
1 Mox Emerald  0
1 Mox Jet  0
1 Mox Pearl  0
1 Mox Ruby  0
1 Mox Sapphire  0
1 Platinum Angel  7
1 Sol Ring  1
1 Triskelion  6

1 Ancestral Recall  
4 Accumulated Knowledge  1
4 Brainstorm  
2 Deep Analysis  3
4 Force of Will  3
2 Intuition  2
4 Mana Drain  
1 Mystical Tutor  
4 Thirst for Knowledge  2
1 Time Walk  1
1 Tinker  2

4 Goblin Welder  

Sideboard:
3 Arcane Labratory  2
1 Echoing Truth  1
4 Hurkyl's Recall  1
2 Seal of Removal  
1 Firestorm  
1 Lava Dart  
3 Red Elemental Blast  

It seems a bit slow and I'm not sure how it would do in a rougher meta, but given the results that Slaver puts up in real tourneys, I could still see playing it just about anywhere. And just a tip: Memory Jar isn't so fantastic in here. I'd rather squeeze in a Cunning Wish (or two).
05-03-839038, Type 1@ Merlyn's: 03/24/2005 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Graeme D Meredith Draw (ID) 1851
3 Jared Pillow Win 1851
2 Chris Kelp Win 1848
1 Eric Tyson Win 1845


  'Goblins'      --Extended deck(through BoK)
1 Forest
4 Karplusan Forest
6 Mountain
4 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland
4 Wooded Foothills

4 Aether Vial  1

4 Gempalm Incinerator  2
4 Goblin Matron  2
4 Goblin Piledriver  1
4 Goblin Ringleader  3
4 Goblin Warchief  1
4 Mogg Fanatic  
4 Mogg Flunkies  1
1 Siege-Gang Commander  3
4 Skirk Prospector  

Sideboard:
4 Chalice of the Void  XX
3 Cursed Totem  2
4 Naturalize  1
4 Pyrostatic Pillar  1

This deck beats. The random Chalices in the side were lame, but the rest of this deck is all sweetness. I will probably go with Blood Moon over Chalice of the Void next time (Couer d'Alene has a lot of combo).
05-03-814294, Sun Extended @ Gamer's Haven: 03/20/2005 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Jeff Grannis Win 1812
3 Sam L Swanson Win 1808
2 Robert c Draggoo Win 1799
1 Alexander G Paniagua Win 1792


 
  '5/3'      --Vintage deck (thru BoK)
4 City of Brass
4 Gemstone Mine
2 Glimmervoid
4 Mishra's Workshop
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
4 Wasteland

1 Black Lotus  0
2 Crucible of Worlds  3
4 Juggernaut  4
1 Karn, Silver Golem  5
1 Mana Crypt  0
1 Memory Jar  5
1 Mox Emerald  0
1 Mox Jet  0
1 Mox Pearl  0
1 Mox Ruby  0
1 Mox Sapphire  0
1 Sol Ring  1
4 Trinisphere  3
1 Triskelion  6

1 Demonic Tutor  1
1 Vampiric Tutor  
1 Yawgmoth's Will  2

1 Ancestral Recall  
1 Time Walk  1
1 Tinker  2

4 Goblin Welder  

1 Enlightened Tutor  
4 Seal of Cleansing  1
4 Swords to Plowshares  

Sideboard:
4 Chalice of the Void  XX
3 Hurkyl's Recall  1
4 Rack and Ruin  2
4 Ray of Revelation  

This was my third and final tourney with Trinisphere brokeness. For the record, I believe Trinisphere deserved the axe. The card simply devestates many a deck. If dropped early, it was usually game right there. This is the 7th time that the banned/restricted has led me to retire a deck (Affinity bannings in T2, Entomb, Oath of Druids, Tinker/etc, Skullclamp in 1.x & Burning Wish/LED and now Trinisphere in T1)
05-03-836452, Type 1 @ Merlyn's: 03/19/2005 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Graeme D Meredith Draw (ID) 1841
3 Eric Tyson Win 1841
2 Brian Reynolds Win 1837
1 Harrakhi D. Huss Win 1834


 
  'Fling Affinity'      --Extended deck (TE thru BoK)
3 Ancient Den
3 Darksteel Citadel
2 Glimmervoid
4 Seat of Synod
4 Great Furnace
4 Vault of Whispers

4 Aether Vial  1
4 Arcbound Ravager  2
4 Arcbound Worker  1
4 Chromatic Sphere  1
4 Frogmite  4
3 Myr Enforcer  7
3 Welding Jar  0

4 Disciple of the Vault  

4 Thoughtcast  4

3 Atog  1
3 Fling  1

Sideboard:
3 Engineered Plague  2
4 Pyrostatic Pillar  1
3 Rack and Ruin  2
3 Absolute Law  1
2 Kami of Ancient Law  1

It's Affinity. Come fast, or go home. Aggressive mulligans required.

And just a note: I was always in topdeck mode wishing for Fling. I would consider bumping the Fling count to 4. And the sideboard needs help. Pillars were the only must have sideboard card. Rack and Ruin was good. The rest could go if you can find something better. (I could see fitting Meddling Mages in the side, for one).
05-03-769317, Grand Prix Seattle: 03/05/2005 (40K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
14 Bryan Petersen Loss 1802
13 Chad L Meyer Draw 1825
12 Jay R Stringer Loss 1826
11 Kenji Tsumura Win 1845
10 Eric O Twarog Loss 1819
9 Masahiko Morita Loss 1841
8 Jason H Gray Win 1853
7 Steve W Anderson Win 1833
6 Steve M Laughlin Loss 1816
5 Kevin Lawson Loss 1839
4 Matt S Goldman Win 1867
3 Brad A Taulbee Win 1849
2 Brian J Crownhart Win 1826
1 Bye


  'Red Deck Wins'      --Extended deck (through CoK)
4 Bloodstained Mire
8 Mountain
4 Rishadan Port
4 Wasteland
4 Wooded Foothills

4 Cursed Scroll  1
4 Ensnaring Bridge  3

4 Blistering Firecat  1
4 Grim Lavamancer  
4 Jackal Pup  
4 Magma Jet  1
4 Mogg Fanatic  
4 Seal of Fire  
4 Volcanic Hammer  1

Sideboard:
4 Cursed Totem  2
3 Powder Keg  2
4 Pillage  1
4 Sulfuric Vortex  1

I expected fat aggro and at least one Life deck, so I traded out Firebolt for Hammer and Pillage for Ensnaring Bridge... and I overloaded my side with Life hate. This was an immensely bad idea, since I ran into neither Life nor UG madness. Firebolt would have been golden in this tourney. Bridge was okay when I got it, but this was seldom. And Pillage would've been nice in the mirror for Cursed Scroll (which is what got me first game vs. RDW). One odd sideboarding solution I tried that seemed to work alright (despite the fact I lost) was running the Bridges in the mirror after sideboarding. He had a useless Flametongue and Fledgeling Dragon out, with more in hand thanks to (several) Bridges I brought out.
05-01-783801, Saturday Nite Tournament @ Gamer's Haven: 01/30/2005 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Robert Dragoo Loss 1834
3 Joe Vogl Win 1842
2 Bye
1 Dan Hanson Loss 1838


 
  'Ghoul Dragon'      --Vintage deck (thru FD)
4 Bayou
4 Bazaar of Baghdad
1 City of Brass
2 Bloodstained Mire
4 Polluted Delta
4 Underground Sea

1 Black Lotus  0
1 Chrome Mox  0
1 Mana Crypt  0
1 Mox Emerald  0
1 Mox Jet  0
1 Mox Pearl  0
1 Mox Ruby  0
1 Mox Sapphire  0

4 Animate Dead  1
3 Cabal Therapy  
1 Demonic Tutor  1
4 Duress  
4 Necromancy  2
1 Sutured Ghoul  4

1 Ambassador Laquatus  1
1 Ancestral Recall  

1 Acorn Harvest  3
1 Crop Rotation  
4 Hermit Druid  1
1 Krosan Reclamation  1

1 Dragon Breath  1
3 Squee, Goblin Nabob  2
4 Worldgorger Dragon  3

Sideboard:
3 Pernicious Deed  1
2 Chill  1
2 Deep Analysis  3
3 Hurkyl's Recall  1
2 Krosan Reclamation  1
2 Oxidize  
1 Ray of Revelation  

Again, combo is king at Getaway Games, as long as nobody is prepared for you. I didn't want to lose to Dragon hate, so I mashed Angry Hermit in. Why put the Ghoul in? Versatility. Ghoul is immune to Blue Elemental Blast and if removed with StP or bounced, you don't lose all your permanents and you can try again the very next turn with the Dragon combo. Anyway, all my playtesting in Apprentice made me anxious to play it. It had an incredible goldfish and seemed more consistent than regular Dragon. Unfortunately, in the 2 whole rounds I played, it performed dismally. After an ID with Frank, I played Graeme and mulliganed my first hand to 5. Aggresive mulligans paid off immensely in Apprentice, but my 5-card hand with Bazaar just wasn't fast enough for his Arcbound Combo deck. I kept a subpar hand in the second game and it was ripped to shreds by Cabal Therapy. I tried hardcasting Dragon and it was Hydroblasted. The next round I won the first game using Hermit Druid, and the second using Dragon. But it took far too long.
04-07-712853, Type 1 @ Getaway Games: 07/30/2004 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Brenden Tayon Win 1809
3 Graeme D Meredith Loss 1805
2 Frank N Wilson Draw 1813
1 Bye 1816


 
  'Ravager Affinity'      --Extended deck (TE thru FD)
4 Darksteel Citadel
4 Glimmervoid
4 Seat of Synod
4 Great Furnace
4 Vault of Whispers

4 Arcbound Ravager  2
4 Cranial Plating  2
4 Frogmite  4
4 Myr Enforcer  7
4 Ornithopter  0
4 Skullclamp  1
4 Welding Jar  0

4 Disciple of the Vault  

4 Somber Hoverguard  5
4 Thoughtcast  4

Sideboard:
4 Engineered Plague  2
2 Perish  2
2 Chain of Vapor  
4 Chill  1
3 Shattering Pulse  1

This is a pretty solid deck. It's pretty fast, and seems to beat most other aggro decks and even combo. Not bad for a near-standard deck in extended!
04-07-712859, Extended @ Getaway Games: 07/23/2004 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Alan J Cornelius Win 1827
3 Brian Reynolds Win 1821
2 Michael Bosse Win 1817
1 Joe Mackey Win 1813


 
  'Suicide Oath'      --Vintage deck (thru FD)
4 Faerie Conclave
1 Library of Alexandria
4 Mishra's Factory
4 Polluted Delta
3 Treetop Village
4 Tropical Island
4 Underground Sea

1 Black Lotus  0
2 Darksteel Colossus  11
1 Mana Crypt  0
1 Mox Diamond  0
1 Mox Emerald  0
1 Mox Jet  0
1 Mox Sapphire  0
3 Nevinyrral's Disk  4
1 Sol Ring  1

3 Pernicious Deed  1

1 Demonic Tutor  1
1 Yawgmoth's Will  2

1 Ancestral Recall  
4 Force of Will  3
4 Mana Drain  
4 Standstill  1
1 Time Walk  1
1 Tinker  2

4 Oath of Druids  1

Sideboard:
3 Tormod's Crypt  0
4 Duress  
2 Deep Analysis  3
3 Hurkyl's Recall  1
2 Krosan Reclamation  1
1 Ray of Revelation  1

I wanted to play a control deck, but since GAT can't always handle all the aggro in my meta, I drummed this Oath build up. It didn't do too badly, but I did lose to a janky False Cure combo deck in the end. The fact that he didn't really play creatures gave me problems (along with a mana screw in the 2nd game). If I had to play this again, I would try to make room for Animate Land or Funeral Pyre to help against creatureless decks.

How to Play it: Nothing tricky here. Just play it out.
04-07-712852, Type 1 @ Getaway Games: 07/16/2004 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Paul M McInnis Loss 1816
3 Christopher J Housley Win 1827
2 Graeme D Meredith Win 1824
1 Roland A Schneider Win 1816


 
  'Belcher'      --Vintage deck thru FD)
1 Bayou
1 Tropical Island

1 Black Lotus  0
4 Chromatic Sphere  1
1 Chrome Mox  0
1 Goblin Charblecher  4
1 Grim Monolith  2
1 Lion's Eye Diamond  0
1 Lotus Petal  0
1 Mana Crypt  0
1 Mana Vault  0
1 Memory Jar  5
1 Mox Emerald  0
1 Mox Jet  0
1 Mox Pearl  0
1 Mox Ruby  0
1 Mox Sapphire  0
1 Sol Ring  1

4 Dark Ritual  
1 Demonic Consultation  
1 Demonic Tutor  1
1 Necropotence  
1 Spoils of the Vault  
1 Vampiric Tutor  
1 Yawgmoth's Bargain  4
1 Yawgmoth's Will  2

1 Ancestral Recall  
2 Brainstorm  
1 Timetwister  2
1 Tinker  2
1 Windfall  2

1 Channel  
4 Elvish Spirit Guide  2
4 Land Grant  1
2 Living Wish  1
4 Tinder Wall  

3 Goblin Welder  
1 Wheel of Fortune  2

Sideboard:
1 City of Traitors
1 Gemstone Mine
1 Windswept Heath
1 Tolarian Academy
1 Bone Shredder  2
4 Elvish Lyrist  
4 Viridian Shaman  2
1 Xantid Swarm  
1 Goblin Welder  

This is a near clone of Kim Kluck's Belcher (maindeck, that is). I took out the Tendrils and added Bargain, which, like Channel (MVP!), can easily contribute to a first turn kill (unlike Tendrils). The side is quite different from the original. A major piece of tech is the Heath, which can help fetch out a belch-blocking land.

To make a long story short, this deck is very inconsistent and I wouldn't take it into a control heavy meta. The lack of disruption and control elements that most combo decks pack makes it quite vulnerable. This deck tries to make up for that in sheer breakneck speed, but can fail. If control is lacking in your meta, however, this could very well be the deck for you, especially if you like the thrill of 1st-3rd turn kills. The deck flops occasionally, but it is pretty solid for the most part. From my limited experience in playing severe combo (Dragon, Long & thoroughly testing Rector Trix) I'd say it's the most explosive. It's like a faster, easier Long.dec that's more vulnerable to control.

Mana problems often arise from the fact that a lot of the mana is disposable. Maybe if WotC printed some sort of cool Land Grant clone, the deck would catapult into tier 1 status. A Land Grant/Duress or Land Grant/Dark Ritual split card would do the trick!

How to Play it: Play Belcher, belch and win.
04-07-712851, Type 1 @ Getaway Games: 07/02/2004 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Graeme D Meredith Win 1811
3 Eric Tyson Win 1803
2 Frank N Wilson Win 1799
1 Demeritius Griffin Win 1794


 
  'Life'      --Extended deck (TE thru DS)
4 Brushland
3 Forest
1 High Market
8 Plains
3 Starlit Sanctum
4 Windswept Heath

4 Eladamri's Call  

1 Future Sight  2

4 Living Wish  1

3 Academy Rector  3
1 Animal Boneyard  2
3 Daru Spritualist  1
3 Nomads en-Kor  
1 Seal of Cleansing  1
4 Shaman en-Kor  1
4 Task Force  2
4 Test of Endurance  2
4 Worthy Cause  


Sideboard:
1 Starlit Sanctum
2 Choke  2
1 Genesis  4
1 Viridian Shaman  2
1 Xantid Swarm  
1 Academy Rector  3
1 Daru Spritualist  1
1 Monk Realist  1
1 Nomads en-Kor  
1 Rule of Law  2
3 Seal of Cleansing  1

It performed much worse than I had expected. First I lost to a land destruction deck that took me quite by surprise. Burn forced me to hold some of my combo components, but by the time I had the cards, my lands were toast and Trinisphere had me locked. I barely got near the combo. My next loss was to Joe Mackey with, of course, the Rock. First game, I was just plain unlucky. I threw a Rector out which I used to get Future Sight and all I could seem to topdeck was land. Next game, fortune turned my way and I hit him hard and quick. The final game was close. He threw down Engineered Plague naming clerics... fortunately, not all the creatures in the deck are clerics. I wished for a Monk Realist for the Plague, topdecked a combo component shortly after he had used some hand disruption and comboed out. I felt pretty smug and we went through about 10-15 turns of draw-go. I was waiting patiently for a Wish, Call or Rector... but none came. With a Test of Endurance in my graveyard, Joe wrecked my hope of winning with a fatal Haunting Echoes!

How to Play: Target Task Force/Spiritualist with an en-Kor, then sac with Sanctum, Cause or Boneyard to gain an arbitrarily large amount of life (1 billion should suffice). Play Test of Endurance to seal the game.
04-05-670035, Fri Extended @ Getaway Games: 05/14/2004 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
5 Lamar Fullmer Win 1806
4 Joe M Mackey Loss 1803
3 Kenny Patricia Win 1810
2 Lonnie Mathews Win 1806
1 Brian Reynolds Loss 1803


 
  'GAT (post-ban)'      --Vintage deck (thru DS)
2 Flooded Strand
1 Island
1 Library of Alexandria
3 Polluted Delta
1 Strip Mine
4 Tropical Island
4 Underground Sea

1 Black Lotus  0
1 Mox Emerald  0
1 Mox Jet  0
1 Mox Pearl  0
1 Mox Ruby  0
1 Mox Sapphire  0

3 Psychatog  1

1 Demonic Tutor  1
3 Duress  
1 Mind Twist  X
1 Yawgmoth's Will  1

4 Accumulated Knowledge  1
1 Ancestral Recall  
3 Brainstorm  
2 Cunning Wish  2
4 Force of Will  3
1 Gush  4
2 Intuition  2
3 Mana Drain  
2 Misdirection  3
1 Mystical Tutor  
1 Time Walk  1

4 Quirion Dryad  1
1 Regrowth  1

Sideboard:
1 Coffin Purge  
1 Diabolic Edict  1
4 Engineered Plague  2
1 Smother  1
1 Blue Elemental Blast  
1 Fact or Fiction  3
1 Stroke of Genius  X2
1 Berserk  
4 Naturalize  1

This is a powerful little sucker, but it has a severe fault at the base: it cannot handle mass aggro. The crux is, it's a bit self defeating to run Deed like Hulk, since you have more creatures to blow up, and without Deed, it's harder to handle aggro. I believe this simply makes it inferior to Hulk and not worth running instead. But, in an underpowered meta or with some decent matchups, the deck smashes face. If you are the beatdown, you simply win through the sheer power of your cards and the insanity that results from an unchecked Dryad. The draw engine, like Hulk's, is superb. AK can easily provide multiple draw 4's via Regrowth, YawgWill or Tog/Wish.

How to Play: I played very defensively unless I didn't have any counters. Once I hit 2 land, I would hold counters and cast instants at the end of my opponent's turn... usually waiting to drop my threats until mid to late game.
04-03-631759, Type 1 @ Getaway Games: 03/12/2004 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
5 Paul Baulne Win 1800
4 Jeremey Lochridge Win 1793
3 Luke Garza Win 1788
2 Mike Ball Win 1784
1 Branden Isola Win 1779


 
  'Squee Control'      --Extended deck (TE thru DS)
4 Flooded Strand
9 Island
3 Plains
4 Polluted Delta
3 Swamp

3 Meddling Mage  
2 Psychatog  1
2 Shadowmage Infiltrator  1

3 Zombie Infestation  1

4 Accumulated Knowledge  1
4 Ęther Burst  1
4 Careful Study  
4 Circular Logic  2
2 Forbid  1
4 Intuition  2
1 Wonder  3

4 Squee, Goblin Nabob  2


Sideboard:
1 Coffin Purge  
3 Engineered Plague  2
3 Perish  2
4 Life Burst  1
4 Seal of Cleansing  1

This is basically a port of my vintage Bazaar Control deck. However, it seems to be lacking in the department of answers without StPs and Balance. I would've played Vindicates, but I only had one and went with the Mages (which proved mostly useless thanks to a lack of Duress). The deck has a nice little concept going with all the Squee abuse and I was quite fortunate not to run into graveyard hate. I think the Mages and Infiltrators should be dropped and 4 Vindicates and an extra Forbid/Tog would fit in nicely. It might even be worth slipping a few Spectral Lynxes in for the Rock and UG madness. The sideboard worked well as I ended up using all of it. Yes, even Life Burst. It gained me 12 life vs Goblins, which was just enough to swing me the match.

Despite doing well with this deck, I'd say it's anything but tier 1. I don't think it could handle a robust meta. But hey... with a little luck (matchups lacking graveyard hate and permanents this deck is unable to handle) the deck can obviously do well.

How to Play: Well, there's some obvious card synergy going here. Zombie Infestation, Careful Study, Psychatog and Forbid all abuse Squee's ability. I think Careful Study works a lot better in this deck than UG madness. And the more Squees the better for Infestation and Forbid. Both can get pretty nasty. Zombies ended up killing much more frequently than Tog. Anyway, use Intuition to fetch Squees, AKs, Wonder or whatever you may be in dire need of. In general, you don't want to go for Infestations, since you only have 3 and you can't afford to lose them all, but this is, of course, dependant on your situation.
04-03-631765, Extended @ Getaway Games: 03/05/2004 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
5 Joe M Mackey Win 1797
4 Michael D McKay Win 1788
3 Paul M McInnis Win 1779
2 Josh R Mound Win 1775
1 Ross Hanson Win 1770


 
  'UG madness'      --Extended deck (TE thru MR)
10 Forest
8 Island
4 Yavimaya Coast

4 Mask of Memory  2

4 Aquamoeba  1
4 Circular Logic  2
3 Cloud of Faeries  1
3 Wonder  3

4 Arrogant Wurm  3
3 Basking Rootwalla  
4 Birds of Paradise  
4 Rancor  
4 Wild Mongrel  1

Sideboard:
3 Deep Analysis  3
3 Gilded Drake  1
2 Upheaval  4
1 Krosan Reclamation  1
2 Naturalize  1
2 Ravenous Baloth  2
2 Ray of Revelation  

I was going for a slightly more aggro version of UG madness.... something that could come fast and put my opponent on the defense. What I came up with was this total pile. I got some early rushes in, but in the last two matches, I didn't fare so well. Goblin Sharpshooter spelled overwhelming doom for one match, while Rock got me in the long game due to my short term strategy. I might have had a chance with Genesis, but because of my lack of it, Deed turned out to be an ender... I believe I sided in Deep Analysis to turn the long game, but I certainly don't remember casting it.

Anyway, to get a bit less vague and address specific composition flaws and such, here's some card by card analysis aside from obvious picks: First, we have the Birds, Clouds, Rancor & Mask deal. It worked sometimes, but better decks often had answers, making Rancor fizzle (Rancor = crap vs well built decks) and leaving Mask sitting on the table by itself. So, those cards helped out a bit against sub-par decks, but were certainly not worth it. The only card of interest was the Faeries. If I could get out 2 on turn 2 along with a Mongrel, I had a little tempo boost... but it was often a narrow sighted, short term gain. In the one match where Upheaval swung the game (pseduo mirror match) the Faeries actually helped a lot, particularly against bounce cards. The Masks were awesome when used, but often idle... and sort of mana intensive compared to Study. Finally, moving on to the sideboard... it wasn't too bad, except the Drakes weren't so great since fatties were mostly unpresent, and I would definitely go with more Naturalizes. In this scepter packed meta, I would run 4. And I would add at least one more Upheaval... I kept hoping to topdeck one in several matches. And Bind might be worth trying. Also, in such a mana light deck, Standstill might be worth considering... perhaps with man-lands. Oh, and some sort of removal would be nice... my only real answer card was Upheaval!
04-02-631764, Extended @ Getaway Games: 02/20/2004 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
5 Joe M Mackey Loss 1765
4 Michael D McKay Loss 1772
3 Ryan Wold Win 1780
2 Steve Winter Win 1773
1 Jeremey Lochridge Win 1769


 
  'Dragon'      Format: Type 1 (thru MR)
2 Bayou
4 Bazaar of Baghdad
1 Gemstone Mine
4 Polluted Delta
1 Swamp
1 Tropical Island
4 Underground Sea

1 Black Lotus  0
1 Mana Crypt  0
1 Mox Emerald  0
1 Mox Jet  0
1 Mox Pearl  0
1 Mox Ruby  0
1 Mox Sapphire  0
1 Sol Ring  1

3 Animate Dead  1
3 Dance of the Dead  1
1 Demonic Tutor  1
4 Duress  
2 Necromancy  2

1 Ambassador Laquatus  1
1 Ancestral Recall  
3 Compulsion  1
3 Force of Will  3
4 Intuition  2

1 Crop Rotation  

4 Squee, Goblin Nabob  2
4 Worldgorger Dragon  3

Sideboard:
3 Pernicious Deed  1
2 Coffin Purge  
3 Zombie Infestation  1
2 Chain of Vapor  
3 Xantid Swarm  
2 Ray of Revelation  

This has to be the fastest, most consistent and easiest combo deck ever. I'll take this over long.dec any day. It doesn't get as many turn 1 kills as long.dec, but it doesn't fall on it's face as much, nor does it require excessive mulligans. It has a very high turn 2/3 kill rate which probably suffices in most metas. Unfortunately, it can be incredibly vulnerable to hate. Creature removal and graveyard hate can be harsh. I lost one game to a scrubby zombie deck all because he maindecked Planar Void and cast it on his first turn. (I didn't realize at the time that Planar Void is triggered and not a replacement effect.) And because of Blue Elemental Blast, Swords to Plowshares and so on, it might be worth having a conversional sideboard that includes Multani, Verdant Force, etc.

The deck ran quite well. The Zombie Infestations in the side really shined and I would recommend trying them if you play Dragon. Xantid Swarm also seems to be a must have card against control... making green seem a necessity.
04-02-631757, Type 1 @ Getaway Games: 02/13/2004 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
5 Joe M Mackey Loss 1784
4 Michael D McKay Win 1789
3 Nathon Lee Win 1782
2 Alan J Cornelius Win 1778
1 Sean Hanson Win 1774


 
  'Long.dec'      Format: Type 1 (thru MR)
4 City of Brass
4 Gemstone Mine
1 Glimmervoid
1 Tolarian Academy
2 Underground Sea

1 Black Lotus  0
3 Chromatic Sphere  1
4 Lion's Eye Diamond  0
1 Lotus Petal  0
1 Mana Crypt  0
1 Mana Vault  0
1 Memory Jar  5
1 Mox Emerald  0
1 Mox Jet  0
1 Mox Pearl  0
1 Mox Ruby  0
1 Mox Sapphire  0
1 Sol Ring  1

4 Dark Ritual  
1 Demonic Consultation  
1 Demonic Tutor  1
4 Duress  
1 Necropotence  
2 Tendrils of Agony  2
1 Vampiric Tutor  
1 Yawgmoth's Bargain  4

1 Ancestral Recall  
4 Brainstorm  
1 Chain of Vapor  
1 Mind's Desire  4
1 Mystical Tutor  
1 Time Walk  1
1 Tinker  2
1 Windfall  2

3 Burning Wish  1
1 Wheel of Fortune  2

Sideboard:
1 Hull Breach  
1 Tendrils of Agony  2
1 Yawgmoth's Will  2
1 Diminishing Returns  2
1 Creeping Mold  2
4 Xantid Swarm  
1 Meltdown  X
1 Primitive Justice  1
3 Red Elemental Blast  
1 Balance  1

I was missing a few cards (1 Chromatic Sphere, Timetwister & Burning Wish... not to mention SB stuff), which made this difficult deck just that much more difficult. Difficult isn't the word... it's a bastard of a deck as is, but this made it grueling. On the flip side, it can be quite deadly. I think long.dec has definitely earned a spot in m:tg history. It's one wicked deck!

Oh and, Glimmervoid was great, the extra Tendrils was handy and the Time Walk? Useless. The sideboard was just bad (it was thrown together in a hurry)... the Diminishing Returns came in handy once or twice & the Balance which was useful in playtesting never saw play. I rarely went for anything other than Will or Tendrils. More Hull Breaches might have been nice. I might have actually sideboarded them if I'd had more. A Tranquility might be nice for multiple nasty enchantments. But given the upcoming restrictions, it doesn't really matter.

How to Play it: It's rough, but the first rule: Don't be afraid to mulligan. Generally, my quickest games involved tutoring for a Lotus, Wishing for Yawg Will and reusing said Lotus along with Rits and/or LEDs to re-tutor for Tendrils. Other quick wins involve Bargain or Mind's Desire. If you want more info, look on the net for more detailed articles. This deck does anything but play itself.
03-12-594635, Type 1 @ Jaks: 12/06/2003 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
6 Brian J Ong Win 1754
5 Carlos R Moreno Win 1748
4 Carlos R Moreno Draw 1743
3 Unknown Win 1746
2 Brian J Ong Loss 1741
1 Michael Esposito Win 1751


 
  'Tinker'      Format: Extended (TE thru MR)
3 Ancient Tomb
4 City of Traitors
1 Dust Bowl
8 Island
1 Rishadan Port
4 Seat of the Synod

4 Grim Monolith  2
4 Masticore  4
4 Metalworker  3
1 Mindslaver  6
1 Mishra's Helix  5
1 Myr Incubator  6
1 Phyrexian Colossus  7
2 Sphere of Resistance  2
4 Tangle Wire  3
4 Thran Dynamo  4
3 Voltaic Key  1

4 Thirst for Knowledge  2
4 Tinker  2
2 Upheaval  4

Sideboard:
4 Bottle Gnomes  3
1 Chalice of the Void  XX
2 Defense Grid  2
1 Null Brooch  4
1 Phyrexian Processor  4
2 Sphere of Resistance  2
4 Chill  1

I was pretty close to having all the cards for some time, but with the dominance of artifacts over at PT New Orleans, it became obvious that I'd need to play the deck soon, if at all, since the deck would undoubtedly have many components banned. I made some last minute changes, taking out 2 Spheres and adding another Masty and the Colossus. The extra Masticore was good and fortunately the Colossus never ended up in my hand. I should have squeezed in Stroke of Genius, since I had so much mana all the time. And to take care of Bosh decks, it would probably help to have Damping Matrix in the side. It should hurt them more than you.
03-11-594629, Extended @ Jaks: 11/29/2003 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
5 Nathan C. Germany Loss 1763
4 Steven Simoni Draw 1772
3 Nathan C. Germany Win 1775
2 Taylor Tierce Win 1769
1 Michael Santos Win 1764


 
  'Cog Oath'      Format: Extended (TE thru MR)
1 Dust Bowl
2 Forest
6 Island
4 Polluted Delta
1 Swamp
4 Treetop Village
2 Underground River
4 Yavimaya Coast

4 Pernicious Deed  1

4 Accumulated Knowledge  1
4 Brainstorm  
2 Cognivore  6
4 Counterspell  
3 Fact or Fiction  3
1 Forbid  1
4 Intuition  2

1 Krosan Reclamation  1
1 Moment's Peace  1
4 Oath of Druids  1
2 Roar of the Wurm  6

1 Ray of Revelation  1

Sideboard:
4 Engineered Plague  2
3 Arcane Laboratory  2
3 Gilded Drake  1
2 Call of the Herd  2
2 Naturalize  1
1 Ray of Revelation  1

I initially made this deck right after PT Houston 2002, but never really got around to playing it. I left extra Forbids back in Spokane and subbed in Counterspell. Also, I threw in extra Intuitions so that I could pull out Roar of the Wurm, if necessary. It's certainly useful when your opponent has no creatures, which is not impossible in a random non-pro meta. Anyway, it's quite powerful when you stabilize, but can fall prey to early critters without Oath or Deed. Whack sideboard? Yeah... I know.
03-11-594628, Extended @ Jaks: 11/01/2003 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Mason Hester Win 1760
3 Jesse Bedaer Win 1755
2 Steven Worthen Win 1750
1 Ezekial A Davis Loss 1746


 
 'MUD'      Format: Type 1 (thru Legions)
2 Ancient Tomb
4 City of Traitors
3 Mishra's Factory
4 Mishra's Workshop
4 Quicksand
1 Strip Mine
1 Tolarian Academy
2 Wasteland

1 Black Lotus  0
1 Grim Monolith  2
1 Mana Crypt  0
1 Mana Vault  0
3 Metalworker  3
1 Mox Emerald  0
1 Mox Jet  0
1 Mox Pearl  0
1 Mox Ruby  0
1 Mox Sapphire  0
1 Sol Ring  1
3 Thran Dynamo  4


4 Grafted Skullcap  4
4 Juggernaut  4
2 Karn, Silver Golem  5
1 Memory Jar  5
4 Smokestack  4
4 Snake Basket  4
4 Sphere of Resistance  2

Sideboard:
3 Cursed Totem  2
4 Ensnaring Bridge  3
4 Jester's Cap  4
2 Mirror Universe  6
2 Null Brooch  4

I pretty much ripped and hacked a deck from morphling.de. Anyway, it played well enough when I got a good balance of mana and utility. It can pull off some pretty broken stuff thanks to the wicked mana base. Smokestack and Sphere of Resistance can make things pretty nasty. And Karn rules!

All in all, this build isn't too bad. It's a bit different from the Dülmen versions, primarily with the 4 Baskets and no Tangle Wires. Personally, I like the Baskets.
03-05-533343, Type 1 @ C & J Collectibles: 05/29/2003 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
5 David A Ochoa Win 1607
4 Paul Flores Win 1595
3 James H Tam Loss 1590
2 Bye
1 Riz Markar Loss 1598


 
  'Contamination'        Format: Extended (TE thru ON)
2 Dust Bowl
18 Swamp
1 Tower of the Magistrate

4 Chimeric Idol  3
2 Cursed Scroll  1
3 Meekstone  1
4 Powder Keg  2

4 Cabal Therapy  
4 Contamination  2
4 Duress  
4 Entomb  
4 Mutilate  2
2 Nether Spirit  1
4 Vampiric Tutor  

Sideboard:
4 Coffin Purge  
3 Dauthi Horror  1
4 Dauthi Slayer  
4 Perish  2

Okay... well, it looks good in theory. I know, I know... in theory communism works, in theory. I mean check out that snazzy mana curve. There are 21, count 'em... 21 spells with a converted mana cost of only one. And then you have a smattering of two and three, with the biggest weighing in at 2BB. The deck is capable of completely reaming any deck without black. It's not uncommon to ditch a Spirit with Entomb on the first turn and then follow with Duress, Cabal Therapy, flashback Cabal Therapy on the 2nd. And believe you me, that's just plain devastating. Combined with the ablility to effectively lock the game on turn 3, the deck is not without it's merits. Unfortunately, it falls prey to Powder Keg, Masticore (needs more Towers!) and any instant enchantment destruction to include Seals and Lyrists.

The sideboard? Well, okay.. I admit, I wasn't sure what to do, and put some shadow creatures in to slightly convert to Suicide Black against heavy black decks. I was thinking Grinning Demon and Negator at first, but thought I'd try staying under the Meekstone (not to mention, I don't have the cards).
02-11-468311. The Game Habitat's Tournament: 11/09/2002 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
4 Kyle Celso Win 1656
3 Ben Strickland Loss 1650
2 James L. Cobb Win 1656
1 Matt Halladay Loss 1650


 
  'UG madness'      Format: Standard (Invasion Block + OD/TO)
8 Forest
8 Island
4 Yavimaya Coast

2 Aquamoeba  1
2 Careful Study  
4 Circular Logic  
4 Merfolk Looter  1
3 Rushing River  2
4 Standstill  1
2 Thought Devourer  2

4 Arrogant Wurm  3
4 Basking Rootwalla  
4 Nimble Mongoose  
3 Roar of the Wurm  6
4 Wild Mongrel  1

Sideboard:
2 Jungle Barrier  2
2 Upheaval  2
4 Bind  1
2 Compost  1
3 Tranquility  2
2 Squirrel Nest  1

A netdeck for a change, this is one of the most fun decks I've ever played. It plays rather smoothly, given the very low mana curve. You have 8 first turn drops with a couple Studies to help, which is often followed by the ever handy Standstill. Rootwalla followed by Standstill is a very powerful start... Standstill often breaks decks that aren't as speedy. Wild Mongrel or Looter are great turn 2 drops when you aren't in a position to cast Standstill (or don't have one in hand). The Arrogant Wurm is a formidable turn 3 drop that often wrecks opponents without an answer (like Flametongue). Turn 4 brings out a mega fatty- BIG WURM! People often grimace at the sight of a 6/6 on turn 4 when they don't have some sort of answer. Aquamoeba is a must. People who know better will often do everything in their power to kill off the Looter and Mongrel, but they will leave the Aquamoeba alone, which provides a great backup discarding mechanism. All in all, it's a pretty tight deck. Most of the tweaks I would make to this deck would be in the sideboard. Flametongue Kavu has got to be the anti-this-deck card, and more Jungle Barriers might help alleviate the pressure from the troublesome Kavu.
02-05-378555, English Regionals: 05/11/2002 (32K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
8 William R Dunn Draw (Intentional) 1748
7 Manuel Bressan Loss 1752
6 Stephen L Pashley Win 1764
5 Jon Eadie Win 1756
4 Bijan Mehdinejad Loss 1743
3 He Jiawen Win 1760
2 Matthew Hawker Win 1750
1 Calum Stephenson Win 1744


 
  'GW Tron'      Format: Extended
4 Brushland
3 Forest
1 Kor Haven
4 Savannah
4 Urza's Mine
4 Urza's Power Plant
4 Urza's Tower

4 Ensnaring Bridge  3
1 Fool's Tome  4
3 Grafted Skullcap  4
1 Grim Monolith  1
4 Metalworker  3
4 Null Brooch  4
4 Snake Basket  4

4 Crop Rotation  
1 Titania's Song  3

1 Disenchant  1
4 Enlightened Tutor  
2 Seal of Cleansing  1

Sideboard:
4 Choke  2
2 City of Solitude  2
2 Compost  1
2 Disenchant  1
3 Swords to Plowshares  
2 Warmth  1

Hindsight: Now here's a brew I'm glad I recorded. Looks kinda sweet for coming up with something in a vacuum.

The deck is combo-ish, so I should have prepared more for blue. More City of Solitudes would have helped... and a couple Tsunamis might have helped too. I also completely forgot about Defense Grid... oops. As for the main deck, the only cards I think need taking out are the Fool's Tome and Disenchant. An extra Skullcap might have helped... I could have really used some more draw power. If you try this deck, another thing I considered but didn't try was using more Grim Monoliths along with Emerald Charms.

How to Play: Get all 3 Urza's land types and/or Metalworkers with a fistful of artifacts and drop some heavy artifacts down quickly. Control with Null Brooch and Ensnaring Bridge, kill with Snakes or Titania's Song.
W2-02-367932, Magic: Extended-2/10/2002-RAF Lakenheath: 02/10/2002 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
5 James Rocker Win 1641
4 Erin Marchand Win 1634
3 Bye
2 Samuel Williams Loss 1627


 
  'WUG Phelddagrif'      Format: Type 2 (IN Block with OD)
6 Forest
2 Island
2 Plains
4 Coastal Tower
4 Elfhame Palace
4 Yavimaya Coast

3 Dueling Grounds  1
4 Fleetfoot Panther  1
4 Mystic Snake  1
4 Questing Phelddagrif  1

4 Fact or Fiction  3

4 Birds of Paradise  

4 Benalish Emissary  2
4 Disenchant  1
1 Lashknife Barrier  2
2 Sunscape Familiar  1
4 Voice of All  2

Hindsight: Here's a glimplse into my more casual days. We all have to start somewhere :P

Once again, I didn't have all the cards I needed, so I was scrounging at the last minute. I put in filler cards like disenchant and even worse, I accidentally left out 2 islands (and boy, did I get mana screwed!). The deck would have worked a lot better had I left out the Birds (never got them early), Lashknife Barrier (supplement to the birds), and a Dueling Grounds. I had planned on putting in 2 Sabertooth Nishobas, but couldn't get any in time... I couldn't even get 2 more Sunscape Familiars!

All in all, I did alright. I had 4 Juntu Stakes in the sideboard for Opposition and Shadowmage Infiltrator, but when I played against the Infiltrator, I just didn't draw them, and I forgot to put in the Wild Mongrels (which would have been great against Spectral Lynx, as well). I had some rough matchups and lost to the 2 decks that I hoped not to play, a Finkel deck and a mirror match. Wild Mongrel would have solved both problem cards: Voice of All and Shadowmage Infiltrator.
W1-11-338597, Magic: Standard-11/25/2001-Scout Hut: 11/25/2001 (16K)
Round Opponent Outcome Rating
5 Matt Bullard Loss 1621
4 Jack King Win 1629
3 Harry King Loss 1623
2 Sue Rodwell Win 1631
1 Guy T H Rodwell Win 1623

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