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From: Jonathan Chapman [mailto:necrom23@yahoo.com]
Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2006 11:47 AM

Subject: Peasant Magic Deck: GW Cloaked Beatdown

GW Cloaked Beatdown by Jonathan Chapman

(12) 1CC
4x Llanowar Elves
4x Fyndhorn Elves
4x Rancor

(6) 2CC
3x River Boa (Common in Visions)
3x Reprisal (Common in Alliances)
(can replace with Tribe Elder)

(12) 3CC
3x Harrow
3x Yavimaya Elder
2x Moldervine Cloak (Uncommon)
4x Armadillo Cloak

(10) 4CC
4x Blastoderm
3x Phantom Centaur (Common)
3x Faith's Fetters

(20) Land
7x Plains
13 Forest

This deck applies pressure after ramping up mana in the early game. Harrow and Elder double as land-thinners as well as searchers. Armadillo Cloak and Fetters help to gain life and to keep pounding. Moldervine Cloak and Rancor make sure the elves are useful in the mid-game. Reprisal and Fetters can help deal with mid-game threats your opponent puts down. The Cloaks make the Phantom Centaur indestructable through damage. This makes him extremely hard to get rid of outside of someone playing white. Black can't target him and Edict won't work most of the time since you have other creatures. River Boa and Elder makes good Rancor Targets besides elves. The deck seems to work fairly well. If you don't see many beatdown decks, then you can replace Reprisal with something else.
Fetters can buy you enough time to win the game, can remove a potential blocker for the win, and can stop annoying cards with activation costs.

Typical games go:

Turn 1: Land, Elf
Turn 2: Land, Harrow, River Boa
Turn 3: swing (no need for regen), Blastoderm

or

Turn 1: Land, Elf
Turn 2: Land, Elder
Turn 3: Rancor (Elder), swing, sac, Land Turn 4: Land, Phantom Centaur

or

Turn 1: Land, Elf
Turn 2: Land, Moldervine Cloak (Elf)
Turn 3: Land, Rancor (Elf), swing for 6, their turn Reprisal

P.S. Armadillo Cloaks is a pretty good answer to that
7/3 Dauthi Slayer coming at you on turn 2 if you don't have the Reprisal and already have an elf in play.

 

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