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Bargain and Replenish

I'm doing the Replenish and Yawgmoth's Bargain decks together as the two cards started out in the same combo deck, and their histories have been pretty much mirrored. The first major tournament that Replenish and Yawgmoth's Bargain were legal in was the 1998 U.S. Nationals. There were three different deck builds played there that used Yawgmoth's Bargain. One was played by Your Move Games team member David Humphrerys to a top eight finish. His deck was built around the replenish/Yawgmoth's Bargain/Seismic Assault combo, and the entire deck was built around getting the combo off as soon as possible.

Yawgmoth's Bargain/Replenish

US Nationals 1998

4 Attunement
4 Delusions of Mediocrity
4 Frantic Search
4 Intuition
4 Mystical Tutor
4 Replenish
1 Scroll Rock
4 Seismic Assault
4 Yawgmoth's Bargain

LAND (27)
4 Adarkar Wastes
4 Ancient Tomb
4 City of Brass
4 City oi Traitors
7 Island
4 Thalakos Lowlands

4 Power Sink
4 Propaganda
3 Arcane Laboratory
1 Abundance
1 Nature's Revolt
1 Opalescence
1 Disenchant

The second Yawgmoth's Bargain deck was played to a top eight finish by Charles Kornblith. His deck was also built arounf the Bargain/Replenish/Assault combo, but was much more controlling, running Forbids and utility enchantments to be able to play a long game if needed.

Kornblith Bargain

US Nationals 1998

1 Abundance
3 Attunement
1 Delusions of Mediocrity
4 Intuition
4 Frantic Search
3 Forbid
4 Mox Diamond
4 Mystical Tutor
1 Peace of Mind
4 Replenish
1 Sacred Ground
1 Seismic Assault
4 Vampiric Tutor
1 Yawgmoth's Bargain

LAND (24)
2 Ancient Tomb
4 City of Brass
4 City of Traitors
8 Island
4 Plains
2 Underground River

1 Arcane Laboratory
4 Chill
2 Defense Grid
2 Erase
1 Light of Day
2 Mana Short
2 Propaganda
1 Wrath of God

The third deck didn't run Replenish, but was built around Yawgmoth's Bargain and Turnabout. Named the Phantom Menace by its designer Zvi Mowshowitz, Zvi played it to a top four finish at the Nationals.

Phantom Menace

US Nationals 1998

1 Blaze
4 Dark Ritual
4 Delusions of Mediocrity
4 Grim Monolith
4 Mox Diamond
1 Rescind
3 Scroll Rack
3 Show and Tell
3 Turnabout
4 Vampiric Tutor
4 Voltaic Key
4 Yawgmoth's Bargain
1 Yawgmoth's Will

LAND (20)
4 City of Brass
4 City of Traitors
4 Crystal Vein
4 Rootwater Depths
4 Underground River

1 Adarkar Wastes
1 Boil
1 Chill
3 Defense Grid
2 Disenchant
2 Dread of Night
1 Energy Field
1 Light of Day
1 Lobotomy
1 Masticore
1 Perish

The Phantom Menace was a much harder deck to play well, but never the less remained the more played of the decks until the Tempest Block was rotated out of Type Two play. When that happened, Replenish and Bargain decks became two seperate, and equally viable decktypes. There were two versions of the Bargain deck that was widely played. The first, and more popular of the two was Sabre Bargain, which was built around using Academy Rector, Voltaic Key, and Grim Monolith to get out a quick Yawgmoth's Bargain, and then discard cards to Skirge Familiar to generate the mana nessessary to cast Soul Feast four times. It would then cast Yawgmoth's Will, and recast the Soul Feasts out of its graveyard, killing its opponent. Jon Finkel played the deck at the Magic Invitational 1999-2000.

Sabre Bargain

Magic Invitational 1999-2000

4x Academy Rector

4x Skirge Familiar

4x Dark Ritual

4x Grim Monolith

3x Renounce

4x Soul Feast

4x Vampiric Tutor

3x Tooth of Ramos

3x Voltaic Key

3x Yawgmoth's Bargain

2x Yawgmoth's Will

4x Peat Bog

4x Phyrexian Tower

5x Plains

3x Remote Farm

6x Swamp


1x Circle of Protection: Red

2x Disenchant

4x Duress

1x Massacre

3x Perish

4x Phyrexian Negator

The second version used the same kill mechanic, but instead of using Grim Monoliths and Voltaic Keys for acceleration, it used Radiant's Dragoons and Exhume to survive games against beatdown decks better than the Sabre version.

Exhume Bargain

1 Yawgmoth's Will
3 Yawgmoth's Bargain
4 Soul Feast
4 Vampiric Tutor
4 Dark Ritual
4 Skirge Familiar
4 Exhume
2 Renounce
4 Radiant's Dragoon
4 Academy Rector
4 Grim Monolith
6 Swamp
8 Plains
2 City of Brass
1 Remote Farm
1 Peat Bog
2 High Market
2 Phyrexian Tower

2 Duress
2 Perish
1 Yawgmoth's Will
2 Disenchant
2 Defense Grid
1 Rapid Decay
1 Scour
3 Phyrexian Negator
1 Light of Day

At the same time, the popular Replenish deck to play was Parallax Replenish, designed by Donald Lim and another person (unfortunately, his name slips my mind right now, but if he happens to read this and e-mails me, I'll gladly give him credit). The Parallax Replenish deck was built around using Frantic Search and Attunement to discard enchantments like Opalescence, Parallax Wave and Tide, and putting them back into plsy with Replenish. The deck was widely played during the 1999-2000 Pro Tour Season, but the most successful deck of that type had to be Tom van de Logt's version at the 2000 Worlds, where he finished 5th with it.

Parallax Replenish

2000 World Championships

3x Enlightened Tutor

4x Replenish

1x Wrath of God

1x Seal of Cleansing

4x Opalescence

4x Parallax Wave

1x Mystical Tutor

1x Seal of Removal

1x Energy Field

3x Counterspell

3x Parallax Tide

4x Attunement

4x Frantic Search

1x Sky Diamond

4x Rishadan Port

4x Adarkar Wastes

8x Plains

9x Island


1x Cursed Totem

1x Chill

2x Lilting Refrain

2x Submerge

2x Daze

3x Erase

2x Wrath of God

1x Circle of Protection: Black

1x Seal of Cleansing

Soon after the 2000 Worlds, Urza's Block was rotated out of Type Two play, and you could no longer play Replenish or Bargain decks in Type 2. Before this happened, Yawgmoth's Bargain was banned in Extended, and restricted in Type 1, which meant the decktype was pretty much dead. Replenish, however, lived on in Extended as Pandeburst. Pandeburst is a deck built around the Pandemonium/Saproling Burst combo which dealt 21 points of damage to its opponent, which was often enough to win the game. Exact decklists varied greatly, but all of them were built around the Pandemonium/Saproling Burst combo. Here is a sample decklist for Pandeburst.


Circa 2001

4x Replentish

4x Arcane Denial

4x Attunement

2x Counterspell

4x Force of Will

4x Frantic Search

4x Intuition

4x Pandemonium

4x Saproling Burst

4x Mox Diamond

4x Adarkar Wastes

9x Island

4x Plains

1x Reflecting Pool

4x Tundra

On April 1st, 2001, however, the DCI banned Replenish from Extended tournaments. The deck has seen some use in type 1, however, and Koichiro Maki used a version of it at the Magic Invitational 1999-2000.

Koichiro Maki's Pandeburst

Magic Invitational 1999-2000

4x Bazaar of Baghdad

4x Saproling Burst

4x Pandemonium

4x Replenish

4x Squee, Goblin Nabob

4x Duress

4x Dark Ritual

2x Demonic Consultation

1x Demonic Tutor

1x Yawgmoth's Will

1x Vampiric Tutor

1x Mana Crypt

1x Lim-Dul's Vault

1x Balance

1x Intuition

1x Time Walk

1x Ancestral Recall

1x The Abyss

1x Black Lotus

1x Library of Alexandra

1x Mox Jet

1x Mox Sapphire

1x Mox Pearl

1x Mox Emerald

1x Mox Ruby

1x Mana Vault

4x City of Brass

4x Gemstone Mine

2x Scrubland

1x Underground Sea

1x Sol Ring


1x Sacred Ground

2x Spiritual Focus

2x Defense Grid

3x Red Elemental Blast

2x Abeyance

1x Aura of Silence

3x Seal of Cleansing

1x Lobotomy

Ok, for fun, I'm going to include a deck that were type two legal during the 1999-2000 Pro Tour season. The deck didn't see much play, but it was a fun deck. The deck was built around Yawgmoth's Bargain, and Food Chain. It would drop a creature that dealt direct damage to your opponent, and then use Food Chain to provide the mana to play another creature.

Chain Bargain

4x Yawgmoth's Bargain

3x Food Chain

4x Dark Ritual

4x Grim Monolith

4x Birds of Paradise

4x Ghitu Slinger

4x Keldon Champion

3x Highway Robber

2x Staunch Defenders

2x Radiant's Dragoons

2x Renounce

4x Academy Rector

4x City of Brass

4x Peat Bog

4x Hickory Woodlot

3x Phyrexian Tower

3x Brushland

2x Thran Quarry

Ok, that's it for this article. be sure to come here next time when I go over the Stasis deck.

Matt "Hydramon" Ladwig

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