Subject: Greatness always has
The following are the various decks I've actually
played in a regular weekly peasant tournament, their successfulness, and my
analysis of their placings in their individual tournaments. I gave each
deck a name, some not the official names because either of my playing them
before I knew official names or their dramatic changes from the
Deck One: Omni-Burn
This deck is sligh to the extreme using, to my
knowledge, ONLY the very best commons MTG has to offer.
This is deck is statistically superior to every
deck I've played AND played against. But that's only the games in MY
experience. I place a huge factor of it's nearly undefeated record largely
on the basis that I have faced absolutely NO white decks while playing it.
A simple C.O.P. has always put the fear of God in me when I play it and so pack
anti white from time to time (flaring pain-common, Anarchy-"destroy all white
permanents in play," uncommon, and Flashfires- "All plains in play are
My actual record with the deck is 25-5 with a
couple of those losses being to not paying attention, lol, and another two to a
person who built a green deck just for the red deck with lots of green toughness
5 creatures. My burn had a hard time taking toughness 5 out, as my
uncommons were devoted to Pyroclasms that day and one browbeat.
I believe my burn deck to be extremely (and I am
protective about it's superiority) superior to all the other burn decks I've
seen because of two cards. Very few of them use Fireblast and/or Scent of
Cinder. These are must haves in my opinion in mono red.
Lightning Bolt x4 (c)
Incinerate x4 (c)
Scent of Cinder x4 (c)
Fireblast x4 (c)
Mogg Fanatic x4 (c) [Tempest,
Kyren Sniper x4 (c)
Goblin Grenade x4 (c)
Chain Lightning x4 (c)
3 commons of your choice, I recommend red burn of
course, or utility goblins, like the tinkerer. 4 flame bursts/kindles, 3
Thunderbolts, Shocks/Seal of Fire, Stone Rain/Molten Rain, Goblin Gardener,
And I change up uncommons depending on the
tournament and people showing up and how often I've played the
Here is the original 5,:
I also use Pyroclasms for swarm zombie/goblin
decks, replacing the anarchy and a few of the browbeats. The strategy in the
deck relies largely on the user knowing when to burn the opponent and when,
instead, to burn his creatures, and which ones.
This deck is mono blue where the user, like
Pros-Tides, attempts to wait until he can or thinks he can make his combo go off
successfully. The deck, I realized, is almost identical to the Prosperity
deck except for the main combo.
In this, the deck has one or both of two possible
storm combos. Either Temporal Fissure, or Brain Freeze. My first
deck of this design used one of both, 3 Isochron Scepters and a Telepathy, (Temp
fissure is common). My most potent idea for destroying this specific
design is getting the 2 kill cards out of my hand before I can play them or put
them under the scepter.
3xCloud of Faeries
2xCapsize [Respect the Tempest]
3xArcane Denial or Counterspell
4xSeal of Removal
1xBrain Freeze (Uncommon)
3xIsochron Scepter (Uncommon)
This is a green fast, beat stick deck full of
creatures and spells to beef your creatures. Like the Omni-Burn I try to
use only the best green spells I have ever seen. No substitutes.
This is important. Both for the deck's long run win percentage and the
player's self esteem. chuckle chuckle. This may be 'peasant' magic
but that's only the title relative to the money cost of the best in Type
1. There's a lot of extremely efficient old cards out there and if you
don't have them you're gonna lose to the ones who do. I've only played
this deck a grand total of 4 tournaments as it's just something to play when I
need a change since similar decks to it are played very often, but it finished
1st, 2nd, and 4th twice. These were 7-12 person tournaments.
4xScent of Ivy
Deck of Shame
This is my deck of shame. It's called this
because it's a bunch of white cards that I hate, said I would never play because
I hated them, tore them up but then played anyway, because I was argued with
about how powerful they were.
There is only two cards in all of magic that I
think should be banned because they're so efficient and annoying. Circles
of protection and Sneak Attack. I'm debating adding instant storm to this
as it is so hard to counteract, (especially in multiplayer). Circles are 2
mana to play and use colorless mana to use, meaning they're still
very usable in 2 or 3 color decks which include the smallest of white to
play them. When out the opposing player has to get rid of the enchantment,
or overwhelm the C.O.P. players land AND blockers with damage sources which
is hard to do. If white gets out a 'cop' red against a mono-red deck, it
should be game. If it gets out a 'cop' black against a mono black deck, it
should be game. The only exceptions to this is if the other players have
anti white sideboard because red and black have almost NO way to remove
enchantments otherwise, Especially for peasant.
3xRune of Protection Red
2xRune of Protection Black
3xRune of Protection Green
1xRune of Protection White
1xRune of Protection Blue
1xRune of protection Artifact(only because of
1xSwords to Plowshares
3xCOP of each color
A huge majority of the cards in the deck will be
useless in each given match but that's okay, because all the ones that will not
be needed cycle.
The two problems I've had with this deck are:
Colorless damage and Wellwishers. Colorless damage decks like Affinity and
Cursed Rack/discard decks and Articreature-beatdown go through all my protection
except for the single rune of Pro artifact and Devout Witnesses can't shoot them
down fast enough.
The other was the elf deck where the only way I had
of getting rid of the pesky Wellwishers was ONE swords to plowshares.
Something for you to think about when you rebuild this and modify it. I
made this deck when Omni-burn got a record so good that the people who played
against it stopped playing or started trying to copy it or build decks just to
beat it. Many of them said it was just 'Too' powerful. So I played a
deck that I feared playing against to show them it wasn't that bad. One
Rune or Circle anti Red has Mono Burn screaming in anger. The decks placements
are 2nd, 3rd, and 4th the three times I played it.
Back in the day when my Rath cycle, ... that's
right, I said MY ... Rath cycle (Because it's my favorite, my set, when I got
really big into magic tourneys and I have lots of respect for it, plus noone has
more Tempest than I do. I'm the Tempest Master.) was battling shadows
against shadows and buyback vs buyback, creatures such as Dauthi Warlord, and
Dauthi Jackal were fearsome among the field. Today, someone
would have to be a jacka$$ 'tard to play them. Spells like Circle of
Protection Shadow, and bloodfrenzy, and lands like maze of shadows are on the
list of "Play in tournament only if you like looking stupid." nowadays.
Then there are the few cards that were once totally worthless now jewels in the
desert like Mana Severance. And then of course the long laundry list of
all time bada$$ cards that will never become obsolete like Sapphire Medallion,
Capsize, Verdant Force, Living Death, Tradewind Rider, and the legendary
Cursed Scroll. But some shadows have their usefulness and if you want some
98% effective unblockable creatures, here's the block to get them
In my black speed deck I use a few shadows and 4
Cabal Coffers for 8 drain spells.
4xVampire Bats (I used Tempest's Pit Imps but you
can use bats.)
4xWithered Wretch (new
compared to the rest of this stuff)
4xConsume Spirit (also new)
Questions about strategy, modification, or
Don't ask me.