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From: Jonathan Chapman [mailto:necrom23@yahoo.com]
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2006 10:42 AM
To: magiccrew@pojo.com
Subject: Peasant Magic Deck: B/W Control - Jonathan Chapman

B/W Control

(9) 1CC
3x Duress
2x Vendetta
4x Lose Hope

(9) 2CC
4x Ravenous Rats
3x Last Gasp
2x Diabolic Edict

(13) 3CC
3x Pillory of the Sleepless
4x Phyrexian Rager
4x Shrieking Grotesque
2x Loxodon Warhammer

(4) 4CC
4x Faith's Fetters

(3) 6CC
3x Phyrexian Gargantua

(22) Land
12 Swamp
10 Plains

This deck is very solid against a lot of the field. It has efficient hand and creature disruption, as well as card drawing to keep going later in the game. It also has Warhammer to win the life race and to turn little creatures into real threats. Gargantuan is also very good for a 4/4 and card drawing (mini-Necro anyone?).
Against aggressive decks, you use the early disruption and stop them from taking your life total down to an unsafe level. Lose Hope can just be amazing at times.
It kills River Boa, early elves, and goblins. It also allows you to manipulate your deck (something rare for black of white). After taking some damage (either from unblocked creatures, direct damage, or
Rager/Gargantua) , you can come back with Fetters and Warhammer - creating a horde of blockers until you can put the pressure back on them. You have to know the right time to switch from defense to offense (which is dependant on the deck you're playing against).
Drawing multiple Fetters is always amazing when you're getting the right mana. You can use Lose Hope and the Rager to help draw into the fourth land. This deck has no problems at all against goblins and elves.
Decks that play more burn can be a problem (as well as random crazy God-draws with affinity), but don't forget that in emergencies against burn you can play Fetters on a land just to gain the life. The two cards I'm always concerned with around my area are Blastoderm or Phantom Centaur. At least we have Fetters for Centaur. Blastoderm can be a problem.
Either you've got to discard, block it, or Edict it.
If you see a lot of the ole-fading-beatstick, then I suggest you run 2 more edicts. I guess every deck has its weak-point and untargetable beaters are this deck's. I've got a few more decks coming in the future when I get time to post them.

Happy Gaming,

Jonathan Chapman

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