This is a slow time of year to be a Magic player. Most people are extremely busy with the holidays and Standard has been pretty stale because everyone is looking forward to spoilers from the new set. I have spent my time over the holidays reflecting on my magical experiences over the sixteen years that I have been playing this game.

Most people don't know that I love nostalgia. I always watch a ton of old Christmas movies over the holidays and I plan on watching even more movies this week (Home Alone, I'm looking at you). I love old video games from my childhood and I'll probably be streaming some Final Fantasy 3 in the near future (follow me on twitter @MelissaDeTora to find out when).

Today I'm going to talk about some of my personal favorite Magic decks that I've played over the years. These decks have brought me to many places including the Pro Tour and they all hold a special place in my heart. Here are my top 5 Magic decks.


5. Affinity, Modern 2012

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Affinity by Melissa DeTora

'Affinity' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Melissa DeTora

Event: 2012 PTQ Barcelona - Brooklyn, NY - 1/21

Rank: 1st

Modern

Market Price: $408.45

Cards

Ethersworn Canonist

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $2.95

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Each player who has cast a nonartifact spell this turn can't cast additional nonartifact spells.

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Blood Moon

Color Identity:R

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Nonbasic lands are Mountains.

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Etched Champion

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Metalcraft — Etched Champion has protection from all colors as long as you control three or more artifacts.

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Darksteel Citadel

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Indestructible
{T}: Add {C}.

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Whipflare

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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Whipflare deals 2 damage to each nonartifact creature.

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Vault Skirge

Color Identity:B

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({B/P} can be paid with either {B} or 2 life.)
Flying
Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)

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Arcbound Ravager

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Sacrifice an artifact: Put a +1/+1 counter on Arcbound Ravager.
Modular 1 (This creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. When it dies, you may put its +1/+1 counters on target artifact creature.)

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Mox Opal

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Metalcraft — {T}: Add one mana of any color. Activate this ability only if you control three or more artifacts.

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Galvanic Blast

Color Identity:R

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Galvanic Blast deals 2 damage to any target.
Metalcraft — Galvanic Blast deals 4 damage instead if you control three or more artifacts.

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Blinkmoth Nexus

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Blinkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land.
{1}, {T}: Target Blinkmoth creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Steel Overseer

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{T}: Put a +1/+1 counter on each artifact creature you control.

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Shrapnel Blast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.10

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice an artifact.
Shrapnel Blast deals 5 damage to any target.

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Springleaf Drum

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{T}, Tap an untapped creature you control: Add one mana of any color.

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Glimmervoid

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At the beginning of the end step, if you control no artifacts, sacrifice Glimmervoid.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Steelshaper's Gift

Color Identity:W

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Search your library for an Equipment card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Cranial Plating

Color Identity:B

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Equipped creature gets +1/+0 for each artifact you control.
{B}{B}: Attach Cranial Plating to target creature you control.
Equip {1}

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Signal Pest

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Battle cry (Whenever this creature attacks, each other attacking creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.)
Signal Pest can't be blocked except by creatures with flying or reach.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Ornithopter

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Flying

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Torpor Orb

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Creatures entering the battlefield don't cause abilities to trigger.

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Memnite

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Ancient Grudge

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $0.06

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Destroy target artifact.
Flashback {G} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Inkmoth Nexus

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Inkmoth Nexus becomes a 1/1 Blinkmoth artifact creature with flying and infect until end of turn. It's still a land. (It deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

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Spellskite

Color Identity:U

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{U/P}: Change a target of target spell or ability to Spellskite. ({U/P} can be paid with either {U} or 2 life.)

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Affinity has been around since Arcbound Ravager, Disciple of the Vault, and Skullclamp were printed back in 2004. (Well, technically there was Broodstar Affinity before that, but we're not going to go there.) This deck was a powerhouse throughout Magic's history but I never actually played it in a sanctioned tournament. I did, however, play it a lot when testing with friends for big events over the years. Affinity was never a deck that I played but rather a deck that I always tried to beat.

When the first ever Modern PTQ season rolled around, I had no idea what to play. I didn't know anything about the format and had not played a game of Modern in my life. After looking over some winning decklists, I decided to just play Affinity.

The PTQ was in Brooklyn, NY, a three hour drive from my hometown of Providence, RI. I decided to make the trip the night before, stay overnight at my brother's place in Jersey City and take the subway to Brooklyn in the morning. As it turned out, that was one of the best decisions I made that weekend. We got hit with a giant blizzard and driving through it was impossible. The snowstorm was very unfortunate for many players as they were unable to make it to the PTQ and those who did were an hour or more late and were forced to take Round 1 losses.

The PTQ was a mere 100 players, which is an extremely low number for a Northeast premier event. I won most of my swiss rounds pretty easily. With the format being as new as it was, players were not prepared for Affinity at all, and I ended up winning the PTQ. You can read my report here.

Winning that PTQ was a huge turning point in my Magic career. After doing badly at PT Dark Ascension, I was qualified for nothing and was not really looking forward to grinding Northeast PTQs. The Brooklyn PTQ was the first one of the season and was a huge relief. I was invited to test in France with Raphael Levy's team, and after working with them for a few events, I am now one of the leaders of the team.


4. Cognivore Oath, Extended 2002

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Cognivore Oath by Melissa DeTora

'Cognivore Oath' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Melissa DeTora

Event:

Rank:

Freeform

Market Price: $1267.59

Cards

Living Wish

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.45

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You may reveal a creature or land card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand. Exile Living Wish.

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Gilded Drake

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $321.38

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Flying
When Gilded Drake enters the battlefield, exchange control of Gilded Drake and up to one target creature an opponent controls. If you don't or can't make an exchange, sacrifice Gilded Drake. This ability still resolves if its target becomes illegal.

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Counterspell

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $2.14

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Counter target spell.

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Intuition

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $187.24

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Search your library for three cards and reveal them. Target opponent chooses one. Put that card into your hand and the rest into your graveyard. Then shuffle your library.

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Bottle Gnomes

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Sacrifice Bottle Gnomes: You gain 3 life.

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Dust Bowl

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{T}: Add {C}.
{3}, {T}, Sacrifice a land: Destroy target nonbasic land.

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Naturalize

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Ambassador Laquatus

Color Identity:U

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{3}: Target player mills three cards.

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Oath of Druids

Color Identity:G

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player chooses target player who controls more creatures than they do and is their opponent. The first player may reveal cards from the top of their library until they reveal a creature card. If the first player does, that player puts that card onto the battlefield and all other cards revealed this way into their graveyard.

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Krosan Reclamation

Color Identity:G

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Target player shuffles up to two target cards from their graveyard into their library.
Flashback {1}{G} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Polluted Delta

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Polluted Delta: Search your library for an Island or Swamp card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Wasteland

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.

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Accumulated Knowledge

Color Identity:U

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Draw a card, then draw cards equal to the number of cards named Accumulated Knowledge in all graveyards.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Treetop Village

Color Identity:G

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Treetop Village enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
{1}{G}: Treetop Village becomes a 3/3 green Ape creature with trample until end of turn. It's still a land. (It can deal excess combat damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.)

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Faerie Conclave

Color Identity:U

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Faerie Conclave enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U}.
{1}{U}: Faerie Conclave becomes a 2/1 blue Faerie creature with flying until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Trade Routes

Color Identity:U

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{1}: Return target land you control to its owner's hand.
{1}, Discard a land card: Draw a card.

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Gainsay

Color Identity:U

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Counter target blue spell.

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Yavimaya Coast

Color Identity:G,U

Market Price: $1.00

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}. Yavimaya Coast deals 1 damage to you.

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Brainstorm

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.00

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Draw three cards, then put two cards from your hand on top of your library in any order.

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Force Spike

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

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Powder Keg

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a fuse counter on Powder Keg.
{T}, Sacrifice Powder Keg: Destroy each artifact and creature with converted mana cost equal to the number of fuse counters on Powder Keg.

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Forbid

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.98

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Buyback—Discard two cards. (You may discard two cards in addition to any other costs as you cast this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Counter target spell.

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Masticore

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At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Masticore unless you discard a card.
{2}: Masticore deals 1 damage to target creature.
{2}: Regenerate Masticore.

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Cognivore

Color Identity:U

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Flying
Cognivore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of instant cards in all graveyards.

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Fact or Fiction

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.24

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Reveal the top five cards of your library. An opponent separates those cards into two piles. Put one pile into your hand and the other into your graveyard.

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I have always loved Oath of Druids decks ever since I saw Bob Maher's winning list from Pro Tour Chicago 1999. I thought that it was an amazing concept to play a control deck that could get powerful creatures into play for free. I enjoyed playing Oath back in the old Extended days, with dual lands, Force of Wills, and all but I never had very much success with those decks (yeah I was pretty bad back then; we all had to start somewhere). In 2002 I played this sweet version of Oath of Druids with Cognivore as the main win condition.

This deck had quite a few problems, the biggest one being Oathing into a Cognivore and then suddenly having no deck left. Gaea's Blessing was no longer legal and the only shuffle effect we had was Krosan Reclamation. I lost plenty of games to just decking myself. I mean, even if Cognivore was a 20/20, people still played removal, and once both Cognivores and the Krosan Reclamation were gone, I was pretty much dead.

This deck was super fun for me to play. It was a permission deck with removal and counters and it also had the very powerful Intiution / Accumulated Knowledge package. It took me quite a while to learn how to properly play Accumulated Knowledge in the control mirror and this deck helped me learn how to do just that. It also had some alternate win conditions in the form of Treetop Village and Faerie Conclave as well as a Living Wish package in case Cognivore wasn't going to get there.

Cognivore Oath was a blast to play and it was the deck that qualified me for my first Pro Tour. I won a PTQ at TJ Collectibles back in 2002 which qualified me for Pro Tour Venice the next year.


3. Faeries, Lorwyn Block Constructed 2008

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Faeries by Melissa DeTora

'Faeries' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Melissa DeTora

Event:

Rank:

Freeform

Market Price: $611.87

Cards

Reflecting Pool

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{T}: Add one mana of any type that a land you control could produce.

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Puppeteer Clique

Color Identity:B

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Flying
When Puppeteer Clique enters the battlefield, put target creature card from an opponent's graveyard onto the battlefield under your control. It gains haste. At the beginning of your next end step, exile it.
Persist (When this creature dies, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)

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Secluded Glen

Color Identity:B,U

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As Secluded Glen enters the battlefield, you may reveal a Faerie card from your hand. If you don't, Secluded Glen enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {U} or {B}.

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Nameless Inversion

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.15

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Changeling (This card is every creature type.)
Target creature gets +3/-3 and loses all creature types until end of turn.

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Peppersmoke

Color Identity:B

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Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn. If you control a Faerie, draw a card.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Thoughtseize

Color Identity:B

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Target player reveals their hand. You choose a nonland card from it. That player discards that card. You lose 2 life.

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Mutavault

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Mutavault becomes a 2/2 creature with all creature types until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Cryptic Command

Color Identity:U

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Choose two —
• Counter target spell.
• Return target permanent to its owner's hand.
• Tap all creatures your opponents control.
• Draw a card.

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Vendilion Clique

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $8.78

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Flash
Flying
When Vendilion Clique enters the battlefield, look at target player's hand. You may choose a nonland card from it. If you do, that player reveals the chosen card, puts it on the bottom of their library, then draws a card.

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Eyeblight's Ending

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.11

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Destroy target non-Elf creature.

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Shriekmaw

Color Identity:B

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Fear (This creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or black creatures.)
When Shriekmaw enters the battlefield, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature.
Evoke {1}{B} (You may cast this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it enters the battlefield.)

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Scion of Oona

Color Identity:U

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Flash
Flying
Other Faerie creatures you control get +1/+1.
Other Faeries you control have shroud. (They can't be the targets of spells or abilities.)

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Mistbind Clique

Color Identity:U

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Flash
Flying
Champion a Faerie (When this enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless you exile another Faerie you control. When this leaves the battlefield, that card returns to the battlefield.)
When a Faerie is championed with Mistbind Clique, tap all lands target player controls.

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Spellstutter Sprite

Color Identity:U

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Flash
Flying
When Spellstutter Sprite enters the battlefield, counter target spell with converted mana cost X or less, where X is the number of Faeries you control.

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Sower of Temptation

Color Identity:U

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Flying
When Sower of Temptation enters the battlefield, gain control of target creature for as long as Sower of Temptation remains on the battlefield.

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Bitterblossom

Color Identity:B

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you lose 1 life and create a 1/1 black Faerie Rogue creature token with flying.

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Faerie Trickery

Color Identity:U

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Counter target non-Faerie spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Sunken Ruins

Color Identity:B,U

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{T}: Add {C}.
{U/B}, {T}: Add {U}{U}, {U}{B}, or {B}{B}.

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Broken Ambitions

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}. Clash with an opponent. If you win, that spell's controller mills four cards. (Each clashing player reveals the top card of their library, then puts that card on the top or bottom. A player wins if their card had a higher converted mana cost.)

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Faeries was a deck that many players either loved or hated, and I was in the "loved it" category. I played Faeries from the very beginning, and in fact won the very first New England PTQ of the season and qualified for Pro Tour Berlin. Turn one Thoughtseize into turn two Bitterblossom was one of the best things you could do at that time, but clearly I didn't think so as I had four Thoughtseize in my sideboard. I tuned this deck heavily to beat the Faeries mirror, and the plan worked. My three main deck Peppersmokes allowed me to Crush the swiss rounds that day.

In the Top 4 of that PTQ I faced off against Benjamin Peebles-Mundy of Draft Converter fame and in our deciding game, I made the most epic play of my magic career.

Benjamin was playing Five Color Control and we were pretty deep into game three. He controlled two Plumeveils and I was having a hard time getting damage through his defenses. He tapped out on his own turn to play around my countermagic. I don't remember exactly what he played but it was probably an Esper Charm to draw two cards and an evoked Cloudthresher to kill all of my Bitterblossom tokens. At 18 life, he surely felt very safe to tap out there. After the end of his turn I knew that I had won the game and said to him, "Sorry, but this turn is going to be insane."

On my turn I cast Puppeteer Clique, targeting his Cloudthresher. Cloudthresher came into play under my control, dealing two damage to all flyers and ourselves. This killed the Puppeteer Clique which persisted back into play. The Clique targeted another one of Benjamin's Cloudthreshers. It came in, dealt us each two, and finished off the Plumeveils. Then I swung for 14 damage. For those of you who did the math, that is a total of 18 damage and was enough to finish him off. I still get asked about that play by locals at PTQs to this day. I went on to play against a Faeries mirror in the finals and I won easily.


2. Enchantress, New England Regionals 2000

I loved my Enchantress deck and it was one of the first truly competitive Standard decks that I ever played. Unfortunately I don't have a decklist from 14 years ago, but I do remember most of the cards. The creatures were Argothian Enchantress, Verduran Enchantress, Yavimaya Enchantress, and Birds of Paradise. I played Exploration, Wild Growth, Fertile Ground, and Serra's Sanctum for ramp, Trade Routes, Seal of Removal, and Seal of Cleansing for utility, and I won by making a giant trampling creature with Ancestral Mask and Rancor. Absolute Law and Absolute Grace were my important sideboard cards because it made my creatures invulnerable to removal.

I took my deck to Regionals that year with zero hopes to do well. It was my first big tournament and I just wanted to see how it went. As it turned out, my deck was just insane against the top three decks of the format: Replenish, Accelerated Blue, and Rebels. I played against those decks all day and found myself sitting at 6-1 and in a good position to draw into the Top 8.

The funny thing was that I didn't even know what drawing into the Top 8 even was. It was my first big event and I was used to four or five rounds of swiss at the local store. My friends were there to support me and told me that I was able to draw in. I didn't know what it actually meant but I trusted them and offered my opponent the draw.

My opponent was a very large, intimidating man. He snap declined my offer and said that there was no way that he could possibly lose to me, a Little Girl. My teenage self did not get intimidated at all and we played out round eight. Luckily for me, my opponent was playing Rebels and I destroyed him 2-0, finishing the swiss as the top seed.

My opponent was less than pleased and started yelling and actually threw his deck across the room. He was really mad at himself for not taking the draw and that bad decision cost him a slot at US Nationals. Finishing in the Top 8 at Regionals that year didn't really mean much to me at the time but I still decided to make the trip out to Nationals that year. I did really poorly there but I gained a ton of experience and met some great people who I am still friends with to this day.

1. Wolf Run Bant, Pro Tour Gatecrash 2012

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Wolf Run Bant by Melissa DeTora

'Wolf Run Bant' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Melissa DeTora

Event: 2013 Pro Tour Gatecrash - 2/16

Rank: 3rd-4th

Standard

Market Price: $348.52

Cards

Rhox Faithmender

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.50

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Lifelink (Damage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.)
If you would gain life, you gain twice that much life instead.

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Centaur Healer

Color Identity:G,W

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When Centaur Healer enters the battlefield, you gain 3 life.

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Azorius Charm

Color Identity:U,W

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Choose one —
• Creatures you control gain lifelink until end of turn.
• Draw a card.
• Put target attacking or blocking creature on top of its owner's library.

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Steam Vents

Color Identity:R,U

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({T}: Add {U} or {R}.)
As Steam Vents enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Hallowed Fountain

Color Identity:U,W

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({T}: Add {W} or {U}.)
As Hallowed Fountain enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Augur of Bolas

Color Identity:U

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When Augur of Bolas enters the battlefield, look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal an instant or sorcery card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Restoration Angel

Color Identity:W

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Flash
Flying
When Restoration Angel enters the battlefield, you may exile target non-Angel creature you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.

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Sphinx's Revelation

Color Identity:U,W

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You gain X life and draw X cards.

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Farseek

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card and put it onto the battlefield tapped. Then shuffle your library.

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Kessig Wolf Run

Color Identity:G,R

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{T}: Add {C}.
{X}{R}{G}, {T}: Target creature gets +X/+0 and gains trample until end of turn.

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Dissipate

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Garruk Relentless // Garruk, the Veil-Cursed

Color Identity:B,G

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When Garruk Relentless has two or fewer loyalty counters on him, transform him.
0: Garruk Relentless deals 3 damage to target creature. That creature deals damage equal to its power to him.
0: Create a 2/2 green Wolf creature token.

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Temple Garden

Color Identity:G,W

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({T}: Add {G} or {W}.)
As Temple Garden enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Syncopate

Color Identity:U

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner's graveyard.

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Rest in Peace

Color Identity:W

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When Rest in Peace enters the battlefield, exile all cards from all graveyards.
If a card or token would be put into a graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Sacred Foundry

Color Identity:R,W

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({T}: Add {R} or {W}.)
As Sacred Foundry enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Thragtusk

Color Identity:G

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When Thragtusk enters the battlefield, you gain 5 life.
When Thragtusk leaves the battlefield, create a 3/3 green Beast creature token.

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Negate

Color Identity:U

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Counter target noncreature spell.

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Sunpetal Grove

Color Identity:G,W

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Sunpetal Grove enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or a Plains.
{T}: Add {G} or {W}.

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Supreme Verdict

Color Identity:U,W

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This spell can't be countered.
Destroy all creatures.

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Hinterland Harbor

Color Identity:G,U

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Hinterland Harbor enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest or an Island.
{T}: Add {G} or {U}.

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Breeding Pool

Color Identity:G,U

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({T}: Add {G} or {U}.)
As Breeding Pool enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Think Twice

Color Identity:U

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Draw a card.
Flashback {2}{U} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Witchbane Orb

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When Witchbane Orb enters the battlefield, destroy all Curses attached to you.
You have hexproof. (You can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control, including Aura spells.)

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Gisela, Blade of Goldnight

Color Identity:R,W

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Flying, first strike
If a source would deal damage to an opponent or a permanent an opponent controls, that source deals double that damage to that player or permanent instead.
If a source would deal damage to you or a permanent you control, prevent half that damage, rounded up.

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Glacial Fortress

Color Identity:U,W

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Glacial Fortress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or an Island.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Detention Sphere

Color Identity:U,W

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When Detention Sphere enters the battlefield, you may exile target nonland permanent not named Detention Sphere and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.
When Detention Sphere leaves the battlefield, return the exiled cards to the battlefield under their owner's control.

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After receiving a special invite to Pro Tour Gatecrash, I knew I had to make it count. I contacted Raphael Levy and he was more than happy to have me work with his team. I put in a lot time and effort into testing both Standard and Draft, and the dedication really paid off.

The funny thing about this deck was that I really made a last minute decision to play it. On the Wednesday night before the Pro Tour, I had settled on Gruul Aggro and even had it sleeved up and ready to go until the Bant list came along. Jeremy Dezani found the list from a StarCity Open Top 16 and we all worked on it together on Thursday. I was still not sold on the deck but once everyone on the team had decided to play it (except for Guillaume Wafo-Tapa and Louis Deltour who are Esper players for life), I was pretty much sold. My main concern was that I had played a total of zero games with the deck.

I was very nervous going into the first round of constructed on day one. Not only was I playing a deck that I had never played before, but it was also a video feature match! Talk about pressure! The match was against Robert Jurcovich piloting UWR Control. We played an insanely long game one and I felt behind the entire game. During our match, I began to figure out how the deck actually worked. Although I was behind for most of the game, I found myself in winning positions at various points. I ended up losing with about fifteen minutes left on the clock and thought to myself that the match was over. If it took us 45 minutes to finish game one, there was no way I could possibly win two games in fifteen minutes.

I won game two rather quickly and thought to myself, "Oh, that's how the deck works." We had about seven minutes to play game three but I am actually good at playing very quickly. I ended up playing some speed magic and took down the game in the same way that I did in game two.

After winning that match, I felt great about the rest of the tournament. I had a deck that was very well positioned and even knew how to play it! I ended up making Top 8 of Pro Tour Gatecrash and it was by far my best Magical moment of all time.

Thanks for sharing a part of my history with me. These decks all mean something to me and helped shape me into becoming the Magic player that I am.

I will be at the SCG Open in Orlando in a few weeks so if you're there, feel free to say hi. Thanks for reading!

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