Premodern was created by Martin Berlin.

Martin is a visionary. He was smart to keep Premodern completely separate from Legacy and Vintage, protecting the integrity of its originality and maintaining the nostalgia of the time. Premodern delivers the best gameplay and is the most skill-intensive format I have ever played.

Trying to get into an eternal format like Vintage and Legacy in paper now is close to impossible for most people. Premodern offers so many unique archetypes and decks at affordable prices! If you want to take a look for a deck that fits your playstyle, off the top of my head, there are 32 decks that can win any given tournament. Where else can you find that?

What is Premodern?

Premodern is a casual format that can also be played competitively. It starts at Fourth Edition and ends at Scourge.

Magic's power creep bothered me so much that I completely stopped playing Vintage, Legacy, Modern and Pauper, both on Magic Online and in real life. Right around the same time I made that decision, I discovered Premodern, and it was exactly what I was looking for: nostalgia, a well-designed ban list, lots of viable archetypes, and skill-intensive gameplay.

What Cards Are Banned?

There aren't a ton of surprises here, but there are two banned cards in particular I want to call attention to that Martin made the tough but correct call on: Brainstorm and Force of Will. Martin saw how the two cards totally warp Legacy and determined that he didn't want Premodern to suffer the same fate. Force of Will specifically is a real problem—if it were legal, not only would combo be rampant, but Standstill decks would probably be way too powerful as well. Banning both cards keeps Premodern healthy and keeps blue from being the only game in town.

What Does a Good Premodern Deck Look Like?

Premodern has a ton of decks to cover. I'll start with some budget-friendly lists for those of you looking to dip your toes in before I get to the real spice. Just know that pretty much any Premodern deck can be budget; as a result of a lot of the speculation around Reserved List cards in recent years, most tabletop Premodern Tournament Organizers allow gold-bordered cards. You're also not required to play with Premodern sets; if all you own are Khans of Tarkir Wooded Foothills, those are fine!

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Merfolk by Tom Metelsky

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

Created By: Tom Metelsky

Event:

Rank:

Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $136.58

Cards

Annul

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target artifact or enchantment spell.

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Counterspell

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.39

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Counter target spell.

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Hydroblast

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.58

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell if it's red.
• Destroy target permanent if it's red.

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Daze

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.83

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You may return an Island you control to its owner's hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

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Rootwater Diver

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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{T}, Sacrifice Rootwater Diver: Return target artifact card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Winter Orb

Market Price: $16.68

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As long as Winter Orb is untapped, players can't untap more than one land during their untap steps.

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Foil

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.27

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You may discard an Island card and another card rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target spell.

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Stifle

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $4.56

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Counter target activated or triggered ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.)

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Lord of Atlantis

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $5.62

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Other Merfolk get +1/+1 and have islandwalk. (They can't be blocked as long as defending player controls an Island.)

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Waterfront Bouncer

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.18

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{U}, {T}, Discard a card: Return target creature to its owner's hand.

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Tormod's Crypt

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Hibernation

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.19

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Return all green permanents to their owners' hands.

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Chill

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.26

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Red spells cost {2} more to cast.

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Gush

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.94

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You may return two Islands you control to their owner's hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Draw two cards.

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Thwart

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.91

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You may return three Islands you control to their owner's hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Counter target spell.

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Tidal Warrior

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.12

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{T}: Target land becomes an Island until end of turn.

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.72

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Merfolk Looter

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.13

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{T}: Draw a card, then discard a card.

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Unsummon

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.04

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Return target creature to its owner's hand.

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Boomerang

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.23

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Return target permanent to its owner's hand.

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Merfolk can completely take over a game quickly with its fast tempo style, counterspells, and aggressive game plan. The deck typically wants to land a turn-one merfolk, turn-two Lord of Atlantis, and follow them up with a Winter Orb. After this, you will have some sweet plays countering your opponents' spells with Daze and Thwart, not to mention casting Gush while you're beating them down and they're stuck under your Winter Orb. The entire deck can be built for less than $100.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Burn by Tom Metelsky

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

Created By: Tom Metelsky

Event:

Rank:

Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $309.08

Cards

Shattering Pulse

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.22

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Buyback {3} (You may pay an additional {3} as you cast this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Destroy target artifact.

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Grim Lavamancer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.56

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{R}, {T}, Exile two cards from your graveyard: Grim Lavamancer deals 2 damage to any target.

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Overload

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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Kicker {2} (You may pay an additional {2} as you cast this spell.)
Destroy target artifact if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, destroy that artifact if its converted mana cost is 5 or less instead.

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Pyroblast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.83

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell if it's blue.
• Destroy target permanent if it's blue.

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Barbarian Ring

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.86

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{T}: Add {R}. Barbarian Ring deals 1 damage to you.
Threshold — {R}, {T}, Sacrifice Barbarian Ring: It deals 2 damage to any target. Activate this ability only if seven or more cards are in your graveyard.

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Sulfuric Vortex

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.02

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At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Sulfuric Vortex deals 2 damage to that player.
If a player would gain life, that player gains no life instead.

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Ball Lightning

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.92

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Trample (This creature can deal excess combat damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.)
Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)
At the beginning of the end step, sacrifice Ball Lightning.

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Goblin Patrol

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.13

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Echo {R} (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.)

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Bloodstained Mire

Market Price: $24.39

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Bloodstained Mire: Search your library for a Swamp or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Incinerate

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.79

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Incinerate deals 3 damage to any target. A creature dealt damage this way can't be regenerated this turn.

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Fireblast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.05

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You may sacrifice two Mountains rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Fireblast deals 4 damage to any target.

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Firebolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.11

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Firebolt deals 2 damage to any target.
Flashback {4}{R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Flaring Pain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.56

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Damage can't be prevented this turn.
Flashback {R} (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Flame Rift

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.50

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Flame Rift deals 4 damage to each player.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Jackal Pup

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.04

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Whenever Jackal Pup is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to you.

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Wooded Foothills

Market Price: $25.03

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a Mountain or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Lightning Bolt

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.98

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Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target.

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Price of Progress

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $1.28

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Price of Progress deals damage to each player equal to twice the number of nonbasic lands that player controls.

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Cursed Scroll

Market Price: $13.22

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{3}, {T}: Choose a card name, then reveal a card at random from your hand. If that card has the chosen name, Cursed Scroll deals 2 damage to any target.

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Tormod's Crypt

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Burn is possibly the best deck in the entire format since it is so redundant and consistent. Burn wins in Premodern just like it does in every other format—direct damage your opponent out of the game. Two of the best cards in the deck are Grim Lavamancer, one of the most underrated cards in the format, and Cursed Scroll.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Landstill by Tom Metelsky

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

Created By: Tom Metelsky

Event:

Rank:

Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $312.00

Cards

Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Island

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.72

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Adarkar Wastes

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $14.79

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}. Adarkar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

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Wrath of God

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $4.64

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Destroy all creatures. They can't be regenerated.

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Fact or Fiction

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.19

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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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Standstill

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $3.70

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When a player casts a spell, sacrifice Standstill. If you do, each of that player's opponents draws three cards.

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Hydroblast

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.58

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell if it's red.
• Destroy target permanent if it's red.

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Cursed Totem

Market Price: $21.01

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Activated abilities of creatures can't be activated.

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Coastal Tower

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.47

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Coastal Tower enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {W} or {U}.

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Tormod's Crypt

Market Price: $0.25

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Aura of Silence

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.74

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Artifact and enchantment spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast.
Sacrifice Aura of Silence: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Wasteland

Market Price: $22.34

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

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Faerie Conclave

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.56

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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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Disenchant

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.10

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Dust Bowl

Market Price: $11.23

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

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Counterspell

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $1.39

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Counter target spell.

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Impulse

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.41

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Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Seal of Cleansing

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.17

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Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Circle of Protection: Red

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.40

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{1}: The next time a red source of your choice would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.

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Mishra's Factory

Market Price: $0.22

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}: Mishra's Factory becomes a 2/2 Assembly-Worker artifact creature until end of turn. It's still a land.
{T}: Target Assembly-Worker creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.

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Prohibit

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.04

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Kicker {2} (You may pay an additional {2} as you cast this spell.)
Counter target spell if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, counter that spell if its converted mana cost is 4 or less instead.

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Annul

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.25

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Counter target artifact or enchantment spell.

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Mana Leak

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.26

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Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

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Absorb

Color Identity:U,W

Market Price: $0.88

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Counter target spell. You gain 3 life.

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Swords to Plowshares

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.34

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Exile target creature. Its controller gains life equal to its power.

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Flooded Strand

Market Price: $20.26

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Flooded Strand: Search your library for a Plains or Island card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

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Humility

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $42.64

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All creatures lose all abilities and have base power and toughness 1/1.

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Decree of Justice

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.14

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Create X 4/4 white Angel creature tokens with flying.
Cycling {2}{W} ({2}{W}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Decree of Justice, you may pay {X}. If you do, create X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens.

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Ahh, the traditional white-blue control deck. Landstill is very difficult to pilot since you need to know which cards to counter and when. Standstill itself is a very skill-intensive card. Sure, you will have the simple turn two Standstill plays, but you still need to know if it's safe against any opponents' creature-lands that may appear, especially if you do not control any yourself.

Landstill aims to first control the board and then win with either Soldier tokens from cycling Decree of Justice (so busted with Standstill) and/or Mishra's Factory and Faerie Conclave.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - The Rock by Tom Metelsky

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

Created By: Tom Metelsky

Event:

Rank:

Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $389.13

Cards

Deranged Hermit

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $41.19

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/6303_200w.jpg

Echo {3}{G}{G} (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.)
When Deranged Hermit enters the battlefield, create four 1/1 green Squirrel creature tokens.
Squirrel creatures get +1/+1.

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Cabal Therapy

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.01

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/118439_200w.jpg

Choose a nonland card name. Target player reveals their hand and discards all cards with that name.
Flashback—Sacrifice a creature. (You may cast this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Bone Shredder

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.61

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Flying
Echo {2}{B} (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.)
When Bone Shredder enters the battlefield, destroy target nonartifact, nonblack creature.

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Wall of Blossoms

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.18

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Defender
When Wall of Blossoms enters the battlefield, draw a card.

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Ravenous Baloth

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.22

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Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.

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Dust Bowl

Market Price: $11.23

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

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Swamp

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $1.04

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({T}: Add {B}.)

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Llanowar Wastes

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $0.62

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/212426_200w.jpg

{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {B} or {G}. Llanowar Wastes deals 1 damage to you.

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Birds of Paradise

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $6.39

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Flying
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Tormod's Crypt

Market Price: $0.25

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Pernicious Deed

Color Identity:B,G

Market Price: $4.90

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{X}, Sacrifice Pernicious Deed: Destroy each artifact, creature, and enchantment with converted mana cost X or less.

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Volrath's Stronghold

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $88.30

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}{B}, {T}: Put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library.

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Naturalize

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.05

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Recurring Nightmare

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $52.13

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Sacrifice a creature, Return Recurring Nightmare to its owner's hand: Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Masticore

Market Price: $8.45

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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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Treetop Village

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.10

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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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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Withered Wretch

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.71

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{1}: Exile target card from a graveyard.

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Smother

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.16

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Destroy target creature with converted mana cost 3 or less. It can't be regenerated.

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Engineered Plague

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.30

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As Engineered Plague enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.
All creatures of the chosen type get -1/-1.

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Plague Spitter

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.85

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At the beginning of your upkeep, Plague Spitter deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.
When Plague Spitter dies, Plague Spitter deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.

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Duress

Color Identity:B

Market Price: $0.05

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Target opponent reveals their hand. You choose a noncreature, nonland card from it. That player discards that card.

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Living Wish

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.35

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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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City of Brass

Market Price: $21.52

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Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Blastoderm

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.14

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Shroud (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Fading 3 (This creature enters the battlefield with three fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)

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Yavimaya Elder

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.10

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/227362_200w.jpg

When Yavimaya Elder dies, you may search your library for up to two basic land cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library.
{2}, Sacrifice Yavimaya Elder: Draw a card.

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Krosan Tusker

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.05

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Cycling {2}{G} ({2}{G}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Krosan Tusker, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library. (Do this before you draw.)

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Genesis

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.31

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At the beginning of your upkeep, if Genesis is in your graveyard, you may pay {2}{G}. If you do, return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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The Jund of Premodern. The Rock combines Duress and Cabal Therapy (a Top 5 most skill-intensive card) and looks to grind out the opponent by stripping away their resources, controlling the board with Pernicious Deed and removal, and then winning with heavy hitters like Ravenous Baloth and Deranged Hermit. One of the best lines of play from The Rock that can be backbreaking (especially post-board) is turn-one Cabal Therapy, hitting one of their pieces, followed by turn-two Wall of Blossoms, drawing a card and sacrificing the Wall of Blossoms to Cabal Therapy to decimate their hand. Now that's value! Speaking of value, Recurring Nightmare is amazing in The Rock and brings a ton of value in the right matchups. 

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Goblins by Tom Metelsky

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

Created By: Tom Metelsky

Event:

Rank:

Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $435.89

Cards

Mogg Fanatic

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.22

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/118701_200w.jpg

Sacrifice Mogg Fanatic: It deals 1 damage to any target.

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Null Rod

Market Price: $65.95

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Activated abilities of artifacts can't be activated.

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Gempalm Incinerator

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.90

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/149247_200w.jpg

Cycling {1}{R} ({1}{R}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
When you cycle Gempalm Incinerator, you may have it deal X damage to target creature, where X is the number of Goblins on the battlefield.

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Goblin Lackey

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $11.89

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Whenever Goblin Lackey deals damage to a player, you may put a Goblin permanent card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Pyroblast

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $2.83

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Choose one —
• Counter target spell if it's blue.
• Destroy target permanent if it's blue.

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Ancient Tomb

Market Price: $38.07

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{T}: Add {C}{C}. Ancient Tomb deals 2 damage to you.

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Goblin Warchief

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.49

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Goblin spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Goblins you control have haste.

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Anarchy

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.37

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Destroy all white permanents.

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Wasteland

Market Price: $22.34

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

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Tormod's Crypt

Market Price: $0.25

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Goblin Sharpshooter

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $9.04

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Goblin Sharpshooter doesn't untap during your untap step.
Whenever a creature dies, untap Goblin Sharpshooter.
{T}: Goblin Sharpshooter deals 1 damage to any target.

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Sparksmith

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.19

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{T}: Sparksmith deals X damage to target creature and X damage to you, where X is the number of Goblins on the battlefield.

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Goblin Ringleader

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.25

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Haste (This creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.)
When Goblin Ringleader enters the battlefield, reveal the top four cards of your library. Put all Goblin cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Overload

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.16

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Kicker {2} (You may pay an additional {2} as you cast this spell.)
Destroy target artifact if its converted mana cost is 2 or less. If this spell was kicked, destroy that artifact if its converted mana cost is 5 or less instead.

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Pyrokinesis

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.22

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You may exile a red card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Pyrokinesis deals 4 damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures.

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Goblin King

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $7.02

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Other Goblins get +1/+1 and have mountainwalk.

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Goblin Matron

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.35

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When Goblin Matron enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a Goblin card, reveal that card, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Siege-Gang Commander

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.77

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When Siege-Gang Commander enters the battlefield, create three 1/1 red Goblin creature tokens.
{1}{R}, Sacrifice a Goblin: Siege-Gang Commander deals 2 damage to any target.

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Goblin Piledriver

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.90

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Protection from blue (This creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything blue.)
Whenever Goblin Piledriver attacks, it gets +2/+0 until end of turn for each other attacking Goblin.

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Goblin Tinkerer

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.15

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{R}, {T}: Destroy target artifact. That artifact deals damage equal to its converted mana cost to Goblin Tinkerer.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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The premier aggro deck of the format, Goblins is resilient, fast, and consistent at accomplishing its game plan: taking over the board early by beat down with your creatures and using Wasteland to keep opponents off-balance. Also, an unanswered turn-one Goblin Lackey is one of the strongest plays in the entire format. Playing red is also great since it means you have access to Pyroblast in the sideboard so you have game against Landstill and the blue combo decks. Goblins is a Top 5 deck in the format for sure.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - W/R Prison by Tom Metelsky

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

Created By: Tom Metelsky

Event:

Rank:

Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $2779.00

Cards

Karmic Justice

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $10.19

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/107803_200w.jpg

Whenever a spell or ability an opponent controls destroys a noncreature permanent you control, you may destroy target permanent that opponent controls.

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Aura of Silence

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.74

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Artifact and enchantment spells your opponents cast cost {2} more to cast.
Sacrifice Aura of Silence: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Devastating Dreams

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.53

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard X cards at random.
Each player sacrifices X lands. Devastating Dreams deals X damage to each creature.

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Mox Diamond

Market Price: $494.66

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If Mox Diamond would enter the battlefield, you may discard a land card instead. If you do, put Mox Diamond onto the battlefield. If you don't, put it into its owner's graveyard.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.99

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/230467_200w.jpg

({T}: Add {R}.)

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Sphere of Resistance

Market Price: $17.91

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Spells cost {1} more to cast.

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Land Tax

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $28.24

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At the beginning of your upkeep, if an opponent controls more lands than you, you may search your library for up to three basic land cards, reveal them, put them into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Defense Grid

Market Price: $9.21

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Each spell costs {3} more to cast except during its controller's turn.

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Undiscovered Paradise

Market Price: $26.38

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{T}: Add one mana of any color. During your next untap step, as you untap your permanents, return Undiscovered Paradise to its owner's hand.

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Pyroclasm

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.22

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Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.

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Tormod's Crypt

Market Price: $0.25

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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Rishadan Port

Market Price: $11.74

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}: Tap target land.

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Gigapede

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.47

ImageURL: https://tcgplayer-cdn.tcgplayer.com/product/10666_200w.jpg

Shroud (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Gigapede is in your graveyard, you may discard a card. If you do, return Gigapede to your hand.

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Gamble

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $15.25

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Search your library for a card, put that card into your hand, discard a card at random, then shuffle your library.

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Warmth

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.18

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Whenever an opponent casts a red spell, you gain 2 life.

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Scroll Rack

Market Price: $25.85

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{1}, {T}: Exile any number of cards from your hand face down. Put that many cards from the top of your library into your hand. Then look at the exiled cards and put them on top of your library in any order.

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Plains

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.99

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({T}: Add {W}.)

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Peace of Mind

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $0.06

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{W}, Discard a card: You gain 3 life.

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Ivory Tower

Market Price: $2.46

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain X life, where X is the number of cards in your hand minus 4.

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Seal of Cleansing

Color Identity:W

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Sacrifice Seal of Cleansing: Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Tangle Wire

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Fading 4 (This artifact enters the battlefield with four fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player taps an untapped artifact, creature, or land they control for each fade counter on Tangle Wire.

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Black Vise

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As Black Vise enters the battlefield, choose an opponent.
At the beginning of the chosen player's upkeep, Black Vise deals X damage to that player, where X is the number of cards in their hand minus 4.

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Swords to Plowshares

Color Identity:W

Market Price: $3.34

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Exile target creature. Its controller gains life equal to its power.

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Winter Orb

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As long as Winter Orb is untapped, players can't untap more than one land during their untap steps.

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Enlightened Tutor

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Market Price: $41.86

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Search your library for an artifact or enchantment card and reveal that card. Shuffle your library, then put the card on top of it.

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This is the ultimate "lock your opponent out and don't let them have any fun" deck, built around the Land Tax/Scroll Rack combo. In quick time, you'll destroy all your opponent's lands with Devastating Dreams, then lock them out from ever playing spells again with Sphere of Resistance, and finally, beat down with a Gigapede discarded to either Gamble or Peace of Mind. I was low on this deck when I first encountered it, but after playing against it enough times, it's clear that the deck is a definite contender.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Devourer Combo by Tom Metelsky

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

Created By: Tom Metelsky

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $894.24

Cards

Pyroclasm

Color Identity:R

Market Price: $0.22

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Pyroclasm deals 2 damage to each creature.

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Ensnaring Bridge

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Creatures with power greater than the number of cards in your hand can't attack.

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Chromatic Sphere

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{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Chromatic Sphere: Add one mana of any color. Draw a card.

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Phyrexian Devourer

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When Phyrexian Devourer's power is 7 or greater, sacrifice it.
Exile the top card of your library: Put X +1/+1 counters on Phyrexian Devourer, where X is the exiled card's converted mana cost.

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Rushing River

Color Identity:U

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Kicker—Sacrifice a land. (You may sacrifice a land in addition to any other costs as you cast this spell.)
Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand. If this spell was kicked, return another target nonland permanent to its owner's hand.

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Fellwar Stone

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{T}: Add one mana of any color that a land an opponent controls could produce.

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Defense Grid

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Each spell costs {3} more to cast except during its controller's turn.

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Goblin Welder

Color Identity:R

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{T}: Choose target artifact a player controls and target artifact card in that player's graveyard. If both targets are still legal as this ability resolves, that player simultaneously sacrifices the artifact and returns the artifact card to the battlefield.

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Tormod's Crypt

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{T}, Sacrifice Tormod's Crypt: Exile all cards from target player's graveyard.

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City of Traitors

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When you play another land, sacrifice City of Traitors.
{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Mind Stone

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Mind Stone: Draw a card.

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Shivan Reef

Color Identity:R,U

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {U} or {R}. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.

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Island

Color Identity:U

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({T}: Add {U}.)

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Jeweled Amulet

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{1}, {T}: Put a charge counter on Jeweled Amulet. Note the type of mana spent to pay this activation cost. Activate this ability only if there are no charge counters on Jeweled Amulet.
{T}, Remove a charge counter from Jeweled Amulet: Add one mana of Jeweled Amulet's last noted type.

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Chill

Color Identity:U

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Red spells cost {2} more to cast.

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Impulse

Color Identity:U

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Look at the top four cards of your library. Put one of them into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Fling

Color Identity:R

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
Fling deals damage equal to the sacrificed creature's power to any target.

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Tinker

Color Identity:U

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As an additional cost to cast this spell, sacrifice an artifact.
Search your library for an artifact card and put that card onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

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Tangle Wire

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Fading 4 (This artifact enters the battlefield with four fade counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a fade counter from it. If you can't, sacrifice it.)
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player taps an untapped artifact, creature, or land they control for each fade counter on Tangle Wire.

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Altar of Dementia

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Sacrifice a creature: Target player mills cards equal to the sacrificed creature's power.

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Ancient Tomb

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{T}: Add {C}{C}. Ancient Tomb deals 2 damage to you.

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Fact or Fiction

Color Identity:U

Market Price: $0.19

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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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City of Brass

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Whenever City of Brass becomes tapped, it deals 1 damage to you.
{T}: Add one mana of any color.

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Crystal Vein

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}, Sacrifice Crystal Vein: Add {C}{C}.

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This particular deck has only existed in Premodern. The main game plan is to assemble the combo as fast as possible—the combo being Phyrexian Devourer plus either Fling or Altar of Dementia. Phyrexian Devourer's oracle text says that it gets sacrificed when its power goes above seven, but as long as you keep responding to that triggered ability, you can create a big enough Phyrexian Devourer to win. The sideboarded games are more about knowing your role in the matchup. Against midrange decks, for example, Devourer Combo is the beatdown, but it also needs a more diverse array of threats to properly handle all the disruption and removal. These matchups are where the sideboard Goblin Welder shines. However, against decks like Burn or Goblins, Devourer Combo becomes a control deck with Chill and a combo finish.

Rushing River is a house since the deck folds to Cursed Totem and Null Rod, but I've won a few games where my opponent resolved Null Rod and in response I grew Phyrexian Devourer to a 6/6 and just beat them down. Also, Gaea's Blessing stops your Altar of Dementia win—the deck's most reliable route to victory, since you can also fetch it with Tinker, and some non-green decks that run one in their sideboard just for this deck. So if you expect post-board Gaea's Blessing from your opponent, cut the Altar of Dementia and plan on winning with Fling or Phyrexian Devourer beatdown.

Where Can I Play?

Aside from playing with your friends, The Mythic Society also runs two Premodern tournaments via Magic Online every week. I'm not going to lie—I've done well enough in these to earn the moniker Premodern End Boss, but if you think you've got what it takes to take the crown, I welcome the challenge.

All jokes aside, I cannot stress enough the amazing gameplay that Premodern offers. It has an amazing amount of decks you can choose from to fit your own play style, gameplay that rewards skill, and a clean and consistent ban list that actually makes sense. Once I found Premodern, I was all in! I suggest finding a deck that you want to run, test it, join one of the free webcam monthly tournaments, or join the Mythic Society Magic Online tournaments and start playing the best format with the best community.

Thank you, Martin!

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