Category Archives: Magic: the Gathering

New Product – MODERN MASTERS 2015

The wait is FINALLY over. If you’re interested in getting into the increasingly popular modern Magic format, we’ve got packs of MODERN MASTERS 2015 available now! Packs retail for 10$ apiece and will go fast! This set reprints a boatload of modern Magic staples including Tarmogoyf, Dark Confidant, Mox Opal and more!

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PTQ/PPTQ Fate Reforged

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Sunday, February 22nd, We will be running both a PTQ & PPTQ
PTQ – $30
Booster packs to rest of top 1/3rd finishers based on standings after Swiss.
Additional booster packs based on Top 8 standings.
1st gets an invite to Pro Tour Brussels and a WoTC provided travel award
Additional prizes TBA after official attendences
PPTQ – $30
1st $400, 2nd $200, 3rd & 4th $100 5-8 $50 each
Booster Packs to rest of top 1/3 finishers based on attendance.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Round 1 of the PTQ begins at 10:00 a.m.
Round 1 of the PPTQ begins at 1:00 p.m.

2013’s State and Provincial Championships – New Hampshire

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2013 New Hampshire States

New Hampshire 2013’s State and Provincial Championships

Sunday, October 6 – Entry Fee: $25

Doors open at 9 am and tournament starts at 10 am SHARP

25 South St. Concord, NH 03301   |   (603) 228-3712

 

There will be a maximum of 80 seats for this event, so please pre-register if possible.

Each player in the top 8 will receive a From the Vault: Twenty
From the Vault: Twenty

AND each player in the top 8 will receive the 2013 top 8 playmat:
2013 Top 8 Playmat

In addition, the champion will receive a championship plaque, a custom ID card and playmat designed specifically for them*.  *Champion is responsible for getting all requested information and photo to supplier by date on coupon

 

 

GATECRASH PTQ Concord, NH 11/24/12

GATECRASH PTQ

Sat, November 24, 12am – Sun, November 25, 12am

Where: 172 North Main Street Concord, NH 03301

Doors Open: 8:30 am\

Registration: 8:30-10:00am

Format: RtR Sealed, Swiss cut to top 8 Draft

Price: $35.00

Prize Support: 2 Packs per Entry to top 1/4

Door Prize : From the Vault: Realms to one entrant pulled at round 1

Side events: 4-3-2-2 Drafts $12.00

Pro Tour Qualifier Sat, August 4, 10am

2012 States in Concord, NH 03301 – October 13

2011 State & Provincial Championship at Collectibles Unlimited in Concord, NH 03303

2011 State & Provincial Championship at Collectibles Unlimited in Concord, NH 03303

2001 States New Hampsire in Concord, NH at Collectibles Unlimited

Collectibles Unlimited in Concord, New Hampshire will be hosting the 2011 State & Provincial Championship tournament on October 15, 2011. Come play at 25 South St. Concord, NH 03301

Frequently Asked Questions


When is the Championship?
 October 15, 2011

Where are they? At over 60 venues in North America You can locate the one closest to you HERE.

Who runs these events? The championship series is run by local organizers working together with Sunmesa Events help.

How much does it cost? The entry fee is $25, you can get even more of those kinds of details HERE.

What do the winners get? Check that out HERE.

How does one get into a state championship? Can you just enter or do you have to be invited? Anyone can play, it does not take a special invitation (but if you need one consider this it!)

How long does one of these usually take? What time does it start? Visit with your local organizer about details like that, we promise you the championship in Ohio will take longer than the one in New Mexico. You can find your local organizer HERE.

Hey, I won a championship a couple years ago and never got my Custom DCI Card can I still get that? For Sure! Check out the Custom DCI Card page HERE.

If I have an issue with a particular organizer or something is wrong with The2011’s do I contact Wizards? Actually No, The2011’s is an independent program run by local organizers. The tournaments are sanctioned by the DCI, so if you have a match result appeal speak to them. But for all other issues begin with your local organizer first and then if that doesn’t work out you may discuss your issue with Sunmesa Events HERE.

I’d like to judge or get a dealer table at the championship who do I speak to about that? Staffing, venues, dealers and all other issues of that nature are handled by the local organizer. You can find out who that is HERE.

Does the Champion get an invite to the Pro Tour, Worlds or similar cool invite? No, the championship has always been far more about pride and personal achievement. If you look at many of the best players in North America you will find they often began their journey by winning a championship.

Will there be a Writer’s Contest this year? No, we have elected to put our focus into direct advertising this year. That said, we are very grateful for all the coverage smart Magic players have given generously over the years.

My friendly local game store is much closer and does great events can they run the championship for my area instead? This is a question we get asked a lot, and it’s a hard one (folks in Montana are amazingly blessed by many great places to play). Bottom line, the folks running the championships now are Sunmesa Events customers. They pay us money to help them out with this event, so for us to make a change the need for a change must be clear. We make changes very reluctantly. When the time comes to make a change we thoroughly research the situation and select the location we believe will best serve the players.

Used to be you had to play where you lived is that still true? No, back in 2009 it was decided to allow players to play anywhere.

Why did you do that, what’s a Delaware state championship mean if the champ is from New York?Several reasons actually. Since there are only 62 venues in North America a large number of players were just too far from the place their championship occurred. Also verification of who was (and more importantly was not) a resident was a problem. Exceptions provided trouble proving who lived where. Seriously, we didn’t want to exclude active duty military because they were stationed out of their state or province, same for students, foreign nationals etc. We agree in general that a Delaware resident should be the Champ in Delaware but luckily we discovered after the change that “out of area” winners were fairly uncommon.

How come you don’t have all the names and photos of the champions? That answer lies in the same reasons we don’t get all the Custom DCI Cards out to all players. Sometimes we don’t get a photo at the championship, other times the information is not given to us by the organizer, finally sometimes we simply misplace or misfile the data and it’s lost to us for awhile. One reason we placed the past champions (including the MIAs) was to work on completing the record.

Do you have a Facebook page? Yes we do and you can access it HERE. You must be logged into Facebook for that link to work.

Who created the playmat? The image is called Dragon Slayerdone by Kekai Kotaki. You can check out more of his art HERE.

Will you be publishing the Top 8 Decklists? Yes, you should be able to find the Decklists HERE.

FNM Results 12/17/10

The winner of last night tournament was Brendan O’Donnell posted below is the winning deck list.

# In Deck                                                       Card Name

3                                                                     Gideon Jura
2                                                                     Elspeth Tirel
4                                                                     Spreading Seas
3                                                                     Condemn
4                                                                     Preordain
2                                                                     Journey to Nowhere
4                                                                     Mana Leak
2                                                                     Stoic Rebuttal
3                                                                     Day of Judgment
4                                                                     Jace the Mindsculptor
4                                                                     Squadron Hawk
3                                                                     Seachrome Coast
4                                                                     Celestral Collonade
4                                                                     Glacial Fortress
1                                                                     Halimar Depths
1                                                                     Misty Rainforest
1                                                                     Scalding Tarn
3                                                                     Tectonic Edge
1                                                                     Marsh Flats
4                                                                     Plains
3                                                                     Island

Side Board:

2                                                                     Jace Beleren
2                                                                     Negate
2                                                                     Spell Pierce
2                                                                     Lumrnowch Ascension
1                                                                     Kor Santcifier
3                                                                     Flashfreeze
1                                                                     Day of Judgment
2                                                                     Journey to Nowhere

In second place is Scott Rivit posted below is the decklist

# In Deck                                                       Card Name
4                                                                     Grasp of Darkness
2                                                                     Searing Blaze
4                                                                     Arc Trail
2                                                                     Moriolc Replica
4                                                                     Kiln Fiend
4                                                                     Perilous Myr
4                                                                     Goblin Guide
4                                                                     Burst Lightning
2                                                                     Inferno Titan
2                                                                     Staggershock
4                                                                     Lightning Bolt
4                                                                     Sign In Blood
6                                                                     Swamp
7                                                                     Mountain
4                                                                     Dragonskull Summit
1                                                                     Lavaclaw Reaches
2                                                                     Blackcleave Cliffs

Side Board:
3                                                                     Memorcide
2                                                                     ?
4                                                                     Doom Blade
2                                                                     Manic Vandal
2                                                                     Dark Tutelage
2                                                                     Goblin Ruinblaster

And in third place was Jack Champagne posted below is his deck

# In Deck                                                       Card Name
4                                                                     Pulse Tracker
4                                                                     Vampire Lacerator
4                                                                     Viscera Seer
4                                                                     Bloodghast
4                                                                     Kalistria Highborn
4                                                                     Gatekeeper of Malakir
3                                                                     Dark Tutelage
2                                                                     Arc Trail
4                                                                     Lightning Bolt
2                                                                     Mark of Mutiny
2                                                                     Doom Blade
6                                                                     Swamp
3                                                                     Verdant Catacombs
3                                                                     Marsh Flats
3                                                                     Lavaclaw Reaches
4                                                                     Dragonskull Summit
4                                                                     Blackcleave Cliffs

Magic results for 12/1/10

The winners of Wednesday’s draft was Adam Burr-Mecum!

# in Deck:                   Card Name:
1                                 Kemba Skyguard
1                                 Soliton
3                                 Stoic Rebuttal
1                                 Ghalma’s Warden
1                                 Arrest
1                                 Aurioh Sunchaser
1                                 Scrapdriver Serpent
2                                 Silver Myr
2                                 Giant Hawk
1                                 Memnile
1                                 Golem Artisan
1                                 Neuroh Invisimanner
1                                 Bonds of Buuchsolver
1                                 GlimmerPoint Stag
1                                 Copper Myr
1                                 Myr Smith
1                                 Rust Tick
1                                 Perilous Myr
1                                 Revoke Existence
9                                 Plains
8                                 Island

Magic results for 11/26/10

Sorry for the delay guys we have been experiancing technical issues which have now been resolved so here are the results for the tournament that took place 11/26/10

In first place was Brendan O’Donnell

# in Deck:                   Card Name:
2                                 Mimic Vat
2                                 Sun Titan
2                                 Baneslayer Angel
2                                 Gideon Jura
4                                 Jace the Mind Sculptor
4                                 Condemn
2                                 Journey to Nowhere
3                                 Day of Judgment
2                                 Ratchet Bomb
4                                 Mana Leak
3                                 Preordain
3                                 Wall of Omens
2                                 Starc Rebuttal
1                                 Marsh Flats
1                                 Scalding Tarn
1                                 Halimar Depths
4                                 Celestrial Colonnade
4                                 Glacial Fortress
3                                 Tectonic Edge
6                                 Plains
5                                 Island

In second place was Bryan Hook

# in Deck:                   Card Name:
4                                  Highborn
4                                  Bloodghast
4                                  Lacerator
4                                  Puke Tracker
4                                  Captivating Vampire
4                                  Vesera Seer
4                                  Gatekeeper
3                                  Hexmage
4                                  Doomblade
2                                  Dark Tutelage
15                                Swamps
4                                  Verdent Catacombs
4                                  Marshflats

And in third place was Dave Melvin.

# in Deck:                   Card Name:
4                                 Necropede
4                                 Distortion Strike
4                                 Vines of the Vastwood
4                                 Cystbearer
4                                 Blight Mamba
4                                 Livewire Lash
4                                 Ichorclaw Myr
3                                 Prey’s Vengance
3                                 Birds of Paradise
2                                 Carrion Call
2                                 Giant Growth
2                                 Verdent Catacomb
4                                 Misty Rainforest
4                                 Island
12                               Forest

Results Wens 11/17/10 Magic Draft

The winner of Wednesdays draft is Anthony Galdieri, posted below is the winning deck list.

Spells
2 Galvanic Blast
2 Turn to Slag
1 Infiltration Lens
1 Arc Trail
1 Contagion Clasp
1 Mimic Vat
1 Cerebral Eruption
 
Creatures
1 Steel Hellkite
1 Saberclaw Golem
1 Barrage Ogre
1 Oxidda Scrapmelter
1 Chrome Steed
1 Ghalmas Warden
2 Vulshok Replica
1 Auriok Replica
1 Rust Tick
1 Glint Hawk Idol
1 Perilous Myr
2 Copper Myr
 
Land
13 Mountain
4 Plains

Results Monday 11/15/10 Magic Draft

The winner of Monday’s Draft was Jack Champagne, listed below is the winning deck!

1 Carnifex Demon
1 Sunblast Angel
1 Razor Hippogriff
1 Skin Render
2 Kemba Skyguard
1 Moriok Replica
1 Aurick Replica
1 Wall of Tanglecord
1 Leaden Myr
1 Copper Myr
1 Abuna Acolyte
2 Fume Spitter
2 Instill Infection
1 Trigon of Corruption
1 Arrest
1 Culling Dias
1 Grasp of Darkness
1 Throne of Geth
1 Revoke Exsistence
1 Origin Spellbomb
1 Accorders Sheild
8 Plains
8 Swamp

FNM Results from 11/12/10

The winner of last nights standard tournament was Chris Mahon.  Posted below is his deck list from last night.

Main Deck:

Creatures:
4 Joraga Treespeaker
4 Overgrown Battlement
4 Primeval Titan
3 Wurmcoil Engine
1 Kozilek Butcher of Truth
1 Emrakul, the Aeons Torn
1 Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre

Sorceries:
4 Growth Spasm
2 Cultivate
4 Explore

Instants:
4 Summoning Trap

Artifacts:
2 Everflowing Chalice

Land:
1 Eye of Ugin
4 Eldrazi Temple
4 Tectonic Edge
4 Khalni Garden
13 Forest

Sideboard
4 Obstinate Baloth
2 Pelakka Wurm
3 Terastodon
2 Ratchet Bomb
4 All is Dust

Results for 11/5/10 Magic tournament

The results of last night tournament with accompanying deck lists.

1st Place Brendan O’Donnell

4 Kalistria Highborn
4 Viscera Seer
4 Vampire Lacerator
3 Pulse Tracker
4 Bloodghast
4 Gatekeeper of Malakir
4 Captivating Vampire
2 Dark Tutelage
3 Doomblade
2 Vampire Nighthawk
3 Vampire Hexmage

4 Marsh Flats
4 Verdant Catacombs
15 Swamp

SB:
4 Duress
4 Disfigure
2 Vampire Nighthawk
1 Dark Tutelage
1 Doomblade
1 Vampire Hexmage
1 Memoricide
1 MoltenTail Masticore

2nd Place Matt Knapp

3 Frost Titan
2 Inferno Titan
1 Primeval Titan
4 Lotus Cobra
4 Mana Leak
4 Lightning Bolt
3 Garruk Wildspeaker
4 Jace the Mind Sculptor
4 Explore
4 Preordain
2 Destructive Force

5 Forest
4 Island
2 Mountain
4 Misty Rainforest
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Raging Ravine
2 Copperline Gorge

SB:
3 Obstinate Baloth
2 Flashfreeze
3 Pyroclasm
1 Burst Lightning
2 Jace Beleren
2 Negate
2 Spell Pierce

3rd Place Steve Dillon

4 Frost Titan
1 Inferno Titan,
2 Everflowing Chalice
1 Jaces Ingenuity
1 Negate
4 Jace the Mind Sculptor
4 Preordain
2 Into the Roil
4 Pyroclasm
3 Burst Lightning
4 Mana Leak
4 Lightning Bolt

6 Island
5 Mountain
2 Tectonic Edge
1 Mystifying Maze
2 Terramorphic Expanse
2 Halimar Depths
4 Scalding Tarn
4 Misty Rainforest

SB:
3 Jace Beleren
1 Mark of Mutiny
3 Goblin Ruinblaster
2 Mindbreak Trap
2 Lavaball Trap
4 Flashfreeze

Results for Magic Draft 10/28/10

Starting this week we will be posting the results of the sanctioned Magic tournaments held in the shop.  So check in every Thursday and Saturday to see how everyone fared in the tournaments!

Coming in first place in last nights draft was Jack Champagne with a 8:1 game play ratio.

Right behind him was Chris Mahon

and rounding out the top three was George Wilkinson.

Here is a list of the placement of players:

1) Champagne, Jack
2) Mahon, Chris
3) Wilkinson, George
4) Hooper, Blake
5) O’Donnell, Brendan
6) Knapp, Matthew
7) Carmody, Dalton
8) Burr-Mecum, Adam
9) Belanger, David

Hope to see everyone this coming Friday for our standard format tournament and next Wednesday for another draft!

Games day 10/30/10

Game Days are the first opportunity for you to play Standard on a global
scale with the newest cards. They immerse you in the storyline of the new set,
and give you the opportunity to win preview cards from the next Magic
set, Mirrodin Besieged!

Where Can I Play?

Game Days are happening worldwide on October 30-31! 

What Happens There?

Game Days are Standard format. The tournament will be Swiss-style, with the
top 8 players after the Swiss rounds advancing to the single-elimination finals.
In the case of an event with 16 players or less, only the top 4 will advance.
Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine
final order in the standings.

In the case of an event with exactly 8 players, there will be three Swiss
rounds with no single-elimination cut.

What Do I Get?

All participants receive an exclusive Memnite promo card (while supplies
last). The top 8 players each receive an exclusive full-art Tempered Steel promo
card. The cards are awarded to the Top 8 players even if the tournament cuts
only to the top 4.

The top 2 finishers with Mirran-affiliated decks receive a Peace Strider
preview card from Mirrodin Besieged, and the top 2 finishers with
Phyrexia-affiliated decks receive a Pierce Strider preview card! This is in
addition to any top 8 prize cards you might win for their overall event
finish.

Selected top 8 decks and all Game Day winners will also be featured on
magicthegathering.com.

What Does an “Affliated Deck” Mean?

All cards in Scars of Mirrodin are watermarked with either a Mirran or
Phyrexian symbol to represent the card’s affiliation. You can build your Game
Day deck to be affiliated with one of the two sides; this makes you eligible to
win the Mirrodin Besieged preview cards. (Having an affiliated deck is
not required for Game Day; you can play any Standard-legal deck you choose.)

An affiliated deck must have at least ten watermarked cards from its
affiliated faction in its main deck, and no watermarked cards from the opposing
faction in its main deck or sideboard. The deck must still be Standard-legal.

Magic prerelease 9/24-25 and Launch party 10/2

Go to the Scars of Mirrodin Prerelease and experience the newest
Magic: The Gathering set a week before it goes on sale! Play, trade,
spend time with friends, and win cool prizes. Play in any tournament and receive
an exclusive Wurmcoil Engine promo card (while supplies last)!

What Happens There?

Scars of Mirrodin Prerelease Tournaments are Sealed Deck format. Each
player receives 6 Scars of Mirrodin booster packs to build a deck. The
tournaments are run using Swiss rounds with a minimum of four rounds per event.
(Tournaments with only 8 players may run three rounds.)

Some events may be run using a modified Swiss-style structure and/or
single-elimination rounds. Contact your local Prerelease Tournament organizer
for specific details.

What Do I Get?

Wizards of the Coast provides 2 Scars of Mirrodin boosters per
tournament participant for the overall prize pool. Each participant will receive
1 Wurmcoil Engine promo card and 1 Launch Party flier (while supplies last)

Contact your local Prerelease Tournament organizer for specific entry fee,
prize payout, and event information

What Else Can I Do?

In addition to the main Prerelease Tournament event, some locations may offer
additional public events. Other product mixes are allowable as long as each
player in the event receives the same number and type of packs.

Open Dueling — Open Dueling is a casual format primarily for players
not participating in the main Prerelease Tournament. Open Dueling players
receive 1 Scars of Mirrodin Intro Pack chosen at random and 1 Wurmcoil
Engine promo card (while supplies last). Open Dueling players play against other
Open Dueling participants as well as main tournament players who are between
matches. After an Open Dueling participant has played five matches, upon
confirmation of the results by the event organizer that player will receive one
complimentary booster pack provided by the organizer as a prize.

Team Events — Playing with friends as a team is a fun and exciting way
to enjoy Magic. For Two-Headed Giant events, the recommended product mix
is 8 Scars of Mirrodin booster packs per team.

Booster Draft — Players participating in a Booster Draft event should
each receive 3 Scars of Mirrodin booster packs.

Sealed Deck — Each player in a Sealed Deck event will receive 6
Scars of Mirrodin booster packs to build a deck.

2010’s State/Provincial Championships



 

Public Information

All Universal Tournament Rules and Magic: the
Gathering Floor Rules are in effect for this event unless specifically
overruled by information in this Format Document

Format

  • Standard-constructed format
  • Deck lists are required

Cost

The entry fee for the The2010’s State/Provincial
Championships is $25.00.

Tournament Length

  • 50 minutes per round
  • Number of Swiss rounds based on attendance according
    to the following chart:

Attendance

Number of Swiss rounds

9-16

4

17 – 32

5

33 – 64

6

65 – 128

7

129 – 226

8

227 – 409

9

410 or higher

10

 



Advancement

  • All players may participate in all Swiss rounds 

Top 8

  • Top 8 matches will be best 2 of 3
  • Top 8 matches will have no time limit. Players are
    expected to play at a reasonable pace and finish their matches within 50
    minutes.
  • Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds
    will still be used to determine final order in the standings

Notes

  • 24K, REL Competitive
  • Players are responsible for knowing all DCI rules
  • Players must bring pen, paper, card sleeves and
    appropriate counters

Prizes

  • Top 8 players each receive a
    commemorative States/Champs Play mat
  • Champions receive 2009 Champion
    Plaque
  • Champions also receive FREE entry
    into all Premier level constructed events for 1 year by all participating
    Organizers, Specialty DCI Card (to be mailed later).
  • Product prizes to be determined by the organizer

Registration Information

  • Players who want more specific local tournament or
    registration information should call their local contact phone number.

MTG Championship Series North American Qualifier

Artwork for promo cards in the 2011 core release

MTG Games Day 8/14/10

Compete for the crown of Magic 2011 Champion at your store!

Game Day takes place at participating Wizards Play Network locations
worldwide one month after the Magic 2011 release. Game Days are
the first opportunity to play Standard format on a global scale with the cards
from Magic 2011!

Where Can I Play?

Game Days are happening worldwide on August 14-15! 

What Happens There?

Game Days are Standard format. The tournament will be Swiss-style, with the
top 8 players after the Swiss rounds advancing to the single-elimination finals.
In the case of an event with 16 players or less, only the top 4 will advance.
Where necessary, the standings after the Swiss rounds will be used to determine
final order in the standings.

In the case of an event with exactly 8 players, there will be three Swiss
rounds with no single-elimination cut.

What Do I Get?

All participants receive an exclusive Liliana’s Specter promo card (while
supplies last).The top 8 players each receive an exclusive full-art Mitotic
Slime promo card. The cards are awarded to the Top 8 players even if the
tournament cuts only to the top 4. Two Mitotic Slime promo cards will also be
awarded as door prizes at each location.

The winner receives the Magic 2011 Game Day winners
certificate, as well as the Magic 2011 Champion title. Selected
top 8 decks and all Game Day winners will also be featured on
magicthegathering.com.

FNM News

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Pick a Card—Almost Any Card

I have been thinking about my preview card this week within the context of the Top 8 decks from Grand Prix-Huston that took place last weekend. The card is a single-mana pinpoint discard spell in the tradition of Duress, Thoughtseize, and Ostracize. There are restrictions on which cards it can take, but it is also more open-ended than either Duress or Ostracize. Let’s take a look at the card in question:

As you can see, the only restriction as to the card types you can select with Inquisition of Kozilek is lands—although that’s not the only restriction on what cards you can pick. You are limited to picking cards with a casting cost of three or less but your pick can be sorcery, creature, instant, enchantment, or even planeswalker (if you happen to catch someone playing with original Jace). Duress is just not up to the task of taking down a Kargan Dragonlord and Ostrasize is not gonna get you around the Realms Uncharted looming in your opponent’s hand. Inquisition of Kozilek can handle both of them, and do so without having to pay 2 life to do it. Let’s take a look at some of the decks from the Top 8 of Houston and see just how many targets there would be if you played this card against them.

Check out the Tomoharu Saito–designed Hypergenesis update that Shuhei piloted into the Top 8 of the event:

Shuhei Nakamura’s Hypergenesis
Extended – Top 8, Grand Prix-Houston 2010

Main Deck

60 cards

2  Calciform Pools
3  Forbidden Orchard
1  Forest
3  Fungal Reaches
4  Gemstone Mine
4  Reflecting Pool
4  Tendo Ice Bridge

21 lands

4  Angel of Dispair
4  Bogarden Hellkite
4  Progentis
4  Simian Spirit Guide
4  Terastodon


20 creatures
3  Akroma’s Memorial
4  Ardent Plea
3  Compulsive Research
1  Deamonic Dread
3  Hypergensis
1  Oblivion Ring
4  Violent Outburst

19 other spells

Sideboard

2  Coalition Relic
3  Crovax, Ascended Hero
3  Firespout
1  Oblivion Ring
2  Ricochet Trap
2  Shreikmaw
2  Venser, Shaper Savant
15 sideboard cards

Putting sideboards aside for the moment, in the maindeck you can nab the following:

4 Simian Spirit Guide
4 Ardent Plea
3 Compulsive Research
1 Demonic Dread
3 Hypergensis
1 Oblivion Ring
4 Violent Outburst

It is highly unlikely that you are going to want to take Hypergensis—although your opponent could suspend it—but you would certainly be happy to disrupt Shuhei’s plan by taking a Violent Outburst or Ardent Plea out from among a hand of otherwise uncastable fatties. Taking a Compulsive Research or Simian Spirit Guide could be fine but you are almost always going to want a card that is going to become a Hypergensis. Against this deck you are not going to be getting any flexibility to offset the limitation of not being able to hit a sideboarded Venser, Shaper Savant or to thin a hand of creatures by taking Bogardan Hellkite.

How about against Charles Lancaster’s exciting black-white Smallpox deck that got as far as the Quarterfinals?

Charles Lancaster
Extended – Top 8, Grand Prix-Houston 2010

Main Deck

60 cards

4  Fetid Heath
4  Flagstones of Trokair
3  Godless Shrine
4  Marsh Flats
2  Plains
4  Swamp
2  Uroborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

23 lands

2  Baneslayer Angel
4  Bloodghast
4  Dark Confident
4  Gatekeeper of Malakir
3  Kitchen Finks
2  Stoneforge Mystic
4  Tidehollow Sculler


23 creatures
4  Smallpox
2  Smother
1  Sword of Fire and Ice
1  Sword of Light and Shadow
4  Thoughtsieze
2  Umezawa’s Jitte

14 other spells

Sideboard

3  Celestial Purge
2  Damnation
3  Deathmark
2  Extirpate
4  Leyline of the Void
1  Wrath of God


15 sideboard cards

Now this is a deck that Inquisition of Kozilek really shines against. Look at all the potential targets for discard—basically every non-land in the deck except for Baneslayer Angel:

4 Bloodghast
4 Dark Confident
4 Gatekeeper of Malakir
3 Kitchen Finks
2 Stoneforge Mystic
4 Tidehollow Sculler
4 Smallpox
2 Smother
1 Sword of Fire and Ice
1 Sword of Light and Shadow
4 Thoughtseize
2 Umezawa’s Jitte

With the exception of Bloodghast—which you are almost never going to want to them to discard—pretty much every other card in the deck is something you would conceivably want to take. You can force them to lose Tidehollow Sculler or Thoughtseize, Smother or GAtekeepr of Malakir, or Smallpox or Dark Confident. Obviously Thoughtseize offers you even more flexibility in Extended—which was the format for last weekend—but paying two life is not always good for your health.

Kenny Ellis’s deck from the Top 8 has plenty of cards that you could nail with Inquisition of Kozilek since he built his deck in such a way to take even more advantage of Muddle the Mixture than most other decks in the format. Ken’s white-blue control deck was able to “tutor” up a maindeck Mind Spring and a sideboarded Martial Coup. How lucky for Kozilek to have so many targets!

Kenneth Ellis
Extended – Top 8, Grand Prix Houston 2010

Main Deck

60 cards

2  Academy Ruins
1  Ancient Den
1  Azorius Chancery
1  Celesital Colonnade
1  Faerie Conclave
1  Ghost Quarter
2  Glacial Fortress
2  Island
4  Mystic Gate
3  Plains
2  Seat of the Synod
1  Snow-Covered Island
1  Snow-Covered Plain
1  Tectonic Edge
3  Tolaria West

26 lands


0 creatures
2  Cryptic Command
1  Echoing Truth
2  Engineered Explosives
2  Jace, The Mind Sculptor
1  Mind Sprind
4  Muddle the Mixture
1  Negate
4  Oblivion Ring
4  Path to Exile
2  Repeal
3  Sword of the Meek
4  Thirst for Knowledge
4  Thopter Foundry

34 other spells

Sideboard

2  Celestial Purge
1  Chalice of the Void
2  Ethersworn Canonist
2  Glen Elenda Archmage
1  Martial Coup
4  Meddeling Mage
1  Negate
1  Shadow of Doubt
1  Tormod’s Crypt


15 sideboard cards

Just look at all the cards you can snag against this deck.

1 Echoing Truth
2 Engineered Explosives
1 Mind Spring
4 Muddle the Mixture
1 Negate
4 Oblivion Ring
4 Path to Exile
2 Repeal
3 Sword of the Meek
4 Thirst for Knowledge
4 Thopter Foundry

People certainly play with cards that cost more than three—and this whole block is all about that—but there is a reason that Spell Snare has been a tournament staple. It seems like the best cards cost two mana. From Counterbalance to Tarmogoyf to Jitte and on and one and on. Do I think it will replace Thoughtseize? Not in Extended, but I think this card will immediately find a place in Standard, where it can take things like Blightning or Knight of the Reliquary. That is flexibility not currently available in Standard on the first turn. In Block Constructed it can hit either end of the Cunning Sparkmage / Basilisk Collar combo (as well as intermediary Stoneforge Mystic), and it should be a valuable tool for players preparing for Pro Tour–San Juan.

I think we already get the point that decks in Extended play with a lot of cards that cost three or less, but I want to showcase one more deck from the GP in Houston but mostly to take a paragraph to congratulate Adam Yurchick on finally getting a win after a pretty ridiculous string of near misses that had him in danger of being dubbed the Silver Surfer.

Adam Yurchick
Extended – Top 8, Grand Prix Houston 2010

Main Deck

60 cards

1  Academy Ruins
4  Dark Depths
3  Island
4  River Tears
4  Sunken Ruins
2  Swamp
2  Tolaria West
4  Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

24 lands

4  Dark Confidant
4  Vampire Hexmage


8 creatures
1  Boomerang
4  Chrome Mox
3  Compulsive Research
1  Engineered Explosives
2  Jace, the Mindsculptor
4  Muddle the Mixture
1  Rite of Consumption
1  Slaghter Pact
1  Smother
2  Sword of the Meek
1  Thirst for Knowledge
3  Thopter Foundry
4  Thoughtseize

28 other spells

Sideboard

1  Chalice of the Void
2  Damnation
1  Darkblast
3  Deathmark
2  Duress
3  Extirpate
1  Gatekeeper of Malakir
1  Ghost Quarter
1  Jace, the Mind Sculptor


15 sideboard cards

Adam finished 2nd at Grand Prix-Philadelphia a couple of seasons ago, finished 2nd at GP-Oakland earlier this PTQ season, finishes 2nd at last year’s National Championships, and even finished 9th in Pro Tour-Hollywood. The sound you heard on Sunday was not a jet passing overhead, but an enormous sigh of relief from Adam as he was able to close out Shaun Rodriguez in two games in the finals with a Jace to the face for the win.

“Jace feels pretty good!” said Adam as he reduced his opponent’s library to the two cards Shaun had been holding. “That is the first time I have ever ultimated it in my life!”