Well, this whole Writers' War thing was going fine for me...until this week. The Ferrett is ahead of me, and I don't like that one bit. Given my opponent's status as one of the premier multiplayer authors on the 'Net and the Writers' War's being featured prominently on the CPA front page, I'm guessing quite a few of you good folks have thrown your support to Mr. Steinmetz.
Now, granted, I have been to the Pro Tour on four occasions, which I'm guessing is a huge strike against me. And I suppose my articles are geared toward competitive play, being that they are almost exclusively PTQ and other tournament reports full of blow-by-blow accounts of games and not so much, umm, "fun stuff".
So I thought, what can I do to appeal to more casual players? And here is the result. The deck I'm about to present would absolutely clean house in Extended (before the April 1st bannings, but whatever).
You may be asking yourself, "Huh? A competitive decklist? What does that have to do with casual play? Why should I care?" Just read the decklist, OK? Trust me.
4 Demonic Consultation
3 Vampiric Tutor
3 Kaervek's Spite
4 Academy Rector
3 THE CHEESE STANDS ALONE
2 Scroll Rack
4 Mox Diamond
4 Gemstone Mine
4 Peat Bog
3 Phyrexian Tower
I'm guessing you all know what The Cheese Stands Alone does. I'm also going to assume you're familiar with Necropotence, even though it's a good card. (Hey! I was only kidding! Besides, I hate that card every bit as much as you do. Probably more, in fact.)
The idea is to find Necro and get it into play as quickly as possible, a la Trix (Necro-Donate). Duress and Unmask are there to make sure it won't get countered or Disenchanted. Your next goal is to drop an Academy Rector. The Towers are there to let you sacrifice the Rector to find Necro if need be.
Once you've got a Rector, you need to Necro or Consult up a Kaervek's Spite. Now you're ready to go off. Here's where you Abeyance your opponent to make sure he doesn't mess with you by using Phyrexian Furnace, Ebony Charm, etc. to foil your Rector's ability. It also stops counterspells, but as you'll see, this "combo" can't even be stopped by a counterspell!
Spite your opponent. As an additional cost to play the Spite, you must sacrifice all your permanents and discard your hand. The Rector gets sacrificed along with everything else, and you go get an enchantment. Gee, I wonder what enchantment would be good here? Hmmm...how about the cheese? Yep, now you've got no hand and no permanents except The Cheese Stands Alone. Congratulations, you've won the game!
Now, say your opponent had countered your Spite.
You sacrifice everything when you cast it, so all the counterspell did was mean your opponent was at 20 life when he lost, not 15. Even if he had a Seal of Cleansing waiting for The Cheese when it came into play and you hadn't Abeyanced him, you would still win since The Cheese's effect is state-based and doesn't need to go on the stack!
As if that wasn't good enough, even an Ivory Mask is useless to stop the combo, since you could just target yourself with the Spite!
So there you go. Perhaps the hardest combo in all of Magic to stop, and I made it with a card from Unglued. See? I may be a sometime-Pro Tour player, but I still have my casual soul.
Now what do you say? Help me out! Go here:
p.s. If you need any extra incentive to vote for me, need I remind you that my opponent actually WON a PTQ for Barcelona? Yes, my friends, he's crossed over. He's a Pro now. One of THEM.
Oh by the way, even though I've made 19 Top 8s in PTQs over the years, I've still never won one. So in a way, I'm actually MORE CASUAL than my opposition.