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Hidden Gems of Multiplayer #2
By Steve Dickinson
Hey! Since I received overwhelmingly positive feedback from my previous article, I have decided that I will continue to write this column.

[Hooray! - Spidey]

Anyway, last week we took a look at an obscure Ice Age artifact. This week we’ll stick with Ice Age and write about an obscure Ice Age enchantment: Necropotence.

NECROPOTENCE
BBB
Enchantment
Skip your draw step.
If you would discard a card from your hand, remove that card from the game instead.
Pay 1 life: Remove the top card of your library from the game face down. At the end of your turn, put that card into your hand.

I can already hear you guys out there: “But Steve, Necro is most certainly not an obscure card. There have been many successful Necro decks that have been played and discussed frequently. Man, have you been under a rock for the last few years? Why should I continue to read a column by some loser who’s never heard of Necropotence?” Good question! Why should you read the rest of this column? Well, here’s the reason:

Have you ever read about a Necro deck that was successful in a multiplayer setting? No? Well, fasten your seatbelts ‘cause here we go!!!!

(This may be a good time to mention that I claim no responsibility if these decks fail miserably; after all, they were basically designed for my group and my local metagame, which may differ from yours. These lists are basically templates.)

Okay, so I’ve decided to take on the incredibly imposing task of taking one of the most successful dueling decks out there and putting the “Steve magic” on it to turn it into a successful multiplayer deck. So let’s start with a sample Necro decklist and see what I can do with it. Instead of turning to the popular Magic sites out there, I’ll take my traditional Necro deck and work some magic!

4 Necropotence
4 Dark Ritual
2 Nevinyrral’s Disk
4 Hymn to Tourach
2 Demonic Consultation
2 Demonic Tutor
3 Drain Life
2 Zuran Orb
3 Yawgmoth’s Will
2 Sinkhole
4 Hypnotic Specter
4 Knight of Stromgald
2 Ihsan’s Shade
4 Mishra’s Factory
2 Lake of the Dead
18 Swamp

Okay, so let’s see what I can safely keep. Obviously, Necro should remain, and I think the Rituals and the Disks can stay as well. Discard is a great way to make unnecessary enemies, so the Specters and the Hymns should go. Land destruction is also a good way to make enemies, but you never know what kind of evil lands you could see. I think we can safely keep the Sinkholes and we might consider some other land destruction spells. Finally, we won’t use Consults and we’ll just add more Demonic Tutors to fill the gaps. (If you can convince your group to allow this, great; if not you can use Vampiric Tutors instead). I think we can safely keep everything else. As for the creatures, 1-toughness dudes like the Knight are pretty easy targets nowadays, so we’ll replace those with Black Knights. Other traditional Necro creatures (Juzam Djinn, Phyrexian Negator, etc.) are way too risky for multiplayer so we’ll try one of my favorite black creatures, one that made a triumphant return in Torment.

Okay so we’ve got:

4 Necropotence
4 Dark Ritual
3 Nevinyrral’s Disk (increased the Disks)
4 Demonic Tutor
3 Drain Life
2 Zuran Orb
3 Yawgmoth’s Will
2 Sinkhole
4 Ihsan’s Shade
4 Black Knight
4 Sengir Vampire (he’s back baby! With good art this time!)

4 Mishra’s Factory
2 Lake of the Dead
2 Cabal Coffers (worth a shot)
17 Swamp

(58 cards)

Okay, I’ll bet most groups will not allow this deck. After all, look at all those restricted cards! If that’s the case, the only suggestion I can think of right now is to increase your creature base even more to give you some early defense.

Okay, so now you’ve got a vicious butt-kicking Necro deck that you can confidently whip out at your next multiplayer game and show everyone that Necro can kick butt in multiplayer!

If you have a favorite card that you would like to see featured in this column, fire off an email to: jigglypuff6000@msn.com. (Please note the email change).

Steve Dickinson
jigglypuff6000@msn.com
Jigglypuff on the CPA Message Boards

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