Today on the mothership, at the end of the serious fun column there was a contest to submit a deck that dealt damage to the opponent in a big way, and one of the options was to build for a variant format. Naturally, seing the words "contest" and "variant format" in the same place sparked my interest. I love the chance to be challanged to build a deck within a set of constraints and I DEFINATELY love me some variant formats.
One of my favorite formats to play burn in (which was Adam's topic that brought on this challange) is colored life. It quickly and easily shuts down entire colors for your opponent and the format has some really neat constraints on how you can win.
Here is the submission I entered into the contest
4 [card]Land Grant[/card]
4 [card]Lightning Helix[/card]
2 [card]Balefire Liege[/card]
4 [card]Vengeful Rebirth[/card]
4 [card]Exploding Borders[/card]
2 [card]Prophetic Bolt[/card]
2 [card]Skyshroud Claim[/card]
4 [card]Volcanic Island[/card]
2 [card]Tropical Island[/card]
This is the latest iteration of my burn deck built for the "Colored Life" variant format. Rules can be found here (http://wooberg.weebly.com/colored-life.html) on my website, but the jist of the format is each player has 5 life of each color and 5 colorless life. You can only deal damage to a life total of the color of the damage's source and if you have no life in a color you cannot play cards of that color. I know the deck is a little costly, but I have been playing for quite some time and have all the dual lands available to me so I may as well use them. The manabase can obviously be tweaked to make the deck a little more budget friendly with Ravnica shocklands and a Pillar of the Paruns and the like. the goal is simple, burn out each 5 point life total one at a time until they are dead. It fits well with your "Deal damage to the opponent" theme and has both the variety that makes a deck fun along with the classic "Burn the face" strategy that makes the all Lightning Bolt decks fun.