As you may know, I have four beautiful children running around my house, and one of thier favorite things to play with are shoes. We have TONS of shoes. My eldest daughter (3 years old) buys shoes instead of toys sometimes when we offer to get her something at Target for being good, and my wife is also guilty of being a shoe-lover (pun not intended, but terrible nevertheless).
Then recently it occured to me that there was also something useful I could do with this:
It's no secret that [card]Shoe Tree[/card] is one of my favorite cards from silver-border land for obvious reasons. But recently, I just realized the coolest board state of all time!
New Phyrexia brought with it a mechanic that can cause the above picture to be a legitimate board state!
Proliferate and [card]Shoe Tree[/card] makes me laugh, and all other forms of counter-moving shenanigans can absolutely COVER the table in shoes!
Here is my deck-list that I want so badly to be permitted to play. Never in my life did I think I would be making a deck to simply put as many shoes onto the table as possible, but here I stand (barefoot!).
4 [card]Tropical Island[/card]
2 [card]Everflowing Chalice[/card]
4 [card]Worldly Tutor[/card]
3 [card]Contagion Clasp[/card]
1 [card]Fate Transfer[/card]
3 [card]Land Aid '04[/card]
4 [card]Laughing Hyena[/card]
1 [card]Gilder Bairn[/card]
1 [card]Whispersilk Cloak[/card]
3 [card]Tezzeret's Gambit[/card]
2 [card]Doubling Season[/card]
1 [card]Inexorable Tide[/card]
4 [card]Shoe Tree[/card]
1 [card]Contagion Engine[/card]
The deck is designed more to cause laughter than to win, but there is an ok chance of it taking a couple of games at the multiplayer table as well. [card]Laughing Hyena[/card] and [card]Propaganda[/card] are for the early game protection. The hyena just keeps coming back (with any luck) and [card]Propaganda[/card] is obvious. [card]Land Aid[/card] and [card]Everflowing Chalice[/card] ramp a bit, and the latter has synergy with all of the proliferate. The rest of the deck's plan is simply, land a [card]Shoe Tree[/card] and put as many shoes onto the table as possible (P.S.: bring a bag of extra shoes!)
[card]Fate Transfer[/card] is not at all good in the deck, it's simply in there as a Hail Mary; if you are about to be killed off, move all of the shoes onto someone else's creature so they just sit there on the board, taking up space and stinking. Counters do not have an owner, so they will remain on the board until the permanent is removed from the battlefield!
That's all the time I have this week, see you next week for more variant format goodness!
Until Next time, use YOUR shoes as counters....and PROLIFERATE THEM!
Moderator of WOOBERG.net, the Encyclopedia of Magic Variant formats, Shoe has been playing MTG since mid to late 1994, He acquired the nickname ‘Shoe’ through a stupid joke made during a MTG game about the Chimpokomon episode of South Park. He loves MTG and gaming in general and hopes to work designing games one day. He plays mostly with his 6 year old daughter these days, but multi-player, and weird formats are his preference.