It’s that time of year again, the mall violence skyrockets, people drive like they have never seen snow before, and Magic players everywhere hope they get booster packs in their stockings, advent calendars and dreidels.
So in the heart of the season, I thought I would come up with some seasonal variant formats…but that has been done here and here.
Since this is the case, I was reminded of one holiday season where my friend Dan (who’s goofy hat made famous by Grand Prix KC Here) and a few of my other friends were playing one of these formats.
The format was White, Green and Red cards only, with a Christmas theme. I forget what I was playing, and most of his deck, but here is what I remember of his decklist. (The easily offended beware)
4 – [card]Icatian Moneychangers[/card]
4 - [card]Stuffy Doll[/card]
4 - [card]Pariah’s Shield[/card]
4 - [card]Cloudstone Curio[/card]
4 - [card]Magus of the Candelabra[/card]
4 - [card]Sensei's Divining Top[/card]
The deck had a Jewish theme, what with the candelabra and the Moneychangers, and [card]Sensei’s Divining Top[/card]. The true joy is his win condition. Take a look at the cards for a second. The money changer and the artifacts create a way for you to win….with White “Jew-Bolts” as he called them.
Dan would set up all of his artifacts and then drop an [card]Icatian Moneychanger[/card] and deal 3 damage to his opponent, promptly stating “Jew-Bolt you for 3.” Hopefully any Jewish people reading this article have a sense of humor, because I am sure someone could swing this as offensive, but it’s also quite funny.
To finish up, I am going to make my own X-mas themed deck, here is the list:
4 – [card]Folk of the Pines[/card]
4 – [card]Magus of the Candelabra[/card]
4 – [card]Skyshroud Elf[/card]
2 – [card]Goblin Snowman[/card]
4 – [card]Frostling[/card]
4 – [card]Falling Star[/card]
4 – [card]Gelid Shackles[/card]
4 – [card]Winter Orb[/card]
4 – [card]Sensei’s Divining Top[/card]
4 – [card]Scrying Sheets[/card]
8 – [card]Snow-Covered Mountains[/card]
8 – [card]Snow Covered Forest[/card]
2 – [card]Snow-Covered Plains[/card]
Well, that’s all the time I have for today, Happy holidays to all you Magic players, and may you open some BOMBS this new year!
Once upon a time in a land far far away, there was no internet. There was no net-decking and the players of Magic were happy and creative. The only type of deck-list you found was on someone’s private website, or the one in inquest or the Duelist. These deck-lists were sometimes competitive, but often clever little joke/theme decks that had nothing to do with what we know as theme decks today would pop up. They took a TV show, comic book, or home routine and found cards that seemed to relate. They were often five colors and only played casually and not even well at that. So without further ado, a deck in the classic style of “net-decking”
Classic Movie Monster Deck:
1 –Frankenstein’s Monster (Classic Monster no questions)
1 – Lesser Werewolf (Ditto)
1 – Greater Werewolf (wouldn’t want to leave out the bigger one too)
1 – Murk Dwellers (Creature From the Black Lagoon anyone?)
2 – Mischievous Poltergeist (ghosts and ghouls!)
2 – Noxious Ghoul (ghosts and ghouls!)
1 – Sengir Vampire (Vampires are of course classic movie monsters, and ol’ Sengir is the most classic in MTG)
2 – Cyclopean Mummy
4 – Phyrexian Gremlins (Just don’t add water)
1 – Consumptive Goo (Beware of the BLOB!)
4 – Bloodied Ghost (pretty classic horror image)
4 – Zombie Mob (BRAINS!)
4 – Dark Ritual
4 – Terror
4 – Fear
2 – Raise Dead
18 – Swamps
4 – Barren Moor
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.