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Shawn Main

Doom of Wodotha

Spread the Blight

Lands
1 Crumbling Wasteland
12 Forest
12 Swamp

Creatures
2 Blightsky Elemental
1 Blightthorn Vines
1 Bone Courier
2 Deathgreeter
3 Doom Herald
1 Gravechatter Rat
2 Hungry Horror
2 Omen Vulture
1 Purveyor of Corruption
2 Runeclaw Bear
2 Venturesome Gatherer
1 Void Dragon
2 Worldedge Sentinel

Noncreature spells
2 Agonizing Fate
1 Deal with the Damned
2 Fog
2 Harrowing Horizons
2 Impending Doom
1 Nether Beacon
1 Predator's Strike
1 Savage Victory
1 Shadowsplit Axe
1 Unweave the World

List of Cards

Blightsky Elemental (Uncommon)
3G
Creature – Elemental Horror
3/3
When CARDNAME enters the battlefield, you may blight target creature with flying. (Destroy all permanents with blight counters on them, then put a blight counter on target creature.)
Creatures with blight counters on them lose flying.

Blightthorn Vines (Uncommon)
3G
Creature – Plant Horror
1/4
Defender
Whenever CARDNAME deals damage to a creature, if that creature is on the battlefield, blight that creature. (Destroy all permanents with blight counters on them, then put a blight counter on the damaged creature.)

Bone Courier (Common)
[Reverse Gravedigger by Unbrokencircle, http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/NoShoes/Unbrokencircle_contributions]
3B
Creature - Zombie
2/2
When CARDNAME is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, return another target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

Deathgreeter (Common)
[Shards of Alara]
B
Creature – Human Shaman
1/1
Whenever another creature is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may gain 1 life.

Doom Herald (Common)
2B
Creature - Horror
3/1
When CARDNAME enters the battlefield, you may blight target creature. (Destroy all permanents with blight counters on them, then put a blight counter on target creature.)

Gravechatter Rat (Common)
[Mindwiper by Demons, http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/NoShoes/CardIdeas/Demons]
1B
Creature - Rat
1/1
When CARDNAME is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, target player discards a card.

Hungry Horror (Uncommon)
2B
Creature – Horror
2/2
B, Sacrifice a creature: CARDNAME gets +1/+1 and gains flying until end of turn.

Omen Vulture (Uncommon)
4B
Creature – Horror Bird
2/2
Flying
When CARDNAME enters the battlefield or is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, you may blight target creature. (Destroy all permanents with blight counters on them, then put a blight counter on target creature.)

Purveyor of Corruption (Rare)
[by shdwcat, http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/NoShoes/CardIdeas]
3BB
Creature - Demon
5/3
Whenever a creature is put into an opponent's graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay B. If you do, put a 3/3 black Horror creature token onto the battlefield.

Runeclaw Bear (Common)
[Magic 2011]
1G
Creature – Bear
2/2

Venturesome Gatherer (Common)
[Tasty Fruit Plant by Toby, http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/NoShoes/CardIdeas]
1G
Creature – Elf
1/1
T: Add G to your mana pool.
When CARDNAME is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, draw a card.

Void Dragon (Premium Rare)
4BB
Creature - Dragon Horror
5/5
Flying
Whenever CARDNAME attacks, blight target creature defending player controls. (Destroy all permanents with blight counters on them, then put a blight counter on target creature.)

Worldedge Sentinel (Common)
[by Toby, http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/NoShoes/CardIdeas]
3GG
Creature – Giant Warrior
4/4
Vigilance

Agonizing Fate (Common)
2B
Instant
Blight target creature. That creature's controller loses life equal to the creature's toughness. (Destroy all permanents with blight counters on them, then put a blight counter on target creature.)

Crumbling Wasteland (Uncommon)
Land
T: Add 1 to your mana pool.
3, T, Sacrifice CARDNAME: Blight target creature with power 3 or less. (Destroy all permanents with blight counters on them, then put a blight counter on target creature.)

Deal with the Damned (Uncommon)
2B
Sorcery
Return target creature card from a graveyard to the battlefield under your control. Then sacrifice a creature.

Fog (Common)
[Magic 2011]
G
Instant
Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn.

Harrowing Horizons (Common)
[Blight Harrow by Demons, http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/NoShoes/Demons]
G
Instant
As an additional cost to cast CARDNAME, sacrifice a creature.
Search your library for a basic land card and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.

Impending Doom (Common)
[Blight of the Damned by Toby, http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs_talk:Gds/gds2/NoShoes]
B
Enchantment – Aura
Enchant creature
At the beginning of your upkeep, blight enchanted creature. (Destroy all permanents with blight counters on them, then put a blight counter on enchanted creature.)

Nether Beacon (Uncommon)
[Void Sphere by Havelock Vetinari, http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/NoShoes/CardIdeas]
3
Artifact
When CARDNAME enters the battlefield, blight target nonland permanent. (Destroy all permanents with blight counters on them, then put a blight counter on target nonland permanent.)
6, Sacrifice CARDNAME: Blight target nonland permanent.

Predator's Strike (Common)
[Mirrodin]
1G
Instant
Target creature gets +3/+3 and gains trample until end of turn.

Savage Victory (Uncommon)
3G
Enchantment
Whenever a creature is put into an opponent's graveyard from the battlefield, you may pay G. If you do, draw a card.

Shadowsplit Axe (Uncommon)
[Berserker's Dualaxe, http://community.wizards.com/magicthegathering/wiki/Labs:Gds/gds2/NoShoes/CardIdeas]
2
Artifact – Equipment
Equip 2
Equipped creature gets +2/+0 and can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.

Unweave the World (Common)
3G
Instant
Choose one or both- Destroy target artifact or enchantment; and/or blight target artifact or enchantment. (Destroy all permanents with blight counters on them, then put a blight counter on target artifact or enchantment.)

Comments

After challenge 4, I wanted to work on blight designs that stood on their own while simultaneously building a deck to take advantage of their inherent synergy. I started with MaRo's suggestion for a creature that blighted both on entering the battlefield and dying. I made it a small flier so it wouldn't be held back in perpetual defense and was less likely to create three-for-one scenarios. From there I looked at cards that would blight multiple times, such as on attack triggers (Void Dragon), on damage (Blightthorn Vines), or at high cost (Nether Beacon). The complexity and potential for card advantage skewed these cards toward uncommon and rare, so I'm happy that Impending Doom works as a common, providing slow inevitable destruction on its own, while triggering other blight effects and being sped along by them. From there I looked at cards that could function as blight + connected effect (like Blight Delirium from challenge 4). This led to Agonizing Fate, Unweave the World, and Blightsky Elemental.

Around this core, there are cards to capitalize on death (Deathgreeter, Savage Victory, Purveyor of Corruption) and some that make it difficult for doomed creatures to chump block (Predator's Strike, Shadowsplit Axe). Finally, the deck has cards that fit its strategy of creeping inevitability (Worldedge Sentinel, Fog) as well as the death triggers prevalent in Wodotha.

And, as this will be posted publicly, I want to thank everyone who took the time to design, comment, and playtest for GDS2. I'm very humbled.



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