Planar Chaos Theme Decks

Posted in Feature on August 18, 2008

By Wizards of the Coast

Endless March

For the creatures in the “Endless March” deck, the battle never ends—and they wouldn’t have it any other way. This deck revolves around the interaction of vanishing and “rescue.” It’s an ideal match: When a vanishing creature gets low on time counters, play a rescue creature and return it to your hand. You can replay it fully restocked with time counters!

Your rescue creatures do more than return your Calciderms to your hand. If you rescue Mogg War Marshal, you’ll get another Goblin token when you replay it. If you rescue Icatian Javelineers, it’ll come back with a fresh javelin counter. A rescue creature with flash can save a creature after combat damage has been assigned, or after it’s been targeted by a spell that will destroy it.

Don’t be afraid to rescue your own rescue creatures! If you play Dust Elemental, you can return Dust Elemental itself plus two of your other creatures to your hand. Now Dust Elemental is ready for more rescuing, and the other creatures are ready to come back into play, good as new.

# Rarity Cost Card Name
10 Mountain*
11 Plains*
3 C Terramorphic Expanse
1 C 1 ManaRed Mana Keldon Marauders
2 C 1 ManaRed Mana Mogg War Marshal*
2 U 2 ManaRed Mana Lavacore Elemental
1 S 3 ManaRed Mana Avalanche Riders
1 C White Mana Children of Korlis*
2 S White Mana Icatian Javelineers
2 C 1 ManaWhite Mana Errant Doomsayers*
3 C 1 ManaWhite Mana Whitemane Lion
1 S White ManaWhite Mana Soltari PRiest
3 C 2 ManaWhite Mana Aven Riftwatcher
2 U 2 ManaWhite Mana Stonecloaker
1 U 1 ManaWhite ManaWhite Mana Riftmarked Knight
2 U 2 ManaWhite ManaWhite Mana Calciderm
1 R 2 ManaWhite ManaWhite Mana Dust Elemental
2 U 4 ManaWhite Mana Stormfront Riders
2 C 2 Mana Jhoira's Timebug*
2 C Red Mana Brute Force
1 R 2 ManaRed Mana Fatal Frenzy
2 U X ManaRed Mana Timecrafting
1 C Red Mana // 2 ManaRed Mana Dead//Gone
1 C White Mana Sunlance
1 C 1 ManaWhite Mana Dawn Charm
* = from a previous set
Rarity "S" = Time Spiral "timeshifted" card





Ixidor's Legacy

Ixidor was the master illusionist who created morph magic, and his legacy is one of trickery and deceit. While playing the “Ixidor’s Legacy” deck, you’ll pick up right where he left off.

Shapeshifting is this deck’s specialty. Your face-down creatures do it. Your Shapeshifters do it. Cards like Unstable Mutation or Shaper Parasite do it. But the real fun is when you shift the shape of your opponent’s creatures! Shaper Parasite can drop a small creature’s toughness to 0, spelling its immediate doom. Even better, Serendib Sorcerer and Merfolk Thaumaturgist can team up to turn any creature into a not-long-for-this-world 2/0.

After you’ve dealt with your opponent’s threats, it’s time to finish the game with some threats of your own. Tidewalker isn’t very stable, but it can be gigantic. How big Aeon Chronicler is depends on your hand size, which means it can also be huge—and if it’s getting too small, you can play Ovinomancer or turn Fathom Seer face up to put a bunch of cards in your hand. As Ixidor’s heir, you’ll always have another trick up your sleeve!

# Rarity Cost Card Name
23 Island*
1 C Desert
2 C 1 ManaBlue Mana Coral Trickster*
2 C 1 ManaBlue Mana Dream Stalker*
3 C 1 ManaBlue Mana Fathom Seer*
2 U 1 ManaBlue Mana Riptide Pilferer
1 S 1 ManaBlue Mana Willbender
1 C 2 ManaBlue Mana Merfolk Thaumaturgist
1 S 2 ManaBlue Mana Ovinomancer
2 U 2 ManaBlue Mana Tidewalker
1 R 1 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana Serendib Sorcerer
2 C 1 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana Shaper PArasite
1 C 3 ManaBlue Mana Crookclaw Transmuter*
2 U 3 ManaBlue Mana Fledgling Mawcor*
2 C 3 ManaBlue Mana Primal Plasma
2 C 2 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana Aquamorph Entity
1 R 3 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana Aeon Chronicler
1 U 5 ManaBlue Mana Jodah's Avenger
1 U 4 ManaBlue ManaBlue Mana Brine Elemental*
1 C 7 ManaBlue Mana Slipstream Serpent*
1 C Blue Mana Piracy Charm
1 U Blue Mana Pongify
2 S Blue Mana Unstable Mutation
2 U 1 ManaBlue Mana Ovinize
2 C 2 ManaBlue Mana Erratic Mutation
* = from a previous set
Rarity "S" = Time Spiral "timeshifted" card





Rituals of Rebirth

Some view death as a door into another world. The “Rituals of Rebirth” deck views death as a revolving door that leads right back onto the battlefield!

Early in the game, drop giant creature cards into your graveyard with cards like Icatian Crier, Fa’adiyah Seer, and Greenseeker. Then play Resurrection or Dread Return to put a gargantuan attacker from your graveyard directly into play. Teneb, the Harvester is your best bet: Not only is it a 6/6 flying Dragon, but it’ll reanimate more of your creatures as it takes huge chunks out of your opponent’s life total. If you haven’t gotten Teneb into your graveyard yet, you have plenty of other options, like Phantasmagorian or Jedit Ojanen of Efrava. Your opponent will have a hard time dealing them with on turn 4!

As the game goes along, you’ll accumulate so much land that you can simply play any of your giant creatures from your hand, which means Evolution Charm becomes useful as a resurrection spell as well. When your creatures won’t stay dead, who can stand in your way?

# Rarity Cost Card Name
7 Swamp*
11 Forest*
4 Plains*
2 C Terramorphic Expanse*
1 S 3 ManaBlack Mana Sengir Autocrat
1 C 5 ManaBlack Mana Bog Serpent
1 S 5 ManaBlack Mana Twisted Abomination
3 U 5 ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana Phantasmagorian
2 C Green Mana Essence Warden
2 C Green Mana Greenseeker
3 C 1 ManaGreen Mana Fa'adiyah Seer
1 S 1 ManaGreen Mana Wall of Roots
1 S 1 ManaGreen ManaGreen Mana Spike Feeder
2 C 6 ManaGreen Mana Havenwood Wurm*
1 R 3 ManaGreen ManaGreen ManaGreen Mana Jedit Ojanen of Efrava
2 C 2 ManaWhite Mana Icatian Crier*
2 C 5 ManaWhite Mana Jedit's Dragoons*
1 R 3 ManaBlack ManaGreen ManaWhite Mana Teneb, the Harvester
3 U 2 ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana Dread Return
3 C 1 ManaGreen Mana Evolution Charm
2 C 2 ManaGreen Mana Search for Tomorrow*
2 U 2 ManaGreen ManaGreen Mana Harmonize
2 U White Mana Rebuff the Wicked
1 S 2 ManaWhite ManaWhite Mana Resurrection
* = from a previous set
Rarity "S" = Time Spiral "timeshifted" card





Unraveling Mind

Ever wished you could control time? While playing the “Suspended Sentence” deck, you’ll use suspend, vanishing, and cards that manipulate time counters to knock the timestream on its ear!

The most important card in the deck is Paradox Haze. Giving yourself two upkeeps a turn means you’ll pull time counters off your suspended cards twice as fast. This is especially good for your Reality Strobe and Festering March, which re-suspend themselves each time you play them.

The other crucial card is Reality Acid. It’s fine if you wait three turns, remove the last time counter, and get rid of the enchanted permanent. But it’s amazing if you use your many bounce effects, including Reality Strobe, Dream Stalker, and Riftwing Cloudskate, to return Reality Acid to your hand. The enchanted permanent will be sacrificed, and you get to enchant a new permanent.

Once you’ve taken control of the game by removing all your opponent’s threats, your powerful evasion creatures, including Nihilith and Infiltrator il-Kor, will make sure you have no trouble putting the game away!

# Rarity Cost Card Name
14 Swamp*
7 Mountain*
3 C Terramorphic Expanse*
4 C Black Mana Mindlash Sliver*
1 C Black Mana Ridged Kusite
3 S 1 ManaBlack Mana Undertaker
1 S Black ManaBlack Mana Dauthi Slayer
3 C 2 ManaBlack Mana Trespasser il-Vec*
2 U 1 ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana Big Game Hunter
2 C 3 ManaBlack Mana Brain Gorgers
1 R 2 ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana Mirri the Cursed
2 U 2 ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana Nightshade Assassin*
2 C 3 ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana Gorgon Recluse*
2 U 3 ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana Muck Drubb
2 U 5 ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana Phantasmagorian
2 U 3 ManaRed ManaRed Mana Reckless Wurm
1 R 4 ManaRed ManaRed Mana Magus of the Arena
1 U 2 ManaBlack Mana Kor Dirge
1 U 4 ManaBlack Mana Treacherous Urge
1 C 4 ManaBlack ManaBlack Mana Dark Withering*
2 C Red Mana Lightning Axe*
1 S 2 ManaRed Mana Browbeat
1 S 1 ManaRed ManaRed Mana Fiery Temper
1 S X ManaRed Mana Disintegrate
* = from a previous set
Rarity "S" = Time Spiral "timeshifted" card

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