Wednesday, May 20, 2009

[Decklist] Traumatize 249

This deck was my pride and joy back when I used to play Magic: The Gathering Online a few years ago. As far as I know, this deck was one of a kind. For all the people out there that always complaint about cookie-cutter decks, when they saw this deck they had something new to complain about. (I think those people just enjoy complaining.) And the best part? It's a deck that you can only play on MTGO.

I just found the old decklist and thought I'd post it.

Brace yourself. It's a long one. And remember, just keep reading, there is a method to the madness.

[Decklist] Traumatize 249

4 Traumatize

3 Ancestor's Chosen
3 Terravore
3 Mystic Enforcer
1 Gigapede
2 Yosei, the Morning Star
1 Sabertooth Nishoba
1 Jareth, Leonine Titan
2 Arcanis, the Omnipotent
1 Treva, the Renewer
1 Krosan Tusker
1 Eternal Dragon
1 Penumbra Wurm
1 Iridescent Angel
1 Phantom Nishoba
1 Plated Slagwurm
1 Akroma, Angel of Wrath
1 Silver Seraph
1 Symbiotic Wurm
1 Scion of Darkness
1 Reya Dawnbringer

Card Drawing
1 Sensei's Divining Top
4 Mental Note
4 Careful Study
4 Merfolk Looter
1 Compulsion
1 Trade Routes
4 Brain Freeze
3 Deep Analysis

4 Eladamri's Call
4 Living Wish
3 Eternal Witness
1 Gifts Ungiven
4 Fact or Fiction
1 Tooth and Nail

4 Breath of Life
2 Death or Glory

4 AEther Burst
2 Ray of Revelation
1 Ray of Distortion
1 Moment's Peace
1 Aura Shards
1 Treva's Charm
1 Viridian Shaman
1 Mystic Snake
1 AEther Mutation
1 Duplicant
4 Akroma's Vengeance
2 Wrath of God

2 Dragon Breath
1 Dragon Shadow
1 Dragon Scales
2 Wonder
1 Valor
1 Brawn
1 Genesis
1 Glory
1 Grizzly Fate
2 Roar of the Wurm
1 Ancestral Tribute
1 Crush of Wurms

4 Wayfarer's Bauble
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Rampant Growth
4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
4 Sunscape Familiar
4 Harrow
3 Far Wanderings
4 Serum Powder
1 Crucible of Worlds
1 Solemn Simulacrum
3 Mirari's Wake

1 Hunting Grounds
1 Armadillo Cloak

4 Yavimaya Coast
4 Adarkar Wastes
4 Brushland
4 Flooded Strand
4 Windswept Heath
4 Krosan Verge
1 Riftstone Portal
1 Cephalid Coliseum
1 Nantuko Monastery
1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
1 Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers
1 Eiganjo Castle
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
26 Island
26 Forest
15 Plains

1 Minamo, School at Water's Edge
1 Boseiju, Who Shelters All
1 Meddling Mage
1 Viridian Shaman
1 Benalish Emissary
1 Eternal Witness
1 Terravore
1 Solemn Simulacrum
1 Mystic Snake
1 Duplicant
1 Ancestor's Chosen
1 Myojin of Cleansing Fire
1 Myojin of Life's Web
1 Myojin of Seeing Winds

First of all no, I'm not kidding.

Second of all, like I said, this was my MTGO deck from a couple years back. The latest set to be release online at the time was the Kamigawa cards. I bet there are all kinds of upgrades you could make if you were to put it together today.

Let's start with deck design. 249 is referring to the total number of cards in the deck. Why 249? Because it's not 250. 250 or more automatically means Prismatic in most people's eyes. When they see the number 249 on top of my library when the game starts, I know they're trying to figure me out from the start.

This deck plays surprisingly consistently. With the slower games of MTGO, with 18 card drawing cards and 19 tutors, especially with 36 mana and land fixing cards (thinning the deck in the process), I'd hit the Traumatize almost every game.

If you haven't figure the deck out by now, the point is to cast Traumatize on yourself and exploit it to its fullest. This means you get Ancestor's Chosens that give you 100+ life and 40/40+ Terravores. This means you cast an Arcanis, the Omnipotent and it comes into play with haste, fear, vigilance, first strike, flying, and trample (or a combination of those) due to the incarnations and dragon enchantments in your grave. This means that every regrowth type card or grave searching card might as well be a tutor (especially for Breath of Life). Let's not even talk about Death or Glory. This means you get entire arsenals of flashback cards.

I won't be able to go through the entire deck, card-by-card, but you get the idea. But with 4 Traumatize how consistent can it really be? I'm telling you it works. You'll have to play it for yourself.

This is one of those decks that really uses Serum Powder to its full potential.

By the end of my stint on MTGO, I ended up selling every card I owned that wasn't in this deck and played only this for months.

It's the ultimate Timmy deck, ultimate graveyard deck, and ultimate life gain deck. Most people think it's funny. And if I asked you what play gets the people to concede the most you might guess the constant 100+ life gains from the ancestors. But funnily enough, it's whenever a pop a protection with Glory... and I kind of get it. First of all, they're over whelmed by the whole deck when half of it drops in the grave. They're busying trying to figure out what I can do. There's usually a fatty on the table so they decide to take it out... but can't.


Play with it and make your own version. But I'm not too sure about any popular graveyard hate out there right now. (Tormod's Crypt would definitely ruin the fun.) But back then, the most popular form of graveyard removal was Withered Wretch and even he was no match. There was just too much to get rid of.

And why can this deck only be used online? Because it's too big to shuffle of course! If it wasn't, I would have made a physical deck with Vintage cards a long time ago. It's just too big to wield especially with all the "shuffle your library" cards. Online or nothing.


  1. this deck is just lovely, i replicated it and gave it my own twist, but i'd like to name it after you, only i dont know your name.

    do keep writing if you can =)

  2. My MTGO user name was Ninja_Bob. =)