I saw Torpor Orb, and wondered if I could put a deck together that took advantage of this weird card. Turns out, it's damn good. 12/12 trample on turn 3 good. I've playtested and edited heavily as a result. So far, it wins by turn 5 or 6, somewhat consistently, and quickly gets better from there.

The deck is almost entirely made up of Torpor Orb, Stifle, and the negative-ETB fatties like Phyrexian Dreadnought. Then control/support to get them through for the quick win.

Could I do better on the control end? Blue and black have plenty of choices.

Right now, I've taken out the Stifles and Dreadnoughts, and changed up the mana base, to show how affordable this deck can be. You could easily order the pieces you don't have from the internet for under $25.

9/4/12: Took out Fabricate (never used it really), 1x Trickbind, and some surplus counters to include 2x Duress, 2x Inquisition of Kozilek, and 4x Treacherous Pit-Dweller.

Took out Inquisition of Kozilek, too expensive. Also, added Distortion Strike and Artful Dodge to get the big boys through. I'm thinking about maybe Rite of Consumption and Essence Harvest? If I've gotten one of these big boys through once or twice, one of these spells should finish the game. If not, it's a huge advantage anyway.




DavidBray says... #1

Drowned Catacomb might be a better choice than Salt Marsh as it has the chance of coming in untapped.

September 4, 2012 5:36 a.m.

JasonD says... #2

How about perhaps Treacherous Pit-Dweller ?

September 4, 2012 8:07 a.m.

Glycan says... #3

Reminds me of Suck my Orbs

September 4, 2012 9:04 a.m.

valak says... #4

Nice. +1

September 4, 2012 9:25 a.m.

Scaglio says... #5

Nice one. It's not very fast, but could be a nice to play, and it's also very cheap. How about Duress or Inquisition of Kozilek instead of Trickbind ? And I think that the Phyrexian Dreadnought could be better of Leveler . I agree with DavidBray, and i think you can also try Sunken Ruins or Darkslick Shores , the deck will be faster. +1

September 4, 2012 12:11 p.m.

larsenp says... #6

I've got a variant posted on another site, but I use Lightning Greaves and Daze over Spell Pierce, and the Manta/Leveler are way too slow. Like stated before, Treacherous Pit-Dweller is a nice thought.

September 4, 2012 1:23 p.m.

qk1 says... #7

Cool, my first deck with comments and +1's! Thank you guys.

Sorry DavidBray and Scaglio, I should have been clearer in my description. What I did was take out the more expensive cards like good dual lands (Drowned Catacomb , etc.), Stifle , and Phyrexian Dreadnought , to show how inexpensive the deck could be. I think I could easily order the missing pieces online for under $25.

The above mentioned Lightning Greaves and Daze would both be great, I agree; but again, they work against my side goal of turning this into a budget deck.

However, Treacherous Pit-Dweller is a dollar rare, and would fit in great. Thanks for that.

September 4, 2012 6:43 p.m.

qk1 says... #8

Also, Scaglio: Trickbind counters my ETB effects. They're an alternative plan for when I don't have Torpor Orb out for one reason or another (removed, haven't drawn it yet, etc.). However, Duress and Inquisition of Kozilek are both good suggestions, and I may cut down to 3x Trickbind and cut a couple of creatures to squeeze something like that in. Thanks!

September 4, 2012 6:51 p.m.

DavidBray says... #9

Does need a 1 drop creature of some sort to keep them off you without relying on instants. Also, in the interest of cheapness, I'll be changing Leveler into Etched Monstrosity . Few quid less.I love this deck. I'm so going to steal it and make my mono-green mate soil himself.

September 4, 2012 7:12 p.m.

qk1 says... #10

I loved the idea of Etched Monstrosity at first, but there's a problem with the wording. Gatherer says, of Torpor Orb , "Abilities that create replacement effects, such as a permanent entering the battlefield tapped or with counters on it, are unaffected." So I think Etched Monstrosity would still come into play as a 5/5. I could be wrong.

Glad you like it! Got an idea for a 1-drop? I like the idea of getting use out of it later, besides just as a chump blocker. I'm looking at... Cursecatcher ? Duty-Bound Dead ? Festering Goblin ? Fume Spitter for Treacherous Pit-Dweller ? Rootwater Diver ? Sage of Epityr ?

September 4, 2012 8:20 p.m.

HollowClyde says... #11

Ah this deck is awesome, +1

September 4, 2012 10:03 p.m.

Geoxis says... #12

Etched Monstrosity still comes into play with its counters even if torpor orb is out AND ALSO if Melira, Sylvok Outcast is out.

So sad :( it would be an even cooler card if it could be cheated into full power that easily.

Sleeper Agent ???

September 4, 2012 10:05 p.m.

kingboo3000 says... #13

I would replace your two Reconstruction s for Rootwater Diver s. They're just creature versions that let you pay the mana in advance. +1

September 4, 2012 10:39 p.m.

qk1 says... #14

Thanks. Creature versions of spells are a big plus usually. But I have to wait a turn to use Rootwater Diver as a Reconstruction . Is that too slow?

September 5, 2012 12:32 a.m.

Scaglio says... #15

I thought Trickbind only worked for activated abilities. As I said, the deck is funny and cheap, and if you were trying to make a nice cheap deck, you did it.

September 5, 2012 8:21 a.m.

kingboo3000 says... #16

Hmmm... That IS a good point, but I think the ability to get it out in advance is more helpful overall. Plus he gets you a few more points of damage in the early turns if he's in your opening hand. I have to say, I really like this deck. Very fun.

September 5, 2012 10:40 a.m.

DavidBray says... #17

What about these lands?

Jwar Isle Refuge , Dimir Aqueduct , and Frost Marsh

Pretty cheap on mana leak.How would Torpor Orb interact with them?

September 5, 2012 6:47 p.m.

qk1 says... #18

Unfortunately, Torpor Orb only cares about creatures. Otherwise, the Ravnica bounce lands (like Dimir Aqueduct ) would be amazing.

September 5, 2012 11:40 p.m.

DavidBray says... #19

In that case, Jwar Isle Refuge and Dimir Aqueduct might be good choices. Gain a bit of life to drop a turn. Gives you time to get numerous Treacherous Pit-Dweller s out before fatty drop

September 6, 2012 1:46 a.m.

kingboo3000 says... #20

Well, I somewhat agree, Jwar Isle Refuge is strictly better the Salt Marsh s you're playing. And Dimir Aqueduct is still fairly good if you have a nothing turn because it's psuedo card-advantage. Two lands for the price of one! Well, actually for the price of one TURN.

September 6, 2012 7:48 a.m.

DavidBray says... #21

I'm gonna be copying this deck and jigging it to my wishes. I'll be running 4 x Jwar Isle Refuge and 2 x Dimir Aqueduct . The Aqueduct might come out though, depends how often i'm ahead of them.

September 6, 2012 7:53 a.m.

qk1 says... #22

I'm glad people like this deck! Copy to your heart's desire.

September 7, 2012 6:56 a.m.

qk1 says... #23

Jwar Isle Refuge has rightfully replaced Salt Marsh . I've also made some room for Artful Dodge and Distortion Strike to get things through for the early win.

September 17, 2012 8:45 p.m.

kingboo3000 says... #24

Good idea, but I would reverse their numbers. Distortion Strike only costs one mana for two uses, AND it gives your dude a +1/+0. The only advantage of Artful Dodge is that you can get two of your dudes through on the same turn. I don't discount the importance of that, but I think Distortion Strike should go up to a 4-of, while Artful Dodge goes down to 2. IMHO, anyway.

September 19, 2012 10:27 a.m.

DavidBray says... #25

3 of each? They both have their own advantages. Say you have 2 Leveler s and they have a Predator Ooze with Worldslayer attached, you kinda want to end it there and then. A bit specific, i know, but its good to be open to more scenarios.

September 19, 2012 11:15 a.m.

mattil says... #26

Lol this is wicked!:) What a great idea! +1 for sure! :)

If you're playing in a casual format why not add some card search? Like Demonic Tutor

October 31, 2012 4:19 a.m.

mattil says... #27

Also Dark Ritual !

Turn one

Swamp, Dark Ritual , Torpor Orb and Phyrexian Dreadnought = winnning! ;)

October 31, 2012 4:21 a.m.

thatguy42 says... #28

turn 2: Phyresis or Tainted Strike on Phyrexian Dreadnought and swing for the win!

June 27, 2014 8:21 p.m.

dueb93 says... #29

Would you consider Aqueous Form in place of Artful Dodge or Distortion Strike? Make your creature unblockable every turn.

March 9, 2016 8:47 a.m.

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