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Browse > Riad Mourssali Celerity – Winner of the PTQ San Diego – 07-07-1997 - Mirage Block

Riad Mourssali Celerity – Winner of the PTQ San... by JasonVorthos

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$ 73.10
3.99 tix
7 Rare, 16 Uncommon, 31 Common

Format: Block
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Deck Date: Jan 25, 2022

Creatures (17)
1 Dwarven Miner $ 0.86
4 Goblin Elite Infantry $ 0.80
2 Orcish Settlers $ 1.56
4 Suq'Ata Lancer $ 0.84
3 Viashino Sandstalker $ 0.84
3 Talruum Minotaur $ 0.60
Spells (19)
3 Kaervek's Torch $ 0.78
4 Incinerate $ 1.00
4 Thunderbolt $ 1.00
4 Hammer of Bogardan $ 11.56
4 Fireblast $ 2.32
Lands (24)
21 Mountain $ 41.79
3 Quicksand $ 1.17
Sideboard (15)
2 Builder's Bane $ 0.44
2 Chaos Charm $ 0.44
1 Dwarven Miner $ 0.86
1 Goblin Tinkerer $ 0.25
2 Sirocco $ 0.50
1 Torrent of Lava $ 0.97
2 Reign of Chaos $ 0.50
2 Snake Basket $ 3.50
2 Wildfire Emissary $ 0.52
75 Cards Total
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Creatures (17)
1 Dwarven Miner 0.04 tix
4 Goblin Elite Infantry 0.36 tix
2 Orcish Settlers 0.08 tix
4 Suq'Ata Lancer 0.36 tix
3 Viashino Sandstalker 0.27 tix
3 Talruum Minotaur 0.15 tix
Spells (19)
3 Kaervek's Torch 0.12 tix
4 Incinerate 0.16 tix
4 Thunderbolt 0.16 tix
4 Hammer of Bogardan 0.20 tix
4 Fireblast 0.84 tix
Lands (24)
21 Mountain
3 Quicksand 0.12 tix
Sideboard (15)
2 Builder's Bane 0.08 tix
2 Chaos Charm 0.08 tix
1 Dwarven Miner 0.04 tix
1 Goblin Tinkerer 0.04 tix
2 Sirocco 0.08 tix
1 Torrent of Lava 0.03 tix
2 Reign of Chaos 0.08 tix
2 Snake Basket 0.62 tix
2 Wildfire Emissary 0.08 tix
75 Cards Total
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Creatures (17)
1 Dwarven Miner 1 Unc.
4 Goblin Elite Infantry 4 Comm.
2 Orcish Settlers 2 Unc.
4 Suq'Ata Lancer 4 Comm.
3 Viashino Sandstalker 3 Unc.
3 Talruum Minotaur 3 Comm.
Spells (19)
3 Kaervek's Torch 3 Comm.
4 Incinerate 4 Comm.
4 Thunderbolt 4 Comm.
4 Hammer of Bogardan 4 Rare
4 Fireblast 4 Comm.
Lands (24)
21 Mountain
3 Quicksand 3 Unc.
Sideboard (15)
2 Builder's Bane 2 Comm.
2 Chaos Charm 2 Comm.
1 Dwarven Miner 1 Unc.
1 Goblin Tinkerer 1 Comm.
2 Sirocco 2 Unc.
1 Torrent of Lava 1 Rare
2 Reign of Chaos 2 Unc.
2 Snake Basket 2 Rare
2 Wildfire Emissary 2 Unc.
75 Cards Total
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Deck Primer / Description

Michael G Ryan - The Horizon Shimmers: The Making of Mirage - Duelist Magazine #13 - October 1996 - p58-63
https://archive.org/details/the-duelist-13/page/n61/mode/2up?view=theater

Frank Kusumoto - School of Sligh-Kimes – rec.games.trading-cards.magic.strategy – 08-11-1996
https://groups.google.com/g/rec.games.trading-cards.magic.strategy/c/7q04Kail-jY/m/JU7-43kk4JAJ

Michael G Ryan - Visions Glory: the Making Of Mirage Jr. - The Duelist #15 - Fevrier 1997 - p61
https://archive.org/details/duelist-15/page/n61/mode/2up?view=theater

Michael G Ryan - Maelstrom: The Weatherlight Saga Begins - The Duelist #17 - June 1997 - p62
https://archive.org/details/the-duelist-17/page/62/mode/2up

Jennifer Clarke Wickes - The Set Of Sails : Weatherlight breathes new life into Magic - The Duelist #18 - August 1997 - p63
https://archive.org/details/the-duelist-18/page/n63/mode/2up

Daniel Gray – PTQ San Diego – Classic Dojo - 07-07-1997
http://www.classicdojo.org/tourney/ptq.970707dgsd.tx

Brian Hacker - Adapting To The Environement - Duelist #21 - January 1998 - p65
About Block Constructed Ice Age, Mirage and Tempest
https://archive.org/details/duelist-21/page/n69/mode/2up?view=theater

Bill Rose - A Three-Year Mirage - WOTC Website - 18-04-2003
https://web.archive.org/web/20170508080351/http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/feature/three-year-mirage-2003-04-18

Mike Flores - Magic University: Tempo is Really Interesting – Star City Games – 07-05-2004
https://articles.starcitygames.com/articles/magic-university-tempo-is-really-interesting/

Kevin Nash - Block Constructed Magic: A Look At The Mirage Block - Chaos Wins Blog - 10-05-2010
About Celerity & Big Blue
http://www.chaoswins.com/2010/05/block-constructed-magic-look-at.html

Histoire de Magic the Gathering - 1997 - Partie 2 - Weatherlight - Terrain Basique Youtube - 13-05-2021
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uasytG7owQ

JasonVorthos - #DeckOfTheDay: Celerity Red - Twitter - 09-06-2023
https://twitter.com/JasonVorthos/status/1667149040406986752?s=20

Riad is another member of Phoenix's Team Jester and is currently a Top 25 ranked Classic player. This is the first time he has qualified for the Pro Tour as a Master. His deck was another monored Sligh/burn affair, and was only a few cards different from that of his teamate, semifinalist Eric Householder who also finished in the top8.
Daniel Gray – PTQ San Diego – 07-07-1997

My own conception of Tempo comes from Mirage block, when Flank Knights ruled the draft tables and the Dickheads started playing too few lands and taking Mtenda Herders over Kaervek’s Torches. Other players would have more powerful cards – anything from a gigantic Giant Mantis to an even more gigantic Canopy Dragon – but would be invariably demolished by Dickhead drafting and careful allocation and measurement. Now in 1997 the resource war was about Tempo, so it makes sense that Limited fighting from this era is the model from where I get my idea of the concept. The baseline unit of measurement was the Flank Knight. Examples of the Flank Knight are Cadaverous Knight and Burning Shield Askari, but there were a ton of different ones in almost all of the colors (even Green had one, but it was a Centaur rather than a Knight). Almost every Flank Knight was a 2/2 for three mana and had Flanking and one other ability. Flanking is a ridiculously difficult mechanic to understand that says that if you smash with a Flank Knight, any creature blocking it will get -1/-1 if it itself doesn’t have Flanking. Back then, that meant that Rainbow Efreet could never properly block a Flank Knight, one trillion Deadly Insects would all be killed by a single Flank Knight before ever getting to combat, and that Flank Knights in general stomped around with much bigger shoes than your average Grey Ogre 2/2 for three. Fallen Askari was the king of what Hacker called the”Sacred Cows of Black and Blue,” followed closely by his good friend Man-o’-War. So on the subject of haste, Suq’Ata Lancer was among the most desirable Flank Knights to have. Though all the Flank Knights but Fallen Askari (which had a drawback) had an additional special ability, Suq’Ata Lancer’s was the most practical in the early game. Going first, it could attack uncontested and going second, it could run into the opponent’s Flank Knight without any fear of first strike, phasing, or regeneration shenanigans. Was it as good as Fallen Askari? No. Cards that cost three are not as good as cards that cost two for the same thing. Was it overall a very good tempo card? Definitely. Suq’Ata Lancer advanced a player’s proactive board development plan in a mana efficient way. It stifled the opponent’s options at least in the very short term and got the beats on, which was very very important in this Tempo-based format.
Mike Flores - Magic University: Tempo is Really Interesting – Star City Games – 07-05-2004

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