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Breaking Grafted Skullcap
By Kirsin Koch
On the message boards, I suggested that people give me some card ideas to break. The first few decklists I have for Grafted Skullcap is just evil and downright deadly. Unfortunately, they have a lot of cards that are rare and thus hard to get ahold of or are not cheap. For that, I apologize. Hopefully you can make some changes that will work. Sleeper Agent or Grindstone is an acceptable replacement for Cursed Scroll in the "Toll Bridge" series.

“Toll Bridge (#1)”
Colors: White/Blue/Green
Created by: Ken Lignelli
Description/Theme: Emptying hand to do damage
Source: Scrye #5.4

White:
4 Hanna’s Custody

Blue:
2 Oath of Scholars
4 Raven Familiar

Green:
4 Exploration

Artifacts:
4 Cursed Scroll
4 Ensnaring Bridge
4 Grafted Skullcap
4 Mox Diamond
4 Null Brooch
2 Scalding Tongs

Lands:
4 Forest
9 Island
3 Plains
4 Savannah
4 Tundra

Sideboard:
4 Counterspell
4 Disenchant
4 Mana Leak
3 Scrap Heap


“Toll Bridge (#2)”
Colors: White/Blue/Black
Created by: Kirsin Koch
Description/Theme: Emptying hand to do damage
Source: Personal

Blue:
4 Tinker

Black:
4 Sleeper Agent

Artifacts:
4 Cursed Scroll
4 Ensnaring Bridge
4 Grim Monolith
4 Grafted Skullcap
4 Mox Diamond
4 Null Brooch
4 Voltaic Key

Lands:
9 Island
2 Rootwater Depths
3 Swamp
2 Thalakos Lowlands
4 Tundra
4 Underground Sea

Sideboard:
3 Counterspell
4 Disenchant
4 Grindstone
4 Hanna’s Custody


The following deck takes advantage in the form of graveyard recursion.

“Sade”
Colors: Blue/Black/Red/Green
Created by: Chris Foley
Description/Theme: Reanimator
Source: Deck Deconstruction Companion, pg. 66

Blue:
4 Drifting Djinn

Black:
4 Bone Shredder
1 Dark Ritual
2 Diabolic Edict
4 Diabolic Servitude/Recurring Nightmare/Living Death
2 Drain Life
3 Exhume
4 Hidden Horror
2 Ravenous Rats
1 Strands of Night/Living Death

Red:
4 Keldon Champion (this could be replaced, it's fun to recur this guy over and over again)

Green:
3 Thorn Elemental

Artifacts:
4 Grafted Skullcap

Lands:
3 City of Brass
3 Forest
16 Swamp

Sideboard:
1 Corrupt
2 Exhume
4 Pendrell Flux
4 Tranquility
4 Whirlwind

This deck just loves Grafted Skullcap to get creatures in your graveyard. After you discard, you get extra cards to reanimate with each draw.

One important point to remember when it comes to Grafted Skullcap is that multiple copies in play mean extra card drawing, but you only discard once a turn.

kirsin.koch@daytonoh.ncr.com

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