Old School Magic The Gathering Deck Boxes

Old School Magic The Gathering Decks

I love collecting and playing 90s Magic cards. It's that amazing feeling of nostalgia that many of us get when we see that early edition print quality; how we can instantly identify each of those early editions' unique look and feel. I love how Unlimited is slightly blurry and overexposed, Revised images are crisp and the borders are exact, and 4th edition is ever so slightly saturated – or Alpha with its slightly more rounded corners. The artwork in the new editions is good, but it's almost too good – probably because it is now all done in Photoshop with cutting computer edge graphic tools. Not to say that the new artwork isn't amazing, but in the old editions you can really see all the brush strokes, the color pencil lines, the roughness, and the hard work that went into each amazing art piece. Each edition has it's own little quirks and surprises. It's amazing to think about the evolution of the game and where it started.

My favorite editions are Fallen Empires, Ice Age, and 3rd Edition (Revised). Revised was my first starter pack and so it will always have a special place in my heart. I think the artwork in Ice Age is amazing and the whole theme surrounding the edition resonates with my love of snow. And Fallen Empires totally rocks. It didn't have the most powerful cards when it came out (like many editions do), but what it lacks in power it easily makes up for in character and subtlety.

I remember opening my very first starter deck in 3rd grade and how excited I was to join my friends in some epic wizard spell-casting awesomeness. My first starter was from the Revised edition and the perfectly mint rare included was was a Nightmare!

I think of "Old School" Magic The Gathering as "pre-rarity symbol" cards. That includes any edition released before the Exodus edition, which came out in 1998. "Old School" can also refer to the editions that came out in 1993 and 1994 including editions Alpha through The Dark. But I'm of the mind that old cards are anything from my childhood, the 90s.

Here are some of my favorite decks! There are a few newer cards in here but 99% of them are before 1998. I decided to list my favorite decks here so I can always re-assemble them in case I get drunk and decide to take them apart to build new decks. I hooked up some simple JavaScript to show card images from the Gatherer. Enjoy a blast from the past!

Classic Black Creature Deck

This deck pretty much kicks ass. My wife loves to beat me with this deck on a regular basis. It feels balanced and delivers quick death.

Creatures

1Black Knight
1Cadaverous Knight
2Dauthi Marauder
1Dauthi Slayer
1Feral Shadow
2Hypnotic Specter
1Nether Shadow
1Nightmare
1Pit Imp
1Royal Assassin
2Sengir Vampire
1Shadow Rider
1The Fallen
1Wall of Spears
1Will-O'-The-Wisp

Enchantments

1Bad Moon
1Enfeeblement
1Phyrexian Boon
1Sadistic Glee
1Seizures
3Unholy Strength
2Weakness

Instants

4Dark Ritual
1Howl from Beyond
1Simulacrum
2Terror

Sorceries

1Demonic Tutor
2Drain Life
1Raise Dead

Artifacts

1Fountain of Youth
1Soul Net

Lands

24Swamp

Red & Green Burn Deck

This deck is awesome. Massive green manna production to fuel lethal red direct damage. Hold on to your butts!

Creatures

2Ambush Party
2Elvish Archers
2Fyndhorn Elder
2Lightning Elemental
4Llanowar Elves
4Tinder Wall

Enchantments

2Instill Energy
4Wild Growth

Instants

2Fissure
1Fork
2Lightning Bolt

Sorceries

2Desert Twister
4Disintegrate
4Fireball
1Regrowth
4Stream of Life

Lands

9Forest
9Mountain

Pure Artifact Deck

I think this deck came out pretty good. It's not the strongest but it is extremely fun to play. And I think a deck without any basic lands is a pretty cool thing.

Creatures

1Brass Man
1Clockwork Beast
1Clockwork Gnomes
2Dancing Scimitar
2Dragon Engine
1Horrible Hordes
1Jade Statue
4Juggernaut
1Necropolis
2Obsianus Golem
1Patagia Golem
2Phyrexian Walker
1Wall of Spears
2Yotian Soldier

Artifacts

1Ashnod's Battle Gear
1Black Vise
1Conch Horn
1Cursed Rack
1Delif's Cone
1Flying Carpet
1Fountain of Youth
2Icy Manipulator
1Jayemdae Tome
1Juju Bubble
1Life Chisel
1Nevinyrral's Disk
1Pentagram of the Ages
2Power Matrix
1Ring of Renewal
1Sol Ring
1Tablet of Epityr
2The Hive
1Zelyon Sword

Lands

1Crystal Vein
2Maze of Shadows
4Mishra's Factory
1Scorched Ruins
4Strip Mine
4Urza's Mine
4Urza's Power Plant
4Urza's Tower

Grind Deck

The slow and painful grid deck! Also sometimes referred to as a Millstone deck. This deck is designed to slowly eat away at your opponet's soul. As you counter their every spell, steal their creatures, and shutdown their futile attempts, you grind away at their deck, forcing them to draw and discard until they must draw from a non-existent stack, causing them loose the match. It's kinda sad, but really fun. There are lots of excellent combos in this deck, such as Library of Leng, Ivory Tower, and Howling Mine.

Creatures

1Living Wall
1Mahamoti Djinn
2Ornithopter
1Wall of Air
1Wall of Diffusion
1Wall of Stone

Enchantments

2Control Magic
2Slow Motion

Instants

2Counterspell
4Fissure
2Lightning Bolt

Sorceries

4Braingeyser
2Disintegrate
2Fireball

Artifacts

2Helm of Obedience
4Howling Mine
1Ivory Tower
1Jester's Cap
1Library of Leng
4Millstone
1Sol Ring
1Thran Turbine

Lands

12Island
12Mountain

Blue, Green, & White Commander Style Deck

This deck is super fun to play. I think partly because it's a 3 color deck that actually works together well. I tried to limit the cards that have casting costs with multiple colorful mana. This keeps the mana pool generic so even if you get only one mana of a color you can still cast any card for that color. I think the one exception is the Serra Angel. I also really like that you can only have one of each card in Commander style because it forces you to get creative with the deck building as well as making you think twice before using one of your key cards. You can't just shove four Dark Rituals and four Lightning Bolts into your deck and expect to win.

Creatures

1Angelic Wall
1Armored Pegasus
1Clone
1Cockatrice
1Elvish Archers
1Kjeldoran Frostbeast
1Lowland Basilisk
1Mtenda Herder
1Prodigal Sorcerer
1Rubinia Soulsinger
1Sage Owl
1Samite Healer
1Serra Angel
1Soltari Foot Soldier
1Storm Crow
1Temple Acolyte
1Thalakos Mistfolk
1Thicket Basilisk
1Trained Armodon
1Wall of Brambles
1Wall of Swords
1Zephyr Falcon

Enchantments

1Cloud Cover
1Fertile Ground
1Flight
1Frog Tongue
1Holy Strength
1Lure
1Shackles
1Unstable Mutation
1Venom
1Wild Growth
1Wings of Aesthir

Instants

1Bandage
1Disenchant
1Divergent Growth
1Harrow
1Healing Salve
1Inspiration
1Ivory Charm
1Miraculous Recovery
1Righteousness
1Shadow Rift
1Shadow Rift
1Swords to Plowshares
1Truce
1Twitch

Sorceries

1Balance
1Dream Cache
1Explosive Vegetation
1Flux
1Mulch
1Personal Tutor
1Portent
1Sift
1Stream of Life
1Touch of Brilliance

Lands

8Forest
1Gemstone Mine
1Havenwood Battleground
1Hollow Trees
1Icatian Store
8Island
8Plains
1Rainbow Vale
1Ruins of Trokair
1Sand Silos

Classic Red Deck – Dragons & Direct Damage

I really like how this deck came out. It works really well as a unit &ndash, which isn't true for all decks. Zirilan of the Claw works great with the plethora dragons. The Giant Strengths pair up sweet with the zero casting cost Ornithopters and Phyrexian Walkers and Immolation is handy to buff up your creatures or to kill off your opponent's weak ones. There are enough creatures in this deck to make them expendable, while the direct damage and Fissures keep your enemy in check. Plus it beats my wife's Class Black Create Deck (above).

Creatures

1Burning Shield Askari
3Dragon Whelp
1Granite Gargoyle
2Juggernaut
4Ornithopter
2Phyrexian Walker
1Roc Hatchling
2Shivan Dragon
2Uthden Troll
1Worldgorger Dragon
2Zirilan of the Claw

Enchantments

2Giant Strength
2Immolation

Instants

2Blood Frenzy
4Fissure
4Lightning Bolt
1Pyrokinesis

Sorceries

2Disintegrate
1Dragonstorm

Artifacts

1Sol Ring

Lands

22Mountain

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