How to Play


Four easy to understand examples of how The EPIC Storm works and functions. I consider the four categories the four main paths to victory with the deck. You'll notice that at the bottom of tournament reports on the website that they're often tallied by number of wins per method.

For even more information on How to Play, check out TES Infernal Tutoring.

Ad Nauseam

 

Opening Hand: Dark Ritual, Gitaxian Probe, Polluted Delta, Rite of Flame, Lotus Petal, Lion's Eye Diamond and Burning Wish.

Keep.

Cast Gitaxian Probe and draw Lotus Petal. (18 life - Storm 1)

Lay down Polluted Delta, activate (17 life) and search for Underground Sea.

Play the pair of Lotus Petal (Storm 3), use a single Lotus Petal for a red mana to cast Rite of Flame. (RR in Pool - Storm 4)

Note: Play out your copies of Lotus Petal and/or Chrome Mox before the “Ritual” effects, this is to avoid soft counterspells stopping your spells. Another tip is to play Rite of Flame first as it’s a sorcery, it’s best to leave yourself the opportunity to respond with instants.

Tap Underground Sea and cast Dark Ritual. (RRBBB in Pool - Storm 5)

Cast Lion's Eye Diamond. (RRBBB in Pool - Storm 6)

Play Burning Wish (RBB in Pool - Storm 7), hold priority and break Lion's Eye Diamond (RBBBBB in Pool - Storm 7) and retrieve Infernal Tutor.

Cast Infernal Tutor (RBBB in Pool - Storm 8) and find Ad Nauseam.

Sacrifice Lotus Petal and play Ad Nauseam. (Storm 9)

Stop.

Play Chrome Mox and Imprint Empty the Warrens. (Storm 10)

Cast Rite of Flame (RRR - Storm 11) and then Lion's Eye Diamond. (RRR - Storm 12)

Play Burning Wish (R in Pool - Storm 13), hold priority and break Lion's Eye Diamond (RBBB in Pool - Storm 13) and retrieve Tendrils of Agony.

Tendrils of Agony. (Storm 14)

Empty The Warrens

 

Opening Hand: Ad Nauseam, Infernal Tutor, Infernal Tutor, Duress, Cabal Therapy, Bloodstained Mire and Burning Wish.

Mulligan.

Opening Hand II: Empty the Warrens, Bloodstained Mire, Chrome Mox, Gitaxian Probe, Lion's Eye Diamond and Brainstorm.

Keep.

Lay down Bloodstained Mire, activate (19 life) and search for Underground Sea and cast Brainstorm. (Storm 1)

Draw Cabal Therapy, Volcanic Island and Ponder. Put back Cabal Therapy on the bottom and Empty the Warrens on top.

Note: It’s important to put Cabal Therapy on the bottom so that you can cast it the next turn off of Underground Sea and possibly use it’s Flashback cost. You’ll be drawing the Empty the Warrens this turn using Gitaxian Probe and utilizing Lion’s Eye Diamonds mana to cast it. No “Tutor” effect needed!

Play Chrome Mox and Imprint Ponder. (Storm 2)

Cast Lion's Eye Diamond. (Storm 3)

Play Gitaxian Probe (Storm 4), hold priority and break Lion's Eye Diamond (RRR in Pool - Storm 4) and draw Empty the Warrens.

Tap Chrome Mox and cast Empty the Warrens. (Storm 5)

Past In Flames

 

Opening Hand: Dark Ritual, Gitaxian Probe, Polluted Delta, Dark Ritual, Infernal Tutor, Lion's Eye Diamond and Burning Wish.

Keep.

Cast Gitaxian Probe and draw Lotus Petal. (18 life - Storm 1)

Lay down Polluted Delta, activate (17 life) and search for Underground Sea.

Play both copies of Dark Ritual (BBBBB - Storm 3) and then cast Infernal Tutor (BBB - Storm 4) revealing Lion's Eye Diamond.

Cast Lotus Petal (BBB - Storm 5) and the pair of Lion's Eye Diamond. (BBB - Storm 7)

Sacrifice Lotus Petal for a red mana and cast Burning Wish (Storm 8), hold priority and break both copies of Lion's Eye Diamond (RRRBBBBB in Pool - Storm 8) and retrieve Past in Flames.

Cast Past in Flames. (RBBB - Storm 9)

Flashback both copies of Dark Ritual. (RBBBBBBB - Storm 11)

Flashback Infernal Tutor (RBBBBB - Storm 12) searching for Burning Wish.

Note: We need to flashback Infernal Tutor first, otherwise Gitaxian Probe drawing a land could hurt our chances at becoming hellbent.

Burning Wish (BBBB - Storm 13) finding Tendrils of Agony.

Tendrils of Agony. (Storm 14)

Tendrils Of Agony

 

Opening Hand: Brainstorm, Gitaxian Probe, Gitaxian Probe, Lotus Petal, Infernal Tutor, Dark Ritual and Underground Sea.

Keep.

Cast Gitaxian Probe and draw Cabal Therapy. (18 life - Storm 1)

Cast Gitaxian Probe and draw Dark Ritual. (16 life - Storm 2)

Lay down Underground Sea, tap it and cast Brainstorm. (Storm 3)

Draw Rite of Flame, Ponder and Lion's Eye Diamond. Put back Rite of Flame on the bottom and Ponder on top.

Cast Lotus Petal (Storm 4) and then use it to cast the pair of Dark Ritual. (BBBBB - Storm 6)

Play Lion’s Eye Diamond. (BBBBB - Storm 7)

Cast Infernal Tutor (BBB - Storm 8), hold priority and break Lion's Eye Diamond (RRRBBB in Pool - Storm 8) and find Burning Wish.

Burning Wish retrieving Tendrils of Agony.(RRBB in Pool - Storm 9)

Tendrils of Agony. (Storm 10)

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