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Deckmasters 2001
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Set Information
Set symbol
Design Richard Garfield and Jon Finkel
Release date December, 2001
Plane Dominaria
Set size 122 cards
Expansion code DKM[1]
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Deckmasters 2001 is a box set that was released in December 2001. Richard Garfield and Jon Finkel were tasked with designing decks to pit against each other. Obviously meant to be a series,[2] referring to the Deckmaster brand, a follow-up set has never been published.

Deck Building Rules[ | ]

The card pool was Ice Age and Alliances, and the reprint policy had to be taken in account. Each could only use four rare cards in the deck, and no more than two copies of any one card. Color hosers were not permitted.

Actual Match[ | ]

About a month after the set was released, Garfield and Finkel played the match as promised, with Finkel winning 2 games to none.[3][4][5] The first game was fairly even, and was lost due to Garfield making a number of mistakes based on rules that had changed since he invented the game. Game 2 wasn’t even close, with Garfield mana screwed after his first two lands, and Finkel killing him quickly with a prompt Balduvian Horde.[6]

Contents[ | ]

Deckmasters 2001

Deckmasters 2001 contents

The contents of the box set are:

  • The two 62-card prebuilt decks, each featuring 60 white bordered Ice Age and Alliances cards and two exclusive black bordered premium cards
  • Two 20-sided Spindown life counters
  • A 10-by-14 inch poster of Lhurgoyf fighting Goblin Mutant
  • A full-color booklet containing decklists, expert analysis, biographies, behind-the-scenes stories
  • Embossed metal Deckmasters case which can hold over 700 cards in standard sized sleeves or eleven 60 card decks.

Premium cards from Deckmasters 2001

The four premium cards in the box set are:

Decklists[ | ]

Garfield[ | ]

A red / green deck. Drop creatures as fast as you can, and use the red spells to clear the way for them to attack. Most of the creatures in the deck have such a high toughness that red burn spells won't kill them.

The rares in this deck are Lhurgoyf (holographic foil), JokulhaupsElkin Bottle and Karplusan Forest.

Finkel[ | ]

A black / red deck. The deck starts by summoning efficient, versatile and hard-to-neutralize creatures. Clear a path with spot removal, and finish by hurling great balls of fire at the opponent. Use the Necropotence whenever you can.


The rares in this deck are Necropotence (holographic foil), Balduvian HordeSulfurous Springs and Underground River.

Gallery[ | ]

References[ | ]

  1. Wizards of the Coast (August 02, 2004). "Ask Wizards - August, 2004". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Wizards of the Coast (July, 2002). "Ask Wizards - July 2002". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Finkel vs. Garfield
  4. Wizards of the Coast (January 17, 2002). "Avenge Richard Garfield!". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Dredd77 (January 31, 2011). "Deckmasters- Garfield vs Finkel: Garfield’s Deck Review (Part 2 of 2)". Ertai's Lament.
  6. mtg champ vs. creator. YouTube.

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