This is dedicated to the second deck I ever built, my most favorite deck ever, the Rainbow Reanimator!
Originally designed in 1994, this deck continues to fascinate mortal players and put even some of the
strongest decks to the test. Folks, this is one bizarre deck! Before jumping to the decklist, let me
explain the rules of design I placed on myself when creating it.
First, it had to be gimmicky and unique. I don't like to play your standard, boring, carbon copy
tourney deck. I had to come up with a theme that was weird. So I decided to try to make a deck with
Second, I had to use every color. Back in the day we called this "rainbow", but kids these days are
more immaginative than we were, and it is now known as "five color". *rolls eyes*
Third, it had to be a legal deck. 60 cards, DCI restrictions in effect. There was only one format
back then, so this was pretty easy.
Fourth, it had to be playable. This loosly meant it had to be able to deal 20 damage "eventually".
So I went through all the existing cards. First I needed non-land mana generators in all five colors. Right,
Mox, Lotus, Birds, Elves, etc. Then I needed a way to do damage. My choices were big creatures, little creatures,
or direct damage. Direct damage was no good in five colors. There were plenty of little 1/1's with neat
abilities that I could swarm with, but I decided that with beefy creatures I could pack more abilities
and damage into the same amount of mana. And I didn't have to cast them at all! I could animate anything for
just two mana. Ooh, this was getting exciting! Then I needed some (any) kind of defense. The obvious solution
was anti-land cards. Ankh, Manabarbs and Armageddon (the Ankh's were later removed).
I threw some stuff together and did a few run throughs, and
realized I could not reliably get the mana in colors I needed with no land, even with
the brand new Fallen Empires cards that had just entered the scene.. So after much resistance I
settled on four, and finally eight land.
Sadly I didn't record the original design of the deck, but here it is in it's current state for you to enjoy.
I'm constantly adding improvements to the deck as new cards come out, so suggestions are welcome. Just keep the rules in mind.
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1 Library of Alexandria
2 Undiscovered Paradise
2 City of Brass
2 Thran Quarry
1 Black Lotus
1 Mox Emerald
1 Mox Ruby
1 Sol Ring
1 Lotus Petal
2 Dark Ritual
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Llanowar Elves
3 Skyshroud Elves
4 Ball Lightning
2 Mahamoti Djinn
2 Reya Dawnbringer
2 Thorn Elemental
1 Avatar of Woe
1 Elvish Piper
4 Animate Dead
1 Recurring Nightmare
2 City of Solitude
2 Three Wishes
1 Time Walk
1 Demonic Tutor