A long long time ago at a kitchen table at 11pm, I was introduced to my first combo deck. It was a brutal 7-0 shellacking during which my opponent took a 40 minute turn while I sat there helpless to do anything.
How did he do that you ask? Infinite loops of side battles. Perhaps the most famous combo deck in Redemption History is ‘The Devastator’. A deck so brutal, so efficient, so not fun to play against, that it spawned, not one, but multiple rule changes that neutered its ability to function. Keep in mind that this combo deck was played during the 2003-2004 tournament season. Kings was the newest set, and contained all of the important cards for the combo. It’s worth noting that this is a time before Darius’ Decree, before Covenant with Death, before a whole host of counters to this concept were printed.