I like the collector number deck idea. I wanna see how that works out!
I also like how everyone's trying to make a Knight deck now. I made a casual one with Paladin en-Vec, Leonin Skyhunter (instead of knight of sursi), Honor of the Pure, and a singleton Sun Titan. I'm not all that partial to the levelers... maybe Student of Warfare, but I'd rather a flier or a creature with protection. If I ever figure out how to autocard, I'll post up a list.
I really have a soft spot for mortician beetle because I am in school to become a licensed mortician myself. I have also been working on a demon of death's gate decklist (even though I don't own any to date) so this deck was particularly interesting to me. Great article!
There's another Knight lord, who gets forgotten surprisingly often for a card that saw Standard play: Haakon, Stromgald Scourge . Admittedly it's a bit tricky to play with him, but the inevitability he offers is even stronger than Knight Exemplar 's.
I'm a little surprised also that you didn't include Wilt-Leaf Liege . In fact, there's a fairly scary green-white Knight deck to be built using Lieges and Bant knights like Steward of Valeron .
I love the wacky exploitation of Stormtide Leviathan, though. Good stuff.
I really wanted the collection number one, unfortunately it's really hard to search for in Gatherer... unless I'm missing a trick to it.
Instead, I voted for the word.
The best trick I have is just to go expansion by expansion. I think the earliest expansions didn't have the number on the cards though. I'm not sure if it was always alphabetical but basically I'd start with the newest expansion pull up a list of cards. It won't take long to find the one you're looking for and pull up the next card. Or he could just list the pool in the article that way only one person has to do it. I voted for the expansion number but I really hope that the article contains the list so I don't have to do the searching myself.
The word one seems pretty cool too so either way I think it will be enjoyable.
I had the same deck idea when Stormtide Leviathan was previewed. The line "all lands are islands" got me going. A quick search through Gatherer for "for each island" and "number of islands" popped up some interesting cards. That's when I saw the Carpet of Flowers + Typhoon & Hurricane theme. Ramping to the Leviathan could be tough, but adding in Spreading Seas is a great idea. I'd replace the Aquitect's Will with Convincing Mirage to continue the land-denial strategy. Killing your opponents early off-color lands gives you a strong defense. Then you can ramp into the Leviathan with the Carpet. Followed with bashing to the head and some "green burn" for the win.
For linking a card to Gatherer without writting the name of said card for readers, use the autocard brackets together with and equal sign and right the name of the real card. Then put the message you want inside the tags, like you would do with autocarding. Like this:
I like storm crow because I really like crows in real life, as an animal, and the card isn't terribly stupid, but packs a good deal of nostalgia and also a chunck of the game's history. So it's perhaps one of the cards I have most affection to, but not because "lol storm crow is bad hurr hurr durr".
Oh, it's a brilliant plan. You see, Bolas was travelling through shadowmoor, causing trouble, when he saw a Wickerbough Elder with its stylin' dead scarecrow hat. Now, Bolas being Bolas took the awesome hat and he put it on his head, but even with all his titanic powers of magic he couldn't make it fit. He grabbed some more scarecrows, but then a little kithkin girl asked if he was trying to build a toupee. "BY ALL THE POWERS IN THE MULTIVERSE!" he roared, "I WILL HAVE A HAT WORTHY OF MY GLORY." and so he went through his Dark Lore of Doom (tm) looking for something he could make into a hat that would look as stylish on him as a scarecrow does on a treefolk. He thought about the Phyrexians, but they were covered in goopy oil that would make his nonexistant hair greasy. He Tried out angels for a while but they didn't sit quite right. Then, he looked under "e" (because in the Elder Draconic alphabet, "e" for Eldrazi is right next to "h" for Hat) in his Dark Lore of Doom and saw depictions of the Eldrazi, and all their forms. "THIS SHALL BE MY HAT!" he declared, poking a picture of Emrakul, "AND WITH IT I WILL USHER IN A NEW AGE OF DARKNESS -- ER, I MEAN A NEW AGE OF FASHION!"
And so Nicol Bolas masterminded the release of the Eldrazi.