So, my buddies and I have decided that Tamanoa is too cool not to use as a build-around me general. Being that I have decided to pursue this deck, how would you, the community, go about building it? Suggestions?
I'd like to build around the general if I can, but I also have a competitive drive in EDH, and like to build powerful, efficient decks.
Tamanoa seems to be based on burn, one auto include should be Sunforger and all the good instants that belong to that package.
Burn decks are quite hard to play in EDH, GWR has very good enchantments and enchantresses, perhaps an enchantment theme could be worth playing. Pyrohemia and Æther Flash for example.
Looking forward to a decklist...
She really should be a general, its a unique ability!
Tamanoa is at the very top of my list of non-legendary creatures I wish were legendary. I have a somewhat irrational love of lifegain (when it's efficient enough to be justified) and I definitely love cards that can convert one resource or action into another.
If I were building around Tamanoa, I'd definitely want to include big, sweeping damage effects as others have mentioned. Pyrohemia, Brightflame, Bonfire of the Damned, etc. To complement that theme I'd also want to try and take advantage of the fact that my own side of the board will be taking collateral damage, with things like Vigor, Rite of Passage, Phytohydra, Sprouting Phytohydra, Spitemare, anything that helps me turn that self-inflicted damage into a positive. Gisela, the new RW Angel legend, also fits exceptionally well here.
^^ Yeah, you can't do pure burn. I mean, maybe you can but I'd expect it to suck. It ends up using a fair amount of enchantments. Like you'd be silly to not run stuff like vicious shadows. Over the game it does way more damage than any X point spell. Aether flash is one that I used to run in a casual multiplayer mass burn deck before edh existed. It's pretty good. Kills a lot of the utility creatures lickety split, and a lot of the generals. I've thought of adding mana flare, but its probably too dangerous considering it lets the blue players draw more cards. Here is my rw gisela list, which is as I said, the legal commander for this deck style: