The Ladies of Magic the Gathering
My first experience with Magic was playing as a kid during Kamigawa block. It's probably due to nostalgia-goggles, but I'm definitely still in the pro-Kamigawa camp. I loved the art and the flavor and, most of all, I loved the legendary creatures. In all fantasy environments, I'm drawn to strong world-building and for me, legendary creatures really help to create the world of Magic. I love being able to play with all the unique characters of the multiverse. So, over the years, I've had a couple of versions of a "legendary tribal" deck: first in the form of my casual Samurai deck as a kid, then my first EDH deck (Naya Samurai/legendaries), and now this deck. In building this deck, I had two rules: 1) the focus had to be on legendary creatures (and planeswalkers) and 2) all of the legendary creatures (and planeswalkers) had to be ladies. As the list currently stands, there are 35 creatures and 5 planeswalkers. Of those creatures, only 5 are non-legendary (and three of the non-legendary creatures depict ladies.) Of course, with each new set, there are more options for the deck, which is one thing I really like about it: it's constantly changing. Without further ado, here is my current list...
About the Deck
The first thing to point out is choice of commander. There are four creatures that could serve as the commander - Rubinia, Derevi, Jenara, and Treva - and because this deck is more about the theme, any of them could work. I decided to not use Derevi since she has a reputation for a certain kind of deck, and Treva and Jenara aren't very exciting as commanders, in my opinion. Rubinia Soulsinger has been surprisingly effective from time to time, as stealing an important creature can have a serious impact on the game. I also like the idea of this fairy beckoning you to sign over your soul as the leader of my all ladies deck.
As far as play style, the deck plays out similar to a midrange/goodstuff deck. Most of the creatures have a big impact on the board, and with things like Heroes' Podium, Mirari's Wake, and Cathars' Crusade we can usually be hitting very hard, very fast. That being said, this deck is definitely more casual than competitive. I've chosen to stick to the theme over "more competitive" card choices, so I don't pull this deck out when I'm playing to win at a more cutthroat table.
Some of the ladies have also proven to be much more effective than other. In a deck with this many legendary cards, an early Captain Sisay wins games. Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is a white staple for a reason, and gives us a huge swing in power. I really like Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker as a pillowfort card and, though it's a expensive, Myojin of Life's Web often dumps a huge number of creatures onto the board. Some creatures that are on the chopping block for when better ladies are released are: Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Empress Galina, Linvala, the Preserver, Masako the Humorless, Sakiko, Mother of Summer, and Trostani, Selesnya's Voice. I'm also planning on adding Selvala, Heart of the Wilds and Nissa, Vital Force once I get a copy of each, to replace Growth Spasm and Nissa, Voice of Zendikar.