Baseline is commons & uncommons only, yes. This is a good competitive level for her, my Alesha & Traxos trounced all over the dinos so I'm glad I could hit a sweet spot here. We actually have a few that play, one is on "imperial animar" so there I would go all in, gloves come off.
Yes. Fire Covenant is the best! A bit painful against large creatures but so so good!
It occurs to me that it's feasibly possible to do an all white border Kaalia. Obv the power level of your threats will be lacking, and your removal is limited. But you've got 90% of your tutours, and most of the CA.
Hmmm. That could be an interesting concept to theorycraft. Just for fun, really. Oh, and English only - no cheating with those foreign "Savat" duel deck series, no Spanish WB Mana Crypt...you know. Keep yourself honest. 😎
So, I finally finished the "Kaalia White Border Challenge", and as such have added it to the Primer. I've also got it posted over @ tappedout.net, in case you wanted to source check my card selections.
Since I'm not on mobile, here's a sneak peak before the rest of the cards arrive. No, the prison cards aren't going in yet (she's not ready for that experience). But it is nice to have a bit of a "sideboard" or overrage allowance if I wanted to change this lineup a little bit.
VERY unique decision to build a full white border Kaalia.
Is it running well? You lose a lot of more recent and the better ADDs. But running cards like Serra Angel and Shivan Dragon must feel nostalgic.
It's true, losing MoC, Lord of the Void, Rakdos, Iona, these things are all irreplaceable. And that makes the deck function more in a straightforward manner, although straightforward doesn't have to mean bad. Ultimately we're still playing to our strengths - circumventing CMCs or getting a discount (reanimation costs) on large evasive creatures. I find what helps out the most is that you keep most of your tutour suite, and you get to keep a hefty prison suite as it balances with your under powered (by today's standards) threat selection. I'd estimate it's power level to be higher than the "baseline" deck but [obv] less than the Fellowship or Dragonstorm lists. It's major benefit I wager is being easier for new players to pick up due to the nature of corre set cards being a more introductory level as far as their explanatory nature goes. And honestly, after going over what I have for it, plus the "overage pool" of other possibilities, I think it's a better suggestion to players unsure if Kaalia is the right deck for them. In fact if you crunch the numbers, baseline comes in at ~$480 - $530 while this list including the duals, grim tutor and the other big ticket cards hit just around ~$1300. I know an $800 difference is a helluva lot, but I don't consider it much when you consider what exactly that's getting you (the tutours, for instance, becoming a part of every deck that you build). Plus, with white border only, there's not any other new purchases you make since white border is discontinued - so that price cap is fixed. And yes it IS nostalgic to see all these iconic cards from Magic's history.
Another benefit you get is you won't get people auto-targeting Kaalia once they realize what your deck is due to the perceived nature of "white border = bad lolz". So, yeah, I think there's a lot of upside in persuing something like this. And hey, if you like what you bought into here, you don't even need to buy the blackborder versions...you can buy a pack of blackborder perfect fit sleeves from Star City Games for $10.
Makes sense, this give people more options and variants to build towards.
Though in my personal playgroup, Kaalia is not the threat it used to be; finally they have learned to target the flash hulk player instead of me.
Do you run any other commanders besides Kaalia and Alesha?
That's great news, I've harped for years that Kaalia isn't the threat, but the enabler that forces people to react rather than durdle around. To no avail, but your story gives me hope!
Yes, actually. In Duel-Commander i have a full pimp Kari Zev, and in traditional I also have Edgar Markov. For a modern FNM, I sleeved up Zurgo Helmsmasher, modern legal, 100 card singleton with a 15 card singleton sideboard and rocked that for the event. Put a Fish player on tilt after ripping a Wildfire off the top to seal g3. He was so salty he snatched up his cards and stormed out, muttering something about no one brings a commander deck to a modern event. That's how i became a sort of celebrity at my LGS, haha.
And may your games be decisive. Hope my meme format inspires you!
EDIT: Adding on here, I must have missed Angel of Deliverance. Have we talked about her? I feel like we can attain delirium pretty reliably which makes this a swords on deployment. How often in your games would this a sadface eight drop 6/6?