Gahiji's Pretty Good
The grand scheme of this deck is relatively simple: spit out a lot of creatures as efficiently as possible, make them big and deal boatloads of damage. The only problem is that I get bored easily, and decks that do one thing really well lose my interest quickly. Add to that that one-trick ponies can be more easily hated by specific cards, and you got a good excuse to add another layer or two. In the case of this deck, it also has a healthy enough supply of toolboxes to answer dilemmas and a couple combos to get around good anti-aggro strategies. There, fun now!
One note on this philosophy: all layers should nonetheless work with each other in some manner. Picture it like three spheres on a Venn Diagram, with high amounts of overlap rather than three mostly-separated circles. Run sources of life gain if you want to compliment Archangel of Thune, but they should work with the horde strategy if she't not around, ie. Soul Warden or Balefire Liege.
Gahiji is, in the grand tradition of Naya generals, not a Tier 1 general. He’s not a Tier 2 general. Probably not a Tier 3 general. Actually, I don’t know what the hell the tiers are. But I know he does what Naya generals haven’t done before: make your token army hurt people better.
Gahiji’s inspiring oratory (I’m imagining a giant Chewbacca and an army of Han Solos nodding and agreeing) works well with double strikers. It gives utility dudes extra things to do late game. It works well with having a lot of weenies.
Options and Answers I: Creatures
In 100-card singleton you have to have a bit of reach into your library to adapt to different situations. Yes, idiot, you want to adapt to different situations.
Captain Sisay grabs:
-- A flexible win con / combo piece in Aurelia, the Warleader
-- A weenie win con in Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
-- A hard-to-kill soldier in Tajic, Blade of the Legion
-- A weenie generator in Darien, King of Kjeldor
-- A sac outlet in Miren, the Moaning Well
-- A big fat pillow in Kor Haven
Note that Sisay's an allstar in this deck because she also works with the Human tribal, Soldier tribal AND "power <= 2" aspects of the deck.
Birthing Pod grabs... well, you know the drill with the Pod. This deck has options in each mana slot; you'll almost never be unhappy to see it. Also keep in mind it's a sac outlet for the many sac shenanigans this deck runs (see the second post). One more thing: tokens have a CC of 0, so you can Pod them into Soul Sisters.
Options and Answers II: Sunforger
Sunforger belongs in a category all it's own, it's just that good. Not only does it provide a nice beatdown, especially for your double strikers, it provides a nice little package that wonderfully compliments the horde strategy.
Options in this deck:
-- Naya Charm: Get a card back; kill Azami; win the game by tapping their blockers
-- Aura Mutation / Artifact Mutation: Smash their Caged Sun and out falls a bunch of weenies, like a piñata!
-- Boros Charm: Survive wraths; kill someone
-- Selesnya Charm: Evasion; removal; a weenie for Mentor or Aura Shards
-- Eladamri’s Call: Find whoever you need
-- Enlightened Tutor: Weapons; card draw; weenies; finishers. Thanks grandma.
-- Tears of Rage: Kill someone. Or two people. Or three people.
Don't forget to grab Sunforger's best buddy Mistveil Plains with a Fetchland or Panorama.
I Heard You Like Tribal
I've got some of the better Soldier tribe cards in here. Those cards being, well, Elspeth, Elspeth and Elspeth. Captain of the Watch is pretty good too, I guess. The first strike from Field Marshal goes nicely with Gahiji's power boost. Hero of Bladehold isn't a soldier, but boy does that outfit boost morale. Ellie's all like, what a skank.
There's also a great deal of Human tribal so I think Angel of Glory's Rise and Angelic Overseer are safe pics. Overseer and Tajic, Blade of the Legion are best buds, so consider grabbing him if you draw her!
Tribal overlap allows access to nice weenie-friendly cards like Shared Animosity, Tribal Unity, Coat of Arms, etc., though I'm not running those at the moment. I may try Animosity over Cathar's Crusade.
I Heard You Like Drawing Cards
Naya colours don't really draw cards all that well unless you give your opponent cards through wheel effects... except if you run a token strategy, in which case Mentor of the Meek, Skullclamp and Slate of Ancestry are options. Very nice options, in fact.
Combos, Synergies & Other Stuff
This deck has some nice synergies, like Soul Sisters + Archangel of Thune. Any lifegain for Ms. Thune should overlap with the overrun gameplan, like Balefire Liege, Elspeth Tirel and True Conviction. She buffs armies just fine on her own.
It also has a couple infinites to fall back on, as weenie rush can be weak in multiplayer EDH. For now I'm going to move the combo stuff to the second post for organization's sake. See below for sacrifice shenanigans and a couple combos.
Stuff I'm Not Running You Might Like
I've included an "I Want To Try" section in the deck list for cards that would be a good idea were it not for personal, meta or directional reasons.
Glare of Subdual has saved my bacon more times than I can count, but I don't like top-decking durdle cards when I need to win. All three of Sarkhan Vol's abilities compliment this deck, however I'm not sure what to cut for him. And so on, so forth. You might prefer these cards over others I've chosen.
Quote from rogue"dThat is just mean haha. Too bad I already have here in my boros deck. I will have to readjust for a new build on Gahiji after looking at this.
Quote from cursed mummNo love for Godo, Bandit Warlord?
It searches your swords and skullclamp plus when it attacks it can get the bonus from Gahiji twice!
Quote from OrgmarrChampion of the Parish; Champion of Lambholt; Soul's Attendant & Soul Warden & their elvish cousin Essence Warden
And the main man himself Norin the Wary.
Also if your adding in 'Larky, then you might as well add in its best friend Karmic Guide and since you don't seem to be against combos they both combo with the already included Mirror Entity.
*EDIT* A pet card I really like to use in my "Honored One" deck is Haze of Rage. Granted I use mana doublers like Mana Reflection & Mirari's Wake, but with all your double striking dudes it could be a lethal card as well.
Quote from OrgmarrSee, I like Tajic. Another sweet tech I really enjoy in this type of deck is Concertated Effort
Sorry. On my phone or else is post more.
Quote from OrgmarrThis may sound very strange, but I liked your deck idea so much that I made a Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer deck. What the WHAT! you say? I say the same and without going into a long detailed explanation of why my only question to you is this:
Is it worth it to squeeze in enough appropriate artifacts to just include Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer into your deck? You already have 10 artifacts and I don't know what the magical number is for reliable metalcraft is, but I do know that Jor & Gahiji boosts your double strikers by a very large amount.
Just a thought.
Quote from XeroxedFoolThis deck is super sweet. I feel like I must run Captain Sisay now. I got a ton of great legends to grab with it. Plus, the Saffi combos are pretty awesome.
Is there any reason to run Altar of Bone over Survival of the Fittest besides budget?
Quote from zlliM »Hey, I have a Gahiji tokens list too and I found that mana doubling effects puts you way ahead of your opponents so, consider running those cards:
Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger %also a doubler, but attract a lot of hate towards you