Most my original decks were dismantled at some point, just because I made many deck construction mistakes with it, some strategies just weren't appealing enough in the long run and eventually I just wanted to go just a little less casual with one deck. So traded away a fair bit to put together a decent Edric list and figured I'd stick to just a few decks to maintain, didn't last that long because I just enjoy the whole aspect of seeing new sets like Dominaria and trying to figure out what new is there for my decks and with the decks I had at the time I just made little chances. So now I tend to try and just have decks that are more spread in power level, sharing aspects but each being different in their own way. With the idea being to limit myself at pretty much eight decks for now, just so to keep my wallet somewhat happy.
I do have become less reluctant about trading away things now though, as often there are some staples you end up having to rebuy in the end, which isn't that efficient either. Though on the other hand, save for one deck I don't really have regrets pulling them apart either, as I enjoy my current line up far more. That only exception being my Kari Zev deck, which I plan to rebuild soon.
But yeah, the brewing and adding newly released cards to decks is what is definitely what defines the amount of decks I have.
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Apr 19, 2018NimBalor posted a message on Why so few/many? What drives your edh motivations?Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Apr 13, 2018Artificer's Assistant seems to be tempting and might give it a minor try, but with having straight up unblockables, rogues, green evasive 1/1s and to a lesser extend faeries, it's probably having a tough fit in the taking turn builds. I can see it perform a tad bit better with the anthem builds.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
With Karn's Temporal Sundering it's a tough call in whether or not to cut something else for an additional warp or to just replace one. With Tetsuko being a shoe in new addition I'm leaning towards the latter for my deck. I'll probably replace Part the Waterveil, as I rarely cast it with Awaken. Temporal Sundering is slightly more restrictive to cast but it always has an upside when cast, which Part doesn't have.
Apr 11, 2018After some contemplation, I think that with using a low curve deck that the colorless producing lands would be less good, so not going to run Fair or Citadel. I will give the colored artifact lands a chance along with Reshape, since the deck somewhat depends on artifacts to win. Still need to look a bit more into artifact token generation but it's probably going to be too out of it's way for the deck. Ended up deciding to go and include Mystical Tutor as well since it's just too versatile not to.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Apr 8, 2018For a little while I've been trying to put together a Thrasios Isochron Scepter/Paradox Engine list and am trying to narrow down on the final cards to put into the deck. Thing is that I don't have the budget for cards like Power Artifact or Transmute Artifact and like to avoid planeswalkers to do my artifact tutoring. I do already have Whir of Invention and Fabricate in the deck as well as a fair amount of draw, but ideally I'd like to add one more tutor effect to the list.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Reshape is what I put down for that right now, but unlike Teferi lists I only run 12 artifacts and thus the sacrifice part feels awkward at times. The plus is that it does put the card into play right away, which is nice. Alternatively, I've been looking at Inventors' Fair which is also conditional and hinging on the amount of artifacts in the deck. So I was wondering where others are on these cards, in how many artifacts do you feel are necessary to run these comfortably enough.
I know some people will ask for a decklist to give advice, so I'll leave the link to it here just in case: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/edh-thrasios-waving-with-scepters/
Mar 12, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
It's guaranteed card draw with nearly all our creatures.Quote from akroma44 »I fail to see how that card actually helps the deck. I guess it lets mana dorks attack, but thats really it.
Mar 4, 2018Not sure how much of an odd ball deck it is, since it's pretty much built around it's Commander's ability, but I've always enjoyed running my Keiga, the Tide Star deck in casual settings. It's not a fast deck so vulnerable to low curve aggro and decks that go wide, but it's fun when you get your shapeshifters and recursion effects going to trigger Keiga's ability and steal stuff that way.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
I've not made that many changes to the deck, as haven't found any new cards that could improve the deck. One could improve the mana base though, as it's not running any of the usual fast mana rocks.
Mar 3, 2018Added Iroas, God of Victory was added as trying a new means of giving my creatures some evasion and doubles up on a Reconnaissance like effect, while the counters part of Stensia Masquerade is nice the first strike part has been less impressing and since I'm cutting the one card that benefits of this, I felt that it was time to take Masquerade out. That other card being Mer-Ek Nightblade, when it's there it does do a fair bit of work but it's been eating removal a fair bit. So with Masquerade out I switched Nightblade into Metallic Mimic; while not a vampire itself, sadly, it helps spreading around some counters and they do stick around even when Mimic is removed.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
While I'm not sure if it will stick around, I did end up adding Retribution of the Ancients to take advantage of the counters this deck builds and provide some form of removal through it as well. I opted to cut Gifted Aetherborn for her, losing the little bit of lifelink might be annoying but the main reason for the cut is simply the double black casting cost of it. Additionally, I took out Vampire Cutthroat which was pretty much card number 99 when I made this list anyways, in favor of some reanimation through Phyrexian Reclamation.
And the other card cut is Diabolic Tutor, which I took out in order to add some more regular card draw in the form of Tymna the Weaver, as well as to tweak the curve of the deck a tad after all these changes.
It's been tempting to add Abzan Battle Priest, as while no vampire spreading the lifelink all around can be nice, as the deck is fairly taxing on my life total.
Mar 3, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander DecklistsQuote from Blueberrybagel »Honestly one of the best thing about edric is you can play it pretty competitively on a budget. The ONLY money cards the deck needs to function are the extra turn spells and the 5 or so you need come out to about 50 bucks. Things like cradle, FOW are just icing, not needed but they help.
Definitely, for quite a while I went without the more expensive cards and even as an more optimized list I feel Edric is still fairly cheap to assemble. I'd say the only thing that does make a difference is having a Cradle though, as there is simply little replacement for it as while Ixalan's flip-Cradle tries its just too slow.
Mar 2, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Staxing Vehicles on a Budget
Sydri, Galvanic Genius
So, at our local LGS they decided to set up a little EDH tournament for budget decks and despite arguments of my wallet, I've decided to have a go at it. The general rules are fairly simple: The deck you are using may not exceed the 85 dollar limit as determined by the TCG prices listed on TappedOut. Signing up requires providing a TappedOut link to your deck and you have to make sure that it is accurate; you need to list the printing you use and whether or not a card is foil, since this affects the price of a card. This is to encourage being creative with your budget. And the final rule is that you cannot use a Commander that you use or have used quite regularly, so people are again encouraged to be creative by trying something new and to level the playing field a bit between more experienced players and newer ones.
Now, I've always enjoyed the art on Hanna, Ship's Navigator and Sydri, Galvanic Genius and seeing that I've never tinkered around with an Esper deck before, I ended up looking into using Sydri as the Commander for this new deck as it allows me to run Hanna in it. After looking for some inspiration, I decided that I wanted to try a build centered around Vehicles and a few stax effects to aid in setting things up. Naturally, Sydri also lends herself to a few combos so to improve the win chances a bit I added a few of them as well, though with no tutors it should remain fairly fair.
Here is the list so far:
Right now, I'm roughly sitting at 84 dollars for the deck, so that leaves some room for potentially changing prices as well. I do like how the deck has come together so far, though I know that it's weak against mass artifact hate. It's one of the reasons I'm considering to switch Counterspell for Negate, the former does catch more but dealing with a sweeper feels more important and that makes Negate easier to cast on a budget mana base.
Naturally, any suggestions are welcome as long as they keep in mind that the list is running on a restricted budget.
Feb 18, 2018While I'm planning a few more changes to the deck, I did switch around a few cards to help the tweak the deck and test a few other cards until I get to acquire the cards that I'm missing. Behind the Scenes was interesting to try but simply not good enough, seeing that I pulled Urborg out of one of my other decks and added it here, I decided to give Filth a go. With a few sac outlets it shouldn't be too big of an issue to get it into the graveyard.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Golden Demise more often than not wasn't doing enough and while it feels bad to cut into my limited removal, I opted to add some more offensive power instead. Gruesome Fate might seem perhaps less efficient in an Aristocrat like list but the deck can build numbers quickly so it's worth a shot. Alesha, Who Smiles At Death was interesting but fairly situational, not being a vampire made me cut her in favor of some more card draw through Minions' Murmurs.
Right now, I'm still looking to improve the evasion in this deck, as well as card draw a bit more. After that I'll start looking into where and what kind of answers I need to add to the deck.
Feb 10, 2018Thanks for all the advise, looks like Cutthroat will be the one to go for right now. I work with a budget so have to wait until I can pick up additional cards, so had to use what I had around. But will be looking to add either Phyrexian Reclamation or Oversold Cemetery, especially the latter looks good to me. Do know that my card draw needs some improving as well, so will still be looking into that.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Feb 9, 2018It's called that way as it's working somewhat with building up on +1/+1 counters through attacking, so charging up on counters and charging in to get them.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Some small tweaks were made to the deck, with a few updates to the mana base in progress. More notable changes are Toxic Deluge being switched out for Austere Command, Deluge hurts in many ways and the life loss in this deck can quickly add up. Austere Command can act more selective and helps more against any stax effects that stop the aggro plan.
Additionally, in contemplating Twilight Drover for the deck, I ended up actually bringing in Teysa, Orzhov Scion for just slightly more utility. I cut Reckless Fireweaver for it, which was pretty much a 'cute' inclusion with incidental upside. It wasn't good enough and this way I didn't have to cut a vampire for it either.
Feb 4, 2018So lately I've been tinkering on a Edgar Markov list that features a somewhat low curve aggro style build. I do have the list up in the decks section and while some inclusions are perhaps debatable, I've been mainly going back and forth on one of the last card slots. Currently I have Vampire Interloper sleeved up in it, since its a nice aggressive flyer. With the deck being aggro styled the not being able to block part isn't that much of an issue in most cases, that said there's a few cards I've been considering here as well:Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Vampire Lacerator is more aggressive and is one mana cheaper to bring out, though the loss of life can become a tad annoying as there is a fair amount of strain on the life total already.
Vampire Cutthroat helps mitigate the life loss a tad but at the expense of a tad less power. Unlike Lacerator it does have pseudo evasion with skulk.
Skymarcher Aspirant feels like the better card in general, it might take a moment for Ascend to trigger but no issue for the deck. For me the main downside is that it's a white vampire opposed to the other options.
So yeah, perhaps people could give their advice on which of these four they would run if they had to pick one.
Feb 3, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
It could definitely do some work in the deck, so will have to see how much it fits into things. So far I've been trying to limit how many different kinds of tokens the deck generates, since it's no longer an all out Aristocrats list like it initially turned out. I'll be giving it some thought though, so thanks for the suggestion!
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