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  • posted a message on What is the biggest, scariest creature you can think of?
    There's always the classic Blightsteel Colossus. The biggest "F-you".

    Alternatively Precursor Golem could be cute. Or a whole herd of apex altisaur entering the battlefield could be hilarious.Hydra Omnivore sits squarely in the realm of "more cute than good", but it could also be very fun.

    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Upgrading Faceless Menace
    Hello,


    I have been playing the Faceless Menace morph based commander deck quite a bit in my local group of friends. We are totally kitchen table magic players, but we have been playing for quite a long time so we own some older quite powerful cards. I'm looking for things I could swap out to make the deck more powerful without being too oppressive. In particular, the mana base of that deck feels like a mess. Any ideas on how to rebuild the lands and accelerants of that deck to be better?
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need help with an Alesha deck
    1. ... or the'd just chump block your 1/1 guy every time. At least in my meta you'd propably only be able to activate it once after hard casting it.


    ohhh... it does specify "this turn". Not nearly as useful as I thought it was unless I had some way to remove it from combat reliably. And at that point I'm putting way too much support behind something designed purely to be a jerk.


    Something I'm noticing about Alesha is that I like to play strange janky interactions (I'm that particular kind of Johnny who loves to build Rube Goldberg machines), and that's just strictly not as good as putting another creature in with a "destroy x" ETB trigger. I guess I've got Ravenous Baboons if I want land destruction in my toolbox.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need help with an Alesha deck
    1. Let's be real here for a second. It's a very strong effect, but fun? That's a definite meta call.


    If you have a temporary decklist, it'd be cool to see it.


    Well...fun for me. I tend to think about if something can be done without thinking if it should in this game. I was almost going to bring up Pardic Miner until I realized that would probably result in nobody ever playing against me again. I'll see how it goes and maybe just make an agreement not to tutor master of cruelties into my graveyard if it ends up being too strong for everyone.

    As for the decklist, I'm working on it. My job has some long hours and I don't have internet access there, so I don't have a ton of time to brew. I'm thinking of just taking yours, -Fellwar Stone +Sol Ring (my group is fine with the ring and it's almost universally a better choice than the stone) and -Alter of Dementia +Elspeth. I do like the utility of having another sac outlet, but I feel like alter of dementia isn't doing much other than that. Mill is at best a secondary attack vector in this deck and since your creature's power is capped at 2 it's not even really doing that much.

    I'll think about it and get back to you all later.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need help with an Alesha deck
    Thanks for the suggestions. Good to know that $500 isn't needed for a good deck. A few of the lists I saw cost over $1000, so knowing that isn't required is a big relief.

    One card I saw that looked fun was master of cruelties. Being able to cheat him in with Alesha would get around the "must attack alone" clause and could potentially set up an instant kill if everything lines up right (and I immediately see that was listed in the big list of good creatures right after I posted this...).

    I also thought about adding in a couple ninjutsu cards to maximize the value. Alesha attacks, cheats a creature in with a good ETB effect, then I ninjutsu it out to get another effect and the card I cheated in goes back to my hand! Throat Slitter and Okiba-Gang Shinobi seem like they fit in the theme of the deck. The first can even work with Alesha's ability.

    Another thing I'd like to do is double up on "tapped and attacking" stuff. There's a few cards that put tokens into play tapped and attacking whenever they attack. Unfortunately that means that they wouldn't trigger off Alesha's ability if I read it right (since they get put into play attacking, their "when this creature attacks" trigger wouldn't fire). It's probably not worth a creature slot just to get something that doesn't work with my commander's ability, no matter how hilarious Kari Zev, Skyship Raider is.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need help with an Alesha deck
    Hello! First off, I know decklists don't go here, but since I'm asking for help making a deck not presenting a list I figured it should go here. Sorry if that is incorrect.

    I'm a longtime follower of MTG but never really got into actually buying much. I recently got to play commander with some friends and I really want to actually have some kind of deck. I've decided on Alesha as a commander both because she's really cool (not a huge creature combat fan, but being able to use creatures as tools is definitely something that appeals to me) and she's different from what my friends play. I've seen a couple deck techs for her, but they're all from a couple years ago so I don't know if anything has come out recently that would be good for her.

    My main issue is that I'm playing against people who don't really like creatures (one has a crazy Child of Alara enchantment combo deck that can just sit there and go infinite if you don't keep her contained. The other is newer to magic and pretty much made "Joihra Izzet good stuff") so whatever deck I end up with needs to have lots of options for enchantment removal and answers to bounce spells.

    As far as budget I just found out the credit card I've been using has a cash back feature, so I've come into $500 I didn't know I would be getting (turns out a couple percent really adds up when you forget it exists for a few years!). I'd prefer the deck not cost too much more than that, but I'm willing to go the full $500.

    So, what do you all fine people suggest?



    P.S. Maybe the most important question in this entire post: Since I'm literally starting from scratch, what basic lands should I buy? I actually think the Kamigawa lands are super good looking and an underrated choice, but the foil mirrodin lands are so awesome too...
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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