Thanks for the reply. I appreciate it very much. As you stated, I also fear keeping 5 decks up to date, or even just finetuning, will be alot of work.
I really like Neheb to be honest, seems like a very strong effect for mono red. Was exploring Scryfall yesterday and for black Drana kind of appealed to me.
As noted, the cards for the 3 mentioned colors are on their way. Maybe I'll just stick with those or just build 1 deck that I can can maintain more easily.
Akroma is redhot! She was my first Commander deck, angel tribal <3
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Apr 9, 2020Khrovax posted a message on Wanted: Suggestions to finish my mono-colored gauntletPosted in: Commander (EDH)
Apr 8, 2020Khrovax posted a message on Wanted: Suggestions to finish my mono-colored gauntletDear community,Posted in: Commander (EDH)
After being abscent of the MtG scene for a few years, I'm starting to get back on track in my most beloved format: Commander.
I used to own a deck in each colorpair. As of today, knowing my priorities in life, I cannot justify owning so many in the future. I do however would like to own a deck for each color (budget or non budget).
I currently "own" (cards are on their way) these decks:
- Teshar (budget)
- Naru Meha (budget'ish)
- Selvala (non budget)
These leaves me with gabs to fill for red and black, but I cannot decide on what Commander would fit the list above. I'm hoping y'all could give me some suggestions or input.
(Note; an other route could be to just rebuild an old Rafiq deck and toy around with that)
Apr 4, 2020Update 04/04/2020: Major deck overhaul!Posted in: Variant Commander
After the previous 2 games I went online and did some digging for information. I came across a new pauper combo deck within our Mardu colors. Satisfying to know that the cards for the combo can be retrieved with Alesha or Auramancer.
I also completely overhauled the decklist after starting from scratch again. I added much needed carddrawing effects, some removal and more early game mana fixing and accelerating.
Combo 2: Can be found in the old decklist
Combo 3: Tethmos High Priest combo:
Needs: Tethmos High Priest, Skirk Prospector, Mogg War Marshal, Crown of Flames, Mogg Fanatic / Fanatical Firebrand.
The idea is to cast CoF on Tethmos triggering his Heroic ability to bring back a creature with CMC 2 or less. In this case Mogg War Marshal. Skirk Prospector generates the red mana needed to bounce and recast the Crown. MWM and his token(s) will be used to fuel the Prospector. This results in one of 2 things:
1. A very large amount of 1/1 Goblins
2. A very large amount of red mana which can be used for the Crown sequence but bringing back Mogg Fanatic / Fanatical Firebrand / Welder Automaton for the kill.
Already ran this new set up in a 3 man game vs Mikaeus Zombies and Tribal Bolas. I actually won the game after removing 2 Sheoldreds with Faceless Butcher tricks, which allowed me to kill the 2 Bolas planeswalkers. The zombie player scooped after seeing 2 Sheoldreds (1 original, 1 Body doubled) stay online for 3 rounds. I kept fighting with a Beetleback loop via Alesha (attacking the zombie player).
Opinion on the deck after this game:
1. I didn't hit any combopiece for the Combo 1. Had 1 in hand for combo 2. In the end took the beatdown plan to bring home the victory.
2. Mana was on point, so was the tempo of the deck.
3. I think running the combos gives the deck an extra edge when need be. Unfortunately, I haven't managed to pull them of yet. Reason why: Pauper lacks effects (besides transmute) to actually got fetch the pieces you need.
Testing the deck further this evening and tomorrow. At the moment considering leaving out the combos in favor of more toolboxy creatures. Not quite sure just yet.
As always, opinions and feedback is very much appreciated
Apr 3, 2020Update 04/04/2020 (01h00 AM local time)Posted in: Variant Commander
Managedto turn in 3000 bulk cards on MTGO into 98% of the deck. Took a look at some digital dealers to get my hands on the 2 monarch enablers. Unfortunately they're 10 euros each on MTGO so I took them of the (digital) list.
Game 1: 4 man game vs tribal wolves, UB mill and Thrasios/Tymna partners.
The Wolves deck was a casual beatdown deck that ran quite fluently. The other 2 were more combo orientated.
I kept up until turn 6 or 7, spent my time clogging the board and managed to set up a Gary Loop to drain my opponents 3 times for a total of 45 dmg.
Sadly enough T/T comboed of after that with infinite mana, some eldrazi's and a huge Walking Ballista.
Opinion after this game: Commons only takes lot of time to get going compared to normal Commander decks.
Game 2: 4 man game against Jhoira of the Gitu, Oketra and Aminatou
Jhoira was a chaos deck, the more the marrier which was quite fun none the less. Oketra ramped into the god and played alot of low cmc creatures and built an army. Aminatou did her thing blinking stuff in and out. I was manascrewed which the other 3 aknowledged so they went head to head, seeing I was only running commons they wanted to see what I could do.
Jhoira's boardstate started to look pretty scary so the Aminatou pilot comboed out (Demonic Consultation into Thassa's Oracle, GG)
Opinion after game 2: same as after game 1, yet I felt dissappointed I wasn't really part of the game.
The deck needs more:
- speed: mana and gas
- more tricks to bring creatures back to the field.
Current changes in the online list:
Out > In
Thorn of the black Rose > Syphon Mind
Palace Sentinels > Syphon Mind
Haunted Cadaver > Liliana's Spectre
I'll ponder about what changes could be made after a night's rest.
Anyone willing to contemplate, let me know. We might be able to discuss via these forums or over Discord.
Note: Sorry for not using cardtags, writing this up on my phone
Apr 3, 202098? Odd .. I'd have to check which cards I overlooked while listing them up here. Getting some games in durings this healthcrisis will be hard unless I spend some time on MTGO.Posted in: Variant Commander
I'll look into possible options today.
Edit: 1 card was indeed missing: Returned Centaur
That should make 100 now.
Apr 2, 2020Hey Reaper,Posted in: Variant Commander
Thanks for the input. As stated in my previous post, this deck has not been playtested yet. It's the result of some brainstorming and pondering over what to play if I'd play commons only. You do make some valid points.
There is a reason why I did not include recursion cards like Reaping the Graves and Death Denied. They just cannot be recurred with Anarchist. If WRB had a common option to recur instants from the grave, I'd probably run a couple of those. Same for the instant speed creature removal. I like them, but I find it sad that they aren't reusable in this colorcombination. SYphon Mind on the other hand might be a good add, Corpse Churn could be left out as we already have some self mill on bodies.
I might need to make room for Liliana's Spectre tho. It was on my original list which had too many cards. In the end Haunted Cadaver took it's place. This might be the most obvious switch. The other option that could be the cut is probably Makindi Shieldmate. Besides being a substitute part for the combo, she holds no other value.
Apr 1, 2020Hey community,Posted in: Variant Commander
The decklist presented just a bit further is the result of a week seeking shelter in a brainstormtank. I originally posted a request for help in the regular Commander section of the forums. The question was quite simple. I needed some advice/guidance/help in general building an Alesha deck with a 25 euro budget restriciton in mind. There was no rarity limitation, just a budgetary one. Local LGS has set up this budget limitation to make it challenging as a deckbuilding exercise.
I've had some response on the thread, but not much. Never the less Zombie Shakespear commented with his commons only build. This got me thinking as it would merge my 2 favorite formats into one. The deck presented is the result of theorycrafting. It hasn't been tested yet, but I hope I can match it up against standard Commander decks at the kitchen table.
So this pile of cardboard comes in at 23,62€ nicely within the aforementioned budget. (We use Scryfall for pricechecks)
But what's the gameplan?
The main gameplan is to grind it out. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death is the engine that keeps the deck running. As with all "powered down" commander decks, the actual commander is a big part of it all. We tend to go wide with tokens and chip damage in here and there.
Token generators: Goblin Instigator, Attended Knight, Sandsteppe Outcast, Beetleback Chief, Sensor Splicer and Ponyback Brigade.
Paired up with Impact Tremors and Falkenrath Noble the deck is aiming to get the damage in.
As a second, we try to manipulate the boardstate in our favor. We're not a dedicated control deck but the tools are present and can be recurred with Alesha:
Fume Spitter, Kami of False Hope, Crypt Creeper, Felidar Cub, Keening Apparition, Mesmeric Fiend, Reckless Reveler, Stingscourger, Torchfiend, Faceless Butcher, Goblin Gardener, Haunted Cadaver and a few sorceries were selected to keep the board in check from pesky permanents. Anarchist is there to keep cycling those sorceries.
Alesha needs fuel tho. Several card drawing effects along with the necessary sacrifice outlets and discard outlets should make the deck run pretty smooth. Tortured existence can somewhat back up Alesha when needed. On a sidenotde: Selfmill is also present. The graveyard can be seen as your hand from which you can select the answer needed when problems arise.
Special note on transmute cards (Shred Memory, Brainspoil and Dimir Houseguard):
These fill in multiple roles: They either tutor or do whatever says on the card. Benefit of both Brainspoil and the Houseguard is that they are also reusable with out recurring engine.
What are the main targets? Combopieces:
The deck contains a combo that can end the game on the spot. It is a 4 pieces combo tho, so it can be rough to set it up. It requires these cards:
- Ashnod's Altar (tutorable with Shred Memory)
- Phantom Nomad (tutorable with Shred Memory) (or Makindi Shieldmate / Sandsteppe Outcast. Yet both of these give the opponents a window to react)
- Impact Tremors (tutorable with Shred Memory) / Falkenrath Noble (FN can be used in the combo, it will just take alot more cycles)
- Antler Skulkin
The idea is to give Phantom Noble (or a substitute) persist. Then sacrifice it to the Altar to gain 2. Persist will trigger bringing back Phantom Noble and thus triggering Impact Tremors and/or Falkenrath Noble. The +1/+1 counters will cancel out the -1/-1 counter which resets the "loop".
But hey: "Antler Skulkin" isn't good on his own in the deck. It cannot be recurred with Alesha.
This is true, but there are other ways to get it back (Tortured existence, Macabre Waltz, Death's Duet, Cadaver Imp and Gravedigger come to mind). Never the less it's an all star combined with most of our white creatures. Tho I must confess that adding some more valuable white creatures will make the crazy scarecrow better.
There, now you have it. I'm glad I've taken the time to write this all down. As always, I'm looking forward to what you are thinking about the list. Did I miss some hidden gem or any other good interaction? Let me know about it!
PS: Keep in mind I'd like to keep this commons only
Moving forward from the above deckbuilding challenge, I stepped it up and moved to commons only. Anything Pauper and Commander legal can go into the deck. This resulted in the list below. I have yet to check the totalprice of this deck, but as for now I'm looking at this as a deckbuilding exercise.
As always, I'm very willing to hear from you guys. What are your thoughts on this list? Do you have any ideas to make this list stronger? Share them, please!
Do keep in mind I'm keeping this commons only.
Mar 31, 2020Sorry for the late reply. Have been busy lately.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Thanks for the input. I love reading your content. This comprehensive list might be a good starting point.
Indeed, the budget is quite narrow. I made a first draft with some card I already own but I was quickly heading towards the pricelimit. Who knew some commons have such a high value ^^
Mar 9, 2020Hi!Posted in: Commander (EDH)
It's been a while since I played MtG. In august last year I tried picking up Commander again as it used to be my favorite format. Few mates and I triedto get back together, but busy schedules kept us from meeting up.
Fast forward to past friday. I joined a gaming club near my hometown. It hosts all kind of games but Guild Ball and MtG lured me in. MtG wise, several formats are present, including Commander. I suggested playing some pauper Commander but people were a bit reluctant. (Sad face)
As the evening goes by a friendly gentleman approaches me and tells me they do host some budget nights restricting total deck cost to 25 € (including commander and basics).
I decided to pick up on the challenge as my eyes fell on Alesha Who Smiles At Death. Thus I am now turning to the online community for some cool ideas, hidden obscure gems or general advice.
Back in the days I used to play control decks. Yet I'd like to stear away from those for now. My main idea would be a creature based toolbox deck that can win occasionally.
Any feedback is much appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
Aug 26, 2019Guys,Posted in: Commander (EDH)
I really appreciate the feedback. I used to play in a very competitive group and the club I'm planning to play at has both casual and competitive games. I don't mind what setting it is, I just play for fun.
The original idea was to rebuild both my Hannah deck and Rafiq. Yet I do have that Tuvasa deck laying around so I might just start from there. Bosh always has poked my interest.
Aug 22, 2019Hi community!Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Few years back I "gave" up on Magic due to real life things happening and I needed the funds to build a house.
Sold my decks and leftover trades which in the end did provide enough funds for a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom, tho since then I've always missed the smell of cardboard coming out of a deckbox.
When I started playing Magic, the people in my LGS introduced me to EDH, now Commander (because the baby needs a name, no?) and I fell in love instantly.
Now that every little piece of the puzzle has fallen into place I am looking to get back into the format I loved so much (besides Legacy, but damn .. ***** has gotten expensive). At a local flea market I found this "Adaptive Enchantment" commander deck which was still packed. This got me excited yet to me the deck is a bit of a let down.
Now I was wondering how you guys would advise a returning player should go about acquiring the cards needed for a decent commander deck.
I used to play a solid Rafiq deck and a decent Hannah deck, but looking at individual pricetags for cards has frightened me to get back into the game.
Thoughts, tips and advice are very much appreciated.
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