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  • posted a message on Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain - Historical Legend [Core 2019 update]
    We are doing the 1 vs 1 brawls with the adjusted range of 20 life. This is a key fact as aggro decks tend to be a whee bit too fast when going first. I am already playing Abrade + Lightning Strike main and shortly considered adding Shock + Filigree Familiar, but simply switched to Kumena for 1 vs 1 Brawl atm- ;-)
    Posted in: Decklists
  • posted a message on Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain - Historical Legend [Core 2019 update]
    As much as I love the idea, this sadly is only viable in multiplayer. I found this far too slow against a lot of aggroish 1- or 2-color decks.
    Posted in: Decklists
  • posted a message on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant: Zombie horde and shenanigans! (Competitive, Budget, and Zombie Tribal - 3 versions!)
    Chains was more ment to be a disruption against opponents trying to draw additional cards in order to handle our board. Imagine a Brainstorm when Chains is down... We on the other side won't be affected at all. But maybe this isn't even necessary.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant: Zombie horde and shenanigans! (Competitive, Budget, and Zombie Tribal - 3 versions!)
    Great primer, I love it. Thanks for all the effort you put into it!

    This said, I am in the lucky position of playing M:tG for more than 20 years (with some breaks in between that is) now. Owning stuff from Legends and other older sets for more than 15 years now means there are nearly no budget constraints for me for this format. This leads me to the question whether you considered Adding a Chains of Mephistopheles somewhere in your 100? Also, when looking at the Satyrs, Mulch & Grisly Salvage, is there a way to incorporate Commune with the Gods? How fond are you on cutting Victimize?
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Godo, Bandit Warlord - Big Red / Beatdown
    Quote from Dougleton
    Argentum Armor - Double vindicate when Godo attacks + almost enough general damage to kill.
    Grafted Exoskeleton - Kill someone on one attack phase.

    I'm been playing black + red for a few years now in EDH and I will tell you Wheel of Fortune really works against you. Your best bet for draw in red, (especially with Godo) is Skullclamp and packing creatures like Siege-Gang Commander who poop out dudes for you to clamp.

    Consider Jaya Ballard, Task Mage as a replacement for beacon, shes very awesome. Please run Basilisk Collar to turn her into a death touch gun, (works awesome with Inferno Titan and Siege-Gang Commander as well.)

    You really don't need all those different swords in my opinion; pack more utility equipment's as mentioned above.

    If your playgroup allows you the 10 card wishboard consider running Burning Wish and move Insurrection to the wish board as it really sucks drawing that early.

    Recoup is an awesome red recursion card.

    Stranglehold is a grief card, I know mono-red needs all the goodie goods it can get but people are not gona have fun with that card out.

    Buried Ruin is a hidden gem, run it--you need all the recursion you can find in red and this helps you get back utility equipment.

    You may agree Blasphemous Act is better than Chain Reaction.

    Tenza is cute for the theme but its a **** card; I can understand if you're leaving it in for flavor though.

    Hoarding Dragon is an awesome little bro.

    I prefer Ingot Chewer over Manic Vandal.

    Run High Market and you can also run Word of Seizing which can take planeswalkers whos ultimate is about to go off or if you take a creature you sacrifice it with market after attacking. Trust me I've had Nicole Bolas, Planeswalker about to ultimate taken from me--it burned.

    Thanks for your reply. About your suggestions:

    - I haven't thought about Argentum Armor in Godo, but I will definitely try it. The Exoskeleton was in there, but I didn't like it - it's a tiny bit too good with Godo, and nobody wants to be killed by poison on turn 6 and watch the game go on for another hour.

    - I don't like Jaya for the steady card disadvantage she produces. Additionally, in a longer game she wouldn't kill any relevant creatures without also having the Collar out. I could imagine adding her and the Collar if I add some additional pingers sometimes. I already tought about Grim Lavamancer and Goblin Sharpshooter, for example.

    - Recoup was in the first sketch, but got cut shortly afterwards. There weren't that many playable sorceries in the deck back then, so it might be worth a second glance.

    - Stranglehold is not a grief card in my view. It fits the aggressiveness of the deck and permits other deck's tutors to better establish it's own gameplan. A tutor for removal might be some deck's game plan to handle aggressive strategies like this one, so hindering them to do so isn't more dickish than the tutor strategy itself. Playing mono red and watch other people using tutor after tutor isn't fun as well. Additionally, as you mentioned on your own, mono red needs all the toys it can get.

    - I play Skullclamp in too many other EDH decks. My build of Godo uses Mask of Memory for this purpose.

    - Sword of Light and Shadow is in there because it adds a little bit of recursion and therefore CA. Additionally, it grants protection from the most efficient spotremoval available. However, I might change the equipment package a bit and test some other configuration. I love Tenza in here, though.

    - Buried Ruins is great indeed. I use it in Karn, but it would be nice here, too. I think I'll add one.

    - Hoarding Dragon was in the deck for a while. Then I added one to my Brion EDH, which is much better at controlling when the Dragon goes to the yard, and as I try to avoid too much overlapping of cards used between my decks he was cut here. On the other hand, he is one of the more reliable red tutors, so maybe he deserves a slot.

    - Word of Seizing is nice. I overlooked it says *permanent*... I think I have to give it a try.

    Quote from Wildfire393
    I'm going to have to disagree with you here. Yes, everyone else gets a full hand when you cast it, but they also lose everything they're holding on to. This makes it a great tool against tutors and mass draw effects (particularly with Reliquary Tower abounding). In fact, I'd go so far as to add Wheel of Fate and Chandra Ablaze to any Mono-red deck. They also all work wonders with Mind's Eye, which is one of the best colorless sources of draw.

    Though Skullclamp is indeed awesome, and you should probably aim to abuse it.

    One thing I'm wondering though is, why is this a creature-heavy aggro deck? Godo's strength is Voltron, since he doubles the power bonus and on-hit/on-attack effects of any equipment on him. Hitting 21 general damage should be a breeze in Godo, to the point where playing other non-utility creatures is probably a waste of time and resources.

    I'm going to second the suggestions to add Argentum Armor and Grafted Exoskeleton. In addition, I'd suggest Nim Deathmantle. It makes Godo incredibly hard to remove, more so even than effects like Lightning Greaves and Darksteel Plate. As long as you can keep at least 4 open, Godo is immune to all forms of destruction, edicts, and clones, and in fact playing any of these spells just lets you fetch another piece of equipment. It also grants him evasion, which can make him lethal very easily.

    I think I already covered most of your suggestions. Until now Wheel effects were great every time I played them. Suspending Wheel of Fate usually speeds the play up a bit as people are eager to use the cards in their hands before they will be gone.

    For the same reason this deck is not Voltron, but more an aggro-controllish build. Some efficient creatures (as far as you can say so for red) with added abilities and some control elements for staying in the game long enough. Turning creatures sideways aggressively is a nice way to force more early interaction and tends to innervate table politics and discussion.

    Nim Deathmantle is a very good suggestion. I think this is a nice way to cut the two 'classic' swords from the deck, as it provides another way of generating CA and therefore lets me reduce another overlapping of cards used in my decks.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Your first EDH deck
    Rafiq of the Many. A mixture of goodstuff and 187-creatures.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Godo, Bandit Warlord - Big Red / Beatdown
    Godo is number 4 of my cycle of mono-colored generals.

    With Azami (currently dismantled) being combo, Xihaou Dun MBC and Omnath ramp + fatties at the time, I wanted Godo to be a mixture of red beatdown, nastiness and chaos in a big-red stylish way. Akroma, Angel of Wrath closes the circle as #5 is an angel-themed control deck.

    I played and tweaked the deck for more than a year now and came to a build which I think is good enough to present to you. Nevertheless I am happy for your suggestions and input. When proposing possible cards to add please also suggest what to cut for them.

    A classic problem for Mono-red in multiplayer is generating enough CA for keeping up with the other players. Some choices reflect this problem and my way of trying to solve it. What a great challenge for deck building!

    There are still some slots I am unsure about. I'll mark those slots for debating them. The deck is sorted by type and cmc for better readability.

    00 Godo, Bandit Warlord

    cmc = 1 - 3
    01 Goblin Welder
    02 Kargan Dragonlord
    03 Goblin Matron
    04 Magus of the Moon
    05 Manic Vandal
    06 Taurean Mauler
    07 Viashino Heretic

    cmc = 4
    08 Cyclops Gladiator(*)
    09 Flametongue Kavu
    10 Instigator Gang
    11 Solemn Simulacrum

    cmc = 5
    12 Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs
    13 Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
    14 Magma Phoenix
    15 Siege-Gang Commander
    16 Vulshok Battlemaster

    cmc = 6
    17 Crater Hellion
    18 Duplicant
    19 Hellkite Charger
    20 Steel Hellkite

    cmc = 7
    21 Balefire Dragon
    22 Knollspine Dragon
    23 Rimescale Dragon

    cmc = 8
    24 Akroma, Angel of Fury

    cmc = 1
    25 Red Sun's Zenith
    26 Shattering Spree
    27 Skred

    cmc = 2

    28 Comet Storm
    29 Wheel of Fate

    cmc = 3
    30 Reiterate
    31 Wheel of Fortune

    cmc = 4-5
    32 Beacon of Destruction(*)
    33 Chain Reaction
    34 Incendiary Command
    35 In the Web of War

    cmc = 6-8
    36 Alpha Brawl
    37 Jaws of Stone
    38 Rage Reflection
    39 Disaster Radius
    40 Insurrection

    Godo's toys - Equipment (sorted by cmc)
    41 Lightning Greaves
    42 Mask of Memory
    43 Helm of Kaldra
    44 Sword of Fire and Ice
    45 Sword of Light and Shadow
    46 Sword of Vengeance
    47 Tenza, Godo's Maul
    48 Shield of Kaldra
    49 Sword of Kaldra

    50 Everflowing Chalice
    51 Scrabbling Claws
    52 Sensei's Divining Top
    53 Sol Ring
    54 Coldsteel Heart
    55 Mind Stone
    56 Ruby Medallion
    57 Oblivion Stone
    58 Gauntlet of Might
    59 Thran Dynamo
    60 Gauntlet of Power
    61 Memory Jar
    62 Mind's Eye

    63 Ancient Tomb
    64 Barbarian Ring
    65 Kher Keep
    66 Mutavault
    67 Scrying Sheets
    68 Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle
    69 Winding Canyons
    99 Snow-Covered Mountain x30

    The cards marked with (*) are the slots I am currently unsure about for different reasons (speed, power-level, DB-level). Nearly all the others have proven themselves in multiplayer games more than once.

    Cards I'd like to add:
    - Bedlam
    - Power Matrix
    - Stranglehold

    Suggestions are very welcome.
    Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
  • posted a message on Best mono-Red General?
    I like my Godo "Aggro + Chaos" deck.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on June 20th EDH Bannings - Changes!
    I played Rofellos too, but from the beginning I wanted it to be a big-green deck and not an elf-ballish deck. I played Staff for exactly one evening and pulled it from the deck after one game. Sick piece of artificial craftmanship.

    With Staff of Domination getting the axe the potential of abusing Rofellos (and others) diminished a lot. But as much as I loved playing the deck, it always felt a bit like cheating. There were these games where you drew your first 7 and knew that the group would have a hard time beating you if there won't be spot removal during the first 3 turns. Hands containing at least 2 Forests and some assortement of fat and draw (or a combination thereof like Primordial Sage) were very strong.

    I never saw Channel being played, but with the printing of the Eldrazi I was a bit worried about it.

    Seeing Tolarian Academy leaving the format makes me a sad Panda. Maybe I'll rebuild my not-even-finished artifact deck (Sharuum) into Karn? However, Academy is a very strong card and was abused in whatever format it was played since it was printed. Therefore I do have a fine grasp for this
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Angel theme deck, help please?
    I am also considering an angel-themed deck as one of my next projects. Contrary to the other suggestions I considered going with Selenia, Dark Angel as my General, as I'd like to show some corruption of angelic creatures. Fallen Angel and Fallen Ideal came to my mind as well as some other goodies fitting this subtheme.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Selecting a Mono-Black General
    I strongly recommend Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed if you can get your hands on one. His recursive abilities are insane, and Horsemanship goes a long way when you are in need of general damage.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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