Description

Bigger = Better

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Introduction

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Sultai

Campfire Storytime!

I've always been fascinated by the Sultai color combination. It's a very powerful one, as there are many powerful aspects of it, such as draw, ramp, removal and tutors to name a few. This was originally supposed to be a Damia combo-control list, but I wanted to cast my commander as I enjoy having a combo piece being easily accessible. Fast-forward to Commander 2016, and we now have Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix. At first I thought Kydele was rather underwhelming, in general I thought all the partner commanders were all not-so-good at first, so she doesn't have to take it personally haha.

Commanders

Silas Renn

Silas is kinda there for the emotional support, access to black, and recurring the artifact combo pieces when need be, but he's cool since there is recursion in the command zone, which proves useful. There are a couple cards added in that help him out in triggering his ability to recast artifacts to sac.

Kydele

Saving the best for last, Kydele is the real MVP here. The goal of this deck is to combo out with infinite mana and a mana sink in hand. This is where the group hug comes in, as you are usually able to draw at least three cards per turn with the proper setup, allowing the deck to combo out with relative ease.

Playing This Deck

Just like Niv-Mizzet, and Nekusar, Kydele loves to draw cards. Your goal with the deck is to draw cards until you hit a combo piece, such as Umbral Mantle or Sword of the Paruns, and a mana sink such as Exsanguinate in hand.

Mulligans

The ideal opening hand is usually two lands and a tutor/draw engine. With the amount of draw acceleration there is in this deck, you will draw into your combo pieces as turns progress and earlier than you may think.

Winning

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Villainous Wealth

Just like either of the Selvalas, this deck uses cards like Sword of the Paruns and Umbral Mantle to indefinitely untap the mana producers. In Kydel's case, you will need to draw at least four cards in a turn. This is where the group hug cards come in, along with wheels, to help achieve this goal. There are several wheels in this deck:

Once you have drawn a significant amount of cards, hopefully you have ran into a tutor or one of the two aforementioned cards above. Luckily, there are several means of getting the cards in hand via tutors:

Additional Combos

What to do with all that mana

To win, you use cards like Blue Sun's Zenith to draw into Gemstone Array to filter colorless mana into colored mana, and cast your library/wincons, such as:

Note you can win without an -draw spell if you have an infinite mana sink.

In conclusion,this deck functions similar to an elfball EDH deck. You achieve a specific condition to get infinite mana to win. Staff of Domination is optimal for this deck as a win condition, since it locks down the entire board alone with Kydele after drawing eight cards in a turn by tapping down opponents' creatures.

Budget

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Make it Rain!

This deck's budget is not high enough to accommodate Staff of Domination, and is around $100 at most. I will be increasing the price as time goes on, however.

As far as suggestions go, I am very open to any suggestions in improving this deck. Usually if I'm not automatically convinced with a suggestion, an explanation about the card works just fine.

Thanks for reading the description! If you especially enjoyed it, +1's are much appreciated!

Updates

Probably doesn't look like it, but I literally took apart this deck and rebuilt it from the ground up. There might be some differences, but the shell is mostly the same.

I added Deadeye Navigator + Peregrine Drake into the deck as an additional way to create infinite colored mana (depending on the lands).

There have been some big changes, but one premise of this deck will never change:

Big Mana, Big Draw.

Comments View Archive

Triton says... #1

Mr.Beaver I have previously considered Kami of the Crescent Moon, it's mainly just a matter of what to switch out for him. Any suggestions? Prototype Portal seems okay, idk how I feel about it in this deck.

Thanks for the suggestions and upvote!

March 10, 2017 4:37 p.m.

Mr.Beaver says... #2

Maybe Magus of the Will? Mostly for budget reason though

March 10, 2017 5:04 p.m.

Triton says... #3

I added Magus since I happened to have one lying around. Most of the more expensive cards I already have in the deck I had already haha.

Kami is about a dollar, so it's no biggie about what to take out. :)

March 10, 2017 5:08 p.m.

Mr.Beaver says... #4

Lol, I don't know what to replace then, sorry :(

March 10, 2017 5:49 p.m.

Triton says... #5

All good haha, I'll find a card to replace eventually. :)

March 10, 2017 6:56 p.m.

WarBird69 says... #6

Dimir House Guard is something else that can help you tutor specifically for Gemstone Array. Swap out Mystic Remora for Rhystic Study when you can as well. Would no max hand size cards like Reliquary Tower be useful in this deck?

March 15, 2017 9:31 a.m.

Triton says... #7

warbird I think Dimir House Guard is pretty good, but I kinda like cards that are marginally better outside of Transmute, but more tutors is always better in any deck haha. I'll consider adding it into the deck.

Will make the swap for Rhystic Study if/when I get one.

I haven't had any troubles with hand size, but I'll consider Reliquary Tower and such just in case (I can trade for it and Thought Vessel sometime soon).

Thanks for the suggestions and upvote!

March 15, 2017 10:47 a.m.

HEX. says... #8

Is there a reason you have not used Lightning Greaves? Brainstorm

March 16, 2017 10:41 p.m.

Triton says... #9

HEX. I do not currently have the budget for Lightning Greaves, but it's definitely a card to consider. Brainstorm was in the list, any suggestions as to what to cut for it?

March 17, 2017 1:18 p.m.

PG7m says... #10

I like anything Sultai. Been wanting to build with these partners. Looks good. +1

March 20, 2017 8:10 p.m.

Triton says... #11

PG7m thanks for the upvote! It's a love-hate relationship with these guys, I love the colors and the combos, but I hate the fact that there are only 11 decks on the EDHRec database, which makes it quite hard to find ideas for card to add in.

March 20, 2017 10:50 p.m.

Mizzazzi says... #12

Hey sorry for not commenting! Anyway +1 obviously! Card draw and sultai colors are honestly some of the coolest things in magic and benefiting off them are just some of the sweetest things! Some some I would suggest are Master of the Feast, Bident of Thassa, Coastal Piracy, Dimir Cutpurse mostly because these not only help enable card draw but Master of the Feast can combo with notion theif and in multiplayer thats alot of cards. Just some other things would be Chasm Skulker and Venser's Journal for a huge threat as well as some life gain to send you out of range of some players.

March 31, 2017 12:08 p.m.

Triton says... #13

Mizzazzi all good haha, I think Coastal Piracy and other combat-related draw cards would do well in another build with cards like Edric, Spymaster of Trest. I used to actually have a Venser's Journal, but traded it away a while back, but I can see how it'd be good in this deck. Master of the Feast I feel is a bit more in your opponents' favor, and I do like getting some benefit off of group hug effects, and idk how consistent it would be with Notion Thief, while a cute interaction. I'll take your suggestions into consideration, thanks for the advice and upvote!

March 31, 2017 12:50 p.m.

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Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.03
Tokens 3/3 Beast, */* Ooze
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