Description

I decided to create a deck without an infinite combo finish, since those get boring after a while.

As mentioned before, I've decided to stay away from infinite combos for this deck.

This deck is a WU blink value deck, getting nice perks when blinking permanents, such as card draw and lifegain.

Due to me currently having multiple EDH projects, I have to limit the deck's budget to $80 or less. Once I've finished other decks, I will be increasing the budget for this deck.

I don't normally do this, but as far as suggestions go, any cards that form an infinite combo are excluded because this deck is just about out-valuing opponents via EtB effects.

  • Phyrexian Metamorph is a neat card in this deck, you can Flicker it to become Felidar Guardian, or copy opponents' EtB creatures to profit off of those.

  • Blinking cards like Flickerwisp with Brago can allow you to blink a card multiple times a turn.

  • Mastery of the Unseen and the "X"-forms are the reason why I use so many permanents, you flicker the manifest tokens, and get the face-up permanents. So this deck can cheat in Omniscience in theory.

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python2048 says... #1

I play Ephara, God of the Polis as my commander and even though they are kind of different decks, there is a lot of overlap.

A few cards that are under or around $2 that I run and you might get benefit from:

Knight-Captain of Eos

Conjurer's Closet

Wall of Omens

Sunblast Angel

Karmic Guide

Crystal Shard

Trinket Mage (you can add Seat of the Synod, Ancient Den, and maybe even Darksteel Citadel to make it worth more than just getting Sol Ring. I have Everflowing Chalice. In this deck, you may also get use from Pithing Needle. With this package, it's probably just better than Pilgrim's Eye.)

Thalia's Lancers (Important to note, it gets any legendary, not just creatures. I run Inventors' Fair and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx.)

If you have Archaeomancer, you probably want Mnemonic Wall and Scrivener as well. These cards make Ghostly Flicker much better. So much so that I run also Displace and Illusionist's Stratagem as well in Ephara.

Ixidron could be interesting in this deck, especially if you add more blink effects outside of Brago.

I don't know how much I like creature auras for Brago. He's already a removal magnet (which is one of the reasons I don't play him as my commander) and I feel like you'd end up just getting two for one'd. Whispersilk Cloak might be a good alternative. You could also add stuff like Cloudshift, Momentary Blink, or maybe even Whitemane Lion to help protect Brago from removal or get additional value. Again, I haven't played this deck and don't know your meta, so this may be irrelevant.

You may want to look at making your mana rocks a turn faster so you can curve into Brago on turn three. You could run Talisman of Progress, Fellwar Stone, or Thought Vessel if you're looking to have your rocks all untap with Brago. They aren't as reliable at fixing as say Darksteel Ingot, but the speed could be worth it.

Here's a link to my Ephara deck if you're interested:

Ephara's Blink'n Value

March 21, 2017 11:08 p.m.

Triton says... #2

python2048 thanks for all the great suggestions! I'll add in any of the <$2 cards that you suggested, I was at first hesitant about Karmic Guide since she's quite combo-oriented. However, I believe I do not have any of the other combo pieces that would make her go infinite.

Trinket Mage seems pretty good, I don't know how I would feel about it since Pilgrim's Eye does have more combos. I'll put it into consideration. The main reason I added it in was because I ad a foil one lying around, but it's no problem taking it out haha. Thalia's Lancers would be better if I had more legendaries, as you stated.

I think cutting all the auras would be a good idea, I'll add in Whispersilk Cloak. I completely blanked on that card and was thinking about it today haha.

I agree completely with the mana rocks, I can easily find a place for them in the deck.

As for protection for Brago, I'll consider adding more non-permanent bounce cards, but it does mean that I'll have to readjust some cards, as I enjoy lots of permanents for Mastery of the Unseen and blinking value, but it's no biggie. :)

March 21, 2017 11:23 p.m.

Flagellum says... #3

Reality Acid is funny with Brago and it gets around indestructible.

Rishadan Footpad/Rishadan Cutpurse/Rishadan Brigand are hilarious if dropped within the first few turns.

Fatespinner is a better Stonehorn Dignitary and doesn't need to be blinked.

March 22, 2017 12:37 a.m.

Triton says... #4

Flagellum I have considered Reality Acid, I'll reconsider adding it in. The Rishadan creatures are pretty cool, I do like the repeatable removal.

Fatespinner is hilarious, but it is a tad expensive ($$-wise) for me, and I do like how on-theme Dignitary is in this deck.

Thanks for the suggestions!

March 22, 2017 11:41 a.m.

Flagellum says... #5

Np, if you want to browse my deck for other ideas here it is:


Brago, King Dethroned

Commander / EDH Flagellum

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It started off very budget but over time it morphed into a heavy stax/competitive deck that stalled everything. That wasn't very fun for anyone so I removed the stax elements and changed it to something that just abuses ETB effects. Stax works great but makes Brago an even bigger threat and when he's removed those elements affected me just as much. The comments section has the more budget friendlier cards I used to run. Happy building!

March 22, 2017 12:57 p.m.

Triton says... #6

I'll check out your deck for ideas, thanks!

March 22, 2017 1:51 p.m.

dlamars says... #7

Hey, I just tuned my first blink deck and I think I have a few solid suggestions keeping budget in mind:

Man-o'-War is great removal, alongside those you already have.

Linvala, the Preserver is an all star in my mardu flicker deck, if you can keep it from being removed it pays off big.

Knight of the White Orchid probably the best ramp option in white, I like Oreskos Explorer too and ultimately replaced Kor Cartographer for it in my deck since coming down on turn 2 it's much more relevant timing wise imo.

Mentor of the Meek is great for card advantage too.

I also like Cataclysmic Gearhulk though he's not always a great play, having the option to Cataclysm every turn can be useful.

Some cuts I'd consider are:Myr Battlesphere - bit too spendy.

Deadeye Navigator - feel like you're better off running something like Fiend Hunter since it pairs so well with brago, is on curve and adds a temporary removal option.

Kor Cartographer - just too much mana imo for a 2/2, ramping from 4 to 6 the next turn doesn't seem super relevant here.

Mistmeadow Witch - like the navigator I think another Glimmerpoint Stag like creature works better with brago.

Call for Unity - seems really slow to me, would be better off just going with Cathars' Crusade or even Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit I think.

Hopefully some of that is useful to you, I like the deck a lot. Good luck!

April 10, 2017 3:08 a.m.

Triton says... #8

@dlamars

I had Man-o'-War in the deck originally, but replaced it with Rishadan Brigand, do you think I should redo the change?

Linvala, the Preserver Is amazing value! I'll find a spot for her.

I completely agree with Knight of the White Orchid for Kor Cartographer, I kinda forgot about that card back when I played Standard.

I haven't paid too much attention to the amount of creatures that could trigger Mentor of the Meek, but I'll consider him since I do feel as though this deck could use a bit more card draw.

Cataclysmic Gearhulk is really cool! I like the EtB, since I feel as though this deck could use a bit more boardwipes, will consider him in the 99.

I like Myr Battlesphere since while I agree it is quite spendy, as you mentioned, it does serve as a win condition by attacking with a bunch of Myr and burning your opponent for a ton of damage. Deadeye Navigator is a very powerful blink card, and I am quite hesitant to take him out. I do think Mistmeadow Witch is a tad too slow for this deck, I'll take her out for Glimmerpoint Stag. I think Call for Unity is good because when you blink creatures with counters on them, the counters disappear, so I think that giving up some speed for more synergy is fine.

Thanks for the suggestions and upvote!

April 10, 2017 10:55 a.m.

dlamars says... #9

Hey I forgot to mention Whirler Rogue, think it works well here since brago needs to get through.

Also while I understand your thoughts behind Call for Unity I still think Cathars' Crusade is better, since brago allows you to choose what to exile it is entirely possible to flicker everything but tokens or one creature making multiple large creatures when needed. Also when they all enter they each create a trigger so 4 creatures entering give all of them four counters, so the counters are never really lost. On turn 5 or 6 I think you could easily give everything 4 or 5 counters and swing for lethal turn 6 or 7 in comparison to +1/+1 on turn 6, +2/+2 turn 7 etc. Anyways just my opinion.

April 11, 2017 1:53 p.m.

Triton says... #10

dlamars I think Whirler Rogue is very good, which is why she has a spot in the deck. ;) I always forget the second ability of hers, so it only solidifies her place in the deck haha.

As for Cathars' Crusade, I think you do have a good point for it with blinking creatures, and I think if I had a creature that I was abusing its ability with Brago, the creature wouldn't have a significant amount of counters on it.

Thanks for your input and suggestions!

April 11, 2017 2:42 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.33
Tokens 1/1 Thopter, 1/1 Spirit, 1/1 Myr, 1/1 Soldier
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