Description

A budget-y Brago Stax list with two win conditions in Blue Sun's Zenith and Rest in Piece + Helm of Obedience. The list you see here are cards I own in paper and look forward to play at my local store's EDH league.

Extract value with stuff like: Augury Owl, Sage of Epityr (draw filtering), Ephara, Kor Cartographer, Stoneforge Mystic, Trinket Mage (tutoring), and Sun Titan

Deny resources with stuff like: The Rishadan Squad (Cutpurse, Footpad, and Brigand), Aven Mindcensor, Reflector Mage, Reality Acid, and Parallax Tide

Tie that together with with Brago's ability and Strionic Resonator to copy it while having enough artifact mana and prepare to have the whole table chase you down.

Inifinite Mana Generation requires 3 conditions:

  1. You have Brago on the field
  2. You have Strionic Resonator out
  3. You are able to produce more than 3 mana via artifacts

You need 2 mana to power the Strionic Resonator targeting Brago's trigger when he attacks. Have the resonator blink itself and the mana-producing artifacts after you tap them for mana. Rinse and repeat until you've generated enough mana to deck someone out with Blue Sun's Zenith or Helm of Obedience.

Small note on how you win with Rest in Peace + Helm of Obedience:

Because all cards that enter any graveyard go to exile thanks to Rest in Peace, the helm checks for how many cards hit (or if you hit a creature) before it becomes sacrificed but never sees anything. It continues to mill your opponent out of the game because of this interaction. Proceed to repeat on every other opponent.

I'm currently looking for what additions to make for the deck with some provisions:

  • I have to say no to proxies, as my local store does not permit them for its local EDH league.

  • If I am to add more denial pieces, I would prefer it in the form of taxing stuff like Aura of Silence or Mystic Remora.

  • Okay with replacing ETBT lands

  • I'd like to add more artifact mana sources if possible

  • Aiming for a lower curve, but I'll likely want to keep stuff like Lavinia, Ephara, and Resolute Archangel given the hate these types of decks draw.

  • I'll likely cut creature auras and aura fetchers (Heliod's Pilgrim) but keep stuff like Reality Acid and Stupefying Touch

  • I understand I have Mindlock Orb here, but I'll cut that for sure.

Updates

Comments

Wolfrage76 says... #1

Since you're into slamming down the Denied stamp, one card that's saved my ass numerous times is Imprisoned in the Moon. Shut down commanders, planes walkers, land or creatures. Cheap to pull out too. Just a thought :D I may use this deck for the basis of a Artifact heavy deck I've been wanted. And it gave me ideas for my Big hitters with Weenie Wall

May 9, 2017 1:55 p.m.

Triton says... #2

Funny thing is, I'm gonna be posting my own Brago list in the Advertise Your Commander Deck thread too haha. It's not as cutthroat as you intend yours to be, but enough about my deck!

Hope these suggestions help, coming from a fellow Brago player!

May 9, 2017 2:37 p.m.

theSLiKbandit says... #3

I would consider Imprisoned in the Moon, but I feel like I've put enough stock into Pacifism -like effects like Stupefying Touch and Pithing Needle while having the likes of Detention Sphere, Reality Acid, Parallax Tide, along with the pirates Rishadan Cutpurse, Rishadan Footpad, and Rishadan Brigand to further that gameplan. In any case, I appreciate your suggestion.

May 9, 2017 2:46 p.m.

theSLiKbandit says... #4

Triton - I mentioned in my description that I wanted my deck to be Duel Commander-legal so I can play both formats, so if it were 1000% not a thing at my local store, I'd jump right into stuff like Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, and Grim Monolith

May 9, 2017 3:54 p.m.

Triton says... #5

theSLiKbandit Didn't read the description carefully- my bad! I don't follow Duel Commander rules that much, but if any of the other cards are Duel Commander legal, they're very good with Brago!

May 9, 2017 4:44 p.m.

theSLiKbandit says... #6

Triton - Yeah, I'm aware that Winter Orb is a thing and might consider it, but the tax pieces I'm looking for should be more along the lines of Mystic Remora that may cause your opponent to pay more for not wanting you to do a thing and less like Ghostly Prison because I'm not attempting to turn this into some sort of fortress type deck.

Thought Vessel is a thing I'll want to have considering the amount of draw I'll have available to me. But that, Muddle the Mixture, and Winter Orb don't quite hit the $80 or near $80 limit I'm trying to get to here.

May 9, 2017 6:33 p.m.

Triton says... #7

Ah, okay! If so, I'd recommend Rhystic Study, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Lodestone Golem, and Leonin Arbiter for more taxing effects. Hope this helps!

May 9, 2017 11:50 p.m.

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Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.69
Tokens 1/1 Bird
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