Eurobeat Intensifies


It's time to drift your way to victory with Initial D(epala)'s Aether Stage. This an aggro build based around vehicles and dwarves, held together by our commander, Depala, Pilot Exemplar. Turn your dwarves into master street racers as you deal tons of damage with massive vehicles straight to the opponent's face. When you eventually run out of gas (see what I did there?), you can just pay Depala's and draw another hand of dwarves and vehicles to continue the carnage. If you are looking to buy this deck, you can remove Heart of Kiran and Nahiri, the Harbinger if your budget is around $70.


The overall goal of Initial D(epala) is to dump a load of vehicles and crew them with dwarves to smash face and take names. When playing this list, it's often more important to keep your dwarf pilots in one piece so that you can recur your vehicles with cards like Refurbish or Daretti, Scrap Savant's -2. Being in red and white, we have quite a few combat tricks to chose from, but by staying on theme we get access to Built to Smash and Built to Last . These cards buff our creatures, but get the maximum value by hitting a crewed vehicle. For those wondering, the fastest you can get out Metalwork Colossus is turn 3.


This deck draws great value from the fact you can crew a summoning-sickness creature as soon as it enters the battlefield. In addition Depala, Pilot Exemplar can get herself into any vehicle at instant speed, meaning you can leave your mana and blockers open so that during your opponents' end steps and pay her , ensuring a full hand of dwarves and vehicles next turn. Depala values early and fast attacks, often gaining strength from playing fast & furious. This does leave you open to other players, especially with larger playgroups.

Deck inspired by the greatest 90's street racing anime ever: Initial D.Do you like, my deck? If you do, +1 and leave comments or suggestions!!! Want to talk more about my deck or Depala in general? Feel free to enable chat with me and we can talk more in depth about playstlye and meta-specific modifications. Drift on!



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April 5, 2017 2:57 p.m.

ManinSatin says... #2

Love the deck, especially the theme! Only suggestions I'd make are finding spots for Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer and Dispatch

April 10, 2017 12:34 a.m.

ManinSatin, I will consider Dispatch, even though most of the times we won't get metalcraft most games. In addition, Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer could be fun as an alternative commander. Thanks for the help!

April 15, 2017 4:05 a.m.

strembl7 says... #4

So in my experience, Jor Kadeen just ends up being a conditional anthem and you'll almost always wish it was a Cathars' Crusade for the mana cost, or even better would be a Mirror Entity.

Dispatch is an excellent card, but it doesn't fit in well in an aggro strategy. Unless you are already running Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile and still need more removal... but if you want to play control, this isn't really the deck for it IMO.

April 17, 2017 11:19 p.m.

You make some good points strembl7!I will leave the cards in the testing section in my description mainly because I like people who may want to build the deck to have options. Even if I never end up using them, these cards stand as options for later in case I get bored of the current build which I currently have a physical deck of. Dispatch may never be used, but as of now I really like the idea of using Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer as my commander if I get bored of Depala, Pilot Exemplar.

April 17, 2017 11:30 p.m.

strembl7 says... #6

Consider using the "Maybeboard" for options like that. I've got like 85 things on my own maybeboard for when I feel like changing things up.

April 17, 2017 11:32 p.m.

Sirenfall says... #7

Always Watching so you could have some blockers.

April 27, 2017 9:26 p.m.

Sirenfall, I've actually considered Always Watching as a possible replacement for Tempered Steel only because they're extremely comparable. In a multiplayer game, I may end up using the copy of Always Watching since blockers are nice. Thanks for the suggestion!

April 28, 2017 12:12 a.m.

mrluthor says... #9

Dusk/Dawn From the new set might be a decent card here. Dusk destroys everything with three or more power and you run a lot of two drops to get use of the second ability.

April 28, 2017 1:07 a.m.

mrluthor, if I'm going to be 100% honest with you, I hate the new split cards with aftermath. They just are so much lower in power level than the original ones from Ravnika that I pretty much ignored them all. The case is the same for Dawn/Dusk. If were to run a boardwipe (which I probably should be doing), there are way better options out there. Thanks for the suggestion and sorry for the delay on the response.

May 27, 2017 11:09 p.m.

Bruxo says... #11

+1 for the name + music.
Cards with Metalcraft might be a good addition in your deck, since you have plenty of artifacts. I would also suggest the Artifact Lands from Mirrodin + some tutors like Gamble or Enlightened Tutor.
I also expect that in each of your turns you play a different eurobeat song ;)

June 9, 2017 11:44 a.m.

Bruxo, are you asking me to Gamble Rumble?

July 1, 2017 1:22 a.m.

I would suggest Duergar Mine-Captain! He's a Dwarf so he's on theme; He can crew your creatures, and then in combat he can untap, boost all your guys, and keep crewing and boosting until you run out of mana. Everything else in this list is hilarious and awesome; I've always wanted to make a Dwarf tribal! +1 from me

July 13, 2017 6:02 p.m.

EgyptianSpaceGamer, guess I hadn't checked out the Mine Captain before for real. You make great points and he is now in the deck!

July 14, 2017 5:09 p.m.

AndersB2 says... #16

What about Leave / Chance with Depala, Pilot Exemplar and Dwarven Recruiter? Draw a bunch of dwarves, that you don't necessarily want all of, and cycle the ones you don't want for fresh cards.

July 15, 2017 5:29 p.m.

AndersB2, the problem with that is that I'm pretty much just pitching dwarves to pull more dwarves. As of now, I'm happy with the card draw Depala makes and I'd rather not rely on a jank card draw.

July 15, 2017 7:06 p.m.

AndersB2 says... #18

Sorry to keep bothering you with questions, but I am curious about something. Sensei's Divining Top would be a great way to better control Depala's card draw ability, and make sure you aren't burying your best non-dwarf, non-vehicle spells. I assume that card is one you are trying to avoid in this deck though, for theme or budget reasons. If you were wanting to put the top in though, what would you consider cutting?

September 14, 2017 1:21 a.m.

AndersB2, well if you're planning on making your own Initial (D)epala deck, I would suggest taking out Deflecting Palm. The card is mostly there so you can swing with the team and protect yourself from any opponent stupid enough to attack you. However, more often then not it's a better idea to spend the 2 extra mana for Depala's second ability and hopefully draw into some new gas. Sensei's Divining Top is great in every edh deck (if you're willing to spend $15), so I would probably swap it in if it weren't so expensive.

September 14, 2017 9:42 a.m.

Mal_Mutation says... #20

This deck looks really fun to play, and I would love to see you edit it with the new ixalan vehicles

September 21, 2017 3:52 p.m.

whatskraken says... #21

There are a lot of new vehicles in Ixalan you might want to consider.

September 26, 2017 6:35 p.m.

whatskraken the new pirate ships look pretty sweet...

September 26, 2017 8:34 p.m.

AndersB2 says... #23

The Ixalan vehicles seem much weaker. Larger crew costs, no flyers, and no effects that are super exciting.

September 28, 2017 10:30 a.m.

Have you considered running Inspiring Statuary and Paradox Engine ? The ability to use vehicles to cast things seems like it could be a very useful thing here.

October 10, 2017 8:44 a.m.

Arcanis_The_Oblivious, those are both good suggestions. I think I might find a way to get one or both of them in the deck.

October 10, 2017 9:40 a.m.

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