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Kari Zev | Talk Quietly & Carry a Big Monkey!

Commander / EDH Aggro Artifact Infinite Combo Mono-Red Tokens Voltron



Recently, this deck has gotten enough votes to become the #1 Kari Zev deck on TappedOut.net! I'm super excited that everyone's enjoyed the deck so much and I'm currently working on a primer-type description for the deck! Hopefully I'll be done soon and you can all tell me if you like it or not! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR VOTING FOR THE DECK! It's awesome to see this kind of reaction!



Another hack at the decklist! I took out some things that I felt weren't as important to try to make Kari harder to deal with/remove and some added ramp.

Conjurer's Closet While bouncing token makers every turn to deal damage with Purphoros, God of the Forge seems fun, the focus of the deck is on Kari swinging and powering up Ravagan for big hits!
Barrage of Expendables Redundant with Goblin Bombardment and costs mana to do.
Tempt with Vengeance Again, the token theme is sub themed, so took out to focus more on Kari.
Bloodmark Mentor I think I would keep this if I was trying to go wide with creatures because there's a better chance of profitable trades. As it stands, I'm finding a LOT of ways to simply make Kari and Ravagan unblockable, so First Strike seems unimportant.
Goblin War Drums Same thinking as Bloodmark Mentor being taken out; Menace doesn't matter if you can't block me in the first place.
Mad Prophet Made room for non-creature-based draw. Creatures can be fragile.
Forgotten Cave Made room for ramp
24x Mountain Made room for a nifty trick, see below.

Sword of Feast and Famine, Sword of Fire and Ice, Sword of Light and Shadow The three swords are in to give Kari protection from all colors and I decided their effects were better than the remaining two.
Extraplanar Lens I debated with Gauntlet of Power and Gauntlet of Might and finally decided on Lens because it's cheaper in CMC and basically does the same thing.
Expedition Map Gotta find my special lands!
Infiltration Lens I figure people are going to be trying to block either Kari or Ravagan in the early game. If I have Brass Squire out, I can instant-speed equip this to the blocked creature or just leave it on Kari and see if anyone wants to prevent damage or give me cards.
Solemn Simulacrum Commander staple, gets land and can draw when it dies, also an artifact to go with artifact sub-theme!
Scrying Sheets + 24 Snow-Covered Mountain Interesting trick someone on Reddit gave me. Seems like it could be good, especially if you leave 2-3 mana up (and you should, if you have Chaos Warp in hand, anyway) for end of your opponents' turns to maybe draw through that land draw.

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DM_Cross says... #1

Daedalus19876 While I think Confusion in the Ranks would be a fun card, I don't want to run the risk of someone stealing my stuff, too. And besides, with the Equipment I have in the deck, I'm expecting my Monkey to come into play with a ton of extra power for a good smack in the face! Thanks for the advice, however :)

January 12, 2017 12:23 p.m.

xaldin292 says... #2

Sundial of the Infinitelets you keep the token

January 14, 2017 7:37 p.m.

DM_Cross says... #3

xaldin292 while I think you're right, I expect the Monkey to constantly pop out, hence why High Market, Goblin Bombardment and even Stalking Vengeance are in there for. I also planned on getting new tokens a bunch with my extra combat phases and the token entering will re-trigger stuff like Warstorm Surge, Purphoros, God of the Forge and the others. Thanks for the advice, however! :D

January 16, 2017 12:21 p.m.

carpecanum says... #4

Gratuitous Violence doubles the damage from Warstorm Surge, Purphoros, God of the Forge and your creatures in general.

January 19, 2017 2:28 p.m.

DM_Cross says... #5

carpecanum So it does! Suggestion has been added. I took Impact Tremors out since a) Violence doesn't interact with it due to not being a creature dealing the damage and b) I feel like Violence has more worth. The 1 point of damage I lose going to all opponents is actually gained back two fold by the additional 2 damage Purphoros will do with Violence out! Thanks, great suggestion! :D

January 19, 2017 2:49 p.m.

Love-in-Theory says... #6

I think I'm going to add In the Web of War to my Kari Zev deck. I think it's a good addition I initially overlooked. +1

January 31, 2017 4:51 p.m.

DM_Cross says... #7

Love-in-Theory Glad to be of service :D There was a lot of other input in the Reddit /r/edh thread I posted, but some of it didn't line up with the idea I had in mind for the deck. I think some of the other suggestions were lots of Threaten effects and sac outlets and ways to trade the Monkey token for other people's stuff. Seemed fun, but too chaotic for what I wanted to do :D

February 5, 2017 2:38 p.m.

Fillo94 says... #8

I think Skullclamp might be a usefull way to get rid of useless monkies

July 1, 2017 2:25 p.m.

Love-in-Theory says... #9

Fillo94- I need that for my deck tbh

July 1, 2017 10:37 p.m.

DM_Cross says... #10

Fillo94 This one is iffy because the Monkey only comes out when you attack and by that point you can't attach Skullclamp to him without using other cards to attach it at instant speed. I think if we focused MORE on the monkey damage and doing these kinds of things and cut out some of the Threaten effects, it would work. I may revise this list a bit coming soon, between all the new cards from Amonkhet and Hour of Devestation, so maybe that'll find a way into the deck :) Thanks for the comment/input! I appreciate it!

July 5, 2017 8:53 a.m.

Qumps says... #11

Bedlam could make things interesting.

July 14, 2017 6:24 p.m.

DM_Cross says... #12

Qumps This is a good one! I'm going to add it to the Maybeboard for the version 2.0 I'm working on :)

July 27, 2017 9:10 p.m.

GoldenJelly says... #13

I love this deck, underrated commanders are my favorite. That's why I love Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun so much. All my friends said he suck, but not me.

September 1, 2017 5:42 p.m.

DM_Cross says... #14

GoldenJelly I REALLY wanted Temmet to work out for me, but I could not get it to work well. So I made an annoyingly consistent Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons deck instead that I run online ;) Glanced at your list, I love the idea of Temmet with Marit Lage!

September 1, 2017 6:51 p.m.

GoldenJelly says... #15

DM_Cross Thank you. My Temmet deck worked out well for me. I've never seen any deck that makes endless Marit Lage(s). I didn't mean for the deck to do that, it just happen once in a game, and I was like "oh cool" lol.

September 1, 2017 7:11 p.m.

n0bunga says... #16

Hey! An archery quote! +1 from me!

talk-softly, and carry a bent stick

October 6, 2017 10:43 a.m.

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Date added 9 months
Last updated 4 weeks

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.68
Tokens 1/1 Thopter, 1/1 Goblin, 1/1 Human, 3/3 Ogre, 2/1 Monkey, Daretti, 0/1 Goat, 1/1 Myr
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