Cpt Visual Aether-Log: 55378008

Ragavan and I were busy minding our own business while the Consulate continued to crack down at the Inventor's Fair... I remember getting a tad too close to one of Rashmi, Eternities Crafter inventions, the Paradox Engine but after that it's a bit foggy.

I don't know where I am at all; I've no bearings...

Oh wait! I see land up ahead. Let's take a look and see if there are any inhabitants that could tell us more about where we are...isn't that right Ragavan?


Where has he gone off to? More importantly, what on earth is this place?

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"I've kidnapped that lumbering fool Donkey Kong and you will never see him again! Har-har-har-har-har!"

....I don't even know who that is? My name is Kari Zev, Skyship Raider. What happened to Kaladesh? I'm so familiar with her winds; the vibrant colours of the world around me. Here seems so unsettlingly different.

And where is Raga-....oh my goodness, Ragavan, WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU!?

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Kari Zev, Skyship Raider is one of the latest Legendary Spoils from Aether Revolt. She also happens to be a Pirate - a Tier 1 subtype. ;)

Her ability seems fairly aggressive in nature and she herself is cheap to cast. Make a token tapped and attacking whenever she attacks?

Seems simple enough.

The biggest concern is Ragavan's legendary status. This prevents any reasonable abuse of token generation.

Thankfully, I'm rather unreasonable.

Enter Sundial of the Infinite and Mirror Gallery. Sundial skips straight the the Cleanup step of the Ending Phase, which should negate the triggered ability of exiling the Monkey Token as you have now cheated your way passed the end step. Mirror Gallery negates the "Legend Rule" which means we have a silly and janky way of ensuring we keep getting our Diddy Kongs. This is far from the core of the deck; it's just great to say we have an army of Legendary Pirate Monkies.

Since she's a Pirate I wanted a subtheme of vehicles; specifically ones in the air. Skysovereign, Consul Flagship and Smuggler's Copter are easily the strongest so far. For a ship, a Pirate couldn't resist comandeering the Consulate's big stompy Consulate Dreadnought.

Another strategy we have going on are ways to interact with our creatures entering the battlefield. Warstorm Surge, Impact Tremors, and Purphoros, God of the Forge all help considerably.

Since Kari's ability triggers when attacking, having an infinite number of combat steps seems neat, right?

Aggravated Assault + Sword of Feast and Famine is a classic combo to ensure you're untapping enough of your lands to activate the Assault. Other extra combat phase spells are included like World at War, Seize the Day and Fury of the Horde.

Piracy just ain't piracy without a grand Sneak Attack. Let's do one better. Say we're in a really bad spot and other players have considerable advantages. How does sneak attacking a Bearer of the Heavens sound? I like absolute chaos too!

Let's do one better! Why don't we exile Bearer of the Heavens or Blasphemous Act instead of paying the casting cost for Blazing Shoal, pump up Kari, and throw in a nice Assault Strobe or Uncaged Fury and give her double strike?



And here I thought Chandra brought the heat!

Getting closer to this volcano and Ragavan decided it was best for us to go through it.

Over time, he's become obsessed with collecting bananas and these strang golden letters that keep showing up.

As for me, I'm always interested in new things to add!



Purphoros, God of the Forge

Blood Mist

Dragon Mage

Chandra Ablaze

Champion's Helm

Umezawa's Jitte

Goblin War Drums


Hero's Blade

Bestial Fury

Trading Post

Infiltration Lens

Culling Dais

Berserkers' Onslaught

Invasion Plans

Relentless Assault


n0bunga says... #1

Reaching out to the EDH Buccaneers: Daedalus19876, KailDaemon AwezomePozzum, JumboCommander, Ender666666

Lend me your thoughts. This was made for SnGs, but if we can all think of ways to make this fun I'm all ears!

January 6, 2017 9:52 a.m.

Ender666666 says... #2

Cute deck name... I can't think of anything to suggest just yet, but I'll stay tuned and let you know if something comes to mind.

January 6, 2017 10:05 a.m.

punchdrinkcry says... #3

Upvoted for name and story alone.

January 6, 2017 10:06 a.m.

Atony1400 says... #4

January 6, 2017 10:28 a.m.

n0bunga says... #5

Marvelous! 2 more closer to 100!

January 6, 2017 10:31 a.m.

KailDaemon says... #7

Was highly under impressed with this spoiled card....until this list came out. Im with Ender and cant think of anything yet but ill keep you posted if i run into anything. +1 for flavor and being a homie

January 6, 2017 11:52 a.m.

KailDaemon says... #8

You do have 2 copies of Forgotten Cave tho

January 6, 2017 11:53 a.m.

KailDaemon says... #9

Since you have mirror gallery...Blade of Selves?

January 6, 2017 12:01 p.m.

n0bunga says... #10

Oh right all the myriad cards! Cheers!

January 6, 2017 12:03 p.m.

Vorthos_Jenny says... #11

Is there a reason you aren't running Skullclamp? Works really nice with the token.

January 7, 2017 6:20 a.m.

n0bunga says... #12

No reason at all. Haha that's why I asked for some help I kind of just threw it all together.

January 7, 2017 10:07 a.m.

Vorthos_Jenny says... #13

Ok. How about threaten effects? mercury01 has been helping me build something similar- Anything for Some Booty. and they came with that idea. stealing stuff is the pirate way, right? and pirate crews were often made of deserters haha. sundial also lets you keep them permanently. or Conjurer's Closet :)

January 7, 2017 6:31 p.m.

n0bunga says... #14

January 7, 2017 7:58 p.m.

Upvoted for taking me back to 1996 when I ruled at SNES and kicked that Kremlin ass - you should add Subterranean Tremors just for the King K Rool flavor lol

January 7, 2017 8:04 p.m.

n0bunga says... #16

Omg yes imagine an alter with Captain K Rool?

January 7, 2017 8:11 p.m.

Vorthos_Jenny says... #17

n0bunga yup! and don't forget the ones that steal multiples, Insurrection, Mob Rule, Harness by Force. Bazaar Trader would also work to steal them permanently :)

thanks for the upvote, btw.

January 7, 2017 9:42 p.m.

carpecanum says... #18

Felhide Spiritbinder gives you another attacking token and you don't have to attack, just crew a vehicle then untap. You could "Kiki-Jiki" him also.

Flamerush Rider also.

Maybe put in one or two things to make an attacker either unblockable or indestructible?

January 8, 2017 11:42 a.m.

n0bunga says... #19

These sound great carpecanum! Any suggestions on what to cut?

January 8, 2017 1:28 p.m.

KailDaemon says... #20

So now that you have this army on your board, why not take the abuse to the next level with a Grenzo, Havoc Raiser. Youre monkeys will steal bananas (your opponents cards on top of their library) and if you give them some type of evasion, say menace or flying or just a way to control blockers, then your just about guaranteed to get through. Couple that with the option to goad gives you some control.

January 9, 2017 11:24 a.m.

Ender666666 says... #21

Raging River is good for evasion as is Goblin War Drums

January 9, 2017 11:33 a.m.

KailDaemon says... #22

My thoughts exactly Ender666666

January 9, 2017 11:34 a.m.

n0bunga says... #23

KailDaemon Grenzo is in it my brotha ;)

Ender666666 stupendous I shall see about fitting both it. Anything you can think about taking out?

January 9, 2017 11:35 a.m.

Ender666666 says... #24

I don't see Subterranean Tremors or Decree of Annihilation really being that great with all the artifacts you run. Is Mass Land Destruction/Mass Everything Destruction really a primary focus for you?

January 9, 2017 11:45 a.m.

KailDaemon says... #25

Ah, didnt even see him, awesome then :)

Id say take out Outpost Siege, it just seems too slow for your deck

As for the second card im unsure at the moment.

But i would swap out Uncaged Fury for a Blood Mist

January 9, 2017 11:47 a.m.

n0bunga says... #26

You're right about Decree.

Honestly, Tremors is in there for the Flavour of a Giant Lizard as Kaptain K Rool hahaha. If there is a sweet red crocodile or lizard I don't know of I'm all ears!

January 9, 2017 11:47 a.m.

Ender666666 says... #27

Well flavour is flavour... Just don't like how getting him ruins your own board state

January 9, 2017 11:54 a.m.

n0bunga says... #28

Well you're right good sir. Is there anything you can think of that might be a flavourful replacement?

January 9, 2017 12:03 p.m.

Ender666666 says... #29

Nothing is coming to mind

January 9, 2017 12:10 p.m.

Ender666666 says... #30

Nothing is coming to mind

January 9, 2017 12:10 p.m.

FrontButt88 says... #31

D! K! Donkey Kong!

I'm going to listen to the DK rap now . . . .

January 9, 2017 2:03 p.m.

beninator says... #32

Glad I'm not the only one who feels DKC2 should've been called "Diddy's Kongquest". +1 from me.

January 10, 2017 12:48 p.m.

carpecanum says... #33

Thousand-Year Elixir can untap a creature but literally has zero creatures that need the activated ability boost. Unless thats part of a big combo i think that could be cut.

January 10, 2017 2:37 p.m.

n0bunga says... #34

You're not wrong homie; it was a goofy flavour thing along with Sub-Tremors. Any recommendations that may still fit the DK/Pirate theme?

January 10, 2017 3:46 p.m.

If you want more DK theme you can put in a Simian Spirit Guide (Harambe never forget), Gorilla Shaman, and best of all Monkey Cage.

January 10, 2017 8:58 p.m.

TheRedGoat says... #36

Okay, so this is hilarious! :)

I would only really make note that f you wanted singular creature evasion, then anything with menace + Vorrac Battlehorns=unblockable (unless they find a way to cheat in blockers).

January 11, 2017 12:46 p.m.

After trying a lot of very different brews for Kari I've found one that's always on theme and always a good inclusion.

Bestial Fury

January 11, 2017 2:18 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #38

Needs a Confusion in the Ranks. Because really, who needs that Blightsteel Colossus when you could have a nice monkey instead? ;)

January 12, 2017 2:18 a.m.

n0bunga says... #39

Daedalus19876 hahahahaha amazing

January 12, 2017 8:55 a.m.

hamiam says... #40

lol awesome +1

January 16, 2017 12:13 a.m.

I REALLY love this deck for a couple reasons:

  1. kari zev is a hard commander to abuse
  2. monkeys dude. FREAKING MONKEYS

personally, I like Berserkers' Onslaught over Blood Mist cuz it's just one more mana (plus I own a foil BO lol)do you like Magmatic Chasm?

I also would add in some artifact synergy, maybe straight up Daretti, Scrap Savant.

+1 from me for the awesome story and idea!

January 24, 2017 6:15 a.m.

It might be shameless self promotion but I've actually gathered a decent amount of tech for my own Kari Zev deck that you might be able to use such as Invasion Plans over Goblin War Drums with an Infiltration Lens or Bestial Fury. I think that Kari would be clever flavorwise. I especially like the interaction with Hero's Blade equipping to Ragavan or using him in her Invasion Plans to draw the attention all the entire defending player's board. Kari can even "sell" Ragavan at the Trading Post for some solid profits considering its all scam. Sadly theres no real way Culling Dais can be spun that isn't at least a little sad. Skycaptain Kari Zev Captain of the Sky!

January 24, 2017 2:13 p.m.

I second the_earl_0f_grey's ideas

I think that the reason kari zev is so unique is because her token disappears at the end of turn, and red has many options to exploit this. (plus monkeys are better than stupid ol' angel flyers any day). I'd definitely use Trading Post, Culling Dais, in addition to some of the cards you have in your deck

January 24, 2017 3:39 p.m.

Sorry i didn't see that you added them already lol

January 24, 2017 3:41 p.m.

n0bunga says... #45

the_earl_0f_grey thank you kindly for the wonderful suggestions.

And terrific build!

January 24, 2017 3:43 p.m.

Play Darksteel Forge so that Subterranean Tremors doesn't wreck your own board and also just because it's good in a deck with a lot of artifacts. Also, you should run the standard mana ramp package for red artifact decks to make the deck more playable so I suggest the following:

  1. Solemn Simulacrum especially since you have Blade of Selves and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
  2. Burnished Hart
  3. Gauntlet of Power
January 25, 2017 10:19 a.m.

n0bunga says... #47

EternalBrewmaster awesome suggestions!

January 25, 2017 12:10 p.m.

I don't believe you should take out Umezawa's Jitte. It's too good with first strike menace to lose out on, unless its to use the slot for Sword of the Animist. But I'd recommend both.

January 25, 2017 12:49 p.m.

maybe use Kari Zev's Expertise instead of Traitorous Blood? i think the free spell is better in most cases than the trample (plus flavor)

January 25, 2017 4:48 p.m.

also lmk if you need a photoshop alter of kari zev/ragavan (or any of the cards in your deck) i'll see what I can do

January 26, 2017 10:02 p.m.

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Revision 8 (2 months ago)

-1 Gamble main
-1 Simian Spirit Guidefoil icon main
-1 Dragon Mage main
+1 Hero's Blade main
-1 Purphoros, God of the Forge main
-1 Blood Mist main
+1 Simian Spirit Guide main
+1 Bestial Fury main
-1 Chandra Ablaze main
+1 Trading Post main
-1 Champion's Helmfoil icon main
+1 Infiltration Lens main
+1 Culling Dais main
-1 Umezawa's Jittefoil icon main
-1 Goblin War Drums main
+1 Berserkers' Onslaught main
+1 Relentless Assault main
+1 Invasion Plans main
-1 Infiltration Lens maybe
-1 Culling Dais maybe
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