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Description

This list is aiming to be as optimal as possible without budget restrictions. It has a large amount of counters for protection while storming and control to slow the faster decks. the early game play is to cast Ad Nauseam on the end step before my turn and then storm for the win with Aetherflux Reservoir, alternatively Doomsday is a great way to win at any point in the game with as little as for doomsday and 4 islands in pay and it can be done on very low life.

Doomsday

Rather than explain this in detail I'll point you to this very detailed Doomsday primer here

The Storm win

To be able to win from Aetherflux Reservoir you need to bring your life total up to over 150 so you can 'Laser Beam' each opponent for 50 damage, I'll highlight some of the key cards for this to work

Mana positive ramp

All of these cards leave you with more mana than you had before casting them

More Ramp

Other Ramp

Cost Reduction

These aid in netting positive mana with ramp, Helm of Awakening will make all the 2 cmc rocks effectively free as they will cost one and tap for one

With 12 Islands in this deck (8 basics and 4 duals) High Tide is very strong

Island untappers

  • Candelabra of Tawnos can be used multiple times with Voltaic Key or any of the bounce spells
  • Frantic Search The draw can be good for finding a wincon or used in a DD pile, but the island untap with high tide is the main power of this card
  • Snap Can be used to bounce stax creatures like Eidolon of Rhetoric, but the main reason again is island untaps

Setting up for the Win

Control

Even though this deck is fast, it quite often isn't the fastest deck at the table. Therefore having a good mix of removal is important. The same goes for counter spells, they are here to disrupt the faster decks and protect me when going for the win.

  • Force of Will Free is best
  • Pact of Negation Hopefully this will be used on your last turn and you won't have to pay
  • Mental Misstep Free counter, and there are a lot of 1 cmc cards in cEDH
  • Flusterstorm Insane on the storm turn, is very hard to counter this unless an opponent has one too
  • Swan Song Counters most things I need it to for
  • Pyroblast Counters a counter and its amazing how many times i have used it to destroy a permanent, one of the best ways to deal with Back to Basics in this deck
  • Red Elemental Blast See above
  • Mana Drain Providing free mana on the next turn can make all the difference
  • Arcane Denial I prefer this over Counterspell as its less colour intensive
  • Delay Chances are 3 time counters means your opponent will never get to cast the spell
  • Toxic Deluge Best boardwipe IMO, and with 4 toughness Kess will quite often survive
  • Rolling Earthquake Another controlled wipe, and only hits me for one when drawing off Ad Nauseum
  • Snap Mainly here for High Tide, but good for stax creatures
  • By Force Great targeted artifact removal
  • Chain of Vapor Perfect for removing stax pieces
  • Cyclonic Rift Good for , insane for if you get to that point

Finding what you need

This is an expensive ass deck

I've aimed to make this deck as optimal as possible, however some of these cards are very pricey. It's never going to be a cheap deck, but here are some options for the highest value cards that i have used in the past.

ABUR Dual Lands

Other Cards

But what about this...

Even with 99 slots available there still always seems to be cards i can't quite squeeze in.

  • Dispel A great card that should possibly be in here, but its just been too narrow for me
  • Spell Pierce This one is a meta call for me as I commonly play against Selvala brostorm, so this never seemed to work
  • Counterspell Just not needed and the cost can be quite color intensive
  • Dark Confidant As much as I love this card early game, it's always a dead draw on a storm turn so I would prefer to just have another draw card
  • Necropotence Love it, and it can even set up an easy Doomsday line, but I just found it unnecessary
  • Rakdos Signet Is the main color in this deck, so this signet just isn't worth it

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Date added 5 months
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Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 1.94
Tokens Dack, Jace, 1/1 Bird
Folders Uncategorized, Grixis EDH Deck
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