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Evening the Odds - An actual decent coin flip deck

Commander / EDH Budget Jank Theme/Gimmick U/R (Izzet)

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This is not a chaos deck; Nine times out of ten, a chaos deck is going to end up drawing the game out and just being a headache in general for your opponents. No, this is straight up coin flip & randomness without the annoying interactions.

Zndrsplt and Okaun are great commanders. While they initially seem meh, in practice they give you a rediculous amount of value and board control in the right situations. While I did make this deck for the fun of it, and the name of the game for this deck is fun, you can still be a huge threat to the board while playing.

A couple of things that I should clear up about coin flip mechanics in general first

  • If any spell/ability requires somebody to flip a coin, your opponents can only react BEFORE the coin flip resolves. This gives you a huge information advantage against control players when playing cards like Puppet's Verdict, regardless of whether or not you know what the result is going to be. This applies to other randomness-based cards like Whims of the Fates.
  • A player only wins a coin flip if they are the one calling the flip, and the flip uses that call for the result, meaning that cards like Goblin Assassin do not trigger Zndrsplt or Okaun's abilities, and if you lose a coin flip, that does NOT mean that an opponent wins a coin flip.

Probably the most fun I've ever had with a deck. While I wouldn't suggest playing it if you're hoping to win every time, it actually stands a pretty dang good chance at winning. Zndrsplt, Eye of Wisdom can get you some crazy card advantage, and with evasion Okaun, Eye of Chaos can take out an opponent if you win 3 coin flips on your turn. Aside from that, the tension at the table is tangible when their fate resides in the result of a coin flip, and whether you benefit or not from the coin flip, you're going to have some great stories.

Note: If you really want to be unfun, you can run Frenetic Efreet for a near-instant wincon with Chance Encounter or Zndrsplt, Eye of Wisdom, but I didn't include them because they didn't feel too great to play; Chance encounter is usually a slow clock that can sometimes quicken and add some tension to the game, but with those bois, it ends up being "Kill me this round or you lose", whereas with Zndrsplt, you actually have to flip the amount of coins you chose (which can take a long time). Play them if you want to win, but leave them out if you actually want fun.

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