I recently rebuilt this deck, and I'm loving it currently. The goal is to pump out a bunch of tokens (mostly goblins, but really whatever can be made) then play spells like Accelerate targeting Zada to draw LOTS of cards.

Basically, it turns every targeting red cantrip into an off-color Collective Unconscious, and that card advantage should (hopefully) be enough to win you the game - after all, you usually draw into further token-creating spells and draw!

With various pump spells in the deck, you should be able to swing for absurd amounts of damage after a cantrip resolves. For example, in my last game with this deck, on turn 7 I swung with 96 4/4 hasty double-striking goblins, having had five goblins on the previous turn. This deck is NUTS with a good draw (usually entailing a token-maker, a ritual, and a targeted draw spell).

Having had time to test it now, I can attest to its strength. It's also pretty strong against countermagic, since the copying effect is triggered off of casting, and a counterspell will only remove a single one of the copied spells (barring something like Mindbreak Trap). It also tends to have many very explosive midrange turns: pump out tokens, play draw spell, draw into token maker and draw spell, repeat.

This deck is actually ridiculously budget: more than $100 worth of cards in the deck are just EDH staples I had lying around, and could be removed without significantly impacting the functionality of the core components. I've constructed a $25 competitive EDH deck based on this one ($25 Extreme Budget Zada EDH) - ridiculously cheap for a very powerful EDH deck!

If you like it, I always appreciate a +1 :) I'm trying to make this the highest-rated Zada deck on T/O!



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Daedalus19876 says... #1

Hipparchos: T/O just informed me of your +1; there's an irritating latency there. Oh well - not your fault about the lag! :)

I've been loving my Adriana, Captain of the Guard deck so far (though I have not built it IRL yet). It plays like a fusion of this deck, and my Avacyn, the Purifier  Flip deck, and my DOA Hazezon Tamar deck. It needs a few adjustments, but it's a fun deck to play, so I'm satisfied.

Honestly, this deck is pretty close to my list IRL. I'd have to check to be sure, but I think I added Descent of the Dragons and something else over Burn at the Stake and...something. I'll get that change logged here ASAP (and I need to make this deck description better).

This deck is basically my janky storm deck. It's capable of unbelievably explosive turns (casting perhaps 40 spells in a turn and storming out), but it's disruptable because it's hard to recover from mass removal, or from repeated removal of Zada herself. I really want to make it more consistent, but that's proven to be difficult. Oh well.

Honestly, this almost IS the deck without budgetary restrictions. I'd maybe add Burning Wish, Blood Moon, Ruination, Mana Vault, and Gauntlet of Might if I had no budget (and no morals)? But there aren't many changes to make here until new cards are printed, TBH. The deck relies on a very specific interaction - targeted cantrips - and unless more of those are printed I think this deck isn't going to change in form much. This deck will never be my most competitive deck, and I've accepted that.

I appreciate your interest in my decks ;)

August 27, 2016 5:53 a.m.

Hipparchos says... #2

Yeah sometimes T/O acts weird. Credit where credit is due, so an upvote was just mandatory :)

Adriana, Captain of the Guard is a commander which gives you so much value attacking several oponents at once. I guess all other Boros commanders would support her perfectly. I test all decks on XMage, sadly Conspiracy 2 won't be added until next week.

Well i have to admit Burn at the Stake isn't that bad. This card did one shot an opponent everytime i had enough tokens on the board.

I'm always looking for new ideas! :)

August 27, 2016 8:32 a.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #3

Hipparchos: If you end up building a version of either this deck or Adriana, Captain of the Guard, I'd love to see how yours turns out :)

Burn at the Stake isn't bad at all - I murder people with it pretty frequently. It's just not central to the "main combo" and it's expensive (in terms of mana) and it's a dead card if I draw it early, so I was testing some other stuff in its place.

As am I! Feel free to leave any other comments or suggestions on any of my decks; they're always appreciated :)

August 27, 2016 2:35 p.m.

Hipparchos says... #4

Well, maybe i will. But first i still work on my Ricku deck Don't copy, get inspired. Maye you have time to give it a shot. :)

Indeed, in the starting hand it's already a dead card. But so evil when u pull it off to finish someone at 40 life. :D

August 27, 2016 3:42 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #5

Hipparchos: I once finished off an Oloro player who was at 260 life with it, haha. Good times, good times...

August 27, 2016 3:44 p.m.

Hipparchos says... #6

Haha that are the most hilarious games and ones you remember always. :D

August 27, 2016 3:58 p.m.

TheDracogenius says... #7

Sweet take on Zada! I constructed a Zada deck myself, but I have not been able to determine how good the new Mirrorwing Dragon is. You obviously included it, so is there something that I am missing about the card or is he just a backup plan for the times that Zada gets destroyed more than once?

September 15, 2016 12:24 a.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #8

TheDracogenius: Thanks for your compliments! I've drawn Mirrorwing Dragon a few times, and I've been disappointed. Still, it's usually better than Zada, since it has a semi-decent anti-removal clause stuck to it. I'm kind of on the fence. But this is also the deck I spend the least time on (I'm not extremely happy with how it's playing recently) so I haven't thought too hard about it TBH. How is your Zada deck treating you?

September 15, 2016 8:27 p.m.

TheDracogenius says... #9

Often my Zada deck beats itself and blows up right in my face, but when it! It is probably not possible to make it much more consistant though, the problem is just that you need too many pieces to align perfectly, which is nearly impossible if you play hundred card singelton. Very funny deck to play, but it will probably never be truly competitive.

September 15, 2016 11:57 p.m.

Neorex72 says... #10

So.... Pyromancer's Goggles? Might be over kill but hell why not. Love the deck I bought about 6 of Zada, Hedron Grinder and traded for 5 more. Love the card has so much potential in standard just too much removal going on. Came here to see this awesome card in commander to give him another shot.

November 2, 2016 5:31 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #11

Neorex72: The problem I've had with Pyromancer's Goggles is that the copy isn't cast so Zada doesn't affect it. This deck is super fun (especially since they keep printing more cantrips, though I've currently taken it apart until I can make it more consistent.

I'm glad you like the deck!

November 3, 2016 3:24 p.m.

Triton says... #12

I think Built to Smash may be a good card from Kaladesh for this deck, even though you don't get the artifact bonus. That's all I could really see that looked interesting. There's also Fateful Showdown, which doubles as card draw and burn. Other than that, not too many cards that would seem to fare well in the deck. Hope the suggestions help! :)

November 6, 2016 3:52 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #13

Triton: My number 1 card from the set for this deck was Renegade Tactics, but Fateful Showdown is really, really interesting as well. I'd never considered it for this deck, but if I target Zada with the burn, I get to Winds of Change for each creature I control. And since I can cast instants between the resolutions of each copy...

November 6, 2016 4:58 p.m.

skyburial says... #14

Oh man, does this deck hit all the points or what. I'm surprised with the amount of well-applied ramp and draw you have going.

The only thing I can think of that would really tie it up is something like Insurrection or Mob Rule in the event that your opponent has a creature like Hundred-Handed One.

November 7, 2016 2:07 p.m.

Halphinian says... #15

Maybe Skirk Fire Marshal?

+1 from meeee

December 24, 2016 10:34 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #16

skyburial: Oh, I really SHOULD include Insurrection. It's the perfect late-game kill (and one of my favorite cards). But what to cut? :(

Halphinian: I don't have any way to prevent the damage to myself or my creatures so it might be a bit counterproductive. Regardless, thank you for the comment! :) Also, I don't think the website recorded your +1. Do you mind clicking it one more time? ;)

December 27, 2016 8:28 p.m.

BabyDoc says... #17

To me Insurrection isn't worth it. If I'm able to cast that I'm probably in position to win anyway. I prefer an instant buff like Sure Strike or Titan's Strength - these are also useful even when you are not in position to win this turn.Or, Outnumber is so cheap, and so... burny.

January 10, 2017 4:22 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #18

This finally got rebuilt and updated! Anyone got any thoughts on the new list?

March 4, 2017 12:30 p.m.

BabyDoc says... #19

Does Aetherflux Reservoir pay off much? It seems likely that by the time I cast enough spells to make it matter, I will have a winning situation anyway.

March 8, 2017 4:23 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #20

BabyDoc: Oh, absolutely :) It's one of my primary win-cons and I wouldn't cut it under any circumstances. It frequently wins me the game without having to swing (for example, to deal with something like Ghostly Prison).

I murdered 4 players with it in my last game.

March 8, 2017 5:27 p.m.

Snap157 says... #21

This is so neat! Maybe add in Rouse the Mob or other strive cards? Stay cool! +1

March 14, 2017 2:07 p.m.

mentor6 says... #22

You do understand that the spells copied with zada do not trigger Aetherflux Reservoir right?

March 14, 2017 6:42 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #23

mentor6: Yes, I understand. However, the deck frequently casts 15+ spells on the turn it combos off (NOT counting Zada's copies, which are not cast and do not count for Storm) so Aetherflux Reservoir has proven itself to be an amazing card anyway :)

March 14, 2017 7:13 p.m.

Mana Echoes would probably help A LOT for this deck

March 24, 2017 10:27 a.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #25

IrishMidgetMan: Thanks for the comment! To be honest, the only problem with that card is that this deck's mana requirements are pretty heavily red :( I really wish it produced red mana rather than colorless...

March 24, 2017 1:28 p.m.

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