Description

This is a trial run to see if this idea works (proliferate lots of counters) in EDH. Feedback needed and welcome.

The deck is based primarily around fliers - the enemies deck will have trouble keeping up with them all, especially after Magus of the Moat and Kangee hit the board.

The second idea is proliferation. The deck may be slow off the mark to begin with - but once Kangee hits the field with a feather counter - all the birds get +1/+1. Proliferate this up, along with the +1/+1 counters generated from Cathars' Crusade , Brace for Impact and Ajani Goldmane AND the feather counters on cards such as Soulcatchers' Aerie , and your birds with be growing in power quicker than your opponent can keep up. This isn't even to mention Aven Mimeomancer - who can put even more feather counters on Kangee!

The final "theme" in the deck are the control spells - these are to help your deck get off the ground (pun intended). The deck is slow at the start - but cards such as Dissipation Field and Volition Reins help you set the record straight. This stalling will help you get your counters on your creatures and prepare Calciform Pools in order to cast Kangee or Mikaeus, the Lunarch with the maximum possible counters!

Updates

The Future of Surfin' Bird — Oct. 12, 2013

A few more updates on this ever-changing deck. The decklist that has been up for a while is currently wrong, and I am updating it in a few minutes to reflect actual play.

Windreader Sphinx is in, and Warden of Evos Isle is in.

In other news, a new version of this deck is in construction called "Mockingbird" using the new Bird Legend. It's going to be this, but filling a different role. The bird I am desperate to use? Whippoorwill .

Surfin' Bird will still live on as a deck, and hopefully my two Bird Tribals will help reforge the EDH world. Maybe.

Thank you all for the input to this deck - I am glad everyone has enjoyed the concept as much as I have enjoyed playing it! More suggestions are always welcome!


Updates for Ravnica — Sept. 28, 2012

All the updates from the comments have been done (see below) and the following changes have been put in for the Return to Ravnica set:

-1 Island

+1 Azorius Guildgate

-1 Plains

+1 Hallowed Fountain

The following has also been done provisionally:

-1 Journeyers Kite

+1 Azorius Keyrune

To see how it works. The kite, although useful, doesn't seem to help as much as I would like it to. We will see.

Opinions on adding Azor's Elocutors ? With the proliferate, could add a (one card) win con,


More updates — Sept. 2, 2012

Following changes have been made:Aven Squire and the two morph birds (can't remember both their names, but Aven Liberator was one) have been dropped, and replaced with Gilded Lotus , Temporal Mastery and Coat of Arms . I felt this was enough of a tribal to warrant a coat of arms, and if it comes across a token deck/another tribal it can be side-boarded for something. Gilded Lotus is more mana, which is nice for the high cost cards in the deck, and Mastery is Mastery. Also, I can't afford a Time Stretch .

Dovescape was replaced with Adarkar Wastes , I need the land AND, after playing a game, realized to my horror that Kangee was making all his birds bigger too. It ended up in a "I can cast the most spells" war and I lost. Goodbye Dovescape, to the sideboard with you.

Debate now is whether Windbrisk Raptor should replace True Conviction . Thoughts?


Changes made after some serious trading. — Aug. 13, 2012

Mana Leak was changed to Volition Reins : mana leak is not a good enough counter spell in EDH except if it is played in the first 3 turns. Volition Reins allows me to take control of their fliers, locking them down even more, or one of their nice planeswalkers. Plus, I had it in foil.

Seachrome Coast was changed to Journeyer's Kite : Much debate at the moment whether Mystic Gate should be replaced with Seachrome Coast. (Thoughts?) Either way, I took Coast out and replaced it with a land fetcher that not only is nice in general, adds nice flavour to the deck.

Reliquary Tower was put in, replacing a Plains : Pretty much need a hand increaser in the deck, or some cards will get rid of too many of my cards during cleanup.

Suntail Hawk was replaced with Swans of Bryn Argoll : SWANS! Also, suntail hawk felt like a weak addition to my deck, even with the low mana cost. Swans are an untouchable (almost) which benefits from my upgrades so much more.

Clone was replaced with Stormscape Familiar : Clone has been put aside, despite good general removal and being able to copy my better birds, for the familiar - which helps me cast the more expensive spells like Avacyn and Elesh Norn for slightly cheaper. Helps in the early game too due to its low CMC.

Chickentheo says... #1

I would suggest Storm Crow for a win con, I hear he is pretty good.

October 12, 2013 9:54 p.m.

MagicMike69 says... #2

I reaaaaallly like this deck idea so +1.

Something you may consider though is the addition of Adaptive Automaton He helps buff your birdie buddies and changes into a bird himself, pretty important for tribal EDHs.

I want to alert you to the dangers of Dissipation Field however, If you consider all of the really amazing entering the battlefield abilities we have access to in EDH, having Dissipation Field on the battlefield might just give your opponent the incentive to attack you so they can get off their Massacre Wurm again.

October 13, 2013 3:21 p.m.

Crocosaurus says... #3

It can get annoying with the lack of chump blockers in the deck - I am considering swapping it for Swan Song to fit with the flavour.

October 13, 2013 3:41 p.m.

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Date added 2 years
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Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.81
Folders EDH decks that work, EDH, Fun Decks , EDH Azorius, Decklist Reference, Azorius, Commander
Top rank #22 on 2012-08-13