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Teferi of Arrakis, The Spice Must Flow!

Commander / EDH Control Mono-Blue Tribal Wizards

EternalBrewmaster


Description

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

Tribal wizards, too many good cards to put in this deck as usual. I jokingly refer to it as my mono-Green deck because it is relatively light on blue things like counterspells (I have added a lot more really good ones in since originally building this deck because I was able to get a Mana Drain and Force of Will) and extra turns (only a few for emergencies and flavor) and more heavily focused on creatures because of Teferi's abilities. There is intentionally no skill-less douchebag combos like Knowledge Pool or Eye of the Storm in here. I would rather win in more complex ways.

I've made an effort to squeeze as many cards with Teferi in the name or flavor text as possible. I can't seem to settle on a name for this deck and I'm currently on a Dune kick and a blue deck is kind of the opposite of anything to do with Dune, but maybe this is like an imagining of Dune after the arrival of the Mahdi and the bringing of waters to the desert.

"He who controls the spice controls the universe"

The main wincons are Tidespout Tyrant copied as many times as possible and then bouncing all your opponents' permanents to force a concession or Master of Waves again copied as many times as possible to swing a ton of damage in. In this case, the spice can be viewed as Islands and mana. The Tidespout Tyrant is extra-flavorful in many ways because despite being blue, it is still a djinn, which were desert spirits/demons in Earth lore, so that seems on flavor for Dune.

"Whether a thought is spoken or not it is a real thing and it has power"

A critical component of playing in EDH is understanding the power of leaving two or more Islands up. You don't actually need to have a counterspell to affect how your opponents play; in fact, you effectively counter them by the mere fact that you change their normal lines of play. That is the true power of blue, and that is why I play Teferi as my general. He's not an abusive combo general like Azami or Arcum, he just lets you leave up your mana and always make your opponents question, "Does he have the counterspell?"

"The sleeper must awaken!"

Another aspect of Teferi is that you can effectively keep a minimal board presence and appear non-threatening which has a two-fold effect: you are less susceptible to board wipes, and you can react at instant speed, maintaining the element of surprise.

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Dune is such a great book!

January 21, 2017 2:51 p.m.

True! If you like Dune-themed decks check out my bud's deck Hazezon, House Atreides: Dune-Inspired EDH. I'm eventually going to build my own Naya or blueless Dune-themed deck too.

January 21, 2017 3:40 p.m.

elpokitolama says... #3

What the hell dude, giving me one hell of a huge nerdgasm out of nowhere?

I don't want to upvote it because you don't even play Desert nor Wurmcoil Engine/Reef Worm, but I can't leave such a reference be unnoticed.

Blue eyes of Ibad...

January 21, 2017 7:29 p.m.

Wow those are such beautiful flavor cards that could go in, especially Reef Worm which seems like a perfect analog for stunted wurms. If this was a purely flavor deck, I would play Elixir of Immortality too as The Water of Life and Eye of Ramos to represent the Fremen eyes. But alas, flavor must be sacrificed for playability and this deck was originally a tribal wizards deck and I've only begun ascribing Dune-themes to it in the last couple weeks. Azami, Lady of Scrolls is definitely a Reverend Mother of the Bene Gesserit though. I would play Desert too of course but it just doesn't do enough in this deck and Wurmcoil Engine takes a slot that would just be better served by having a wizard in it. There aren't enough ways to abuse him as in a deck for instance. Thanks for the upvote and sharing in the Dune-love.

He who controls the spice controls the universe. aka Teferi totally controls the spice since he makes you veritably the only one that can respond to anything.

January 21, 2017 7:47 p.m.

There you go elpokitolama, categorized into more relevant and flavorful categories.

January 21, 2017 8:38 p.m.

bobtoll says... #6

Thank you for making my day.

January 21, 2017 10:38 p.m.

I live to serve, my water is for the people.

January 21, 2017 10:40 p.m.

Lilbrudder says... #8

All glory to Muad'Dib!

January 22, 2017 11:03 a.m.

Muad'Dib! Muad'Dib! Muad'Dib! Muad'Dib! Muad'Dib!

January 22, 2017 11:23 a.m.

elpokitolama says... #10

By the way, aren't Clever Impersonator and Sakashima the Impostor Face Dansers? Body Double is more suited to represent a ghola... ;)

Mimic Vat is a nice depiction of Axlotl tanks too. Won't do much here, though. x)

January 22, 2017 11:38 a.m.

Lilbrudder says... #11

This is an awesome deck bro. I need to make a trip out to dayton soon

January 22, 2017 11:56 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #12

Fantastic work, amigo! I have to disagree about blue not being a color of Dune though. While there is very little of it to go around, one could argue that Dune is all about water!

Super cool deck. I don't have experience with a lot of these cards, so I'll have to do some more digging to understand everything's interactions, but I'm loving the flavor.

Hope to face this deck down in person one day!

January 22, 2017 12:51 p.m.

elpokitolama you're 100% right about Body Double and the other clones, I'll change their names to Face Dancers. I tried to fit Body Double in for a while but again, without any sort of reanimation magic like you get in , it just doesn't do enough work. Mimic Vat would be great flavor too, but as with many other cards, it'll have to go into another Dune-themed deck in different colors.

Thanks for the kind words Lilbrudder, your high opinion, as always, is much appreciated. It'd be great to see you, I'm trying to run some EDH events at a new board gaming bar here named D20. I'll add you to the group on facebook.

Thanks VietMoneys, and you're right that Dune is all about water, especially with the caches that the Fremen have underground. I meant more that there aren't Rishadan Ports or Islands on Arrakis. I categorized stuff here for flavor reasons but in many ways the categories are descriptive of the role the cards play in MtG too. For example, the stuff under Weirding Way is all true blue magic that is like instant speed board control. It's like kung fu in Magic sort of haha. Anyways, I'll update the description more clearly soon to actually explain what is going on in this deck. I hope we get to play someday. Where in Europe do you live specifically?

January 22, 2017 7:20 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #14

I'm in Cali, baby! Though it might as well be Europe according to some folks these days, ha ha.

Teferi's Puzzle Box could perhaps play the part of the Gom Jabbar. I've flirted with the idea of running a Pithing Needle as a Hunter-Seeker too.

January 22, 2017 11:02 p.m.

Lol who was I thinking of that I talked to recently then? Huh, haha somebody just told me they lived in Europe. Oh well, I'm much more likely to go to Cali sooner rather than later. I live in Ohio at the moment, but I'll probably be moving to Cali in the next couple years for work. I named the Vedalken Shackles as the Gom Jabbar because they're weapons that go on the hands/wrists. It's not a perfect flavor fit, but I thought about Pithing Needle as either Gom Jabbar or Hunter-Seeker too and I just don't have space for it. Time to build a second Dune-flavored deck to go deeper haha.

January 22, 2017 11:18 p.m.

Hey buttmunch, I like-a you put that GIF from IT Crowd!

January 23, 2017 4:28 p.m.

lmfao Sam, did you have a Tapped Out profile before i sent you the link? you're a ridiculous person bro. I love your username haha

January 23, 2017 4:33 p.m.

I don't remember if I did have a TappedOut profile or not. I thought I did, but the system accepted my information without complaint, so if I did it may have been pruned due to inactivity.

The deck does look fun, by the way. I didn't read all the cards, but I read all the flavor and stuff you wrote. Good stuff bro!

January 23, 2017 4:39 p.m.

hamiam says... #19

Awesome +1

February 1, 2017 1:43 a.m.

elpokitolama says... #20

Due to personnality issues, I think Baral is not Stilgar at all... The Harkonen Earl or Raban the beast maybe? I'm really being picky on this deck's flavor... x)

February 2, 2017 2:49 a.m.

Lol I didn't read the stories for this block at all so idk Baral's character traits. I was more thinking he looked like Stilgar because he looks like he's wearing a stilsuit and has a knife like the Fremen use to fight. Also, he's a chief like Stilgar is the Naib of Sietch Tabr...lol it's not perfect but I hate the Harkonen so I didn't want any of them in my deck.

February 2, 2017 8:32 a.m.

elpokitolama says... #22

You'd hate Baral too, he's really a narcissic psychopath... :p

February 2, 2017 2:05 p.m.

don't tell me that haha I like the card

February 2, 2017 3:16 p.m.

elpokitolama says... #24

Well, he almost pushed Chandra and Gideon to somehow pull out a Leto-style kamikaze attack on him... :p

February 2, 2017 6:03 p.m.

Gattison says... #25

+1!!!!! Awesome theme!

As for your concerns about flavor versus , consider this: what other color would better describe the series? The whole book and most of its sequels were all about "control." Controlling people, resources and information. All of which are VERY Bene Gesserit/Kwizatch Haderach traits (especially God Emporer K.H.).

Nobody but Rabban acted . Pardot Kynes (and the Fremen, surprisingly) was the only one who really seems to me. The Padishah Emporer and probably Sardaukar would be . So then Harkonnens and/or Bene Tleilax would be . Hmmmm.... Anyway, sorry for the tangent, but yeah, is perfect for a KH-theme.

Also, imho, "Take Their Water" should be all your removal, because wasn't that the Fremen's way saying "murder?" "The Voice" should be aikido-stuffs, like Bribery. Prana-Bindu for Draw is perfect, love that one. Finally, "The Weirding Way" should be your counterspells category, because the weirding way was the Sisterhood's (and therefore also Paul's) way of always gaining the upperhand. Don't mind me though, just the nerd in me getting all... you know.

Great work here! =D

February 7, 2017 7:27 p.m.

Thanks for the feedback Gattison! If you want, I'd appreciate an upvote :) I totally agree with your color analysis! And I think the phrase "Take their water" more generally means to take someone else's resources (yes in the case of the Fremen it was taking the water of the dead) and using it for your own sustenance. So I chose to make that category my effects that literally take other people's resources. And I agree on the Weirding Way, it is all my counterspells! But it is more than that; it includes all the instant-speed surprise control shenanigans because like you said, it is the power of the BG and the KH manifested!

February 7, 2017 10:35 p.m.

Gattison says... #27

I'm pretty sure I did upvote it, but let me know if my name isn't in your list of upvoters. I'll reclick.

Also, good to know you have a plan for each category. I just brushed over them quickly, so no offense meant. =)

February 8, 2017 1:13 a.m.

None taken! yeah I didn't get a notification of any recent upvotes but I see your name is in the list now. Maybe you upvoted before, sorry! I didn't mean to sound defensive or anything, I was just trying to explain my thought process.

February 8, 2017 10:05 a.m.

Gattison says... #29

I did upvote before I posted. And nope, ya didn't sound defensive. Glad you got the +1, well deserved. =)

February 8, 2017 6:11 p.m.

Galacticus says... #30

Upvoted! Is Arcanus Duncan Idaho's ghola? No DI, no KH!

Anyway, love the deck. I've always wanted to make a Simic Bene Tleilax themed commander out of Momir.

February 14, 2017 1:12 a.m.

The simic would definitely be the BT. Why would Arcanis be Duncan's Ghola though? I just saw him more as the KH because his art is so amazing. Also, with a name like Omnipotent he sounds like a god. Thanks a lot for the +1!

February 14, 2017 8:09 a.m.

Calliber says... #32

God damn it take your upvote. Dune Theme....

February 15, 2017 7:33 p.m.

Deck is cool. Upvoted for the Dune theme!

April 22, 2017 10:37 p.m.

Thanks fellow Dune fans!

April 23, 2017 10:17 a.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.67
Tokens 1/1 Elemental, Teferi, 1/1 Human Wizard
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Top rank #5 on 2017-01-26
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