Description

This deck is named The Esper Glass Cannon Deck because it's win condition is literally a glass cannon, Aetherflux Reservoir, which has art of a massive glass structure that apparently blasts people's faces off. I'll update this deck's description in the future, but currently it's intended to be Esper artifacts fun stuff, updated with the best artifacts from Kaladesh. This was the third EDH deck I ever built actually back in 2011 but I put it on hiatus in 2014 for a couple years as I kept wanting to make changes to it. It didn't really have much of a wincon all those years, so when Glass Cannon (Aetherflux Reservoir) was printed it was great to finally have a closer.

Yes, I'm aware that Tolarian Academy is banned in EDH but I'm hoping that some day it will be unbanned and I can finally play it. Gaea's Cradle and Serra's Sanctum are both legal and abusable, and while Academy is arguably more busted, they can all lead to degeneracy. I don't think the blue one should be banned because of this as there are plenty of ways to be degenerate in EDH and Academy would be a really fun card to play. Also, it's relatively inexpensive, especially compared to Cradle, although I recognize that it's price would undoubtedly skyrocket if it was unbanned.

I want to add more basics because I really love the Shards of Alara basics painted by Chippy and they just feel like Esper. I have a bunch of them in foil too so I'd like to use them but I have to balance that with a functional 3 color manabase. As has been discussed in the comments, I'm aware that Sydri, Galvanic Genius is actually the superior general for a deck where the wincon is Aetherflux Reservoir, but Sen Triplets just has a special place in my heart, and I love the art.

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paloflimdul says... #1

I would promote Sydri, Galvanic Genius from the maybe board because you could "50 to the face" to everyone and everything on the board infinitely.

December 4, 2016 8:56 p.m.

Yeah that's exactly why I've thought about adding her for a long time but Filigree Angel plus Master Transmuter or Panharmonicon a couple times (and Alhammarret's Archive) is usually plenty to get there and doesn't feel as bad for everyone else because it's not an infinite combo. If I really wanted to make this deck fly then I would just make Sydri the general but Sen Triplets has a special place for me and can protect me from the most dangerous player by preventing them from doing anything on my turn. Long story short, you make a valid point and I appreciate your input.

December 4, 2016 9:43 p.m.

maddoxmtg says... #3

Tolarian academy will never be unbanned in commander due to the large amount of free artifacts and the sheer overwhelming percentage that they appear in commander.

December 4, 2016 10:02 p.m.

Similar things were said about Metalworker and then it was unbanned once. Believe me, I am a very experienced EDH player and understand the ramifications of Tolarian Academy being in the format, but for the reasons I stated, and the fact that the RC tends to want as few cards on the banlist as possible, I can see it being freed someday. It really has no business being there as Strip Mine is relatively affordable and Ghost Quarter is worth pennies and both are heavily played in most metas. Local metas should be self-policing in encouraging people away from turn 1 wins with things like Academy; it shouldn't be forced through a ban. People can already Flash Academy Rector for Omniscience on turn 1 after all, and that's winning just as much in most cases.

December 4, 2016 10:32 p.m.

maddoxmtg says... #5

Thing is tolarian is really powerful with any number of cards. It isn't part of a combo. It is like Griselbrand. Just way too powerful. I could see it being on a body and being legal. But the other 2 aren't banned because their sources of production are much more vulnerable or expensive and less effective at winning through speed. And the price point of cradle is due to legacy and vintage as much as commander I feel.

And metal worker is more about the fact that I can use path, swords, or just outright counter it. No countering a tolarian and no way to kill it before it has an effect.

December 4, 2016 10:50 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.85
Tokens 1/1 Thopter, 0/1 Goat, 3/3 Wurm
Folders commander, Things, Shard/Clan Decks, sigarda, Xmage, Amazing Artificial Reign, EDH Decks
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