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Description

The inspiration for this deck meets a crossroads between Magic and one of my other major loves, professional wrestling. I found Gwafa Hazid one day looking through a box of random cards at a game shop and noticed his flavor text.

Everyone has a price.

Immediately my mind jumped to the iconic catch phrase of WWE Hall of Famer The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, one of the most manipulative heel wrestlers of his era and arguably all time. Needless to say, I bought a copy and set out to make a whole themed Commander deck around this flavorful connection. My big idea was to center it as if Gwafa was The Million Dollar Man himself, giving him his posse of hired muscle (and later big managerial clients) in big beaters such as Inkwell Leviathan (equivalent to The Undertaker, his own discovery from back in 1990) and Blightsteel Colossus (equivalent to the equally-as-legendary Andre the Giant), more manipulative compatriots such as Azorius Guildmage (playing DiBiase's right hand man and major lackey, Virgil) and Angelic Arbiter/Magus of the Tabernacle (portraying DiBiase's best remembered tag team partner Irwin R. Shyster). Other cards in this deck show the range of individual cards being able to do simply insane things for a price, especially given the colors of the deck, such as ending the turn at will (Time Stop), stealing other people's turns (Mindslaver), returning cards directly to hand (Recall most notably for being able to get any type back), stealing spells (Spelljack) or even tutoring up any single card in the deck EVERY TURN (Planar Portal). And if that's not good enough, there's several ways to copy or steal any other creature an opponent is graciously allowed to play, if it isn't bribed by Gwafa himself, of course. Other handy things in here can limit creatures from attacks (Propaganda and friends) or punishing opponents for doing their normal stuff throughout the game. In short, all the cards in this deck link back to Gwafa's flavor text and The Million Dollar Man's favorite saying, everyone, or everything, has a price.

Comments

bluemax87 says... #1

+1 for keeping a theme, maintaining a decent amount of playability AND finding something you're passionate about within two separate hobbies. I like the idea!

May 5, 2013 12:47 a.m.

Joshuawesome says... #2

Digging the theme. Wish I could +1 you twice, both for the deck and for incorporating pro-wrestling into it (I'm also a fan). I'm going to suggest both Illusionist's Bracers and Rings of Brighthearth just because I feel being able to do Gwafa's ability twice per turn is awesome.

May 12, 2013 2:39 p.m.

Robson0 says... #3

Pretend that the rings are WWE Champion rings.

May 12, 2013 2:50 p.m.

PresidentDog says... #4

Looking over the cards I have, I don't have a whole lot of creatures with activated abilities, so i don't think Illusionist's Bracers will be that useful. Rings of Brighthearth have a few more uses, mainly on the artifacts, but I actually have one in another EDH deck for Mayael the Anima I do like the flavor of something with a ring like that though. I really wish they made some kind of equipment that was a belt, it would easily be in here as the Million Dollar Championship.

May 13, 2013 10:25 a.m.

MindAblaze says... #5

I've noticed a lack of Consecrated Sphinx in this deck. It seems like it would be great allowing you to wipe out the drawback of pacifying their creatures. Some playgroups frown on it though.

April 3, 2014 2:34 p.m.

PresidentDog says... #6

Hmm, that is an interesting idea, but a card like that does paint a pretty big target on you as soon as it hits the battlefield. The synergy with Gwafa can't be ignored though and it even makes a card like Oblation ridiculous by tacking on an Opportunity to it. The card itself is also a little pricey at the moment but If i can get ahold of one I'll definitely consider using it.

April 15, 2014 11:20 a.m.

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Date added 4 years
Last updated 2 years
Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 4.18
Tokens */* Horror, */* Generic, 4/4 Angel
Folders Commander? Commander., Others great ideas, Gwafa Hazid, Profiteer
Top rank #61 on 2013-05-19
Views 3928