Description

The key to this Narset, Enlightened Master deck is consistently hitting four-spots of spells and not lands, or the one creature. The seemingly greedily-low land count is an effort to avoid hitting lands with Narset's ability if at all possible. A few of the lands have been made up for with rocks like Mox Opal, Mox Diamond, Sol Ring and so on.

To make Narset's ability more consistent I've included Sensei's Divining Top of course, Scroll Rack, which has the added bonus of letting me put powerful cards I unintentionally draw back on top of my library for Narset. Mystic Speculation is one of my favorite pieces of secret tech to set up Narset and also build up storm for Mind's Desire.

The primary win conditions are commander damage from Narset pumped by Jeskai Ascendancy and multiple combats or from ultimating Jace, the Mind Sculptor multiple times in the same turn via Inexorable Tide, Teferi, Temporal Archmage , and The Chain Veil.

The Coolest Combo in the Deck

The most fun synergy in this deck involves playing Pendrell Mists so that everyone has to pay to keep their creatures on their upkeeps and also have War's Toll in play so they have to tap out to keep their creatures, no matter how many they have. This is doubly excellent with Propaganda or Sphere of Safety because then they can't attack you in retaliation either unless they have a ton of artifact mana.

Brief Discussion on Controversial Nature of Narset

I make no apologies for this deck even though so many people hate on Narset. I think she's a fantastic and interesting character, lore-wise, and the deck is really fun to pilot. I eschewed all the extra turn cards because I find it much more challenging, rewarding, and resilient to play this style of deck, where the cards you play actually matter and it's not just hitting cards that give you more time while your opponents sit there. This is essentially a storm deck, and the planeswalkers and Mind's Desire are huge payoffs from multiple combats.

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Shamen3mill says... #1

Surprised not to see it here. Though I'm sorry that I came in a bit late.

Narset's usual disdain for other creatures in her decks usually just makes Proteus Staff an auto include(Organize your entire deck, win).

That said, I see the value in the Mentor, and I also see the price tag associated with him being foil.Still, figured I'd at least toss it out as an option.

January 30, 2017 3:32 p.m.

You seem to be missing a subject in the first sentence so it's difficult to tell what you mean, unless you're referring to the card you bring up in the second paragraph. If a card is not in this deck, it is intentional. I have trimmed down the creatures and changed the strategy over the years. I like Monastery Mentor a lot for Tarkir monk flavor and because it's amazing in this deck. I have no desire for easy win cards like Proteus Staff or extra turn cards. I would rather do something complicated and amazing and that's what this deck does.

January 30, 2017 3:45 p.m.

And what do you mean you came in a bit late? I'm so confused. Do I know you?

January 30, 2017 3:46 p.m.

Shamen3mill says... #4

The thought, partial in the first 'paragraph' is completed in the final one. Or at least the thought was, though I suppose it was poorly translated.

Basically, you replaced monestary mentor with a 50 dollar version of himself in the deck, so suggesting Proteus Staff, which would just about require the mentor's removal, becomes a matter of you having to find another deck to slot in the 50 dollar card.

Saying "If a card is not in this deck, it is intentional" Suggests that you know, and are familiar with, every card in MTG and it's possible nature in Narset. Even when you can write off two of the colors for not being in your commander identity, you've still got a majority of the over 10,000 cards that wizards has printed. I looked through the updates you had for the deck, I made sure that there was no mention of the staff before.

I figured that proteus staff was an option seeing as you've got other cards that do the same thing, simply to a lesser degree. Sensei's top, Scrollrack, Ancestral knowlege. Narset enjoys seeing the future.

January 30, 2017 5:33 p.m.

I'm glad you understand how confusing it was for me. And the other cards that do a similar thing in allowing me to order the top of my deck are there because they allow for a complex and consistent level of play, not because they set up a massive combo like proteus staff does. I appreciate you checking to see if it had been suggested before and didn't mean to seem ungrateful. But yes, I am familiar with far more cards than the average player is and considering the unique nature of this deck it's far less than what you said. There's only around 17k cards atm so that's about 10k including creatures. Since creatures take up most of those spots probably the number goes down. But I am happy with the design of the deck so what I meant was not to be arrogant about my card knowledge but instead to suggest that I'm not looking for suggestions to make the deck better. It cannot be better because it's how I like it.

Also, considering I have almost 30 decks and many of them have multiple $50+ cards, I'm sure I could find a spot for mentor. It's just a great card and great flavor in here besides the fact that occasionally it's nice to have an early body on the board for the swords and scope.

January 30, 2017 6:39 p.m.

Shamen3mill says... #6

There should be a tag for "Accepting suggestions" and "Not Accepting Suggestions" somewhere...

I suppose there's an option for "Ignore suggestions" but it's not like that's publicized to everyone looking at the deck.

January 30, 2017 6:57 p.m.

I guess I could write that but people could also recognize that certain deckbuilders don't particularly need help building based on the complexity of the deck itself. This is obviously a fairly high level deck and not built by an amateur. People mark decks with the Red Cross if they want help on it so there's already a way to mark them specifically. Coming on somebody's deck page and recommending cards for their deck when they haven't solicited help seems as bizarre to me as you thinking that the onus is on me to inform people I'm not looking for help.

January 30, 2017 10:16 p.m.

Shamen3mill says... #8

My personal reasoning for going after different decks and suggesting what I've seen work is more, or less, the same reason why it's hard to say that cards are "Strictly better" than x. No deck is perfect. Though decks can be, and often are, satisfactory to their owners. And while EDH is, I dare say, the widest reaching format as far as gaining card vocabulary, there's always the chance that someone hasn't heard of the cards that you have.

I'll admit that suggesting proteus staff probably wouldn't have happened if I knew you as someone who's worked Narset for years, 's one of those cards that people like telling other people about.

The onus isn't on you to inform people that you're not looking for help, but if you don't put up the explicit message telling people you don't want the help, can you really blame them for trying?

January 31, 2017 4:16 a.m.

Your points are all well reasoned and thoughtful and I appreciate having the conversation with you, especially since you're so respectful about it. I don't blame you for trying to help somebody else, especially since you don't know me. The tone of my response was perhaps more colored by my exhaustion with the incessant badgering people have given me on my 5 color and naya decks about cards they feel strongly should be in there or arguing with how I named the decks, which I feel is an absurd thing to attack a person about since they are my decks, designed solely by me, and none of anybody else's business. So I apologize for being brusque with you, and I agree with everything you said above.

January 31, 2017 11 a.m.

NippDip says... #10

No Starfield of Nyx? It's a must-have in any enchantment deck.

February 7, 2017 6:33 p.m.

I disagree. I've tried it numerous times, but it was so poorly designed for EDH as the making your enchantments into creatures ruins much of their strength. Enchantments' strength in EDH comes from their resiliency and durability to most removal and creatures are the most easily removed. So if you play Starfield you are suddenly susceptible to all the boardwipes that you don't care about otherwise. The enchantment reanimation would be awesome if it didn't make them creatures too.

February 7, 2017 6:38 p.m.

NippDip says... #12

That's a fair point that I hadn't thought of. Now I realize why you aren't playing it.

February 7, 2017 6:46 p.m.

Suns_Champion says... #13

Love seeing other Narset players! Sweet deck, +1!

I'd love your thoughts on my take on Narset: Aura-merica. It's got a pretty similar superfriends theme.

February 7, 2017 10:57 p.m.

Lutachris23 says... #14

Maybe you can't fit it in, but is there a reason for no Command Beacon? I find that card to be invaluable for commander-centric strategies.

February 13, 2017 7:26 p.m.

Lutachris23 says... #15

Otherwise, I have to say that this is my favorite Narset deck I've seen because it actually looks fun to play against.

February 13, 2017 7:27 p.m.

Thanks a lot for the kind words. I agree that this deck is substantially more interactive and interesting to play against compared to the traditional Narset bs that people go for. Command Beacon is good in decks where you don't expect to get to use your commander before she gets handled. I generally refrain from playing Narset far longer than most people would to avoid painting a target on my head and instead wait for when I'll have haste or effective haste and can try to win in an uber turn. Also, between all the rocks, Nykthos, and Serra's Sanctum I can usually make a ton of mana mid to late game.

February 13, 2017 8:42 p.m.

Also running lands that only produce colorless are a big no-no as this deck is very color hungry between Narset herself and all the enchantments.

February 13, 2017 8:43 p.m.

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Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 101
Avg. CMC 3.43
Tokens Narset, Dack, 1/1 Monk, Elspeth, 1/1 Soldier, 4/4 Angel, Teferi, Ajani
Folders Top 5 EDH Decks, Shard/Clan Decks, all decks, EDH decks, Deck References/Ideas, EDH (Voltron), EDH, sigarda, edh
Top rank #31 on 2017-02-08
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Revision 5 (8 months ago)

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