EDH Idea: Wall Theme

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Posted on Aug. 9, 2018, 6:54 p.m. by cmr1990

Just want to make it clear I do not have my own deck list on this idea, this tread is merely to discus play-styles and link possible deck lists that adhere to this theme.

My usual playstyle in EDH tends to lean towards gimmicks and ideas rather then competitive play. (the playgroup I play with is not super competitive and very casual). I tend to build decks that play fun (group hug or funny theme, as well as tribal for the more competitive ones)

Today I got an idea for a theme that I think would be a fun thing to build around. WALLS and DEFENDERS!

The playstyle of this would I was imaging would involve using Walls and Defenders to defend myself while other players battle amount themselves, and having specific win condition card/card combinations to use while after doing my own setup behind the walls.

Even tho I like these kind of gimmicks and such I suck at deck building, I usually have my friend build my decks using a combination of my inventory and suggestions to seek out. He however is on vacation out of country so I can't get his help. So opened this thread here to get feedback and discussion from the community on this idea and attempt to build myself using helpful information.

That's about it, thanks for reading this and look forward to hearing discussions about this theme.

JoeNathan37 says... #2

There are already a couple commanders that lend themselves very well to this sort of theme. Doran, the Siege Tower is the original one and M19 brought a new option in Arcades, the Strategist. Neither is specifically based around the defending yourself pillow fort type deck you described, but they could both be built that way.

You don’t even have to limit yourself to those two; I’ve seen a Progenitus wall tribal that played more like the deck you described. Thantis, the Warweaver, the new spider commander from C18, could be an interesting choice as well (and he has some amazing art).

No matter what you use if you’re taking the defensive route I’d recommend using cards like Ghostly Prison and Propaganda to assist your defenders. There are plenty of good defensive cards like these out there; Aurification, Dissipation Field, No Mercy, and more.

I’ve played a Doran, the Siege Tower deck myself and seen some of the others in action, and this type of deck is pretty fun. Good luck with your deckbuilding!

August 9, 2018 7:53 p.m.

Pringy978 says... #3

I run an Arcades the Strategist EDH deck, and it's a load of fun. I go the more aggro route by making all my walls unblockable with Tetsuko, Sidar Kondo and Archetype of Imagination, backed up by one sided board wipes (wave of reckoning, slaughter the strong etc) but you can get some great alternate win conditions with Mill (doorkeeper) or go for lifegain with Angelic Chorus for a Test of Endurance/Felidar Sovereign auto win or a huge Storm Herd pegasus swarm. Approach could work, but then you'd be playing approach...

August 9, 2018 7:55 p.m.

cmr1990 says... #4

thanks for the tips and suggestions JoeNathan37 ! and bonus I have quite a few of these already in other tribal decks I run! Arcades would prob who I build around and would be a good fit for my burn Dragon Tribal I run sometimes!

August 9, 2018 7:57 p.m.

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