Need help on starting an Atraxa, Praetors' Voice EDH

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Posted on Jan. 7, 2017, 10:11 p.m. by Th3No0tDo0tNewt

I just bought an Atraxa deck a few days ago and found out that there is no infect in it. Now I want to build a new deck for Atraxa. I've never built a 4 color deck b4. Pls help.

Nobody has built a four color EDH deck until CMDR 2016. Atraxa is one of the five commanders that are four colors available, so nobody is truly a professional yet, but it is similar to five color. Good decks that include 3 colors or more are not cheap, because they require an extensive mana-base including some very expensive cards to make sure your deck runs smoothly. So the first question is, what's your budget?

January 7, 2017 10:16 p.m.

Wizno says... #3

I agree with The_Dragonmaster that knowing your budget is going to help big time. It would also help to know which direction you want to take Atraxa in? Since she supports various counter synergies it helps to know which direction you want to take her. I would say some of the more commonly used cards used in an Atraxa deck are going to be things to increase the number of counters on your permanents. Doubling Season, Deepglow Skate, and even the new Winding Constrictor are all solid includes (budget pending). Get some lands that tap for any color as well since that's going to be a common place to start in a 4 color deck.

January 7, 2017 10:59 p.m.

Eiti3 says... #4

I would like to say that the nephilim were considered unsanctioned commanders that could be used in playgroups and even in a few tournaments if everyone agreed upon it.

Witch-Maw Nephilim - Atraxa, Praetors' Voice
Ink-Treader Nephilim - Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis
Dune-Brood Nephilim - Saskia the Unyielding
Glint-Eye Nephilim - Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder
Yore-Tiller Nephilim - Breya, Etherium Shaper

Now, not to say the are the same exact or even similar, but you could search up a few decks which can be found here on TappedOut. I took the time to search up the only Witch-Maw Nephilim deck under the Infect hub -link- so you can see how that was built if you are so inclined.

Just thought I'd point out that 4 colors have BEEN a thing for quite some time, just not on an official standing.

January 7, 2017 11:26 p.m.

MindAblaze says... #5

I'd like to see a -1/-1 Counters theme. Everybody's playing Superfriends or +1/+1 Counters...-1/-1 needs some love.

Love me some Carnifex Demon!

January 7, 2017 11:54 p.m.

dlamars says... #6

Just going to go ahead and warn you, an infect Atraxa deck is going to turn into 3v1 pretty quick. As soon as someone gets a poison counter they pretty much won't stop coming till your dead. Be prepared.

January 8, 2017 1:18 a.m.

I like ur idea MindAblaze. Stuff like Carnifex Demon and Black Sun's Zenith should be fun with Atraxa. Also thanks for the warning dlamars. Kinda thinking of not putting infect in it now that u say that. And thx for the great advice everyone.

January 8, 2017 10:54 a.m.

Runaller says... #8

Infect Atraxa absolutely requires Ichor Rats since it can give everyone poison counters instantly and then you can begin proliferation. Blighted Agent is another amazing infect card as it has unblockable. Already said above, if budget isn't a problem, Doubling Season belongs in every Atraxa deck regardless of the build.

As for the land base, it is heavily based on how you build the deck. the four red-less Tricolor taplands included in the precon are amazing, as is the any color lands or Command Tower -esque cards, also including Fellwar Stone and Exotic Orchard.
Also good, go for some of the Fast lands from Scars of Mirrodin and Kaladesh. (Example: Darkslick Shores) Shock lands are always great if you run fetch lands. (Example: Watery Grave) I personally love the Check (Example: Drowned Catacomb) and Bounce Lands (Example: Dimir Aqueduct)

Artifacts can be helpful as well. Contagion Engine and its little brother Contagion Clasp are great proliferators each turn. Mana rocks are always helpful, and Sol Ring belongs in every single deck in the entirety of Magic: the Gathering. Lightning Greaves is an extremely powerful equipment. Akroma's Memorial is great to make it almost impossible to not get at least some damage through. Blightsteel Colossus makes it so people will always block him and let your smaller infects in, followed by proliferation.

January 8, 2017 2:54 p.m.

Perpetual says... #9

Along the lines of what MindAblaze was saying, here is a quick version of a -1/-1 deck, not optimized at all.

Atraxa -1/-1 instead of Superfriends

January 9, 2017 12:36 p.m.

RedUndead40 says... #10

Serrated Arrows is also excellent if you decide on the -1/-1 counter route

January 10, 2017 3:31 p.m.

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