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Posted on Jan. 4, 2019, 10:43 p.m. by jordybear2002

Ok so I have a friend who runs a competitive Radha, Heir to Keld deck and it can win in a pod of five by turn 5. So what are some counter decks that I can run? Or should I fight fire with fire and make a competitive Radha deck as well? FYI his deck is a pure aggro deck based on big dumb creatures out fast.

DrukenReaps says... #2

So big dumb creatures that land fast and hit hard is your problem?

I built a midrange-y deck, Divine Decree, that hides behind pillows and laughing as people die to Manabarbs.

You are dying around turn 5 though so anything costing more than 5 in my deck should probably be taken out for your purposes.

Focusing in on some of the pillows of best use to you would be:

Blind Obedience, Darksteel Plate, Gideon of the Trials, Glacial Chasm, Maze of Ith, Righteous Aura, Solitary Confinement, and Teferi's Protection.

You might avoid Ghostly Prison style effects depending on how your opponent's deck works since if he has all the mana then prison isn't really an issue for him.

If you would prefer to win before he goes off you might try something more akin to Mistress of Poisons which has 2 combos that can go off as early as turn 3. I never made the deck consistently able to win in that time frame so you would have to beef it up but the potential is there.

The better and cheaper option would be if we take a look at 2 or 3 decks you already have and we can maybe touch those up.

January 4, 2019 11:21 p.m.

jordybear2002 says... #3

Hey Druken do you have discord? It would be a great way to communicate.

January 4, 2019 11:34 p.m.

enpc says... #4

Purely mirroring someone's deck is not the optimal way to beat them. The combo aggro control triangle is your friend here. Combo beats aggro, aggro beats control and control beats combo. Since your friend is playing aggro, fast combo should be the go.

January 5, 2019 2:57 a.m.

Demarge says... #5

By the sound of it you likely just want to raise your deck's power level, Radha, Heir to Keld is fairly weak in terms of actual power level. I did a quick glance of your built commander lists at a quick glance I'd say most of your decks are likely below the 50% mark of how that commander would look optimally built.

A competitive commander is often built where most commander groups would locate it as well above 100% since it obscures synergy for just raw competitive power. So if your friend is playing a competitive list to a table of 4 decks that are below 50% it'd be similar to bringing armed bodyguards to a fist fight against middle schoolers.

Now of your lists Breya is probably your best bet to upgrade, which can be as simple as trading the expensive spells for cheaper card advantage and opponent interaction like counters or removal.

January 5, 2019 3:20 a.m.

jordybear2002 says... #6

enpc My intentions are not to just copy and paste. I am asking for lists or help so that I can get some ideas. Please don't take it as me wanting to copy and paste. And thank you for the little triangle! I did not think about control, combo, and aggro that way! Demarge Thank you for showing me that. I will look into upgrading my Breya deck into something more powerful and interactive. I actually own a lot of the Breya deck and so I don't think that trying to upgrade will be that hard.

January 5, 2019 2:28 p.m.

DrukenReaps says... #7

jordybear2002 I do not use discord. I have some more time now though so I went through what you have and see 3 decks that could be made quite strong. Sliver Queen, Breya, Etherium Shaper, and Ezuri, Claw of Progress. Pick one of these and start looking through every article/primer/deck you can find.

Breya already looks like a strong deck so you should probably build upon that one.

January 5, 2019 7 p.m.

jordybear2002 says... #8

Just asking. My "competitive" Breya or Artifact of Engineers?

January 5, 2019 7:04 p.m.

DrukenReaps says... #9

Artifact of Engineers is the one I saw.

January 5, 2019 7:21 p.m.

jordybear2002 says... #10

OK thank you. :)

January 5, 2019 8:05 p.m.

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