About Me

I started playing back when 8th Edition was still new. I was around 10 or 11 years old. My uncle introduced my cousin, my brother, and me to the game and bought us our first structure decks. He asked what colors we wanted, and I said (my favorite color at the time) having no idea what any of the colors in Magic did or meant. My brother got the deck and my cousin the .

I almost never won.

I remember the deck had a few counters and bounce spells with mostly flying creatures, but it wasn't as fast as my brother's deck or as hard-hitting as my cousin's deck. Really it was a watered-down version of what should be. It may have been this that gave me an aversion to control and in general in the years to come.

When 9th Edition was released, I got the green deck and never looked back. Green as fit me as a color more than the others, and I had always wanted to build an elf deck. My first "good" kitchen table deck was an elf tribal deck that finally had some goodies in it when the Elves vs Goblins duel decks were released. My favorite part was generating the mass amounts of mana with which I could do anything I wanted.

Besides elves I found I really liked fungus cards when I got the structure deck from Time Spiral. Since then I developed a love for playing with counters and tokens that has carried into how I play today.


”Peace through order.” "Satisfaction through ruthlessness.” ”Harmony through acceptance.”

My favorite color combination is Abzan as you can tell from my name which is a portmanteau of Abzan and Azkaban. I used to be all about with Selesnya's ability to make lots of tokens and counters, but over the years I've starting taking more to .

In recent years I have found that I love the Aristocrats strategy of sacrificing creatures, and it has become my dominant archetype.

I mostly just played kitchen table casual, but my decks usually followed Modern rules. My tastes have turned more toward EDH because of the crazy ridiculous things I like to do in my decks, and only the commander format really supports that kind of whacky interactions. I still have some Modern decks that I'll take to FNM ocassionally, but my focus has shifted to playing with commanders.

IAmTheWraith says... #1

Nice dude! I'm a Tubist/Bass Trombonist! Hope you get to go into band some day, it sounds like a really fun career choice

April 29, 2019 9:16 p.m.

Abzkaban says... #2


That’s awesome! I’m an instrumental focus, my major instrument being Horn. My plan was to teach band, but I’m currently in an elementary position because that’s where the job was. Lol

April 29, 2019 7:12 p.m.

IAmTheWraith says... #3

Hey! Saw on your Deckwatch bio that you are a music teacher, I am looking to pursue the field after HS. Instrumental or Vocal?

April 29, 2019 6:05 p.m.

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I saw that today as well. It just might. I’ll have to see if it has more combo synergy potential than the other counter sources in the deck. It should combo with Earthcraft and Ashnod's Altar as well. The low cmc is definitely enticing!

Edit: Actually it looks like a cheaper Juniper Order Ranger that just doesn’t get tall, but that’s not really even a consideration if we’re combining off getting tokens or abusing persist creatures.

May 22, 2019 5:15 p.m. Edited.

Said on Help! I upvoted ......


Why would you want to remove it? It’s another upvote.

May 21, 2019 11:06 a.m.


Thank you! I appreciate the praise! The Primer certainly has been a work in progress, and I’m still tweaking it.

For the function it serves in the deck, Primal Vigor could easily replace Doubling Season if you need a more budget friendly option. The only downside is it works for our opponents as well, but if your plan is to play the enchantment and then go off, there’s little issue there. The only reason it’s not in the budget version I’m still working on is because it’s still too costly for as inexpensive as I’m trying to make that deck.

We don’t really care about Deathspore Thallid ’s spore counters much anyway. Ghave makes saprolings more efficiently. Deathspore is there to take advantage of our many saps and wipe the board of creatures. He’s actually one of my pet cards from when this deck was fungus tribal, and I’m so happy that he serves a purpose now. He even gets around indestructible which is great!

Fauna Shaman works as a budget Survival of the Fittest . It is objectively worse, but you can at least tutor for a creature once a turn which isn’t bad depending on how fast you want to play.

May 16, 2019 10:31 a.m. Edited.

Congratulations, MacDuffMan for becoming the 200th upvoter! Thanks for taking interest in the deck and primer!

May 15, 2019 2:03 p.m.


Glad to hear you got good results with the druid!

Bolas's Citadel and Sensei's Divining Top have good synergy, but I don’t know if they’d be worth it in this deck. The top could be added with no problem, but I’m not sold on the 6 cmc of the citadel just for that bit of synergy. Granted it’s basically another way to Ad Nauseam for only 1 life a card which can be really nice. You’d have to have both pieces, though. Alone the top is always good to have, but without the top, Citadel doesn’t do enough to merit the cmc. I would want to be sure I had both pieces. We do have 4 cards that can fetch them for us which does increase the chances of getting this particular combo, but I’m not sure they have enough combo synergy with the rest of the deck.

Aetherflux Reservoir makes that an awesome combo, but you’re right about it not fitting this deck. I think all three should be played in an Oloro, Ageless Ascetic deck. We can certainly do some testing for the two pieces in Ghave, though.

May 15, 2019 2 p.m.


Thanks, dude! It’s funny because you passed right by me. I used to be ahead of you, and now I feel like I’m slackin!

May 8, 2019 12:01 a.m.


I got a 404 for all those links.

May 6, 2019 12:29 p.m.


Ghave That Bitch an Infinite Combo [Primer]

Commander / EDH Abzkaban

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Finished Decks 67
Prototype Decks 48
Drafts 0
Playing since Eighth Edition
Points 1015
Avg. deck rating 31.60
T/O Rank 80
Helper Rank 196
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Modern, Casual
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