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.

Cloudius says... #1

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Unleash the Horde!

Commander / EDH Cloudius


This is a fun deck to pilot as we attempt to go wide and overrun our opponents. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Feel free to leave any comments, feedback or suggestions on the deck page too! Cheers.

March 16, 2019 11:05 p.m.

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Said on Yeva Draw-Grow...


Mosswort Bridge seems too slow and clunky for what you want to do anyway. Good call in removing it.

March 17, 2019 1:40 p.m.

Upvoting and saving for later for the name. I look forward to see where you take it. I’m in the process of tuning my Edgar Markov deck and writing a primer for it that is themed on the three vampire courts which happen to be Mardu colors.

March 15, 2019 12:32 a.m.

Said on GRUUL SMASH NON ......


+1 for sticking in character in the comments! Deck looks good. Very smashy.

Good luck smashing the Abzan . We are masters of life, death, and growth and as such can grow too big to smash. Even if you do smash Abzan, we will just come back over and over again. Gruul is by far the least refined of the combinations.

March 14, 2019 2:48 p.m.

The primer looks like it’s coming along nicely! I was wondering if you’d done much more with this deck since we worked on it. It’s still one of the coolest deck ideas I’ve seen in a while.

March 14, 2019 2:26 p.m.


Thanks! Glad you like it.

I actually haven’t really considered soul sisters when making the deck as it doesn’t have much of a way to abuse lifegain. I mean I suppose Sanguine Bond could do the trick, but you’d also need a soul sister, and an infinite tokens or sac combo to abuse the etb trigger. That just seems like too many cards to be worth it to me, and I’ve never felt like I needed to gain life to stay in the game long enough to win.

As far as Aristocrats goes, you could build off of that with Ghave, but I don’t see it as going infinite. I mean benefiting from making sacrifices is essentially the core of the Aristocrats strategy, so in a sense Ghave already does that. As far as traditional Aristocrats, though, no I haven’t gone much into that route here although I’d love to see someone make a true Aristocrats deck with Ghave. It’s one of my favorite archetypes, so seeing Ghave at the helm of one would be sweet. My Aristocrats decks tend to lean more Mardu. Dang, did I say Aristocrats enough times? Aristocrats.

I could see Krav, the Unredeemed working in this deck. Draw as many cards as I have creatures to sacrifice and gain life and +1/+1 counters on top of that for only ? Sure! The only reason I hesitate is his casting cost. I’d like to be able to get a draw engine going for cheaper than 5 mana. He’s certainly worth testing, though.

March 11, 2019 5:33 p.m.


That’s awesome! How do you like it? Vizier of Remedies is certainly an option if you want to capitalize on the persist creature route. It also combos with Devoted Druid which gives us another source for infinite mana. So it has that going for it. I’m not sure if there’s room for it in my version of the deck, but it could be something to play around with. I don’t know if I’d want to give up Mentor of the Meek , though. It’s good draw power even when not infinite. Glad to hear you’re playing the deck!

March 11, 2019 5:21 p.m.

Your foil Survival of the Fittest looks sweet, dude! Your old one has found a very comfortable new home in my Ghave deck!

I'll second that about the music. It was super loud and took me a minute to find where it was coming from.

March 10, 2019 4:36 p.m.


Judith, the Scourge Diva is great for standard Aristocrats, but with this deck I find that I’m sacrificing tokens more than anything. I don’t think it’s worth removing anything in the list as it is for her.

March 8, 2019 2:29 p.m.

Did you set the “sort by” default before saving? I checked your deck and clicked on the group tab to sort by custom, and your categories work just fine. The default looks like it’s still sorting by type which is why you don’t see it. You need to set it to “Custom.”

March 6, 2019 10:08 a.m.


We made one for it! You're not delusional. Really I just used the template you left on my coding page and tweaked what I needed to for the deck. Every once in a while it stops working, though, until I go in and save the deck again. I'd also like to get the page to work on mobile, but it still won't show even after taking out the line of code that restricts it.

February 28, 2019 7:08 p.m.


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Finished Decks 63
Prototype Decks 44
Drafts 0
Playing since Eighth Edition
Points 1020
Avg. deck rating 23.88
T/O Rank 81
Helper Rank 599
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Modern, Casual
Good Card Suggestions 7
Last activity 20 hours
Joined 4 years