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.

hkhssweiss says... #1

Aw dang, that's a bummer. I don't have much coding experience so I'm not helpful in that aspect lol

January 7, 2019 7:42 p.m.

Abzkaban says... #2


Thanks! I’ve been having a few issues with it, though. I can’t get the picture to show up over the ad bar even though the code is correct, and the background doesn’t even show up on mobile at least for me.

January 7, 2019 7:19 p.m.

hkhssweiss says... #3

Definitely love your page bro! ^^

January 7, 2019 6:32 p.m.

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You get an upvote for the Zelda theme alone! Excellent job!

January 22, 2019 2:28 p.m.


Oh yeah, you’re right. Thanks for the correction. It still results in the same outcome, but having the correct ruling for why is important. I’ll go back and fix that later.

Thanks for the praise! There really wasn’t a good explanation anywhere for Ghave’s possible combos and how they worked, so I decided to write one myself. I actually want to go back and rework the Combo Explanations section and make sure I’ve covered every kind of combo (but not every possible substitute combination because that would be ridiculous). I put a lot of value on aesthetics, so hopefully the Primer is pleasant to look at and easy to follow.

Your card suggestions are good, but consider what I would have to cut to include any of them. I’m going for efficiency, so a card would have to have more potential uses than what it’s replacing to merit a spot. I like Corpsejack Menace even though Doubling Season does his job and more. The question is how many combos does it allow, and can it replace something that has fewer so as to increase the deck’s combo synergy?

Butcher Ghoul has been considered before. In fact it was part of the list at one point, though I don’t remember what replaced it. Again the question is whether another undying creature would benefit the deck more than what is already in the mainboard.

Dictate of Erebos used to be beside Grave Pact and was removed for more ways to abuse the combos. Hardened Scales would be good if I can justify a cut, but I’m not feeling Requiem Angel . The cost is a bit high for what it does, and I don’t see it benefitting the deck as much as my current combo abusers.

Seriously, though, thanks for the kind words. That you said it’s the best you’ve seen means a lot!

January 19, 2019 9:04 p.m.

I’m not much of a standard player mostly because I don’t like a format that rotates. It’s too expensive to keep up with a lot of the time. That being said, I’d been considering making a Mardu Aristocrats deck for standard ever since Judith, the Scourge Diva and Teysa Karlov were spoiled since I play the original Aristocrats in modern.

I think you’ve got a solid start here. My only gripe is the lack of free sac outlets, but I’m not familiar with standard, so I’m not sure if any are even in rotation. However the sac oilers you do have are decent even if they’re only once a turn. Have you considered Hero of Precinct One ? You have enough multicolored spells to make it worth it, and I think it could easily replace Hunted Witness as a better source of tokens for sac fodder.

January 18, 2019 8:42 p.m.


Let me clarify what I meant for Walking Ballista . Of course it wipes the table with infinite damage with a free sac outlet available, but I meant it can go infinite with a sac outlet OR Blood Artist . Still a three card combo but in a different way. Remove the counter from Ballista to ping itself which kills it. Mikaeus brings it back with another +1/+1 counter. This creates an infinite death trigger loop which allows Blood Artist to drain the board. I didn't mean to imply that it needed Artist in addition to the sac outlet.

I do like the idea of using Natural Order especially because it bypasses my hand and puts the creature right out on the battlefield. Summoner's Pact is an option, but I'm not sure I'm completely sold on it. It feels win-more. If I have infinite mana to easily pay its cost to avoid losing, I'm likely already winning anyway. Otherwise I pay the same amount as Natural Order , but it only goes to my hand.

It's likely I'll end up adding Walking Ballista considering the number of different combos it brings with it. It already looks more versatile than Triskelion , and it will give me something to do with infinite mana besides continue to use Ghave. Lower cmc is always a plus, too. I'll play around with a few other things before I decide on any official cuts.

Thanks for the ideas!

January 18, 2019 7:29 p.m.


That’s actually a really good idea... I don’t know why I’d never considered using Walking Ballista before. I’m only slightly hesitant to remove Triskelion , and I can see benefits to having either one of them in the deck. Forgive me while I take this space to “think out loud” so to speak. I have a few thoughts on this.



  1. Makes a two-card combo with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed .
  2. Combos with my recursion combo although needs a sac outlet if Saffi Eriksdotter is involved.
  1. Combo with Mikaeus is a 12 mana combo if straight casting and 9 mana if entwining Tooth and Nail .
  2. Doesn’t combo with any other cards in the deck outside of the recursion combo.

Walking Ballista


  1. Interacts with many more combos than Triskelion by serving as an outlet for infinite mana.
  2. Less cmc to combo with Mikaeus even if a third card is needed.
  1. Needs a third card like a Blood Artist effect or a sac outlet in order to make a game winning combo with Mikaeus.
  2. Doesn’t combo with the recursion combo due to not entering the battlefield with +1/+1 counters.

Mike and Trike is the only two-card combo in the deck and allows Tooth and Nail to straight up win. That’s the main reason I’m hesitant to remove it in the first place. However Walking Ballista can interact with many more cards and still works with Mikaeus as a 3-card combo. The fact it doesn’t mix as well with the recursion combo isn’t as big of a deal since there are many other cards that do. It might be worth making the switch.

If I do replace Trike with Ballista, it raises the question of Tooth and Nail ’s value. It’s mostly included in the deck to grab Mike and Trike. If that combo is no longer present, would it be worth the 7-9 mana to grab other combo pieces next to the other tutors I have available? Removing it means I could add a maybeboard card like Reclamation Sage . What are your thoughts on this?

You’ve given me a lot to think about, and it’s possible I’ll be tweaking the list again soon.

January 18, 2019 3:09 p.m.

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You want a deck name that will give you views? Because a name like this one is how you get views. 50 points to your house and an upvote. Also a solid deck. Well done.

January 17, 2019 2:48 p.m.


Haha! Thanks! I’m particularly proud of the name. Glad you liked it.

January 16, 2019 12:04 p.m.

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Your page description made me laugh! XD

January 14, 2019 12:24 a.m.


Thanks for the tips! Utility lands have really been more of an afterthought and one I would toy with later. It's good to know you haven't run across much of a need for them. I'm not even sure which ones Ghave would put to good use to be honest, and most utility lands only add so that would cut into my colors a bit.

I like Westvale Abbey  Flip but I've used it in more traditional Aristocrats decks where it can be really powerful. I don't think it's really high on my priority list for Ghave. Lol

My main thoughts for upgrading the landbase in the future are more fetch lands. While the current list excludes taplands and makes getting mana faster, sometimes I'm stuck with Earthcraft and no basics which is a no go. Once I can get my hands on single color fetches, it will make those combos more accessible at least.

January 14, 2019 midnight


I have been considering recently building a budget list for this deck. Taking out many of the expensive cards will naturally slow it down, and it should still be able to pull of many of these crazy combos.

January 11, 2019 10:36 a.m.


Thanks! It’s truly been a work in progress. I keep reviewing it and realize that I’ve missed some, so the list keeps growing.

January 11, 2019 10:29 a.m.


The taplands are on the chopping block. They started there as a budget landbase and now are mostly mucking up the list. I haven’t worried about them so much because it slows the deck a turn or two for casual groups, but the idea for the deck is to be fast and resilient. I have other decks for slower metas. I just haven’t gotten around to updating the lands yet, but it sorely needs to be done.

January 11, 2019 10:27 a.m.


Thanks for taking a look at it! Hopefully it was helpful.

Ugh...no you're completely right. Thanks for catching that. Add any free sac outlet to those, and they'll be able to bring Triskelion back, though using Blasting Station as your sac outlet makes it redundant. I'll upgrade the list to reflect that.

January 7, 2019 10:09 p.m.

Sweet! Thanks for putting together the time to make this. The price range here is a much better place to start. I think you've really outdone yourself. I've got a growing list of commanders I want to build, but I think I'll make this a priority so I can do something with my Yeva, Nature's Herald that's just been sitting in my binder.

January 7, 2019 9:29 p.m.

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Thanks! I’ve been having a few issues with it, though. I can’t get the picture to show up over the ad bar even though the code is correct, and the background doesn’t even show up on mobile at least for me.

January 7, 2019 7:19 p.m.


That’s awesome, dude! No rush. Smash is always a good distraction. ;D

January 7, 2019 1:33 p.m.

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Are you aware you’ve included a blue enchantment?

Dictate of Kruphix

January 6, 2019 10:42 p.m.

I almost didn’t want to upvote it because it was at 666...but I had to save this in a folder. It’s too good not to. Sorry for breaking such a perfect number for Avacyn!

January 5, 2019 5:52 p.m.


I was in the same mindset for a while. This deck used to be fungus tribal with some combos thrown in. Capitalizing on the combos definitely makes it more competitive especially if you can pull them off fast. I haven't built this list solely on on combos without Ghave because I want to use him, but there are other methods if I lose access to him. If you want to focus on combos that don't require your commander, I'd use more persist creatures than I have in this list. You also might want a few combos that utilize Ghave so he's not just sitting there for colors. That would give you another route to go if you're without some of your other combos.

Good luck! Let me know if you want me to take a look at your list.

January 5, 2019 2:53 p.m.


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Finished Decks 59
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Playing since Eighth Edition
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