Chandra Roaring Flame

I love building decks! Playing them is a secondary joy.

I also enjoy pretty art, interesting and funny flavour text, and foil cards.
This game, and its mythology, fascinates me.

Most of the decks I have created here I own in physical form.
Referring to people who play Magic, or users on this site, using terms like he, him, or guys, insinuates that only males play Magic.

Even if you didn't mean it that way.

It can feel extremely weird to be referred to by male pronouns, if you are female.

Try using terms like s/he, her/him, people, folks, or everybody when referring to users, so the game doesn't end up feeling like a boys' club.

I reserve the right NOT to give assistance to people who can't be bothered to use gender neutral language.
All suggestions made for my decks will be considered. That doesn't mean they will automatically be adopted, no matter how special you think they/you are.

I see decks very differently than most people. I know what suits my play style, and my local meta.

I don't follow deck building "formulas".

Think before making a suggestion. If you are going to insist up front that it is the ONLY thing that can make my deck better, or make snide comments about my choice of cards/theme, or if you are going to be a jerk in general, then save us both the trouble and just go away.

Do some research before pointing out that my cards aren't Standard legal.
I usually know What's In Standard
These folders contain all the decks I currently playtest against:

Competitive Guilds of Ravnica
Guilds of Ravnica TappedOut Brews
These decks aren't legal for play as they are built around a popular idea or a joke.

The Izzet Guild
covfefe
Throne of the God-Pharaoh
Eager Constructs
Alter Ego Constructs
G-20.In
These are the decks I have built from scratch, that I enjoy playing the most.

All of them have won a match, and most of them have won a tournament.

Triple A - FNM winner
Cast a Shadow - FNM winner
Jhoira's Crew - FNM winner
Dirty Emerald - casual multi winner
After Shock - casual multi winner
Blockage - casual multi winner
Speedway Champions - FNM top 4
Scorch - FNM top 4
Sizzle - FNM 2nd place
Monothopters [Frontier] - 2nd place
Cast a Shadow [Frontier] - 2nd place
Brawling Eldrazi [Frontier Brawl] - multi winner
General Tazri's Allies - EDH winner
Factual - EDH winner
I no longer offer my services to help people with Standard decks.
It brought more value to this site than I get in return.
If you need help with your Standard deck, start a topic in the
Standard Deck Help forum.

Interesting Decks

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Abzan Knights by Pabs444
Treasonous Ogre by FSims81


Pyromancer's Assault Never ask a pyromancer if that's the best she's got.

Argy says... #1

I have two old Wavebird controllers from my days of playing old GameCube games on my Wii so I got the dongle that lets you play them on Switch, so StuBi and I can play Super Smash with them.

I just need to get off my arse and download it!

I am familiar with Dark Souls. I actually own a copy but it didn't sound like my cup of tea.

February 4, 2019 11:43 p.m.

HARDsofty says... #2

I got Super Smash Bros Ultimate for Christmas. I've already unlocked all fighters and played through maybe 1/6th of the adventure. Only played classic mode once, though. I have only 10 or more hours invested into the game.


On my XBOX One X, I got the game pass for super cheap during the New Year's sale. Downloaded Ashen and played that for a bit. If you are familiar with Dark Souls games, then Ashen is it's semi-clone. I found out that a new Metro game is coming out soon, so I got Metro 2033 Redux as well as the second in the series. Both are free to download through game pass.


Lastly, Fortnite has been consuming most of my time these days. Completing challenges and playing with Fortnite friends. Two of which are friends on my Switch as well.


That about sums it up. I hope you're enjoying yourself gaming.

February 4, 2019 7:33 a.m.

HARDsofty says... #3

I was curious about what multicolored cards would be good for an Azorius Standard build.

You can post on my wall or Golden Azorius.

Thanks in advance for your help! If you do post, that is.

February 3, 2019 2:24 p.m.

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Standard takes a long, long, long, long, long time to improve at.

Even longer if you are learning how to build your own Standard decks.

You have to know the top decks back to front, and which ones are prevalent in your meta.

You have to learn which cards to put in your Sideboard, and how to tweak it as the meta evolves.

You usually have to spend money to buy one of the top decks, or get stomped over and over and over.

I have just given up playing Standard after 5 years of dedication to it, primarily because I got tired of everyone playing the same type of decks week in and week out.

I always built my own decks. Due to that I think it was a year of playing each week, before I won a game.

I ended up being able to build decks that won tournaments, but that was through spending at least three hours every day learning the current meta, tweaking my decks, and practising.

"while a friend tells me not to, that I should keep playing until I figure out what I'm doing wrong"

Your friend is giving you extremely poor advice. You are not going to learn to be a better deck builder simply by playing FNM.

You won't get enough games under your belt, and you also won't be playing much against decks which beat you, to see how to beat them.

Practising on your own, or against people in Magic Arena or Magic Online will teach you what you need to know better. Or a free program like Cocatrice.

I got better through playing decks I had built against the other top decks in the meta. As I said, three hours every day.


You cannot build a deck that will do well at FNM unless you are prepared to spend money.

Good cards give you a better chance at winning. It's as simple as that.

Restricting yourself to colours is also unhelpful.

This is the question you should be asking - do I want to win FNM?

If you answered "Yes", but want to stick to a certain budget or certain colours, then FNM is not for you.

It takes time, money, and dedication to win in the current FNM environment. It also takes using the colours which are currently the strongest.


As far as Commander, you can buy a pre-built deck and see what your local playgroup is like.

It may not solve all your problems as some groups are super competitive, leading to more stomping. At least you won't be too out of pocket if you buy a pre-made deck.


The third option I wish someone had told me when I first started playing Magic is to just play casually with friends at home, or with a friendly casual group at your LGS.

My play group does a variety of things to try to keep everything more casual:

  • play with Commander pre-cons

  • play our own format called Frontier Brawl (same rules as Brawl but with the cards available in the Frontier format)

  • play Archenemy

  • play Planeschase

  • play with a mini cube

Everything is fairly relaxed and a heap more fun.


Good luck with whatever you decided to do.

February 17, 2019 9:36 a.m.

Said on Argy...

#2

I have two old Wavebird controllers from my days of playing old GameCube games on my Wii so I got the dongle that lets you play them on Switch, so StuBi and I can play Super Smash with them.

I just need to get off my arse and download it!

I am familiar with Dark Souls. I actually own a copy but it didn't sound like my cup of tea.

February 4, 2019 11:43 p.m.

Said on Help me create ......

#3

"all cards fit into the pirate theme while still staying somewhat competitive"

That's your problem right there.

I don't think you can achieve both.

I definitely wouldn't go aggro. I think Control would be much better.

You'd have a decent chance of having your pirates hang around.

February 3, 2019 9:18 p.m.

Said on HARDsofty...

#4

Sorry mate I haven't played or built Standard in forever, so I can't advise you about cards.

I suggest that you post in the Standard Deck Help forum.


However, I HAVE been playing loads of video games lately.

I taught my friend how to play Left 4 Dead so we've played a lot of the first and second game.

He's still learning the ins and outs of it, so sometimes it gets a bit frustrating when he makes mistakes that kill us both.


I bought him a copy of Zombie Army Trilogy, which I played a little bit of with friends, and that has been incredibly fun.

It's different to all the other Zombie games I have played, with an emphasis on head shots.

My quick scoping has gotten very good.


I finished Spec Ops: The Line years ago but started the campaign again to get myself used to the controls (which are horrendous).

That's because we've been playing through the co-op missions. They are short but difficult, which makes them fun.


On my iPhone I've played a stack of Terraria, but I've only played it on and off on PC.

I started a new character and world on PC, on a whim.

It is winter so I've constructed my first igloo.

I played a bit on my friend's world the other day, as well.


I have been playing heaps of Far Cry 5 on my own.

I bought the game to play co-op with a friend but he lost interest.

I, on the other hand, got hooked.

The only thing I don't like about it is being kidnapped.

I have unlocked all the support characters and a lot of the abilities.

I need to work on my wingsuit as that's my worst area.


I have been putting off playing Killing Floor 2 but some of my friends were playing the other night so I joined them and it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be.


I had heard good things about the game Catherine so thought I'd give it a go.

It turned out that there were a lot of timed areas, which is not my thing at all, so I got a refund for it.


On my phone I played through Florence, which was short but unique, and I recently picked up Goat Simulator, which is insane fun.

I've decided to get a controller for my iPhone to help me play it, and some other games, a bit better.


I bought a Dirt game on special the other day, so I'm going to have a go at that sometime this week.

It's been a while since I played a racing game.

I enjoy some, but find others a bit too challenging.


What have you been playing?

February 3, 2019 9:13 p.m.

Jimmy_Chinchila the owner of my regular LGS said he found numbers way down for the recent prerelease and thought that was due to Magic Arena.

sylvannos when I think about why I haven't been playing Standard much lately it has been due to the fact that everyone is playing the same deck and, if they don't, they are guaranteed to lose.

Which means you either have to spend $$$, or play against the same deck over and over.

February 3, 2019 8:52 p.m.

Decks

After Shock

Modern Argy

SCORE: 7 | 3 COMMENTS | 1071 VIEWS | IN 4 FOLDERS

Sarkhan's Dragon Den

Standard Argy

SCORE: 95 | 111 COMMENTS | 13272 VIEWS | IN 29 FOLDERS

The Izzet Guild

Casual Argy

SCORE: 8 | 32 COMMENTS | 759 VIEWS | IN 2 FOLDERS

Cubes

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Eternal Magic

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SCORE 1 | COMMENTS 0 | VIEWS 439

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Let's Start at the Very Beginning

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SCORE 0 | COMMENTS 0 | VIEWS 340

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Tarkir Skies

Argy — 2 years ago

SCORE 8 | COMMENTS 2 | VIEWS 577

Finished Decks 52
Prototype Decks 0
Drafts 0
Playing since Journey into Nyx
Points 735
Avg. deck rating 37.97
T/O Rank 125
Helper Rank 687
Favorite formats Standard, Commander / EDH, Archenemy, Planechase, Frontier
Good Card Suggestions 702
Cards Added/Fixed 13
Last activity 5 days
Joined 4 years