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.
I learnt to build decks the hard way.

First I started by building with whatever cards I had to hand.

I used to get wrecked quite early at Thursday Night Magic, so I would then go and watch other people play.

From doing that I saw some different styles of decks being played. Aggro was an example.

I would then go home and try to build that style myself.

Next I would playtest my decks against each other on paper. It was a long, slow process.

When I found TappedOut, and was able to playtest on here, things got much easier.

Here are the first decks I made.

Argy's First Deck

This was the first deck I ever cobbled together out of the available cards I had.

Why ? That's because the first Magic deck I was ever given was . The second Magic deck I was ever given was . I got them as 30 card beginner decks at the first PAX Aus. They are still my favourite Magic colours. I always feel happiest when playing them.

I won a game with this deck and was so excited about that.

Dragon Fodder

This deck was the first one I played in a tournament where I wasn't defeated.

I won two out of four matches that evening, with the other two ending in ties. The ties were due to me not realising that you have to play a little bit faster when piloting Control.

This was also my first deck on TappedOut that got some votes just from me cycling it. I was so thrilled that people had noticed it. This was long before the days when I was the number 1 Decklord on this site.

I built this deck after I played Control, for the first time, at a prerelease. I basically just made my prerelease deck bigger.

Lord of the Skies

This was the first deck I built that I thought was well-balanced. My first successful midrange deck. It was my original idea.


Goblin Kaboomist was the first card I fell in love with, from both a visual and mechanics perspective. I got Aaron Forsythe to sign one for me, after I played it against him at PAX Aus.


This was the first aggro deck I ever built. My friend built a similar one, after playing against this.

We were playing our decks while another friend was packing up to go home. After fifteen minutes he was ready, turned around to say goodbye, then said, "Are you finished playing already?"

I got my first Turn 4 win at FNM with this deck. I'm not allowed to play it against StuBi any more, as it makes him sad.

Sarkhan's Dragon Den

I feel that I should end this list with the last competitive Standard deck I ever built.

I went back to my roots and finished things in all . Plus Dragons, which are my favourite Tribe.

You can see how far I came with crafting decks, even by just how fleshed out the Description is.

I stopped playing competitive Magic as I found the scene too stale.

Hardly anyone was building decks, preferring instead to just netdeck.

This also had the result that you just kept playing against the same two or three decks every week.

Since I have no interest in netdecking, it was time for me to move on.

I still play Magic with HydraBear, but we stick to Planeswalker decks. It's casual and relaxed, which is nice.

Occasionally I will play Duel Decks with StuBi.

StuBi and I are trying to build a Goblin Horde deck, since one of my friends is interested in co-op Magic.
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
Pioneer TappedOut Brews
These decks aren't legal for play as they are built around a popular idea or a joke.

The Izzet Guild
Throne of the God-Pharaoh
Eager Constructs
Alter Ego Constructs
These cards have worked well for me, but everyone else has told me to take them out of a deck.

Frost Walker
Eager Construct
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
Monothopters - FNM winner
Cast a Shadow - FNM winner
Jhoira's Crew - FNM winner
Sizzle - FNM 2nd place
Speedway Champions - FNM top 4
Scorch - FNM top 4
Dirty Emerald - casual multi winner
After Shock - casual multi winner
Blockage - casual multi winner
Brawling Eldrazi [Frontier Brawl] - Frontier Brawl winner
Monothopters [Frontier] - 2nd place
Cast a Shadow [Frontier] - 2nd place
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.

Nillstan says... #1

Given the updated list, and cards in testing, what do you think of the Abzan deck? Any new ideas?

December 12, 2019 12:39 p.m.

Nillstan says... #2

Lots of testing done and changes to this list if you'd still like to help out with it. If so, I'd really appreciate it bud. Link for convenience.

Abzan Midrange

Pioneer Nillstan


November 20, 2019 1:08 a.m.

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We had nine people for Pioneer this week.

There was a nice mix of decks - mostly all rejigged versions of old Standard decks.

I played Mono Red Burn but I'm still getting into how the deck best plays and I stuffed up a lot.

I played against a Superfriends built full of Gideons, who kept Crewing Heart of Kiran then giving it lifelink. I really need to add Rampaging Ferocidon to shut that shit down.

There was another Burn deck, an Approach deck, and an Izzet Phoenix deck.

Someone was playing a very original Selesnya Angels deck which was very difficult once it hit the mid game. With life link, Burning it to the group is not an option.

There was also a Gearhulks deck, and I don't know the rest. A couple of people had come to play from far away. Don't know if they will continue next time.

We are having prize support, which is nice. I cracked an Oko from an extra pack I bought on a whim.

Fun night!!

December 12, 2019 1:22 p.m.

Said on Abzan Midrange...


Have you actually played this in paper or on MTGO?

Can't really say anything more about the build until it goes to an actual tournament.

December 12, 2019 1:05 p.m.

The problem is that it comes out too late against Burn.

By this stage of the game you are down to around 5 to 7 life, and the Burn Opponent aims to finish things off with direct damage.

December 11, 2019 11:19 p.m.

Said on Playing a card ......


OK I think I get it. Thanks.

December 10, 2019 12:49 p.m.

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Hey Boza, can you explain why you can kill Archangel Avacyn  Flip while her Indestructible ability is still on the stack?

December 10, 2019 12:34 p.m.

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OK got it. Thanks.

December 10, 2019 12:32 p.m.

Said on Playing a card ......


If someone casts Collective Brutality and chooses to have me discard Wild Slash , can I cast it in response, thereby giving them no legal target for that part of the spell?

December 10, 2019 7:47 a.m.

Thanks people.

December 7, 2019 11:23 p.m.

Gimme the original trilogy any day.


December 7, 2019 8:22 a.m.

December 7, 2019 3:29 a.m.

If my Brisela, Voice of Nightmares gets Exiled with Ixalan's Binding , does that mean I can no longer cast either Gisela, the Broken Blade or Bruna, the Fading Light ?

My guess is that once Exiled, Brisela sort of breaks up into her two halves, both of which are Exiled.

December 7, 2019 3:12 a.m.


December 6, 2019 11:41 a.m. Edited.

You've been lucky, Darth_Savage.

I'm heading out to play Pioneer again next week at my LGS, hopefully with at least one friend.

I'll report back afterwards.

In other news, at the moment I am putting some "pop up" Pioneer deck lists on TappedOut.

These are ones I have come across on Facebook.

The only way to see them is to Subscribe to me on TappedOut, and Copy or Playtest any decks I add called "Temp".

They will usually only be available for an hour or so, unless I decide to rename them and add them to the Pioneer Gauntlet.

December 6, 2019 8:19 a.m. Edited.

Said on Abzan Midrange...


Not at the moment, apart from what I've already said.

December 6, 2019 7:59 a.m.

Said on Abzan Midrange...


Bloodsoaked Champion has made this build so much stronger. Good call!

December 6, 2019 7:01 a.m.

Said on Can Turn Aside ......


That's as I thought. Thanks.

December 6, 2019 3:25 a.m.

Said on Can Turn Aside ......


If an Opponent chooses to deflect damage from one of my Creatures, can Turn Aside counter Deflecting Palm ?

December 6, 2019 1:47 a.m.

Said on Abzan Midrange...


I have found that DRS is helpful in the late game but, as you say, not as helpful as other cards.

I HATE seeing it in my hand in the early game, which is why I've been urging that at least one copy be dropped. Now I think that maybe only two copies should be kept. Need to test to find out.

December 5, 2019 1:12 p.m.


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