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.

Kaboom!

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.

Speedy

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 Meta Decks
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 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.

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

HARDsofty says... #1

I don't have steam.

My snapchat is bendjohnson76.. hit me up on that.. I finally figured it out!

March 29, 2020 11:19 a.m.

HARDsofty says... #2

I don't have steam.

My snapchat is bendjohnson76.. hit me up on that.. I finally figured it out!

March 29, 2020 11:19 a.m.

Argy says... #3

I haven't been out much.

Went to the shops last week but people were being too stupid. Standing too close together.

Won't be going there again until I have the N95 mask and ventilators that I ordered.

I've been joining friends for games online. Also been having phone coffees with friends.

I'm frustrated because I have a new Pioneer deck set up to go that feels like it will do really well in the current meta.

Problem is, the meta will shift before I can play it again.

I looked at buying gym deck to play on MTGO, but it feels quite complicated.

Everyone in my family is well.

How are you doing?

March 29, 2020 10:54 a.m.

HARDsofty says... #4

How's things where you are?

Curious is all..

March 28, 2020 7:27 a.m.

Game_of_Cones says... #5

I just posted it, but it’s like %17 illegal for pioneer @ the moment (10 out of the 60 cards are excluded).... once I can iron that part out (with help) I can try testing against your decks I think! My Other Wagon is a Pimp Carriage

March 18, 2020 2:05 p.m.

Argy says... #6

Game_of_Cones I'll gladly take a look at your deck. Just let me know when it's up.

Can I also encourage you to test it against the meta decks in the Pioneer and Pro Pioneer folders I have set up?

March 18, 2020 1:57 p.m.

Game_of_Cones says... #7

Hello Argy! I wanted to let you know that I’ll be putting my attempt at a mono-black pioneer deck up on this site later today, and I would love to get your perspective/suggestions for that when it is ready?! I know you are a big supporter of that format and could have some valuable insight for this one.

March 18, 2020 12:38 p.m.

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Said on HARDsofty...

#1

My Steam name is argeaux

Add me, and maybe we can play some co-op.

March 29, 2020 10:55 a.m.

Said on Argy...

#2

I haven't been out much.

Went to the shops last week but people were being too stupid. Standing too close together.

Won't be going there again until I have the N95 mask and ventilators that I ordered.

I've been joining friends for games online. Also been having phone coffees with friends.

I'm frustrated because I have a new Pioneer deck set up to go that feels like it will do really well in the current meta.

Problem is, the meta will shift before I can play it again.

I looked at buying gym deck to play on MTGO, but it feels quite complicated.

Everyone in my family is well.

How are you doing?

March 29, 2020 10:54 a.m.

Said on StuBi...

#3
March 28, 2020 3:06 a.m.

Said on My Other Wagon ......

#4

This deck is built more like a Commander deck then a Pioneer deck. That means it won't be very consistent. It also means that its path to victory isn't clear.

Take a look at this deck Sarkhan's Dragon Den

It has three very clear win conditions. The description also describes what it wants to happen in the early, mid, and late stages of the game.

Once you decide how you want this deck to win, work out which cards will get you there. Beef them up to 3 and 4 copies, and start cutting back the single copy cards.

I'm not sure of your budget, either. I have a feeling that you mashed this list together out of cards you already own. I can tell you from approximately six years of brewing my own decks, you are unlikely to win any games at a tournament without buying a good number of Rares and Mythics for your deck.

An example I can see right away is that Murderous Rider is a far batter card than Murder

I have played with both.

I would also get rid of Cabal Stronghold for 3x Castle Locthwain

Once again, I have been playing with this card and it is ridiculously good.

You have no good ongoing draw in this deck. I use Ob Nixilis Reignited

Due to the fact that Ob Nix uses my life, Murderous Rider helps offset that, as does Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet

Kalitas is very good at the moment, as he exiles creatures. People have a lot of recurring creatures in the current meta.

You have a lot of work to get this deck more ship shape.

When you've made it more competitive give me a shout, and I'll take another look at it.

Good luck.

March 23, 2020 1:57 a.m.

Said on Argy...

#5

Game_of_Cones I'll gladly take a look at your deck. Just let me know when it's up.

Can I also encourage you to test it against the meta decks in the Pioneer and Pro Pioneer folders I have set up?

March 18, 2020 1:57 p.m.

Said on Budget Rakdos Burn...

#6

Sideboard could contain some of these (keeping it budget):

Agonizing Remorse

Cut

Dark Betrayal

Fated Conflagration or Lava Axe

Fight with Fire

Hour of Devastation

Magma Spray (Magma Jet is even better)

March 18, 2020 8:56 a.m.

Said on Budget Rakdos Burn...

#7

Where is the Sideboard?

March 18, 2020 8:40 a.m.

Said on Pioneer No Mana ......

#8

Here is a useful tool you can use to search for cards.

Gatherer

March 13, 2020 1:42 a.m.

Specialties

Pioneer - Allies, Pioneer - Artifact, Pioneer - Burn, Pioneer - Eldrazi, Pioneer - Minotaur, Pioneer - Vehicle, Pioneer - WB (Orzhov)

Decks

Triple A | Pioneer

Pioneer Argy

11 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Sarkhan's Dragon Den

Standard Argy

SCORE: 101 | 118 COMMENTS | 19328 VIEWS | IN 28 FOLDERS

The Izzet Guild

Casual Argy

SCORE: 11 | 32 COMMENTS | 895 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

Cubes

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Eternal Magic

Argy — 2 years ago

SCORE 1 | COMMENTS 0 | VIEWS 615

cube chart

Let's Start at the Very Beginning

Argy — 3 years ago

SCORE 0 | COMMENTS 0 | VIEWS 483

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Tarkir Skies

Argy — 3 years ago

SCORE 8 | COMMENTS 2 | VIEWS 730

Finished Decks 107
Prototype Decks 4
Drafts 0
Playing since Return to Ravnica
Points 1145
Avg. deck rating 37.48
T/O Rank 45
Helper Rank 119
Favorite formats Archenemy, Planechase, Frontier, Pioneer
Good Card Suggestions 724
Venues The Games Cube
Cards Added/Fixed 14
Last activity 15 hours
Joined 5 years