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.

Interesting Decks

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

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Wizards was aware that Ballista and Heliod would make an infinite combo.

What they didn't know was what impact that would have on the game.

Combo Summer saw a lot of people stop playing on MTGO. Wizards gave the meta time to develop, and it became obvious that people would just rather play something else.

Something had to change to maintain interest in Pioneer.

The older part of a combo is usually what gets banned, for two reasons:

  1. The newer part of the combo might still sell boxes.

  2. If it has been abused once, it is likely that the older part of the combo can be abused again.

The Ballista ban completely ruined one of my decks, but made another one better.

A lot of people play Pioneer due to the fact that they can just rework their old Standard decks, I suspect. I look forward to a field that feels more diverse, like it did at the start.

August 4, 2020 7:48 a.m.

Inverter of Truth is banned.

Kethis, the Hidden Hand is banned.

Walking Ballista is banned.

Underworld Breach is banned.

Read the full announcement here.


I will start playing again on MTGO, now that Combo Summer is over.

Anyone else?

August 3, 2020 1:01 p.m.

Specialties

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

Decks

The Izzet Guild

Casual Argy

SCORE: 11 | 34 COMMENTS | 961 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

Triple A | Pioneer

Pioneer Argy

27 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Sarkhan's Dragon Den

Standard Argy

SCORE: 102 | 118 COMMENTS | 19905 VIEWS | IN 28 FOLDERS

Cubes

cube chart

Eternal Magic

Argy — 3 years ago

SCORE 2 | COMMENTS 0 | VIEWS 655

cube chart

Let's Start at the Very Beginning

Argy — 3 years ago

SCORE 1 | COMMENTS 0 | VIEWS 531

cube chart

Tarkir Skies

Argy — 3 years ago

SCORE 9 | COMMENTS 2 | VIEWS 781

Finished Decks 120
Prototype Decks 10
Drafts 0
Playing since Return to Ravnica
Points 150
Avg. deck rating 36.46
T/O Rank 427
Helper Rank None yet
Favorite formats Archenemy, Planechase, Frontier, Pioneer
Good Card Suggestions 735
Venues The Games Cube
Cards Added/Fixed 14
Last activity 1 week
Joined 5 years