Deckbuilder, recent college grad, actual rocket scientist (in training)! Welcome to my userpage :)

I am an old hand at Magic (playing for more than fifteen years, about 3/4 of my life in total), and I've been on this site a while. I used to be more active here, but life has kept me busy recently.

Formats of choice: I played in Standard for a long time, but I got sick of not having the money to play the best decks (cough Jace, the Mind Sculptor cough) and having to continuously buy new cards as old ones rotated out, and quit playing competitively for a while. I found EDH about five years ago, and I have been hooked ever since. These days, I play EDH exclusively.

Play style: I am a Johnny/Timmy, fond of complex and clever decks, and generally averse to counter-magic ...particularly when it's used against me. Favorite colors: black, green, blue, and purple (Izzet).

Favorite set(s): Time Spiral Block, Original Mirrodin, Original Ravnica, Original Innistrad

Least favorite set: Theros, Return to Ravnica, Kamigawa Block, all Core Sets

Personal information: I recently graduated from university in Saint Louis, and now work at a NASA research lab in sunny California! I've been playing MtG for about three quarters of my life, and never regretted it, haha.

If you have any kind of deck you want me to look over, message me or post it on my wall! I have less time than I used to, but I like analyzing and deconstructing decks, EDH in particular :)

These represent the physical decks I play IRL, so they are limited to my personal budget. I always appreciate suggestions and insight into anything I've built! In order of strongest to weakest…

The Ten Plagues: Locust God cEDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 688 | 442 COMMENTS | 86867 VIEWS | IN 234 FOLDERS

Undoubtedly my strongest deck, and over 75% foil! This deck is optimized within my budget, and can hold its own against other cEDH decks. It’s pretty much a dedicated combo deck, but can win via aggro against staxier opponents. Try it, it’s a drug.

Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 433 | 421 COMMENTS | 56675 VIEWS | IN 181 FOLDERS

My second-strongest deck, and over 85% foil! In many ways, my pet deck. Vicious combo-aggro, originally assembled using mostly standard draft chaff. Nobody expects it, but it works very well at a cEDH or near-cEDH table (particularly by crippling early mana dorks). Note that the current list reflects a slower meta, and has traded fast acceleration for more redundancy and protection.

Thousand Cuts: Tetsuko EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


A very janky (but surprisingly frightening) mono-blue control/aggro deck. The only mono-blue EDH deck you’ll ever see that wins through combat damage, out-drawing you all the way. Started as a vanity project, has become surprisingly vicious.

Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 694 | 584 COMMENTS | 73537 VIEWS | IN 250 FOLDERS

Probably my most well-known deck, and the 5th highest-rated EDH deck of all time on TappedOut! (Give me upvotes, we’re within 3 votes of being #4!!) Currently being somewhat reworked towards my new meta. Primarily a Voltron deck, but occasionally can play the role of stax.

Experimental Teysa Superfriends

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


A recent project, made from the pieces of my disassembled Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH | *PRIMER* after my meta made it clear that Pox was not an acceptable strategy to play. We’ll see if it sticks around.

The Hungriest Aetherborn: Yahenni EDH

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 161 | 165 COMMENTS | 20421 VIEWS | IN 62 FOLDERS

Currently being re-assembled. Mono-black control/voltron, with a poorly-regarded commander: you could call this a dark horse.

The Pit of Despair: Scarab God EDH

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


Discard-reanimator! This deck is the spiritual successor to my Sidisi, Brood Tyrant list, which was the first EDH deck I ever built (I Call Her Vera: Sidisi EDH | *PRIMER*). However, the shift to The Scarab God made it into a vicious, grinding hand control deck, where reanimator is more of a side-plan.

Red Scare: Zada EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 266 | 248 COMMENTS | 41135 VIEWS | IN 114 FOLDERS

Silly all-in Zada combo. May be disassembled soon, it’s my weakest deck. I’ve had it for a long time and it’s gotten a bit stagnant.


The Deckwatch [Home Base]

Commander / EDH* Daedalus19876

SCORE: 28 | 1980 COMMENTS | 15242 VIEWS | IN 7 FOLDERS


Yeah, I don't have probobly any of those cards lol. I use this site, partialy anyway, to build with cards I don't have. Also, I didnt think of ramp at the time, an no Sol Ring because my place where I play has a differed ban list... and it's on it... lol

Otherwise, Thx for the eveiw, and I will consider your suggestions...

And hey, if the site allows a pure foil deck, then why not?

February 27, 2019 9:22 p.m.

IAmTheWraith says... #2

Lol I call ppl dad to see their reactions :P

It went okay. Went 8-5 in the modern section before dropping out, brought the wrong commander deck so I only won 1 game lol

February 21, 2019 8:25 a.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #3

IAmTheWraith: DAD?? Is there something I don’t know? ;)

Jokes aside, thank you! How’d Memphis go for you?

February 20, 2019 9:54 p.m.

IAmTheWraith says... #4

Hi Dad,

Want to wish you the best of luck in LA! Went to GP Memphis and played a bit last week, so I really hope everything goes well for you!

February 20, 2019 9:32 p.m.

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(Love the username...)

March 21, 2019 9:11 p.m.

OptimalGreen: ...maybe. I want to clarify that the cEDH version of this is an entirely different deck, not replacing this one (which is more for semi-competitive pods). My issue is that I've found Ad Naus to require a bit of build-around, and my curve isn't QUITE low enough at the moment. We'll see how the cEDH version turns out!

March 21, 2019 9:02 p.m.

Inkmoth: If you want something to take a look at in the meantime, my Hapatra and Locust God decks are always in need of help, especially since I made some significant changes recently ;)

The Ten Plagues: Locust God cEDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 686 | 442 COMMENTS | 86686 VIEWS | IN 234 FOLDERS

Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 430 | 419 COMMENTS | 56604 VIEWS | IN 181 FOLDERS

And I'll take a look at Yeva, though it sounds pretty tuned already haha.

March 21, 2019 8:01 p.m.

Inkmoth: I've got a theoretical Najeela cEDH stax deck I'm tinkering with, I'll tag you when I finish an initial draft!

That goes both ways of course - got anything that you want us to look over? :)

March 21, 2019 7:41 p.m.

Inkmoth: Sweet, welcome to the club!

Just choose a card (preferably a creature) to represent yourself, and if you want write a quick blurb about who you are and what you enjoy in Magic :)

March 21, 2019 7:03 p.m.

Said on [Primer] - Ad ......


Can I ask how you got that world map on here?

March 21, 2019 6:02 p.m.

So, I'm trying to build a Najeela stax list. What stax pieces would you include in a 5C stax deck meant to engage with semicompetitive-to-cEDH metas?

March 21, 2019 5:59 p.m.

Said on Inkmoth...


Hey, are you interested in joining a group I've been putting together for a while now? Our page is here:

The Deckwatch [Home Base]

Commander / EDH* Daedalus19876

SCORE: 27 | 1967 COMMENTS | 15176 VIEWS | IN 7 FOLDERS

Basically, just a bunch of experienced EDH players who get together to look over decks and discuss new spoilers! We'd love to have you, just post on that page if you're interested and I'll add you.

March 21, 2019 5:50 p.m.

OptimalGreen: Honestly? I've found Eldrazi Monument to be stronger, since Contagion Engine often makes you only 4 snakes or so, and isn't really worth it until you also manage to activate the ability (at which point you've sunk 10 mana into it).

Meanwhile Eldrazi Monument tends to be a strong source of evasion and protects from most board wipes (via indestructibility). It's also one of my only ways to protect against fliers in any meaningful sense.

(I'm not sure what you mean by saying "someone will board wipe and it'll blow up that way"; that pretty much only happens with a Toxic Deluge ).

To be fair, I'm currently working on a cEDH version of this deck, which probably will cut BOTH of those for more stax pieces, haha.

March 21, 2019 2:38 p.m.

Testing Compulsion and Relic of Progenitus over Rhystic Study and Fact or Fiction , we'll see whether this change is permanent!

March 19, 2019 11:41 p.m.

OptimalGreen: It definitely is, and I'm kicking myself for not realizing that earlier. With that being said, I'm wondering if I should try and find space for BOTH. Beyond the obvious Gaea's Cradle line, the two cards can also tutor for evasion, land removal, graveyard hate, etc... not to mention basic lands for Earthcraft shenanigans.

March 19, 2019 9:51 p.m.

IAmTheWraith: Should be pretty simple, right?

Trade the Eyes Everywhere for the hasty token Volley Veteran (which has haste), -2 Karn for another artifact, Arcane Adaptation on Merfolk, swing out. They can block the two biggest things, which would be 5/5 artifact tokens, but a 5/5, a 5/3, and a 2/2 get through. Exactly enough.

...only time I've seen the haste from Helm of the Host be relevant after the fact!

March 18, 2019 8:30 p.m.

VarietyBlack: Okay, lemme think for a bit. You can definitely get most of the core of the deck for that, it's a much less tight budget than the $25 version (so you'll see much less of a power level drop)...

March 16, 2019 10:56 p.m.

VarietyBlack: Hey! Welcome to one of the most fun commanders in the format ;) what's your budget and meta like? Honestly, the $25 version WORKS, but it's not my best creation ever (I haven't had a chance to go back and revamp it), but if I know your budget I can give better suggestions :)

March 16, 2019 12:50 p.m.

zrob: Thanks for the comment! In order:

1) Stranglehold is in there, no complaints so far ;)

2) Palinchron + Phantasmal Image : Nah, I'd have to have too many lands out (conflicting with this deck's focus on mana rocks), and the two halves don't do much on their own for my deck.

3) Merfolk Looter + Intruder Alarm : Yeah, this only works with my commander out, and doesn't do much outside of that combo.

4) ...yeah, I probably should have Copy Artifact in here. My only reluctance was that I can't tutor it with my artifact tutors.

5) Blood Moon / Magus of the Moon / Back to Basics : I've considered moving to a more basic-centric list and running these plus Ruination , but we'll see if I ever decide to do that for real...

March 14, 2019 7:22 p.m.

BlueAutomatic: I tested him, but he could only lock down 1 player, and even then only if my commander could reliably place counters AND someone had no blockers. He was a cool idea but didn't work in reality unfortunately :(

OptimalGreen: Yeah, Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip is getting the axe for Expedition Map in the near future.

March 14, 2019 7:18 p.m.

SynergyBuild: bold of you to assume any of us AREN'T dimir agents

...even yourself

March 13, 2019 2:50 p.m.

Zimmers_0: Null Brooch seems good paired with his cast ability. Could also run things like Erratic Portal or Cloudstone Curio to reuse his ability (since his ability on the board is dependent on cards in hand).

March 13, 2019 2:15 p.m.

DrkNinja: It's all hype, the PW-related cards won't stay that high. WotC can't print too many GOOD planeswalkers in the set without disrupting Standard/Modern, so I doubt many will see play outside of EDH (and EDH rarely can support that kind of spike permanently).

March 13, 2019 2:13 p.m.


Commander / EDH - Combo, Commander / EDH - Competitive, Commander / EDH - Infinite Combo, Commander / EDH - Jank, Commander / EDH - Multiplayer, Commander / EDH - Tokens


Thousand Cuts: Tetsuko EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 433 | 421 COMMENTS | 56677 VIEWS | IN 181 FOLDERS

The Ten Plagues: Locust God cEDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 688 | 442 COMMENTS | 86872 VIEWS | IN 234 FOLDERS

Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 694 | 584 COMMENTS | 73537 VIEWS | IN 250 FOLDERS

Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


I Call Her Vera: Sidisi EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 281 | 432 COMMENTS | 50771 VIEWS | IN 160 FOLDERS

Red Scare: Zada EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 266 | 248 COMMENTS | 41137 VIEWS | IN 114 FOLDERS

The Hungriest Aetherborn: Yahenni EDH

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 161 | 165 COMMENTS | 20421 VIEWS | IN 62 FOLDERS

Finished Decks 84
Prototype Decks 35
Drafts 0
Playing since Judgment
Points 2240
Avg. deck rating 85.60
T/O Rank 36
Helper Rank 33
Favorite formats Commander / EDH
Good Card Suggestions 1224
Venues Game Empire (Pasadena), Wizard's Wagon
Cards Added/Fixed 65
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