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Please do not request deck help from me. Although I was at numerous times able to devote time and effort to generating feedback for specific decklists, I no longer have sufficient free time to undertake the project. I am available to answer general or even fairly specific single questions, particularly about Commander, but I can no longer evaluate and critique full decklists.

I only enable chat for specific reasons. If you have something that must be discussed privately, then enable chat with me and post a comment on my wall explaining that you have a concern that needs to remain confidential. If you just want to ask a general question about something, post it on my wall instead.

Memo617 says... #1

Hey Epochalyptik you left a comment on one of my forums saying it was an auto-generated comment. I am still new to tappedout.com what is an auto-generated comment??

Thank You So Much!


February 12, 2017 1:45 p.m.

AtomicEmpire says... #2

Epoch, I'm sorry if I'm here at a bad time, but I was having trouble working the spoiler text on the formatting page for my deck description here


February 6, 2017 7:13 p.m.

Lilbrudder says... #3

Hey Epoch,

I am sorry to bother you with something you may already be aware of, but my account has been buggy with regards to one particular list:


When I click on the list my user icon turns yellow and my username changes. I am forbidden to post on this decklist. Ive talked to thegigibeast and narejed and they have not blocked me so I dont know whats going on. Thank you again for your time and for all the work you do to keep this site awesome.


January 23, 2017 1:31 p.m.

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Please check post dates before you reply to a thread. Several of the threads you've been replying to are 2-3 years old.

February 21, 2017 8:13 p.m.

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Might be due to the illegal card.

February 21, 2017 8:11 p.m.

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The new thread fields all have warning banners that remind users to ask rules questions only in the Q&A. Your rules question has been moved. Please be more careful while posting.

February 21, 2017 7:18 a.m.

Fixed the formatting.

When you close a tag in HTML, the "/" needs to go at the beginning of the closing tag. You had "i/" rather than "/i".

February 20, 2017 7:52 a.m.

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By "not listed as illegal," do you mean "not listed as banned"?

If so, you should be aware that cards are only banned if they would otherwise be legal in the format. If a card was never printed in a legal set, it won't be listed as banned because it wouldn't be legal anyway.

February 17, 2017 11:05 p.m.

In the future, please link all cards in your question to make it easier for everyone else to understand what's going on.
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Wrath of God

Triggered "dies" abilities are the only ones that check the game state from prior to the event happening. Spirit of the Labyrinth has a static ability. This ability functions only while Spirit of the Labyrinth is on the battlefield. Since Spirit of the Labyrinth isn't even on the battlefield when Skullclamp's ability triggers much less when it resolves, its ability won't apply.

February 17, 2017 5:40 p.m.

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I think you're misreading what Siege Behemoth does.

SB has a static ability that just acts like trample. You can assign combat damage as though SB weren't blocked. This isn't a triggered ability, and it doesn't create extra damage.

February 17, 2017 3:07 p.m.

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As far as your ability to have different legendary permanents, you won't find a rule explicitly stating that. The rules exist to define limitations, restrictions, and processes. They don't catalog everything that you're able to do. In this case; the lack of a rule saying you can't is probably the proof you want.

February 17, 2017 2:43 p.m.

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You have to go through a filter page to ask a question in the Q&A. That page specifies that the Q&A is for rules questions only. Your non-rules question has been moved to the appropriate forum.

February 17, 2017 1:11 p.m.

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February 17, 2017 1:10 p.m.

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The legend rule only cares about multiple copies of the same card. There's no limit on the number of different legendary permanents you can control.

February 17, 2017 11:41 a.m.

@ooop333: This deck is designed to operate on a lands-matter win condition, where it needs a sufficient number of lands in play in order to make Palinchron or Peregrine Drake functional. Therefore, the deck leverages additional land plays and includes more lands than other competitive decks. I don't think it's productive enough to cut cards like Azusa, Lost but Seeking or Burgeoning given that focus. I haven't had great luck running a leaner land base, either, but I suppose it could be worth testing again.

For cards like Paradox Engine and Aetherflux Reservoir, consider the points I outline in the "Criteria for card selection" chapter of the primer. These cards are expensive and don't offer much to the deck in light of their costs. Paradox Engine is hard to fit into the deck's curve (the CMC 4-5 range is actually very difficult to play around) and its usefulness is only directly proportional to the number of mana rocks and land/permanent untappers I have on the field. Aetherflux Reservoir doesn't do anything particularly useful; it would only be viable as a win condition (as opposed to a utility card), and it isn't nearly as strong as the other win conditions in the deck.

Leovold, Emissary of Trest is a possible substitute commander. I'm less sure if it would be part of the 99; I have no experience using the card. If you have experience with it, please share what you've found.

I generally don't like cards like Windfall or Timetwister in this deck. There's a reasonable amount of draw power available, and I'm able to keep my hand full (or close to it) most of the time. I hesitate to spend at sorcery speed to refill my opponents' hands.

@Emzed: Regarding Illusionist's Stratagem (from an earlier comment), I think the limited targeting options and the extra cost outweigh the cantrip effect. I'm comfortable enough with the redundancy in the deck and with Ghostly Flicker's ability to fulfill its role that I can justify not including Illusionist's Stratagem. Others' mileage may vary, though; it's an interesting alternative/insurance policy for those who find themselves in need of one.

February 16, 2017 10:46 p.m.

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February 16, 2017 1:43 p.m.

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Titles are calculated as a function of your activity on the site and have nothing whatsoever to do with one's expertise, except maybe a distant indicator of approximately how long someone may have been playing.

Next time you have a problem with a user, resolve it with them directly or contact a mod directly. Please don't make public spectacles out of whatever conflict you have.

February 16, 2017 1:43 p.m.

As an addendum, when cards go to hidden zones (library, hand) or to a graveyard, they go to the subpar of that zone belonging to the card's owner. In short, it goes to the owner's hand if it would go to any hand at all.

Note also that Relentless Dead's rules text explicitly states that the card returns to its owner's hand.

February 16, 2017 12:32 p.m.

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February 16, 2017 8:42 a.m.


When determining which cards you can include in a Commander deck, you consider color identity, which is the complete list of colors represented in mana symbols in a card's mana cost or text box (excluding reminder text) as well as any color indicators in that card's type line.

Each card in your deck must have a color identity that fits entirely within your commander's color identity.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed's color identity is black. Murderous Redcap's color identity is red and black. Red is not part of your general's color identity, so you can't include in your deck any cards with red in their color identities.

Of course, Commander is a social format, so you're free to create house rules with your playgroup that allow you to include the card anyway.

February 15, 2017 6:14 p.m.

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The forums are configured to automatically reject a thread if it's a copy of a recent thread. Please don't repost your thread just to change the title or to correct another minor error; if you get a notification that you already posted a similar thread, use the existing thread instead.

February 14, 2017 6:46 p.m.

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February 14, 2017 6:44 p.m.

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February 14, 2017 6:43 p.m.




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