EternalBrewmaster Brewmaster

EDH player, nearly have one deck in every color combination possible. Only Jund remains unfinished, and Selesnya and Dimir need to be rebuilt from scratch. I am constantly rebuilding my decks and am never really satisfied with them.

The Case for the Best Card Draw Color in EDH NOT Being Blue

I typically build my EDH decks according to the EDH Law of Perfect Squares. That is, 36 lands, 64 non-lands. One of the non-lands is obviously the commander and some of the 64 cards need to be mana ramp/acceleration. This method stands up in the modern-mulligan environment after the rules change of 2016 where partial Paris mulligans were taken away as long as the deck is still built well.

I would like to make the case for best card draw color in EDH. This is often mentioned offhand and it always bothers me for some reason. People seem to assume that it is blue because blue is the best at drawing cards in all the other formats, but I think it is a solid third best in EDH. What are the best cards in EDH in blue for drawing? Consecrated Sphinx, Rhystic Study, Azami, Arcanis, Recurring Insight, and X spells right? Those either require your opponents to draw, not pay for a tax or for you to have an abundance of wizards or mana to dump into an X spell. They are not efficient or capable of massive draws or abusable cantrips to fuel big turns except for combo with Azami or Arcanis maybe.

By contrast, green, which is far and away the best card draw color in EDH, has stuff like Momentous Fall, Shamanic Revelation, Collective Unconscious, Greater Good, Inspiring Call, Soul of the Harvest, Garruk's Packleader, Regal Force, Life's Legacy, Soul's Majesty, the enchantress shell cantrippers like Argothian Enchantress, Enchantress' Presence, Verduran Enchantress, not to mention all the ways to tutor in green for the creature you need right now to just draw a bunch of cards. The reason that these options are better than blue in EDH is because they reward you for the strategy you're already playing in green. Are you playing big dudes and a lot of them, or at least a lot of dudes? Yes, you are because you're playing green, and that's what these draw spells reward you for. You can drop an Avenger of Zendikar and then next turn cast shamanic revelation and draw 8+ cards probably for 5 mana and still have at least 3+ mana open probably, and that is worst case scenario. This strategy is superior to blue also in that unlike Consecrated Sphinx or Rhystic Study, it doesn't paint a huge target on your head. Nobody is going to say, "Oh he/she has an AoZ, they're gonna draw a ton of cards!"

The second best color for card draw, and really it's hard to say which is better, is black. It has Necropotence, Dark Prophecy, Grim Haruspex, Harvester of Souls, Kothophed, Decree of Pain, Skullclamp (I know it's not black, but it is played in probably 100% of black decks and since black decks most efficiently sac their own dudes, black decks abuse this card the best), Disciple of Bolas, Phyrexian Arena, Dark Confidant, all of the instants and sorceries that say lose life and draw cards (e.g. sanguimancy, Necrologia, and Skeletal Scrying) and my new favorite, Infernal Tribute, or even Phyrexian Etchings. The reason most of these are superior is because again they abuse the strategy you're already doing in black very efficiently. Black is abusing the graveyard and these say draw cards when you do that, or pay life to draw cards (and probably gain it back because there's plenty of lifegain in black).

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DECK WIN STATS a/o 14 March 2017

  1. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death: Plays: 26 - Wins: 16

  2. Avacyn, Angel of Hope: Plays: 40 - Wins: 23

  3. Aurelia, the Warleader: Plays: 41 - Wins: 24

  4. Brago, King Eternal: Plays: 44 - Wins: 24

  5. Captain Sisay: Plays: Under Construction a/o 14 March 2017 - Wins: 0

  6. Derevi, Empyrial Tactician: Plays: 24 - Wins: 17

  7. Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief: Plays: 38 - Wins: 28

  8. Intet, the Dreamer: Plays: 14 - Wins: 6

  9. Karador, Ghost Chieftain: Plays: 25 - Wins: 18

  10. Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund : Plays: Under Construction a/o 14 March 2017 - Wins: 0

  11. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker: Plays: 94 - Wins: 54

  12. Kozilek, Butcher of Truth: Plays: 53 - Wins: 35

  13. Marchesa, the Black Rose: Plays: 33 - Wins: 19

  14. The Mimeoplasm: Plays: 29 - Wins: 14

  15. Mistform Ultimus : Plays: 23 - Wins: 11

  16. Narset, Enlightened Master: Plays: 65 - Wins: 41

  17. Nath of the Gilt-Leaf: Plays: 27 - Wins: 17

  18. Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind: Plays: 21 - Wins: 9

  19. Omnath, Locus of Mana: Plays: 46 - Wins: 33

  20. Progenitus: Plays: 63 - Wins: 27

  21. Rakdos, Lord of Riots: Plays: 43 - Wins: 21

  22. Sen Triplets: Plays: 41 - Wins: 23

  23. Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir: Plays: 67 - Wins: 40

  24. Uril, the Miststalker: Plays: 74 - Wins: 41

  25. Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter: Plays: 105 - Wins: 65

  26. Vorel of the Hull Clade: Plays: 35 - Wins: 23

  27. Wort, the Raidmother: Plays: 91 - Wins: 58

  28. Wrexial, the Risen Deep: Plays: 12 - Wins: 6

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Yeah I totally agree. Admonition Angel was in this deck for five years until emeria shepherd came out. It was an easy replacement to make since I had quarantine field which was an even better replacement for admo angel.

May 24, 2017 9:53 p.m.

WTAF?!?!? When did that judge promo DotH come out???? That's amazing! I def don't want it for this deck, but for my enchantress deck Enchantress Oops! All Permanents for sure. Thanks for catching that error on the promo type; of course it's not a judge promo lol, that was a typo from a long time ago.

May 24, 2017 6:13 p.m.

Thanks for the upvote and the comment Gleeock! I'm sorry that you're confused by the Karametra + Emeria Angel combo. Maybe read it again and see if it passes the smell test. You're absolutely correct that the creatures are not cast as part of Defense of the Hearts trigger. That has nothing to do with the combo. The combo is just getting them both out and then casting literally any other creature.

May 24, 2017 5:11 p.m.

Looks like you answered your own question! Nice job! Also, since my way of winning basically requires that I have all the mana and all the cards, I should only need one way of doing this. It's more my style to wait to actually win with the Squall Line in response to someone else's game-winning play or attack. Stealing the win is significantly more satisfying than just casting a big X spell.

May 22, 2017 4:47 p.m.

Lol why? That's a ridiculous change. And the reason for none of the other three is I don't like playing easy mode. They're boring cards that serve no purpose in this deck. This isn't every other monogreen deck, it's a burn deck.

May 22, 2017 7:27 a.m.

huh? What's up xJonahSlayerx?

May 21, 2017 11:54 a.m.

ChaseMVPMTG I hate you with every fiber of my being. Never speak to me or my son ever again.

May 10, 2017 11:10 p.m.


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