EternalBrewmaster Brewmaster

EDH player, nearly have one deck in every color combination possible. Only Jund remains unfinished. 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).

How to make a dope background like my decks have

Paste this code into the description for your decklist or profile but remove the space between '<' and 'img'. Also, put an image link between the "" after img src=:

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Paste this part in to make the boxes translucent but remove the space between '<' and 'link':

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VietMoneys says... #1

Howdy Eternal! Finally getting around to my third deck. It's a complete mess at the moment, but it's fun trying something new. When you get a free moment, will you give it a gander? I have no experience brewing with Black and very little experience playing with it; tear me apart!

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/pineapple-buns/

February 11, 2017 5:08 p.m.

Viarax I'm glad I could help and good luck with all your brewing. Deck building is definitely my favorite part of the whole experience usually.

February 1, 2017 3:55 p.m.

Viarax says... #3

Thanks a lot for the code! My decks are gonna look sexy now! If you want you can look at my decks that would be cool!. I like your idea of making a deck for each color combo. I might do that as well. Sometimes I enjoy deck-building more than I enjoy playing the game!

I also agree with your arguments in your profile description. For card draw the colors are definitely Green>Black>Blue but I have to say that Blue gets better the more players are involved imo. After the four player mark I think Blue is easily the best.

February 1, 2017 3:22 p.m.

darkmongor says... #4

What?

January 31, 2017 3:57 p.m.

Also, to get your other decks to show up in the sidebar on the deck page just check the checkbox for "Show other decks" in the options for the deck editor.

January 31, 2017 11:32 a.m.

Viarax thanks a lot for your kind words. I'm always happy to be of help to other brewers. If you want to discuss a specific deck design of yours or mine too I'd be happy to talk. I'll post the html code in my profile description because I keep getting asked about it.

January 31, 2017 10:47 a.m.

Viarax says... #7

Hey I am a big fan of all of your EDH decks you have created. They have defintely helped me create some of the decks I know and love.

I really enjoy your decks and part of it is the aesthetics. So that being said, as someone who isn't familiar with tappedout formatting yet:

How exactly did you change the background of this page to a picture? I want to do the same to my decks. Also, how did you get the little sidebar thing on the left of your deck pages that brings viewers to your other decks?

January 31, 2017 12:24 a.m.

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Said on Planning for 5c ......

#1

Needs at least 49 more cards a/o 20170226 @ 2123

February 26, 2017 9:23 p.m.

You can't play Elbrus in a non-black deck. For the purposes of EDH, the color identity of the backside of the card is considered in it's legality for the deck and Withengar is black.

February 26, 2017 8:08 p.m.

Said on Zirilan of the ......

#3

Is already in the deck, good job.

February 25, 2017 6:53 p.m.

Hey this is Ben, the deck looks great! Twisted Abomination, Unbreathing Horde, Wight of Precinct Six, and Victim of Night aren't good enough IMO for EDH. I can tell you're committed to the straight zombies line, but Crypt Ghast and/or Nirkana Revenant are really strong ramp. The same goes for Gauntlet of Power. Considering that your general is Sidisi, Lifeline seems like an auto-include, along with Leyline of the Void to hate out your opponents' creatures (just a good strategy anyways too). I would add more card draw in the form of Dark Prophecy and Necropotence too, which are extra good with Nykthos. Really, everything is open to you since you have a tutor as your general. Lastly, I would suggest Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed because he's amazing for recursion of anything, including your bomb sorceries, and also Phyrexian Reclamation for the most flexible recursion available. Can't wait to see it in real life!

February 24, 2017 10:55 p.m.

Just ordered a Diviner's Wand for this bad boy and I think that solidifies Trophy Mage in the deck since she can get Cloudstone Curio off her first trigger and then all the value pieces every time I bounce her. She's gonna be a house. Lilbrudder you get all the good idea points. Also, I just realized you can tap Diviner's Wand for Azami, Lady of Scrolls' ability to draw a card. How ridiculous is that?

February 23, 2017 12:24 a.m.

Fair enough. I would recommend Serra's Sanctum and Tolaria West to search for it. Also, Gilded Lotus and Coalition Relic. The new Prismatic Geoscope is heavily underrated imo.

February 22, 2017 2:32 p.m.

Said on Ahoy Mateys!...

#7

Nice, I think you basically have to play Coastal Piracy in a pirate deck otherwise what are you doing with your life? Best of luck and kudos for building awesome pirate decks. Also, Mistform Ultimus and Shapesharer are decent pirates and I play them in my Mistform tribal tribal deck here

February 21, 2017 11:44 p.m.

Said on Ahoy Mateys!...

#8

There's not that much I see to take advantage of Paradox Engine. What's your thought process behind it? I feel like Coastal Piracy and Bident of Thassa would provide great fuel for the deck and if you add in Conjurer's Closet for the engine, you could add the other Rishadan pirates and get tons of value out of them.

February 21, 2017 8:44 p.m.

True Conviction seems like the only glaring omission, beautiful deck.

February 21, 2017 8:34 p.m.

I want to +1 so much but I can't stand Mike/Trike/redcap combo. Also, I can't +1 a Sek'kuar deck that doesn't have all the mini-Sek'kuars like Ogre Slumlord, Pawn of Ulamog, and Sifter of Skulls or Din of the Fireherd, the most perfect card for Sek'kuar ever!

February 21, 2017 8:31 p.m.

Said on Vish Kal, The ......

#11

Oh yeah he can get gigantic instantly, but the art on SoV is just too terrible. Nice to hear somebody else also doesn't like attacking.

February 21, 2017 7:10 p.m.

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#12

Sure, but I don't like attacking or winning via the combat step and I hate the art on Sword of Vengeance so I don't play it. It's much easier to win in interesting ways that don't involve attacking, which is why I recently removed Lightning Greaves too. I'd rather use Vish Kal as a sac outlet to abuse and remove creatures than just to attack with.

February 21, 2017 5:35 p.m.

Lilbrudder I've been goldfishing it more and I'm really leaning towards Trophy Mage, especially since it gets 2/3 of the Oathkeeper/Ashnod's/Faces combo.

February 21, 2017 3:36 p.m.

Replenish, Skull of Orm? Also, you have no appreciable mana ramp in this deck beyond a couple rocks and that seems like a mistake that would lead to poor late game performance. Have you found that to be true or not?

February 21, 2017 12:25 p.m.

Why no Coat of Arms? If you're all playing tribal, it's the definition of a fair card. I would consider adding Leyline of the Void if I were you to make your mass reanimation spells even better by limiting the benefit your opponents can get.

February 21, 2017 12:09 p.m.

Said on I'm gonna Keek ......

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If you're looking for more ideas for fun things to do, check out my KJ deck, Wincon Warp World. I'd recommend Hoarding Dragon and Humble Defector as some great card advantage options. Karn, Silver Golem is also amazing for making your artifacts creatures and then copying them with KJ. There's a lot of great ways to maximize KJ's ability such as Thornbite Staff, Umbral Mantle, and Illusionist's Bracers among others.

February 21, 2017 12:04 p.m.

Ikr. That makes it even harder to resist. Currently getting pounded hard at Epic Loot. The first outing is sad :( haha

February 20, 2017 8:11 p.m.

Said on Vish Kal, The ......

#18

Thanks dude! How'd you find it? Just looking for Vish kal decks?

February 20, 2017 7:23 p.m.

Definitely true! I'm actually thinking about her, but there's just such limited space and I have to balance it between swords to put on Ultimus, goodstuff (like Trophy Mage), and creature type synergy. I already have like 30+ extra cards so idk if a tutor is gonna make it. I think I'd rather rely on massive janky card draw. I'm only testing the deck for the first time tonight though so we'll see. Thanks as always for giving it a look and sharing your thoughts Lilbrudder.

February 20, 2017 4:36 p.m.

Said on Did you just ......

#20

Conspiracy is better than Xenograft since it makes the creatures in your deck and hand into whatever type you choose too. Cool deck though.

February 19, 2017 10:55 a.m.

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