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Hello! I am an EDH and draft player primarily who dabbles in Legacy and Modern, never Standard; I have nearly one deck in every color combination possible (before 4 colors came out). Only Jund remains unfinished, and Dimir needs to be rebuilt from scratch. I am constantly rebuilding my decks and am never really satisfied with them.

Starting in March 2017 I began building my second round of decks, not sticking to one of each color combination but instead pursuing archetypes or generals that specifically interest me that I don't feel I've fully explored before. Mistform Ultimus was the first, then Neheb, the Eternal, and Haakon, Stromgald Scourge, each of which is the highest rated deck with those commanders on TappedOut.

If you're considering suggesting what seems like a really obvious omission for my decks, please don't. If it's not in there, it's not because I'm unaware of it or can't afford it, it's because I set myself deck building restrictions so that my decks feel unique and innovative. When I build a deck I do lengthy Gatherer searches of multiple search terms and comb the entire canon of MtG for the cards I want. I don't ever use EDH.rec, even though it's a great site for beginners, and I try to avoid decks being full of staples. Ask instead why I chose not to include something and I'll tell you, because every card that made the cut has a reason and every card that didn't had a reason too.

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, Lady of Scrolls, Arcanis the Omnipotent, 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, Rishkar's Expertise, 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 (this or green), is black. It has Necropotence, Dark Prophecy, Grim Haruspex, Harvester of Souls, Kothophed, Soul Hoarder, 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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  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. Neheb, the Eternal: Plays: 11 - Wins: 9

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

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

  21. Progenitus: Plays: 63 - Wins: 27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  2. Avacyn, Angel of Hope: Plays: 45 - Wins: 27

  3. Aurelia, the Warleader: Plays: 51 - Wins: 34

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

  5. Captain Sisay: Plays: 0 - Wins: 0

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

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

  8. Haakon, Stromgald Scourge: Plays: 14 - Wins: 7

  9. Intet, the Dreamer: Plays: 24 - Wins: 14

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

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

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

  13. Kozilek, Butcher of Truth: Plays: 59 - Wins: 38

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

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

  16. Mistform Ultimus: Plays: 34 - Wins: 18

  17. Narset, Enlightened Master: Plays: 78 - Wins: 51

  18. Nath of the Gilt Leaf: Plays: 33 - Wins: 22

  19. Neheb, the Eternal: Plays: 20 - Wins: 15

  20. Niv Mizzet, the Firemind: Plays: 24 - Wins: 9

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

  22. Progenitus: Plays: 65 - Wins: 29

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

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

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

  26. Uril, the Miststalker: Plays: 89 - Wins: 49

  27. Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter: Plays: 116 - Wins: 76

  28. Vorel of the Hull Clade: Plays: 37 - Wins: 24

  29. Wort, the Raidmother: Plays: 94 - Wins: 59

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

Rivenor says... #1

Well shit, ain't that a nice coincidence. Hi Ben!

May 23, 2018 11:26 p.m.

Rivenor says... #2

Yes I do know him, quite well. We have been together for a loooong while. Where do you know him from?

May 23, 2018 10:12 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #3

Ha ha ha ha. What can I say, man. Climbing and Ghee really put a smile on my face. Also, my girlfriend was just walking up on me having a ghee photoshoot and laughing her ass off.

May 19, 2018 9:53 a.m.

VietMoneys says... #4

Hey, thanks man! Glad to hear some existing grassroots support out there. We're called Ancient Organics. Been doing our West Coast thing for almost 15 years now, and we're finally taking it east of the Rockies!

May 18, 2018 6:57 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #5

Thanks for the tips. I wonder if it's related to how you see your own decks. Your stuff has never reverted back to "vanilla" when I look at it. Can you see an image in the description of this deck? Pineapple Buns, Lord of Dim Sum

Have you been travelling to play, specifically, or just taking the decks along for fun? What's been the highlight of your recent travels? My Ghee is launching at Whole Foods nationwide next month, so hopefully work will bring me out to Ohio some time in the next year or so!

May 18, 2018 6:38 p.m.

VietMoneys says... #6

Ahoy, Amigo. How's the Ohio life treating you?

I've got a little puzzle, and you seem like the right person to ask given the CSS bedazzlement dripping from every one of your decks.

I can't seem to add any graphics or images to my deck pages. Not only do more elaborate changes like those detailed in your bio not work, but the simple Dim Sum photo, etc. that used to be in my deck descriptions have disappeared and will not come back. They're in the description, they just don't show up for me. I don't have "Disable Css" checked, but is there another feature/setting I'm missing?

Thanks for the assist - Tim

May 18, 2018 5:19 p.m.

Rivenor says... #7

I did mean Krenko sorry about that and yeah all in good fun. You just voiced what I mention to some in my playgroup frequently so felt right in line with my train of thought when I read VM's deck.

May 16, 2018 1:47 p.m.

Rivenor says... #9

Found your funny "rant" on someones Grenzo deck and you and I seem to be in the same boat when it comes to EDH. Subbed!

May 16, 2018 11:57 a.m.

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Can’t humble my gal if she’s wearing her shiny boots :)

May 23, 2018 11:46 p.m.

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Apparently you were there too! I’m sorry I didn’t remember. What a small magic world it is. Glad you found me on here!

May 23, 2018 11:44 p.m.

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Glen and I met in Montreal one fateful night in January 2013 when I was there for a vacation. We’ve been Facebook friends ever since. This is Ben.

May 23, 2018 7:11 p.m.

Oh and Consecrated Sphinx because obviously. Gotta get that value when you're bribing people.

May 19, 2018 9:31 p.m.




1.Curse of Vitality almost no reason to ever play this card

2.Martial Law doesn't scale well enough in EDH

3.Rhystic Circle isn't going to protect you enough from big swings

4.Rhystic Deluge same story. You have enough of these effects and they're are unconditional ways to do this.

5.Azorius Charm isn't good enough. Play Path, AEtherize, or AEtherspouts

6.Distant Memories

7.Tempt with Reflections why?


Adds to consider:


1.Solemnity + Decree of Silence

2.Inexorable Tide

3.Sun Titan

4.Blazing Archon

5.Fractured Identity

6.Mesa Enchantress

7.Sphinx's Revelation

8.Drogskol Reaver

9.Solemn Simulacrum

10.Sword of the Animist

11.Caged Sun

12.Mistveil Plains

May 19, 2018 9:23 p.m.

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Lol my wife found your ghee facebook page and we are loving how excited you are to be ice climbing with ghee. She’s headed to whole foods tomorrow.

May 18, 2018 10:17 p.m.

Said on VietMoneys...


I don’t see anything about you on the ancient organics website it just mentions Morgyne and Greg.

May 18, 2018 10:14 p.m.

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Oh also congrats on the Ghee man! My wife and I love cooking with ghee and Whole Foods! Whats your ghee called? Let me know when its out and well go buy the first jar!

May 18, 2018 6:54 p.m.

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No I cant see a background image on that deck but I frequently can't on mobile for my decks either. Also I literally edited all of my decks one day a few weeks ago to make the backgrounds visible again. It took a really long time but you probably just missed seeing them when they were boring.

Ive been traveling for work. My job takes me to a lot of different places and I always take decks with me just in case. Turns out you can play EDH everyday in Las Cruces, NM. I am going to SCG Con with a ton of friends in June in Roanoke. My parents live there so we have a free place to stay. Should be sweet.

May 18, 2018 6:52 p.m.

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Lol Lightmine Field is the best! Also Dissipation Field would wreck Tetsuko. Rivenor, any chance you know Glen DiCecco?

May 18, 2018 6:32 p.m.

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Hey man, Ohio is pretty good. Been traveling a ton and not actually home much lately. Playing EDH all over the country. As far as your problem goes, I frequently have the same problem and my backgrounds will disappear or not work on mobile. I haven't been able to isolate if its the result of some background coding change from TO, or something related to the device or particular ISP Im using at the time. It seems to fluctuate and will go back without me changing anything. I also did a big rewrite of my code after all my backgrounds disappeared and had to change a bunch of small things here and there. I think the main thing i changed was adding the termination character where I hadnt needed it before.

May 18, 2018 6:30 p.m.

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Youre not wrong Rivenor, but Repercussion is the only card that helps Balefire contribute to the pver all gameplan and frequently this deck is trying to win before everyone hs developed a significant board presence. I have realized that I really need to keep the creature count low to avoid shooting myself in the foot with big sweepers.

May 16, 2018 2:29 p.m.

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I think you might have meant VietMoneys Krenko deck, not Grenzo lol. VM is a good brew friend from the site, so that was all meant with love :).

May 16, 2018 12:45 p.m.

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Lol thanks bud. Ill have to go see what youre talking about haha. Thanks for the upvotes and the sub. EDH is the true test of a magic player

May 16, 2018 12:39 p.m.

I always use imgur to host my images and use the BBCode (Forums) link and remove the img prefix an suffix. The code does seem to work differently between machines and sometimes from day to day even on my devices. I'm not sure if it's sometimes related to background coding changes the site managers are making or something deeper. Hope you get it figured out.

May 7, 2018 6:43 p.m.

LilGuy check my bio. Show your appreciation with upvotes :)

May 7, 2018 5:35 p.m.


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