FenIsABasicSwamp Brewmaster

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

  • Alesha, Who Smiles at Death: Plays: 31 - Wins: 18

  • Avacyn, Angel of Hope: Plays: 48 - Wins: 29

  • Aurelia, the Warleader: Plays: 51 - Wins: 34

  • Brago, King Eternal: Plays: 46 - Wins: 25

  • Captain Sisay: Plays: 10 - Wins: 9

  • Derevi, Empyrial Tactician: Plays: 24 - Wins: 17

  • Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief: Plays: 44 - Wins: 31

  • Haakon, Stromgald Scourge: Plays: 28 - Wins: 13

  • Intet, the Dreamer: Plays: 24 - Wins: 14

  • Ith, High Arcanist: Plays: 0 - Wins: 0

  • Jodah, Archmage Eternal (formerly Progenitus: Plays: 77 - Wins: 39

  • Karador, Ghost Chieftain: Plays: 26 - Wins: 19

  • Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund: Plays: Under Construction - Wins: 0

  • Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker: Plays: 99 - Wins: 55

  • Kozilek, Butcher of Truth: Plays: 59 - Wins: 38

  • Marchesa, the Black Rose: Plays: 40 - Wins: 22

  • The Mimeoplasm: Plays: 32 - Wins: 17

  • Mistform Ultimus: Plays: 37 - Wins: 21

  • Narset, Enlightened Master: Plays: 94 - Wins: 64

  • Nath of the Gilt Leaf: Plays: 39 - Wins: 27

  • Neheb, the Eternal: Plays: 34 - Wins: 19

  • Niv Mizzet, the Firemind: Plays: 24 - Wins: 9

  • Omnath, Locus of Mana: Plays: 51 - Wins: 36

  • Rakdos, Lord of Riots: Plays: 44 - Wins: 22

  • Sen Triplets: Plays: 48 - Wins: 28

  • Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir: Plays: 80 - Wins: 51

  • Uril, the Miststalker: Plays: 95 - Wins: 51

  • Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter: Plays: 124 - Wins: 81

  • Vorel of the Hull Clade: Plays: 38 - Wins: 25

  • Wort, the Raidmother: Plays: 94 - Wins: 59

  • Wrexial, the Risen Deep: Plays: 12 - Wins: 6

  • teodorofelipe says... #1

    My friend, thanks for the answers, i tried what you teached, put it first, put it last, buut nothing happened, i will put you as a friend sou you can try and tell me what i did wrong, if you have the time, offcourse, thanks in advance.

    August 20, 2018 5:46 p.m.

    teodorofelipe says... #2

    Hello friend, could you help me? i inserted the codes in the description like you teached in "How to make a dope background like my decks have", but my boxes still brown... in my deck "RED Dragons", what to do?

    August 19, 2018 7:13 p.m.

    KayneMarco says... #3

    I just wanna say I’m glad I’m not the only one that builds decks the way you do. Since getting back into the game gatherer is the way I search for cards for decks I want to build as well. I too like to discover cards that would fit into decks I’m building by going through gatherer. I wish there had been a resource like it back during my first run with the game.

    August 18, 2018 9:10 a.m.

    Rivenor says... #4

    So any plans for C18?

    August 3, 2018 4:41 p.m.

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    Said on teodorofelipe...

    #1

    Idk what to tell you. You have to play around with it. Read something more about html. Try putting one piece of html code into the description at a time so you can see where the problem is coming from. Best of luck.

    August 20, 2018 5:59 p.m.

    Said on teodorofelipe...

    #2

    Also the boxes never turn clear on mobile. This only works on desktop for some reason.

    August 19, 2018 7:54 p.m.

    Said on teodorofelipe...

    #3

    I said in that tutorial that some people have to add the termination characters after each line and others don’t. Those characters are “/>” not including the quotation marks.

    August 19, 2018 7:53 p.m.

    Said on KayneMarco...

    #4

    I’m glad you’re back and enjoying it so much! Thanks for the upvote and keep on building fun creative decks!

    August 18, 2018 11:03 a.m.

    Yeah I guess I haven’t updated the list in a while. Arcane Adaptation has been in since it came out. Thanks for the comment.

    August 13, 2018 4:55 p.m.

    Said on Rivenor...

    #6

    I plan to buy them just because I have a local store selling them for really cheap but no real plans for the cards. I still have roughly 20 deck ideas in the tank to slowly grind through. Vaevictus should be next because I don’t have any Jund decks, then Patron of the Moon and Grenzo Dungeon Warden. What about you?

    August 3, 2018 5:39 p.m.

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    Finished Decks 34
    Prototype Decks 9
    Drafts 0
    Playing since Rise of the Eldrazi
    Points 625
    Avg. deck rating 35.44
    T/O Rank 172
    Helper Rank 683
    Favorite formats Legacy, Commander / EDH, Modern, Casual, Tiny Leaders
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