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 , Haakon, Stromgald Scourge , Ith, High Arcanist , and Dune-Brood Nephilim 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

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

  2. Avacyn, Angel of Hope: Plays: 48 - Wins: 29

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

  4. Brago, King Eternal: Plays: 46 - Wins: 25

  5. Captain Sisay: Plays: 10 - Wins: 9

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

  7. Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief: Plays: 44 - Wins: 31

  8. Haakon, Stromgald Scourge: Plays: 28 - Wins: 13

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

  10. Ith, High Arcanist: Plays: 0 - Wins: 0

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

  12. Karador, Ghost Chieftain: Plays: 26 - Wins: 19

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

  14. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker: Plays: 99 - Wins: 55

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

  16. Marchesa, the Black Rose: Plays: 40 - Wins: 22

  17. The Mimeoplasm: Plays: 32 - Wins: 17

  18. Mistform Ultimus: Plays: 37 - Wins: 21

  19. Narset, Enlightened Master: Plays: 94 - Wins: 64

  20. Nath of the Gilt Leaf: Plays: 39 - Wins: 27

  21. Neheb, the Eternal: Plays: 34 - Wins: 19

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

  23. Omnath, Locus of Mana: Plays: 51 - Wins: 36

  24. Rakdos, Lord of Riots: Plays: 44 - Wins: 22

  25. Sen Triplets: Plays: 48 - Wins: 28

  26. Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir: Plays: 80 - Wins: 51

  27. Uril, the Miststalker: Plays: 95 - Wins: 51

  28. Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter: Plays: 124 - Wins: 81

  29. Vorel of the Hull Clade: Plays: 38 - Wins: 25

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

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

  1. Alesha, Who Smiles at Death: Plays: 36 - Wins: 21

  2. Avacyn, Angel of Hope: Plays: 48 - Wins: 29

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

  4. Brago, King Eternal: Plays: 47 - Wins: 26

  5. Captain Sisay: Plays: 14 - Wins: 12

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

  7. Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief: Plays: 44 - Wins: 31

  8. Dune-Brood Nephilim aka Shai-Hulud, The God Wurm: Plays: 19 - Wins: 13

  9. Grenzo, Dungeon Warden: Plays: 13 - Wins: 4

  10. Haakon, Stromgald Scourge: Plays: 59 - Wins: 30

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

  12. Ith, High Arcanist: Plays: 11 - Wins: 6

  13. Jodah, Archmage Eternal (formerly Progenitus : Plays: 81 - Wins: 40

  14. Karador, Ghost Chieftain: Plays: 26 - Wins: 19

  15. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker: Plays: 105 - Wins: 59

  16. Kozilek, Butcher of Truth: Plays: 60 - Wins: 39

  17. Marchesa, the Black Rose: Plays: 40 - Wins: 22

  18. The Mimeoplasm: Plays: 32 - Wins: 17

  19. Mistform Ultimus: Plays: 41 - Wins: 23

  20. Narset, Enlightened Master: Plays: 100 - Wins: 68

  21. Nath of the Gilt Leaf: Plays: 43 - Wins: 30

  22. Neheb, the Eternal: Plays: 38 - Wins: 20

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

  24. Omnath, Locus of Mana: Plays: 60 - Wins: 43

  25. Rakdos, Lord of Riots: Plays: 45 - Wins: 23

  26. Sen Triplets: Plays: 48 - Wins: 28

  27. Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir: Plays: 84 - Wins: 53

  28. Uril, the Miststalker: Plays: 102 - Wins: 56

  29. Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter: Plays: 137 - Wins: 92

  30. Vorel of the Hull Clade: Plays: 38 - Wins: 25

  31. Wort, the Raidmother: Plays: 97 - Wins: 62

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

VietMoneys says... #1

Hey Ben,

Just now saw your message about getting in touch via phone. I can't figure out how to DM, so will you shoot me one to reply to?

Would love to meet your friend in the Bay for a game too!

April 29, 2019 1:20 p.m.

Hey there, thinking about getting back into Magic. Just thought I'd say hello.

April 26, 2019 11:48 a.m.

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Said on Daxos the imposter...

#1

30 creatures for creatures-matter cards imo. Or ways to bounce them back to your hand and replay them all the time.

May 15, 2019 12:14 p.m.

Said on Daxos the imposter...

#2

Love the idea. Why not play Temmet, Vizier of Naktamun for that zombie flavor and also to help with the token beats strategy? Also, God Pharoahs Gift doesn’t seem great in a deck with 22 creatures. I think you may find you want a higher density to get a lot of value out of that card.

May 15, 2019 9:45 a.m.

Can you guys make gurus and other specific promos properly link to the correct card and pricing info? My decks say gurus add $0.25 to my deck value.

May 15, 2019 8:26 a.m.

Playing at BB&C still? I was there last week. Looks good now. I can’t make it this week or next but maybe in three weeks. And to each his own haha. I’ll just keep trying to kill Meren to make sure you never get anywhere anyways :P

May 13, 2019 1:36 p.m.

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

#5

I’m not playing to win at the expense of playing fun and interactive magic. Phyrexian Dreadnought just makes Vish Kal big and dies with nothing else interesting. It doesn’t synergize with many other things like Teysa, and I’m not interested in fatties for the sake of fatties. I rarely actually kill people with commander damage even though I could. There are far more interesting possibilities available in this deck.

May 7, 2019 1:43 p.m.

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

#6

Thanks. I mean, the art is completely changed as mine is an alter. Voltron is wholly unnecessary for Vish Kal as you can make him easily big enough to 1-shot people just by sacing creatures to him. His abilities naturally lend him to a control/reanimating/combo strategy as well. He’s a very dynamic commander.

May 7, 2019 9:37 a.m.

Decks

Vish Kal, The Sword in the Darkness [[Primer]]

Commander / EDH FenIsABasicSwamp

SCORE: 129 | 51 COMMENTS | 12645 VIEWS | IN 59 FOLDERS

Dune: He Who Can Destroy a Thing, Controls a Thing

Commander / EDH FenIsABasicSwamp

SCORE: 82 | 20 COMMENTS | 3757 VIEWS | IN 17 FOLDERS

Rainbow in the Dark: Haakon&Korlash (Cleganebowl)

Commander / EDH FenIsABasicSwamp

SCORE: 179 | 76 COMMENTS | 15444 VIEWS | IN 57 FOLDERS

This is What Glory Looks Like: a Savage Beating

Commander / EDH FenIsABasicSwamp

SCORE: 197 | 137 COMMENTS | 16058 VIEWS | IN 91 FOLDERS

Mistform Ultimus Tribal Tribal: The Skeleton Key

Commander / EDH FenIsABasicSwamp

SCORE: 115 | 30 COMMENTS | 11437 VIEWS | IN 52 FOLDERS

Stranger Things Halloween Zombie Horde

Commander / EDH* FenIsABasicSwamp

SCORE: 88 | 41 COMMENTS | 8561 VIEWS | IN 39 FOLDERS

Uril Enchantress Oops! All Permanents

Commander / EDH FenIsABasicSwamp

SCORE: 75 | 79 COMMENTS | 11970 VIEWS | IN 42 FOLDERS

Nobody Expects Mono Green Combo Burn

Commander / EDH* FenIsABasicSwamp

SCORE: 34 | 36 COMMENTS | 6790 VIEWS | IN 16 FOLDERS

Finished Decks 37
Prototype Decks 9
Drafts 0
Playing since Rise of the Eldrazi
Points 405
Avg. deck rating 41.47
T/O Rank 256
Helper Rank 349
Favorite formats Legacy, Commander / EDH, Modern, Casual, Tiny Leaders
Good Card Suggestions 150
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