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

  • Rose says... #1

    Hi, I just wanted to add you and ask if you ever played at Memphis Magic Arena. I saw on your description you have a map pointed at Memphis, which is pretty close to me (I live near Southaven). Your decks are really cool and I'd love to play against them sometime.

    June 23, 2018 3:27 p.m.

    VietMoneys she’s due in two months. Pretty excited. Only 5 years maybe until I can teach it magic :P

    June 22, 2018 5:46 p.m.

    Lilbrudder says... #3

    Sure man it sounds fun. Tuesday nights are definitely doable. I am super busy through mid July the things should slow down for a bit.

    June 19, 2018 10:44 p.m.

    Lilbrudder says... #4

    Sure man it sounds fun. Tuesday nights are definitely doable. I am super busy through mid July the things should slow down for a bit.

    June 19, 2018 10:42 p.m.

    Lilbrudder says... #5

    Congrats man. Well assuming you dont lose the ability to play once the little one is born I am totally down. I am pretty sure I know hasted but I cant remember from where. I live a mile from timewarp comics in eastgate. I assume that ia the shop you are referring too

    June 9, 2018 7:02 a.m.

    Lilbrudder says... #6

    Good to know brother. Long time no speak. Sadly work has kept me away from being able to play. I hope you are well.

    June 4, 2018 6:54 a.m.

    EternalBrewmaster

    June 3, 2018 2:07 a.m.

    Ender666666 says... #8

    Lol cool. What was your name before the change?

    June 3, 2018 1:31 a.m.

    Rivenor, VietMoneys, Hasted, Dugrim, Zarathustra77, Magnivore, Lilbrudder, Ender666666, CCOPodcast, ItsJustGreg, Jacii I changed my name. This is probably permanent. Just wanted you guys to be aware so you're not confused about who this Fen guy is.

    June 2, 2018 10:01 p.m.

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    Said on The Last Samurai...

    #1

    Another one I’m brewing. Love what you’ve done here.

    June 24, 2018 8:46 a.m.

    Well I’m glad you found me Rose because you have built a lot of decks I’m brewing so this a great guide.

    June 24, 2018 8:39 a.m.

    Said on Rose...

    #3

    Ha, I'm sorry to say I don't live in Tennessee. The code for that globe hasn't worked properly for me and I've been too lazy to fix it. It just shows whoever is looking at it their own location. I live in southern Ohio. Thanks for the kind words and follow though. How did you find me?

    June 23, 2018 3:47 p.m.

    Said on The Maze Ith ......

    #4

    Green_and_Gold thanks for the upvote and kind words. I’ve only played the deck twice. One time I just drew everything I needed and won on turn 8 or 9. The other time it was grueling and took forever because I had to blow my Teferis Protection early.

    You’re right that the part in the discussion about Taigam attacking was erroneous. I wrote it late at night and confused the abilities on the card.

    June 23, 2018 8:12 a.m.

    Said on Bant Butts - ......

    #5

    Hasted how does this guy have the same name as you almost and the same idea?

    June 22, 2018 9:43 p.m.

    Rolling Stones is a waste of a slot. Add ramp.

    June 22, 2018 9:02 p.m.

    butt stuff huh. That seems obvious. Why not do that but also make a play on his name with kind of a militant grand strategy deck? Put exalted in there with Finest Hour and Rafiq of the Many and Knotvine Paladin and get some huge swinging wall to push someone's shit in.

    June 22, 2018 9:01 p.m.

    Said on FenIsABasicSwamp...

    #8

    VietMoneys she’s due in two months. Pretty excited. Only 5 years maybe until I can teach it magic :P

    June 22, 2018 5:46 p.m.

    Said on VietMoneys...

    #9

    I’m glad I changed my name then! I have actually been about to start a read through of Dune for the last few months but then the baby came about and now I have so many dad books to read. Maybe once it gets here and I’m off work for three weeks.

    My wife looked for the ghee when we talked about it but our Whole Foods didn’t have it yet. Next time she goes down there I’ll ask her to check again :)

    June 22, 2018 7:18 a.m.

    peripheryy the list is updated if you're curious.

    June 21, 2018 10:09 p.m.

    Said on VietMoneys...

    #11

    Lol I just realized that all this time we haven't actually been friends for some reason

    June 21, 2018 10:08 p.m.

    Said on The Maze Ith ......

    #12

    Haha fair enough then, time to do something about their mana rocks too probably.

    TheGeneralAdvisor on the subject of suspend, you end up being correct. The most constructive way to point these things out is with cited references to the Comprehensive Rules, such as:

    115.2f A player who has a card with suspend in their hand may exile that card. This is a special action. A player can take this action any time they have priority, but only if they could begin to cast that card by putting it onto the stack.

    702.61a Suspend is a keyword that represents three abilities. The first is a static ability that functions while the card with suspend is in a player’s hand. The second and third are triggered abilities that function in the exile zone. “Suspend N—[cost]” means “If you could begin to cast this card by putting it onto the stack from your hand, you may pay [cost] and exile it with N time counters on it. This action doesn’t use the stack,” and “At the beginning of your upkeep, if this card is suspended, remove a time counter from it,” and “When the last time counter is removed from this card, if it’s exiled, play it without paying its mana cost if able. If you can’t, it remains exiled. If you cast a creature spell this way, it gains haste until you lose control of the spell or the permanent it becomes.”

    I had always assumed it was an instant speed ability because it doesn't specifically say sorcery speed like most abilities do that are restricted, and because the most common way we interact with suspend is through Jhoira of the Ghitu and her ability is instant speed since it's an activated ability. Thanks for bringing it to my attention though. I guess that means that I can suspend Ith on other people's turns if I have Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir in play but not normally.

    June 21, 2018 5:54 p.m.

    Said on The Maze Ith ......

    #13

    Groan inducing turns is a a phrase that sounds like you’re gonna make a lot of people unhappy with you :) I’d rather have my opponents lose with smiles on their faces, ergo infinite chronatog totem math win.

    June 21, 2018 5:32 p.m.

    Said on The Maze Ith ......

    #14

    TheGeneralAdvisor, without a citation it’s not clear where that came from. I’ll double check in the comprehensive rules, but nothing in the actual reminder text for suspend leads me to believe you’re correct. In fact, the things in your paragraph don’t make much sense (e.g. it is irrelevant if it has flash when you’re suspending it).

    Bababad that is a good one. Having one do-nothing spell (Worldpurge) in my deck is already a lot though. I’ll keep sunder in mind for a more competitive build maybe.

    June 21, 2018 4:42 p.m.

    Said on The Maze Ith ......

    #15

    Thanks Philoctetes, means a lot.

    June 21, 2018 11:34 a.m.

    Said on The Maze Ith ......

    #16

    Curious what makes you think thatTheGeneralAdvisor, as nowehere in the reminder text for suspend does it say “Activate this ability only when you could cast a sorcery.”

    June 21, 2018 9:15 a.m.

    Said on The Maze Ith ......

    #17

    Thanks Hasted haha that means a lot. It was a wild ride. I realized after the fact that the reason I had Pull from Eternity in my original list was that Teferi's Protection exiles itself, so I have to do Worldpurge or infinite Chronatog, but not both unless I put PfE back in and I don't think I want to.

    mlequesne I'm not playing Chronatog because it's a bad card with no use in the deck besides the dumb combo, whereas the totem is a great mana rock at all other stages of the game and the mana investment to make it a creature is generally irrelevant. Also, artifacts are slightly more survivable in most metas than creatures.

    June 20, 2018 10:22 p.m.

    Said on Bant Butts...

    #18

    Lol this deck will always make me think of the gym teacher dating her student that came to the store with her ass falling out of her tiny shorts.

    June 20, 2018 10:16 p.m.

    Said on The Maze Ith ......

    #19

    Yeah, since suspend says in its reminder text “from hand”, you can’t suspend from the command zone. However, in my first play through of the deck yesterday I was able to sac Command Beacon to put Ith in my hand and then suspend him on my opponent’s end step.

    June 20, 2018 7:12 a.m.

    Said on The Maze Ith ......

    #20

    Ooh sweet include! I just missed it but you’re right. Putting non-basics in two color decks has been tricky for me lately. I don’t like cutting my basics too low. Also, I definitely need Mistveil Plains in case I need to recycle Teferis Protection.

    June 19, 2018 6:01 p.m.

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