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Started playing casual mtg with pals in the mid-90s, EDH took hold around 2008 and we never looked back. I am a grizzled, gnarled up mtg veteran and I miss the powerhouse cards of yore.

Suns_Champion says... #1

Hello Forkbeard! I've been looking around TappedOut for EDH experts to look my deck, Bad Luck Brion, and I thought you'd be able to help! I'm not looking for much, just your thoughts, opinions and suggestions! Thanks a lot!

August 11, 2017 7:39 p.m.

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Nice one sarmmeth, thanks very much. I really, really like Door of Destinies but I always end up cutting it in my tribal decks. For starters, it can be really slow. As soon as Door of Destinies gets enough counters on it to start doing some work, an opponent usually takes it out. In my experience I've found that playing a tribe lord is preferable or something like a surprise Coat of Arms when the time is right. Shame because I love the tribal flavour of the card, I just haven't had much success with it.

August 21, 2017 11:27 a.m.

Thanks very much TheConscripted. Mill doesn't always work in EDH but it certainly makes for some interesting + unique games, especially when you're taking advantage of your opponent's graveyards. I'll check out your build, cheers.

August 20, 2017 1:12 p.m.

Said on Roon of the ......


Hi Azergyzhoul. The deck hinges around a variety of creature ETB value + flicker/blink effects to control or lock out the table until you frustrate your opponents to death. I typically tutor for whatever ETB trigger I need - ramp, removal, protection etc. There's not much more to it than that, but here's a few interactions that come to mind...

  • Panharmonicon allows you to double down on all the ETB effects. I'll be adding Mirage Mirror soon to double down on the double downs (will also work well with Strionic Resonator)!
  • Deadeye Navigator is a famous combo enabler. He pairs well with most ETB creatures, but he's particularly potent with a creature like Peregrine Drake (a less greedy Palinchron) as that cute little Soulbond will grant you infinite mana.
  • Birthing Pod does a lot of work in this deck. Chaining Dryad Arbor->Birds of Paradise->Coiling Oracle->Wood Elves->Solemn Simulacrum and finally into Reveillark in order to recur your previously sac'd Pod fodder is pretty damn efficient. That's just 1 Pod chain example, it's a very effective way to tutor up any answer required.

  • It would take a while to go over budget options, simply look at the cards that are here and think of a cheaper card that will provide a similar effect. A lot of the $ value is in the land base, so you could chop the cost by running cheaper land alternatives. If there's a card replacement or two in particular that you're struggling with, let me know and I can help you out.

    August 19, 2017 4:31 p.m.

    I'd say you're heavy on the creature side so here's 5 that in my opinion are on the weaker side (I made cut suggestions for the ramp cards, this will be to make way for the suggested removal spells): Engulfing Slagwurm (expensive and off theme! seems like it's just in here as a 'good stuff' card), Foe-Razer Regent (expensive and I don't think you have enough fight mechanic cards in here to properly take advantage of this guy), Hellkite Hatchling (just not very good - apart from Dragon Broodmother tokens, what would you devour?), Slumbering Dragon (too slow! without +1 counter generation, waiting around to activate this guy would be painful) & Stormwing Dragon (just not a good dragon, the megamorph surprise is kind of funny but waaay too expensive for what it does)

    There's my 2 cents on replacement ideas, hopefully a bit of food for thought.

    August 16, 2017 7:53 p.m.

    Looks like a fun tribal deck to throw down as is! I'll make a couple of budget suggestions that won't break the bank if you decide to tweak the deck a little:

  • Ramp - Kodama's Reach and Skyshroud Claim. If you're wondering what you'd remove to make room, I'd argue both of these are better than Beneath the Sands & Ranger's Path.
  • Removal - Overall the removal package in here looks a little light. A few options to consider: Beast Within, Chaos Warp (definite downside, but it's still decent removal for any immediate threat), Krosan Grip, Decimate & Hull Breach

  • As for the dragons, the choices are entirely subjective. I picked a selection that I deemed powerful & fun for my deck & it looks like you've done the same. Best of luck with your first foray into Commander, have an upvote!

    August 16, 2017 4:19 p.m.

    As for Territorial Hellkite, he's not strong enough to make the cut. Disappointing as I was hoping for a new dragon from the C17 deck to slot in here.

    August 16, 2017 3:27 p.m.

    Thanks LittleBlueHero, I really like both of those C17 artifacts and will try to make room for them in here. I'm not 100% sold on the ramp spell yet but I might pick it up to see how it plays.

    QuickNoped - I'll take a look!

    August 16, 2017 3:25 p.m.

    Said on Akiri & Bruse: ......


    Great suggestions Treehugger003, I'll be checking out your build for inspiration as well.

    Thanks cmsrDPM, Hammer of Nazahn is definitely going in once the product is released. As is Bloodforged Battle-Axe.

    August 16, 2017 3:22 p.m.

    Is the 5 dmg useful? Absolutely. Will it win you games? Probably not. AWR is a win-con on her own - with no shortage of haste enabling & combat tricks, it's easy to 1-shot kill with WR straight out of the CZ.

    Dragonlord Atarka is a very cool creature and I love the EDH general flavour, but she's definitely the weaker of the 2 IMO.

    August 13, 2017 1:38 p.m.

    Thanks QuickNoped! Simply put, World Render is more explosive than Dragonlord. Shame because I love the fact that she's an actual Elder Dragon.

    August 12, 2017 7:13 p.m.

    Said on Bad Luck Brion...


    Sweet deck, +!
    It already looks very tuned, but I'd consider Enlightened Tutor. With nearly a quarter of your deck being artifacts/enchantments, this would serve you well.

    August 12, 2017 7:06 p.m.

    Yeah, The Scarab God could be decent in here. Might give it a test run for a bit to see how it plays. Thanks NeuroDrain.

    August 5, 2017 3:57 p.m.


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