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Interesting build. I haven't considered Arcades as a combo enabler so this is pretty cool. However, I think that your deck is a bit unfocused. It looks like your are caught between beatdown and combo. I'd pick a focus and go hard into that.
Jeskai Barricade, Ghostway, Momentary Blink, Ghostly Flicker, and Champion's Helm are all great additional ways to protect things. Another pet card of mine that I am considering for my Arcades list for protection + value is Cloud Cover.
Mnemonic Wall seems like an auto include in this list.
Doorkeeper is cute but it will never generate enough value to mill someone out in a 4 player 100 card format by itself...
If you want other ideas you can check out my Arcades list here. It follows the beatdown track more, but it might provide you with some ideas.
July 16, 2018 5:47 p.m.
Nice pulls, and yeah I think you had a unique draft. 3 (even 4) color decks are SUPER easy (like easier than during Khans) to build in this format with the amount of dual lands and low rarity fixing floating around. Especially if you are base green.
I did a draft yesterday and P1-P1 Chromium, the Mutable. I proceeded to build basically a voltron commander deck. It was all card draw and control with multiple Marauder's Axe's and Reassembling Skeleton's. I only dropped 2 games the entire draft to the eventual winner who was playing mono-red with Sarkhan's Unsealing and ample Thud targets (I watched him do 18 dmg on turn 5 in the final match with a combo of Sarkhan's Unsealing, Goblin Motivator, Inferno Hellion, and Thud).
July 16, 2018 4:06 p.m.
Balzeron: First of all I would like to say that I am honored that my deck has helped inspire your deck building. Secondly, I have some responses to you comments below:
Amaranthine Wall and Hornet Nest are ones that I am still considering. The indestructibility is definitely a nice ability and being able to make a bunch of 1/1 flying death touchers when someone blocks the nest is pretty awesome.
Fog Bank, Guard Gomazoa, and Mindbender Spores are all great cards if you are going a more defensive route. I chose to exclude them because I am a more aggressive list and I wanted big (4 toughness or greater), cheap walls.
My deck personally doesn't want cards like Manor Gargoyle, Ezuri, Claw of Progress, Woolly Razorback, Plumeveil, Soulbound Guardians, or Fortified Area as all of these cards either have power greater than 2 or pump my creatures power. I rely heavily on staying at 2 power or less so I can abuse Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive or Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa.
The same goes for Doorkeeper. Mill is already hard enough to pull off with a dedicated mill deck in EDH because decks are large and there are 3 opponents. I'd rather play either larger walls or defenders with more relevant abilities.
The banding suggestions are interesting. I had to re-read the rules on banding and I did not realize it also affects attacking creatures. Those could be interesting, I'll have to think about that.
Spidersilk Armor and Tower Defense are awesome with Arcades and may very well end up in my final list. Right now I want to try out Hold the Gates over Spidersilk Armor as it has a higher upside and I already have a number of answers for fliers (Wonder, Angelic Wall, Wall of Tanglecord, Wall of Denial and Arcades himself). Since this list is aggressive, I think vigilance is actually a more impactful keyword in my deck. I already have a pseudo Tower Defense in Defender of the Order. I don't think Defender is particularly better than the Defense, but I have an old foil of it from Legions which I just really want to play.
Thanks for the comments and if you ever want another pair of eyes on your deck, let me know.
July 13, 2018 11:08 a.m.
manticoreknight Those are great suggestions that I completely overlooked. Thanks!
July 11, 2018 1:32 p.m.
July 2, 2018 11:01 p.m.
I have traditionally used TCGplayer mid when making trades with other players but I have started using MTGFamiliar's trade app more. I think it still bases prices off of TCGplayer, but it provides card prices in a nice side by side view.
Most LGS near me tend to also use TCGplayer.
As far as trading with vendors at GP's, most have comparable card values so I like to look through what each vendor has to offer and talk with people from each vendor first. I usually then trade with whomever has both a high amount of cards I need and the most friendly people.
July 2, 2018 11:12 a.m.
Thanks for the suggestions Megalomania! Both Intruder Alarm and Birthing Pod seem like interesting inclusions though I would have to tinker with the mana curve a bit to really harness the power of the latter. I'll have to give them a spin.
As far as Dragon Throne of Tarkir goes, if trample is the main pay off then there are better options which provide trample (i.e. Brawn, Craterhoof Behemoth, Akroma's Memorial, etc). Trample is great and all but I'd rather make my creatures unblockable or give them flying.
June 30, 2018 11:10 p.m.
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