JakeHarlow Knight of the Kitchen Table

I am a Boros guy.

I'm not as active on this site as I was a few years ago because my personal and professional lives have gotten quite busy. I'm still very interested in Magic: The Gathering, even though I have less free time (though I don't approve of many of WotC's recent business decisions). I primarily play Limited, both booster draft and sealed (these also tend to be the only types of competitive events I play in). In addition, I do play some casual Commander along with spurts of Standard. I am still somewhat involved in Modern but seldom have time for it. Feel free to post here and I'll do what I can to trade, chat, deck tech, or whatever.

For reference, all of the decks I currently have physically constructed for any format, and am actively playing (or working on/constructing), will appear on my profile page. All other decks I have played and subsequently retired can be found by viewing my Deck Folders.

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As a collector, I place an absolute premium on card condition (more on this on my binder page). I almost always refuse to own or play cards that are in less than Near Mint/Mint condition. Please bear this in mind when trading or selling with me.

As a member of the T/O community, I like to browse deck lists to expand my knowledge of the game. Often, I won't feel qualified to offer advice on a list (usually due to a lack of familiarity with the format or deck archetype), but I will upvote and comment on it if I think it's cool. I do my best to avoid negativity and conflict on the site's forums. However, I occasionally participate in a wide range of discussions.

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@ zombob57:

Fiendslayer Paladin is definitely the weaker of the two cards (except with respect to the art — that art is awesome), so I agree with you fully on that point.

Helm of the Host has a few cute interactions here but you’re right that it’s a massive mana hog. It’s pretty neat with Scourge of Valkas and somewhat so, too, with Adriana, Captain of the Guard and Utvara Hellkite, but those interactions are so absurdly mana intensive that when we discuss them we are treading into the realm of 360 no-scoping and have ceased to discuss practical, viable Magic play. If this were an Aurelia, the Warleader deck, then yes, it’d be a viable wincon in its own right, but it’s not an “I win” piece here. It’s just a slow, cute card that’ll likely be shut down before doing anything broken. So yeah, probably more practical to go with the extra gas route. Less likely to lose if I keep drawing cards to play rather than relying on Helm of the Host exclusively to carry me if I draw it (not to mention it’s simply a dead card sometimes).

Yeah, big daddy Rakdos is such a fun deck. Competitive? Nope. Fun? Oh yeah. It’s just a blast going crazy and running so many ridiculously swingy effects. Check my list if you feel so inclined. You’ve been a big help for this list, I’m sure you’ll have good ideas for that one. I basically only run four Commander decks these days due to limits on funds and free time — Jori En, Ruin Diver, Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero, Rakdos the Defiler, and this one here. I actually don’t hate Green, I just haven’t got a deck with that color for some reason these days. Maybe I’ll do a Ghalta, Primal Hunger stompy/Green devotion list one of these days.

June 17, 2018 2:20 p.m.

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@ Steaditup:

Lol! Good point, too! And while it’s true Teferi's Protection can’t be re-used with the Plains/Forger combo, Forger can tutor it up from the library. Maybe I ought to look more closely at this card as an inclusion.

@ zombob57:

Didn’t even know about Lathliss, Dragon Queen...she is a new card from Core 19, I’m assuming? Definitely more synergy than Verix Bladewing here...she’s similar to both Utvara Hellkite and Moonveil Dragon, who doesn’t want that in a Dragon deck? When she’s released, Verix will go out for her, easily. She’s also only 6 mana while Verix is only at his best at 7.

Sneak Attack is a good card here...I only have one copy and it’s in my Rakdos the Defiler deck. I could shell out for another copy, I guess, but I’d only run it if I ran Zirilan, too. I guess the reason I’m hesitant is that I’m going more toward a traditional hard ramp approach with efficient mana rocks like Mana Crypt etc. Maybe your way is actually better though, I don’t know. This build uses big mana but still is designed to curve out like a traditional aggro deck, just with larger numbers involved (hence the 10+ mana accelerant cards, sans the hyper-powered all-stars Ancient Tomb and Mana Vault because we do also need some color fixing). Sneak Attack would make us more resilient against land destruction and artifact removal, though. I guess I should test with it and see how it performs.

Finally, as for The Immortal Sun, it probably does need to go in. It’s almost a strictly better Staff of Nin, as you’ve rightly pointed out, so it can slot in there nicely. However...I’m a bit greedy on card draw though since we’re Boros, and though I know they’re both a whopping 6 mana, do you think it’d be feasible to play both? If so, what best to cut, if we want to try and run both? (Or is this actually just incorrect?)

Conclusion: Definitely cutting Verix for Lathliss, Dragon Queen, and finding a slot for The Immortal Sun. Strongly considering Teferi's Protection, but I am unsure of what to cut for it (a spell, probably?). Mirror Entity is still on the table and I’ll probably cut Mirran Crusader for it, since I have enough color protection available in the Swords.

June 17, 2018 10:51 a.m.

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@ zombob57: Yep, my math was way off. Not sure what happened there. I squared them each instead of doubled them? lol

Really like The Immortal Sun. It just...does everything. Card draw, board pump, ramp. Negative synergy with Ugin and Karn, but still amazing.

Teferi's Protection is an obvious Commander all-star. Unfortunately I cannot reuse it with the Mistveil Plains/Sunforger combo since it is exiled on resolution. I'll probably stick with Boros Charm for anti-board wipe tech.

Bastion Protector would be so amazing if it were a Knight...oh well. Protection for Commanders is pretty amazing anyway. I have half the package with Knight Exemplar, I guess.

Zirilan of the Claw is great tech, leads to explosive board states and offers great punching power for specialized situations. Exiling the Dragon makes me a bit sad though. I also have the Plains/Forger combo with Sarkhan's Triumph in here for tutoring, but putting something right into play with haste is obviously better (and more aggro) than that, exile clause notwithstanding.

The Immortal Sun seems the most appealing out of your suggestions. What would you suggest to drop for it?

June 16, 2018 10:39 a.m.

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@ TheRedGoat:

No, you're totally right about Mirror Entity -- it's a very powerful card and I forgot all about it. Even missed it in that search I linked to.

Crusader probably is the creature to cut, all things considered. I'll have to test some. Thanks!!

June 15, 2018 12:12 a.m.

I feel like Dryad Militant might be able to pad up that UR Storm matchup a bit.

Yeah, here's my Soul-Monument deck list, if you want to have a look. I haven't tested it yet, really.

It might not even need the life gain aspect, honestly, lol. Maybe my list would be better off running 3x Kytheon, Hero of Akros  Flip and 4x Dryad Militant instead of the Sisters. Let me know what you think?

June 14, 2018 5:10 p.m.

I love this. Hot new take on Soul Sisters. I was thinking of a Soul Sisters Monument deck myself, using Oketra's Monument, Ballyrush Banneret, Squadron Hawk, and Legion Conquistador, and Ranger of Eos for a ramping card advantage package while going wide.

I really like the forecast card for card advantage though -- it makes a lot of sense in your build. I also like how you've planned on curving into an answer-me-now threat in Archangel of Thune. Traditional Soul Sisters lacks a blowout bomb like this. How has this been performing in Modern events?

June 14, 2018 1:28 p.m.

@ felixmac09:

Excellent point. I think I'll take this deck out of mothballs and add those cards. It'll really help when rotation comes around! Thanks for checking it out and making the suggestions -- I really appreciate it!

June 14, 2018 1:11 p.m.

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@ Steaditup:

Mirror Entity is a card I didn't think of here...it's an all-star in my Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero list. It does have a lot of synergy in the deck, turns everything into both Knights and Dragons, not to mention a pretty decent mana sink for closing out games. What would you cut for it?

Khorvath's Fury is awesome flavor, but overall it's just an overcosted wheel effect with some political applications and a minor upside (in my opinion). Not a super efficient draw engine.

June 14, 2018 10:32 a.m.

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@ TheRedGoat:

Which cards with changeling would you recommend? Crib Swap is decent removal but it's not really that strong in here. Better in Lin Sivvi, Defiant Hero where you can easily put it back in your library. Just don't see why I'd run a 3-mana Swords to Plowshares for very little upside.

Here's the entire list of Boros cards with changeling legal in Commander. I don't see any one of them that seems particularly strong, apart from perhaps Changeling Hero. There's also Mutavault, which essentially has changeling. Overall I'm not seeing why I'd include any of these cards over the current choices, despite the fact that changeling cards count as both Knights and Dragons.

June 13, 2018 9:29 p.m.

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@ JMose:

Thanks, man!

June 13, 2018 3:17 p.m.



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