I started magic in a kitchen table format in the summer of 2007. Shortly after the Morningtide release I was introduced to Commander and found my home in magic. Eight-and-a-Half-Tails was in the first generation of decks I created and has stuck with me.

While I thoroughly enjoy commander I consistently ran into more and more situations where new play groups had vastly different play styles and power levels than what I was used to. In the summer of 2016 I found a large group of players playing competitive EDH. In this I found something that had been missing from most EDH game play I had run into. A solid base to judge decks power on.

Judging a power level of a deck is very subjective and doesn't transfer well between play groups. However Competitive EDH (cEDH) has a set goal and decks are all striving to achieve that goal in whatever play style they can. Everyone knows what they are signing up for at the start of a game.

When getting into cEDH I translated my preferred style of play into cEDH - Attrition Control and Tasigur Seasons Past / Season Pastigur was born. While it has gone through several iterations, it has solidified a spot in cEDH environment for control decks.

I also am the video content creator for the Laboratory Maniacs. We also have a subreddit where we actively curate cEDH content. We are active on the PlayEDH Discord and on /r/competitiveEDH. Additionally our content is being posted on the TappedOut main page.

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2l84that - Windfall or some other piece of card draw like a Fact or Fiction would be better. Day's Undoing just hurts in that it ends your turn. If you are able to give it flash in some way, based on existing cards in your deck, then it might have a spot. Misdirection can be a narrower free counterspell, but it also is really hard card disadvantage. It you are in pods with all combo decks, it may be of use, but otherwise, we have better counterspells. For Crop Rotation, the graveyard hate is still relevant. Also it can mana fix you or feed your LftL by getting you a fetch land in play. It hasn't lost its spot yet.

April 22, 2019 12:50 p.m.

thatGuyneedsAusername - it is really solid. It is probably an auto include in every UBx midrange and control deck. It will most likely replace Counterbalance or Shadow of Doubt.

April 15, 2019 11:46 a.m.

procy - Exploration wins out between the two, it is more consistent in the late game when you are looping LftL. The video was filmed back in December and it was in the middle some of the major changes I have documented in the change log.

April 13, 2019 3:05 p.m.

Aladdin - not enough artifacts yet. You want 16-18 for opal to be a solid consideration if you aren't wheeling a lot.

Dejadal - More board clears, less spot removal. There has been a ton of discussion regarding this in our discord. However, I personally have played my older lists into Battlecruiser metas and had a good time. The big thing is that the deck is strong but aimed at different things. One of the core concepts of the deck is that a 4/5 will cover all your combat needs. In less powerful metas, people are dropping 6/6 keyword soup creatures pretty constantly and Tasigur just doesn't cut it. I've actually lost most of my games with this cEDH deck in Battlecruiser games. Specifically because it wasn't designed to play in the same meta. You will find yourself really heavily pressured. If you do tune the deck with more board control, the deck is really solid and can get to an oppressive point.

dennisdegooijer - Tezz isn't great. Unlike Teferi or some Izzet decks, there are no silverbullets that you would be grabbing. He doesn't ramp enough to replace himself. He's just too much for too little.

Incubation druid is a solid budget replacement for bloomtender.

Underrealm Lich is just too slow for cEDH. Its a 5 mana do nothing until you draw a card.

Dimir Charm is a versatile answer to lots of various issues. It can stop tutors, it can stop timetwisters/windfalls or wraths. It can kill almost all the relevant commanders that may see play and want to stay on the battlefield, i.e. Tymna, both Selvalas, Thrasios, Vialsmasher, Captain Sisay, Yisan, Arcum, Baral, Brago, Circu, Grand Arbiter Augustin, JVP, Mizzix, Momir Vig, Rashmi, Tana, Varolz, etc. It can mill out top of deck tutors, if you feel that is the appropriate answer to them. And once you go infinite if you have no other win option, you can use it to mill out your opponents except for their last card. For the Necro and Ad naus discussion, you actually want to add Notion Thief to that mix. For Mass Card draw cards, most cEDH decks run two of those three. Necro just has fallen behind as it is hardest to cast and the slowest of card draw. As the game gets faster, you need to speed up the card draw sources and being able to leave up interaction then Ad Naus or Notion Thief on someone else's Windfall/Timetwister really makes a big difference.

Mystical tutor doesn't have enough targets and there is a balance between tutors and interaction that pushed it out. Also the fact that it is card disadvantage really adds to it falling away. Chain of Vapor is on the edge of coming in and out a lot. The real spot for it is in the Beast Within slot, however Beast Within is part of a infinite win. Frantic Search, while it is selection, it is also card disadvantage and is something we don't want to get back with Tasigur. The only non-land cantrip we have is Brainstorm. It is leaps and bounds above all the others. Nature's Claim is solid, but we need more universal removal in the general list, it would be a fine include if you are seeing a majority of stax elements that you need to get rid of in your local meta.

April 8, 2019 11:43 a.m.

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KBet - Expansion / Explosion is pretty solid. Mana Maze would not let you cast the spell again without something else cast in between. If you had a Isochron Scepter with Dramatic Reversal and a Copy Artifact as Scepter with Lightning Bolt under it, then you could alternate castings and get through an on board Mana Maze. That would require that you have at least 4 mana in non-land mana sources to keep the chain up.

April 8, 2019 11:22 a.m.

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Eight-and-a-Half-Wraths

Commander / EDH LabManiac_Cameron

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Tasigur Seasons Past / Season Pastigur

Commander / EDH LabManiac_Cameron

SCORE: 235 | 285 COMMENTS | 150605 VIEWS | IN 202 FOLDERS

The Jank

Commander / EDH LabManiac_Cameron

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ThrasTymna Apostle Cannon

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