I've been playing Magic since I was in grade school. I found EDH in 2013 and I've never looked back. I'm also my playgroup's resident expert on Black, so fear my formidable powers! In all seriousness though, if you've got any questions about Black, I may be able to help.

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  • Talisman of Hierarchy - It's not always about what is big and flashy, but little cards like the talismans, signets, etc. that help smooth out your gameplay are crucial. I really appreciate the practicality of cards like this. When I see these in a list, it lets me know the creator thought about the "nuts and bolts" concerns of the deck.

  • Plaxmanta - This card is very niche in my opinion, which is why I love it! In the deck I run it in, it does everything the deck wants to do, nothing on it is wasted. While staple cards have their place, I very much appreciate when players take the time to include more unique, specific cards that fit their game plan. In short, I really appreciate synergistic strategies over general "good stuff."

  • Smothering Tithe - This card is one of a hundred (probably more) examples that I could name of cards that scale. As someone who plays Commander, cards that scale with the number of players are just dynamite. I'm much more likely to run something like this than anything that only affects one opponent. I think the bottom line for me here is value.

In summary, I appreciate practical, synergistic, high-value (effect, not cost) cards and the deck builders that run them! To me, the constant tweaking and comparing new cards to existing ones are what make the deck building side of the game probably my favorite part.

February 17, 2020 10:05 a.m.

Said on EDH to CEDH: ......

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Kind of spring-boarding of off DrukenReaps' comment, I feel it is a moment of conscious decision. You can slide up the scale all you want, but the moment you say to yourself, "I'm pulling out all the stops" is the moment to me when you cross into cEDH territory.

February 13, 2020 4:15 p.m.

I strongly agree with GhostChieftain on this. Being singleton doesn’t implicitly mean a format was designed to be inconsistent. It breeds creativity to compensate for the singleton nature. E.g. running Elvish Mystic and Llanowar Elves instead of multiple copies of either. (Very simple example but I believe my point stands).

February 12, 2020 6:18 p.m.

I’m actually against the idea of using dice to decide who to attack (barring at random effects of course). In my opinion it’s a form of deflection. You are responsible for your actions in the game, and I firmly believe every action you take should have purpose. Just my opinion though.

As for what I uphold:

Have fun!

Make yourself a better player every game e.g. learn from your mistakes.

I’m lukewarm towards proxies at best. This is part of the strategy for me because part of the strategy is working within your own budget.

Always strive to better your deck! Half the game, in my opinion, is deck building/tweaking, so always be thinking about what you can improve!

There’s probably more but this is what I came up with off the cuff.

February 12, 2020 4:31 p.m.

I stuck it in my Ezuri, Claw of Progress deck. Seems like it'll do some solid work in there.

February 6, 2020 4:57 p.m.

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Commander / EDH - Mono-Black, Commander / EDH - Vampires

Decks

Crapatra: The Story of a Garbage Fire

Commander / EDH LordBlackblade

SCORE: 2 | 100 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

March of the Dusk Legion

Commander / EDH LordBlackblade

SCORE: 38 | 27 COMMENTS | 4592 VIEWS | IN 18 FOLDERS

Doubling Down on Death

Commander / EDH LordBlackblade

SCORE: 1 | 277 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Karlov's Tithes

Commander / EDH LordBlackblade

SCORE: 6 | 8 COMMENTS | 1335 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

Going Down to Value Town

Commander / EDH LordBlackblade

SCORE: 2 | 595 VIEWS | IN 2 FOLDERS

Progress to Compleation

Commander / EDH LordBlackblade

305 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Finished Decks 10
Prototype Decks 4
Drafts 1
Playing since Classic Sixth Edition
Points 195
Avg. deck rating 11.75
T/O Rank 330
Helper Rank 491
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Archenemy, Planechase, Casual
Good Card Suggestions 18
Venues Comic Book University
Cards Added/Fixed 19
Last activity 4 days
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