I'm Justin and I'm a Grixis Player...

Welcome to the Vorthos cave.

There are two main things I love about magic. The strategy and the Lore. I also love the color pie but that's a different story.

The first part is because I learned to play from a very serious Spike. He made me very conscious of slow mana, below the curve creatures and janky, convoluted interactions. Play to win...we hit a few PTQs but mostly Game Days and FNMs. It was good times.

I play primarily casually now. As a result I mostly find myself building multiplayer decks that have some kind of combo built into them that generates oppressively incremental advantage. I love infinite combo decks but usually end up not putting them together for very long because they often win once or twice then I lose every time after that.

This is where the Vorthos comes in.

My story is one of a competitor left to their own devices. Strengths were found in persistence and a lack of mercy. Hence how I play this game;

There are two decks that I play that make my metas kneel;


Krunchy Kobolds

Commander / EDH MindAblaze

SCORE: 10 | 16 COMMENTS | 1685 VIEWS | IN 2 FOLDERS


And


The Mad King of Tristram

Commander / EDH MindAblaze

SCORE: 51 | 111 COMMENTS | 11441 VIEWS | IN 16 FOLDERS


The Dragon and the Lich;

at its finest. They both excel at making the opponent die on their terms. Prossh by feeding the body, and Nekusar by feeding the mind. Their Rakdosity is matched only by the facility of their intention. They make what they want to happen happen. Whether through redundancy or perseverance Rakdos causes pain to others whilst doing what not only suits their needs, but bumps their jollies at the same time...

I take a hedonistic pleasure in taking someone else’s vision, and interpreting the story implicit within. I just need the right muse...

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I’m liking Kelsein, the Plague; but I identify as a “filthy casual.”

April 4, 2020 4:14 p.m.

Said on Landfall...

#2

What landfall cards are you thinking of adding?

April 3, 2020 9:52 p.m.

Said on Krunchy Kobolds...

#3

This is true. I looked at it wrong. That does make a difference. I could consider it over Caller of the Claw as a set it and forget it kind of card until it’s time.

I’ll test it. Thanks.

April 2, 2020 9:43 p.m.

Said on Krunchy Kobolds...

#4

Updated.

April 2, 2020 12:15 a.m.

Check with the vendor. Wizards announced that due to COVID they’re changing the way some of their products will be shipped, and some people may get their goods early. This was specifically about Ikoria though, but I imagine its possible that it applies to other products released during this crisis too.

April 1, 2020 2:07 p.m.

Said on Krunchy Kobolds...

#6

I’m not a big fan of Daarigaz. Too low impact for what this deck does. Yeah he’s a big body, but with all the sacrificing and tokens etb, I can often kill the board in one turn without Food Chain, and then if anyone is left Prossh finishes them off.

I like Garruk, Cursed Huntsman, but not for Garruk Wildspeaker. Wildspeaker ramps me every turn, jumping me from four to six, which is my sweet spot for casting Prossh the first time. If/when I can get Garruk out turn 2 (off a turn one Sol Ring) that means I cast Prossh turn three. Usually I want Purphoros and/or Impact Tremors our first, but the point is Wildspeaker is really strong. His minus provides fodder and blockers, and his ultimate (which is super easy to get to) ensures Prossh gets through.

Honestly, as much as her plus is useful and her ultimate is ridiculous, I evaluate planeswalkers for edh based on their first minus, and Vraska, Golgari Queen’s isn’t that good. It’s not terrible don’t get me wrong, but Vraska the Unseen’s ability to hit any permanent is really valuable. That being said her plus and her ultimate are basically useless to me...so I’ll think about a swap. Assassin's Trophy might be better...something to think about.

I tried Emrakul's Evangel out before, and the biggest thing for me is it specifies non-token. I have a high density of non-token creatures that I don’t really want to sacrifice, and while he doesn’t have to act until I’m ready for him, I just struggled to get the most out of him. I had more luck with Fresh Meat and even Caller of the Claw (which has the same non-token problem.) I’ll think about him again though.

I appreciate the feedback. I like seeing how people think about what I’ve put together. It makes me really think about why any individual card is here, and what the deck actually needs, so thank you. That being said this deck at the moment is actually taken apart. All my multicolor commander decks except The Mad King of Tristram live in my cube box for me to put together on the fly. That way I don’t have to have ten Misty Rainforests or Craterhoof Behemoths or whatever. I have them all sleeved the same and I can just build whatever deck I want in the moment. Also, the dragon is too strong and unfun for my playgroup, so he sits in the box more often than not so I can mess around with Yarok, Atla Palani and whatever else peaks my fancy that week. That and with COVID I haven’t played in a few weeks...but I definitely appreciate the feedback.

I’m going to get away from the landfall build the next time I put this together. I’m thinking goblins with Krenko, Mob Boss...we’ll see how it goes. There’s two goblintop deck tutors for him now so that should be fun.

April 1, 2020 12:56 p.m.

Yeah unless you’re finding a way to use 1/1s for something or amass a preposterous amount of them they don’t do much. You could always Skullclamp them?

I’ve seen a deck kicking around here that uses all the one and many of the two drop vampires (and changelings) available to just puke guys out and swing away, and like you said, anthems and/or +1/+1 counters to make them threats. Aggro is hard in edh.

March 31, 2020 8:11 p.m.

Said on Graveyard Shift...

#8

So one thing about commander is, because of the length of games and the amount of interaction you see, you want all of your cards to do things. Going through your list there are a number of cards that just fill spots on the curve with no real long term impact. Specifically you have creatures like, but not limited to; Rot Shambler (at least it gets bigger though,) Sporecap Spider, and Yargle, Glutton of Urborg (at least he’s huge, which with the right cards could be useful, he’s decent to sac to Jarad for example...) There are other creatures with stronger static effects, or even useful etb triggers like Eternal Witness and Acidic Slime all the way up to Craterhoof Behemoth.

So then it’s just a matter of what to fill it with. There are so many options, how do you want to win primarily? Go wide with tokens?

March 31, 2020 7:27 p.m.

Said on Graveyard Shift...

#9

Ok cool. That’s where the fun is for me so if you have any questions let me know. I have an affinity for Golgari despite not having a current Golgari deck. Lots of fun ways to self-mill and bring stuff back.

March 31, 2020 4 p.m.

Said on Bantchantress Aura...

#10

All That Glitters and Ethereal Armor? Aqueous Form is really good too. There are also a lot of creatures that trigger for draws when you play enchantments which helps address the card disadvantage you get when they kill your creature with the pants. Stuff like Sram, Senior Edificer, Kor Spiritdancer, Eidolon of Blossoms, Satyr Enchanter, Mesa Enchantress and Argothian Enchantress. There’s more too.

Also I love me some Rafiq of the Many. So powerful for one punching people it’s ridiculous.

March 31, 2020 3:58 p.m.

Said on Graveyard Shift...

#11

I don’t know if this is outside your level of kindness, but Lord of Extinction tends to be a one shot to the table with Jarad.

Also, where do you plan to play this deck?

March 31, 2020 3:21 p.m.

Said on Big Bruna...

#12

What are your thoughts on Corrupted Conscience? Steal a creature/beat down for an infect win?

March 31, 2020 12:42 p.m.

This deck feels like it’s trying to do a lot of different things. I ran a couple of sample hands and I saw some glimmers, but also like it runs out of gas. Toxic Deluge felt counter productive when you’re not getting stuff back often or drawing a lot of cards. Although if you’re on your heels I see the benefit.

One hand I did get Phyrexian Reclamation and a sac outlet. But I also got Oathsworn Vampire, Purphoros and Exquisite Blood, so that line took precedence. I love me some Olivia Voldaren and Mirri the Cursed but I drew them both in my test hands and they’re just so underwhelming without a shell that supports them.

Like I said, some nice glimmers with a solid foundation, but I think the problem with vampire creatures is they don’t have much to unite them other than Edgar himself. The madness line of play doesn’t lend itself to this deck very well though, so drain and gain it is, but then you’re not really synergizing with Edgar. Other than etb triggers and swinging away with tokens.

Cruel Celebrant could fit here, and Malakir Bloodwitch. I’m not a big fan of Vampiric Rites but I have very high expectations of that role, I’d rather just see Dusk Legion Zealot and a way to return him to hand after sacrificing him. But again, that’s just me. I was excited about vampiric rites at first but it never did enough in the environments I’ve played it in. Maybe Stensia Masquerade and Angrath, Captain of Chaos to make your dudes harder to block?

I have a lot of thoughts, and a lot of potential directions to go. Even Call the Bloodline and Bloodline Necromancer seem interesting. A deck built with Olivia, Mobilized for War and Anje Falkenrath as lieutenants and a madness/reanimating subtheme could be fun. Strong? I dunno though.

What do you think?

March 31, 2020 2:29 a.m.

Said on Jurassic Deck...

#14

What do you think about Pyrohemia for more enrage triggers?

March 29, 2020 8:47 p.m.

How about Tainted Remedy then? It also combos nicely with Arbiter of Knollridge (if you happen to have the most life,) but if you’re playing against their life gain decks it will definitely help you in that race.

March 29, 2020 8:30 p.m.

What are your thoughts on Tectonic Reformation?

March 29, 2020 5:04 p.m.

Said on Kobolt Party...

#17

Always nice to see more Prossh players. Probably one if my favourite decks to play around with. So many different forms of fodder to feed him!

Any questions about how to play him let me know, or if you’re looking for feedback to make it faster and hit harder. I’m not much for cEDH, but I have lots of thoughts about consistency. The deck on my profile Krunchy Kobolds isn’t the most efficient way I’ve ever played him, but it’s strong and fun still. Let me know!

March 29, 2020 2:28 p.m.

Said on yarok flicker...

#18

What kind of an environment do you want to play this deck in? What turn do you hope to get going by?

The tough thing I found with Yarok is having too much of a focus on etb effects. You have to run some more generic mana ramp, such as more two mana artifacts or sorceries, so you’re more likely to cast him early. Stuff like Edge of Autumn, Farseek and Rampant Growth are good. More Signets too.

Otherwise you’ve got some nice pieces here. The plan to is to win with Craterhoof Behemoth, so you’ll also need a critical mass of creatures to do it with one hit, or leave yourself open to a lot of removal.

I also see Deadeye Navigator here; Peregrine Drake (or Great Whale or Palinchron) is super powerful with Yarok, and goes infinite with Deadeye allowing you to flicker anything and everything you have as much as you want.

March 29, 2020 2:10 p.m.

Wow, Licia with Vilis is busted. Both expensive granted, with few ways to ramp them out here (ignoring the life gain clause of course,) but wow. A free five cards a turn is not to be scoffed at.

I’ve never seen Font of Agonies before either. What a card here.

Anyway, are you looking for any specific suggestions? Is this just for playing with friends? At a shop (one day when shops reopen...)?

March 28, 2020 10:39 p.m.

Said on Roon your day ......

#20

Well when you put it that way...lol. This is true.

March 26, 2020 10:10 p.m.

Decks

Krunchy Kobolds

Commander / EDH MindAblaze

SCORE: 10 | 16 COMMENTS | 1685 VIEWS | IN 2 FOLDERS

Mayael's Wild Pair-ty

Commander / EDH MindAblaze

SCORE: 63 | 243 COMMENTS | 21394 VIEWS | IN 36 FOLDERS

The Mad King of Tristram

Commander / EDH MindAblaze

SCORE: 51 | 111 COMMENTS | 11441 VIEWS | IN 16 FOLDERS

Centre for Disease Control

Commander / EDH MindAblaze

SCORE: 72 | 117 COMMENTS | 18236 VIEWS | IN 34 FOLDERS

Marauding Titans

Modern* MindAblaze

SCORE: 25 | 26 COMMENTS | 4781 VIEWS | IN 6 FOLDERS

Robust Harvest

Modern* MindAblaze

SCORE: 43 | 121 COMMENTS | 8574 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

Cubes

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Commander Cube v2.0

MindAblaze — 1 year ago

SCORE 2 | COMMENTS 3 | VIEWS 1065

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Justus' Commander Endeavour

MindAblaze — 2 years ago

SCORE 0 | COMMENTS 0 | VIEWS 353

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JM's Casual Cube

MindAblaze — 2 years ago

SCORE 5 | COMMENTS 3 | VIEWS 2739

Finished Decks 36
Prototype Decks 22
Drafts 3
Playing since Conflux
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