Now currently the artist formally known as Lvl.666. Just figured it was time for a name change. There's no real reason behind it. But don't fret, I'm still just a bunch of poorly-disguised slivers hiding in a hat and trench coat.

I enjoy obsessing over my decks, but what I enjoy even more is making and customizing deck pages for them to live on using CSS. Additionally, I love easter eggs/memes. So I tend to place them in all of my deck pages.

Yarok says... #1

I would like you to helps me with my description. I suck at those, lmao

May 24, 2020 7:40 p.m.

Mortlocke says... #2

Yarok, there's definitely more to advertising a deck than just deck cycling. I have no way of proving this but it is my opinion that if a deck has an interesting name (of course interesting is entirely subjective) then people will be more likely to check it out if it is seen in the deck cycling feed. Besides, that I have a question for you: Do you want me to assist you in strictly advertising your deck, or help you refresh the deck descriptions of your deck pages?

I just want to get a better understanding of exactly what it is that you're seeking, so I can give more precise and targeted advice, is all.

May 24, 2020 7:21 p.m.

Yarok says... #3

Hey mortlock, I deck cycled my Aminatou, Manipulating Fateshifter, but no one has seen it. Everyone is overlooking it. Your Queen's Egg deck was quite successful, and I wondered if you could help me promote my deck. Sorry if this is spamming your page.

May 24, 2020 6:49 p.m.

Yarok says... #4

I can’t download stuff, so we have to chat ;-;

May 24, 2020 11:29 a.m.

Mortlocke says... #5

Yarok Discord is a free and very powerful voice chat progam. It's easier to just chat things out over microphone then writing you essays when I go on tangents. I'd prefer to communicate though that medium - but if that's an issue for you we can just chat through comments.

May 24, 2020 11:25 a.m. Edited.

Yarok says... #6

You can talk with me on your page, my page, or any of the decks that I have shared with you

May 24, 2020 11:17 a.m.

Yarok says... #7

I don’t have discord so *sad face

May 24, 2020 11:17 a.m.

Mortlocke says... #8

Yarok, it would be my pleasure to help you with your deck descriptions and deck pages :) Do you have Discord? If so, my user id is M_Mortlocke#5493. Hit me up, and we'll talk. I'm in the US on EST.

May 24, 2020 11:16 a.m.

Yarok says... #9

So will u help me?

May 24, 2020 11:14 a.m.

Yarok says... #10

Hey mortlocke, can you help me with my description for Aminatou, Manipulating Fateshifter??? I need support, and I want it to be a popular deck. Another one I wish was more popular was... Xantcha, Sleeper Agent’s Fake Group Hug. I am not sure how to make them a hit, but your decks are quite a hit. I will share them w/ u, but you don’t have to help me if you don’t want to.

May 24, 2020 11:12 a.m.

beets says... #11

i feel that. well whenever you post your next one i'll be sure to check it out! thanks for all your support you've given me :)

May 16, 2020 2:03 p.m.

Mortlocke says... #12

beets, thanks! I feel like all of my tappedout milestones are pretty much done. I've been brewing more casual decks though - but they're hidden away because I didn't fancy up any of the deck pages. Takes a lot of effort to do that sometimes. But I feel like I have my "signature style" for deck pages on the site, so yeah. Gotta figure out what I want to do next.

May 16, 2020 2:01 p.m.

beets says... #13

you hit 500! congratulations!!

May 16, 2020 1 p.m.

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#1

All praise to Father Yawgmoth what a gorgeous deck! +1 from me. I was wondering what your opinion was on the free C20 cycle? Specifically, Deadly Rollick and how it would fair in your deck. I think it'd be worth experimenting with alongside Lashwrithe. Skittles gaining +1/+1 for each Swamp you control would make a single attack into a guaranteed lethal shot. Probably not necessary but I thought i'd suggest it anyway. I took a look at that custom deckbox as well and it's awesome. Does Turcaut have an etsy store? Or some sort of page where I could browse their wares?

May 26, 2020 10:47 p.m. Edited.

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#2

Excellent Queen Tribal deck concept - +1 from me, I can't help however to suggest that you include some indestructibility ala Darksteel Plate. For creatures such as Palace Guard or Protector of the Crown becoming indestructible would only serve to improve your position on the field and make you just that much harder to touch - as it should be. For you are the Queen (Long may she reign).

Oh, and the previously suggested card does still seem in flavor for the most part.

May 25, 2020 10:03 a.m. Edited.

Said on Yarok...

#3

"I would like you to helps me with my description. I suck at those, lmao" - Yarok

Deck descriptions are something I'm quite passionate about so without further ado, here's my spiel: A good start to a deck description is the turn 0 talk, essentially:

  1. What's the archetype of this deck? Midrange? Aggro? Stax? Control?
  2. What themes are in your deck? Tribal? Timmy Big Stompies? Superfriends?
  3. What are the more controversial cards in the deck? What are the cards you know have caused your opponents to sigh in annoyance? What cards do you think make opponents feel salty?
  4. Lastly, and most importantly - between which turns can your deck consistently threaten to win? A guide I used to help determine that is The CommandZone Podcast's How to Determine your deck's power level. That video helped me in determining what type of game each of my decks would be best suited for. An additional video i'd recommend watching is How to Power-up your Decks as well - it helps cement a solid understanding of what a Jank, Goodstuff, High power, and cEDH should look like and what each level of power should be striving for.

Now, if you want to go into even further detail, then I always, always, always, always, recommend Epochalyptik's Do you want to write a Primer? That is a guide that goes deep into the weeds of how to write a full well thought out primer that will give visitors to your deck page plenty to read and better extrapolate your thoughts that into building your deck. That guide helped me so much, and I definitely recommend it as a must read. There is a BUT here to use the code provided in that guide you must be an upgraded user on tappedout. I'm not saying it mandatory to use code in the guide, but it does help.

May 25, 2020 9:53 a.m.

Said on Mortlocke...

#4

Yarok, there's definitely more to advertising a deck than just deck cycling. I have no way of proving this but it is my opinion that if a deck has an interesting name (of course interesting is entirely subjective) then people will be more likely to check it out if it is seen in the deck cycling feed. Besides, that I have a question for you: Do you want me to assist you in strictly advertising your deck, or help you refresh the deck descriptions of your deck pages?

I just want to get a better understanding of exactly what it is that you're seeking, so I can give more precise and targeted advice, is all.

May 24, 2020 7:21 p.m.

Said on The Phyrexian Chef...

#5

Adding in Ad Nauseam would be a good experiment. It's effect is similar to Bolas's Citadel, but the only issue is that it's far less forgiving when it comes to execution. If you don't go off on the turn you cast that card, then you may possibly be in a weaker position even after casting a bunch of cards and having a stronger board presence. Additionally, Ad Nauseam is an Instant - and from what I can see the deck doesn't exactly take advantage of that speed so it may not be used to it's highest potential as some of the the usual suspects combined with this card are Angel's Grace (as you just draw out your entire library without fear of going below 0 life) - basically what i'm trying to get at is that you need to build a bit more around Ad Nauseam to make the best use of it.

May 24, 2020 4:13 p.m. Edited.

This deck is nuts. I've never seen anything quite like it so +1 from me. Reminds me of a Baral, Chief of Compliance deck but can actually seal a win within a reasonable amount of time as opposed to making everyone at the table miserable with all the constant denial and nothing actually going anywhere.

May 24, 2020 3:54 p.m.

Said on The Queen's Egg...

#7

Yarok, I hear ya when it comes to that special kinship. My suggestion is to try and narrow it down to a select few when it comes to deck. Try the Marie Kondo method - hold the card in your hands and ask yourself "Does this spell spark joy?" if not? Then you know you can cut it.

May 24, 2020 1:59 p.m.

Said on The Queen's Egg...

#8

Doombeard1984, here's my rationale for cutting cards, hopefully it'll assist you in your choices:

  1. For the card you wish to include, consider all cards in the deck that have similar functionality.
  2. Compare and contrast - what does the card up for the cut do that the new card doesn't? Is that additional functionality worth keeping it?
      Example: Countersquall vs. Deflecting Swat
    • Squall targets non-creature spells, Swat targets all spells OR Abilities that have an intended target.
    • Countersquall damages an opponent for 2 life, but also has a more restrictive cost in being U/B
    • Deflecting Swat is free when the commander is on board (not as useful early game). But, has a very splashable cost at 2R - which isn't too restrictive of a cost - when compared to Countersquall.
  3. Knowing your deck and your meta, decide on what to keep based on what you know you will see more often than not.
May 24, 2020 1:53 p.m. Edited.

Said on Mortlocke...

#9

Yarok Discord is a free and very powerful voice chat progam. It's easier to just chat things out over microphone then writing you essays when I go on tangents. I'd prefer to communicate though that medium - but if that's an issue for you we can just chat through comments.

May 24, 2020 11:25 a.m. Edited.

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#10

Yarok, it would be my pleasure to help you with your deck descriptions and deck pages :) Do you have Discord? If so, my user id is M_Mortlocke#5493. Hit me up, and we'll talk. I'm in the US on EST.

May 24, 2020 11:16 a.m.

Said on The Queen's Egg...

#11

Doombeard1984, Yarok, As much as I absolutely enjoy Deadly Rollick limiting my targeting options to just creatures only wouldn't be as beneficial. Since this deck is considering a cEDH meta my concern would be primarily non-creature permanents. I turned in a bunch of foils I've picked up from opening up half a box of Mystery Booster packs and sent them in to Card Kingdom. I can at the very least pay for a Fierce Guardianship outright in store credit, but i'll have to pay out of pocket for each Deflecting Swat (I need 2). But after that I should be good. My other want for this deck is a DCI Judge Promo Counterspell, (I don't think tappedout actually has the DCI promo version scanned up) but it's always circulating around $30 US. I'm definitely going to get one as Counterspell is a pet card of mine that I just adore - it shaped my experience in Magic when I first started playing around 2001-2002. I was playing mostly T2 then, but I rocked a casual U/B Wizards deck which contained whole host of counter-magics. Ah, memories.

May 24, 2020 10:10 a.m.

Said on The Queen's Egg...

#12

Yarok, noctis366 - its done. I appreciate your input, both of you. Now I have to go through the trouble of getting a Deflecting Swat along with a Fierce Guardianship. Yeesh.

May 23, 2020 9:37 p.m.

Said on The Queen's Egg...

#13

noctis366, you're in my head. I'm contemplating swapping that in for Counterspell. But Counterspell is something of a pet card of mine. But due to the competitive nature of this deck, I must put it in. What do you think? That a good choice? Or should I swap out Countersquall?

May 23, 2020 8:48 p.m. Edited.

Said on The Phyrexian Chef...

#14

Citadel can outright win you the game if you have a means of mitigating the loss of life (like your commander) readily available to you. Aetherflux Reservoir (which is already in the deck) comes to mind as a possible combo piece. I think that Citadel is definitely worth trying out in the deck as at the very least you could end up with some really good value.

May 21, 2020 11:18 p.m.

I just wish my nickname for Blightbutt was a thing like (Gary) Gray Merchant of Asphodel. He's definitely one of my favorite cards - but there doesn't seem to be anything conveniently short for him, like (Skittles) Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon.

May 20, 2020 11:29 p.m. Edited.

I'm always happy to see more Atraxa, as Phyrexia must spread the good news of Compleation. But, unfortunately your deck seriously lacks a description. What are the notable combos? Important cards? Controversial cards? What i'm trying to get at is you're doing our girl here dirty. Here's a basic outline for a good deck description:

  1. Go into detail about the themes of your deck, yes it's Proliferation but what else? Is Combo? Midrange?
  2. Between which turns can your deck threaten to win? 5-8?
  3. What are some cards that may be considered controversial? Do you have any cards that are salt inducing? Would players be okay with that?

But if you want to go into any more detail, then I highly recommend Epochalyptik's Do you want to write a Primer?. That is a comprehensive article on how to do a full write up of your deck. It's helped me a ton, so hopefully it can do the same for you.

As a fellow Atraxa pilot I have one card suggestion for you - Spike Weaver. It fits neatly within the "counters matter" theme of your deck but it does so much more: its a Fog on a body that will likely never run out as you will simply proliferate the +1/+1 counters. What's even better is that you can move Weaver's +1/+1 counters onto other bodies at instant speed so you can really take advantage of Proliferate triggers. Good luck to you, as I hope you get to realize your vision for Atraxa. Oh, and +1 for you.

May 19, 2020 9:08 p.m. Edited.

I think you can make some improvements in your mana rocks. The Borderposts you currently have in the deck are pretty awful compared to the likes of Fellwar Stone, Talisman of Conviction, Talisman of Impulse and Talisman of Unity. Speaking of rocks, why in the name of the Threefold Sun do you not have Sol Ring? Additionally, you could get a Chromatic Lantern in there as well. All of the previously mentioned aren't pennies, but are still quite affordable.

As for lands, I understand you don't want to break the bank BUuuuuuut have you ever looked into the Mirage Fetchlands? Specifically Mountain Valley and Grasslands are relevant to this deck. Also, there are some dual lands that fit within your budget - the Battle Lands cycle from Zendikar. From that cycle, consider Cinder Glade and Canopy Vista.

I think that's it for now, but your deck definitely could use a few upgrades to be more consistent.

May 19, 2020 10:19 a.m.

beets, i've been eyeing a number of cards from the Godzilla/Ikoria series but i'm having a difficult time finding a Dino that fits more than just generic "Dinosaur Tribal". I want dinos that either fit the Enrage subtheme or help enable an infinite combo like the Commander herself. Titanoth Rex is cool, but is geared more toward the psuedo-voltron theme of Mutate. I wanted to find a way to make Zilortha, Strength Incarnate work but it would have little impact on my deck - my creatures are THICC front and back. So, maybe there's something i'm missing? I wouldn't doubt it. But given what i'm looking for in a Dinosaur from ikoria is there anything that comes to mind?

May 19, 2020 9:59 a.m.

A strictly digital deck? What platform do you play it on? Is there some sort of currency you have to pay to get each card or is it just...choose whatever? Well, since cards aren't hard to acquire that makes things awesome. We can go nuts with cards. So what is your vision for this deck? Strictly Sliver Tribal? How do you want to win? What i'm eluding to is that you need a proper deck description - nobody here is going to know what's going on in your head. A good start to a description would be the "turn 0 talk". Basically you telling everyone at the table what the deck is so there are no nasty surprises during a game. People know what they're getting themselves into:

  1. Go into detail about the themes of your deck, yes it's Slivers but what else? Is it Aggro? Combo? Midrange?
  2. What are some cards that may be considered controversial? Do you have any cards that are salt inducing? Would players be okay with that?
  3. Between which turns can your deck threaten to win? 5-8? Some videos I use to help me better understand the deck i'm building are The Command Zone Podcast's How to Power-up your Decks and How to determine your deck's power level. Both videos made a big impact on how I view Commander in general, and I always recommend to players who are trying to deepen their understanding of the politics of power in Commander.

Additionally, if you want to go deeper then you can consider Epochalyptik's Do you want to write a Primer?. It influenced me to make Primers that are super detailed - going into the thought processes and motivations behind building each of my decks.

May 18, 2020 8:25 p.m.

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#20

AscendedLandfalls, in regards to Vampiric Tutor - do you think it's a good idea to swamp it in for Inexorable Tide? It is a very pricey card CMC wise...but it does help me close a game if there are poison counters on my opponents. I feel at odds about it. What're your thoughts?

May 18, 2020 3:08 p.m.
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