NickyBolas Deckling

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Said on A Bicycle Built ......


What are your thoughts on Drake Haven?

And how about Frantic Search as a pseudo-cycler to move non-cycling cards out of your hand and recoup its mana investment?

February 21, 2018 12:55 p.m.

Said on Pirate's life...


Pirates looks to have two possible builds: Treasure-Combo or a more aggressive combat-centric deck. I'd be inclined to focus on one over the other. Right now it's a little split between the two which is giving it that "Jack-of-all, Master-of-None" feel.

Treasure Combo

Focusing on the Revel in Riches win condition, you can utilize the creation and sacrifice of artifacts as the main mechanic of your deck.


Focusing more on leveraging Admiral Beckett Brass's abilities we could go with more of an aggressive build. Since the pirate tribe is on the weaker side combat-wise, you're going to want combat buffs and lots of evasion.

  • Urabrask the Hidden is great at getting in some quick damage and makes it difficult for your opponents to mount a defense. Doesn't synergize perfectly with Raid since they don't like haste, but it's worthwhile to keep everyone's shields down.
  • Siren Stormtamer is an evasive early-game creature that allows you to trigger early game raid, counts for Admiral's ability and can save her from removal.
  • Taurean Mauler counts as a pirate and can get HUGE.
  • Dire Fleet Ravager is good start on reducing life totals. You're going to have more creatures than your opponents, and they're going to need to deal with his menace body, which means you're less at risk from losing life to his ability.
  • Dire Fleet Poisoner might as well give one of your guys unblockable, as people will rarely want to trade down with a Pirate.
  • Coastal Piracy is on flavor but Bident of Thassa is an upgrade.
  • Kari Zev, Skyship Raider has menace and first strike. She may require some equipment to abuse her first-strike ability. But the menace will allow you to get damage through consistently.
  • Vanquisher's Banner gives your team a mild boost coupled with some card draw.
  • Similarly Herald's Horn can draw you extra pirates and makes them cheaper.
  • It works great with Heirloom Blade, a card that gives you a pirate back when your pirate dies! Also +3/+1 for 1 to equip is pretty dang good for an aggro deck.
  • Kindred Discovery is an insane draw-engine especially in a deck that likes to attack.
  • Archetype of Imagination is a possible candidate for making your team unblockable.

Good In both Builds

  • Deadeye Tracker is great at dealing with cards in graveyards, something that every EDH deck should have to combat those powerful reanimator, dredge, and combo decks out there. Additionally, this guy can grow or draw cards doing so... which is all upside.
  • Deadeye Navigator can allow you to trigger Raid or create treasures repeatedly for a mere 1U. He scales in effectiveness with however many Raid and ETB effect guys you end up with. Similarly Conjurer's Closet and Panharmonicon can lean you towards a more ETB-centric build using Raid to pad out your other options.

Determining what to cut would involve going "All-in" on one of the mechanics, and effectively removing the other.

February 13, 2018 6:20 p.m.


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