Optimator Pharaoh of Atlantis

Hi! I've somewhat recently gotten back into Magic. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.

I played back in grade and middle school (I'm 31 now) but kinda stopped. A lot of my friends still play so I played off and on with them for the last twenty years or so, using their decks.

I finally said, "I should just make my own decks!" Especially after seeing the oozing flavor of the Theros block and the Innistrad block. Delicious!! I'm in love with Kaladesh. Like, seriously.

Most of my friends play EDH/Commander exclusively and I prefer the format anyway so that's all I really build.

Favorite mono-color: Green and Blue

Favorite color pair: Azorious and Izzet

Favorite color triad: Esper and Grixis

Highest T/O Ranking: 8

Highest TappedOut.net Helper Ranking: 1

Not sure how it happened but I'll take it! Tappedout has grown greatly in popularity over the last year so I'll likely never achieve such heights again. How do you geeks do it? :P

Decks I Own:

Boggart Avalanche -- Black/Red goblins. My first and most expensive deck. Emphasis on anthems, recursion, and black utility cards on a mostly-red goblin aggro chassis. My only deck that runs infinite combos. Could use even more tutors!

The Braided Siren's Song (Show n' Tell Theft) -- A theft-themed deck that has group-hug elements to encourage people to play steal-able win-cons. Results in fun, chaotic games, if not wins...

Magitek Machinations (Feldon Reanimator) -- Cheat out fatties from the graveyard, but in mono-Red! Burn the countryside down to base carbon with a dragon-subtheme and slight land-destruction presence. One of my favorite decks.

Khanate of the Golden Headbutt (Artifact Voltron) -- Equipment-based voltron deck featuring Zurgo Helmsmasher. Lots of board-wipes and equipment synergy. Used to be a Warrior tribal but felt too unfocused. Stomps face now.

Pharaoh of Atlantis (Budget Brago ETB Abuse) -- Your standard Brago blink deck. Sort of a budget deck with some teeth. Kind of oppressive once the pin starts--not my favorite to play these days but a strong deck regardless.

Roses of May (Marchesa Budget Reanimator) -- A ragtag group of critters and minions that serve their master loyally and repeatedly. Small ETB focus but mostly aggro with value/recursion.

Fochlucan Lyrist -- (Budget Yisan) -- One of my spikiest decks, this Yisan, the Wanderer Bard deck has an elf subtheme. I can't stop singing!

Tall Mizzix'd Cocktail With A Sidecar -- Instants, sorceries, and lots of burn at a discount--both mana-wise with Mizzix of the Izmagnus and dollar-wise. Not a storm or combo deck. Who says burn doesn't work in EDH?

Coral Capers -- (Budget Seamonsters) -- Seamonster tribal! Big ramp into mono-blue aggro. Simple and clean and tons of fun. One of my favorite decks.

Indomitable Stomps -- (Bulk-Rare Rhonas Voltron) -- Mono-Green stompy with a minor voltron subtheme. Made mostly from my collection of bulk rares but surprisingly potent!

Sith Mind-Tricks -- (Esper Control +Theft) -- If I feel like being an asshole or if someone's deck outclasses/out-horsepowers most of mine I play this doozy of a deck. Hate is the name of the game--not stax or group-slug per se but lots of hatebears and shut-down cards like Rest in Peace. Idea is to steal a wincon or keep the board so clear I win through attrition. Most wins come from frustrated scoops.

Zadonkadonk -- ($60 Budget Zada Aggro) -- I had a ton of leftover goblins from building my main goblin deck so I threw together a Zada deck for a song. Wins out of nowhere with surprising frequency, considering the deck's price.

NEWEST DECK: Thundergod's Vigor -- (Budget Giant Tribal) -- 2/3 giant tribal, 1/3 voltron deck. I loves me some Amazons so why not buuild the queen of the giants? The deck started off as a very budget build but I had lots of great cards in my collection to add. The deck kicks in dicks extremely hard and fast for its budget.

Decks in the works that I have physically begun building:

Tazri's Allied Goon Squad ? (Ally Tribal) -- Budget Ally tribal. Commander owned, deck ~50% built. Most of the Allies I'd want I have. Looks fun but I hear the power ceiling is surprisingly low without some major support cards. We'll see, I guess.

Rooftop Experiments (Zombie Tribal) -- Dimir Zombie Tribal. A deck I've wanted to make for a while now. I have the commander and enough to fill the 99 but it would be somewhat unpolished as I don't own many of the top-tier zombie cards. Was going to go budget with the initial build since all the best blue zombies were cheap... but then Hour Of Devastation came out and the Scarab God threw a financial monkey-wrench into the idea. Not only that, but he's strictly better than Gisa and Geralf as a commander. Booo! Perhaps I'll make the switch... damn that scarab for being Standard-playable!! $20? woof.

The Price of Fast Living ? (King Macar Vehicles) -- Mono-Black artifacts-matter and vehicles with King Macar, the Gold-Cursed. I could definitely build the deck today but due to the deck's gimmicky-ness and low power-ceiling I kind of want to handcraft the 99 instead of use my bulk-rare collection. I still have a lot of what I want and need though. Some of the new Pirate and Treasure cards from Ixalan look like tons of fun and potentially synergistic to boot--Revel in Riches anyone? GET IN MACAR!!

Banter and Repartee ? (Wizard Tribal) -- Bant Wizard tribal. I Have a Tamiyo, Field Researcher that needs a home so I thought Derevi, Empyreal Tactician would make a fun Wizard-tribal commander. The goal was to focus on unblockable and flying-men-type Wizards to make use of Derevi's ability then use/abuse tap-abilities (like Arcanis the Omnipotent, Beguiler of Wills, and Intrepid Hero). Avoiding stax and locks--would play more like a Edric, Spymaster of Trest/flying men deck to make use of things like Coastal Piracy and Bident of Thassa. Less inspired to make the deck after the Commander 2017 Wizard deck came out :/

Nürburgring Nordschleife ? (Dwarf+Vehicle Tribal) -- Dwarf tribal with lots of vehicles. I have most of what I might want to put in, including the commander, but the good vehicles might go in my Macar deck. Haven't really revisited this deck in a while (and it might not even have all the Aether Revolt cards I want) but I have enough to build it so it's here. I hope when the new Dominaria set comes out we get some sick dwarves!

Token Concern For Safety ? (Burn & Tokens) -- Spellslinging and tokens with Wort, the Raidmother . One of the last female Goblin legends to make a deck out of. Lots of directions to go so it's hard to finalize a deck. Pretty sure I'd be happy with what I have on here. Seems a little redundant with my Mizzix of the Izmagnus deck but I bet they'll feel different enough.

Turbulent Juice ? -- Group slug with Vial Smasher the Fierce. Vial-Smasher is, lore-wise, the same goblin as Ankle Shanker and is female (check the braids!). Ankle Shanker is one of my pet cards and I'm trying to make decks out of all the legendary female goblins so we gotta try this one! Mogis, God of Slaughter seems strictly better in multiplayer but my brother made a demon tribal with Mogis. I have lots of red and black group-slug cards so the deck shouldn't be too hard to make. Problems are that many of the best cards are kinda pricey and Vial-Smasher tends to want a high average CMC. Vials-away!! Eat it!

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Said on McFerrin...


Thanks for the upvotes!! You rock

September 18, 2017 1:03 p.m.

Said on MonoBlackCoffee...


I dig your budget builds!

September 15, 2017 4:37 a.m.

Undead Alchemist is a trap unless the deck is entirely mill-based. Which I guess this is?

September 14, 2017 7:49 p.m.

Said on Kithkin_Planswalker...


Thanks for the upvote!

September 14, 2017 1:49 a.m.

Said on Throw your children...


My roommate has a Brion deck and ran Reya for a long time but recently took it out. Even with plenty of ramp in the deck he hardly ever got it out.

September 8, 2017 12:55 a.m.

Said on Ghostshaman33...


Thanks a ton!! You kick ass.

September 7, 2017 8:19 p.m.

Said on Ghostshaman33...


I'm thrilled you enjoy my decks enough to folder several of them!! Can you do me a solid and upvite them ad well if you like them so? It helps out a ton and I'd appreciate it greatly.

September 4, 2017 10:33 p.m.


Boggart Avalanche

Commander / EDH Optimator


The Braided Siren's Song (Show n' Tell Theft)

Commander / EDH Optimator


Sith Mind-Tricks -- (Esper Control +Theft)

Commander / EDH Optimator


Roses of May -- (Marchesa Budget Reanimator)

Commander / EDH Optimator


Magitek Machinations (Feldon Reanimator)

Commander / EDH Optimator


Titan's Revenge -- (Giant Tribal/Voltron)

Commander / EDH Optimator


Fochlucan Lyrist

Commander / EDH Optimator


Coral Capers -- (Budget Seamonsters)

Commander / EDH Optimator


Finished Decks 51
Prototype Decks 37
Drafts 0
Playing since Ice Age
Points 670
Avg. deck rating 9.22
T/O Rank 292
Helper Rank 165
Favorite formats Commander / EDH
Good Card Suggestions 597
Venues Game Grid, Oasis games, home
Last activity 2 days
Joined 1 year