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!! $30? 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 Quicksilver...


Thanks for the upvote!

November 19, 2017 4:03 p.m.

Said on Hoagies & Grinders...


There's pretty much just the one way to build Zada :D

It's nice because the vast majority of the deck is cheap. The only thing you could add that isn't budget are things like big-time staples that fit every deck (Wheel of Fortune, Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Caged Sun, etc.)

Check out my Zada deck Zadonkadonk -- ($60 Budget Zada Aggro) if you feel so inclined. It looks a lot like all the rest but I must say it's quite savage for its budget!

November 17, 2017 10:16 p.m.

All things I know, thank you--other than Leave / Chance. Good idea!

So far card-draw is not so bad. Having a high average CMC due to the (intentionally underpowered) theme helps slightly! Wheel of Fortune has skyrocketed in the last few months so I think the one I have will be the last :/ Wheel of Fate, while not expensive expensive is still more than I'd like to spend on a single card for one of my tertiary and intentionally-budgeted decks.

My FLGS is usually cleaned out of Return to Dusts and I have several Dust to Dusts so it's that and the budget concerns keeping it out. I'm well aware it's better! Many of my other decks have it. Perhaps with it's reprint in Commander 2017 there are more... I should stock up!

November 17, 2017 7:42 p.m.

Said on Ocelot44...


Thanks a tom for the up-vote! I love my Kalemne deck. She kicks in dicks all daaay

November 17, 2017 1:35 p.m.

I would be leery of running Howling Mine. Remember, you aren't giving away a card for a card, you're giving away three. Without some sort of effect that really capitalizes on extra card draw, like Nekusar, the Mindrazer, Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind, Psychosis Crawler, The Locust God, or a mill strategy, it's typically a terrible idea to give your opponents extra cards. It can be good in an artifact deck with ways to tap it though. I'd replace it with Outpost Siege or one of the equipment that draws cards. Honestly, you're doing pretty well on card-draw anyway and could replace it with a land or a ramp effect. I only mentioned it to show that they were out there and applicable to Boros colors. At least with Temple Bell you can be political as well as control whether or not people draw. Kind of on-theme too.

I think your creature count is slightly low for an aggro deck, but with Iroas protecting them and a heavy Equipment them it's likely fine! You'll probably have to find out in playtesting.

I feel like you don't have enough ramp to only be running 33 lands, though your deck's average CMC is relatively low. Playtesting it will be the final judge but it may be a bit of a gamble. It depends if your group does Partial Paris mulliganing. Makes it easier to gamble with a low land count.

Random suggestions/musings:

Taurean Mauler is a Samurai! So is Mirror Entity. Both very good in Commander but I'd understand if you want to keep the deck's creatures more "pure". Flavor matters, after all. Masako the Humorless gives pseudo-vigilance but Always Watching and Brave the Sands are kick-ass cards and already in your deck. Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker is extremely good but not budget at all.

Call to Glory is quite flavorful but not super-awesome. Tenza, Godo's Maul is a fantastic piece of equipment (Kamigawa too). Cathars' Crusade is very good for a deck like this but not a cheap cheap card. Same with True Conviction. Your budget seems to allow for a decent amount of $2 cards though so I'd consider them. Legion's Initiative is decent and can save your board from a Wrath of God. Spear of Heliod might be okay. Traditionally Samurai more commonly used spears and bows on the actual battlefield.

Konda's Banner can be an excellent card and is very flavorful but it doesn't actually work that well in this deck, in my opinion. Iroas isn't always a creature and he'll only ever give creatures +1/+1, being a God and not a Samurai. You have a decent number of Legends though, and FWIW all are human so even Godo can use it well. It's always better to have it on your commander since you can reliably play him. Half your creatures would get +2/+2 and the rest +1/+1 from one of the other Legends. Not bad, but you could do an anthem effect like Dictate of Heliod that is more reliable and harder to remove. The mana cost of the banner is pretty great though. Maybe Kongming, "Sleeping Dragon"? Not amazing, but flavorful. Glorious Anthem is nice. Always Watching is an anthem too so that's great.

You could drop one to three of your Arrest effects for other utility cards or increased land/ramp. I love effects like that and I love shutting stuff down but you have an above-average amount. Perhaps change one of them to an Oblivion Ring for slightly more versatility. The nice thing about the Arrest-like cards is they don't send commanders to the Command Zone.

November 17, 2017 2:51 a.m.

Your decklist is looking great!

November 17, 2017 1:38 a.m.

Said on Ghostshaman33...


Thanks for the up-vote! Glad you like my deck

November 15, 2017 12:46 a.m.

With a heavy Equipment theme you aren't going to have much room for utility. A such, all non-card-draw utility cards should probably be removal. I would include at least two board wipes (more is often better, depends on your meta). Blasphemous Act and maybe Rout are good budget options. Vandalblast is sick. I'm super big on enchantment removal so Return to Dust is S-tier outstanding. Not super budget but not expensive either. I like Ray of Distortion a lot. It's very mana-intensive but the fact that you can do it twice is awesome in EDH. Dust to Dust will be handy. Lots of artifacts in EDH. I kind of like Revoke Existence since artifact recursion is common.

Chained to the Rocks, Oblivion Ring, and Banishing Light are versatile on a budget--as are the other cards with similar effects.

White is really good at shutting down commanders with things like Darksteel Mutation, Prison Term, Arrest, Pacifism, Faith's Fetters, etc.

There is also Crib Swap, Swords to Plowshares, and Path to Exile--budget willing. Chaos Warp is good in EDH. Very versatile.

There is lots of random utility to find out there. Reconnaissance and Dolmen Gate are usually great for aggro decks but your commander makes it far less necessary. Perhaps Brave the Sands and Always Watching . Fervor and Hammer of Purphoros are sick too. Ogre Battledriver is nice but not a samurai.

Boros Charm, Make a Stand, and Rootborn Defenses can save your board state.

Really, at this point the sky's the limit. You could do random stuff like Throne of the God-Pharaoh or Gift of Immortality.

Forgot to mention Mask of Memory when discussing card draw and equipment. Slate of Ancestry would be good in your deck.

November 14, 2017 4:55 p.m.

Card-draw is vital in EDH and nearly impossible in Boros colors. Reforge the Soul is one of the best red card-draw spells that isn't Wheel of Fortune. I like Outpost Siege a lot. Cathartic Reunion, Tormenting Voice, Faithless Looting, and Wild Guess are decent. Better with graveyard recursion or extra draw Alhammarret's Archive) but that's Red for ya.

Pursuit of Knowledge isn't too good. Neither is Armistice. I can't think of or find any others but trust me, White is barren for card draw.

Mind's Eye is one of the best colorless options but it's expensive. Staff of Nin isn't too bad. I love Farsight Mask. Perhaps Infiltration Lens and Rogue's Gloves? Most of the rest help you opponents, like Howling Mine, Temple Bell, Font of Mythos, etc.

November 14, 2017 4:15 p.m.

I would also run Sol Ring, Boros Signet, Fire Diamond, Marble Diamond, Mind Stone, Wayfarer's Bauble, Coldsteel Heart, and Worn Powerstone. 4-8 ramp cards is basically mandatory. It's a shame, because it takes away from deck character and adds to deck homogeneity but that's the format. If you include extra ramp you can save card slots by dropping a few lands. 38 is considered the sweet-spot for lands but I like 36. Elf decks can go as low as 30 lands so play it by ear.

Wanderer's Twig, Armillary Sphere, and Hedron Archive are nice. Knight of the White Orchid is nice but a total flavor-fail. Temple of the False God is good but you kind of have to treat it more like a ramp card than a land card.

Commander's Sphere and Darksteel Ingot are decent even in two-color decks because of their utility.

Sword of the Animist would be somewhat flavorful while ramping.

Pearl Medallion might be worth it since your deck is mostly white. Same with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx but it's pricey.

November 14, 2017 3:56 p.m.

Said on MTG list of ......


Should there be a special section for things that add lands to hand but don't strictly ramp? Like Armillary Sphere, Wanderer's Twig?

November 14, 2017 3:56 p.m.

As for non-basics on a budget, you have Command Tower, Path of Ancestry, Unclaimed Territory, Boros Garrison, Temple of Triumph, Battlefield Forge, Needle Spires. Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse are solid.

Inspiring Vantage and Clifftop Retreat aren't hyper-expensive but for a budget deck you could just run regular tap dual lands (Stone Quarry, Wind-Scarred Crag, etc.) and be competitive enough. Depends on your playgroup.

Slayers' Stronghold and Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion are generally worth running an an aggro deck in Boros colors.

November 14, 2017 3:32 p.m.

I would imagine a vast majority of groups would house-rule that you could use both. They aren't exactly powerhouses.

November 14, 2017 3:23 p.m.

Said on Feredjas...


Thank you for the up-vote!

November 13, 2017 2:21 a.m.

That's a pretty spiffy idea!

November 10, 2017 6:05 p.m.

Said on shrapnel_...


Thanks a ton for the up-vote and suggestion!

November 10, 2017 6:04 p.m.

I know of it's power; my friend's zombie deck has one and it's savage. It's just a budget thing that it's not in.

November 10, 2017 6:03 p.m.

Said on Fu-Dog007...


Thanks for the up-vote!

November 9, 2017 4:55 a.m.

Hella land upgrade! It's never a fun and sexy upgrade but as we all know it's one of the most impactful

November 8, 2017 1:08 a.m.

Ferk, Ancient Ziggurat just spiked.

November 6, 2017 6:45 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 -- (Yisan Elves)

Commander / EDH Optimator


Coral Capers -- (Budget Seamonsters)

Commander / EDH Optimator


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