Optimator Pharaoh of Atlantis

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

I played back in grade and middle school (I'm 30 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.

Highest T/O Ranking: 8

Highest TappedOut.net Helper Ranking: 1

Not sure how it happened but I'll take it!

My Current projects are as follows:

Primary decks:

Boggart Avalanche ("Complete", always upgrading)

The Braided Siren's Song (Show n' Tell Theft) ("Complete", needs a lot more polish and more mana-ramp. Works as intended. Feels underpowered at the moment, mostly due to mana, tempo, and protection issues which can only be readily fixed with money. When it works it's quite dominant.)

Magitek Machinations (Feldon Reanimator) ("Complete", Works brilliantly for a mono-red EDH deck and there's tons of room for upgrades. I feel like I'm surprisingly close to the ceiling on this deck. Very excited about this one! Tons of fun to play. My new favorite?)

Khanate of the Golden Headbutt (Artifact Voltron) ("Complete". A little one-dimensional but what a dimension it is!)

Pharaoh of Atlantis (Budget Brago ETB Abuse) (Just built 12/27/16! Haven't tested it much)

Roses of May (Marchesa Budget Reanimator) (Just built 12/28/16!)

Next to build: Rooftop Experiments (Zombie Tribal), Ankle-Shanking ? (Warrior Tribal) and/or Saskia's Ankle-Shankers (Warrior Tribal), Fochlucan Lyrist -- (Budget Yisan), Token Concern For Safety ? (Burn & Tokens), Banter and Repartee ? (Wizard Tribal), and deck:aureate-depravity. Losing interest in Tazri's Allied Goon Squad ? (Ally Tribal) and Tall Mizzix'd Cocktail With A Sidecar but they're 1/3 built.

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I wish they had banned Sensei's Divining Top in EDH too.

April 26, 2017 11:05 p.m.

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Thanks for the upvote!

April 26, 2017 4:55 p.m.

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Awesome!! I might have to reference this soon. I'm looking to build a Wort deck with a tight budget and this looks great.

April 25, 2017 6:34 p.m.

Ah yes. Board wipes and Zurgo go hand in hand. That makes perfect sense that double strike would be worth more. I run fewer wipes than the average Zurgo deck because I have so many hatebears and the like. I'm running more now than I used to though so perhaps it's time to sub my Fireshrieker and Grappling Hook back in.

April 25, 2017 6:32 p.m.

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Thanks for the input.

Sram would indeed be a great inclusion. Definitely seriously considered!

Conqueror's Flail came out well after I built this deck and I haven't been updating it too much. My normal playgroup is very casual and low-powered so its utility is slightly lost. Still a great card but I'm always conservative with upgrading my decks with $2+ cards. It's on the shortlist though!

Chandra's Ignition is a card I own and keep in the box with the rest of the deck. This deck used to be a Warrior tribal with Zurgo as back-up but it has slowly morphed into more of a Zurgo-centric deck with hatebear backup. It's always a good idea to pack a lot of board wipes--especially with Zurgo--but I am always loath to destroy my utility creatures. As the deck slides closer and closer to pure voltron Chandra's Ignition becomes more attractive. The opponent damage is pretty sick. It's been considered.

Fireshrieker is 'aight. It was in since the very beginning and only recently taken out. The price is right and the effect is strong (and obviously so. It's a staple so no need to be pedantic :) this ain't my first rodeo) but I have found through rigorous playtesting and real-world experience that trample and evasion are more reliable enablers than double strike.

April 25, 2017 3:18 p.m.

Looks great! In my experience with my Zurgo deck Khanate of the Golden Headbutt (Artifact Voltron) I've found sources of trample/evasion outweigh double strike. Both are awesome and you have a good amount of both though.

April 25, 2017 3:02 p.m.

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Honor-Worn Shaku works brilliantly for Macar

April 20, 2017 7:24 p.m.

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Do you actually play/own this deck or is it theoretical?

Seems like with such an expensive commander you'd want some protection. You appear to have decent mana-ramp so I suppose recasting a few times isn't the end of the world. Still though, it appears you only have five or six reanimation cards other than her so I'm wondering how heavily she plays into the overall strategy. Value is value, right?

Looks like you have a stellar goodstuffs list going with strong control elements (which I love), but perhaps calling it "reanimation 101" is a bit off. You have a few tutors but no Buried Alive or Entomb--just Corpse Connoisseur. I'm not saying you're doing it wrong--I'm just curious if you feel the deck is cohesive and on-theme. Certainly looks functional. How are you on card-draw? Looks a little light, though you do have the A-#1 draw staple in black.

April 17, 2017 2:55 p.m.

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Thank you for folder-ing my beloved deck Sith Mind-Tricks!! I'm stoked you found it inspiring. Do you think you could do me a small favor and up-vote it too? I'd appreciate it a ton and it helps out a lot. Thanks!

April 16, 2017 8:34 p.m.

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Thank you for the upvote!!

April 16, 2017 6:13 a.m.

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Thanks again!

April 12, 2017 4:27 p.m.

Indeed it is. I have two now... found one for $0.05 in the common bin :]

April 12, 2017 12:42 a.m.

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I am making a deck quite similar to this. Very cool.

April 11, 2017 12:29 p.m.

Needs more lands. Ugh! Feels so gross swapping out a card for a land.

April 11, 2017 12:15 p.m.

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Thank you for the upvote!!

April 9, 2017 2:09 p.m.

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Perhaps a High Market in case there's a nasty Aura on doggo and you have no removal?

April 8, 2017 11:27 p.m.

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I think Tajic is a fine commander for what you're going for. He often has the magic 7 power, has a low CMC so he comes out quick and is easy to recast (boros doesn't ramp well), and his indestructibility is just straight-up convenient.

His power ceiling may be lower but his floor is higher. In real games that certainly counts for something. The only time you want a 6- or 7-CMC commander is when the deck is nearly or completely unreliant on the commander and they're just icing on the cake. 7-CMC is just so high. Guaranteeing a Gisela or Aurelia can be nice though.

April 7, 2017 2:47 p.m.

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Thanks for the upvote!!

April 7, 2017 11:34 a.m.

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I can tell you from personal experience that Feldon decks have some extreme power and he may very well be one of the best mono-red commanders. Trying to think of the other best ones--Purphoros and Krenko, I'd say. The new Grenzo seems slept on and has lots of potential.

The only thing holding him back is the nature of mono-red being the worst mono- color for EDH. Not much utility to be had in mono-red. Red doesn't ramp well or draw well, but it just so happens that the way red does those things synergizes perfectly with Feldon!

That said, it makes stomping face with Feldon all the sweeter. It's fun to do something that feels very black with a red deck. I fully endorse Feldon. Check out my Fekdon deck Magitek Machinations (Feldon Reanimator) if you'd like!

April 7, 2017 6:10 a.m.


Boggart Avalanche

Commander / EDH Optimator


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

Commander / EDH Optimator


Khanate of the Golden Headbutt (Artifact Voltron)

Commander / EDH Optimator


Rooftop Experiments (Zombie Tribal)

Commander / EDH* Optimator


Roses of May (Marchesa Budget Reanimator)

Commander / EDH Optimator


Magitek Machinations (Feldon Reanimator)

Commander / EDH Optimator


Pharaoh of Atlantis (Budget Brago ETB Abuse)

Commander / EDH Optimator


Fochlucan Lyrist -- (Budget Yisan)

Commander / EDH Optimator

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Finished Decks 44
Prototype Decks 33
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Playing since Ice Age
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