Philoctetes Deckling

Longtime player (~20 years), short time user of TappedOut. I only play EDH and Limited Formats, but I follow all formats.

EDH is by far my favorite format, in a casual way. My playgroup does not like infinite combos, we play with a house rule of no more than 5 cycles of a demonstrated loop per turn. This changes up my deck-building priorities and in my opinion opens up a lot of interesting interactions that wouldn't be worth it in a world of 5 turn games.

I have 12 total EDH decks, which I am slowly uploading. I want to do a good job with each, explaining card choices in detail and putting some thought into the aesthetics of the page.

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Hey there! Thanks for posting and the suggestion! I address Sylvan Awakening one post above yours. Currently, if I decide to add one more Natural Affinity effect then awakening is it, but I feel comfortable with 2 for now, as the effect is pretty all in and requires some table maneuvering first.


So glad to hear it! I feel that if you enjoy challenging lines of play and unique interactions you will very much enjoy this style of playing Sek.


That’s incredible! I hadn’t seen the announcement but that is so perfect! Here’s hoping for some awesome cards to go in the list! I will say I’m gonna be a bit bummed if the commander they print is just miles better then Sek, but I will adapt if I have to!

July 13, 2018 9:34 a.m.

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Hey @Polybius!

Thanks so much for the kind words and following! I’m so happy you’ve found inspiration in my list!

I’ll take our card questions one by one: Obliterate I love this effect, and ran a similar card in Jokulhaups for quite some time. Obliterate is likely better as it can’t be interacted with. I removed but I will likely cycle it back in at some point, so long as we have the Sek Dad in play we are likely to get enough value to win in a few turns.

Jolrael, Empress of Beasts another card I ran for quite some time. This is something of a pet card for me, as I really started playing in the Mercadian Masques block. I think she is a good version of the Natural Affinity effect, but she is a little slow and clunky. She does have other uses like deterring wrath’s for fear of wiping an opponents board. I ultimately cut her because I feel like my deck has room for only 2-3 of the effect and I prefer the versatility of Life and the surprise factor and universality of OG Natural Affinity

Sylvan Awakening this one I’ve struggled with. I would love to find a spot for it because it seems actually reasonable to cast even with no synergies in play to alpha strike or just hold up blockers for a critical turn. It also had mad synergy with Omnath, Locus of Rage. But as stated above, I feel like since my deck is less all in combo centric I have limited room for the narrow Natural Affinity effects. But I do think I can cap at 3 and currently run 2, so.... might find it’s way in!

World Shaper has been really great as a second copy of Splendid Reclamation. Every time I cast either card I feel like I’ve gotten away with something nasty. It’s definitely not as good as reclamation, the setup cost is higher, but both are worth running imo.

Let me know how your deck transformation goes, I’m excited to hear how you’ve struck a middle ground!

July 12, 2018 11:59 a.m.

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Hey! No problem double posting, if anything it helps break up the ideas :)

I think that your Adun Oakenshield idea is phenomenal! I have a few commanders that I play interchangeably in other decks, and while it may require a small changeover that could be a very cool line for the deck. Adun in particular seems awesome, any Legends commander gets my approval.

In general, I feel that Jund lands and even EDH lands in general needs to continue to be explored - it is a fun, powerful, and very unique take on the format.

Also, good luck on your games this weekend! I’m looking forward to hearing about it, those additions are all excellent choices.

July 9, 2018 9:50 p.m.

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Primer has been updated with a new layout and updated card selections! I have sub-divided my card selections into Core, Flex, and Old Inclusions to help readability - no more long walls of text! (or at least not as long...)

@TheMightyHoju pop those bad boys in there then, by all means! I believe that Library of Alexandria and Mox Diamond are two very near to the top for inclusion, you can check out my new Wishlist section for cards I would definitely add if I owned them. as for the cuts, well.... That's the challenge I think! One word of advice though - don't cut any lands. If anything, the deck wants to run 50% or greater lands, it feels light right now.

Let me know how the games go!!!

July 5, 2018 4:20 p.m.

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That’s great to hear! I can’t wait to get your feedback, I’ve been running this solo for quite some time now, it will be great to have a sounding board.


Thanks for following this deck! In regards to your question, you most certainly can run a more budget land base. Notably, Gaea's Cradle is obviously great but really more of a vanity inclusion. Also, the colored sources can be downgraded at the expense of some speed and consistency. Dark Depths really does add a ton to the deck, but I played for a long time without it. Strip Mine effects are very essential, but Tectonic Edge does a reasonable impression. I think Kessig Wolf Run is a must as well. And other than that, a lot of the interaction out of the lands slot are cheap cards like Ifnir Deadlands.


I have begun the makeover of my primer, I will be fully updating the layout, reorganizing card choice sections, making it more user friendly, and adding a few detailed sections on core cards vs flex slots. I will also add vanity cards that I currently don’t own but would fit in the fully tuned list, ie Mox Diamond, Library of Alexandria, etc etc.

July 4, 2018 1:39 p.m.

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Thanks so much for the comment! I definitely need to revamp the primer, and knowing that you and others are looking at it and not getting full value anymore is the kick in the pants I need!

July 3, 2018 9:29 a.m.


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Finished Decks 7
Prototype Decks 3
Drafts 0
Playing since Ice Age
Points 150
Avg. deck rating 22.00
T/O Rank 859
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Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Limited
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MTGO Username Philoctetes