Ravenrose Deckling

My deck building style and style of playing the game is a little different to most people's. My opponents either like it a lot or they cannot stand it. I have a tendency to build my decks with a theme around it. My most themed decks are my Christianity, Pagan, Morai, Otherworld, Game of Marchesa and Greek Mythology decks. I am a writer, you see - fiction, poetry, songs and the occasional play scripts. I use my imagination, and that is how I play Magic as well. I am not the kind of player who plays total land destruction or plays infinite combos. I want to win games in a fun manner and in a fair way.

I of course also make tribal decks but I attempt to keep as much lore and backstory in the decks as I can manage. That is how I play Elder Dragon Highlander. The only deck that is not filled with as much lore as I wish is my Dino Rampage deck.

I hope you like looking at my decks and would be willing to give me some tips!

Beebles says... #1

Hello Ravenrose,

You've asked me to have a look at your decks. I went through some of them, and I must say I really like it that you stick to themes to build decks! I also like to stick to themes, but more from a gameplay perspective than a story-one.

The big piece of advice I would have for you though, is to also be mindful of the different ingredients that make up a reliable and consistent EDH deck. You might think that inhibits your creativity to make story or theme-based decks. I may have thought that in the past actually. Now I like to think that any deck, regardless of style or theme, benefits from consistency, because then your deck does what you want it to do more reliably, whatever that might be.

There is a great video from the guys at the command zone on Youtube called "The Commander Deck Building Template" in which they give a nice summary of these different functional ingredients. The most important ones are:

  • On average 37-38 lands
  • About 10 cards that ramp
  • About 10 cards that draw you cards (result should be that you have more cards in hand than before playing the card)
  • About 8-10 "hate" cards that deal with something your opponents play

At first I was reluctant to use these kind of rules of thumb, but after trying it out on a few decks I realized I had a lot more fun playing the game, because I was actually playing the game more often (more often I had cards in my hand and the mana to play those cards, and ways to deal with my opponents. So less often I felt I no longer had a chance in the game).

Nowadays, I always start with these ingredients. The fun part of deck building for me now is to find cards that serve multiple purposes. Cards that have high overlap. For example, running Windfall in my Silumgar, because it draws cards, but also increases my grave steal options. The higher this overlap of functions, the more fitting each card is, and the better I think my deck becomes.

So in addition to building decks around themes and stories that resonate with you, maybe you can look at your decks more from a functional or consistency perspective from time to time as well, and find ways to make your decks more reliable, while not limiting yourself too much for expression in your deck building. For me it actually meant becoming more creative, and I feel it has taken my deck building to a next level.

I hope this story helps a bit!

GL & HF!


June 24, 2018 4:53 p.m.

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Themed decks are my bread and butter, and this deck has my full attention. I am not a Modern player but I will make an exception just to have a chance to get to know this deck. Considering what it is based upon, it is incredibly well thought out. Well done! Not an easy feat at all. I do have one piece of advise, however. Enduring Renewal should be in this deck seeing as you use it as the face of this deck. Because of it, I was intrigued and clicked to have a look. Not only that but it is synergy.

I hope I have helped a little regarding your Maybeboard.

Raven Rose.

July 17, 2018 4:44 a.m.

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Hey. My name is Raven Rose. I am an avid player of Elder Dragon Highlander but not in a competitive manner. As a more competitive deck builder and player, I was wondering if you could take a look at some of my more themed, creatively inspired decks? I have a few tribal ones as well. Thank you kindly for your time.

July 16, 2018 1:48 p.m.

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You and I have a different way of building Her Majesty Queen Marchesa but I love it. I can see that is your pride and joy - there is a lot here that makes this deck good. I only have one suggestion, though: Crawlspace. It will make it even harder for your opponent to obtain the Monarchy through combat damage.

Would you be so kind as to review my Marchesa deck if you have some time? It is called Game of Marchesa. It would be highly appreciated.

Raven Rose.

July 16, 2018 1:34 p.m.

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You wish to have dominance over your opponents right? Why not put in a Telepathy to gauge their every move? Brago, King Eternal needs to be in your main board. But that is just my personal opinion. He is a pain in the patella to get rid of and that is, I believe, what you wish to achieve. Fated Retribution is also a boardwipe to consider. I hope these suggestions help a little!

July 13, 2018 2:14 a.m.

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Not only that but where in the name of Hecate's enchanted dog is your mana base?!!?! Have you found the secret to casting cards without mana base or something?!!? Do me a huge favour and at least play Deathpact Angel when in the event your creature dies, she just comes back again. The same with Firemane Angel. Gods you really have pushed it this time...

July 13, 2018 1:51 a.m.

If this is group hug, Nature's Resurgence could be a card you wish to consider. I like this deck a lot - it is fair and it doesn't look threatening at all. I honestly do not know how to further assist you because you have most of the group hug cards I know. Job well done!

July 11, 2018 7:52 a.m.

I knew I hated demons for a reason ... this deck is disgusting so you are doing something right! XD I think Kindred Dominance would fit well in this deck. Where is Westvale Abbey  Flip? It is a good land and you can get a demon. May I also suggest Tainted Remedy? It is useful against lifegain but also it is synergy. Liliana's pact tainted the remedy she gave to her brother. Demonic Tutor is syngergy too. I hope some of these have helped!

July 11, 2018 7:41 a.m.

Voltron is a very interesting strategy to employ with Chromium. I have wanted to see what people do with him the moment I saw the leak. May I suggest you take Reito Lantern into consideration? Have a closer look at Tunnel Vision and then read Reito Lantern again. It's cloak and dagger but sometimes needs must. Telepathy will ensure you know exactly what your opponents will be up to. Esper Charm is basic Esper goodstuff. How exactly do you deal with boardwipes? Out of curiosity.

Would you be so kind as to give me some advice on one or two of my own decks? I specifically have my newest deck, Morai, and my dragon deck in mind.

July 10, 2018 12:56 p.m.

I took a look at this deck and I have four ideas for this deck: Favorable Winds, Wild Pair, Where Ancients Tread and Quicksilver Amulet. I especially advise Wild Pair because it ensures your dragons come in doubly swift. You have your Ryusei come in with Kokusho at his side. One dragon comes in with a friend.

July 8, 2018 7:22 a.m.

BringerOfStorms Trust me, I know theme building! I am attempting to make a witchcraft deck myself and I am collecting curses for it myself. I would love to play your deck - I am a little disappointed that this kind of deck is not played more often! You are also collecting Wands right? Diviner's Wand for example. Have you thought also of Murder of Crows? ... Maybe a kitty cat as well? I'll have a look for a good cat that fits with the synergy if you want me to.

July 6, 2018 3:46 a.m.

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I have a few suggestions for your dragon deck. I love the Smaug theme and title, by the way. But I have two enchantments in my own Dragon deck that is a win con: Wild Pair plus Where Ancients Tread. I assure you - those cards have upgraded my deck a lot. Quicksilver Amulet and Dragon Arch also cheat dragons in if Wild Pair is not there yet. I also advise Palace Siege. I hope these help! I would love for you to check out my Dracarys deck!

July 4, 2018 2:42 p.m.

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This deck is missing one thing. A good sack outlet. Ashnod's Altar for mana for example. Any sack outlet that makes use of 1/1 creatures. Altar of Dementia could be considered for this deck. It mills people and makes your opponents reconsider removal for they won't be able to exile any creature. Because it mills equal to power, it means you can combo in to a mass mill and empty their decks in one foul sweep instead of being wiped.

I strongly recommend to put Chasm Skulker in as well. This fits completely with your theme of counters and tokens. Other than that, this deck is just Atraxa at her best ... or worst. Depending on whom is asked. I like this deck. A lot and I usually do not like Atraxa. Job well done!

July 4, 2018 2:33 p.m.

I love this deck! Everything from the name down to the theme and synergy is impeccable. It is a little stereotypical but hey, it is creative and well done. May I also suggest Polymorphist's Jest and Snakeform? Psychic Venom is also a good one - in the Medieval Age, witches were believed to be able to poison the mind of their victims and make psychic attacks. Palace Familiar is synergy (owlet's wing). Curse of the Swine is related to Circe, the Ancient Greek Witch of Aiaia, daughter of Helios and Perse (mother of witches). In some myths, she is believed to be the daughter of Hekate, Mother and Goddess of all witches, witchcraft, folk in the road, necromancy, the moon, dogs and divination. This deck is missing a counterspell so why not try Swan Song. My last suggestion is Mystical Tutor. I hope these help!

If you have some time would you look at my Morai, Otherworld, Pagan and Dracarys decks?

July 4, 2018 1:57 p.m.

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All I am going to say is that I am glad that I do not have to face this deck where I play. I have a Marchesa deck (have not put it up yet) but this is ... wow. Nasty does not cover what this is. I have a few ideas that maybe you could use. Crawlspace is a good one. Another - both Odric cards. Either one would be good for this deck. I am also playing the Crown, the Scepter and the Throne of Empire. I also play a few more dragons including Tyrant's Familiar. I hope these have helped.

July 4, 2018 1:37 p.m.

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I am very glad you like it! I agree, the mana base needs work but that will be done in due time. Regarding the elements deemed illegal by Well as far as I know Mu Yanling and the Fox are not illegal in EDH. This website is not very good at updating the list of legal cards. I have had several decks been declared illegal for a week and then the next it is legal due to website update. Please let me know if you wish for me to have a look at your other decks!

July 4, 2018 12:38 p.m.

You have a fair point. Then I'd have to say Temple of the False God. I know removing land sounds risky but looking at your mana base ... you don't need it as much. The last suggestion I have is Scroll Rack. Wild Pair gets your your creatures in for free in some cases so ... Scroll Rack seems lacking in my eyes. I see why you have trouble with deciding!

July 4, 2018 5:26 a.m.

I am bloody glad that I do not play Modern ... I'd scoop the moment I see this deck being played. There simply is not an 'eeeww' loud enough to describe the vile and evil nature of this deck, and I love it. Simply because I know I will never play against it. The only other format I play is Standard and I am making a Control Freak token deck ... but my little project looks like a child compared to this ....

July 4, 2018 4:59 a.m.

I for once don't care that Armageddon is being played - imagining all of these equipments and auras onto this one dog is utterly hilarious XDDDD. I cannot stop laughing ... but then again your opponents will not be laughing with an Aura-blessed dog with three swords .... good gods. Why not add more Umbras to make this picture in my head even funnier? XDDDD

July 4, 2018 4:55 a.m.

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You and I clearly have a different style of deck building! But I like this deck a lot. The only conscern I face is that these are all vulnerable to a Merciless Eviction. ├Łou need at least two counterspells, I feel. I do not think you can rely on the Sen Triplets'ability. Other than that I have no other critique. It looks like a fun artifacts deck. Would you take a look at my Morai deck? The Sen Triplets is its commander.

July 4, 2018 4:52 a.m.

Fair enough! I'm glad you like Wild Pair. It is one of my personal favourites. If I may be so bold, I would say Sneak Attack. I do not think burying a creature is worth it for that one mana. All your creatures are important. Wild Pair is objectively better - you get to immediately put another creature into play when another comes in with same power and toughness AND it stays on the board. No sacrifice needed.

July 4, 2018 4:35 a.m.




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Game of Marchesa

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Finished Decks 9
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