Rusty_Shackleford Amateur Brewmaster

100-card and eternal format enthusiast. Started off with regular old EDH, but currently more interested in 'competitive' two-player singleton formats like French Commander and Canadian Highlander.

Also a big fan of Pauper, because Pauper.

I try to add new decks regularly, but I'm a bit of a completionist so more often than not I expend my efforts ruminating over the same deck for way too long trying to ensure that my project de jour is asymptotically approaching the 'perfect 99' (or 75, on occasion.)

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That's uhh... quite the name there buddy...

May 23, 2017 10:19 p.m.

Said on The Sparkler...


Such a strange but beautiful PCD. Possibly my favorite of all time. They sure don't make them like these anymore.

May 17, 2017 11:30 p.m.

Said on The Good, the ......


Nice deck, +1. You might want to take a look at my my build of the Kaalia deck for some inspiration. Here are just a few things that I noticed (and they assume a large budget, which obviously may not be the case; use your discretion):

(1) If you want Land Destruction, the obvious additions are--in addition to the things you mentioned-- Ajani Vengeant (which can also tap down/ burn a blocker so Kaalia can get through) and Ravages of War, which is Armageddon except ex$pen$ive. (I don't run it)

(2) Your creature suite: I could see some streamlining. The Akromas are somewhat controversial among Kaalia players. A lot of players think (and I agree) at the end of the day they're just dudes. Big dudes, but just dudes. They don't have anything going on besides large bodies; you can do better. Balefire Dragon would be a good start. It can singlehandedly wipe your opponents' boards. Steel Hellkite can do that too, esp. against tokens. Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon can steal wins, especially when equipped with a sword (more on that in a minute). I personally have some additional utility creatures in my deck like Grand Abolisher and Mother of Runes, as well as some cheaper creatures that can be easily cast if Kaalia gets removed so you're at least doing SOMETHING--Baneslayer Angel, Archfiend of Depravity, Stormbreath Dragon, etc. Some people run the former, but most everyone runs a few of the latter.

(3) Equipment: Would strongly recommend adding Stoneforge Mystic and acquiring Sword of Feast and Famine (combo with Hellkite Charger and Aggravated Assault--which you should also consider adding) and Sword of Light and Shadow (recursion, combo.) The Mystic can also fetch up something as simple as Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots.

(4) Sweepers: Descend Upon the Sinful is cool and on theme, but basically overpriced by 2 mana relative to the effect that you're really using it for--the sweeper effect. This could simply become the much more efficient Day of Judgment (or Toxic Deluge) and you wouldn't notice the missing angle token. I'm not sure you want to be exiling your creature anyway; ideally you'd be peeling fatties out of the graveyard with something like Phyrexian Reclamation (or Volrath's Stronghold, if you can fit it into your budget.) Merciless Eviction can stay because it's very flexible; I don't personally run it, though again I've considered it.

(5) Mana Base: The Karoo lands (i.e. Orzhov Basilica) are cute, but the Shadowmoor/ Eventide filter lands (i.e. Rugged Prairie) are simply better. If you want an essentially no-strings "Sol" land, try Ancient Tomb. I'd also see about throwing in some more fetches; the KTK fetches can still be had relatively cheap. Also, Darksteel Ingot doesn't fit the game plan all that well--ideally you want 4 mana on turn 3, which the Ingot doesn't accomplish. Mind Stone or Talisman of Indulgence are your next best bets. Also look at Expedition Map because it can both fix your mana and tutor for a utility land like Hall of the Bandit Lord.

(6) The rest of the following recommendations are upgrades/things that would supplement what you're already doing and make the deck better overall. Dark Petition has a cool effect, but it still costs 5 mana. Pick up a Vampiric Tutor if you can. Break Through the Ranks could be Sneak Attack. Etc.

Feel free to inquire if you have any more questions.

May 17, 2017 9:15 p.m.

Said on White Power...



May 15, 2017 11:22 p.m.




Endless Red Tape: GAAIV EDH

Commander / EDH Rusty_Shackleford


Angels and Demons and Dragons, Oh My!

Commander / EDH Rusty_Shackleford


Even More Red Tape: GAAIV Duel (French) Commander

Duel Commander Rusty_Shackleford


Hell Mary: Kaalia Duel (French) Commander

Duel Commander Rusty_Shackleford


Finished Decks 5
Prototype Decks 0
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Playing since Exodus
Points 385
Avg. deck rating 17.00
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Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Casual, Duel Commander, Highlander
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