Rusty_Shackleford Amateur Brewmaster

Singleton and eternal format enthusiast. Started off with regular old EDH, but also really into two-player singleton formats like Duel Commander and Highlander.

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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Story/flavor jumped the shark for me when they put Elzdrazi on Innistrad, followed that up with an Egyptian themed block, and then jumped directly to pirates and dinosaurs.

Digging Weatherlight: the Next Generation, but the story as a whole could use a reset.

May 18, 2018 8:38 p.m.

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The same fate as Amonkhet? You mean curling cards and lots of misprints?


May 18, 2018 4:26 p.m.

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Hopefully they kill Jace off.

May 18, 2018 2:44 p.m.

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(1) hope this is the end of the Justice Lea... I mean Gatewatch.

(2) Kind of cheesed that they're skipping out on Dominaria and going back to Ravnica again already. But hope they start doing something new once we're finally done with the Avenge... err I mean Gatewatch.

May 18, 2018 1:04 p.m.

Chancery does not fill 'a few niche situations'; it provides anywhere from a two to four mana advantage over my opponents, in my colors, from under one of my primary lock pieces. Your assessment is further wide of the mark in that--statistically speaking--I'm going to draw it mid-to-late-game FAR more often I'm going to be stuck with it in my opening hand.

May 15, 2018 1:45 a.m.


(1) Azorius Chancery is a nice late-game Sol land that can bounce an otherwise tapped land from under Winter Orb or Rising Waters, after which you can replay the land untapped--and yes, it combos quite nicely with Teferi.

(2) Void Shatter is not strictly better than Spell Crumple; in most cases it's actually worse in this deck. There's already also a copy of Dissipate in the deck, each is in the deck to do different things. Crumple can be easily redrawn and reused multiple times with all the shuffle effects in this deck (ergo not clear what you mean when you say Void Shatter 'does more work.') Void Shatter always costs 3 mana because it's colorless, whereas Crumple often costs 2 because it's blue and takes advantage of Augustin. And yes, you can't pitch Void Shatter to Force of Will.

May 15, 2018 1:03 a.m.

Helm of Awakening is another potential cost reduction spell. Yes, it also benefits your opponents, but they're generally playing a fair game whereas you're arguably not, so it's not really symmetrical in this context.

May 11, 2018 10:35 a.m.

Said on Rhys Only Elves...


I realize it's pretty damn expensive (hopefully it gets the reprint it's due for soon), but this deck flat out needs Doubling Season. It takes your gameplan from "kinda busted" to " ludicrous"

May 7, 2018 9:34 p.m.

Said on Muldrotha Goodstuff...


Have you tried any of the sagas such as The Eldest Reborn? Seems like really good incremental advantage.

Also, how do you plan to get stuff into your graveyard? This deck is seemingly crying out for Hermit Druid, Entomb, Careful Study, Buried Alive, etc.

May 7, 2018 8:11 p.m.

Does anybody know which of the many LGS' in the Cincinnati, Ohio area are the best for organized play? Specifically, a good place to draft (particularly if they do drafts any night other than Friday?)

Any help would be really appreciated because I've been out of the loop for some time.

May 7, 2018 6:39 p.m.

I've heard Herald of Serra and Citanul Centaurs are fixing to spike... essentially because they've run out of Reserve List cards to buy out at this point.

May 7, 2018 4:46 a.m.

I arguably run as many or less basic lands than the typical EDH deck--basically because this is a very color-intensive two-color deck. So, given that there are generally three other opponents sitting at the table, a lot of times the "symmetrical" effect of Back to Basics is going to hurt me more than (at least one of) my opponents. Portcullis is interesting, but seeing as it costs four, doesn't eliminate creatures already on the battlefield, and is basically a giant Oblivion Ring in that if destroyed (and there's plenty of artifact destruction floating around your typical EDH table) everything comes back, I fail to see how it is any better than simply running a sixth "wrath" effect such as Day of Judgment or Rout.

Cards that I have previously considered that do similar things to the two cards that you have proposed and that have been mentioned here before I believe are Pendrell Mists, Mana Web, and Static Orb. If I ever were to take this deck further in the "Stax" direction that would probably be where I'd start.

May 5, 2018 8:42 p.m.

Lyra is a possible include I suppose; it's Baneslayer Angel in most respects and would probably take Baneslayer's place in the 99. It's hard to say whether Lyra's "Lord" ability (only five other angels in the deck; if more than one is on the table I'm probably already winning anyway) is really all that much more relevant than Baneslayer's "Protection" ability (situational, depending on opponent. Demonlord Belzenlok and Jaya's Immolating Inferno are the two Dominaria cards I'm looking at closest.

May 5, 2018 4:48 p.m.

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Reclamation Sage seems like a cheaper (better) Acidic Slime in this deck, since the reanination effect of Muldrotha isn't free; how often are you really going to use the land-destruction mode versus the other two? You could always add Wasteland instead. Let me also recommend fetchlands + Deathrite Shaman.

May 5, 2018 3:30 p.m.

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Muldrotha applies to all types of permanents, not just creatures. I'd say instead of running 33 creatures you put a more diversified mix of permanents into the deck; creatures, enchantments (look into sagas such as The Eldest Reborn, also second Pernicious Deed) and cheaper Planeswalkers with good minus-loyalty effects. Life from the Loam would seemingly be a busted engine card in a deck like this. Ditto Hermit Druid. This deck wants cheap plays that can get cards into the graveyard, such as Careful Study and Entomb.

May 5, 2018 3:23 p.m.


Looks like they are in fact selling them in 100 ct. now.

May 2, 2018 12:51 p.m.

I find the tops of them tend to stretch and warp as well, compromising that double sleeved seal to some extent. Ultra Pro recently came out with some matte sleeves called "Eclipse" that I really like. TCC reviewed them as the current best sleeves on the market, and I tend to agree. Sadly, unlike Dragon Shield, they only come in packs of 80, not ~105.

May 2, 2018 12:26 p.m.

Pretty sure they're the same thickness. They should be able to fit in any standard sized box that can hold 80+ cards.

May 1, 2018 4:06 p.m.




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