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I started playing the Magic-2014 app back in Fall 2013 and started playing with physical cards the start of 2014. One of my first favorite cards to play with was Debt to the Deathless for many reasons, one of them being the only trump card I had at beating the kid at my school whom had built a competitive standard legal late-game esper deck.

Right now my favorite card is Moltensteel Dragon

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Also you seem pretty well set on the artifact theme. I could see you easily running Dispatch without much issue. You could also run Underhanded Designs since hilariously it works as a win condition with Auriok Salvagers + Lion's Eye Diamond as well as working as uncounterable removal. Same goes with Blind Obedience but I bet you knew that since you're already running it.

March 27, 2017 3:14 p.m.

Considering your deck's average converted mana cost is 2.48 and the highest CMC card you run is 5, this deck could get insane value for running Ad Nauseam.

Your deck would probably have no problem running Dark Confidant as well for the same reasons.

March 27, 2017 2:45 p.m.

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If you need more cards to help out mana fixing I'd recommend Terramorphic Expanse and Ash Barrens especially since they help out with Emeria Shepherd.

Abolish is another fun card since you can discard an unneeded Plains to cast it for no mana to surprise your opponents. Seal of Cleansing and Aura of Silence are more helpful cards in that you can cast it early and sacrifice it at any time without needing to spend mana on it. Seal of Cleansing and Aura of Silence are also recurrable by Sun Titan and Emeria Shepherd.

Regenerate doesn't normally see a lot of play in EDH so you can run Day of Judgment as a second Wrath of God.

Lastly Worldslayer is brutally powerful for this commander. Since your commander can gain indestructible, equipping this to her is practically a game finisher. I'd recommend also running Steelshaper's Gift and Open the Armory to help search for that equipment to help you reach the end game sooner.

And while we're on the subject of indestructible you could also run Jokulhaups, Devastation, and Obliterate to also guarantee yourself victory by cleaning the board of everything buy your commander.

If you're going to destroy everything on board your Avacyn, Angel of Hope can make board-wipe one-sided. Boros Charm also works in giving your stuff indestructible or could give your commander double strike which could help dealing lethal commander damage to someone or you could also select the 4 damage mode to take out a planeswalker.

March 26, 2017 7:11 p.m.

If your deck ran more fetch lands I'd definitely recommend Skeletal Scrying since instant speed draw x spells can be pretty powerful so long as you have enough fodder in your graveyard.

If your deck ran more fetch lands I'd also recommend Crucible of Worlds since having any fetch land in your graveyard guarantees you'll never miss a land drop and they're amazing for stax decks that run effects that can blow up their own lands since it will give you an edge over your opponents.

March 26, 2017 2:36 p.m.

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A pet card is a card you have an unnatural passion for. Normally these cards are those that don't see play anywhere in any format, but you run it sometimes because its either quirky, or snarky, or flashy, or has some personal value to you as a person.

For me, my own pet card is Darklit Gargoyle. It's a white creature with a black ability that works as a souped-up fire-breathing effect that's red in nature. As a mardu player its my favorite 2-drop to include in my decks even though in some games it doesn't do that much more than a normal Storm Crow. Regardless I own more than a couple play sets of the card and my friends by now have already grown quite familiar with the common gargoyle from the Alara block, but they'll never be able to convince me to stop running it otherwise.

What's your pet card and why is it your pet card to you?

March 21, 2017 3:45 a.m.

The quality of being good is pretty subjective and can't be wrought down to fact unless say one card is strictly better than the other. There's also cards that get deck-listed to no end and I always find them incredibly hyped-up over how "broken" they are to all other cards and they will use their price tag to boot as a way to justify how good they are.

I think the quality of "goodness" of a card is in the eye of the beholder, and though I can find reasoning for some cards to be better it always breaks down to how you use them. Not every deck has to run a staple if they just so happen to run a color. In fact staples can limit creativity and force you to build around them like Tarmogoyf or Delver of Secrets  Flip which I feel makes them bad cards not in the sense of their playability but in their sense of restriction.

Anyone can build a deck however they like and that's perfectly fine. For me I have a pet card I value that I can attest that no one has ever really used or likely wouldn't have heard of and that's Darklit Gargoyle. I know it doesn't compare to what heavy-hitter cards I listed before, but I personally value the card more and think its amazing based on my own judgment. Those are just my thoughts though.

March 21, 2017 3:25 a.m.

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I think Dragon Scales would be a good include for your deck since it always gives an auto-buff and Vigilance to your commander.

Shuko and Infinite Hourglass would be another good way of get extra +1/+1 counters on your commander, and since it doesn't effect toughness it will make it incredibly easy removing other creatures.

Lastly Retribution of the Ancients might be worth considering. Even though its the same effect your commander has, you don't have to remove all the counters with its effect making the killing of your opponents creatures much more efficient.

March 20, 2017 6:48 p.m.

I think Sword of the Chosen would help in increasing Grenzo's power when you activate his ability.

Another good card to consider could be Crystal Ball since it can help you consistently scry certain creatures to the bottom of your library.

March 20, 2017 6:21 p.m.

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I think your deck would really enjoy Dragon Breath and Dragon Fangs since they can always give your commander haste and trample.

March 20, 2017 5:40 p.m.

Have you considered Vulturous Aven? A repeatable Night's Whisper can be very useful at times.

March 20, 2017 4:07 p.m.

Have you considered Vulturous Aven? A repeatable Night's Whisper can be very useful at times.

Also, you could run Blasting Station. If you set up a repeatable loop it works just like Goblin Bombardment dealing infinite damage if the loop is always bringing back a creature after you sacrifice it causing it to untap.

March 20, 2017 3:49 p.m.

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Have you considered Vulturous Aven? A repeatable Night's Whisper can be very useful at times.

Also, you could run Blasting Station. If you set up a repeatable loop it works just like Goblin Bombardment dealing infinite damage if the loop is always bringing back a creature after you sacrifice it causing it to untap.

March 20, 2017 3:42 p.m.

Why discard one card at a time when you can make them discard three with Dauthi Mindripper?

March 20, 2017 2:12 p.m.

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Interesting deck list. Have you thought about running Scroll Rack? I'm sure you end up drawing a lot of the big creatures you'd rather have Mayael the Anima pull up. If you have something in hand you want Mayael to pull into you could probably put that creature on top of your deck and probably pull a non-creature card in return with it.

Have you also considered running Illusionist's Bracers? Equiping it to Mayael the Anima allows her to search through the top 10 cards of your library and let's you put two onto the field per effect.

I believe Mirri's Guile is also another interesting card to consider. It let's you know before activating your commander if you have something worth pulling into, and it can help keep you from drawing a valuable creature or let you draw a non-creature card three turns sooner. Not half bad for 1 mana.

March 20, 2017 12:05 a.m.

You could also add Village Bell-Ringer or Restoration Angel with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker for more consistency.

March 19, 2017 10:23 p.m.

@foxboy93, for Hexproof I'd recommend pairing with Impact Tremors or Zulaport Cutthroat. That aside I feel even if you're to go for the kill with a sac engine you should be running Goblin Bombardment and give a moderate consideration to Blasting Station since its still better to win ten times out of ten than nine times out of ten, but I'm incredibly picky so its just my perspective on the matter. I just don't like small loop-holes that ruin the combo you assembled.

I feel like a non-graveyard based combo is a really big question to answer. If your deck generates mana like no ones business I'd recommend Mana Echoes + Myr Matrix for the slow terrifying kill your opponents can't stop. Another cute one is Sword of Feast and Famine + Aggravated Assault and if you're really banking to have every hit connect I'd suggest putting in Key to the City, Darkest Hour, Break Through the Line, Nether Traitor, and Mogis's Marauder. If you want a combo that involves putting in even smaller spells you could try risking it to build Isochron Scepter + Final Fortune + Sundial of the Infinite in which Shred Memory would be a good friend of yours which tutors any of the pieces of this infinite turn combo. My personalized non-graveyard combo is Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Thornbite Staff and then take any creature and a Goblin Bombardment to sac the token copies infinitely.

March 19, 2017 8:52 p.m.

@foxboy93, I'm aware of this, but in tournaments the judges will ask you to play it out always, and the odds of such an event occurring from a 100-card deck is very slim that you won't see it played as the win-con. Yes, I know play groups are different then tournaments, but a lot of play groups will ask you to play it out like a judge would especially if they put the eldrazi titan in their deck specifically for that purpose of defeating mill, which most people I've met will say that's the reason why when its a clunky 10 or 11cmc spell that has zero-interactions with their own deck

In defense of Altar of Dementia it's great to use its mill-effect on yourself if you desperately need a combo-piece in your graveyard, but I don't see any other great uses. You could try to line it up with graveyard-hate, but that adds another piece to the combo and most graveyard-hate will ruin most sac-loops you'd create with your Altar of Dementia, but that's just my opinion on the matter.

March 19, 2017 8:08 p.m.

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Thoughts on running Aura Fracture? I placed it in my deck to help preemptively take out Contamination and Back to Basics effects but the power to remove enchantments without worry of counter-spells or needing to hold mana up seems really powerful to me especially when you can feed it excess lands you don't need.

March 19, 2017 7:53 p.m.

I'm surprised you run Altar of Dementia as a combo piece. I had to pull mine out, because my opponents would always have either; Emrakul, the Aeons Torn, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, or Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre in their decks making them impossible to be milled since the titans would just reshuffle their graveyards back into their decks.

I would advise running Goblin Bombardment since it will do infinite damage guaranteeing you a win. If the red mana is too harsh for a deck that runs Contamination then I'd suggest using Blasting Station which works just as well. Nice work on the Alesha deck by the way.

March 19, 2017 6:48 p.m.

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I see you're running Filth. You should run Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth which would make all your creatures unblockable.

March 19, 2017 1:57 p.m.

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