Made 1000+ decks or so, been pretty active. I play modern and commander, but not super competively in modern. I also like legacy combos for what it's worth.

From 7/24/2018 to 8/24/2018, I am #2 on the Deck Lords list, and #1 on the Top Helpers list! That's well over 4 straight weeks! From 8/25/2018 to 8/30/2018, I am #1 on both! Today, 8/31/2018, I have went back to #2 on the decklords list. as of 9/4/2018-10/20/18, I am the #1 user on both lists, Booyah! That's like a month and a half of being #1 on both Helper and Decklord. As of 10/21/2018-11/2/2018, I am once again #2/#1.

I love building competitive varients on any archtype or deck, and I also love budgeting competitive lists, this goes for modern, commander, or legacy. I also play standard, pauper, used to play Tiny Leaders, Pauper Commander, and have delved into some other lesser known formats like Noble and Collosus, and do limited events from time to time.

Check out All About EDH for an in depth description on the entire format, or Why Every Commander is Competitive for delving into cEDH.

I have been spending a lot of my time attempting to get new players into Magic: The Gathering, and I have learned something big, a lot of them don't want to spend a lot of money.

Yeah, I get it, I should have known that random people don't like spending hundreds of dollars on a game they don't know if they would like, and many dedicated players don't want to spend that much money either, but in all honesty, I realized it made a circulating loop.

When a player who gets a budget deck plays it, they normally lose because of their deck, and their lack on knowledge. If you teach them properly how to play, and then give them a reasonably powerful deck, as I have done (lost money in the process, but it was worth it for the bit of research), I have found they commonly branch out into other formats, keep playing, trying new things, and becoming a dedicated player.

I have since spent a bit of money on new players, or bought cards for people who I think would appreciate them, I met someone who wanted to play with 4 Armageddon s, they told me, "Who cares if it breaks a social contract, what will they do to me? They have no lands!" I thought it was hilarious, that showing someone the complexity of a game and putting a grip of cards in their hand will almost every time get them hooked, making them a Planeswalker for, at least months, I don't have much more research than that.

I know I can't get everyone to follow this, asking you to pay money to get more people into the game is beyond me. I do want to help you do it though. Don't spend $100 on someone that doesn't play MTG.

Whatever your favorite format is, whatever you think they will like, whether you play modern, vintage, legacy, standard, EDH, pauper, whatever it is, if you can, I want to ask you to spend $20.

$20 Decks is a link to a folder of cards I want to share to you, that will show you reasonably powered decks, some from $11-$24, around 21 decks as of 11/1/2018 spanning 6 formats, mostly Modern and EDH lists, that can win against many decks, with full sideboards (when applicable), manabases that attempt to consistently hit their colors, and cards that will be kept no matter how much they are upgraded.

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Painter's Servant + Grindstone works well like R.I.P.+Helm!

July 16, 2019 1:55 p.m.

Fellin22 this is a test build, also this deck runs too much draw, burgeoning may be the best card in the list once it gets going.

July 14, 2019 9:32 p.m.

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For straight aristocrats, trying to make and sacrifice a lot of tokens, Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest , but Izoni can have a longer-term graveyard theme, not just a combat/token theme.

For going past GB, Karador, Teneb, The Mimeoplasm, Muldrotha, Gyrus, Thrasios/Ravos, etc. are all sweet and interesting builds for graveyard-based decks.

Idk much about the archetype mix of reanimator/aristocrats, so I would recommend asking another player, hope I have helped you out!

July 13, 2019 7:43 p.m. Edited.

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Sure, however I want to know if you are going for Aristocrats or Reanimator. Elf tribal can abuse Izoni too.

July 13, 2019 7:32 p.m.

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Izoni actually has card draw, making it pretty easy to abuse, but Jarad is the easiest to build IMO.

I'd go with Varolz Hulk if we were talking sheer power level, then Meren, then Izoni, but I assume many would put Jarad over Izoni.

July 13, 2019 7:25 p.m.

Huge fan of Akiri/Bruse+Silas, Silas recuring artifacts every turn is really sweet, use doublestrike enablers or extra combat enablers to do some sweet things.

You often end up trying to loop artifacts for Time Sieve or Mindslaver loops to attempt infinite turns. Pretty cool. You can also use cards like Nihil Spellbomb , Nevinyrral's Disk , Oblivion Stone , Executioner's Capsule , Aether Spellbomb , etc.

July 13, 2019 3:05 p.m.

While many non-hyper-speedy-combo, blue lists run the drake, my metagame is very fast, few midrangy/stax/control blue decks there. Additionally, those that run it often aren't going to tutor it up, and they won't often draw it, even if they do, Veil of Summer now works as protection against it, and if you remove the drake they don't exchange, so Abrupt Decay /other removal works too to stop it. Not really ever too scared of it enough to run H-Path, but different metagames may have more drake decks.

July 13, 2019 11:30 a.m. Edited.

I've not found it necessary against the lists I use it against, but if you do run against it often, it doesn't sound that bad to run, just inefficient compared to what I have seen.

July 13, 2019 10:51 a.m.

n0bunga I personally think a large number of those cards could be dropped. I am not a huge fan of Phyrexian Tower or Homeward Path .

July 13, 2019 10:13 a.m.

n0bunga This list actually runs 7 lands that can produce 1 colorless mana, inclusive of Cavern of Souls , Phyrexian Tower , Gemstone Caverns as well as the 4 you mention, Homeward Path , Emergence Zone , Twilight Mire , Llanowar Wastes

July 13, 2019 8:17 a.m.

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If it isn't a part of your metagame, perhaps Codex Shredder 's recursion may be more in line with what you want.

July 12, 2019 2:35 p.m.

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Personal fan of Dragon's Claw against the blister burn decks.

July 12, 2019 11:57 a.m.

Fatal Push, Underground River, and Mental Misstep are under $5 dollars, so I'm not going to give replacements on those, but for Ancient Tomb , City of Traitors , Glimmervoid , Inkmoth Nexus , Mox Opal , and Mox Diamond , I'd replace those with 3 Islands and a Swamp and add a River of Tears and Spire of Industry .

BTW, did you mean Underground Sea when you typed Underground River ? In which case I'd add Underground River over Underground Sea anyway.

For Force of Will , I'd use Steel Sabotage , it acts as an occasional counter and protection for your artifacts if you bounce them in response to removal, or to reuse them in case of Renaming a new card with Revoker or getting another cast trigger on Sai, etc.

Spellskite is harder, for this Lightning Greaves would be my pick, but Swiftfoot Boots additionally works for budgetary reasons.

Arcbound Ravager is the hardest. Any other artifact based finisher you'd like can work, but Mirrodin Besieged is my favorite.

July 11, 2019 5:31 p.m.

foxboy93 That makes 22 of the cards of this deck needing to be replaced, including the commander, I don't think there is a good <$5 commander for this deck, Ashiok being the only one that fits the color scheme and cost, while not being good for the deck nearly at all. Sorry man!

July 11, 2019 4:16 p.m.

How competitive do you want to be? Kruphix can be fun at medium power levels, while Thrasios/Kydele can be more competitive, and Tatyova and Arixmethes have land synergies too.

July 11, 2019 4:13 p.m.

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I am running it in a few other similar lists, Zur the Enchanter control and GAAIV Humility stax/control with it. It's been pretty goo-`

July 11, 2019 3:56 p.m.

Ever consider Palinchron for the easy Phantasmal Image / High Tide /whatever combos with Tasigur especially with Neoform ?

July 10, 2019 1:38 p.m.

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No problem, also with this list, I'd recommend Winds of Abandon , the Cyclonic Rift meets sorcery speed Path to Exile .

July 10, 2019 1:36 p.m.

Boi sinergy ain't my name.

July 9, 2019 7:02 p.m.


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