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.

sam171z says... #1

There's a deck i want to build and modify, but i'm not sure if i'm going about it the right way. Would you be able to give your thoughts. . Here's a list of the banned cards in Duel commander, . The deck i want to build is a variant of this , would you be able to help me make this more competitive for 1v1, as well as increasing its synergy and efficiency, and redundancy.

January 4, 2020 3:44 p.m.

sam171z says... #2

There's a deck i want to build and modify, but i'm not sure if i'm going about it the right way. Would you be able to give your thoughts. . Here's a list of the banned cards in Duel commander, . The deck i want to build is a variant of this , would you be able to help me make this more competitive for 1v1, as well as increasing its synergy and efficiency, and redundancy.

January 4, 2020 3:42 p.m.

Abraxas3719 says... #3

Hey Synergy,

First of all thanks for all the help with the deck fory little girl and second I was wondering if you had ever come across and budget list for Oona, Queen of the Fae

I already have her and was hoping to build an EDH deck for her sub 50 but I'm kinda outa my depth on where to go for it. I will continue looking for ideas but figured it couldn't hurt to ask.

December 27, 2019 8:35 p.m.

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Inb4 the curve of Spitter, Pridemate, Reef becomes a thing.

January 15, 2020 1:50 p.m.

Just use heavily played cards in the order, but I will say that prices including shipping (which I use) require you to go for a lot of cards from TCGplayer Direct, since you can clump all of the shipping costs in one.

January 14, 2020 7:45 p.m.

Said on Mono Crazy...


I'd build all as $10 EDH decks, like this list I threw together: $10 Massacre Girl EDH, which costs only $10.77!

January 14, 2020 9:56 a.m.

oo7x7oo tutoring Sevinne's Reclamation is also key if a Food Chain or a value piece is in the yard, which happens from time to time.

January 14, 2020 9:07 a.m.

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Neoform is to fetch Spellseeker or Maniac/Oracle. Abolisher and the other half of a line is also useful, but if a piece is already out you can fetch a combo creature.

January 13, 2020 10:10 p.m.

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Would the Isochron/Reversal, and the Faeburrow Elder / Bloom Tender / Freed from the Real / Pemmin's Aura combos be featured in this maybeboard?

January 13, 2020 9:14 a.m.

Said on Fish Hulk might ......


Megalomania Stax pieces need to hit before the combo. There is both not enough and not cheap enough stax pieces to hit this, as it is a turn 3 instant-speed protected kill.

January 10, 2020 9:21 a.m.

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You all calling Destiny Spinner a Weaver? or is there another card idk about?

January 9, 2020 9:56 a.m.

Said on Fish Hulk might ......


Stifle and Tale's End are both cards I run in a lot of my blue midrange-control-stax builds. Almost always Stifle , it is along side Swan Song , Spell Pierce , and Flusterstorm in that regard for stopping things like Hulk triggers and fetchlands, Tale's End having the useful, "normal" counterspell tech for cards like commanders and random cards like a Sai in an Urza deck or a utility walker like Narset in many blue lists these days.

While I recommend Stifle most, I could see Trickbind and Tale's End being more useful with the fish builds taking the metagame by storm.

January 9, 2020 9:52 a.m.

Personally Flash & Demonic Consultation I think should be banned. Tainted Pact and Protean Hulk I believe are genuinely fair due to their restrictive cost/deck building constraints but the other two are simply busted and even banned in legacy and restricted in vintage for a reason.

January 8, 2020 10:39 a.m.

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DocTahh I am pretty sure you know that's the fish xD

January 8, 2020 9:33 a.m.

Joe_Ken_ wdym if you just have the Street wraith-Gitprobe-Frantic Search-this you win too. No need for anything complex

January 7, 2020 2:52 p.m.

What I think makes the deck so strong is that removal does nothing to the combo. Stick the fish on normal cast, then respond to the trigger with Demonic Consultation , no removal like Swords will affect it. Suddenly we have Hushbringer , Stifle , and base countermagic as the only real answers. Before at least with Lab Man and to a lesser extent Jace, you could Swords to Plowshares the man, or Chain of Vapor either, not the amount of answers is cut tremendously, especially in color. Blue/red ( Red Elemental Blast / Pyroblast ) or bust ig.

January 7, 2020 2 p.m.

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Rough. Liked having variety in the #1 deck.

January 7, 2020 1:51 p.m.

Marchesa, Mad Mistress of Vampires copy dropped enough cards into the sideboard to cut to 100, not a problem!

I can build up a tuned list as well if you want, running cards like the talismans and signets and more draw is you want.

January 5, 2020 9:57 a.m.

Said on $9 Teshar...


The deck can go really far into loops. Genesis Chamber often wins games pretty fast, Perilous Myr can deal a lot of damage, the deck can mill out opponents with a few cards as well, and even without going infinite the deck can stick a massive Shambling Suit super fast xD

January 5, 2020 9:45 a.m.

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Hey! I assume you have seen a fair amount of the standard metagame's insistence on only a few real decks being runnable, if you want to try and stomp the metagame, the best cards against both Fires and Jund Food happen to align. Here is a tester of the UW hatebears list I have been testing.

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Run down of some cards and the deck a bit: Hushbringer stops the Familiar's ETB, the Korvold etb, all of the Cavalier etbs and death triggers, Frilled Mystic, Gadwick, Massacre Girl, etc. Lavinia, Azorius Renegade kills Fires, slows the fast ramped Nissas and crushes the Rakdos Knight's Embercleave reliance, as well as occasionally hurts the few Golos and Drill Bits lying about. Tithe Taker is a mainstay sideboard card against jund food stopping most of the familiar loops from being affective on your turn, as well as hurting Brontodon and Murderous Rider too.

Outside of that, Simic Ramp and Flash builds would be problematic, as this deck would die to Nissa, Ambusher, and Hydrioid Krasis, but with Teferi to stop flash and hurt Nissa, Giant Killer to stop Ambusher and Krasis a bit, as well as being a strong 1-drop against a variety of decks, Stonecoil Serpent as a powerful threat, and more interaction in the form of Conclave Tribunal , Essence Capture , Dovin's Veto and Spell Pierce to stick the win.

Sidebording Hushbringer s into Deputy of Detention s seems good, but more options like Aether Gust and Citywide Bust make the list even stronger.

January 4, 2020 9:19 p.m.

Make sure to use a good amount of Prison Realm and the reprint of Banishing Light to really get value out of some of these exile cards, but the real kicker is Kaya, Orzhov Usurper . Not a huge fan of Unmoored Ego mainboard even for these decks, but I recommend a few sideboard easily. Legion's End is premium removal for this list, and Ashiok's Erasure is particularly strong as well.

January 2, 2020 9:10 p.m.


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