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Not really.

Welcome to my home page!

I have been playing Magic since July of 2014. Since then, I have played in a multitude of different formats.

I play a fair bit of Modern, especially now that the Eldrazi Winter is over. I play Skred Red in Modern to a fair amount of success, and I consider myself to be quite knowledgeable on the deck archetype. I am also working on brewing a GB list with Torrent Elemental that you can find on my profile page.

I play a fair bit of legacy as well, but I do not consider myself an expert in this format. I play Death and Taxes in this format to some degree of success.

My third format of choice is Pauper, and my deck is Affinity. It's a pretty simple Tier list with a few personal adjustments, and I've had a lot of fun playing it in such a diverse format.

I play an array of different budget commander lists that I post in my $100 Budget EDH articles.

My username on is Deckbuilder (buildingadeck was too long). I am buildingadeck on Cockatrice. Feel free to message me on my wall if you want to play Modern, Legacy, Pauper, or EDH.

I have my own YouTube Channel that can be found here on which I post videos of Magic games I play mostly. I am also beginning to stream on Twitch under the profile "buildingadeck."

This is pretty much my philosophy on Magic: link

How is drawing your attention to information you clearly either missed or were not aware rude? I suppose there's the option that you chose to ignore it and ask anyway, but as the saying goes, never assume malice where ignorance may be at fault. I can tell you also didn't read my binder note either, considering it explicitly states that just because it's listed doesn't mean I'm going to just trade it.

July 23, 2017 4:29 p.m.

I said everything except Affinity pieces. I don't know if you're aware of this, but Mox Opal is an affinity piece

July 23, 2017 1:19 p.m.

dplerner says... #3

I ended up getting a Show and Tell from Conspiracy in a recent trade so I'm going to pass. I'm still interested in the Necromancy but that trade is a bit on the small side so wanted to know if you were interested.

July 18, 2017 10:04 p.m.

rockleemyhero says... #4

Ugh, yeah i hate playing against rashmi. It makes playing against stax fun haha. Tbh im still not sold on the deck, I dont think it does very well in a pod without other control or stax. It goes too long game imo. And that's coming from the guy who plays rafiq stax who's wincon is combat damage based.

July 18, 2017 12:08 a.m.

rockleemyhero says... #5

Sounds good with the trade!

Mizzix is nice because he acts as a giant baral or multiple instances of Helm of Awakening, which is pretty powerful in a high tide list. Landing mizzix is pretty critical to the deck, similar to Shaper's rashmi draw-go list that has been taking up speed.

Mizzix high tide has a great combo in the shape of Mizzix's Mastery into Enter the Infinite, which can often be "draw your deck for 1". It's pretty easy to set up with all the wheels and looting effects going on. I'm still working out the kinks and have to test it against real people though haha. It's good to hear that your dralnu list is doing so well.

July 18, 2017 12:01 a.m.

rockleemyhero says... #6

Hey man! I could do grasp, dralnu, archive, and flail for your diabolic intent. Id like to hang on to the bauble. The mox diamond is a high quality proxy, I'd price it at $7.50 trade value or $5 cash. I can email you pictures if you're interested.

Btw this is Clips4lyfe from the cedh subreddit. I recently brewed up a similar high tide list like your dralnu list but off mizzix instead. Its been a nice surprise so far in goldfishing. Black is undeniably better than red in a vacuum though, especially with blue and high tide shenanigans. How has your dralnu list been doing in pods?

July 17, 2017 11:41 p.m.

TheRealPeaches says... #7

Don't really see much I'm all that interested in, sorry.

July 17, 2017 11:41 p.m.

dplerner says... #8

Thanks for checking out my trade binder. Unfortunately, there isn't much in your binder that I'm interested in right now, so I'm going to pass on the trade right now.

July 16, 2017 9:25 p.m.

LTmiller says... #9

I've got one on the way sorry, I am on vacation right now so updates to the binder are few and far in between.

July 16, 2017 9:33 a.m.

sonnet666 says... #10

I'm not really looking for Academy Ruins right now, and I just worked out another trade for Ezuri. Sorry.

July 10, 2017 11:03 a.m.

sonnet666 says... #11

Ok, cool. I actually have a few of the little artifacts you need.

I'd be willing to trade a Lightning Greaves, Chromatic Star, Blade of the Bloodchief, Ghostfire Blade, Codex Shredder, Conjurer's Bauble, Slagwurm Armor, Sylvok Lifestaff, and Copper Carapace for your Chrome Mox.

However, full disclosure: I've gotten some reports from other users of you scamming them out of cards. I'm willing to extend the benefit of the doubt, but as a precaution I'm going to insist that you send first if we end up trading. Hope that's ok with you.

July 10, 2017 7:10 a.m.

mentor6 says... #12

buildingadeck has not sent his end of the trade. He has ripped off other trades as well. I've been dealing with him over a trade since March 17th. Be aware of trading with this user.

June 27, 2017 8:43 a.m.

sonnet666 says... #13

Is there anything you want for Ezuri?

Cause that's really all I'm looking to get here...

June 26, 2017 9:31 p.m.

Sergal says... #14

Hey man. I have to update my wants, because I'm not in need of shattering sprees at the moment any more. I'm also holding the Nykthos for an offer I mad to another trader. If things don't work out with that I'll hit you up.

June 26, 2017 7:54 p.m.

sonnet666 says... #15

I'd be down for that. Some of my SC Forests have some edge-wear though, would you like a picture?

June 26, 2017 7:52 p.m.

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Said on Dralnu DD...


I didn't see Grim Monolith and Mox Diamond. Your list is a little harder to read in its current layout. My bad.

Catalyst Stone is much less applicable than Sapphire Medallion in my experience. We aren't always able to Paradox Dralnu, so reducing the cost of more of your deck is better.

As for JVP and Snapcaster, I think you made the right choice swapping JVP for MD. As for snappy, I would consider Notion Thief. Diminishing Returns or Whispering Madness can replace Rhystic Study. I would consider Praetor's Grasp and Spell Pierce depending on your meta. I've really liked Pull from Tomorrow in my list.

In regard to land cuts, I think you get to add more spells.

July 23, 2017 8:53 p.m.

Said on Dralnu DD...


So, some things. I've been playing Dralnu intensively for a little bit now, and I think that Snapcaster and JVP are redundant and can be better slotted as other spells. I also think that 32 lands is too many, and that you'd be better off with more artifact mana.

Even on a budget, I'm not sold on Voltaic Key. Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal is probably better than Turnabout. I also think Rhystic Study is a bit overcosted and clunky for the shell. I think the same of Fact or Fiction.

My philosophy on cards with 4cmc or over is that they need to be incredibly powerful or winning me the game. Mind's Desire is missing from your list, and it's a card that can actually win the game for you. You can see my budget list here. It has gameplay videos to accompany it. It's not perfect, but it works very well for around the same price. The full, budgetless list is on my profile.

July 23, 2017 8:06 p.m.

Antem: You'll note that Into the Roil is already in my maybeboard. I'm testing Winds of Rebuke for the possibility to synergize with Dralnu as well as for DD pile utility.

July 23, 2017 6:20 p.m.

Said on Vergil_Redgrail...


"I don't know if you're aware of this, but Mox Opal is an affinity piece." This is the rude section. I was aware that you didn't want to trade affinity pieces, although sometimes people are willing to trade for things they really need, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I also saw your note; I simply find it foolish to have a "trade" binder that isn't for trade.

July 23, 2017 5:45 p.m.

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Very glad to not be trading with you. There was no need to be rude. Honestly, if you're going to list things in your trade binder, you might think about actually having them up for trade.

July 23, 2017 3:51 p.m.

Said on None...


I clicked the wrong thing. Pls cancel. X|

July 21, 2017 1:58 p.m.

Said on None...


Hey, man. A friend of mine has since offered to trade for Thalia, and I've gotten a bunch of the cards I needed in trades at my LGS. Sorry for the inconvenience. We both spent a lot of time trying to figure something out. :/

July 21, 2017 1:57 p.m.

Said on $750 Storm Jeleva...


Is Diminishing Returns good for you? How many times has it screwed you? I was thinking about it in my Dralnu list, and was unsure.

July 20, 2017 9:42 p.m.

Said on 5 Color EDH ......


DarkMagician: "Yes the Khans/Zen fetches will usually be the best but there are exceptions to that rule." I don't know an edh deck that doesn't want them, they're played in every format in which they are legal, so it's best to just pick them up while they're still low from MM3 and KTK.

I've never seen anyone get annoyed at me proxying a deck while I'm working on trading into pieces.

July 20, 2017 4:54 a.m.

Said on 5 Color EDH ......


Faster does not convey aggro. Fast combo is not the same as aggro. Nor is adaptive combo, both of which are the only viably fast decks in the format. Midrange, as Winterblast noted, still wants to use its early turns to its advantage. There is not a single type of deck that does not want to use its resources.

Also, there isn't really a deck that doesn't want the fetches in EDH. Hell, I run fetches in Yisan for the thinning and the shuffle, which is actually relevant, believe it or not (Sylvan Library is a thing; helps you not accidentally draw Craterhoof).

If you're playing with friends, as long as you are actually working toward building a deck, they're usually okay. If you're taking an incomplete deck to an EDH tournament or something, good luck. It's very challenging to beat tuned decks with an untuned list.

July 20, 2017 3:17 a.m.

Said on 5 Color EDH ......


What exactly do you mean by "aggro"? I mean, my point remains: why by bad cards just to replace them later? It's an eventuality; he will eventually get better lands, so why buy bad ones now?

July 19, 2017 11:18 p.m.

Said on 5 Color EDH ......


The only fetchlands worth running are the Zen and KTK ones. Like I said, Vivids aren't great if you want to play anything T1. Which is usually something you want to do

July 19, 2017 10:51 p.m.

Said on 5 Color EDH ......


@ZeGinger: They aren't expensive in comparison to the heavy hitters of EDH, and they're a great investment. You can play them in literally any deck outside of standard, and they allow you to build basically any EDH deck well. I'm not saying they're cheap by any means, but they aren't Timetwisters. I simply don't like playing with bad mana bases. I'll substitute Praetor's Grasp for Grim Tutor any day, but playing with wonky lands is the worst.

My point was: don't buy bad cards to complete a deck. Save up and buy good ones one at a time, and swap basics out as you go along. No sense in spending money on bad cards.

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