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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 Untap.in 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."

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sonnet666 says... #1

Sure thing.

April 18, 2017 1:34 a.m.

C4rnif3X says... #2

Ya that will work.. Do you happen to have an M13 version of Reliquary Tower? Just made a trade today with one from M13, and it would be cool to get a matching set (only need two for the deck).

April 16, 2017 7:50 p.m.

Big-Foot says... #3

Dropping you a line, haven't heard back from you in a few days, still waiting on shipping information on your end of the trade.

April 10, 2017 4:09 p.m.

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Said on Staples?...

#1

Imp Tutor is only a $160 if you get the judge promo. But like I said, misread "a little while."

April 18, 2017 3:20 p.m.

Said on Staples?...

#2

Yeah, I may have misinterpreted "a little while." Oh well.

April 18, 2017 1:05 p.m.

Said on Staples?...

#3

@MindAblaze: This would be true except that competitive edh staples are different from 75% and casual edh staples. It's context dependent. Imperial Seal for instance is a competitive edh staple, but it is not commonly played in 75%/casual decks due to its price, thus not making it a staple for those metagames.

April 18, 2017 11:50 a.m.

Approach of the Second Sun links to the deck when I post it in my decklist rather than to the card right now. I don't know if this is because it isn't in the system yet or if there's a coding error.

April 18, 2017 9:36 a.m.

Said on Staples?...

#5

Right, but that is still circumstantial based on the deck list or meta. Like in The Gitrog Monster, Dakmor Salvage is a staple, but that is not the case for any other deck. Ad Nauseam is a staple in any black deck that has the right curve.

April 18, 2017 9:02 a.m.

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#6

In a control heavy meta, you just run Elesh + Living Plane. Boom.

I'm not arguing that staples aren't dependent upon the meta/level of competitiveness, but the flaw with the OG post is that it simply asks for staples. I stand by the notion that the cards I listed are staples, though edhrec does a better job of not having a competitive bias.

April 18, 2017 7:34 a.m.

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#7

LeaPlath: Trinisphere and other stax effects are common in the common archetype known as stax. Green runs mana dorks so that it can run cards like Null Rod and other effects that hose over the non-green ramp effects. I've played over 500 edh games in the past couple months, and I can back up my list with numbers. Mana dorks are important.

Angel's Grace and Silence show up in white decks with Ad Nauseam, but since Ad Nauseam decks make up a good portion of the decks played in the competitive combo lists, they show up frequently enough to be considered staples in those archetypes. The same is true of Food Chain/Eternal Scourge in Tazri and Prossh builds. The question wasn't universal staples, but merely staples, which the cards I listed are a part of. Opal Palace is hardly a staple, btw. I'd play Tarnished Citadel first.

Check out the cEDH subreddit to find better information than that which I provided if you're interested in knowing more about a list of staples because I think one was made there at some point.

April 18, 2017 4:48 a.m.

Said on Staples?...

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@Gidgetimer: I made that list in about five minutes. If I see the cards often enough to rattle off a list that quickly, they're probably staples.

April 18, 2017 1:04 a.m.

Said on Staples?...

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Colorless:

Mana Crypt

Sol Ring

Eternal Scourge

Mox Diamond

Chrome Mox

Dimir Signet or other on-color signets

Mana Vault

Grim Monolith

Winter Orb

Static Orb

Trinisphere

Tangle Wire

Null Rod

Sphere of Resistance

Thorn of Amethyst

Isochron Scepter

Paradox Engine

Fellwar Stone

White

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben

Boonweaver Giant

Aven Mindcensor

Swords to Plowshares

Path to Exile

Silence

Angel's Grace

Stony Silence

Rest in Peace

Grasp of Fate

Cataclysm

Armageddon

Vryn Wingmare

Enlightened Tutor

Idyllic Tutor

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

Blue

Counterspell

Swan Song

Arcane Denial

Force of Will

Mana Drain

Cyclonic Rift

Into the Roil

Chain of Vapor

Brainstorm

Preordain

Ponder

Gitaxian Probe

Gush

Laboratory Maniac

Mystical Tutor

Tezzeret the Seeker

Dramatic Reversal

Stroke of Genius

Mystic Remora

Palinchron

Phantasmal Image

Timetwister

Snapcaster Mage

Gilded Drake

Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur

Red

Gamble

Wheel of Fortune

Wildfire

Blood Moon

Pyroblast

Red Elemental Blast

Decree of Annihilation

Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker

Zealous Conscripts

Black

Demonic Tutor

Vampiric Tutor

Buried Alive

Necrotic Ooze

Grim Tutor

Imperial Seal

Dark Petition

Toxic Deluge

Necropotence

Animate Dead

Entomb

Ad Nauseam

Tendrils of Agony

Exsanguinate

Sidisi, Undead Vizier

Green

Burgeoning

Exploration

Birds of Paradise

Arbor Elf

Elves of Deep Shadow

Avacyn's Pilgrim

Noble Hierarch

Beast Within

Nature's Claim

Crop Rotation

Life from the Loam

Regrowth

Noxious Revival

Eternal Witness

Seedborn Muse

Food Chain

Reclamation Sage

Survival of the Fittest

Yisan, the Wanderer Bard

Craterhoof Behemoth

Chord of Calling

Worldly Tutor

Natural Order

This is the best I have off the top of my head. The multicolored ones add some things, too.

April 18, 2017 12:07 a.m.

That makes sense. Well, when you do get to cast As Foretold, I'd love to hear how it plays. It seems like it would be a valuable engine.

April 17, 2017 5:28 p.m.

Have you considered Nature's Lore? If you find that As Foretold isn't a productive slot, Lore is better than Dimir Signet, I think since Palinchron combo relies on us having a land-based mana advantage. It would also work to thin the library, however marginal that change might be while having the same cmc as Signet. It evades Null Rod, but gets hit by gedon effects.

April 17, 2017 4:50 p.m.

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