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Hey Everyone!

Soo Magic. I started playing with a few friends when the Mirrodin set came out. Until Shards of Alara I only played for fun (and didn't know many of the rules), but then I started playing at FNM tournaments. And when Zendikar came out, I played mono-black Vampires for a few months. I stopped playing right before Worldwake. I got back into Magic around the Innistrad block, but started to seriously collect again in the Ravinica block. I am currently in college and don't get to play as much as I'd like to, but my playgroup still gets together over breaks and stuff to play.

Regarding my meta and deck building tendencies

My experience is in Standard and EDH exclusively. Blue, black, and sometimes green are my strongest colors, and white is a toss up. Red is newly charted territory as the first time I've seriously included it in a deck is with my most recent EDH deck. I've gotten into EDH because as an eternal format, and a format this is very conducive to multiplayer games, EDH is much easier to play in college as you don't have to keep up with the standard meta. Decks can start as strong as your collection allows, and grow more powerful as you trade and purchase new cards.

All decks that I construct are built under some form of a budget constraint (see below). They are also built for a relatively casual meta. The only sanctioned event that I've attended in the past four years or so is a draft. Thus, my decks are designed to be competitive in a casual environment. Infinite combos, infect, and extremely strong (and expensive) cards are out of the question in any of my builds.

It is my belief that elaborate deck descriptions are not, and should not, be necessary for most decks (the exception being extreme combo decks). Most, if not all of my decks are not combo-oriented builds, and therefore I do not be provide elaborate card-choice sections in my deck descriptions. If a choice isn't self-explanatory or there is a card that more appropriately fills a roll, please bring it to my attention. I'm always open to suggestions and discussions about my builds.

Budget Builder

As you may notice, I am a budget builder. This usually means that my standard decks cost less than $50, sideboard included. I also tried to cap my EDH decks around $100 (with my Nekusar build being one of the few exceptions). I love to share my thoughts on budget building and did so through a weekly article titled Bang for your Buck. I encourage you to check the articles out, leave a comment or two, or leave suggestions for what I should write about next! I tried to get it going again- along with another series on a biweekly schedule - but my real life commitments proved to be much more time consuming that anticipated and thus I was unable to continue writing.

Current Projects

Perfection Series: My main projects fall under a series of decks I've entitled the "Perfection Series," where I take lesser-used archetypes and make semi-competitive budget decks. I've recently expanded this series into Modern and EDH. Check out any of my decks:

Scuttles Series I'm also working on decks that utilize my favorite Standard card- Scuttling Doom Engine , better known as Scuttles or SDE in many of my posts. These builds include

MTG Decks

Perfection of Milling Playtest

Casual ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 326 | 26 COMMENTS | 115627 VIEWS

Perfection of Extortion Playtest

Casual ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 57 | 42 COMMENTS | 19946 VIEWS

Perfection of Milling 2.0 Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 34 | 30 COMMENTS | 5330 VIEWS

Inspiring Perfection Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox


Perfection of Hand Jobs - Nekusar Cruel Control Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 12 | 17 COMMENTS | 2329 VIEWS

Perfection of Artificing Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 91 | 34 COMMENTS | 13051 VIEWS

Cost-Benefit Analysis Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox


The Meatshield Strikes Back Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

Finished Decks 31
Prototype Decks 25
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 11220
Avg. deck rating 18.13
T/O Rank 99
Favorite formats Standard,Commander / EDH,Casual
Good Card Suggestions 27
Cards Added/Fixed 24
Last activity 4 hours
Joined 2 years

almerican says... #1

Sounds good to me, I do not work until late tomorrow, so I shouldnt have any problems.

August 21, 2014 6:46 p.m.

almerican says... #8

Hey man, would Wed or Thurs work for you?

August 18, 2014 4:19 p.m.

almerican says... #19

$10 for the Necropotence ? Haha, I will trade it for just the cards listed, minus the Bloodghast s of course

August 13, 2014 9:26 a.m.

almerican says... #24

I think there is a good chance we could work something out for at least the Necropotence , does it bother you that it is white bordered? I would also tell you that they are MP.

I also have 3 extra Sylvan Caryatid

Predator Ooze (2.37) Bloodhall Ooze (1.23) Deathbringer Thoctar (.29/.51) Hellspark Elemental (.93/1.90) 2x Wild Nacatl (1.19/1.76) Lord of Shatterskull Pass (.74) and 4x Bloodghast (37.96) are things I'd like o try and get from you

August 11, 2014 1:16 p.m.

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Cards arrived today! :)

August 22, 2014 4:43 p.m.

@ jwe94 -- True, I will remove Platinum Emperion . In a multiplayer game with mostly creature heavy decks, the Soul sisters are pretty strong and let me hold out a little bit longer. They also combo with Darien, King of Kjeldor .

August 22, 2014 2:53 p.m.

@ jwe94 -- I like that idea- but what to remove haha?

August 22, 2014 1:26 p.m.

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Holy shit I was contemplating the same thing about a week ago when I left.

I don't get to play as often as I'd like, as only one of my friends plays Magic. We always get some of the new set over breaks when everyone is home, but that's about all of the cards we buy.

I didn't want to bring my binder (while I'm living in a really safe dorm, it is worth quite a bit and I don't want to risk losing it (not that people would see value in paper, they'd just go for my monitor/laptop)). Thankfully my parents agreed to ship my ends out for me as long as I didn't abuse this offer.

I ended up bringing my playable EDH deck, and two standard decks. I'm in Baltimore but too far from any local store to play consistently and trade, so I just brought a few decks.

August 22, 2014 12:41 p.m.

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Hey man, as it ends up I forgot to pack my end of our trade. My parents will be home tomorrow and I think they will be able to ship it for me. Let me talk to them and get back to you- it shouldn't be a problem, it's all put together on my deck.

August 21, 2014 4:53 p.m.

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I'm currently working on a Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker EDH deck, and basically, I don't think I'm doing it right. Michiko is not a very common commander, but I think she has some potential. Her lack of use (at least among decks on this site) leaves me with little precedence on how a build with her works. Her ability also isn't one that you would normally attribute to a mono-white creature, so I'm having a tough time find an appropriate direction. I want to focus on Michiko's ability as much as possible without going Voltron.

Currently, I'm going with a "prevent all the damages" approach, but it hasn't been working out. I'm outpaced by any aggro/Voltron style deck, and decks that rely on their late game hit harder than I do.

I tried to avoid a lifegain approach, but I'm leaning more and more towards using this. I would greatly appreciate any help or suggestions, especially helping me establish a board position before I'm run over.


The Meatshield Strikes Back Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox


August 21, 2014 3:59 p.m.

Said on jwe94...


Good to hear- happy spending!

August 21, 2014 3:41 p.m.

Said on jermtube...


No problem, thanks for doing it :)

August 21, 2014 3:38 p.m.

Said on jermtube...


Hey man- you still haven't marked our trade as received. When you get a chance, I would appreciate if you completed that so it no longer shows up under active trades. This is assuming that my end arrived (?). I don't remember hearing from you, so I assume that it did.

August 21, 2014 3:33 p.m.

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Just transferred the compensation- let me know that you receive it.

As a general suggestion for future trades: warn the people that you are trading with that you've lost a fair amount of packages due to postal issues. Ask that they include tracking to avoid an issue.

August 21, 2014 3:27 p.m.