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So 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, and I am trying to get into modern with some unusual control decks. 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. Modern is somewhat similar, where I can have one deck that will never rotate out, and I don't really play cards strong enough that will get the ban hammer.

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.

Elaborate deck descriptions are not necessary for most decks, so I do not provide detailed explanations of my lists. If a card 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.

Current Projects

I'm mainly working on one EDH deck and one Modern deck, you can check them out below:

  1. Crudelis Imperium - A Cyclic Chaos -- EDH -- Grixis () cruel control with Nekusar, the Mindrazer at the helm.
  2. Control & Conquer: Mono-Blue Tron -- Modern -- Mono Tron. This is my cheap segue into the format.
  3. Of Control and Denial -- Modern -- Izzet () Blue Moon control.

MTG Decks

Crudelis Imperium - A Cyclic Chaos Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox


Control & Conquer: Mono-Blue Tron Playtest

Modern* ducttapedeckbox


Of Control and Denial Playtest

Modern* ducttapedeckbox

Finished Decks 31
Prototype Decks 30
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 22060
Avg. deck rating 20.14
T/O Rank 53
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Modern, Limited
Good Card Suggestions 62
Last activity 3 minutes
Joined 2 years

brokendwarf says... #1

I wanted Xur to have all new stuff. As usual, a pile of garbage. I spent about 400 motes of light on the exotic head engram to try and get The Ram. Didn't get one.

May 22, 2015 3:51 p.m.

brokendwarf says... #2

Obviously with more people it's easier, as long as they don't suck.

I don't want to do it again, even though the boss is the easiest part.

May 21, 2015 11:48 a.m.

brokendwarf says... #3

I can solo Omnigul as a Nightfall. Haven't tried to solo Taniks but other people I know have and they can't.

May 21, 2015 11:35 a.m.

brokendwarf says... #4

Well, the Nightfalls gave me 2 of the new exotic helmets and the Prison of Elders gave me my 3rd Gjallahorn. So I'd say it's pretty good.

May 20, 2015 8:35 p.m.

ThatJunkMage says... #18

So if we go for that second option, I total out to 13.60. For that, I saw your Necropotence, which is like 9, and then a playset of Ponder at a dollar each.

Is that ok with you?

May 11, 2015 7:25 p.m.

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I wouldn't be concerned as long as other important aspects of your life remain affected, i.e. if your grades stay up or your productivity at work doesn't drop.

May 22, 2015 7:35 p.m.

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Ikr? I woke up and checked only to see that I have 3/4, with the fourth being garbage. Maybe I'll get a helmet engram, see what bad luck I get.

May 22, 2015 3:58 p.m.

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You think you have luck? Foil Comet Storm incoming!

May 22, 2015 12:27 p.m.

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I hope I have that luck when my box comes in tomorrow......

May 22, 2015 12:04 p.m.

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Yeah... I didn't think it was that hard with a team, the Walker part is really obnoxious.

May 21, 2015 11:54 a.m.

Hebrew definitely can have a cool look. Maybe that first part means "the" in Hebrew? I can only read the characters, I have absolutely no clue what they mean :P

May 18, 2015 8:32 p.m.

The Hebrew title caught my attention because I wanted to see if I could still read it... Why the "ha?" The title is phonetically "ha-nephilim," right?

EDIT: Or is it "ah?"...

May 18, 2015 7:01 p.m.

I do! He's actually the reason I stuck around T/O. He helped me with I wonder if it gets boring playing against myself.

At some point way back when I was in the teens, then I quit though.

May 17, 2015 11:34 p.m.

The difference of ten dollars won't make a huge impact; the next step up would be to acquire a set of Inquisition of Kozileks. Then, you can work into maybe splashing green for Abrupt Decay or some Ensnaring Bridges and/or Thoughtseize. Then, if you win the lottery, you can get a set of Liliana of the Veil.

Maybe, instead of adding to the deck, you can construct a sideboard?

May 17, 2015 11:21 p.m.

Hey, I've been working on two Modern lists, tempest! But I guess you wouldn't really see if that if you weren't subscribed to the decks.

Maybeee o.o

May 17, 2015 9:53 p.m.

Hey hey was using my new pet deck as an example because I stopped working on hatebears, Scorprix?

In all seriousness, I play Blue Moon because I think it's fun and different. I recognize that it's T1.5-2.

May 17, 2015 8:59 p.m.

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Ooh no I did not, Epochalyptik. I have not tried that with corn, but it sounds interesting. I never thought to put cheese on corn. I have relatives that live near a small farm, so in the Fall they bring fresh, locally grown corn. It's almost a sin to not eat it plain. I can't say the same for the grocery store chain corn though.

Same with the salsa. I've gotten to the point of just throwing it all in the food processor and pulsing it a few times. The amount of work required for a minute difference isn't worth it for me.

May 17, 2015 7:34 p.m.

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Homemade salsa is amazing.

May 17, 2015 7:17 p.m.

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I spent the afternoon smoking chicken breasts for dinner. Made a salad of cucumber, tomato, avocado, red/orange pepper, onion, and cilantro in a little lemon juice and pepper, along with some good ole' corn on the cob (although the corn was mediocre... not the season yet).

May 17, 2015 7:10 p.m.

Maybeee, Rocknj06 o.o

May 17, 2015 3:07 p.m.

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On the deck page itself you can also click "Add to Folder" on the left near where you deckcycle or edit your build. You will have an option to create a folder to which the deck will be added.

May 17, 2015 11:17 a.m.

Try going to your binder and adding the cards there. Those haves and wants are the same that show up in your inventory, I believe.

May 17, 2015 11:15 a.m.