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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 || Blue Moon -- 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 || Blue Moon Playtest

Modern* ducttapedeckbox

Finished Decks 30
Prototype Decks 29
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 21870
Avg. deck rating 19.51
T/O Rank 52
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Modern, Limited
Good Card Suggestions 62
Last activity 48 minutes
Joined 2 years

Hallowed_Titan says... #1

Sure bro. If I have the time I'll be on.

April 25, 2015 1:30 p.m.

brokendwarf says... #2

You'll probably ask: Xur has garbage.

April 24, 2015 11:40 a.m.

TXMetal says... #3

Sorry for the double, but I saw you'll usually trade for fetches - if you'd be willing to go for all four cards I mentioned (about $8), I'd be willing to do Mindslaver + Flooded Strand, which would put you WAY ahead on value (about $19). Just throwing that out there!

April 21, 2015 11:19 a.m.

TXMetal says... #4

So, I looked through, and the only other things I found that I need at the moment are Drowned Catacomb (2.40) and Rix Maadi, Dungeon Palace (0.20), which doesn't raise the overall value all that much. Bolas is my priority want, though I can understand if you don't want to let him go.

April 21, 2015 11:05 a.m.

TXMetal says... #5

Hey ducttapedeckbox, I'm interested in your Nicol Bolas and Crosis, the Purger, which total at about $5.25. I'm not finished updating my binder, but things I see in your wants at the $5 mark or below that I know I have available include: 3x Lightning Bolt (1x M10, 2x M11), 4x Treasure Mage, Desolate Lighthouse, and Mindslaver. I'm definitely willing to trade in your favor, because I need these two for a deck I'm working on. Let me know if we can work something out!

April 20, 2015 11:47 p.m.

brokendwarf says... #6

Oh hell yeah I'll renew it. I didn't preorder House of Wolves for nothing.

April 20, 2015 8:18 p.m.

brokendwarf says... #7

Sent my end.

Also, my Live runs out either this week or next week.

April 20, 2015 6:06 p.m.

tclaw12 says... #20

Hey, would you do the Thoughtseize for your Flooded Strand and either a Siege Rhino or the Unhinged Forest?

April 9, 2015 11:49 p.m.

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Said on Hallowed_Titan...


Awesome, I'll likely be on periodically throughout the day; is there a time I should check to see if you're on?

April 25, 2015 1:28 p.m.

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Would you be up for Antheon or Nightfall today?

April 25, 2015 1:25 p.m.

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Would you be up for Antheon or the Nightfall today?

April 25, 2015 1:25 p.m.

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I don't mean this to come off as rude, but what you're suggesting would be widely underused. There are many other features that would be more beneficial for the site.

April 24, 2015 3:35 p.m.

Said on brokendwarf...


Haha you knew, it looked all bad. I might pick up the Hunter chest, but I like my helmets more... Probably buy a shard or two to max my helmet and/or Suros since it's almost there.

April 24, 2015 11:58 a.m.

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Thank you both Zoubida and ipooded.

I like Spellskite, how would I run Timely Reinforcements without white? I've been debating it for a while since it does have its applications against a wide variety of decks.

Dragon's Claw is good against burn, and goes off from my own spells, so I think this will have to come down to which I find gains me the most life against the decks I play against.

I'm about to overhaul the sideboard if you guys want to come take another look.

April 24, 2015 11:14 a.m.

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Hey Zoubida, thanks for the comment! I really appreciate you taking the time to go across the language barrier and still comment on my deck. I'll tke your advice into consideration, and give some responses below:

I like Stormbreath Dragon because it dodges most removal in Modern, but still occasionally gets hit by Murderous Cut or Terminate. Guess I can't do much about that though.

Thank you again!

April 23, 2015 9:59 p.m.

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It is there. Under export.

April 23, 2015 9:07 p.m.

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Give it a few hours for the site to recognize the decks colors and such, should be fine then.

April 22, 2015 4 p.m.

Said on TXMetal...


Awesome, I'll let you know when my end goes out. I'll initiate here on T/O as well. Please fill in your information when you get a chance.

April 22, 2015 3:04 p.m.