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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:

MTG Decks

Perfection of Milling Playtest

Casual ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 332 | 29 COMMENTS | 121215 VIEWS

Perfection of Extortion Playtest

Casual ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 57 | 42 COMMENTS | 20477 VIEWS

Perfection of Milling 2.0 Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 34 | 30 COMMENTS | 5658 VIEWS

Inspiring Perfection Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox


Perfection of Hand Jobs - Nekusar Cruel Control Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 14 | 17 COMMENTS | 2512 VIEWS

Perfection of Artificing Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 105 | 29 COMMENTS | 15160 VIEWS

The Meatshield Strikes Back Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox


Perfection of Milling 4.0 Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 44 | 25 COMMENTS | 8933 VIEWS

Reanimated Perfection Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

Finished Decks 31
Prototype Decks 28
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 13860
Avg. deck rating 19.15
T/O Rank 84
Favorite formats Standard,Commander / EDH,Casual
Good Card Suggestions 42
Cards Added/Fixed 24
Last activity 3 hours
Joined 2 years

GoldGhost012 says... #1

Apparently something was wrong with the way I sent it, because when I sent it, it came back on Friday. Sorry about that, I'll get it back out there and pray for its safe shipping.

October 19, 2014 4:14 p.m.

capriom85 says... #2

Nice pulls...unfortunately I am only interested in trading for the stuff I need right now. I have a completed RUG standard deck, but I wish I built Junk instead, so I am trying to put it together through trades. Cash is a bit tight this month...

October 16, 2014 11:07 p.m.

GoldGhost012 says... #4

Yeah, I found it at the bottom of my drawer where I put your cards before mailing them. I'll put it out tomorrow then, sorry about that.

October 6, 2014 8:54 p.m.

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@ GoldGhost012 -- I just don't want to run too many that I end up wishing I had an Amulet of Vigor , haha.

October 21, 2014 11:14 p.m.

I'd rather the Overgrown Tomb s over Stomping Ground s, I rarely play red so the chance of me using them is pretty slim; I just wanted one in case I build an EDH deck in those colors or something. If you cannot trade more than one Tomb though, I guess that deal will work.

October 21, 2014 10:09 p.m.

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No problem about the trade- I'll check in a few days to see if it showed up.

October 21, 2014 5:12 p.m.

@ JagMaster420 -- Thanks, let me know how it works out! Regarding Nyx Weaver , where would it fit? It has a similar effect as Satyr Wayfinder , which do you think would be better? I think this is an either-or case.

October 21, 2014 4:37 p.m.

How about this:

My Sorin, Solemn Visitor at $27.14 for your

2x Overgrown Tomb ($9.25 ea.) and Stomping Ground ($8.99) for a total of $27.49. I'd also be open to changing one of the Overgrown Tomb s for something else (Abrupt Decay , Defense of the Heart , or something, if you can find the value). Or just the 3 Tombs. I'm pretty flexible with what I'd get, so let me know.

I also want to make sure all of the cards I will be receiving are NM/M, so please point out anything if they aren't. The Sorin went from pack to sleeve, so he's NM. I can include his emblem.

October 21, 2014 4:31 p.m.

Hey sorry I haven't responded. I can't give an answer about the fetch and Rhino, so let me go put together a proposal for my Sorin.

October 21, 2014 4:19 p.m.

@ GoldGhost012 -- Yeah... I decided that while the Wayfinder is a perfect fit for this deck, he's pretty much a dead draw late game. At least the Caryatid can be a mediocre blocker and help me get off a Whip. As for the lifegain lands, yes. Now that I have a relatively solid shell for the deck, I was going to begin work on the land base. I'll add in what I have, and add in maybe 2GB, 1GW, and 1WB lifegain land?

October 21, 2014 10:07 a.m.

Just ran through a test with a pretty ideal hand, and figured I'd share the gameplay. It was just in the T/O playtester to see how the deck ran.

T1: Land, Elvish Mystic
T2: Land, Sylvan Caryatid
T3: Land, Liliana Vess , +1 to discard Ashen Rider
T4: Land, Endless Obedience to bring back Ashen Rider . Liliana -2 for another bomb
T5: Land, Liliana +1 to discard drawn bomb. End of opponent's turn, Rescue from the Underworld Ashen Rider and said bomb.

I want to T1 Mystic, T2 Mystic and Wayfinder, T3 Endless Obedience into bomb. That would be great. I'd need some dual lands though...

May not be Tier-1 material, but it's definitely fun to play.

October 21, 2014 12:37 a.m.

@ GoldGhost012 -- I agree that two is the ideal count on Lil', and that the Whip is not the place to cut. However, cutting a reanimation spell will drop me down to 3, which is also too low of a count. Maybe cut a Satyr Wayfinder ? While the mana costs differ greatly, the functionality with respect to this deck remains the same.

@ JagMaster420 -- When I craft my decks, I usually perfect the land base last so that I don't have to keep changing it. Might not be the best way to do it, but it works for me. Nevertheless, yes, the land base definitely needs work. I think once I add this second Lil' I'll start playing around with it.

October 21, 2014 12:24 a.m.

@ GoldGhost012 -- I'm not sure about cutting a Siege Rhino . Even without being reanimated, he's a huge threat that needs to be answered. If anything, I might drop a Whip of Erebos for a singleton Lil'. Thoughts?

October 20, 2014 2:55 p.m.