ducttapedeckbox Counterer of Spells

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

I play control. I play Nekusar, the Mindrazer in EDH, Blue Moon (online) and UTron (paper) in Modern, and Counterburn in Standard. If a deck doesn't let you move the game at your own pace, it isn't for me.

My experiment is, obviously, with control. I woudn't consider myself an expert, but I know my way around a deck list. Feel free to ask for advice! I'm more than happy to check out lists given that they're linked in relevant places. Please do not comment on my decks with just a link to your own deck; either post that on my wall or leave me feedback as well.

I think I'm a pretty nice guy. I can be blunt, but I'm only doing so in an attempt to be honest and realistic. I'm not out to sabotage your deck, so don't be offended if I suggest a lot of changes. You're also more than welcome to disagree with me!

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.

Update time! Refund has been processed, should be on my card in about a week to two weeks. At that point, I'll send out and let you know.

September 28, 2015 7:27 p.m.

saj0219 says... #2

Remember that trade three months ago where my end was lost and I ordered the cards from TCG for you? Well...the post office just delivered them to my door three months later. Haha.

September 28, 2015 5:05 p.m.

capriom85 says... #3

Eh not really...just stick whichever in. I just want it for my Surrak EDH

September 26, 2015 2:35 p.m.

capriom85 says... #4

September 26, 2015 1:44 a.m.

capriom85 says... #5

No problem. I remember busy college Friday's. I'll check your binder for some cheap EDH goodies and get back to you later when I have more. We will definitely make a deal though

September 25, 2015 7:52 p.m.

capriom85 says... #6

Interested in all of that as well. Since you seem to have the Vents as a priority why don't you go ahead and work on a deal that ensures that is part of it and let's see how that goes. Oh, and if you have an Vault Skirge that would also sweeten the pot. Clearly I am trying to build an affinity deck. HahaAnd don't worry about a possible trade with someone law involving my Vents, I have 2 I can let go. You have dibs on 1 b

September 25, 2015 11:40 a.m.

capriom85 says... #7

Not sure you have anything that gets you Steam Vents or Wheel of Fortune, but: how does Languish and Tasigur, the Golden Fang sound for Steel Overseer and Memnite? I have another tasigur if you have anything else. I still need: 4 Cranial Plating, 4Darksteel Citadel, 2Springleaf Drum and everything else I have listed. 4Galvanic Blast as well.

If you have a lot of those maybe the Steam Vents will be an option for you though.

September 25, 2015 7:58 a.m.

capriom85 says... #8

I'll check your binder and get back to you. Thanks for the follow up

September 24, 2015 10:08 p.m.

As it turns out, my financial aid has been approved, but I still haven't had my money released out to me yet. I will let you know when that does happen.

September 21, 2015 5:29 p.m.

Magicrafter says... #14


September 19, 2015 12:43 p.m.

Nothing new. My school is still being a complete dick on my fin aid, so I still can't send out yet. I do have your cards set aside specifically for our trade though, and I have removed them all from my binder (as far as I know).

September 5, 2015 5:29 p.m.

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I'm looking forward to seeing the hard control decks that come out of rotation. I absolutely love playing unusual control decks like the UR Mindswipe list floating around pre rotation.

I'm currently brewing with typical control decks and with Demonic Pact, the latter of which I'd like to get FNM viable.

October 4, 2015 12:34 a.m.

I'm thinking of creating my own deck box from scratch. Designing it in CAD, and likely customizing it with a raised Island symbol or something. Properly put this mechanical and aerospace engineering degree to use, right?

The downside of printing a deck box will be the physical appearance. The plastic from the printers is strong and durable, but cannot be customized with color. It has the benefit of exact dimensions (which could also be achieved by a skilled craftsman, but I don't have that experience). I'll have to work on a closing mechanism that doesn't plastically deform but is strong enough to hold the box closed. I really like the spindown holder idea Epoch, I also place my die on top of my box and it rolls as soon as someone breathes. Being able to hold dice in a separate compartment also appeals to me, as does having a display hole in the front to see the cards.

I have some exams this week, but I'll work on some ideas and post them next weekend.

October 4, 2015 12:27 a.m.

The best custom deck boxes are made from duct tape.

In all seriousness, what do players look for in deck boxes? I've crafted one out of wood (and many out of duct tape) for myself and am rather pleased with it, but it weighs a ton. Now that I'm familiar with CAD, I'd like to start a side project of designing a personalized deck box that I may be able to print some day. What are the best aspects of your deck box? What can be improved?

October 4, 2015 12:07 a.m.

The symbols are very similar, maybe he just didn't notice it?

But yeah, pics please.

October 3, 2015 7:59 p.m.

Good read.

What other control lists do you think we'll see popping up? I only recently played at FNM over the summer where I piloted the janky Mindswipe list. Not overly competitive and I can't see it working post-rotation, but a hell of a lot of fun. I tried brewing with Demonic Pact control lists as well, but didn't get anything working with the BFZ cards.

As you can tell, I like unusual control lists. Do you have any suggestions for something (moderately) budget-friendly?

October 2, 2015 11:59 p.m.

Many of these issues could be due to your mobile device or network speed. Both of these have been a factor in frustrating mobile use for me in the past.

October 2, 2015 11:51 p.m.

Said on Audio jack troubles...


Have you tried using needle-nose pliers to get the broken jack out? Depending on the type of break, you may be able to grab the end and just pull it out. Do you know if the port itself was damaged?

October 2, 2015 5:51 p.m.

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Echoing buildingadeck on U-Tron.

I recently discovered Suicide Zoo, running phyrexian mana cards and Death's Shadow on top of a semi-typical Zoo shell. Kinda cool. Not sure how well it holds out though.

October 1, 2015 9:27 p.m.

How do people keep finding this deck? It hasn't been touched in ages.

Nemesis could be a good change, The_Jesster.

October 1, 2015 9:58 a.m.

Said on How Do I ......


In the top right there is a magnifying glass symbol. Type the user's name in there and hit enter. On the top right of the results page, there will be a list of users with that name/similar names. Select the name to go to their profile page. On their profile there is a "Add Friend" button along the horizontal menu below their profile text.

September 30, 2015 10:15 p.m.

Can you not go to your deck, click edit, and type the names of the cards? This search and add to deck feature is relatively new I believe, so it might be a little buggy.

September 30, 2015 4:01 p.m.

Khans fetches have been on the rise with the exception of Windswept Heath due to the supplemental product printing.

September 29, 2015 11:20 p.m.

I'll be packing one or two of these somewhere in my 75 if I end up playing Esper (or, at this rate, Sultai + white), but the real value will be against midrange decks. Knocking out some Walkers' or bigger enchantments (if there are any playable ones in Standard...?) is certainly a plus in addition to just creatures.

September 29, 2015 4:29 p.m.

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I'd like to echo much of what rothgar13 said. Tron has not been falling off; R/G has been a consistent T1-2 deck, with mono-blue and Gifts slowly gaining in popularity and competitiveness. To preface the rest of my post: I play mono-blue Tron, so my experience with R/G is limited - take what I say with a grain of salt.

As of late, mono-blue has been playing anywhere from 2-4 Chalice of the Void spread across the mainboard and sideboard, which has greatly helped the deck. R/G doesn't really want this because they have a more aggressive plan and aim to hit Tron on their third turn to play Karn Liberated.

Speaking of Karn, I don't see him in your list. He is by far one of the biggest reasons to play G/R Tron, and I'm surprised to not see him as a 4-of. Looking at your list, I can say that the set of Steel Hellkite should easily be Karn Liberated. Karn provides so much value on T3, and can easily win the game on his own if left to rampage.

Also, as mentioned above, Batterskull has fallen off in the current meta due to Kolaghan's Command, and being unable to trade with bigger threats like Angler and Tasigur. Wurmcoil Engine is an extremely efficient and powerful card that demands an answer, whereas Batterskull could be, at best, a sideboard card in matchups where you expect Path to Exile.

vishnarg's R/G Tron List is a finely tuned list that is a great example of a competitive deck. I'm not saying that you should build a copy, but I think there are some good explanations in his description (I hope he doesn't mind the shout out). I get that you want to diversify your threats from the typical Emrakul and Engines, but most other options will be less efficient than what a typical deck runs.

September 29, 2015 4:25 p.m.

I was playing a UB control variant at FNM against a kid who normally drafts but was using a friends RDW deck. I don't remember my opening hand exactly, but it had everything I needed as long as I drew another removal spell or two. I proceed to draw into land - DTT - DTT - DTT - Ugin...

September 29, 2015 9:31 a.m.

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Great! That must be a relief to have that over with. Just let me know when you're ready to send :)

September 28, 2015 7:54 p.m.

Said on saj0219...


Oh wow... I'm not even sure what to say to that. It's great that you got your cards back, but appalling that it took this long for someone to find it.

September 28, 2015 6:38 p.m.


Crudelis Imperium - A Cyclic Chaos Playtest

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Control & Conquer: Mono-Blue Tron Playtest

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LOL NO (UR Counterburn) Playtest

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Let's Make a Pact Playtest

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Risky Shenanigans Playtest

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4C Control Prototype Playtest

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LOL NO, Take 2 *P* Playtest

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Testing *P* Playtest

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Finished Decks 30
Prototype Decks 35
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 24740
Avg. deck rating 20.96
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Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Modern, Limited
Good Card Suggestions 78
Last activity 12 hours
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