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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. UrzaBomb -- Modern -- Mono Tron. This is my cheap segue into the format.
  3. Of Control and Thievery || Blue Moon -- Modern -- Izzet () Blue Moon control.

MTG Decks

Perfection of Milling Playtest

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Crudelis Imperium - A Cyclic Chaos Playtest

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Control & Conquer: Mono-Blue Tron Playtest

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Of Control and Thievery || Blue Moon Playtest

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Finished Decks 30
Prototype Decks 29
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 21690
Avg. deck rating 19.40
T/O Rank 53
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Modern, Limited
Good Card Suggestions 60
Last activity 2 hours
Joined 2 years

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Said on brokendwarf...


Thanks for letting me tag along during the raid today, and carrying me through the Nightfall haha. Nice grab on the GHorn from Crota! Wish I came away with something pretty like that :P

I did grab enough shards to upgrade my gaunlets and get to 31. As for the void problem, I've never even pulled a decent rare void weapon. Those exotic bounties with rare parts? Crappy rare shotgun and a uncommon launcher lol. Guess the game says that I'm not allowed to have void since I'm a hunter haha.

I have some problems to finish for diff eq (proofs in a predominantly computational class... Cool) but then I might head back on if you want to run through some bounties. If not I might work on getting my Warlock up, I think I have enough pieces to immediately get it to 26+ once I get to 20.

April 1, 2015 8:18 p.m.

Said on scrotality...


Hey man, sorry for all these posts about new shells, but I have another list to bother you with. Don't worry, I think my brewing is settling down and I've found a deck I'm going to stick with for a while. I've realized that I'm a control player through and through, and get pretty bored with anything else, so I made a blue moon list. It's not as "out of the box" as I usually like to go, but I haven't seen a list floating around lately and figured I'd try it out. Turns out, I love playing the list and Mirror Mockery is quite a funny card when it comes down. I'd appreciate any thoughts on the deck! :)

April 1, 2015 4:08 p.m.

Said on gurthang034...


Sorry for the delayed response. I think I'm going to hold off for now, but hopefully we can work something out in the future! :)

April 1, 2015 4:02 p.m.

Said on marz1342...


Hey there. I have a Progenitus and some other things from your wants. Do you think we could work something out for your Thoughtseize? I do have to note that the Inkmoth Nexus in my haves it currently tied up in negotiations - just mentioning it as I see you want one.

April 1, 2015 3:59 p.m.

Said on Of Control and ......



That's really tragic against Tron; I actually had the same experience hah. And I'm really happy with the Stormbreath > Shackles. Mockery fills that slot really well, and costs much less.

As for Serum Visions, what if I just distribute the counts into the deck? Add another Moon, Remand, Mana Leak, andddd Snare?

April 1, 2015 3:47 p.m.

Said on Of Control and ......


Damn FAMOUSWATERMELON, thank you! I'll leave a detailed responce later :)

March 31, 2015 1:25 p.m.

I'm on my phone but I'll try to remember to leave a more detailed post later.

With sets like this- that have so many opportunities for legendary creatures like the gods and pharohs and heroes (not sure if they're a big part of Egyptian mythology like they are in Greek, for example), you might be better off making a custom cube. That way, the rarity and legendary count won't be a struggle. I guess you could also create the block like Kamigawa, except add cohesion to the set. I worked on a League of Legends custom cube for a while, and this was a problem we faced.

As for the content itself, leonin/cats are a must, as are scarabs, sphinxes, and scorpions. Ainok probably would be good as well. Crocodiles? Camels?

You could try to choose a single story of Egyptian mythology, like when Osiris got cut up by... Horus? And Isis put him back together? Wasn't it something like that? This would limit the legendary count, and allow you to focus on a theme.

Sorry for the lack of cohesion in my post, just puking out ideas.

March 31, 2015 1:19 p.m.

Said on I will copy ......


You could do some form of Mindslaver lock, then your opponents don't get to play at all :D

March 31, 2015 10:11 a.m.

Said on brokendwarf...


Yeah, that's what I thought.

March 30, 2015 1:49 p.m.

Said on brokendwarf...


True... is your Xbox really slow when it comes to loading your character to switch weapons? Mines pretty old so it always take a little while to switch.

March 30, 2015 1:33 p.m.