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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 | 31 COMMENTS | 124258 VIEWS

Perfection of Hand Jobs || Nekusar Cruel Control Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 21 | 17 COMMENTS | 3161 VIEWS

Perfection of Artificing Playtest

Standard* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 106 | 29 COMMENTS | 15493 VIEWS

Dirt Cheap: Duct's Budget U Tron Playtest

Modern* ducttapedeckbox


This Land is My Land - Take 2 Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox


Yet another WIP *P* Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox


Bouncy Hooters Playtest

Modern* ducttapedeckbox

Finished Decks 31
Prototype Decks 32
Drafts 0
Playing since Mirrodin
Points 14900
Avg. deck rating 18.98
T/O Rank 82
Favorite formats Standard,Commander / EDH,Casual
Good Card Suggestions 44
Cards Added/Fixed 24
Last activity 18 hours
Joined 2 years

PreZchoICE1 says... #1

Definitely interested in still doing a deal Life has just been really hectic for me lately. Let me know what you're still interested in- I have that foil thran as well still.

November 26, 2014 4:20 p.m.

MagicalHacker says... #2

There are definitely enough cards so that you can use Kamahl, Fist of Krosa as a land destruction commander. (I used him for infinite combo.)

For Titania, I'll post a comment of my thoughts once I build a deck for her (hopefully this week).

November 25, 2014 10:27 a.m.

Mana Vault is open! Im gonna take a browse through your stuff,

November 25, 2014 1:48 a.m.

MagicalHacker says... #5

Other than Conjurer's Closet, Mimic Vat, and Tawnos's Coffin, there aren't many ways to flicker Titania besides what you mentioned (feel free to check for yourself though)

I'm sure that using sacrifice engines would work too, especially Food Chain!

November 22, 2014 8:11 a.m.

Haxxzor1 says... #16

I suppose we can go ahead and do the Shivan Reef and Illusionist's Bracers instead. Thank you for being forthcoming about our trade and the value differences; I most definitely appreciate the honesty. Alas, I need those dang Goblins, though. Shoot me an email/initiate the trade? :) haxxzor92@gmail.com

November 3, 2014 11:47 p.m.

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Said on PreZchoICE1...


What are you still interested in? I have that playset of the Caryatids and the Lotus Cobra to put towards the Thran Dynamo. Feel free to just respond with a proposal :)

November 26, 2014 6:31 p.m.

@ ThisIsBullshit -- I was running Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind for a while but he did about just as much as Psychosis Crawler, which is't much. I think I'm going to add Fork-like effects in place of some of the cards I remove. As for the lands, I like the bounce lands for the fixing. It's not ideal early game, but they work until I can trade into better lands. This deck started off at about $100, and I added more valuable cards as I traded for them. I've never drawn myself out. I've been close, and I should probably look to either ending the game more quickly or add recycling effects.

@ Megalomania -- Darksteel Plate and Swiftfoot Boots are my way of protecting Nekusar. I agree that Lazav, Dimir Mastermind and Sangromancer can be dropped in favor of tutors or fork effects.

November 26, 2014 5:15 p.m.

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Woah shit this was necro'd. My bad.

November 26, 2014 5:05 p.m.

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My vote goes for dumplings. They're really simple to make and taste amazing. I made them before, and the recipe was something like this:

Dumpling wrappers (duh, but this is the hard thing to find without the right store).
Ground pork
Napa (cabbage)
Sesame Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

Just chop all the stuff up and mix it together. Place a little filling in the middle of the wrapper, dip your finger in a bowl of water and wet the edge of the wrapper. Pinch it closed (make sure it's really closed!). Place them in a fry pan with a little vegetable oil until the bottoms are brown, then add some water and cover. Let the water evaporate, then stir and let cook for another minute or two.

I know this might not be as helpful without quantities, but they can be made to taste.

November 26, 2014 5:03 p.m.

Said on Creature & Land ......


Well I screwed the pooch on that formatting.

November 26, 2014 12:02 p.m.

Said on Creature & Land ......


I'm back to working on my main EDH deck,

Perfection of Hand Jobs || Nekusar Cruel Control Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 20 | 13 COMMENTS | 3071 VIEWS

and I want to focus on improving the land base and ensure that all of the creatures I run are optimal for the deck.

You probably need to look at the deck itself to comment on the land base, as I don't want to list all 36 lands individually. As for the creatures, here are a few that I'm concerned about:

Abyssal Nocturnus -- He lacks evasion and doesn't do much unless I wheel. But when I do wheel, he gets huge.Lazav, Dimir Mastermind -- He can copy some pretty cool stuff and retain hexproof, but is this too conditionalPsychosis Crawler -- My hand is never that big, but the pinging can total up.Sangromancer -- Do I need the life?Solemn Simulacrum -- He's a value machine, but most decks can reuse him. I can't. Still worth it?

The deck is linked below, and I'd greatly appreciate any feedback on the land base, creatures, or anything else you see! Thanks!

Perfection of Hand Jobs || Nekusar Cruel Control Playtest

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox

SCORE: 20 | 13 COMMENTS | 3071 VIEWS

November 26, 2014 12:02 p.m.

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Figured this should get linked at some point: List of Budget EDH Staples and Power Cards.

The link 404's and I can't find the deck in your deck folders :(

November 26, 2014 11:48 a.m.

@ K34 -- I'm only running six swamps if you include two shocks. Unless Urborg is out, Cabal Coffers would likely only produce 2-3 mana which doesn't seem worth it to me. My issue with Master of the Feast, Well of Ideas, and other "at the beginning of each players upkeep, that player draw X cards" is that they begin to cross into a group-hug strategy. This deck is far from that. The draw spells I run don't give card advantage, they force feed cards. If you start giving your opponent one or two cards extra every turn, they gain just as much advantage as you gain from dealing damage for each draw. You want to flood them with cards, with cards like Forced Fruition.

I honestly loved Well of Ideas, but then remember when I purged this deck of Temple Bell effects. They're not efficient for this deck. Thank you for the suggestions, and I'm sure some would argue with me about their utility, but those are my observations after running this deck for a while.

November 26, 2014 11:42 a.m.

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November 25, 2014 10:09 p.m.

I have a single Siege Rhino and an Oran-Rief, the Vastwood from your wants. It's a small trade, but if you see more you like then we can expand it. Do you have anything from my wants list? All I see listed is a pair of Ghost Quarters :/

November 25, 2014 10:07 p.m.