I played a little around the year 2000 and then came back to the wonderful world of MTG January, 2018.

A local playgroup soon developed and we naturally moved into Commander, with appreciation for the singleton, engaging and creative format.

I'm a systems thinker and learning to apply that framework to this world is tons of fun! I love the experience of getting the ideas, making the assumptions on synergies and sequencing and then playing it out with the cards interacting with each other. It's like the deck comes to life!

My first decks ended up being fairly strong in my playgroup. After getting the foundation, I'm starting to seek and enjoy the challenge of building less obvious decks, even if they are lower power.

Sure winning is fun, but I love the engaging gameplay more than anything. This keeps me from going heavy in control, though I'd love to explore more creative ways to control that don't leave my friends faces looking so sad long after the game is over.

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Said on 6 Average CMC ......

#1

NomadicSixGod, I'm sure that'll make a good difference.

I guess Ghalta, Primal Hunger is a little to obvious for this? Not as interesting?

January 18, 2019 11:51 a.m.

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#2

I think, with my limited knowledge of how it all plays, even with Scapeshift in the deck, I'd run a few more Forest s so you know you can pull off a turn 1 Search for Tomorrow . Besides, the scapeshift takes 2 green, so it seems like you'd want more forests even more with that spell, no?

My first playtest started with a Cinder Glade , a mountain and a Farseek . Next draw, I got a mountain. Already a turn behind.

Worth a try anyways :). Maybe 4 Forests and 5 Mountains? The way I see it with these is that if all our land searches are early drop and in green, and we have enough of them, we usually want more green basics than other colours, cause we can use those search to get other colours, but we can't play all those searches right away without the greens... and farseek won't find us another forest. I know this deck is more red heavy, but there's going to be those starting hands where you could be playing a couple ramps in a turn if the forests are there, but not having efficient early turns if they are not...

Most of all though, I'd say for the sake of the consistent turn 1 Search for Tomorrow , you'd likely be an easy 2-3 turns ahead by turn 3, in many cases playing a 6 cost creature.

January 17, 2019 12:46 p.m.

Said on 6 Average CMC ......

#3

This looks fun :) definitely gives me some ideas.

I figured with the Search for Tomorrow s and the Farseek , you'd want more forests than mountains as basics? To know you can play those asap, especially suspending the search on turn 1.

January 16, 2019 12:34 p.m.

ps. for the sake of flavour, I think you should put Launch Party in here :). A higher cmc, instant version of Bone Splinters.

January 8, 2019 7:01 p.m.

I just found Rush of Blood and think it's another great effect to turbo boost Kresh, whether it's on Kresh himself (for those times when they feel it's safe to take 11 commander damage) or a big creature that's just about to die and make Kresh big. It doubles the creatures power but doesn't effect its toughness, so it's great for if an opponents creature's about to get burned to death. Could be a good replacement for a higher CMC you have in here that you mainly end up using to boost Kresh.

January 8, 2019 5:17 p.m.

Depending on your play group, I'd say that for the 1 cmc more, Zendikar Resurgent's card draw for playing creatures, especially in a deck with 34, is incredible value. You get twice as much mana AND your creatures are replacing themselves with new spells to play.

For Meren of Clan Nel Toth, I personally would cut Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger... But that's because I think he's a bit of an ass hole hahaha. As a more obvious value exchange, I'd say Gleancrawler as Meren gives you a free creature returned to the battlefield (cheating for big ETBs and expensive creatures) every turn and is 4 cheaper. Maybe Ingot Chewer, however Meren makes cards like that good - so I'd stick by trying a trade with Gleancrawler.

I hear you with the Dictate vs. Grave Pact, especially if that's what your meta calls for. I don't always have a quick free sac outlet out, but if I know I can play one the next turn "keeping that mana up" isn't really "keeping it up", it's just as if you played it your turn but nobody knows about it - better yet, they will stay away from you that cycle cause they think you have some 5cmc response up your sleeve, then you play it right before your next turn to feed Kresh for an attack they didn't see coming. And as per a comparison to Urborg Justice, I think they would only be similar in 1vs.1 games, except Dictate of Erebos sticks around, a repeatable Justice for 3cmc more... that hits all your opponents, which might make or break a game for someone as hungry as Kresh. However, Urborg Justice is still a fantastic card, that I forgot about, so thanks for the reminder :). I have a token based Kresh I'm building which that'll be going in.

I do feel Dictate of Erebos, in this context, is better than Shattergang Brothers due to the free effect that also discourages people from removing your creatures, even when you don't have mana up. I think the brothers are better in a deck that doesn't have the high mana curve you mentioned, and that also makes token artifacts and creatures so you have enough to sac where your opponents can't pick and choose so easily when you can only afford triggering it 2x and they have 5 or more options to sac. But that's just my opinion based on my meta.

January 8, 2019 5:13 p.m.

Thanks Femme_Fatale. When looking that up, I found I could do the same thing in Terminal (I run a mac). Is there any way to do multiples at a time, or to mass select all lines in the text editer that begin with data-image="? Otherwise it might be that opening each link in another window and just dragging and dropping the images is just as fast (for someone with my skills or lack there of).

ps - seeing as how you seem to have a good understanding of coding, I have a quick formatting question for deck descriptions on here. Is there any way to center images in the description?

January 8, 2019 4:54 p.m.

Actually, scratch that. It just pulls in the preview, the first page and all other import options seem to turn the pages into a single image.

Still open to ideas :)

January 5, 2019 12:26 p.m.

Case closed! I opened the file MTGPress gave me in Adobe Illustrator and it recognizes them as separate files! Thanks for the effort, both of you!

January 4, 2019 9:10 p.m.

Is there another option besides mtgpress.net? It just preps the file as a sheet. I'd like the images individually, hopefully without having to cut the 100 cards out..

January 4, 2019 9:07 p.m.

Thanks Kemosabi. Not going to print, just going to pull it into a systems app to draw the connections between the cards.

And thank you Femme_Fatale, I actually ended up doing that, but not sure of the most efficient way to pull them all out and then get the images. One of the sites that have that built in might be my best bet?

January 4, 2019 9:03 p.m.

Thanks so much for the help Femme_Fatale - Giving it a shot, though I'm having trouble finding that particular line.

January 4, 2019 7:05 p.m.

Hi Tomahawk-Bang, great thoughts! Thank you. Ah yes - this is my deck that I love playing AGAINST Timmy decks. It's funny, I actually started to become aware of how excited I would get when people would bring out big flashy creatures. I would start to think something like, "everything's going to be alright".

Thank you for the ideas.

I remember having Victimize on my initial "to buy" list when I started building this last spring, however it somehow got lost. It'd probably be a good replacement for Rescue from the Underworld as, while Rescue from the Underworld puts theirs in my control and is an instant, it's a higher CMC. What do you think? Maybe both. Could be great if I get a few more ETB triggers running through the deck as well - I'm considering adjusting that way a little bit with my creatures, then throwing in some cheats like Birthing Pod, Feldon of the Third Path, Lurking Predators and Elvish Piper to up the level a bit. Probably a Meren of Clan NelToth (a legendary that Tombstone Stairwell would work great with)

Tombstone Stairwell sounds like a great mid game play for building up Kresh, especially with a Corpsejack Menace out, and a Dictate of Erebos, especially if you have some instant flings in hand as this mass build of Kresh would take place on your end step. I could see everyone agreeing to attack me with theirs though, knowing what was coming haha. Looks like a fun card to for a few different deck styles though, so I'm definitely thinking it'd be good on the purchase list.

Viscera Seer is something I'm definitely thinking about, good call. I appreciate the advantage that scrying provides. I wonder if it'd be worth taking out the Crystal Ball or not, as the scry 2 is even better advantage in some ways. However, not having enough sac options when you steal 3 creatures can be a bummer :). I'll figure out what I can swap out.

Shattergang Brothers - It's funny, when I made my first order at the time of originally building this deck, I picked up these guys. They didn't make it in though. I think it may have been because of the continuous mana inputs. However, If I wanted to focus this a little, it might be work taking out Grave Pact? I guess the downside is mainly its cost, while with Grave Pact, if they kill one of mine it's a passive response, and with a free sac like Viscera Seer I can sac 3 in a turn for big effect. Actually 4doublexx, I think this thought process is an argument for keeping Korozda Guildmage in: If I have any of the three Grave Pact triggers out and a free sac outlet, I could use Guildmage's second ability on a creature of my own, then wipe the board.

Lord of Extinction is wild. Such value for 5cmc. My hesitancy with him is more the value for $. I'm exploring ideas for an optimized version of Kresh though and he will definitely be on that list!

January 4, 2019 6:16 p.m.

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