greyninja Soul of Elements

I used to play magic a bunch back in elementary and middle school, but kind of lost it after that. After getting out of the game for at least 8-10 years, my now fiance got me back into it!
I'm currently amassing a new arsenal of cards; picking up boosters here and there, the occasional prerelease events, buying from tcg sites, and trading from friends. These days our playgroup has gotten waaay more into EDH
Please check out my decks and tell me what you think!

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2austin5 says... #1

Will do mate! Im working on breaking into the magic community out here but it will be a bit slow with some medical bills, moving, and a conference over the next month and a half tying me up, but when I do I will look for tarns lol. I do have some unlisted Tropical Islands if those interest you at all. I am waiting until mid May to make a choice on trade or sell them depending on financial status, but I at least want to put it out there that it could be a possibility

April 8, 2017 6:40 p.m.

2austin5 says... #2

I would like to try and hold on to the foil Tarns, would you take a quick look through the binder and let me know if there is anything you see?

April 8, 2017 5:48 p.m.

2austin5 says... #3

Hey mate,

Is there anything you would take for the Exp Tarn other than 3 tarns? I do have two MM3 foil ones not listed but I am trying to make a set of them for play or at least get a set before trading trading them off

April 8, 2017 4:56 p.m.

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#1

I've been playing Animar, Soul of Elements for over four years and he's suuuper fun. I highly recommend it!

Here's the link to my deck so you can check it out. It's moved beyond a budget build, but it has a lot of the cheapo staples like Shrieking Drake, Ancestral Statue, Dream Stalker, Man-o'-War, Temur Sabertooth, Peregrine Drake, Cloud of Faeries, etc

I'd absolutely recommend picking up Cloudstone Curio and Purphoros, God of the Forge. Curio let's you capitalize on your ETB triggers, and purph will bring down the house on your opponents

Palinchron can go infinite with animar and enough blue-producing lands. Deadeye Navigator and Great Whale are more staples.

You'll definitely need all the draw-card sources you can get. Animar tends to puke your hand onto the board quickly, leaving you open to boardwipes. Soul of the Harvest, Shaman of the Great Hunt, Primordial Sage, Zendikar Resurgent, Consecrated Sphinx if you can afford it, etc

To stop wipes you can use Mystic Snake, Draining Whelk, Stratus Dancer, etc. Interaction like Duplicant and Phyrexian Ingester are always good ideas. Ainok Survivalist, Reclamation Sage, Indrik Stomphowler, and Acidic Slime are all good

That's all from me for now. Be sure to swing by edhrec.com for a bazillion more ideas!

April 29, 2017 8:44 a.m.

@emrakulinsmugglers, if you're going to be rude then you explain it

I would guess that it has to do with when they're uploaded into the system. Any upgraded user can add the cards to the system, and they're linked to tcgplayer or starcitygames or something right? Many cards aren't available for preorder when they're added early during spoiler season, and maybe nobody goes back and updates it

April 28, 2017 8:10 p.m.

From what I understand; it takes the average off all of the printings of each card when it factors the price.

April 28, 2017 3:51 p.m.

Counterspell

If one of the cats tries to jump up on the table; I'll quickly put my hand in front of them before they jump "COUNTERSPELL!"

Or if someone tries to shoot a bottle into the recycling; I'll spike it down "COUNTERSPELL!"

April 26, 2017 10:16 a.m.

Said on Animar & friends!...

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@Teleshar, thank you for the kind words! I upvoted all of your decks in return!

I have a lot of fun with this deck. It's seen many changes in the 4+ years since I first built it. Even the last few sets have brought goodies like Vizier of the Menagerie and Walking Ballista, which are two I'm checking out right now.

Also don't forget to +1 the deck everybody! Cheers!

April 25, 2017 7:39 p.m.

Maybe stuff like Dragonspeaker Shaman and Defy Death

April 25, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Said on Animar & friends!...

#7

@WesRobs, Lurking Predators was a card I played for a while in 60-card. Idk how I traded them all away. Definitely something I would consider. If it lasts; you can gain more than enough value from one lap around in multiplayer. It would be really great with something like Vizier of the Menagerie and/or Sensei's Divining Top.

@s0up, animar can build a large boardstate very fast. That's my plan in 1v1, just smoke em.

If you puke your hand onto the board too early in multi ppl will notice and take you down. I'm running a decent amount of interaction to chug along a little harder until it combos. If I can build animar and my hand just by repeatedly bouncing something like Dream Stalker; I'm prepped to combo out... or romp the /x /x player lol

Even a few 5/5s can put in work. Imagine applying pressure (or having the ultimate blocker) with animar, plus playing stuff like Duplicant and eldrazi for free. Obviously that's an optimal outcome. I'm usually silent when I run this deck in big groups. Try not to play anything too flashy until you're ready. Almost a fifth of the deck has its power near or above 5, so it can bring the heat quick if left unchecked.

Protean Hulk is a card I wish I owned prior to the unban. It doesn't affect the board upon etb, but you can swing away and ppl will be afraid to kill it.

@KailDaemon, Rattleclaw Mystic is part of the morph package I've toyed around with a ton. Ainok Survivalist is one I just took out recently, Dwarven Blastminer is evil and has won me a few tiny leaders matches, then there's a couple I haven't tried like Willbender, Stratus Dancer, Brine Elemental, etc.

I will likely never replace Lotus Cobra. Its applications with cards like fetches, Wood Elves, Solemn Simulacrum, and the like are just too good! Rattleclaw Mystic does its job well, too. It should be in here.

Aetherflux Reservoir can get really scary really fast. If this was a dedicated 1v1 deck I'd absolutely be running it. Multiplayer I feel it'll be turn 2-3 Animar, Soul of Elements, turn 3-4 Aetherflux Reservoir, and ppl will be like hmmm I wonder what he's doing ?!... blap blap blap! I should still run it. What does anyone think could potentially come out of the deck?

Thanks for the comments! I'm always stoked on hearing everyone's ideas!

April 24, 2017 11:45 p.m.

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#8

My buddy and I took 3rd at 2HG today. He played control and I built to bring the beats and a little control myself. Two very fast decks that had a lot of versatility.

It was awesome sharing the card pool. First time I've ever done that. We had playsets and 3-ofs for a lot of really good cards. What was weird was only playing one game against each team rather than best 2/3.

The first game we went toe to toe for a long time, but they didn't have the removal package that we did and couldn't keep up.

Second game we crushed them. Absolute blowout.

Third game was against the two shop owners. One playing rakdos colors had Throne of the God-Pharaoh by turn two and it destroyed us in no time. Two life lost per tapped creature was disgusting.

Last game was like the first. Went toe to toe but this time we couldn't keep up.

Landed in third place behind the two decks that beat us so I can't complain. 2HG is fun. 10/10 would recommend

April 23, 2017 6:39 p.m.

Played and took 3rd out of 19 at midnight. Went 2-1, 2-0, 2-0, 1-2, 2-0 and had a bunch of fun. Lots of efficient creatures, plus 2x Cut / Ribbons 2x Vizier of Deferment 2x Mighty Leap etc etc etc. Fling was f*n hilarious.

is really strong. didn't fare so well if you lacked removal. brought the beatdown in any combination of colors. Zombies are very strong if you pull the Lord and/or tappers.

had enough removal and disruption to back up my 16 creatures that it had some decent flow. I'll admit Dusk / Dawn saved me twice lol. is what beat me

Pulled a masterpiece Oketra the Truefoil icon in one of my packs I opened after the fact. Saw 3 foil Nissa's and various invocations including Consecrated Sphinxfoil icon

April 22, 2017 6:15 a.m.

Can't wait to play at the midnight prerelease tonight!

April 21, 2017 1:05 p.m.

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Aurelia, the Warleader is super fun. I dropped some $$ to get her a Sword of Fire and Ice, but the wifey won't let me add Sword of Feast and Famine because it's "too mean". Both are great targets for the aforementioned Stonehewer Giant lol

April 20, 2017 1:02 a.m.

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What are some of the draw-card and consistency pieces in the deck? "Staples" that help keep you chugging into the late game? I built Aurelia, the Warleader for my fiance from her mono-w 60 card deck; and that's my challenge I'm finding.

In boros there aren't many draw options. Mentor of the Meek can be pretty darn good if you're dumping out weenies. If the deck is doing a good job of pumping those weenies; you might be better off with Stonehewer Giant. Just trying to think on flavor and with utility. Maybe do Stonehewer Giant regardless haha it's so good

Who's the commander?

Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran
Akiri, Line-Slinger
Anax and Cymede
Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas
Tajic, Blade of the Legion
Brion Stoutarm
Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer

Out of these seven: I'd do Jor Kadeen if you're running a lot of mana rocks, Agrus Kos fits your theme for soldiers, Tajic if you're going for commander damage, or Brion for maximum hilarity. Obviously it can be whoever but these are what I found that sync

April 19, 2017 10:42 p.m.

@ERoss8, jund was a thought I had for goblins (comment #3), since we only have Shattergang brother to rep them. There are a lot of gobbies in those colors! We also have Goblin Electromancer; so they might throw us off and do temur or grixis goblins

@iAzire, the four decks thing is confusing me too. It's awkward to fit five colors cleanly into four decks. My main thought it they might just do 5-color and/or colorless decks.

We have 5c slivers, dragons, angels, eldrazi, allies, scarecrows, elementals, even atogs haha.

Imagine a five color Emrakul?! Either pre-mending or way in the future after she's broken free from innistrad?!

Maybe it's two 5c and two colorless with Karn or something

April 19, 2017 9:37 p.m.

After thinking about it some more; we could see zombies, elves or merfolk, and even Goblins

I'd personally love to see wurm tribal, as that was my first tribal deck I built haha. We could see birds, werewolves, elementals, fuckinnn.... minotaurs. If it is the 25th anniversary of the game they'll likely do OG tribes tho

April 18, 2017 2:40 p.m.

Having four decks that don't complete the color pie makes the OCD in me go nuts lol

I'm guessing they'll be a mix of 2c and 3c. If they are the four tribes that Skulloelegy mentioned, I'd say:

Elves: , , or ,

Merfolk: , , or

Goblins: , , or

Zombies: , , or

We don't have enough wedge legends in my opinion; so I was hoping that's what they'd print this year. Time will tell!

April 18, 2017 2:16 p.m.

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Super stoked to go to 2HG with one of my buddies on Sunday. Thanks for compiling the list of cards that have a better advantage in 2HG! Something I was going to look up anyway but you've made it easier!

Also don't expect to pull a Tattered Mummy; they're only available in the duel decks

April 17, 2017 3:04 p.m.

Now you need Vizier of the Menageriefoil icon :D

April 16, 2017 8:51 p.m.

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You do have a decent amount of ramp. 33 lands is sorta low so ~8-15 pieces of ramp are what I'd go with.

You have Nature's Lore which is awesome. Three Visits is its expensive buddy. I also like Farseek and Rampant Growth. You should add Kodama's Reach to go with Cultivate

Land-based ramp is good since most people frown upon land destruction. Folks are always destroying artifacts lol

April 14, 2017 8:15 a.m.

I have no doubt we'll see lots of zombies at prerelease. It feels like theyre flooding the playing field with them, because even random red creatures become white zombies

Here's hoping that with Bolas we get shards again; and they print an Esper zombie legend. We already have a Samut so you never know

April 13, 2017 11 p.m.

Looks like there is a vizier cycle

Also the embalmed creatures look way more sketchy than their living version. Especially the angel lol

April 13, 2017 5:51 p.m.

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