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(EDH) Buddy Christ & His Easter Eggs [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Mono-White Theme/Gimmick

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Buddy Christ & His Easter Eggs

Deck philosophy:

When Theros: Beyond Death was released, Daxos, Blessed by the Sun caught my attention. I always thought Daxos was a cool character. Heck, Daxos of Meletis was the first EDH deck I build and still love to play! Daxos' lore got me thinking. He was an oracle, he had his fair share of ordeals, he died and went to the underworld, he returned from death and finally he became a demigod. The similarities with the life, death, resurrection and glorification of Jesus Christ are obvious.

This got me thinking: is it possible to create a functioning mono-white deck with cards that are all somehow related to EITHER a character, an idea, a concept or quote from the Bible OR to a person or practice in the contemporary church? Well, it turns out it is possible! There are enough cards that meet my criteria. Naturally, a second question came to mind: 'Should I make an alter of my general to emphasize the deck philosphy?' Absolutely! Then the brilliant movie 'Dogma' came to mind and handed the idea for name, art and flavor text of the card. So without further ado, I present to you: 'Buddy Christ & His Easter Eggs'!

Strategy:

In this deck, flavor is more important than functionality. This deck is for shits and giggles. Selecting decent removal and interaction was actually the easy part. Next were ramp and the manabase, which went surprisingly well. Finding good card draw was harder. Luckily, the cycling lands, some graveyard recursion and creatures such as Mentor of the Meek and Bygone Bishop helped out. Those creatures pushed me in the direction of white weenie. Additional strategies are: anthems, creature/board protection, cleric tribal, tokens and some life gain effects. I'm not heavy on angels since they play a rather minor part in Scripture. So, all-in-all, there is a strategy, I think?

Card references:

The Commander:

The 99:

  • Altar of the Pantheon: the Temple in Jerusalem
  • Always Watching: "You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar." (Psalm 139: 1-2)
  • Ancestor's Prophet: the Old Testament prophets
  • Angelic Voices: "Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying: 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.'" (Luke 2:14)
  • Answered Prayers: the act of praying
  • Apostle of Purifying Light: the twelve apostles & Paul
  • Austere Command: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5: 22-23)
  • Barrin's Codex: a codex (ancient manuscript of Scripture written down on vellum or papyrus)
  • Benalish Missionary: a missionary
  • Blasted Landscape: a vision of hell
  • Burnished Hart: the custom of animal sacrifices in the Temple of Jerusalem / Psalm 42: 1 "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God."
  • Bygone Bishop: the apostolic succession
  • Carnage Altar: Golgotha, the site where Jesus was crucified
  • Chaplain of Alms  : a chaplain (catholic) or a deacon (protestant)
  • Coldsteel Heart: the hardening of Pharaoh's heart (Exodus 4:21)
  • Congregate: the weekly sunday gathering
  • Containment Priest: a Pharisee, a religious group infamous for saying 'Nope!' to Jesus
  • Corrupted Grafstone: a cementary
  • Crib Swap: "And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them." (Luke 2: 7)
  • Day of Judgment: the Day of Judgment (Matthew 25)
  • Descend upon the Sinful: the Fall of Man (Genesis 3)
  • Desert of the True: the 40 Year-journey in the desert from Egypt to the Promised Land
  • Dictate of Heliod: Moses receiving the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20: 1-17)
  • Divine Sacrament: the christian rites of receiving Baptism and Communion (protestant)
  • Drifting Meadow: "The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters." (Psalm 23: 1-2)
  • Evangel of Heliod: the four evangelists
  • Evangelize: the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 18-20)
  • False Prophet: Elijah confronting the 450 priests of Baäl (1 Kings 18)
  • Ghost Quarter: Jerusalem, after it's destruction by the Babylonians in 586 BCE / "How deserted lies the city, once so full of people!" (Lamentations 1: 1)
  • Gift of Immortality: the gift of eternal life
  • Heliod, God of the Sun: God / 'I am that I am' / The Name / My God / LORD of hosts / Father of Jesus Christ / Our Father in heaven
  • Heliod's Intervention: divine intervention
  • High Market: the city of Jerusalem
  • Holy Day: the sunday
  • Hour of Revelation: the Book of Revelation
  • Icon of Ancestry: leaded windows inside a church
  • Idyllic Grange: the town of Nazareth
  • Jayemdae Tome: the Bible
  • Knight of the White Orchid: the conquest of Canaan (Joshua 10-11)
  • Mana Tithe: religious taxes for the benefit of the poor and the Levite priests
  • Martyr for the Cause: the deaths of John the Baptist, Stephanus & Peter
  • Mentor of the Meek: the Beautitudes (Matthew 5: 1-12) / the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)
  • Mikaeus, the Lunarch: the Pope
  • Myriad Landscape: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1: 1)
  • New Benalia: the new Jerusalem (Revelation 21)
  • Noble's Purse: donation
  • Oblation: an offering
  • Oketra's Monument: slave labor in Egypt (Exodus 1)
  • Oreskos Explorer: Paul's missionary travels
  • Path to Exile: the Babylonian Exile (586-539 BCE)
  • 24x Plains: views of Galilee
  • Preacher: a preacher (That's me! I'm actually a pastor in a Dutch Protestant Church!)
  • Rebuff the Wicked: "Blessed is the one who does not walk in the step with the whicked (...), but whose delight is in the law of the LORD" (Psalm 1: 1-2)
  • Resurrection: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
  • Return to Dust: "(...) for dust you are and to dust you will return." (Genesis 3: 19)
  • Righteousness: "This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe." (Romans 3: 22)
  • Saving Grace: "Amazing grace how sweet the sound / that saved a wretch like me! / I once was lost, but now I am found, / Was blind, but now I see." (Well known hymn by John Newton)
  • Samite Elder: an elder (protestant)
  • Scapegoat: the sin offering on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16)
  • Scouting Hawk: a detail from the story of the Flood (Genesis 8: 6-11)
  • Scroll of Avacyn: a scroll used in the synagogue
  • Sea Gate Wreckage: the Israelites crossing the Reed Sea (Exodus 13-14)
  • Seal of Cleansing: "First, we must consider what a sacrament is. It seems to me that a simple and proper definition would be to say that it is an outward sign by which the Lord seals on our consciences the promises of his good will toward us in order to sustain the weakness of our faith." (quote from: John Calvin - Institutes of the Christian Religion)
  • Secluded Steppe: "A voice of one calling: 'In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.'" (Isaiah 40:2)
  • Selfless Spirit: the Holy Spirit
  • Seraph Sanctuary: an outside view of a church or monastery
  • Serra's Liturgy: the pattern of worship in church service
  • Skyboon Evangelist: the four evangelists
  • Speaker of the Heavens: Moses
  • Springjack Shepherd: "I am the good shepherd" (John 10: 11)
  • Springjack Pasture: "The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters." (Psalm 23: 1-2)
  • Swords to Plowshares: "They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore." (Isaiah 2: 4)
  • Temple Bell: church bells
  • True Believer: a believer
  • Vessel of Endless Rest: a coffin
  • Worship: praising God through song and prayer

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46% Casual

54% Competitive

Date added 2 months
Last updated 1 month
Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

3 - 0 Mythic Rares

31 - 0 Rares

26 - 0 Uncommons

16 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 2.72
Tokens Angel 4/4 W, Clue, Enchantment Cleric 2/1 W, Goat 0/1 W, Shapeshifter 1/1 C, Soldier 1/1 W, Treasure, Warrior 1/1 W w/ Vigilance
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