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The Braided Siren's Song (Show n' Tell Theft)

Commander / EDH Aikido Battlecruiser Casual Group Hug Jank Mono-Blue



Version 3.0 - - - 10/15/19

The #1 Braids deck on Tappedout! Thank you!!

Control, theft, and ways to gain tempo are the game plan until Braids gets established and rolling. The idea is to play Braids before my turn and/or bounce her back to my hand. The selection of theft effects ideally take away some of the power of giving my opponents more cards out and the means to play them for free.

Braids isn't the most competitive general but this is supposed to be a fun deck that throws a 'lil bit of chaos into a multiplayer game. I still keep throwing money at this deck though.

This deck started off as a humble ~$60 budget deck full of sea monsters. It had a solid number of theft cards as a subtheme. It is one of my favorites so I kept upgrading it. I added more and more theft cards and pared back the Braids-ing in fattys aspect. I still want to have some of it in the deck--otherwise Empress Galina , Thada Adel, Acquisitor , or the dreaded Memnarch should be commander (or any number of multicolored commanders, like Merieke Ri Berit , Marchesa, the Black Rose , Rubinia Soulsinger , Sen Triplets , or quirkier choices like Hanna, Ship's Navigator and Muldrotha, the Gravetide to easily recur theft Auras. Many commanders can do theft well--even things like Keranos, God of Storms and Nin, the Pain Artist for a value engine in the command zone). I'm far too sentimental to drop Braids, Conjurer Adept so I will maintain her aspect as a control-finisher thing.

For a time I had a fair amount of group-hug elements but I found it just drew my opponents into answers and wasn't particularly fun--there weren't many political group-hug things I could leverage.

For a while I didn't include Eldrazi for thematic (and budget) reasons but then I had a realization. I eventually realized that I was busting my ass and paying 6 or 7 mana to safely cheat in an 8- or 9-drop kraken; not quite where one wants to be in commander! So to make Braids' ability worth it I would need to have the deck wholly built around her ability and include upward of twenty bombs and more facilitators like Quicksilver Amulet , Vodalian Illusionist , and Paradox Haze . I wanted more theft in the deck so I settled on a bare-minimum Braids package that I'm trying to slowly upgrade with more impactful (and expensive!) bombs, like Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre and the mighty, dreaded Blightsteel Colossus .

(Under construction)

Leyline of Anticipation

Erratic Portal

Trying to have a strong theft theme cuts deeply into utility slots for the deck, unfortunately. Luckily, theft cards fill in as removal/control so I'm not doing too bad.

Quicksilver Amulet


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Cards with an SL are cards I own. Cards with an MP are potential cuts.

Audited 1/9/18


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Leyline of Anticipation , Erratic Portal , Mystic Sanctuary , Dominating Licid , and Chaos Wand in.

Crawlspace , Mirage Mirror , voldalian illusionist, Arcanis the Omnipotent , and Temple of the False God out.

Mirage Mirror was more clone-y than theft-y so I dropped it for flavor, despite its power. Crawlspace is great too but it seemed like merely an unsynergistic card of decent power. I thought it was great in the deck years ago. I like voldalian illusionist for Braids normally since it can come in before Braids (unlike Vanishing ) and can protect a bomb from removal. I took it out since it was the weakest of my Braids enablers since I added two more: Leyline of Anticipation and Erratic Portal . Will definitely keep it in mind for later. Would be a no-brainer if my deck was more Braids-focused.

I just added Chaos Wand for fun. Seems on-theme and fun/chaotic.

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Date added 3 years
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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 4.39
Tokens 2/2 Boar, None Copy Clone
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