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Posted on Feb. 7, 2020, 10:02 a.m. by TypicalTimmy

Several months ago a user was wanting to write an article on the top 20 deck lords. This user wanted to have an ongoing series in which they interview other types of users, such as the top 20 helpers and top 20 longest players of Magic.

The article never came to fruition, but I happen to have the list of questions for the deck lord series. So I am opening it up to the site as a whole! If you'd like to take the time and answer the questions, it would be greatly appreciated. :)

Please feel free to copy and paste the list down in the panel below.

- Favorite Formats:

- Favorite Deck:

- Favorite Color:

- Favorite Guild:

- Favorite Shard:

- Favorite Wedge:

- Card that best represents you:

- Hobbies Outside of Magic:

- Tell us about your life outside of TappedOut:

- How did you come up with your username?

- What first appealed to you about Magic?

- Why is Magic important to you now?

- What are your thoughts on the current metagame (any format)?

- Are there any cards or strategies you feel overcentralize the metagame? 

- How do you deal with a dominant new deck, card, and/or player in your pod?

- What is your approach to deckbuilding?

- Share with us some of your favorite decks by others on TappedOut you feel are underappreciated/underrated.

- Are there any future releases you’re looking forward to? Why or why not?

And feel free to add questions with answers, such as who your favorite Planeswalker is, if you have read ant of the books or comics, have you entered any tournaments, etc. :D

GhostChieftain says... #2

Interesting idea. Ill probably have to do this later when I have time to fill it out

February 7, 2020 10:21 a.m.

TypicalTimmy says... #3

Guess I'll kick things off, unless I get ninja'd lol.

  • Favorite Formats: Modern, EDH, trying to get into Pauper, Two-headed Giant. I also have a strong passion for Oathbreaker and Archenemy, despite not being "official formats". Out of all of them, I'd say Oathbreaker is perhaps my favorite with Archenemy being my second favorite.

  • Favorite Deck: Oh man, there's too many to choose from. I'd have to say my #1 favorite deck in Modern is my Rakdos Minotaur deck. It's lost to the aether somewhere on this site, but it's a Midrange Minotaur Tribal deck jam-packed with like ~18 instant-speed removal spells. Believe it or not, I went up against a tournament winning Elf deck and smashed it to pieces. My opponent made the fatal flaw of sinking everything he had into Ezuri, Renegade Leader. After he tapped everything and put it all on the stack, I came in with a Terminate and killed it. With nothing but some 1/1s and 2/2s on the field, he reluctantly passed. I had only four Minotaur on the field against an army of Elves. I had Rageblood Shaman, Felhide Petrifier, Neheb, the Worthy and Kragma Warcaller. This looks like it's merely 8 power on the field, but with all abilities adding up it's actually a total of 27 power. With Trample. And Deathtouch. And First strike. And Haste. So, he obviously did not block nearly enough and I won. Even if he had, I have Savage Beating in the deck for a reason ;).

As for EDH, my current favorite deck is my Lathliss' Brood deck. This thing is just a powerhouse of fun. The deck's description needs to be updated, but as of now the deck list itself is complete. I find it works very well the way it is. And yes, it can win on turn 6. Not take out one opponent. I mean take out all three of them, on turn 6.

As for Oathbreaker, by large my favorite deck is my exceptionally broken Kiora's Eternity - Dual Infinity, and Beyond!!. Being able to literally produce both infinite mana and infinite turns, on turn 4, is astounding. I'll need to fit Nyxbloom Ancient into the mix now ;) Because if you're going to Min-Max a deck, you gotta do it properly ;D

  • Favorite Color: - It's fast, it's powerful, and it doesn't care about you or your feelings. Second is green, followed by black, than white, than blue. Sorry blue players, but I don't have the time nor the patience to be responsive. If I am sitting there with zero cards in my hand and everything is turned sideways, I'm a very happy Timmy. :3

  • Favorite Guild: RAKDOS - also Gruul. If I am feeling midrangey, I play Rakdos. If I'm feeling stompy, I play Gruul. Oddly enough I have a very strong affinity for Orzhov. I think it's just a nice step into a different style. I love playing with life totals and all. Again, zero love for blue. Sowwie not sowwie.

  • Favorite Shard: Okay, so you're going to hate me for saying this but it's... Esper. I KNOW RIGHT?! For some reason, I absolutely LOVE how Esper playes. It's... I don't know. I think it's because since I am pulled into three colors, I need to manage resources better. I can't dedicate an entire deck to just smashing face or blowing stuff up. I could, but I think that having a third color pushes me out of my comfort zone and I find genuine solace in Esper's manipulation of the entire game. I know, it's very weird. This is the one and only time I play blue. Sometimes I'll try for something like Izzet or Temur, but the only one I find comes natural is Esper.

  • Favorite Wedge: I've always held a strong passion for Mardu, but I can never seem to make it work. One of these days I will, and it'll be my next passion project. Until then, Mardu, you're a love on the other side of the world. I think what I love the most about Mardu is, as weird as it will sound, it's not Jund. You'd think Jund is just Rakdos and Gruul combined, but in reality the way it plays, it's more Golgari and Gruul combined. I'm not really into graveyard interactions, and so I feel I can't play Jund properly. I always feel out of my element stepping into a Jund deck. But Mardu is so straight forward; Turn sideways and wrath.

  • Card that best represents you: I think, out of all of Magic, there is one card that truly sings to me and it's Xenagos, the Reveler. First of all, I love Planeswalkers. Secondly, I love Gruul. Thirdly, I love Theros. But also the abilities. +1 for stupid amounts of mana to sink into stupid amounts of spells and abilities? Thank you yes please. Then a free hasty boi for 0? Sure why the heck not?? That last -7 is great, too! It's effectively See the Unwritten on a stick but better! :D

  • Hobbies Outside of Magic: Work. Work. Work. Play with my cat. Sleep. Also work. I work a lot. I just accepted a position as a production supervisor for a company coming to America. I can't get into specifics here, but effectively what's going on is this is a Danish company that has been in business for 30+ years. They are opening up shop in America and built their very first plant last year in the town next to mine. They are in the process of building an entire nation-wide Division, and have asked me to be a production supervisor. I'm 30 years old. So if I work toward retirement goals, that's 35+ years with this company, literally on the ground floor of aggressive expansion. Nowhere to go but up.

  • Tell us about your life outside of TappedOut: As I just stated, I work a lot of hours. Currently about 50 - 60 a week. Thank God I'm hourly, right?? Haha but joking aside, I also support my disabled mother. My dad passed in 2007, we lost our house in the crash of 2008, and my mom was diagnosed with Lupus in 2010. Lupus is a disease where your immune system attacks your body. It starts with your joints, but it spreads to organs and the nervous system. Unfortunately there is no cure that we know of today. The best course is to put her on medication to suppress the immune system, which means she is constantly sick and battling illness. She almost passed away in 2017 when a simple head cold turned into bronchitis and then pneumonia. The virus moved into her kidneys where it caused massive damage and shut them down. She was in the ICU for literally a full three weeks, and her vitals crashed twice. She is doing much better now, but unfortunately Lupus will only make her health worse. It's sort of like Hospice. The unfortunate reality is that if she doesn't pass from something in the meantime, such as a car accident, Lupus will take her life. It may be 10 or 20 years from now, but it will happen. I believe she has started the early stages of alzheimer's / dementia as it spreads to and attacks her brain. She will "remember" conversations that never happened, she will forget things almost immediately, and she will hear sounds or see flashes of light that aren't there. She is 54 years old. So, the vast majority of my life is going to work, then coming home to take care of her. I was at Walgreens buying her medication when I posted this thread, and now I'm at home about to start cleaning as I type this reply. Such is my life.

  • How did you come up with your username? I actually had an account before this one, under the username MinotaurtheMatador, named after my favorite tribe; Minotaurs. I made a second account named Catalog9000, which I used as an online database for the cards I had. As my collection grew, the whole "cataloging" thing came harder to do and I consolidated both accounts into one. Once I upgraded, I switched to TypicalTimmy, because that's who I am as a player. I get excited over big stupid cards and I love to play big stupid creatures. You know how Pelakka Wurm was a pushed bulk rare in Core 2019 and everyone hated it? I ran a playset of it in two different decks. ;)

  • What first appealed to you about Magic? I'm honestly not sure. I actually hated Magic at first. Thought it was a stupid waste of time. Then again, I was an edgelord in high school, so go figure. What appeals to me now is the creative force behind deck building. I love the challenge of taking cards nobody uses and making it work. So yes, I play fringe decks. I love that this actually equates to an edge, because nobody knows what your deck will do since nobody plays it lol.

  • Why is Magic important to you now? The game isn't so much as important to me as the community. I come onto TappedOut because it's like going onto Facebook. I have friends here, I can talk about cool ideas, I can express concerns, I can offer advice. I may not be the best user, nor the most experienced. Heck, I'm probably not even in the top half. But I play the game in a way others don't (fringe), which means I can see potential in cards that many others will overlook. It might not be the best advice, but it's certainly something many users have taken into consideration and used.

  • What are your thoughts on the current metagame (any format)? I haven't kept up with metas in so long that I can't even tell you, anymore. I'm sorry.

  • Are there any cards or strategies you feel overcentralize the metagame? Since I can't answer the prior, I can't answer this either. Again, I apologize.

  • How do you deal with a dominant new deck, card, and/or player in your pod? 3/3. Can't answer. Sowwie.

  • What is your approach to deckbuilding? For Modern, I look for about 3 - 5 cards that all interact extremely well together and run a gambit of 2 - 4 copies in a deck. Synergy above all else. In EDH, I look for up to three "types" of cards and comprise a list of around 20 of each, then hone from there. For example, in my Lathliss, Dragon Queen I have three basic functions: Ramp & cost reduction, Dragons, Burn. Each one works on their own, but they work together to create a tremendous force to reckon with. I use the Commander as a tool to kick the deck into overdrive, not as a crutch the deck must be centered around. If she's not out, it's okay I'm still pitching 4/4s and 5/5s with strong abilities and evasion in the air. If she is out, hot damn.

  • Share with us some of your favorite decks by others on TappedOut you feel are underappreciated/underrated. I'll have to get back to this, sorry.

  • Are there any future releases you’re looking forward to? Why or why not? IKORIA & THE COMMANDER SET

February 7, 2020 11:29 a.m.

Boza says... #4

  • Favorite Formats: Limited Draft and Constructed limited (aka Cube).

  • Favorite Deck: probably my own ProcEspers.

  • Favorite Commander: Saskia the Unyielding. For the longest time, it was Nekusar, the Mindrazer. I have not picked that deck up in ages though.

  • Favorite Color: If it is not obvious from the colors of my username, I dislike red. My favorite color is black, closely followed by blue.

  • Favorite Guild: Dimir by far. Both flavor and gameplay for that guild are excellent.

  • Favorite Shard: Grixis Bolas lives on in our hearts!

  • Favorite Wedge: Sultai - I like the mechanics of that guild a lot and they have coolest leaders.

  • Card that best represents you: Venser, Shaper Savant is my favorite card and its abilities are how I like to play the game and express my individuality within it.

  • Hobbies Outside of Magic: Board games - I have a sizeable collection of several dozen titles. AMA about board games!

  • Tell us about your life outside of TappedOut: Is there such a thing?

  • How did you come up with your username? - Boza is a popular Bulgarian fermented drink with very low alcohol content, popular with kids and adults alike. It is also a slang term for mess.

  • What first appealed to you about Magic? - A friend introduced me to Magic with two Extended decks more than a decade ago, playing tron versus goblins. The game had a very nice artwork and detail, while featuring sleek gameplay with cool combinations of cards.

  • Why is Magic important to you now? - A way to get together with friends and play occassionally competitively and chat about on TO.

  • What are your thoughts on the current metagame (any format)? - I think that Modern has got a bit too stale, Legacy and Pauper are experiencing a Renaissance, while Pioneer and Standard are too new to be evaluated.

  • Are there any cards or strategies you feel overcentralize the metagame? - What a bold question. The meta is defined by the speed of the format, so the best aggro and/or combo decks dictate the meta. A meta with Goblin Guide will always be faster than a meta with Raging Goblin.

  • How do you deal with a dominant new deck, card, and/or player in your pod? - Oh, apperantly the last question was about Commander. Still gave a relevant answer. Varying my deck would be best - for example, having a toolbox of cards for cards in a deck to metagame with will allow you to freshen up your playing experience without switching commanders.

  • What is your approach to deckbuilding? - Start with the goal or theme in mind. If you cannot state in a single sentence how you want to win and how to get there, you cannot start to deckbuild. "My Muldrotha, the Gravetide deck will durdle and control the boardstate, until it is able to win with a large Villainous Wealth." or "My Saskia the Unyielding will have only legendary creatures in it."

  • Share with us some of your favorite decks by others on TappedOut you feel are underappreciated/underrated. - I am rarely looking at other people's decks unless they are similar to the one I am currently building. As generally awesome creator, I will have to highlight Gattison who does amazing work with commons in MTG.

  • Are there any future releases you’re looking forward to? Why or why not? - Honestly, not really. Magic design has felt a bit stale, especially from a Limited perspective. That is why I said "I am making my own Magic!" and delved into Custom cards creation. I invite everyone to join the Ability Challenge

February 7, 2020 12:12 p.m.

Ize19 says... #5

I'm definitely no Deck Lord, but this looks fun, so why not?

Favorite Formats: Legacy, Modern and Commander. I started with Legacy, but no one plays it where I live anymore, and I've been having fun with Modern. I'm extremely new at Commander, but it's been a good time so far!

Favorite Deck: Right now it's my Solaria deck. The first deck I ever built was a Splicer deck meant to create a lot of Golems, and this deck succeeds where that one failed. It creates lots of tokens, places lots of counters, digs fast and responds well, probably my best deck yet.

Favorite Commander: Marath, Will of the Wild. I like making tokens and adding +1/+1 counters. Marath does both very well. He also pulls his weight as spot removal, and the more you use him, the better he gets.

Favorite Color: Green, in real life and in Magic. i love plopping big creatures, or building up my creatures until they can match big creatures. There's no better way to win a game of Magic than by having your army of creatures trample over theirs. Next is white, then red, then blue, then black. I don't hate black, I just don't use it much. My newest Commander deck has a ton of black in it, but I haven't had the chance to play it yet.

Favorite Guild: Selesnya. Given my earlier answers, I'm sure that's no surprise. Simic would be my second pick.

Favorite Shard: Naya. Although I've had a ton of fun building my Grixis Marchesa Commander deck.

Favorite Wedge: Never played with one, but Temur resonates the most with me on paper.

Card that best represents you: Titan Forge. An army of 9/9 Golems? Yes please! This was the first card I ever "broke" putting out one of its tokens for 3 mana a turn on both my opponent's and my turn, and it felt gooood. Not a competitive card at all, but super fun to play, and strong if built around correctly (probably).

Hobbies Outside of Magic: I love reading Manga, Manwha, Manhua, Light Novels, Web Comics, you name it. So much good content, so little time.

Tell us about your life outside of TappedOut: Not much to tell. I work at a grocery store, spend most of my time either reading or with family, and occasionally find my way to the LGS.

How did you come up with your username? - The first forum I ever joined was about baseball, so I used my nickname (my real name is Isaac) and added on the number of my favorite player, Tony Gwynn. Now whenever I join somewhere online, I always try to use this username.

What first appealed to you about Magic? - Deck building. I love the creative aspect, the puzzle solving aspect, and the sense of accomplishment you get when a deck you designed works the way you wanted it to. Even when I take a break from playing Magic, I'm always thinking of brews.

Why is Magic important to you now? - It's one of the few things that gets me out and about, and it's still fun after all these years!

What are your thoughts on the current metagame (any format)? - Modern looks ripe for a shakeup. There's a lot of good decks, hopefully Thassa's Oracle won't homogenize it like it has with cEDH.

Are there any cards or strategies you feel overcentralize the metagame? - Oops, jumped ahead and answered already. But yeah, not currently, but worried about Thassa's Oracle.

How do you deal with a dominant new deck, card, and/or player in your pod? - Good question, hasn't come up for me yet.

What is your approach to deckbuilding? - I start with a few cards that work well together, and try to figure out how best to exploit them. As the deck takes shape, I look to either boost strengths, or shore up weaknesses. There's always Opportunity Cost, so I keep looking for cards that are flexible enough to fulfill multiple functions in the deck, especially ones that still work without the card(s) they were specifically put in to help. This process is very iterative, and my deck will go through many forms before it's "done" ( it never really is).

Share with us some of your favorite decks by others on TappedOut you feel are underappreciated/underrated. - Atraxa, Planeswalkers' Voice Really cool build with lots of counters! Just my style.

Are there any future releases you’re looking forward to? Why or why not? - Lots of cool Commander products this year, it's perfect timing as I'm trying to get into the format this year.

February 7, 2020 5:11 p.m.

GhostChieftain says... #6

  • Favorite Formats: Commander, Two-Headed Giant draft

  • Favorite Deck: Bloodstone Circle This is the first deck I have made with any cEDH viability, and Karador will always hold a special place in my heart.

  • Favorite Color: I love creature based decks, and especially love the ability to grab utility creatures from my library via effects like Birthing Pod and Finale of Devastation

  • Favorite Guild: I enjoy orzhov because I like tax effects and the colors can make for some crazy fun graveyard strategies.

  • Favorite Shard: Jund A good aristocrats strategy is one of my favorite things. We have removal for days. I mostly see jund as golgari++

  • Favorite Wedge: Abzan I get to use all of the best parts of my favorite 3 colors, but they are all improved by the addition of both the other colors.

  • Card that best represents you: Collector Ouphe

  • Hobbies Outside of Magic: I enjoy a lot of hobbies, but instead of a laundry list of hobbies I will just say binge watching T.V. series with my wife and playing with our pup.

  • Tell us about your life outside of TappedOut: I'm a 27 year old man living with my wife of almost 2 years now in the big city of Lincoln, NE. I work for a telecommunications company as a locator (damage prevention). We have a 1 year old australian shepherd/border collie mix named Kaya. In roughly a month our little family is getting 1 bigger.

  • How did you come up with your username? Karador, Ghost Chieftain is the first single card I bought with the purpose of making a commander deck. I have played some version of that deck off and on since 2012ish.

  • What first appealed to you about Magic? Not sure, I just saw a deck at a local board game event and decided to get it. It was an infect deck and I pulled a Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon in the pack that came with it.

  • Why is Magic important to you now? It is a way for me to flex my mental game and keep myself practicing problem solving.

  • What are your thoughts on the current metagame (any format)? The current competitive EDH format has a boogeyman in the form of sushi hulk. I think that a 2 card 0 boardstate instant speed win is something that needs to be removed from the format.

  • Are there any cards or strategies you feel overcentralize the metagame? Sushi hulk strats are very very strong right now. Apart from that, consultation decks are in an amazing spot with the new Thassa's Oracle slotting in instead of labman. Funny enough, sushi hulk is a consultation deck. I truly believe that Flash and either Demonic Consultation or Tainted Pact should get a ban and we should get a couple unbans to even it out.

  • How do you deal with a dominant new deck, card, and/or player in your pod? Learn how to best affect their strategy. Full stop.

  • What is your approach to deckbuilding? Come up with a strat that I want to win with and only put in things that work with it or that prevent me from losing.

  • Share with us some of your favorite decks by others on TappedOut you feel are underappreciated/underrated.

Weatherlight Consultation Primer This deck is by one of the guys in my meta and it is a solid deck. Yall should check it out. Boys support boys CallahanIsHere

  • Are there any future releases you’re looking forward to? Why or why not? I just look forward to more magic.
February 7, 2020 6:52 p.m.

Flooremoji says... #7

Haha, I remember when I was hovering around 10 in the decklords...

Then life caught up XD.

February 8, 2020 12:05 a.m.

Suns_Champion says... #8

Hello all! Fun idea!

I am Sun’s Champion! I’ve been a deckbuilder on TappedOut for 3ish years now, there was a time where I was #1 helper and #7 deck lord, but alas, college prevents that now a days. I guess you could say I am the resident Boros expert. For the legion!

  • Favorite Formats: EDH by a long shot, but I enjoy prerelease and draft too.

  • Favorite Deck: OH LORD JESUS IT'S A FIRE! | Neheb EDH | PRIMER

  • Favorite Color: Red, then white.

  • Favorite Guild: boros Boros BOROS BOROS

  • Favorite Shard: esper

  • Favorite Wedge: mardu

  • Card that best represents you: Mantis Rider. It’s colors represent me well, and like the Rider I am good at many things but not amazing at any one thing.

  • Hobbies Outside of Magic: Soccer, drawing, reading, some video games, camping, climbing, hiking, exploring.

  • Tell us about your life outside of TappedOut: I am a junior in college studying history. I work at a summer camp where I teach climbing to 11-17 year olds.

  • How did you come up with your username? Elspeth, Sun's Champion is my favorite card. I am glad the username wasn’t taken!

  • What first appealed to you about Magic? Art.

  • Why is Magic important to you now? Still art, but it’s also a way to make friends, express myself creatively through deckbuilding, and test my brainpower through strategic playing.

  • How do you deal with a dominant new deck, card, and/or player in your pod? I’m Boros. I don’t remove permanents, I remove players.

  • What is your approach to deckbuilding? Deckbuilding is a creative and therapeutic process for me. I don’t copy decks. I do t use EDHREC. I come up with my own idea and go with it. I brew new commanders, or brew old ones in a new way.

  • Share with us some of your favorite decks by others on TappedOut you feel are underappreciated/underrated: I have a folder of them here

  • Are there any future releases you’re looking forward to? Why or why not? Commander legends, because of the new legendary creatures.

Thanks for reading! May the Sun always shine in the eyes of your enemies!

February 8, 2020 5:13 p.m.

RNR_Gaming says... #9

1) My favorite formats are modern and edh. Though I haven't really been able to play modern for a long while it's definitely what got me more into magic and trying new things within the game. Edh is the format I've funneled the most time and money into because theres always something new; though it can get stale at times theres still such a huge variety it's hard not to get sucked in over and over even when I take breaks.

My favorite color has to be green. It's so versatile and does just about everything.

Simic is my favorite guild. I love all the experimentation and adaptation going on and the aesthetic.

Esper is my favorite shard; I wasnt playing during this time and haven't really looked into the lore I just like a lot of the cards that fit into this shard.

Saltai is my favorite wedge - khans block is without a doubt my favorite block of magic; this is when I really "delved" into the game.

Spike tournment grinder - I care more so for win rates and efficiency than I do for flashy over the top victories; I love tunning decks to the peak of perfection and just absolutely dominating tournments; I don't really travel for iqs or opens anymore but once in a blue moon but I still think this card fits me.

So outside of magic I really like fps games and mmos (runescape and wow on occasion). I use to dabble in art stuff like cartooning and sculpture but got burned out. For a bit I was collecting guitars. Fake/copy guitars and thrift store guitars were my favorite.

Mainly, I just go to work at a hospital hauling around linen and picking it up. Outside of work I'm typically playing games or hanging out with my girlfriend.

My girlfriend and I did want to start making youtube videos about magic and dnd channel and both of our names start with R so if we did the channel itd be called rnr gaming.

So, after high school most of my friends moved away or apart so I kind of wanted a way to socialize i was torn between magic and yugioh but ended up going with magic because the community overall is less toxic in my area. A lot of the yugioh dudes at my shop were shady.

I met most of the friends I have now and my girlfriend through magic.

So as for meta games...

Commander - partner decks are too powerful and you're either playing them or something that hedges against them at least when it comes to cedh. If you played at commandfest I'm sure you probably noticed the abundance of TNT decks and Urza decks floating around. I had at least one of those 2 commanders at each competitive table I played at.

Pioneer - the bannings have slowed down but god damn it killed a lot of my interest in that format and made it hard for me to buy into it. I like that it's always influx though.

Modern - I haven't played post Oko ban but I'm sure its settling back into what it once was

Standard - don't play it

Brawl - too grindy for my tastes and one player always seems to snowball due to the limited answers standard has

Prior to the ban. Oko. Without a doubt this is the most busted card wizards has printed in the last decade. Its warped every format it was legal in other than commander around itself. As for strategies I cannot stand chaos; I'd rather play against stax and soft locks because at least there's decisions that can impact the game but chaos just makes everything an rng mess.

So, now I am the dominate player people have actually dropped if my name is on the sign up sheet and I've been asked to not play because I win too efficiently and it scares away customers.(side note: I only spike tournments I don't play with people casually unless they're okay with the power level of my deck) However, I wasn't always feared! Also, I'm going to note that I'm by no means a pro or even good at the game I'm just a regular fish in a small pond. The way I got better was through trial and error; people use to rip on me so hard for mainboarding ensnaring bridge or blood moon. I try a lot of different things and I realize a tournment structure doesn't revolve around me. I play test, research and tune until I'm happy with it and once I start to lose again I examine what I do wrong and fix the issue.

Deck building is all trial and error for me. If it doesn't work I research, change it and try again.

So, I love wanderer's and hack ball. When I hit a wall in deck building and all my decks started feeling stale with the same piles of cards with different commanders these decks showed me how to utilize commanders in a different way. Instead of just viewing them as some cool lore thing or something that's only relevant once a few games it taught me that commamders are an extension of your hand and are a resource you can build around; it may sound dumb but I use to just jam good cards with 0 synergy with my commander and I'd do fine but it's nothing compared to how I play now.

The forth quarter commander product and the secret lairs. I'm a sucker for alternate art and new commander product.

February 10, 2020 4:28 p.m.

Favorite Formats: Pioneer, Vintage, Commander. My playgroup allows any card to be played. Most of my decks turn out Pioneer, but sometimes I feel like cracking out the old cards, making a Vintage deck. Commander is a really fun format, but I don't have many people to play it with.

Favorite Deck: Nicol Bolas, THE ORIGINAL. First and best commander deck I have ever made.

Favorite Color: . I know this is the colorless symbol, but it represents Eldrazi-and an Eldrazi intro pack was the first thing I got.

Favorite Guild: Dimir is fun and can make for an entertaining game.

Favorite Shard: Grixis, because Nicol Bolas.

Favorite Wedge: Abzan because when I make token-based decks this is what colors I usually go for.

Card that most represents me: Simic Ascendancy. It's not that I like +1/+1 counters, but basically I like stalling until I can steal the win!

Hobbies Outside of Magic: Video games, especially Minecraft.

My life outside of T/O: I go to school and basically do what a normal kid does.

How did I come up with my username: Eldrazi Scions

What first appealed to me about Magic: I was playing the Pokemon TCG before, and when I saw Magic I thought I'd give it a go. Glad I did!

Why is Magic important to me: It is not just a game. It is a passion.

My thoughts on the current metagame: Standard is boring with all the EXACT same decklists going around. It has no creativity.

Any cards or strategies that overcentralize the metagame: The new gods, especially Heliod, Sun-Crowned and Klothys, God of Destiny.

How do I deal with a dominant new deck/card/player: I find a way to stop it.

My approach to deckbuilding: I just come up with a small idea and run off with it! Sometimes it is successful, sometimes not.

My favorite deck on T/O that I feel should be more shared: Hello, It's DEATH

Any future releases I'm looking forward to: Zendikar Rising. I know there will be no Eldrazi, but Zendikar is a great plane.

Please give cookies if you like the Eldrazi!

February 10, 2020 5:15 p.m.

DeinoStinkus says... #11

I am very excited to be a part of this amazing community. I am the 5th decklord and 4th helper. I remember looking up to users like TypicalTimmy and Femme_Fatale in my early Tappedout days, and being in a similar place to them now is a very rewarding experience.

Favorite format?

I suppose my favorite format is Commander. I've touched upon why I don't play other formats before, but I'll say it again. I used to play Modern, because even I knew that Vintage and Legacy were way out of my league. I was running a deck I had titled "Total Extinction", after the combo of the deck: Lord of Extinction + Fleet Swallower. I was equipped with two Whispersilk Cloaks and an Aether Tunnel to better enable the combo. The rest was jank, although looking back Hedron Crab, Bloodchief Ascension, and Ob Nixilis, the Fallen probably weren't bad either. I went to a Modern game at my LGS, and it didn't happen because there was only one other person there. He offered to play his deck with mine. I accepted. He assured me that it was "just a deck he had been tinkering with".

It was a Breach Hulk deck focused around Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle. I lost turn four.

Needless to say, I didn't play Modern again.

I found Commander, and I have been playing ever since. I also enjoy Limited, as is apparent by the number of draft decks I have on this site.

Favorite Deck?

My favorite deck is Yennett Simplicity. I'm a budget player at heart, and the low cost of the deck for me felt very complete. It is also the only deck on this entire site that I fully own.

Favorite Color?

My favorite color is Blue. It is, in my opinion, the most powerful color in the game. Running a deck without it is sad to me. I really want to try an Abzan aggro or Krenko deck, but the thought of abandoning my altered Rhystic Study is just alien to me.

Favorite Guild?

My favorite guild to play is Dimir. I love the thought of skulking around in the shadows and milling my opponents. I am a somewhat sadistic player (one of my favorite cards is Sadistic Sacrament), but in reality I am a Simic, as confirmed by multiple online quizzes.

Favorite Shard?

It's got to be Esper. All of my favorite commanders come from Esper: Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign, Sen Triplets, Zur the Enchanter, Oloro, Ageless Ascetic, and Aminatou, the Fateshifter. If I had to pick a second, it would be Jund, as I have a casual Jund sacrifice deck that's really funny. It usually draws itself out.

Favorite Wedge?

Sultai, without a doubt. Yarok, the Desecrated and The Mimeoplasm are both Sultai. Self-Mill has always intrigued me, and Yennett Simplicity was originally supposed to be a Solar Flare deck.

Card that best represents you?

Um... I don't know. I suppose I am a combo of Pir, Imaginative Rascal and Master Biomancer.

Hobbies Outside of Magic?

I consider myself a Creator. I write novels, create graphic novels, and compose music. I recently finished a piece entitled "Raindrops Sonata", a moody sonata which emulates three stages of a person's life and struggle with the reality of death.

Tell us about your life outside Magic.

I'm a homeschooled sophomore in high school, so my life is pretty exciting right now. I got a 5 on my AP Biology test as a freshman, and I am gearing up to take on two more tests at the end of this year. COVID-19 hasn't affected me as much as it has other people, which makes me feel guilty, but I miss my social life. But Tappedout has given me a community to belong to in these trying times.

How did you come up with your username?

It's my old XBOX username. Deino is Latin for "terrible", so DeinoStinkus means terrible stink. Honestly, the name has become very intertwined with me over time. It is the name I use on most websites and games, including Reddit (DeinoStinkusOU), PVZ2, and soon YouTube as DeinoStinkus Studios.

What first appealed to you about Magic?

Ooh, that's funny. I actually didn't want to play it at first. I thought it was going to be too complex (okay, still don't understand Mutate or Banding), and I wasn't really into fantasy at the time. In fact, I was at a homeschooler's conference in Atlanta where some players were playing on the floor, and they offered to play, and I said nah and instead proceeded to ride the hotel's 50-story elevator over and over.

It wasn't until Thanksgiving week that I learned MTG. My uncle and cousin were coming up, and they wanted to teach me Magic. I was like "okay, fine, how do you play?" So they taught me. I learned pretty quickly and by the end of the week I had two decks: a Rakdos direct damage deck that I had brewed up and my cousin's Gatecrash Extort deck.

Why is Magic important to you now?

It's a fun game, and I'm too invested in it now to quit. Personally, I'm glad I didn't choose Standard as my format, but we'll get to that later.

What are your thoughts on the current metagame?

EDH's metagame is unique to the environment, so let's talk about Standard.

Oh my god. I'm going to make a video one day talking about the history of our Core 2021 Standard and how insanely broken it is. I hate everything about Core 21 Standard, and I'm glad I don't play it, because I would've given up by now.

Are there any cards or strategies you feel overcentralize the metagame?

That's literally Standard in a nutshell, friend.

Combo: Grim Tutor

Ramp: Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, Ugin, the Spirit Dragon


And then just look at Shatter the Sky. A nerfed Wrath of God in Standard.

How do you deal with an overperforming thing in your pod?

Everyone at my LGS runs Blitz combos and it sucks. That's why I have to resort to combos of my own and mass control with cards like Sadistic Sacrament and Blazing Archon.

What is your approach to deckbuilding?

I think of as many cards as possible to put into my deck, then I decide on a specific direction I want my deck to go in. Then I look up cards that help that direction, make replacements, research price, etc. Then I go to my LGS and buy the cards I need. I always have backups if they're out.

Share with us some of the decks on Tappedout you feel are under appreciated.

The Spellchaser decks by SynergyBuild and GoblinElectromancer are creative and amazing. I think more people should look at the First Cycle and Help! tabs to find new decks in need of help.

What new products are you excited for?

Double Masters and Commander Legacy! I suppose Zendikar Rising would be interesting, but I'm not a huge fan of the early Zendikar sets. I haven't got a chance to draft a Masters set before, so I'll definitely have to crack some packs with my friend.

Anyway, thanks for the valuable experience on this site! Thanks everyone who made this place a very special place to be a part of!

July 20, 2020 10:35 a.m.

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