Casual/Legacy Player Since: 1997

MTG Arena Player Since: 2019 (ADD ME: Apollo_Paladin#83413)

My Favorite Color(s) to Use: (though I do dabble with others)

  • Black/White

  • Mono-White

  • Mono-Black

  • Mono-Green

I love coming up with my own builds and discussing Deck Strategy with others. I don't do Netdeck builds of anything "Top Ranked" -- not on Paper, and not on Arena (at least never in Ranked matches). I don't have any problem with Netdecking as a concept, I just prefer the challenge of seeing how far I can get ignoring all the most popular combos in any given format.

Feel free to copy any of my decks though, as I said I've no problem with the concept!

Also if you want to play or even just discuss deck strategy then do feel free to add me on Arena.

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It sounds like you have a pretty good handle on things for only being a "casual" player (as you put it).

I actually have a whole writeup on some of my MTG Arena deck posts here on the glory of Blightbeetle. As a matter of fact I use him in two different builds in which I play ranked matches and do quite well (I, like you, don't do any kind of tournament play; ranked MTGA matches is as close as I get to anything resembling a Tournament).

There are a number of popularly-used creatures on Arena which Blightbeetle completely shuts down (as in - kills as they enter play) like Hydroid Krasis, Stonecoil Serpent, and Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig for example. It is incredibly satisfying to watch an opponent play something like that having not read the text on Blightbeetle and scan around in utter confusion as the big creature they just cast evaporates the second it hits the board. This happens somewhat frequently still too, so it is Recurring Joy (haha).

I'm really glad to see you've found this guy as well. Between Blightbeetle and "Big Teysa", you've hit 2 of easily my top 20 favorite magic cards of all time for general play.

And I really do hope you get to make use of all 3 of those Teysas in a build. The synergy there is just off-the-charts good in my opinion. Having Medium Teysa out and getting a double trigger off sacrificing 3 creatures to Little Teysa is just silly good.

MTG Arena is 100% free to try should you ever wish to give it a try (there is, of course, options to spend money, but one needn't do so and in fact in over 2 years of playing there I've spent a grand total of twenty dollars ever). The only downside to not spending ANY money initially is that it takes longer to build up your card selection. Also, there isn't a Commander Format option on Arena (yet) but should you ever feel the desire to give a different format a try you can add me there to play or discuss strategy or whatever: Apollo_Paladin#83413

I'm on most days at least for a little while, if only to earn some daily rewards for my free gold as it's how I accumulate wildcards w/o spending cash.

As for actual physical paper-card games, I myself never had enough people around who played Commander format so I grew up mostly around Legacy-style play.

I'll dig around at what you've posted here none the less. I'd say take a peek at some of my decks as well, but if you prefer Commander then I'm certainly not trying to talk you out of it either.

Cheers!

January 19, 2022 8:33 p.m.

Heya, I don't play Commander format but I found your deck randomly doing searches for other decks containing Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts because hardly anyone ever seems to use her.

I'm a Legacy/Casual/Arena player and just wanted to salute you for giving a nod to just how awesome she is in that form (as the Envoy). I run a Legacy format exile-based deck & wondered (despite only being able to add one of each) if you'd given any thought to the synergy between all 3 Teysas:

I use all 3 to pretty devastating effect in my build here: Exile Everything! (Triple Teysas). The Black/White tokens that Big Teysa creates can be double-sacrificed to Little Teysa's activated ability (since sacrificed white creatures she creates are also black creatures dying, you get 3 more pure white tokens that you can re-sacrifice if needed for a double-fire on the ability). Medium Teysa in play doubles the tokens you generate, making them even nastier. These both might find a use in your build I might think (and neither is prohibitively expensive to purchase).

You may be even able to pick 1 or 2 other things out of my build (again, even though it's not the same format) that you could use in yours (we already use some of the same cards, like Athreos).

In any case, +1 for not only including "Big Teysa" (as I still call her), but for including her with some synergy uses as well! I hope a player from a different format making a comment isn't out of line.

January 19, 2022 5:01 p.m.

Decks

Exile Everything! (Triple Teysas)

Legacy* Apollo_Paladin

SCORE: 12 | 11 COMMENTS | 1813 VIEWS | IN 6 FOLDERS

Mono-Black Hand Hate (Arena Revamp)

Historic Apollo_Paladin

SCORE: 3 | 100 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Ultra-Budget Speed Dredge (2x 5-Card "Gold Hands")

Legacy Apollo_Paladin

SCORE: 79 | 78 COMMENTS | 7448 VIEWS | IN 45 FOLDERS

Rakdos Menace (MTG Arena Build)

Historic Apollo_Paladin

SCORE: 6 | 2 COMMENTS | 336 VIEWS | IN 2 FOLDERS

Intense Aura Beatdown (with Infinite Defense!)

Legacy* Apollo_Paladin

SCORE: 26 | 22 COMMENTS | 2426 VIEWS | IN 7 FOLDERS

Mardu Speed Knights (MTG Arena Build)

Historic Apollo_Paladin

SCORE: 8 | 5 COMMENTS | 3219 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

Tae'rin Terror (Elf Zerg)

Legacy Apollo_Paladin

SCORE: 9 | 9 COMMENTS | 843 VIEWS | IN 6 FOLDERS

Finished Decks 18
Prototype Decks 3
Drafts 0
Playing since Revised Edition
Points 45
Avg. deck rating 13.54
T/O Rank 552
Helper Rank 333
Favorite formats Legacy, Modern, Casual, Arena, Historic
Suppressed formats Pre-release, Heirloom, Commander / EDH, Noble, Hero, Block Constructed, Duel Commander, Tiny Leaders, Highlander, Penny Dreadful, Frontier, Leviathan, 1v1 Commander, Pauper EDH, Canadian Highlander, Brawl, Oathbreaker, Pioneer
Cards suggested / good suggestions 344 / 186
Last activity 1 day
Joined 4 years