Chandra Roaring Flame

I love building decks! Playing them is a secondary joy.

I also enjoy pretty art, interesting and funny flavour text, and foil cards.
This game, and its mythology, fascinates me.

Most of the decks I have created here I own in physical form.
I learnt to build decks the hard way.

First I started by building with whatever cards I had to hand.

I used to get wrecked quite early at Thursday Night Magic, so I would then go and watch other people play.

From doing that I saw some different styles of decks being played. Aggro was an example.

I would then go home and try to build that style myself.

Next I would playtest my decks against each other on paper. It was a long, slow process.

When I found TappedOut, and was able to playtest on here, things got much easier.

Here are the first decks I made.

Argy's First Deck

This was the first deck I ever cobbled together out of the available cards I had.

Why ? That's because the first Magic deck I was ever given was . The second Magic deck I was ever given was . I got them as 30 card beginner decks at the first PAX Aus. They are still my favourite Magic colours. I always feel happiest when playing them.

I won a game with this deck and was so excited about that.

Dragon Fodder

This deck was the first one I played in a tournament where I wasn't defeated.

I won two out of four matches that evening, with the other two ending in ties. The ties were due to me not realising that you have to play a little bit faster when piloting Control.

This was also my first deck on TappedOut that got some votes just from me cycling it. I was so thrilled that people had noticed it. This was long before the days when I was the number 1 Decklord on this site.

I built this deck after I played Control, for the first time, at a prerelease. I basically just made my prerelease deck bigger.

Lord of the Skies

This was the first deck I built that I thought was well-balanced. My first successful midrange deck. It was my original idea.

Kaboom!

Goblin Kaboomist was the first card I fell in love with, from both a visual and mechanics perspective. I got Aaron Forsythe to sign one for me, after I played it against him at PAX Aus.

Speedy

This was the first aggro deck I ever built. My friend built a similar one, after playing against this.

We were playing our decks while another friend was packing up to go home. After fifteen minutes he was ready, turned around to say goodbye, then said, "Are you finished playing already?"

I got my first Turn 4 win at FNM with this deck. I'm not allowed to play it against StuBi any more, as it makes him sad.

Sarkhan's Dragon Den

I feel that I should end this list with the last competitive Standard deck I ever built.

I went back to my roots and finished things in all . Plus Dragons, which are my favourite Tribe.

You can see how far I came with crafting decks, even by just how fleshed out the Description is.



I stopped playing competitive Magic as I found the scene too stale.

Hardly anyone was building decks, preferring instead to just netdeck.

This also had the result that you just kept playing against the same two or three decks every week.

Since I have no interest in netdecking, it was time for me to move on.

I still play Magic with HydraBear, but we stick to Planeswalker decks. It's casual and relaxed, which is nice.

Occasionally I will play Duel Decks with StuBi.

StuBi and I are trying to build a Goblin Horde deck, since one of my friends is interested in co-op Magic.
Referring to people who play Magic, or users on this site, using terms like he, him, or guys, insinuates that only males play Magic.

Even if you didn't mean it that way.

It can feel extremely weird to be referred to by male pronouns, if you are female.

Try using terms like s/he, her/him, people, folks, or everybody when referring to users, so the game doesn't end up feeling like a boys' club.

I reserve the right NOT to give assistance to people who can't be bothered to use gender neutral language.
All suggestions made for my decks will be considered. That doesn't mean they will automatically be adopted, no matter how special you think they/you are.

I see decks very differently than most people. I know what suits my play style, and my local meta.

I don't follow deck building "formulas".

Think before making a suggestion. If you are going to insist up front that it is the ONLY thing that can make my deck better, or make snide comments about my choice of cards/theme, or if you are going to be a jerk in general, then save us both the trouble and just go away.

Do some research before pointing out that my cards aren't Standard legal.
I usually know What's In Standard
These folders contain all the decks I currently playtest against:

Competitive Guilds of Ravnica
Pioneer TappedOut Brews
These decks aren't legal for play as they are built around a popular idea or a joke.

The Izzet Guild
covfefe
Throne of the God-Pharaoh
Eager Constructs
Alter Ego Constructs
G-20.In
These cards have worked well for me, but everyone else has told me to take them out of a deck.

Frost Walker
Eager Construct
These are the decks I have built from scratch, that I enjoy playing the most.

All of them have won a match, and most of them have won a tournament.

Triple A - FNM winner
Monothopters - FNM winner
Cast a Shadow - FNM winner
Jhoira's Crew - FNM winner
Sizzle - FNM 2nd place
Speedway Champions - FNM top 4
Scorch - FNM top 4
Dirty Emerald - casual multi winner
After Shock - casual multi winner
Blockage - casual multi winner
Brawling Eldrazi [Frontier Brawl] - Frontier Brawl winner
Monothopters [Frontier] - 2nd place
Cast a Shadow [Frontier] - 2nd place
General Tazri's Allies - EDH winner
Factual - EDH winner
I no longer offer my services to help people with Standard decks.
It brought more value to this site than I get in return.
If you need help with your Standard deck, start a topic in the
Standard Deck Help forum.

Interesting Decks

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Pyromancer's Assault Never ask a pyromancer if that's the best she's got.

Argy says... #1

Babyfacedbilly email me at [email protected]

It's easier for me to help you via email.

November 13, 2019 6:44 a.m.

Babyfacedbilly says... #2

Hello! I see that you have really nice formatting to your profile and decks and would like to know how you did this! I tried reading articles but they don't seem to be working for me, I would appreciate any help you could offer. I am also available on any social media or chatting platform if discussing this over TO is not a preference!

November 12, 2019 3:16 p.m.

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Said on Nexus of Fate ......

#1

Nillstan lol ikr?

This deck has at least lost Veil of Summer

There aren't enough Nexus decks being played since then for me to get an updated version.


I remember you from days of yore.

I dropped out of the competitive Standard scene and have just mucked around with Planeswalker decks with my hubby and friends. It's a relaxed way of playing with lots of variety.

I just grabbed the Oko deck. I know it's not THE Oko, but I'm interested to see how Simic fares, nonetheless.

Pioneer has interested me. Going to play my first tournament next week with a deck that might do OK.

It's an original brew that looks a bit like Mike Sigrist's Izzet Thopters, but mine has secondary wins cons with unblockable creatures, and goes with Whirler Rogue rather than Pia and Kiran Nalaar

It is also mono-blue.

I haven't had to do much to make it Pioneer, as it was already Frontier legal. I did have to add three Walking Ballista , though. Ouch.


What have you been playing lately?

November 14, 2019 12:50 a.m.

Since I'm personally adding new competitive Pioneer decks all the time, if you want to keep up with what's new, I suggest following me.

Alternatively, just keep checking the gauntlet folder I have linked here a couple of times.

November 14, 2019 12:09 a.m. Edited.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd we did have trouble tonight with one of the rules.

Turns out that we should have Googled it, as an explanation was available.

The trouble was that it was a rule that only the players could see, and I was the traitor. I'm usually the one in the group who thinks to Goggle rules.

It didn't really make that much difference to the outcome. Pretty sure they would have won either way.

November 13, 2019 11:23 p.m.

This was my second time playing it tonight with my playgroup.

The game is also made by Wizards.

I really like it. The mechanic where one person gangs up on everyone else is fun.

Our Haunt tonight took place after only two Omen cards had been picked up. From memory only three players had taken a turn.

It was a very complex Haunt, but I guess Wizards likes complex games.

November 13, 2019 9:09 a.m.

Said on Argy...

#5

Babyfacedbilly email me at [email protected]

It's easier for me to help you via email.

November 13, 2019 6:44 a.m.

Said on Pioneer Pummeler...

#6

This seems to do OK vs Izzet Phoenix although I haven't run any tests post Sideboard.

November 12, 2019 11:41 p.m.

Said on Pioneer Pummeler...

#7

I just had a thought, and it's not an original thought, and an expensive thought, so sorry ...

... but Smuggler's Copter would REALLY help to smooth out the draw with this deck.

That way you wouldn't get stranded hunting for certain things.

Of course there is removal to worry about but, better they get rid of that than Pummeler .

You could also think about maybe using Steel Overseer to pump Electrostatic Pummeler .

If you had a few more Artifacts you might then be able to use Inventors' Fair to tutor Pummeler .

Probably too many thoughts in there. Use or ignore as you see fit.

November 12, 2019 1:07 p.m.

Said on Scorch [Pioneer]...

#8

Mostly because I've given up on this build to focus on another secret one.

Also, there are some cards I just can't get to work for me. Soul-Scar Mage is one of those.

November 12, 2019 12:20 p.m.

Said on Pioneer Pummeler...

#9

Re: Planeswalkers Vivien, Arkbow Ranger has a second ability which is interesting.

Her first ability is also relevant for this deck.

(Yep, always trust Argy to mention a card which is on no one else's radar.)

Other than that, in these colours, combat damage or burn are your best bets.

I've always liked Fated Conflagration , and Stoke the Flames or Exquisite Firecraft might be worth consideration.

Of course you've already got Pithing Needle

November 12, 2019 11:16 a.m. Edited.

Said on Pioneer Pummeler...

#10

Heroic Intervention might be a good substitute for Veil of Summer

November 12, 2019 11:07 a.m.

Said on Pioneer Pummeler...

#11

Just tested this against Burn and the results weren't great.

I can see why you have the Electrostatic Pummeler in the Deck - to make it more Aggro.

It isn't really fast enough to out Aggro the Aggro Decks in this format.


It does surprisingly well against Control.

The other thing I've noticed, now that the playtester is co-operating, is that there are quite a few times I am waiting for another land to drop.

I'd try to put at least one more back in.

Also I agree that Once Upon a Time isn't that great in this deck.

Most of the time I am hitting a lot of non-creature spells.


Sorry, I'm not coming up with many suggestions for improvement, just testing results.

November 12, 2019 11:06 a.m.

Said on Pioneer Pummeler...

#12

Aethertorch Renegade may be an alternative win con.

I like it better than Voltaic Brawler , which can only be pumped up once - note that it has a triggered, not activated, ability.

November 12, 2019 9 a.m.

Said on Pioneer Pummeler...

#13

I'm just starting to test this deck so this is just an initial thought.

Remember Servant of the Conduit ? Given that you have so few lands that might come in handy. It's also a sneaky way to get a couple of more

Personally, I used to prefer Sage of Shaila's Claim , as it gives one more , and you are happy to use it as a blocker.

November 12, 2019 8:50 a.m.

Said on Pioneer Pummeler...

#14

I remember you, Pabs4444 - nice to catch up again on one of clayperce's Pummeler decks.

Feels like old times!

November 12, 2019 7:33 a.m.

Said on Veil of Summer...

#15

I approve of this latest ban.

That card was everywhere in the meta.

Of course it now makes all the decks I added to the testing gauntlet obsolete.

Arclight Phoenix remains untouched.

November 11, 2019 11:17 p.m.

WOTC stated that they wanted to make Saheeli Rai still accessible for other potential combos they had seen.

November 11, 2019 11:12 p.m.

Said on Pioneer format...

#17

Pioneer doesn't show for me on the Format forums.

Is it somewhere else?

November 11, 2019 11:09 p.m.

Said on How to put ......

#18

Once you learn how to do it I would suggest that you use backgrounds that aren't too busy.

Sometimes you can hardly read the text.

Check out my profile for the type of background I think works well.

November 11, 2019 11:01 p.m.

Said on Pioneer Pummeler...

#19

Wow Veil of Summer banned.

I did see it in every deck, but I didn't feel it was overly oppressive.

Mind you, I have been testing with a deck of mine that sits outside the meta (what else is new?), but does spectacularly well.


I'll try to take a look at this and your other deck tonight, mate.

November 11, 2019 11 p.m.

Cheers for that.

I was just thinking that I need at least one or two more decks for the gauntlet.

Added it. Thanks.


Can I suggest that you add "by [name]" to the title of the deck?

I've found that makes it very clear who built it.

November 11, 2019 10:49 p.m. Edited.

Specialties

Pioneer - Allies, Pioneer - Artifact, Pioneer - Burn, Pioneer - Eldrazi, Pioneer - Minotaur, Pioneer - Vehicle, Pioneer - WB (Orzhov)

Decks

Scorch [Pioneer]

Pioneer Argy

SCORE: 1 | 2 COMMENTS | 88 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Cast a Shadow [Pioneer]

Pioneer Argy

SCORE: 5 | 10 COMMENTS | 633 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Sarkhan's Dragon Den

Standard Argy

SCORE: 101 | 118 COMMENTS | 18436 VIEWS | IN 30 FOLDERS

Frontier Brawl Artefacts

Frontier* Argy

27 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

The Izzet Guild

Casual Argy

SCORE: 9 | 32 COMMENTS | 857 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

Cubes

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Eternal Magic

Argy — 2 years ago

SCORE 1 | COMMENTS 0 | VIEWS 557

cube chart

Let's Start at the Very Beginning

Argy — 2 years ago

SCORE 0 | COMMENTS 0 | VIEWS 425

cube chart

Tarkir Skies

Argy — 2 years ago

SCORE 8 | COMMENTS 2 | VIEWS 680

Finished Decks 65
Prototype Decks 6
Drafts 0
Playing since Return to Ravnica
Points 1330
Avg. deck rating 36.83
T/O Rank 48
Helper Rank 97
Favorite formats Archenemy, Planechase, Frontier, Pioneer
Good Card Suggestions 711
Venues The Games Cube
Cards Added/Fixed 13
Last activity 12 minutes
Joined 5 years