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.


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.


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 Meta Decks
These decks aren't legal for play as they are built around a popular idea or a joke.

The Izzet Guild
Throne of the God-Pharaoh
Eager Constructs
Alter Ego Constructs
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.

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Cheers for that, mate.

May 5, 2021 10:48 a.m.

For a couple of days now, the pictures haven't been showing for Tokens.

There is only a black box.

You are able to input all the information you'd like, but you can't see what the Token actually is.

I'm on an iPhone.

May 4, 2021 12:30 p.m.

Just so we are clear, Friday Night Magic is considered a tournament.

Is that what you have been playing, or just casual games you've picked up at your LGS?

How competitive a deck is partly depends on the meta it is playing in. Every local meta is different.

For example, the one I currently play in has three original brews that do well - Red Combo, Gruul Dinos, and Grixis Reanimator.

You'd need to play and adjust your deck, to see if it can be competitive.

I do like a lot of the ideas you already have. Some clever interactions.

April 23, 2021 11:22 a.m.

A deck can do well casually but, unless it's in a competitive environment, winning doesn't mean a lot.

Neither does the cost of a deck. When you play Standard, building decks can be very costly.

I certainly didn't build great decks to start with. I started playing competitively right away.

That was a hard way to learn.

I must've built over twenty decks in paper, in my first year of playing. All different types, and colours.

Some copied ideas I had seen my opponents play. Most were original ideas. I just wanted to learn to build decks that could keep up with the top ones in the meta.

Ending a match quickly is one way of winning, but there are many others that are just as effective.

This deck has the bones to be excellent. It does need a few tweaks to get it there.

For example, I prefer Titanic Growth to Giant Growth

Sometimes Become Immense is even better.

Keep tweaking and playing this deck, and don't be afraid to play it in a tournament.

Part of building is seeing how competitive your deck is, and adjusting it to make it better and better.

April 23, 2021 10:46 a.m. Edited.

Said on Pioneering Burn...


Did you play this deck much?

Are you still playing it?

You've changed it since your first match report, as a lot of the cards you mention are different.

I agree wholeheartedly that Soul-Scar Mage isn't that great. I think people mostly use it against Indestructible Creatures, but it is a slow method of killing them.

Oh, and also to turn on Wizard's Lightning - Skewer the Critics might be a better fit in a lot of circumstances, although I like Lightning Strike better than both of those.

I agree that Bomat Courier is extremely handy.

I haven't yet played a match up where I could get the most out of Rampaging Ferocidon although there is a lifegain deck that plays in my local meta.

Interesting to go back and playtest this deck. Feels like a good start.

Curious to see your thoughts on it, now.

April 23, 2021 9:38 a.m.

I played Banishing Light targeting my Opponent's Traxos, Scourge of Kroog at Pioneer FNM.

She put in into exile, then noticed that she had a Negate in hand, and asked if she could play it.

I said no, because Traxos, Scourge of Kroog was already in exile.

I was talking about this with a friend, who said I was rules lawyering, and they would have let her play the Negate

It would probably have cost me the match.


April 23, 2021 8:27 a.m.

Thanks for the answers, and apologies for posting the wrong side of the card.

You both brilliantly worked that out!

April 23, 2021 8:22 a.m.

I think you need some lands that can tap for two different colours. It's difficult to have 2x available to cast counter spells, when needed.

This deck also has 71 cards, which makes it somewhat inconsistent. Can it be cut back closer to 60?

Finally, I would replace Cancel with a better counter spell, like Dissolve

I'd love to see a match report for this. Can you write one for the next tournament you play in?

April 22, 2021 11:48 p.m.

ElijahCallahan64 I don't think you took a very good look at this deck.

It can create loads of Clues and Treasures.

I never give advice with a budget in mind, unless I am asked to do that.

It is easy to think your deck is better than another, unless you are playing against the person who created the other deck.

Playtesting when you can see both decks isn't the best test. Also, there may be plays you aren't aware of.

April 22, 2021 11:13 p.m. Edited.

Can I attack with Chandra, Torch of Defiance , dealing two damage, then cast Shock on my second Main Phase, untap her to have her to deal 1 damage, then transform her?

I know that she has to activate her ability in order to transform, but am unsure as to whether or not her combat damage is taken into consideration.

April 22, 2021 11:10 p.m.

If Galazeth Prismari is so essential for this deck, why not run four copies?

That will make it more likely that you will see it in hand and, since your Opponent is likely to get rid of it, you will have a backup copy.

For these reasons I will often run four copies of an essential Legendary Creature.

April 22, 2021 12:49 p.m.

This seems as though it is Izzet, not Jeskai.

It also feels slightly more like an Artifact deck, than a Dragon deck.

Although a lot of the spells reference Dragons, you only have six Dragons in the Mainboard.

This makes me think that there would be a lot of times where you don't have any in hand, to take advantage of some of your spells.

26 lands feels a little too many. I would ditch an Island or a Mountain

How do you want this deck to win? Through beat down?

If so, moving Glorybringer to the Mainboard might be a good idea.

Or other spells that can help you draw better, like Search for Azcanta  Flip (which also assists Dig Through Time )

Try to work out what exactly you want this deck to do. It feels a little unfocused, right now.

At this stage it is:

  • Artifacts matter

  • Scry and draw

  • Play Dragons or show from hand

  • Board wipe the Opponent

These are all good things but, they are pulling this deck in all different directions.

You can't be sure you will be able to do any one thing, when you most need to.

April 22, 2021 10:35 a.m. Edited.

Have you playtested this against any of the decks in this Pioneer folder?

That is a playtesting gauntlet I set up.

Granted, some of the decks are no longer legal, but there are plenty of decks that are currently at the top of the general meta.

April 22, 2021 9:58 a.m.


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


The Izzet Guild

Casual Argy


Alexandria: The Walking Dead

Casual Argy


Phantom Premonition

Commander / EDH* Argy


Boros Puppies

Casual Argy


Vampire Horde

Custom Argy


Triple A | Pioneer

Pioneer Argy


Sarkhan's Dragon Den

Standard Argy

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Finished Decks 142
Prototype Decks 13
Drafts 0
Playing since Return to Ravnica
Points 790
Avg. deck rating 36.11
T/O Rank 65
Helper Rank 104
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Archenemy, Planechase, Casual, Pioneer, Jumpstart
Good Card Suggestions 745
Venues The Games Cube
Cards Added/Fixed 16
Last activity 3 days
Joined 6 years
MTGO Username Argeaux