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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Azorius Control is excellent.

October 10, 2021 11:47 a.m.

Pioneer may not be big where you live, but it is in some other areas.

It was popular where I live, until Control decks turned a lot of people off. Then we went through a full scale lockdown.

We all know the history lesson of the format.

I can see the challenger decks being more successful than those for Brawl were. Particularly because people will want to leave their houses for some face to face play.

O ly time will tell.

October 10, 2021 3:35 a.m.

Grubbernaut I'm not sure what you are actually referring to, as none of those cards are in the Challenger decks.

They haven't gone with any Control shells.

The types are: Lotus Combo, Burn, Spirits, and Orzhov Auras.

When I've played Pioneer it feels like a variety of old Standard decks, or netdecks.

However, there have been some innovations at my LGS. Both StuBi and I have been playing original builds. His has been a little more successful than mine, but I tend to build him more big smashy smashy decks, whereas mine are more fiddly diddly.

October 7, 2021 2:29 p.m.

What do you think about the upcoming Challenger decks?

I hope they get more people interested in the Pioneer.

I worry that they aren't strong enough, but understand why Wizards wouldn't want to throw too many expensive cards in there.

They will need a bit of money to upgrade. Particularly if you buy either of the decks. You're gonna need a playset of Thoughtseize and Fatal Push - the two most played cards in the format.

I really hope that they will end up getting people interested in playing Pioneer, who will then want to build their own decks. A bit like EDH.

I kind of hope they don't turn the format into one where I just end up playing against the same four decks over and over.

I have added them all to my Pioneer Testing Gauntlet, if that helps anyone out.

October 7, 2021 9:32 a.m.

Maybe it's just stopped being shown properly on my phone.

Could you please swing past my profile and let me know if the background image is working?

I've used the code you gave above.

October 6, 2021 9:14 a.m.

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I think this one has stopped working.

My gues is that the user has removed the necessary parts from their drop box.

Anybody know of another one?

October 4, 2021 11:51 p.m.

Said on Best deck?...


Not right now. We are in lockdown.

October 1, 2021 1:02 p.m.

Said on Best deck?...


Which if your Pioneer decks has done the best at tournament?

For me it has been Burn.

September 30, 2021 11:25 a.m.

Said on Lionhunter...


Hi there.

Be aware that Amonkhet Minotaurs isn't really Modern playable.

TappedOut shows it as a prop type if I don't say it's Modern.

You'd have to test and adjust it in the Modern format.

September 29, 2021 10:17 a.m.


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


Goblin Horde

Casual Argy


Boros Puppies

Casual Argy


The Izzet Guild

Casual Argy


Alexandria: The Walking Dead

Casual Argy


Vampire Horde

Custom Argy


Triple A | Pioneer

Pioneer Argy


Sarkhan's Dragon Den

Standard Argy

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Finished Decks 161
Prototype Decks 16
Drafts 0
Playing since Return to Ravnica
Points 975
Avg. deck rating 34.74
T/O Rank 50
Helper Rank 345
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Archenemy, Planechase, Casual, Pioneer, Jumpstart
Cards suggested / good suggestions 1193 / 745
Venues The Games Cube
Cards Added/Fixed 16
Last activity 1 week
Joined 7 years
MTGO Username Argeaux