Hey. My name is Astro, and I'm a Magic: the Gathering player with a serious fetish for foils. I play all colors, but my main and favorite colors are green and white.

All of the decks I currently have physically assembled can be found in the sidebar. All others on my account are either quick brews, plans, or decks I've built and taken apart.

I started playing back in 2014 just after the release of Born of the Gods my freshman year of Highschool. My first deck was a ridiculous mono-green mana ramp deck loaned to me by my mate Tusco. I wrecked havoc with that deck, and it was great. Afterwards, I built my own G/W Token deck which flopped horribly, a G/B constellation deck which was quite feared, and then a B/R Rakdos aggro deck. During my sophomore and junior years, my Magic career was put on hold, however, with the release of C16 I started playing full force again, focusing on Commander with my best friend ForceSymphony. We dueled many epic duels, and quickly we evolved against one another, with me evolving my decks from Atraxa to Ruric Thar to the first version of my current deck, mono-green Selvala. It was around this time I got introduced to cEDH, and I adopted the combo playstyle, and I never looked back.

I love combo. My Selvala, Heart of the Wilds deck was my primary deck at this point, and I also had a Karametra combo deck that was pretty insane. However, this wouldn't last long.

In Fall 2017 I left for college, and sadly I stopped playing Magic pretty much nearly altogether as the town didn't have a single LGS in it and there were no EDH players on campus. Because of this, I stopped playing for almost four years, besides making some trades with people or selling off some of my cards.
Recently, I decided to come back to Magic. Some of my coworkers had started playing EDH, and I thought why not come out of retirement and join them. However, seeing as I had disassembled nearly all of my decks except my Selvala deck, I had encountered a problem. My one deck was far too powerful for playing against people who were using slightly-modified precons. As such, I rebuilt an old deck of mine, my Brimaz deck. It's still quite powerful, but it still is beatable.

After messing around with a bunch of different decks, I built Oona, Queen of the Fae , a commander I've wanted to build for a long time. From here, I started to play more calculating, leaning more towards control. Afterwards, I built my first ever mono red deck in Zo-Zu burn, and changed my Karametra combo deck to a Yasharn stax deck.

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Said on Sythis Enchantress...

#1

Honestly Growing Rites hasn't been great for me, and I'm thinking about cutting it in mine. If you're including Serra's Sanctum , I'd also advise throwing in a Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth as you could then target it with Arbor Elf for untapping shenanigans.

July 20, 2021 12:46 p.m.

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#2

Heya!

I'm unsure if you have a budget or not, but I'd recommend cutting Privileged Position in favor of Greater Auramancy . The CMC is a lot cheaper and as such easier to play. I'd also advise running more permanent removal like Beast Within , Generous Gift , or even things like Afterlife and Path to Exile . I know you're running a life-gain subtheme, but I think either Library of Leng or Wheel of Sun and Moon would be a better fit than Venser's Journal due to the cheaper CMC. The way I view it is if you have cheaper enchantments, you can cast more per turn, in turn drawing more cards per turn. I'd also advise something like Lightning Greaves , as Sythis draws a huge target on herself for being able to easily draw 3+ cards a turn. I'd also advise Luminarch Ascension as it plays into your theme of angels.

If you're open to the idea of other win-cons, one I use in my Sythis deck is Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite or Linvala, Keeper of Silence and Nature's Revolt . Another win-con I've seen people use, albeit I don't use it myself, is Parallax Wave and Opalescence . Essentially, you abuse the stack with Wave, targeting four opponents creatures and then itself. It goes away, and comes back as a creature with five more counters. The original is still exiled, so all of your opponents creatures remain in exile.

If you wanna take a gander at my version of Sythis, you can find it here [EDH] Sythis Enchantress

July 20, 2021 1:53 a.m.

Earthcraft is another one of those cards that is outside my budget sadly, otherwise I'd of already included the Earthcraft + Squirrel Nest combo. For some reason I always thought Altar of the Brood was just creatures. Since it's permanents that's far better than I expected.

July 10, 2021 1:42 a.m.

SynergyBuild Huh, I've never seen that combo before. Interesting. So you abuse the stack to pretty much exile every creature you want to? That should be rather fun. I'll look into it.

As for the Satyr Enchanter , this is gonna sound weird; he was in the deck but I dropped him for Verduran Enchantress because I wanted the 'may' ability rather than the 'must' ability. I know Setessan Champion and Sythis herself are 'must' abilities, but Setessan offers a tad more than the Satyr does in buffing itself and Sythis is, well, the commander. Can't do much about her.

July 9, 2021 11:47 p.m.

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#5

How about adding a Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth ? You can then use Arbor Elf to untap your Serra's Sanctum or Gaea's Cradle .

July 9, 2021 11:41 p.m.

Azdranax my one problem with Gauntlets of Light is that it is only truly useful with one card in the deck, Sanctum Weaver Now, I will admit, there are some other niche cards in the deck ( Nature's Revolt is a good example) but I have multiple cards to combo with it ( Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and Linvala, Keeper of Silence ).

July 9, 2021 9:03 p.m.

SynergyBuild Because Living Plane is $400 and I don't have that kind of money to drop on a single card that I'm gonna use in a single deck. I would rather run it, but it's expensive.

July 9, 2021 8:14 p.m.

I've also built a Sythis deck, and while you seem to be taking more of a creature-based approach, I took a more stax-based approach. My list is here: [EDH] Sythis Enchantress

All in all, it seems reletively solid for a creature-based deck. However, I do think you need more enchantments. I don't know if you have a budget or not, but things like Greater Auramancy , Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip, Luminarch Ascension , Carpet of Flowers , and Concordant Crossroads are all cheap CMC enchantments that put in work in my list. I'd also advise adding in more protection, such as Veil of Summer and Autumn's Veil , as that can help protect you against counterspells and spot removal.

I'd recommend cutting Castle Garenbrig , as this is a multi-colored deck and you only have four creatures with activated abilities costing mana. I'd also advise trying to trim down your CMC, as you probably want to be drawing as many cards as possible per turn. You don't necessarily need things like Starfield of Nyx or Privileged Position , or even things like Mirari's Wake in my opinion.

I will say though, I am a bit of a hypocrite because the main wincon in my deck is fairly expensive. I use Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite paired with Nature's Revolt to kill everyone's lands or Linvala, Keeper of Silence paired with Nature's Revolt to prevent anyone from using their lands to tap for mana.

July 6, 2021 8:24 p.m.

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