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Hello! My name is Astro, and I'm a Magic: the Gathering player with a serious fetish for foils and old-bordered cards; bonus points if they're foiled and old-bordered! I play every color, although my favorite color is green, and my least favorite color is red. Right now, my favorite style of play is prison - where you prevent your opponents from being able to play Magic - although I do really enjoy combo and storm. I favor interaction over no interaction, and I tend to take preventative-style approaches to dealing with threats.

In the past, I've played kitchen table, standard, and modern. However, my longest-played and favorite format is EDH/Commander. I've played EDH since 2014 and it's the only format I currently play, although I have thought about getting into Pioneer due to nostalgia for my favorite standard deck, Mono-G stompy around the Kaladesh/Amonkhet/Ixalan/Dominaria standard. I used to play cEDH, but stopped since the group I played with went our separate ways. High-Powered EDH is my favorite format, as games usually have a ton of interaction, decks can be extremely well-tuned, and there is a lot more room for creativity and variation in deck building.

While I do enjoy deckbuilding, playing Magic, and talking about Magic, my absolute favorite thing is deck tuning. I love tuning decks and making them better. I can churn out a decent deck list for a commander within 15 minutes, but the evolution that the deck goes through in the months or even years afterwards is a phenomenal feeling. Just watching something you made slowly (or quickly) turn into an absolute beast is just so satisfying.

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.


Outside of Magic, I'm a senior in University. I'm a Computer Science major with a double minor in Art and International Business; a little bit of everything. I spend far too much time listening to music. I listen to a little bit of everything, besides Nashville-based pop-modern country. Folk country is infinitely superior. My favorite artists/albums are probably:

  • Ahab - The Call of the Wretched Sea (Funeral Doom Metal)
  • Avenged Sevenfold - Waking the Fallen (Metalcore)
  • Caladan Brood - Echoes of Battle (Atmospheric Black Metal)
  • Dawnbringer - Into the Lair of the Sun God (Heavy Metal)
  • DEMONDICE - SHUT UP, GET HAPPY (Rap)
  • Gojira - From Mars to Sirius (Technical Death/Progressive Metal)
  • Kanye West - Graduation (Hip-Hop/Rap)
  • Rush - 2112 (Progressive Rock/Metal)
  • Warning - Watching from a Distance (Doom Metal)

This is a basic list of several of my favorite cards:


Here's some other misc. info about myself in regards to Magic:

  • Favorite Color: - Mono-Green
  • Favorite Guild: - Selesnya
  • Favorite Shard: - Grixis
  • Favorite Wedge: - Abzan
  • Favorite Playstyle: Prison/Stax
  • Second-Favorite Playstyle: Storm

I started playing Magic: the Gathering in early 2014, specifically just after the Born of the Gods set released - also my freshman year of high school. My first ever deck was a 60-card Mono-Green mana ramp deck that won off of Vorapede and Avenger of Zendikar beats that was given to me by my friend Tusco. The deck absolutely terrorized my school, but then again it was competing against decks that ran things like Sengir Vampire and Hunted Wumpus.

After probably about two months, I got the urge to brew my own deck. I remember going up to my local game store to play with the dude who initially made me my deck, and there was another person there who had a standard Selesnya tokens deck. I thought the idea of making a bunch of creatures and beating someone with them was cool, so I decided the first deck I'd try to brew myself would be a Selesnya Tokens deck. Keep in mind this is the RTR/Theros standard. It was a failure. Trying to build a G/W token deck without a single Voice of Resurgence or Temple Garden is kind of destined to fail miserably. Then again, I didn't really understand the nuances of deckbuilding at this time - after all, my first deck was a mono-colored creature-based deck, and I didn't see the need for things like instants, sorceries, enchantments, or artifacts because they didn't turn sideways and beat people.

Fast forward to late 2014, specifically, about a month after the release of the Khans of Tarkir expansion. By now, I had made a B/G Constellation deck that was nowhere near as good as the standard variant, but still performed quite well at my school. In addition, I had also made a relatively cheap Rakdos aggro deck that also did decently. It was around this point I met and started to play with ForceSymphony - someone I still play Magic with to this day. He had a pretty fierce Jeskai deck that he often kicked my ass with. However, it was around this time I also got introduced to a format called Elder Dragon Highlander - also known as Commander. I bought the Oloro, Ageless Ascetic pre-con because it was touted as the "strongest" of the bunch, and immediately was hooked. Not long after, I ended up building a janky lifegain-based Trostani, Selesnya's Voice EDH deck that was not good in the slightest.

After experiencing a small lull in my Magic career the second-half of my sophmore year and most of my junior year, I started to play much more again around the release of the Shadows over Innistrad set in April of 2016. I don't think I played any standard around this time, but instead I picked EDH back up, building Chorus of the Conclave +1/+1 counters that would eventually become Selvala, Explorer Returned +1/+1 counters. By now, I had gained a better understanding of deckbuilding, particularly EDH deckbuilding.

Fast forward to November 2016 - specifically the release of the Commander 2016 set. I bought the Atraxa, Praetors' Voice pre-con, and I bought the Breya, Etherium Shaper pre-con for my friend ForceSymphony - his first EDH deck. I should say, back in 2014, Magic took my school by storm, especially my grade. There was always around 15~30 people in the library in 8th period playing Magic, and usually half of them were my grade. However, by late 2016, ForceSymphony and I were the only two people who still played Magic. So, as such, we only really played against one another, and we had a literal arms race against each other.

It was around late-2016 to early-2017 that I started to dabble in more combo-esque styles of play. It was around this point I built Karametra, God of Harvests combo, that won off of generating infinite mana by repeatedly casting things like Whitemane Lion with mana rocks and Paradox Engine out. I loved the deck, and won a ton of games with it. It was also around this point I got into cEDH, and built Selvala, Heart of the Wilds - a deck I still have together to this day, albeit much more refined. It was also around this time I started to get into Modern with the Affinity deck. However, I'd never complete it.

I graduated high school in May 2017, and left for college. At the University I attend, no one plays Magic; or at least, not back when I first got there. It was sad, but it meant a hiatus for my Magic career.

Or at least, that's what I thought too. In mid-2018, WotC decided to release Arena on the PC, and I decided to pick it up. It was here I found my favorite 60-card deck since my first ever deck - Mono-G Stompy in the Kaladesh/Amonkhet/Ixalan/Dominaria standard. I have such fond memories of swinging with a 9/9 Llanowar Elves at people. I miss this deck. However, after Kaladesh rotated out of standard later that year, I stopped playing Arena, and Magic altogether.

Around Summer 2019, I had started working in a Warehouse. I met some guys at this job who played Magic, but I thought I had finally put my Magic career behind me, and I ended up selling many of my cards to them. However, I still kept the bulk of my collection. By now, I was pretty sure I was done with Magic, and even well into 2020 I still thought about selling off my collection. However, I am very glad I didn't.

Early 2021 my friend BioFrost117 - a good friend of mine I worked with and sold a bunch of cards to - told me he was getting back into Magic. Since we were in Pandemic-mode at University, I was living back at home and actually knew people who played locally. I decided that I'd get back into Magic, and haven't stopped since.

I began by rebuilding my Brimaz, King of Oreskos tribal soldier deck. Then, about a month or two later, I built Oona, Queen of the Fae combo. A month after that, Zo-Zu the Punisher. Finally, in June 2021 perhaps my favorite legendary creature since Selvala, Heart of the Wilds was released - Sythis, Harvest's Hand. I had a bunch of enchantments laying around from my days of building Karametra, God of Harvests and Sigarda, Host of Herons, so I figured she'd be a relatively cheap and easy build for me. I was wrong. I ended up taking Sythis, Harvest's Hand a completely different direction, and built her in a Prison-esque method, which quickly became my new favorite style of play - beating out combo.

Since then, I've gotten big into building and brewing; more than I previously had been. Currently, I'm trying to find a Grixis storm commander that I really like, as I really want to build an instant/sorcery-based storm deck that isn't mono-red.

I've ran the following Standard decks before:

  • G/W Tokens (RTR, Theros)
  • B/R Aggro (RTR, Theros)
  • B/G Constellation (Theros, M15, KTK)
  • Mono-Green Aggro (Kaladesh, Amonkhet, Ixalan)
I've ran the following EDH decks before. Build order is in descending order:

I'm currently running these EDH decks in order of oldest to newest:

  • Selvala, Heart of the Wilds - Built sometime in early 2017; Evolved from my Ruric Thar, the Unbowed deck, and currently somewhat retired. This was my cEDH deck, as a ran a slightly modified version of the Brostorm list. I'm in the process of nerfing it because it's a deck I want to play but feel bad about playing.
  • Titania, Protector of Argoth - Built in 2017, disassembled in 2019, remade in 2022. I used to run a lands-matter goodstuff list, but I wanted it to remake it and be better, so I remade it into a lands-based combo deck.
  • Oona, Queen of the Fae - Built March 2021. Revamped November 2021. This was a fairly degenerate combo deck with a large control package, but I ended up nerfing it into tribal faeries, albeit I did keep a bit of combo and control elements.
  • Sythis, Harvest's Hand - Built June 2021. This is my current "main" deck, and my favorite deck I currently have assembled. I built her in a prison style, and I currently have the highest rated Sythis deck on TappedOut. I consider my list a fringe-cEDH list, and I love it.
  • Celestial Kirin - Built December 2021. This was built as a budget deck with a max budget of $50. The budget has since been raised to $100 in March 2022. I expected literally nothing out of the deck and honestly did it for the memes, but it's actually kind of fun to pilot and can be really strong once it gets going; it just takes a long time to do that though.
  • Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain - Built in Summer 2018 as an artifact-based combo deck, disassembled in 2019, and reassembled in April 2022 as an artifact-based storm deck. My first build back in 2018 was awful, and I've always wanted to redo and "fix" it. This is my attempt at fixing it.
  • Kaalia of the Vast - Built May 2022 as a prison/stax deck that breaks parity by using Kaalia's ability to cheat creatures into play and cards like Necropotence and Scroll Rack to get around effects like Spirit of the Labyrinth.

I've done all my own custom HTML/Markdown on my account and decks. If you need help, feel free to hit me up. This also goes for EDH decks! I'm always down for helping tune or refine decklists. However, if you do ask for my help, please be certain on what you're looking for help with. For example, if you ask for suggestions without saying what you want suggestions/help with (i.e; removal, win-cons, ramp, etc,) I'm probably going to tell you to reread this little bit.

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You need to use another accordion block nested within the first panel. I struggled with this when trying to do the code for a bunch of my decklists, and this is the only way I was able to get it working.

November 27, 2022 8:53 p.m.

I'll raise you both TypicalTimmy and Abaques with some good old Manowar.

November 24, 2022 11:01 a.m.

I spent over an hour and typed out an essay and lost it because I wasn't logged in to post it apparently. RIP.

TLDR of what I wanted to say: TypicalTimmy is 100% right. Abaques is 100% right. Pantera is GOATed and bands like Metallica and Megadeth chased a more accessible sound probably ushered in by hard rock bands like Guns N' Roses.

November 23, 2022 8:07 p.m.

I play a enchantment deck based around Sythis, Harvest's Hand, and my least favorite general to play against is Ruric Thar, the Unbowed. He punishes players for playing literally anything. Plus you can play stuff like Zo-Zu the Punisher and Torbran, Thane of Red Fell to really screw people over. Burn the world.

Edit: Saw you wanted land-related stuff. If that's the case, Zo-Zu the Punisher is your best bet. I used to run him as a general and had some hilarious games. It wasn't my best deck and I really only played him when trying to troll people. However, if you want to hate enchantments and deal with lands, then I personally don't think there is a clear answer. As I said, I think if you want to hate enchantments Ruric Thar, the Unbowed is your answer.

November 14, 2022 7:46 p.m. Edited.

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From here, most of my suggestions are towards just making your deck more efficient and better equipped to deal with potential threats.

Yeah, as shadow63 said, you don't have nearly enough ramp. Personally, I would cut Ormos, Archive Keeper, Nyxbloom Ancient, Dragonlord Dromoka, and Avacyn, Angel of Hope right off the bat and replace them with the likes of Birds of Paradise, Elvish Mystic, Noble Hierarch, and maybe even Sylvan Caryatid. If you wanted to keep a similar effect to Dragonlord Dromoka, I'd advise running Grand Abolisher instead as it's much cheaper CMC-wise.

In addition, I'd completely redo your mana base. I'd recommend things like Command Tower, Mana Confluence, City of Brass, Reflecting Pool, the three shocklands in bant colors, and at least the three fetch lands in bant colors. These would make your deck much more consistent. I'd also work to add in more spot removal like Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Generous Gift, and Beast Within.

You can also cut stuff like Decree of Silence for cheaper yet similar options. Glen Elendra Archmage is a good and cheaper alternative that does something kind of similar. For Force Bubble you could potentially get away with running Elephant Grass instead. Instead of Sandwurm Convergence you could run something like Norn's Annex. Instead of Open the Vaults you can run Replenish.

November 8, 2022 7:25 p.m. Edited.

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Specialties

Commander / EDH - GW (Selesnya)

Decks

[EDH][Primer] Titania Land Storm

Commander / EDH* AstroAA

SCORE: 2 | 353 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

[EDH] Oona Tribal Faerie Combo

Commander / EDH* AstroAA

SCORE: 2 | 126 VIEWS | IN 2 FOLDERS

[EDH][Primer] Sythis Enchantress Prison

Commander / EDH AstroAA

SCORE: 63 | 39 COMMENTS | 10549 VIEWS | IN 26 FOLDERS

Finished Decks 54
Prototype Decks 52
Drafts 0
Playing since Born of the Gods
Points 140
Avg. deck rating 12.22
T/O Rank 168
Helper Rank 51
Favorite formats Pre-release, Commander / EDH
Cards suggested / good suggestions 156 / 61
Venues The Game Closet
Cards Added/Fixed 1
Last activity 7 hours
Joined 8 years