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I first became acquainted with Magic: The Gathering during Alpha set. After that initial foray where I was introduced by a neighbor to the game, I didn’t play again until the Tempest block. Then I took a long, 20 year hiatus until 2019 when another neighbor reinvigorated my desire to play by urging me to buy some Dominaria and Core 19 packs for a friendly draft. Since then I’ve found myself addicted to deck building.

I prefer traditional formats like Vintage/Legacy/Modern/Standard/Pauper as opposed to this zany, newfangled “Commander” format all the kids are raving about.

I lean toward the Black/Blue end of the color spectrum; preferred hubs are Reanimator and any type of build that uses uncommon or otherwise off the wall strategies or win-cons.

God I miss the old artwork and flavor text from the older expansions; some of the new stuff is half decent but it doesn’t hold a candle to the gorgeous art of cards like those found in the Arabian Nights expansion or Mirage block. And then there’s the classical literary quotes on cards like Repentant Blacksmith , Juzam Djinn , Hammerheim , Karakas , Pendelhaven , Revelation ...the list goes on! I weep softly when I realize just how lackluster today’s MtG sets are in this respect, by comparison. But, I digress.

Feel free to leave any comments or questions you may have on any of my decks; all upvotes are much appreciated as well.

Hey, no problem.

Turn one: You play a Forest and Arbor Elf . Easy!

Turn two: You play a second Forest. Now you tap the first Forest to play Utopia Sprawl enchanting the second Forest. So now it can tap for two green mana instead of just one. You tap it for two mana, tap Arbor Elf to untap that very forest and then immediately tap it for two more.

Voila, you have produced four mana, or just enough to play an Elvish Piper . Your opponent should be sweating at this point!

February 4, 2021 3:12 a.m.

Brenda_ann89 says... #2

Thank you for the upvote! So happy one of my many faerie builds got your attention.

February 3, 2021 8:45 p.m.

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Said on False Cure...


Any room for Tainted Remedy ?

March 4, 2021 7:32 p.m.
March 3, 2021 10:32 p.m.

Said on Infinite cycles?...


Cycling Intensifies

March 2, 2021 7:48 p.m.

Said on Home...


I like what you’ve got here. One thing I noticed is that Grave Exchange doesn’t seem to be a great fit—it doesn’t do much for a high cmc. Consider something like Victimize : for half the mana you can self-sac and return two of your own creatures—not to your hand—but straight to the battlefield. It’s true you lose the ability to force the opponent to sacrifice a creature, but I feel like the gains outweigh that.

March 2, 2021 7:46 p.m.
March 2, 2021 1:28 p.m.

Said on Merfolk Tribal...


Nice job with this, +1

March 1, 2021 4 p.m.

Without a link I’m only guessing, but I assume it’s built around Eureka . If you’re playing creatures, then I’d wager that could fit under the creature cheat hub. If you’re abusing it for a different type of permanent, than it might be harder to find a hub that fits.

February 28, 2021 10:57 p.m.

Said on Pioneer 8-Rack...


One of the cleanest description pages on tappedout. +1

February 28, 2021 9:38 a.m.

Said on Slaughter game...


Thanks, but I’m not sure how valuable it is lol. I could very well be incorrect. The best advice would probably be to google top tier 8-rack decks that play similar enough to your own, and see what ratio lands are at. Then just playtest, playtest, playtest. It’s the best way to determine what works and what doesn’t. I like trying to help people but I’m no expert. I’d hate to steer you wrong.

February 26, 2021 5:18 p.m.

Said on Slaughter game...


It depends how consistently you are able to draw your key pieces. Only Sire Of Insanity and Slaughter Games are mana intensive, the rest are 1 or 2 cmc. You can Reanimate the creature, but the sorcery spell is rather expensive. That’s primarily why I recommend Surgical Extraction over Slaughter Games . You’re absolutely right that it can’t hit cards like Emrakul, but I think the steep drop off in mana cost is worth it (plus it can be played at instant speed). That would lower the deck’s average cmc substantially. Lower cmc equals more cards that can be played per turn with the mana you have available.

If you’re intent on keeping Slaughter Games , then I’d probably add about 2 more lands or so to increase the odds of a land draw.

February 26, 2021 4:30 p.m.

Said on Grix-kess control...


Looks good. Just out of curiosity, why are most—but not all—of your cards Japanese?

February 26, 2021 2:32 p.m.



Great stuff here. +1

February 26, 2021 2:30 p.m.

Said on Slaughter game...


Looks great, although I’d probably run Surgical Extraction or Extirpate instead of Slaughter Games . I realize it’s the deck’s namesake card, but either of the ones I suggested are cheaper and faster and do the same thing. Since you’re playing a discard based deck the stipulation it can only target a card already in the graveyard doesn’t matter.

February 26, 2021 9:49 a.m.

Said on Revelation 17:8...


That’s why I enjoy reanimation decks so much (particularly this one). The shell is modular- Children of Korlis can easily be swapped in if you wanted to. I suppose I left it out because the game is pretty much over once one of the key reanimation targets enters play. I think at one point during the time I was building this I had Rite of Consumption added, but I removed it after playtesting. Children of Korlis is a good alternative because it can be reanimated, as you said.

February 23, 2021 3:57 p.m.

Said on The Sourge of …...


I don’t play commander but you’ve earned a +1 just for the Bloodborne reference.

February 23, 2021 1:21 p.m.

Said on Revelation 17:8...


@makuanito ha, I was just looking at your Dragon Resurrect deck and thinking it’s basically this deck converted to Legacy format (and with a dragon theme). I think yours is about as good as it gets in that format. Most of the toolbox stays the same, but the lack of access to mana rocks slows it down just a bit. Thanks for the comment and vote

February 23, 2021 10:47 a.m.

Said on How to kill …...


* Pyroclasm , and I don’t think it is.

February 22, 2021 4:14 p.m.

Said on How to kill …...


There are a few that target specific permanent types, like Shattering Pulse for artifacts and Allay for enchantments, and these come with a buyback option for reuse. Tranquil Domain or Serene Heart are true sweepers, but only handle enchantments or auras. I’m not familiar enough with the Pauper cardpool to know of any creature removal that’s either sweeper or recursive in nature, sorry.

February 22, 2021 3 p.m.

Said on How to kill …...


Do you mean ‘lots’ as in all at once like a sweeper, or recursive ways to remove lots of individual permanents multiple different times?

February 22, 2021 2:22 p.m.

Said on The spirit of …...


Looks interesting. I like mashups of existing archetypes-it can be a breath of fresh air. Something new, something different.

February 22, 2021 10:59 a.m.


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Finished Decks 29
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Playing since Tempest
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