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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 / 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.

Balaam__ says... #1

No problem harryturney701. I actually really liked your deck Ether Steel. I’ve recently started getting into Pauper as a format, but I haven’t had enough time or experience to really know what’s out there. There’s a lot of synergy between your selected creatures and Steel of the Godhead, and the deck looks rather well optimized. Can’t say how it’ll fare against whatever the top tier decks in Pauper are, but it looks fun to play nonetheless.

January 17, 2022 9:23 p.m.

harryturney701 says... #2

Hey Balaam_ ,

Thank you for the upvote, I started in Nyx Block, and fell out the past couple years. I have found pauper a fun way to explore deck building!

January 17, 2022 9:02 p.m.

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Said on MJB UR Tempo …...

#1

Yeah you have some nice interaction here. With what’s currently available in the format I don’t see a ton of room for improvement.

January 27, 2022 4:21 p.m.

Said on The Legend of …...

#2
January 26, 2022 10:02 p.m.

Said on Titan of Anguish...

#3

This is interesting, I’ll be keeping an eye on it. I’m working on my own HoA deck in the background and I’ll be curious to see how this one turns out.

January 26, 2022 10:17 a.m.

Said on Splinter Shell...

#4

Thanks DBCooper, I hadn’t seen that one. I’m on the fence about it though, since it can only be a nonland permanent that gets the primer coat, so it isn’t quite as versatile as the other two alchemist cards. But then again, the extra per turn may prove helpful in the long run. I’ll maybeboard it for now until I run some tests. Thanks for the suggestion!

January 23, 2022 11:27 a.m.

Said on OZ...

#5

Very clever, well done. +1

January 21, 2022 9:22 p.m.

Thanks redmagicfish, I’m still in the process of taking as many suggestions as I can for this deck. I’ll be rebuilding it and updating the description soon, and I’ll more than likely go ahead with that advice.

January 20, 2022 11:38 p.m.

I hear Mister Mxyzptlk runs a wicked Fblthp commander deck.

January 17, 2022 10:28 p.m.

Said on Balaam__...

#8

No problem harryturney701. I actually really liked your deck Ether Steel. I’ve recently started getting into Pauper as a format, but I haven’t had enough time or experience to really know what’s out there. There’s a lot of synergy between your selected creatures and Steel of the Godhead, and the deck looks rather well optimized. Can’t say how it’ll fare against whatever the top tier decks in Pauper are, but it looks fun to play nonetheless.

January 17, 2022 9:23 p.m.

Said on Beasties...

#9

If by “which ways my deck is legal to play” you mean which format(s), then this is indeed Modern legal. Looks like it’s Vintage/Legacy legal too, although I wouldn’t recommend anything more than casual play in those settings as the deck is severely under powered in any competitive sense.

As it stands, the biggest improvements you could make would be to cut it down to exactly 60 cards. Next step would be to sharpen the focus; instead of a plethora of different cards at 1 or 2 copies, pick a handful you really like and that work well together and up the count to 4x each. This will markedly improve the overall consistency.

January 17, 2022 2:32 p.m.

Said on Burning Dreams...

#10

Great build, and your username is hilarious. +1

January 15, 2022 2:38 p.m.

Thanks for posting, Brian-123. I don’t know much about EDH, but Modern as a format functions quite a bit differently. Most of the cards you suggested are grossly over costed (mana, not price) and aren’t suitable for Modern’s fast pace play. By the time I could cast Clone Legion for instance, I’d either have already won or lost (or be just about to win or lose). I appreciate the input though, and it’s nice to look at things from different angles sometimes.

January 14, 2022 9:56 a.m.

Said on Pokemon EDH - …...

#12

Wow you must have put in a ton of work here. Very very well done. +1

January 13, 2022 9:25 p.m.

Thanks for the input, Reznor31. Of all the cards users have suggested, Mistbind Clique is the one that comes up the most. I think when I reach the point of getting enough suggestions and decide to rebuild this that it’ll find a home here.

January 13, 2022 9 p.m.

Said on Hammer Time...

#14

I’d try to perfect what you have here before investing in it to begin with. You’ve got a plethora of really high costed cards and no real ramp (Crypt Ghast isn’t relevant until Turn 4 at the earliest), meaning a large risk of getting KO’d in the early game before being able to play anything that can pay off.

January 12, 2022 3:58 p.m.

Said on My deck...

#17

Unless you’re playing EDH or an extremely fringe Battle of Wits build, you never want to have more than exactly 60 cards in your deck. So the very first thing I’d do here is trim the fat.

After that I’d recommend choosing a handful of your favorite cards and running full playsets (4 copies) each, as opposed to many different cards at only 1 or 2 copies apiece. This ties into the initial thought; it’s all about consistency. Most of the best decks in a given format run groups of cards that synergize well with each other and work toward a common goal, and are mathematically calculated to be somewhat reliably drawn. Having many different unique cards at 1 copy each means the odds of drawing it when you need it plummet.

Also, the cards highlighted in red are illegal in the format, so will need to be cut if you still intend to keep this in Standard.

January 11, 2022 12:51 p.m.

Very interesting, very unique.

January 10, 2022 4:39 p.m.

Said on New User...

#19

Also, welcome aboard.

January 9, 2022 11:52 a.m.

Said on Primalcrux Chroma...

#20

I’d drop your basic lands to about 20, add a few Utopia Sprawls for more aggressive ramp, and maybe commit more to the shrine or else cut it out completely. Oh, and this is mostly illegal for Standard so a switch to Modern format.

January 8, 2022 9:50 p.m.

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Altar of Despair

Modern Balaam__

SCORE: 29 | 23 COMMENTS | 929 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS

Ferngully (Help Wanted!)

Modern Balaam__

SCORE: 36 | 29 COMMENTS | 1384 VIEWS | IN 4 FOLDERS

Exham Priory

Pauper Balaam__

SCORE: 32 | 14 COMMENTS | 1166 VIEWS | IN 8 FOLDERS

Geralf’s Walk-In Clinic

Legacy Balaam__

SCORE: 28 | 4 COMMENTS | 786 VIEWS | IN 5 FOLDERS

Darwin’s Dirty Onus

Modern Balaam__

SCORE: 20 | 11 COMMENTS | 847 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Ontogeny Recapitulates Phylogeny

Modern Balaam__

SCORE: 25 | 14 COMMENTS | 962 VIEWS | IN 4 FOLDERS

Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions

Modern Balaam__

SCORE: 37 | 10 COMMENTS | 1155 VIEWS | IN 4 FOLDERS

Revelation 17:8

Vintage Balaam__

SCORE: 43 | 28 COMMENTS | 862 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER

Finished Decks 86
Prototype Decks 13
Drafts 0
Playing since Tempest
Points 2040
Avg. deck rating 16.41
T/O Rank 13
Helper Rank 15
Favorite formats Legacy, Vintage, Modern, Pauper
Suppressed formats Pre-release, MTGO, Unformat, Heirloom, Commander / EDH, Noble, Hero, Block Constructed, Duel Commander, Tiny Leaders, Highlander, Magic Duels, Penny Dreadful, Leviathan, 1v1 Commander, Pauper EDH, Canadian Highlander, Brawl, Arena, Oathbreaker, Historic, Commander: Rule 0
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