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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.

SMSGarrett says... #1

Thanks for checking out my deck! Feel free to leave any suggestions or check out the two other decks i've been working on recently!

December 3, 2020 4:40 p.m.

kurban1213 says... #2

Thanks for the feedback on my mono-red modern deck!! If you have time and are interested, I would love some feedback on my Killing You GRUULY! modern deck. Which would you think would be more effective?

Thanks again!!!

December 3, 2020 1:40 p.m.

juliusthejules says... #3

Howdy! Thanks a bunch for the upvote! I updated my deck with a swap. You can check it out if ya want. :-)

November 16, 2020 1:33 p.m.

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Said on UR Delver...


Thing in the Ice  Flip would be a great fit here too. But what you have is already excellent. Maybe sideboard it just for the sake of variety between games.

December 3, 2020 11:41 p.m.

Said on kurban1213...


Hi. At cursory glance both decks look good, but I think Killing you Quickly! would have a higher % win.

December 3, 2020 7:11 p.m.

Looks great!

December 3, 2020 10:16 a.m.

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December 1, 2020 11:15 a.m.

Said on UG Kicker...


I can see how this would be very helpful. Good stuff

November 30, 2020 8:30 p.m.

Said on Looking for W/U …...



November 30, 2020 3:31 p.m.

Said on Into the Slums …...


The flavor is strong with this one.

November 29, 2020 8:15 p.m.

Said on Modern Izzet Blitz...


Looks great. Maybe drop a Dragon's Claw in the sideboard in favor of a Tormod's Crypt or some other graveyard hate card. Other than that this looks really well constructed.

November 28, 2020 10:48 a.m.

Sarcomancy seems the most sketchy thing here to me. I get that you want to siphon off some of your life total to make Death's Shadow activate, but once the enchantment hits play you’ll have little control over pinging yourself to death, should anything interfere with your ability to have a zombie on field. Just a little bit of spot removal could land you in a world of hurt, particularly if you aren’t drawing lands due to low land counts.

The rest of your self destructive cards are all under your control. If it isn’t profitable at the moment, simply don’t play them. And when you do, it’s a once-and-done affair.

I’d swap out all four Sarcomancy’s and two of the Infernal Contracts for 6 more lands, preferably fetchlands if it’s within your budget. That’ll keep your ping counts roughly the same with the added benefit of thinning your deck in the process for more consistent draws from that point on. Take all this with a grain of NaCl, as I have not played a Death’s Shadow build as of yet. That’s just an observation from a distance. It’s your deck, assemble it however you like.

November 25, 2020 11:41 p.m.

Your land count is rather low. I think playtesting would yield more than a few dead hands and inconsistent games. I’d remove something to add more lands.

November 25, 2020 2:39 p.m.

Said on It's A Draw …...


Looks great!

November 25, 2020 10:51 a.m.

Said on Tier 1 doesn't …...


Really great stuff here, super clever building. +1!

November 24, 2020 1:19 p.m.

Looks great!

November 23, 2020 5:36 p.m.

Said on The Year of …...


Clever, +1

November 22, 2020 4:35 p.m.

Said on Desert nomad's...


I like the idea behind the deck, and Desert Nomads is a beautiful, classic old school card I love. I think you may need more removal/protection just to help cement your strategy though. Maybe some Apostle's Blessings or similar cards.

November 22, 2020 2:56 p.m.

Said on Budget UB...


Looks fun, and very budget friendly!

November 19, 2020 9:45 p.m.

I think we need a ‘torch-holding’ hub added

November 19, 2020 4:15 p.m.

Nice build. Reanimation decks are my favorite archetype, always nice to see someone else’s take on them

November 19, 2020 2:47 p.m.

Said on Cards to maybe …...


Are you looking for certain versions of these cards or something? I don’t quite understand. Some of the ones you have listed here are fifty cents or less apiece. I don’t think they’ll be dropping much more than that.

November 19, 2020 12:02 p.m.

Said on Bill and Teds …...


...Whoa. +1

November 18, 2020 11:58 p.m.


Revelation 17:8

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Finished Decks 24
Prototype Decks 1
Drafts 0
Playing since Tempest
Points 3195
Avg. deck rating 6.76
T/O Rank 11
Helper Rank 38
Favorite formats Vintage, Modern
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
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