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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.

Ryan689 says... #1

Here is my final draft of my nightmare mill deck, Nightmare (Final Draft)

September 21, 2020 12:13 p.m.

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Said on Should There Be …...


$50? $59.99+tax has been the general MSRP of Videogames in the United States for decades now, and that’s not counting special editions or ‘complete’ editions of games with DLC add-on content bundled together. These can run upwards of $100 or more. Not to mention that the upcoming generation of gaming may up the cost to $69.99 for many titles.

September 29, 2020 5:10 p.m.

Said on zoznam...


This needs to be listed under Commander/EDH format.

September 28, 2020 2:40 p.m.

Said on Infinite Mill...


Haven’t seen this interaction before, neat.

September 28, 2020 10:36 a.m.

Said on Are These Cards …...


This thread is definitely one of the more interesting ones I’ve come across. I don’t know enough about the game to comment authoritatively one way or the other, but reading all these different comments is fascinating. Lots of good points for both sides of the coin.

September 28, 2020 9:43 a.m.

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Really nice job here. Looks like most bases are covered. If anything I’d say it looks a touch creature heavy; maybe swap some out for a playset of something for more life gain (to offset the fetches) or removal.

September 27, 2020 10:45 p.m.

Said on Swing N Fling...


Nice job combining these two decks into one coherent build.

September 27, 2020 8:11 p.m.

Said on Mono Black...


Looks brutal and effective. Nice

September 27, 2020 3:03 p.m.

Looks nice overall. If it’s in the budget, I’d replace Swiftwater Cliffs with Steam Vents or Scalding Tarn. They’re quite expensive but perform significantly better.

I’d also lower the creature count just a touch to include maybe 4 more instants that either protect your own creatures, remove your opponent’s, or counter spells before they become a problem.

September 26, 2020 4:07 p.m. Edited.

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This isn’t Modern legal. All the cards that are bright red in your list are the offenders.

September 26, 2020 3:57 p.m.

Nice job on this, great flavor. Looks fun.

September 26, 2020 3:08 p.m.

Said on Cheaty grixis...


Just a quick look and I can see you need basic lands. One Blood Moon will derail a lot of potential plays in this deck. I’d remove the temples in favor of basic lands. Scrying is nice, but ETB:tapped lands are too slow.

September 26, 2020 11:38 a.m.

Said on Big Bad Manifest...


This is one of the more unique builds out there. Nice job, looks fun to play

September 25, 2020 9:11 p.m.

Really solid concept here. It might be worth checking to see if you could replace any non-creature spells you have here with some of the new zendikar flip lands. Maybe Spikefield Hazard  Flip could replace Shock, for instance. Shock is better for dealing direct damage, but then it’s a dead card. The flip land could present an opportunity to deal damage as well, or instead trigger a landfall ability if that would be more beneficial at that moment. Kazuul's Fury might be even better. Pump up your mammoth, then fling it for massive damage. Having the potential to instead play it as a mountain provides versatility.

September 25, 2020 7:58 p.m. Edited.

If playing casually with friends this won’t matter, but in case you wished to play at your LGS at some point in the future you should know that certain cards are illegal in certain formats. You’ve selected Standard format for this deck, and many of the cards (the ones highlighted in red) are either already illegal or are soon to be rotated out. You could change this to casual format and it would be fine then.

September 25, 2020 7:02 p.m.

Said on Wrath of the …...


Some cheaper and more focused removal ought to be included here somewhere, even if you just sideboard it in for games 2 and 3. Try cards like Path to Exile, Erase, Isolate or Swords to Plowshares.

September 24, 2020 10:41 p.m.

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Easy to play, affordable and fun. Nice job

September 24, 2020 1:22 p.m.

Neat little combo you’ve found here, I like it. +1

September 24, 2020 11:54 a.m.

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Thanks, TheRoaringRegisaur. That’s a good idea, but I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to fully invest in the mill crabs or remove half in favor of other spells or creatures that might change up the play style. I appreciate the comments, everyone. I need all the help I can get.

September 23, 2020 9:39 p.m.

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Very good point. Ensnaring Bridge is a card I’ll definitely have to consider adding. Thanks for pointing that one out. Maybe I’ll replace some crabs with that, actually.

September 23, 2020 1:10 p.m.

Said on Trouble at the …...


@ThisIsMyAccount makes sense. Do you think it’s an idea worth considering to remove 4 crabs in favor of 2 Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver and 2 Manic Scribe? I’d rather not fiddle with my lands, and I also just realized that any turn I play a fetch land the crab would mill twice for 6 cards anyway.

September 23, 2020 12:58 p.m. Edited.


Revelation 17:8

Vintage Balaam__


Finished Decks 20
Prototype Decks 2
Drafts 0
Playing since Tempest
Points 6120
Avg. deck rating 5.38
T/O Rank 6
Helper Rank 26
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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