I first started playing MtG in 2013 via janky kitchen-table "Modern" with my college friends. We dove into EDH around 2019 & haven't looked back since.

I aim for high-powered casual, & when it makes sense to, usually include at least 1 combo wincon to help close grindy games. I like to have some variance in my play & only run a couple of suboptimal tutors in my combo-y decks.

is quickly becoming my favorite 3 color combo. Red & Black have grown on me the most since I've started playing MtG, especially EDH, and are probably my favorite single colors.

Decks currently owned/played in paper:

If you want an idea of my meta check out our page Mages of Magic Meta. Deck lists may vary by account, but this is more or less a list of the commanders in the meta, and a hub to our accounts and deck lists.

You can also find me on Moxfield if you're interested.

Crow_Umbra says... #1

Hi Tsukimi, thank you for stopping by & for your comment. I'll take a look at your deck later tonight or tomorrow morning when I have some time.

September 20, 2023 10:41 p.m.

Tsukimi says... #2

Love your feedback and deckbuilding style! I have a new primer for my favorite deck Can't Catch Me, I'm the GingerBant Man! [Primer] if you wanna give me any thoughts I'd be happy to do the same for any of your decks (:

September 20, 2023 6:58 p.m.

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Haha no worries, it's just I try to be timely with my feedback when requested. I want to make sure I don't forget or go too long before following up. Totally understandable on trying to squeeze in as many fun effects as possible on initial versions of a build haha. Usually takes a few play throughs to figure out what isn't as feasible, and can get swapped with more "vegetable" type cards.

Druid of Purification is a personal favorite of my best friend and I. In addition to hitting multiple targets, we do enjoy how it encourages the table to discuss threats, and provides that helpful bit of info that we might not otherwise be privy to.

Lol I think I meant Generous Gift instead of Beast Within, but same difference lol. Gemrazer could be another creature based option, although it could technically only Mutate the one time you cast it for its Mutate cost. Could still be helpful to make clone copies of whatever it Mutates onto/under, since it has Reach and Trample.

Yeah, so anything exiled with Soul Partition can be re-cast, but all timing rules still apply. Depending on what you remove on an opponents' board, they might not recast it with the additional tax. If you use it to protect any of your own things the tax effect doesn't apply.

Thank you, and likewise, I'm always down to take a look and offer suggestions if you need some!

September 21, 2023 1:32 p.m. Edited.

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Thank you again for reaching out Tsukimi, and my bad for not taking a look sooner. It is very apparent that this deck is one of your favorites. I do have a few different suggestions, both for the deck and the primer itself. As someone that also enjoys writing primers, I think it can be helpful to add category tags in the edit feature, but not set it as the default view. I find it helpful for my personal organization as I make edits, but can also be helpful for anyone reading the primer that might enjoy that sorting feature.

  • I get that you can essentially get double triggers from some of your ETB Creature ramp with Brenard out, but I'm counting about 10 ramp/mana producing effects, and your average CMC is above 3.5. It could be helpful to get a couple of the 2cmc Sorcery stuff like Farseek & Three Visits, but isn't the biggest priority if you haven't felt this to be an issue during your IRL play.

  • Scapegoat could be a fun board protection effect in this deck. A fairly cheap pick up and is mana efficient for what it can do.

  • Ich-Tekik, Salvage Splicer could be a helpful means of buffing up your Golems, especially as your Gingerbreadified Golems die. I can understand the omission at 5 cmc.

  • In terms of fun ETB effects that would be worth re-using, I'd recommend checking out Druid of Purification. It's become an auto-include in pretty much all of my Green decks. While yes, your opponents can all technically select the same target to remove, I've found that in the games I've played, opponents tend to select 2-3 targets depending on the game. I think in the dozens of games I've played with it, there was only one occasion where all opponents selected the same target. Everyone has something around the table they don't like, and it puts the onus on your opponents to make their selections. This has sometimes lead to opponents making spite plays against each other afterwards lol. I get that you're already running Aura Shards with how creature heavy you're running the deck, but this could bolster that removal suite a bit more, and is a little less Feels Bad than Shards.

  • I've liked Soul Partition as a utility card that doubles as (temporary) removal, or a permanent saving effect.

  • Could be worth keeping Beast Within and Stroke of Midnight on the radar to have some more instant speed removal that can hit a variety of targets.

This deck looks fun, and I look forward to reading your primer as you continue making updates and developments!

September 21, 2023 12:14 p.m.

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Hi Tsukimi, thank you for stopping by & for your comment. I'll take a look at your deck later tonight or tomorrow morning when I have some time.

September 20, 2023 10:41 p.m.

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Thanks for the suggestions DadHumanPraetor. I hadn't seen Gauntlets of Light before, but that's an interesting interaction with Sanctum Weaver. Not sure if I would include it, but I'll definitely keep it on my radar.

I didn't include Heliod's Pilgrim or Moon-Blessed Cleric because I felt the 4 tutor effects I have in-deck are already plenty, and the combo isn't necessarily the main focus of the deck. If I had to include one of the two, I'd be more likely to include Pilgrim over Cleric, since it tutors to hand as opposed to top of library.

Best of luck with your Sythis deck!

September 20, 2023 4:01 p.m.

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*Excited lol

September 20, 2023 2:17 p.m.

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Thank you Tsukimi! I think I shared the unlisted Moxfield version of the deck with you. I made a couple of edits since then, but figured the baseline of the primer was ready enough. Seeing how Gylwain performed on Game Knights confirmed how I figured his play-pattern might go. Exited to get some games in with the deck

September 20, 2023 2:10 p.m.

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Long days and pleasant nights.

September 13, 2023 1:50 a.m.

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Potential deck theme song?

September 11, 2023 3:31 p.m.

I'll keep the token doublers in mind as I revisit my list. I initially excluded them because of the non-bo potential for replacing Roles. I have a Mondrak, Parallel Lives, and Primal Vigor around.

Here is my Gylwain deck. I threw the list together a few days ago and haven't done much else with it. I do like that since he makes Roles on ETB, it puts less emphasis on Auras in the 99.

Totally understandable. It is fun to have a Seal of Primordium on board and tap it menacingly A few times a game. Sometimes other players forget it's sitting there lol.

September 9, 2023 9:54 p.m.

Thank you for posting this. Was sadly surprised at the news this morning. Tonight's EDH games with my friends are gonna hit different. Thank you for EDH and all these fun times, Sheldon, rest peacefully.

September 8, 2023 8:03 p.m.

I def missed Sterling Grove during my initial look, my bad. Yeah that first judge was incorrect. If Ellivere was worded "You may attach the role to another creature you control", then yeah it could've worked.

Enchantress & Enchantment builds got a lot of cool new stuff in the past couple of years. I do like that Ellivere and Gylwain both encourage more go-wide builds.

My only other recommendation would be to reconsider swapping Cartouche of Strength with either Beast Within, Generous Gift, or Stroke of Midnight. The enchantment synergy goes without saying, but mostly suggesting as a CMC equivalent swap for a flexible instant speed removal option.

I have a Gylwain list brewed up, I just haven't gone back to tinker with it much. Currently have it set to private, but can publish or share the unlisted Moxfield list.

September 8, 2023 7:58 p.m.

Totally understandable regarding not running the Siona infinite combo. I had her as the Commander for an Auras/Enchantment deck that featured the combo. I eventually moved on from the deck because I felt like I was racing for the combo each time, & it lacked the contemporary tech to go a bit wider.

Lol that's one of the simultaneously cool and tough things about running Enchantment/Auras decks is that there's a plethora of cool options to pick from. It can be a bit overwhelming, but def lends to meta-tuning. I think as you play the deck more you'll get a feel for which Auras are your all-stars and which end up becoming kinda lackluster.

I ran Sigarda's Aid in an Auras deck with Mazzy, Truesword Paladin as the commander. The deck featured a lot of super cheap 1-2 cmc Auras that could turn into combat tricks for my creatures, or anything beefy around the table that I knew was going to hit one of my opponents. Running Flickering Ward with Sigarda's Aid and at least one Enchantress effect on board felt great.

Greater Auramancy is good, but it kinda non-bos with stacking additional Auras on your creatures, if that's something you care about. Idk if you've seen Sterling Grove? It's fairly similar to Greater Auramancy, but has some additional utility in being able to tutor up another enchantment if needed.

I'll continue play-testing the decks I've brewed up. Ellivere's art is definitely cooler that Gylwain's lol. I think I'm leaning a bit more towards Gylwain because my meta tends to go wider, & I think his play pattern encourages more of that, & shifts emphasis off loading up your deck with Auras.

September 7, 2023 8:21 p.m.

Solid deck and fun primer! I've been on the fence to build either Ellivere or Gylwain, Casting Director. G/W Auras was one of my first favorite decks when I first started playing 10 years ago, and Aura Voltron was subsequently the first commander deck I put together via Tuvasa the Sunlit.

I'm a little surprised Spirit Mantle is in your Maybe-Board, but I can see how Benevolent Blessing has a functional similarity, and has benefit of having Flash. If anything, I think Spirit Mantle could replace Unquestioned Authority, esp since you tend to draw from Ellivere quite a bit.

Similarly, I think Sigarda's Aid could be helpful in moving it over from your Maybe-Board. In one of my last Aura decks, it let me turn some of those Aggro Auras into combat tricks, or the removal stuff like Kenrith's Transformation into instant speed shenanigans.

My last rec is that you do have a potential combo option with Siona, Captain of the Pyleas and Shielded by Faith. Only hang up is that you need either a haste enabler like Concordant Crossroads or Crashing Drawbridge to give the tokens haste, or Altar of the Brood to negate the need for haste. It's a combo option, but your deck might not need it if the Aggro is already working well for you.

Either way, nice build and keep up the primer writing!

September 7, 2023 12:52 p.m.

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