Deckbuilder, recent college grad, actual rocket scientist (in training)! Welcome to my userpage :)

I am an old hand at Magic (playing for more than fifteen years, about 3/4 of my life in total), and I've been on this site a while. I used to be more active here, but life has kept me busy recently.

Formats of choice: I played in Standard for a long time, but I got sick of not having the money to play the best decks (cough Jace, the Mind Sculptor cough) and having to continuously buy new cards as old ones rotated out, and quit playing competitively for a while. I found EDH about five years ago, and I have been hooked ever since. These days, I play EDH exclusively.

Play style: I am a Johnny/Timmy, fond of complex and clever decks, and generally averse to counter-magic ...particularly when it's used against me. Favorite colors: black, green, blue, and purple (Izzet).

Favorite set(s): Time Spiral Block, Original Mirrodin, Original Ravnica, Original Innistrad

Least favorite set: Theros, Return to Ravnica, Kamigawa Block, all Core Sets

Personal information: I recently graduated from university in Saint Louis, and now work at a NASA research lab in sunny California! I've been playing MtG for about three quarters of my life, and never regretted it, haha.

If you have any kind of deck you want me to look over, message me or post it on my wall! I have less time than I used to, but I like analyzing and deconstructing decks, EDH in particular :)

These represent the physical decks I play IRL, so they are limited to my personal budget. I always appreciate suggestions and insight into anything I've built! In order of strongest to weakest…

The Ten Plagues: Locust God cEDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 770 | 482 COMMENTS | 112774 VIEWS | IN 248 FOLDERS

Undoubtedly my strongest deck, and over 75% foil! This deck is optimized within my budget, and can hold its own against other cEDH decks. It’s pretty much a dedicated combo deck, but can win via aggro against staxier opponents. Try it, it’s a drug.

Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 617 | 724 COMMENTS | 93967 VIEWS | IN 238 FOLDERS

My second-strongest deck, and over 85% foil! In many ways, my pet deck. Vicious combo-aggro, originally assembled using mostly standard draft chaff. Nobody expects it, but it works very well at a cEDH or near-cEDH table (particularly by crippling early mana dorks). Note that the current list reflects a slower meta, and has traded fast acceleration for more redundancy and protection.

Thousand Cuts: Tetsuko EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH* Daedalus19876

SCORE: 181 | 78 COMMENTS | 13375 VIEWS | IN 61 FOLDERS

A very janky (but surprisingly frightening) mono-blue control/aggro deck. The only mono-blue EDH deck you’ll ever see that wins through combat damage, out-drawing you all the way. Started as a vanity project, has become surprisingly vicious.

Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 756 | 599 COMMENTS | 83434 VIEWS | IN 257 FOLDERS

Probably my most well-known deck, and the 5th highest-rated EDH deck of all time on TappedOut! (Give me upvotes, we’re within 3 votes of being #4!!) Currently being somewhat reworked towards my new meta. Primarily a Voltron deck, but occasionally can play the role of stax.

Multiversal Mafia: Teysa Superfriends EDH

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


A recent project, made from the pieces of my disassembled Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH [PRIMER] after my meta made it clear that Pox was not an acceptable strategy to play. We’ll see if it sticks around.

The Hungriest Aetherborn: Yahenni EDH

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 171 | 165 COMMENTS | 23677 VIEWS | IN 64 FOLDERS

Currently being re-assembled. Mono-black control/voltron, with a poorly-regarded commander: you could call this a dark horse.

The Pit of Despair: Scarab God EDH

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


Discard-reanimator! This deck is the spiritual successor to my Sidisi, Brood Tyrant list, which was the first EDH deck I ever built (I Call Her Vera: Sidisi EDH [PRIMER]). However, the shift to The Scarab God made it into a vicious, grinding hand control deck, where reanimator is more of a side-plan.

Red Scare: Zada EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH* Daedalus19876

SCORE: 309 | 270 COMMENTS | 49317 VIEWS | IN 116 FOLDERS

Silly all-in Zada combo. May be disassembled soon, it’s my weakest deck. I’ve had it for a long time and it’s gotten a bit stagnant.


The Deckwatch [Home Base]

Commander / EDH* Daedalus19876

SCORE: 46 | 2315 COMMENTS | 18903 VIEWS | IN 11 FOLDERS


If you have any kind of deck you want me to look over, message me or post it on my wall!

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July 12, 2020 2:42 p.m.

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OptimalGreen: I'm trying Hooded Blightfang right now, we'll see how good it ends up being. I also have Seshiro, so...

July 13, 2020 3:37 p.m.

IzmAYAYA: Honestly, Fiend Artisan usually tutors for Yawgmoth, since he pretty much wins outright? But it can also grab Devoted Druid, Ivy Lane Denizen, etc.

July 13, 2020 3:16 p.m.

IzmAYAYA: Ammit Eternal, Soul Snuffers, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, Black Sun's Zenith, and Grim Affliction are my biggest token producers. I tend to tutor for them, or draw aggressively until I find them.

July 13, 2020 8:24 a.m.

IzmAYAYA: If you need to give Hapatra flying often, maybe try Demonic Embrace? I've been considering it for my list. But in general, I get most of my tokens through effects other than Hapatra's combat damage trigger. But even as a 1/1 creature, you can easily reanimate it or get it back -- when you make your opponent spend spot removal on a 2-drop, you come out ahead IMO.

July 13, 2020 8:06 a.m.

Said on Torment of the ......


casual_competitive: I only wish to have Kroxa step on my opponents.

July 12, 2020 6:25 p.m.

xander11: Chain of Vapor is an all-star, I'm a huge fan. Faithless Looting has been solid, and Rielle, the Everwise does great things with it -- it helps me pitch useful spells into GY to recast with Vadrok.

July 12, 2020 6:22 p.m.

IzmAYAYA: I've had no problem sacrificing snakes, honestly. What were the issues you ran into?

July 12, 2020 6:14 p.m.

1) I know that you wanted to go 100% permanents, but have you considered Primal Surge as your only non-permanent spell? It's so rare that decks fit it correctly...

2) Dockside Extortionist (making 5 or more treasures) + Temur Sabertooth is infinite mana, which can be transmuted into infinite triggers of your commander's mutate ability!

3) Fauna Shaman is a MUST here. Survival of the Fittest as well, if you can afford it.

4) Cold-Eyed Selkie is an amazing creature to mutate onto, to keep the card advantage flowing.

5) I'm not convinced you have enough ramp to really keep the spells flowing. But since you're already casting splashy things off the top of your deck with Illuna, have you tried Chromatic Orrery as an option here?

6) I'm not fully sure what you're trying to do with Dismiss into Dream -- you don't seem to run very many things which target. That and Essence Symbiote could be natural cuts.

Cool deck, man!

July 12, 2020 12:25 p.m.

1empyrean: I'll take a look! I'll post my own mutate-centric deck as the next one in the thread :D

I'm trying to find one or two cuts, but mostly I'm looking for upvotes at this point haha. We broke +100, let's try to get to +150!

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Vadrok EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 101 | 100 COMMENTS | 9366 VIEWS | IN 17 FOLDERS

July 12, 2020 12:19 p.m.


Removed Mountain, Unsubstantiate.

Added Mana Drain, Narset's Reversal.

I'm not having too many problems with mana, and with the recent addition of Lotus Petal (thanks to NivStormfront's suggestions), I'm hopeful I can survive on 32 lands. I would run Lion's Eye Diamond in that slot if I could afford it, maybe I'll try and see if anyone has trades...

Meanwhile, Unsubstantiate was meant as protective bounce for Vadrok as well as going infinite with Thousand-Year Storm + Frantic Search. Narset's Reversal can still go infinite with TYS, and while it can't bounce Vadrok, it works a lot better as interaction overall.

Finally, I stuck Mana Drain back in -- it just helps so much when kicking off a combo to have large amounts of colorless.

July 12, 2020 11:48 a.m. Edited.

Said on Torment of the ......


casual_competitive: But the kerning and foiling technique are MUCH better on the full-art, and the full-arts curl much less -- even though I basically live in a swamp :P

July 12, 2020 10:05 a.m.

johnwayne1488: Fiend Artisan is spectacular. I would highly recommend it :) I used to run Phyrexian Tower, but I decided to go slightly heavier on the basic lands to make Earthcraft more reliable.

July 12, 2020 10:04 a.m.

Corz1lla; Thank you! I usually win through combos, but I suspect that's just a difference in playgroups :) I should probably test Narset's Reversal over Unsubstantiate... And yeah, unfortunately Firemind's Foresight is just too much mana here. Plus it doesn't fully fetch any of my combos, since all my combos require at least one non-instant card. F's F is much better in a Mizzix deck, which can use it as aa 2-or-3 mana triple tutor, and immediately win.

Brefin: I considered running Cephalid Breakfast in here, but since I'm no longer running Oracle, that combo is a bit unreliable as a wincon for me. Ascendancy loops are awesome, I just don't want to run the white haha.

Also, Stitch in Time was disappointing so it's back out again. Lotus Petal, Mana Drain, and Narset's Reversal are fighting for that slot.

July 12, 2020 10:01 a.m. Edited.

Said on UGIN CAN'T BE ......


DeinoStinkus: Don't insult my boy Oko like that, I love him ;)

July 11, 2020 9:10 a.m.

Said on UGIN CAN'T BE ......


Evidence for:

Sanctum of Ugin FINDS Eldrazi rather than repelling them.

Evidence against:

1) The unknown entity speaking from the Ozolith did not act like Ugin or Emrakul at ALL. For that matter, he reminded me more of Oko in how he acted and spoke.

2) This theory is primarily based on lore from Rise of the Eldrazi and the two War of the Spark books. Anyone who was around in 2007 remembers that Rise of the Eldrazi's lore was, uh... fragmented. A bunch of cards like Dreamstone Hedron, Zof Shade, Makindi Griffin, etc suggest that the original plan was that the Eldrazi were super-intelligent eldritch entities which had created the ruins and hedrons on Zendikar, and that WotC changed their mind at some point very late in the development cycle. In this light, it's harder to draw conclusions about Ugin, who was only a half-formed character at that point. And War of the Spark was... disjointed, to say the least. Everyone acted out of character. I'm not saying your theory is WRONG, just that it could go either way depending on which bits WotC chooses to ignore from two blocks with disappointing and confusing storylines.

July 11, 2020 8:27 a.m.

johnwayne1488: I'll take a look! What are your thoughts on my list?

I'm not SUPER convinced by Bastion of Remembrance here -- I have a lot more creature tutors than non-creature tutors, so Zulaport Cutthroat does the job better for me -- but I'm always interested in making changes. What have you added from recent sets?

July 10, 2020 7:55 p.m.

Removed Netherborn Altar, added Hooded Blightfang for testing. Also trying Harvest Season over Bane of Progress?

July 10, 2020 7:44 p.m. Edited.

Tweaks: Stitch in Time and Curfew over Mana Drain and Winds of Rebuke.

I do want to find a way to fit Mana Drain back in sometime.

July 10, 2020 6:26 p.m.

Said on A Vadrok Never ......

July 7, 2020 12:08 p.m.


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Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Vadrok EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 103 | 104 COMMENTS | 9507 VIEWS | IN 17 FOLDERS

Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 617 | 729 COMMENTS | 93990 VIEWS | IN 238 FOLDERS

Message from Surgeon-General Yawgmoth Re: COVID-19

Commander / EDH* Daedalus19876

SCORE: 279 | 179 COMMENTS | 28560 VIEWS | IN 77 FOLDERS

Torment of the Underworld: Kroxa EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 123 | 66 COMMENTS | 10573 VIEWS | IN 35 FOLDERS

Thousand Cuts: Tetsuko EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH* Daedalus19876

SCORE: 181 | 78 COMMENTS | 13376 VIEWS | IN 61 FOLDERS

The Ten Plagues: Locust God cEDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 770 | 482 COMMENTS | 112781 VIEWS | IN 248 FOLDERS

Red Scare: Zada EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH* Daedalus19876

SCORE: 309 | 270 COMMENTS | 49319 VIEWS | IN 116 FOLDERS

Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 756 | 599 COMMENTS | 83436 VIEWS | IN 257 FOLDERS

Finished Decks 128
Prototype Decks 72
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Playing since Judgment
Points 2390
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