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: 769 | 482 COMMENTS | 111560 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: 612 | 695 COMMENTS | 91975 VIEWS | IN 235 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: 179 | 73 COMMENTS | 13117 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: 752 | 596 COMMENTS | 82978 VIEWS | IN 255 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

SCORE: 22 | 6 COMMENTS | 906 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER


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 | 23501 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

SCORE: 12 | 7 COMMENTS | 658 VIEWS | IN 3 FOLDERS


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: 307 | 269 COMMENTS | 48835 VIEWS | IN 117 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.

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The Deckwatch [Home Base]

Commander / EDH* Daedalus19876

SCORE: 46 | 2315 COMMENTS | 18838 VIEWS | IN 11 FOLDERS


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take2da2: Another full-foil Hapatra deck? Sweet :D I'm still working on it, but I might get there soon! Not looking forward to grabbing that Judge Cradle, though.

It seems like we have a lot of strategies in common -- this is definitely a combo list as well, though I didn't go quite as heavily on Yawgmoth alone. I'm not running the Undying combos, just because I don't want to make Yawgmoth my ONLY wincon (and the undying creatures are bad without him) -- though I am running those undying combos in my list with Yawgmoth in command zone (Message from Surgeon-General Yawgmoth Re: COVID-19, though it needs updates).

I use Wild Growth because it's less fragile than another mana dork (I get board wiped a LOT), and because it allows ridiculous interactions with Earthcraft. Plus, it doesn't have "summoning sickness" -- on turn 2, I can use one land to enchant the other, and immediately get the mana back, making Wild Growth essentially a 0-mana form of ramp. I should probably run Utopia Sprawl too...

Please continue to spread the Gospel of Hapatra to the world! Haha.

I'd love to talk further -- we chose a lot of similar strategies, but there's definitely differences between how our decks play. I seem to be running more removal and interaction, to deal with stax pieces and slow down other combos, while you intend to focus on speed above all else (your interaction is almost entirely defensive).

June 4, 2020 3:07 a.m. Edited.

Apologies that I haven't responded recently, I've been super busy!

Brefin: I am definitely tempted by Fatestitcher in Ascendancy turns... I could also run Brain Freeze as a mana generator in Ascendancy turns, since they're almost always also Breach turns -- with Brain Freeze, I can generate extra mill and graveyard fuel to play Dockside Extortionist and bounce him repeatedly. My primary limitation when going off with Ascendancy tends to be GY size more than mana, honestly, since my primary engine with Ascendancy (Frantic Search + Breach) doesn't actually cost any mana. Outside of that combo, I use Ascendancy more as a value piece... Also, just be aware that when anything like Inkmoth Nexus is activated, Vadrok is a 1/1. As in, if Vadrok is mutated onto Inkmoth, you can only choose between a 3/3 without infect or a 1/1 with infect -- for that matter, when it's a 1/1, it'll lose first strike too. The "becomes a" clause overwrites anything granted by mutation. The interaction between these lands and Ascendancy is really sweet, though... Maybe I'll put Inkmoth back in. Who knows.

Paeldroth: I'm not sure that those two do quite what this deck wants, honestly. Neither fits on its own, though obviously the combo is awesome (assuming no one has exiling removal) -- neither Stuffy Doll nor Pariah synergize with the rest of this deck, honestly. Also, I'm not super interested in adding another white card right now, especially if it isn't integral to my plans. Thank you for the suggestion, though!

MapPsycho: I love the band :D Endless Forms Most Beautiful is my favorite, haha, which is why I'm so happy I got to theme a mutate-centric deck around it...

June 4, 2020 2:59 a.m.

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IzmAYAYA: The problem is that if Hapatra is killed in response to Journey to Eternity  Flip, she dies AND the aura is countered. Or, for that matter, if Hapatra is exiled. It's just... very risky.

May 26, 2020 12:30 a.m.

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IzmAYAYA: I actually used to run it. It was very cute with Hapatra. But there have been too many times where people have shot the aura's target in response to me casting it, which leaves me open to 2-for-1s.

May 25, 2020 9:31 p.m.
May 22, 2020 3:37 a.m.

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May 22, 2020 3:36 a.m.

At least three cards to add here: Reconnaissance Mission and Sea-Dasher Octopus and Fierce Guardianship. Potentially I could try and find a slot for Decoy Gambit, Murmuring Mystic, Of One Mind, or Ominous Seas. There were a lot of good blue cards this set.

May 22, 2020 3:26 a.m.

Profet93: Honestly, this deck is due for a full rebuild eventually anyway.

May 22, 2020 3:18 a.m.

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IzmAYAYA: By "out", I mean, "On battlefield". The point is, Generous Patron is awesome and gets lots of value.

I'd generally only play Zulaport if 1) you plan to win that turn, via Yawgmoth or whatever, or 2) you have a large number of creature tokens (possibly infinite).

The spider is a combo piece, kind of, but it's not an absolutely vital one. I'd play it early with no regrets. And yeah, it essentially deals one extra damage -- it kills things with 2 toughness :)

May 22, 2020 3:08 a.m.

skeletonkey8: I just don't have enough synergy with +1 counters, sorry. Nor the space to add another theme.

May 22, 2020 3:01 a.m.

Poly_raptor: The exiling clause is rough. I actually did test with Arcanist, and he was... hit or miss. Often I want to recast my best spell repeatedly with Vadrok, which means I can't cast it with Dreadhorde... I'm not sure. It never really EXCITED me to have in hand, ya know?

May 22, 2020 2:57 a.m.

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IzmAYAYA: Depends on which one.

I would play Generous Patron any time I had Hapatra out. I would usually play the Spider, mostly as a blocker against fliers. Zulaport and Ivy Lane, I tend to hold in hand unless they'll get me huge amounts of value at that exact moment. And of course, if Yawgmoth hits the field, it tends to end the game.

This is easier to answer the more reanimation you run.

May 21, 2020 2:57 p.m.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor: Mox Amber can replace a land, but the others are trickier. I'm not a huge fan of Kamahl's Druidic Vow here unless you ramp far harder than it seems. Ancient Animus also looks disappointing, even if you hit the legendary clause every time.

May 19, 2020 9:45 p.m.

skeletonkey8: Those two certainly aren't BAD. But I've found that my primary issues here are not related to counterspells or single-target removal: the biggest threat is a board wipe which resets my battlefield almost to zero. And while I'd like to add Serpopard/Safekeeper, there's just no slots these days haha.

May 19, 2020 5:14 p.m.

Viera: The most honest answer is "because I don't want to"? I really want to build this as an actively Izzet deck; I've only bent my rule on Sevinne's Reclamation and Jeskai Ascendancy because they REALLY advance my gameplan in a way that removal (even powerful removal) doesn't (enabling combos and creature recursion).

But the bigger reason is because I only run 6 cards in the deck that can produce white mana. Jeskai Ascendancy/Sevinne's Reclamation are at their best when I can discard them THEN cast them, whereas Swords to Plowshares is only REALLY good here if I can do it twice. I just don't want to drift any further into Jeskai.

If you like the deck, you're welcome to leave me a +1!

May 19, 2020 1:45 p.m.

Hmmm, I like where this is headed!

Have you considered running more planeswalkers, particularly Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury and Karn, the Great Creator. Maybe one or both of the Ugins, if you want powerful removal?

Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip also seems pretty decent for what you're trying to do here :) Maybe Mox Amber, as a no-downside Mox that also cantrips? Oath of Nissa is another super low-cost spell that gives you card advantage here. Or Azor's Gateway  Flip, for a similar purpose. Thran Temporal Gateway should allow ridiculous advantage here. Finally, you should have no problem casting The Great Henge for massive card advantage.

May 19, 2020 4:20 a.m.

AvacynAngelofHope: I'm really glad you enjoy it! And yeah, I was very happy when I thought up this theme -- if you DO build Vadrok, let me know how she treats you ;)

May 19, 2020 4:06 a.m.

skeletonkey8: Yeah, I hear that. But Turn 1 Hapatra is actually less valuable than it appears, sometimes -- there's definitely games when nobody plays a T1 mana dork that I can shoot. At which point an early Hapatra doesn't do much.

May 19, 2020 2:40 a.m.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor: I'll take a look!

Can anyone give me thoughts on my current pet project? Both on the decklist itself, and on the in-progress primer. Please do not suggest that I add any more white cards, thank you :)

Upvotes are great too -- I really want to get this to +100!


Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Vadrok EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 59 | 50 COMMENTS | 4981 VIEWS | IN 9 FOLDERS


May 19, 2020 12:13 a.m.

Specialties

Commander / EDH - Combo, Commander / EDH - Competitive, Commander / EDH - Infinite Combo, Commander / EDH - Jank, Commander / EDH - Multiplayer, Commander / EDH - Tokens

Decks

Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 612 | 695 COMMENTS | 91984 VIEWS | IN 235 FOLDERS

Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Vadrok EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 74 | 63 COMMENTS | 6754 VIEWS | IN 12 FOLDERS

Message from Surgeon-General Yawgmoth Re: COVID-19

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 278 | 178 COMMENTS | 27650 VIEWS | IN 76 FOLDERS

Torment of the Underworld: Kroxa EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 119 | 61 COMMENTS | 9570 VIEWS | IN 33 FOLDERS

Thousand Cuts: Tetsuko EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH* Daedalus19876

SCORE: 179 | 73 COMMENTS | 13117 VIEWS | IN 61 FOLDERS

The Ten Plagues: Locust God cEDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 769 | 482 COMMENTS | 111563 VIEWS | IN 248 FOLDERS

Red Scare: Zada EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH* Daedalus19876

SCORE: 307 | 269 COMMENTS | 48835 VIEWS | IN 117 FOLDERS

Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH [PRIMER]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 752 | 596 COMMENTS | 82978 VIEWS | IN 255 FOLDERS

Finished Decks 125
Prototype Decks 69
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Playing since Judgment
Points 2405
Avg. deck rating 64.67
T/O Rank 22
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