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 EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 655 | 429 COMMENTS | 82958 VIEWS | IN 221 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: 425 | 406 COMMENTS | 54484 VIEWS | IN 178 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


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: 682 | 584 COMMENTS | 72418 VIEWS | IN 245 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.

Experimental Teysa Superfriends

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: 160 | 165 COMMENTS | 20082 VIEWS | IN 61 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: 260 | 244 COMMENTS | 39929 VIEWS | IN 114 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: 25 | 1798 COMMENTS | 14161 VIEWS | IN 9 FOLDERS


Hello, just made a really cool B/W Vishkal FLicker/Bounce deck. Do you mind taking a look and see if there are some key cards i am missing for the theme? Would mean a lot. Thanks.

January 29, 2019 12:25 p.m.

Deadalus I just made a B/W Vish Kal Flicker/Bounce deck. it seems pretty nice but do you mind taking a look to see if there are any cards that are out of place? Any cards I could include to make it more powerful/synergistic?

January 29, 2019 12:23 p.m.

jordybear2002 says... #3

Hello there! I am working on a Mizzix deck that does Extra Turns , storm effects that copy damage spells, and card draw! My description describes what I want to be able to do and my problems with the deck. I forget how to make the deck name huge so here is the link lol.

January 26, 2019 8:24 p.m.

Daedalus19876 says... #4

_Delta_ and hkhssweiss: Sure, I'll add you both! Honestly, the more the merrier, and you both seem to be very experienced with EDH :)

I'll add you to the page: just add a creature to the deck that represents you!

Not sure why my tiny EDH-community-building exercise is getting so much attention recently, but I'm not going to complain, lol.

January 24, 2019 4:36 p.m.

Darkshadow327 says... #5

Soooo I recently found out about the Deckwatch (like a lot of other people). Once I get more experience on the site/playing magic I would love to join.

See ya around!

January 23, 2019 9:43 p.m.

_Delta_ says... #6

Hello Daedalus19876, a few days ago I first learned about this Deckwatch page while browsing the forums via mention of it by one of it's members, SynergyBuild. I would be glad to join if I am allowed, so as to seek more and better feedback on some of my decklists and do the same for others. I have been on tappedout for a few years now and I do frequent this site often.


January 23, 2019 9:30 p.m. Edited.

hkhssweiss says... #7

Hi Daedalus19876!

Just found out about the The Deckwatch page from DrkNinja and cdkime. Would love to also join to bounce off deck ideas!

Appreciate it!


January 22, 2019 3:47 p.m.

DrkNinja says... #8

Hey Daed,

Just wondering if I could join the Deckwatch! I've been around T/O forever, I've helped with almost every person in the Deckwatch at one point or another, and I'm a very active user. I'd love to have a group to bounce ideas off of and look at some of the decks I've built.

Thanks for your time, Ninja

January 22, 2019 1:52 p.m.

Hey Bro, I know you are a Commander expert. Take a look at my hightower discard deck and tell me what you think!

January 19, 2019 1:12 p.m.

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Said on The Pit of ......


sam171z: I'm afraid I don't have the budget for either of those right now :(

February 17, 2019 11:43 a.m.

OptimalGreen: Blooming Marsh (or a basic) would be my cut here.

GoldenGolgari: Honestly, I do not have much discard in this deck. The only significant discard spell is Survival of the Fittest , which can tutor him (plus Sadistic Hypnotist in a severe pinch). Much of the time, Archfiend of Ifnir just gets cycled, which is fine.

However, when I have an ability to draw a significant number of cards - particularly with Skullclamp or Generous Patron - my discard source is my maximum hand size. Notably, with Generous Patron , if I end the turn with 7+ cards in hand, I kill all of my opponents' creatures on the end step and draw cards equal to their total toughness (b/c I discard down to 7 in the cleanup step, place -1 counters, draw cards, return to the cleanup step again, repeat).

February 17, 2019 11:26 a.m.

zrob: Haven't gotten to cast it yet! Will let you know once I do :)

February 15, 2019 8 p.m.

Update: I decided that 30 lands was too low, and I've moved back to 31, inserting Inventors' Fair over Murder of Crows . The latter was a neat combo and gave marginal protection against board wipes, but was often dead in my hand (and couldn't be tutored). We'll see how this changes things, since it removed one of my potential combo lines.

February 15, 2019 12:19 p.m.

DiverDown: Personally I like Stifle more in that role: it can hit the T1 fetchland, where Shadow of Doubt only hits on T2, and also has additional utility against a lot of combos etc. Although it doesn’t do as much against Demonic Tutor , i’ll acknowledge.

February 14, 2019 12:46 p.m.

llutul: That combo would definitely work! But since Isochron + Reversal is usually infinite mana anyway, there are often better mana sinks (like my commander in this deck).

February 10, 2019 3:35 p.m.


you’re my only hope

Discard-Reanimate-Oppress, with Scarab God at the helm

Shadowlands: Scarab God EDH [REDUX v2]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


February 9, 2019 9:32 p.m.

AdonaiShadowblade: I have considered it, yeah. The issue I've found is that it's a dead card when I'm comboing (or if it's not T0 honestly), and I need a critical density of draw spells/tutors/interaction to function correctly :(

February 9, 2019 5:03 p.m.

Ballzanya: The issue was that Purphoros proved to be unnecessary. Any time where I had generated 20 insects (ie drawn 20 cards) was one where I'd already found an infinite combo or just won through combat.

blacksh1ft: Ooh, tempting XD I'll think on it.

February 8, 2019 6:59 p.m.

IAmTheWraith: I dunno, I'm not convinced Teferi's Protection is the best thing here. When my hatebears leave, my opponents are suddenly able to do all of their crazy things again: my deck's prison plan is reliant on them remaining on battlefield. If I were going to choose a ETB-tapped piece, I agree that I'd choose Blind Obedience , but it's one of my lower-priority stax pieces for the moment.

Comparing to Nahiri, the Harbinger ; Dawn of Hope is less good since I have no other sources of life gain (so it's 8 mana before my first card drawn); Chandra, Torch of Defiance requires me to cast the spell immediately and reveals what it is (which can be very bad if I hit, say, Aven Mindcensor ); Chandra, Flamecaller is arguably better for draw but can't threaten with the ult (and is 2 more mana). Moreover, Nahiri's -2 is also decent removal, especially on the turn she comes in. Overall, I've been VERY happy with Nahiri in testing! The real question is if I should fit Mind's Eye in as WELL.

RecklessN7: As in most hatebears decks, your list has to shift to fit your meta. For the MOMENT, I'm gonna skip on the Pithing Needle , but I may revisit this in the future!

February 7, 2019 11:48 p.m.

DiverDown: I ran Karn, Scion of Urza in Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer and honestly it did amazing work!

February 7, 2019 4:13 p.m.

Said on Grave Robbers...

February 7, 2019 1:30 a.m.

IAmTheWraith: Regarding emotional sickness, I hope you're okay hug I know how that feels, and it sucks.

(If you want to chat about it, HMU.)

February 6, 2019 6:02 p.m.

Darkshadow327: Favorite to play is probably Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons . The deck I am most proud of is The Locust God .

February 6, 2019 5:10 p.m.

Cloudius: Facebook Sick Deals page has them pretty cheap :) it's where I got mine!

February 6, 2019 2:26 p.m.

Command Beacon seems like a must here, for a deck that relies on its commander!

I know you have Transmute Artifact marked as "too expensive", but you can pick one up for $120 or so online, so it's less expensive than a lot of other cards here, and it's strictly better than Reshape . I put it in my The Locust God list, and it immediately kicked the deck up a turn faster - can't recommend it highly enough.

Have you considered Spellseeker ? Can grab Reshape , Cyclonic Rift , Mystical Tutor , etc.

EDIT: Just realized that Spellseeker messes with Proteus Staff combo - ignore me XD

February 6, 2019 1:03 p.m. Edited.

Taking a look now.

Anyone have any thoughts on the rebuild of my well-known Avacyn, the Purifier EDH deck? I'm shifting it from straight-up Voltron to a hatebears list with Voltron subthemes, and enjoying the new version a lot!

Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH [REDUX]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


February 6, 2019 12:57 p.m.

Said on Sahelli's Storm...


Hmmm. I'd personally run Comet Storm over Banefire (you have enough counters to protect it, and it hits everyone), and have you considered Mana Echoes ? Could get silly with Saheeli's thopter-making ability. I do feel you need more non-Saheeli dependent draw (ie, draw not from X spells) - have you considered Wheel of Fortune , Time Spiral , etc?

Hope this helps!

February 6, 2019 12:39 p.m.

Taking a look now - anyone able to help me with the rebuild of my old, well-known Avacyn deck (which has appeared on this thread many times)?

Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH [REDUX]

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


February 6, 2019 12:25 p.m.

bUt yoU cAN't caSt LAnDs aT inStANt spEeD

February 6, 2019 12:22 p.m.


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


Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 425 | 406 COMMENTS | 54491 VIEWS | IN 178 FOLDERS

The Ten Plagues: Locust God EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 655 | 429 COMMENTS | 82979 VIEWS | IN 221 FOLDERS

Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 682 | 584 COMMENTS | 72424 VIEWS | IN 245 FOLDERS

Thousand Cuts: Tetsuko EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876


I Call Her Vera: Sidisi EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 271 | 432 COMMENTS | 49801 VIEWS | IN 156 FOLDERS

Red Scare: Zada EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 260 | 244 COMMENTS | 39935 VIEWS | IN 114 FOLDERS

The Hungriest Aetherborn: Yahenni EDH

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 160 | 165 COMMENTS | 20082 VIEWS | IN 61 FOLDERS

Finished Decks 80
Prototype Decks 31
Drafts 0
Playing since Judgment
Points 2225
Avg. deck rating 83.28
T/O Rank 26
Helper Rank 47
Favorite formats Commander / EDH
Good Card Suggestions 1217
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