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: 710 | 461 COMMENTS | 92256 VIEWS | IN 239 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: 457 | 441 COMMENTS | 61125 VIEWS | IN 187 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: 148 | 64 COMMENTS | 9573 VIEWS | IN 58 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: 706 | 585 COMMENTS | 75257 VIEWS | IN 249 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

SCORE: 6 | 5 COMMENTS | 369 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: 165 | 165 COMMENTS | 20876 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: 9 | 7 COMMENTS | 441 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: 279 | 253 COMMENTS | 42792 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: 34 | 2202 COMMENTS | 17011 VIEWS | IN 9 FOLDERS


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LeonSpires says... #1

Hi Daedalus19876. I figured that I would take you up on your offer to look at a deck. Your Elenda deck Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH | *PRIMER* was a big inspiration for me to build my own Elenda deck From Dusk till Pox. I just recently built the deck and I don't have the biggest budget to improve it at the moment but over time I plan on making it better. I was just wandering your thoughts on what cards I should prioritize adding to the deck and what I should cut? Thank you for your time!!!

May 20, 2019 1:10 a.m.

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DrkNinja: Sure but those wincons are less slot-efficient. Every slot matters in cEDH, it’s best to avoid useless-outside-of-winning-scenario cards if possible.

(That info is also in the primer if you read that section.)

May 24, 2019 11:35 a.m. Edited.

Rambolicious_0: I've considered it?

But I'm already currently Tinker ing with one artifact-based combo deck (The Dark Tower: Circu Citadel cEDH) and I'm enjoying that more (though I do think that Urza is stronger).

I don't have a cEDH meta currently so I don't have a strong incentive to build something quite that high-power.

May 23, 2019 12:48 p.m.
May 23, 2019 11:47 a.m.

Deck seems...okay overall? Could still use some optimization, but you've got some neat tech.

Your interaction seems relatively lacking here - You're running Disallow and Arcane Denial , neither of which really sees any cEDH play, but no Spell Pierce , Dispel , Delay , or even Counterspell proper.

It lacks Timetwister (I'd expect it given that you ARE playing Tabernacle, so price doesn't seem to be a concern) and I'm not sure why Mindslaver is in here. Shrine of the Forsaken Gods should be a Strip Mine , and I'm honestly rather astonished at the lack of powerful stax pieces such as Grafdigger's Cage and friends.

(I also generally don't tag my decks as a primer until, you know, the primer is written, but...)

May 23, 2019 11:47 a.m.

SynergyBuild:


Urza Paradox Scepter

Commander / EDH* sickrobot

SCORE: 29 | 10 COMMENTS | 1388 VIEWS | IN 6 FOLDERS


May 21, 2019 8:58 p.m.

Merchant Scroll and Fabricate seem like good tutors!

May 21, 2019 6:27 p.m.

(Also, I have to ask - Sleight of Hand but no Impulse ?)

May 21, 2019 4:56 p.m.

No The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale or Sphere of Resistance , given that Urza's ability offsets their taxes? I'm also curious about the inclusion of Legacy's Allure , is that meant to steal something specific?

May 21, 2019 4:43 p.m. Edited.

Said on I Call Her ......

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Kholan95 at al: I'm afraid you might be waiting a while, I no longer update this list since I took it apart :(

May 21, 2019 4:05 p.m.

MeagherMan101: Somewhat! Karn's Bastion has been better than Contagion Clasp overall, and Finale of Devastation has been awesome, but haven't gotten to try Evolution Sage much yet, though the initial testing was so-so. I'll keep you updated.

OptimalGreen: Oh, that's DEFINITELY going in. No question, I'm slamming it into the list. Only downside is that I need a foil and that's not gonna be cheap >.<

May 21, 2019 4:04 p.m.

Sanguisuga: The issue is that 1) that combo kills you as surely as your opponents, and 2) your creatures die from the damage after the first time they get hit. Let's imagine I have 4 creatures plus Zada, and I cast Lightning Bolt on one of the tokens. The first token takes the damage, then it spreads to every other creature I control and deals 3 to each player. Those creatures die, but each chain 3 more damage to each player. I've dealt 15 damage to each player, including myself, and killed all of my tokens (and probably all creatures my opponents control). I'm not interested in that effect when it kills my whole board and damages me equally.

eagleneb91: Yeah! I was considering pulling this deck apart, but I might end up keeping it specifically for that and the new Pyromancer XD

May 21, 2019 4:02 p.m.

Oh, and also - if you try Blood Moon in here, I'd also try Back to Basics . Often better in my experience, though it does affect us more.

May 16, 2019 8:24 p.m.

zrob: I've been devoting more time to my The Dark Tower: Circu Citadel cEDH recently, haha (I'd love your thoughts). But I'll eventually make it back to working on Locust God, I promise! ;)

Your points are valid, and I'll tweak. This modification was mostly a first pass.

(Nothing more hilarious than Stifle on a T1 fetch, though. Heh.)

May 16, 2019 8:21 p.m.

zrob: If it were me, this is roughly where I'd try going from your list. This also might be where I go with my list if I ever decide to rebuild it (or update it).

Still missing Volcanic Island , which neither of us seems to own, lol.

If you ever decide to add Pyroclasm , I'd also test Volcanic Fallout , see which one works better for you.

May 16, 2019 11:03 a.m. Edited.

zrob: Excluding changes to the landbase, those I'm a little less in agreement on. The addition of the other fetches is obviously a good idea (and something I've actually done IRL), but I'd rather have Academy Ruins over Command Beacon , along with a few other changes.

May 16, 2019 10:33 a.m.

zrob: Honestly? Looks absolutely great; that’s very very close to the changes I’d make. The only adjustments I’d personally make are:

1) Simian Spirit Guide back in, since it’s very good with wheels and allows cleaner wins with Kindred Discovery . Possibly over Metalworker ; how many artifacts do you generally find you have in hand?

2) Verity Circle in, possibly over Rhystic Study (neuters mana dorks and has additional utility with Opposition , though this one is meta-dependent).

(Also, since that list looks pretty heavily based on mine, do you mind linking this list in the description?)

But honestly the changes you made are completely and utterly sound, especially where you replaced high-CMC spells with cheap interaction; I may end up borrowing most of those alterations and implementing them here :)

May 16, 2019 10:20 a.m.

Nahgg: Honestly, this list is currently disassembled and on hiatus IRL, because I moved all of the expensive pieces to my The Dark Tower: Circu Citadel cEDH list. However, both Narset, Parter of Veils and Narset's Reversal have been all-stars there, so I'd absolutely run them here if this list were still updating. Not least because wheeling with Narset out is essentially an instant win! ;)

I'm going to retweak and modify this list in the future, btw. It's just not the current highest priority.

May 15, 2019 9:46 p.m. Edited.

My first thought would be to reduce the number of lands you control that enter the battlefield tapped. They're a significant issue for this deck IMO, since WB doesn't have access to especially good acceleration as-is. Your enchantment suite is good, though I'd be cautious about Luminarch Ascension (I wouldn't run it without Cataclysm in the deck).

I find that Damnable Pact is generally a bad return on card draw; I'd run something like Vampiric Tutor to grab Skullclamp instead. I'm not convinced by The Elderspell here unless you play in a meta with a significant number of PWs (this deck isn't generally one where you want to eat your own PWs to get a boost in loyalty). Careful with Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet - he can sometimes backfire when you'd rather get the death trigger than the token. Swords to Plowshares is significantly better than Path to Exile in this deck. I'd cut one land for Fellwar Stone , probably. I'm surprised not to see Lightning Greaves in here, since it's good at protecting Elenda from the dreaded exile effects. The other glaring exclusion is Toxic Deluge , which is an INCREDIBLE board wipe for this deck (since you can tailor it to not kill Elenda under most circumstances, and immediately gain back far more life). I'm curious if you've considered Bolas's Citadel , since it works very well with Pox -style effects in a deck like this that can gain back life. From your maybeboard, I'd most highly recommend Fleshbag Marauder , Hero of Bladehold , Merciless Executioner , Reaper from the Abyss , and Sadistic Hypnotist .

Hope that helps! Deck looks pretty good to me ;) and I'm flattered by you linking my primer in the description!

May 15, 2019 2:54 p.m.

Said on Blessing the Fox...

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WHITE FOXESSSSSS

May 14, 2019 12:32 a.m.

Said on A Perfect Storm...

#20

"Consistently winning" how much interaction does your meta play?

May 10, 2019 2:46 p.m.

Specialties

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

Decks

Thousand Cuts: Tetsuko EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 148 | 64 COMMENTS | 9573 VIEWS | IN 58 FOLDERS

Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 457 | 441 COMMENTS | 61127 VIEWS | IN 187 FOLDERS

The Ten Plagues: Locust God cEDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 710 | 461 COMMENTS | 92258 VIEWS | IN 239 FOLDERS

Red Scare: Zada EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 279 | 253 COMMENTS | 42792 VIEWS | IN 117 FOLDERS

Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 706 | 585 COMMENTS | 75258 VIEWS | IN 249 FOLDERS

Hymn of Darkness: Elenda EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 160 | 81 COMMENTS | 9257 VIEWS | IN 44 FOLDERS

I Call Her Vera: Sidisi EDH | *PRIMER*

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 290 | 435 COMMENTS | 52716 VIEWS | IN 164 FOLDERS

The Hungriest Aetherborn: Yahenni EDH

Commander / EDH Daedalus19876

SCORE: 165 | 165 COMMENTS | 20876 VIEWS | IN 64 FOLDERS

Finished Decks 92
Prototype Decks 40
Drafts 0
Playing since Judgment
Points 1795
Avg. deck rating 87.48
T/O Rank 43
Helper Rank 31
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