Hi everyone! I'm Guerric, and I am a long-time MTG and even longer time DnD player. Though many of my DnD friends played Magic in the nineties, I regrettably didn't get in until I was in graduate school around the time of the Kamigawa and original Ravnica blocks. I played mostly casually then and fell out for a good while. I got back into it four years ago playing Elves in Modern at my local FNM, and from there moved into my first love, which is commander. I also played standard seriously for awhile on arena until it got bad again, and have had some success at prerelease sealed draft, though its not a major thing for me.

I teach high school and started a club where I've been teaching my students how to play commander. Because I wanted them to be able to play good decks and have fun before investing in it on their own, I have built and maintained a good number of decks with different playstyles for them to try or just play for fun. I have a reputation for giving them good advice while playing, including advising them to kill me when that's the right thing to do as I want them to have fun and learn good threat assessment and sequencing.

As far as player archetypes go, I am most definitely a "Mel." I like my decks to be smooth mechanical engines where everything is as synergistic as possible and performance is consistent every time. I hate variance, and while I like combos I am picky, and only like combos where the pieces are useful on their own.

Because I am a teacher teaching others to play magic is natural for me, and recently I've begun writing primers for my favorite decks. I hope to eventually write one for all of my decks. My favorite deck of all is my original one, my Inalla, Archmage Ritualist deck, though I also very much love playing Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow, Tuvasa the Sunlit, and Scion of the Ur-Dragon. I have written thorough primers on all four of these decks, so please check them out if you are interested! Please feel free to read, comment, or upvote my decks if you like as it makes all the effort worth it!

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#1

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June 26, 2022 9:42 a.m.

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June 26, 2022 1:22 a.m.

Vivipotence

Great question! Sakashima of a Thousand Faces will go into the deck eventually, and it will probably replace Okiba-Gang Shinobi. While the discard is helpful in corner cases where someone has an empty hand and tutors something, most of the time it's just another ninja, and discard is a mechanic which annoys players and isn't otherwise supported here so as to make it good.

I oftentimes tutor Counterspell with Dimir Infiltrator when I think someone is going to try to combo or stop me, which has been a good trick, so I do generally like it, though I would probably replace it with Foil if I decide to since we usually don't mind the downsides in this deck and it's a cheap card. Mana Severance does seem like a useful trick though, so I will think about that! I think a misnomer about the deck is that you need to manipulate the top deck a lot so that you can set up the kill. Really you just need to swing a lot of un-blockable ninjas sideways, maybe with an extra copy of Yuriko, and hope it's enough. Lands are what really kill you when you are going for the kill, so that does seem like a good card and I will seriously consider it!

June 24, 2022 10:31 p.m.

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June 24, 2022 10:19 p.m.

wastevens1

Yeah, I think I mentioned this somewhere, but obviously you should run it if you have it. I do have it but it's in my planeswalker deck where it is more critical to saving my walkers from attacks and such. I do plan to replace Eerie Interlude with Guardian of Faith as a practical equivalent for this deck. That being said, by all means play it! Thanks for the comment!

June 24, 2022 10:56 a.m.

Hi all! I'm getting back into the swing of things as I'm back from all of my intense AP Reading stuff and am playing again. I have another gameplay report, some updates, and some other thoughts related to the deck partly inspired by some player comments and questions here. Before I get to that however I want to respond to everyone I hadn't had a chance to yet!

am3ience

The must-play card from Baldur's gate is Battle Angels of Tyr, which has already replaced Emeria Angel in my deck. Beyond that it's creating a headache for me with my Scion of the Ur-Dragon deck since there are so many more dragons to consider, but I haven't seen a ton more for Giada.

sean360

Glad you're enjoying the deck! You can totally write it up and link it here if you'd like! The more resources, the better for us all! As far as protection goes, Commander's Plate is a good choice, as protection is so much better than we think it's going to be. Ephemerate not so much unless we have a blink theme because of the one-off, situational nature of the card. I'd also add that, in my experience, we don't need to worry too much if she dies a couple of times. At 2cmc we can recast her a few times no problem, and smart opponents will not feel it's not worth it when there will be more immediate threats on the board, or will not want to target her when she has already put some massive threats out. They killed her four times the other night, and when they ran out of removal I put out a massive flight of angels to kill them out in almost a single turn! I'd agree on Eye of Vecna being really good draw. Less so on Thorough Investigation; it's rather Dawn of Hope that always manages to be just not that great for me, though time will tell on this all. I'm trying to get Inspiring Overseer back in as it seems good. I have Angel of the Dire Hour in my binder too and just want to warn that it is a trap card. We'll almost never hold open seven mana to use it, so most of the time it will be an otherwise vanilla 5/4 flyer for 7 which is just terrible. If she were 4cmc, then she would definitely be played!

Sample88

Thanks for the compliment, comment, and upvote! I upvoted your deck too. Feel free to let us know how it goes and share any insights you have from play!

Vivipotence

Thanks for the compliment, comment, and upvotes! I am glad you are enjoying the deck, as I have been! As far as cards go, I can definitely see the case for Shadowspear. It does fit the curve and gives us life-link, and if there are Sigarda players or other annoying things like that in your meta it could me a good choice for dealing with that as well. Akroma's Will also probably belongs, for thematic reasons as much as anything. It would be a good replacement for Eerie Interlude, though I have another plan for replacing that card currently. Legion Loyalty does sound like fun and I'd recommend it for more Timmy-minded Giada players. At 8cmc I'm personally not willing to risk it, but that's just me! I can see some ridiculous "I win!" plays with a card like that from time to time! Blessed Sanctuary does sound like fun, and my unicorn/alicorn/pony loving daughters would probably appreciate it very much! That being said, it doesn't do much to help us with life loss combos or infinite attacker/attack step combos, which are pretty common out there, and as such is pretty narrow on those grounds. I play a lot of combo myself in other decks, and my top deck on tappedout is my Inalla, Archmage Ritualist deck which is about the most degenerate combo deck outside of cEDH imaginable. So, my tip from the dark lord about dealing with combos is that the best way to deal with them is to kill the combo player, destroy the combo pieces, or call out the combo pieces so someone else with removal can help us destroy them. That being said, unicorns are fun and flavorful, and if your meta has lots of ping-type infinite combos I could see it as a good meta choice in those circumstances!

June 23, 2022 11:52 p.m.

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June 22, 2022 10:54 p.m.

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June 21, 2022 10:40 p.m.

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June 21, 2022 7:44 a.m.

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June 20, 2022 8:28 a.m.

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June 19, 2022 11:07 a.m.

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June 17, 2022 5:59 p.m.

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't written in a couple of weeks. I was out of town scoring AP Exams and have been super busy, but I'm on summer break now and should have plenty of time to post updates, gameplay reports, etc. I'll respond to all comments shortly, and will do some more major updates to the primer aa well.

June 15, 2022 3:34 p.m.

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June 15, 2022 3:30 p.m.

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#16

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June 15, 2022 3:29 p.m.

Specialties

Commander / EDH - Elves, Commander / EDH - Enchantment, Commander / EDH - Wizards, Modern - Elves

Decks

[Primer] Helming the Host of Heaven: A Giada Guide

Commander / EDH Guerric

SCORE: 69 | 70 COMMENTS | 4379 VIEWS | IN 32 FOLDERS

[Primer] Crouching One-Drop, Hidden Ninja *Update*

Commander / EDH Guerric

SCORE: 70 | 36 COMMENTS | 6415 VIEWS | IN 33 FOLDERS

[Primer] Casting the Mythal *Update*

Commander / EDH Guerric

SCORE: 84 | 64 COMMENTS | 7054 VIEWS | IN 25 FOLDERS

[Primer] Elfpocalypse Now! An Ezuri Elves Guide

Commander / EDH Guerric

SCORE: 20 | 7 COMMENTS | 1298 VIEWS | IN 7 FOLDERS

[Primer] Unleash the Dragon! *Updated*

Commander / EDH Guerric

SCORE: 27 | 35 COMMENTS | 2176 VIEWS | IN 11 FOLDERS

[Primer] Enchantress's Pillowfort: A Tuvasa Guide

Commander / EDH Guerric

SCORE: 39 | 17 COMMENTS | 3388 VIEWS | IN 18 FOLDERS

Finished Decks 15
Prototype Decks 0
Drafts 0
Playing since Betrayers of Kamigawa
Points 2099
Avg. deck rating 29.55
T/O Rank 10
Helper Rank 3
Favorite formats Commander / EDH, Modern
Cards suggested / good suggestions 282 / 149
Last activity 1 week
Joined 3 years