How I go about building my themed decks is a first pick the theme I wish to construct a deck around. Then I research the core elements of the theme; card selection is centred mainly around the core elements. For example, my Sphinxes are all about riddles, enigmas and beating my opponents' faces if they fail to solve the riddle, ie kill me in time. Greek mythology was easy and difficult all at the same time because I had a lot of cards to work with but I had to make sure the deck could actually win. Gothic Horror is supposed to make one feel like they are watching a horror movie play out in front of them.
July 24, 2021 10:43 p.m.
Hey!! I wanted to thank you for alerting me to Rhystic Studies' video. I love his content but somehow managed to miss this upload! I really like how well he covered the topic of Kaldheim lore, about how these gods are not indestructible due to a link to Ragnarök.
July 23, 2021 7:26 a.m.
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Awesome, I'm so glad you like his stuff too! Yeah, I really enjoy his analysis of cards and connecting them to real-world culture and history. His stuff is also accessible enough so a noob like me can follow along and understand :D
I am really curious how you go about constructing your decks. Do you do research first, then find cards that fit the theme or does it tend to be the other way around? Rhystic Studies seems to find a particular card that acts as a kind of focal point and then builds the rest of his narrative around that; is that a strategy you have used as well?
July 24, 2021 9:20 p.m.
I think you have a really interesting deck here and I absolutely love your commander pick! I'm really curious to see how you hone it as time goes on :) So far, do you think you are going to lean it further down either Samurai or Indestructible themes or keep it around where it is now?
I'm not much help in terms of Samurai but I do have some ideas if you are interested in adding more Indestructible-based pieces: Stuffy Doll , Creepy Doll , Colossus of Akros , Darksteel Sentinel , and Darksteel Colossus are pretty fun creatures and go really well with Pariah and Pariah's Shield . Fumigate is also a pretty sweet sweeper to drop mid-late game too, if you are looking for more of those :D
July 20, 2021 3:28 a.m.
Hello there! I'm not sure if you have ever seen the YouTube channel 'Rhystic Studies' but he just came out with a video essay about Kaldheim! It reminded me so much of the work and historical basis for your Norse Mythology deck and I thought it might be something you'd be interested in :)
July 18, 2021 12:57 p.m.
Awesome deck, as usual! :D
If you are able to find an affordable copy, Kalonian Hydra might be an effective game-ender here! It looks like it's still around $15 though, even after all those reprints :-\
I'm not sure if it fits as well in terms of flavor but Biomass Mutation would also be an interesting finisher since many of your hydras' actual base stats are really low.
But really, your deck looks amazing as-is and balances thematic flavor with powerful utility perfectly :)
July 17, 2021 4:46 a.m.
I really love how well you blend flavor and style with utility and function here!
Are you looking for more ways to get another activation off of Ayara? If so, Puppet Strings might fit in here - it could also be relevant to your theme since it could encapsulate Ayara's potent political grip over the realm ... that or it just depicts a very disturbing form of entertainment she brings out when hosting parties :D
July 16, 2021 10:58 p.m.
Would a mass reanimator effect be useful to you? I really love Patriarch's Bidding for black tribal and it even got a reprint so it's really affordable now!
July 16, 2021 1:38 p.m.
It's so wierd Uncle Istvan isn't legendary and I am so glad that it didn't prevent you from building around it anyways! Your flavor and theme here is excellent and looks like a fantastically fun deck to play with and against :D
July 15, 2021 8:44 p.m.
This deck is beautiful and amazingly creative! I love how unique and intricate all of your pieces are! Your background/roleplay is amazing and pairs so well with your flavor. You can tell just how much time, effort, and love went into this :) I wish there were way more deck brews like this!
I am really curious about the backstory and inspiration behind Queelag!
I am also so happy to see Deadly Recluse, Juvenile Gloomwidow, and Giant Trap Door Spider here; they were some of my all-time favorite cards in a 'Creepy-Crawly' themed EDH deck I use to have :)
July 14, 2021 9:41 p.m.
Wow, this deck really is where fashion sits! Awesome aesthetic and flavor :D
You have also got me thinking about how cool double-headed commander would be!
July 13, 2021 9:38 p.m.
It is not a good card by any stretch but Devouring Deep might fit in here too, if you are looking for any more old-school fish :D
July 13, 2021 3:41 p.m.
I would also argue that archive is more fragile, since creatures tend to be easier to remove. I could also definitely see opponets removing it before your turn so you wind up getting less advantage than them. It also seems to require way more set-up time and resources for it to really get rolling. Just my opinion though! You could always swap it out for a couple games and see. Who knows, it could be amazing, end up synergizing perfectly with your deck, and way out-perform!
July 12, 2021 6 a.m.
This is really cool! I love that you stuck to your guns and kept Higure - I think it adds a ton of character and uniqueness to your deck :)
A card I absolutely love and don't see anyone use is Wu Scout . It might be a good fit here in your deck! It could help trigger your nigitsu with pseudo-unblockable and also be an interesting etb to recast as you look at multiple hands across the game.
July 12, 2021 3:50 a.m.
July 11, 2021 11:20 a.m.
This is so cool! I love that I've never even heard of this commander before :D I love seeing decks that run unique cards and strategies and your deck hits all those boxes plus some!
July 9, 2021 7:28 p.m.
DarkMagician, I am not here to change your mind on anything but I do strongly disagree with your assessment of the situation here. In order to fully understand the scope of this problem (the disparity of men and women's participation and patronage of LGSs) it is fundamentally imperative that women's experiences are taken into account. Even from the most pragmatic of lenses, you simply need this in order to fully define the scope of the problem – how else would you define the issue? You need women's perspective since it is ultimately the crucial data you need in order to begin defining the problem's range and hope to extrapolate any differences and trends within that data. It is a complex social phenomenon we are discussing, not a chemical reaction; your variables are fluid social mechanisms and your data is human experiences and interactions, of which you cannot observe entirely by yourself.
Beyond this though, fully valuing a person's input and perspective is simply offering basic dignity and respect. I am not saying that a group of vigilantes be rounded up when someone comes to you with an issue – that is not what believing someone is about. Instead, validate that person when they disclose their experiences by helping them take the next steps for them to feel safe. This can be something as complex as initiating contact with your LGSs management about sexual harassment or as simple as checking-in with a friend during a particular event. If you are hesitant about offering support in this way, the most important thing is seriously just listening to their experience. I mean really listen, without interruption, without pity, and without immediate knee-jerk reaction. At the end of the day, isn't that how all conversations should go? How are you ever going to have an honest conversation with someone if you are questioning, dismissing, or reacting to their words without ever hearing their whole perspective? The difference here is that folks of marginalized communities have a history of not being heard and I think it's important to understand that, recognize your own feelings and go-to reactions, and purposefully shape your behaviors to counteract that.
That's just my perspective though. What do you think?
July 9, 2021 1 p.m.
This is really cool! I actually have a deck that goes all-in on everyone drawing cards too - though it is mono-blue and, very unfortunately, does not have any snakes :( I love that you did this in Temur though! So many decks just use Nekusar, the Mindrazer instead and I really like that you didn't go that route!
Are you looking for any more universal-draw sources? Font of Mythos , Horn of Greed , Otherworld Atlas , Temple Bell , and classic Howling Mine are all artifact-based draws that I use! I noticed though that you might instead want more explosive draws instead of the more drawn-out, upkeep-based sources like these. Fruition seems like a fantastic card and is much more explosive! I've never played it, just because of its price, but it seems like it could be incredibly good with your build here. Jace's Archivist might also result in a healthy boom in your snake population :)
If you are in the market for pay-offs, Iron Maiden , Viseling , and Psychosis Crawler are the main win-cons in my own deck. Even if they don't take out a player, they might be able to dish out a lot of damage with your synergies!
July 8, 2021 1:58 p.m.
Sorry for the double post - just realized Morality Shift would only exchange your own libary, not all players... so nevermind! Awesome deck though! ^.^
July 7, 2021 1:40 p.m.
Love your flavor so much! :D
It's not really a 'good' suggestion nessisarily but Morality Shift would sure be interesting here. It would put everyone on a really strange clock and would certainly be a really strange way to end a game!
July 7, 2021 1:35 p.m.
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