Made 1000+ decks or so, been pretty active. I play modern and commander, but not super competively in modern. I also like legacy combos for what it's worth.

From 7/24/2018 to 8/24/2018, I am #2 on the Deck Lords list, and #1 on the Top Helpers list! That's well over 4 straight weeks! From 8/25/2018 to 8/30/2018, I am #1 on both! Today, 8/31/2018, I have went back to #2 on the decklords list. as of 9/4/2018-10/20/18, I am the #1 user on both lists, Booyah! That's like a month and a half of being #1 on both Helper and Decklord. As of 10/21/2018-11/2/2018, I am once again #2/#1.

I love building competitive varients on any archtype or deck, and I also love budgeting competitive lists, this goes for modern, commander, or legacy. I also play standard, pauper, used to play Tiny Leaders, Pauper Commander, and have delved into some other lesser known formats like Noble and Collosus, and do limited events from time to time.

Check out All About EDH for an in depth description on the entire format, or Why Every Commander is Competitive for delving into cEDH.

I have been spending a lot of my time attempting to get new players into Magic: The Gathering, and I have learned something big, a lot of them don't want to spend a lot of money.

Yeah, I get it, I should have known that random people don't like spending hundreds of dollars on a game they don't know if they would like, and many dedicated players don't want to spend that much money either, but in all honesty, I realized it made a circulating loop.

When a player who gets a budget deck plays it, they normally lose because of their deck, and their lack on knowledge. If you teach them properly how to play, and then give them a reasonably powerful deck, as I have done (lost money in the process, but it was worth it for the bit of research), I have found they commonly branch out into other formats, keep playing, trying new things, and becoming a dedicated player.

I have since spent a bit of money on new players, or bought cards for people who I think would appreciate them, I met someone who wanted to play with 4 Armageddon s, they told me, "Who cares if it breaks a social contract, what will they do to me? They have no lands!" I thought it was hilarious, that showing someone the complexity of a game and putting a grip of cards in their hand will almost every time get them hooked, making them a Planeswalker for, at least months, I don't have much more research than that.

I know I can't get everyone to follow this, asking you to pay money to get more people into the game is beyond me. I do want to help you do it though. Don't spend $100 on someone that doesn't play MTG.

Whatever your favorite format is, whatever you think they will like, whether you play modern, vintage, legacy, standard, EDH, pauper, whatever it is, if you can, I want to ask you to spend $20.

$20 Decks is a link to a folder of cards I want to share to you, that will show you reasonably powered decks, some from $11-$24, around 21 decks as of 11/1/2018 spanning 6 formats, mostly Modern and EDH lists, that can win against many decks, with full sideboards (when applicable), manabases that attempt to consistently hit their colors, and cards that will be kept no matter how much they are upgraded.

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Leonin Relic-Warder may do the trick!

December 4, 2019 1:43 p.m.

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If you are wondering here are some links to builds that use Ice-Fang and Hexdrinker in the current Legacy Metagame on MTGGoldfish: (Merfolk deck running a bunch of Hexy bois)

December 4, 2019 12:01 p.m.

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I haven't found a tuned list. My point is that because of the heavy-combo metagame right now, if you use blue-tempo style interaction to rip up the opponent's hand and stop them from comboing, you just win if you resolve a threat. Historically delver lists use Delver of Secrets  Flip since it is a 1 mana 3/2 flier. Currently Oko, Tarmogoyf and Gurmag Angler are used as well for this purpose in the most common Sultai Delver list. The issue is these threats are answered cleanly with countermagic. Abusing Cavern of Souls in a deck that can compare in terms of answers leads to those counterspells being useless on a threat. In terms of removal you have Ice-Fang Coatl being an uncounterable removal spell that draws a card. This means you have a better game against other fair blue decks like Dreadhords Arcanist decks and Delver.

The issue is the combo decks are much better when they are given more time to draw into their combo, since the threats in Snakes are worse than in other fair decks in terms of overall value. Arcanist draws and bolts and crushes other fair decks, whereas Delver is just more efficient than Hexdrinker, when they take the same spot.

Green Sun's Zenith is the reason that I think the deck can overcome this. By using it as another shuffle with Brainstorm you can get more out of it than it already gets, but it requires a lot of Green creature cards. Given Force of Negation and Force of Will require a lot of blue ones the deck is split trying to run a lot of blue-green cards, or wants to draw blue ones but have green ones in deck, the deck has consistency issues. If I can work those out this deck could function.

Ice-Fang is already played in the somewhat Fringe Bant-Snowko deck abusing Oko and Ice-Fang along with a Bant value-town deck. That walker-based strategy is strong, but lacks consistency as well, playing a nearly bant-control game and running all copies of Brainstorm and Ponder to make up for its consistency issues.

December 4, 2019 11:18 a.m.

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seshiro_of_the_orochi If you are wondering, the list seems like a version of Maverick and Delver, which is great against any fair matchup but requires the tutorable cards that deal with Ad Naus, Dredge, Reanimator, Sneak and Show, and lands to really get anywhere. Because of the strength of Hexdrinker , Stonecoil Serpent , Green Sun's Zenith , Force of Negation , Brainstorm , Force of Will , Ice-Fang Coatl , and a set of good interaction, the deck can hold its own as a tempo build, with absurdly efficient threats, interaction, and card draw.

December 4, 2019 10:22 a.m.

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seshiro_of_the_orochi The issue is that it being similar to Delver in nature as a deck just loses to the current iterations of storm, the most popular deck rn.

December 3, 2019 2:36 p.m.

I think Odric could be dropped pretty easily. You don't really win through combat, and while it has synergy with Karametra, it is a 4 mana 3/3 do-nothing most of the time.

December 2, 2019 2:26 p.m.

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Using this package, theoretically the deck would be a legacy build, using Kaseto, Orochi Archmage and all. Idk how powerful the build could be, but I'd like to see it put up some results. My modern build felt tempo-y and strong but really struggled in the Shadow Matchups and the Future iterations of Urza started to beat it more as well.

December 2, 2019 11:37 a.m.

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I feel like this deck has so many silver bullets, like Kaseto, Orochi Archmage against other creature decks you need to slip through or Seshiro the Anointed to finish that this list could use a Green Sun's Zenith package, using Dryad Arbor for ramp as well!

December 2, 2019 10:52 a.m.

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No Ice-Fang Coatls?

December 1, 2019 3:26 p.m.

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kevintheflip just go to type rather than custom for the sort method, it only shows 100

November 29, 2019 9:42 a.m.

Foxfire_Celest In EDH that card has been banned for a while.

November 28, 2019 8:21 a.m.

I think Yisan is considered better, but it is sort of close?

November 25, 2019 1:24 p.m.

Neither of these are banworthy, so the question is which one is less impactful negatively if it does get banned, which would be the tutors. More people are negatively impacted if the colorless cards get banned.

November 25, 2019 10:12 a.m.


November 22, 2019 2:52 p.m.

No problem xD

November 22, 2019 2:13 p.m.

Contamination feels at home if we had Ophiomancer and Bitterblossom effects, but then I feel that Rankle, Master of Pranks is also a requirment, making us more of a normal black-stax build rather than a stax-aggro. I will look for other ways of improving that style and perhaps it is the best method!

November 22, 2019 1:56 p.m.

Whoops! Add a Dismember over that 2nd Fatal Push

November 22, 2019 1:56 p.m.

I certainly might!

November 22, 2019 1:52 p.m.

I am going to try to update this list to be closer to my tester as soon as I playtest it. Currently more draw seems useful, as the deck runs out of gas fast, but I can consistently kill a player in a full cEDH pod, despite not being a super-competitive deck, it seems very playable, if built properly.

I am going to add Mindblade Render for some draw to my build, nice idea!

November 22, 2019 12:09 p.m.

Devotion requires a separate build, and would prolly need a commander that supports it like Erebos.

Otherwise I think I can build up a few pieces.

The main goal is to ramp, then drop a lock on the field with a wincon in SKittles. The issue is while Skittles is fast, it really needs a +1/+1 counter or a sword on it to get a whole turn faster at killing anyone.

I think Phyrexian Scriptures is perhaps worth it, since it lets us get that counter, is mass removal that saves our commander, AND it is mass exile, all for the price of Damnation , but I just dislike Damnation since it doesn't allow regeneration for our commander.

I am testing a bunch of cards like this.

November 22, 2019 11:44 a.m.


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