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passimo Yes! I was strangely excited to meet my opposite - it feels very validating somehow. I do definitely prefer more creature-based strategies, although mine feel more mid-range-ish because I tend to play multiplayer casual. I do play other strategies, but have to reach into other colors for them. I recently built this lifegain/non-combat damage deck by going . Poke, poke, poke - Budget Casual (there is a tiny bit of 5-color in the deck, but only because I had those cards and just wanted to toss them in.) The other interesting deck I've built that uses indirect damage is actually : Swift but Deadly - Ultrabudget $20 Archer Tribal. It uses Falkenrath Exterminator , Jagged-Scar Archers , et al to deal damage to creatures and Greatbow Doyen to deal damage to their controllers at the same time. Still creature-based, but not aggro or beatdown. It's very vulnerable to board-wipe, but those are pretty uncommon in my playgroup, and I try to keep the power level a bit low on my decks so I don't squish everyone (I play against beginners and teens, as well as more experienced players, and we all live in a lower income rural area. I intentionally build some fragility in. I could be more ruthless if I wanted to, but why when we're just playing for fun on Sunday evening? Plus I keep my decks super budget. I don't have tons of $$ to drop, nor do my friends.) So there's space to build there, but I see where you're coming from. Black is definitely more adept there with direct loss of life and the antithesis of what I usually prefer to play. So cheers to you and your zombie army of death! We salute you from across the field.
August 3, 2021 1:28 p.m.
passimo. Interestingly enough, I can't seem to play black at all - I struggle so much with the balance of sacrifice for gain. I don't want to give up my things. ANY of my things. So pretty much none of the decks I play that aren't 5 color include black. And what is my favorite color combo? I have Elf decks, wolf decks, a goodstuff token deck, a deck that is filled with creature lords like Veteran Warleader , a lifegain deck, and a unicorn deck that has no tokens at all. I at one point had a GW Assault Formation infinite combo deck that has since been retired due to unpopularity in my playgroup. I do think you're on to something, though, with the disconnect between black and Selesnya!
August 2, 2021 5:25 p.m.
Like Grubbernaut, I also built a Kenrith deck after watching the commander's quarters episode. It's one of my favorite decks, but I don't play it very often because it usually wins (pretty much every time I've played it, but my playgroup is not highly competitive). Kenrith is a value engine, and reducing the cost of his abilities with Zirda, the Dawnwaker goes crazy. Here's a link to the list I'm currently running, heavily based on Commander's Quarters: Kenrith Returns with Zirda by His Side. Mine still costs under $50 for the whole thing, mana base included.
July 30, 2021 3:22 p.m.
I like Thornweald Archer on defense. I also like Inviolability (an aura, I know, but hear me out). I love putting it on creatures like Wall of Glare , Palace Guard , Guardian of the Gateless , Hundred-Handed One etc. Or putting it on Palisade Giant .
July 30, 2021 1:56 p.m.
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