I don't really fit the typical profile of a Magic player - I'm a librarian in a small Iowa town, introduced to the game by teens at my library. I've been playing since M14.

My two passions are getting new players (especially other gals) involved in the game & deckbuilding, particularly budget decks. I also enjoy a very diverse game experience. I play mostly casual and commander, a lot of multiplayer. I'm strongest with Selesnya decks, and very, very seldom play any deck with Black in it. Check out all my decks for a variety of budget Commander options and budget Casual decks, or message me to see if I can help you with ideas or refining a deck you're working on.

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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.

For bonus, I also built a budget Jodah, Archmage Eternal 5-color deck that is a lot of fun to play. Jodah's Big Buddies - on a Budget $70

July 30, 2021 3:22 p.m.

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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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