It's guaranteed card draw with nearly all our creatures.Quote from akroma44 »I fail to see how that card actually helps the deck. I guess it lets mana dorks attack, but thats really it.
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Mar 12, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Mar 4, 2018Not sure how much of an odd ball deck it is, since it's pretty much built around it's Commander's ability, but I've always enjoyed running my Keiga, the Tide Star deck in casual settings. It's not a fast deck so vulnerable to low curve aggro and decks that go wide, but it's fun when you get your shapeshifters and recursion effects going to trigger Keiga's ability and steal stuff that way.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
I've not made that many changes to the deck, as haven't found any new cards that could improve the deck. One could improve the mana base though, as it's not running any of the usual fast mana rocks.
Mar 3, 2018Added Iroas, God of Victory was added as trying a new means of giving my creatures some evasion and doubles up on a Reconnaissance like effect, while the counters part of Stensia Masquerade is nice the first strike part has been less impressing and since I'm cutting the one card that benefits of this, I felt that it was time to take Masquerade out. That other card being Mer-Ek Nightblade, when it's there it does do a fair bit of work but it's been eating removal a fair bit. So with Masquerade out I switched Nightblade into Metallic Mimic; while not a vampire itself, sadly, it helps spreading around some counters and they do stick around even when Mimic is removed.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
While I'm not sure if it will stick around, I did end up adding Retribution of the Ancients to take advantage of the counters this deck builds and provide some form of removal through it as well. I opted to cut Gifted Aetherborn for her, losing the little bit of lifelink might be annoying but the main reason for the cut is simply the double black casting cost of it. Additionally, I took out Vampire Cutthroat which was pretty much card number 99 when I made this list anyways, in favor of some reanimation through Phyrexian Reclamation.
And the other card cut is Diabolic Tutor, which I took out in order to add some more regular card draw in the form of Tymna the Weaver, as well as to tweak the curve of the deck a tad after all these changes.
It's been tempting to add Abzan Battle Priest, as while no vampire spreading the lifelink all around can be nice, as the deck is fairly taxing on my life total.
Mar 3, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander DecklistsQuote from Blueberrybagel »Honestly one of the best thing about edric is you can play it pretty competitively on a budget. The ONLY money cards the deck needs to function are the extra turn spells and the 5 or so you need come out to about 50 bucks. Things like cradle, FOW are just icing, not needed but they help.
Definitely, for quite a while I went without the more expensive cards and even as an more optimized list I feel Edric is still fairly cheap to assemble. I'd say the only thing that does make a difference is having a Cradle though, as there is simply little replacement for it as while Ixalan's flip-Cradle tries its just too slow.
Mar 2, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Staxing Vehicles on a Budget
Sydri, Galvanic Genius
So, at our local LGS they decided to set up a little EDH tournament for budget decks and despite arguments of my wallet, I've decided to have a go at it. The general rules are fairly simple: The deck you are using may not exceed the 85 dollar limit as determined by the TCG prices listed on TappedOut. Signing up requires providing a TappedOut link to your deck and you have to make sure that it is accurate; you need to list the printing you use and whether or not a card is foil, since this affects the price of a card. This is to encourage being creative with your budget. And the final rule is that you cannot use a Commander that you use or have used quite regularly, so people are again encouraged to be creative by trying something new and to level the playing field a bit between more experienced players and newer ones.
Now, I've always enjoyed the art on Hanna, Ship's Navigator and Sydri, Galvanic Genius and seeing that I've never tinkered around with an Esper deck before, I ended up looking into using Sydri as the Commander for this new deck as it allows me to run Hanna in it. After looking for some inspiration, I decided that I wanted to try a build centered around Vehicles and a few stax effects to aid in setting things up. Naturally, Sydri also lends herself to a few combos so to improve the win chances a bit I added a few of them as well, though with no tutors it should remain fairly fair.
Here is the list so far:
Right now, I'm roughly sitting at 84 dollars for the deck, so that leaves some room for potentially changing prices as well. I do like how the deck has come together so far, though I know that it's weak against mass artifact hate. It's one of the reasons I'm considering to switch Counterspell for Negate, the former does catch more but dealing with a sweeper feels more important and that makes Negate easier to cast on a budget mana base.
Naturally, any suggestions are welcome as long as they keep in mind that the list is running on a restricted budget.
Feb 18, 2018While I'm planning a few more changes to the deck, I did switch around a few cards to help the tweak the deck and test a few other cards until I get to acquire the cards that I'm missing. Behind the Scenes was interesting to try but simply not good enough, seeing that I pulled Urborg out of one of my other decks and added it here, I decided to give Filth a go. With a few sac outlets it shouldn't be too big of an issue to get it into the graveyard.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Golden Demise more often than not wasn't doing enough and while it feels bad to cut into my limited removal, I opted to add some more offensive power instead. Gruesome Fate might seem perhaps less efficient in an Aristocrat like list but the deck can build numbers quickly so it's worth a shot. Alesha, Who Smiles At Death was interesting but fairly situational, not being a vampire made me cut her in favor of some more card draw through Minions' Murmurs.
Right now, I'm still looking to improve the evasion in this deck, as well as card draw a bit more. After that I'll start looking into where and what kind of answers I need to add to the deck.
Feb 10, 2018Thanks for all the advise, looks like Cutthroat will be the one to go for right now. I work with a budget so have to wait until I can pick up additional cards, so had to use what I had around. But will be looking to add either Phyrexian Reclamation or Oversold Cemetery, especially the latter looks good to me. Do know that my card draw needs some improving as well, so will still be looking into that.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Feb 9, 2018It's called that way as it's working somewhat with building up on +1/+1 counters through attacking, so charging up on counters and charging in to get them.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
Some small tweaks were made to the deck, with a few updates to the mana base in progress. More notable changes are Toxic Deluge being switched out for Austere Command, Deluge hurts in many ways and the life loss in this deck can quickly add up. Austere Command can act more selective and helps more against any stax effects that stop the aggro plan.
Additionally, in contemplating Twilight Drover for the deck, I ended up actually bringing in Teysa, Orzhov Scion for just slightly more utility. I cut Reckless Fireweaver for it, which was pretty much a 'cute' inclusion with incidental upside. It wasn't good enough and this way I didn't have to cut a vampire for it either.
Feb 4, 2018So lately I've been tinkering on a Edgar Markov list that features a somewhat low curve aggro style build. I do have the list up in the decks section and while some inclusions are perhaps debatable, I've been mainly going back and forth on one of the last card slots. Currently I have Vampire Interloper sleeved up in it, since its a nice aggressive flyer. With the deck being aggro styled the not being able to block part isn't that much of an issue in most cases, that said there's a few cards I've been considering here as well:Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Vampire Lacerator is more aggressive and is one mana cheaper to bring out, though the loss of life can become a tad annoying as there is a fair amount of strain on the life total already.
Vampire Cutthroat helps mitigate the life loss a tad but at the expense of a tad less power. Unlike Lacerator it does have pseudo evasion with skulk.
Skymarcher Aspirant feels like the better card in general, it might take a moment for Ascend to trigger but no issue for the deck. For me the main downside is that it's a white vampire opposed to the other options.
So yeah, perhaps people could give their advice on which of these four they would run if they had to pick one.
Feb 3, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
It could definitely do some work in the deck, so will have to see how much it fits into things. So far I've been trying to limit how many different kinds of tokens the deck generates, since it's no longer an all out Aristocrats list like it initially turned out. I'll be giving it some thought though, so thanks for the suggestion!
Feb 3, 2018Posted in: Multiplayer Commander DecklistsYup, it's another Edgar Markov deck popping up here and yes I do know I'm late to the vampire party in that regard, but that's part due to the fact that I didn't initially intend to build a deck with him at the helm. In fact, this list started out as an Elenda, the Dusk Rose Aristocrat like build, but as I started compiling the list I ended up with a few things that made me sway away from her a little bit, at least as the Commander itself. First of all, Elenda is quite build around and in general you'd be casting her once maybe twice in order to go off with her token generation. Secondly, as the list came along I just had a few red cards I would love to run with her, after which I looked at my Mardu Commander options and ended up with Edgar as a decent choice due to the token generation.
Counter Charging Aristocrats
I still wanted to make use of Elenda as a win condition, but where Elenda loves to go wide with token generation Edgar narrows itself down more to a vampire token strategy. Furthermore, I needed ways to actually get and get back Elenda when needed, resulting in a Mardu Vampire Aristocrats concoction. The only big problem was that the list wanted to be a pillowfort yet lacked all the defensive pieces to make that work, making it more feel like a storm kind of playstyle... but then a bad one.
Unhappy with how that was coming together, I decided to look at other Edgar Markov decks and stumbled upon ISBPathfinder's Low Mana Curve Build and liked the aggressive stance of the deck. Unfortunately, being on a budget I simply didn't have access to all the pieces in his list, but it functions as a nice base to build my own variant from. Now, this version of the deck isn't going to be as efficient as his build, but being in a fairly casual meta myself at this moment I can play around with cards that I do enjoy or just want to try out.
So here is my current list:
The deck mainly tries to play the low curve aggro game while trying to generate a bunch of (mainly) vampire tokens as well. Since the deck still runs Elenda there are a few sacrifice outlets present to aid with that and added Karmic Guide/Reveillark as alternative win condition options as well. Additionally, the deck runs a light +1/+1 counter synergy as well.
Definitely the most notably missing cards for me are Bloodline Keeper and Purphoros, God of the Forge. They are simply slightly more costly cards nowadays hence why they are being left out of the deck. Yeah, I know I run a few far more costly cards, but those are cards I already own and move between decks. And for the time being I'm only planning to do the more affordable tweaks to the deck, pretty much trying to stay with cards that cost less than $3 a piece right now.
2018, Mar 2nd
- Iroas, God of Victory >>> Stensia Masquerade
- Metallic Mimic >>> Mer-Ek Nightblade
- Tymna the Weaver >>> Diabolic Tutor
- Phyrexian Reclamation >>> Gifted Aetherborn
- Retribution of the Ancients >>> Vampire Cutthroat
2018, Feb 18
- Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth >>> Swamp
- Filth >>> Behind the Scenes
- Minions' Murmurs >>> Golden Demise
2018, Feb 09
- Teysa, Orzhov Scion >>> Reckless Fireweaver
- Vampire Cutthroat >>> Vampire Interloper
- Austere Command >>> Toxic Deluge
Jan 19, 2018Birds is seen as bad since it has no power and thus can't translate to netting cards from Edric that easily. The other mana dorks depends more on the kind of game plan you are. If you go the anthem route with Beastmaster Ascension then you won't need them as much, though being able to cast cards you draw is always nice. The mana dorks become probably more relevant when you rely on taking turns, as they tend to be higher on your curve.Posted in: Commander (EDH)
Jan 8, 2018I've been far more tempted to try out Flood of Recollection in my Azami list, which has taken a fair amount of inspiration from the Memnarch builds here. On it's own it does an average effect but putting this on Isochron Scepter? It being a sorcery is a slight downside but lets you cast recast pretty much anything you like, since the triggered exile clause is the one on the copy.Posted in: Multiplayer Commander Decklists
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