The Decks Files, part 4: Mono Red

Note on Decklists: Having so many decks means that it’s REALLY time consuming to keep decklists updated. Not every deck is on TappedOut.com, and many that are have changed significantly. That said, IF YOU WANT A DECKLIST: leave a comment or send me a message and I will find time to fix, or create, the decklists on TappedOut.

How often do I want to Play it? How “Good” is it? How much do I like it?
5=  More than once in a Row  I’d play it against “Competitive decks” or if I actually want to try to win  One of my very favorites
4=  Often  It can hold its own  I really like it
3=  Sometimes  It might win under special circumstances  It’s okay
2=  Under certain circumstances  Just for Fun  Something’s not quite right
1=  Rarely / have to be in a certain mood  Winning would be a miracle I might actually take it apart… maybe

 

Commander: Heartless HidetsuguHeartless Hidetsugu, Magic, Betrayers of Kamigawa
Name: Heartless
Style: Grief / artifacts
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: My first red deck. Previously had a stronger artifact theme, but other decks poached cards. The main idea is to make everyone die quickly, and prevent myself from dying.

 

Commander: Marton StromgaldMárton Stromgald
Name: 
Style: Aggro
Tribe?: small-ish things
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: Marton Stromgald was my #1 most wanted card from Ice Age, and I opened one in my first starter deck from that set.  This deck is mostly about attacking with a lot of things, with a sub-theme of stuff that gets big after attacking so that Meekstone can protect me.

 

Commander: Ashling the PilgrimAshling the Pilgrim.1
Name: Ashling and the terrible 2s
Style: 2-CMC
Tribe?: some elemental
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: This was my first “limited CMC” deck. The idea came from Ashlings Prerogative. The deck has two versions, one that plays 8-10 land-destruction cards, and the more common one that has a minor artifact theme.  I enjoy this deck, and I’ve also come close to foiling it out, though I WILL play cards in it that can’t be foiled, and there are a few that I haven’t felt like shelling out for the foils.

 

Commander: Squee Goblin NabobSquee Goblin Nabob
Name: Unstoppable Squee
Style: Voltron
Tribe?: Legendary Goblins
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: SQUEE! the general you probably only have to cast from the command zone once.  There are other Legendary Goblins in the deck, but the only other goblins beyond that are token ones. Lots of cheap-to-equip equipment that are efficient, so even if Squee dies every turn, he can be re-cast and re-suited up. Lots of fun.

 

Commander: Kiki-Jiki, Mirror BreakerKiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, Magic, From the Vault: Legends
Name: Kiki-Jiki Freaky-Deaky
Style: Creatures
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: This Kiki-jiki deck is almost entirely creatures, aside from Kiki’s boots, gloves, stick, and armor (Swiftfoot Boots, Illusionist’s Bracers, Thornbite Staff, Darksteel Plate). I will happily take out the one infinite combo creature and replace it with something ridiculous if asked. Lots of red value creatures.  Plays in a similar space to Feldon, but in a different way.

 

Commander: Skyfire KirinSkyfire Kirin, Magic, Saviors of Kamigawa
Name: Fire in the Sky
Style: Ultra Mono, Tribal
Tribe?: Spirits, Kamigawa
Want to play?: 1
“Good?”: 1
Like?: 2
Deck Notes: Sort of thrown together because red spirits and arcane sounded fun AND I needed a red Ultra-Mono deck AND the Kirins are silly legendaries.  Skyfire is kinda useless since it doesn’t give haste. If there were things worth using in other decks, I’d take this one apart.

 

Commander: Slobad, Goblin TinkererSlobad, Goblin Tinkerer, Magic, Darksteel
Name: Slobad’s Tinker Toys
Style: Creatureless
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  This is almost a mono-brown deck, but I liked a lot of red spells, and Slobad is a pretty cool guy.  Daretti would make it TRULY creature-less, and Kurkesh is also allowed to sub in for the general slot, but having Slobad as a free sac-outlet (and also someone to suit up with Bludgeon Brawl) makes me happiest.

 

Commander: Bosh, Iron GolemBosh, Iron Golem, Magic, Planechase
Name:  “Michael Bay Super Action”
Style: Netdeck
Tribe?: Giant Robots
Want to play?: 4
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: The only deck I’ve ever copied whole-hog off of the internet (okay, so it’s 96% copied). It came from a Commander Cast article, and I thoroughly enjoy it. Yes it’s another Red-Brown deck, but it’s just so much fun to play

 

Commander:Balthor the StoutBalthor the Stout, Magic, Torment
Name: Barbary Dwarfs
Style: Tribal
Tribe?: Barbarians and Dwarfs
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 2
Deck Notes: Balthor the Stout is far weaker alive then as a zombie, however I wanted to play Dwarf Tribal. Unfortunately he’s a Barbarian Lord, so I got to mix things up. There’s a minor mountains-matter sub-theme here.

 

Commander: Feldon of the Third Path Feldon of the Third Path, Magic, Commander 2014
Name: Able Without Cane
Style: Tiny Leaders+,  Mill
Tribe?: 
Want to play?: 4
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: This was originally a Tiny Leaders deck until I realized that Commander is just plain more fun. I kept the original 5, but then added in good things that cost more than 3 that were fun to recur or mill.  I enjoy it more this way.

 

Commander: Latulla, Keldon OverseerLatulla, Keldon Overseer, Magic, Prophecy
Name: By the time she got a Phoenix
Style: Aggro
Tribe?:  Phoenix
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: I’ve tried to stick Phoenix tribal in several other decks. Latulla’s a good fit because some of the Phoenixes come back to your hand to be re-discarded.  Other X-spells, recurrable red creatures, madness cards, “punisher” cards and mana ramp round out the deck.

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The Decks Files, part 3: Mono Black

Note: I’m going to start a series where I rate, and give a synopsis of, my decks. I’ll look at each deck, explain what it does (how/if it wants to win, what “kind” of deck it is), how much I like it, how “good” I think it is, and how often I feel like playing it and maybe an anecdote or two.

Note on Decklists: Having so many decks means that it’s REALLY time consuming to keep decklists updated. Not every deck is on TappedOut.com, and many that are have changed significantly. That said, IF YOU WANT A DECKLIST: leave a comment or send me a message and I will find time to fix, or create, the decklists on TappedOut.

Here’s the Quick Rubric I’ll use for some of the questions.

How often do I want to Play it? How “Good” is it? How much do I like it?
5=  More than once in a Row  I’d play it against “Competitive decks” or if I actually want to try to win  One of my very favorites
4=  Often  It can hold its own  I really like it
3=  Sometimes  It might win under special circumstances  It’s okay
2=  Under certain circumstances  Just for Fun  Something’s not quite right
1=  Rarely / have to be in a certain mood  Winning would be a miracle I might actually take it apart… maybe

Commander: Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief/Baron SengirDSC03341-375
Name: True Blood
Style: Tribal,
Tribe?: Vampires, All FOIL
Want to play?: 4
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 5
Deck Notes: My first mono black deck was Drana. I liked the vampire arts so much I started getting foil versions, and eventually I decided to foil it out, even to the extent of cutting cards because they could not be foiled. Baron Sengir is the exception, and my Baron is awesomely altered by a friend of mine (the pilot of Balthor / Gisa). One of my favorite all-time games happened with this deck.

Commander: Mikaeus the UnhallowedMikeShade
Name: The Shade
Style: Combo / Value
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 2-3
Deck Notes: Mikaeus is good, and so is recurring things. I do play Triskelion in the deck, but if people ask nicely, I’ll certainly replace it with a ridiculously terrible card instead.  The main reason I keep this deck around is because of the fantastic alter that my friend did to make it look like the Shade from DC Comics (“Starman” in particular).

Commander: Ashling, the ExtinguisherAshling, the Extinguisher, Magic, Eventide
Name: The Purple Deck
Style: Ultra Mono
Tribe?: purple things
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: This was the second “Ultra Mono” (no cards not of the color identity aside from lands) deck I built, mostly as a way to trim down the stack.  I really like the way purple looks on black cards, especially in foil, so there are quite a few cards in here just because the art has purple in it.  Other than that it has a Chroma/Devotion (I prefer Chroma) feel and some “sacrifice” themes as well.

Commander: Lim Dul, Necromancer / Chainer Dementia MasterLim-Dul the Necromancer, Magic, Time Spiral
Name: Rise!
Style: Creatureless Reanimator
Tribe?: whatever you’ve got
Want to play?: 4
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: This was one of my first “creatureless” decks.  The goal is to kill your things and raise them again as my zombies.  Adding Chainer as an Alternate commander was a recent innovation. It changes the way the deck plays slightly. This one also generates mana very well, and uses things like Exsanguinate as a back-up.

Commander: Marrow-gnawerMarrow-Gnawer, Magic, Champions of Kamigawa
Name: Rats
Style: Rats
Tribe?: Rats
Want to play?: 1
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 1
Deck Notes:  This is your everyday Relentless Rats deck, though it also plays other Rat Tribal.  I’m not sure why I don’t like it more

 

Commander: Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis(Ob Nixilis, Unshackled)Ob Nixilis, Unshackled, Magic, Magic 2015 (M15)
Name: The Thirteen
Style: Tribal
Tribe?: Demons, Clerics
Want to play?: 4
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: This is the Nemesis deck to Heliod+ (though not ultra mono), there are 13 Demons in the deck, including the general, as well as 18 Shadowborn Apostles and other clerics (and a few Horrors, Avatars, or It That Betrayses).   Nefarox was the original choice because I had a Russian Foil, but Ob Nixilis, Unshackled makes an even better option because of all the sacrificing of clerics (I actually wish he didn’t have the Anti-Tutor Jerk ability at all).  Door of Destinies is pretty good in this deck.  Nefarox is getting his own new “Creatureless” deck soon.

Commander: King Macar, the Gold CursedKing Macar, the Gold-Cursed, Magic, Journey Into Nyx
Name: C.R.E.A.M.
Style: Tribal
Tribe?: Mercenaries and Minions
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 4
Deck Notes:  King Macar has gold, Mercenaries like Gold (and are a terrible tribe, so of course), and kings need Minions.  I really like Macar’s ability, and having Gold Tokens.

Commander: Ghoulcaller GisaGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014
Name: The Shovel and the Damage Done
Style: Aggro
Tribe?: (not) Zombies
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: A newer deck that I should play more. Not the Zombies and Robots version, but instead it’s a zombie deck that plays no zombies at all. She just shovels things into zombiedom

Commander: Iname, Death AspectIname, Death Aspect, Magic, Champions of Kamigawa
Name:
Style: Alternate win
Tribe?: Spirits
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  Iname is efficient at getting creatures into the graveyard to make Crypt of Agadeem really good, or to win via Mortal Kombat Combat.  I have Spirit tribal decks in several colors and color pairs.  Witchbane Orb is there to protect me from Tormod’s crypt.

 

The Decks Files, part 2: Mono Blue

Note: I’m going to start a series where I rate, and give a synopsis of, my decks. I’ll look at each deck, explain what it does (how/if it wants to win, what “kind” of deck it is), how much I like it, how “good” I think it is, and how often I feel like playing it and maybe an anecdote or two.

Note on Decklists: Having so many decks means that it’s REALLY time consuming to keep decklists updated. Not every deck is on TappedOut.com, and many that are have changed significantly. That said, IF YOU WANT A DECKLIST: leave a comment or send me a message and I will find time to fix, or create, the decklists on TappedOut.

Here’s the Quick Rubric I’ll use for some of the questions.

How often do I want to Play it? How “Good” is it? How much do I like it?
5=  More than once in a Row  I’d play it against “Competitive decks” or if I actually want to try to win  One of my very favorites
4=  Often  It can hold its own  I really like it
3=  Sometimes  It might win under special circumstances  It’s okay
2=  Under certain circumstances  Just for Fun  Something’s not quite right
1=  Rarely / have to be in a certain mood  Winning would be a miracle I might actually take it apart… maybe

 

Commander: Azami, Lady of ScrollsAzami, Lady of Scrolls, Magic, Champions of Kamigawa
Name:
Style: All Creature, Tribal
Tribe?: Mostly Wizards
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 4
Deck Notes
:  I wanted to build an Azami deck that wasn’t the “Azami Deck.” (Also had won a Foil Azami as part of the “Pack to Charity Binder” from the first CommanderCast “Gifts Given” drive).  I decided my limitation was that I couldn’t play ANY non-creatures (aside from lands) in the deck. Is drawing tons of cards still good and possible? Yes. But the win condition is supposed to be by Poison/Infect (preferably Quicksilver Gargantuan of an infect creature).  The reason I don’t want to play it often is because of the amount of “Derp… yer playing “The Azami Deck” kill you now” in the world (This is the only deck someone new has “respectfully” asked me to not play before ever seeing it played.

Commander: Patron of the MoonPatron of the Moon, Magic, Betrayers of Kamigawa
Name: Moonfolk!
Style: Tribal, Combo, Arcane
Tribe?: Moonfolk
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 2
Deck Notes
:  This deck is more than half foiled, so it’s in sleeves. I like Patron of the Moon’s ability and I like the idea of Moonfolk as a tribe. Amulet of Vigor is a champ.

 

Commander: Talrand the Sky SummonerTalrand, Sky Summoner, Magic, Magic 2013 (M13)
Name: Make-a-Drake
Style: Tokens, Spells Matter
Tribe?: Drake?
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 4
Like?: 3

Deck Notes:
 Lots of cheap card draw spells to just make crap-tons of drakes. Only 7 other creatures. I have won a game due to Omni-Science (Which I think I then took out).

 

Commander: Blind SeerBlind Seer, Magic, Invasion
Name: 5-Color Blue
Style: Manipulation
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 4
Deck Notes
:  The separated twin deck to Mistform Ultimus. Color hosers, color changers, and Rainbow Crow carrying Civic Saber (Caw Blade!!!!). Any excuse to play Sleight of Mind (my very first Rare ever) is a good one.

Commander: Mistform UltimusMistform Ultimus, Magic, Timeshifted
Name:
Style: Creature Type Matters
Tribe?: Yes
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 3
Like?:3
Deck Notes: This deck started as a “manipulate everything — creature/land types, colors etc.” deck, but it grew to big, so it split into a color deck and a creature one.

 

Commander: Lorthos the TidemakerLorthos, the Tidemaker, Magic, Zendikar
Name: LOR-THOS.   The Freshmaker.  King of the Hill People.  Seafood.
Style: Ultra-Mono. Fatty Beat Down
Tribe?: Sea Creatures
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 5
Deck Notes:  I love beating down with big blue creatures.  This has all of the Ula’s Temple critters, but also eels, fish, starfish, homarids/camarids, sharks, whales, etc.  Tromokratis could be a general as well, but I just love Octopuses the most.

 

Commander: Heidar, Rimewind MasterHeidar, Rimewind Master, Magic, Coldsnap
Name:Snow Day
Style: Manipulation
Tribe?: Snow
Want to play?:3
“Good?”:3
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: Built in part because I really like how the foil Rimewind creatures look, and built in part because of my  Minnesotan heritage (and also built  in part on a Snow-Day from School).  It plays with the Snow-matters cards from Ice Age / Coldsnap. It also has a strong Bounce theme, since Heidar is almost never not active.

Commander:Reveka, Wizard SavantReveka Wizard Savant
Name: What Blue Doesn’t Do
Style: Creatureless
Tribe?: Old School
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 4
Deck Notes:  Reveka is a ridiculous Homelands creature, and a Blue Dwarf(!?).  There are a bunch of old school blue spells that do things that blue does not do: direct damage, damage-tax, removal, land destruction, etc.  There’s also an  un-tap sub-theme to make Reveka “extra” good.

Commander:Soramaro, First to DreamSoramaro, First to Dream, Magic, Saviors of Kamigawa
Name: SoramarUno
Style: Creatureless / Voltron
Tribe?: Having lots of Cards
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  Soramaro is my second favorite Maro (after Masumaro).  The goal in this deck (Which is now sort of redundant due to my Kruphix deck), is to have a lot of cards in hand and crush with Soramaro for general damage. It’s not quite Voltron, because it’s not about suiting up Soramaro, just about beefing up the hand.

 

 

Commander: Thada Adel, Acquistor / Empress Galina (retired)Thada Adel, Acquisitor, Magic, Worldwake
Name: Fish
Style: Tribal, Theft
Tribe?: Merfolk
Want to play?: x
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: This was, I believe, my first mono blue deck. It was merfolk tribal with some stealing and copying. It started as Galina, but became Thada. Once I got to take a bunch of extra turns with Wanderwine Prophets.  I retired it because I wanted to build the Sakshima Monstrosity and also a Tiny Leaders deck.

Chapter #165: Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker

Chapter #165: Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker
Due Date: 2015-04-15
Shelf Location: The Family Game Store
Patrons: Melek, Izzet Paragon; Shauku, the Endbringer
Result: Super Fun, thematic, Loss

Priscilla Page, AcquistionsvsMelek, Izzet Paragon, Magic, Dragon's MazeShauku, Endbringer, Magic, Mirage

Head Librarian Michiko Konda arrived early to the Five Plains branch library, stopping to admire the Fountain of Cho as she passed through the Lobby. It was a slow start to the day, and she was the only one scheduled for the shift, so she spent the beginning of it working on acquisitions.
[I had a 5 land hand, including a Fountain of cho.]

She cursed under her breath as the Science Lab across the street opened for business. Melek Industries had a habit of blowing things up and making a lot of noise, experimented in cloning and unstable energy, and they were the rare scientists that didn’t see the value of a public library that still had books in it. She vaguely noticed some kind of salamander man running around with boots on, and chalked it up to another experiment gone awry. It came into the library and poked its head around. Slimy creatures like that tended to do damage to the books, and while she was committed to serving everyone, in her heart she was glad when the county administrator’s office finally sent a truck around to have it impounded
[Melek cast a Surrakar Spellblade with a Swiftfoot Boots. It got a few attacks in before Shauku wiped the board with something.]

Michiko stepped out from the office to go into the stacks to fulfill some online materials requests, her authority was unquestioned in the library, and she briskly moved to the biography section. She looked out the window to see the County Administration offices in the building next door. Michiko did not like the current county commissioner. She was a harsh old woman, and, Michiko felt, quite the bloodsucker. Despite the extremely full coffers of the county, she had been threatening to cut the library funding for weeks as a cost cutting measure (or, because she was a misanthropic spinster, in Michiko’s opinion).
[I cast my commander and an Unquestioned Authority. Shauku has a Cabal Coffers out.]

Deciding that there was no time like the present to stand up for the Library, Michiko headed across the street to the County Offices, but as she got to the door, a low-level clerk approached her. “This has the new library budget numbers on it. The boss says you probably have the antiquated technology to read it,” and handed her a 3.5″ floppy disk. At this point Michiko knew she would be stuck in the office for the rest of the day trying to work out what to do.
[I attack Shauku with my general, and he pops the Nevinyrral’s disk in response.]

On the way back to her office, Michiko set out the particular volume the patron had requested. A particularly fulfilling and enlightening read that was the journal of a recently deceased teleporter. From her desk window, she saw that Commissioner Shauku was arriving for work, looking furious. Michiko could only imagine what political machinations were bothering her today. Across the way, an astronomer (astrologer?) had arrived at Melek Labs. For her own amusement, she emailed Comissioner Shauku copies of a feature article detailing her recent political victories. “That should keep her busy for awhile. She’s so self-centered.”
[I play a Venser’s Journal and cast Pacifism on Shauku. Melek casts Lunar Mystic.]

Suddenly, a series of loud explosions rocked the building. Michiko saw smoke and small flames rising from the front door of the County Offices. “Well,” she thought, “there goes our chances of keeping her busy all day.”
[Melek kills Shauku with some spells and a Grapeshot.]

After the dust settled, Michiko went back to reading the biography, which continued to strengthen her resolve. I thought struck her, and she pulled out the library’s architectural plan from special collections, how ever “this is not the right time,” echoed in her head, and she put them away, instead pulling out a rare volume of literary criticism that was accruing value. Across the street Melek industries unveiled a new project. One they hoped to get a grant from the county to finance, and that would bring them significant returns. Not wanting to share the glory, or the profit, Shauku spent a great deal of money to make sure the paper work was lost in the shuffle.
[I cast an Urza’s Blueprints to draw a card. I get the second card and gain life from Venser’s Journal, but I don’t pay the echo cost, and cast Barrin’s Codex. Melek casts a Diluvian Primordial — nothing in my yard– and tries to copy a tutor, but Shauku activates Greed several times until drawing a Suffer the Past to exile the tutor from the graveyard.]

The fuss with Melek labs had clearly angered Commisioner Shauku, and she arranged for the termination of key employees at the lab. Bolstered by her show of power she donned her shadowy cloak and crossed the street to confront Melek, howling something about “Closing you down for good!” It was so loud. Michiko did not like loud, and began to worry about the noise disturbing her patrons. She made eye contact with the commissioner through the window, and raised her finger to her lips in the universal library gesture for “SHHH!”
[Shauku, equipped with Umbral Mantle, exiles the Lunar Mystic, untaps and attacks, using Howl From Beyond to hit lethal commander damage on Melek. I gain more life, and cast a Moment of Silence to buy time.]

Clearly still in the mood to cause havoc and abuse her power, Shauku called an emergency meeting of the budget committee and sent drew up a new budget. One would cut the libraries assets in half. Cutbacks weren’t going to hold back Michiko though, and she made arrangements to sell the rare volume she’d been perusing to a wealthy Friend of the Library in order to keep it afloat.
[Shauku makes me sac half of my permanents rounded down (9 down to 4), but I sac the Barrin’s Codex to draw two cards. I keep Venser’s Journal, 2 plains and the fountain of Cho.]

Her plans thwarted by the last-minute sale, Shauku, realizing how thoroughly she had bankrupted the county, did what any politician would do in that situation: burn down the building to cover her tracks and try to sneak off into the night. However, our ever vigilant Librarian Heroine tipped off the authorities, and Shauku didn’t get away as cleanly as she had hoped.
[Shauku, is down to 2 life due to Greed and her own lose-3 ability. I cast Quiet Purity to destroy Shade’s Form (which would have given her a lethal attack on me), and an O-Stone had to be found, cast and popped in order to kill Shauku to save her player.]

The afternoon shift workers started to file in to the Five Plains Branch Library. First an Angelic Curator, head of the conservation department, as well as a Cataloger and Meta-data shaman trained in Dublin-Kor. The curator, an infinite authority in her field, was working on scrolls from an old master that were in the special collections. The two of them went to the remains of the county offices to look for any records that may have survived the blast. Their search was spoiled suddenly, but they were still able to find some useful information, but nothing that would drive a stake through the heart of Shauku’s political career.
[I cast an Angelic Curator, Shaman en-Kor, Scroll of the Masters and Infinite Authority. I swing for two, but Shauku casts Sudden Spoiling, and I respond by buffing the Curator with the Scroll hitting for 1.]

The lack of damning evidence would be their downfall, as Commissioner Shauku was able to call in enough favors, and bleed-dry enough of her secret slush funds (including the library’s endowment) to reassert her political authority. Feeble attempts by Michiko and her staff to keep the Library open were met by the shrieks and Endless Screams of Commissioner Shauku: “You’re Fired! You’re Fired! I’m shutting your doors, just like those nuts across the street!”

Michiko hated noisy people.
[Shauku cast Exsanguinate for 24, leaving me at 54 and him at 25.  I couldn’t do anything to do that much damage and keep creatures on the board. Shauku used Magewright Stone to untap, exile both my creatures and swing in, using Endles Screams to buff up for lethal Commander Damage.]

About the Deck (tappedout someday)

I’m a librarian (at least for now… who knows if I’ll find a Library Job in Portland). I also really wanted to build a Michiko Konda deck. Advisor tribal wasn’t working, and I had ALSO wanted to build a deck with as many Books, Tomes, Codices, Scrolls, Grimoire’s, Journals, etc in it. I decided to make this a mostly-themed library deck.  It plays spells with names like ‘Quiet Purity,’ ‘Moment of Silence,’ and ‘Quietus Spike’ (one of the few win conditions.  As well as many other things that amuse me like ‘Unquestioned Authority,’ ‘Glarecaster,’ and ‘Angelic (book) Renewal’.  I don’t really know if or how it’s supposed to win.  It has White Sun’s Zenith in it (crazy Cat-Lady Librarian Stereotype).  I wanted to put Glasses of Urza (on a chain) in the deck, but it just didn’t quite fit.

Head Librarian Michiko Konda is a Truth Seeker, as a good Librarian Should be.  She is played by Priscilla Page (of the Page Sisters: Librarians from the “Jack of Fables” comics).

Priscilla Page, Acquistions

Priscilla Page, Acquistions

Assistant Librarian Masako the Humorless is played by Hillary  PageHilary Page, Research

And Assistant Librarian Linvala, Keeper of Silence is played by Robin Page

Robin Page, Security

Robin Page, Security

I carry a foil ‘My First Tome’ around with it as a “Banned Book” (since it’s silver border).

It also has a small damage re-direction theme to try to make me take damage to trigger Michiko.

 

The Rest of the Night:  Won my first game with Rakdos, Lord of Riots. Lost a really close one with Riku (and a Clone of Melek). Scooped (a bit petulantly) because someone countered Isamaru, Hound of Konda for no real reason. Lost a game with Bruna, where she never got cast. Should’ve won a game with Animar, but it was over time, and I played nice/wrong.

The Decks Files, Part 1: Mono White

Note: I’m going to start a series where I rate, and give a synopsis of, my decks. I’ll look at each deck, explain what it does (how/if it wants to win, what “kind” of deck it is), how much I like it, how “good” I think it is, and how often I feel like playing it and maybe an anecdote or two. If I have any official names, or nicknames for the deck, I’ll include those too.

Note on Decklists: Having so many decks means that it’s REALLY time consuming to keep decklists updated. Not every deck is on TappedOut.com, and many that are have changed significantly. That said, IF YOU WANT A DECKLIST: leave a comment or send me a message and I will find time to fix, or create, the decklists on TappedOut.

Here’s the Quick Rubric I’ll use for some of the questions.

How often do I want to Play it? How “Good” is it? How much do I like it?
5=  More than once in a Row  I’d play it against “Competitive decks” or if I actually want to try to win  One of my very favorites
4=  Often  It can hold its own  I really like it
3=  Sometimes  It might win under special circumstances  It’s okay
2=  Under certain circumstances  Just for Fun  Something’s not quite right
1=  Rarely / have to be in a certain mood  Winning would be a miracle I might actually take it apart… maybe

Roughly in order of when built:

Commander:Kemba, Kha RegentKemba, Kha Regent, Magic, Scars of Mirrodin
Name: Crazy Cat Lady
Style: Tokens, Tribal
Tribe?: Cats
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”:  3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: This was my first mono-White deck. It was originally Kemba beat-down with  “Good Equipment,” but as I needed good equipment more in other decks it became more Cat Tribal and Kitty-toys.  The equipment has shifted to easy-to-equip, to maximize Kitten potential.

Commander: Brigid, Hero of KinsbaileBrigid, Hero of Kinsbaile, Magic, Lorwyn
Name: Kithkin Can’t Fight for $#!+
Style: Tribal
Tribe?: Kithkin
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:   I like Brigid for her name, and also because she’s a legendary Archer.  She’s fun with a Basilisk Collar.  The deck also has a small Life-Gain Theme.

 

 

Commander: Isamaru, Hound of KondaIsamaru Hound of Konda
Name: Booker (after my sister’s dog), IsamarUno
Style: Restriction: 1-CMC
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 4
“Good?”: 4  (for what it is)
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: Everything in this deck costs 1 mana.  The proxy has a picture of my sister’s grumpy Pekingese. This is a deck I actively update with each set.  I’ve won multiple games with it, which surprises me.

 

Commander:*Heliod, God of the Sun (or Avacyn, or any other Legendary Cleric)Avacyn Angel of Hope.1
Name: Church
Style: Ultra-Mono, Tribal
Tribe?: Clerics
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  This was the second “ultra-mono” deck I built. It was originally just Cleric Tribal, but I added in some Gods, Angels, and other “religion” cards. The only enchantments are the General, and the two white “end the game, possibly in a draw” enchantments.

 

 

Commander: Yomiji, Who Bars the WayYomiji, Who Bars the Way, Magic, Betrayers of Kamigawa
Name: The Wedding Deck,  Nice Day for a White Wedding
Style: Theme (wedding, and “Bands With Other”)
Tribe?: Legendary Creatures
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 5
Deck Notes:  (SLEEVED). Ibuilt this deck in honor of my wedding.  There are an equal number of Male and Female Legendary Creatures and the Cathedral of Serra gives them all “Bands with Other” (and they believe in marriage equality too, so any legend can band with the other legends of their choice).  Most of the other permanents are Legendary as well.  The counters I use are little gold rings with doves on them

Commander:Nahiri, the LithomancerNahiri, the Lithomancer, Magic, Commander 2014
Name: Kor Corps
Style: Tribal, Equipment
Tribe?:  Kor
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  I always wanted a Kor Tribal deck, but it was only recently that they got a legitimate general. It’s another “equipment-is-important” deck.

 

 

Commander: Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker

Priscilla Page, Acquistions

Priscilla Page, Acquistions

Name: At the Library
Style: Theme
Tribe?:  Books
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 1
Like?: 5
Deck Notes:  I’m a Librarian. I wanted a deck with all of the “Book” artifacts. I really liked the Page Sisters from “Jack-of-Fables.”  I like Theme decks

 

 

 

Coming Soon.. ; Zuberi Goldenfeather

Fun Facts: The First 150 Decks

Fun Facts: The First 150 Decks

Decks Played: 150
Decks Wins: 31 of 100 (victory on replay worth .5)
Deck Win %: 20.67

Average Fun Rating: 3.27/5

Average Game Size:3.33 players

Number of Different Generals Faced:  115

Most Commonly Faced Generals:

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Generals Faced

 

 

Games Labeled as… (some games classified under more than one heading)

Fun: 79

Neutral: 55

Unfun/Unsatisfying: 22

Game #164: Intet the Dreamer #2

Game #164: Intet the Dreamer #2
Date: 2015-04-08
Location: The Family Game Store
vs. Yeva, Natures Herald; Karador, Ghost Chieftain; Ghoulcaller Gisa
Result: Fun*/Neutral Loss

Intet, the Dreamer, Magic, Planar ChaosvsYeva, Nature's Herald, Magic, Magic 2013 (M13)Karador, Ghost Chieftain, Magic, CommanderGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014

A new player showed up just after the previous game began and had waited patiently to join our next game (he was from out of town, and here on work business and wanted to get a game in). He was playing Yeva, which always gives me pause (mostly because Gisa’s player used to have a crazy Yeva deck).

I had a two land hand, but I could play Kavu Predator on turn two so I was happy. I followed it up with a Temur Ascendancy. Yeva cast Time of Need for an Omnath, Locus of Mana, and later killed off Gisa’s Thran Dynamo with a Reclamation Sage. Gisa also had a Caged Sun, and Karametra was working with Nylea, Corpse Harvester and a Creakwood Liege.

I happened to have Dragon Broodkeeper and a Mark of Fury to easily make a dragon each turn for R, and that was followed by a Crucible of Fire to make 5/5 dragons that also drew me a card. Gisa matched my dragons with a Kokusho and a Whip of Erebos (which my Kavu was happy to see). Yeva’s deck was an Elf build and he had good mana generation powers and had just played an Ezuri. I played a Prophet of Kruphix, which I got to use once to play both of the Dragon-Cost-Reduction dudes (making my dragons cost 3 less), before Gisa Ashes-to-Ashes-ed the Prophet and Ezuri. Fair enough.

I still only had 5 lands on my battlefield, but I managed to cast Intet, and then the next turn cast Atarka for a big swing. I held up on attacking Gisa for fear of the Kokusho, but I accidentally killed Yeva’s player (and felt like a super jerk about it. I was trying to do big Damage to everyone, but ended up just killing him, for which I apologized). I should have realized that attacking Gisa with my 15/15 tramply Kavu would have been great (because hey, if he blocks it with Kokusho, it’s getting even bigger).

The next turn Gisa cast All is Dust, and I said “boooooo.” Then Gisa attacked for big trouble. Karador killed both of Gisa’s Caged Suns. I attacked with Intet and used her ability to cast a Clever Impostor, copying Gisa’s Oblivion Stone (to try to put a Fate counter on Intet in case the O-stone was popped), but Gisa cast Damnable pact to make Karador (At 7 life) draw 7 and lose 7 life. Then Gisa smashed me with zombies and I died.

There was time for more games, but Yeva’s player had to leave, making me feel extra bad that he showed up, had to wait, was the first one out, and then had to leave. Despite enjoying the game, I couldn’t feel totally good about it.

The Rest of the Night: Gisa decided to sit out, so I played head to head vs Karador. First I played Animar, and swung with an Arbitrarily Large Animar (thanks to Stupidly Good Ancestral Statue) on turn 5. We played again, but I switched to Shu Yun, which Karador was able to handle both other games we played.

About the Deck: (tapped out Someday)
This deck was built because I really liked Atarka (the double strike one) but wanted Blue in the deck for Xenograft, Temur Ascendancy, Day of the Dragons, and Sarkhan Unbroken and for some other shenanigans. I also wanted to abuse Kobolds and Cloudstone Curio for Dragonstorming, and I really wanted to play Aluren/Furious Assault/Horned Kavu (my favorite combo ever). So it’s dragons with a Kavu and Kobolds theme (with the goal being making them ALL graduate to Dragonhood). I play both Niv Mizzets, Scourge of Valkas, Utvara Hellkite, Dragon Broodmother, etc. The invention of Impact Tremors (aka Furious Assault but BETTER and CHEAPER) blew my mind.

I’m not a believer, like one of the EDH columnist/podcasters out there, in the philosophy that every deck should be able to win on turn 3, but I realized as I was sitting down to play this one that it actually could:

  • Turn 1: Mountain
  • Turn 2: Land, Impact Tremors
  • Turn 3: Land, Cloudstone Curio, Kobold A, Kobold B

If I felt like adding in an Elvish Spirit Guide/or the Gorilla one, and a Sol Ring, it could happen on turn 2.