The Decks Files, Part 7 : Black White

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

*I am alternating Ally/Enemy WUBRG pairs for two colors.

Commander:Teysa, Orzhov Scion #1Teysa-sleeve
Name:  Teysa Token Craziness; Teysa Number One
Style: Tokens, Combo
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 5
“Good?”: 5
Like?: 5
Deck Notes: This is my favorite deck. It’s the one I put the most care into, and the one I’m most interested in keeping updated. It’s pretty competitive (it can win on turn 3 with a god draw), and can win in a few different ways: token swarm, board clearing, combo-ing off. Most of the cards are in Russian, and I finally acquired a Foil Russian Teysa last year or so (the most expensive card I’ve ever purchased).  There are probably a few Goodstuff ways it could be better, but I still keep a few pet cards like Nip Gwillion in there.

 

Commander: Vish-Kal, Blood ArbiterVish Kal Blood Arbiter
Name:  Vishing you a Good Life
Style: Lifegain
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  This deck is about gaining and spending lots of life. It started out with a few other W/B tricks, but they migrated to other decks.  It can also win through alpha-striking with Vish-Kal. Some of my highest life-totals have come via this deck.  It can be slow, though, and it used to share several cards with Teysa (mostly lands) that made it a pain to re-assemble.

 

Commander: Obzedat, Ghost Council — GUILDObzedat, Ghost Council, Magic, Gatecrash
Name:  Orzhov Guild
Style: Guild Wars
Tribe?: Orzhov
Want to play? 4
“Good?”: 4
Like?:  4
Deck Notes: Unsurprisingly, this is probably my favorite of the Guildwars decks. Obzedat is pretty strong, and it just grinds out wins with removal and bleeding (like the Orzhov should)

 

Commander:Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts
Name:Teysa Alone
Style: Creatureless
Tribe?: Teysa
Want to play?

Deck Notes: Also, unsurprisingly, I love New Teysa as well. While there were creature-d versions of the deck I considered playing, I decided that she was just too good for other creatures. It’s a combination of attack diversion and Voltron Teysa. My favorite card in the deck is Thrull Retainer (for flavor and style), but I also bought a Force Field for it as well. The only problem is board wipes and her casting cost. I have a foil Korean version for the general (no Russian… yet)

Commander: Teysa, Orzhov Scion #2Teysa-german proxy
Name:  Spirit of Discard
Style: Tribal, Discard
Tribe?: Spirits
Want to play? 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?:  3
Deck Notes: Teysa is too awesome to just have a single deck. This one is more focused on making and having lots of spirits than comboing out or exiling your team. It also plays more to the tribal aspects.  Discard is the sub theme, often tied to Spirits. The Foil German Teysa leads this one.

Commander: Atheros, God of PassageAthreos, God of Passage, Magic, Journey Into Nyx
Name:  House of Black and White
Style: Tribal,
Tribe?: Clerics
Want to play? 3
Good? 2
Like?:  3
Deck Notes: I have a Black Cleric-Demon deck (Ob-Nixilis) and a White Cleric-Angel deck (rotating cast of commander), this one plays both colors of clerics to take advantage of Edgewalker and many many Shadowborn Apostles.

 CommanderTriad of FatesTriad of Fates, Magic, Theros
Name: Counter Factual
Style: Counters
Tribe?:
Want to play? 2
Good?: 2
Like?:  3
Deck Notes:  This deck plays as many different flavors of counters as possible (except +1/+1 counters!… I tried to skip Charge counters too, but it was too hard). It’s mostly for silliness (Frankenstein’s Monster!), but it ended up being pretty fun in it’s debut. I dream of having many individulized counter tokens to use with it.

Game #168: Treva, the Renewer

Game #168: Treva, the Renewer
Date: 2015-05-06
Location: Family Game Store, Savage, MD
vs. Grimgrin, Corpse Born; Horde of Notions
Result: Mostly fun Loss

Treva the RenewervsGrimgrin, Corpse-Born, Magic, InnistradHorde of Notions, Magic, Lorwyn

I had a 3 land hand, with no white mana. Eventually I was able to Wargate for 1 getting a Birds of Paradise (maybe a land would’ve been better…), which I then Doppleganged. I followed it up with an Emeria Angel, which then got Doppelganged, and then followed that up with a Windreader Sphinx (doppelganged).

Horde of Notions was Ramping like CRAZY, Fertilid tricks, Silverglade Elemental, etc, and Grimgrin was just drawing cards off of Rhystic Study, and causing problems with a Withered Wretch.  I played a Gravitational Shift and Derevi.

Horde cast Maelstrom Wanderer into Boundless Realms (for 9) and then Mirrorweaved Silverglade elemental for an attack. Then he cast a Tornado Elemental (!) but it was countered, but horde brought it back for free. This was bad for me.    Luckily I was holding an Angel of the Dire Hour (a card that almost got cut) and was able to lure an attack in and exile the Wanderer and the Tornado bro (Or maybe they came back again… I can’t remember now).   He still had tons of mana.  Grimgrin got eliminated from the game.

A Legacy Weapon was cast (that he could activate at least 4 times a turn) and I used Diluvian Primordial to get an artifact destruction spell.  I forgot the clause about it shuffling back in, and I missed the turn where he tutored and re-cast it, so that when I tried to rite of replication my Primordial, he exiled it (seemingly) out of nowhere.  I had really good stuff, and he was at really low life (like 7), but there was just no way I could keep up with 4-5 things being exiled per turn.

After this game I pulled out Iname, Death Aspect, and it was one of the most lopsided mana games in history.. sisters of stone death had more than 20 lands and Grimgrin had like 4. My deck was too slow to do anything, though I did get Mortal Combat in play, but died before it mattered.

About the Deck (tappedout someday)

This is Treva’s Flyers.  It plays a bunch of DTK Dragons, plus lots of other flyers and flying matters cards.  It also plays clones so that I can have two of the Enduring Scalelord in play at the same time.  There are a few life-gain tricks with Treva, but mostly I just want to find Radiant, Archangel and have her be huge.

The Decks Files, Part 6: Blue-White

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: Kangee, Aerie KeeperKangee Aerie Keeper
Name:  The Birds. The first.
Style:  Tribal
Tribe?: Birds
Want to play? 3
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 5
Deck Notes: This was the very first deck I ever built for EDH. I knew I wanted a deck I could play Zephyr Falcon in, and, in a previous incarnation of life as a Magic player, I loved playing 5-color birds casual decks with Ordered Migration (which is not good in Commander).   It has gone through some changes over time, mostly to make it “Birdier” and less UW good stuff.

 

Commander: Sygg, River GuideSygg, River Guide, Magic, Lorwyn
Name:  Tappy Fish
Style:  Tribal
Tribe?: Merfolk
Want to play? 3
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: I thought it was cool that Lorwyn had UW merfolk.  This deck takes advantage of the Untap mechanic, and stuff that triggers upon un-tapping, as well as tapping down other things. I don’t know that I’ve updated it with the less cool “inspired” stuff from Theros.  Of course it plays Wake Thrasher/Basalt Monolith/Surestrike Trident.  It also has some Fish-Prison elements, but it’s not a shut-down deck or a pillow fort.

 

Commander: Isperia, Supreme Judge – GUILDIsperia, Supreme Judge, Magic, Return to Ravnica
Name:  Azorius Guild
Style:  Guildwars
Tribe?: Azorius
Want to play?: 1
“Good?”: 3
Like?:  3
Deck Notes:  Like all of the Guildwars deck this is Ravnica/Return to Ravnica cards only, and no watermarked cards that aren’t Azorius.  It’s one of the stronger guild decks simply due to the fact that the vast majority of the creatures are flying creatures. Its “want to play” is only low because the guild decks are mostly fun against other guild decks.

 

Commander: Bruna, Light of AlabasterBruna, Light of Alabaster, Magic, Avacyn Restored
Name
:
Style: Enchantress Voltron
Tribe?:
Want to play? 3
“Good?”: 4
Like?: 4
Deck Notes:   Bruna is pretty linear, but the deck plays a lot of other Enchantment Matters creatures.  It’s a deck that can win games, but I don’t play a lot of counter or control in it (or in general) and I also took out things like Corrupted Conscience and Eldrazi Conscription for just being to dumb and obvious.  I would like to someday have an Alter done of the general so she looks like the cover of Starman #63

Commander: Rasputin DreamweaverRasputin Dreamweaver
Name: 
Style:  Blink
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 2
Deck Notes:  I wanted to build a blink deck in UW and Brago didn’t exist yet. I don’t play this one a lot, mostly because it takes a lot of effort and fiddling to do stuff. It has some combo synergy in it (DeadEye, but not Palinchron), and I really like using Gemstone Array to store up mana from Rasputin counters.  It was the first foil Proxy I ever made.

 

Commander: Isperia, Supreme JudgeIsperia, Supreme Judge, Magic, Return to Ravnica
Name:  Bring It
Style:  Aggro
Tribe?: Soldiers
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 4
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: This is about making soldier tokens and turning them sideways to beat face. Isperia and some enchantments are there to deter people from attacking me.  This is one of the few decks that I play Extra Turn spells in.  This deck has actually been pretty successful.

Commander: Daxos of MeletisDaxos of Meletis, Magic, Theros
Name:  DaxoSolo
Style: Creatureless,
Tribe?:
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: Daxos was an intriguing commander. I don’t remember why I decided to make it a Creatureless deck, but it’s a lot of fun.  It’s not a “get huge” voltron deck, but there are a alot of ways to make sure Daxos hits, or kills and survives being blocked, and also library manipulation and “peeking” to make wise attacks.

 

 

Commander: Ephara, God of the PolisEphara, God of the Polis, Magic, Born of the Gods
Name:  The Rebel Alliance
Style:  Tribal, Theme
Tribe?: Rebels, Star Wars
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 4
Deck Notes: A mixture of Rebels and constellation cards, make this the Star Wars deck (a Princess Leia  Lin Sivvi would be pretty cool). It’s not a strict theme deck, but there are a few cards in it that are for flavor purposes. The deck started as a way to use Ephara for card advantage, and rebels seemed a good way to do that. Also wanting to play some constellation cards led me to realizing it had a pretty cool theme (and then I got a Darth Vader sleeve in the mail, and it was awesome).

Commander: Ayesha TanakaAyesha Tanaka
Name:  Ayesha Tanaka/ Sonic Titan; Ayesha battles the Pink Robots
Style:  Voltron,
Tribe?: Robots
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 5
Deck Notes:  A Quirky activated ability, and BANDING (which is super cool) made me decide to build an Ayesha deck.  Using her art as a starting point, I added in a bunch of Giant Robots (Dark and Blightsteel Colossus, etc) and decided she was a Mech Pilot.  The deck is designed to suit her up and/or Band her to a Giant Robot for fun and profitt. I really dig the concept, and am excited to play this deck again.

Coming Soon: Medomai the Ageless

The Decks Files, Part 5: Mono Green

ng 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: Rhys the RedeemedRhys y Rhai Gwaredol
Name:  Rhymes with Peace
Style: Tokens/Tribal
Tribe?: Somewhat Elf
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: My first “Mono” Green deck (no white mana except for Rhys’ hybrid symbol) is a mix of Elf Tribal and things that make lots of different kinds of tokens.  I like the deck because Rhys is a family name. I dislike the deck because there are so many different tokens to keep track of, and also because no one pronounces it correctly (hint. it’s not Rice, Riss, or Rizz).  I have a Custom, poorly translated Welsh, version of Rhys and am making poorly translated Welsh custom Tokens.  I may de-elf the deck down to only elves that make tokens.

Commander: Jedit Ojanen of EfravaJedit Ojanen of Efrava, Magic, Planar Chaos
Name: Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, (and Wolves, and other Beasts) Oh, My
Style: Aggro
Tribe?: Animals
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?:  3
Deck Notes: This one was going to be Wolf Tribal, but then it just became miscellaneous Woodland Beasts.  It makes creatures. It attacks. It may try to play tricks with Nacatl War-Pride

Commander: Thrun, The Last TrollThrun, the Last Troll, Magic, Mirrodin Besieged
Name: My Thrun and Only; the Thrunny-Badger; Thrun Stands Alone
Style: Creatureless(?)
Tribe?:  A Troll
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  Thrun and buffs. Preferably re-useable ones.  Thrun is tough to kill. Thrun also hates Fleshbag Marauder.  If Thrun gets suited up correctly, he can win hard.

 

Commander:Seton, Krosan ProtectorSeton, Krosan Protector, Magic, Odyssey
Name: Doo-Dads
Style: Ultra-Mono, Tribal
Tribe?: Druids
Want to play?: 4
“Good?”: 4
Like?: 4
Deck Notes:  It is easy being green in this deck. Just about every creature in it taps for G because of Seton, and it loves Primalcrux and Rushwood Elemental for devotion purposes. It ramps pretty hard into some big beaters, so I guess it’s stronger than most of my decks, but it’s still extra restricted, mostly tribal.

Commander: Nemata, Grove GuardianNemata, Grove Guardian, Magic, Planeshift
Name: Plants
Style: Tribal
Tribe?: Flora
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 3
Like?: 3
Deck Notes:  I haven’ played this one a lot, but it’s a decent tokens deck. I’ve always really liked Nemata.  It has a mix of trees and other plants, but mostly Fungus and Saprolings.

 

Commander: Reki, The History of KamigawaReki, the History of Kamigawa, Magic, Saviors of Kamigawa
Name: Green Legends
Style: Theme
Tribe?: Legendary
Want to play?: 2
“Good?”: 2
Like?: 3
Deck Notes: Similar to the “White Wedding” Deck, this deck plays primarily Legendary permanents, though it does have some other supporting cards.  Reki lets you draw lots of things.  I enjoy that I have a White legendary deck and a Green legendary deck, rather than a White-Green Sisay deck.

Commander: Titania, Protector of ArgothTitania Protector of Argoth
Name:
Style: Aggro Synergy
Tribe?: Elementals and dead lands
Want to play?: 3
“Good?”: 4
Like?: 4
Deck Notes:  destroying and sac-ing my own lands isn’t something I normally like to do, but I really enjoy sometimes having no-lands in play in this deck. Ghost Quartering your own land for extra profit is also super fun, as is beating with 5/3 guys. This is the deck that gets my one and only Crucible of Worlds and the only deck that I play Wasteland and Strip Mine in. Mostly to use on myself.

Coming soon: Freyalise/Kaysa

Game #167: Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis 2.0

Game #167: Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis 2.0
Date: 2015-04-29
Location: Family Game Store, Savage, MD
vs. Grimgrin, Corpse Born; Kruphix, God of Horizons; Jarad.
Result: Mostly fun Loss

Nefarox, Overlord of Grixis, Magic, Magic 2013 (M13)vsGrimgrin, Corpse-Born, Magic, InnistradKruphix, God of Horizons, Magic, Journey Into NyxJarad, Golgari Lich Lord, Magic, Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari

Grimgrin had arrived to round our our pod, and Jarad made some deck adjustments (he only has one deck, but has a huge “sideboard” to make it play differently, kind of like my Kaalia).

This game got kind of crazy. I had a 3 land hand, and cast Beseech the Queen on turn 3 to get Waste Not. Jarad played Rites of Flourishing and later Howling Mine, Kruphix had Shizuko, Caller of Autumn, and later Howling Mine AND Dictate of Karametra. Grimgrin had a Soothsaying. This allowed us to build ridiculous board-states (having a Dreamstone Hedron and a Sol Ring helped me out too). Ridiculous enough that I was basically able to rebuild my board in one turn after a Cyclonic Rift from Grimgrin.

I cast Nefarox with a Hedron Matrix, Predator’s Gambit and Vow of Malice, but GrimGrin Fleshbagged it. Booo. There was also a Heartbeat of Spring out by this point, and there was so much mana available it became really hard to keep track of what all was going on. I know I did a Necromantic Selection at one point, AND I know I played a Warped Devotion which was BRUTAL when Kruphix cast a Warped Devotion.

Some other stuff happened, but then Kruphix Blue Sun’s Zenithed himself into a Laboratory Maniac and cycled a land for the win.

About the Deck: tapped out someday
Nefarox used to be the boss of my 13 demons and acolytes deck, but his Exalted ability didn’t really fit into the deck, so he got replaced by Ob Nixilis the I-wish-he-didn’t-screw-over-tutoring-because-it-draws-much-hate-and-I-only-really-care-about-the-+1/+1-counters. I had a foil Russian Nefarox, so that required a new deck. I decided to go “creatureless” and play lots of the “loner” cards, as well as play Waste Not with some discard effects for fun. I may take out the WasteNot and transfer it to a Sidisi deck, but I’m not sure.

The Rest of the Night

As I predicted, this game took a lot longer than I wanted (because I wanted to get a third new deck in tonight), but we had time for at least a short 3 player game. I played Titania and was doing some fun stuff and making lots of dudes off of a great opening hand. We didn’t finish it, but it was really close. I was at 1 life (in part because I took 20 points of damage from Nu-Ob Nixilis in order to Ghost Quarter myself and Evolving Wilds), but I had a Crucible of Worlds and a Zuran Orb (that made a surprise last ditch surviving effort when Jarad chose to sac Ob Nixilis for damage instead of attacking). Jarad’s Rites of Flourishing was letting me play an extra land each turn, and I was pretty sure I could keep him off of green mana with Strip Mines long enough to get in for the win. But it was 9 and we called the game.

Game #166: Zuberi Golden-Feather

Game #166: Zuberi Golden-Feather
Date: 2015-04-29
Location: Family Game Store, Savage, MD
vs.: Rhys the Redeemed; Melek, Izzet Paragon; Jarad, Golgari Lich-Lord; Gisa
Result: Neutral Loss

Zuberi, Golden Feather, Magic, MiragevsRhys the Redeemed, Magic, ShadowmoorMelek, Izzet Paragon, Magic, Dragon's MazeJarad, Golgari Lich Lord, Magic, Duel Decks: Izzet vs. GolgariGhoulcaller Gisa, Magic, Commander 2014

I started out with a 3 land hand, but one of them got destroyed by something early on. I did play an early Forbidding Watchtower. Rhys came out hard with a Wellwisher and Gaea’s Cradle, and Gisa seemed to have a strong start with Swiftfoot Boots and a Volrath’s Stronghold. I played Knighthood and a Griffin Sentinel, followed by a Spear of Heliod. By turn 6 Rhys had a Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, so I had to Sunscour it away.

I should mention that we were also playing Planechase. I didn’t keep great track of what planes got played, but I know I benefitted from rolling Chaos on the Werewolves get double strike plane, and another one that buffed up all flying creatures.

Rhys rebuilt with a Sylvan Offering, and I played Zuberi with Opal Palace. Gisa played a Phyrexian Dreadnought into 12 Zombies and kills Rhys. Zuberi dies to something. There was some swapping of creatures due to a Plane. Then Melek killed Gisa with something from a Spellweaver Volute (!).
Jarad wiped the board. I cast Zuberi again with Opal Palace +2 and a Hero’s blade.
Jarad wiped the board. I cast Zuberi again with Opal Palace +3 and the Blade.
Jarad wiped the board. I cast Zuberi again with Opal Palace +4 and the Blade.
Jarad casts Praetor’s Counsel, getting back board wipes, and Kills Zuberi. I lack the Mana to re-cast until I can charge up a storage land.

I die to Sphinxbone Wand. This game went on much longer than I had anticipated. We were going to split into two pods of 3 after the game, and I was going to go play with Gisa and another just arrived player, but Rhys went with them, so I had to stay at this table.

About the Deck: (Tapped Out Someday)
This is pretty much Griffin Tribal, with the occasional Archon, and mass-creature buffs. Not too much to say about it really. When “Mythological Animal Hybrids.dec” became Selvala’s Little Ponies, I had a lot of Griffins that needed a home. I actually enjoyed how it played (mostly due to Hero’s Blade)