My Name is Nic, and I have an EDH deck building adddiction. At present, I have over 100 EDH decks built. My goal is to play each one of them in succession, record the results and share them with the internet. I can’t promise great writing, great recaps, or even great decks, so this is more of a way to keep a record of my challenge for posterity.
Why So Many Decks?
People that I play with have often asked why I don’t just focus on a few decks and make sure that all of the “good” cards are in those decks. The simple answer is that I like building decks, and I don’t like taking them apart. The longer answer is that my view of what is “good” in commander is pretty broad (i.e. it’s “good” if I think I want it in a deck) and consequently it’s hard to get all of the “good” cards into a deck.
It’s happened more than once that I’ll start building a deck and realize that there’s no way to do all of the things I want to do with that deck in 100 cards. The options, then, are a) not do all of the things that I want, or b) make two different decks. The perfect example was wanting to do a deck that messed with colors, land types and creature types. What started as Mistform Ultimus, soon also became Blind Seer.
It started with the goal of having at least one deck of each color combinatiton (including colorless and 4-color). Once I met that goal, I decided to shoot for two of each (not including the 4-colors). As that progressed, I realized I didn’t want to make any more RWB decks, so instead, around deck 50, i realized I could just shoot for an even hundred. It helped that I decided to do Ravnica “Guild” decks around the time that RtR was announced. Deciding to shoot for 100 also helped me think of ways to build more creative decks.
Here are the rules for my play-through of all of the decks:
- It’s my project and I can break the rules if I have to.
- Play each of the 100 decks at least once before coming back to play it again. (2a: If I really want to, every 20 games or so, I can play a game that “doesn’t count” just to play a deck for fun. Also, 1v1 games don’t have to count.)
- Keep track of the rough details of each game: Win or Loss, Fun Level, other Commanders, gameplay highlights
- Try to have the decks mostly accurate at Tappedout.net
— this is proving harder than I’d like
- Carry 10 decks with me any time I play ( 2 Mono, 3 duo, 3 trio, 1 5-color, 1 Guild) — Instead I’ve been just carrying 5-6 decks and not worrying about categories
- If a game really sucks (fast combo loss, total mana screw, etc), I can immediately replay the same deck)
- Since I’m now over 100 decks, I’m going to keep playing until every deck gets played.