Sorry for the Hiatus, I have an excuse!

I’m about 6 games and 2 months of posting behind…

Also, we just had an adorable tiny human enter our life, so that’s going to make both playing EDH and writing about EDH pretty difficult for awhile.  I am going to try to catch up though.

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I am building her her first EDH decks though!

Deck building drought, and Tapped Out

Drought, Magic, Ice Age

So, I haven’t played any new decks in several weeks, but it’s not for lack of trying.  I’ve been starting decks and not being able to finish them, either for lack of creative theme or for temporary lack of funds to complete them.

HOWEVER, I have been playing A LOT of games on MTG Forge  which has also meant that I’ve really ramped up adding and updating decklists on TappedOut.  I think I have almost 150 decklists up now.  My goal is to have every deck up by Halloween and update this blog accordingly.

The following decks are in various states of construction (not even including all of the decks that have been sitting partially completed for a year or more).

  • Emrakul, the Promised End (basically done, but I want to make it more awkward-huggish)
  • Gisa and Geralf (missing about 20 cards that need purchasing)
  • Sigarda  – the new one (human-ish tribal, was going to maybe be clues or non-red werewolves.  needs a final focus)
  • Urabrask and/or Eron the Relentless (ultra-mono red, still piling up options)
  • Marchesa (politics/voting/the moonarch, though it may have absorbed potential Kiku, Nights Flower and Dioachan, the Artful Beauty decks into a “girls run the world” deck)
  • Leovold (early pile stages… will it be elves? poltical trading? Little Big Leaders (CMC =<3 ) ?  It won’t be built to abuse the draw-limits)
  • Geist of St. Traft (UW spirit tribal, because I don’t have that spirit tribal yet… this is a tiny pile)
  • Alesha (knight tribal, all-creature. just needs lands)
  • Linessa Zephyr Mage (some kind of weird mess of things that shouldn’t work in EDH, plus or minus also exiling Emrakul to Call from the Blind Eternities)
  • Zedruu? – for the colors (something that can use Nahiri Harbinger for getting Emrakul)
  • Scion of the Ur-dragon (Dragonlance theme… just needs lands and proxy lands)
  • Olivia, Mobilized for War (discard madness vamps… just needs lands and a few hellbent cards)
  • Roon of the Hidden Realm (a deck where I would want to play Manifest)
  • Arcades Sabboth (CLUES!)
  • Ulrich of the Krallenhorde (dumb werewolfs)
  • Marieke Ri Berit (a stealing deck that seems too similar to another deck I already built)
  • Joven and/or Chandler (make other stuff artifacts).
  • UR Thopters (literally just waiting for the UR legendary that was supposed to be in Kaladesh)
  • and still working to finish  Lady Evangela, Karrthus, Sidisi and others.
  • PLUS I’m sure I will build Rashmi  and Kambal  from the new set

News: Updates Soon, Website, and Moving

3 Quick News Updates.

1. I’m up to game 177, but due to news item 3, I haven’t had much time to update. I’ll try to get a few more written up soon.  Highlights: Elves, Pauper (Gilder Bairn! Wooly Thoctar!), Korra the False God, Rakka Mar, Medomai, Teneb!

2. Kangee Aerie Keeper My very first EDH deck — Kangee, Aerie Keeper — got some airtime on the Magic Homepage on a “Command Tower” article.    http://magic.wizards.com/en/articles/archive/command-tower/commander-origins-2015-06-18    After playing it tonight, I realized that I added a few other new cards to it.

3. Tonight (6-24) was my last night playing at The Family Game store with a super awesome playgroup (short version: destroyed by Squirrels!), as I am moving to Portland over the course of the next month. It’s been great playing there.

If anyone knows of a great Commander / EDH group in Portland, Oregon, I’ll be looking for one (must be chill, not-hypercompetitive, and okay with me using occasional place-holder proxies.

News: Little Tiny Superheroes…

Thanks to GatheringMagic.com, I discovered the Tiny Leaders format.  It’s like EDH (Highlander, a “General”) but Tiny (50 cards, Nothing with CMC>3 ) and I think it sounds AWESOME.  It has a modified ban-list, and is meant to be played 1v1, but it’s not “French” EDH.

There are a lot of cards that I have that I’d like to play with, but don’t really do much in the Big Mana, Big Dudes, Big Games realm of traditional Commander, and this format makes them worthwhile.  It’s also something that can be played quickly, and a format where I wouldn’t feel bad trying to win fast (or play poison or counterspells).

Obviously I’m not giving up on EDH — I should be to 150 decks sometime in the next few months — but I have a feeling that I’m probably going to build 25 (one for each color combination)  or so Tiny Leaders decks as well.

I’ve already built  Soraya the Falconer as bird tribal (in honor of Kangee, Aerie Keeper, my first EDH deck), and Nin the Pain Artist as an instants/sorceries/prowess deck. Also, for my wife, I resurrected a modified version of my Animar Slivers deck.   In the works,  I’ve also got  Rhs, the Exiled  (Elves),  2 competing ideas for Glissa the Traitor (Poison or Artifact Combo),  Thada-Adel (merfolk tribal).

For those who may be missing my regular-EDH game reviews, I have a few more to write up, and I also intend on having decks starring Nahiri (Kor Tribal),  Ghoulcaller Gisa (zombie-less zombie tribal), Titania (lands dying).

Return from Hiatus

I’m back from a long summer Hiatus. Due to wedding and Honeymooning reasons, not many decks were built over the summer, and most of the games I have played in the lase few weeks have been just for fun to reconnect with old decks.  However, there are still new decks in the works, and at least two decks were completed over the summer.

Hopefully there are still a few of the old readers out there, and maybe a few new ones.

Decks built over the summer:
Grenzo, Jhoira.

Decks near completion and almost ready to be played:
Narset, Enlightened Master (with NO omniscience and NO land destruction (and NO other creatures))
Anax and Cymede
Zurgo Helmsmasher (WarriOrcs)
Kaalia (with, in an attempt to make a fun Kaalia deck, 35 randomly-selected-each-game Angels, Dragons, and/or Demons)
Reki, the History of Kamigawa (green legends)

Summer Hiatus! (and any European players want to get a game in?)

Due to Summer Travel and my impending Wedding, I probably won’t be posting very much until August.

Please don’t forget about this little blog, and do come back. I Will be back to updating semi-regularly in August

I have several new decks in the works (Mogis, Anax and Cymede, Asmira, Reki, Jhoira), and I may get the chance to play a few of them this summer. If I do, I’ll try to update the blog, but no promises!

If there are any EDH or Commander players/venues in Barcelona, Copenhagen or Stockholm and you’re interested in a game, I’ll be in those areas in July, and I plan on bringing a deck or two with me just in case.  Contact me via this blog.

New Decks In the Works

No one else showed up last Wednesday to the regular EDH night at my store (or at least not for the 40 minutes I waited) and I won’t get a chance to play this week, so I thought I’d share a bit about new decks that I’m working on.

Last Wednesday was going to be the debut of two decks (for which I do not have full lists written up).

Soramaro, First to Dream

1. Soramaro, First to Dream,  which is a “creatureless” deck built to draw a ton of cards and make Soramaro huge and voltron-y, with a back up plan of Altar of Dementia and a bit of mill.  In an ideal world (or one that plays Tag-Team commanders) this would be a UG deck sharing space with Masumaro.

Vhati il-Dal

2. Vhati il-Dal:  This deck was one that just sort of happened. It is a -1/-1 counters matter deck, meant to use counters to my advantage and to kill off Vhati-ed creatures.  It has some Devoted Druid/Quillspike combo action, and hopes to use Nekroskitter for benefit.  I’ve wanted to do a Vhati deck for awhile, but didn’t really have a theme for it.  I considered using Infect, but since I dislike Poison so much, I cut most of that out of the deck.  There are one or two infect creatures, but they are there more because they interact with -1/-1 counters.

Yomiji, Who Bars the Way

3. I also may have played my “White Wedding” deck (Yomiji Who Bars the Way), which is all Legendary creatures (and almost all Legendary Permanents) and focuses around giving them (wedding)-Bands with Other White Legends at the Cathedral of Serra.  There are an even number of “male’ and “female” legends, of most humanoid species, (but they are allowed to Band with Other Legends of any species or gender… Yomiji believes in Marriage Equality).  I even have a special box for it, and little gold ring and dove tokens.

OTHER DECKS IN THE WORKS

Reki, the History of KamigawaKaysaMasumaro, First to LiveAyumi, the Last Visitor etc.

A. The Green Legends deck (a rotating cast of green legendary generals including  Reki, Kaysa, and others):  I liked building the “White Wedding” deck (all white legends) so much that I decided to build a Green one (and might eventually go for each color) to give some Legendary Creatures that don’t fit into other decks, or might never lead a deck, the chance to play.  I intentionally did green second (and separate from white) to show that I know it’s “Better” to just use Sisay.

B.  Kruphix:  The green legends deck was originally going to be a Masumaro deck (but not a ‘creatureless’ one, possibly an all-creature one) but then I realized it would be fun to have both Masumaro and Soramaro  (and Multani) in the same deck. I thought about Edric. Then Kruphix was spoiled.  Of course I want an indestructible Reliquary Tower as my general for a deck like this.  I’m excited to build it.  I may use Enter the Infiinite as a win condition (just to buff the ‘Maros. no Omniscience in the deck).

Skeleton Ship

C. Skeleton Ship:  I’m very close to my “Pirate” theme deck being done.  I may tweak it a bit to make it even more “Pirates of Dark Water” themed.  The challenge is taking the time to find the best 15 islands (preferably foreign) for the deck (possibly shelling out for APAC and European lands).

Athreos is finally spoiled.  It’s not what I hoped for to help Teysa #1, but I could see myself building a  B/W weenie devotion deck with it  maybe with minor life-gain and Carnival of Souls.

ALL CAUGHT UP!!!

I’m ALL CAUGHT UP with my playthrough!!!

As of Game #117, I am officially all caught up with playing through every one of my current decks!  I started this project just under a year ago, when I had under 100 decks built, in that time the Deck Count has grown quite a bit.  As it stands I have 114 “completed” decks, as 3 decks were “retired and reborn” during this project (and more are coming!)

I am Compleat

This Blog is Compleated

For those people who have been reading the Blog, or following this project, Thanks! I know there were some people out there, because we passed 4000 page-views a few days ago.  Even though I mostly did it for my own fun and records, it’s nice to know that people out there were reading things.

So what does this mean for the project and this blog?

It means several things!

1: FEAR NOT! The blog is not ending – there will be more games.   I will keep updating the Master Deck List as I build new decks, and whenever a brand New Deck is played for the first time it will get added to the sequence. It is very likely that I will have 3 new decks* by the time I play again.  While I don’t have a ton of great insight, or grand writing skills, I will still post things on a semi-regular basis.

2: I’m allowed to play any of my decks now!  While doing this project has been a really fun exercise, there were some decks I was really psyched to play a year ago that ended up in just utterly crap games (I’m looking at you Karador, Ramses, Edric, Khemba and Karn) and now I can play them whenever I want to. I can also whip out Teysa or Animar and test out their new updates (New Elspeth, the Archetypes), or play decks that have had upgrades since their debut on the project.

3: I will have time to go back and update all of the Tapped Out decklists, and also do more deck breakdowns of decks that I think are worth breaking down

4. I can start some new sub-series like “Decks that Deserve a Second Chance,” or explore other optional formats like Tag-Team commander, or games against Hordes.  I’m really looking forward to updating my 4-Color Tag-Team decks, or having nights where I only play Ultra-Mono decks, or only bring All-creature or Creatureless decks.

5. I can make more Charts and Graphs and stuff.  I will do another retrospective post in a few days, and talk about Lessons Learned.

In Conclusion:

If you liked the EDH100 Project, leave a comment, and if you have any suggestions about what I should do with it next, let me know. If you want me to talk about this project on your show or blog or podcast, let me know. I’m not a famous voice in the EDH Community, but this project has certainly given me things to talk about. (and I have way more decks than Sheldon does (but his are probably better)).

Again, if you’re reading this post…. THANKS!  (and tell your friends)

If I got to play with you  in any, or many, games (and you didn’t brutalize my fun in too horrific of a fashion)… THANKS! It wouldn’t have happened with out people to play against.

If I played in your Venue (mostly The Family Game Store, but also Sir Bens, and a number of friend’s houses)… THANKS!

 

*I have a Karametra Deck that is only missing two cards.  I have a reborn Sharuum (Sphinx Tribal, no known combos involving Sharuum) Deck that just needs a Mana Base, and a Heroic Progenitus deck that is just missing a few cards…. plus at least 5 other decks in the works.