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)