In surfing, tee the word “quiver” is used to describe the bag with all the different boards that someone brings on a trip, to a comp, or wherever they’re headed.
Designing my Magical quiver is SUPER hard for me. Mr. P is notorious for having a quiver that weighs in the neighborhood of 75 pounds, because he never takes apart a deck, and brings all of them with him, always.
I’m going back to NYC later this month for work, and will not miss the opportunity to get some games in with the guys. But I have space for three, or maybe four decks in my never-check-a-bag-ever quiver.
Here’s how to do that:
START WITH CATEGORIES
- Bring one you love.
- Bring one you trust (to be fun enough for everyone)
- Bring one you want to test.
This is all the decks in my EDH brain. Note that I have never played with:
- Azami, Lady of Scrolls – Merfolk, tapping subtheme
- Crovax, Ascendant Hero – anthems/”little kid”
- Kozilek, the Great Distortion – colorless goodstuff, ramp heavy
- Mizzix of the Izmagnus – x spells “tribal”
That’s the extra rub. I want to test all these dudes out, but I don’t want to only bring untested decks.
(Also note Koz and Mizz are IN CLEAR PENNY SLEEVES CUZ I BALL LIKE THAT). Clear sleeve are freaking sweet.
I’ve narrowed it down to three choices for each.
- <3: either Aurelia, the Warleader, Ghave, Guru of Spores, or Nemata, Grove Guardian.
- Trust: Radha, Heir to Keld, Sydri, Galvanic Genius, or Mayael the Anima.
- Test: Azami, Crovax, or Koz
I’ll explain why but I need your help to make the final decision.
Starting with the last first – Test:
- No Mizzix, because it’s thoroughly unoriginal and nobody will be surprised – not even me. Gotta bring something untested to “test”.
Next up, Trust:
- Radha is my oldest deck, and I know what it does. It isn’t flashy, but it’s close to my heart, and super fair. Just a ramp deck with fatties.
- Sydri is… not great. I used the “no creatures,” build rule which I eventually broke for Guardian Beast and Metalworker, because I’m not used to fancy things. That leaves it super mana-hungry, but it’s fun anyway. Barf out artifacts, see what happens.
- Mayael is a Mayael deck with a twist – it’s supposed to play at instant speed, as a control deck. I trust it to barf out big dudes, and keep busted stuff in check.
These three decks all provide me with consistency, and thus a measure of security. These decks aren’t particularly special:
- Aurelia is a curve out deck filled with combat-triggers guys, creatures that are anthems, and an equipment sub-theme. I just like smashing.
- Ghave is enchantress voltron. Mildly original, in that you don’t enchant Ghave, but rather use enchantments that break him in half, and always shoot to go big with him. I enjoy that.
- Nemata is super obvious. But I play like 45 lands, and Muraganda Petroglyphs. So at least it’s willing to play unusual cards to do it’s thing (make a billion saproling tokens, make them huge, and swing).
Finally, the wildcard spot is there for whim. My moods change. The day before my flight, I’ll know what to put here.
Normally, my next step is making cuts based on three criteria.
- Range of options. I don’t want too much overlap in how they play or what they do, or how powerful they are. (Lots of people just bring three decks – one super casual, one middling, and one “tuned.” I don’t really have tuned decks; not even “tier 2”, if that’s even a thing. But still, I shoot for a range.
- Card selection. I share cards between decks sometimes. I’m not as fully into that as Kaka was (he went to GenCon with printed out lists/deck sheets for all his EDH and Vintage decks to make switching between them easier, without having to carry around multiple sets of expensive cards). But I do it enough that there might be some advantage to bringing two decks that both want to use Mana Crypt.
- Color spread. Some people care if there are too many blue decks at a table. I don’t, but I’m usually happy to change decks if someone else is annoyed.
However, this time I’m gonna try asking for input. If enough people read this and vote vote these decks in the comments, I’ll go with that.
If it will sway your decision at all, I think the Azami list gets a few points for novelty. I’m presenting it below. Comments welcome.
[Deck title=Azami and the ‘Folk]
[General]Azami, Lady of Scrolls[/General]
Lord of Atlantis
Master of the Pearl Trident
Mind Over Matter
Dragon Throne of Tarkir
Paragon of Gathering Mists
Sword of the Paruns
Thada Adel, Acquisitor
[Draw & Tutor]
Sage of Fables
Bident of Thassa[/Draw & Tutor]
Beguiler Of Wills
Relic of Progenitus
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Temple of the False God
Urza’s Power Plant