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:



  1. Bring one you love.
  2. Bring one you trust (to be fun enough for everyone)
  3. Bring one you want to test.

This is all the decks in my EDH brain. Note that I have never played with:

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.

  1. <3: either Aurelia, the Warleader, Ghave, Guru of Spores, or Nemata, Grove Guardian.
  2. Trust: Radha, Heir to Keld, Sydri, Galvanic Genius, or Mayael the Anima.
  3. Test: Azami, Crovax, or Koz
  4. ???

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

<3 @MdaveCS


[Deck title=Azami and the ‘Folk]
[General]Azami, Lady of Scrolls[/General]
Clever Impersonator
Coralhelm Commander
Lord of Atlantis
Lullmage Mentor
Master of the Pearl Trident
Merfolk Sovereign
Merrow Levitator
Merrow Reejerey
Phyrexian Metamorph
Sigil Tracer[/Folk]
Illusionist’s Bracers
Intruder Alarm
Merrow Commerce
Mind Over Matter
Breaking Wave
Deepchannel Mentor
Diviner’s Wand
Dragon Throne of Tarkir
Paragon of Gathering Mists
Sword of the Paruns
Thada Adel, Acquisitor
Umbral Mantle
Wake Thrasher
Wanderwine Prophets[/Threats]
[Draw & Tutor]
Enclave Cryptologist
Merrow Harbinger
Sage of Fables
Silvergill Adept
Bident of Thassa[/Draw & Tutor]
Beguiler Of Wills
Silvergill Douser
Stonybrook Angler
Vodalian Illusionist
Voidmage Prodigy
Grafdigger’s Cage
Relic of Progenitus
Aether Gale
Cryptic Command
Cyclonic Rift
Familiar’s Ruse
Reality Shift
Sea Scryer
Apprentice Wizard
Stonybrook Banneret
Armillary Sphere
Basalt Monolith
Caged Sun
Everflowing Chalice
Mind Stone
Pristine Talisman
Sky Diamond
Sol Ring[/Mana]
Coral Atoll
Ghost Quarter
Lonely Sandbar
Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
Reliquary Tower
Riptide Laboratory
Tectonic Edge
Temple of the False God
Urza’s Tower
Urza’s Mine
Urza’s Power Plant