Disclaimer: every now and then, I run out of rules content to cover, because there’s only so much space for that in EDH. I believe I hit the ball out of the park in the beginning, with articles which I thought really helped answer some doubts frequently raised during EDH games. But just in case, I prepared a stockpile of ideas for when the well runs dry. This seems like one of those times.
I’d love to answer your (EDH Rules) questions, so feel free to hit me up at ongchinkai AT gmail DOT com if you have any. For now, enjoy!
At some point in my life as an avid EDH player, I started dreaming about owning at least one deck in each color identity. Then I read about Sheldon Menery’s project and I was sold. I mean, imagine every game night you get to bring a different set of weapons to the fight! All the variety, without all that hassle of having to tear down and rebuild what you have!
Alright, so maybe that’s just my personal sentiment. I’m so close to completion – in terms of clearing the checklist, I’m down to just Mardu (WBR) and Grixis (UBR). But I’ve been kinda stumped.
My personal EDH mantra is “Never unleash upon people what I won’t want unleashed upon myself.” I’m a Timmy at heart. I like splashy plays and spectacular board states, and my decks reflect my personality to the fullest. I briefly listed the decks that I own in my article talking about my resolutions for this year – you can find that list here.
When you start, the ideas you could build a deck around are essentially limitless. Every now and then an idea pops up in my head, and I fire up magiccards.info and Magic Workstation and go all-out on a draft…and then put it aside when another wild idea appears. Right now I’m at this point where I have many ideas to work with, and the only way for me to accommodate them all…is to essentially tear down everything and then go back to the drawing board. This is not dissimilar to what Cass encountered, but at least I’m not tearing apart my entire collection. Woe be me if I were to do that…THERE’S TOO MANY G’DAM CARDS TO UNSLEEVE!
Instead, I’ve decided to retire some of my generals, and then reshuffle the themes around. This is what I have come up with so far!
Nahiri, the Lithomancer is safe, and will likely be so for a long time to come, simply because I like a Voltron deck that gives so much advantage – not to mention happy memories of bashing faces in.
Azami, Lady of Scrolls is walking on a tightrope. I mean, sure, it’s a beatdown deck, it’s a tribal deck, and it’s right up my alley, but…mono-blue just doesn’t bring the beats that quickly. It doesn’t help that Thassa, God of the Sea has been nagging at me to dump Azami, and embrace the denizens of the depths…
Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief is dead, her throne usurped by the pretender that is Chainer, Dementia Master. You know what happens when you visit Japan, and then you step into a card store, and then you see a foil card that jumps out at you because you know that it is ridiculously undervalued? Well, I snapped up this BAMOFO at a cheap price of 1500 JPY (it is a bargain to me!) and then that was pretty much it for Drana.
Krenko, Mob Boss…he’s on life support. When I built the deck, I was enamored with the idea of GOBLINS, MOAR GOBLINS!!! but then our lovey-dovey relationship went sour when he became too strong for his own good, often taking out the table in record time. I have no idea what other mono-red general I can work with. I could go back to Heartless Hidetsugu, but that burn deck fared little better. For now he’s still here, but I can’t say for sure how much longer he’ll stay.
Ditto for Ezuri, Renegade Leader. Fun fact: he was the first one to forge a reputation of notoriety within my group. Now he’s THAT ELF DECK. As mentioned, I was brewing a Yisan, the Wanderer Bard deck…”was” being the key word here.
The Guilds of Ravnica
Isepria, the Inscrutable is still around. I bust her out every now and then when I feel like a demonstration of aerial superiority is necessary, and she hasn’t failed me.
Phenax, God of Deception is still lying. See what I did there, har har har.
Olivia Voldaren…ooh, that foil which I bought for $6 SGD back when it was first released! Anyway, vampire tribal now pales in comparison to the other exciting newcomers I have, but she’s still here…for now.
Stonebrow, Krosan Hero, on the other hand, is starting to stink. Not because he’s not powerful, but because…well, let’s just say tastes change over the years. Simple beatdown just doesn’t suffice now. Nevertheless, I still appreciate the occasional rush of adrenalin when a hulking brute tramples right on your face and then over it.
Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice is in my crosshairs. As part of my manpower reshuffle, the Tokens Beatdown theme is being assigned to Naya, and with that Trostani has probably outlived her usefulness. Dragonlord Dromoka is preparing to step into her role…stay tuned.
Teysa, Orzhov Scion still leads the Orzhov, but she’s now more of a figurehead. You’d figure that’s the case, since the deck itself sees so little action nowadays. Tribal clerics that try to stifle what everyone else is doing? Yawn-fest.
Melek, Izzet Paragon is still going strong, though he’s currently on a sabbatical, while I put my newcomers through their paces. Magic Origins has something in store for him, though, and that’s when I think he’ll come back all ready to rumble!
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord is going to require a herculean effort to dig himself out of his grave. I’ve already started turning to him whenever I need spare parts. That certainly doesn’t bode well, does it?
Aurelia, the Warleader is no longer leading the lines. Again, as part of my reshuffle, the Combat Triggers theme is being re-assigned, staying in Boros with Iroas, God of Victory ready to lead the new-look Boros Legion to Victory. Anytime now…
Edric, Spymaster of Trest is in a curious position right now. He’s a pot-pourri of themes which seemingly don’t complement one another, yet it still feels satisfying to fire off. The Simic Combine is one identity for which I have brilliant plans for…when I have the effort to work on them.
The Shards of Alara
Derevi, Empyrial Tactician has left the game. Rafiq of the Many has joined the game. No, I swear that these two decks were neither obnoxious nor oppressive at all. I mean, consider the following play: With Rafiq on the battlefield, I smack you with a face-down critter; you don’t block, so I ask Ixidor, Reality Sculptor to unmask the assailant, which happens to be a Krosan Cloudscraper. How can THIS be oppressive or obnoxious? You tell me!
Oloro, Ageless Ascetic is still chilling on his throne, extorting his opponents. One. Point. At. A. Time.
(Grixis is still uninhabited at the moment. I’ve very briefly considered Nekusar, the Mindrazer, at the height of his pomp, but nothing came out of it. Moving on…)
Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund is still reveling in the company of his newfound underlings.
Gahiji, Honored One is still at the helm of the Naya. Except that his entire crew is poised to be replaced by a new one. As I said, his current portfolio is being handed over to Iroas. He’ll be getting a new one soon, don’t you worry.
What Used to Be the Clans of Tarkir
Karador, Ghost Chieftain is still lingering around, chilling out until MaRo decides to bring out new Spirits.
Zedruu the Greathearted isn’t feeling so magnanimous recently. Narset is constantly eyeing her place in my pantheon. I feel it’s only a matter of time before that really happens.
Damia, Sage of Stone’s place is forged in stone. Well, at least, for now. The Lands theme is so fun, and Damia gives me the card advantage to pull it off. Yep, forged in stone.
(The Mardu Clan is off chasing skirts. Don’t ask me why.)
The Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow
Horde of Notions is still here. With new Elementals coming on board almost regularly, I can’t get enough of it all!
Ditto for Sliver Queen. Every set, a wild planeswalker (or two) appears. Besides, I’ve invested in this deck too much to let it go. For the record, this is my most expensive deck, the only deck with ABU duals.
Karona, False God is the shiniest of them all. This deck is my one and only foil deck. I feel that the upcoming Battle for Zendikar is going to inject this deck with all sorts of shiny Allies goodness!
Progenitus is still living on a prayer, hailing Mary, and doing whatnot to ensure that I make brilliant top-deck plays. I mean, that’s what I live for, the present!
That’s about it for now. Until my next deck update, may you always be blessed with both ingenious ideas AND the energy to see them through!