MTG: Fight & Flight: Dino Power!

Magic_card_backSo I’m working on my third Commander/EDH deck.  One of the recent blocks in Magic the Gathering took place in a world where dinosaurs were a huge part of every day life, for good and bad. Some of those dinosaurs are really, really big and so I wanted to make a deck where I could come out with massively huge creatures and just stomp all over my opponents.  I’ve spent the last month creating this deck in a word document.  Sadly, with our recent car situation (I’ll be talking about THAT bottle of fun’ness in my monthly roundup next week) this deck is going to go on the back burner.

This time around, I decided to add every single card in picture format. I won’t be loading them as individual pictures because otherwise it would take 5minutes for my site to load and that just isn’t fun for anyone.  For each category (in bold) I’ll be showcasing 1 of the cares I think is cool or cool looking and then doing a clickable grouping thing so you can check them all out, or not, as you so desire.

My Good Knight Sirrah deck, while I really like it, just hasn’t performed. I win about 25% of the time with it.  The Get Salted, I’m Exalted, while not competitive, has something closer to a 90% win rate and I don’t play it more than once now as it can be demoralizing to someone else to lose on turn 6 in a game that usually last 30+ turns. This deck I’m just hoping to stomp around with big dinosaurs and have fun killing things whether I win or lose.

There are several main parts of this deck. First and foremost, getting a lot of mana out quickly (with artifacts and sorcery/instants) so as to be able to get the big creatures out quickly, use the Enrage mechanic on half my dino’s to help boost me in various ways and then to use the Planeswalkers and the rest of the sorcery/instant cards to fight outside of combat using my dinos hopefully massive power and sweep away the competition. I’ve tried to make all the cards synergize with as many possible other cards so no matter what I draw I will be good. Only a real play test will tell though.

Without further ado, here is my deck list:

 

Commander:1

Zacama, Primal Calamity

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We will♪ we will♪STOMP YOU!!!!♪

 

Planeswalkers: 4

Huatli, dinosaur knight

Domri Rade

Samut the tested

Vivien of the Arkbow

 

 

 

 

Creatures: 27

forerunner of the empire

Kinjalli’s Sunwing

Sun Blessed Mount

Bellowing Aegisaur

Burning sun’s avatar

Etali, Primal storm

Gishath, Sun’s Avatar

Imperial Aerosaur

Majestic Heliopterus

Needletooth Raptor

Polyraptor

Raging Swordtooth

Ranging Raptor

Raptor Hatchling

Regal Behemoth

Ripjaw Raptor

Shining Aerosaur

Siegehorn Ceratops

Silverclad Ferocidons

Sky terror

snapping sailback

sun-crested pteradon

sun-crowned hunters

trapjaw tyrant

wayward swordtooth

Zetalpa, Primal Dawn

Ulvenwald Tracker

 

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Artifacts: 17

Tower of Fortunes

Sol Ring

boros cluestone

gruul cluestone

selesnya cluestone

boros signet

gruul signet

selesnya signet

commander’s sphere

seer’s sundial

staff of nin

Mindstone

Pillar of Origins

Worn Powerstone

Hedron Archive

Thran Dynamo

Dreamstone Hedron

 

A-tower-of-fortunes

The Power of Scyenze, errrr, Magic(!!) compels you!

 

 

 

Sorceries/Instants: 12

Cultivate

Nissa’s Pilgrimage

Skyshroud Claim

Rampant Growth

Kodama’s Reach

Farseek

Dromoka’s Command

Domri’s Ambush

Band Together

Gravitic Punch

Rabid Bite

Thrash

 

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The first rule of Dino Fight Club is: You Always Pick the Fight Option TWICE!

 

 

Lands: 39

Command Tower

Terramorphic Expanse

Evolving Wilds

Myriad Landscape

Taiga

Wooded Foothills

Stomping Ground

Cinder Glade

Fire-lit Thicket

Savanna

Windswept Heath

Temple Garden

Canopy Vista

Wooded Bastion

Krosan Verge

Plateau

Arid Mesa

Sacred Foundry

Naya Panorama

Rugged Prairie

6 Forests

6 Plains

7 Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

So there you have it. A ton of pictures. Please feel free to make suggestions or comments or to ask questions.

 

bookstooge (Custom)

 

MTG: Get Salted, I’m Exalted!

Magic_card_backMy last Commander/EDH post was about my Good Knight to You, Sirrah deck that I was in the middle of constructing. I’ve tweaked it so I have a bit more card draw as I was finding I was running out of cards quickly due to the low casting cost of the majority of my creatures and other spells. But it is done and I’ve used it several times. In a one on one duel, it’s pretty aggressive and can easily destroy the other player quickly.

Anyway, this post is about my next endeavor, an Exalted deck headed by Rafiq of the Many. The main win condition is to make Rafiq  unblockable and using the Exalted mechanic, pump him up and win with 2 swings of Commander damage. With Commander Damage, I only need to damage my opponent with 21 points of damage. All by himself, with Exalt and Double Strike, he’s going to do 8points of Commander Damage if he’s unblockable. Even if Rafiq can’t do it, I’ve got multiple ways to make creatures unblockable and hence swing for some serious damage.

 

 

 

Commander: 1

rafiq (Small)

Rafiq of the Many —– ORDERED

 

Planeswalkers: 5 + Alternate

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Tamiyo Field Researcher —-OWN

Jace Beleren 

Jace, Memory Adept

Teferi, Hero of Dominaria  —— EXPENSIVE!!! (On my Christmas list)

Elspeth Knight Errant

Tamiyo, the Moon Sage  —-OWN (Alternate if Teferi stays out of reach)

 

 

Creatures: 24

246

12

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Stoic Angel

Suspicious Bookcase  —– OWN

Wall of Swords  ——- OWN

Wall of Denial

Wall of Tanglecord  ——OWN

Hover Barrier —–OWN

Noble Hierarch  —— EXPENSIVE!!! (On my Christmas list)

Nylea, god of the Hunt

Thassa, god of the Sea

Sovereigns of Lost Alara

Sublime Archangel

Aven Squire

Battlegrace Angel

Court Archers

Ethercaste Knight

Giltspire Avenger —ORDERED

Guardians of Akrasa

Qasali Pridemage

Rhox Charger

Sigiled Paladin

Waveskimmer Avon

Knight of Glory

Verdurous Gearhulk —–OWN

Torrential Gearhulk —–OWN

 

Enchantments: 15

78

195

Finest Hour —– ORDERED

Eldrazi Conscription —– ORDERED

Steel of the Godhead —– ORDERED

Rancor

Favor of the Overbeing

Unquestioned Authority

Vow of Wildness

Wheel of Sun and Moon

Wurmweaver Coil

Angelic Benediction

Ardent Plea

Prodigious Growth ——- OWN

Mammoth Umbra

Spider Umbra

Armadillo Cloak

 

Sorcery/Instants: 14

255

52

Worldly Tutor

Enlightened Tutor —-OWNED

Mystical Tutor

Reclaiming Vines

Crypsis —– OWN

Distortion Strike

Vines of Vastwood

Call the Gatewatch —– OWN

Crop Rotation

Hour of Promise

Reap and Sow

Scapeshift (Borderline)

Sylvan Scrying

Verdant Confluence

 

Artifacts: 6

162

213

Behemoth Sledge

Loxodon Warhammer

Swiftfoot Boots

Sol Ring – OWN

Expedition Map

Argentum Armor

 

Land: 38

289

165

272

Tropical Island—–OWN

Breeding Pool —–OWN

Misty Rain Forest —–OWN

Temple of Mystery

Savanna —–OWN

Temple Garden —–OWN

Windswept Heath —–OWN

Temple of Plenty

Tundra —–OWN

Flooded Strand —–OWN

Hallowed Fountain —–OWN

Temple of Enlightenment —— OWN

Islandx6 —–OWN

Plainx6 —–OWN

Forestx6 —–OWN

Command Tower

Cathedral of War —- ORDERED

Rogues Passage —–OWN

Temple of the False God

Maze of Ith —– Eventually but not essential

Ghost Quarter

Field of Ruin

Strip Mine

 

 

 

Obviously, I’ve done a lot more background work before posting this deck, unlike the Orzhov Knight decklist. Some of the cards I still question. I also question how well this is actually going to work. I just won’t know until I build it and play it.  This is probably as close to a finished deck list as I’m going to get though so I don’t plan on publishing an updated version.  Maybe some edits if needed, but no whole new post. I figured my Knight deck was going to take until the end of the year and I finally finished it in October, so pretty close. This deck is going to take most of 2019 to assemble, as money will be tight next year due to all our hospital stuff this year.

There is going to be a lot of proxy’ing going on, as I am NOT going to be playing with my actual dual lands, nor with cards like Noble Hierarch or any other $60+ cards. If my fellow player is ok with it, I might use proxy cards for any card I don’t yet own just to test the deck.

Sadly, I don’t feel nearly as inspired about the Deck Name (Get Salted, I’m Exalted just seems a bit braggadocio) as I did with my knight deck. “Exalt” or some form of that has to be in the title since the Exalt mechanic is what everything is based on. I might even have to enlist Mrs B’s creative powers to help me out!

If anyone has suggestions for card changes, feel free to let me know. Cheers!

 

bookstooge (Custom)

 

MTG: Good Knight to You Sirrah! Part II

Magic_card_backI know, I said I wouldn’t do multiple posts about this deck. Too bad.  Here’s the original card pool:

Good Knight Part I

Trying to create a Black and White Knight deck for EDH / Commander has been a bit more labor intensive than I thought.  It is also a LOT more expensive than buying one of the $35 precons and modifying it.  If I’m lucky I’ll have this constructed by the end of the year.  They don’t call Magic the Gathering cardboard crack for nothing!

I hope to have a post up tomorrow with pictures of some of the more interesting and valuable cards that I get from the new Dominaria set. I have half a box and 2 pre-release kits so out of 30 packs I’m hoping for at least one good card to help pay for all of this.  This also serves as fair warning to those of you who aren’t into Magic the Gathering so you don’t expect something else come Monday.

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I did a fine darn job with my gut instinct of “on the edge”.  I suspect money is going to play a part of the chosen cards. I’ll be including the TCG midrange price here. Planeswalkers might be swapped out for creatures if the price is too exhorbitant for the overall deck. Totals are rounded up so to give a bit of a worst case scenario.

The next step after this post is to check each card’s edition and see if I already own it. That’ll help with the overall pricing issue too. If I already own a higher card or two, that will make buying the others that much easier.

 

The Goal now is:

4 Planeswalkers

30 Creatures

5 Enchantments

6 Instants

6 Sorceries

8 Artifacts

40 Lands

 

 

Commander: 1

Athreos, God of Passage  – $11

 

Planeswalkers: 4

Elspeth, Sun’s Champion-$11

Gideon, ally of zendikar-$10

Sorin, Grim Nemesis-$5

Sorin Lord of Innistrad-$8  Iffy

 

Total: $45

 

Knights/Creatures:  30 and 26 Alternates

Elenda the Duskrose -$5

Ravos Soultender -$8

Auriok Steelshaper-$1.50

Deathbringer Liege-$12

Eastern Paladin-$0.25

Fiendslayer Paladin-$1

Kabira Vindicator-$0.10

Kinsbaile Cavalier-$1.25

Knight Exemplar-$2.75

Knight of Dawn-$0.25

Knight of Dusk-$0.25

Knight of Meadowgrain-$1.50

Leonin Skyhunter-$0.10

Markov Dreadknight-$0.20

Northern Paladin-$0.40

Paragon of New Dawns-$0.10

Paragon of Open Graves-$0.10

Pentarch Paladin-$1

Southern Paladin-$0.40

Sunweb-$0.20

Thalia’s Lancers-$0.40

Vona, Butcher of Magan-$2.50

Western Paladin-$0.30

Aryel Knight of Windgrace-$0.80

Benalish Marshall-$1.50

Danitha Capashan, Paragon-$0.40

Josu Vess, Lich Knight-$1.80

Knight of Grace-$0.10

Knight of Malice-$0.10

Kwende, Pride of Femeref-$0.10

 

Total: $45

 

Plover Knight – Alternate for Sorin Planeswalker – $0.20

Black Knight -on the edge

Crusading Knight -on the edge

Fortified Rampart -on the edge

Lightwielder Paladin -on the edge

Marauding Knight -on the edge

Mirran Crusader -on the edge

Shimmering Barrier -on the edge

Silver Knight -on the edge

Silverblade Paladin -on the edge

Steel Wall -on the edge

White Knight -on the edge

Arvad the cursed -on the edge

Benalish Honor Guard-on the edge

Cabal Paladin-on the edge

Ageless Sentinels -flying wall

Angelic Wall -flying wall

Wall of Omens

Wall of Reverence

Wall of Swords

Knight of the Pilgrim’s Road

Knight-captain of Eos

Mirror Entity

Student of Warfare

Teysa, Orzhov Scion

Dauntless Bodyguard

 

Enchantmants: 5 and 5 Alternates

Cathar’s Crusade-$5 Own?

Dictate of Heliod-$0.25 Own?

Shared Triumph-$3

The Eldest Reborn-$0.25

True Conviction-$3.20

 

Total: $12

 

Anointed Procession-on the edge

Honor of the Pure-on the edge

Knighthood-on the edge

Lich’s Mastery-on the edge

Marshal’s Anthem-on the edge

 

Instants/Sorceries: 12 and 8 Alternates

Call the Gatewatch-$0.25 Own?

Cast Down-$0.90

Diabolic Tutor-$0.25

Divest-$0.25

Enlightened Tutor-Own. buy alternate at lethix.com $6

Gideon’s Phalanx-$0.25 Own?

Invoke the Divine-$0.20

Pacifism-$0.10 Own?

Righteous confluence-$0.20

Waylay-$0.20

Wretched Confluence-$0.75

Yawgmauth’s Vile Offering-$1.10

 

Total: $11

 

Allied Reinforcements-on the edge

Annihilate-on the edge

Aura Blast-on the edge

Cruel Tutor-on the edge  running roughly $25-30

Infernal Tutor – on the edge – running around $15-20

Primeval’s Glorious Rebirth-on the edge Only if get in my dominaria box

Settle the Score-on the edge

Utter End-on the edge

 

Artifacts/Equipments: 8 and 4 Alternates

Door of Destinies-$4

Helm of the Host-$2.30

Herald’s Horn-$6.50

Orzhov Signet-$0.25

Sol Ring-$3

Spear of Heliod-$1 Own?

Staff of Nin-$0.50

Vanquisher’s Banner-$2.50

 

Total: $20

 

Akroma’s Memorial-on the edge

Blackblade Reforged-on the edge

Executioner’s Capsule-on the edge

Kormus Bell-on the edge

 

Lands: 40 and 2 Alternates

Command Tower-$1.25

Concealed Courtyard-$6

Everglades-$0.30

Fetid Heath-$10

Forsaken Sanctuary-$0.25

Godless Shrine-$13 Real Iffy

Isolated Chapel-$3

Karoo-$0.25

Mortuary Mire-$0.20 Own

New Benalia-$0.10

Orzhov Basillica-$0.25 Own

Orzhov Guildgate-$0.10

Scoured Barrens-$0.10

Shambling Vent-$2 Own?

Tainted Field-$0.10

Temple of Silence-$2

Temple of the False god-$0.40 Own?

Unclaimed Territory-$2.50

Vault of the Archangel-$3

Zhalfirin Void-$0.50

Plains x9-$4 a piece for full art from lethix. or use my own

Swamps x9-$4 a piece for full art from lethix. or use my own

Evolving Wilds-Own already

Terramorphic Expanse-Own already

 

Total: $43

 

Maze of Ith-on the edge $11

Sandstone Bridge-on the edge

 

Grand Total: $180 w/ a $20 possible downturn.

 

bookstooge (Custom)

Invent Superiority – My Personal Version

This is a deck list of the premade Commander 2016 deck helmed by Breya. I’ve made some slight tweaks to the deck and figured I’d list it out. If you have any suggestions for blink or flicker style cards, please feel free to give suggestions.

Won’t be very interesting for the majority, even with the pictures. I’ll probably being doing these once a month or so with some of my older premade Commander decks. So bear with these posts please 🙂

 

Commander:

Breya, Etherium Shaper

breya

 

The Lands:

Swamp x4

Mountain x4

Island x5

Plains x5

Evolving Wilds

Terramorphic Expanse

Ash Barrens

Myriad Landscape

Command Tower

Rupture Spire

Transguild Promenade

Darksteel Citadel

Temple of Triumph [Change]

temple

Boros Garrison

Dimir Aqueduct

Azorius Chancery

Rakdos Carnarium

Mystic Monastery

Nomad Outpost

Crumbling Necropolis

Arcane Sanctum

Crosis’s Catacombs [Change]

crosis

Dromar’s Cavern [Change]

dromar

Planeswalker:

Venser, the Sojourner [change]

venser

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon [change] I am using the altered art card from Lethix.com

Ugin-alter (Custom)

 

 

Creatures:

Sanctum Gargoyle

Soul of New Phryexia

Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer

Myr Retriever

Master of Etherium

Sydri, Galvanic Genius

Hellkite Tyrant

Godo, Bandit Warlord

Filigree Angel

Sharuum the Hegemon

Silas Renn, Seeker Adept

Faerie Artisans

Magus of the Will

Vedalken Engineer

Baleful Strix

Sphinx Summoner

Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder

Chief Engineer

Trinket Mage

Ethersworn Adjudicator

Etherium Sculptor

Shimmer Myr

Myr Battlesphere

Hanna, Ship’s Navigator

Akiri, Line-Slinger

Solemn Simulacrum

Deadeye Navigator [change]

deadeye

Colossus of Akros [change]

colossus

Platinum Angel [change]

angel

Goblin Welder [change]

welder

Nephalia Smuggler [change]

nephalia

Restoration Angel [change]

restoration

 

Artifacts:

Dispeller’s Capsule

Cranial Plating

Loxodon Warhammer

Fellwar Stone

Nevinyrral’s Disk [Larry Niven’s Disk to you SF geeks]

Executioner’s Capsule

Swiftfoot Boots [Would like to replace with something else]

Commander’s Sphere

Trading Post

Sol Ring

Skullclamp

Mycosynth Wellspring

Hammer of Purphoros [change]

purphoros

Conjurer’s Closet [change]

closet

 

Sorcery:

Open the Vaults

Whipflare

Beacon of Unrest

Trash for Treasure

Phyrexian Rebirth

Grave Upheaval

Coastal Breach

Parting Thoughts

Flicker [change]

flicker

 

 

Instant:

Trial/Error

Ancient Excavation

Momentary Blink [change]

blink

Counterspell [change]

counterspell

Cloudshift [change]

cloudshift

Ghostly Flicker [change]

ghostly

Vapor Snag [change]

vapor

Turn to Mist [change]

mist

 

 

Enchantment:

Thopter Spy Network [change]

thopter

 

Potential Adds:

Master Transmuter

master

 

Darksteel Forge

forge