Friday, March 1, 2019

RNA Teysa in Modern Semi-singleton

By the time I was done with this deck, there were very few cards left from the Guild Kit.

This deck has a very aggressive mana curve.

The final change was to switch out Dawn of Hope for Altar's Reap.

In this game, I established a strong board.

Once my creatures started dying and earning Teysa triggers, it was GG.

I encountered a control deck that had one strong critter. My opponent must not have read what Teysa does and epected Grave Pact to only trigger once: big mistake.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Orzhov Guild Kit in Modern ++

The guild kit is somewhat unrecognizable after all the changes I made, but the original precon is just too slow and top-heavy. I turned the guild kit into a singleton deck and added a few cards, and it was still too top-heavy.

Here is the final result of making it a lot faster. I may take out Intangible Virtue or up the token maker aspect as a next step.

Ahhh... much better.

Pontiff of Blight is really worth the high mana casting cost. All those Extort triggers!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Ravnica III Teysa Modern Constructed Deck (early version) + Casual MTGO mana base

This commander is fun in a Harmonicon way. I first started with an Esper plan, and got cards for it.

It's also time to get have a casual Modern mana base.

Here are a few casual Esper staples.

...and more lands for my casual mana base.

Tokens and sac staples.

More cards I want to have fun with.

Finally... here is the first draft of the deck.


This deck is crazy with double stack triggers.

Here is a great solitaire board state ready for a self board wipe.

And here are the triggers after Teysa remains.

I played against a real player and learned a lot from that loss. Here are cards for the next version of this deck.

Exava Rakdos Commander Deck for Ravnica Allegiance

I used Exava because I think it requires less setting up than the three Rakdos (Ravnica I,II, and III).

As with any aggro deck, it comes down hitting hard early, but if it loses momentum, there is no plan B.

If not stopped, this deck will just keep on hitting.

...and hitting.

Here, I get to Scry 2 with Undercity Scavenger.

Phenax and 20 Persistent Petitioners Milling Commander Deck

I have been told many times that milling does not work in Commander, which to be is about the best challenge I can be given to build a deck for this purpose. Enter Persistent Petitioners fromRavnica Allegiance, and here is a deck with it using Phenax. The deck mills.... what else can be said about it?

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Ravnica Allegiance Nikya Gruul Commander Build

This is an all-creature build. It can drop Nikya very early, and once on the board, the double mana from all your lands lets you drop everything you draw on the board fast... really fast. This deck can swarm effectively turn after turn, but a single board wipe would mean a guaranteed loss.

A turn 4 (turn 5 in a real game) Nykia is no problem.

Soul of the Harvest is here to draw extra cards.

Ghor-Clan Ravager and other creatures with sorcery effects are very useful in this deck since it's an all-creature deck. Here is an example boosting Predator Ooze.

Here are example plays for two creatures that get boosted by the number of creatures on the board: Ulasht, the Hate Seed and Elder of Laurels.

A 16/16 Ulasht, the Hate Seed.

A 21/22 Elder of Laurels.

Experiment One can get very big in this deck.

The board gets filled very quickly. I have an empty hand here.

Here, I have just played Nikya. Let's see how much of my hand I can play in this one turn.

There you have it.

Next turn, I can attack with Grand Warlord Rahda, and cast everything else in my hand during my end step.

Here is a turn 6 'I played everything in my hand.'

Baring a board wipe, devotion to green gets a high number. Let's see how much I can cast with Nikya.

'Look ma, no cards in my hand.' Great card!