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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Oh Captain, My Captain!!!

Security is a False God!!!

Welcome back one and all! From the moment I saw the new Commander product in full my mind has been full of ideas. New Commanders that need their own decks, old decks that need new cards, old cards that got reprinted that need to go in old decks, the list just goes on and on!  But the one thing that I wanted to do so badly was build a deck I kind of wanted to do but never could figure out where to take it. That deck being my five color Commander deck.  At first I wanted to do an all dragon deck, but then my brother show me HIS deck with Scion of the Ur-Dragon at the helm. Then I wanted to use Cromat as my Head of State, but was quickly talked out of it by a few people in my group. Apparently he’s a horrible guy to play. I don’t see why but from popular polls he can be in a deck but is not fit to lead. So I made a Slivers deck with Sliver Overlord as the go to guy. 

It works but it felt a little too linear. I mean come on all you have to do is put in ever good sliver you can find and when you run out of slivers fill in the extra space with any staples and bombs you have room for. Very good, very fun, but when you look around almost EVERY slivers deck is the same thing. I wanted something new, something different, something I could get down on my needs and thank the heavens for…. AND I GOT IT!!!

Your Capacity to Keep Your Vow Will Depend on the Purity of Your Life

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I went to the Temple of the False God and found Karona. With the new summer multi-player product came some new cards that made Karona, False God a lot better as a General. Those cards are the new Vow auras.

 Now in case you don’t get it yet, here’s a quick rundown. Karona maybe a False God but she is a giving one. She likes to run around the table give of herself and giving +3/+3 to the creatures of each players favorite type. The problem? She will let your opponents kill you with General damage, WITH YOUR OWN GENERAL NO LESS!! That stinks!!! But now that the vow auras have been printed, you can have her make a promise to never attack you. So, when she decides to move over to the next player she can do what you really want and smash someone else’s face in. now this sounds like a new kind of deck that uses a general that doesn’t see much play. So, just a little FYI, I haven’t built this deck or play tested it but I am going to do a little brainstorming. Here we go!

My Religion Is Based On Truth and Non-Violence

Just because Karona is taking a vow of non-violence doesn’t mean your opponents other creatures have. So let’s turn our side of the board into a true church.

Vow of Duty, Vow of Flight, Vow of Malice, Vow of Lightning, and Vow of Wildness: You should already know what these are for. Don’t forget you can have the biggest dude on the field that doesn’t belong to you sign a Vow contract with you as well.
Riddlekeepr, Windborn Muse, Ghostly Prison, Stuffy Doll, and Propaganda: You have to put some money in the collection plate if you want to bring your problems here. With a fee of 2, 4, or 6 mana a dude, I’m pretty sure we won’t see too many fights here. Good old Stuffy can keep at least one player sitting still for a while and may even provide a good way for the table to deal with a single player who got to turtle up quickly, remember it’s says choose not target so you can get around those player shroud effects . Also, while Riddlekeeper may not be too big of a deterrent in this format, two cards for each creature can add up quick.
Wall of Omens, Wall of Denial, Fog Bank, Overgrown Battlement, Wall of Frost, and Wall of Blossoms:  All good buildings need walls, and here at the Temple of the False God we have spared no expense.  We have walls that replace themselves in Blossoms and Omens. We have a mana wall in our Overgrown Battlement. Walls made for punching like Fog Bank Wall of Frost, and Wall of Denial.

Angelsong, Fog, Batwing Brume, Darkness, Dawn Charm, Deep Wood, and Heavy Fog: Look, sometimes Walls aren’t enough to keep out the people who want to bring us harm. So we will pray for bad weather, and with a line up lick this, it will happen. These should give us time to set up the mana base and walls so we can stay in the game. We can even save a player or two. I mean isn't that what church does? Save People?

The Wrath of (the False) God

Our God here maybe a false one, but that doesn’t make her any less vengeful. Sometime we need to show those non-believers where the true power lays.
Wrath of God, Damnation, Day of Judgment, Decree of Pain, and Martial Coup: Come on now, what self respecting God never kills everything that has upset it? With a set like this, it should become clear to the whole group that fighting is only allowed outside your temple walls.

Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Oblivion Ring, Oblation, and Spin into Myth: These are for when you don’t want to punish the table for the sins of one person. Spot remove is really good if used right and these make sure your doing things right.

And the Rest Will Follow

So what kind of church would we have without a few loyal worshippers willing to take our word to the masses?
False Prophet, Steel Hellkite, Baneslayer Angel, Platinum Angel, Emeria Angel, Verdant Force, Bloodbraid Elf, Skyward Eye Prophets, Qasali Pridemage, and Nin, the Pain Artist: More removal, token makers, a few angels, and some prophets….. Sounds like soon someone will be passing me some “Kool-Aid” for the big ritual.
Gideon Jura, Garruk Wildspeaker, Ajani Vengeant, Sorin Markov, Liliana Vess, and Venser, the Sojourner:  I had to drop a few of my favorite Planeswalkers in here. Gideon is remove, a creature, and a target willing to sacrifice himself for our church. You’ve got to respect that. Garruk is our groundskeeper, he make the lands work better, put a guard dog out at night, and will also sacrifice himself for us. Ajani and Sorin helps us take care of those local thugs that keep trying to get violent on our grounds. Liliana is for searching out cards like a tucked God or something. Venser works great with our Walls and Stuffy, but he also makes sure when our guys leave the church that nothing gets in their way.

Lightning Greaves, Sol Ring, Sensei’s Divining Top, Darksteel Ingot, Whispersilk Cloak: Must… struggle…… against…. yearning……for……..Staples!..... Their….. Too……… Good!!
The Signets and Bounce Lands of Ravnica: Those 2cc artifacts from Ravnica are all here. Yes they do get destroyed but they are not auto includes. If you want to, you can easily replace them with ten dual color lands of you choose. I like them, I have all ten, and not to many lands I would like to take from my other EDH decks just to build this one. I also have all ten of the Bounce Lands so they make it in here as well on the same principal.  So feel free to play around with this part.
About here we could slip in about 7 or so other cards from each color of our favorite type. Mine? Fact or Fiction, Wildfire, Mageta the Lion, Ring of Gix, Grave Pact, Greed, and Harmonize. 30 lands divided by 5 comes up to about 6 of each and there we are. A deck made for a God.

So until next time, this is your Captain speaking... We're headed into the Red Zone!!!

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