Deck Building Challenge: Build my Deck!

06 Jul

So those of you who are on may have seen my post there – a Mono Blue deck revolving around these two cards:

Which in my mind ends up like this:

And that, my friends, is PURE AWESOME 😀

OK so this deck will have some hurdles:

  • Kraken are usually pretty sweet (and I can give my awful Davy Jones impersonation every time I “Summon” one – geddit!!!
  • Leviathans, on the other hand, usually haveterrible drawbacks for playing them, like “sacrifice all your islands” or “this doesn’t untap unless it’s a Thursday and the milkman forgot your order again”
  • There are a grand total of two Octopii in all of Magic (Lorthos, and Giant). Embarrassment of riches, that ain’t (in before: Yes, changelings count)
  • Serpents are the workhorses here, and even they tend to cost too much and do too little
  • Enchantment search in mono-blue? Not seeing much…
  • My curve will start at about 20. And go up.

So I throw the gauntlet down to the four of you that still read this blog – what should I put in here?

Go, my minions!


Posted by on July 6, 2012 in EDH/Commander


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12 responses to “Deck Building Challenge: Build my Deck!

  1. Sam

    July 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Fish and jelly fish

  2. Bro_ken

    July 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Brainstorm, ponder, preordain, peek,serum visions, standstill fact or fiction, time spiral, jace, jace, jace, llawan, merchant scroll and wonder

    • Viperion

      July 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Brainstorm, Ponder, Preordain, and Serum Visions could maybe set me up for the Temple. I have NO idea what you think Peek will do. Llawan is interesting, the rest are all “Staple, Staple, Staple, (Jace TMS at least Brainstorms), Staple, Staple”…. not exactly tech for a Cephalopods on Horses deck…

  3. Gene Taylor

    July 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    If your going to be rocking lots of serpents, then you are going to want ways to make sure your opponents control islands. But then due to them havining islands, your islandwlaking cephalopods will find horsemanship surplus to requirements. You seem to be in a bit of a bind.

  4. danny

    July 21, 2012 at 12:48 am

    I have to be honest i have had many a brainstorming session regarding terrible EDH deck/combos, and the sea monster deck is one of them. May I suggest Soothsaying for all your Top of deck manipulation needs, Deep-sea kraken seems to be a must, and I would say tidal kraken is a fun one too. One of my personal favourite sea monster is Denizen of the deep, but its got more to do with it being my first rare than anything else really. Spreading sea and Quicksilver Fountain is always good for island fun. and Stormtide Leviathan is always fun for flooding the battlefield. My issue with any sea monster deck was that I wanted to play black for Wrexial and memory plunder.
    Another direction (Which i am planning to take with my eventual UB EDH deck) is to play sea monsters with Pirates! and you get to have awesome things like Pirate ship and Stolen Goods!
    So far really that just explore the Temple corner of the deck, Sun Quan, lord of Wu, leader of one of the three kingdoms, Sun Quan is well known in history for havings lots of brilliant people working for him, and its the case here too! his ability clearly needs more friends to work with, luckily Blue has no shortage of creatures with abilities on hitting opponent. Especially when you involve the powerful Ninjas to aid you!

    So basically I will make this a Mono blue Pirate/Sea Monster/Ninja deck, As far as i am personally concerned, the problem with playing a colour combination like BU or mono blue is you pretty much have 2 direction to go, to become the hatred of the table and make sure your awesome combo deck can handle it, such as Argon Dagsum or Azami. Or you make a completely casual Theme deck. and my preference is always the second one.

  5. BeardyBeard

    August 15, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Dizzy Spell. 1 cmc that can transmute for Quest.
    Long Term Plans. Search for Quest and play something like Telling Time to nab it from the library.
    Noble Benefactor. Search for Quest when he dies.

    Many serpents cannot attack unless opponents have islands, so, Spreading Seas, Convincing Mirage, and etc.

    There aren’t many blue cards with 9 cmc (Grozoth), but one that stuck out was Denying Winds, which can slap down other decks that need to search for stuff out of their libraries. There’s also Inkwell Leviathan, but that’s about it. Not enough to want to use Grozoth, sadly.

    Other good creatures:

    Kederekt Leviathan: Mass bounce as pseudo boardwipe
    Stormtide Leviathan: Unblockable beater
    Trench Gorger: Gigantic Fatass beatstick
    Benthic Behemoth: Not too good, but islandwalk and no disadvantages
    Scrapdiver Serpent: Almost always unblockable in EDH due to love of manarocks.
    Sliptide Serpent: Can bounce to hand to save itself

    NonUla Sea Creatures:

    Kiler Whale: Flying Orca Beatdown!
    Great Whale: Untaps your lands, is also a sea creature
    Glowing Anemone: Boomerangs an opponent’s land when it enters
    Gomanzoa: Yeah, it is a flying jellyfish, but more importantly, it can tuck a threat it blocks into a deck.
    Guard Gomanzoa: Another Fog Bank
    Man-O-War: Unsummon on a Jellyfish
    Spiny Starfish:
    “U: Regenerate Spiny Starfish.
    At the beginning of each end step, if Spiny Starfish regenerated this turn, put a 0/1 blue Starfish creature token onto the battlefield for each time it regenerated this turn.”
    So many Starfish tokens.


    Aboshan, Cephalid Emperor: Mass tapdown is pretty good.
    Cephalid Broker: Double Loot on a stick
    Cephalid Constable: Get him through with a bit of damage buff, and start bouncing shit everywhere
    Cephilid Retainer: Mini version of Aboshan
    Llawan, Cephalid Empress: for other blue decks
    Callous Oppressor: Steal creatures

    Others to consider:
    Homarid Spawning Bed: Sacrifice big guys to it if they are about to die, make swarm of lobstermen

    There are other good cards, but that should help you out with a sea creature deck.

    • Viperion

      August 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

      I like the way you think 🙂

      • BeardyBeard

        August 15, 2012 at 11:50 am

        If you want to add a piracy subtheme to this ocean-style deck, there is plenty of stuff for that.

        Coastal Piracy (if there are a decent amount of creatures in this build)
        Stolen Goods
        Treasure Trove
        Treasure Hunt
        High Tide
        Take Possession

        Kukemssa Pirates
        Pirate Ship/Reef Pirates
        Rishadan Brigand
        Rishadan Cutpurse
        Rishadan Footpad
        Nephalia Smuggler (Even better with the EtB stuff from before like the Great Whale and the Rishadan Brigand)
        Riptide Pilferer
        Rootwater Thief

        Some of these are blue goodstuff, but works well with the deck, and others are just silly sea stuff.

        There are plenty of other rogues out there and control magic that fits the theme. I can’t remember every single ocean/sea/water cardname, but there are masses of them.

        You could go with a couple of themes: big unblockable beaters (Ula)
        smaller utility creatures (pirates)
        Card draw and control magic (piracy)
        Other ocean beasties
        And still have room for other utility cards

        One suggestion I have is to try out Back from the Brink. Reanimation in a color that doesn’t normally have it is alright, and you get extra usage from the death of fatties other than tokens from Homarid Spawning Bed.

        You can also cast your general from the Command Zone, then, when he dies, cast him again from the graveyard rather than paying the extra 2, then do it again from the Command Zone once the token dies.

        • Viperion

          August 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm

          Not so much keen on Pirates, but some of those cards should make the list 🙂

        • BeardyBeard

          August 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm

          I would like to see a play report of this deck once it is done; the mental image of a horde of sea creatures on horseback riding past beasts, giants, angels, demons, etc to smack the hell out of planeswalkers (both player and card) is quite amusing.

        • Viperion

          August 16, 2012 at 12:43 pm

          Will do. It may be a while before it actually gets play though 😉


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