He’s not dead, he’s restin’!!

16 Oct

(tap tap tap) This thing on?

Holy Mother of Pearl, can this be content? Well, I guess only you can tell me that…

Things have been… hectic… over the last year. I’ve missed posting on here though and have been tangentially keeping up with the EDH world, mostly through and I’ve just started playing EDH again, and have been teaching it to my girlfriend – it’s really interesting getting a new player’s perspective on the format, especially one who is (practically) new to Magic. I’ll be posting more about that – and may ask her to write a guest piece – sometime soon. (Update: I’ve asked her and she’s keen – upcoming post sometime in November after final exams)

What has finally pushed me over the edge though, and forced me to start posting here again, is this guy:

Where was this guy a couple of years ago? The last time the Commander Precons came out, a lovely little lady called Nin, The Pain Artist was released onto the unsuspecting world. I ended up choosing Nin as my R/U general for my Deck Building Challenge of Doom™ – one general of each (legal) colour combination. Nin’s general theme is “here, have some cards. Now HOW DARE YOU HAVE CARDS I KILL YOU” with Psychosis Crawler, Sudden Impact, Molten Psyche, and friends.

While making that deck I came across such fun cards as Phyrexian Tyranny and Spiteful Visions and Underworld Dreams and thought “Wow it would be great if there was a Black/Blue/Red General who cared about card draw…”


The problem (and it’s very much a “first world problem” problem) is that my Nin looks like this:

(Alter done by MTG Card Extensions on Facebook. Check out her work here)

Also, I already have a UBR deck – Tribal Vampires, headed by Garza Zol. It’s not a great deck, but it is fun to play and I was going to swap out Garza Zol for the other new hotness in the upcoming UBR deck, Jelava:

Now admittedly Jelava doesn’t have a lot to do with my deck other than her creature type, but she’s new and exciting and the art isn’t as bad as Garza Zol (hint: Nothing Is), and she’s considerably cheaper. However, I’m reasonably fond of the Vampire deck as it is. I could theoretically drop the blue out of it and run it as a B/R build, since I don’t have a B/R deck. The planned B/R deck was going to be a Wort, Boggart Auntie goblin tribal, but I haven’t actually started to build it yet, although I have a number of ideas and I’d quite like to build it.

Basically I can’t make my damn mind up. I really do want to add black to my Nin deck – do I just suck it up and have two (completely different) UBR decks? That would leave a hole in UR, plus I’d have an altered Nin who wouldn’t be the general. If I make the Nekusar deck do I retire Garza Zol? Do I make Garza Zol RB (probably with Olivia Voldaren at the helm) and forget the Goblin Plan?

Whoever said options are a good thing?!?

So, to the polls! (This is also a not-very-sneaky way of seeing if I can stimulate some interest in this blog again 😛 ) Vote for as many options as you like; Should I keep or change Nin? Should I have two UBR decks? If not, should I have to RB decks? Vote early and often!

Footnote: If anyone can tell me how to do those fancy mouseover card images on this site, I’d be mighty appreciative. As far as I can tell, it needs Javascript, and I can’t run Javascript on this (free) site, but can if I move to and host it on my own server – except I don’t have one of those, and have no intention of getting one. I’m pretty happy to stick with the links to for now, but if some clever clogs out there knows a better way, please do let me know!

Cheers all, good to be back 🙂



Posted by on October 16, 2013 in Challenge of Doom, EDH/Commander


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4 responses to “He’s not dead, he’s restin’!!

  1. Thaumaturge

    October 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Welcome back, Mister Anderson. We’ve missed you.

    I don’t know what to do about your condundrum, RE: which decks to build and which to take apart.

    I’m having the same problem myself – I’ve been looking for MONTHS for an Esper General to build around, but having tried Zur and Sharuum (nice versions, though!) and not really wanting to go back to either of those wells, I was quite excited by Oloro. I definitely like him for my Esper pick.

    The problem is, I already have Vish Kal as my Orzhov General, and I like that deck. Oloro would basically be the same deck + Blue cards. So if I do adopt Oloro, I’d have to retire and replace Vish Kal. Orzhov is my jam, so I HAVE to have an Orzhov deck! But I don’t want two decks that are basically identical except one is better cause it has blue.

    So, the next problem is that, prior to Vish Kal, I had the same problem with Orzhov – none of the available generals inspired me. I loved Ghost Council back in Rav Standard era, so I tried more than once to make GhoCo work, but to less than stellar results. The problem is, he really wants token-y builds, but once you’re in B/W tokens, you really, REALLY should be running Teysa.

    But neither Teysa, old or new, really gets my juices going, plus Teysa 1.0 is a BITCH to play against, as I learned last year when someone else built a Teysa deck and even though my win ratio against it was like 75%, I still hated and feared that deck. It was just annoying. So I don’t want to be that guy who bitched about how a deck sucked the fun out of the game, then went and made and even better version of that deck.

    So in finally solving my long-standing Esper Conundrum, I have simply MOVED that problem to a different, equally difficult color combination.

    Or I could just have two decks with the exact same themes and strategy, and like 30 of the same cards…

    I will say this, speaking to your dilemma – everyone and their mother is all about the Nekusar right now. I don’t know how much that matters to you (some people are just EDH Hipsters), but I fully expect to see a metric TON of Nekusar decks over the next few months, and all of them will be packing ALL of the Wheel of Fortune variants. So, yeah, just throwin’ that out there in case it somehow helps you decide one way or another.

    • Viperion

      October 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Hey 🙂 It’s good to be back (even if still sporadic!)

      I couldn’t care less about running a deck everyone will be running I’m only putting these together for my own amusement. I totally get what you’re saying about “two decks with like 30 of the same cards” except it’ll be more like 40-45 in my case… the votes say build UBR Nekusar, only a couple of votes for keeping Nin. I think what I’ll end up doing is building Nekusar as a second UBR deck, although I’ve played with and against my Garza Zol a bunch recently as a test and although it’s OK having spells that are mostly blue or black, and creatures that are mostly black or red, puts a fair amount of pressure on the mana base.

      So current plan:
      – Dismantle UR Nin and make UBR Nekusar
      – Leave UBR Garza Zol for now (almost definitely swapping in Jeleva as the General and tightening the deck up though)
      – Find a new UR General… almost certainly going to be Melek, unless it’s Niv v2.0 (Niv 1.0, Jhoira, and Tibor and Lumia excite me not at all…)
      – Build BR Wort, Boggart Auntie (eventually)

      Will see how it goes 🙂

      • Thaumaturge

        October 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm

        Melek is pretty awesome…

        • Viperion

          October 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm

          Yeah I saw Ban Ki Moon’s list on mtgcommander the other day and it looks pretty awesome


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