A Deck for a Friend: Padeem, Consul of Innovation

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Over the last few years, I’ve built several EDH decks to give away as Christmas gifts to various friends and family. This year, one of my major gameplans was to once again build several Christmas EDH decks, that I could give away. Today, we’ll be going over one of these gift decks for our friend Brianna: the new blue artifacts matter general Padeem, Consul of Innovation, from Kaladesh!

Let’s jump in and see the gift deck I’d put together for Brianna this year!
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The End of Maelstrom Wanderer, and the Rise of Surrak Dragonclaw

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Welcome to another edition of the article series where I go over changes to my different EDH decks in detail (and where I trash them and rebuild them into something better).

There have been a number of my decks in the last year that have been on the chopping block after disappointing performances and poor games, and many have been culled or changed. Much as I have done before, this year I have once again redone decks that just aren’t working; this may involve either changing some cards around deck to deck, changing who the general of the deck is, or completely overhauling the entire deck. Since I got back into this blog from my long summer break, I’ve been going over each set of changes, and man, are there ever a lot of them!

Today, I have rebuilt and reworked our Temur deck, and given it an overhaul, as I’ve taken apart longtime RUG deck Maelstrom Wanderer, in order to build our new Temur deck. Thus, the question was, what new RUG deck would rise to take the Wanderer’s place? Well, it turns out I’ve had a copy of anti-control and bear-punching legend Surrak Dragonclaw put aside for some time now, and he is going to be the new Temur general that we build around today.

What will the new Temur deck look like? Let’s take a look, as it’s time to punch some bears!
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Four-color Commanders, finally!

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Ever since I started playing Commander seven years ago and decided that I would be building a deck for every color combination, it’s been bugging me that we don’t have four-color generals available to complete the set. We had mono-color, two-color, three-color, five-color, and colorless, but never four-color. I nearly went so far as to build decks around the original Nephilim, since it was bugging my OCD that four-color generals didn’t exist.

Well, with this year’s set of Commander preconstructed decks, Wizards has finally heard our prayers. Let’s take a look at what they’ve shown us thus far, and see why I am stoked about Commander 2016!
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The EDH Battle Royale V!

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Coming from a MTG tournament player’s background, I’ve always had a spot in my heart for tournaments. I love the excitement of doing well and the thrill of competition, and it’s always been a blast to compete. Hence, every year, my little EDH playgroup has hosted a massive EDH tournament between our decks, to crown a champion. This tournament is called The EDH Battle Royale, and this year will mark the fifth time we have done this.

And of course, it’s now time for us to wage war once again! It’s time for The EDH Battle Royale V!
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Big Changes to Kresh the Bloodbraided

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In the last month, I’ve been going over lots of changes to my existing roster of EDH decks. I’ve been changing generals willy-nilly, and just rehauling entire decks to try something new.

Today, I’ll be looking at something slightly different. Our Jund general, Kresh the Bloodbraided was one deck that I wanted to keep intact, as I liked its theme (kill all the things!), but it had a ton of chaff cards in it that weren’t pulling their weight. A ton of changes have been made to improve upon the original deck’s selection of cards while keeping the theme intact.

Today, I’ll be highlighting these changes. Let’s take a look!
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Sweeping Changes to Keranos, God of Storms

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In the last month, I’ve been going over lots of changes to my existing roster of EDH decks. I’ve been changing generals willy-nilly, and just rehauling entire decks to try something new.

Today, I’ll be looking at something slightly different. Our Izzet general, Keranos, God of Storms was one deck that I wanted to keep intact, as I liked the theme, but it had a ton of chaff in it. A ton of changes were made to improve upon the original deck’s selection of cards while keeping its theme intact.

Today, I’ll be taking a look at these changes. Let’s take a look!
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The End of Titania/Skullbriar, and the Rise of The Gitrog Monster

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Welcome to another edition of the article series where I go over changes to my different EDH decks in detail (and where I trash them and rebuild them into something better).

There have been a number of my decks in the last year that have been on the chopping block after disappointing performances and poor games, and many have been culled or changed. Much as I have done before, this year I have once again redone decks that just aren’t working; this may involve either changing some cards around deck to deck, changing who the general of the deck is, or completely overhauling the entire deck. Since I got back into this blog from my long summer break, I’ve been going over each set of changes, and man, are there ever a lot of them!

Today, I have rebuilt and reworked two entire decks into one, and given them an overhaul: I had taken apart our longstanding Golgari “+1/+1 counters matter” deck, Skullbriar, the Walking Grave in order to build our new Abzan deck. Thus, the question was, what new Golgari deck would rise to take Skullbriar’s place? Well, it turns out I’ve had a copy of silly legend The Gitrog Monster put aside for some time now, and he is going to be the new Golgari general that we build around today. (Sadly, my mono-green “I like to kill my own lands” deck, Titania, Protector of Argoth, is also going to be a casualty of war, as most of her deck pieces will be consumed by the Frog Horror.)

What will the new Golgari deck look like? Let’s take a look!
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The End of Kongming/Zedruu, and the Rise of Narset, Token Queen

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Welcome to another edition of Random Friday, the article series where I go over changes to my different EDH decks in detail (and where I trash them and rebuild them into something better).

There have been a number of my decks in the last year that have been on the chopping block after disappointing performances and poor games, and many have been culled or changed. Much as I have done before, this year I have once again redone decks that just aren’t working; this may involve either changing some cards around deck to deck, changing who the general of the deck is, or completely overhauling the entire deck.

Today, I have rebuilt and reworked two entire decks into one, and given them an overhaul: I have taken apart our longstanding mono-white token swarm deck, Kongming, “Sleeping Dragon” and our Jeskai deck, Zedruu the Greathearted, to build a new Jeskai token swarm deck around the powerful Khans of Tarkir cheating general, Narset, Enlightened Master!

What will the new Jeskai token swarm deck look like? Let’s take a look!
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Changes to my Five-Color Manabases

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Welcome to another edition of the article series where I go over changes to my different EDH decks in detail (and where I trash them and rebuild them into something better).

For a long time, the manabase of each of my five-color decks has been disappointing, and I finally sat down to change them a short while ago. They were clunky and slow, with basically every land coming into play tapped, and many games were lost due to poor mana. I have changed these manabases, and they now work much better.

What did I do to make them more streamlined and effective? Let’s take a look!
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The End of Skullbriar/Doran, and the Rise of Anafenza

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Welcome to another edition of the article series where I go over changes to my different EDH decks in detail (and where I trash them and rebuild them into something better).

There were a number of my decks in the last year that have been on the chopping block after disappointing performances and poor games, and many have been culled or changed. Much as I have done before, this year I have once again redone decks that just aren’t working; this may involve either changing some cards around deck to deck, changing who the general of the deck is, or completely overhauling the entire deck.

Today, I have rebuilt and reworked two entire decks into one, and given them an overhaul: I have taken apart our longstanding Golgari deck, Skullbriar, the Walking Grave and our Abzan deck, Doran, the Siege Tower, to build a new Abzan deck around potent Khans of Tarkir beatdown machine, Anafenza, the Foremost!

What will the new Abzan deck look like? Let’s take a look!
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