A Deck for a Friend: The Locust God


Over the last few years, I’ve built several EDH decks to give away as Christmas gifts to various friends and family. I enjoy building decks and giving them away, so this is always a useful thing to do for my friends. This year, once again one of my major gameplans was to once again build several Christmas EDH decks for people.

Today, we’ll be going over one of these gift decks for our friend Darby: the unusual card-drawing spell-loving Izzet God The Locust God, from Hour of Devastation!

Let’s jump in and see the gift deck I’d put together for Darby this year!

I’ve created many different EDH decks over the years as gifts for people.

For Darby, I’d created an Isperia, Supreme Judge deck, to force him outside of his comfort zone. I had given him a sneaky mono-green deck, built around Yeva, Nature’s Herald, which would let him play a green deck that played like a blue deck. I’d built a strange mono-black control/combo deck built around Kamigawa hero Toshiro Umezawa, and a traditional U/W control deck built around Noyan Dar, Roil Shaper. And finally, I built him a traditional G/W ramp deck around Chorus of the Conclave.

For our friend Brianna, I’d given away a budget version of Kaalia of the Vast. Next, I’d given her a +1/+1 counter deck built around Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch. I gave Brianna the strange aggressive lifegain deck Karlov of the Ghost Council, and the token-swarming combo deck Zada, Hedron Grinder.

For my brother Joel, I’d created a budget Mayael list.

I’d given my wife Angela a five-color planeswalker deck, Progenitus. I’d also built her the strange mono-black “big creatures matter” deck Volrath the Fallen.

Today’s deck is another strange and unusual one, and one that I think Darby will really enjoy. The Locust God is another general in a long line of Izzet generals that just want you to draw cards, and should be a lot of fun for him to play.

Let’s take a look at The Locust God!

When I sat down to brainstorm a gift deck for Darby last year, I had an unusual revelation. Without realizing it, he had amassed a collection where he had an EDH deck for almost half of the possible color combinations that you can build. As a longtime player who has built a deck for every combination, that’s pretty damn cool to me, and I immediately started looking for a color combination that he didn’t already have, so I could help him finish that if he eventually decides he wants to.

One two-color combination Darby has never done is blue/red. He’s never had any problems playing blue or red cards in his deck, and indeed, many of his decks (ie. Intet, the Dreamer, Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder) have heavy U/R components to them. There’s just never been a U/R general that resonated with Darby to the point that he wanted to build around them… until Hour of Devastation.

With the release of The Locust God, we definitely had a winner on our hands. Darby was quite keen to have this as his Izzet deck, with one problem… he couldn’t find one to trade for.

This just so happened to play right into my hands, as I now knew exactly what I was building him! It was time to draw all the cards!

The Locust God is the latest in a line of Izzet generals that just want to draw cards (others being Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind and Arjun, the Shifting Flame). I like Locust God better than those other two, however; there are any number of uses for 1/1 flying haste tokens, from attacking, to chump blocking, to killing off planeswalkers, and the Locust God’s self-recursion makes him even harder to deal with than those others as well.

So what would go into a Locust God deck? I’ll admit, this was a much easier deck to build than Brianna’s, as the biggest decision I had was which card drawing spells to use. I knew that I wanted a selection of Wraths to keep the deck alive while setting up its card-drawing; I knew that I wanted some ways to Disenchant problematic artifacts/enchantments; and I knew that I’d likely want ways to pump up the Insect tokens made by the God himself to kill players with.

Having said all that, this was the list I ended up with:

Locust God - Current decklist:

General (1)
The Locust God

Creatures (13)
Nivix Guildmage
Magus of the Wheel
Whirlpool Warrior
Jace’s Archivist
Chasm Skulker
Laboratory Maniac
Magus of the Jar
Psychosis Crawler
Runehorn Hellkite
Arjun, the Shifting Flame
Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind
Dragon Mage

Card drawing spells (14)
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fate
Reforge the Soul
Time Reversal
Invoke the Firemind
Recurring Insight
Frantic Search
Blue Sun’s Zenith
Winds of Change
Incindiary Command
Molten Psyche
Collective Defiance

Card drawing related spells (5)
Teferi’s Puzzle Box
Molten Psyche
Thought Reflection
Alhammarret’s Archive

Counterspells (5)
Izzet Charm
Arcane Denial
Commit // Memory

Mana rocks (4)
Izzet Signet
Mind Stone
Worn Powerstone
Thought Vessel

Recursion (2)
Elixir of Immortality

Artifact destruction (1)
By Force

Planeswalkers (1)
Dack Fayden

Wraths and removal spells (8)
Cyclonic Rift
Baral’s Expertise
Mizzium Mortars
Blasphemous Act
Nevinyrral’s Disk
Perilous Vault

Other spells (6)
Sphinx’s Tutelage
Jace’s Erasure
Diviner’s Wand
Gravitational Shift
Library of Leng

Land (40)
40 land

Just as with Brianna’s Xmas deck, I feel like I’ve put together a pretty good one here. Darby has scads of card drawing, lots of removal, and some pretty cool creatures to work with, all while trying to draw all the extra cards!

I can’t guarantee the deck is good, but it definitely looks fun to play!

So that’s a quick look at Darby’s Xmas gift deck this year, The Locust God! I’m looking forward to seeing how well this deck does, and I really think he’ll end up liking it. It draws all the cards (something I know he’ll enjoy), and should be very fun to play!


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