Rebuilding Izzet: Brudiclad, King of Tokens

 

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 over the last few years 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, over the summer I rebuilt 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.

Now, with Guilds of Ravnica spoiled, I figured it was high time to go over my changes to various decks that I made over the summer. And this was a pretty radical change!

Today, we’ll be looking at my decklist for one of the most eclectic and crazy generals printed in some time: Commander 2019’s Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer, who has taken over the helm of our Izzet deck! Let’s take a look!

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Years ago, I started a series of Random Friday articles dedicated to rebuilding my EDH decks, with the ultimate goal of making them all fun to play, and fun to play against. The plan is always to rebuild any decks that aren’t performing the way I wanted them to.

Thus far, I’ve built, retooled, and rebuilt several of my EDH decks in this series.

In 2012:
• I put together Arcum Dagsson, a dangerous general who could Tinker up win conditions at will here.
• The original incarnation of Karona, False God and her Allies, here and here.
• I looked at my initial attempt to build a Rakdos deck here, here, and here.

In 2013:
• Our Abzan deck was transformed from Ghave, Guru of Spores into Doran, the Siege Tower‘s “toughness matters” deck here.
• I’d changed my Boros list, from Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer into Brion Stoutarm‘s sacrifice-based deck here.
• The lovely Angela had changed our Dimir deck from Vela the Night-Clad to the milling-based Lazav, Dimir Mastermind here and here.
• I changed our Rakdos deck to Rakdos, Lord of Riots after the release of RTR here.
• I rebuilt the powerful Bruna, Light of Alabaster‘s combo-control deck here.
• I rebuilt the Planechase 2012 duo, Thromok the Insatiable and Krond the Dawn-Clad here.
Nekusar, the Mindrazer‘s Painful Wheel was built here.

In 2014:
• The Jeskai deck that finished off The EDH Project, Zedruu the Greathearted, was built here.
• Angela’s tribal Soldier build helmed by Coldsnap’s Darien, King of Kjeldor here.
• I went over my brainstorming and the final list I looked at for Khans newcomer Narset, Enlightened Master (who is just ultra-powerful), here.
• The first rebuild of our Izzet deck, from Nin, the Pain Artist to Melek, Izzet Paragon, was done here.
• I rebuilt our Clone and Shapeshifter “tribal” deck, Sakashima the Impostor, which is chock-full of copy effects, here.
• I went over the changes to our Equipment-friendly mono-white deck, Kemba, Kha Regent here.
• I looked at the changes to the budget-friendly Nath of the Gilt-Leaf here.

In 2015:
• I went over the changes to Commander 2014’s Titania, Protector of Argoth, my favourite of last year’s Commander generals, here.
• I rebuilt our U/R control deck, from Melek, Izzet Paragon into Keranos, God of Storms, here.
• I rebuilt the very first EDH deck that I’d ever put together, our Jund deck helmed by Adun Oakenshield, into one led by Kresh the Bloodbraided from Shards block here.
• I rebuilt our Boros deck again, this time changing it from Brion Stoutarm to Tajic, Blade of the Legion, a R/W control deck, here.
• I looked at a huge culling of my decks, where I disassembled Kemba, Kha Regent, Volrath the Fallen, Zedruu the Greathearted, and more here.
• I retooled two artifact-based decks: Karn, Silver Golem changed into creatureless artifact-based control, and our Esper deck Halfdane turned into Sharuum the Hegemon artifact aggro, here.
• I went over my first new Rakdos build of the year, building around Innistrad’s Olivia Voldaren here.
• After Olivia failed to be any good, I built a ‘new’ Rakdos deck (again), this time using Malfegor the Demon Dragon as general, and a hellbent theme here.

In 2016:
• I had reworked our five-color Ally deck, and changed the deck from Karona, False God to a more token- and combo-based General Tazri here.
• I finally sat down to build around Captain Sisay, a deck where “legends matter”, here.
• Two decks were merged into one as I merged the +1/+1 counter-based Skullbriar, the Walking Grave and our Abzan deck, Doran, the Siege Tower, into new +1/+1 counter deck Anafenza, the Foremost, here.
• I redesigned the five-color manabases for each of my five-color generals here.
• Our Jeskai deck, Zedruu the Greathearted, and our mono-white token swarm deck, Kongming, “Sleeping Dragon”, were merged together to form Narset, Enlightened Master, here.
• I rebuilt our Golgari deck, Skullbriar, the Walking Grave, and took pieces from Titania, Protector of Argoth, to form our new Golgari deck The Gitrog Monster here.
• I went over big changes to our Izzet control deck, Keranos, God of Storms, here.
• I went over some big changes to our Jund deck, Kresh the Bloodbraided, here.
• Our Temur deck was changed, from fun-loving Maelstrom Wanderer, to Khans bear-puncher Surrak Dragonclaw here.
• I looked at what our five-color Superfriends planeswalker deck, Progenitus, would look like after dropping the red cards and switching to four-color general Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice here.
• I went over the changes to our artifact aggro deck, as I added red to Sharuum the Hegemon, changing it into Breya, Etherium Shaper here.
• Our “copycat tribal” deck, Sakashima the Impostor, gained the use of white and black cards, and became our new Esper deck with the same theme, Halfdane, as shown here.
• I looked at the third of our four-color decks, led by partner generals Vial Smasher the Fierce and Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix (who were a surprise entrant in The EDH Battle Royale V), here.
• I went over the hostile takeover of our Mardu deck, instigated by Conspiracy II’s Queen Marchesa and the monarch mechanic, here.

In 2017:
• I looked at my build for my favorite general from Commander 2017, the highly-aggressive Saskia the Unyielding here.
• I went over our build for the difficult-to-brainstorm WURG color combination (which was our final four-color deck) based on partner generals Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa and Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist here.
• I rebuilt our BUWG deck, Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice, from a planeswalker deck, to “+1/+1 counters matter” here.
• I went over major changes to Saskia (over 20 new cards!) here.
• I rebuilt another of our four-color decks, Vial Smasher the Fierce/Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix by changing one of the partners; the new deck is Vial Smasher the Fierce/Thrasios, Triton Hero, as seen here.
• Taking advantage of Ixalan’s new “planeswalkers are legendary” rule, I retooled Captain Sisay with a host of new cards here.
• I rebuilt the Vampire tribal Commander 2017 precon around Edgar Markov here.

In 2018:
• I took my first look at rebuilding our Esper deck, from Halfdane copycat ‘tribal’, to Dakkon Blackblade, here.
• In my followup piece, I went over the new decklist for our new Esper deck, Dakkon Blackblade here.
• I rebuilt our tribal Dragons list from a mono-red deck led by Zirilan of the Claw to five color, led by The Ur-Dragon, here.
• I took my first look at rebuilding our Boros deck into exciting new general, Firesong and Sunspeaker here.
• I rebuilt one of our four-color decks (BURG) into a new pair of partners, Reyhan, Last of the Abzan/Kraum, Ludevic’s Opus, here.
• I looked at the first rebuild of Boros general Firesong and Sunspeaker here.

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THE IZZET GOD OF SPELLS:
Our Izzet deck has been helmed for a long time by Theros block God, Keranos, God of Storms. Ever since his release, I was a big fan of how Keranos played, enjoying how much card advantage you could get out of him. When the time came to rebuild our Izzet deck, I changed to Keranos in a heartbeat, knowing how potent he could be.

The Keranos deck was a “spellslinger” deck, one where instants and sorceries mattered. I had a large selection of cards that cared about you casting instants/sorceries (things like Metallic Procession, Runechanter’s Pike, or Docent of Perfection) which would key off of each of these spells you played. The deck played as a control deck, with a heavy counterspell suite, and could be a tough, tough competitor.

In fact, in each of our last few EDH Battle Royale events, Keranos has had excellent showings, proving that he was in fact one of my strongest decks.

But even strong decks can be taken apart if the right general comes along…

THE IZZET GOD OF TOKENS:
I knew when the Commander 2019 precons came out that I liked Brudiclad, but I didn’t really realize just how much I liked Brudiclad until we sat down to play the preconstructed decks. I played Saheeli, the Gifted, got Brudiclad into play on turn six, and just had a blast turning my various token creatures into other tokens.

Needless to say, I was hooked.

I immediately started brainstorming the most off-the-wall token producers I could play, and had a deck built within two weeks. And the deck was indeed hilarious.

What I found was that I really enjoyed Brudiclad’s versatility. Did I think there was a board wipe coming to kill all my tokens? I’d change them into Clue tokens to get around it. Did my opponents have bigger or better creatures than me? I’d change my tokens into copies of their biggest dude, with cards like Dance of Many or Rite of Replication. Brudiclad gave the deck a ton of options, and I really enjoyed playing it.

Let’s take a look at the deck.

THE MASTERPIECE IN ACTION:
So it turned out that when I sat down to brainstorm the deck, that there were actually a ton of valid token-making options that I could use, which greatly bogged me down when I tried to build the deck. It took me some time to slog through all the options, because I really wanted to do the general justice.

Here is my first attempt:

Brudiclad tokens - Starting decklist:

General (1)
Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer

Creatures (21)
Tilonalli’s Summoner
Mogg War Marshal
Goblin Instigator
Thopter Engineer
Feldon of the Third Path
Pia Nalaar
Hanweir Garrison
Reef Worm
Chronozoa
Vizier of Many Faces
Faerie Artisans
Maverick Thopter
Precursor Golem
Warchief Giant
Siege-Gang Commander
Wurmcoil Engine
Sharding Sphinx
Thopter Assembly
Myr Battlesphere
Utvara Hellkite
Desolation Twin

Other token-makers (11)
Soul Foundry
Retrofitter Foundry
Dance of Many
Hordeling Outburst
Cackling Counterpart
Tempt with Reflections
Rite of Replication
Zndrsplt’s Judgment
Supplant Form
Saheeli’s Artistry
Call the Skybreaker

Card drawing spells (5)
Skullclamp
Pirate’s Pillage
Secrets of the Golden City
Outpost Siege
Chart a Course

Planeswalkers (5)
Dack Fayden
Karn, Scion of Urza
Saheeli, the Gifted
Saheeli Rai
Tezzeret, Artifice Master

Wraths and removal spells (7)
Crush of Tentacles
Blasphemous Act
Cyclonic Rift
Chain Reaction
Warp World
Release the Gremlins
Vandalblast

Counterspells (2)
Confirm Suspicions
Spell Swindle

Recursion (3)
Hour of Eternity
God-Pharaoh’s Gift
Mimic Vat

Other spells (5)
Reality Scramble
Metamorphic Alteration
Storm the Vault
Mechanized Production
Brass’s Bounty

Land (40)
Mirrorpool
Kher Keep
Gargoyle Castle
Foundry of the Consuls
Hanweir Battlements
Westvale Abbey
11 Mountain
Spinerock Knoll
12 Island
Sulfur Falls
Izzet Boilerworks
Swiftwater Cliffs
Highland Lake
Steam Vents
Cascade Bluffs
Izzet Guildgate
Caldera Lake
Temple of Epiphany
Shivan Reef

There’s a lot of things I love about this starting decklist. Playing blue gives me several copycat effects, letting me copy my opponents’ creatures at will (and then change my tokens into those copies with Brudiclad). There are also two on-theme counterspells that give me tokens, and one artifact destruction spell, which is awesome. There are three graveyard-recursion spells that provide token creatures, and several planeswalkers.

All in all, the deck can make a metric ton of tokens, and then Brudiclad enables all sorts of shenanigans with those tokens. Thus far while playing the deck, I’ve been able to copy Desolation Twin or Utvara Hellkite tokens for game-ending attacks, copy Treasure or Clue tokens to dodge Wrath effects, and lots of other such nonsense.

This deck has been hilarious and super fun thus far, and really, that’s all I ask for out of my EDH decks. If you enjoy the Izzet color pair, I definitely urge you to try out Brudiclad, he’s a riot!

 

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