Work has held me hostage the past few months but I could no longer resist the pull of Magic. I needed to find something that would get my non-work self pumped again. I decided to dig through my Legendary binder (I collected Legends before I ever heard of EDH, yay for me) to see what would jump out at me. I was almost to the end of the binder when I saw my old pal, Vhati il-Dal. Vhati is a political General that can really shine in multi-player.
I was excited to run green/black and started pulling out cards that interested me. I dug deep into my card collection trying to come up with combos and never seen before interactions. What I ended up with was a giant stack of cards and only 99 (!) open slots. *sigh*
It seemed like an impossible task; how do I choose between Strip Mine and Wasteland? How can I fit all of the most broken cards ever printed in Black/Green in to one little 100 card deck? I can debate card choices with myself all day long. I feel it is much easier just to stuff the cards in and replace what doesn’t work later (for EDH).
Since I had access to green I felt that 36 land slots would be perfect due to land search effects.
The next step was thinning down the creatures I had marked for the deck. With so many options in both black and green, not to mention multi-colored, the choices were tough. After some quick assessing, I ended up with this:
Some strange choices and some no-brainers. For me, part of the fun with EDH is using cards that rarely see play. My favorite choice here is Cuombajj Witches, not only for the “what?” factor, but also because of the synergy with Vhati. Krovikan Horror serves the same purpose, reusable creature kill. I like the devour creatures in the deck, since I have put many recursion effects in; Mycoloth is way too good combined with Skullclamp. Gleancrawler, Solemn Simulacrum and Woodfall Primus all combo nicely with devour as well. Maybe I should up the count of devour creatures, Marrow Chomper perhaps? Maybe not. The critters that don’t seem to fit too well are Heartwood Storyteller, Birds of Paradise and Ohran Viper.
It was time for some back up. Green/black has a great selection of enchantments for EDH. I feel that every deck running green should run Sylvan Library. Being able to stack your draws is really important in a Highlander format.
Wild Pair is one of my all time favorite enchantments. Some thought needs to go into your deck construction to thoroughly abuse its power. Let’s check the synergy with Wild Pair so far; seven creatures have a combined power/toughness of four, four have a combined eight, and three have a combined twelve. I like the idea of playing Monger and bringing Primus along for the ride.
Now I needed the utility spells; removal, tutors, card drawing, etc.
Card Drawing/Tutors (11)
EDH is all about tutor effects. The easier it is to find your answer/threat the better. It is important to have some degree of deck manipulation. Crystal Ball is perfect for EDH. The format tends to be slower (now that Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary has been banned again) allowing incremental development a chance to pay off. I play the Journeyer’s Kite in my other EDH deck and really like it.
In EDH you need to be able to answer multiple and various things. Having a broad removal package is very important.
Rancid Earth has great synergy with our General once we have threshold. Morbid Bloom is definitely the odd man out, I added it to give myself more devour targets. I know Maelstrom Pulse seems like a poor choice in EDH, but it is almost a Vindicate and it wrecks tokens.
The extra stuff can all be dumped, except for Restock. The Sword is in because its new. Imp’s Mischief, as the name suggests, can create plenty of ways to mess with the other players, fitting nicely with the political nature of Vhati il-Dal. Berserk can be a great finisher.
As I look over this list I can see a bunch of holes and cross purpose selections. Why don’t I have Crucible of Worlds in here? Why Worm Harvest without Life from the Loam? Keep in mind this is a casual, multi-player deck. That being said, I would love any Feedback the readers could give. Until next time.