Cooking up something flavorful

Building a magic deck is kind of similar to opening a restaurant. Being both a foodie and a commander connoseiur, I thought it would be fun to build a theme deck around two of my favorite passions.

My first step was in finding the right executive chef to run my kitchen.  [card]Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger[/card] seemed like an ok choice,  [card]Kozilek, Butcher of Truth[/card] , was very flavorful but would be a bit restrictive, whereas [card]Teneb, the Harvester[/card] gave me more options but wasn’t super perfect flavor-wise. After inquiring around a bit more I found the perfect fit:

[card]Karador, Ghost Chieftan[/card] is the perfect balance of thematic flavor and gave me access to a whole slew of cards by being knowledgeable in cooking in 3 different colors of mana. I imagine Karador giving out the big orders as the head chef with Vorinclex being right behind him as his soux chef supplying him with tons of mana.

I definitely still wanted to include [card]Kozilek, Butcher of Truth[/card] but station him in the protein section where he could [card]Slice in Twain[/card]  all sorts of delcious things. Its a rather large job, so to help out Kozilek, I figured [card]Buthcer of Malakir[/card], [card]Mindslicer[/card], and even [card] Butcher Ghoul[/card] would all be useful.

Its important to have a good relationship with your suppliers, and that is where [card]Teneb, the Harvester[/card] is really going to shine. In conjunction with [card]Soul of the Harvest[/card] and [card]Harvestor of Souls[/card], I expect to always have plenty of [card]Fresh Meat[/card] and to [card]Cultivate[/card] enough goodies to [card]Feed the Pack[/card]s of other planeswalkers sitting down at the table with me.

One of the biggest things that food service inspectors will nail you for is [card]Contamination[/card]. I plan on running a very tight kitchen that is very careful to [card]Wipe Clean[/card] my counters and be careful that our “spirits” don’t [card]Oxidize[/card] and turn into [card]Acidic Slime[/card]s.

The full list of the “staff and recipes” featured on this post can be found at:

One response to “Cooking up something flavorful”

  1. Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed this article and would love to see more. I check back on this blog once a week hoping for updates. This kind of theme deck that is still well crafted is a lot of fun to read about.

    My hope for Karador is to come up with a Kare Bear list… some way to make bears, both actual bear creature type and bears by power/toughness viable in EDH. If you have any thoughts on that, let me know.