Jenara Gets Serious

If I could change one thing about her, I'd make her cost 1 more and give her vigilance. Wait, that's two. Whatever.

For those curious about the deck I’m talking about, you can see it here.

Jenara is without a doubt, my favorite deck. It’s also my most powerful, yes, but the deck is […]

Coda’s Big Guide to Big Mana

It’s no secret: I love making ridiculously huge amounts of mana. Back when I played Standard I was known to hardcast Iona and the occasional 15-mana Martial Coup, but it’s only here in the heady atmosphere of EDH that I’ve really been able to let my freak flag fly. I mean, Worldwake-era Tapout Control was […]

EDH Deckbuilding Fundamentals: Charity

The infamous purple dress that started it all.

When I first started playing EDH, I was like most Spikes new to the format: pure, unadulterated evil. My decks read like “top 100 most hated EDH cards” lists: Sundering Titan, Myojin of Night’s Reach, Identity Crisis, Desolation Angel, Magister Sphinx, Sorin Markov, it goes on […]

My Big Fat Deck: Jenara vs. The World

Here it is, in all of its terrible glory.

While most of my decks usually elicit a groan when I bring them out at the EDH table, this one tends to get people agreeing amongst themselves ahead of time, “Okay, Coda dies first, alright?” It’s not even because it’s particularly broken or unfair, […]

Unsung Heroes, Part II

Leyline of Sanctity

Privileged Position is one of the all-time EDH greats. Not only does it protect your creatures, it also keeps your artifacts, enchantments, and even lands safe. But the one thing it doesn’t keep safe (aside from itself) is you. This may not seem particularly relevant to someone conditioned to judging everything […]

EDH Deckbuilding Fundamentals: A Tutor Primer

Variance is the enemy of every deckbuilder. Most 60 card Constructed decks attempt to be as consistent as possible by running 4 copies of each of their most important cards, but in a 99 card singleton format like EDH, we have to get a bit more creative in order to have any kind of consistency. […]

EDH Deckbuilding Fundamentals: The Five Things Every Deck Needs

Deckbuilding for EDH is a far cry from the hyperspecialized, metagamed world of Constructed, but for some reason I keep seeing players applying the rules they learned at tournaments to the big table. Sure, some of the tricks that work there fit right in to the world of EDH, but when games go long and […]