Another Magic the Gathering post. If you’re not into that, come back tomorrow. Otherwise if you want to see what each card is, get AutocardAnywhere.
So I’ve been looking to make a new EDH deck for a little while now. My recurring problem is that everything I make ends up green. This time I wanted something non-green, but not only non-green. I wanted something entirely divergent from my play-style (to flood the board with big stompy creatures and have a wild rumpus). I’ve often thought of Jeskai (Blue/White/Red) as my least favourite colour combination. It’s tricksy, controlling and wins through subtle manipulation of the board state. That’s the opposite of a wild rumpus. More like… mild rumpus.
Anyway, I ended up on the idea of a Shu Yun deck. Lots of small tricks to control opponents’ interactions. The idea was to retain as much command of the combat step as possible. Removal and deflection. Many ambush cards to call at will with Sunforger. Top notch instants to throw down underneath Isochron Scepter. Token makers to incrementally reward me for all my instant speed tricks and some choice fellows (Zada, Hedron Grinder and Mirrorwing Dragon) to turn small pump, evasion and cantrips into win conditions or mass card draw. Hell, the thought of Shu Yun killing through general damage isn’t entirely off base. Some cost reduction thrown in for good measure. The list is very subject to change (through play and actually counting how many cards I’ve put down) and half of it is probably terrible, but here are ideas I’ve been throwing around:
Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest
Docent of Perfection
Talrand, Sky Summoner
Pumped by Noncreature:
Zada, Hedron Grinder
Muddle the Mixture
Isochron Targets (not mutually exclusive from Sunforger Targets):
Swords to Plowshares
Path to Exile
Sunforger Targets (not mutually exclusive from Isochron Scepter Targets):
Fight to the Death
Slip through Space
Plus lands, of course.
Face to Face is having a 10% off sale, so I might be able to pick up the deck for ever so slightly cheaper than otherwise (those Monastery Mentors are gonna hurt the wallet). How does it look, folks? Feel free to comment below.