Deckbuilding Contest - May 2024

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mathimus55 avatarmathimus55 48 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Hello brewers,"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nWelcome back! I'll be filling in for Jeremy this month running this month's contest. As a reminder for the new structure of the Archidekt Deckbuilding Contest that started last month:\nContest participation is no longer limited by region. We’re so glad to finally have our friends outside of the US and Canada involved as well!"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Finalists are now awarded credit to "},{"attributes":{"link":"https://www.cardsphere.com/"},"insert":"Cardsphere.com"},{"insert":", a sister site to Archidekt. Cardsphere is a peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling Magic cards. If you’ve never used it before, Joey from the EDHRECast recently made a great "},{"attributes":{"link":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUc4-FnefrU&t=1s&pp=ygUKY2FyZHNwaGVyZQ%3D%3D"},"insert":"video covering the basics"},{"insert":"! Depending on their placement, finalists will receive either $250, $150 or $100 in credit."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"The "},{"attributes":{"link":"https://www.youtube.com/@EDHRECast"},"insert":"EDHRECast YouTube channel"},{"insert":" will now feature a video highlighting the finalist decks from each contest! Olivia Gobert-Hicks and myself will host."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"After the three finalists are announced, their placement is now determined by upvotes on the deck pages themselves. Be sure to vote for your favorite!"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Finally, we’re working with a slightly different cadence (Wednesday-Wednesday-Wednesday-Wednesday). Details on that below."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nWith that out of the way, let's talk about the contest!\n\nWhat’s the contest all about?"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Working within the parameters of the prompt provided below, construct a decklist with your own creative spin. Three chosen finalists will be awarded store credit to cardsphere.com. \n\n"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"For May’s deckbuilding contest, construct a Commander-legal deck that showcases the adage of \""},{"attributes":{"italic":true,"bold":true},"insert":"I'm not here for a long time, I'm here for a good time!"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"\" This prompt is open to interpretation - just be sure to explain your reasoning in your submission or deck description."},{"attributes":{"header":3},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nHere’s how to participate:"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Brew an EDH/Commander legal deck on Archidekt that satisfies the prompt.\nAny unreleased cards spoiled during the contest’s duration "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"are"},{"insert":" allowed."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Silver-bordered and acorn cards, while cool, are "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"not "},{"insert":"allowed. "},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Digital-only cards (such as those designed for the Alchemy format on Arena) are "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"not"},{"insert":" allowed."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Strictly one deck submitted per user."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Reply to this newspost, the "},{"attributes":{"link":"https://discord.com/channels/494339685452087296/1225135430970900500"},"insert":"Discord submission post"},{"insert":", or the "},{"attributes":{"link":"https://x.com/archidekt/status/1775577489370222865?s=20"},"insert":"announcement tweet "},{"insert":"from the "},{"attributes":{"link":"https://twitter.com/archidekt"},"insert":"@archidekt"},{"insert":" account on Twitter with a link to your deck before "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"9:00 pm EST (UTC -5, currently) on Wednesday, May 8, 2024"},{"insert":". Only one submission per user!\nFrom the eligible submissions, we'll select three finalists with lists that we believe best embody the spirit of the prompt. "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Deck descriptions are not required but certainly may provide valuable context!"},{"insert":"\n\nOn "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Wednesday, May 15th, 2024"},{"insert":", we’ll announce three finalists via Discord and a video on the EDHRECast YouTube channel. Each finalist will be awarded credit on cardsphere.com. The value of the credit is in US dollars and depends on the finalist's placement in deck upvotes at the end of the week-long polling period:\n1st Place Prize - $250"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"2nd Place Prize - $150"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"3rd Place Prize - $100"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Finalists will be contacted via email, Discord or Twitter/X (depending on where they submitted) regarding their winnings within roughly 24 hours following the conclusion of voting on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. Please note, you must have a Cardsphere account in order to receive your winnings. It's quick and free-- "},{"attributes":{"link":"https://www.cardsphere.com/signup"},"insert":"register here"},{"insert":" if you don't have an account already!\n\nWe also now apply a “Contest Winner” role to all finalists, giving them a little trophy icon next to their username on deck tiles (the links that appear on places like the homepage). Prior contest winners have already had this role applied. \n\n"},{"attributes":{"link":"https://archidekt.com/contestRules"},"insert":"Official contest rules"},{"insert":".\n\nThank you!"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"There are a lot of changes baked into this month’s contest. Please bear with us as we work through any unexpected growing pains!\n\nIf you have any other questions, feel free to ask here, reach out on "},{"attributes":{"link":"https://twitter.com/archidekt"},"insert":"Twitter"},{"insert":", or join "},{"attributes":{"link":"https://discord.gg/sctEc9Ru36"},"insert":"our public Discord server"},{"insert":". We look forward to seeing what you all come up with! \n\nThe Archidekt Team"},{"attributes":{"header":3},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"}]}
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Jimnah avatarJimnah 48 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"\"A fun time\" -- for commander players? I know just the deck.\n\nYou see, us commander players want "},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"nothing"},{"insert":" else but to draw cards, "},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"even if it kills us"},{"insert":". We want to see every card in our deck because they're our babies — but don't mill us, we want to see our cards in our hands. Let me present to you the most-viewed Sergeant John Benton deck on all of Archidekt, who allows my opponents the opportunity to use their life as a resource like the dirty black player they want to be — whether they want to or not. \n\nJohn ain't here for a long time: either he'll take out the competition with commander damage (or Ram Through) or he'll give them all the tools they need to pull the win out from under us. Either way, I'm in for a fun time. And all that for just 50 bucks, or so it was when I first put the deck together.\n\nWithout further ado, John:\n\n"},{"attributes":{"link":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/5969200/john_before_damage_benton"},"insert":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/5969200/john_before_damage_benton"},{"insert":" \n\nAlso just want to point out that as Sergeant, of COURSE his Plains have tanks on 'em.\n"}]}
Edited 5/1/2024, 6:47:41 PM
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jcadem avatarjcadem 48 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"WELP, SEE YA LATER - Norin the Wary\n\n"},{"attributes":{"background":"var(--light-background)","color":"var(--color)"},"insert":"Whose here for the least time? NORIN"},{"insert":"\n\n\nhttps://archidekt.com/decks/5212954/welp_see_ya_later\n"}]}
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netebaG avatarnetebaG 48 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"psst, as a fellow Norin lover, try Confusion in the Ranks, Norin ends up stealing everyone's board\n"}]}
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Derconug avatarDerconug 48 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"https://archidekt.com/decks/7201524/polukranos_king_of_hydras\n\nThe deck is all about playing hydras but making x = 0. The hydras show up have a good time immediately die and trigger polukranos' flipped effect. Also running some of the classic white ways to recur cheaper things because the hydras return as 0/0s and leave immediately again. Hydras are temporary, tokens are eternal\n"}]}
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SamySapphyre avatarSamySapphyre 48 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Titania, Protector of Argoth is the best example of this in my opinion. Snack on all the lands for massive game winning (or losing) swings. All in on the self-inflicted land destruction and pray to Argoth for the win! Marvellous!\n\n"},{"attributes":{"link":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/6973537/she_protec_she_attac_but_most_of_all_she_a_snac_titania"},"insert":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/6973537/she_protec_she_attac_but_most_of_all_she_a_snac_titania"},{"insert":"\n"}]}
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aantet avataraantet 32 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Let’s play - if I had enough money to afford Arkham…\n\n"},{"attributes":{"link":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/7730277/arkham_horror"},"insert":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/7730277/arkham_horror"},{"insert":"\n"}]}
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Delaney avatarDelaney 47 days
{"ops":[{"attributes":{"link":"https://archidekt.com/decks/7093992/zur_lifeswap"},"insert":"https://archidekt.com/decks/7093992/zur_lifeswap"},{"insert":"\n\nThis is my Zur Lifeswap deck. You think I'm losing life? Actually its your life I just haven't told you about it yet.\n\nThe whole focus of this deck is to do as much damage as I can to myself (i.e taking combat damage, full sending black market connections, exhausting 'pay 1 life' effects etc) and the enchanment I get out with Zur will be lich pact like enchantments so I don't die if my life is 0.\n\nThen my Win-con is to switch life totals with other players before I get poisoned. \n"}]}
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BN4N4 avatarBN4N4 48 days
{"ops":[{"attributes":{"link":"https://archidekt.com/decks/7555742/not_here_for_a_long_time"},"insert":"https://archidekt.com/decks/7555742/not_here_for_a_long_time"},{"insert":"\n\nMy budget Valduk list is made to get a whole lot of elementals out!\n"}]}
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cafedejoey avatarcafedejoey 48 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"This prompt gave me an excuse to make a deck around Strax, Sontaran Nurse, so might as well go full on with it! A reckless character from doctor who that has shown no regard for self safety, and would put himself and other's in harm's way as a result in comedic manners. Two quotes from the show exemplify this feeling\n \"I suggest a full frontal assault with automated laser monkeys, scalpel mines and acid.\"\n"},{"attributes":{"background":"#ffffff","color":"#333333"},"insert":"\"If she hasn't made contact by by nightfall, I suggest a massive frontal assault on the factory, Madame. Casualties may be kept perhaps as little as 80%\""},{"insert":"\n\nStrax, Sontaran Nurse will constantly find itself in the heat of battle and is contempt with this fact. As long as he can fight, he can grow! And if he dies, then he dies in the glory of combat! Swing at enemies, swing at friends, so long as he can fight something he is happy! \nhttps://www.archidekt.com/decks/7554896/straxs_fight_club\n"}]}
Edited 5/1/2024, 8:32:50 PM
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ydnendy avatarydnendy 48 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"I'm giving you deck, that's definitely not here for a long time :D\nI give you "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Willowdusk, Essence Seer"}},{"insert":" with way too painful way of winning, or at least having fun.\n\nWitherbloom is my first commander deck (and precon) that I've ever owned, and is very close to my heart.\nRecently, I've decided to go into less swingy type of deck, with more consistent lifegain cards and less massive lifeloss cards.\nI still run some, but I wanted to know, what it would feel like to completely go all in, no holds barred.\n\nSo, I give you deck, that wants to cast a spell with massive life loss swing, to be used for giving +1/+1 counters to creatures.\nBut, since we are losing so much life, it would be good to get it back.\nSo, most of the creatures I'm running in this deck are cheap lifelink creatures, mostly with some type of evasion.\n\nIn short, the point is to swing life away, and then get it back with the attack. \nOf course, this doesn't always work, and there are way too many life loss cards in this deck.\nIt's very risky, but that's what makes it fun :D\n\nDecklist: "},{"attributes":{"link":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/7554642/swing_life_away"},"insert":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/7554642"},{"insert":"\n\n"},{"attributes":{"link":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/3654654"},"insert":"Built"},{"insert":" "},{"attributes":{"background":"var(--light-background)","color":"var(--color)"},"insert":"and "},{"attributes":{"background":"var(--light-background)","link":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/6912582"},"insert":"play test"},{"insert":" lists of slower version of this deck\n\nP.S. I hope you won't Rise Against me for the choice of name :))\n"}]}
Edited 5/4/2024, 10:54:17 AM
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mathimus55 avatarmathimus55 48 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"I'm glad you decided to Give it All. If you need some more ideas, Help Is On the Way\n"}]}
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Relique avatarRelique 39 days
{"ops":[{"attributes":{"link":"https://archidekt.com/decks/7648888/full_sendmay_2024_contest_submission"},"insert":"FULL SEND(May 2024 Contest Submission) • (Commander / EDH deck) • Archidekt"},{"insert":"\nBig Creatures, bigger effects, even bigger combats. Ramp up quickly using rocks and paying life, to advance your board state and claim victory!\n"}]}
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Mish_JPFD avatarMish_JPFD 42 days
{"ops":[{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Obeka, Brute Chronologist"},{"insert":"\n\nThis deck is all about ending your turn early so that creatures that didn't come here for a long time end up staying cause they're having such a good time.\n\nWe're gonna use creatures or other spells that steal our opponents creatures \"until end of turn\" or create tokens \"until end of turn\" and then use Obeka's ability (or a few spells) to end our turn prematurely to make sure the end of turn effects do not occur. Thus even though our turn aint too long , and even though them creatures ain't supposed to come here for too long, they gon wind up staying cause they're having the best of times.\n\nUnearth, Encore, Dash all work well with this strategy.\nGiving haste to Obeka is very useful, thus the haste artifacts.\n\n(i.e. Any card that denotes \"at the beginning of the next end step\" or \"at end of turn\" means "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"the consequences can be skipped if you activate Obeka in response to the effects going on the stack in the end step"},{"insert":". If you skip them this way they do not trigger again, letting you keep the effect or card permanently.)\n\n\n"},{"attributes":{"link":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/7562289/obeka_brute_chronologist_im_not_here_for_a_long_time_im_here_for_a_good_time"},"insert":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/7562289/obeka_brute_chronologist_im_not_here_for_a_long_time_im_here_for_a_good_time"},{"insert":"\n"}]}
Edited 5/8/2024, 9:31:31 AM
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{"ops":[{"insert":"Do your friends have cool decks that only seem to pop off occasionally and do the cool thing only a couple of times per 2 hour game? What would you say if I told you there's a better way, a faster way to see shenanigans? Look no further than the Super-Sonic Gotta Go Fast deck! For when you just have to cram as many cool things into your valuable time as possible.\n\nhttps://archidekt.com/decks/7525214/gotta_go_fast\n"}]}
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{"ops":[{"insert":"\"When you play the game of "},{"attributes":{"strike":true},"insert":"thrones "},{"insert":"commander, you win or you die.\"\n\nHere to play Phage as quickly as possible, and either kill people with her, die trying, or die due to the cast trigger. Either way, here for a fun time!\n\nhttps://www.archidekt.com/decks/7619417/gotta_go_fast_archidekt_may_2024_deckbuilding_contest\n"}]}
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teddyoki avatarteddyoki 42 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"https://www.archidekt.com/decks/7615621/here_for_a_fun_time_not_a_long_time\n\nthis is my submission! the deck is centred around throwing away your creatures and health as if they mean nothing to beat up your friends, whilst punishing them each turn for not also doing so! speeding up the game with big pressure and removal, ( if you wont sac your creatures, i will! ), i think this rakdos deck pretty well cements the theme\nthis is my first deck building contest and i enjoyed it so much! this deck has been so fun and silly to build and play \n"}]}
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Kezzig avatarKezzig 43 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"What is more \"I'm here for a good time not a long time\" then some grand theft auto? In this list we see a fun riff on the \"steal and throw\" archetype with Captain Rex Nebula at the helm. \n\nThe line is simple: Take your friends creatures, turn them into cars, and crash them. Just like you were in vice city! \n\nThis list runs a bit of removal, but absolutely no protection so we can live dangerously. It relies on a dice mechanic so success is not guaranteed, and revolves around stealing other players game pieces (making you the target and making sure you get removed first). The bonus is that rex is generally seen as a vehicles commander, and people wont catch on to the fast and furious larceny until you're already in the first stolen car. \n\nRoads too clogged with rush hour traffic? Can't crash the car? Take it to our team of engineers in the shop for a supped up upgrade as a back up plan! \n\nEnjoy the ride!\n\nhttps://www.archidekt.com/decks/7604907/drive_it_like_you_stole_it_captain_rex_nebula_good_time_not_a_long_time\n"}]}
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NinjaShamen avatarNinjaShamen 43 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"I don't want a 2 hour game, So I'm bringing a deck that will drop life totals so fast I guarantee we have time for another game after. \nI present Ghyrson Starn, Kelermorph: group slug\nStart your turn: 3 damage please,\nTap your land: 3 damage please,\nI cast a spell: 3 damage please,\nThe true joy comes when people realize many of the effects are symmetrical and I'm shooting myself down just as quickly as them.\n\n In no way optimal, but Fun and Fast in every way.\nhttps://archidekt.com/decks/7614348/space_cowboy\n"}]}
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