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 Post subject: Izoni, Thousand-Eyed, gonna be that guy...
AgePosted: 2018-Sep-28 9:18 am 
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Izoni, Thousand-Eyed has been spoiled for a little bit, and there are already dozens of articles written about her. I have been looking for a good Living Death deck and I think this is it!

Lands
Command Tower
1 Evolving Wilds
12 Forest
1 Verdant Catacombs
1 Golgari Guildgate
1 Golgari Rot Farm
1 Grim Backwoods
1 High Market
1 Jungle Hollow
14 Swamp
1 Tainted Wood
1 Vivid Grove
1 Vivid Marsh
1 Westvale Abbey

Artifacts
1 Altar of Dementia
1 Ashnod's Altar
1 Birthing Pod
1 Skullclamp
1 Sol Ring

Enchantments
1 Arguel's Blood Fast
1 Bitterblossom
1 Journey to Eternity

Instants
1 Altar's Reap
1 Momentous Fall
1 Putrefy
1 Tragic Slip

Sorceries
1 Barter in Blood
1 Cultivate
1 Eldritch Evolution
1 Explosive Vegetation
1 Harmonize
1 In Garruk's Wake
1 Jarad's Orders
1 Kodama's Reach
1 Life's Legacy
1 Living Death
1 Primal Growth
1 Rampant Growth
1 Victimize

Creatures
1 Acidic Slime
1 Bane of Progress
1 Butcher of Malakir
1 Carrion Feeder
1 Caustic Caterpillar
1 Creakwood Liege
1 Deathrite Shaman
1 Diligent Farmhand
1 Disciple of Bolas
1 Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder
1 Eternal Witness
1 Fierce Empath
1 Fleshbag Marauder
1 Grim Haruspex
1 Harvester of Souls
1 Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
1 Kokusho, the Evening Star
1 Masked Admirers
1 Merciless Executioner
1 Ophiomancer
1 Pathbreaker Ibex
1 Phyrexian Plaguelord
1 Reassembling Skeleton
1 Regal Force
1 Rune-Scarred Demon
1 Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 Sangromancer
1 Shriekmaw
1 Sidisi, Undead Vizier
1 Skullwinder
1 Smothering Abomination
1 Solemn Simulacrum
1 Verdant Force
1 Viscera Seer
1 Vulturous Zombie
1 Yahenni, Undying Partisan
1 Yavimaya Elder


1 Deathrite Shaman
1 Creakwood Liege
1 Butcher of Malakir
1 Beast Whisperer
1 Underrealm Lich
1 Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord
1 Eternal Witness
1 Avenger of Zendikar
1 Golgari Grave-Troll
1 Kessig Cagebreakers
1 Tendershoot Dryad
1 Splinterfright
1 Sidisi, Undead Vizier
1 Mycoloth
1 Lotleth Giant
1 Golgari Findbroker
1 Glowspore Shaman
1 Blood Artist
1 World Shaper
1 Ravenous Chupacabra
1 Poison-Tip Archer
1 Plaguecrafter
1 Molderhulk
1 Shriekmaw
1 Reclamation Sage
1 Swarm Guildmage
1 Yavimaya Elder
1 Zulaport Cutthroat
1 Elves of Deep Shadow
1 Elvish Mystic
1 Farhaven Elf
1 Llanowar Elves
1 Sakura-Tribe Elder
1 Satyr Wayfinder
1 Stinkweed Imp
1 Viscera Seer
1 Wood Elves

1 Dread Return
1 Ashnod's Altar
1 Worm Harvest
1 Putrefy
1 Skullclamp
1 Cultivate
1 Grisly Salvage
1 Victimize
1 Might of the Masses
1 Spider Spawning
1 Sol Ring
1 Golgari Signet
1 Mausoleum Secrets
1 Living Death
1 Evolutionary Leap
1 Eldritch Evolution
1 Dictate of Erebos
1 Growing Rites of Itlimoc
1 Heroic Intervention
1 Journey to Eternity
1 Grave Pact
1 Eldrazi Monument
1 Deadbridge Chant
1 Altar of Dementia
1 Beastmaster Ascension
1 Severed Strands

1 Grim Backwoods
1 Hissing Quagmire
1 Westvale Abbey
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1 Twilight Mire
1 Llanowar Wastes
1 Golgari Rot Farm
1 Woodland Cemetery
1 Tainted Wood
1 Bojuka Bog
1 Command Tower
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Golgari Guildgate
1 Jungle Hollow
1 Temple of Malady
1 Overgrown Tomb


Gravedigger
Undead Gladiator
Plaguecrafter
Stinkweed Imp
Burglar Rat
Dusk Legion Zealot
Child of Night
Stitcher's Supplier
Typhoid Rats
Phyrexian Rager
Whisper, Blood Liturgist
Ravenous Chupacabra
Grave Titan
Kokusho, the Evening Star
Glowspore Shaman
Skittering Surveyor
Pilgrim's Eye
Golgari Findbroker
Poison-Tip Archer
Underrealm Lich
Caustic Caterpillar
Elvish Mystic
Llanowar Elves
Thornweald Archer
Borderland Explorer
Deadly Recluse
Dawntreader Elk
Satyr Wayfinder
Elvish Visionary
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Kraul Harpooner
Lotus Cobra
Elvish Rejuvenator
Generous Stray
Viridian Shaman
Reclamation Sage
Eternal Witness
Yavimaya Elder
Farhaven Elf
Borderland Ranger
Wood Elves
Fertilid
Jungle Wayfinder
Courser of Kruphix
Oracle of Mul Daya
Beast Whisperer
Krosan Tusker

Morbid Curiosity
Blood Divination
Entreat the Dead
Assassin's Trophy
Nihil Spellbomb
Status // Statue
Might of the Masses
Naturalize

Commander's Sphere
Rampant Growth
Commune with the Gods
Three Visits
Life from the Loam
Cultivate
Kodama's Reach
Primal Growth
Skyshroud Claim

8 Swamp
15 Forest
Bojuka Bog
Foul Orchard
Jungle Hollow
Terramorphic Expanse
Verdant Catacombs
Grim Backwoods
Command Tower
Woodland Cemetery
Overgrown Tomb
Bayou
Golgari Guildgate
Evolving Wilds


I ended up with two very different decks, partially due to what I own but also because the meta online requires that I play a different deck. If I don't play the Gravepact style cards I often am little more than a glorified observer. In paper, I want to try to make it as close to creature only as possible.

Let me know what you think, especially since it is two very different decks. I had originally planned on copying it card for card and I may yet. I have gotten in about 40 games online and zero in paper. I am hoping that the paper deck is still strong enough that I can win 1/x games (x=number of players). Online I try to win 50%, but I know that is not super realistic as I will typically have 3 opponents playing Jin-Gitaxias, and 40 counterspells.

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The usual answer is "the social contract", but I guess that is not what you are looking for. Try house rules.


Last edited by Inkeyes22 on 2018-Oct-20 8:48 am, edited 2 times in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Izoni, Thousand-Eyed, gonna be that guy...
AgePosted: 2018-Sep-28 6:27 pm 
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Black Market is cheap now. I think. You need some LD redundancy. Twilight’s Call is good, although onesided. Rise of the dark realms is also onesided, but the other way. Expensive, so not a good suggestion.

Maybe you could pick up a Meren precon. This deck could use Meren and Mazirek.

I would not go with Grave Pact. It slows down play to the point of boredom. I would go all out on Fleshbag Marauder lookalikes though, very good after a LD. Midnight Reaper is the new hotsauce.

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 Post subject: Re: Izoni, Thousand-Eyed, gonna be that guy...
AgePosted: 2018-Sep-29 3:42 am 
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I went to follow your advice Shabbaman, but wow... I couldn't find Plunder the Graves for less than $150! I mean I could get the second Commander Anthology for about $280. So I thought about it... but I think I am going to just buy singles, unless I just hit a good deal at some point.

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Shabbaman wrote:
The usual answer is "the social contract", but I guess that is not what you are looking for. Try house rules.


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 Post subject: Re: Izoni, Thousand-Eyed, gonna be that guy...
AgePosted: 2018-Sep-29 4:49 am 
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Inkeyes22 wrote:
I mean I could get the second Commander Anthology for about $280.


OK, bad advice then. I didn't want to make you feel miserable: I knew the deck was in the second anthology set, so I figured it might not be ridiculously expensive. Anyway, I'm going to quote myself from another thread:

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I can certainly see why you wouldn’t want a Meren deck. Anyway, I just came across this article mentioning Izoni and Savra. I like the black elves theme, and it has some good ideas: https://www.coolstuffinc.com/a/stephenj ... ding-izoni


Nice article.

You know, with Pitiless Plunderer (and very likely with Revel in Riches as well) you can make an infinite LD loop if you have something to recur LD in your pile, like Ewitness.

Another thing worth exploring is if you can put Cryptolith Rite to good use. It's a weak version of Earthcraft, but at least it is affordable (well, it's dirt cheap on magiccardmarket, US prizes are crazy). You need a haste enabler though.

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 Post subject: Re: Izoni, Thousand-Eyed, gonna be that guy...
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So I started reading that article, and I should probably say I have read several articles from Stephen Johnson and I thought they were really good, but whenever someone just re-types what is already on the card I lose interest. I mean there are some cards where there is 400 lines of text so paraphrasing is appreciated, but whenever a card is meantioned and they start with "Shock deals 2 damage to any target, Lightning Bolt deals 3 damage to any target..." I move on.

Meren herself is a $9 at the moment, but since she is not going to be the commander I do not know if she would be worth it without a very slot intensive reanimation package. I think that is just a different deck. I kinda want to dredge a lot of stuff into my graveyard, play Izoni, then sac everything for profit before I Living Death it all back. I ended up trading for a bunch of stuff for the deck like Reclamation Sage and so I think this will be the deck I work on slowly as I trade for stuff. I currently am trying to get a Liliana, Heretical Healer filled to the brim with all the copies. I ended up trading quite a bit for a Liliana of the Veil in Russian.

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 Post subject: Re: Izoni, Thousand-Eyed, gonna be that guy...
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I like your style of reviewing articles, you should do that on a weekly basis. Personally I'm not bothered by that though, I'm a fast reader (meaning: I read the first and last part of a paragraph and skip half the text).

Agree on Meren not being worth nine bucks to fill a slot. I just thought it'd be worth it if you could get the whole precon at a good price (and the individual cards you want or need from that deck are likely cheaper than what you'd pay for the whole deck...). Mazirek is worth it though (define "it", don't know... Excellent card in the 99, can get big and has evasion, lets you go wide.. at least worth 5 bucks (and it likely costs more, so there you go).

I like the idea of a Liliana theme. A long shot, and way outside your price range, but if there ever was a good time since its original release to get a Doubling Season, it is now. Barring another reprint it won't get cheaper.

About dredge, it's not a strategy I enjoy in EDH. I do like Deathbridge Chant, and playing Hermit Druid with several basics in the deck is very solid. You could play that in addition to your dredgers.

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 Post subject: Re: Izoni, Thousand-Eyed, gonna be that guy...
AgePosted: 2018-Oct-10 8:08 am 
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I found most of the cards in the precon for way less than actually buying it, and so I updated the original post with what I am actually playing. So far I have gotten in 3 games, and I haven't really been able to do much in any of them. One because there was an Eldrazi by turn 4 (Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, the commander was Selvala, Explorer Returned and he had out Priest of Titania and 3 other Llanowar Elves). I think I need to trim mana costs or maybe add some more mana fixing/fetch as I was struggling to get 6 mana before turn 9+

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You could try Cryptolith Rite. And/or all Wood Elves lookalikes.

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