benjameenbear wrote: ↑
2 months ago
Have you tried a full-scale mana dork package? I know that it would cause your deck to flirt dangerously close to cEDH caliber level (which I'm not sure you're fully wanting), but I remember building an Edric list and being disappointed with mana dorks, even though they were obviously good at their job. They often just sat around looking bad, but getting an early Edric was incredible.
Full-scale as in they can deal damage, yes - so no Birds 1.0 & 2.0. I ran Arbor Elf
, Boreal Druid
, Elvish Mystic
, Fyndhorn Elves
, Joraga Treespeaker
(doesn't ramp into Edric, obviously) and Llanowar Elves
in my initial build and the results were questionable. Unless i hit them in my starting hand they were more or less aweful.
was a tad better, due to the ramp sticking through wraths, but could still easily be chump blocked. The only 1 drop ramp creatures that stuck around a lot longer were Sakura-Tribe Scout
and Skyshroud Ranger
, since consistent additional land drops are just sick combined with the drawing power of the deck. I was just not looking for that sort of effect and play style as much, as i would love more 1 drop evasive creatures.
As far as my approach goes, i want to build decks as strong as possible within the overall mindset of my playgroup and fitting certain power levels. All of us have more than a dozen decks and this deck is an obvious one for our top power pods. Most of us being in college or on their first jobs, we don't want to build cEDH decks in a sense of "big wallets win" or create enviroments that require full fetches and duals just to partake. That's not to say our decks aren't worth much and that i'll never splash the money on Capture of Jingzhou
, yet we just don't want to force it upon us to spend an extra few 100 bucks as a requirement, for just a few percent of more deck strength.
As a result, we've seen much more creativity with us spreading our investment over several builds instead of overloading single ones.