Egon, God of (un)Death - it's aliiiiive! (classic reanimator)

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Post by DirkGently » 8 months ago

Egon caught my attention because of the lack of attention he's been getting Currently 0 decks on EDHrec, for the first black 1-drop commander. What a shame. I mean, fine, he's got a second side as well that's a french vanilla with a downside, but that's not exactly exciting.

As far as his real side, I think the application is fairly clear - we want to be able to get value from the graveyard, and since we're in mono-black, reanimator seems like the easiest plan. Since we're relying on hitting something randomly, though, we need a high percentage of fatties to have decent chances to hit early. So I went with a pretty even split between mana. fatties, and reanimation. The biggest limiting factor was good reanimation spells, tbh, because there's only so many good options.

I opted not to add additional ways to discard or mill. While getting an early fatty is obviously great, and is our initial plan, outside of maybe getting a very fast eldrazi, there's not many hits that will actually win the game, and discard outlets are pretty trash late-game. Once we get past the early turns, the plan is more towards mixing reanimation and actually casting fatties to keep pressure up, which discard outlets don't really contribute towards. We can also use Egon's ability to draw more cards if we're running out of gas, and if he gets blown up late-game we can even recast him as a 6/6...I guess.
Egon Stetmann reanimator
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Perm Decks
Phelddagrif - Kaervek - Golos - Zirilan

Flux Decks
Lukka - Sefris - Ebondeath - Rokiric - Garth - Nixilis - Grist - Mavinda - Kumano - Nezahal - Mavinda - Plargg - Plargg - Extus - Plargg - Oracle - Kardur - Halvar - Tergrid - Egon - Cosima - Halana+Livio - Jeska+Falthis+Obosh - Yeva - Akiri+Zirda - Lady Sun - Nahiri - Korlash - Overlord+Zirda - Chisei - Athreos2 - Akim - Cazur+Ukkima - Otrimi - Otrimi - Kalamax - Ayli+Lurrus - Clamilton - Gonti - Heliod2 - Ayula - Thassa2 - Gallia - Purphoros2 - Rankle - Uro - Rayami - Gargos - Thrasios+Bruse - Pang - Sasaya - Wydwen - Feather - Rona - Toshiro - Sylvia+Khorvath - Geth - QMarchesa - Firesong - Athreos - Arixmethes - Isperia - Etali - Silas+Sidar - Saskia - Virtus+Gorm - Kynaios - Naban - Aryel - Mizzix - Kazuul - Tymna+Kraum - Sidar+Tymna - Ayli - Gwendlyn - Phelddagrif - Liliana - Kaervek - Phelddagrif - Mairsil - Scarab - Child - Phenax - Shirei - Thada - Depala - Circu - Kytheon - GrenzoHR - Phelddagrif - Reyhan+Kraum - Toshiro - Varolz - Nin - Ojutai - Tasigur - Zedruu - Uril - Edric - Wort - Zurgo - Nahiri - Grenzo - Kozilek - Yisan - Ink-Treader - Yisan - Brago - Sidisi - Toshiro - Alexi - Sygg - Brimaz - Sek'Kuar - Marchesa - Vish Kal - Iroas - Phelddagrif - Ephara - Derevi - Glissa - Wanderer - Saffi - Melek - Xiahou Dun - Lazav - Lin Sivvi - Zirilan - Glissa - Ashling1 - Angus - Arcum - Talrand - Chainer - Higure - Kumano - Scion - Teferi1 - Uyo - Sisters
PDH - Drake - Graverobber - Izzet GM - Tallowisp - Symbiote
Brawl - Feather - Ugin - Jace - Scarab - Angrath - Vraska - Kumena
Oathbreaker - Wrenn&6

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Post by DirkGently » 8 months ago

Got 3 games in tonight. Results were...not great (though I did take one of the three games).

I think the ultimate problem is that most creatures are not nearly powerful enough to take a game - or really do significant work - when put into play early. Sure, a T2 It That Betrays could have a huge impact, but if you get an Avatar of Woe (which I got T2 one game iirc) it doesn't really do that much. Nothing is beefy enough to actually kill people outright super fast, and most of them don't generate much permanent advantage that isn't mostly erased by a board wipe. I think mostly this comes down to reanimator looking a bit different in modern commander than in old-school legacy - it's more about getting one of just a few specific creatures (some sort of eldrazi, jin gitaxias, etc) and not just "any scary fatty". Otherwise it's just not worth the effort. Not to mention, getting out an early fatty can make you a big target (especially by bad players) even if you don't really have anything else going for you. So from a political perspective, this deck seems particularly awful.

The game I did take was thanks to Syr Konrad, the Grim in tandem with Doom Whisperer, which was able to knock almost 20 life off everyone and got a very narrow win.

It is kind of a fun deck to play but it's really quite bad.
Perm Decks
Phelddagrif - Kaervek - Golos - Zirilan

Flux Decks
Lukka - Sefris - Ebondeath - Rokiric - Garth - Nixilis - Grist - Mavinda - Kumano - Nezahal - Mavinda - Plargg - Plargg - Extus - Plargg - Oracle - Kardur - Halvar - Tergrid - Egon - Cosima - Halana+Livio - Jeska+Falthis+Obosh - Yeva - Akiri+Zirda - Lady Sun - Nahiri - Korlash - Overlord+Zirda - Chisei - Athreos2 - Akim - Cazur+Ukkima - Otrimi - Otrimi - Kalamax - Ayli+Lurrus - Clamilton - Gonti - Heliod2 - Ayula - Thassa2 - Gallia - Purphoros2 - Rankle - Uro - Rayami - Gargos - Thrasios+Bruse - Pang - Sasaya - Wydwen - Feather - Rona - Toshiro - Sylvia+Khorvath - Geth - QMarchesa - Firesong - Athreos - Arixmethes - Isperia - Etali - Silas+Sidar - Saskia - Virtus+Gorm - Kynaios - Naban - Aryel - Mizzix - Kazuul - Tymna+Kraum - Sidar+Tymna - Ayli - Gwendlyn - Phelddagrif - Liliana - Kaervek - Phelddagrif - Mairsil - Scarab - Child - Phenax - Shirei - Thada - Depala - Circu - Kytheon - GrenzoHR - Phelddagrif - Reyhan+Kraum - Toshiro - Varolz - Nin - Ojutai - Tasigur - Zedruu - Uril - Edric - Wort - Zurgo - Nahiri - Grenzo - Kozilek - Yisan - Ink-Treader - Yisan - Brago - Sidisi - Toshiro - Alexi - Sygg - Brimaz - Sek'Kuar - Marchesa - Vish Kal - Iroas - Phelddagrif - Ephara - Derevi - Glissa - Wanderer - Saffi - Melek - Xiahou Dun - Lazav - Lin Sivvi - Zirilan - Glissa - Ashling1 - Angus - Arcum - Talrand - Chainer - Higure - Kumano - Scion - Teferi1 - Uyo - Sisters
PDH - Drake - Graverobber - Izzet GM - Tallowisp - Symbiote
Brawl - Feather - Ugin - Jace - Scarab - Angrath - Vraska - Kumena
Oathbreaker - Wrenn&6

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