Mavinda 2: this time it's personal

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Post by DirkGently » 4 months ago

After my previous attempt at a Mavinda deck ended is a disorganized mess of planeswalkers, tokens, and a general disregard for the commander itself, I couldn't help myself from taking another stab at the bird advisor. I still didn't really like the blink strat that seems to be the most common, but I wanted to keep myself from getting too scattershot. So this time around, I committed to a straightforward plan: mono-white spellslinger. The only question: is there enough juice to make it work?

I'm not going to lie, you do have to go a bit deep to find enough - but it's not bad. Here's the list.
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Too good not to (+ blink value) (3)


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I got to play a decent number of games tonight - 5 3-player games, of which I won 3. The most absurd game was the final one, in which:

One opponent was playing Niv-Mizzet, Parun.

The other opponent was playing Kunoros, Hound of Athreos.

I kept a gemstone caverns + sol ring start with no other lands, and then drew 2 lands in the next 10 turns or so.

...and I still won that game. Mostly thanks to politics - I was so nonthreatening that the Kunorous player was easily steered into killing the niv player for me, and then their deck was pretty weak and I was able to outvalue them by getting mavinda value while kunoros was out of play, and then relying on other engines while he was in play.

Generally I'm not a fan of spellslinger decks, but the fact that everything ends up putting numbers on the board and into combat, instead of just endlessly shuffling cards around and eventually finding some infinite, makes it a nice hybrid of aggro and spellslinger. It does seem pretty high variance, though - in particular, games with Monastery Mentor were frequently just off-the-chain blowouts, whereas others were a lot slower. MM is probably the best card in the deck. Another fun bit of synergy though - Ojutai Exemplars + Cathars' Crusade sure felt spicy (and ultimately gives me the win in that last game).
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 Ruiner » 4 months ago

Since it appears to be a rather defensive deck, have you considered Luminarch Ascension? You could probably get it online pretty easily. It is also pretty fun with Cathars' Crusade.

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Post by DirkGently » 4 months ago

Ruiner wrote:
4 months ago
Since it appears to be a rather defensive deck, have you considered Luminarch Ascension? You could probably get it online pretty easily. It is also pretty fun with Cathars' Crusade.
I generally avoid running luminarch ascension unless my commander synergizes with it pretty directly, since otherwise it tends to centralize my strategy around it when drawn, especially early, and prevents my deck from doing what I intended it to do.
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 MeowZeDung » 4 months ago

Did you consider Pull from Eternity?

I also have to imagine there are shenanigans to be had with Mavinda and Mirror of Fate, especially if you stack the trigger with something like Mirage Mirror.
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