Hello all I have returned! I got sidetracked for awhile with grad school applications, and I usually have to work on the weekends which takes away most of my Magic playing time thus explaining my hiatus. I finally got to go to an FNM and I took a really sweet B/U/G list that I brewed during the week. It was a disaster. I got spanked like a crying 3 year old at Wal-Mart. The deck functioned fine and did what it was supposed to, but was just a very poor choice against the field. I had planned on writing this article about that deck, but it performed so badly that I don’t even really want to talk about it. Instead I am going to talk about a new EDH deck that I have been playing that is an absolute blast! Without further ado, here is Animar, Soul of Elements EDH.
There are plenty Animar decks out there that are artifact “affinity” based. Once you get enough counters on Animar your artifact creatures are free. This deck is similar, but it uses the Morph theme instead. Once you get three counters on Animar, all of your morph creatures are free. The nice thing about morph creatures is most of them double as spells. A couple examples are that Voidmage Prodigy doubles as a counterspell, and Nantuko Vigilante doubles as artifact/enchantment removal.
The other creatures you have are your utility creatures. Soul of the Harvest and Primordial Sage both act as “glimpse” effects which can allow the deck to just go off. When this deck is playing creatures for free and drawing cards, it can fill up the battlefield in a hurry. With Tidespout Tyrant in play all of your “free” creatures become bounce spells as well. Once you clear your opponent’s board, Tidespout Tyrant, Animar with at least three +1/+1 counters on it, a morph creature in play, and a morph creature in hand basically means you can put infinite +1/+1 counters on Animar and swing for lethal. Cloudstone Curio is similar to Tidespout Tryant in that, along with a morph creature in play and one in your hand, it is part of an infinite +1/+1 counters on Animar combo.
General damage is your most common win condition. Once you have a bunch of +1/+1 counters on Animar, Rogue’s Passage and Kessig Wolf Run help make sure that Animar deals combat damage to your opponents. With a Muraganda Petroglyphs in play all of your morph creatures are 4/4’s and last time I checked free 4/4’s aren’t bad and can end a game in a hurry.
Your spells are mostly ramp spells, removal, and card draw. You want the mana ramp because you always want to play Animar ASAP to get the deck going. This deck can not get enough card draw! Drawing cards is usually just filling your hand with more gas. It is also quite satisfying when you empty your hand onto the board and then play a Wheel of Fortune effect and draw 7 more cards. Watching your opponents faces when they discard a bunch of sweet spells they were saving is priceless and icing on the cake. Weird Harvest refills your hand with choice creatures to keep you going.
This is more of a casual style EDH deck. There aren’t too many cards in here that will draw instant hate, although Animar can have some trouble staying around for too long. It is also fairly budget friendly as the list I provided can be put together from scratch for less than $150. Most of the rares can be found in bulk boxes. If you have some extra money or better cards lying around and you wanted to upgrade the deck, the mana base is a good place to start. I would upgrade some of the dual lands to shock lands and original dual lands. I would also upgrade the fetch lands to the Zendikar and Onslaught fetches. Other than the mana base there really isn’t much else you really want to change. The morph creatures are what they are. They aren’t great, but there aren’t really many better choices.
This deck is truly a blast to play. It is a casual deck and shouldn’t be confused with Azami, or Arcum Daggson decks, but it can go off and win out of nowhere. It can also lead to some hilarious board states. It is also very easy on the budget which is great for new player just starting to get into EDH or seasoned players that want a new deck without breaking the bank. I definitely recommend watching MistveilPlain’s video’s so you can hear him talk about the deck and then watch the gameplay so you can see it in action. As always if you have any questions about the deck, or would like to discuss it with me, feel free to email me: Dshannon2004@gmail.com, hit me on twitter @side2004, or post in the comments section.
Until next time thanks for reading and may you always play your creatures for free.
PS: Due to my current work schedule, I am usually unavailable to play FNM’s so most of my articles moving forward will probably be about EDH.
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