Deckbuilding Contest - May 2023

Jeremy avatarJeremy 25 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"\nHello brewers,"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nAfter taking a brief break in April, we’re starting May’s "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Card Kingdom"},{"insert":"-sponsored deckbuilding contest a bit early. To follow-up the aggressive lists from the Oathbreaker contest in March, we’re going for something a little more chill. This month, we’re looking for Commander decks designed around a shared visual theme. Details below!\n\nWhat’s the contest all about?"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Working within the parameters of the prompt provided below, construct a decklist with your own creative spin. Three chosen finalists will be awarded store credit to \n\n"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"For May’s deckbuilding contest, construct a Commander-legal deck designed around a shared visual theme. This is meant to be very open-ended: "},{"insert":"You might build something flavorful like a deck where all cards depict members of the Gatewatch"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":", or something silly like only using cards with chairs in their art. Extra consideration will be given to decks that are both thematic and playable!"},{"attributes":{"header":3},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nHere’s how to participate:"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Brew an EDH/Commander legal deck on Archidekt that satisfies the prompt.\nAny unreleased cards spoiled during the contest’s duration are allowed."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Silver-bordered and acorn cards, while cool, are not allowed. "},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Digital-only cards (such as those designed for the Alchemy format on Arena) are not allowed."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Strictly one deck submitted per user."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nReply to either this newspost or "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"the announcement tweet"},{"insert":" from the "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"@archidekt"},{"insert":" account on Twitter with a link to your deck before 9:00pm ET (UTC -5, currently) on Friday, May 12. Only one submission per user!\n\nFrom the eligible submissions, we'll select three finalists with lists that we believe best embody the spirit of the prompt. Additional characteristics by which your deck may be judged include playability and uniqueness (i.e. “spice”); budget has no direct bearing on your chances to win. Deck descriptions are not required but certainly may provide valuable context!\n\nOn Saturday, May 13, 2023, we'll tweet out a poll for the community to vote on its favorite of the three selected finalists' lists. Any finalists who submitted their lists on Archidekt will be notified via the email associated with their account. We’ll also publish a newspost on Archidekt announcing the finalists and linking to the poll on Twitter. Each finalist will be awarded store credit to The value of the credit is in US dollars and depends on the finalist's placement in the community poll at the end of its two day duration:\n1st Place Prize - $50"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"2nd Place Prize - $30"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"3rd Place Prize - $20"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Finalists will be contacted via Twitter or email (depending on where they submitted) regarding their winnings following the conclusion of the poll by Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Please note, you must have a Card Kingdom account in order to receive your winnings. It's quick and free-- "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"register here"},{"insert":" if you don't have an account already!\n\nAn important note:"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Unfortunately, due to wild variance in contest laws, eligibility is limited to residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). We’d love to allow all of our users to participate, but ensuring we are legally compliant with each country’s national laws is too great a barrier. For additional information regarding eligibility, check our official contest rules. \n\nSomething new:"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"As you might have noticed, we added a new “Community Stuff” tab to the homepage. In addition to a variety of curated decks and stats, we display contest winners on this page until new ones are selected. If you haven’t already, check out March’s winners before they’re replaced in a week!\n\nThank you!\nIf you have any other questions, feel free to ask here, reach out on Twitter, or join "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"our public Discord server"},{"insert":". We look forward to seeing what you all come up with! \n\nThe Archidekt Team"},{"attributes":{"header":3},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nEdit: Our finalists have been announced! Check out "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"our poll on Twitter"},{"insert":" to vote for your favorite. Congratulations to users BlueSquirrelGirl, Caramel_cactus, and powergirl!"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"}]}
Edited 5/15/2023, 7:23:28 PM
{"ops":[{"insert":"In Commander, you can only use cards in your Commander's color identity. But what if your cards' art also had to use those colors? I give you Green, White, and Blue: Bant, where the card art must also predominantly be one or more of the Bant colors! For Commander, I used my girl Treva, the Renewer, who provides a perfect example of the art restriction: a white dragon on a green, blue, and white sky! \n\nThe deck itself has a +1/+1 counters strategy supported by life gain synergy. Finding printings of some staples with art that fulfills the restriction was sometimes tricky. My favorite surprise find was a printing of Command Tower I could use - the alt art from the Transformers Secret Lair, skinning it as Cybertron!\n\n"},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Green, White, and Blue"},{"insert":"\n"}]}
Edited 5/6/2023, 1:45:43 AM
Hwat avatarHwat 24 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Oh that's an incredible coincidence: I just finished a decklist that fits with this challenge "},{"attributes":{"italic":true,"bold":true},"insert":"perfectly."},{"insert":"\n\nPresenting: "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Jodah's Tapestry"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nA deck designed entirely* with cards from the Art card series, found in Set boosters."},{"attributes":{"header":3},"insert":"\n\n"},{"insert":"General design is based around a typical list for [[Jodah, the Unifier]]:\nLots of Legendary creatures to build an overpowering wall"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Decent ramp to manage a 5 color list"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Powerful Planeswalkers to stabilize board state"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"The only real difference is the fact that this deck uses "},{"attributes":{"underline":true},"insert":"all Art Cards!"},{"insert":"\nDue to the obvious limitations of cards that could be selected for this list, the deck is no where near as powerful as Jodah can get. (I do hope you can forgive me)\n\nBut, it seems to work decently, and has a bonus of being quite affordable with a construction of only $0.25 bulk cards for the vast majority of players.\n\n*"},{"attributes":{"header":1},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"Please note, when I say \"\"Entirely\"\", that is only partially true. [[Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain]], and [[Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage]] do not "},{"attributes":{"underline":true,"italic":true},"insert":"technically"},{"insert":" have art cards, but monumentally important in overall synergy for this deck to truly shine. The two characters of Jhoira and Raff do, however, have art cards, albeit with art from different versions of themselves. If you do want to think of this as a purely, 100% Art Card deck, I have provided some good ol' value engines in [[Ancient Brass Dragon]] and [[Ancient Copper Dragon]] on the Maybeboard\n*"},{"attributes":{"header":1},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nThanks for taking a look!\nAnd yes, I am "},{"attributes":{"underline":true,"bold":true},"insert":"actually"},{"insert":" building this in cardboard. 20% through as of writing.\n\n(Please note, btw, that the display of actual art cards isn't fully consistent as of yet...that's why you just see the actual versions in this list)\n"}]}
rplindbergh avatarrplindbergh 24 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... Heliod? "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"This deck"},{"insert":" only contains artwork that has the sky in it. Full of flyers and flashy synergy, you'll be sure to beat down your opponents from above.\n"}]}
Swizard avatarSwizard 23 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Looks so smooth! Very soothing deck to look at\n"}]}
Injustice avatarInjustice 24 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"I hope this deck classifies well enough, but here goes nothing. \n\nI got bored one day and read about the history of Nicol Bolas, since I'm relatively new to the multiverse and missed every set before New Capenna. And through his story, there was mentions of artifacts, spells, and structures, a lot of which are directly represented by cards, and thus, the idea for this deck came around. Throughout many sets, Nicol Bolas has been directly represented, depicted, or otherwise mentioned in the flavor text of cards. So this deck combines as many of those cards I felt would reasonably fit a relatively powerful deck. \n\nAt it's core, the deck relies on the power of Nicol Bolas himself, with the 4 planeswalkers, 1 creature, and the commander all having the potential ability to shut down a single, or even every, opponent, either slowly with discards and sacrifices, or completely with just making opponents lose the game or exiling their library.\n\nOutside of Nicol Bolas himself, the deck contains powerful sorceries such as Cruel Ultimatum, Torment of Hailfire, and Apex of Power to potentially draw into an answer or clear an opponent's hand or board. To further the path to victory, other spells and enchantments that depict Bolas provide a large amount of power in hopes of reaching the same godhood stake Bolas once achieved before being stripped of his names, a fate the user would hope to prevent for themselves. \n\nAdditionally, The Elderspell, while not depicting Bolas, was "},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"used by"},{"insert":" Bolas to reach near-godhood, so it deserves a spot in the deck.\n\nUnfortunately, with the nature of not being WUBRG, some cards needed to be omitted to fit the color identity, and most were replaced with low curve cards to give the deck a better early game, as well as assist the powerful sorceries and protect the planeswalkers. If only more lands showed the God-Pharaoh, to truly complete the theme of the deck\n\n"},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Nicol Bolas"},{"insert":"\n"}]}
{"ops":[{"insert":"Take a look, it's in a book, it's "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Inga and Esika's Reading Rainbow!"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nThis art-themed deck is all about books, scrolls, and learning. Here our basic islands have books, our creatures are here to learn, and we wage a war WITH words to become the biggest body of knowledge.\n\nThis deck actually exists in person and will face its first challenge soon <3 \n\nAdditional notes in the deck link!\n"}]}
Edited 5/6/2023, 4:19:39 AM
psycocat avatarpsycocat 24 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Do you like the number 13?\n\nWell, this deck does.\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Welcome to "},{"attributes":{"bold":true,"link":""},"insert":"Triskaidekaphilia"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nIt has "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"13"},{"insert":" creatures*, "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"13"},{"insert":" Artifacts, "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"13"},{"insert":" Sorceries, "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"13 "},{"insert":"Instants, and "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"13"},{"insert":" other permanents (enchantments, planeswalkers, and battles). It has "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"13 "},{"insert":"devotion each to Blue, Black, Red, and Green. It can search up to "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"13 "},{"insert":"lands. There are "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"13 "},{"insert":"of each color of mana on mana producing permanents. The total mana value of its equipment is "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"13 "},{"insert":"which is also the total equipment cost.\n\nAnd its commander, Yidris, is a secret "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"13 "},{"insert":"by adding its power (5), toughness (4), and mana value (4).\n\n"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"It's enough to drive one mad! (Seriously, if WotC prints another card with a 13 printed on it I will be equal parts ecstatic and enfuriated.)"},{"insert":"\n\n* = The number of creatures does not include transformed cards.\n"}]}
certainly avatarcertainly 24 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Behold, a deck where every nonland card dies to "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Bar Entry"}},{"insert":" !"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nThe deck is "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"Walks into a Bar"},{"insert":", and it runs "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Torsten, Founder of Benalia"}},{"insert":" as commander."},{"attributes":{"header":3},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"Are you short enough to ride?"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"Are you sober enough to drive?"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"italic":true},"insert":"Are you competitive enough to thrive?"},{"insert":"\n\nFor this Torsten deck, the answer to all of the above is "},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Yes. "},{"insert":"Bask in awe and wonder at this beautiful collection of creatures that overshoot the bar.\nIt does everything that a GW deck would want to do, all while drawing seven cards every time Torsten hits the field.\n\nEnjoy!\n"}]}
Christmas avatarChristmas 24 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Finally time for "},{"attributes":{"bold":true,"link":""},"insert":"Dina, Cup Connoisseur"},{"insert":" to shine! "},{"attributes":{"header":3},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nDoesn't matter if its a cup, bowl, neck, or skull, Dina is happy to see you enjoy your favorite drinking devices.\n\nOriginally had the idea for the deck when Dina first came out in Strixhaven. It took me until Crimson Vow to have the deck completely built in paper. With the Mystical Archive reprint of Dina I had started to set aside some new cards to rebuild the deck. \n"}]}
KingTorold avatarKingTorold 24 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Oh this is awesome! I compiled a deck that is purely thematic though has also earned me a couple of wins at my local LGS. With WOTC releasing Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty and special prints of spells found in the japanese set of Strixhaven, I knew it was time to craft a deck that drew inspiration from some of the Souls-Like games I enjoy elsewhere.\n\nAnd with that "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"here"},{"insert":" is my entry.\n\nCheers.\n\n"}]}
Edited 5/6/2023, 11:40:17 AM
{"ops":[{"insert":"This contest is perfect for my favorite deck: "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":""},{"insert":"\n\nEvery non-land card in the deck has a bald person in the art. There are optional extra Sideboard cards that can be switched out in each category (because there are so many fun choices!), or randomly switched out for varied gameplay. As amusing as the art theme might be, there are plenty of bombs and synergy in the deck.\n"}]}
Swizard avatarSwizard 23 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Fun theme, but some cards definitely feel cheating too much (eg "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Ilharg, the Raze-Boar"}},{"insert":")\n"}]}
oomski avataroomski 24 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"So i quite like frogs, so i made a frog deck, \n\nas it turns out there are not as many cards with frogs on them as i would hope, but i did my best to put together a pile that has a bit of +1/enchantment synergy using tatsunari, toadrider :D\n\nevery single nonland card features a frog in the art, name or text.\n\ni cannot recommend anyone building or playing this but for those hopping mad enough i present : FROGCHAMP!!! \n \n"}]}
Edited 5/6/2023, 4:24:07 PM
BBboss8 avatarBBboss8 24 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Did somebody say Jace? No, well here it is anyway: "},{"attributes":{"link":" "},"insert":" "},{"insert":":)\n"}]}
Edited 5/6/2023, 4:48:12 PM
BionMTG avatarBionMTG 24 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"Every card has a boat / ship in the artwork, up to, and to include the basics.\n\n\n"}]}
HelenaBruh avatarHelenaBruh 23 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"For my submission, it is my pleasure to introduce The Bone Zone, led by none other than "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Myrkul, Lord of Bones"}},{"insert":", as it should be. Every nonland card in this deck features bones in the art in some way, including the ramp, removal, and board wipes. The basic lands are also fairly boney. I tried to avoid art where you really have to squint to see the bones. The strategy of the deck follows some hallmarks of a standard Myrkul deck, where many of the creatures are still useful as noncreature enchantments and can be sacrificed for value accordingly. There are a few different ways in which this deck can win, many of which are easily tutorable with cards like "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Increasing Ambition"}},{"insert":" and "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Altar of Bone"}},{"insert":".\n\nThe main goal is to outvalue your opponents. Some ways we can do this include symmetrical sacrifice effects with Myrkul on board, such as "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Necrotic Hex"}},{"insert":" and "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Taste of Death"}},{"insert":", which leave us with several board pieces that recur with Myrkul's ability, death triggers such as "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Shessra, Death's Whisper"}},{"insert":" and "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Grim Haruspex"}},{"insert":" , and even taking our opponents' creatures with "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Dance of the Dead"}},{"insert":" and "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Grave Betrayal"}},{"insert":". With a sufficiently large board, we can overwhelm our opponents by having Myrkul sit on his bone throne, AKA the "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Dragon Throne of Tarkir"}},{"insert":".\n\nWe can also bone our opponents with the massive amount of mana generated via "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Black Market"}},{"insert":" using the almighty death lasers known as "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Debt to the Deathless"}},{"insert":" and "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Death Grasp"}},{"insert":". If this proves insufficient, with the massive amount of life gained from these or "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Deathgreeter"}},{"insert":" or "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Whip of Erebos"}},{"insert":" or even "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Dogged Pursuit"}},{"insert":", we can pull off the alternate wincon of "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Test of Endurance"}},{"insert":" with its new boney alternate art from Dominaria Remastered. Cards like "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Skullclamp"}},{"insert":" (40K art), "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Read the Bones"}},{"insert":", and "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Necropotence"}},{"insert":" can also ensure we keep our hand full. Finally, we can keep Myrkul protected in the early game with "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Skeletal Grimace"}},{"insert":". As the saying goes, you're never fully dressed without a smile.\n\nFind it here: "},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":""},{"insert":"\n\n"}]}
GlitchHunter avatarGlitchHunter 23 days
{"ops":[{"insert":"(What a coincidence, I just finished a [janky] tribal deck that fits perfectly)\n"},{"attributes":{"link":""},"insert":"What a web we weave"},{"insert":".\nThe common thread (Pun fully intended) is spiders (yuck) and/or webs in the art. A spider tribal deck that focuses on buffing your side, lifeloss using "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Obelisk Spider"}},{"insert":", before going in for the kill with "},{"insert":{"card-link":"Blightwidow"}},{"insert":"\n"}]}
Edited 5/7/2023, 6:58:10 PM