I bought a set of the recent Planechase 2012 decks primarily for the Planes thmeselves; being a huge fan of the format I wanted to keep my Planar collection complete.
However, this left me with a bit of a problem when it came to figuring out what to do with the actual cards. My friends and I have played a few games with our pre-cons on occasion, and the Cascade deck proved to be the best by far. But I didn’t really find it that exciting. I already have a Ninja deck of my own making, and whilst a pair of Sai of the Shinobis will make nice additions, nothing else really jumped out as something I’d want to add to my deck, not even the Clone Ninja!
To be honest, I cant even really recall what the third deck was without looking! Devour, right? This one did contain a few cards that I want to add to my Ulasht, the Hate Seed EDH deck though, and so was dismantled almost immidiately.
But there was one mythic creature who did catch my eye. Krond the Dawn-Clad. In all honesty, I can’t really support building a fifth EDH deck, especially since my Rare folder is now looking very sparse having recently build my Slobad deck (more-or-less) through trading alone.
Already having RG, RB, RWU and R/Artifacts combinations, anything serious that I would do in GW would, eventually, just be a case of re-using cards like Primeval Titan and Oblivion Ring, which is not very exciting and a bit pointless for me.
However, Krond the Dawn-Clad offers an excellent opportunity to do something a bit different. He is an obvious “build-around” Voltron-like General, and it just so happens that I have a friend who really likes using Auras! However, she is yet unsure whether she wants to commit to an EDH deck of her own, having only heard of the format and not yet having played it. With this in mind, I hope to build a new EDH deck for her (and others) to use, with the aim to convince her that EDH is as awesome as everyone says! Oh, and also that it’s not too difficult to build a deck. 100 card singleton can seem daunting sometimes.
Ok, so lets start with the “Savage Auras” pre-con. The decklist can be found at the bottom of this page.
Sure, theres a few not-so-inspiring bits here But we do have a lot to work with. First step is always getting 40 lands together, significantly reducing the dauntingness of the 100 card challenge. Using mostly cards from only the Planechase 2012 and Commander Pre-Cons (can you spot the ones that are not? Hint: there are only 2 – comment with your answers), I have, with relative ease, put together the following deck. And honestly, I think it looks pretty damn good!
(Decklist edited and updated as of 04/02/13)
Krond the Dawn-Clad EDH
I hope this shows that even with a relatively limited card pool, almost anyone can build themselves a good, basic EDH deck. Due to the multiplayer nature of the format, your deck doesn’t have to be the most powerful deck at the table in order for you to have a good game! (Assuming, of course, that you have a relatively friendly, casual playgroup where noone is trying to combo out and win on turn 5).
My advice to anyone who is thinking about getting into EDH is this: don’t feel daunted. Simply pick a General you like, then using what you have construct yourself a nice starting point. You don’t need to have a deck full of Mythic rares to begin with, these will come as you play, learn, trade, and develop your deck in the way you want.