Ok so this week we have a very special deck tech. It all started from a pretty silly gchat with @swordstoplow from twitter:
@swordstoplow: Probably going with the triplets
me: the sen kind?
@swordstoplay: Yup, the sen
me: I was hoping maybe you meant meddling kids
me: Scooby Doo deck
Sean was talking about building an EDH version of a deck archetype known as Eggs. However, I made the conversation take a turn for the better when I made a Scooby Doo joke and mentioned an Unhinged Card… That’s right a card from the joke expansion Unhinged (which came after the wildly popular Unglued expansion). In case you don’t know I am someone who likes to build EDH decks around a theme. I have Angus Mackenzie Enchantress since he IS Tim the Enchanter from Holy Grail, I’ve built Mono Blue around all morph creatures. Scooby Doo has always been one of my favorite childhood shows and the idea of building an EDH deck to encompass the show’s themes was enticing.
So I took to Twitter! I wanted to get as many people involved as possible. I set up a google document and let people start editing, and sharing thematic ideas or specific cards. What we have so far is presented here:
Scooby Doo EDH
Based on people’s suggestions we decided to go with more morphs and illusions instead of actual ghosts. We also included some artifact creatures to represent the robots that were seen in the opening credits and throughout the show. Some other elements that we have are masks, traps, spells about misdirection, reveals, etc. The goal is that the deck will play out like a mystery with Legendary Creatures to represent our Heroes (and of course our Mystery Machine aka Geistcatcher’s Rig). Here is a sampling of what we have so far:
Meddling Kids/Meddling Mage: The kids will be our general (I am assuming my playgroup will let me play it, we’re a pretty casual group). I included the meddling mage in here too just to keep on theme and he’s also a wizard (you might see that I am working towards a wizard sub-theme to help with some of the abilities on our legendary creatures).
Azami, lady of Scrolls: This is our Velma. She’s smart, she’s knowledgeable and most likely is going to be the one to solve mysteries by collecting the clue. Her card drawing ability is a great representation of this.
Jushi Apprentice: So this is Fred currently. This card is mainly chosen for what it becomes when it flips: Tomoya, the Revealer. Usually Fred would create the traps and be the one to reveal what is going on.
Ith, High arcanist: This is Shaggy since are not in Red (cuz then it would obviously be Norin, the Wary). Basically Ith tries to keep scary things away, without getting involved himself. He may not be a total coward like we think Shaggy is, but he plays his part.
Kira, Great Glass-Spinner: Scooby himself! Kira wants all of her friends to be left alone, and she wants to protect them (with a false front of acting tough). Scooby sadly is one of the ones I think we all struggled with and is one I’d love to hear more suggestions on.
Rayne, Academy Chancellor: Our Daphne, our damsel in distress. She’s the girl who finds a way to get into trouble, to get into danger. Rayne helps the team out by drawing cards when she or other people in the gang are in trouble.
Mangara of Corondor: Late addition Scrappy Doo. I wanted something that was small but gets the job done. Initially I had Isamaru, Hound of Konda but decided that another wizard was needed and could help with our sub-theme.
This deck is a work in progress, and I am presenting it here in my article, because I want to get more people involved! That’s right readers: I want your help! I need your help! I want us to work on bringing this together as a whole deck. The plan is that I will organize everyone’s suggestions, and then set to building the deck (which is going to take a lot of trading and most likely some trading online). This will let me talk more about trading online and some of the differences that are involved between this and trading in real life.
(EDIT): Here’s the googledoc link. If you send me your email I can add you as an editor to add suggestions. @browndr has been doing this and contributed greatly to this initial list!
I want to thank all the readers who have been coming to check this out. I can be reached on the comments here and @HobbesQ on twitter! I appreciate any and all feedback.
P.S. At Comic-Con this year Mark Rosewater (@maro254) mentioned that a third UN set would be possible if the people wanted it. So let him know that you do!