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Hello everyone and welcome to the real CommanderCast Episode 280! We’re your weekly source for Community, Strategy, and Technology, hosted on and our homesite:! This week Mark and Adam go over Office Color Deck ideas and this week they are talking about Stacks. That’s a deck that relies primarily on playing in a way that denies players of resources while keeping your resources just far enough ahead of everyone else so that you win… what’s the catch? Well they guys are doing it in green… Yeah…

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CommanderCast Episode 280

Posted: April 24, 2017








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What is a stax deck?

  • Control heavy
  • Named after Smokestack
  • Bog down other players to make them ineffective with sac, tax, and tap effects.


Why is green normally bad at stax decks?

  • Not very tax driven
  • Not very artifact friendly


How can stax work in green?

  • Rely a bit more on artifacts
  • A lot of tax effects.  Green does have a few.  
  • Tap down opponent resource while untapping ours.  
  • Outpace your own stax






Stax cards


Dense foliage

Drop of honey

Elephant grass

Ground seal

Hall of Gemstone

Hum of the Radix

Tajuru preserver


Freyalise’s Winds

Nature’s will

Great aurora

Molder slug

Natural balance

Thresher beast

Wave of vitriol




Damping engine

Possessed portal


Tangle Wire

Imi statue

Kill switch

Static orb

Storage matrix


Tsabo’s Web

Winter Orb

Arena of the ancients



Unstax you cards

Patron of the Orochi

Quest for Renewal

Seedborn Muse

Early Harvest

Citanul Hierophants/Cryptolith Rite

Paradox engine

Sword of feast and famine




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  • Jeremy Parsons

    Pretty decent discussion about Green Stax Though certainly an amusing conundrum over Vorinclex will get you hated, which is true but really that’s apt to go for Stax as a whole anyway.

    On other subjects, Lifeline is still amazing. of course you plan for it so you absolutely abuse the heck out of the effect of it. But it confuses people so much when you go: In response your Wrath/Cyclonic Rift/Great Aurora I sacrifice my board to set up the Lifeline triggers. Then you end up with all your creatures back on the board again at end of turn when everybody else’s stuff got wrecked. It’s a ludicrously powered card.

  • Kinghonkey

    You both covered the extent of green stax very well, I don’t think I can add too much to the discussion, but when has that ever stopped me from commenting?

    I’ll be honest, I barely play any of these cards or stax strategies in general. The closest I have is a Naya colored hate bears deck that is literally 66 creatures and 34 land, because I go for weird concept decks. I play Dosan in that deck along with Xantid swarm, but that’s about it.

    I have dabbled with mono-black stax in the past with Shirei, but those were earlier, uninformed times when I forgot that I didn’t want the whole table to brandish knives and threaten to shank me in the parking lot. Which also reminds me, I think Lifeline is great in the right deck, just like any other “symmetrical” effect

    I think a color hate episode would be just fine. I didn’t know if you wanted to keep with themes, but you could expand into different episodes dedicated to hating out different popular archetypes.

  • Eshed

    Mark, I was going to harangue you over Winter Orb… that art is so classic! It’s one of the first cards I ever learned to recognize. I looked once again at the new art though, and I gotta say… I changed my mind. I think you’re actually right.