Posted by Brian aka ChaosMTG.

ohlookapictureNext week is Precon Week, but I’ve decided to step it up a bit and make it precon month for Unexpected Results. First up, I won’t be talking about the Commander precons; instead, I’m going to take a look at another commander choice I touched on a few weeks ago… The time has come for me to return to Teysa.

http://magiccards.info/scans/en/gp/134.jpg

As it turns out, taking one of each card in the three Orzhov precons gives you 66 cards… A perfect start for tuning them into a unified Teysa deck.
It looks a bit exactly like this: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/teysa-the-precon-version/

Obviously, this is a subpar start, so how about we get to tuning.

De-Vanilla-izing

The first glaring flaw in this proto-deck is that there are four (french)vanilla creatures. This is a format about value, so unless you’re these have no place here. I am going to restrict myself to replacing them only with things of the same cost though.

Out: Zombie Goliath, Steeple Roc, Silvercoat Lion, Guardian Lions, and Bane Alley Blackguard (I’m not even autocarding them, that’s how unimportant they are)

In: Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder
Reveillark
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben
Stormfront Riders
Reassembling Skeleton

This is obviously going to be a token deck on some levels, so Endrek Sahr and Stormfront riders fit well; the low spell density also makes Thalia viable; Reveillark reanimates pretty much everything; and Reassembling Skeleton provides more tokens from Teysa.

De-Bad-ifying

Of the few spells that are in here, most of them are kind of bad… Really bad. With these, I’m not going to restrict them by cost, because that’s what makes most of them bad…

Spells
Out: Dying Wish, Angelic Edict, Assassin’s Strike, Purge the Profane, Executioner’s Swing, Fatal Fumes, Festival of the Guildpact, Profit//Loss, and Rain of Blades

In: Zealous Persecution, Path to Exile, Vendetta, Dismember, Hero’s Downfall, Orzhov Charm, Go for the Throat, Wrath of God, Merciless Eviction

There was barely any removal, and most of what was there was bad, so adding  solid removal package was vital.

Creatures
Out: Bazaar Krovod, Infectious Host, Ostiary Thrull, Shadow Alley Denizen, Smog Elemental, Tormented Soul

In: Knight-Captain of Eos, Ophiomancer , Disciple of Bolas, Viscera Seer, Grave Titan, Mortician Beetle

Bad things out, good things in! Also, my first mention of a new Commander card in Ophiomancer, which I can see becoming a staple for Teysa 1.0 decks.

Now this is starting to look like a deck!

http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/teysa-depreconized/

Sometimes the decks just build themselves… I think I might try this again with another 60-card precon legend, maybe it will be a bit more challenging… (Hmm… Does PDS Crosis count?)