This entry is part 15 of 23 in the series Deckbuilder's Spotlight

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Now, I’m not saying which of these came first – a) Nole’s desire to create a Control deck that totally avoids anything that contains blue, or b) his lengthy partnership with a certain Canadian known for his severe allergic reaction to Islands – but I think we can all agree that this ain’t no coincidence.  This deck is also no joke (even if I still can’t quite take Oros, the Avenger seriously); it will beat you in the face like an angry, Mardu-colored monkey jealously guarding its food.

Moral of the story: don’t poke the monkey. Or the Spitemare. Or Nole. Or anyone, really. Just keep your damn hands to yourself, people.



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 I told you not to do this. When you get hit with Final Judgment, don’t say I didn’t warn you.


Nole’s contact info:


Nole’s deck list (complete with commentary):


Commander: Oros, the Avenger


33 boring lands (basics, mana fixers, less optimal strip mines. Nobody ever reads this section anyway.)

Mistveil Plains

Vault of the Archangel


Mana Rocks:

Orzhov Signet

Rakdos Signet

Boros Signet

Chromatic Lantern


Equipment Package (‘Cuz Sunforger may be the best Magic card ever printed):

Sunforger (Best thing ever)

Batterskull (Giving Oros Lifelink may be the other best thing ever.)

Basilisk Collar (Deathtouch plus Lifelink…Never mind about Batterskull, giving this to Oros is the second best thing ever)

Stoneforge Mystic

Godo, Bandit Warlord

Enlightened Tutor


Over-costed tutors that come on impressive bodies:

Rune-Scarred Demon

Sidisi, Undead Vizier


Effective spot removal:


Orim’s Thunder*

Return to Dust*

Unexpectedly Absent*

Swords to Plowshares*

Path to Exile*

Hero’s Downfall


Over-costed spot removal that comes on impressive bodies:

Luminate Primordial

Ashen Rider


Mass removal:

Magister of Worth

Black Sun’s Zenith

Wrath of God

Final Judgment


Merciless Eviction

Austere Command

Blasphemous Act



Obzedat’s Aid

Sun Titan

Treasury Thrull

Sheoldred, Whispering One

Sepulchral Primordial

Xiahou Dun, the One-Eyed


Cards that hate specific strategies:

Ob Nixilis, Unshackled

Leyline of the Void

Blind Obedience

Blood Artist

Massacre Wurm

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

Relic of Progenitus


Commander is hard, and it’s harder when you’re stupid (combat tricks, nasty surprises, and cards that cause opponents headaches):

Avacyn, Angel of Hope


Holy Day*

Pollen Lullaby*

Wild Ricochet*

Myojin of Cleansing Fire

Boros Charm*


Deflecting Palm*

Boros Reckoner


Colossus of Akros

Ride Down*


Personal favorites, cards that rock with my Commander, and random cards that make me happy:

Darkest Hour

Sunscorch Regent

Blood Baron of Vizkopa

Master Warcraft*

Vedalken Orrery

Kolaghan’s Command*

Sudden Impact*


Hide // Seek*

Sun Droplet



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