Posted by Brian (@ChaosMTG).

ohlookapictureA few weeks back Jud mentioned a candle theme. While I’ve done theme decks before, I’ve never gone through the tedium of adhering to a visual theme as strict as Jud’s. So today I’m taking on the horror that is finding candles in Magic art and putting them into a deck.


First off I decided to look for legends with candles in their art. I restricted my search to only multicolor because of how horribly my preliminary search for candles went. (Theros block has a whole 2 cards with candles in their art.)

Potential commanders came down to
Geist of Saint Traft – He definitely has candles, but limiting myself to two colors might leave me without enough cards.
Chromium – Are those candles? I’m not sure. I’ll ask Jud.

No. It’s a burning castle, which makes much more sense.
Nekusar, the Mindrazer – There are two candles on that candlestick in the background.
Damia, Sage of Stone – I actually knew offhand that she has candles, they’re Liliana’s Snuff Out candles.

So, at a glance, I’m definitely be in blue/black. I’ll see what I come up with in those colors and then decide between Damia and Nekusar.

Snuff Out
Order of Succession
Whispering Madness
Tavern Swindler
Stern Mentor
Vessel of Endless Rest
Havengul Lich
Skirsdag Flayer
Soul Seizer
Bitterheart Witch
Disciple of Griselbrand
Dream Twist
Manor Skeleton
Markov Patrician
Mirror-Mad Phantasm
Night Terrors
Repay in Kind
Quest for the Nihil Stone
Thieving Sprite

Every blue /black candle card since Lorwyn not counting certain suplemental products and core sets… This might be a bit more difficult than I expected. I’ll take a break and come back to this later.

[One pizza later…]

Torches would be so much easier… Eventually I might do something about torches… Or lanterns.

Ok, where was I?

Oh, right, candles…

Candles of Leng
Claws of Gix
Stuffy Doll
Peregrine Mask
Throat Slitter
Riptide Director
Alter Reality
Careful Study
Carion Rats
Obsessive Search
Rhystic Study
Brass Secretary
Hermetic Study
Noetic Scales
Soul Feast

Ok… I’ve gone through a decent amount of the blue and black cards in Magic. This should be enough to actually help decide what kind of deck this should be.
For the most part everything here is pretty neutral when it comes to synergy with the commander options, but standouts like Whispering Madness, Noetic Scales, and Quest for the Nihil Stone suggest some interesting possibilities for a Nekusar deck… Guess I should go back and look for candles in red…

Oracle of Bones
Awe for the Guilds
Blasphemous Act
Havengul Vampire
Mondronen Shaman
Rakish Heir
Skirsdag Cultist
Vampiric Fury
Ignite Disorder
Rekindled Flame (This art accurately displays how I feel going through all of these cards.)

I’m not even out of the new border and red has so many more candles; I think it was the right choice.

Grinning Ignus
Blood Rites
Ben-Ben, Akki Hermit
Mercadian Atlas
Barrin’s Codex
Goblin Spelunkers
Agonizing Memories
Elkin Lair
Ertai’s Familiar
Infernal Tribute
Razor Pendulum
Library of Leng

At this point I have 63 cards and two hours until I need to post this, I still haven’t had a chance to go through all of the cards available. Fortunately, this is just enough to have a 36 land deck, meaning I can cut a few of the mediocre cards and add some lands for a decent start of a deck. I’ll try to work on it as much as possible until this has to go up. (I’ll probably do an update sometime next season once I can go through absolutely everything.)

So, what does this monstrosity look like in the form of a deck?