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 Post subject: Oona, Queen of the Fae with NO tutors OR Infinite Combos!!!
AgePosted: 2013-Oct-18 2:46 pm 
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My playgroup has decided that everyone should build an EDH deck that has no tutors or infinite combos in it. The only thing that is allowed is basic land search. This is the deck list that I came up with.

Creatures (16)
Oona, Queen of the Fae
Phyrexian Infiltrator
Pilgrim's Eye
Snapcaster Mage
Mulldrifter
Jhessian Zombies (for basic land cycling)
Kagemaro, First to Suffer
Kederekt Leviathan
Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre
Dralnu, Lich Lord
Avatar of Woe
Evil Twin
Glen Elendra Liege (will probably be the 1st cut because it is bad by itself and the upside to this card is minimal)
Wurmcoil Engine
Solemn Simulacrum
Scion of Oona (to protect general and tokens)

Counterspells (9, I try to run counters that exile or hide cards)
Spell Crumple
Hinder
Dissipate
Faerie Trickery
Negate
Counterspell
Dispel (to win counter wars or surprise my opponent when I only have 1 mana open)
Rewind (a possible cut, 4 mana is a lot to hold open and it doesn't exile or hide)
Remand (to bounce my own spell if it is being countered, or to win a tempo battle)

Removal (16, I decided to go with a control magic theme, since it is a strength of Blue, I may cut them because those types of cards can be so bad in certain matchups)
Cyclonic Rift
Evacuation (can be awkward to cast if i have a few control magic effects in the battle field, but great against token strategies)
Damnation
Oblivion Stone
Decree of Pain
Consuming Vapors
Rapid Hybridization
Pongify
Spinal Embrace
Control Magic
Volition Reins
Soul Ransom (Will probably cut because I don't like giving the creature back)
Mind Control
Dream Leash
Confiscate
Persuasion

Planeswalkers (4)
Liliana of the Veil
Jace, Memory Adept (Card draw and can help finish milling them if game goes long)
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage
Jace, Architect of Thought (possible cut, although he is good against token strategies)

Card/Mana Advantage and other random cards (16)
Preordain
Ponder
Rhystic Study
Phyrexian Arena
Honden of Seeing Winds
Tidings (will probably cut, 5 mana is a lot)
Forbidden Alchemy
Gitaxian Probe
Sol Ring
Chromatic Lantern
Darksteel Ingot
Paradise Plume
Mind Stone
Skullclamp
Sword of Feast and Famine
Batterskull

Lands (39 may seem too many, but I would rather mana flood then mana screw)
Barren Moor
Remote Isle
Creeping Tar Pit (To kill PW)
Mutavault
Faerie Conclave
Command Tower
Dimir Aqueduct
Watery Grave
Drowned Catacomb
Dreadship Reef
Dimir Guildgate
Jwar Isle Refuge
High Market
Reliquary Tower
Nephalia Drownyard
Strip Mine
Terramorphic Expanse
Evolving Wilds
Halimar Depths
Bojuka Bog
Island (14)
Swamp (5)

I know the fetch lands would be better than the Terramorphic Expanse/Evolving wilds, but with the restriction on tutoring, I could only get basics anyway.
I'm not sure how good the Control Magic theme is, so please give your opinion in the comments.
I would like to fine tune the deck, so please make suggestions that fit within the no tutoring/no infinite combos rule.
Thanks for any suggestions!


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 Post subject: Re: Oona, Queen of the Fae with NO tutors OR Infinite Combos!!!
AgePosted: 2013-Oct-21 3:35 am 
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The mind control effects are good as long as your opponents are consistently playing creatures worth stealing. They're kind of lame if your opponents like weenie swarm decks or spell-heavy decks.

Tidings is an ok draw spell (5 mana for 4 cards is fairly efficient). I'd probably run its instant-speed cousins Opportunity or Jace's Ingenuity instead.

Dralnu is a really scary card to have in play, and not in a good way where he's scary for your opponents. The deck doesn't really have a way to sacrifice him or protect him consistently, so it's pretty easy for him to sacrifice big chunks of your board. (This wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, but you don't have any way to take advantage of mass sacrifice.) If you just want to re-use a few spells, maybe consider the humble Mnemonic Wall instead?

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 Post subject: Re: Oona, Queen of the Fae with NO tutors OR Infinite Combos!!!
AgePosted: 2013-Oct-24 9:54 am 

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My favorite counterspells in the format are OVerwhelming Intellect, Spelljack, Desertion and Cryptic Command. They're all more mana intensive than the ones you've listed, but they pack a very hard punch and provide value.


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