View Full Version : Ertai the Corrupted - Solar Flare EDH

01-13-2010, 04:22 PM
This was an idea that tickled me: a control deck with blue that doesn't have any (or hardly any) counters.

I am of the opinion that the two Standard environments with Ravnica are among some of the most diverse and interesting in recent history, and one of my favorite decks from that era is Solar Flare. In case you don't know or don't remember, Solar Flare was a deck in Esper colors that eschewed counters for a strong board control element backed up by fatties that were discarded to its draw spells and then reanimated, usually via Zombify. The deck used Remand and maybe a few other cards to prevent particularly devastating spells from resolving but preferred to use sweepers, pinpoint removal, and big dorks with powerful effects to sculpt a favorable game state. This was the deck that made Angel of Despair good.

In seeking to emulate this in EDH, I stumbled across the Dark Side Ertai, who not only has the same colors but also allows me to drop counters from the main entirely in favor of using my general as a proxy for the light counter suite of the old Standard builds. Here's what I've come up with so far:

3 Plains
4 Island
4 Swamp
1 Snow-Covered Plains
2 Snow-Covered Island
3 Snow-Covered Swamp
1 Hallowed Fountain
1 Tundra
1 Watery Grave
1 Underground Sea
1 Godless Shrine
1 Scrubland
1 Flood Plain
1 Flooded Strand
1 Bad River
1 Polluted Delta
1 Marsh Flats
1 Mystic Gate
1 Sunken Ruins
1 Fetid Heath
1 Arcane Sanctum
1 Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth

1 Academy Ruins
1 Thawing Glaciers
1 Volrath's Stronghold
1 Wasteland

1 Spectral Lynx
1 Azorius Guildmage
1 Aven Mindcensor
1 Wall of Denial
1 Mulldrifter
1 Sphinx of Lost Truths
1 Dralnu, Lich Lord
1 Yosei, the Morning Star
1 Keiga, the Tide Star
1 Oona, Queen of the Fae
1 Angel of Despair
1 Magister Sphinx
1 Akroma, Angel of Wrath
1 Tidespout Tyrant
1 Avatar of Woe
1 Sphinx of the Steel Wind
1 Blazing Archon
1 Inkwell Leviathan

1 Elspeth, Knight-Errant
1 Jace Beleren
1 Liliana Vess
1 Sorin Markov

1 Path to Exile
1 Swords to Plowshares
1 Agony Warp
1 Doom Blade
1 Capsize
1 Vindicate
1 Oblivion Stone
1 Wrath of God
1 Damnation
1 Nevinyrral's Disk
1 Akroma's Vengeance

1 Ancestral Vision
1 Ponder
1 Vampiric Tutor
1 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Compulsion
1 Demonic Tutor
1 Compulsive Research
1 Phyrexian Arena
1 Necropotence
1 Careful Consideration
1 Fact or Fiction
1 Tidings

1 Thopter Foundry
1 Sword of the Meek
1 Bitterblossom
1 Spectral Procession

1 Exhume
1 Victimize
1 Zombify
1 Beacon of Unrest
1 Debtors' Knell

1 Mana Vault
1 Sol Ring
1 Azorius Signet
1 Dimir Signet
1 Orzhov Signet
1 Prismatic Lens
1 Coalition Relic
1 Darksteel Ingot

General: 1 Ertai, the Corrupted

You have a small contingent of early defensive creatures, but the stars of the show are huge guys you can pitch to your draw spells and then reanimate (although you can eventually cast all of them). There are a couple token producers to help Ertai along as well.

Cards I want to fit in here, in no particular order:

Profane Command
Austere Command
Counterbalance (is my curve too shitty?)
Aeon Chronicler


The Treefolk Master
06-12-2011, 06:18 PM
How does the deck fare 1v1 against Zur?

06-12-2011, 11:40 PM
How does the deck fare 1v1 against Zur?
Dunno. There's an updated version of the deck floating around on this forum that I took apart because it was boring to play.

I suspect you need more counters to beat Zur.

06-13-2011, 09:06 PM
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