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AgePosted: 2011-Aug-11 9:00 pm 
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Back in the aptly named CommanderCast episode, Giant Shark, in Season 2, the entourage segment encouraged the creation of a deck using Chisei, Heart of Oceans as a general. Chisei saw basically the inverse of Ib Halfheart's blazing path to success; no one built a Chisei deck, no one has (to my knowledge) mailed CommanderCast with one. No one cares about Chisei.

Until now.

Taking the secret tech picks from CommanderCast, I've constructed a Chisei, Heart of Oceans deck that will strike terror, or at least laughter, into the hearts of your friends, enemies, and frenemies.

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— Note: this is just a beater, Chisei cannot make this guy move faster, but he is good in multiplayer.



















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— No, really.




So, what does this deck do? The trained eye will see a good deal of card draw and cantrips, some light disruption, and some big threats in the form of huge creatures.

The deck tries to do a bunch of different things: Ramp as best blue can, slow the tempo of the game through effects like , and draw a boat of cards, dig for threats and answers, preferably filtered through , and finally issue threats altogether. Chisei aids in a lot of these; he can maintain Halls of Mist forever, aid in a Reality Acid's removal of any permanent, help Glen Elendra Archmage continue to control the game, and maintain Mystic Remora for card draw forever.

I've avoided including too many cards that use counters, because I thought they might become weak if Chisei wasn't capable of removing the tokens. Chisei is also capable of taking the offensive: with Unstable Mutation, Chisei becomes (and remains, thanks to his upkeep 'cost') a dreaded 7 power general, creating a three turn clock. Chisei can also cause Chronozoas to replicate out of control.

Edit: Since Entourage was mentioned at the start of Episode 13, I thought I'd add a bit more. This list emphasizes beating people up with creatures like Deep-Sea Kraken, Inkwell Leviathan, Artisan of Kozilek, and Keiga. As written, this list digs for mana rocks, beaters and answers. What this list also really lends itself to is combo. I've built my version of this deck with fat beaters because I find them much more satisfying than combo wins, despite the fact it has a much worse win ratio.

Between , , Tomorrow and the card draw, you can dig for combo pieces instead of mana rocks and beaters. If you remove the beaters and some of the mana rocks and add in , and , and a few outlets for infinite mana, this list can very easily be an efficient combo deck. Or you could dig for and , or whatever your poison of preference is. The combo potential for blue is well documented, so I wont rehash it out here. Also, can be a hard-to-answer defense card that plays into Chisei (and Crucible, because combo players love Crucible).

There you have it: Chisei, nation of one.

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AgePosted: 2011-Aug-12 10:39 am 

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Play . Awesome synergy with your general. You may also want to try To give all your guys persist.


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AgePosted: 2011-Aug-12 10:54 am 
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I did consider , but Chisei wears away at it slower than you think. Worse than that, someone is almost always willing to , or it away before the last couple of tokens go.

Cauldron of Souls is also on the radar. It isn't in, because it's currently in my Horobi deck (where it's outright devastating).

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AgePosted: 2011-Aug-13 4:27 am 

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Smokestack would be good in this list.


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