Not-So-Mysterious Santa [EDH]


The Tentacled One
Continuing this December silliness in the West Coast Commander League, I built a deck to best ensure that I'd have snow permanents, that I'd have cards with family relations in their names, that I'd tap Sensei's Divining Top and/or Candelabra of Tawnos, and that I'd trade cards with my opponents. I also wanted to use a bearded Legends commander. Specifically, on with "beard" in its name and in its art. Oh yes, playing the role of Santa Claus in this preposterous show is none other than Barktooth Warbeard, the most aggressively bearded commander in existence, and arguably the worst commander in existence. For the price of 4BRR, you get a 6/5. That level of value is hard not to beat. The only other real contenders would be fellow vanilla seven-drops (with an inexplicable requirement to pay two mana in one of the colors) Jedit Ojanen and Jerrard of the Closed Fist. They're all pretty much the bottom of the barrel. Jedit Ojanen is even a 5/5! So it probably has the strongest claim to the throne of worst. But I'd make a case for Barktooth Warbeard: this is a dead weight commander that saddles you with black/red as your color identity. And that just might outweigh the extra point of power.

Anyway, the "Gift Exchange" point is easy to pull off in blue (Gilded Drake can do it by itself). Trickier in black/red. So this morning, I built a deck...

1x Barktooth Warbeard

1x Animate Dead
1x Arcum's Astrolabe
1x Arid Mesa
1x Badlands
1x Beacon of Unrest
1x Blood Crypt
1x Bloodstained Mire
1x Bolas's Citadel
1x Bonus Round
1x Brood of Cockroaches
1x Brothers of Fire
1x Bubbling Muck
1x Burnt Offering
1x Cabal Coffers
1x Cabal Stronghold
1x Candelabra of Tawnos
1x Captive Audience
1x Child of Night
1x Coffin Queen
1x Coldsteel Heart
1x Confusion in the Ranks
1x Crown of Doom
1x Damnation
1x Dance of the Dead
1x Dark Petition
1x Dark Ritual
1x Decree of Pain
1x Demonic Tutor
1x Disowned Ancestor
1x Electrodominance
1x Exsanguinate
1x Fall of the Titans
1x Fire Covenant
1x Galvanic Key
1x Gauntlet of Might
1x Goblin Rimerunner
1x Grandmother Sengir
1x Grim Tutor
1x Humble Defector
1x Insurrection
1x Jinxed Idol
1x Jinxed Ring
1x Mana Vault
1x Manakin
1x Manifold Key
1x Marsh Flats
1x Maze of Ith
1x Necromancy
1x No Mercy
1x Olivia Voldaren
1x Past in Flames
1x Path of Ancestry
1x Phyrexian Broodlings
1x Polluted Delta
1x Rainbow Vale
1x Reanimate
1x Rimebound Dead
1x Runaway Steam-Kin
1x Scalding Tarn
1x Scrying Sheets
1x Sensei's Divining Top
1x Sire Of Insanity
1x Sisters of the Flame
1x Sleeper Agent
8x Snow-Covered Mountain
9x Snow-Covered Swamp
1x Sol Ring
1x Starke of Rath
1x Stormfist Crusader
1x Strip Mine
1x Terminate
1x Thermopod
1x Uncle Istvan
1x Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
1x Vampiric Tutor
1x Verdant Catacombs
1x Voltaic Key
1x Wasteland
1x Wheel of Fortune
1x Wishclaw Talisman
1x Witch Engine
1x Wooded Foothills
1x Xantcha, Sleeper Agent
1x Yawgmoth's Will

Lost every game but earned the most points every game, so I'm calling this one a success.