EDH Deck Time: Kolvori

Six… Okay, imagine this: You have a 99 card deck, which you divide into groups of six randomly. How many hits do you need in the deck to make sure that each of these groups has at least one? Actually, in this case, where you will have one pile of 3, the answer is 98. That’s not exactly something you would be interested in doing. What is the probability we are happy with? I’d say 80%. What’s the number of legendary creatures we would need for that? I’ll just pull out the ol’ trusty hypergeometric calculator, punch in some numbers and find out that the answer is 42, in which case the probability is 81.07%. Let’s start with that.

There’s 101 potential candidates for this (as of this writing), which isn’t much, when you take into account that there are many that are pure elf tribal or are there to support themes we are not playing. Let’s start with the no-brainers.

[draft]Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma
Halana, Kessig Ranger
Iwamori of the Open Fist
Kodama of the East Tree
Kogla, the Titan Ape
Nissa, Vastwood Seer
Nylea, Keen-Eyed
Polukranos, World Eater
Reki, the History of Kamikawa[/draft]

That’s not a good start. We are just over one fifth of the way there. Also, it’s easy to see even at this point that keeping the curve low is going to be problematic. Anyhow, two things emerge: There is a fight theme, even if Polukranos doesn’t technically fight nor does Halana cause fighting, and we are going to need a lot of mana production.

The next set:

[draft]Anara, Wolvid Familiar
Arashi, the Sky Asunder
Arasta of the Endless Web
Ashaya, Soul of the Wild
Baru, Fist of Krosa
Dosan, the Fallen Leaf
Gargos, Vicious Watcher
Ghalta, Primal Hunger
Gilanra, Caller of Wildwood
God Eternal Rhonas
Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
Kamahl, Heart of Krosa
Kodama of the North Tree
Kozilek, Butcher of Truth
Multani, Yavimaya’s Avatar
Myojin of Life’s Web
Nylea, God of the Hunt
Oyiva Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter
Patron of the Orochi
Rhonas the Indomitable
Rishkar, Peema Renegade
Selvala, Heart of the Wilds
Surrak, the Hunt Caller
Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger
Yeva, Nature’s Herald[/draft]

That’s 25 cards and with the nine from before makes 34 all in all. That means that to hit our goal of 42, we have to dig deeper. Sure, there’s several Eldrazi Titans not yet in the deck, but I don’t think that’s the way we want to go, because of their cost (and the other Kozilek requires those pesky diamonds). Instead, I’m just going to put in cheaper legends to keep the curve at least somewhat manageable.

[draft]Azusa, Lost But Seeking
Glissa, Sunseeker
Hua Tuo, Honored Physician
Isao, Enlightened Bushi
Melira, Sylvok Outcast
Mirri, Cat Warrior
Thrun, the Last Troll
Traxos, Scourge of Kroog[/draft]

I guess some of these are pretty good, actually. Hua Tuo can guarantee a hit with Kolvori, for example.

Since I do want to play 40 lands, we still have room for 17 other cards. Some of these should be ramp. We have some of that in the deck already, but I do like to have around 50 sources of mana in my deck. However, Kolvori can handle this as well. This is kind of complicated. Do we want to play Kolvori as [card]The Ringhart Crest[/card]? I do think that should be kind of last resort, unless we expect her to go back to the command zone soon enough.

[draft]Rampant Growth
Nature’s Lore
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Kodama’s Reach
Nissa’s Pilgrimage
Nissa’s Triumph[/draft]

For the 10 remaining cards, let’s bolster the fighting theme, just for fun.

[draft]Apex Altisaur
Inscription of Abundance
Khalni Ambush
Primal Might
Setessan Tactics
Territorial Allosaurus
Thorn Mammoth
Ulvenwald Tracker
Voracious Hydra
Master of the Wild Hunt[/draft]

Top that off with 40 lands and that’s a deck. Of sorts. I can’t promise it’s any good, but it’s a list. If you want to make changes, I would suggest trying to lower the curve to make sure you don’t spend much of the game waiting to find something to play.

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