EDH Deck Time: Valki

It’s weird that Valki can only change forms once, but here we are anyhow. This is actually an interesting card. This color pairing is hardly the best for ramping, but being able to play Tibalt even once is very strong. If Tibalt dies, that’s not really a problem.

The actual problem is that I don’t really know what to do with this particular commander. I just don’t see a specific direction. The abilities on both sides make this even more difficult, as it’s so dependent on what your opponents bring to the table. With this specific combination of colors, I would just like to start by a) playing all the cards I like that are in this specific color combination and b) try to sow some chaos (which is what this color pairing does best).

[draft]Allure of the Unknown
Angrath, the Flame-Chained
Captive Audience
Chainer, Nightmare Adept
Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast
Defiler of Souls
Dragonlord Kolaghan
Fulminator Mage
Havoc Festival
Judith, the Scourge Diva
Kroxa, Titan of Death’s Hunger
Lightning Skelemental
Mogis, God of Slaughter
Olivia Voldaren
Rakdos, the Showstopper
Rix Maadi Reveler
Theater of Horrors
The Scorpion God
Underworld Cerberus
Xantcha, Sleeper Agent
Zagras, Thief of Heartbeats
Azra Oddsmaker
Bituminous Blast
Blazing Specter
Carnage Gladiator
Garna, the Bloodflame
Kulrath Knight
Rafter Demon
Swift Warkite[/draft]

There’s a bit of a discard theme there, so let’s push that a bit:

[draft]Skull Rend
Liliana’s Specter
Burglar Rat
Caligo Skin-Witch
Cavern Whisperer
Court of Ambition
Elvish Doomsayer
Liliana, Waker of the Dead
Liliana of the Veil
The Eldest Reborn
Syphon Mind
Tinybones, Trinket Thief
Waste Not[/draft]

Oh, wow, that’s already 42 cards, which leaves room for 17 more (assuming 40 lands, which I think is adequate). I do want around 10 ways to find more lands to make sure everything goes fine. On top of that, some interaction:

[draft]Rakdos Charm
Price of Fame
Murderous Rider

And our ramp:

[draft]Armillary Sphere
Burnished Hart
Journeyer’s Kite
Pilgrim’s Eye
Solemn Simulacrum
Sword of the Animist
Wayfarer’s Bauble
Skittering Surveyor
Thaumatic Compass
Wild-Field Scarecrow[/draft]

I didn’t check the curve in any way and there are some very expensive cards there. The idea is to slow down your opponents with the discard and handle card advantage with Tibalt. Some cards like [card]Read the Bones[/card] would be great, but we can manage without it.

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