Celebrity EDH Decks – Aaron Forsythe’s Radha

Radha, Heir to Keld

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The people at Wizards of the Coast love Magic. They really love the game the make, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Building decks and trying out new cards before we do can get tiring (Sure, whatever). What do they do when they want to play something else?

That’s right, they EDH it up; just like you and me.

If you are planning to go to a large pre-release where WotC employees will be gunslinging (usually playing sealded decks against yours), I would highly suggest that you bring along an EDH deck. Most of them are carrying them around when they go and would like to see what you’ve done with yours.

Today’s Celebrity EDH deck comes from Aaron Forsythe (@mtgaaron) who was kind enough to share one of his decks with us. After the deck list, we’ll give a little analysis about how to play the deck and what you should be watching for while playing this (For those of you wondering why we didn’t do that with Bennie Smith’s Baron Segnir deck, it’s because he wrote about it himself).

As you can see, Aaron’s General for this deck is Radha, Heir to Keld. Let’s take a look at what she does:

Whenever Radha, Heir to Keld attacks, you may add RR to your mana pool.
T: Add G to your mana pool.

What I liked about her is that she does mana acceleration in a different way, an aggressive way. Plus, with new M10 rules having no mana burn, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be attacking with her if you can. Let’s listen to the deck’s pilot and creator about this deck. Take it away Aaron:

It’s like all your favorite ElfBall decks rolled into one!

Thanks Aaron! On to the deck.

General
Radha, Heir to Keld

Creatures
1 Azusa, Lost but Seeking
1 Birchlore Rangers
1 Bloodbraid Elf
1 Bloom Tender
1 Boreal Druid
1 Caller of the Claw
1 Deranged Hermit
1 Devoted Druid
1 Elvish Archdruid
1 Elvish Harbinger
1 Elvish Lyrist
1 Elvish Scrapper
1 Elvish Visionary
1 Essence Warden
1 Eternal Witness
1 Farhaven Elf
1 Fyndhorn Elder
1 Fyndhorn Elves
1 Heart Warden
1 Heritage Druid
1 Imperious Perfect
1 Llanowar Elves
1 Lys Alana Huntmaster
1 Multani’s Acolyte
1 Nettle Sentinel
1 Nullmage Shepherd
1 Priest of Titania
1 Primordial Sage
1 Quirion Ranger
1 Regal Force
1 Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
1 Seeker of Skybreak
1 Skyshroud Ranger
1 Sylvan Messenger
1 Timberwatch Elf
1 Viridian Zealot
1 Wellwisher
1 Wirewood Channeler
1 Wirewood Herald
1 Wirewood Hivemaster
1 Wirewood Symbiote
1 Wood Elves

Enchantments
1 Earthcraft
1 Elvish Guidance
1 Exploration
1 Fecundity
1 Fires of Yavimaya
1 Goblin Bombardment
1 Sylvan Library
1 Utopia Sprawl

Sorceries
1 Beacon of Creation
1 Elvish Promenade
1 Glimpse of Nature
1 Harmonize
1 Hurricane
1 Ignite Memories
1 Natural Order
1 Regrowth
1 Wheel of Fortune

Instants
1 Chord of Calling
1 Crop Rotation
1 Summoner’s Pact

Artifacts
1 Ashnod’s Altar
1 Blasting Station
1 Coat of Arms
1 Lightning Greaves
1 Sol Ring
1 Skullclamp
1 Staff of Domination

Lands
1 Gaea’s Cradle
1 Oran-Reif, the Vastwood
1 Misty Rainforest
1 Stomping Ground
1 Taiga
1 Verdant Catacombs
1 Windswept Heath
1 Wirewood Lodge
1 Wooded Foothills
20 Forest
1 Mountain

Tips on playing the deck:

This is like an ElfBall deck, minus the Fireball (which gave it the Ball name). You play Elves, and swing with Elves. You can sacrifice elves to do certain things (add mana, draw cards, do damage), and rise and repeat. The Elves to various things such as kill artifacts and enchantments, draw cards, add mana, gain life; you know, normal Elf stuff. There’s also some fun tricks in there as well:

Blasting Station – I mentioned in the Verdeloth Post that creatures enter the battlefield at the same time but trigger each time and that you could use each one of those to active and untap the Blasting Station. Same trick works here as well. You’ve got several cards that let you abuse multiple “enter the battlefield” time triggers.

Caller of the Claw – Some of you might look at this and say “Oh, it’s anti-Wrath tech.” And then there’s the those of you who looked at it and said, “Oh, this works with Blasting Station, Ashnod’s Altar and Goblin Bombardment so well.”

Ignite Memories – If you don’t know how this works, you play alot of elves with the mana to play Ignite Memories so you can storm it 500 million times killing everyone on the table. Half of the fun is picking the card at random and picking the same card five times to do 0 damage.

This decklist looks pretty complete, but there might be some more cards you could change around if you wanted to.

Nissa Revane – Your deck is full of Elves, so the ultimate is insane. By gaining life or adding a single Nissa’s Chosen in the mix, you might be able to get it up to 7 loyality counters. Then if you search out all Elves and have an Elvish Soultiller in there to shuffle back all your Elves you just Blasting Stationed away… who am I kidding. If people see that, they know it’s an Elf deck, it’s DOA. Live the dream though, right?

Eldrazi Monument – Am I just taking cards from the most recent SCG 5K winner and throwing them in here? It may seem like it, but they work well together.

Fireball – How can you have an ElfBall deck without the Fireball? Come on!

Thoughts, ideas? Let’s hear them in the comments.

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