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Oloro Ad Nauseum EDH Deck by Joshua
About Joshua: Today’s article features an interview with Joshua, aka /u/VengefulJMan on Reddit, as he introduces his Oloro, Ageless Ascetic Commander Deck. Joshua has been playing EDH for about two and a half years now and lives in Ottawa, Canada. He currently has four (4) EDH decks and normally plays control decks. If he had to pick a colour combination, it would probably be Grixis because they’re controlling but rash and chaotic at the same time. Joshua also likes to Draft in Limited events and is active in Modern playing Grixis Twin.
About the Deck: The name of this deck is Comboloro. Joshua has been playing this deck for about a year. The deck itself is of difficult to play and would take some experience to learn how to play it correctly. This commander brew is not really built around it’s commander, although Oloro does come in handy from time to time. Joshua’s playgroup knows to switch to their more powerful decks if he starts to shuffle Oloro up for a game.
Here is a few more insightful facts about the deck:
- This deck is versatile for Multiplayer or 1v1 Commander games
- Follows the Normal EDH Rules Committee Banlist
- Built to be Competitive
- Joshua’s Oloro Deck is a Combo deck
Before we begin the interview, let’s take a look at the Oloro, Ageless Ascetic Combo EDH Decklist!
Oloro Ad Nauseum EDH Deck
Combo Oloro EDH Deck Interview with Joshua
MTGCasualPlay.com: Why did you choose this commander?
Joshua: I chose Oloro and the esper colours to give myself access to specific cards to pull off the Ad Nauseam + Tendrils of Agony combo. Black gives me access to the combo cards as well as rituals and tutors, white gives me removal, Silence and Angel’s Grace. Blue gives me access to dig cards and counterspells.
MTGCasualPlay.com: Give us a Brief History of this deck and how it came about.
Joshua: This deck is very different from how I first started with it. It was missing some tutors and mana rocks and at one point even relied on Sickening Dreams for the kill instead of Tendrils of Agony.
MTGCasualPlay.com: Are there any specific strategies when playing the deck?
Joshua: Go fast. If you think they have counterspells then you slow down, know when to fire off Ad Nauseam and when to wait. Also use a pen and paper when playing the deck, dice can be knocked around which will be bad.
MTGCasualPlay.com: What are your Win Conditions?
Joshua: Tendrils of Agony is the one and only win condition for the deck. Ad Nauseam until you’re close to death (ideally 2-4 life). Play out as much as you can then win. Occasionally requires Angel’s Grace before the Ad Nauseam to kill more than two people in one go.
MTGCasualPlay.com: What are some of the deck’s strengths?
Joshua: The deck is fast, if paired up against a slow deck or a deck that isn’t running much disruption you can get free wins out of it, provided you play the deck properly.
MTGCasualPlay.com: What are some of the Weaknesses of the Deck?
Joshua: Control decks are your bane if they have enough cheap counterspells, find your Boseiju, Who Shelters All then continue from there. Or find yourself a Silence or some counterspells. The other weakness is a bad Ad Nauseam, not hitting enough mana rocks or rituals means you can’t cast your spells to win.
MTGCasualPlay.com: What are some of the more Powerful cards or interactions of the deck?
Joshua: The life gain from Oloro is really nice and gives you some extra life to throw away while casting Ad Nauseam or hurting yourself with lands. Angel’s Grace and Ad Nauseam let you draw your whole deck. The classic Lion’s Eye Diamond and Yawgmoth’s Will will gives you a free black lotus to use… Twice.
My favourite however must be Hurkyl’s Recall and the 0-1 costing mana rocks in the deck. No other card in the deck has the ability to produce extra mana and more storm in such a way.
MTGCasualPlay.com: Are there any Unique or Underrated cards that you play in this deck?
Joshua: I love having Children of Korlis in the deck, it gives you a panic button if you can’t go off properly or if you need to recover the lost life after an Ad Nauseam, or if you even want to Ad Nauseam twice in one turn.
MTGCasualPlay.com: Do you have a Wish List of Cards that you would like to add?
Joshua: Grim Tutor, Imperial Seal, Underground Sea and Tundra. I feel like these are a bit self explanatory. The tutors to make it easier to find Ad Nauseam and the lands to have a better mana base.
MTGCasualPlay.com: Are there cards missing because they didn’t work or were too Powerful? What happened?
Joshua: I’ve been through many a cantrip or tutor that has a mana cost that is too high (hurts you with Ad Nauseam) or if there are simply better ones. I want to use Dig Through Time in the deck but I just can’t justify putting an 8 mana card in the deck.
MTGCasualPlay.com: Why would I want to play this deck?
Joshua: You play this deck if you love to combo out, confuse other players as to what your doing, love math, love storm, or just plain love drawing half your deck then sitting there.
MTGCasualPlay.com: Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your EDH Deck. Is there anything else you would like to include before we wrap things up?
Joshua: I would love to play Grixis instead of Esper to give myself access to more rituals, Faithless Looting and Past in Flames, not sure on it yet though.
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Oloro Ad Nauseum EDH Decklist by Joshua
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