Hello to all! My name is Jared Smith, and I have just been given a volunteer writing position here at mtgcasualplay and I figure my first article should be a little bit of background about myself. I am eighteen years old, still currently in high school (so I’m on a part time job budget), work at McDonalds, and love Mexican food! I first began Magic my sophomore year of high school and played kitchen table magic with my friends. Moving forward in my magic career I became obsessed with playing Standard at FNM with my Chapin inspired Grixis Control deck (think Olivia Voldaren, Desperate Ravings, and Doom Blade) during Scars and Innistrad. After Rotation I began to play a four color Reanimator deck that focused on using Unburial Rites to return Griselbrand to the battle field after a Grisly Salvage. It was around this time that I first heard of EDH and I almost instantly fell in love with it!
My first Deck was a janky Bruna, Light of Alabaster deck that used Traumatize to beef up Bruna for a hopeful OTK on an unsuspecting opponent. However, it was not long until Bruna and I parted ways. I then found while snooping around old Kamigawa legends a new card, Shirei, Shizo’s Caretaker and it was love at first site. I instantly began to look around for inspiration for a list. I found the components of the Shirei shell on a number of sites, namely Tappedout and Top and Go’s TheOther99. After I had a basic list I began to customize my list until I created the list that I have today! Like all EDH decks, it is never finished, always able to be upgraded and expanded upon as new cards come out and new combos are discovered, however; I believe for the most part that I am content with the list that I have. The only two cards that I am currently testing is the Gray Merchant of Asphodel and the Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Both of which have been phenomenal so far but only time shall tell… So without further ado! I present to you! Shirei, Shizo’s Caretaker, Queen of Mono-Black Synergy!
Shirei, Shizo's Caretake, Queen of Mono-Black Synergy
So this is the deck as I have it so far, I am constantly adding to it, and I am always taking suggestions to improve it! This deck is a blast to play and it seems like no game is ever the same, Shirei causing creatures return always allow for new things! I hope that this won’t be the last you hear from me and I look forward to writing again! Until then, keep tapping those cards!