Arjun

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Arjun, the Shifting Flame (yes, this is a coin-flipping deck[NO REFUNDS])

Arjun is a great sphinx… er wizard.  Also apparently not an artifact. A lot of things weird with this one on a lot of levels but I digress, let’s delve in. 

Now the first thing that might strike you is that if you can ping anyone on a draw you can deal damage. This is obvious and a fairly boring tactic so I’m going to use his abillity as a pseudo deck search.

Now you might think “Noah, that makes absolutely no sense, please stop writing these articles forever and burn all of your decks now and while I’ve considered quiting it just aint in the cards. *pauses for laughter*

But hear me out, because you can reliably get a new hand three or four times a turn, you could easily go through 40 cards a turn, am I right? (maybe not easily, but it is doable) using this to our advantage, we can find the cards we want. (this is probably a pretty widely used tactic so don’t message me saying something like “people do that and it’s called digging or treasure hunting” because I’m well aware but if you have a real name for it don’t hold back)

Now tell me, what is a great card for coin flipping? If you answered with any of those pictured above you are correct! You can easily find a Krark’s Thumb through all the chaos. Of course you can get a mirror gallery to go with that and if you didn’t throw a sculpting steel in that mix, well, who are we kidding? Of course that’s going in too! What I just described is a way (I believe, tell me if I’m wrong though @magicjudge help me out on this one) to win every flip and here’s why. You have two thumbs which is okay because we’ve got a mirror gallery. One thumb lets you flip two coins, the other lets you retry the next flip should you fail. Because the two make new coin flipping events each time, the other will always give you another flip. However, don’t go crazy over this because it could only give you 4 flips or it could be an infinite combo that you can’t stop because (again, judge) priority never gets passed during a coin flip.

scratch that, you flip four with two thumbs and choose one. My bad. (but you’re still stacking the odds to like a 7/8 chance that you win. and that’s only with two)

Some other things to note about the deck, you will see laboratory maniac, this is an obvious choice for any deck that draws a heavy number of cards. If you enter the infinite (say, because you have Niv Mizzet or Psychosis Crawler on the  field) and you can’t quite finish your opponent, this little guy is great to fall back on. 

Thought reflection is also on here. This is because it lets you refill to twice your hand size. Because you’re going to be running a lab maniac in there anyways, you won’t really even have to worry about decking yourself. 

Parallel Thoughts is an excellent card to put in this deck. It will let you get a hand of your choosing or just grab a few specific cards. 

also, for those of you who may want it, here is a full decklist (with these ideas)

Paarth-Panchaali

Krishna stood beside Maharaj Drupad, watching his two best friends exchange wedding garlands. He smiled knowingly at the shrewd King’s obvious satisfaction at having his daughter married to the young man he had coveted for so long. Krishna himself smiled for another reason. Yes it was true that Draupadi’s marriage also included Arjun’s four brothers, yet Krishna felt a special kind of satisfaction seeing Arjun take his beloved sakhi around the sacrificial fire.
What they didn’t know…what may take them a lifetime to realise, was that they were both a special part of him. Arjun was literally half of his soul. Krishna knew that their friendship would transcend normal levels and come to be thought of as a relationship between man and God, but the love which he held for Arjun couldn’t be measured in human form.

Krishna chuckled as he remembered their past life as Nara-Narayan, the twin incarnations of the four-armed Vishnu. Their time at Badrinath had been beautiful indeed, but they had spent most of their time immersed in penance and austerities. Their relationship in this life was going to be very different. Krishna openly laughed in anticipation of the adventures he would share with Arjun. Drupad furrowed his eyebrows and turned to glance around for the source of the commotion, but seeing it was his daughter’s beloved sakha, he smiled and continued throwing flower petals over the bride and groom.

 Krishna watched as Draupadi took Arjun’s hand for the last phera. Draupadi or Krishnaa as she was named at birth, was no less important than Arjun to him. It was solely for her benefit that he had brushed aside his never ending political conflicts and come to stand protectively beside her. Her primordial being was that of his Lakshmi, yet in the Dwapar Yug a grand design had been wrought, one which, this time, entrusted her human form to him in a brotherly fashion. Yet he knew that this partial form of Lakshmi would find her Vishnu one way or another. And thus she had. While Arjun won both Draupadi’s hand and heart, destiny sought to match her with Vishnu in his entirety, namely with his Sudarshan chakra, Kaumodki mace, the Padma lotus and his Panchajanya conch-shell. Arjun’s four brothers were those 4 attributes of Vishnu, Krishna mused. His face clouded when he recalled all that they would have to suffer in this life. But as Draupadi and Arjun bent to touch his feet for the customary blessing, he felt his resolve multiply. They wouldn’t be alone. He, Vasudev Krishna, would stand beside them, holding them dear in his heart. They were his most vital elements for the Leela he would perform in this world, yet more importantly they were his best friends.