March 26, 2020

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Paying Attention to the Curve

One of the most common mistakes in deck building is the mana curve itself. It’s common to see an over-reliance on cards that cost three or more despite the deck running insufficient ramp or lands (34 or less) or too many cards at one converted mana cost. Let’s take a look at a decklist that isn’t particularly high in power level but still stays very conscious of its mana curve with a heavy...

March 18, 2020

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The Building Blocks

As we all rest at home and keep ourselves and the community around us safe, many of us will find the itch to interact with Magic in some way. This could be through Arena, MTGO or other digital programs that allow us to play the game. My personal favourite way to stay connected to Magic in times where I can’t play the game is brewing. Being able to create various different lists quickly is...

March 13, 2020

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Summoning Seance

One of the many ongoing jokes in the Magic community is the card . A card that requires a lot of setup to ever really do anything. With this kind of a barrier for entry, the Commander community always will step up to the challenge. No jank is too jank for us. Often times this will come in the form of a deck (made popular by MTGMuddstah) or a list that would probably prefer to not have the . Today...

March 5, 2020

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It's Over 9000!

With CommandFests becoming larger and larger for Wizards and Channel Fireball, it was only a matter of time before they had to wonder how to make an effective pairing system. The power rating system was a logical conclusion, but the core of the problem lies in not everyone agreeing with another person’s choice for their power rating. One would think that with the system that The Command Zone...

February 27, 2020

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Izzet Too Powerful?

As one continues down the path of mayhem that is commander, you may find yourself turning towards the absurdity of the format. The decks that just have ludicrous turns because fun is a finite amount and you must be having all of it. At the same time, you don’t want to destroy your meta and make it too overpowered, you just want to do ridiculous things! Let’s look at a downgraded version of...

February 20, 2020

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The Real Threat

A topic frequently brought up in commander is the power of early plays and how threat assessment. An ongoing debate that has come to the forefront of commander after PleasantKenobi opted not to play his Sol Ring on turn one. This sparks an old commander debate: If you’re ahead so early on mana, does it prevent politics and greatly dislodge standard threat assessment? Kenobi’s take was that of...

February 5, 2020

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Chaos Will Consume All

I hope you’re ready for another absurd brew from yours truly. is a commander deck often looked to for sweet value or jamming five colour good stuff. Today let’s look at something on the more absurd side of design and take advantage of our commander to manipulate the board state in some of the most confusing ways (while also on a mostly tight budget). Chaos Incarnate Now in this deck, there...

January 29, 2020

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The Legendary Deadeye

Are you ready for a spicy new list? The requirement for the build this time was UB enter-the-battlefield effects. This deck consists of a series of spells that focus on keeping control of the battlefield while also amassing great value. The commander chosen for this deck was none other than everyone’s favourite . While they don’t flicker cards, they do generate a lot of value for us with...

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