June 6, 2020

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Ikoria Partner Commanders: Silvar and Trynn

Welcome back to another series of articles from CommandBeacon.com. Today we take a look at the former Coppercoat and her Cat Nightmare. The lore behind them is interesting, even though became a bonder she stayed in the city of Drannith to keep it strong by pretty much culling the weak. Luring people out to go exploring with her, going to s den, and feeding them to the big cat. The deck is similar...

June 4, 2020

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The Shard Defining Commanders

Every once in awhile, the conversation among Commander players turns to the question of "format defining" or "the best of the best". I’m not usually a fan of the latter, but the first question of how the format is so often defined is a question that I find interesting. Not from a standpoint of "combo, control and aggro", but from what are some of the most commonly played or definitive...

May 31, 2020

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Ikoria Partner Commanders: Shabraz and Brallin

Welcome back to another series of articles from CommandBeacon.com. We're taking a look at the first partners that were spoiled for Commander 2020, the Jeskai / Raugrin duo and . Ikoria brought us a number of crazy monsters and the bonds they create are interesting. Ikoria has brought us these flying Skysharks in two cards, the Sharknado cycle enchantment, and our Commander . was just trying to...

May 30, 2020

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Ikoria Partner Commanders: Pako and Haldan

Welcome back to another series of articles from CommandBeacon.com. This time we’ll be finishing up the Commander 2020 set with the Partner cycle. This is a cycle of Bonders, which are humans from Ikoria that have established eludha, the mystical bond created with a monster. I am biased and predictable, so we’re starting with our Temur/Ketria partners , and . The strength of Partner...

May 28, 2020

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Learn, Adapt, Overcome, MTGO

With social distancing, paper Magic has become more difficult for most players to enjoy. Playing using webcams to show your boardstate has become a common practice for many players but I implore you to consider an alternative. Boot up Magic: The Gathering Online and spend a few dollars for one of the best Commander experiences available. A program where you only ever need to own one copy of a...

May 21, 2020

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Hail to the King

Five colour decks are always a scary thing to be building. Which colours do you skew your mana base towards? Should you go for a crazy combo deck like or something fairer? Where do you even start with this? Well, I often talk about putting cycles of cards in your 4 colour decks to start with. So, why not try with putting in more complete cycles of cards from all five colours? We will obviously be...

May 13, 2020

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Back of the Pack

Oftentimes, people will discuss the most powerful colours of magic. Frequently enough, you’ll see Green and Blue held in high regard. But its commonly considered the lowest power colour is White. There are a high number of reasons for this, as the colour is predominantly treated as support in multicoloured decks. As a result, many players will feel alienated from playing a Mono-White deck....

May 6, 2020

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Companions in Commander

With Commander 2020 out of the way and a brief look at some other notable cards printed in Ikoria, it’s about time we discussed what Companions will be looking like and how they may affect the format. Time is more often spent on Commanders, but now there’s a new aspect that people have to keep in mind. Should you be running Companions and is there enough of an upside to skew your card choices...

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