Why Voltron Isn’t Viable in Casual Commander

Kristen Gregory Commander

Voltron in Commander has historically been a bit of an underdog. Part of that is because of how easy it is to disassemble; an equal part has been because of how narrow a game plan it has. But why has its viability fallen in recent times? Let’s dig in. Voltron Voltron is the strategy of having your deck revolve around …

A Guide to the Gods of Kaldheim

Kristen Gregory Commander

Kaldheim preview season has been full of exciting new cards to brew with. Let’s review the most divine cards of the set: the Gods of Kaldheim.  The Gods of each plane have often had a unique mechanic. In Theros block, they’re indestructible and require devotion to colors. In Amonkhet, they’re indestructible and can’t attack or block until a condition is …

Koll, the Forgemaster: Boros cEDH?!

Kristen Gregory Commander

Koll, the Forgemaster was recently previewed for Kaldheim. Let’s dig into his potential to help Boros with alternate win conditions! When I saw Koll previewed the other day, I initially felt indifference: “Sure, here’s another ‘equipment matters’ card, Wizards is clearly amidst a renaissance with that idea.” At face value, the card is pretty good for the cost. Returning fallen …

Casual Commander Probably Isn’t What You Think

Kristen Gregory Commander

Chances are that when you sit down for a game of Commander, it’s going to be “casual.” That only really holds true, though, if your definition of “casual” is strictly “not competitive.” Overwhelmingly, the non-competitive players outnumber those who want to push things to the limits, but the truth of the matter is that “casual” is a far more nebulous …

Commander: Upgrading Syr Gwyn, Hero of Ashvale

Kristen Gregory Commander

Although building new decks and trying new Commanders makes up a large part of the fun when it comes to new sets, updating old decks and trying to make older cards more playable is also rewarding in its own way. Like many people, I’ve been brewing with the new cards in my search for the most powerful way to play …

The Best of White Card Design 2020: Part 2

Kristen Gregory Design

As 2020 draws to a close, white’s relevancy continues to be a sticking point for Magic players in most formats. Last year, I put together an evaluation of the year’s cards over at Hipsters of the Coast. The conclusion last year? Well, though white did get some better cards, the rising tide was still threatening to sink white’s ship; for …

Best of White Card Design 2020, Pt. 1

Kristen Gregory Design

As 2020 draws to a close, white’s relevancy continues to be a sticking point for Magic players in most formats. Last year, I put together an evaluation of the year’s cards over at Hipsters of the Coast. The conclusion last year? Though white did get some better cards, the rising tide was still threatening to sink white’s ship; for every …

The Power of Recursion: What’s Yours is Mine

Kristen Gregory Commander

Kristen takes us through some choice ways to plunder your opponent’s graveyards. Recursion is something I’ve enjoyed writing about before over at Hipsters of the Coast. I feel that, along with ramp and draw, recursion is one the pillars of the Commander format — especially when it comes to gauging power levels.  The Power of Recursion In fact, one of …