The Secret to Better Commander Games is INtent

The Secret to Better Commander Games is Intent

Scott Cullen Commander

When you sit down to a game and shuffle up, what do you hope for? Personally, I hope that “this game is the best one yet.” The most foundational approach for this is to have clear and open Rule 0 conversations. These have had a healthy time in the spotlight lately, with more and more creators including these conversations in …

How to Brew Commander Decks on a Budget

How to Brew Commander Decks on a Budget

Scott Cullen Commander

For a lot of us, the best part of Commander is the process. Brainstorming ideas until you have a complex web of synergies (and 20 cuts to make) is one of the most enticing aspects of the format. Brewing is how many players show off their creativity, and there’s no greater compliment than telling someone their deck is amazing. Not …

5 Great Commander Cards Under 5

5 Great Commander Cards Under $5

Scott Cullen Commander

It’s near impossible to keep up with all of the cards in Commander and their various uses. Some incredible cards will inevitably slip through the cracks and fade into obscurity, appearing only as pet cards or secret technology in the decks of brewers with too much time on their hands (yes, this is a self-callout).  Today, I’ve got five such …

3 Underrated Commanders

3 Unique Commanders that Deserve More Love

Scott Cullen Commander

Every commander is unique, and no two decks are alike. However, some legendary creatures see a lot more play than others; these are usually the face commanders of preconstructed decks, or the more obviously powerful choices in a particular archetype. When these decks make up a lot of the collective pool in Commander, some of the more interesting commanders don’t …

Precon Deck Upgrade Guide Planar Portal

Forgotten Realms Commander Upgrade Guide: Planar Portal

Scott Cullen Commander

Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is set to be a hugely impactful Commander product. Not only is there already a huge overlap between D&D and Magic players that are loving the flavor and themes of these preconstructed decks — they serve as an attractive stepping stone for D&D players to get into Magic. Today, I’ll be taking …

Budget Decks with AFR

3 Adventurous Commanders in Forgotten Realms

Scott Cullen Commander

With every new set come exciting new legendary creatures, and Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms doesn’t disappoint. The spread of different abilities and support for multiple archetypes is particularly impressive: there are some interesting twists on classic strategies like life gain, artifacts, and Dragons, as well as brand new strategies like dice rolling, dungeons, and giant space …

5 Potential Winners from Forgotten Realms

5 Potential Winners from Forgotten Realms

Scott Cullen Community

The time for adventuring is nearly upon us! It’s the start of preview season for Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, and it’s already showing to be a hugely engaging set. D&D players are being exposed to the world of Magic, just as Magic players are becoming more immersed in the tabletop RPG community. There has always been …

Affordable New Modern Decks

New Budget Modern Decks with MH2

Scott Cullen Modern

It may have only been released just a few days ago, but we’re already riding the waves created by Modern Horizon 2’s impact. Modern is a totally new beast, one that’s proving hard to tame into a settled metagame in the weeks since MH2’s early release on Magic Online. This is a great sign, as it means there is plenty …

Returning to your LGS

Reentering the Battlefield: Returning to Your LGS

Scott Cullen Community

The world has changed so much in the past 18 months, and a whole new subset of social experiences have helped to shape the pandemic zeitgeist. Between wearing pajamas to work (at the dining room table), experimenting with hair or fashion styles, or even just giving your food delivery app a greater workout, everyone has developed some form of “lockdown …