Hail, Caesar Upgrade Guide

Hail, Caesar Upgrade Guide

Tom AndersonCommander, Products

The big design challenge for Universes Beyond: Fallout is how to adapt such a sprawling, storied franchise into just four Commander precons. Wizards seems to have based each deck on one of the Wasteland’s largest and most recognizable factions, and then added other characters and references from the games which share a similar ideology. The Hail, Caesar precon deck is, …

Commander Archetype Inspection: Treasure

Commander Archetype Inspection: Treasure

Tom AndersonCommander

Magic has been around for long enough to spin off hundreds of unique mechanics, each with its own unique advantages, dedicated support cards and memorable payoffs. But when you throw them all together in the grand melting pot that is Commander, a few mechanics clearly stand out from the pack. They offer versatile deck building options, consistent performance in different …

Relentless Assault - Red's Commander War Economy

Relentless Assault – Red’s New War Economy in Commander

Tom AndersonCommander, Strategy

Anyone who’s seen enough spy movies or political dramas has heard the line: war is brutal, but it’s good for business. War allows you to capture territory, resources or valuables from your enemy as spoils of victory, and as history’s oldest jobs program it often sparks a boom in national economies. This thinking doesn’t typically apply to Magic, where combat …

Deadly Disguise Precon Upgrade Guide

Deadly Disguise Precon Upgrade Guide

Tom AndersonCommander

Murder mysteries and vast, magic-soaked cityscapes are two great tastes that go great together, which is why the Murders at Karlov Manor Commander precons explore how different tropes from the whodunit and film noir genres fit into the beloved setting of Ravnica. And while Deadly Disguise is all about playing cards face-down to obscure your true plans, our upgrade guide …

Enjoying Companions in Commander

Enjoying Companions in Commander

Tom AndersonCommander

It feels a little strange to say that Commander players are overlooking the Ikoria companions. After all, very few cards in Magic history have ever felt the spotlight so brightly as that ten-card cycle! In their heyday, they inspired such unprecedented moves as the first balance-motivated ban in Vintage, a card being preemptively banned in Commander prior to release, and …

MTG Predictions for 2024

5 MTG Predictions for 2024

Tom AndersonDesign

Happy New Year everyone! We’ve officially made it through the cleanup phase of 2023, and it’s time to start stacking upkeep triggers for 2024. There’s always that wave of annual diligence and new-year rituals to observe in these first few weeks of January, not least of which is casting our minds forward to try and predict what the next 12 …

In Defense of Opposition Agent

In Defense of Opposition Agent

Tom AndersonCommander

Sometimes it’s hard to understand why specific Magic cards come to be especially disliked by the player base – but with Opposition Agent, it seems pretty obvious.  Few other cards boast the potential to generate such crushing blowouts at instant speed, while also sticking around long-term as a disruptive hatebear. It attacks decks on an angle too broad to solve …

The Top 5 Underrated Commanders of 2023

The Top 5 Underrated Commanders of 2023

Tom AndersonCommander

Even by modern standards, 2023 has been an absolute boom year for new commanders. Thanks to Commander precons releasing with every expansion, Dr. Who and other Universes Beyond tie-ins focused on the format, and new legends appearing at uncommon in almost every set, there’s a constant stream of potential commanders entering the game.  It used to be that there were …