Experimental Frenzy in Commander

Brandon Isleib Commander

Since making a Kefnet the Mindful Commander deck, I’ve been in love with cards that let you play off the top of your library. With Kefnet, I used those cards to keep a full seven cards in hand so Kefnet could go into combat; I’d just play off my library instead of ever needing to use my hand. This year’s …

Mono-Red in Commander

Erik Tiernan Commander

Commander is a challenging format for deckbuilding. There are many moving parts and so many possibilities that it’s natural to look for some guidance. But as Commander continues to grow, we are reaching a situation where there is so much information available that many different decks are being built from the same template, making them feel more similar than ever …

Commander 2018 Deck Tech: Thantis, the Warweaver

Brandon Isleib Commander

When the Command Zone reviewed the Nature’s Vengeance Commander 2018 deck, they asked what Thantis, the Warweaver was good for. Egotistically interpreting this as a deckbuilding challenge, I think Thantis is sweet and will make for intriguing gameplay – she’s way more than the sum of her parts. Framework The tricky bit with figuring out Thantis is that we’ve seen …

Commander 2018 Deck Tech: Arixmethes, Slumbering Isle

Bradley Rose Commander

Five Five is the number of legendary Krakens, Leviathans, Octopi, and Serpents that existed in Magic before Commander 2018’s release. Now, sleeper hit Arixmethes is makin’ waves as the sixth in Magic’s roster of legendary sea monsters. It was awkward building a deck around creatures of the deep and not being able to invite Kiora, the Master of the Depths …

Commander and Mario Kart

Brandon Isleib Commander

If you’re new to Commander, a preconstructed deck is a great way of comprehending and entering the format cheaply.  But where do you go from there? How do you build one on your own? To answer that, I’m taking a look at how Wizards of the Coast built the first six years of Commander preconstructs – 29 decks in all …

An Intro to Commander

Card Kingdom Commander

The release of Commander 2018 is right around the corner, and longtime Magic fans have been browsing the #MTGC18 hashtag with bated breath as new preview cards are revealed. But for many Magic players, the preconstructed decks of Commander 2018 will serve as their introduction to the Commander format – that first deck that they’ll play, personalize, and continue to …

Let’s Brew: Arcades, the Strategist

Aaron Durbin Commander

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Let’s Brew! Much like Magic Origins, Core Set 2019 is once again taking up the narrative gauntlet as we learn the history of bad ol’ Bolas and his Elder Dragon brethren in a not-quite Dominaria follow-up. Today, we’re going to build a deck around another value-driven, two-bird-killing stone that is sure to be a …

Pir and Toothy, Commander Companions

Adam Klesh & Bradley Rose Commander

Adam: Hello and welcome to this blog post! I’m your writer, Adam Klesh, also known online as madolaf. Brad: And I’m your other writer, Bradley Rose, also known online as Bradley Rose! Adam: I was tasked to write a post about making a Commander deck using Battlebond cards, and I thought, “This would be much more fun if I could get …

Captain Jhoira’s Combos

Aaron Durbin Commander

As new captain of Sisay’s old ship, the Weatherlight, Jhoira is drawing one of the most nostalgia-inducing parallels in our long-awaited return to Magic’s home plane. Connecting history with a storied crew and the stories of old has put her at the center of the new era of Dominaria – but what does Jhoira look like at the helm of …