A New Adventure, A New Expedition – Zendikar Rising

Kristen Gregory Commander

Zendikar Rising is right around the corner, and I’m really excited to embark on a new adventure. With a new trip to Zendikar come new Expedition lands, and new modal double-faced lands, too! Today, I’ll be sharing why I’m so excited to return to Zendikar, and my thoughts on the modal double-faced lands.  Expedition Envoy Meets Expedition Envy I’d like …

Converting Brawl Decks to Commander Decks

Mara Katz Brawl, Commander

The upcoming release of Zendikar Rising marks the start of a new Standard rotation. Cards from Guilds of Ravnica, Ravnica Allegiance, War of the Spark, and Core Set 2020 will be leaving Standard to make room for a new year of Magic sets. If you’ve enjoyed playing Brawl over the last couple of years, it can be disappointing to see …

Commander Collection: Green

Card Kingdom Commander, Products

Last fall, Wizards declared 2020 “The Year of Commander,” and it’s proven to be the biggest year for the format yet. We received five new Commander precon decks with the release of Ikoria, and four more are coming over the course of the year. Commander Legends will shake up the format with new partner combinations and new ways to play. …

Commander on a Budget: Prossh

Mara Katz Commander

No matter your budget, you can do cool things using classic deck-building archetypes. One such popular archetype is Elves, which I discussed in my recent Rhys the Redeemed deck tech; others include White Weenie, which plays a lot of cheap white creatures and group buffs, and Burn, whose goal is to kill your opponent as quickly as possible with damage-dealing …

Commander on a Budget: Rhys the Redeemed

Mara Katz Commander

One of the best things about Magic: The Gathering is how accessible it can be. As I discussed in my last article, you can curate a fun Cube experience on any budget. The same is true for Constructed formats, including Commander. Building Commander decks on a budget is not only a great way to make the game more accessible, but …

“Double” Commander Deck Tech

Bradley Rose Commander

Prepare for trouble. And make it double. Inspired by Double Masters, I created a Riku of Two Reflections Commander deck with a doubling theme. This means going slightly off the beaten path with unique card choices to copy. In this article about Battlebond, Magic product architect Gavin Verhey talks about examining cards through the lens of “twosieness.” This term refers …

5 New Commanders from Core 2021

Benjamin Wheeler Commander

This upcoming Friday, July 3rd, marks the release of Core 2021 (which you can still preorder now!). And the twentieth core set packs a suite of legendary creatures that tick all my boxes when I’m perusing the previews for my next commander: Cheap to cast Thematic  (Mostly) mono-colored The Wheeler philosophy of Commander is centered on taking advantage of the …

Cycling in Commander and Brawl

Mara Katz Brawl, Commander

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths is packed with exciting new mechanics, but the mechanic that’s made the biggest splash is a returning one: cycling. Cycling lets you discard cards you can’t use in order to draw different ones. Ikoria has introduced not only cards with unusually cheap cycling costs, but also some interesting payoffs for cycling that can have consequences above …

Companion in Commander and Brawl

Mara Katz Brawl, Commander

Editor’s note: On June 1, 2020, Wizards of the Coast announced a change to the companion mechanic. Companions may no longer be cast from the sideboard; instead, players must pay 3 mana of any color to put a companion from their sideboard into their hand. The Commander Rules Committee has clarified that “[c]ompanion will operate in Commander similarly to other …

Staying Connected with the Commander Community

Hallie Santo Commander

Ikoria’s “Commander Weekend” has been a huge treat for fans of the format. Commander players can’t wait to get their hands on Commander 2020 cards so they can retool their decks and build new ones. But as social distancing measures continue throughout the world, these players will have to wait another month to try these new cards, let alone gather …