The Best Budget Versions of Commander Staples

The Best Budget Versions of Commander Staples

Scott Cullen Commander

Commander is probably the most budget-friendly format in Magic, where a well-built $100 deck can hold its own against decks with ten times the value. At the same time, that cost can be a huge barrier to entry; some of the most famous and popular cards in the format are simply out of reach for many players, and sometimes it …

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 …

Aurelia The Warleader Update

Overperforming Cards in Aurelia, the Warleader

Kristen Gregory Commander

We’ve just had a brief respite between preview seasons, and so I’ve had time to take stock of what’s been working well for me in Commander recently. This week, I’ve decided to check in on my Aurelia, the Warleader deck. There have been many solid red and white cards printed over the past 6 months or so — which ones …

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 …

How to Spot Power Creep in Commander

How to Spot Power Creep in Commander

Kristen Gregory Commander

Power creep is common in TCG’s, and it’s something that most games experience — at least games with a live model, or a model that involves multiplayer interaction and new elements of design. Power creep in Magic has, by and large, been quite slow given the game has been going for more than 25 years. Power Creep in Magic This …

Precon Deck Upgrade Guide Dungeons of Death

Forgotten Realms Commander Upgrade Guide: Dungeons of Death

Tom Anderson Commander

I’ve often said in my articles here that Commander is the perfect marriage between Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering. So I’m very happy that with Magic finally getting an official D&D crossover set, WotC made sure to extend that experience into the game’s premier multiplayer format. The four precons available with Adventures in Forgotten Realms are each commanded …

Commander Kingdom Decklists: July 2021

Greta Carey Commander

This month on Commander Kingdom, we’ve got three guests that are coming strong with the shenanigans! Ellie of the Veil is a writer for Channel Fireball and part of the A Cause for Commander series. Princess Weekes is an assistant editor for The Mary Sue and can be seen on YouTube and PBS. Ben Wheeler is a Twitch streamer, part …

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 …

Lower Power Commanders

Looking for Inspiration? Play a Lower-Power Commander

Kristen Gregory Commander

Sometimes, it can start to feel like you’re playing the same game of Commander over and over again. The players in your playgroup haven’t refreshed their decks for a while, you’re wise to their tricks, and you’re stuck on what to try building next. If you’re lacking inspiration, then maybe it’s time to play some low-power Commander.  Decks Feeling Stale …