Colorless Real Estate

Aaron Durbin Commander

Welcome back! We’ve all heard that the best ventures involve buying low and selling high, so after calling for the evisceration of all lands a few weeks ago, it’s time to invest! Today, we’ll be talking about some of our most colorless manabase buddies: lands with no color identity, which can fit into any deck. The goal here is to …

The Case for Land Destruction

Aaron Durbin Commander

Greetings readers, and defenders of the Commander Social Contract! People have many reasons for playing Commander, and it is our prerogative as players to seek differing viewpoints to understand other players’ idea of fun – for understanding’s sake, and also become better Magic-playing humans. To this end, I’ve done my best to prepare the most logical argument on behalf of …

Partner Up!

Aaron Durbin Commander

Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of significant others, we’re going to be analyzing a few of Commander’s most popular partners, as well as a few of Magic’s most interesting character couplings and the decks we build around them. TIBOR AND LUMIA The “High School Sweethearts” of Commander, Tibor and Lumia have always brought a warm, youthful spirit to the casual-competitive …

Energy in Commander

Aaron Durbin Commander

Every so often, I like to take the “best” deck in Standard and see how it’d fare in Commander, and building an Energy Commander deck was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. The Energy archetype had been on my radar for a while, but hadn’t heard of or seen any lists that were successful. With the most popular deck in …

Ludevic & Tymna & Treasure

Aaron Durbin Commander

Since the release of Ixalan last fall, Admiral Beckett Brass and her Dire Fleet have been fulfilling their most dire needs in Commander: pillaging, plundering, and getting tons of Treasure. While pirate decks have been out in full force these past few months, I’ve been much more interested in the unsung story of Revel in Riches and how it combos …

Unstable Commander Livestream

Card Kingdom Commander, Livestreams, Video

Last week, four Card Kingdom employees ventured into the unknown and played a truly unforgettable game of Commander. Un-Commander, that is! Representing four of Unstable‘s five factions, our players sleeved up some silver-bordered cards and battled it out to see which of Bablovia’s leaders would reign supreme.   Crossbreed Labs Aaron, the CK Blog’s resident Commander expert, brought Dr. Julius …

Unstable Commanders

Aaron Durbin Commander

Dreaming of commanders that aren’t legal is a thought experiment as old as the format itself. We’ve speculated about “shoulda-been-legends” like Preacher or Uncle Istvan, and many of us tried out four-color decks in the pre-Commander 2016 world with the Guildpact Nephilim. The release of Unstable will once again beg us to ask what kinds of cards we should allow in …

Five-Color One-Drops!

Aaron Durbin Commander

For all the deckbuilding, winning, or not winning that we do, the biggest reason we should love Commander is not just for the achievements we unlock ourselves, but also for the ability to excite and inspire others. One of the deck archetypes that has inspired me most over the years has been Five-Color One-Drops. Five (completely coincidental number) years ago, …

Let’s Brew: Temmet Infect

Aaron Durbin Commander

When Infect was re-introduced in Scars of Mirrodin, I built a very flavorful, very unsuccessful Glissa, the Traitor Infect deck. Aside from the general inexperience I had as a Commander deckbuilder, I grew frustrated because the deck seemed to have a card power limitation. It was like having a word on the tip of my tongue; the deck needed one …

Card Kingdom Commanders: Matt’s Doran, the Siege Tower

Aaron Durbin Commander

The best quality you can have in any community is inspiration. The ability to inspire others is infectious, challenging your community to create for the sake of excitement and bettering what we can accomplish. In Commander, I’ve found inspiration is the best quality amongst the playgroups I’ve seen or participated in. Developing a close-knit group that encourages you to bring …