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 …

Selesnya Then and Now

Brandon Isleib Brawl

There are three eras of Selesnya in Standard – and all of them have convoke. “Wait!” your expanding brain retorts. “Selesnya in Return to Ravnica had populate as its mechanic, not convoke!” “Aaaah,” my galaxy brain re-retorts. “Magic 2015 had several convoke cards, including reprints from Ravnica: City of Guilds.” What does this have to do with anything? With Guilds …

Brawling in Ravnica

Brandon Isleib Brawl

Put on my blue-red shoes And I traversed the planes Touched down from the land of The Aether Flues In the middle of the Caustic Rain Dearest Trostani, Won’t you look down over me Yeah, I got a Privileged Position But I’m targetable as can be I was brawling in Ravnica Locking in an X of ten for Repeal I …

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 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 …

Chromium, the Mutable: A Brawl Deck Tech

Brandon Isleib Brawl

Unlike every other shard, Standard hasn’t had a legendary Esper card since the days of actual Esper (Sen Triplets and Sharuum the Hegemon). For Brawlers, getting Chromium, the Mutable is the first opportunity to build an Esper deck, and it’s an interesting card to boot. While its flash, flying, and resistance to removal are best suited for a control deck …

Top 19 Brawl Cards from Core Set 2019

Brandon Isleib Brawl

Did you have relatives who gave you dollars on your birthday equal to how old you were? I’m really glad they don’t expect quid pro quo on that…Regardless, the return of Core Sets with years in them enables top X lists, just like those old birthdays. Before we go through my top 19 Brawl cards from Core Set 2019, I …

Eternal Brawl: Black Devotion

Brandon Isleib Brawl

Since the parameters of Brawl synchronize decks to a Standard environment, expanding Brawl historically into Eternal Brawl gives an opportunity to explore nostalgia for old Standard decks cheaper and in multiplayer. Nostalgic theme decks in Commander are hampered as a group by competing against 25 years of good stuff; Eternal Brawl restricts everyone to two years of good stuff, making …

Darigaaz: Two-Time Brawler

Brandon Isleib Brawl

Expanding Brawl into older Standard formats allows for Dominaria to be an even more nostalgic set than it already is. When I went through my initial Eternal Brawl deckbuilding phase, I decided Darigaaz, the Igniter would be my Commander for Invasion block-era Standard, largely because Darigaaz Reincarnated was coming out. As I built the original Darigaaz deck, it turned out …