Best Commander Decks for Beginners

Scott Cullen Commander

Learning and playing Magic can be an exciting experience. There are so many cards, formats, and decks to choose from, and there’s always something new to learn. As thrilling as this is, starting out can feel daunting. Take Commander for example: there are over 1,200 commanders to choose from, and that figure is growing rapidly every year! Even for more …

Tribal Cards You Need for Commander

Scott Cullen Commander

Innistrad isn’t just the horror plane of the Multiverse — it’s also home to many of the most iconic creature types in Magic. With Midnight Hunt in full swing and Crimson Vow on the horizon, players are busy updating their Werewolf, Vampire, and Zombie decks. Now is the perfect time for it, which is why I’m taking a closer look …

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Anatomy of a Commander Deck: Eloise, Nephalia Sleuth

Scott Cullen Commander

Brewing means very different things to different people. For some, it’s a means to an end; a necessary step between the player and the games they want to play. For others, it’s the journey from idea to final draft that forms the deck’s personality. While there’s no right or wrong way to view it, most Magic players respect those that …

3 Budget Commander Decks with Innistrad: Midnight Hunt

Scott Cullen Commander

Innistrad: Midnight Hunt will soon be upon us, and with it come a number of spooky legendary creatures with unusual abilities. As with all Innistrad sets, there’s a definite graveyard theme here — and if there’s one thing that inspires me to build wild decks, it’s new commanders that can use the graveyard! To keep on theme, I’m covering three …

Coping with Loss: The Key to Winning More in Commander

Scott Cullen Commander

Winning feels great. Even in more social situations, like a friendly game of Commander, it can feel good to win. It’s one of the most direct forms of confirmation that you are a good player. Focusing on the win is perfectly fine in most 1v1 formats, but with four players in the average game of Commander, the typical win rate …

How Every Commander Deck Can Use the Graveyard

Scott Cullen Commander

When many players think of graveyard strategies, they tend to think of commanders like Meren of Clan Nel Toth and Muldrotha, the Gravetide. While these are some of the most obvious choices for a graveyard deck, they’re certainly on the more extreme end of the scale. There’s so much more to the graveyard than total dedication, and most decks can …

The Best Tutor Packages for Budget Commander Decks

Scott Cullen Commander

In case it wasn’t blatantly obvious, I love to build on a budget. There’s just something special about beating a pod whose decks cost more than your entire collection.  For brewers, placing a price limit restricts access to a lot of the big players in the format, forcing you to get creative and search for alternatives (that will often end …

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 …