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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Precon Deck Upgrade Guide Planar Portal

Forgotten Realms Commander Upgrade Guide: Planar Portal

Scott Cullen Commander

Dungeons & Dragons: Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is set to be a hugely impactful Commander product. Not only is there already a huge overlap between D&D and Magic players that are loving the flavor and themes of these preconstructed decks — they serve as an attractive stepping stone for D&D players to get into Magic. Today, I’ll be taking …