I love Gen Con. I get to see friends from around the country, unwind, and recharge for the year ahead. There is an incredible amount of things that can be done there, but I come to play Magic. For almost four full days you can find me jamming Commander games with anyone around. In the past I’ve brought all of my decks, lugged them onto the plane in my carryon, rotated them daily, and on Sunday carried the full roster with me. This year it looks like this year I’ll have to carry all of my luggage with me for half of the Con. Packing will be a balancing act between wanting to travel light and having enough diversity for the four days of Commander games. I think I’ve got a plan.
Commander is a fantastic format. It is a place where you get to showcase your favorite cards from the history of Magic, express your creativity in building synergies and combos others haven’t thought of, or whatever else you fancy. Their are only two things that stop you from playing whatever cards you want: the Banned List and the Social Contract. I’m a firm believer that Commander is a format where powerful cards and interactions live. Sure something like Razaketh, the Foulblooded can be incredibly broken. If that’s what your playgroup is into, go for it. You can break it in pieces to show the true potential of a strong card, but what if you didn’t? What if instead of showing how busted a card could be, you tried to play it in a way that wasn’t busted? This has been my mindset for years. With this in mind, and the to let people play with their toys, I’d like to see a smaller banned list. Below is my first pass on cards I’d take off the banned list. Continue reading “#SmallerBannedList”
Hour of Devastation is here at last. I don’t know about you, but I can be pretty undisciplined when it comes to getting cards from the new set to slot into existing Commander decks. I would go through the set and pick out every card that looked awesome and make one big preorder of every card that wasn’t expensive. Clearly all of these fantastic cards are going in a deck. Then the order would come and I’d realize that very few of the cards slotted well into any decks. This time I wanted to be different and actually lay out what would be coming out of each deck before I ordered. Without further ado, below are the changes I’m making to my deck from Hour of Devastation. Continue reading “Hour of Devastation Updates”
My easy deck building window may be over, but my mind is still racing on other decks. I had thought that I’d be in the 8-10 deck range, but I was only able to get three together. I’ve probably got some late night’s ahead of me to get things together. Below are ideas I’ve still got floating around. Continue reading “What Next?”
Knowing how many decks to keep is a real challenge. For a long time I’ve been in the camp of having only a few decks because as a father of young children Magic takes a backseat to family commitments. The problem is that when you combine keeping only a few decks (generally less than 4), being ruthless with dismantling decks, and being slow in building decks led me to only having two decks together (Lorthos and Kozilek, the Great Distortion). With Gen Con 2017 coming, and with it 4 days of fun and Commander, it was time to do something. A window of opportunity came, while my wife and kids went on vacation to visit family, but because of work I had to stay behind. My deck building window had arrived.
Traveling and playing Magic, particularly Commander, can be a wonderful thing. You get to expand your playgroup, make new friends, and look for deals to add to your decks. This can be done small scale, say a work trip where you duck out one night to sneak in a game, or on Magic oriented trips, say Gen Con. While small trips are possible and fun, bigger gatherings like a GP or convention require more planning. Continue reading “Con Travel”
I’m in the process of adding more selection and diversity to my Commander games. Both Kozilek and Lorthos are late game big mana decks that can play remarkably similar games despite their color differences. With Progenitus winning my Next Commander bracket, I’ll be adding another big mana deck to my rotation. I think the 4th deck in my lineup will be something Rakdos. I’ve got four in mind and I know that only one will see play at a time. The real question is which one?