Junding Out the Colesium

It’s not secret that I love playing casual commander. There is just something about the format that’s built around social interactions that draws me in week after week. As much as I like playing casual commander, I normally dislike commander tournaments just as much. In my experience as soon as something as small as a pack is on the line the thought of fun for the table goes out the window. Despite all of this, I drove two hours across the state with a deck I’d never shuffled to play in a commander tournament.

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Gen Con Deck Plan

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.

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#SmallerBannedList

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”