2017 Cowboy EDH Awards

Who doesn’t love awards? Below are five Commander awards for 2017 and a look ahead to 2018.

Deck of the Year

I’ve built a lot of decks this year, but one new deck surpassed them all. It proved to be a fun deck wherever it went and generated more interesting conversations, including several hilarious discussions about Raging River, than any of the other decks I built. The deck in question is built around Neheb, the Eternal. The explosive mono-red deck has generated more crazy games and laughs than any of my other decks this year. I highly recommend you give the zombie minotaur a chance in your local meta.

Most Interesting Deck of the Year

This category is for the deck I saw someone else playing that peaked my interest the most. There were a lot of very cool decks this year, but for 2017 it was JT’s Silas Ren/Akiri, Line-Slinger Eggs deck. The concept of eggs in EDH is something Kaka (@kakastorm) about, but I’d never seen one in the wild. The deck had some strange win conditions and play patterns that caught me off guard. If you are going to build a deck like this, please make sure you are proficient with the iterations. Ultimately the deck was innovative and had the interest of both the players and the table and nearby players alike. Good job JT.

Commander Memory of the Year

Gen Con. If you know me, this isn’t surprising. While it’s a little bit of a cop out to name four days instead of one specific memory, I’m still doing it. Talking EDH on plane to Indianapolis, late night games with people from around the world, or just being a meeting point for fun people to cycle through between there game demos made this the highlight of my EDH year.

Biggest Disappointment in a Deck

In 2017 I did a large Twitter and Facebook bracket to decide a deck for me. In the end it was a Progenitus one-hit-kill list. The deck just didn’t work. My playgroup got very nervous whenever the hydra hit the board. After a few months of tinkering with the deck, I ended up dismantling the list. I appreciate everyone who helped weigh in, but it just didn’t work out.

Decks I’m Most Excited About

There are two decks I built near the tail end of 2017 that I’m regularly thinking about tweaking. The first is Sliver Hivelord super friends style deck. The deck attempts to play slivers to the board and simply block for planeswalkers. By no means is this deck all that interesting or good, but it’s so much fun to think about. The second deck is substantially better, but still not that interesting. Karador, Ghost Chieftain is almost everything I want in an EDH general. He encourages you to play to the board, is highly customizable, is highly interactive, and wins slowly over time. The issue is that because this deck is so customizable it’s very challenging to make cuts for. My current list is very creature heavy and focuses on spiders, lands, and knight synergies.

Commander Goals for 2018

I have two. The first is be smarter with my Magic money. Too often I buy high and hang onto cards that I will likely never use. I’ve also bought cards that I think I’m going to slot right into a deck, but when push comes to shove I can’t make a cut. These practices just have to stop. The second is be a louder positive voice. Whether it’s at the table, on Twitter, or just people I talk with.

Wrapping Up

2017 might have been a rough year for many people and nations, but it was a fun Commander year. I look forward to all the fun of 2018 and hope to see you all at Gen Con. To all of you that helped me have a blast this year, thank you. Do you have any major wins or losses of 2017? Anything in 2018 you’re particularly excited about?

Until next time, happy brewing

– Cowboy Kyle



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