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Defending the Commander Social Contract

Author: Erik Tiernan (Page 1 of 5)

Talking Strategy – Game Tips 101

(Editor’s Note: Apologies for the delay in publishing this week.  We’re experiencing some pretty heavy real-life time requirements on several fronts this week, so we’re a little light.  We’ll make it back up to you next week.

->Cass)

(Editor’s Note, Pt. 2: Welcome to Talking Strategy.  Erik is spearheading this first article in what I think will be a series that we all will add to over time, meant to take a relatively light ‘a la carte’ look at in-game topics and issues, rather than deck construction.  These are things that may be easy concepts, or may be things you’ve never thought much about, but will be easy to pick up ant take with you into your next game.  Hope you enjoy!

->Cass)

Maintaining Defenses

Keeping up defenses is something that isn’t nearly as useful in a duel as it is in multiplayer Magic. Blocking barely happens in 1v1 games because the trade in resources rarely works in favor of the blocker. Commander is different; we have far more chump-block worthy creatures to toss in front of the bus, and even though we get the benefit of a much higher starting life total, there are more threat sources to offset this benefit.  Maintaining proper defenses can keep your life from reaching a precarious total and putting your game at risk.

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Approaches to Deckbuilding: New Player Edition

Welcome to my newest Approaches to Deck Building article. Today, I’m focusing more on players newer to Commander who are struggling with their deck building, or just want a few more tips to get going. Learning to play Commander is tricky, but when it comes down to it, learning to build a deck is even more difficult.

I’ve discussed the “My First EDH” approach here as a teaching tool, and how to get players into the format here. Today is about actually building a deck.

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CC with ET – Reprisal

Man the old art was confusing & awesome!

Happy Saturday! This is Commander Comments, my homage to Aaron Forsythe’s Random Card of the Day. I click “random” on the Gatherer and talk about the potential uses of one of the thousands and thousands of possible cards in our beloved format. Reprisal Time!

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CC with ET – Haunting Apparition

Happy Sunday. Blame the editor for the delay. Commander Comments is my homage to Aaron Forsythe’s Random Card of the Day. I click “random” on the Gatherer and talk about the potential uses of one of the thousands and thousands of possible cards in our beloved format. Ready for Haunting Apparition?

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Games that Make You Better at Magic

Welcome to part one of a collaboration Alex and I will be managing over a few articles – discussion about other games that can make you better at Magic: the Gathering. I’ll be going over several games and highlighting how they can improve your skills in this article today, while Alex will delve deeper into a few other games in a future article. He’ll focus on getting more to the nuts and bolts of how these will improve your Magic skills, while I’ll cover the broad range of skills you can learn in other games and which ones are best for Magic.

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CC with ET – Thalakos Seer

Happy Saturday. In Commander Comments, my homage to Aaron Forsythe’s Random Card of the Day, I click “random” on the Gatherer and talk about the potential uses of one of the thousands and thousands of possible cards in our beloved format. I think I see a Thalakos Seer now!

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Approaches to Deckbuilding

You’re excited to build a new deck. You have some ideas, a couple hidden gems, and the joy in your heart that only deckbuilding provides. But how do you get from your ideas to a fully-built deck?

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CC with ET – Radiant’s Judgment

Hey it’s Commander Comments, an homage to Aaron Forsythe’s Random Card of the Day – I click “random” on the Gatherer and talk about the potential uses of one of the thousands and thousands of possible cards in our beloved format. And today…

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Removing and Rebuilding Banned List Pillars

When I wrote my last article, I was aiming to tackle some of the problems in the Commander banned list approach the Rules Committee (RC) uses.

Then, Wizards made a giant change to Commander for MTGO.

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CC with ET – Scrounge

Commander Comments is an homage to Aaron Forsythe’s Random Card of the Day – so here’s the deal. I click “random” on the Gatherer and talk about the potential uses in our beloved format. Isn’t variety grand?

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