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Defending the Commander Social Contract

Author: Erik Tiernan (Page 2 of 5)

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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Quick Hits: Banned List, Extort, Culling the Herd, and What Could Have Been

Life has come at me a little faster than usual this week, so I didn’t have time to tackle a full length article; instead, I’m doing a few quick hits to highlight a few things worth talking about:

  • I want to get people thinking about the banned list because next week I plan on tackling the pillars in more detail and discussing how we can free more cards from EDH jail.
  • After some brief banned list banter, I blather about the bothers of extort being more insidious than realized and quite dangerous.
  • I’m culling my herd again and there are cards that really should be legendary.

Dig into these bite sized bits and let me know your thoughts.

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CC with ET – Vedalken Blademaster

Here’s the deal. Commander Comments is an homage to Aaron Forsythe’s Random Card of the Day – I click “random” on the Gatherer and talk about the potential uses in our beloved format. And today…

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Changing Gears by Changing Focus

Have you ever had a deck that just doesn’t work for some reason? When you go over the decklist, there are no glaring holes; if you break things down into categories like ramp, removal, card advantage (tutors and the like go here), recursion, synergy, and win conditions…it all adds up.

But somehow, when you’re playing the deck, it just repeatedly falls flat. Despite several games, you still cannot figure out what is going wrong.

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CC with ET – Mountain

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Using Marginal Gains Theory in Commander

Improving is hard. Like really hard. When you rarely see any meaningful changes it can dissuade you from continuing to invest hard work. To challenge the urge to give up,  you should create different ways to set goals and measure progress. Many tournament players do this. They focus on improving a single matchup and measure results, or they focus on learning the archetypes in a limited environment to know what they should seek. But focused improvement is something that Commander players tend to engage in only passively. To actively engage in improving, we need to change our approach.

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CC with ET – Bloodbraid Elf

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Staying Ahead of the Curve

It’s preview season! This means we posture and conjecture wildly about which cards will break which formats or that none of these are true. This tradition carries into EDH where players are making claims about which cards will become new staples or potentially even become as ubiquitous as Sol Ring.

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CC with ET – Wolf Pack

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How Partners Made Jeskai Fun Again

I’m a creature of conflicts it seems.  My favorite color in Magic is black, but my favorite three color combo is Jeskai. There is a bit of a problem there – Jeskai commanders suck. Sure they can be competitive and super powerful, but if you are looking to relax and jam some games with friends, then Jeskai starts causing problems. This is a terrible problem, because I really wanted a Jeskai deck that was enjoyable to play with and to play against.

First things first, though…

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