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Defending the Commander Social Contract

Author: Erik Tiernan (Page 2 of 6)

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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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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