Command of Etiquette—Combat Commanders

My first big EDH deck was built around what I like to call a “combat commander.” These are generals who usually win though general damage in the red zone, and usually they do so without the help of any other supporting cards. Let me illustrate this, because it’s not always clear. Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind is … Continue reading

Hope Eternal—Magical Christmas Land

Conley Woods coined the term Magical Christmas Land to refer to a deck he was playing that could do something insane when it got the perfect hand. The deck was a Lotus Cobra/Violent Ultimatum deck that specialized in destroying opposing manabases… when everything went right. When things went less than right, though, the wheels would … Continue reading

Hope Eternal—I Beat Tajic

This is a prerelease story. I signed up for Golgari going into it. This was half preference and half strategy: While I do love my Golgari colors, they also had a strong set of guild packs and were partnered with any but my least favorite of the Gatecrash guilds (Boros). Still, when I received my … Continue reading

Command of Etiquette—A-Mazing Possibilities, Part Two

The pre-release weekend has come and gone, and now that I’ve had some time to actually play with the cards I have a whole new appreciation for some of these generals. I was afraid initially that Return to Ravnica would only give us “big” legends and not companion “small” legends like the original block had; … Continue reading

Hope Eternal—Fighting Burnout, Cracking Eggs

The week or two before a new set hits is always awkward. You’ve got the full spoiler out, but no sense of how the cards actually play; you can guess at how these cards will fit in the various metas, but unless you’re part of a higher-level testing group you’re not going to have a … Continue reading

Command of Etiquette—A-Mazing Possibilities, Part One

The full set of Dragon’s Maze has been spoiled, and it’s shaping up to be an interesting one. I’m going to go through the full spoiler and pull out a few cards I am excited to play in Commander, and the type of deck that I think could use that card. I am going to … Continue reading

Hope Eternal—Full-Block Draft

These Dragon’s Maze Spoilers are really something, are they not? It seems like there are a lot of strong cards that have already been spoiled, and there have even been a couple of strong contenders for the cube. But today I want to walk through packs two and three of this new draft format. We … Continue reading