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

Command of Etiquette—Stanch the Bleeding

I think I’m over the EDH league at Twenty Sided Store, and from talking to the rest of my usual playgroup I am probably not alone in this. Maybe if I was playing the type of Commander that I liked in these events it would be worth sticking through a dwindling female base of players … Continue reading

Hope Eternal—Drafty With a Chance of Cubes

This was not a Modern week for me; even Magic superfans get busy from time to time, and after navigating the DMV the other day I didn’t have the patience for several more hours in an enclosed space. So today I’d like to talk about Cube. See, I have a cube. It’s a Pauper cube, … Continue reading

Command of Etiquette—In Which Faith Crumbles

The Twenty Sided Store had its first meeting of the Commander League, and my god was it an event to behold. Thirty-six people crowded into the store, many of whom I have never seen play EDH, and some of whom I had just never seen. Going into the night I was concerned about the state … Continue reading