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The Dos and Don'ts of Silver-Border Commander
  • posted a message on New to commander
    All of the new 2016 Commander decks are pretty good out of the box. I'd suggest one of them and then upgrading them how you seem fit. Just until you get the hang of it. Then you can branch to other generals.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Do you pull punches?
    I don't pull punches when someone starts dropping planeswalkers. I viciously attack them to remove their repeated values from the board and IF I can't do it I do my hardest to coerce the others to kill them off. I'll not attack the same person twice in a row unless I can tell that they are about to win and I need to remove them from the game.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Nevinyrral's Disk
    Only wish the Disk would hit planeswalkers also. Lots of Walkers run my meta and not enough global wipes.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Best voltron commanders
    I run a Hope of Ghirapur voltron that does quite well. Commander dmg starting turn 2, plus all you need is equipments
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need a new, fair, deck
    To be fair, Leovold is technically as fair as you can come by. 3 mana for 3/3, and no one gets to draw more than 1 card a turn. Seems fair to me.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Oddest Loss I've had
    I think my deck lacks enough removal of the big titans shuffle ability. Every other person runs a set in each deck they have, so milling outright is just not a large option. I believe I have the Alchemist in the deck, dont have intruder alarm or alter. Might need to pick them up and play around with it. I sport 5 different EDH decks I rotate on a weekly basis so it always remains fresh. Still get hated out with my Mogis deck though.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Need a new, fair, deck
    I vote Leovold, Emissary of Trest. He's in all the goodstuff colors. He makes all your opponents glad that everyone else can't gain more card advantage then them. You can even through some wheel effects in there because nothing says I'm Cool With You like allowing your opponents to refill their hands if they are terrible. You'll be like their new best friend with a fair commander as Leovold.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Oddest Loss I've had
    Recant forgiven Smile
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Oddest Loss I've had
    So I was playing my Phenax deck in my area's latest casual tournament. I was podded up with a Omnath, Locus of Mana, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth and Maralen of the Mornsong. By turn 5 the Kozilek player had enough mana to hardcast commander and then some. I manage to get an Eater of the Dead onto the board since I don't think any of the players knew what it did. Telling myself that the first person to attack me will get milled to death first. The Kozilek player attacks me. She forgets the annihilator trigger, I'm one to not point out missed triggers on someone elses cards. So my turn rolls around and I drop Phenax. I then proceed to mill her down to 8 cards left, after a couple of shuffles from eldrazi, and colossus triggers. All her good cards are in her graveyard. I even tried to mill the green player a bit to have some more creatures, but it seemed he was running a creature lite deck. I have to pass the turn without milling someone completely out. she happens to draw the only card in her deck to save her, getting Ugin back from the graveyard. Casts it and Exiles the entire board. She recasts commander drawing 4 cards and bringing her own to last 2-3 cards. The black player then proceeds to board wipe. All my hard work getting rid of the Kozilek player just went up in smoke. She gets everything minus all her creatures Grin .

    Turn seven I had milled through an entire deck. Lost because of a single card that didnt make it to the graveyard. Black player ends up saving her only to go infinite and burn us all in a single turn. Sad note is I'll never get to do that combo with Eater + Phenax again since they now know what the combo does.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Salty (holding a grudge)
    I have a guy in my playgroup that plays mono black Flip Liliana. He saves all his creature kill just for my guys. I tend to have an anti-planeswalker view when I play and try to kill them when they hit the board. Since they do allow for some unfair advantages if left alone. This constant attack towards my board will often leave me vulnerable to everyone else. He doesn't seem to care if he wins or not, as long as I die first.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Suggestions for 4x starter decks for Commander. Introducing format to new players.
    Since its a casual format, I'd suggest 4 group hug decks. Whats more fun than 4 Hug decks at the table??
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on your favourite two card synergies
    Island and Sol Ring
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on Voltron on a Budget
    Have you considered Hope of Ghirapur? Since all the good cards you will use are all equipments and mana rocks. Getting out on turn 1 every game to start the commander damage is pretty sweet. I played my Voltron build tonight and made the table cry both times. One rage quit. A lot of the equipment is less than $2-3 so you can spend the rest on the Swords.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on What's the color that makes you happy?
    U has to be it. The feeling of looking into an opponent's eyes and telling him NO, you may not combo off.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
  • posted a message on What cards are you tired of seeing in Commander?
    I would have to say any of the Big Eldrazi. Everyone in the playgroup plays a full set in each deck also. While I just bought my first for a specific deck, I think anything that taps and exiles half the board before blockers are declared, while also being nearly unkillable is a bit too much. Also Atraxa. While it is neat, having everyone in the group have some form of superfriends or reanimator version of her gets annoying, knowing that every game there will be an atraxa deck on the table.
    Posted in: Commander (EDH)
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