In this special issue of Word of Command, the Commander forum moderators speak with members of the Duel Commander rules committee and their regional coordinators. Learn more about Duel Commander, previously known as "the French banlist," and how MTGSalvation is increasing support for this popular format!
The Commander Forums Have Had a Child!
What these changes entail:
- Duel Commander is still part of the Commander forums umbrella, so you'll still have the same mods and help desk that you're already used to.
- Duel Commander will be a single forum, so discussion and decklists will be commingled.
- Traditional 1v1 Commander (based off of the multiplayer rule-set) will remain its own sub-forum, separate from the Duel Commander forum.
- We're always looking for suggestions and improvements, so while you try out the new sub-forum, give us a line about any ideas or additional support we can look to add down the line!
What's Happening With Duel Commander?
Hello, and thanks for taking some time to answer our questions. Go ahead and introduce yourselves quickly, and what brought you into the format:
My name is Pierre Laisné, I'm 28 and I have played Duel Commander since 2010. I'm in the committee in order to help the format grow and to make the metagame as healthy as possible.
I love Duel Commander because it's an original format and it gives me a lot of deckbuilding possibilities, compared to classic formats like Vintage, which have a very set meta. Duel Commander is a mix of fun and competitive Magic. The specific rules born with multiplayer Commander gives us the possibility to build fun deck based on a general, but the banlist is there to provide competitive balance to the format. So, we can play with a fun and great card, but limit explosive starts to prevent kills before turn four on a regular basis.
My name is Martial Moreau, and I live in Nantes, France. I'm also known as Mars on Cockatrice / French forums. I've been playing Magic for 16 years, and Duel Commander ever since the format popped up in France. I mostly play Control decks during DC events, but you can often see me testing other archetypes on Cockatrice. And I've been a judge for six years.
These days I'm only playing Duel Commander and Limited formats. I love Duel Commander since it's the only format that allows me to play the old, broken cards I used to play back when I started playing Magic competitively (old Extended has always been my favourite format), as well as some more recent cards that are banned or no longer legal in Modern.
I've been a member of the committee for two years, first as a consultant, then as a deciding member.
Hello! My name is Tomee Tomelden from the Philippines. I'm also known by the alias tomeetosauce in all Duel Commander related forums/websites. I started playing competitive Duel Commander in 2013 just when Derevi/Zur got banned. A popular local shop were already hosting Duel Commander tourneys reaching 40-70 players back then. But eventually, attendance dwindled down that it couldn't even create an eight-person tournament. This was probably because multiple local shops hosted Duel Commander tourneys in conflicting schedules with each other. That's when I stepped in to "centralize" tournaments. I started coordinating with shops owners about prize structures/schedules, reached out to players from different areas about what would take them to participate in tourneys again, and organized prestigious tournaments that Duel Commander players would look forward to. So far so good!
Duel Commander is a format where I can play powerful cards that are restricted or banned in other formats. It feels safe to invest in them because most of these cards are staples across similar-colored commanders. I sometimes even port them to multiplayer and Cube. And with the diversity the Rules Committee is aiming for, soon, any well-built deck around a legendary creature can compete with other commanders.
My name is Michele Atzeni and I started playing Duel Commander in 2012/2013. I was introduced to Commander by a friend, first in multiplayer games, and later in 1v1 games. I immediately fell in love with the format, and one by one, I gathered (almost) the cards needed to play this awesome Legacy-100-singleton-card-format. I started to organize events of Duel Commander two months ago; in Italy the format is growing and spreading very fast. I help each LGS to organize events by inviting people to play.
I'm Brennan McAlear, known as Dan_Pyre online. I started playing Duel Commander in 2013. A local shop tried to run a competitive multiplayer tournament but the frustration that collusion in game between many of the players (including myself and my friends) soured us away from trying to play multiplayer as a competitive format. A few weeks later, we tried a tournament with the Duel Commander banlist and were immediately hooked.
I'm the Regional Coordinator for Duel Commander in the USA. This means that I’ll be doing my best to spread knowledge and awareness for the format for all those interested in the US. In addition, I’ll be compiling community feedback and tournament results and bringing that to the attention of the Rules Committee to better understand how the format evolves in different areas of the world. I also have a YouTube channel where I do Duel Commander videos: including Deck Techs, matches, and commentary about the format.
Talk to us a bit about the move towards adding Regional Coordinators - What's the purpose behind this change?
For the Regional Coordinators - what made you apply for this position?
I think that having someone who the community can relay their thoughts and findings with the format to will help the Rules Committee get a greater understanding of how the format is developing. Currently, many of their results come from large tournaments in France. If we can get those kinds of numbers in other countries, the amount of new data coming in will be incredibly helpful. I do hope that one day we can have hundreds of players at official Duel Commander events as well!
What plans do you have for the future of Duel Commander?
Currently I am supporting these plans by creating the official Duel Commander USA Facebook group. I'll try to coordinate and advertise any events on that page. If you see an event close to your location, by all means, feel free to go and participate!
Michele, could you tell us a little bit more about Commandergeddon? This sounds exciting!
Does anyone else have upcoming events that they would like to share?
I'm also running a tournament online on Cockatrice, taking place on January 21st, 2016 at 7:AM EST. You can read more about the rules and awesome prize in this post!
Be sure to be on the lookout for other announcements and event from the Duel Commander team with the [Announcement] and [Event] tags!