Hey all, I started playing around the original Zendikar block and stopped around Gatecrash era. I've had the itch to play casual EDH again and want to get my roommates involved, but non of them have played before. I'm wondering if anyone could recommend some straight-forward commanders that beginners could play to get a feel for the game. Thanks!
if you guys are just playing each other, pick up the precons. they're not super broken, super expensive, or super terrible, so they're a good place to start as long as everyone is on the same page.
This is what I would recommend except make sure you grab them from the same release year. Such as 2019 or 2020 or whatever. This helps ensure that the balance is appropriate between the players.
In addition, it sounds a bit selfish to do so but, keep the decks as yours and treat them as loaners. This way if one player gets tired of playing the cats deck, you can offer them the vampire deck or the dragon deck or whatever. Or you can roll dice to see who picks a deck first and so on and so forth.
In this way there is no investment on their part, except time, to play the game. If they like it enough, they'll buy their own deck and tweak it accordingly. Then away you guys go to the rat race.
Precons are a good route, but if you wanted to build a cheap beginner's deck, I'd recommend Tatyova, Benthic Druid. She's in the best two colors and rewards you for things you were planning to do anyway. She can be built quite cheaply, too.
I second the pre-con suggestion. However, if your group out-grows the pre-cons and want to build something from scratch, I think commanders with a very clear build-path are a good start. Creature tribal commanders would often fall in this category, as would, for example, omnath, locus of rage. Such cards he;lp in that they put further constraints on the cards you could be using by making it clear what they need to win. Creature tribal commanders want their tribe to be represented, while omnath wants you to play a whole bunch of ramp to enable him, for example.