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Commander Focus: Chandra’s Rage

Credit: Eric Deschamps, Wizards of the Coast There's a common archetype of magic, going back quite a long time, that's often referred to as Red Deck Wins (RDW). These days Red Deck Wins is often a term used derisively, along...

Commander 102: Resource Disparity and Denial

Welcome back to our broader series on general tactics and strategy in Commander! Back in our 101 article on Winning a Negative Sum game we promised this follow-up three weeks ago, then we got sidelined by the release of...

Commander Focus: Golos, A token of my appreciation

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim. Credit: Joseph Meehan, Wizards of the Coast Modern Horizons 2 is out and one of the things the set revealed is a renewed focus on "named tokens," with abilities that trigger off of them. Let's review the...

Commander Focus – Zabaz, or: LA+R+BO+DU RO+MO+S

Modern Horizons 2 wasn't exactly a timeshifted set, but it wasn't exactly not timeshifted, either. A number of mechanics were revisited that haven't been used in a while, and among them was Modular. Modular hasn't really seen much use...

A Review of Magic’s Modern Horizons 2, Timeshifted, but not: Multicolor and Colorless

Welcome back to part two of our Modern Horizons 2 set review for Commander. In last week's part 1 we took a look at the set's monocolor cards - you can find that here - while yesterday we looked...

A Review of Magic’s Modern Horizons 2, timeshifted, but not: WUBRG

Modern Horizons 2 is the newest expansion for Magic: the Gathering. A continuation of 2019's original Modern Horizons set, this new set includes a mix of reprints from older sets and all new cards designed to be played in...

Commander 101: Winning a Negative-Sum Game

In this week's Commander Focus we're kicking off a limited multi-part series on the basics and core principles behind Magic's Commander format. Each week we'll cover a different key element and dive into the dynamics behind it and how...

Conquest Focus: Let me Extus you a question

Credit: Chase Stone, Wizards of the Coast Extus, Oriq Overlord is a pretty cool Commander option with a lot of flexibility in how you build around him. You can do an aristocrats-style sacrifice deck, focusing on sacrificing either cheap creatures...

Commander Focus: Ye Dragon Approacheth

As we covered in our review of the set, with Strixhaven Wizards have finally decided to print another card with the rider that you lets you play any number of copies in your deck. There's a decent extant Shadowborn...

A Review of Magic: The Gathering’s Strixhaven Expansion, Part 4 of 4: Commander 2021

With the imminent release of the new Strixhaven set, B Phillip York and FromTheShire are evaluating the first years as they make their way into the academy. Note that as our typical coverage is focused on Commander, we'll be...

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