Commander Focus

Unstable Mutation: Bedecked Brokers

Bedecked Brokers is the BANT precon, in theory, the shard is White with Green and Blue, but I think that distinction is eroding over time.  It's focused on counters and proliferation, and has a subtheme of shield counters, with...

Commander Focus: Markov, Blood on the Cheap

Credit: Volkan Baga, Wizards of the Coast Okay, you want a deck you can build for a whopping $160 dollars, here you go. Eminence, in my October opinion, is a really underused mechanic. I understand the logic: Magic is largely supposed...

Commander Focus: Syr Gwyn, the Night Rider

Credit: Lie Setiawan, Wizards of the Coast I sort of identify as an Azorius player; or a blue player, generally. Long ago, when Extended had a deck that was essentially 32 counterspells, thieving magpie, morphling, and faerie conclaves, that's what...

Commander Focus: Abusing Dungeons with Golos, Tireless Adventurer

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim. Credit: Joseph Meehan, Wizards of the Coast Every time a new set comes out, I think it's worth trying to make a deck around the new mechanics in the set. I like sets like Modern Horizons/Modern Horizons...

Commander Focus: Tiamat, a rage of dragons

Credit: Wizards of the Coast Tiamat is one of those times that Gary Gygax & co decided it was cool to more or less co-opt something that already existed in real life. There's even a first edition book that's just...

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...

Commander Focus: Hazezon Tamar – Fear is the mindkiller

Credit: Richard Kane Ferguson, Wizards of the Coast This week is GOONHAMMER '96 and we're looking back at the games we love with a bit of a retro bent. In this week's Commander Focus, we're building around one of the...

Commander Focus: Jorn, God of Winter

Credit: Wizards of the Coast, Magali Villaneuve Kaldheim continued a thread started in Zendikar Rising by offering new modal cards, though no longer bound to lands, giving us modal double-faced cards that instead had two spells to choose from. These...

Commander Focus: Uro, Never Not Banned Cards

Credit: Vincent Proce, Wizards of the Coast Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, is probably the stand-out card of Theros: Beyond Death. It's hard to say exactly but Simic has been at the center of a number of cards which required...

Commander Focus: Take it to the Limit (Aegar, the Freezing Flame)

Credit: Chris Rahn, Wizards of the Coast Aegar, the Freezing Flame comes out of Kaldheim as part of a strange and somewhat new tribe combination: Giant Wizards.  If you thought this wasn't threatening enough: Imagine if he was also twenty feet...