This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Up! Your! Deck!

378127_10150441621792624_1477312954_n“I’m sick of this!” Yangus whined as he picked up his Tahngarth, Talruum Hero deck and started reshuffling it after his third loss in a row.

“Calm down, it’s just a game. You should try to enjoy yourself,” Angelo responded with a smirk, as he got his Geist of Saint Traft deck ready for another game.

“Don’t tell me to calm down! You smack me around every game!” Yangus looked down at his deck with disappointment. He had loved using a red card with vigilance as his general, but every game it was seeming more and more likely that he would have to take the deck apart. He just couldn’t make it work how he needed it to.

“Chin up, Yangus. Don’t you know that winning isn’t everything?” Angelo asked, still with that arrogant smirk.

“Easy for you to say,” Yangus grumbled under his breath. “You’re the one who’s winning.”

One internet to the nerds who got the reference without the help of this picture

One internet to the nerds who got the reference without the help of this picture

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This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Up! Your! Deck!

378127_10150441621792624_1477312954_n“I don’t get it!” whined Bones as he stared at the board in frustration.

“What? How to play the game? I thought you knew the rules,” said Scotty with a wry grin.

“Shut up,” Bones growled before adding, “I know this Grimgrin, Corpse-Born deck is good. I have seen it do well. But every time I try to play it, it falls apart.”

“Well, maybe you just suck at playing control,” Scotty shrugged at him.

“How can you suck at playing control? It’s just removal and counter spells!” Bones said with frustration. 

“Is it?” Scotty asked him, shrugging his shoulders again.

Bones just gave the board another frustrated look before sighing loudly.

Boldly going where no Frankenstein rip off has gone before...

Boldly going where no Frankenstein rip-off has gone before…

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This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Up! Your! Deck!

378127_10150441621792624_1477312954_n“Maybe I should make Polukranos? He’s new and shiny,” Bruce muttered as he scrolled down the list of mono-green legends on Gatherer.

“What are you doing, Banner?” Thor asked him, pulling up a chair and looking over his shoulder at the computer screen.

“Trying to pick a new general to build. But I don’t know, there’s so many options. I could do Thrun, the Last Troll, or Omnath, locus of Mana, or maybe green Kamahl…” Banner trailed off as he continued to stare at the screen.

“Well, what sort of criteria does your general have to meet?” Thor inquired.

“Just two things,” Bruce said as he settled on a picture of Silvos, Rogue Elemental. “It has to be big, and it has to be green.”

The ability to smash is not a prerequisite. But it would be viewed as a positive.

The ability to smash is not a prerequisite. But it would be viewed as a positive.

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This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Up! Your! Deck!

378127_10150441621792624_1477312954_nAgh! My deck building series is being interrupted by a theme week! Damn, well I guess I can write about keeping this Melvin guy’s decks good in a competitive meta. Who the hell is Melvin, anyway?

(Spends twenty minutes using the internet to read up on Melvin for the first time ever.)

Huh… I guess I’m Melvin.

Well, at least that should make this easier.

I've been a melvin all along? What else haven't I known... HOLY HELL I'M AN ANIME GIRL! WHAT!?!?!

I’ve been a Melvin all along? What else haven’t I known… HOLY HELL, I’M AN ANIME GIRL!? WHAT!?!?!

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This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Up! Your! Deck!

378127_10150441621792624_1477312954_nWell done, Eric. So much for getting this article up last week. Y’know, like you said you would. 

You freaking dunce.

No, it’s cool. I can totally fix this!

How’s that? Did you not post the article because you were too busy building a time machine? That you can now use to go back and post the article?

… Noooo.

WELL THEN WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO, GENIUS!?

I was thinking I could make it up to them by giving them a preview of an upcoming theme week? In addition to the article?

… That might work. Maybe.

Okay, how about a preview, an article, and a deck list?

Alright, that will have to do. Oh, and Eric?

What?

Stop talking to yourself. It’s frigging weird.

I don't know what he's talking about, man. Seems perfectly healthy to me.

I don’t know what he’s talking about, man. Seems perfectly healthy to me.

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This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Up! Your! Deck!

378127_10150441621792624_1477312954_nIt’s Vorthos week on commmandercast.com, where we take time out to talk about the guys who really just want to play their sea monster Wrexial, the Risen Deep deck and be left alone. Vorthos are players who play for the flavour of Magic, who don’t really care if their deck is winning as long as it all makes thematic sense.

Basically, they are the sort of player who would never read one of my articles.

But I love Vorthos all the same. Vorthos players make some of the most fun and hilarious decks around, and the fact that they aren’t particularly competitive means they usually have some of the best sportsmanship at the table (please note my use of the word ‘usually’ in the last sentence). Vorthos serves as great reminder to everybody that this is just a game, and we should all just relax and have fun.

But this article series isn’t about relaxing, it’s about building a stronger deck. So here is my gift to Vorthos: a list of my favourite mono-colour generals that can wipe the board out while staying totally in character.

Unfortunately, none of these generals are known to LARP. So here is a picture of Peter Dinklage doing it instead!

Unfortunately, none of these generals are known to LARP. So here is a picture of Peter Dinklage doing it instead!

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