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One of the oldest and most beloved of all archetypes is the Enchantress deck. I mean, when you’re working with a bunch of lovely ladies, what’s not to love? Today I’ll walk through building a sample Enchantress deck, using Krond the Dawn-Clad from the 2012 Planechase set.

Now Krond here is a lucky dude, because he’s got all the ladies on his side. Which ladies? All the single ladies! Argothian Enchantress, Femeref Enchantress, Mesa Enchantress, Verduran Enchantress, Enchantress’s Presence, and Kor Spiritdancer. These are all card drawing machines of war, yes they are. You may also wish to consider Umbra Mystic and/or Yavimaya Enchantress, both of which are beautiful women who work with enchantments but neither of which draws you cards. Additionally, Auramancer and Eternal Witness fetch enchantments back from your graveyard, so don’t leave home without them.

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Elder Mastery: Denied!

March 14, 2013

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I thought for today I would throw out some of my personal favorite counterspells. Ten, actually. In ascending order. Let’s get it.

 

10. Counterspell

Clocking in at number ten is the original man himself, Counterspell. There’s no inherent card advantage or shenanigans here, but it doesn’t really get any cheaper for an unconditional counterspell that has no target restrictions.

This is our generic, bread-and-butter staple; if you want to counter a spell, Counterspell will do ya.

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“It’s playable in limited.”
“It’s a good sideboard card.”
“She makes a decent Voltron Commander.”

Such left-handed compliments are common to hear when discussing new sets, or even when looking through boxes of bulk cards. There’s no shame with being a good card in limited but lackluster elsewhere; Launch Party is a great example. I’m always happy to play it in draft, but I’ll seldom include it in anything else. Cards such as Flashfreeze can also be very powerful when sideboarded in against the right opponent, but are generally considered lackluster or downright bad otherwise.

 

Then there are Voltron Commanders. Now, certainly, some Commanders are in fact intended as build-around Votrons. Bruna, Light of Alabaster is obviously best utilized in a deck full of aggressive Auras; you suit her up and swing, or perhaps swing and suit her up. In the same vein are Uril, the Miststalker and Krond the Dawn-Clad, both of which encourage you to enchant them with Auras and attack. On the other side of the fence, we have cards such as Thrun, the Last Troll or Sigarda, Host of Herons, who may lack any incentive for powering them up but that have inherent protection and/or evasion that makes them well-suited to being Voltron Commanders. Finally, we have cards such as Wrexial, the Risen Deep or Kaalia of the Vast which trigger upon attacking or connecting; it therefore behooves you to make sure they’re as protected and powerful when attacking as powerful.

 

But what happens when you get a card like Adamaro, First to Desire? It’s a good card, and certainly not to be trifled with, but what are you supposed to do with it? Enh, let’s throw a Sword of Light and Shadow onto it and call it a day.

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For many Commander diehards, there’s little better than introducing the joys of our illustrious format of choice to a new generation of players. Unfortunately, building a Commander deck can be daunting, and a lot of people don’t know where to start or may not have the collections at their disposal that more seasoned players might.  Whether you’re building decks to use as loaners or looking for your first Commander, I’m going to go over several great options for new Commander players today.

I’ve focused on cards that have been printed in the last few years; the oldest cards on this list are from Alara block. For a newer Commander player, I can recommend Rubinia Soulsinger all I want, and it may be affordable, but if they don’t have access to that card at their LGS, they’re not going to be able to play with it anyway, so I may as well not waste the time.

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