This entry is part 27 of 37 in the series Generally Speaking

By Imshan AKA Sinis

While reading about Commander decks on the internet, it’s easy to become lost in the sea of optimal card choices, or the phenomenon of ‘pimping’ decks with foils, altered art, or signed cards. While devotion to a diversion is not something I discourage, many players find the excesses in EDH particularly troublesome, especially when their regular playgroup will occasionally win out with sheer card quality. The fact that Commander significantly overlaps with Legacy and Vintage makes many of the cards we’d like to include in our decks extremely expensive.

In particular, powerful cards associated with Legacy like revised dual lands, Sensei’s Divining Top, Force of Will, and Vindicate all carry a heavy sticker price. Even strictly casual cards, like Death Baron and Lord of the Undead have inflated values. If Magic is just a goofy hobby to you, spending hundreds of dollars building or improving a deck might leave a bad taste in your mouth, even when you want to stay competitive with your local group or the folks at your local game store. The good news is, there are often alternatives to powerful cards that are only slightly inferior to their exorbitantly expensive counterparts. This week, we’ll take a look at expensive blue cards, and what they can be replaced with. Read the rest of this entry »

By BlueRam aka William
Note: Article put up a day late due to extreme power outages rolling through my native state of Ohio. I apologize to my handful of fans out there.

In a time when I was still naive, unaware of the realms that the multiverse contained, I allied myself with three creatures. Each one held what I believed to be immeasurable power. Each one was a trusted friend, with whom I waged war against my foes.

Kaalia of the Vast, the fiercest avenger, smote the enemies who stood before her with reckless abandon. Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund, brought ruination to my opponent’s ranks, devouring those foolish enough get within claw’s reach. Rith, the Awakener, sowed armies strong enough to rival that of the ancient eldrazi of Zendikar, and it was her armies that I wanted to preserve.

As the enemies I faced grew in power, I knew more power was needed to survive. My ambitions lead me to scour the multiverse for the strongest spells it had to offer. Kaalia grew fiercer as we obtained the mythical swords of Mirrodin, and learned tectonic shattering techniques to sever mana bonds. Karrthus’s flight of thundering infernos grew larger with each new world we visited, each new member fighting amongst themselves to get ahead in the pecking order.

Together we battled, together we grew. Everyone was getting stronger…except for Rith. Rith, who was a relic from a past that hadn’t seen the horrors that a Primeval Titan or a Blightsteel Colossus could bring. In the end, we opted to part ways, hoping that I would need her someday in the future.

Rith may have left, but I still needed her army.

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