This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series Guest Article

Wizards made us 5 decks built around the Planar Chaos dragons, but what about the Invasion dragons? They need love too. So here is my first in a series of 5 articles which will focus on each Invasion dragon as a Commander.

If you want straight up Rith, The Awakener deck building ideas and want nothing to do with where I am coming from, skip this paragraph. I currently play EDH as my main format while sometimes playing Legacy and rarely standard. I am no Carlos when it comes to deck building, but I do enjoy it and feel like I have a pretty good handle on card choices, that is probably why I have 15 decks sleeved up right now. If you see a card choice that you absolutely don’t agree with please tell me why.

First up for this invasive dragon series is Rith, The Awakener. Rith’s colors are great colors for EDH. Many people say that Naya colors represent the “spirit of the format”: big creatures, cool abilities, and effects that affect the masses. Rith’s ability says “Hey mayn, you let me in Im’a throw tokens all over this board and they gonna eat you alive.” (rough language but then again he is a dragon, speaking at all is something) His colors also completely support a great token themed deck. I want this deck to function with or without Rith as tuck is a real thing. I am building this deck for my friend Tyler, who had Ulasht as a general but wanted some other options. Let’s do this! Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Community Contribution

Temple Bell is terrible! Every time you activate it, it’s like a 3 for 1 against
− Commanderguy, 2006 – present

People say stuff like that all the time. Someone declares something similar pretty much every time Howling Mine is mentioned and I’ve never seen it called out, so I’m pretty sure a lot of you feel the same way. Temple Bell is usually a very bad card, but that doesn’t make the above announcement any righter, so I’m going to try to maybe change the way you think about card advantage in multiplayer Magic. Everyone-draws is a lot more complicated than arithmetic, counting your opponents to see how many cards you’re behind. How could it not be? If that were the case, then each player in a four player game would be getting 3-for-1’d every time he or she passed the turn, and no one could win that kind of uphill battle. Someone wins every game, though. Let’s lay out exactly how drawing cards works when there are more than two people at the table. Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series Community Contribution

Preface: For those of you unaware about how Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are printed, as of when I played, there were five rarities. They were common, rare, super rare, ultra rare, and secret rare. Each level added something shiny to the card. Commons were just ink on cardboard, rares had silver card names, super rares had foil art, ultra rares had gold card names and foil art, and secret rares had fancy shiny sparkly card names and sparkly foil art. I have no idea what’s been going on in Yu-Gi-Oh! for about five years.

Let me give you a brief history of me and CCGs. I started playing Magic way back during Odyssey block. A few friends had some cards and taught me to play. Their interest in Magic quickly waned and I hopped around in a few different groups of friends that played until no one I knew really cared about Magic anymore right around the release of Mirrodin. However, several of my friends had been playing Yu-Gi-Oh! for a year or so and we had been waging war trying to recruit each other.

Trust me, this article will say something useful about Magic eventually. Read the rest of this entry »

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Guest Article

Greetings, CommanderCast audience! This is Cassidy Silver, bringing another article for your sensory delight. Now, article may actually be the wrong word for what I will present in just a few short paragraphs; really, all I am going to do is present the collected words of respected EDH gurus, (and me as the ‘pity cc’ in the email chain).

It all began on November 8th, 2011, when I received an email from CommanderCast’s Andy. This by itself is not that unusual – we frequently email about all sorts of shit – but this email was a little different. It was entitled: ‘Calling All Certified Beasts’, and it wasn’t just addressed to me. Read the rest of this entry »