Commander Focus — Varina, Lich Queen

Digital Queen It’s been a long, long time since Mon Mothma received the nano-immortality treatments. Every once in a while, she has to take the augmented reality mask off of the gilded thaumetallic contacts in her face to ease the overload of thought conductivity along the supercomputing fiber woven into her hair. It took a […]

#discard, #draw, #lifegain, #shadowborn apostle, #token, #tribal, #varina lich queen, #zombie, #Zombie Tribal Read More »

Underdog’s Corner — Evra, Halcyon Witness

The Start of a New Age Hello everyone and welcome back to your favorite spotlight series for the under-appreciated! If you have never read this column, welcome! There are many reasons why a commander could be under-appreciated: it could be because of obsolescence, or it’s too expensive, or maybe it could be because of narrowness. […]

#children of korlis, #conquerors flail, #denial, #evra halcyon witness, #grand abolisher, #lifegain, #mono white, #rogues passage, #voltron Read More »

Replacement Commanders —When the Hammer Comes Down

Well, readers, here we are. It feels like we just started on this journey together and we find ourselves at its end. This is the eighth installment of Replacement commanders, a series where we take a focused look at each of the eight new alternative commanders for the commander 2017 product, compile a “precon”-like list […]

#aetherflux reservoir, #artifacts, #c17, #cat tribal, #commander 2017, #equipment, #green, #hammer of nazahn, #lifegain, #nazahn revered bladesmith, #selesnya, #tokens, #tribal, #voltron, #white Read More »

Commander Showdown — Vona vs Ayli vs Karlov

Triple Showdown Back in June, I wrote Commander Showdown — Ayli vs Karlov, tackling the two lifegain-based Orzhov commanders, Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim and Karlov of the Ghost Council. Then Ixalan happened, throwing a new black-white lifegain commander into the mix. By now you’re probably already familiar with her: it’s Vona, Butcher of Magan. Yes, once again, […]

#axis of mortality, #ayli eternal pilgrim, #edh law of inertia, #exile, #karlov of the ghost council, #licia sanguine tribune, #lifegain, #orzhov, #precon effect, #reconnaissance, #repay in kind, #selenia dark angel, #vona butcher of magan Read More »

Commander Focus — Licia, Sanguine Tribune

Now that I’ve covered each of the partner commanders in their own articles (until Commander 2019 Partnerpalooza, that is), we need some new legendary creatures to talk about. Luckily, Commander 2017 is here with some new hotness. In the spirit of my articles, we don’t have that much data about these particular commanders yet, which makes the article […]

#black, #haste, #licia sanguine tribune, #lifegain, #mardu, #meld, #red, #vampire, #white Read More »

Commander Showdown — Ayli vs Karlov

The Great Divide If you browse the pages of EDHREC enough, you might notice a gap between the most-played and second-most-played commander in any given color identity. In Gruul, for example, Omnath, Locus of Rage has 1343 decks, while the next highest, Xenagos, God of Revels, has 909. In Azorius, the difference between Brago, King […]

#ayli eternal pilgrim, #black, #karlov of the ghost council, #life drain, #life gain, #lifegain, #orzhov, #white Read More »

Partner Focus — Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper

I’ve been looking forward to writing this article. Along with Vial Smasher the Fierce, this partner was the most immediately appealing to me. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper is a combat-ready commander that enjoys jumping into the fray and gives you an amazing benefit as a result. Let’s look at each part of the card in […]

#golgari, #ikra shidiqi the usurper, #ishai ojutai dragonspeaker, #lifegain, #partner, #toughness Read More »

Burning Inquiry — Imaginary Numbers with Oloro

Get out your lifepads everyone, because it’s time for a math test! The topic is imaginary numbers. You remember those from high school don’t you? No? You probably didn’t care. Well know this: your math teacher was very excited the day he or she got to show you a number that isn’t real; the imaginary […]

#casual, #lifegain, #math, #oloro ageless ascetic Read More »

Intellectual Offering – Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim

Since this series is about breaking down the results on EDHREC, why not take it one step further and take a deeper look into a popular commander? Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim is the most popular Orzhov commander on the site with 538 decks (at the time of writing). As a commander, she lends herself towards a […]

#ayli eternal pilgrim, #clerics, #exile, #lifegain, #orzhov, #tribal Read More »

Commander Showdown — Trostani Vs. Rhys

If you play enough EDH, you’ll see a lot of commanders with very similar abilities. This can make building a new deck confusing for both new and advanced players. Should a player interested in lifegain brew with Karlov of the Ghost Council or Oloro, Ageless Ascetic? If you like blink effects, should you choose Roon of […]

#lifegain, #populate, #rhys the redeemed, #selesnya, #tokens, #trostani selesnyas voice Read More »