Hey there, Big Daddy Brewers! There’s been a pretty significant event since our last meeting. All of Rivals of Ixalan has been spoiled! So, of course that means we have an entire new set to brew and brainstorm with. The card we’re building around today has been spoiled for awhile, but I wanted to wait for the entire set to be spoiled before writing about it in case there were some other cards in the new set that would be strong inclusions. Including the Commander, today’s deck features three Rivals of Ixalan cards, which isn’t a lot, but one of them is the Commander, and that’s a kind of a big deal. So, here we go, I present to you all: Ghalta Dredge!
Hey there Big Daddy Brewers! This week’s deck features the color of magic that I typically avoid: White. I don’t build/play a lot of White decks. It’s easily my least favorite of the five colors. One of my favorite things that White does well, however, is care about enchantments. With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that this week’s deck is an Enchantress deck! There are a few different ways that you can take enchantments in Commander, everything from Zur Combo to Oloro Prison to our choice here today: Selvala Enchantress.
Hello again, Big Daddy Brewers! Today the goal is to go big. The deck is all about ramping and doubling your mana. Which, of course, means it’s playing Green Black. There’s not a lot more to introduce about it this week, so let’s dive into the tongue-twisting alliteration that is Mono Mana Maga.
Welcome back to another installation of Big Daddy Brews. This week’s focus is not on a particular Commander but instead a particular card. This week we are building around Standard’s short-lived former all-star Seasons Past. Seasons Past far exceeded my expectations in Standard, and the same holds true in Commander.
Sol Ring, Ubiquitous Commander all star. If you’re not playing Sol Ring in your Commander deck then you’re generally putting yourself at a disadvantage before the game even starts because you can almost guarantee that every other deck at the table has included the one mana artifact. So this week’s deck building inspiration? Build a deck that can justify omitting Sol Ring.
Welcome back, Big Daddy Brewers! The past couple of articles have been chalked full of new cards thanks to Ixalan, and this one will be too! Today we’re going to look at one of Magic’s oldest and most renown tribes in Merfolk. Tishana, Voice of Thunder is one Magic’s newest legendary Merfolk creatures, and I wanted to build a deck with her at the helm.
Ixalan has arrived. Commander 2017 has been around for a little while now too. I have yet to focus on the newest Commander set, so I’m going to do that today. I’m also going to cover one of Commander’s newest win conditions from Ixalan: Revel in Riches. Today’s deck will also feature zero creatures outside of its legendary leader. What creature is best suited to lead a solo expedition for bounty beyond the imagination? Kess, Dissident Mage, of course.
Alright, we made it through all of the decks from our last Changes article just in time for, you guessed it (you probably didn’t guess), the newest Changes article! After some pretty boring land cuts last article and literal nothing from the new Commander set, Ixalan brings lots of new additions. Let’s break into them and take a look at the lists as they are right now!
Alright, people, we’re here this week with Feldon of the Third Path. So, my personal take on the deck is to focus more on artifact synergy and attrition than to build around Feldon’s activated ability. That’s not to say that we’re ignoring our Commander completely, of course. Feldon is the Commander of the deck for a reason, but he feels like an equal part of the 99 as opposed to the focal cog that drives the machine. Let’s take a look at the list and I’ll show you what I mean…
Annnnnnd we’re back! Last time I promised you guys that I would continue to give you a look at each of the decks that I personally own and will be covering in my “Changes” article each new set. This week’s deck is Mono-Blue Omniscience, led by Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir. I chose to build around Omniscience for a few very specific reasons:
Welcome back! Last Big Daddy Brews I promised that we would look at my Omnath, Locus of Mana deck. This deck has evolved with me as I’ve gotten better at Magic and subsequently Commander. I first learned how to play Magic when I was sixth grade or so. I didn’t play for a very long time before quitting the game for about six years. When I finally returned to the game, it was because a group of my friends had been playing Commander. The social aspect of playing long multiplayer games appealed to me, but I had a condition: Whatever deck I played had to be Mono-Green because my sixth-grade kitchen table deck was Mono-Green.
So, last Big Daddy Brews we went over the mild additions that Hour of Devastation brought to my collection of decks. In that installment, we went over card choices and the logic behind them, but we did not explore any of the lists in depth. This week’s take is going to change that. I’m going to do an article for each of the four decks featured in the last article. Which, if you care to, you may read here. We’ll be starting off with Apostle Storm because it’s the unique of my four decks in that I took somebody else’s deck, made some revisions to it, and called it my own (kind of).
Y’all ready for that new ish? I am. Here’s what the deal is with the new new. After every new Commander set, you guys are going to get an update on what changes I make (if any) to my personal Commander decks. The lists you guys read every couple of weeks are not decks that I build in paper and play with my friends in my home. I build and test them online myself. I do, however, have four decks that I own in paper and play fairly regularly.
The Hour of Devastation is upon us! So, with that theme in mind, we’re going to dive right into this installment of Big Daddy Brews, Nicol Bolas! One of the original Elder Dragon Highlanders has returned as God-Pharaoh. I have very little to hype to build here as Wizards has done that for me so let’s dive into the list, shall we?
Hey there, True Believers, do you remember Aetherworks Marvel tearing through Standard? Do you remember when it was spinning into Emrakul before the ban and it moved on to Ulamog? And I’m sure that you remember the eventual ban of Aetherworks Marvel itself. Well, I have either some very good news or some very bad news depending on how much you like/hate the card. It’s the focus of today’s article, and it will be featured in not one, not two, but THREE decklists. All three decks will be U/G/x because that’s where the strongest support for energy comes from and all three will feature the Eldrazi titans to spin into because I feel that’s a defining quality of the archetype. I have imposed a deck building restriction on myself this time around: no tutors. Build an energy deck, but don’t build a way into it to find Marvel every single game. I love tutors, and I tend to rely on them a lot. I know that not everybody in the Commander community feels the same way, so this week we’re going it without them! Alright, let’s delve into the first list!
Alright, guys, we’re back this week with something a little out of my comfort zone: Sultai MimeOoze Typically my Commander decks are pretty powerful, but I would hesitate to call them “competitive.” I feel that I build Commander decks as strong as they can be without fitting that moniker. There’s usually some acknowledged flaw in them that I don’t attempt to fix, that kind of thing.