Vial Smasher & Ludevic

Vial Smasher, the Fierce is one of my favorite partner Commanders. Her ability allows us to impact the game without singling out one opponent; we can simply say “I didn’t tell her to throw vials at you!” Searching for the perfect partner for her is always a fun experiment, and while Thrasios holds a warm place in my heart, this time I want to talk about how well Ludevic, Necro-Alchemist pairs with her.

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Zur the Enchanter

When someone says their Commander is Zur the Enchanter, the usual response is everyone else sighs and rolls their eyes. The most popular (and probably most efficient) use for Zur is to suit him up with a ton of powerful Auras and attack for the kill. However, not only is that strategy boring to play against, it’s also just one of a huge number of possibilities for a Zur the Enchanter Commander deck. In this article, I’m going to give a brief overview of several of those possibilities.

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Reyhan & Tana

Commander 2016 will go down in history as one of the most unique Commander sets to ever be printed; the four-color legends and the partner mechanic were amazing firsts for the format. At one point we planned to write an article for each of the 105 possible pairings of the partners, but that endeavor proved to be unsustainable. However, that doesn’t mean we still can’t talk about the more interesting combinations.

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Syr Konrad, the Grim

It’s that time of year again, folks: Time for Pumpkin Spiced Foodstuffs™, jack o’ lanterns, people saying the word “spooky” a little too often… What I’m trying to say is that it’s almost Halloween, and in the spirit of the season today we’re going to look at a pretty spooky new card from Throne of Eldraine: Syr Konrad, the Grim .

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Trostani Discordant

I’m a Selesnyan mage at heart. Tokens, small creatures, and big swings are in my DNA, and I’ve had some sort of token deck in EDH for as long as I can remember. A few years ago I built Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice and had some fun with it, but It wasn’t well-tuned and was a more casual deck. I eventually decided to rework it when the Guilds of Ravnica set came out, and that led me to decide I had the wrong Commander to begin with.

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Korvold, Fae-Cursed King

It’s spoiler season for Throne of Eldraine, and this time around there is a twist; the spoilers kicked off with a set of Brawl decks, with specially-made commanders! Although the commanders were specially designed for Brawl, they have plenty of Commander-format potential. Today, I’m going to talk about some Commander-style ways to use Korvold, Fae-Cursed King!

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Ghired, Conclave Exile

Something you’ll learn about me as a player is that I’m quite a Selesnyan mage. I love tokens and token strategies, and while I don’t only own green and white decks, my strategies often look the same. My favorite mechanic is populate, and I’ve longed to build a Naya tokens deck but haven’t had the right Commander to do so. Now that Commander 2019 is here, I finally have a Naya Commander who populates!

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Bruse & Ikra

One of the first decks I ever built was Doran, the Siege Tower. Toughness matters and life gain were ingrained into its strategy and it was a blast to play. When four-color Commanders were dropped on us back in 2016, Doran had an identity crisis. Why stick to Abzan when you could introduce red? Thus, “Bruse and Ikra‘s Tough Love Shack” was born.

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