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Winterblast on Solutions For Nonbasic Hate

1 week ago

I play a 5 colour combo deck (Combo Queen, but I think I have maybe 3-5 different cards in my real deck) and of course the biggest problem is to run into Blood Moon, Magus of the Moon and Back to Basics. I'm not talking about the possibility of Ruination because I have no response to that anyway and will have to prevent it with Gaddock Teeg.

My question is, what are the best ways to get rid of a Blood Moon when there's only red mana available and maybe one different colour from a mana dork?

What I already play is Chromatic Lantern (not tutorable with red), Vizier of the Menagerie, Birthing Pod (to search for vizier, Reclamation Sage, Harmonic Sliver)

Another method, although complicated, would be to use Imperial Recruiter to get Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, copy recruiter to find Elvish Spirit Guide and again to search for Reclamation Sage. That's the only other way I can imagine that would work without any other colour than red, but it takes multiple turns.

Do you know anything else that could work? Maybe something with alternative casting costs for removing enchantments? A cheap red creature that can kill a Magus when it comes into play ( Flametongue Kavu is a bit expensive for 3R and the recruiter can't get it)?

Often I have something to respond or at least one basic forest or mana dork to work with, but I don't want to have absolutely NO (tutorable or otherwise realistic) solution to a blood moon if it happens to catch me tapped out with only nonbasics on the board. Any help is appreciated!

Winterblast on organising a tournament

3 weeks ago

I would like to establish frequent commander torunaments in our area, because in the past that only happened like once or twice a year when the LGS spontaneously came up with a date on some holiday or another. That meant very little time to prepare, no time to test (because the torunament mode wasn't clear in advance) and of course it's not even sure that you can show up on that day when the announcement is just like one week before.

Before asking our LGS to host more torunaments, I'd like to come up with an idea on how to hold such events in order to reward competitive play while also attracting unknown people outside our local playgroup (who don't know what exactly the meta might be in another town), to support a variable number of participants and to ensure that interesting prizes can be won.

I've talked to some of our players, saying "tournaments would be cool again here around, don't you think?" and th reactions were generally positive but I feel like everyone thinks we won't be enough people or it would be badly organised or we might just wait if our shopkeeper comes up with a date on his own again (but then we surely have discussions right before the event, how we should actually hold the torunament and half of the people won't have time to show up). It seems someone has to come up with a concept and present it or nothing will happen. I'd like to do that before something like in another town happens, where the LGS now actually uses the MTGO banlist for events with real cards...which is absolutely ridiculous (and I think half of the time these events aren't held because people aren't very much interested of course)

So the question is: do you have any experience with organising a commander torunament and how was it held? Do you have any idea on how to combine multiplayer pods and 1 vs 1 games in order to determine a ranking? How could points be given?

I think it would appeal to more people (also strangers from other towns) if we played games with 3 or 4 people and then sort of finals in a 1 vs 1 setting (or the other way round? duels to determine who sits on which multiplayer table?) because some people will think they have better chances in multiplayer while being bad in duels and vice versa.

Thanks for your answers!