Help me decide on a commander!

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Posted on Oct. 4, 2018, 5:18 p.m. by ducttapedeckbox

Hi all, been a while since I posted. I'm trying to get back into EDH and my Nekusar, the Mindrazer deck isn't doing it for me anymore. Here are some guidelines to help you help me!

  • I want a deck that doesn't feel repetitive. With Nekusar, I'm doing the exact same thing every game and it gets boring. I've been messing around with Muldrotha, the Gravetide goodstuff and Breya, Etherium Shaper tokens but nothing has clicked.
  • My group is consistently playing around $200 lists. I'd like to be around there too. Ideally I'd trade/put less than $100 in, and assume I have the lands to make any color combination work.
  • Not looking for a combo deck.
  • Tribal is an option, but the anthems / cost reduction cards are so expensive right now..

If not a commander suggestion, maybe an archetype?


cdkime says... #2

My personal favourite casual commander is Karona, False God. There's a lot you can do with her, so you have many options in deckbuilding, and can pretty easily reconfigure your deck to a different archetype if you're not enjoying how it is functioning. The primary archetypes for her are:

  • Voltron--she's attacking on everyone's turn, so you can pretty easily rack up 21 commander damage.

  • A wide tribal deck, able to run any tribe in the game due to her five colours, using her as finisher.

  • Group hug--enabling others, with the hope you'll stick around until the end of the game to finish off who remains.

She's not the greatest commander, but she's versatile and delightfully fun to deckbuild with, as you've got the added challenge of "I can lose to my own commander's damage."

October 4, 2018 5:31 p.m.

Thank you for the suggestion. There's already a Karona player in my group so I would like to avoid duplicates for now.

October 4, 2018 6:03 p.m.

Mj3913 says... #4

Try my Isperia's Flying Circus of Tools. Its both fun, budget, and doesn't need to be run one way... though there is an optimal way... but no need to do it every time.

October 4, 2018 6:03 p.m.

DrukenReaps says... #5

No combo?!?!? Guess I'll just leave... :(

I kid, mostly.

Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow is a sweet deck. I haven't gotten my own all together but I've got a list Yuriko Hidden Tiger and I've watched other people playing her and having a lot of fun. There are a couple ways to go with her. Big CMC with few ninjas or lower CMC with many ninjas are the extremes.

October 4, 2018 6:20 p.m.

Unlife says... #6

Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder Is my first suggestion. With the random cascade effects, just build a goodstuff/toolbox deck of sorts and see what comes out.

Rhys the Redeemed I run him as a souls sisters deck in EDH, which is a lot of fun. Theres lots of different ways to win such as Felidar Sovereign, or swinging with an army or just swinging with a Sublime Archangel

Tribal legendary but not with the usual Captain Sisay at the helm. Challenge yourself to pick a random color combo and see how many legendary cards can be filled in.

October 4, 2018 6:43 p.m.

Calliber says... #7

I second what Unlife said, try Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder. I built mine out with a lot of wheel effects, hand abuse and recursion. It never plays the same but always fun for the player because you never know what's going to happen when you have multiple cascades going off and everything hits the stack.

October 4, 2018 7:07 p.m.

Flooremoji says... #8

Lazav, the Multifarious is a great commander, especially after Bontu the Glorified/Kefnet the Mindful hit the 'yard. I think it could be budget and fun. (I say this even though I don't play commander.)

October 4, 2018 8:08 p.m.

Ugin5789 says... #9

Maybe try a casual sazdek, lord of secrets brew.

October 4, 2018 8:38 p.m.

Drakorya says... #10

You could try a Trostani, Selesnya's Voice token deck. I built mine with the populate mechanic in mind, so it focuses more on quality tokens rather than the quantity of tokens. You can also abuse cards like Phyrexian Processor, as well as embalm creatures like Angel of Sanctions.

Here's a link to my Trostani decklist: Trostani's Populace

Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons is also a cool deck. Use neg counter removal spells and abilities and amass an army of deathtouching snakes. It's really easy to rebuild after sweepers too.

Here's a link to my Hapatra decklist: Hapatra Neg Counters

The deck has some combos in it, but in practice they are hardly ever used.

They're both 2-colour decks, so the mana bases can be cheap. I think both lists are around the $200 mark.

October 4, 2018 9:12 p.m.

ive seen a lot of Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix / Vial Smasher the Fierce decks that use wheels in a different way and still run nekusar and previously leoldred

the wincon is usually tapping and untapping kydele for like 30 using wheels and other draw effects and then casting an Exsanguinate, Comet Storm, or Stroke of Genius for the win using the from kydele, and allows for different gameplay due to not being entirely wheel based

October 4, 2018 11:23 p.m.

SirFowler says... #12

I like playing my Maelstrom Wanderer deck. It has a bit of a chaos element and you don't care too much if it dies because you could just cast it again for more shenanigans. You could also add stuff like Remand, Delay, or even Plasm Capture. This way, if you run into one of those, you could just cast your commander again for more chaotic fun.

October 5, 2018 1:01 a.m. Edited.

4doublexx says... #13

If you want something super wacky do Norin the Wary decks, but don't go a stax route. You can go thief with it and chaos. Or build red aggro too. Another deck I really enjoy playing is a Crosis, the Purger based around discard and then also a bunch of fun dragons. Granted this might be too similar to your nekusar deck. Hopefully these help

October 5, 2018 1:53 a.m.

Boza says... #14

One of my first decks in commander has been Nekusar and still is a blast to play. I have searched for a while for something that is both a blast to play and different every time. And thus I found Saskia the Unyielding legendary tribal:

The Legend of Saskia

Because you have different combinations of legendaries in play every game, every game is unique and attacking in commander is so refreshing. 4 colors means your mana is a bit weak, but you will be ramping anyways, so it is not too bad.

Additionally, literally every set brings something good for the deck, so your deck will never stay the same.

October 5, 2018 2:46 a.m.

Neheb, the Eternal is a good mono-red deck that can be built and played pretty versatile. One game you can just throw burn spells at people until they die. Other times you get a ton of mana and cast a powerful spell. Sometimes you half someones life total and cast an X-cost pumping all the mana you got from Neheb to cast an X-cost to intakill, but that rarely happens. I have a deck (Shameless self-promotion) Neheb the Manataur

October 8, 2018 8:04 p.m.

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