Let's build around Unplayable Commanders; Telim Tor

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Posted on Nov. 1, 2016, 9:20 p.m. by joecool1299

[Insert witty comment here]

What makes an Unplayable commander?

I'm using EDHREC'S list of Unplayable commander's. They are commander's that have less then three decks on tapped out, you can find the list here.

List of EDHREC unplayed commanders

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How does this work?

I'll randomly select a commander. I'll build the rough skeleton. You send me suggestions for weird cards for it. And we'll cut it down and ship it. Let's put the minds of the internet to the test

Why would you build around (Insert bad commander) when you could play (Insert better commander in the same archetype or colors) instead, what's the point?

First off the object should not be to just build good stuff with X. If we're building Rohgahh of Kher Keep we aren't building R/B good stuff. We're building around Rohgahh of Kher Keep. Weird drawbacks and neat side effects and all.

Because if you limit yourself to just the best deck of their colors, you limit yourself to 30 decks in the entirety of the format (Mono color, guilds, shards ect), But the great thing about commander is that there are hundreds of ways to build around one commander. I can build Zedruu the Greathearted as a prison deck, a evil santa deck, a group hug deck, Heck I could build voltron Zedruu, Sky's the limit.

So instead of simply looking at the cards and seeing what they aren't, let's look and see what they bring to the table. No matter how bad it looks. No matter how weird it is.

Plus it'll be a lot of fun.

TLDR; What's the deck already

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Really? No ones built this guy. I mean he's no Meren of clan new toth but he's got such a in your face theme, that surely someone must have wanted to build around him.

Eh. I guess I'll fill in those shoes.


Commander / EDH* joecool1299


Also I'm plum out of witty names. If you suggest nothing else, Suggest a name!

As always any Suggestions for the deck, feedback, Liking and spreadage of the word is great appreciated!

Here's the previous decks if you wanna stroll the Asylum. Ranked for best to worst.

Gallowbraid: Because if you laugh you die

Yuan Shao, the Indecisive: Yuan Shao the menacer

Chandler: Chandler's list

Kodama of the Center Tree:Spetral Trees

Lu Su, Wu Advisor: Lu shu, Scooby doo

Ur-Drago:Ur Drago of the Ur dragon clan

Nagao, Bound by Honor:Samurai are cool right?

Liu Bei, Lord of Shu: Liu bei, the trilogy maker

RazortoothMtg says... #2

Aha! I saw the deck before you posted this! Mwahahaha!

November 1, 2016 9:27 p.m.

OpenFire says... #3

Nice! When do we get that good Hazduhr the Abbot, though?

November 1, 2016 10:07 p.m.

legendofa says... #4

For the name: Mr. Toilet

For the deck: a bunch of red flanking creatures: Blazing Blade Askari, Burning Shield Askari, Searing Spear Askari, Bogardan Lancer, Suq'Ata Lancer, with more original ideas to come later.

November 2, 2016 3 a.m.

nyctophasm says... #5

Dang it! I was hoping Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant would be on this list so that I could post my deck with her in command.

November 2, 2016 11:13 a.m.

Livingham says... #6


I highly doubt sasaya will ever make the list, while not a common commander she's far from unplayable.

November 2, 2016 3:12 p.m.

joecool1299 says... #7

OpenFire: When the MYTHICAL WHEEL OF RANDOMNESS decrees so.

nyctophasm Oh, that's cute. You see Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant actually does something.

November 3, 2016 12:18 a.m.

joecool1299 says... #8

legendofa I had someone else fill me in. There are eight red cards that grant flanking. Now I kinda see why no one's built this guy yet.

November 3, 2016 12:21 a.m.

legendofa says... #9

Wait. What about multiple combat steps? Aggravated Assault, Hellkite Charger sort of stuff alongside the sorceries (Savage Beating, Relentless Assault, World at War, Fury of the Horde? Attacking creatures with flanking get +1/+1 each attack. Sword of Feast and Famine can make it go on forever.

I know it's kind of pointless to keep pumping your creatures when you can just attack forever anyway, but what's wrong with a little overkill? Plus blockers will get -1/-1 each time they block a flanker, eventually dropping them to 0 toughness.

This might just beat out Liu Bei as the worthless-est commander so far.

November 3, 2016 12:59 a.m.

GoldenDiggle says... #10

Telim'Tor's Darts

At that point just run a Rod of Ruin, its only 1 more mana.

November 3, 2016 5:47 p.m.

joecool1299 says... #11

legendofa That's actually a cool idea. Thanks for the suggestions.

Also I don't know. At least telim tor is interesting.

GoldenDiggle Ha. We found something Telim tor does better then other cards. He throws darts!

November 3, 2016 9:06 p.m.

legendofa says... #12

joecool1299 Just another late night burst of inspiration. I'm glad to help.

November 3, 2016 9:14 p.m.

legendofa says... #13

Telim'Tor is very interesting. He also has virtually nothing unique to work with as a commander. Filling this one out is gonna be tough, or loaded with generic red goodies.

November 3, 2016 9:18 p.m.

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