Picking a new commander

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Posted on July 14, 2019, 10:44 p.m. by Joe_Ken_

So I’ve come to a conclusion that I’m kinda tiered of seeing some of the same decks made so often whenever a new set comes out. Like we have more than dozens of Urza, Kykar, etc. decks out there.

Does anyone have an idea for an older commander not from one of the recent sets that would be a challenge to build while still being fun?

The decks I’ve made in the past have mostly been beat down oriented wether it was Adeliz, the Cinder Wind wizard tribal or Aurelia, The War Leader boros good stuff with angel tribal mixed in. So maybe something different than tribal to spice things up could be kinda cool, but I’m open to all suggestions.

enpc says... #2

If you want to go down the beatdown route, I would suggest Tymna the Weaver and Tana, the Bloodsower . I know they get played a fair bit, but I have found that they give enough variance to tweak a deck to you liking. I'm not sure what level you're playing at but the list I run is here:

Tymna and Tana, Pals

Commander / EDH enpc


Granted this list for fairly casual play, however I have found that it's decnet at shifting strategies throughout a game.

Another fun commander could be OG Teysa , especially with the recent unbanning of Painter's Servant . My wife has a reanimator Teysa deck, which is not heavily combo oriented however is very resilient.

July 14, 2019 10:59 p.m.

K1ngMars says... #3

I would suggest either Jhoira of the Ghitu , as I run her and it's a fun deck to play, but challenging to build with. Definitely a big mana deck.

Another good legend I'd suggest is Sen Triplets , which can go in many directions, so your choosing there.

July 15, 2019 3:24 a.m.

I strongly suggest the OG Ravnica legends, most of which are powerful but overshadowed by later printings within their guilds. Sure, two of them ( Grand Arbiter Augustin IV and Teysa, Orzhov Scion ) are among the more highly played commanders, but I was thinking more like Lyzolda, the Blood Witch , or Ulasht, the Hate Seed , or Savra, Queen of the Golgari , or Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran . There's a lot of originality to be had in those decks, and a ton of customization and deckbuilding, plus you get the bonus of someone going "Woah, I've never seen a _ deck before!" basically every time you sit down to play.

July 15, 2019 4:25 a.m.

TCG-Player says... #5

I think Glissa, the Traitor is one of the most underrated commanders there is. You can take the deck in various different directions (value based, combo, voltron, stax, infect or even aristocrats). Also, she is a very unique because artifact-centric commanders in either of her colors.

July 15, 2019 5:05 a.m.

Woiteck says... #6

The Scorpion God is very fun to play because you draw a LOT of cards, similarily to, say, The Gitrog Monster , and is also very resilient.

Another deck I have that is very fun to play is lead by Tymna the Weaver and Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper , because they work fantastically well together and I like their colours (especially BG).

July 15, 2019 6:04 a.m.

Boza says... #7

The most fun deck I own is the Legendary tribal Saskia the Unyielding . Honestly, decks that start as a stipulation are the best. For example, Saskia contains only legendary creatures (minus Thalia's Lancers ):

The Legend of Saskia

There are a lot of legendary-matters spells as well to reinforce the theme and there are enough legendary lands to make legendary lands as well.

The deck is aggressive and every creature serves a purpose - assembling a board state that is scary takes 2-3 creatures.

July 15, 2019 11:22 a.m.

pizzagod13 says... #8

I like Sapling of Colfenor it can be built as a creature only deck to take full advantage of the ability and I doubt you will see one often

July 15, 2019 12:15 p.m.

Lanzo493 says... #9

I love my red reanimator deck with Feldon of the Third Path . Other fun strategies I’ve always wanted to try were wheel decks with Arjun, the Shifting Flame , a +1/+1 counter deck with Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest and an unblockable matters with Kaseto, Orochi Archmage that also doubles as voltron.

July 15, 2019 2:59 p.m.

Pikobyte says... #10

Wort, the Raidmother is fun to play. Spellslinger playstyle is totally different from your beatdown decks. You can build a good deck that works fine and has a decent chance to win for around 50$ or make it the best way possible and really good for around 150-200$. I play one for myself and it’s a ton of fun to play. I don’t have a list online here but you find plenty if you’re interested.

July 15, 2019 4:10 p.m.
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