Best less-serious commanders?

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Posted on April 11, 2017, 2:02 a.m. by readerrw07

To put it simply, I have my serious edh deck designed and in the process of being made (Baral Control) and Im looking for a deck to have for less serious games. Either ones where I just dont want to be as cutthroat as mono blue needs me to be, or games with new players (Never introduce new players to edh by using your mono blue "counter all the things" deck on them)

So far my ideas are Mono Red Chaos (Stuff like possibility storm, thieves auction, basically all of the shenanigans)

Mono Green Elves

Relentless Rats

Nahiri soldier/equipment tribal

I would like to hear any ideas you guys have :)

AlexoBn says... #2

I would not play a chaos deck. I think you would be best suited with Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord or Selvala, Explorer Returned. Both decks can be competitive (I have a Selvala elfball and it wins at turn 4 to 6). Nonetheless you will definitely be able to do a non cut throat deck with those commanders. My jarad deck won a couple of times at our local command league but I then decided to throw in all of my favorite high cmc creatures and it super fun to play (jarad can always close games if you need to).

April 11, 2017 2:14 a.m.

readerrw07 says... #3

Dont think people would appreciate drafting a turn 25 boardstate? :P

April 11, 2017 2:15 a.m.

NoSoyYucateco says... #4

How about a deck that just copies what everyone else is doing with Clever Impersonator effects? That way, your deck feels comfortable at any table. Riku of Two Reflections is good with this.

April 11, 2017 7:37 a.m.

MagicalHacker says... #5

This is what I've done: I go to this resource, scroll down to tier 4 (the best place for specifically non-competitive commanders that can still win in casual groups), open all the commanders that I might build (in this case, most of the mono-colored ones), and then open up each of their pages on edhrec.com to see what their decks typically look like (the "default deck" button is especially interesting for that).

Best of luck, and let me know if there's anything else I can do to help!

April 11, 2017 8:49 a.m.

Wee_Dragonaut says... #6

My favorite casual commanders are Grenzo, Havoc Raiser and Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury

April 11, 2017 1:51 p.m.

readerrw07 says... #7

What would you think of Vorel of the Hull Clade as a less serious fun commander?

April 11, 2017 2:19 p.m.

Nath eyeball and Nahiri soldiers are a lot of fun and can be tuned to be more or less cutthroat.

April 11, 2017 10:04 p.m.

griffstick says... #9

Dragons cause dragons are cool

April 12, 2017 1:38 a.m.

Panas says... #10

If you are into control, give King Macar, the Gold-Cursed a shot! He can be very oppressive, especially if he comes in early. He is my favourite commander and the one I mainly pilot!

April 13, 2017 7:22 a.m.

Dashiva7 says... #11

A deck I frequently lent out to beginners and/or used for more casual playgroups was a good ol' G/W beatdown deck helmed by Karametra, God of Harvest. Just ramp out with manadorks and Karametras ability and cast awesome big stuff like Worldspine Wurm, Armada Wurm, Overrun and more.

April 13, 2017 8:20 a.m.

phc says... #12

Chaos stuff has the strong possibility of turning off new players. Since commander is supposed to be a weird and wonderful format I try to put together strange combinations like Atraxa, Praetors' Voice "level tribal", or "morph tribal" with Ezuri, Claw of Progress. Seeing them in action might get new players thinking about other ways the commanders could be used.

Alternately a deck with the other 99 restricted to commons and uncommons is another way of going about it.

April 13, 2017 5:34 p.m.

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