What commander should I build?

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Posted on May 6, 2020, 9:43 a.m. by TriusMalarky

So, I have 6 EDH decks, but one of them is really mediocre and I want to gut and replace it.

For reference, I have already built

And I don't particularly want to have duplicate strategies.

So, any recommendations as to what I should build? I have a rather low budget, but I can eventually pick up some more expensive pieces if they're necessary.

Also, my decks are mostly built the way they're built because it's an interesting playstyle or memes(Sisay and Neheb are much memier than the others).

Additionally, any recommendations for Neheb? He's easily the worst of the bunch, but I keep him 'cos my grandma likes to play minotaur decks.

Thanks in advance!

Snake_Oil says... #2

You've got a few blue decks, so why not something G/W or G/B?

While I talk G/B, you could always build around the partners from Battlebond -- Virtus the Veiled and Gorm the Great are my personal favourites, but Sylvia Brightspear and Khorvath Brightflame are an interesting tribal challenge, and you even have two izzet options if you fancy coin flips or planeswalkers!

As for Neheb, maybe consider his R/B version just so you get access to black's reanimator and draw pools and even more minotaurs?

May 6, 2020 10:47 a.m.

TriusMalarky says... #3

Snake_Oil I might go that direction. Also, on Neheb, I like running Mono Red because it can be pretty funny. I do need to pick up a copy of Bag of Holding, but there's some artifacts that combine with Red Neheb to guarantee that sometimes, you have to discard to hand size. Main problem is it doesn't have any real win conditions, and it gets the crap beat out of it early because nobody wants to get hit. People stomp Neheb out of the game and then the deck loses its staying power.

May 6, 2020 11:52 a.m.

Joe_Ken_ says... #4

I would say if your budget is low you’ll want to stick to 1-2 color decks since the mana base on 3+ colors can start to get expensive if you are trying to make the deck good.

That being said going with Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion is good with a red ramp sort of build that you could use for big red creatures, voltron, or burn strategies.

God-Eternal Kefnet would be good for spell slinging builds although I personally don’t know how the deck would win since I don’t play blue too much.

Lastly Lazav, the Multifarious is an interesting strategy with combining mil and making one big commander.

Just giving a general breakdown for stuff you can go with. I’d say from those three the best that you could upgrade later if you’d want to take it out of budget range is Kefnet.

May 6, 2020 12:41 p.m.

TriusMalarky says... #5

Ah, Joe_Ken_, Sorry, I must have been unclear. I already have those built.

May 6, 2020 12:47 p.m.

SteelSentry says... #6

I second , you don't have any graveyard decks listed here which is always a popular archetype. That also gives you the option to branch out into Abzan or Jund, which are very powerful color combinations in EDH.

As for Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion, have you tried swapping the commander? There are a few options to stay in Mono- and possibly keep a large part of the deck. I have a deck that has had several different iterations with different generals. Currently, I run Neheb, the Eternal, which has been the more resilient of the two Nehebs in my experience, and isn't dependent on attacking to function. If you wanted to keep any graveyard synergies, you could try Feldon of the Third Path reanimator, and if you had artifact themes you could try Daretti, Scrap Savant for a more Johnny build or Bosh, Iron Golem for a more Timmy build.

May 6, 2020 12:48 p.m.

Mj3913 says... #7

Atla Palani, Nest Tender can be fun if you like dropping surprise Monsters.

May 6, 2020 1:41 p.m.

DeinoStinkus says... #8

I run Sen Triplets, Ramos, Dragon Engine (Ramos Locos Combos!), and Wort, the Raidmother. Korvold, Fae-Cursed King can be a fun build, I once did a Korvold with Treasure.

May 6, 2020 2:12 p.m.

DarkHero says... #9

May 6, 2020 2:59 p.m.

Gleeock says... #10

Grismold, the Dreadsower - with a whole bunch of -/- spells

May 6, 2020 7:52 p.m.

shadow63 says... #11

Jund mid range/value town.

May 7, 2020 7:32 a.m.

TriusMalarky says... #12

Alrighty, thanks for all the suggestions!

So far, I'm thinking

May 7, 2020 9:23 a.m.

If you go the Atla Palani, Nest Tender route you could totally meme it up with only running 2 creatures: Worldspine Wurm, Xenagos, God of Revels. That way you always swing in for 30 tample damage each turn with Xenagos's buff. It's actually pretty powerful if you run enough protection. Heck, you could probably just skip Atla all together and run Xenagos as your commander. Red has a surprising number of Polymorph effects these days.

May 7, 2020 10:13 a.m.

TriusMalarky says... #14

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor with all the sac outlets Atla wants anyways, who needs anything except Worldspine Wurm? Just swing 15, sac it, and cheat it in every turn. And you net 3 5/5 Wurms with trample.

I mean, you should probably include Xenagos, God of Revels for damage increase and Karametra, God of Harvests to drag all the lands out of your deck, but that's for spiky losers. Wurmhatching for the lols!

May 7, 2020 6 p.m.

RiotRunner789 says... #15

You don't have a purely aggro strategy. Why not give that a try?

My favorite aggro commanders would be, Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow, Krenko, Mob Boss, and Gargos, Vicious Watcher.

Yuriko can be fun ninjutsu-ing sneaky ninjas. Build around cheap unblockable/flying creatures, ninjas, and big CMC spells. Can be built fairly cheaply with Yuriko being the most expensive card, but some of the better ninja's can start to cost $.

Krenko is more straight forward. Goblins are cheap. Swing with Goblins.

Gargos is fun if you like big giant stupid trample-ly hydras. Oh, also fun if you like him just wrecking your opponents creatures. Seem him built as an interesting enchantress commander. I would prefer a hybrid enchantess and hydra build though. Bonus with Gargos is that your mana base is super cheap so you may be able to splurge on better hydras.

May 12, 2020 6:31 p.m.

TriusMalarky says... #16

Nice ideas. I think I'm going Korvold, Fae-Cursed King 'cos my LGS still has a few copies of the brawl deck. $25 is great when you get Stomping Ground, Korvold, Command Tower, Arcane Signet, and some other assorted solid cards. I might eventually build the Knight one, too, though, but maybe that's just cos Signet is pretty cool.

Did the quick math and with Korvold, Stomping Ground, and Signet you get $24 worth of cards, not including whatever other crap is in there. Those are totally worth the pricetag.

May 12, 2020 7:30 p.m.

Korvold is definitely a great idea. He is a pretty fun value commander that can run the gambit of casual to competitive depending on your preference. Happy deck building!

May 12, 2020 8:42 p.m.

TriusMalarky says... #18

Thanks! I had a random copy of Pitiless Plunderer and I realized it would be pretty dope. Also a foil Sling-Gang Lieutenant, which is cool. I think 4 mana to drain someone for 3 and draw 3 cards and buff Korvold a few times is purdy gud.

May 12, 2020 10:09 p.m.

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