Just a dude who likes to brew and play competitive EDH decks. Part of the Laboratory Maniacs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo41YdkXVTp4dTXvhduaeYw

Also known as Lobster on Discord and /u/SirOzzsome or /u/LobsterEDH on Reddit.

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Said on Breakfast Hulk...

#1

LabManiac being weak to fewer types of hate, a stronger backup combo, and being able to cut Cabal Therapy.

June 26, 2019 5:10 p.m.

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#2

Yeah, it's gonna go in over Autumn's Veil.

June 23, 2019 8:35 a.m.

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#3

Thrasios only costs 2 mana and the deck has a really high density of cheap creatures, so not having Fatestitcher hasn't been a problem at all, especially considering that I don't really go for super-fast wins anymore.

June 14, 2019 11:08 a.m.

YutoTheXYZian - It's in there: Urza, Lord High Artificer - Maximum Power

The Blue card pool has proven to be quite strong in EDH, and Urza adds a very strong Commander option for it. We expect him to supersede Teferi as the prime Mono Blue Commander once his 99 is properly figured out.

DblBeast - Can that be done within a decklist? I thought it's only possible in the description.

June 14, 2019 10:28 a.m.

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#5

Mill -> Dread Return Angel of Glory's Rise, which returns Lab Maniac, Hapless Researcher, and Grand Abolisher. Sac Hapless on an empty library to win.

June 14, 2019 10:26 a.m.

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#6

What do you mean by "without the other combo pieces?" Hermit Druid still does what it's always done in this deck.

June 12, 2019 3:25 p.m.

MH1 Update

This is our update for Modern Horizons. Please note that these placements are preliminary and will be subject to change over time. Please continue commenting and giving us feedback as you play with these cards so we can re-evaluate their position on the list for future updates.

Morophon, the Boundless - Mid Power

While Morophon is great for anything tribal, tribal decks usually have their ceiling around Mid Power. While some tribes like Elves do have a higher ceiling, they also tend to have stronger Commander options at their disposal.

Sisay, Weatherlight Captain - Competitive

Sisay can be built as a competitive 5C infinite mana Commander. Urza, Lord High Artificer - Maximum Power

The Blue card pool has proven to be quite strong in EDH, and Urza adds a very strong Commander option for it. We expect him to supersede Teferi as the prime Mono Blue Commander once his 99 is properly figured out.

Yawgmoth, Thran Physician - High Power

Yawgmoth has a lot of interesting synergies, but the combos he enables take too many pieces to be efficient enough for Competitive play.

Pashalik Mons - Mid Power

Pashalik Mons is a great infinite Mana outlet, but making infinite Mana in Mono Red is a tall order. It's great for an aggressive Goblin tribal deck though, which would sit around Mid Power.

Ayula, Queen Among Bears - Casual

Ayula only synergises with Bears, of which there are only 21 Green ones in all of Magic. 29 if you add Changelings. If you want to do anything other than Bears, there are better Commander options.

The First Sliver - Max Power

This is the new 5C Food Chain Commander of choice. Cascade makes it so the deck doesn't have to run dedicated outlet cards anymore, which further ups its card quality.

Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis - Mid Power

Hogaak has a lot of neat graveyard synergies, but it's a bit awkward that you'd almost rather have it in your graveyard than in your Command Zone.

Thrasios, Triton Hero and Tymna the Weaver moved to their own Power Level

Kraum, Ludevic's Opus - -> Competitive -> Maximum Power

Vial Smasher the Fierce - Competitive -> Maximum Power

Teferi, Temporal Archmage - Maximum Power -> Competitive

General Tazri - Maximum Power -> Competitive

Niv-Mizzet Reborn - Maximum Power -> Competitive

Why are Thrasios and Tymna above everything else?

Approximately 30 months have gone by since the release of Commander 2016, and it's high time that we say with confidence that Thrasios, Triton Hero paired with Tymna the Weaver are powerful enough to warrant their own tier. The raw power of the card advantage of the pair, the combo potential enabled by Thrasios as the single best infinite mana outlet on a Commander, and the vast card pool of four-color translate to the unparalleled ubiquity of T&T in the higher power levels of Commander play.

Here is a short summary of the reasoning behind this analysis:

  • The general flexibility of having two draw engines in the Command Zone gives immense openness to the strategy one may play beneath them. Every strategy wishes to draw cards and desires the consistency that additional card advantage offers from the Command Zone. This pushes out diversity in higher power environments, as it eclipses the (often weaker) niche advantages a more narrow synergy commander might contribute to a deck or strategy.

  • The Partner mechanic allowing for two commanders in the command zone offers additional advantage before the game begins with the Partner player starting with an additional card they have access to. For T&T, this means an extremely consistent early curve available, which enables flexible mulligan keeps and options for divergence, as well as early board presence to stifle combat aggro (and other Tymna players). With commander tax being treated as separate for both commanders, it is difficult to interact by removing either of the low-cost T&T pair, as the other will be in untaxed reserve to rebuild from removal; additionally, the second casts of both commanders are easy to achieve, especially if the first casts have accrued any value while on board. Tertiarily, two cards in the Command Zone means that their 98 card decks are slightly more consistent than a 99 card deck.

  • Thrasios is, bar none, the strongest Command Zone infinite mana outlet in the format. Unlike many others, he only requires colorless mana to go infinite. His value-activation case coupled with his low cost is much stronger than his direct competition, as his activations bank the best of two cards, with the possibility of direct ramp (which snowballs his activation potential). He notably is a 1/3, which blocks Tymna (a centralizing interaction) and is two powerful, supported types being a Merfolk Wizard.

  • Tymna is an exceedingly powerful draw engine, drawing between 1 and 3 cards a turn if one is able to connect with any opponents. She creates a centralizing mini-game centered around engaging with her mechanic in bids to prevent draws, quickly flooding the pilot with insurmountable advantage if left unchecked, while being a losing proposition to spend cards answering, as she's not vital to the win conditions of the decks that play her. She punishes the entire pod if any player is playing a creature-light strategy.

Overall, the pair has shown to have centralizing effect on metagames that contain multiple T&T decks, and cripple commander diversity -- both in the scope of what is viable to stand up against them, and in the deck-brewing process, in which the force of "why not T&T?" is a suffocating question to attempt to answer.

Their general power has exceeded the ability of counter-meta forces to balance out the strongest and most aggressive decks. Having both the tools to win the game quickly and efficiently (Thrasios, Hulk) and being the best picks to grind out of interaction and stax (Tymna & Thrasios draw) make them essentially the default picks for maximizing win rate.

This is all for now. We'll be back soon with another update.

June 11, 2019 2:16 p.m.

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