MagicalHacker - Deckspert

Greetings, fellow planeswalkers! The name's MagicalHacker (Magical_Hacker on Magic Online), and I'm primarily a Commander/EDH player, and its really the only format I play anymore. Sure, I might draft or play at a pre-release every now and then, but mostly, I play strange Commander decks for my own amusement and at the expense of my friends. I love the format so much that I have started making resources for you, YES YOU, to improve your EDH deckbuilding!

First, I have created lists of staples classified by card function:

Secondly, I have built what I call "backbone decks" for many playable commanders based on maximum synergy, which is to say that you can take the backbone deck of 100% synergy and 0% versatility, replace cards from the deck with cards from the above staple lists, and VOILA, youve got your very own powerful deck to play! To find these backbone decks, the name is ALWAYS going to be "MagicalHacker (insert name of commander here)" (with only a handful of exceptions).

If you are having trouble finding a particular deck, just comment here, and I'll be happy to help! Fortunately, soon after I became unable to continue to churn out these decks, rose into popularity, and it fulfills this job pretty well. That said, there are still many cards that the site can't suggest, so I still lurk around making weird suggestions for cards that are too synergistic to not include.

Happy deckbuilding, and again, let me know if you want any advice!

Flagellum says... #1

Hey MagicalHacker! Just want to thank you for all the help you've given me with all my crazy decks!

I was wondering what would be more fun: an Izzet coin flip deck with Nin, the Pain Artist at the helm or a Zada, Hedron Grinder deck? Zada I feel could close out games easier whereas aside from Chance Encounter (or Insurrection) Nin may have some issues. Although, spamming Frenetic Sliver/Frenetic Efreet abilities makes Chance Encounter much more potent.

March 9, 2017 11:48 p.m.

Legendxp says... #2

Thought you might like this list: Tribal Tech (List of Every Single Tribe in Magic!)

March 8, 2017 9:22 a.m.

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Said on New League Idea ......


Hmmm you make good points. If instead the limits for the cad types was instead changed to only making all rares and mythics restricted, would that be better? I think 3 color decks would still have lots of trouble fixing their colors and the meta would shift quite a bit.

It would result in a different meta game as well, as it's like halfway between standard and pauper standard.

March 24, 2017 3:59 p.m.

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Rather than limiting the total number of cards at a specific rarity, would instead limiting cards of specific names based on their rarity work? I would think it would be just as effective in terms of deck designing but much, much easier to keep track of and keep in mind when deckbuilding. Specifically, altering the playset number from 4 for any nonbasic card to 3 for uncommons, 2 for rares, and 1 for mythics seems to be ideal. Could you have a deck of all rares? Sure, but the consistency would be horrendous.

What do you think?

March 24, 2017 10:13 a.m.

I suppose they're just experimenting with the possibilities. I don't think flashback would have been sufficient for this design, because flashback is specifically a way to cast spells out of the graveyard, whereas this is a new spell that can be cast if it's in the graveyard.

March 22, 2017 1:34 p.m.

Actually, I think the split card is the only way to design such an effect that still allows the two sides to be of different card types.

Like enchantment -> instant or creature -> sorcery, etc.

March 22, 2017 8:44 a.m.

Hmm, I see your point. Is there any way to know how many cards that currently bans from the format?

March 22, 2017 5:49 a.m.

If I build a deck online, its easier for me to find out if the cost is under a certain amount than it is to check each card to see if it's ever been below a certain amount throughout its history.

March 20, 2017 6:08 p.m.

I think something is possible, but I would try to stick to one change at first. Which is the most important change for this format: nonlegendary commanders, budget deck building, starting at 30 life, 80-card decks, color splashing, or unset cards allowed?

I would assume it's the budget deck building, so if that's true, here's what I think could be a better solution:

A deck is only legal if the total cost is 100 dollars or less (or whatever value you want) when it's built, not including shipping. If any cards are changed, the new total must still be less than that cost.

I think this is simple enough for it to be feasible to maintain. Got a deck? You need a receipt for what the deck would cost, at any one point in time.

Hence I would call this "Receipt Commander".

March 20, 2017 2:53 p.m.

Yeah, test her out, and I don't think you'll be disappointed! And I'm glad I was able to introduce edhrec to you; I'm a big fan of the site!

March 18, 2017 7:59 p.m.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that by "design standpoint", Apple was referring to the appearance of the card design.

While I typically enjoy outside-the-box designs and appearances, I also think this appearance looks messy/disorganized. However, I am anticipating learning to appreciate it as I become more accustomed to it.

March 18, 2017 5:38 p.m.

Suicidebring3r, thank you for the kind words! I'd love to answer your questions :)

I find that a common occurrence is where my opponents could block any creature I send at them, but not all creatures. However, I have an Equipment that I really want to trigger by dealing combat damage to the player. Because of that, Shikari has been great in letting me equip after blockers are declared, even without Puresteel around.

While I do technically have only 32 lands, I give myself the leeway to count nonlands in that number under certain rules: up to four 1 drops that can get me a land or give me mana and up to one 2-drop if it can get me an untapped land or mana right away with some other benefit as well. (You can see these cards under the category named "Manabase".)

Lastly, I have been asked a few times about the Kaldra piece, but the problem is pretty big. While have indestructible is fantastic, and having a buff of 5 with megadeathtouch is spectacular, getting first strike and trample and haste is not necessary at all, so I don't think it's a wise move to have a card that is a dead card unless you have two specific cards in the deck available to you too.

I took a look and I can see the similarities lol! I do think the deck would be better off if the commander were Nahiri, or at least Sram to get more bang for your buck out of the equipment theme. Thoughts?

And yeah, it's funny the way things work like that sometimes! I'm sure you've already done this, but have you used for your research? If not, I highly recommend utilizing that resource! It's incredible!

March 18, 2017 8:26 a.m.

Nice try, but I wasted 30 seconds checking out the channel, and I want them back.

March 18, 2017 5:23 a.m.

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Im interested in a solution to this as well! To add to the conversation, I've noticed that it happens when I use the +1 or -1 feature om the decks main page instead of editing through the update page.

March 18, 2017 2:33 a.m.

Linkdude74, ohhhhhhh okay, I didn't know that. That makes sense!

DemonDragonJ, I think it's more because one side is cast as normal, and the other side only from the graveyard. I get that this is the first time that casting a card from a graveyard has a totally different effect, but I still think the weird split frame looks ugly.

March 18, 2017 1:36 a.m.

While I think the frame is horrid, the design is very cool, and I'm excited to see what WotC has done with it.

That is, if this is real, because 210 seems really high for a white card with a name starting with a D...

March 18, 2017 1:09 a.m.

Oops, meant Purify...


March 16, 2017 1:27 p.m.

It seems to me that three color decks and more have too many options for you, so my advice would be to look at mono-white, mono-red, and boros commanders on and post your favorites here. We can help you narrow down what you want! (On that website, you can also see the top cards for each of those commanders and even an average decklist!)

It can't hurt to check it out, right?

March 15, 2017 11:12 a.m.

CptZhou, glad to hear it! Lemme know how it works out!

March 13, 2017 5:12 p.m.

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I think talk of unbans are way more interesting, even if they're less likely.

What unbans would fix which problems in any format?

March 13, 2017 9:11 a.m.

The only exceptions I could see to commanders are as follows:

  • I believe all planeswalkers should be legal as commanders (and if one or two are too oppressive as commanders, then add them to the banlist).

  • I have no opinion one way or the other regarding creatures that start out nonlegendary, but then become legendary.

  • Noncreature/nonplaneswalkers, even if legendary and provide a creature later (such as Elbrus, the Binding Blade  Flip) shouldn't be allowed as commanders. Not because of power reasons, but because of flavor reasons.

March 13, 2017 8:32 a.m.

I had considered that as an option, but knowing me and my friends, there's no way we could be quiet enough LOL

March 12, 2017 1:31 p.m.


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Finished Decks 548
Prototype Decks 47
Drafts 5
Playing since New Phyrexia
Points 5242
Avg. deck rating 4.51
T/O Rank 13
Helper Rank 141
Favorite formats Pre-release, Commander / EDH, Planechase, Duel Commander
Good Card Suggestions 178
Venues Titan Games & Hobbies, Wasteland Games, Titan Games
Cards Added/Fixed 3
Last activity 21 hours
Joined 5 years
MTGO Username Magical_Hacker