MagicalHacker - Deckspert

Greetings, fellow planeswalkers! The name's MagicalHacker (Magical_Hacker on Magic Online), and I'm primarily a Commander/EDH player, and it’s 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. Take a look at my youtube channel, where I play commander decks in multiplayer games and then upload a new one every Saturday:

When it comes to building decks, I have produced two types of resources to help anyone who wants to use them (including myself, as these are the first things I use) build powerful commander decks:


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, you’ve 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, edhrec.com 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!


The Decks I'm Playing

maxon says... #1

Hey list maker! I was gonna search your decks for this but you've got 69 pages. Haha. So I was thinking of making an EDH deck full of permanents that trigger when other players do things. Like Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker, Heartwood Storyteller, Forgotten Ancient, Rhystic Study and whatnot. Do you have a list of cards like that, or know of someone who does?

June 22, 2018 11:48 a.m.

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Thanks for the shout out! My profile has my lists (and I use them more than any other resource), but I also have a YouTube now as well: http://www.youtube.com/c/MagicalHackerMTG

July 16, 2018 10:57 p.m.

Yeah, after a lot of googling, I could only find judges saying that Mindslaver effects can be used to permanently exile commanders, so it seems like that judge was in the wrong.

July 16, 2018 10:35 p.m.

draconaspyrothanus, thanks for the suggestion! It will be added shortly.

hfvalenz, so, you're saying that there are exceptions to Mindslaver's text that says "You make all decisions for the player"? Could you find a rule that says that? Otherwise, it would stand to reason that the mindslavering opponent would make that decision rather than the owner (because the card says so explicitly).

July 16, 2018 8:17 p.m.

Ah, I gotcha! Yeah, I thought you were saying my list was mostly terrible cards lol

The list did always say instant speed (or at least, for as long as I can remember). I did recently update the list to include other cards that are instant speed (like Stasis Snare, which I did not include for a long time), but the instant-speed factor has always been important for the list.

Thanks for the suggestions though, and feel free to continue to suggest cards on any of my lists :) I'm not perfect, and in fact, I miss stuff all the time lol

July 16, 2018 8:10 p.m.

Oak_Guy, one of the most important roles (if not the absolutely most important role!) of these cards is the ability to remain in the hand until able to destroy a creature involved in an infinite combo at instant speed. Dreadbore is unable to do that, so at that point, a board wipe is just better, like Boompile. Thanks for the suggestion anyways :)

SaltySpecula, you say that "a lot of these are TERRIBLE cards", but provide no evidence to support that claim. As for your suggestions, none of them can be cast at instant speed, which is one of the most important factors for this list. As I mentioned above, one of the most important roles (if not the absolutely most important role!) of these cards is the ability to remain in the hand until able to destroy a creature involved in an infinite combo at instant speed. All the sorcery-speed cards you suggested are unable to do that, so at that point, a board wipe is just better, like Boompile.

July 16, 2018 11:20 a.m.

Sorry again! As I go through my decks to update with new cards (and this time, also clean up the scryfall searches due to changes in how regex is treated), I sometimes tweak the search and the cards present in the deck, which can sometimes result in me coincidentally changing the list such that suggestions made before the change (which I wait until after I'm done, since adding them in before I'm finished with the list without recommendations is a lot harder) go from being great and perfectly in line with the outline of the deck to being well outside of the parameters. I always feel really bad, because of how it looks, but more because of how it can be taken personally, which is not my intention at all.

Sweet! As I go through my list, I'll continue to respond to any comments you've made. Thank you for the feedback, as I could not make these lists without the amazing critique of the community :)

July 13, 2018 1:16 a.m.

smashadams83, for a deck that would like to use a card to ramp, by one, that is very true. However, this deck does not feature cards that only ramp by one (see the disclaimer for my reasoning). I apologize if this change to the deck was made after you suggested the card, as I do think it would have been a great card in a previous version of this list. :)

imagenus, it was missing because I missed it in my search. However, it has now been added! Thanks!

SaltySpecula, for a deck that would like to use a card to ramp, by one, that is a good ramp card. However, this deck does not feature cards that only ramp by one (see the disclaimer for my reasoning). I apologize if this change to the deck was made after you suggested the card, as I do think it would have been a great card in a previous version of this list. :)

July 12, 2018 4:33 p.m.

imagenus, I don't know why, but I always thought that Jar of Eyeballs had to sacrifice to use its ability! But since it doesn't, I've added it to the list. :) Thanks!

July 9, 2018 11:30 p.m.

TheDeckMaker2300, yep, Sigil is exactly unable to fit on this list for that exact reason.

thrane, actually one of the inspirations for this list was to showcase that paying 3 mana to recur one card as being a pretty bad rate of return in comparison to everything that's available, notably Regrowth. Outside of synergies with ETB creatures (which means that E-Witness would be a card that would be good based on the commander strategy specifically, like Ancestral Statue in Animar, Soul of Elements, although not quite to that extreme), Regrowth will always be better since it's 1 mana cheaper.

Oak_Guy I've been considering cards like Reap that only work against certain colors. I'm still on the fence for all cards except ones against blue/islands, because of how common blue decks are, but I'll keep Reap in mind. Thanks!

July 9, 2018 10:55 p.m.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor, that's exactly how I felt when Hour of Revelation was spoiled, but I do like this one a lot too.

July 4, 2018 9:24 p.m.

Depends if you like this list or this list more, I'd say. But if you like both the same amount, then I'd say Arcades simply because it draws cards.

July 4, 2018 9:22 p.m.

Absolutely, good catch!

July 1, 2018 10:01 p.m.

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Finished Decks 685
Prototype Decks 100
Drafts 5
Playing since New Phyrexia
Points 645
Avg. deck rating 8.80
T/O Rank 182
Helper Rank None yet
Favorite formats Pre-release, Commander / EDH, Planechase, Duel Commander
Good Card Suggestions 184
Venues Titan Games & Hobbies, Wasteland Games, Titan Games
Cards Added/Fixed 3
Last activity 4 days
Joined 6 years
MTGO Username Magical_Hacker