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!

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Glad to hear! Let me know if there's anything else I can help you out with!

December 13, 2017 12:51 p.m.

I think this is the best direction to go with him if you want 5C. Be sure to run plenty of ways to recur him from the graveyard should he die if he will be necessary to the deck to function (MagicalHacker - List of All Recursion Cards). I'd aim for 14 cards off of that list, some of which can do other stuff too, like Volrath's Stronghold being a part of the manabase.

December 11, 2017 9:35 a.m.

Any idea what the 5C Dinosaur will do?

December 10, 2017 11:54 p.m.

Crap, it's my turn....

December 10, 2017 11:52 p.m.

Said on Create a new ......


I agree with Funky on that.

As for a new planeswalker, here's my attempt at a planeswalker themed around having an ability that can supercharge itself:

Tibalt the Vexer (1)(B)(R)

Planeswalker - Tibalt

+4: You get an emblem with "At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control a Tibalt planeswalker, lose two life unless you discard a card at random."

+1: Put a 1/1 red hound creature token with "When this creature is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to you."

-1: Target opponent discards a card at random.

-5: Each opponent's life total becomes ten.


December 9, 2017 3:29 p.m.

Said on Create a new ......


Draw 2?! Plus 2?! Three-drop?!

Taking off all negative abilities would still make this guy/gal uber powerful.

Here's how I would balance it:

Karrium, Undead.


2 loyalty

+1 Target player draws a card and loses 1 life.

-1 Target player discards a card at random.

-6 Each player sacrifices all creatures they control. create a 2/2 black zombie token for each non-black creature that was sacrificed this way.

December 9, 2017 3:04 p.m.

Before this becomes anything worse, I think its important to be inclusive to both male and female players as Argy is saying, I don't think The_Baneslayer was trying to be uninclusive. I say "guys" when talking to many people, of which there are men and women, but it's not out of my desire to not be inclusive to all people, but rather a desire to be inclusive.

That said, I do ask myself all the time what I can do to make the game more accessible and more attractive to women and girls since I am constantly disheartened how my LGS can be filled with 30 or so people and not a woman or girl in sight, leading to an atmosphere of male competition to be the "manliest". Frustrating, especially since I feel like I can have no real impact to make magic attractive to any woman or girl.

December 9, 2017 8:27 a.m.

Actually U is the symbol for blue.

December 8, 2017 11:08 p.m.

I have a sick Radha, Heir to Keld deck that plays effects like Blood Moon successfully. I think you'd like it: Today, Gruul DOESN'T Fight?! (Radha Primer)

Regarding the two recent spoilers/leaks (?), neither seems that exciting, even in commander. I have an equipment deck, and that pirate hook has a nasty downside for what it does. The red spell is just too expensive for what it does.

December 8, 2017 6:49 p.m.

You seem like you would like Blood Moon decks then :D

December 8, 2017 6:15 p.m.

The_Baneslayer, what format do you primarily play? And what strategies do you find enjoyable for long periods of time?

December 8, 2017 8:03 a.m.

I am totally okay with people neutering their own potential by not being open-minded to try new things.

That said, I'd only run this in a deck that specifically wants lots of treasure, like with the aforementioned Revel in Riches.

December 7, 2017 9:28 p.m.

Said on Make a new ......


zephramtripp, Ragnarok did that with Sakaar, so I am down! It obviously can be done, and done well too. See for more info.

I'd like a plane that is a shapeshifting plane that changes form based on who is the most powerful being on it, but also sucking that person into becoming slowly taken over by the plane to never want to leave. A parasitic plane that sucks planewalkers in only to keep them stuck the more powerful they are. Like a sticky fly trap for powerful beings.

December 7, 2017 6:22 p.m.

Said on Boss Rush in ......


My thoughts:

This seems pretty fun :)

I would just say that making the boss unaffected by those effects doesnt seem necessary to be honest.

I would just say to flat out have to use 3 commander decks as the boss decks to make the rules simpler.

Actually, using only one commander deck and making the "Archenemy" start off with an emblem that has 2 counters on it and says "If you would lose the game, you may remove a counter from this emblem. If you do, shuffle your graveyard and exile into your library, remove all infect counters, your life total becomes equal to your starting life total, and you can't lose the game until your next end step."

Also I'm surprised is that an infinite combo killing three bosses in the same turn is allowed.

December 4, 2017 12:13 p.m.

Said on Create a mechanic!...


I would like this one:

Mindcensor X (If an opponent would search a library, that player searches the top X cards of that library instead.)

December 4, 2017 11:13 a.m.
December 3, 2017 6:56 a.m.

Oops! Thank you

December 3, 2017 6:55 a.m.

Uskebasi you can see that third point only includes cards that make opponents lose 3 or more life. When it comes to pillow forting, losing 1 life per creature is just too small of an effect.

December 2, 2017 12:07 p.m.

I was previously on the "I don't want to play against un-cards" camp prior to the announcement (you can see my many comments against it in my post history on reddit).

However, now that it's been officialized with a well-crafted ban list, I am fully excited to play some legal ungames for 6 weeks.

There are people who want to play with silver borders, and some who dont.


For each of my decks, I am building an "silverboard", where I can replace cards in my deck with silver bordered cards.

Speaking on behalf of all uncommander players, we won't be upset if someone refuses to play because we want to play a silly game of uncommander. Speaking for myself, I will be able to play under the house rules of "no silver border allowed" if there aren't enough players open to playing with silver border cards.

Problem solved.

December 1, 2017 6:46 p.m.

Fennek11, yes, I like it! I've added all the X-cost board wipes (see description) even though they can't kill hexproof/shroud creatures.

Lord_Khaine, thanks!

November 30, 2017 4:26 p.m.


Shouldn't This be BANNED?! (Medomai Primer)

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Dealing 120 DAMAGE in 4 Turns?! (Purphoros Primer)

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Mono-White is Too POWERFUL?! (Nahiri Primer)

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Today, Gruul DOESN'T Fight?! (Radha Primer)

Commander / EDH* MagicalHacker


Are YOU a Hopeless Necromantic?! (Teneb Primer)

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IMPOSSIBLE to Get Bored of This?! (Jeleva Primer)

Commander / EDH MagicalHacker


Finished Decks 625
Prototype Decks 74
Drafts 5
Playing since New Phyrexia
Points 1715
Avg. deck rating 6.41
T/O Rank 61
Helper Rank None yet
Favorite formats Pre-release, Commander / EDH, Planechase, Duel Commander
Good Card Suggestions 183
Venues Titan Games & Hobbies, Wasteland Games, Titan Games
Cards Added/Fixed 3
Last activity 6 hours
Joined 6 years
MTGO Username Magical_Hacker