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!

The Decks I'm Playing

MagicalHacker says... #1

JoeMoMo499, I just love helping anyone I can :)

October 19, 2017 3:55 p.m.

JoeMoMo499 says... #2

I wish there was a way to upvote a person. I just found your account while building an Ezuri deck (Ezuri, Proliferator of Poison) and it's been immensely helpful. Thanks for doing all that work so life is easier on decklings!

October 19, 2017 12:44 p.m.

MagicalHacker says... #3

SurpriZe, glad to help :D

October 14, 2017 9:51 p.m.

SurpriZe says... #4

Much appreciated for the help!

October 12, 2017 8:53 a.m.

MagicalHacker says... #5

TheRedGoat, thanks and let me know if you ever need any help :D

October 1, 2017 3:19 p.m.

TheRedGoat says... #6

As a heads up I have recently discovered both your lists and your decks, all of which I likely will find upvote worth. I hope to make similar contributions to Tappedout someday!

October 1, 2017 1:42 a.m.

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JoeMoMo499, I just love helping anyone I can :)

October 19, 2017 3:55 p.m.

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Walk the Plank shows that Captain Thorn is also male.

Thanks everyone! Definitely got some good ideas for Halloween costumes from this! I'm thinking Chart A Course is showing Captain Parrish...

October 19, 2017 3:52 p.m.

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I like them, but I haven't ever kept one built in person (although, I don't think I actually built any either IIRC).

I think I just like my synergies to be a bit more mechanic-oriented rather than flavor-oriented.

October 19, 2017 11:15 a.m.

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How many male pirate captains are there on Ixalan?

October 19, 2017 11:11 a.m.

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October 16, 2017 8:26 p.m.

Tosk, yes, it's wrong in Tappedout's database. That said, it's color identity is red and white, so you wouldn't be able to put it in a mono red deck anyways.

October 16, 2017 5:40 p.m.

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SurpriZe, glad to help :D

October 14, 2017 9:51 p.m.

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I also think that playing cards like Aven Mindcensor will go a long way. Unfortunately, there are only a small pool of cards that stop tutoring: MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Tutor Cards

October 14, 2017 9:50 p.m.

I changed my mind. With Imperial Aerosaur and Imperial Lancer as part of the sun empire, I want to see Imperial Recruiter get reprinted.

October 14, 2017 9:08 a.m.

Renegade Map is actually a "land" that lets me color fix without being a nonbasic, so I wouldn't treat it as a nonland when tweaking the deck. Utopia Vow and Vow of Lightning function as spot removal, so if you would prefer to have flying-hate cards, I think they could be switched out for that pretty easily. Also, there are a few more:[enchantment]&subtype=+![aura]&color=+![W]+![U]+![B]

October 14, 2017 8:58 a.m.

As weird as it is, I'd love to see Star Compass in a new border

October 13, 2017 12:33 p.m.

Tundra and Mana Drain are the only two that I know that I'm not playing because basically of the price tag. If you want some ideas of what pricy cards a competitive azorius control deck could play, take a look at these four links: 1 2 3 4.

October 12, 2017 8:41 a.m.

Thanks! Baral could be good, but it doesn't really fill a necessary role, as lessening the costs of spells and looting aren't actually worth a slot here.

As for Tundra, I don't feel right proxying such an expensive card and it's a bit out of budget. That's the same reason there's no Mana Drain in here anymore. In addition, having those expensive cards can signal to your opponents that you are playing a more competitive list. I'm not saying it means to never play an expensive card, but if the effect isn't worth the political impact, it might be worth considering not playing that card.

October 12, 2017 6:59 a.m.

"You will die. Resistance is futile."

October 10, 2017 8:24 p.m.

Sounds great! Since you are playing it more online than in person, it makes sense to focus card choices on staying under the radar. Mind's Dilation is the only one that stands out to me as being seen as worse than it actually is. It's great, but people think it's worse than it actually is, so what have your experiences with it been? Has it stood out in games and given you too much attention?

October 10, 2017 7:23 p.m.

Looking good :D There are definitely a ton of chaos effects, so while I would drop Order of Succession, Mindmoil, Telemin Performance, and Witch Hunt for Endless Whispers, Yidris and Friends, Psychic Battle, and Perplexing Chimera, it really depends on what type(s) of chaos you want to cause, and how much of each type if multiple types. I find using the custom categories to be very helpful in looking at the deck to see what effects I have too much of and what I don't have enough of. For example, you could aim for 10 cards that draw you more, 10 cards that ramp and smooth your mana, 7 chaos cards that switch control of stuff, 7 chaos cards that make people's instant/sorceries target different things than what they want or get copied, 7 aikido cards, 3 board wipes, 4 cards that protect your stuff, 7 cards that change board states drastically, and 7 cards that help you cast more stuff. Those number can be tweaked as the deck is built, but building it that way let's your decision making be easier (it's easier to cut a card from 7 slots than from 62 slots), and ensure that you don't have a hand full of cards that all do the same thing that isn't chaotic enough for a particular board state (diversification is easier when you know what diverse effects you want).

Also, I will say that with only four white cards in the deck, I would be thinking about whether or not I want to change the commander to the aforementioned Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder for chaos in the command zone and a bit of an easier time with mana.


October 10, 2017 1:35 p.m.

jpsuchecki, I think that's a good type of card to add. I'll add other cards like it too. Thanks!

October 9, 2017 3:40 p.m.

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1x Sol Ring #Mana_Rocks
October 9, 2017 8:27 a.m.

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I remember when the EDH RC changed the rules to get rid of tuck, they said that they wanted to know if a manfested commander would deal combat damage. In addition to making it come up less, they said that the exact location of the commander is public knowledge to all players.

October 7, 2017 9:05 a.m.

Not a problem! Glad I could help.

If you want to play it, I give you my blessing! Just make sure you have another deck that's not as mean to play... lol

October 3, 2017 11:22 p.m.


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Finished Decks 598
Prototype Decks 56
Drafts 5
Playing since New Phyrexia
Points 1120
Avg. deck rating 5.84
T/O Rank 148
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 5 hours
Joined 6 years
MTGO Username Magical_Hacker