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!

Oh I got a better idea

How about tribal support cards.

July 26, 2017 10:38 a.m.

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Bug: When updating a deck, it says "This type of collection may not have more than 200 items", even when Prototype is checked. Many users, including myself, like to build a deck with all possible options for a commander deck then cut down cards to 100. However, this is preventing even saving it at a higher number.

August 19, 2017 12:09 p.m.

Ah makes sense. I did something similar with my gruul enchantress deck, but since it's themed around enchantments like Blood Moon, adding a third color would not be a good plan.

August 18, 2017 6:29 p.m.

Personally, I think . It may seem like a copout, but I think you have all the answers, draws, etc. you'll need in your colors if youre Selesnya. Adding a color wont actually make the deck better, as illustrated by the lack of any blue, red, or black cards on the pages of Selesnya enchantment subtheme cards.

August 18, 2017 5:59 p.m.

Never trust legality on tappedout.

August 17, 2017 4:34 p.m.

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You could always use Inkmoth Nexus and Blinkmoth Nexus to have artifacts to target without having them be legal targets as finishers.

August 17, 2017 4:33 p.m.

Flagellum, exactly! I had a deck with those in the deck, but I found that the answer of killing the control player was much faster than the trade off of including cards that didn't trigger Purphoros.

I don't have Genesis Chamber, because it didn't do enough on its own. Mogg War Marshal is a good example of what 2 mana does in the deck. Having to cast more creatures to pay off the inclusion of the chamber is harder when the deck is less than a third creatures.

Winterblast, I didn't cut lands per se, but I chose to include non-land mana sources as part of my equation for lands. In that way, I am running 39 cards in my manabase (2 more than I usually play), 10 of which are nonlands. Mox Diamond has been okay, but I personally don't like the card disadvantage it gives me, even at the advantage of speed... However, I'll take my lumps if it is the right thing to do.

Having an artifact subtheme would actually work pretty well. I chose to do half creature etbs and half spellslinger, but artifacts is another option as well. I would highly recommend building an artifact-based Purphoros deck with Myr Incubator.

Mage_in_Training, yes, targetting myself with Mogg Infestation is super good! Imagine how it goes with an activation from Dual Casting in response!

August 17, 2017 11:15 a.m.

YuriBittencourt, in my playgroup, there aren't that many decks that run a ton of flying. Most decks have a couple of fliers, but a deck themed around fliers shows up once in a blue moon when somebody plays sphinx tribal or dragon tribal. In those situations, I typically employ good use of politics to support my life total until I can use my tutors and draw packages to draw into any of my cards that can spot removal them or board wipes. On the whole, flying is no big deal. However, if you would like to build this and your playgroup has a lot of fliers, then feel free to add in Moonsilver Spear and Luminarch Ascension to give you plenty of resilience against them.

Capsize-again, before I added Hammer of Nazahn, I had both Darksteel Plate and Shield of Kaldra which combo with it. Without any of those equipments or a way to tutor them up, Worldslayer is a card that makes me people spend resources to find and answer while causing players to not attack as freely since they want a blocker. It's a good political card if you can talk your way through it, but since I have so much tutor effects and draw effects in the deck, getting the combo has never been that tough for me. Thank you for the kind words!

Erosca, Sculpting Steel would pretty much be a worse version of Masterwork of Ingenuity, which is not in the deck for the reasons listed under the point entitled "Notable Exclusions".

August 17, 2017 10:52 a.m.

The flavor text of Rakdos Keyrune implies what it is used for...

August 15, 2017 8:35 a.m.


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Finished Decks 580
Prototype Decks 53
Drafts 5
Playing since New Phyrexia
Points 1010
Avg. deck rating 5.64
T/O Rank 190
Helper Rank None yet
Favorite formats Pre-release, Commander / EDH, Planechase, Duel Commander
Good Card Suggestions 181
Venues Titan Games & Hobbies, Wasteland Games, Titan Games
Cards Added/Fixed 3
Last activity 21 hours
Joined 5 years
MTGO Username Magical_Hacker