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!

yeaGO says... #1

fixed it again. please be more careful. find the link and then send that to the article writers forum for review.

February 22, 2017 4:23 p.m.

yeaGO says... #2

yep, just submit your draft to the article writers forum for review. please make sure not to set it to public and let me know if you have any problems.

February 22, 2017 1:27 a.m.

yeaGO says... #3

you're added, check profile menu for link to add drafts

February 20, 2017 7:51 p.m.

yeaGO says... #4

if you're interested i can add you to the article writers forum where you can submit your drafts for review.

February 17, 2017 8:38 p.m.

berryjon says... #5

The process has changed since I started last fall. Talk to yeaGO for more information.

February 17, 2017 8:28 p.m.

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Said on Gods...


Probably Xenagos.

February 24, 2017 4:47 p.m.

In order, the top three I suggest are...:

  1. Thassa sea creatures (utilizing cards that reveal the top card of your library to put big creatures into play for free, like Quest for Ula's Temple)

  2. Rosheen hydra tribal and fireball support

  3. Ink-eyes aikido mill and kill

Best of luck!

February 24, 2017 4:45 p.m.

No problem, let me know if you do pick something from tier 4 or 5 or something from edhrec's underplayed tribes!

February 24, 2017 12:40 p.m.

Said on Saskia - TO ......


True Conviction turns an unblocked Saskia by herself into a 24 life swing each combat.

I also like the free doubling given to Avenging Druid, Hunting Cheetah, Hypnotic Specter, Soltari Visionary, Abyssal Specter, Mana Skimmer, Entropic Specter, and others.

February 24, 2017 9:19 a.m.

Said on Saskia - T/O ......


True Conviction turns an unblocked Saskia by herself into a 24 life swing each combat.

February 24, 2017 8:18 a.m.

I would take a look at [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier and pick something from tier 4 or tier 5. Even picking something from tier 3 is gonna be too much for them since you know how to deck build so well.

Also, set a goal for this deck besides winning or a strict limitation of a theme. For example, in my Dragonlord Silumgar deck, I am only playing aikido cards besides a few staples, so while Conjurer's Closet, Deadeye Navigator, and Panharmonicon could work well with the commander, I'm not playing those cards so that I can stick to a theme.

Another option would be to go to and build a tribal deck, but don't pick any of the ones that are really common (pick a tribe that only has 100 decks or less already built from that tribe).

A quote I love for commander is "Don't bring a gun to a pillow fight, and don't bring a pillow to a gun fight. "

February 24, 2017 6:12 a.m.

Said on Help with Aggro ......


I like Anafenza, the Foremost as your commander because she shuts down eggs and Jarad by herself. You can add cards from MagicalHacker - List of All Anti-Control Cards to also shut down Baral and other control decks. In addition, you can play cards from MagicalHacker - List of All "Tuck" Cards and MagicalHacker - List of All Creature Removal Cards to always be ready for him.

Granted, if successful, he will have to adapt, prompting you to adapt again, but such is the wonderful ebb and flow of commander.

February 23, 2017 11:55 a.m.

Yeah, believe it or not, guys, insurance companies have among the most personal issues of all of us. As an insurance company myself, my therapist is invaluable for helping me mentally navigate my day-to-day stress. She charges me $240 an hour, but I figure $24 is close enough.

If she has a problem with it, then guess who just lost their car insurance, am I right? Lol

February 23, 2017 11:44 a.m.

Said on Please? Can I ......


Yeah, Gisela would work, but she can paint a target on you pretty easily

February 23, 2017 7:08 a.m.

Said on Do you like ......


As long as it's not blasting and it's not garbage, I prefer it.

February 22, 2017 2:44 p.m.

Said on Please? Can I ......


I don't know, there are a lot of cards that aren't amazing, but not that bad either. I would say to just remove cards that don't help your opponent attacks each other, whether by giving them more/bigger creatures or by motivating them to do so.

February 22, 2017 6:58 a.m.

Said on Why I Hate ......


RazortoothMtg, I'm glad to hear that there are similar systems set up for leagues!

To clarify on my point about only allowing 4-player pods, if 7 people show up one day, then there would be two 4-player pods, with one of the store's volunteers/employees playing as the fourth player in a pod.

Lastly, yes it sort of is a rule, but it becomes much easier to cheat in that way when players get to choose who gets points.

Phaetion, I would hope that any league would at least attempt to mimic what commander is really like for most people, because if it fails to do that, isn't it a different format at that point?

enpc, I can see where you're coming from, but commander is not inherently a competitive format, like modern, standard, limited, and legacy. (You could even say that Tiny Leaders, French Commander, and Leviathan fall more under the competitive category.) However, Commander is a social format, and for most people that means that you might be playing a precon or a wacky deck.

My point is this: in the real world, bringing a $3000 deck to a playgroup of casual players means you will win the game, but you won't get invited again. Leagues should at least try to show that commander is more than about winning. It's about everyone having a fun experience. Granted, some players can't have fun if they lose, but that's their own problem that they need to work on, not a fault of the format.

Ultimately, if a league rewards decks that would rarely get to see play in the format, then it seems to me that leagues are the construct based around someone's crappy attitude. At the same time, my system does not prevent someone from playing that $3000 deck, since each pod can discuss how cutthroat the game can be before it begins. If everyone brought a cEDH deck, than everyone is on the same page. To say that that winning being the most important aspect of the game for leagues is the right way to run a league because leagues should reward someone who wins is circular reasoning.

February 22, 2017 6:36 a.m.

Said on yeago...


Oops... I did set my first draft to public before you mentioned not to, and now I can't access that site to fix it.

February 22, 2017 6:09 a.m.

Said on yeago...


Thank you, a MILLION times, thank you!

February 21, 2017 6:47 p.m.

Said on Help me choose ......


I've been tinkering around with (no pun intended) Arcum Dagsson Lantern control, where Arcum tutors up Lantern of Insight, Pyxis of Pandemonium, Codex Shredder, and Ensnaring Bridge to build a typical board state of that quirkily competitive modern deck.

February 21, 2017 9:56 a.m.

Ambition feels most black, zeal feels most red, and strength feels most green.

February 21, 2017 8:46 a.m.

Kemba the Diseased

Legendary Creature - Cat Soldier

Equipment you control have Living Weapon.

Germs you control have +1/+0, deathtouch, and "When this creature dies, put a -1/-1 counter on target creature."


Make a toilet.

February 20, 2017 3:49 p.m.


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Finished Decks 541
Prototype Decks 47
Drafts 5
Playing since New Phyrexia
Points 5464
Avg. deck rating 4.30
T/O Rank 15
Helper Rank 74
Favorite formats Pre-release, Commander / EDH, Planechase, Duel Commander
Good Card Suggestions 178
Venues Titan Games & Hobbies, Wasteland Games, Titan Games
Cards Added/Fixed 2
Last activity 1 hour
Joined 5 years
MTGO Username Magical_Hacker