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!

MagicalHacker says... #1

Icedog68, thank you for the kind words!

December 31, 2016 12:51 p.m.

Icedog68 says... #2

Helped me a lot with a deck. 10/10 helpfulness!

December 26, 2016 12:15 p.m.

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Well is the Lens used anywhere on nonbasic lands?

January 23, 2017 5:18 p.m.

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True, but even the fact that the best thing to do is to go 50% is kinda messed up. If the Lens instead said "each basic land with the same subtype" instead of "each land with the same name", I think this whole problem could have been avoided.

January 23, 2017 3:27 p.m.

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Yeah the fact that snow-covered lands are always a nonzero percent better than normal basics is kinda upsetting to me. How messed up is it that there exists a "best basic land"?

January 23, 2017 11:02 a.m.

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Will of the council

I vote Profiteer.

January 23, 2017 8:50 a.m.

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With regards to Blind Obedience, I don't know that this build could really capitalize on it as its effect seems too small in the grand scheme of things in a build like this. I'm not really worried about people having blockers or creatures with haste, extort is not something I can really abuse here, and not too many artifacts that tap will shut this strategy down.

January 22, 2017 11:54 p.m.

griffstick, agreed! It's one of my pet cards, along with Helm of Possession and Mind Stone!

January 22, 2017 11:51 p.m.

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Maringam, that would make the wording longer in text and in speech.

January 22, 2017 9:12 p.m.

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LVL_666 and god_dammit_nappa, are those questions not answered in the "Notable Inclusions" section? And as for the wincons, they are supposed to be a wincon singlehandedly when I have any sort of pillow fort/goading set up; is that not clear enough in the aforementioned section?

January 22, 2017 8:56 p.m.

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Imagine if Head Games read as "Target opponent puts the cards from their hand on top of their library. Search that player's library for that many cards. The player puts those cards into their hand, then shuffles their library." You save 8 syllables! And WotC is known to change wordings to shave off syllables, like with the recent change to "create" being used for tokens.

January 22, 2017 8:28 p.m.

Whoops, supposed to say Rhys the Exiled lol

January 22, 2017 12:31 p.m.


Nightmare Realm of Ashiok

Legendary Enchantment Land

~ enters the battlefield tapped.

: Add to your mana pool.

Each player plays with the top card of his or her library revealed.


January 22, 2017 12:30 p.m.

Hedron Construction


Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal X artifact cards with converted mana cost X or less, and put those onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.


January 22, 2017 12:19 p.m.

Allow me to suggest commanders I found didn't have the number of decks they deserve according to

These have less than 50 decks built each, but they deserve more.

January 22, 2017 10:44 a.m.

Rashmi the Renegade

Legendary Creature - Elf Rebel

When ~ enters the battlefield, you get (an energy counter).

: You get .

: Exile target creature you control, then return it to the battlefield under your control.


Make a legendary creature based on a quote from a flavor text that they are credited with saying.

January 21, 2017 5:03 p.m.

LVL_666, I took your advice and beefed up the description. What do you think? Also with regards to your card suggestions, I think Defense Grid and Ensnaring Bridge aren't going to be too helpful since they also help my opponent from getting their spells responded to (I do want to occasionally respond to stuff with my spot removal, so there's that too) and being attacked, respectively. In fact, for the last point, you helped me realize I need to take out my Silent Arbiter effects for the same reason. Lastly, while Platinum Angel might help me, I've seen people burned where my opponents would take advantage of a player with Platinum Angel who would be confident to take more damage or do effects that would lead normally to his death only to lose after they get to that point once an opponent kills his angel (basically using it's temporary presence to make the player more willing to get close to death).

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, and thank you for your help!

god_dammit_nappa, I just finished the description, what do you think?

January 21, 2017 1:26 p.m.

Hey everyone, I know this is kind of weird, but I never got any kind of comment or anything from DiggleMcGee on Queen Marchesa: The Game of Thrones from post #683, so if someone could show me some pity and come give me some feedback, I'd greatly appreciate it, since no one likes getting scammed.

January 20, 2017 10:55 p.m.

Lol good points, I guess this is where we agree to disagree. I will say as my final input on this particular subject that having named categories is extra (and probably unnecessary/unhelpful) work that could result in confusion if the name is unintuitive. In that way, listing out all the relevant cards for a category (which will only rarely go above 5 I would think) will get you either the same or a more detailed database more effiently.

January 20, 2017 5:06 p.m.

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In that regard, I think it's not unreasonable to say that Worn Powerstone is a safer card that also gets you to 6 mana on turn 4.

January 20, 2017 3:46 p.m.

Surprisingly, that didn't completely change the fact that there are some people like me who aren't afraid of words and PREFER to see all the information on one page.

January 20, 2017 3:26 p.m.

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I think ultimately, I won't be running it because of the fact that it costs 3 mana and the loss of a land to only benefit my basics, which deincentivizes me from playing lots of utility lands, which is a lot of the power that monocolored decks have in comparison to multicolored decks. If I lose a Gilded Lotus, I go back to where I was before, but losing Extraplanar Lens means I lose a land too. Yuck.

January 20, 2017 1:40 p.m.


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Finished Decks 539
Prototype Decks 47
Drafts 5
Playing since New Phyrexia
Points 3567
Avg. deck rating 4.16
T/O Rank 29
Helper Rank 187
Favorite formats Pre-release, Commander / EDH, Planechase, Duel Commander
Good Card Suggestions 165
Venues Titan Games & Hobbies, Wasteland Games, Titan Games
Cards Added/Fixed 2
Last activity 6 hours
Joined 5 years
MTGO Username Magical_Hacker