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!

xander11 says... #1

Hi, I have made a mono black edh deck that is meant to stop everyone else from playing anything while I still have resources to deal damage, kinda a black stax deck. Could you help me finish it up? I feel like it is missing something

Greel, Making you Hate the Game

Commander / EDH xander11


June 21, 2017 4:32 p.m.

Argy says... #2

You got me thinking about Magic spaces.

I've now played in three different countries.

The most accessible place by FAR was a bar in Japan. They had a glass table set up with playmats underneath and you could buy drinks from a bar to have while you played.

They had special cocktails made up to represent the Origins Planeswalkers, and you got a free promo coaster every time you ordered one.

The place was jam packed full of content. We purchased a dual deck to muck around with and they had affordable sleeves, a matching duel deck box, cool life dice, d6s to use as counters, and pouches to put everything in.

I think that type of environment might encourage women to at least hang out with friends who play.

The bar area was free of merchandise.

Most Magic shops I've been in the first thing you see is a big, glass counter filled with cards, deck boxes, sleeves, playmats, etc. it can be quite overwhelming.

Then there is usually a shop full of other stuff like minatures.

Around the walls are banners or posters with Magic characters on them. The female characters are usually scantily clad. A lot of the characters are white.

I would be interested to see what would happen if more different characters were introduced.

I hate the phrase "tomboy" but it would be interesting to see some more female characters that tended to be more like that.

I would also love it if for female characters Wizards started to refer to the player as "she or he" on those cards. That would make my day.

So, to recap, I think you are right in regards to environment being an issue.

I think if the first thing people saw when they went to a tournament venue was a sort of coffee shop environment, it might be more welcoming. They could sit and drink coffee, while friends were playing. Eventually they might want to learn how to play themselves.

If there were also regular "learn how to play" sessions that might work, too.

They do those at PAX and I see a LOT of female players trying the game on for size at those.

June 14, 2017 3:31 p.m.

Argy says... #3

You don't come across as rude at all. I welcome this kind of conversation.

Where I live in Australia we tend to say partner instead of defining our relationships more rigidly.

It allows people who aren't allowed to get married, e.g. Gay people, to have as valid a union as someone who IS allowed to get married.

IF I have a partner and you have a partner, our relationship is the same.

If I have a husband and you have a boyfriend, my relationship sounds more legit than yours.

It also lets you refer to any relationship without having to make sure that you get it right.

If I see you with someone I can just ask how long you have been partners, without getting the "right" word - girlfriend, fiance, husband, etc.

As for women in Magic, that is something I don't believe will ever really change.

I am a bit gender blind, which is why it doesn't bother me playing a game with mostly men.

A lot of women aren't.

Next time you walk into your LGS stop and have a think.

If you were female, what kind of environment would you see in front of you?

I would suggest that it would be one filled with young men, often ones that are quite loud, and some who fucking stink!

It would not be a place where you "saw" yourself.

I was a little bit lucky when I started playing - there were a couple of female players.

As I said, though, I don't notice gender a lot. Except when someone assumes I am male. It feels weird.

There are some movements around to try to get more women into playing Magic.

Some places have a women's only time of the day or week for playing.

Some places have an arrangement for a time where all genders can play, as long as they agree not to engage in any "microaggressions", i.e. Not making sexist remarks, making sure each member feels included and taken seriously.

In my time playing I have had to knock a few things on the head.

One night a young man was pretending to be female, taking in a "girly" voice. I shut that shit down.

I've had people been surprised that I've come first, and I've challenged them as to why I don't have as much likelihood of winning as them.

I've been fortunate to learn to build better decks and become quite a good player, so I am now seen as quite a threat.

Imagine, though, if I wasn't so confident. I might have packed up and never come back.

People like you who are interested in these questions can change things.

You can teach women around you to play Magic, if they are interested.

Some of the females on the Magic cards now have very strong stories. I think encouraging women to explore those can be a way in.

I fell in love with Chandra early on, and her cards held my interest, even when I was losing with them!

For the record, because some people like to know, I am a 50 year old married woman.

I don't feel the need to announce that because, at the end of the day, what matters is that we are Magic players.

June 13, 2017 12:19 p.m.

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Let me know how it works for your playgroup. My playgroup hasn't had any issues with it thus far, but I am always open to making it better.

June 20, 2017 3:51 p.m.

Said on Trying to fill ......



June 20, 2017 8:57 a.m.

Said on Trying to fill ......


Don't be overwhelmed! I'd say try to do Saskia Enchantress Lands, and see how you like it.

June 20, 2017 12:24 a.m.

Said on Trying to fill ......


Surprised you don't want stuff like Omnath, Locus of Rage and Goblin Trenches! Have you thought about adding red?

June 20, 2017 12:04 a.m.

Well, if you draw it after the thing has died, it doesn't really help with recurring cards that died previously. Does that make sense?

June 19, 2017 12:58 p.m.

I believe my Consistent Turn 6 Aggro Win! (Purphoros Primer) may be between tier 2 and tier 1.5.

I do realize that it is an aggro deck, but with a slew of combo pieces that are also good individually, and fast mana allowing for fast wins even without comboing off, I think Purphoros deserves another look.

If you don't think it would work, I would highly encourage you to try just a handful of playtests to confirm/disprove your beliefs about him.


June 19, 2017 10:38 a.m.

Said on WotC is lazy ......


Right, because after one is proven wrong when claiming something is impossible, the correct response is to then talk about the probability of those possibilities, even though it doesn't really matter.

June 17, 2017 6:12 a.m.

Said on WotC is lazy ......


Strictly better? What about when you copy one of your own tokens with a Clone effect or Populate? Having built-in haste means those let you attack right away.

June 16, 2017 7:07 p.m.

Said on WotC is lazy ......


Do Satyr tokens get buffed by Muraganda Petroglyphs ? Picture below:

Sounds easy, but no. The only card that makes Satyr tokens printed in Theros is Xenagos, the Reveler, who lets you "Create a 2/2 red and green Satyr creature token with haste."

Why make tokens that ARE LITERALLY INCORRECT. WHY.

/rant (okay, I might be able to go some more actually...)

June 16, 2017 4:16 p.m.

I definitely second the Isperia the Inscrutable recommendation after looking at

June 15, 2017 11:45 a.m.

In terms of a cEDH deck that aims to win quickly (turn 3-4, for example), how important is it to run artifact removal that can shut off opponent's fast mana at the cost of slowing one's own deck?

I'm thinking I might need to add By Force, Vandalblast, Shattering Spree, and/or Release the Gremlins to This Aggro Defeats cEDH (Purphoros Primer).

Pay no attention to the title of that deck... heh....

June 15, 2017 9:15 a.m.

Said on The Five Laws ......


Anytime, friend!

June 13, 2017 5:03 p.m.

Said on Argy...


Ah, interesting! In a situation like that, I've always asked how long those two have been together for the same reasons, but now I see why partners is used. It's basically a way to ensure that no one feels that the relationship level is being specified to brag or to put down others with different relationship types or levels. Thank you! Hopefully that ideology can spread to America too!

I agree; I don't see the culture changing significantly any time soon, which is sad. I do want to change things as much as I can, at least locally. As a 24-year old male, my experiences have shown me that one very powerful factor driving women out of the game is that so many single men play. It doesn't seem to be connected, but when most single men are immediate gratification-oriented with regards to relationships, I see women who would be interested being driven away due to many guys treating them obviously differently, such as treating them as subpar/new players only because of their gender.

It might be culturally different, but at least that is my experience in the southeastern US. Do you think this is a minor problem, or am I right to think it really is a major issue?

As a side note, your question about whether or not women can see themselves as part of the community in an LGS makes me realize how the store's decor (something that doesn't usually matter to males) can also be off-putting. I can't think of a single example where lots of women go to a place for any type of social interaction where they don't immediately notice the environment they're in or where they aren't bothered by the decor being bland or ugly.

Also, I think we probably agree that the game has come a long way in providing a game that isn't catering to one group of people more than another. It's not perfect, but I would say that the community, not the game, is the primary reason for the gender discrepancy. What are your thoughts?

Agreed. Any player should be treated as any other player would be. Except if they play vintage. (Just kidding!)

Thank you for helping me learn and think about these types of issues. Everyone should be able to discover what a great game mtg is without being driven away because of the community.

June 13, 2017 1:45 p.m.

Said on Argy...


Hey Argy! I don't want to come off as rude, because I truly have a question completely out of curiosity.

I remember a few times that other users assumed you were male, and how you corrected them. (Btw, I would also love to hear your opinions on how to make magic more inviting for women and girls!)

Also, you do talk about having a significant other referring to him as a partner. My question is this: why say partner instead of boyfriend/fiance/husband? Is there a reason to use the word partner?

I hope I don't come off as rude, but I was curious and I thought I'd ask you :D Thanks and have a great day!

June 13, 2017 11:26 a.m.

Said on The Five Laws ......


Yep, the pictures came out pretty good! The words were a little hard to read, but not impossible, but other than that, looks great!

It's so nice to see such beautiful descriptions ;D


June 13, 2017 11:19 a.m.

Not bad, not bad!

June 13, 2017 2:15 a.m.

Said on Sram Geared Up...


Sorry for the late response! Still want help?

June 13, 2017 2:11 a.m.

According to MaRo's article today, he mentioned running out of steam on picking masterpieces as part of the reason that they won't do them for every set. My question is (and let's assume they also changed the design to one that most players really wanted like with other masterpieces), what should the Invocations have been? Feel free to change the total number higher or lower also.

June 12, 2017 2:49 p.m.

Those are all great reasons why he's not tier 2 or less, but don't address why he's not tier 3 or, more reasonably, tier 4.

June 12, 2017 2:40 p.m.


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Finished Decks 575
Prototype Decks 50
Drafts 5
Playing since New Phyrexia
Points 4195
Avg. deck rating 5.38
T/O Rank 18
Helper Rank None yet
Favorite formats Pre-release, Commander / EDH, Planechase, Duel Commander
Good Card Suggestions 180
Venues Titan Games & Hobbies, Wasteland Games, Titan Games
Cards Added/Fixed 3
Last activity 6 days
Joined 5 years
MTGO Username Magical_Hacker