I'm building my first commander deck and I'd definitely appreciate some tips. I want to use Lavinia, Azorius Renegade as my commander. I looked on EDHREC for inspiration, and hatebears was the most prominent strategy used with Lavinia. It seemed like many hatebears creatures were also spirits, so I thought a spirit tribal "sub-theme" would be fun. I realize using Brago, King Eternal or Geist of Saint Traft as my commander would probably be more effective, but I'm hoping I can spin the deck in a way that uses Lavinia well.

I'm not prioritizing optimal effectiveness or competitiveness with this deck, I would just use it to play with friends (who aren't big min-maxers) or at my LGS. Obviously, I'd like to spend as little as possible, but I'm not looking to make this an entirely budget deck. Some of the cards on the list are there because I already own them, even if they're not necessarily optimal (like Elspeth, Thassa, Soulsworn Spirit, Cyclonic Rift, Monastery Siege, Smothering Tithe, and Supreme Verdict).

In terms of the land base, I own some expensive ones like the two tarkir fetchlands (Flooded Strang, Windswept Heath). But, I would still need to acquire ones like Glacial Fortress and Hallowed Fountain. I didn't put some like City of Brass or Mystic Gate even though I maybe should have. Those sorts of cards seem like they might be an overly expensive purchase for a first commander deck. I also read somewhere that you can apparently run two-coloured commanders with only basic lands. Let me know if that is accurate.

I also realized that there are many people who do not take kindly to those who play stax or pillowfort strategies. I'm hoping the spirit tribal elements would de-emphasize that aspect, but please tell me if the deck is venturing into fun-killing territory.


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36% Casual

64% Competitive

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

2 - 0 Mythic Rares

44 - 0 Rares

22 - 0 Uncommons

16 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 3.21
Tokens 1/1 Soldier, None Treasure, 1/1 Spirit, 5/5 Dragon Spirit, Elspeth
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