Let's build around Unplayable Commanders; Zhao Zilong, Tiger General

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Posted on Dec. 15, 2016, 8:06 p.m. by joecool1299

if you actually read this, type your favorite Michael Jackson song. (Go Smooth Criminal) If you don't have one, What's wrong with you?

What makes an Unplayable commander?

I'm using EDHREC'S list of Unplayable commander's. They are commander's that have less then three decks on tapped out, you can find the list here.

List of EDHREC unplayed commanders

Casual ooctopus


How does this work?

I'll randomly select a commander. I'll build the rough skeleton. You send me suggestions for weird cards for it. And we'll cut it down and ship it. Let's put the minds of the internet to the test

Why would you build around (Insert bad commander) when you could play (Insert better commander in the same archetype or colors) instead, what's the point?

First off the object should not be to just build good stuff with X. If we're building Rohgahh of Kher Keep we aren't building R/B good stuff. We're building around Rohgahh of Kher Keep. Weird drawbacks and neat side effects and all.

Because if you limit yourself to just the best deck of their colors, you limit yourself to 30 decks in the entirety of the format (Mono color, guilds, shards ect), But the great thing about commander is that there are hundreds of ways to build around one commander. I can build Zedruu the Greathearted as a prison deck, a evil santa deck, a group hug deck, Heck I could build voltron Zedruu, Sky's the limit.

So instead of simply looking at the cards and seeing what they aren't, let's look and see what they bring to the table. No matter how bad it looks. No matter how weird it is.

Plus it'll be a lot of fun.

TLDR; What's the deck already

You know we've had too much good in this series. We need a crappy commander again!

Zhao Zilong, Tiger General

He'll do.

The only real interesting thing about this card, Gatherer states this is a Human Solder Warrior. That has to be worth something??????

As always any Suggestions for the deck, feedback, Liking and spreadage of the word is great appreciated!

Here's the previous decks if you wanna stroll the Asylum. Ranked for best to worst.

Actually good!

Jiwari, the Earth Aflame:Dr wily favorite robot master!

Gallowbraid: Because if you laugh you die

Kentaro, the Smiling Cat:Kentaro the Smiling troll

Myojin of Life's Web: Myo-jin and juice

Yuan Shao, the Indecisive: Yuan Shao the menacer

Not the worst?

Chandler: Chandler's list

Kodama of the Center Tree:Spetral Trees

Grandmother Sengir: Nana Death

Rashka the Slayer:Rashka, Color hater

LOL at least you tried

Telim'Tor:Mr Toilet, King of the horsemen

Lu Su, Wu Advisor: Lu shu, Scooby doo

Ur-Drago:Ur Drago of the Ur dragon clan

Nagao, Bound by Honor:Samurai are cool right?

Liu Bei, Lord of Shu: Liu bei, the trilogy maker

RazortoothMtg says... #2

I actually read it! I've never listened to any Michael Jackson songs though.

Don't you just love mono-white? It seems to love you.

December 15, 2016 8:09 p.m.

I mean, Thriller's a classic.

December 15, 2016 8:13 p.m.

joecool1299 says... #4

Wow, people are punctual today.

RazortoothMtg Actually apparently a fair amount of unplayable commander begin with Z. So you've actually done a fair amount of work for me.

This is my fifth Mono White commander. There are Fifteen on the list. For perspective, seven blue commanders, Nine Black Commanders. I've barely made a dent! This series might drive me nuts.

December 15, 2016 8:23 p.m.

joecool1299 says... #5

Also go watch the music video for smooth criminal. It's freaking Glorious!

December 15, 2016 8:24 p.m.

Phaetion says... #6

I like a lot of MJ's songs but no love for Beat It or Billie Jean?

December 15, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Razulghul says... #7

Gotta love "Bad" by MJ, love the remake by Weird AL too. Anyways this one doesn't seem so bad, let's make it voltron?

Enlightened Tutor, Steelshaper's Gift, Stonehewer Giant, Stoneforge Mystic, Open the Armory and 15 or so equipment?

December 15, 2016 8:47 p.m.

Razulghul says... #8

Bonus points if you actually include some tigers: Seht's Tiger

December 15, 2016 8:51 p.m.

joecool1299 says... #9

Can we just talk about Michael Jackson instead of building around Zhao?

"Sigh" Fine.

dlamars I kinda try to stay away from Voltron in this series. Because literally any commander ever can be voltron, but none of them are going to be as interesting as something like Isamaru, Hound of Konda or as good as something like Rafiq of the Many.

That being said Horsemanship helps. And the alternative is blocking matter: which doesn't really exist so, I don't know.

And for those that care, I make no promise about getting this done before the end of the year but we will see.

Merry Christmas!

December 20, 2016 11:18 p.m.

joecool1299 says... #10

And now we have the worst name for a creature ever. Xun Yu, Wei Advisor


December 29, 2016 10:15 p.m.

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