Enter the Random Combo Deck Build-Off

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Posted on May 19, 2021, 6:35 p.m. by Hardhitta7

Random Combo Deck Build-Off

We are having a build-off with a random combo generated from Commander Spellbook.

If you wish to enter go to Commander Spellbook and hit “Random Combo” below the search bar. Comment below that you wish to enter and which combo you got. I’ll add you to the Participants list.

There are no prizes, this is just a fun challenge to help improve your deck building prowess.

Building time ends 5/23/2021 @ 12:00am PT.

Balaam__ says... #2

Do you plan on doing this with any non-Commander format(s)? Just curious.

May 19, 2021 6:49 p.m.

TriusMalarky says... #3


May 19, 2021 6:53 p.m.

legendofa says... #4

Had to reroll my first one, Painter's Servant + Grindstone . Aww.

So I'm entering with Retreat to Coralhelm + Budoka Gardener  Flip + Selesnya Sanctuary + Tunneling Geopede . Four colors, infinite damage, super jank. I'm happy.

May 19, 2021 6:54 p.m.

Gidgetimer says... #5

May 19, 2021 6:55 p.m.

I'm in ;)

Murasa Rootgrazer + Retreat to Coralhelm + Mirrormade (and a basic land in hand).

May 19, 2021 6:55 p.m.

1empyrean says... #7

May 19, 2021 7:11 p.m.

Mtg_Mega_Nerds says... #8

May 19, 2021 7:33 p.m.

Gidgetimer says... #9

Finally, someone got a combo that didn't include blue.

May 19, 2021 7:34 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #10

Balaam__ I hadn’t planned on it, the site doesn’t have a way to change format legality, it’s just for commander. I suppose if there was a site with a similar function for a different format I could do it after this one.

3 of us got a combo involving Retreat to Coralhelm , never considered how many combos it must have. I’ve never built a green edh deck nor a lands deck so this is exciting.

Mtg_Mega_Nerds I’m jealous of that one, I was considering building Glissa in paper a few months back.

Good luck with the building everyone!

May 19, 2021 7:41 p.m.

Finished my deck :)

May 19, 2021 7:42 p.m.

1empyrean says... #12

Omniscience_is_life I'm still trying to decide my commander and you're already done, lol.

May 19, 2021 7:55 p.m.

Unlife says... #13

Rerolled my first one for being too expensive. I've got Sorin Markov + Hidetsugu's Second Rite .

May 19, 2021 7:56 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #14

Unlife that’s pretty neat, I know both cards but I never would have thought of putting them together.

May 19, 2021 8:02 p.m.

Gidgetimer says... #15

Which price are we using for the budget? because I am either at budget, over budget, or can add a fetch or two depending on which scale we are using.

May 19, 2021 8:26 p.m.

Also finished :)

May 19, 2021 9:04 p.m.

legendofa says... #17

Gidgetimer Looks like the budget is $500, under Rules up top.

May 19, 2021 9:10 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #18

Yeah budget is $500, more expensive than any deck I’ve ever built. Lol

I’m done with my rough draft, gotta go through and fine tune it.

I’ve found it’s weird for me to build a deck above my usual budget range. Most of my decks are $250-$300. My Galazeth is gonna be $350 when I finish it.

I’ll see a card and be like “nope, already got enough $20 cards... no wait my budget is $500!”.

May 19, 2021 9:20 p.m.

I take it is ok to have $508-$525 from cardkingdom?

May 19, 2021 9:22 p.m.

Gidgetimer says... #20

What I meant was are we using TCGplayer or Card Kingdom and are we using the bottom of the range or top.

May 19, 2021 9:23 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #21

I usually use TCGplayer Mkt price because it’s where I buy my cards. It’s usually cheaper than CardKingdom.

What do y’all prefer?

May 19, 2021 9:30 p.m.

I prefer cardkingdom, but I think the $500 budget should be a little flexible.

May 19, 2021 9:35 p.m.

Mtg_Mega_Nerds I feel like since this is a challenge, the restrictions should apply pretty definitively. Hardhitta7 what do you think? (this is your challenge ofc!) do you think we should choose which vendor the budget is to go by and set the 500 cap solidly there, or have this be more casual and just try and be close to the limit?

May 19, 2021 9:38 p.m.

There is a price range based on quality of the cards so that is also a factor to take in.

May 19, 2021 9:44 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #25

I think we should keep it pretty casual for now.

If everyone likes Card Kingdom we can go by that. I would like to stay as close to $500 as possible but I don’t see a problem being $8-$10 over.

May 19, 2021 10:04 p.m.

Gidgetimer says... #26

I prefer using TCG personally and going with the low end of the range. Just wanting to know since we should have a consistent metric for everyone to follow.

May 19, 2021 10:10 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #27

Okay yeah I like TCGPlayer Mkt. Go by the low end.

Try to keep it as close to $500 as possible but going over a few $ isn’t a big deal.

This is for fun after all!

May 19, 2021 10:43 p.m.

legendofa says... #28

For doing this outside Commander, every combo here is Modern-legal. And pretty much every combo would be Legacy-legal. Something like Pioneer or Pauper would be harder, but if the format has a big enough card selection, it seems doable.

May 19, 2021 10:51 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #29

That’s true, I would prefer legacy or modern to the other two.

I found another site that has a search engine for combos but selecting a format doesn’t seem to effect the “random combo” feature.

I can gauge interest in a non-edh one after this is over.

A Legacy one would have to have a pretty high budget.

May 19, 2021 11:04 p.m. Edited.

plakjekaas says... #30

I got Dargo, the Shipwrecker + Thermopod + Desecrated Tomb .

I also have a question: Building time ends 4/23/2021 @ 12:00pm PT. Wasn't that, like, 4 weeks ago?

May 19, 2021 11:13 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #31

Lmao duh. Guess I forgot what month it is. I’ll fix that!

May 19, 2021 11:16 p.m.

legendofa says... #32

plakjekaas Maybe I'm blinded by the Retreat to Coralhelm stuff, but I'm not seeing the combo in your set. What is it?

May 19, 2021 11:27 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #33

Yeah I wasn’t paying attention, I don’t see a combo either.

May 19, 2021 11:31 p.m.

plakjekaas says... #34

As copied from the explanation of the random roll page:


Dargo is one of your commanders

Dargo in the command zone

Three creatures on the battlefield

Thermopod and Desecrated Tomb on the battlefield


Activate Thermopod three times by sacrificing three creatures, adding

Cast Dargo for

Activate Thermopod by sacrificing Dargo, adding and returning Dargo to the command zone.

Desecrated Tomb triggers, creating a 1/1 Bat token

Repeat from step 2


Infinite ETB

Infinite LTB

Infinite storm count

Infinite death triggers

Infinite sacrifice triggers

Infinite commander casts

Infinite red mana

Infinite creature tokens

Since the rules have upgraded that commanders die, that means they hit the graveyard as you choose to send it to the command zone, meaning Desecrated Tomb sees it leave and creates a bat token. If this is not the case, and the combo is wrong, I can replace the Tomb with Impact Tremors or something, I planned on including that anyway ^^'

May 19, 2021 11:38 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #35

Wow, yeah looks like it works to me. Very sweet combo!

May 19, 2021 11:41 p.m.

legendofa says... #36

plakjekaas That makes sense, with the +3 creatures. Thanks!

May 19, 2021 11:43 p.m.

plakjekaas says... #37

The trick is of course that sacrificing Dargo, the Shipwrecker to Thermopod will pay for its commander tax due to Dargo's artifacts or creatures sacrificed this turn clause, and the mana from Thermopod can pay for casting him again. But yeah, it needs the startup. Although Treasure tokens would work too, you don't need 3 creatures per se ;-)

May 19, 2021 11:47 p.m.

legendofa says... #38

I just noticed that the other two Retreat to Coralhelm sets here got lands that are on color. There's literally no reason for the in my Selesnya Sanctuary . All part of the fun... I wonder how many of the 9,000+ combos are Retreat + Bounce land + Tap for extra land + Landfall.

May 20, 2021 1:28 a.m.

plakjekaas says... #39

I did a search for just Retreat to Coralhelm and I found 1021 :-/

May 20, 2021 4:24 a.m.

VampDemigod says... #40

I got Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit + Murderous Redcap + Viscera Seer + Redcap does not have a -1/-1 counter on it

May 20, 2021 7:38 a.m.

Snake_Oil says... #41

Know what? I'm down.

Rerolled once as the first combo I got was a $200 4 card combo, kind of defeats the object of the budget in my opinion.

Now I got Kodama of the East Tree + Emeria Angel + Boros Garrison .

That suits me, I rarely think about Landfall decks. Now I'll have to!

May 20, 2021 9:06 a.m.

BrassLord says... #42

Hey! Would love to join in on this challenge! I'll try to find time in the next few days!

I got Drannith Magistrate + Knowledge Pool

Prereq: All permanents on the battlefield

May 20, 2021 1:46 p.m.

MagicMarc says... #43

Would suck to play against BrassLord's combo.

I would like to participate as well. My combo is:

Famished Paladin + Presence of Gond + Auriok Champion

To be honest, I re-rolled two blue combos with Retreat to Coralhelm in them then landed on this one.

Do we post the decks here when completed or wait until the deadline?

May 20, 2021 2:48 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #44

That’s fair, every Retreat to Coralhelm + play a land from hand creature + bounce land + landfall trigger is listed separately.

When the time is up I will start a new thread where you can post your deck in the comments and people will upvote comments of decks they like the most.

May 20, 2021 2:54 p.m.

Gidgetimer says... #45

Everyone be careful when you are using the side bar to value your deck for the budget. Sometimes the API messes up and cards do not have a price and it is counted as $0. Sorting by price will allow you to see if any cards in your deck don't have a price. (I was looking at my build and noticed that I had gone way over budget because one of my pricy cards was not showing a price.)

May 20, 2021 5:49 p.m.

VampDemigod says... #46

We’re allowed to put equivalents to our combo pieces in the deck, right? Or do I have to hope to draw my one sac outlet? XD

May 20, 2021 7:27 p.m.

VampDemigod says... #47

(As in additional cards with the same function)

May 20, 2021 7:28 p.m.

Gidgetimer says... #48

I sure as hell hope so. My deck is filled with mana dorks.

May 20, 2021 7:35 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #49

Yeah that’s fine, I have multiple equivalents to all my combo pieces except for Retreat to Coralhelm .

Lotta creatures like Llanowar Scout and creatures that do things when a land enters.

May 20, 2021 7:42 p.m.

Hardhitta7 says... #50

So... I just noticed I put 12:00pm instead of AM lmao

Should I change it or keep as is? I wanted to give people the entire weekend to build and end it at midnight.

Sorry about that, this is my first time doing anything like this.

May 20, 2021 8:33 p.m.

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