Enter the Random Combo Deck Build-Off
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.
- All cards must be EDH legal.
- Budget is $500 using low end of TCGplayer Mkt price.
- No combos over $50, if it’s more, re-roll to get a new one.
- No 5 Color decks. Reroll if needed.
- Building time ends on 5/23/2021 @ 12:00am PT.
- When building time ends, I will start a thread where you can post your deck in the comments and people can upvote the comments of decks they like.
- Hardhitta7 - Retreat to Coralhelm + Llanowar Scout + Lifegift + Simic Growth Chamber
- legendofa - Retreat to Coralhelm + Budoka Gardener Flip + Selesnya Sanctuary + Tunneling Geopede
- Gidgetimer - Imperious Perfect + Intruder Alarm + Alloy Myr
- Omniscience_is_life - Murasa Rootgrazer + Retreat to Coralhelm + Mirrormade + basic land in hand
- 1empyrean - Naru Meha, Master Wizard + Release to the Wind + Slitherwisp
- Mtg_Mega_Nerds - Glissa, the Traitor + Dictate of Erebos + Altar of Dementia + Myr Moonvessel
- Unlife - Sorin Markov + Hidetsugu's Second Rite
- plakjekaas - Dargo, the Shipwrecker + Thermopod + Desecrated Tomb + 3 creatures/artifacts on the battlefield
- VampDemigod - Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit + Murderous Redcap + Viscera Seer
- Snake_Oil - Kodama of the East Tree + Emeria Angel + Boros Garrison
- BrassLord - Drannith Magistrate + Knowledge Pool
- MagicMarc - Famished Paladin + Presence of Gond + Auriok Champion
Do you plan on doing this with any non-Commander format(s)? Just curious.
May 19, 2021 6:49 p.m.
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May 19, 2021 7:11 p.m.
May 19, 2021 7:33 p.m.
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.
Omniscience_is_life I'm still trying to decide my commander and you're already done, lol.
May 19, 2021 7:55 p.m.
May 19, 2021 7:56 p.m.
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.
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.
Gidgetimer Looks like the budget is $500, under Rules up top.
May 19, 2021 9:10 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lmao duh. Guess I forgot what month it is. I’ll fix that!
May 19, 2021 11:16 p.m.
May 19, 2021 11:27 p.m.
Yeah I wasn’t paying attention, I don’t see a combo either.
May 19, 2021 11:31 p.m.
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 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.
Wow, yeah looks like it works to me. Very sweet combo!
May 19, 2021 11:41 p.m.
plakjekaas That makes sense, with the +3 creatures. Thanks!
May 19, 2021 11:43 p.m.
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.
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.
I did a search for just Retreat to Coralhelm and I found 1021 :-/
May 20, 2021 4:24 a.m.
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.
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.
That suits me, I rarely think about Landfall decks. Now I'll have to!
May 20, 2021 9:06 a.m.
Hey! Would love to join in on this challenge! I'll try to find time in the next few days!
Prereq: All permanents on the battlefield
May 20, 2021 1:46 p.m.
Would suck to play against BrassLord's combo.
I would like to participate as well. My combo is:
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.
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.
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.
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.
I sure as hell hope so. My deck is filled with mana dorks.
May 20, 2021 7:35 p.m.
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.
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.