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Pioneer or EDH, although "not netdecking" overall is simply an unrealistic goal if you're seeking to win. You can go off-meta; just don't purposely disregard the thousands of hours that have gone into figuring out which cards are good, or not.

As a long-term, terminal brewer, cEDH has opened up more brew horizons for me than anything else. There's so many good support cards in cEDH, you can get away with a lot more shenanigans than people in the more casual sphere likely realize. I've lost to Zirda/Avarice Totem, Fynn the Fangbearer, Chatterfang, all kinds of crazy stuff.

September 24, 2022 3:19 p.m.

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I'm just waiting for someone to try to figure out which of the cards are cEDH viable, so I can get mad about it.

September 24, 2022 3:16 p.m.

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Cut Leak for more Forces, cut Conclave for more Halls. Cut Pact, probably put in Thought Scour for Murktide, consider Dismember for the abundance of cheap creatures.

September 22, 2022 7:31 p.m.

I'll take the opposing view, with the obvious bias of someone that exclusively plays cEDH.

Many perceived problems with commander stem from disparity in how people want to play - and generally speaking, that means you're with randoms, whether online or an LGS, which is inherently not how EDH was intended to be played. With that being said - any game with a winstate is going to have people naturally want to compete to be better at it, and if you're not playing with an established group (and especially if it's with prize support), one must expect that people are going to try and win, in general.

Banning powerful cards to suit a particular power level is inherently antithetical to the original EDH ethos; that's not to say I expect everyone to want to play cEDH, but cEDH as a construct shouldn't lose access to the cards it wants so that casual play can continue at whatever arbitrary power level is chosen (and yes, I find that many of the cards currently banned are silly, fwiw). What about the people that want to play high-power casual? Who determines what level is ultimately "the correct one" for EDH? I think an easier answer to the question is for people to rethink how EDH came to be, rather than try to fit a square peg into a round hole by assuring unknown opponents can't possibly bring a deck with particular cards - and specific to Sol Ring, ones that are enablers rather than payoffs, at least to a degree.

In more specific regard to the current banlist, cEDH's meta is very healthy at the moment. While I generally would be in favor of bans on cards that completely skew the meta, that isn't the case right now.

September 20, 2022 10:24 p.m.

legendofa Braids is, I think, less about raw power level and more about quality of life. It PROBABLY still has the typical "winconless/noncommander win stax" issue of someone finally drawing removal and then popping off, but until then the game is just going to suck. That being said, there's other commanders that make for the same play pattern. I don't think it needs banned from a competitive standpoint. Fun fact: I played no ban list cEDH and the guy who was super excited to play Braids got destroyed every game. Lol.

Rofellos also seems like a casual consideration. cEDH is typically wanting to end or basically lockup games by turn 4 or 5, and without a lot of land ramp, Rof isn't giving crazy acceleration in that context.

cEDH isn't missing those cards, really, but if it helps the casual environment I don't think anybody minds that they're banned, basically.

September 17, 2022 12:34 p.m.

As a cEDH only player, nothing in particular is dominating so heavily I'd expect or want a ban. Kenrith could eventually be a target, but he's not even the top deck atm.

September 16, 2022 11:50 p.m.

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