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Obviously, buying singles is the best way to get what you want. However if you are buying a box to start your collection, here is what I suggest.

My buddies and I have gotten some pretty good pulls from Iconic Masters, which I think is around $188 on TCGPlayer right now. It has some pretty good staples like Mana Drain , Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and Consecrated Sphinx . As well as good uncommons and commons like Swords to Plowshares and Mind Stone .

If you're trying to keep it under $100, I've really liked all the Ravnica sets. All of these include the shock lands, which are always good to have. Guilds has stuff like Assassin's Trophy , Chromatic Lantern and Divine Visitation . Allegiance has Smothering Tithe and Incubation Druid . Return to Ravnica has Cyclonic Rift and Chromatic Lantern .

I would look at the different sets and see what cards interest you. Just remember that buying a box is a gamble, and you will very likely not get back the amount you put in.

October 4, 2019 12:06 p.m.

I would show him this years Precons and have him pick out the one that peaks his interest the most. Building your first commander deck is a pretty daunting task, especially if you are new to the game and these are great starting points.

Like someone above stated, I think that Ghired is the most beginner-friendly of the bunch. I bought the Kadena one, and it is pretty fun in a casual setting. My playgroup each bought one and played them against each other and had a great time. The games run quite a bit longer than with more tuned decks, but were still fun. So you might think about buying one to play against him to keep the power level the same.

If he wants to upgrade, show him EDHREC to give him suggestions on what to add.

September 25, 2019 4:59 p.m.

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