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Hey, for less than $150 you've done well with your version. You clearly know how to build a Commander deck with a low budget.

Cards that are $3 or less each to consider adding:

Scion of the Ur-Dragon is a very good Dragon as a repeatable Dragon tutor and it combos with Teneb, the Harvester + Bladewing the Risen to reanimate the Dragons you tutor for. Consider cutting some of the least good Dragons for a few creature tutors that can search for the better Dragons?

Temur Ascendancy does a lot for a three drop, haste for all creatures you control and repeatable draw when most Dragons ETB including Dragon tokens with 4 or more power. These land suggestions would add five more lands that can ETB untapped meaning they could replace five lands that always ETB tapped. Cascading Cataracts is helpful with Jodah/Fist letting you for five mana of any colors plus tapping Cataracts to cast any card.

Cards to consider cutting:

Even on a budget the Vivid lands are not good unless you have proliferate to put more counters on them and I don't recommend adding proliferate just for the Vivids.

Good luck with your deck.

September 26, 2020 11:22 p.m.

Hey, nice first brew of Edgar.

Consider adding a few more black one drop Vamps? Knight of the Ebon Legion and Indulgent Aristocrat are one drops who can be good with aggro or midrange Vamp strategies. Cards you could cut for these are Mortify and Tithe Drinker.

Diabolic Intent is another tutor to consider adding replacing New Blood. Ruinous Ultimatum wrecks your opponents in multiplayer Commander, it could replace Fumigate. Champion of Dusk's ETB effect is excellent draw with eminence, it could replace Falkenrath Noble. Sorin, Imperious Bloodlord is good with aggro and midrange Vamp strategies especially with Edgar, it could replace Dark Impostor.


Consider adding some more dual lands that can ETB untapped turn one to make black and some dual lands that can make white to replace some Plains?

Lands to consider cutting for these are 3x Plains, 1x Mountain and Reliquary Tower.

Good luck with your deck.

September 26, 2020 10:37 p.m.

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#3

Hey, for your game tomorrow/today from the sideboard add Territory, Vista, Smoldering and the basic lands to the manabase. Later on you can upgrade the manabase, but for now add a complete manabase to the deck list.

If you own Cascading Cataracts I would add it as it's a nice way to make all five colors of mana. Tri lands are much better than Thriving lands if you're going to play other lands beside the Triomes that always ETB tapped. If you have some of the Tri lands my advice is add them replacing the Thriving lands for more color fixing. If you're going to play lands that always ETB tapped then those lands should provide more color fixing.

For the numbers of basic lands I would play more Forest and Mountains than Plains, Islands, Swamps. The order to consider is first Mountains, second Forests, third Swamps, fourth Islands and last is Plains. Forests should be second because they give you access to other colors with green ramp spells.

  • 6x Mountain
  • 5x Forest
  • 2x Swamp
  • 2x Island
  • 2x Plains

Other cards from the sideboard to consider adding main deck:

Sol because it's one of the best sources of ramp in Commander. Golos is ramp with any land and a repeatable mana sink that mimics Ur-Dragon's ability to put a permanent onto the battlefield by instead casting it for free. Bladewing combos with Scion + Teneb. Cards main deck that could be cut for these:

Dragons don't need single card that are anthem effects that pump their power/toughness because Dragons already have high p/t with flying. Dragons who are anthems are fine as a bonus, but I wouldn't play a card that was just a p/t anthem. Rampant is subpar ramp, but if it's all you have then that's fine for now. Boots is a good card, but it's less needed here because you have Greaves.

Consider cutting Utter End for a counterspell, Dovin's Veto or Negate? Not having one counterspell is worst than a second higher mana cost exile spell. If you have Jodah, Archmage Eternal I would add him since he reduces Ur-Dragon's mana cost to five mana.

Good luck with your deck and at your game tomorrow/today.

September 26, 2020 1:54 a.m. Edited.

Hey, you're welcome.

For land destruction with Muldrotha you could add colorless lands that can destroy an opponent's land and then you can play the colorless land again from your graveyard.

Strip Mine is ideal, but much more expensive price.

September 25, 2020 5:55 p.m.

Hey, good budget version of Muldrotha.

Mystic Remora, Kaya's Ghostform, Siren Stormtamer, Crop Rotation are one drops to consider adding. These cards provide good value for only one mana. Muldrotha enchanted by Ghostform makes it difficult for your opponents to remove since it doesn't even go back to Command Zone when it dies or exiled.

Exotic Orchard, Llanowar Wastes, Yavimaya Coast, Sunken Hollow, Tainted Wood, Ash Barrens, Simic Growth Chamber, Golgari Rot Farm, Dimir Aqueduct are budget land upgrades to consider.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Dismal Backwater
  • Jungle Hollow
  • Jwar Isle Refuge
  • Thornwood Falls
  • Traveler's Amulet
  • Aligned Hedron Network
  • Levitation
  • Brawn

Good luck with your deck.

September 25, 2020 8:17 a.m.

Hey, nice semi budget version of Chainer.

I see Kiki and there's some cards to consider adding to make him better:

Ooze can use any activated ability of creatures in all graveyards which can be versatile in multiplayer Commander. With Chainer Ooze gives you lots of options: Magus, Necromancer, Feldon, Fulminator, Purphoros, Pet, Seer, etc, but best of all Kiki. Ooze can be another Kiki when Kiki is in your graveyard. When this happens with Ooze you can make infinite tapped Oozes since Ooze is not legendary therefore it can copy itself infinite times. Infinite Oozes can be used with other cards to be win conditions.

If Pet is in your graveyard then Ooze can sac itself to make one black mana. When this happens then infinite Oozes can make infinite black mana. Use infinite black mana to pay for a game winning Ribbons since you can discard or cast Cut and then cast Ribbons from your graveyard.

Ooze can be Viscera Seer which with infinite Oozes can be infinite scrys to find the card you need or Syr/Exsanguinate as a win condition. With both Seer and Pet in your graveyard gives you many options with infinite Oozes to find and cast any card you want. Having creature sac outlets are good with Chainer because then you can cast a sac outlet from your graveyard and get more value from creatures who can't sac themselves. Goblin Bombardment, two drop sac outlet, is one of the best in Commander and it can be a win condition with infinite Oozes or infinite Conscripts without having to attack.


Other cards to consider adding:

An expensive price card upgrade to consider is Sidisi, Undead Vizier as a repeatable tutor with Chainer and Sidisi can sac itself. With a sac outlet Rune-Scarred Demon can be a repeatable tutor, is less price and nice for reanimation getting a 6/6 Demon. Plaguecrafter is powerful repeatable effect with Chainer because it can sac itself. This card with Chainer can shut down your opponent's nontoken creature strategies.

Graven Cairns, Tainted Peak, Ash Barrens, Jund Panorama are some budget lands to consider adding especially Craven.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Lantern-Lit Graveyard
  • Bloodfell Caves
  • Star Compass
  • Zombify
  • Grave Scrabbler
  • Murderous Rider
  • Ancient Craving
  • Overseer of the Damned

Good luck with your deck.

September 23, 2020 7:57 p.m. Edited.

Hey, you're welcome.

Draknoz already said anthem effects, Crucible and Door, that pump Dragons are not really needed because Dragons are already have big power and flying. An exception could be if you add Dragon Broodmother, Mystery Booster version. These types of anthem effects could be cut for draw sources such as Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner since draw would be overall more helpful. Dragonlord Ojutai, Mystery Booster version, can be repeatable Anticipate, card advantage. Being able to choose one from three cards can be nice on a budget and she's also a 4 drop 5/4 Dragon.

If a mana dork can't make more than one color than I don't think on a budget it's good enough to play with five colors. To consistently be able to take advantage of one drop mana dorks you need lots of lands that can ETB untapped to make green mana turn one. This manabase because on a budget doesn't have that. If you ever upgrade the manabase with Shocks, Fetches and some Pains then some one drop mana dorks could be added.

Faeburrow Elder and Paradise Druid are fine budget mana dork options for five colors. Either one could replace Pillar of Origins. Mana Geode is the worst three drop mana rock here and there's quite a few of them. It could be cut for Idyllic Tutor to get Tempest or Ascendancy.

If having trouble with opponent board states of little creatures attacking you then consider some budget damage spells and more lower mana cost Dragons? Earthquake and Rolling Earthquake, Double Masters version, for damage spells and Earthquake doesn't hurt Dragons. Thunderbreak Regent is a three drop 4/4 Dragon, Glorybringer is a four drop 4/4 Dragon who can potentially kill a creature the turn you play it with exert and Kiora has interaction with exert. These Dragons could replace Numot, the Devastator and Mana-Charged Dragon.

September 23, 2020 9:56 a.m. Edited.

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#8

Hey, you're welcome.

There's 12 rogues here for the party, but only 5 clerics, 4 Warriors and 1 Wizard. These ratios of party members will make it difficult to have much mana cost reduction for Zagras especially Wizards. My advice is make these numbers more even to give you more chances to have different party members on the battlefield at once. Changeling Outcast is a budget one drop party member who can be any creature type you choose for party and it's unblockable which has good interaction with several tribal combat damage effects.

Budget Wizards to consider adding:

There's some party members who could be upgraded to better budget creatures especially the Warriors:

Blood Beckoning could be upgraded to Nullpriest of Oblivion who is a two drop Cleric or if you cast with kicker you can reanimate any creature in your graveyard. Beckoning doesn't reanimate it recurs the creature/creatures to your hand which is a big difference. Searing Barrage could be upgraded to any Wizard party member because this removal spell is not needed as it's the least good and costs the most mana for what it does.


Some cards to consider cutting:

Pump spells that only pump one creature one time such as Infuriate are subpar in Commander especially when you can only cast them once. If the spell pumped all creatures you control, protected the creature from removal or it made the creature have huge power with evasion then that's different, but the pump spells here don't do that. More draw is more impactful than pump.

September 23, 2020 7:34 a.m.

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#9

Hey, you're welcome.

Something to worry about is there's 23 cards here that are 5 CMC or higher which is lot. You risk with only 31 lands and few ramp sources not being able to cast spells. The Devoted + Vizer combo is nice, but can be difficult to assemble in Commander as one ofs and you're kind of relying on the combo too much. My advice is trim the high CMC creature base for some low CMC tutors that can search for the better creatures and cut the majority of the cards that create little creature tokens for more ramp and lands.

Some cards to consider cutting:

These three are the least good cards as they don't do enough to warrant taking a card slot. Navigator's Compass is not ramp, it's only color fixing for one land, but you can get both ramp and color fixing with a two drop mana rock or better yet Faeburrow Elder. Wake the Reflections is fine since it's a one drop spell, but is not really needed because you can get repeatable populate from better sources. Could cut it for Garruk's Uprising which will have much more overall impact in a game.

These four are the least good of the creatures and they could be cut for more tutors that can search for the better creatures or other cards.

Making 1/1 creature tokens to populate is not taking enough advantage of populate. All these cards could be cut for more lands and ramp to consistently be able to cast many high CMC cards. The exceptions can be Assemble the Legion, Dragon Broodmother, March of the Multitudes and Elspeth, Sun's Champion, but these are good cards for effects that create lots of 1/1 tokens, that's better especially with Purphoros/Terror and March with Devoted + Vizer combo.


Something to think about for futures upgrades is how can you make Ghired better? Technically all you need is Ghired because he's an army in a can since he creates the 4/4 Rhino token to populate. Protecting Ghired and the Rhino is important and making it safe to attack. Attacking is what makes Ghired good therefore the more attacking you can do the better. Aurelia, the Warleader is the right idea, but you can expand on the multiple combat steps idea much more including infinite attacks.

My suggestion of Garruk's Uprising gives you another repeatable draw source by populating or creating big creature tokens other ways. More draw is area to expand on especially cards that let you draw when creatures attack or do combat damage. Included in the Ghired Commander precon are such cards you should consider adding.

September 23, 2020 6:27 a.m.

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#10

Hey, Changeling Outcast, one drop party member who can be any type of party member you choose. Since it's unblockable that gives it good interaction with Robber of the Rich, Azra Oddsmaker, Mindblade Render, Quietus Spike and Scytheclaw.

September 21, 2020 5:48 a.m.

Said on Zagras EDH Deck...

#11

Hey, nice start on budget. Kyle_Winter gave you some good advice to help the party. My advice is to help the manabase, ramp and draw.

First, you don't need 42 lands, that's overkill for your deck. 36 lands should be fine. Consider cutting some lands for more ramp sources? Budget lands and ramp to consider adding:

Consider cutting some basic lands for these lands?


Ramp can be a problem with Rakdos because these colors lack lots of options, but one way to help to not miss land drops is to play low mana cost draw. Cards like these can replace ramp because for a low mana cost they can help to draw into lands or party members who then act like ramp to cast Zagras.

Repeatable draw sources are best in Commander because they can potentially give you value throughout the entire game. With Zagras cards that give you value who are party creatures or when you attack/do combat damage are options:

Oddsmaker and Mask are nice with Zagras because he has flying.


Some advice about game play. I would keep the mana curve very low because you want to assemble a party for Zagras as that's what makes Zagras a mana efficient and potentially good Commander. The lower the mana curve the easier it will be to have two or more party members on the battlefield to help to cast Zagras. In fact, for your deck I would end the curve at Dagger Caster and Drana, the Last Bloodchief as these are abilities and effects at the top that go well with Zagras. I would limit the four drops to very few.

Roving Keep is an example of a creature you don't need because it's high CMC and doesn't help the party or have interaction with Zagras. Zof Consumption is an example of a spell that you don't need even though if you want can play it as a tapped land. Consumption for six mana is not worth what it does.

I offer more advice about what cards to cut. Would you like more advice?

Good luck with your deck.

September 21, 2020 1:30 a.m. Edited.

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#12

Hey, good start on a budget, several nice upgrades you've made.

Let me introduce you to Quartzwood Crasher and Garruk's Uprising; two powerful budget cards with Ghired that have excellent interaction. Crasher is good with Ghired because it can create huge Dino tokens to populate and these tokens along with Rhinos have trample. You don't even have to attack with Crasher to make a Dino token; any creatures who have trample who do combat damage to a player counts.

Uprising can do a lot for a three drop, but best of all it's a repeatable draw source whenever you create a Rhino. Any creature or token that's 4 or more power will trigger Uprising to draw. It also gives all creatures you control trample which has busted interaction with Crasher since then any creature you control who does combat damage to a player you create a Dino token.


The main area of improvement in the precon is ramp and lands. You've included several good land upgrades, but only 32 lands is not enough land especially because you want five mana to cast Ghired. My advice is go with 36 lands and include at least 12 ramp sources, more early game ramp sources. Cinder Glade is here twice.

Other budget ramp and lands to consider adding:


I see Eladamri's Call which is an excellent upgrade and this tells me that tutors are fine to play. Other budget tutors to consider adding:

Open the Armory can be a helpful tutor if you add some equipment and aura that can be repeatable protection for Ghired. Lightning Greaves and/or Swiftfoot Boots can give Ghired haste and protect him from opponent's targeted removal. Shield of the Oversoul can protect Ghired with indestructible and give him flying making it safer to attack with him.

I offer more advice about what cards to cut. Would you like more advice?

Good luck with your deck.

September 20, 2020 11:53 p.m. Edited.

Hey, +1 and I haven't even looked at the deck list yet :) Props for all the flavor work that went into the reference list. Tireless Tracker as Robert Muldoon, Feldon of the Third Path as John Hammond are great choices and helps that both are excellent cards too.

Good job.

September 20, 2020 10:59 p.m.

Hey, thanks for the additional info.

For causal upgrades my advice is add cards that give you repeatable value; either draw, artifact tokens or pump for tokens. Cards in the original precon to consider adding:

Other changes to consider:

Brudiclad, Telchor Engineer is a strong casual card with artifacts. It creates a Myr at your combat step then all token creatures you control can become any token creature you control. You can make all Thopters/Servos into Myrs for a huge Myr Battlesphere attack or make all Myrs/Servos into Thopters for a big flying army attack with Sharding Sphinx to double your army after combat damage.

Temple of the False God is not a good land for your deck because you can't tap it to make mana until your fifth turn at the earliest. It's not worth playing because of this and honestly it's not worth playing in any deck, but that's another discussion.

Sin Prodder can be repeatable draw, but more times than not an opponent will take the damage and have you put the card into your graveyard which is not helping you. Steel Overseer has great interaction with artifact tokens especially Thopters. It also has good interaction with Unwinding Clock letting you on everyone's turn put a counter on all your artifact tokens.

For control you've added three very good counterspells (Counterspell, Swan Song and Negate). Broken Concentration and Silumgar's Scorn don't compare to these other counterspells, that's why you should consider cutting them. Stoic Rebuttal because of the artifact theme activating metalcraft is good enough to add. Instead of more control, focus on your artifact game plan with Saheeli?

September 20, 2020 7:35 a.m.

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#15

Hey, nice start, mono white can be tricky to build and play in Commander. You have Avacyn, Angel of Hope, make her the Commander? This is Angel tribal, but using Elesh Norn as Commander is strange...

No matter the Commander with Angel tribal Angels take up most, if not all, the high CMC spots in the deck because the best Angels have high CMCs. My advice is cut the majority of the other nonAngel high CMC (5 CMC or higher) cards. Ramp and Angels should be priority.

Cards to consider cutting right away because they're not as good as other cards or are redundancy you don't need:

This is 20 cards that doing a quick look over are subpar compared to the rest. The next 10 cards are cut to streamline by choosing the most important cards at different CMCs and cutting the others. Cards to consider cutting:

The last four cards is where it gets difficult to make cuts, but continue to streamline:

Hopefully this info helps and I offer more advice especially if you change to Avacyn, Angel of Hope as Commander since there's several good interactions to take advantage of.

Good luck with your deck.

September 20, 2020 7:19 a.m.

Hey, Korvold, Fae-Cursed King is not $10 it's $5 and is right up your alley if you like Mayhem Devil. Korvold is a much stronger Commander with his repeatable draw/grows himself than Rakdos. Jund Goblins could work since Goblin tokens can be saced to Korvold and it gives you Grumgully, the Generous + Scuzzback Marauders combo which Mayhem is a win condition.

September 19, 2020 11:34 p.m. Edited.

Said on EDH Under $1 …...

#17

Hey, here's some Commanders from the Scryfall list and cards that are $1 or less that are good with the Commander:

September 18, 2020 2:19 a.m. Edited.

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#18

Hey, Savage Ventmaw when tutored for with Scion before attacking can make mana for three more activations of Scion. This can be used for a reanimation line with Teneb, the Harvester and Bladewing the Risen which you end up with all three Dragons on the battlefield and a Teneb who can attack again and reanimate again on your next turn. Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund gives Dragons you control haste and that's powerful when you reanimate a lot of them at once especially with Utvara Hellkite.

Looks like you forgot Sol Ring? With such a high budget is there some reason not playing any tutors: Demonic Tutor and Enlightened Tutor? Buried Alive is powerful with reanimation strategies because it also tutors. You have ABUR Duals, Shock lands and Trimoes which makes Nature's Lore and Farseek good two drop land ramp spells. City of Brass, Mana Confluence, Cascading Cataracts, Unclaimed Territory are some land upgrades to consider.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Boros Garrison
  • Gruul Turf
  • Izzet Boilerworks
  • Rakdos Carnarium
  • Dragonskull Summit
  • Rootbound Crag
  • Path of Ancestry
  • Mana Geode
  • Commander's Sphere
  • Genesis Ultimatum
  • Monastery Siege
  • Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire
  • Slumbering Dragon
  • O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami

Good luck with your deck.

September 17, 2020 8:23 p.m.

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#19

Hey, well done for your first deck from scratch.

Some cards within the current budget to consider adding:

Could add all these cards for about $26.

Cards to consider cutting:


Worldgorger Dragon is a tricky combo to assemble because Worldgorger needs to be in your graveyard to reanimate it with Animate Dead. You don't want to ever cast it from hand or cheat it onto the battlefield with Kaalia. Sneak Attack cheating it on the battlefield is fine because then it will end up in your graveyard and you get your permanents back. You want to get Worldgorger into your graveyard and the best budget card that can do that is Buried Alive.

Currently here Angel of Despair is the easy win condition with the Worldgorger combo by destroying all your opponents permanents. But what happens if Despair is disrupted or exiled? Kaalia, Zenith Seeker can be a more complex enabler with the combo needing haste for all the creatures you put into your hand and get onto the battlefield. Bogardan Hellkite can be another easy, even truer, win condition with the combo because it does damage to each player each time it ETB which will be infinite damage with the combo.

Good luck with your deck.

September 17, 2020 2:29 a.m.

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#20

Hey, interesting version of Atla, that's a lot of creatures.

Consider cutting a few of the least good creatures for more early game ramp?

Could also replace a few other big creatures for some enablers.

Nature's Lore and Farseek are land ramp spell upgrades for Explosive Vegetation and Cultivate because you have Savannah/Taiga/Garden/Ground and Farseek can get Plateau/Foundry. These two drop land ramp spells can be quicker ramp and they ramp with a dual land.


I don't think I've ever seen a manabase with Savannah/Taiga/Plateau, but also Guildgates... You could improve the manabase a lot. Some changes to consider:

Good luck with your deck.

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