Top 5 cards of The EDH Battle Royale III

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I begin this week with a quick piece to finish off The EDH Battle Royale III. After Maga, Traitor to Mortals became the winner of this year’s event, I wanted to take a quick look at the five cards that defined this year’s event. These would be the five cards that did the most for their respective decks; not necessarily the best, but the ones that were the most influential.

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Random Friday: Rebuilding Keranos, God of Storms

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Welcome to another edition of Random Friday, the article series where I go over changes to my different EDH decks in detail (and where I trash them and rebuild them into something better).

There are a number of my decks this year that are on the chopping block after disappointing performances in The EDH Battle Royale III, and other various games. Much as I have done the past two years, I’m looking at redoing these decks that just aren’t working; this may involve either changing some cards around deck to deck, or changing who the general of the deck is, or completely overhauling the entire deck. Along that same line, some of the random decks that I built just for The EDH Battle Royale III happened to be awesome and fun, and so I’ll be keeping them around, and tweaking and updating them to make them better.

The next such lucky deck that we’ll be fixing up is the Izzet God from Theros block, Keranos, God of Storms! Let’s take a look and see what we can do with Keranos!
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The EDH Battle Royale III: The Finals

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Several months ago, I started a large-scale single-elimination tournament to see which of our EDH decks was the best of the best, in a series of three player games, the third such annual tourney: The EDH Battle Royale III.

I envisioned this year’s EDH Battle Royale as being the biggest yet, certainly bigger than last year, with a whopping 81 decks competing (many of which were put together just for this event). A whopping eight thousand plus cards and hundreds of hours of gaming later, we have our finals match set and ready to go, and we know who will be facing who in a bid for the championship.

The finals: Krenko, Mob Boss vs. Maga, Traitor to Mortals vs. Bruna, Light of Alabaster

THE FINALS

Who will be this year’s winner of our third annual Battle Royale tournament? It’s time for us to finally find out!
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The EDH Battle Royale III: Semifinal Match 3

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Hello and welcome back to The EDH Battle Royale III! We are down to just two more matches left; one semifinal match today, between three battle-tested veterans, and one epic final showdown! Today’s matchup is the most unusual of the semifinals:

Semifinal match 3: Bruna, Light of Alabaster vs. Horde of Notions vs. Thromok the Insatiable

It’s time to find out just who will be our last finalist, advancing to the finals to face Krenko, Mob Boss and Maga, Traitor to Mortals! Let’s go!

(Editor’s note: This matchup occurred some time ago, before the recent rules change to the EDH “tucking” rule.)
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My Thoughts on the Recent EDH Rules Change

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It’s been quite the eventful time recently. I finally had a chance to sit down and draft our second BOO set (more on this soon), I went to the Dragons of Tarkir prerelease (more on this later this week), and we have played the finals of The EDH Battle Royale III and have crowned this year’s champion (and again, more on this soon).

After the Dragons PR, I saw this little piece of information: “Tuck no longer works in Commander.”

This is a surprising change, and I thought I’d go over my thoughts on the matter. Let’s go!
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The EDH Battle Royale III: Semifinal Match 1 and 2

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Hello and welcome back to The EDH Battle Royale III! We’re in the home stretch of the event now, as there are only four more matches to go before we crown this year’s champion. And today, we have two of the semifinal matchups for you, starting with this one:

Semifinal match 1: Krenko, Mob Boss vs. The Mimeoplasm vs. Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch

This should be an exciting contest, full of back and forth action! Who will be the first to win a semifinal match and punch their ticket to the finals? It’s time to find out!
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Dragons of Tarkir: First Impressions, Part Two

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Dragons of Tarkir previews began last week, and we finally have the full spoiler. This certainly looks like quite a Magic set!

2014 was an excellent year for multiplayer Magic, as we were given a lot of fun, shiny toys to play with: the strong Khans of Tarkir set, the mostly-mediocre Theros block (which did have a ton of EDH cards in it), a very well-received Commander 2014 set of pre-constructed decks, and the sadly underrated Magic 2015. From immensely fun cards like Villainous Wealth, to the into-play-tapped wedge tri-lands (ie. Frontier Bivouac), to the tri-colour generals (Sidisi, Brood Tyrant et al), to the planeswalkers of Commander 2014 that could be used as generals, the end of 2014 had a ton of strong, interesting cards to play and build around, and was a good year in general for the EDH format and Magic as a whole.

Now the latest new set is being revealed: Dragons of Tarkir, the third and final set of Khans of Tarkir block. After Fate Reforged, which featured Sarkhan going back in time to save Ugin (as well as some of the most complex cards and interactions ever in a small set), we return to the present day, where Dragons of all shapes and sizes are now alive and thriving, and no longer extinct. As you may expect, this set is chock-full of Dragon creatures, and spells where they matter.

As I write this, the spoiler is finally complete. With the rest of the set, it’s time to take a look at everything the set will bring to my EDH table. Will Dragons of Tarkir continue the trend of strong Commander cards in 2015? Let’s take a look!
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Random Friday: Rebuilding Titania

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Welcome to another edition of Random Friday, the article series where I go over changes to my different EDH decks in detail (and where I trash them and rebuild them into something better).

There are a number of my decks this year that are on the chopping block after disappointing performances in The EDH Battle Royale III, and other various games. Much as I have done the past two years, I’m looking at redoing these decks that just aren’t working; this may involve either changing some cards around deck to deck, or changing who the general of the deck is, or completely overhauling the entire deck. Along that same line, some of the random decks that I built just for The EDH Battle Royale III happened to be awesome and fun, and so I’ll be keeping them around, and tweaking and updating them to make them better.

The first such lucky deck that we’ll be fixing up and keeping for good is today’s subject: from the Commander 2014 precons, Titania, Protector of Argoth! Let’s take a look!
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Sick and Tired, of Being Sick and Tired

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Bleehhhhh.

That about sums up my day thus far. I have a wicked cold, which shows no signs of going away any time soon, and basically feel like a pile of snot at this point.

We finally managed to hold The BOO Draft II this past weekend, so I’ll be doing a writeup about that when I can, as the event was a blast. But not now. For now, the most effort I can manage is to stay awake.

Stay healthy everyone.

 

Dragons of Tarkir: First Impressions, Part One

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Dragons of Tarkir previews began this past Monday, rolled on throughout the week, and this certainly looks like quite a Magic set!

2014 was an excellent year for multiplayer Magic, as we were given a lot of fun, shiny toys to play with: the strong Khans of Tarkir set, the mostly-mediocre Theros block (which did have a ton of EDH cards in it), a very well-received Commander 2014 set of pre-constructed decks, and the sadly underrated Magic 2015. From immensely fun cards like Villainous Wealth, to the into-play-tapped wedge tri-lands (ie. Frontier Bivouac), to the tri-colour generals (Sidisi, Brood Tyrant et al), to the planeswalkers of Commander 2014 that could be used as generals, the end of 2014 had a ton of strong, interesting cards to play and build around, and was a good year in general for the EDH format and Magic as a whole.

Now the latest new set is being revealed: Dragons of Tarkir, the third and final set of Khans of Tarkir block. After Fate Reforged, which featured Sarkhan going back in time to save Ugin (as well as some of the most complex cards and interactions ever in a small set), we return to the present day, where Dragons of all shapes and sizes are now alive and thriving, and no longer extinct. As you may expect, this set is chock-full of Dragon creatures and spells where they matter.

As I write this, the spoiler has 82/264 cards; more than enough to take a look at what the set will bring to my EDH table. Will Dragons of Tarkir continue the trend of strong Commander cards in 2015? Let’s take a look!
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