The Gold Standard — The Event!

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One thing I am known for in my playgroup is the ability to create interesting formats for strange tournaments, and it’s been a long time since I’ve done so. The last interesting format we did was The Mono-Blue Challenge, quite some time ago, and so it’s high time we did another cool tourney again.

This time, our format was called The Gold Standard. And what a format it was! I took a quick look at the format a few weeks ago here and some sample decks here, and we finally got a chance to play the format yesterday. Who won, and with what? What sets were popular, and which cards ended up being all-stars?

Let’s take a look!
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Random Friday: Rebuilding Rakdos (again), Part Two

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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 have been on the chopping block after disappointing performances, and many have been culled or changed so far. 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, 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.

Today, we’re re-rebuilding a colour combination again that, much like the Boros colors, I have rebuilt more than once: the Rakdos colours, red/black. Currently, I have our Rakdos deck built as Olivia Voldaren (deathtouch equipment and pinging creatures), and she has been profoundly disappointing.

What will I rebuild this deck into? Let’s take a look!
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The EDH Battle Royale IV! – Introduction

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Three years ago, roughly around this time, in the big lull between the fall big set and the February expansion, I set up a swiss-style tournament between all my EDH decks that I called “The EDH Battle Royale.” The concept was simple: To find out which EDH deck would prove to be the best among 32 of our decks in a massive tournament.

That first battle raged fiercely for three-quarters of a month, and when the dust cleared, Sedris, the Traitor King was our ultimate winner of the first ever EDH Battle Royale event, triumphing over his foes with the cheesy combo finish of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Pestermite to make infinite hasty attackers.

Two years ago, we set it all up again, this time with many more decks than before. For The EDH Battle Royale II, this time we had a whopping 64 decks competing for the prize; in the end, the plucky Selesnya general Saffi Eriksdotter took the crown. Last year, we did the whole thing a third time with The EDH Battle Royale III, with even more decks (a massive 81!); in the end, Maga, Traitor to Mortals harnessed the power of ultimate evil and stood tall among the fallen as our third champion.

And now, one year later… It’s time for us to wage war once again!

It’s time for The EDH Battle Royale IV!
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Single Card Discussion: Wretched Confluence

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Hello and welcome back to the Single Card Discussion series! After my pieces on Chandra’s Ignition and From Beyond, it’s time to take a look at yet another multiplayer gem.

Today’s card is one that I’ve liked since it was first spoiled, and I’m surprised that it hasn’t received more love from EDH groups: Wretched Confluence, from this year’s round of EDH precons. That this card hasn’t received more love from the Commander community is kind of crazy, since it’s a very versatile card drawing spell, kill spell, and recursion spell all wrapped up in one little package. This is one of the new cards from this set of precons that I am most excited to play, as it seems incredibly solid, useful, and fun.

Let’s take a deeper look at this powerful new Commander 2015 black modal spell!

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Commander 2015: First Impressions

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It’s been a year since I’ve had the chance to look at a new Commander batch of precons, but the lists for the new ones are out, so it’s time to take a look at them.

Last year 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 block, which had lots of fun multiplayer cards in it, a very well-received Commander 2014 set of pre-constructed decks, and the very last core set ever, Magic Origins. All of these sets gave us a ton of fun new EDH cards to work with, and many of my decks got a well-deserved makeover.

As has been the case with prior Commander precons, this batch has 56 new cards, which look very promising for EDH; there are lots of fun spells, one very cool land, and some interesting and unique commanders.

Will Commander 2015 continue the trend of strong EDH cards in 2015? Let’s take a look!
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The Gold Standard Challenge: Sample Decklists

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One thing I am known for in my playgroup is the ability to create interesting formats for strange tournaments, and it’s been a long time since I’ve done so. The last interesting format we did was The Mono-Blue Challenge, quite some time ago, and so it’s high time we did another cool tourney again.

This time, our format is going to be called The Gold Standard. And what a format it will be! I took a quick look at the format a few weeks ago, and now it’s time to present to you some sample decklists. Let’s take a look!
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