The EDH Battle Royale IV — Building the Surprise Entrants, Part One

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The EDH Battle Royale IV is in full swing, and the Play-In Division is coming to a close. 42 generals have stepped up to try to earn a spot in the main event, but only 14 will fight their way in successfully.

As I’ve done each year, we have a number of surprise entrants this year who will be duking it out in the Play-In Division for a shot at glory. This year’s surprise entrants were particularly troublesome, as I didn’t want to build anything that I’d already built in the past; this really limited my options, since I have built a lot of EDH decks. I wanted decks that would play differently than the other decks I have, decks that would be fun, and decks that would be highly original.

What did I end up building? I’m glad you asked…
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Single Card Discussion: General Tazri

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Hello and welcome back to the Single Card Discussion series! After my pieces on Wretched Confluence 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 this year, and I’m not surprised that EDH groups also love it: General Tazri, from Oath of the Gatewatch. The Ally tribe finally has their own five-color general to play in EDH, and she’s a good one!

Let’s take a deeper look at this powerful new five-color general!
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The EDH Battle Royale IV — The Play-In Division, Rounds 5-9

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This year’s EDH Battle Royale IV has begun, and we’ve kicked things off this year with a bang! A sense of urgency has filled the Battle Royale arena, as for the first time ever, there is a play-in division for the 42 generals who have never won before! To get to the actual Battle Royale tournament, they will have to win a match in this division!

Win, and in. Lose, and you’re out. It has never been simpler for the play-in decks, and for these decks that have never won before, stakes have never been higher.

Who will win and advance to the main event today? After big wins last time from Titania, Protector of Argoth, Wort, the Raidmother, Karona, False God (Allies), and Keranos, God of Storms, we’ve gone through the next five play-in matches, so it’s time to find out who has advanced!
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Oath of the Gatewatch: First Impressions

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The entire spoiler for the newest expansion, Oath of the Gatewatch, is out, and this looks like a very interesting set. There are plenty of great multiplayer cards, and lots of shiny toys that I’m looking forward to adding into my decks.

2015 was an excellent year for EDH and multiplayer Magic, as we were given a lot of fun, shiny toys to play with: We started the year with Fate Reforged and Dragons of Tarkir, which were the end of the strong Khans of Tarkir block. Khans block had lots of fun multiplayer cards in it, from Villainous Wealth to Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, and was very useful for all of my EDH decks. We had the very last core set ever, Magic Origins, whose transform-planeswalkers have been very well-received and popular for all forms of Magic. Next, we had the latest “we return to this plane” nostalgia set, Battle for Zendikar, which had lots of big bad Eldrazi, some powerful dual lands, and great utility cards. Finally, the Commander 2015 set of pre-constructed decks came out, which had 50+ excellent new cards and some awesome and powerful new generals in them.

All of these sets gave us a ton of fun new EDH cards to work with last year, and many of my decks got a well-deserved makeover. The question becomes, does Oath of the Gatewatch continue that trend? It’s time to take a look at this new set!
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The EDH Battle Royale IV — The Play-In Division, Rounds 1-4

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This year’s EDH Battle Royale IV has begun, and we’ve kicked things off this year with a bang! A sense of urgency has filled the Battle Royale arena, as for the first time ever, there is a play-in division for the 42 generals who have never won before! To get to the actual Battle Royale tournament, they will have to win in this division!

Win, and in. Lose, and you’re out. It has never been simpler for the play-in decks, and for these decks that have never won before, stakes have never been higher.

Who will win and advance to the main event today? We’ve gone through four play-in matches thus far, so it’s time to find out!
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The EDH Battle Royale IV! – Introduction redux

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(Editor’s note: This was originally printed back on Nov 23/15 but since we’ve started the Battle Royale, I thought I’d put this up as a refresher to the big tournament.)

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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Random Christmas Sealed: Year Five – The Final Game

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It’s holiday season again, and everyone knows what that means — it’s time once again for my annual Random Christmas Sealed deck event! Angela had already won this year’s Xmas Sealed games with a very aggressive R/G deck, but now it was time to battle with our entire Sealed pools from across all five years.

Who will triumph in our penultimate game this year, me or the lovely Angela? Let’s find out!
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