Conspiracy Followup

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On Monday, I went over my plans to build an Un-Spiracy Cube, a Cube comprised of cards from last year’s Conspiracy set, and the Unglued/Unhinged wacky sets. Naturally, Wizards dropped the equivalent of a written bomb on this plan just after that, as they announced the release of a second Conspiracy set, Conspiracy: The Reign of Brago, for August.

How does this announcement affect my plans for this Cube? I’m glad you asked…
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Building the Un-Spiracy Cube

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I’ve always loved variant formats in MTG, and I’ve always enjoyed drafting various Cubes. Heck, there have been two sets that I enjoyed drafting so much that I went and built single-set Cubes for (Rise of the Eldrazi and Innistrad, which I wrote about here).

With the release of Conspiracy last year, it got me thinking about building another Cube to draft as a multiplayer set… This Cube would be full of the Conspiracies and fun draft cards that I loved from Conspiracy, while I’d replace the cards I found boring in Conspiracy with fun cards from Unglued and Unhinged.

This Cube would be called the Un-Spiracy Cube! Let’s take a look at how I am putting it together:
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The EDH Battle Royale IV — The Main Event, Match 1

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This year’s EDH Battle Royale IV has begun, and though the dust has settled in the Battle Royale arena from the play-in division, nonetheless a tension fills the air as we are about to begin the main event. 14 decks have won their important play-in matches (including decks that have never been able to win a match here before (like Wort, the Raidmother and Intet, the Dreamer), and now the main event is set.

This year, we have 52 different generals competing for glory in the fourth annual EDH Battle Royale. The decks were all built. Generals were all chosen. Forces had been marshalled, Wrath effects were readied, and our players were all ready to draw some extra cards. A whopping 5200 cards had been sleeved, and fifty-two mighty EDH decks are ready to battle to the death, until only one victor would stand alone amidst the ashes of the fallen.

It was time to fight for glory. For recognition and fame. But most of all, it was time to fight… because we could. It was time to kick off our annual Commander tournament… it was time for The EDH Battle Royale IV!

With a very important first round bye (more on that in a sec), our first actual match this year would be:

Match 2: Azami, Lady of Scrolls vs. Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch vs. Karona, False God (Allies)

Round one, FIGHT!
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Hidden Gems #21: Key cards from the Play-In Division, Part Two

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Welcome once again to another edition of EDH Hidden Gems, the series where I look at some lesser-known cards that are excellent in Commander, and multiplayer in general! It’s been a long time since I did a Hidden Gems article, but after the Play-In Division, there are definitely some cards I wanted to spotlight, so here we go!

We have worked our way through the Play-In division, and 14 EDH decks have won to advance to the main event of The EDH Battle Royale IV tournament. During these fourteen matches, there were a number of lesser-known cards that definitely qualified as all-stars, ones that were crucial in their matchups. We looked at the first seven of these cards on Monday, so it’s time to take a look at the next seven of these hidden gems today!

Let’s take a look!
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Hidden Gems #21: Key cards from the Play-In Division, Part One

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Welcome once again to another edition of EDH Hidden Gems, the series where I look at some lesser-known cards that are excellent in Commander, and multiplayer in general! It’s been a long time since I did a Hidden Gems article, but after the Play-In Division, there are definitely some cards I wanted to spotlight, so here we go!

We have worked our way through the Play-In division, and 14 EDH decks have won to advance to the main event of The EDH Battle Royale IV tournament. During these fourteen matches, there were a number of lesser-known cards that definitely qualified as all-stars, ones that were crucial in their matchups, so it’s time to take a look at these hidden gems today!

Let’s take a look!
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The EDH Battle Royale IV — The Play-In Division, Rounds 10-14

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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 Darby’s Intet, the Dreamer and Heartless Hidetsugu, Brianna’s Karlov of the Ghost Council, the domain-based Cromat, and the Homelands general Autumn Willow, we’ve gone through the final five play-in matches.

It’s time to find out who else has advanced to the main event!
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The EDH Battle Royale IV — Building the Surprise Entrants, Part Two

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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.

Last week, I went over one of my favorite new decks, Kaseto, Orochi Archmage, our first surprise entrant this year. What else did I end up building? I’m glad you asked…
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