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

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The EDH Battle Royale V has begun, and 81 generals are once again vying for the throne!

As I have done each year, we have a number of surprise entrants who will be duking it out in the Battle Royale 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 as the surprise entrants this year? I’m glad you asked…
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Our new Esper deck: Halfdane (again)

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Welcome to another edition of 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 have been a number of my decks in the last year that have been on the chopping block after disappointing performances and poor games, and many have been culled or changed. Much as I have done before, this year I have once again redone 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. Since I got back into this blog from my long summer break, I’ve been going over each set of changes, and man, are there ever a lot of them!

Today is going to be much quicker than my normal update post, since this is just a minor update. Today, we’ll be looking at the change to my Esper deck, as I’ve changed from Sharuum the Hegemon (who’d been chaned into Breya, Etherium Shaper). I have changed our Shapeshifter and Clone tribal deck, Sakashima the Impostor, and added black and white cards to it to become Legends Shapeshifter Halfdane.

What does the addition of black and white cards do for our Shapeshifter deck? Let’s take a look!
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The “Best of BOO” Draft

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With a baby on the way, and knowing my free time will be limited next year, I decided to set up a “Best of” draft to celebrate the build-our-own drafts we’ve done so far, and highlight my favorite BOO cards that we’d designed in the past several years. This was a very tricky draft to balance and get right, and I spent a lot of time crunching the numbers, picking cards, deciding exactly what would go in, and making sure each player’s cards were represented.

How did this “Best of BOO” Draft end up going? I’m glad you asked! Let’s take a quick look at what was a super-fun event!
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The End of Sharuum, and the Rise of Breya

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Welcome to another edition of 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 have been a number of my decks in the last year that have been on the chopping block after disappointing performances and poor games, and many have been culled or changed. Much as I have done before, this year I have once again redone 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. Since I got back into this blog from my long summer break, I’ve been going over each set of changes, and man, are there ever a lot of them!

Today is a bit different. The four-color Commander 2016 precons are finally out, and so today’s deck that is being revamped is our Esper artifact aggro list, Sharuum the Hegemon, which is going to be changed into new four-color deck, Breya, Etherium Shaper. (Naturally, this means that I’ll also have to redo our Esper list and pick a new general, which I’ll be going over at another time.)

What does the addition of red cards do to the Sharuum list, and what will the new four-color deck look like? Let’s take a look, as it’s time to build some robots!
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Hidden Gems # 23: Commander 2016 Edition

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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 multiplayer! Today, with the full Commander 2016 spoiler having been revealed and the set releasing tomorrow, I thought it would be a great idea to go through the set, and take a look for some quietly good EDH cards people aren’t talking about!

Let’s go!
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The End of Progenitus, and the Rise of Atraxa

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Welcome to another edition of 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 have been a number of my decks in the last year that have been on the chopping block after disappointing performances and poor games, and many have been culled or changed. Much as I have done before, this year I have once again redone 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. Since I got back into this blog from my long summer break, I’ve been going over each set of changes, and man, are there ever a lot of them!

Today is a bit different. The four-color Commander 2016 precons haven’t been released just yet, so today’s rebuild will be more of a brainstorm session (however, this is a rebuild that is coming). Today’s deck that is being cut is our 5-color Superfriends list, Progenitus, which is going to be changed into our new four-color deck, Atraxa, Praetors’ Voice.

What does the loss of red cards do to the Superfriends list, and what will the new four-color deck look like? Let’s take a look, as it’s time to proliferate!
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A Deck for a Friend: Chorus of the Conclave

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Over the last few years, I’ve built several EDH decks to give away as Christmas gifts to various friends and family. This year, one of my major gameplans was to once again build several Christmas EDH decks, that I could give away. Today, we’ll be going over one of these gift decks for our friend Darby: strange and mana-intensive Chorus of the Conclave, from way back in the original Ravnica block!

Let’s jump in and see the gift deck I’d put together for Darby this year!
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