Journal

Deckstats.net is really great.


I’m working on an EDH deck for playing with some office buddies. The rules of EDH are pretty simple. Basically you’ve got a main legendary creature that is your “commander”. What are they commanding? Well an army of 99 other cards of course! Each card, minus basic lands, must be singles. Additionally the colors of the cards in your deck must either be colorless or the colors represented by your commander. I’ll let wizards explain the rest:

In this casual, multiplayer format, you start with a life total of 40 (rather than the usual 20) and choose a legendary creature to serve as your Commander. You then choose cards to match your Commander’s color identity to build your deck. A card’s color identity is any mana symbol appearing on that card.

The commander deck contains 100 cards: 1 Commander and 99 others. Your deck may contain only one of any individual card, with the exception of basic lands. In the Magic Online version of this format, your Commander is the only card in your sideboard.

The Commander enters play in the command zone. You may cast your commander from the command zone for its normal costs, plus an additional two mana for each previous time it’s been cast from the command zone this game. If your Commander is ever headed to the graveyard or exiled, you may return it to its command zone instead.

If mana outside the color identity of your Commander is ever added to your mana pool, that mana is considered colorless.

In addition to the normal Magic loss conditions, you can be defeated in this format by taking 21 or more points of combat damage from a single Commander over the course of the game. The Commander is tracked across zone-changes for this purpose.

The ban list for commander (otherwise known as EDH) is pretty small. However there are a couple cards I’ve got in this deck build that I apparently need to remove, darn shame but luckily there are cards that do roughly the same thing that aren’t banned. That tends to confuse me. “You can’t use this 4 mana creature that turns your friends into jelly.” “Aw.” “But you can use THIS 4 mana creature that turns your friends into jelly.” “Oh, ok.”

Even with 99 different cards in the deck I’m finding myself having difficulty picking my favorite children. I’m going to be running a 5 color commander deck, which means I’ve got basically the entire game of magic open to me for building. My mana base should be rock solid, I’m not too concerned about not being able to cast things in my deck. But I do think at this time that it might be too creature heavy.

Once it is completed and I play it a few times I’ll be posting the entire deck list on here with the results. For now I’m just excitedly jumping back and forth between different cards and trying not to destroy my wallet when I ultimately take the dive.

Which takes me back to the headline here. I’m using deckstats.net to build my deck. I highly recommend it to people who are more visually inclined when building a deck. The visual editor on this website does exactly what I need and the stats page is excellent. Go try it out!