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Commander Clash 9: Pauper Commander

Hello and welcome to another Commander Clash, a video series where several MTGGoldfish contributors battle in a four player Commander game for fun and bragging rights. This week is a very special week: we are playing a format called Pauper Commander. It's similar to regular Commander, but with some key differences:

  1. All cards in the deck must have been released at Common rarity at some point, either on paper or on MTGO.
  2. The commander must be a creautre (but not required to be legendary) that has been released at either Common or Uncommon rarity.
  3. Starting life totals are lowered to 30, and lethal commander damage to 15.

However, since Pauper Commander isn't supported on MTGO, we must still play by regular Commander rules in that our commanders must be legendaries, our starting life totals are 40, and lethal commander damage is 21. So it's Pauper Commander with a few tweaks.

None of us have played this style of Commander before. What craziness have we brought to the table today?

There's a lot of card draw, but will we have ways to close out the games? Combos? Eldrazi beatdowns? Maybe Mulldrifter swinging for lethal? Let's find out! But first, if you enjoy Commander Clash and other video content here on MTGGoldfish, make sure to subscribe to the MTGGoldfish Youtube Channel to keep up with the latest and greatest.

Seth's Deck (Hunding)


Richard's Deck (Ragnar)


Jake's Deck (Lu Xun)


Tomer's Deck (Xiahou Dun)


Next Week: Theros Gods!

For the first time in playing Magic — 12+ years — I've actually felt hatred for Blue this game. I think a large part of that was unpaid Rhystic Study triggers. So that was our experiment in Pauper Commander. Our verdict: don't play it! Maybe that's a bit unfair since we only played one game, but it was certainly a different experience. Next week, we're devoting ourselves to our favorite Theros gods. Which deity shall reign supreme over the rest of the pantheon?

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