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Commander Clash S2 Episode 32: Modern Masters 2017

Hello and welcome to Commander Clash, a video series where several MTGGoldfish contributors battle in a four player Commander game for fun and bragging rights. This week, we're celebrating the release of Modern Masters 2017 by building decks around the legendary creatures that are reprinted in the set. Here's what we've got:

  • Tom brings back Vampire Tribal for a shot at redemption, led by Olivia Voldaren
  • Richard an unorthodox Spellslinger deck in Gruul colors of all things, with the key card being Wort, the Raidmother
  • Seth swaps his cards with his opponent's stuff, only to take his traded stuff back, in a Switcheroo deck led by Venser, Shaper Savant
  • Tomer is racing to lower his life total in a Drain / Pain deck orchestrated under Obzedat, the Ghost Council

We've got some old favorites that have been updated for a shot at redemption, along with some decks that we've never played before. Let's see how it goes! But first, a quick reminder: if you like 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.

Tom's Deck (Olivia)


Richard's Deck (Wort)


Seth's Deck (Venser)


Tomer's Deck (Obzedat)


Post-Game Thoughts

I thought the decks were really sweet this time around and we hit a sweet spot in terms of balance. It was cool seeing Vampire Tribal win for once; the tribe doesn't see enough love, but Tom showed us that it's capable of some explosive plays and Olivia Voldaren is an excellent source of board control when the games go long. I've never seen Switcheroo decks outside of Zedruu the Greathearted decks, so it was refreshing to see it done in Mono Blue with Venser, Shaper Savant. I was most impressed with Wort, the Raidmother; I've heard rumors that she isn't to be taken lightly, but this is the first time I got to see her in an actual game and she didn't disappoint.

My Self Harm deck is one of my favorite that I got to show off in Commander Clash. It's a janky deck and the wins aren't easy, but that's part of the appeal. The deck well-suited to be built on a budget and can be upgraded to be more powerful if you choose to focus on the more popular Sanguine Bond + Exquisite Blood combos. I'd rather win with sillier methods though, like lowering my life total to 1 and wiping the board with Repay in Kind plus some drain effect like Leechridden Swamp

I'm not sure if I'll run this deck again in Commander Clash because it relies on the element of surprise, but you can expect a Budget Commander on this deck for sure!


Next Week: Season Finale!

Richard is stepping down from the core lineup, marking the end of the second season. We're dedicating the last episode to him by building decks that we feel best personify Richard's playstyle in Commander Clash. Expect a lot of janky tribes, folks! Also don't worry, this won't be the last we see of Richard on Commander Clash, as we intend to do more "guest weeks" in the future that will get Richard (among others) into future episodes. We'll announce Richard's replacement next week!

As always, we love to hear from you guys! Tell us what you like to see, what you don't like, any ideas that we can put forward for future videos, or anything else you'd like to tell us! You can reach us in the comments section below or tweet me @BudgetCommander.

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