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Commander Clash S2 Episode 4: Viewer Submitted Decks

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. Last week, we asked you guys to submit your own commander decks for us to play. You guys totally delivered with so many sweet decks to choose from! Here's what we settled on:

This video features Seth's POV! Unlike previous times this happened, this week it was not due to me screwing up, but rather I thought it would be more entertaining for you guys to not know what my face-down creatures were until they're flipped up. Also, 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.

Seth's Deck (Rasputin)


Richard's Deck (Brion)


Tom's Deck (Kalemne)


Tomer's Deck (Animar)



Post-Game Thoughts

I loved the Animorphs deck that was submitted by paos. There's something innately fun about having the majority of the deck be unknown face-down cards that can do just about anything -- it causes your opponents to be paranoid and both overestimate and underestimate your morphs. Sure, you don't always have anything good, but sometimes you do!

Animar, Soul of Elements is certainly the best fit for this type of deck as well: it gives you access to three colors and most of the best morph cards, plus Animar lets you play the morphs for free. As I quickly discovered, however, morph creatures are usually costly to flip up, and Animar doesn't help with that. Either you need to play around the fact that you're only flipping up one card per turn, or you need additional ramp -- which paos' list provides.

Another neat thing is thing is that Animar is an absurdly powerful commander and it's so easy to break him in a traditional deck by combo'ing off or just pooping out eldrazi titans like Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre for free. When Animar is used to lead Morph deck, however, his power has a significantly lower ceiling, since his mana discount only applies to playing the morph creature face-down, but doesn't reduce to mana cost of flipping. So this style of play is great if you want a more casual Animar deck. It's cheap to build, too!

I was also quite impressed with our Boros decks this week, Brion Stoutarm and Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas. I've always respected Brion for breaking the "Attack and Go Wide" strategy Boros always seems to be pushed towards, instead going for a unique Fling style of play. I've never seen him actually be played though, and he blew away my expectations. More removal would've helped keep him in check, but that power is undeniable. I've also been harsh on Kalemne in the past, viewing her as underpowered, but Tom corrected that assumption. It doesn't take much for Kalemne to swing for lethal, and she encourages having secondary win conditions in the deck by playing big creatures.


Next Week: Phelddagriff!

The crew will be building decks around everyone's favorite winged hippo, Phelddagriff! While we all will be using the same commander, each deck will have its own take on how to best take advantage of the mighty hippo. It's gonna be some spicy brews! Can you guess some of the strategies? 

As always, we encourage you to leave us a comment on this article, on YouTube, or on Twitter @BudgetCommander. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, be it thoughts on the game, ideas on how to improve the series, or suggestions for future themes; we read all of them and bring them up in discussions. Thanks for watching!

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