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Commander Clash S3 Episode 12: Anything Goes!


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. Tom is still off on vacation so Richard has been gracious enough to join us for another game! We're keeping things simple this week and doing another Anything Goes, where we bring whatever deck we feel like playing. Here's what we came up with:

  • Richard shows how you could put your Kaladesh block draft fodder to good use with an Energy deck led by the partners Silas Renn, Seeker Adept and Tana, the Bloodsower
  • Jennifer brings an unorthodox (no Green) Enchantress deck, opting to go Orzhov Prison with Daxos the Returned
  • Seth plays a very Seth deck, running a Bant Blink deck aimed at gaining as much card advantage as possible so he can durdle around with Roon of the Hidden Realm
  • Tomer celebrates the recent announcement that we're getting a Return to Dominaria set soon by playing the plane's biggest celebrity, Urza, in his "hide from the paparazzi" garb as the Blind Seer

Without spoiling too much; you may notice that none of us are playing aggressive decks. That means you're in for a long one! 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.

Richard's Deck (Energy)

 

Jennifer's Deck (Enchantress Prison)

 

Seth's Deck (Blink)

 

Tomer's Deck (Color Shenanigans)

 

Post-Game Thoughts

Another great game! The decks were super sweet and despite one deck pulling ahead for most of the game, every deck got show off what it wants to do. We also see why Sir Richard is the king of Commander Clash: another game, another win under his belt with the jankiest brews possible. I don't think the Energy archetype is terribly strong in Commander since the mechanic doesn't have much support available, but it certainly is cheap to build and can get the job done! It was also nice to see another shot at Enchantress in Clash, which is still under-represented in our games; this time we got to see the relatively new Orzhov style of Enchantress, which is more Prison styled than the traditional Selesnya Enchantress. Finally, there was Bant Blink, which is a very popular Commander archetype for good reason! It's cheap to build, versatile, consistent, and just plain ol' fun to blink/bounce stuff for value. Seth's insane card advantage let him fend off three opponents for a long time, and he might have won too! 

As for my deck, I think the Blind Seer is a super cool and unique deck that is bound to impress people the first time around. You play a ton of cards that you just don't see in any other deck and make them highly effective: Blind Seer can turn all spells Red so you can counter everything with Douse or destroy any permanent with Flash Flood and so much more! Generally Mono Blue has difficulty permanently dealing with enchantments/artifacts, but this deck can actually destroy any permanent which is very cool.

The biggest downside of Blind Seer is the deck is so mana hungry: yes, Blind Seer plus Douse is a brutal lock, but you need to spend 7 mana just to get those two permanents on the battlefield and then 4 mana per non-Red spell you want to counter -- 11 mana and 2 cards just to counter your first spell! If you can untap with them in play and have 8+ mana available you can really go to town, but getting there is hard, and the deck is particularly vulnerable to disruption. Aura of Silence's tax put me back severely, my mana sources and Blind Seer kept getting removed before I could get any value out of them. It's a shame because the deck is very cool and I didn't really get to show you the neat tricks it can do. There was also the major punt attacking with Blind Seer at the end there, but at least I got to showcase the synergy with Willbreaker!

 

Next Week: Core Commander!

Wizards of the Coast recently announced the return of Core sets, so in celebration of that announcement we'll be building decks around commanders that have been printed in a core set! Without spoiling anything, the deck that I built for the game is one of my favorites that I've ever brought to a Clash so I'm excited to show you guys. Also Tom has returned from vacation and will be taking back his seat; big thanks to Richard for making a guest appearance! 

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, email me at tomer@mtggoldfish.com, or tweet me @BudgetCommander.


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