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Commander Clash S3 Episode 18: HOU Standard Commander

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. With Amonkhet block creating a new Standard for us to play with, we're back with another game of Standard Commander! Every card in our deck must have been printed for the current Standard format. Here's what we've got:

We've played Standard Commander once before Amonkhet block entered the format, and now it's time to see how things have changed with the introduction of a new block. It was awesome the first time, so let's see if this second game will go! 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 (Rashmi)


Jennifer's Deck (Kalitas)


Seth's Deck (Tazri)


Tomer's Deck (Depala)


Post-Game Thoughts

Everyone knew going into this game that Rashmi, Eternities Crafter was de facto the best commander at the table, and the traditional "Big Good Stuff" version made it significantly stronger than any other deck and thus the archenemy. We responded appropriately. The problem was me casting Approach of the Second Sun; suddenly I drew the attention away from Tom, and even though it could never resolve between two Blue players running Counterspells, the (legitimate) threat that it could win me the game gave Tom a turn or two of breathing space, develop his board, and win the game. It might have been that Tom would've still won without me drawing aggro from other players, but at the very least he'd have a much harder time.

I think this game provides an interesting example of how not to use Approach of the Second Sun: I cast it, loudly announcing to the table that I might randomly win the game soon, and then gave my opponents ample time to react. That's not good. If you want to win with Approach, you need to do it while limiting your opponent's chances to stop you, either by casting Approach twice in the same turn (or during extra turns), playing hardcore Stax so they can't do anything about it, or making it uncounterable with an effect like Boseiju, Who Shelters All. My Depala deck was not the correct home for it.

It sucks that yet again, Jennifer stumbled on mana and her board state was basically a casualty, caught in board wipes meant to stop others. You can look over her deck and see a good ratio of lands, ramp, and card advantage, or watch her stream to see her decks perform the way they were intended, but unfortunately luck has not been kind to her on Commander Clash so far. I hope that will change soon!


Next Week: Anything Goes!

We had a scheduling conflict when recording next week's episode and Jennifer couldn't make it. Thankfully, Richard saved the day by taking her spot at the last minute and we played a sweet game of Anything Goes! Without spoiling too much, the game was awesome and I can't wait to show it to you guys! 

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